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Help us out: pick your “sh**test town in NZ”

The town at the centre of a scrap with the satirical Facebook page “Shit Towns of New Zealand” has hit back at the page’s creator with some jabs of its own.

Two months ago the page listed Cromwell as one of the “Top 5 Shittiest Towns in New Zealand” – describing the Central Otago town as the “Mistake on the Lake” and the “Toilet Bowl of the South”.

That sparked a furious reaction from some in the town as the creator of the Facebook page received almost 20 death threats.

“People have threatened to stab our eyes, throw us off a bridge that sort of thing,” says the page’s creator who asked to remain anonymous.

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Political reporters with no politics to report on. Part 2

If you have nothing new to say, then why write an article about it?  We’re three weeks in and we’re still making it up as we go along.   I’m taking some pleasure from watching professional journalists try day after day to make something about absolutely nothing.

Here’s Audrey’s attempt du jour

Today is probably definitely the day.

If it isn’t, it will probably definitely be tomorrow.

And if it isn’t, that’s probably the time to start worrying about any holdup in forming a Government.

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The Left-wing playbook for taking down an influential political player

It seems to me there are three nuclear level plays used by the Left when attempting to shut down influential new media like Breitbart and Whaleoil and a “dangerous” individual like Milo Yiannopoulos and Cameron Slater.

The first play is to go after new media’s advertisers.

Celebrities and Twitter users have taken to the social network to call on online retail giant Amazon to pull its advertisements from right-wing Breitbart News.

On Monday, an activist group campaigning against Breitbart said it has pressured nearly 2,600 companies to withdraw their advertisements. The company confirmed the boycott.

-washingtonexaminer.com

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Political reporters with no politics to report on. Part 1

Barry Soper – via Imgur

If you have nothing new to say, then why write an article about it?  We’re three weeks in and we’re still making it up as we go along.   I’m taking some pleasure from watching professional journalists try day after day to make something up about absolutely nothing.

Here’s Bazza’s attempt du jour

There’s nothing more frustrating for a political observer than reading tea leaves. Unfortunately we don’t have much more to go on though with the ongoing gum beating between Winston Peters and National and Labour.

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Hand in ya man card

The headline says he’s a man, I think not.

A gardener got so fed up with his wife’s nagging he ran away from home and lived in the woods for ten years.

Malcolm Applegate, 62, was married to his wife for three years before upping sticks after the relationship reached breaking point.

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Mental Health Break

The Australian Defence Force are having a bad year

The Australian Defence Force is having a bad year. They were hacked and an investigation into the hack revealed that almost anybody could have penetrated their security thanks to a simple password fail.

On top of the hack, it has been revealed that despite having only 27 transgender Defence personnel in the entire Australian Defence Force they have spent well over a million dollars on 17 sex change operations and have written more than 70 documents since 2015 on how to deal with transgenders in the military.The documents include:

20 x Senate Estimates Brief
9 x Ministerial advice briefing notes
7 x Ministerial talking points
2 x Media releases
Service newspaper articles
A ‘Public Affairs Plan’
A ‘Communications Strategies’
A ‘Communications Plan’
A ‘Diversity Communication Strategy’
A response to Questions on Notice
2 x Quarterly Diversity and Inclusion Papers
3 x DEFGRAMs

In between all of that, Defence also managed to:

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Map of the Day