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Sites in This Category: 10

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A South African rugby view
a South African's blog about rugby

I can't work out who the author is but this is a very interesting blog about the Springboks' international matches.

Added: 21-06-2008 - Updated: -
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Architectural conjecture * urban speculation * landscape futures

Ideas about architecture (including in space!).

Added: 10-09-2006 - Updated: 25-10-2006
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David Farrar's Blogsite
... or "KiwiBlog"

Kiwiblog is an interesting sampling of (mainly) rightwing views, built around those of Farrar himself. The site says nothing about itself, and provides no means of asking anyone anything about it - like "What's this all about, please?" - for links in the site to its owner don't work. I had to telephone him to make contact, and have invited him to provide a brief explanation of the site's reason for being. Maybe I'll get one; maybe I won't. If I do, I'll put it in here.

Meanwhile, here is an excerpt from Farrar's Wikipedia entry (is there anyone alive who doesn't have a Wikipedia bio now? I must see whether my 12- and 17-year old children have organised entries for themselves yet ...):

"David P Farrar (born 1967) is a New Zealand political activist, blogger and pollster who is also a frequent comentator in the media on Internet issues. Farrar had held many roles within the New Zealand National Party, including Volunteer Campaign Manager for National's Wellington Central candidate Mark Blumsky in the 2005 general election. He has worked in Parliament for the last four National Party Leaders. His blog, Kiwiblog, is one of the most widely read in New Zealand and receives three to four times as many comments as any other New Zealand blog. In August 2006, National Party leader Don Brash commented on the blog ... Previously, Farrar worked as a staff member of the Leader of the Opposition (1999-2004), a staff member at National Head Office (1999 and 2004), a staff member in the Office of the Prime Minister (under Jim Bolger and later Jenny Shipley) 1997-1999."

A note added on 16 Deecmber 2006:

Mr Farrar has replied as follows:

Apologies for the late reply David. My suggestion text for the blog is: "David Farrar's Kiwiblog is NZ's most popular blog. News and views on politics, technology and anything else of interest to the author."


Added: 03-10-2006 - Updated: 16-12-2006
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Dr Michael Bassett
The official website of Dr Michael Bassett, New Zealand historian

Dr Michael Bassett is probably New Zealand’s best known political historian. He is the author of nine books on New Zealand political history and is currently working on several more. He also writes a political column every second week for Wellington’s Dominion Post and Christchurch’s The Press.

Dr Bassett was New Zealand Minister of Health and Local Government between 1984 and 1987 and Minister of Internal Affairs, Local Government, Civil Defence and Arts & Culture between 1987 and 1990.

He spent ten years (1994-2004) as a tribunal member of the Waitangi Tribunal that deals with the claims of New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori.

Added: 27-09-2006 - Updated: -
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The blog of Melody Johnson, a middle-aged American maker of quilts

Sounds like death on a stick?

Actually, it's a lot of fun. Here is Melody's story:

"I am a 58 year old professional quilt artist and teacher, married to David, who is now retired. We are kidless but parent one old fat cat, I am nutty about regaining my painting chops, knitting, gardening, creative cooking, music, Mexico and shopping. I love blogging because I can show you my stuff, plus, I just gotta get my thoughts out where I can see them."


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Date: 29-07-2006

Added: 12-07-2006 - Updated: 12-07-2006
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I See Dumb People
Support Science Not Superstition! Scams and Delusions Exposed!

This amazing New Zealand-based site "seeks to examine and expose dubious claims made in New Zealand" and expose "those that promote bogus beliefs, products or services, whether for profit or otherwise".

So far it contains eleven such exposes, which take the form of lengthy and highly literate essays. The subjects:

* Weather Forecasting by the Moon

Can Ken Ring really predict the weather 20 years ahead merely by observing the Moon? Should you be wasting money on his 'Weather Almanac'? Is his theory scientific or is it all a scam?

* Coley Ellison: Natural Healer

Does Coley really have the power to heal people of almost any disease? Can he heal people anywhere in the world using telepathy or is it all a scam?

* The Rev. Father Francois Laisney: “Shroud of Turin” Apologist

Can Father Laisney really show that the Shroud of Turin was the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ and not a medieval fake? Can he discredit the 1988 carbon-dating results and provide new evidence, or is it all a scam?

* Natural History New Zealand: Transplanting Memories

Does "cellular memory" cause organ transplant recipients to receive the memories, sexual preferences, personality traits etc of the organ donor? Is there even such a thing as 'cellular memory' or is it all a scam by NHNZ?

* Psychic Detectives

Can TV's Rebecca Gibney and her team of psychics provide new leads on unsolved real-life murder cases? Is there a connection with the 'spirit world' or is it all a scam?

* Malcolm McLeod: The Handwriting Guy

Do hidden signs in your handwriting reveal the "real" you? Can a graphologist such as Malcolm McLeod interpret these signs? Can you alter the style of your signature to improve your destiny or is it all a scam?

* Ian Harris: Honest to God Atheist

Has "Honest to God" columnist Ian Harris found a new way to describe how we can all live our lives without religion? Has he devised a legitimate way that God-fearing Christians can reject God and Christ and yet still be Christians, or is it all a scam?

