The Discourse Grind

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In private dealings, Trump lies constantly and without apparent purpose

In 2007, Trump was suing a reporter who exposed unflattering facts about his true level of wealth. The Washington Post…

What to Do If You Start Choking When You’re Alone

If, like Liz Lemon, you’re afraid of choking when you’re home alone, knowing this procedure might give you some peace…

What kind of house $300,000 can buy around the world

Want to see what kind of house $300k will buy in Finland, Greece, Dominican Republic, Russia, Portugal, Brazil, Italy, Montenegro,…

Airbus designed and 3D printed a motorbike inspired by a skeleton

Aerospace corporation Airbus’s Light Rider concept motorbike looks a bit like something HR Giger would draw (although his, of course,…

“Please send the police. I’ve been shot,” says 76-year-old man mistakenly shot by police

When New Jersey police went to the wrong house to investigate a 911 hang-up call they shot resident 76-year-old Gerald…

International Olympic Committee bans GIFs

They’ve "expressly prohibited" turning anything from the Olympics into "animated formats such as animated GIFs (i.e. GIFV), GFY, WebM, or…

AirSpace

How Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the world Every time Schwarzmann alights in a foreign city…

James Barry, pioneering nineteenth century army surgeon, had a secret

"Sophia Bishop was laying out the body of Dr James Barry, on July 25, 1865, when she screamed. Her master…

British Muslim detained for reading a book about Syria while on a plane

A British woman of Muslim descent was detained and questioned by police under terror laws after a flight crew member…

Mexico-US illegal migration has been at zero for 8 years, and other eye-opening facts

NPR’s On the Media have released a new installment in their indispensable Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook (previously), this one about…

A brief history of “cuck”

"Cuck" is an insult lately beloved of bigots, spreading inexorably from Reddit to the schoolyards of America. What makes it…

Two teens carve into 5,000-year-old rock carving, just trying to help

This famed 5,000-year-old rock carving on the island of Tro, near Nordland, Norway, depicting a figure on skis, is one…

Son asks Google to keep dead dad’s memory alive

Google StreetView is usually praised for its stringent privacy policy – but one man’s trying to get an image unblurred….

How to Make Sad, Single-Person Pancakes for One

One of the best parts of being in a couple is having someone to make and eat breakfast with on…

Australians asked not to list their religion as Jedi

Spoilsports within the Atheist Foundation of Australia have asked its citizens to stop listing their religion as "Jedi" on census…

90-year-old fills in $90,000 crossword art, now claims copyright

Last month, a 90-year-old woman visiting an art museum in Nuremberg, Germany was drawn to a 1977 crossword puzzle on…

Government U-turn on funding pepi-pods could save dozens of babies’ lives

Government U-turn on funding pepi-pods could save dozens of babies’ lives Last updated 06:32, August 4 2016 SUPPLIED Health Minister Jonathan…

Spanish couple wins battle to call son Wolf

Spanish couple wins battle to call son Wolf Last updated 08:05, August 4 2016 iStock photos Aw, look at him sleeping…

Vote for the name of the new Child, Youth and Family agency

Vote for the name of the new Child, Youth and Family agency KATIE KENNY Last updated 08:40, August 4 2016 Fairfax…

Housing through the decades, what is affordable?

Paul Henry received an email, from Jeff in Christchurch. "Every day we are bombarded with news of how unaffordable houses…

Fighting for change

It can be without doubt that Auckland is experiencing rapid change. Six years ago I was interviewed by Andy Pickering, then…

Councillors: ‘Recklessly’ short time to read Auckland’s 7000 page blueprint

Councillors: ‘Recklessly’ short time to read Auckland’s 7000 page blueprint SIMON MAUDE AND TOM CARNEGIE Last updated 15:58, August 4 2016…

Pod decision will save ‘hundreds of young lives’

A decision to give mothers access to safe sleep bassinets like pepi-pods and wahakura will “save hundreds of young lives”,…

Climate change: Australia realises its mistake

Back in February, the Australian government announced that it was sacking all its climate scientists because it had already learned…

NZ 8th in OECD for mobile broadband

NZ is 8th highest in the OECD for mobile broadband subscriptions. In fact we have more mobile broadband subscriptions than…

Wanaka man charged over cat shooting

A man who allegedly shot his neighbour’s cat with a gun in Wanaka has been charged with ill-treatment of an…

