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  # 2085407 7-Sep-2018 10:23
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stinger:

 

Stuff's story  https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/106895640/magnitude-78-quake-hits-off-fiji has absolutely no mention of how the quake have affected the people of Fiji. Just a repost of a NZ Civil defence tweet that their is no tsunami warning for New Zealand.

 

 

I'd forgive them as the article was only 30 minutes after the tweet and in the early hours today.

 

BUT you would expect information on Fiji itself by 10-22am, there is none. Yes its deep, yes its 100km away, but they were shaken, Tsunami checks taken, its not trivial for a small island nation


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  # 2085989 8-Sep-2018 09:23
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"Former MP Clare Curran hits back at RNZ journalist on Twitter, then deletes account " - Herald

Former MP? I thought she only quit her Ministerial role?





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  # 2086484 9-Sep-2018 15:54
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Buffalo bottoms prove too much for Iranian TV censors

 

Not a dumb headline, just one too good to pass up. According to an article on Iranian censorship on the BBC News site:

 

Screenwriter and director Mostafa Kiayee, recounted the time he had to edit a nature documentary on water buffalo.

 

"They sent a list of corrections and the first one was to cut a shot of buffalo walking out of the water. When I asked for the reason, they answered 'buffaloes walking out of the water from behind is provocative'."

 

Good thing they weren't sheep!

 

 





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  # 2086498 9-Sep-2018 16:06
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Or, er, um, camels.


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  # 2086640 10-Sep-2018 03:25
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DarthKermit:

Or, er, um, camels.



Oh, I dunno - some camels are quite attractive.

Did you hear the one about the guy who was sent to the Foreign Legion way out in the Sahara? After a while he started asking his comrades “What do you guys do for female company out here?” He always got the same reply: “We’re all just waiting for the camel caravan to arrive”.

Then one day a shout goes up “The camel caravan is coming” and all the guys start running towards it. Our guy joins in and while running he ask one of comrades “Why are we running?”

The answer came back “First in, first served and no-one wants to get an ugly camel”.




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  # 2089462 12-Sep-2018 18:31
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Stuff again...

 

Wrong Cathedral. 

 

The Christ Church Cathedral was badly damaged in the 2011 quakes.

 

The Christ Church Cathedral was badly damaged in the 2011 quakes.

 

 


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  # 2090815 14-Sep-2018 17:33
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Here's something I found odd.

I accidently came across news of Kim Dotcom on a non-NZ website. I did some research and found NZ Herald had a piece, but that Stuff didn't. The story broke some days ago.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12122377

"Kim Dotcom's 'vexatious' information request appealed in High Court"

By Melissa Nightingale

Kim Dotcom's "vexatious" battle to gain access to all the information the government holds on him has reached the High Court.

"The internet mogul made a request in 2015 under the Privacy Act for 'every record mentioning him by name held by every government agency and every then-government minister, plus each agency contracted to work with any of those entities', said lawyer for the Attorney-General, Victoria Casey.

Dotcom claimed the total of 52 requests should be dealt with under urgency because the information was necessary for his upcoming extradition eligibility hearing.

This was despite the fact the date for him to file evidence in that hearing had already passed by the time he made the request, Casey said."

I know Kim's not a sympathetic character, but surely it's at least as important as Stuff's article "Mum mad at other woman for videoing her child's tantrum"

https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/107012666/mum-mad-at-other-woman-for-videoing-her-childs-tantrum

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  # 2090866 14-Sep-2018 19:25
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I dislike Kim Dotcom. A lot. Personally, I think he is an odious man who shouldn't have been granted residency.

 

However, there are some fairly serious issues around the role of government and abuse of power at stake here. Irrespective of the man himself, the way he has been pursued and the fact that the courts have found that government agencies have repeatedly broken the law in their attempt to "get" him are pretty serious. As well as being pretty disproportionate to any copyright infringement he may have committed. And, he if pretty much fighting for his freedom, given the consequences of what is likely to happen to him if he lands in US custody. What has been done to him, and may be done to him, seems well out of proportion to anything he may have have done; and of serious concern to anyone who is worried about their rights in NZ.

 

Given what has happened to date and what is at stake, I find it pretty hard to see why a request to try and find out what else government agencies may have been up to behind the scenes can remotely be characterised as "vexatious".

 

 


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"[The hackers] are sending emails of fake bank accounts to my suppliers to give money to them. I intercept 20,000 payments a day, luckily I stopped it.

 

"Since Tuesday I've been ringing to the Philippines, they don't really care there, they just say change your password," he said.

 

Kumar attempted to go to his local Spark store and address the matter with them but the store was closed and he had to call the helpline. [...]

 

In a statement, a Spark spokesperson told the Herald they were looking into "why the issue wasn't appropriately escalated earlier".

 

The spokesperson said Kumar complained to them about his social media account being hacked prior to his Xtra email, pointing to a possible connection between the two incidents.

 

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12124794

 

What are the chances that this wasn't just a simple bog-standard attack vector -- i.e. reused password, phishing attack




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  # 2090901 14-Sep-2018 20:46
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Regarding Dotcom; Christ alone knows how much all the lawyers have raked in over the years. money-mouth


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Unrelated to NZ Herald or Stuff, but too weird not to bring up.

Who could have guessed there were racists in the US gun advocacy group National Rifle Association?



https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/13/entertainment/thomas-the-tank-engine-nra-kkk-trnd/index.html

"NRA TV" depicts 'Thomas & Friends' characters in KKK hoods

"The NRA is going after the long-time animated children's television show 'Thomas & Friends.'

"NRA TV host Dana Loesch appeared on the association's TV show, 'Relentless' and slammed "Thomas & Friends" for partnering with the United Nations to increase diversity on the program.

Last month the show introduced two new female characters, one of which was painted with an African-inspired face and is voiced by actress Yvonne Grundy, who is originally from Kenya."

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  # 2091421 16-Sep-2018 13:38
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Cockpit door 'fell off' light aircraft ahead of Queenstown landing

 

 

 

OK - fair enough headline.  The brief article concludes with some "WTF?" information:

 

A cockpit or flight deck is the area, usually near the front of the aeroplane, from which a pilot controls the jet. After the terror attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001, all major airlines fortified their cockpits against access by hijackers

 

 

 

 


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  # 2091433 16-Sep-2018 13:46
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Nothing exceptional here. Just a typical item by someone who doesn't know anything about journalism or aircraft. Why do people even keep reading Stuff? And if you must, why quote it here?

 

 





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  # 2091434 16-Sep-2018 13:47
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Rikkitic: why quote it here?

 

Presumably because it's this thread's raison d'etre.




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  # 2091452 16-Sep-2018 14:21
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For the benefit of Stuff readers: The round black thingies under the aircraft (plane) are called tyres. They help the plane roll along the tarmac (runway).


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