* Agnostics: Sanctimonious Fence Sitters

Do agnostics speak the truth when they say they have no opinion on God, or are they just hiding their real views? Do they do this so as not to offend either believers or non-believers? Is it a valid stance, wedged between believers and atheists, or is it all a scam?

* Jeanette Wilson: Psychic Medium

Can Jeanette Wilson see and hear your dead Granny? Can she pass on messages from 'the other side'? Or is what she does nothing more than a trick designed to take advantage of the gullible, the desperate and the lonely? Can Jeanette really see dead people or is it all a scam?

* Healing with Magnets

Does sleeping on a magnetic underlay or drinking magnetised water have health benefits? Do magnets reduce pain or merely the contents of your wallet? Is Magnetic Therapy a medical wonder, discovered by the ancients, or is it just a scam, a waste of money?

* Ian Wishart: Christian Fundamentalist

Ian Wishart says we should believe every word in the Bible. That Adam and Eve -- the first humans -- were created by God, that Noah really built his Ark, and that Jesus rose from the dead. Can Ian really provide good evidence that the Bible is true, and that atheists are evil killers, or is it all a scam?

From its About Us page:

From scams, cons and quackery to superstition, blind faith and self-delusion, many New Zealanders have been duped into buying products that don't work (and could never work), and following beliefs that make no sense.

We are a small group of likeminded friends who have been confronted with some of these bogus claims and are left wondering why people fall prey to them.

We have also been annoyed and disappointed when our friends, family and acquaintances have been sucked into some wacky scheme or belief, often resulting in a negative affect on their health and/or finances. Not to mention their grasp on reality, of how the Universe really works.

Some may not have the background, knowledge or time to investigate the validity of the claims. Others may simply be too trusting, too credulous and/or lack the ability to think critically, especially since being 'skeptical' is often considered a very negative trait these days.

This website is an attempt to turn the tide. To stop the 'dumbing down of society', the turning away from science and the return to the beliefs of medieval peasants. Each of us has favourite topics that we feel strongly about and will attempt to debunk those making bogus claims. We will be presenting the side of the argument that scammers, con-artists and self-deluded do-gooders don't want you to hear.

While there are many who will confidently (and correctly) exclaim "That product is just a scam" or "That belief is just a myth", few can explain why. On this site we will attempt to explain why certain claims are bogus and why certain individuals should be avoided at all costs. You must not give them any money or entrust your health and wellbeing to them.

No doubt some of these people sincerely believe in their powers and/or mythical beings etc, in the same way that very young children sincerely believe in Santa Claus. However believing in Santa Claus does not make him real. Whether a scam is the result of self-delusion or outright fraud, either way you have been tricked into believing something that isn't true.

When people say they believe in astrology or homeopathy or rave about mediums that proclaim, "I See Dead People", you should reply with, "I See Dumb People."

Authors: John L. Ateo, Rachel C., Jason C., Gordon S.

You'll notice that John's name appears on most essays. This is because John has been chosen to write the essays in their final form, both his own and draft essays or ideas from the rest of us, and format them into web pages. Thus most essays are a collaborative affair. We are not out to build individual reputations as writers, but to expose scams and delusions.

[There is no "John L Ateo" or any other version of this name in any telephone directory in New Zealand.]

Added: 11-05-2007 - Updated: 11-05-2007
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John Pilger
Complete articles, letters, blogs and books.

John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, who began his career in 1958 in his homeland, Australia, before moving to London in the 1960s.

He regards eye-witness as the essence of good journalism. He has been a foreign correspondent and a front-line war reporter, beginning with the Vietnam war in 1967. He is an impassioned critic of foreign military and economic adventures by Western governments.

"It is too easy," he says, "for Western journalists to see humanity in terms of its usefulness to 'our' interests and to follow government agendas that ordain good and bad tyrants, worthy and unworthy victims and present 'our' policies as always benign when the opposite is usually true. It's the journalist's job, first of all, to look in the mirror of his own society."

He believes a journalist also ought to be a guardian of the public memory and often quotes Milan Kundera: "The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."

Noam Chomsky wrote: "John Pilger's work has been a beacon of light in often dark times. The realities he has brought to light have been a revelation, over and over again, and his courage and insight a constant inspiration."

Harold Pinter wrote: "John Pilger unearths, with steely attention, the facts, the filthy truth, and tells it as it is."
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Date: 30-07-2006

Added: 22-07-2006 - Updated: 22-07-2006
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Tabloid Whore
Like the lady says, it's the blog of a Tabloid Whore. Enjoy! long do you think a person can write about celebrities getting divorced, this girl or that guy going into rehab, so and so having a baby but not marrying the daddy or this actress and that actress doing coke on “da club’s” toilet seat before they check themselves and realize that this is not what life is all about? Not to mention, after Britney shaved her head, everything else in gossipland became dull and just paled in comparison.

Added: 04-06-2007 - Updated: -
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The List Universe
The List Universe - lists with a twist

This is a terrific site, hosted by New Zealander, Jamie Frater.

