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Americans wanting to emigrate to New Zealand because of a Clinton or Bush presidency will be in for a shock.... image

Apparently Americans are wanting to flee to New Zealand from the fear of the upcoming election Unfortunately they will be in for a shock if they do As a poster on Reddit noted [quote]Welcome strangers! On the left, you will see our partially private but largely universal healthcare system with subsidized cheap medicine and on the right are two lesbians going at it like horny rabbits because gay marriage is legal here In front of you is a bucket where your place your firearms b

Guess which nations are most likely to survive Climate Change - image

Go New Zealand! Bring on the hot summers! Every year, the University of Notre Dame's Global Adaptation Index issues a listing of which nations are best prepared to combat climate change—and which are most primed to suffer under the swelter ND-GAIN examines national resilience, essentially, to employ the buzz word of the day It "ranks more than 175 countries based on their vulnerability to climate change and their readiness to adapt to the droughts, superstorms and natural disasters that c

American meat getting increasingly drug laden and less healthy to consume

Here in New Zealand we are told that the price of a steak will go up this summer as North America runs a meat shortage At least if we have to pay more for our BBQ's Americans need to know that our meat doesn't have antibiotics in it and is far better, being totally grass fed, than their local produce http://wwwstuffconz/business/farming/beef/10574423/US-burger-boom-opens-beef-door-for-NZ A piece of bad news from the Food and Drug Administration: In the war against antibiotic overuse,

How oddities happened in the English language - "an Apron" was originally "a Napron"

Fascinating oddies of the English language Watch out for waps and brids on Wodens Day or sing an emty tyune Words that used to begin with "n" Adder, apron and umpire all used to start with an "n" Constructions like "A nadder" or "Mine napron" were so common the first letter was assumed to be part of the preceding word Linguists call this kind of thing reanalysis or rebracketing When sounds swap around Wasp used to be waps; bird used to be brid and horse used to be hros Remember

Life maxims from 1851 are still good advice - image

This anonymous list of advice for young men was a mid-nineteenth-century viral sensation, appearing in at least 28 newspapers, Northern and Southern, with datelines between 1851 and 1860 They are pretty good and still good advice over 100 years later From: http://wwwslatecom/blogs/the_vault/2013/12/04/advice_for_men_list_of_maxims_that_went_viral_in_the_nineteenth_centuryhtml

Is it really a sport? NFL football has only 11 minutes of play time in a game and 100 commercials

A very American form of entertainment The NFL’s popularity is remarkable when you inspect the fare it has to offer each week on television An average professional football game lasts 3 hours and 12 minutes, but if you tally up the time when the ball is actually in play, the action amounts to a mere 11 minutes Part of the discrepancy has to do with the basic rules of American football Unlike hockey or basketball, the 60-minute game clock in football can run even when the ball is not in pl

Real hourly minimum wages around the world - image

Australia might have the highest hourly minimum wage in the world, but it’s also one of the most expensive places in the world to live $16 in Australia doesn’t buy as much stuff as it does in the US When you adjust Australia’s hourly minimum wage for buying power, or Purchasing Power Parity PPP, that $16 is worth only about $977 -- which is still quite a bit higher than the US hourly minimum wage of $725 The country with the highest “real” minimum wage is Luxembourg: $1037 af

Don't eat Tomatoes because they are Christian Egyptian Salafi group warns - image

A Salafi group called the "Popular Egyptian Islamic Association" has warned Muslims against eating tomatoes on the grounds that the fruit is a "Christian food," NowLebanoncom has reported The group based its claim on the fact that a shape resembling a cross is revealed when one cuts a tomato in half The association published the warning on its Facebook page with a photo of a tomato cut in half, revealing a cross-shaped interior A message posted on the page read, "Eating tomatoe

Meanwhile in China - One million cockroaches get loose from breeder

How to REALLY piss off your neighbors become a cockroach breeder who loses his roaches At least one million cockroaches have escaped a farm in China where they were being bred for use in traditional medicine, a report said The cockroaches fled the facility in Dafeng, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, for surrounding cornfields earlier this month after an "unknown perpetrator" destroyed the plastic greenhouse where they were raised, the Modern Express newspaper said Disease control a

Meanwhile in Australia ... image

An election is on but apparently the media can't work out what question to ask

Muslim Brotherhood came to New Zealand to learn about democracy

Delegates from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt visited New Zealand to learn about democracy a month before the party was overthrown The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood visited public and private organisations for a week in May as part of The Nahda Project Renaissance Project The Brotherhood and president Mohamed Morsi were removed from power by the military on 3 July, a few days after the anniversary of Mr Morsi's elec

UK Post Office software bug created false financial shortfalls in branches sent people bankrupt and to prison

Incompetence on a criminal scale A buggy software program in the UK Post Office system may have caused financial issues for many sub-postmasters Sub-postmasters, which are not employed directly by the Post Office but run smaller offices around the UK, have been accused of financial shortfalls in their offices for years by the UK Post Office itself As it turns out, these shortfalls didn't really exist -- they were falsely created by bugs in the company's accounting software The sof

Proton-M/DM-03 rocket with 3x Glonass-M explodes and crashes at launch - video

Russia launched their Proton rocket Tuesday morning local time, carrying three satellites for the GLONASS navigation system However, liftoff ended seconds later, with a dramatic failure that resulted in a huge impact at the spaceport The launch occurred on time, with the Proton-M lifting off as per usual in its dramatic fashion However, the rocket almost immediately veered to one side, before trying to correct itself, in turn sending it veering in the opposite direction The vehicle th

Destroy the pyramids, stop all tourism, fill in the Nile. - Islamic Sheik interview - video

Is this sort of thinking that the people in Egypt are protesting about

Meanwhile in China 2000+ students riot chanting: We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat

Schadenfreude But the last line tells the truth, looks like students will be allowed to cheat again in the future The relatively small city of Zhongxiang in Hubei province has always performed suspiciously well in China's notoriously tough "gaokao" exams, each year winning a disproportionate number of places at the country's elite universities Last year, the city received a slap on the wrist from the province's Education department after it discovered 99 identical papers in o
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