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Placenta-eating not for this mammal

January Jones

So January Jones ate her placenta. What they never tell you is what it tastes like.

Zappa no musical genuis

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OPINION: After a two-day visit to Planet Zappa, it's clear he was never a genius, writes Grant Smithies.

Childish riposte to parental leave bill

SIMON CUNLIFFE - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Labour MP Jacinda Ardern's credentials are challenged.

Then and now - teens are still misunderstood

Superman

OPINION: Let me tell you what made me an antisocial, godless, illiterate criminal: comics.

Treasury's best course would do National nicely

OPINION: Alan Bollard is not, by all accounts, barking mad. Which is why the Reserve Bank is unlikely to hike interest rates today, writes Vernon Small.

Incivility, a hallmark of our service industry

OPINION: Not a lot cheers you up in freezing weather, with icy cold creeping up through floorboards – but cyclists are good value writes Rosemary McLeod.

How the PR industry manages the media

joestrap

OPINION: Joe Bennett takes a sneak peek inside a mythical public relations agency as it congratulates itself on its recent success with the Royal Wedding and Osama bin Laden.

World Cup not for us but for big business

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KARL DU FRESNE - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Remember the euphoria that greeted the announcement that New Zealand would host the Rugby World Cup 2011? Well, it's rapidly evaporating.

The art of getting rich quick

joestrap

JOE BENNETT - The Press

OPINION: Joe's get-rich-quick scheme involves becoming an abstract artist.

Separatist law strikes at heart of liberal democracy

Chris Trotter

CHRIS TROTTER - The Press

OPINION: The Government's decision to rush through the remaining stages of the Marine and Coastal Area Bill is as ill-considered as it is dangerous.

Drug prohibition not solving anything

OPINION: Illegal drugs make gangs bigger, richer and stronger, and overseas evidence shows that increasing law enforcement only inflates the situation.

After 22 years, thanks for reading, and goodbye

After 22 years, thanks for reading, and goodbye

LINLEY BONIFACE - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Some people say romance is dead. If it isn't, I'd like to gun it down.

National's tactics on Harawira and foreshore bill risky

Colin James

COLIN JAMES - The Press

OPINION: The report on the Marine and Coastal Area Bill replacing the Foreshore and Seabed Act is a parliamentary collectors' item.

Why? Why? Why? Could we find the answer on Twitter?

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KARL DU FRESNE - The Dominion Post

OPINION: More pressing questions for our times.

Inability to get real made series a chore

BY JANE BOWRON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: I really did try my best to care about Alec Ross and his quest for truth and freedom in This is Not My Life, but after the first episode the show was a chore to watch.

Go local, Phil - you may be pleasantly surprised

BY CHRIS TROTTER - The Dominion Post

OPINION: What's going on? At the local government level voters execute a sudden lurch to the Left, while nationwide opinion polls show them simultaneously clinging to the Right.

Chaos reduced to a rubble

BY JOE BENNETT - The Dominion Post

OPINION: The news is like Pacman. It consumes what's in front of it, then moves on to the next morsel.

The earthquake blame game

BY LINLEY BONIFACE - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Who should we blame for the Christchurch earthquake? If this were Italy, the culprits would be obvious: seismologists.

ACT's uses to National outweigh the irritations

BY RICHARD LONG - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Mark Twain once joked, after the premature publication of his own obituary, that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated.

Picnic in a perfect paradise

BY LINDA BURGESS - The Dominion Post

OPINION: It'd be easy to loathe Annabel Langbein (The Free Range Cook TV One, 7pm, Saturday) if only she weren't so damn likeable.

We need to find a Kiwi Adam Smith

BY COLIN JAMES - The Dominion Post

OPINION: The "recovery" has gone patchy.

Fizzing neurons more likely than hint of afterlife

BY LINLEY BONIFACE - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Death is all very well, but the concept of an afterlife is truly terrifying.

It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it

BY JANE BOWRON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: The main drawback of having the flu is that the eyes become so rheumy you can't even read a good book.

It's a rum old world that casts its young aside

BY KARLO MILA - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Statistics New Zealand has just released a report measuring job creation and job destruction from 2001 to 2009.

Savings recipe down to just a few ingredients

BY VERNON SMALL - The Dominion Post

OPINION: FIRST READING: Google "savings" and you get a cool 607 million entries to fossick through.

