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Source – Jason Kottke

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Frodo’s Lord of the Rings journey on Google Maps

Frodo (and Sam) made their way from Hobbiton to Mordor in six months and now you can see the route they took on Google Maps.

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The Arrive Alive Campaign

Copycat tramping enthusiasts ought to be aware of the dangers before setting out. The above route is fraught with risks, such as but not limited to, severe anxiety, disembowelment, (other) serious bodily harm and certain death.

Park Officials have strategically placed over 50 “Proceed with Caution” signs along the way, with the district authority advising visitors to take advantage of the newly upgraded public transport system as opposed to covering the journey on foot.

And that is all we have to say about this?

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View from your window

Where do you think today’s photo was taken?

VFYW: Whaleoil

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The best article on American politics that I have read in a very long time

President Donald Trump

David Gelernter writes at the Wall Street Journal: Quote:

Every big U.S. election is interesting, but the coming midterms are fascinating for a reason most commentators forget to mention: The Democrats have no issues. The economy is booming and America’s international position is strong. In foreign affairs, the U.S. has remembered in the nick of time what Machiavelli advised princes five centuries ago: Don’t seek to be loved, seek to be feared.

The contrast with the Obama years must be painful for any honest leftist. For future generations, the Kavanaugh fight will stand as a marker of the Democratic Party’s intellectual bankruptcy, the flashing red light on the dashboard that says “Empty.” The left is beaten.

This has happened before, in the 1980s and ’90s and early 2000s, but then the financial crisis arrived to save liberalism from certain destruction. Today leftists pray that Robert Mueller will put on his Superman outfit and save them again.

For now, though, the left’s only issue is “We hate Trump.” This is an instructive hatred, because what the left hates about Donald Trump is precisely what it hates about America. The implications are important, and painful. End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Map of the day

Source – Jason Kottke

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A map of Chicago’s Gangland circa 1931

The map was published in 1931 by Bruce-Roberts, Inc. of the Chicago gang locations showing Little Italy, Little Sicily, Cicero, Capone Territory, Westside O’Donnell Territory, Stickney, Saltis Territory, Southside O’Donnell Territory, and Little Africa. “Designed to inculcate the most important principles of piety and virtue in young persons, and graphically portray the evils and sin of large cities.”

Numbers in red circles give the sequence of important events in Chicago’s gangland war. Insets include Mrs O’Leary’s cow, the lawyer running to spring his client, an armoured car, bootleggers stealing wheels from prohibition cars, machine gunners arriving from Detroit, World’s Fair grounds of 1933, police tipping over a speakeasy, and “gangland dictionary”.

Al Capone looms large over the map; he was arrested for tax evasion that year and sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.

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Enjoy!

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View from your window: *Competition photo

1 Kg of Blueburd’s famous coffee beans

Today’s view from your window is the competition photo for the month where the person who can provide the most details wins a wonderful prize of 1 kg of high-quality coffee beans from our wonderful sponsor, Bluburd from Coffee Vice.

We want to know where in the world this photo was taken, which building it was taken from and which floor and which window?

VFYW: Competition photo Whaleoil

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Quiz: ‘Don’t like Jamaica? Oh no! I LOVE her!’

Old and irascible for as long as he can remember, his CV includes a brief stint in the Royal Air Force and 40+ years as a registered nurse in the UK and NZ (including more than seven years of medico-legal work.) 30+ years back-country fly-fishing in the South Island have helped him retain a modicum of sanity. For some of the time, at least.

Map of the day

Source – bigthink.com

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Finally, a world map that’s all about oceans

The Spilhaus Projection may be more than 75 years old, but it has never been more relevant than today.

This is a world map unlike any other. Uniquely, it centres on Antarctica. Disturbingly, it rips Asia and the Americas to shreds. And compellingly, it presents the seas and oceans – 71% of the Earth’s surface – as a unified body of water. The map was designed by a renaissance man who also invented the skyways of Minneapolis and the secret weather balloon that caused the Roswell Incident. And yet you’ve never heard of him.

On most maps, the oceans are so vast that they become easy to ignore. Rather than just use them as background noise, this map focuses on the watery bits of our planet. That’s not just a refreshingly different viewpoint but, it could be argued, also a desperately needed one.

Our oceans produce between 50% and 85% of the world’s oxygen and are a major source of food for humanity. But they are in mortal danger, from overfishing, acidification, plastic pollution and climate change. Maritime ‘dead zones’ – with zero oxygen and zero marine life – have quadrupled since the 1950s. Low-oxygen zones have increased tenfold. The trend is fuelled by climate change (warmer waters hold less oxygen) and, in coastal zones, fertiliser and sewage runoff from the land.

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Quiz: Greece…is the word

Old and irascible for as long as he can remember, his CV includes a brief stint in the Royal Air Force and 40+ years as a registered nurse in the UK and NZ (including more than seven years of medico-legal work.) 30+ years back-country fly-fishing in the South Island have helped him retain a modicum of sanity. For some of the time, at least.

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Map of the day

Source – washingtonpost.com

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A political map of the world, circa 200 A.D.

What’s more amazing: how much things have changed over the last 1,800 years, a major chunk of the civilizational history of humanity, or how many of this map’s divisions are still with us today?

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