The idea is simply to publish a series of lists and invite comments on them. Some of the comments are hilarious; some are thoughtful; and some are very strange. For example, a list of the ten ugliest female celebrities in the world (in which Helen Clark was ranked #3) elicited the following comments from readers:

Whoopi Goldberg [#5] looks like a turd with braids

Paris Hilton [who didn't make the list] is ugly because her heart is dark.

And so on.

From the About page:

I (Jamie Frater) started the list Universe in July, 2007 because I love lists and trivia. Since I started the site it has grown enormously - mostly due to the brilliant comments that the readers leave. I am a professional software designer and have studied post-graduate music (opera mainly) at the Royal College of Music in London. I am from New Zealand but live in England at present.

Here are some of the latest additions to the site, to give you an idea of what to expect (the numbers in brackets at the end are the number of reader responses in each case):

Top 10 Common Errors Made In Cooking (0)
Top 10 Funny Fat Guys In Entertainment (192)
Top 15 Psychological Thrillers (251)
Top 10 Most Disgusting Parasites (162)
5 Prominent People Put On Trial After Their Death (77)
Top 20 Pithy Political Passages (95)
Top 20 Cool Facts About New Zealand (242)
Top 10 Sole Survivors Of A Plane Crash (95)
8 Types Of Dragons You Have Never Heard Of (109)
Another 10 Bizarre (And Stupid) Patents (101)
Top 9 Coolest Movie Bouncers of All Time (123)
20 Historical Oddities You Probably Don’t Know (139)
Top 10 Easy Piano Pieces That Sound Great (132)
Top 10 Most Controversial Non-Fiction Books (584)
Top 15 Amazing Facts About The Human Body (137)
7 Terrible Abuses Suffered By Women Around The World (456)
Top 10 Reasons The Dark Ages Were Not Dark (113)
Top 10 Self-Appointed Messiahs (192)
Top 15 Modern Black and White Movies (125)
Top 10 Most Influential Metal Bands of All Time (224)
Top 10 Notable People Who Disappeared (187)
Top 10 Scientists Killed or Injured by Their Experiments (144)
Top 10 Extinct Creatures That Aren’t Extinct (75)

Added: 26-06-2008 - Updated: 26-06-2008
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The Unscrambled Web
Finding the best sites on the web

The Unscrambled Web is a response to the growth of the Internet. There is much of real value in there – more every day, in fact – but finding what’s really worthwhile among the clutter is becoming increasingly difficult all the time.

So we have established this site as a quick and simple way to find some of the best, most useful, and most entertaining sites.

The sites which you can access through the Unscrambled Web are some of the best on the web. If you disagree, or if you know of equally good or better sites, please tell us about them so we can list them here.

We don’t want:
* porn sites, or sites which are in other ways unsuitable for children
* sites which will infect our PCs with spyware, pop-ups and adware
* sites which charge an arm and a leg to look at them
* purely commercial sites, unless they are self-evidently the best in their particular field, and of interest for that reason
* submissions for multiple pages within a website, one listing per website is all we require

We do want:
* your comments about any particular listing you are interested in - simple click on "Write a comment" below the relevant listing.
* your suggestions for new websites

* we do not sell or share our regsitered user lists with any third party
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The Unscrambled Web is owned by David Harcourt and Martin Dabb.

Added: 14-07-2006 - Updated: 26-07-2006
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Most Useful Sites
Movie Database
Currency Converter
Language Translation

Newest Sites
Embroidery Designs - Photo Stitch Designs, Free Designs, New Patterns Download Every Week
Nature - the international weekly journal of science
Wizard Headquarters - Your Partner In Magic
Landcare Research NZ - List making made easy
A, A Blog For Animal Lovers
Greve In Chianti
Cambridge School Classics Project
Friends of Classics
Sloane Crosley
The Australian
The world's weather
The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
Jamie Oliver
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
New Zealand Cricket
Greenwich Mean Time
Daniel Madison - Illusionist & Visual Artist
Ellusionist - Magic Beyond Belief - Card Magic
Dan and Dave - Card Magic
New Zealand Qualifications Authority [NZQA]
Graeme Davidson
The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries
The Long Now Foundation
Rugby: the Tri-Nations
The X-Files
Star Trek
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Moomins

Popular Sites
New Zealand post code directory
Charles Dickens's characters
Google News
Fishing Gear: Mike’s Reel Repair Schematics
The Top 20 Watches of the 20th Century
Jennifer's Language Page
Planet Hiltron
Arts & Letters Daily
LA Weekly
Worldwide weather reports
London Times
Destiny New Zealand
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New Yorker
Lake Atitlan and Panajachel
The 10,000 year calendar
Australian Women's Weekly
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South Park
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Ask Philosophers
Australian White pages
Edward Governo: Historian of Things That Never Were

Copyright 2006:
All logos, trademarks, brandnames and website names are the legal property of the relevant websites. The Unscrambled Web does not list any sites known to contain adult content, viruses or any damaging content, however we do not assume any responsibility for any websites listed. We recommend that all internet users should maintain up to date anti-virus and anti-spyware software on their computers.