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  1. Most politicians seem to think they get unfair media coverage most of the time.

    But a president making threats of investigating perceived bias is quite alarming.

    …said he would address the situation, taking a swipe at the internet giant without providing evidence or giving details of action he might take.

    Typical Trump. This makes it look like just more bullying bluster.

    Trump’s economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, later told reporters that the White House was “taking a look” at Google, saying they would do “some investigation and some analysis,” without providing further details.

    Maybe media could required to have a ‘be nice to Donald’ day. That would be easy, all they would need to do is repeat Hannity and replicate the Fox News Twitter feed

    • Griff.

       /  August 29, 2018

      Its probably because they discount gibbering conspiracy nonsense.
      Google has changed their algorithms that used to give more weight to popularity than correctness.
      Once if you googled climate change you would get nutty blogshites like WUWT and real climate science in the first page.
      Now they dont come up in the first dozen pages.

      • Corky

         /  August 29, 2018

        I heard Googles algorithms are propriety property and are not released publicly. So we don’t know what’s going on. Others say that is not correct. Others say they don’t even use algorithms per se.

        • Griff.

           /  August 29, 2018

          Griff says Corky exposes his ignorance yet again.

          Google SearchLiaison
          ‏ @searchliaison

          Google SearchLiaison Retweeted Google SearchLiaison

          On Monday, we released a broad core algorithm update, as we routinely do throughout the year. For background and advice about these, see our tweet from last month:

          Other sites monitor googles search algorithms for change
          https://moz.com/google-algorithm-change

          • Corky

             /  August 29, 2018

            ”Griff says Corky exposes his ignorance yet again.”

            All I confessed is I have no idea what to believe regarding this issue. That is not willful ignorance.

            Oh, I get it. Sorry to doubt your word.

            Er, just one thing. Did you have a look at the link you gave me? It just lists what Google and others have confirmed. The unconfirmed reports also make for good reading.

            So what you have proven is nothing because Google only confirms what Google wants to. Check the unconfirmed reports.

            • Griff.

               /  August 29, 2018

            • Corky

               /  August 29, 2018

              WOW, MISTER. THAT’S A BIG PILE OF HORSESHIT YOU HAVE THERE. DO YOU SPREAD IT FOR A LIVING? 😃😃😃

    • Gezza

       /  August 29, 2018

      What a load of bollocks. Fox news comes up whenever you google anything on Trump and select “videos”.

      • Griff.

         /  August 29, 2018

        Fox is to Conservative as The Guardian is to liberal .
        Both are partisan to a degree but still can be considered reasonable sources if you make allowances for their bias and dont rely on either for your only source of news .

    • NOEL

       /  August 29, 2018

      Better option would be to have a “no reporting his tweets day”.

  2. Griff.

     /  August 29, 2018

    German police and politicians have been accused of inadequate planning after outbreaks of far-right violence rocked the east of the country.

    As rightwing extremists planned a third demonstration later on Tuesday, scenes in Chemnitz – in which mobs hunted foreigners through the city streets – were described as reminiscent of civil war and Nazi pogroms.

    The premier of the state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, said it was “tasteless and upsetting” to see how the far right had capitalised on the murder of a Chemnitz man who was allegedly stabbed by two foreign men. He called on Chemnitzers to “stand by our foreign fellow citizens”.
    Merkel condemns xenophobic riots after killing of German man

    The interior minister for Saxony, Roland Wöller, described the violence as having “a new dimension of escalation”.

    Security experts said there was evidence the rioters had been mobilised from different groups around the country, and probably elsewhere in Europe.

    The Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party appeared to be revelling in the sense of panic and xenophobia triggered by the stabbing. In a tweet, one leading AfD MP encouraged people to defend themselves on the streets.

    A 23-year-old Syrian man and a 22-year-old Iraqi man have been held in police custody in connection with the murder of a 35-year-old man named only as Daniel H.

    The rioting began on Sunday evening after an apparent altercation between two groups of men at a street party to celebrate Chemnitz’s 875th anniversary. The death of Daniel H prompted a range of far-right groups to quickly mobilise their supporters to gather in the city.

    In the attacks that followed, the injured included a Syrian, a Bulgarian and an Afghani. The xenophobic demonstrations escalated on Monday evening, when about 3,000 rightwing extremists clashed with leftwing counter protesters in Chemnitz city centre. There were at least 10 reports of protesters using Hitler salutes. At least 18 people were injured, some seriously, as objects including cobble stones, fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices were thrown. Police struggled to keep the rioters apart.