Chinese-flagged fishing vessels caught out in exclusive NZ waters

Chinese-flagged fishing vessels caught out in exclusive NZ waters TRACY WATKINS AND STACEY KIRK Last updated 13:45, August 4 2016 LAC…

Climate change: Welcome to dystopia

In the Guardian, George Monbiot summarises the state of the world: This, on current trends, will be the hottest year…

Labour to remove tax breaks for property speculators

Labour Party Housing Spokesman Phil Twyford. PHOTO/ John Borren Labour has confirmed it will introduce a policy to remove tax…

Uber vetting policy raises doubts over drivers’ criminal convictions and medical conditions

Uber vetting policy raises doubts over drivers’ criminal convictions and medical conditions JO MOIR Last updated 18:30, August 4 2016 ANDY…

Mike Hosking to stay on Seven Sharp despite 22,000 signature petition

Mike Hosking to stay on Seven Sharp despite 22,000 signature petition JACK VAN BEYNEN Last updated 19:26, August 4 2016 This…

Navy operation uncovers mass fishing breaches

More than half the vessels inspected by the Navy in its latest fishery patrol were found to be breaking the…

Chinese vessels caught illegally fishing near New Zealand territory

View from Raoul Island, one of the Kermadecs where the vessels were caught illegally fishing. A New Zealand fisheries operation…

Schools powerless to stop parents taking kids out of school for holidays

Schools powerless to stop parents taking kids out of school for holidays RACHEL CLAYTON Last updated 20:44, August 4 2016 JOHN…

Australian priest’s porn collection was ‘shocking’

Australian priest’s porn collection was ‘shocking’ Last updated 20:39, August 4 2016 A priest said he had to use a 44-gallon…

Auckland councillors bowing out

George Wood is stepping down at October’s local body elections. Photo / Brett Phibbs George Wood…

Drink driver says jail time ‘excessive’

Jesse Uncles was killed last year in a car crash. A Napier man who killed one and seriously injured two…

Police use stun grenades on Olympic protesters

Police use stun grenades on Olympic protesters PEDRO FONSECA Last updated 15:12, August 4 2016 Mario Tama Military Police pass ahead…

8TB disks seem to work pretty well, HGST still impressive

reader comments 69 Cloud backup and storage provider Backblaze has published its latest batch of drive reliability data. The release…

Home Automation Is Hung Up On Software

Home automation is a favorite in sci-fi, from Tony Stark’s Jarvis, to Rosie the robotic maid on the Jetsons, and…

Frequent password changes are the enemy of security, FTC technologist says

Enlarge / FTC Chief Technologist Lorrie Cranor speaking at PasswordsCon 2016, part of the Bsides security conference in Las Vegas….

Pokémon Go tops $160M in global revenue, time spent in-app remains high

I’m still trying to deal with losing Pokévision, too, but Niantic’s recent changes to the game don’t seem to be…

Dental Floss May Have No Medical Benefits, Says AP Report

Joe_NoOne quotes a report from Gizmodo: Flossing may not yield the protective benefits we’ve been told to expect. Since 1979,…

Millennials Are Less Likely To Be Having Sex Than Young Adults 30 Years Ago, Says Survey

An anonymous reader writes: A survey of nearly 27,000 people suggests that millennials are less likely to be having sex…

Bitcoin value falls off cliff after $77M stolen in Hong Kong exchange hack

reader comments 4 The value of bitcoins plummeted 20 percent after almost 120,000 units of the digital currency were stolen…

Comcast supports higher prices for customers who want Web privacy

reader comments As the Federal Communications Commission debates new privacy rules for Internet service providers, Comcast has urged the commission…

Study identifies 20 ‘second Earth’ candidates with potential to harbor life

Finding life beyond Earth means combing through an incredibly vast array of potential planetary candidates, but one new study from…

The White House requested input on artificial intelligence, and IBM’s response is a great AI 101

The field of artificial intelligence is so huge, and the potential applications so numerous, that it would be folly to…

Microsoft, Google, Apple Could Be Requested To Actively Block Pirated Downloads, Says Report

Popular operating systems by Microsoft, Apple, and Google could possibly soon nuke torrents downloaded (PDF, non-English language) from The Pirate…

Suicide Squad fans: critics are your allies

Suicide Squad doesn’t hit theater till Friday, but the early reviews are grim. A quick glance at Rotten Tomatoes shows…

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