Pigs in Israel are helping save lives

Tech Thursday – introduction to Apple Pay Cash

An introduction to Apple Pay Cash, just released in Beta to the US only. It’s a peer-to-peer payment system that transfers cash immediately from one consumer to another, bypassing the middle-man (in this case banks). This is not the first such system to be launched, in fact in China they transfer more than NZ$8 trillion between mobile phone users each year. In the US that figure is much smaller, though still huge – around US$160 billion a year.
The difference is that now Apple is doing it, it immediately becomes mainstream and is a service available to hundreds of millions of users around the world. The experience is great, and quite seamless. Sending money is as simple as sending a text, and you don’t need to know the other person’s bank account details. All you need is their mobile number and you’re good to go.

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School covers statue of priest handing boy his penis. Or bread. You decide

I guess you could say the statue is completely innocent, and any vile suggestions are due to the observer’s twisted mind.   But if that was the case, why has it been covered up?   Read more »

Ardern acknowledges that McCully went rogue but refuses to condemn his actions

PM Jacinda Ardern as a student

Labour have never before turned down an opportunity to stick a pin in National. When they were in opposition they would even vote against a policy they supported simply because it was proposed by National. Ardern refusing to censure McCully for going behind his leaders back and acting without consultation is a puzzling circumstance since it was free political hit that I would have expected her to take. Is this another example of student politics or is there something else at play here?

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When the hunters become the hunted

There is nothing I enjoy more than when the left turn on each other but this latest story is even more delicious because it is an example of the hunter becoming the hunted. ThinkProgress is a website that likes to target people it doesn’t agree with by going after their advertisers and their payment platforms. Now ad networks are ironically targeting Think Progress because of their content. The best bit about this is that it is not the right retaliating against the website. It is the left attacking them for having content that talks about the right!

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Trudeau’s bubble is popping, how long before the same happens to Jacinda?

Canadians voted for a smile and a poster boy. New Zealand ended up with a virtue-signalling smile as PM.

They’ve both been compared to each other but Trudeau’s gloss is coming off…badly.

Bloomberg reports:

So far, Canada has largely avoided the kind of populist upheaval that put Donald Trump in the White House, undercut Chancellor Angela Merkel, and gave rise to Brexit. Much of the credit for this lands on Justin Trudeau, the buoyant 45-year-old heartthrob prime minister with a penchant for selfies and quirky socks who champions free trade and welcomes refugees. He’s cultivated an image of a tolerant, open, progressive Canada that, incidentally, boasts the strongest economic growth in the Group of Seven.

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Destiny struck off Charities Register

Brian Tamaki-Newshub


Two of Destiny Church’s charities will be removed from the Charities Register next month because of their “persistent failure” to meet annual return obligations.
Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited were warned earlier this year by Internal Affairs that the Charities Registration Board intended to remove them.

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Mental Health Break