    The ugly scenes of mostly white men hurling abuse at people they deemed to be foreigners have deeply alarmed Germany. Angela Merkel, whose open door policy towards refugees in the summer of 2015 made her a hate figure for the far right, condemned the rioters . “What we have seen is something which has no place in a constitutional democracy,” she told reporters on Tuesday. “We have video recordings of [people] hunting down others, of unruly assemblies, and hate in the streets, and that has nothing to do with our constitutional state.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/german-police-criticised-as-country-reels-from-far-right-violence

  3. sorethumb

     /  August 29, 2018

    Sharia court in Malaysia delays caning of women for lesbian sex for ‘technical reasons’

    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2161651/sharia-court-malaysia-delays-caning-women-lesbian-sex

  4. Blazer

     /  August 29, 2018

    housing stimulus in..Thailand…

    BANGKOK, 28th August 2018 (NNT)-The Government Housing Bank (GHB) committee has approved a One Million Homes project aimed at creating affordable housing for low-income earners.

    GHB President Chatchai Sirilai said today that the GHB will put aside 60 billion baht for the project after recently receiving the go-ahead from the GHB committee.

    The One Million Homes project offers low-interest loans worth 50 billion baht in total to eligible low-income earners wanting to buy homes that are cheaper than one million baht while the rest will be lent to property developers with plans to build affordable houses.

    Those with a maximum monthly income of 25,000 baht will be entitled to a 40 year mortgage. A 3% interest rate will apply during the first 5 years where the repayment amount is only 3,800 baht a month. As for low-income earners with a monthly salary higher than 25,000 baht, the interest rate will apply for the first three years.

    The construction of 270,000 affordable housing units is now underway. Nearly half of them will be available for sale by the end of this year. Those interested are urged to contact the GHB for more information.

    repayments about $NZ 172 a month….135,000 houses built in a year.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 29, 2018

      Do you think those houses will meet the Rental warrant of fitness? Insulation? double glazing? height to boundary? Will they be inspected the minimum 900 times to ensure plug sockets are in the right place?
      Will they be displacing greater spotted snails?
      Have they obtained resource consents, building consents,notified neighbour sign offs? Have local indigenous people checked for tapu areas and areas of cultural significance that may require recompense?
      Will proper scaffolding and fencing be used, will adjacent trees be looked after by trained arborists to prevent damage during construction?

      • duperez

         /  August 29, 2018

        Are you one of the people who think there should be no rental warrants of fitness, no compulsory insulation, no restriction on boundary heights?
        Would you have any inspections during construction or on completion? Do you think resource consents, building consents and notified neighbour sign offs be discarded? Do you think rules about scaffolding and fencing should be wiped?

        I heard someone recently who thinks all the rules should be chucked in the rubbish bin and people trusted to ‘do the job right’, that rules restrict freedom and growth and directly lead to massive costs. He thinks that with a positive approach, a trusting one, not a punitive checking up one, things would be fine.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 29, 2018

          I think the rules have gone overboard.
          But the point was there is no comparison between the costs in each country.
          For better or worse the regulations make housing more expensive.

        • Griff.

           /  August 29, 2018

          They would moan like hell if it was an un permitted house going up next door effecting their view or privacy.
          Or if they brought a house that some dodgy builder or developer had cut corners on to save a few bucks.

          Dont get me wrong I hate council box ticking just as much as any one and have seen the waste of time and money some regulations engender. Whangarei council insisted I had my landscape plan reviewed by a qualified person. It ended up costing us a few hundred dollars for the addition of one word . They dont enforce the plans anyway. The subdivision developer did not do most of the landscaping work he submitted as we found out when we had the lawyer explore the possible liability’s remaining on the development.

          NZ just by its position is exposed to some large risks because of earthquakes and storms from the open oceans that surrounds us.

          You can not compare our environmental risks to somewhere more geologically stable or protected from the full force of natures fury. Leaky home clusterf…k was a reminder that houses built for different climates dont translate into NZ. Clients I once worked for has imported at great cost roof tiles from Italy. The fancy profile could not cope with Aucklands torrential rain. They ended up having to replace the entire roof .