Mystery of the invisible beauty queen

Ria van Dyke

BY JANE CLIFTON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: You might think that a beauty contestant who won't appear on TV is about as pointless as a cardboard bucket, but this non-appearance made a delightful item.

Euthanasia is really suicide with better manners

BY ROSEMARY MCLEOD - The Dominion Post

As poeple who take to hedonism with gusto, we sure have a problem with dying.

Claiming justice for the people

Commerce Minister Simon Power

BY COLIN JAMES - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Simon Power wants to reclaim the justice system for the people. He has made a start.

Children are fine but childbirth can be hell

BY LINLEY BONIFACE - The Dominion Post

OPINION: How to Survive A Robot Uprising, Bombproof Your Horse, Excrement In The Late Middle Ages, How Green Were The Nazis? and Across Europe By Kangaroo are among the weirder book titles published in recent years.

Besmirching the brave folk who made NZ possible

From the left

BY CHRIS TROTTER - The Dominion Post

OPINION: An armed band of about 150 terrorists enters an isolated village in a country torn by civil war.

A potent brew on the boil in Whanganui

VERNONSMALL - FIRST READING - The Dominion Post

OPINION: If you would indulge me for a few minutes I would just like to share a Winston Peters speech. Not one of those old ones about pension cuts, asset sales and the Government's perfidy. With a promise to come back at the next election and expose the truth. That is so last decade.

We all have our dark sides, including Superman

We all have our dark sides, including Superman

BY ROSEMARY MCLEOD - The Dominion Post

OPINION: It's been a secret for years, but I now feel free to confess to my passionate, tempestuous and altogether fantastic affair with John Lennon.

Honesty is all that's needed with rates demands

joe bennett

BY JOE BENNETT - The Press

OPINION: Dear council. Thank you very much for your rates demand. I was excited to discover that my annual rates have exceeded $2000 for the first time. Well done.

Let's point and laugh at the crazies fighting

BY JANE CLIFTON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: It's hard to think of a more dispiriting programme on television at present than TV2's Neighbours At War.

Hide seeking to define role of local councils

BY COLIN JAMES - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Elections are looming. That will have many at today's local government conference a bit on edge. But there is much more in the wind.

An elitist bunch telling us how to behave - again

BY RICHARD LONG - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Penalising the entire community will not relieve the underage drinking problem.

It's a silly job but MPs deserve sensible pay

Linley Boniface

OPINION: In light of the teeth-gnashing and garment-rending that greeted the recommendation that MPs be given a 10 per cent pay rise, it's hard to imagine what New Zealanders might agree would be a fair payment to those who run the country.

Matariki a true cause for homegrown celebration

OPINION: In the midst of all the midwinter sniffles, the sick children, the runny noses and the chilly frosts which are the delights of Aotearoa in June, there is a glowing highlight.

The beauty queens and the most eligible bachelor

BY JANE CLIFTON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Building Minister Maurice Williamson was just winding up a particularly gloating series of pre-scripted answers about assistance for leaky homes, when a series of apparitions in the public gallery overhead began to distract attention.

Where's the fun in a straight answer?

BY JANE CLIFTON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: In a way only Parliament's elliptical rules could allow, MPs spent nearly half an hour yesterday arguing over a question to which the questioner already knew the answer and to which the minister gave the answer, but was ruled not to have done.

We'll be China's farmers, but not her peasants

From the Left

BY CHRIS TROTTER - The Dominion Post

OPINION: The outrage was as plain as a Chinese pikestaff. Responding to Agriculture Minister David Carter's comment that the sale of 16 dairy farms to the Chinese- backed Natural Dairy (NZ) Ltd was "unlikely to go through", the company's vice-chairman, Graham Chin, cut straight to the chase.

Telecom and Govt may not go it alone

OPINION: Telecom and the Government will be working furiously behind the scenes to put together a deal that would see Telecom sell down its stake in network arm Chorus to Crown Fibre Holdings.

Key's trip surrounded by farce

BY TRACY WATKINS

OPINION: Forget the confidentiality agreements and "need to know" rules of engagement, John Key's trip to Afghanistan was the worst-kept secret in town.

Dirty dancing all over whale-riding floorshow

BY KARLO MILA - The Dominion Post

OPINION: The New Zealand Government is supporting a proposal that will legalise commercial whale hunting for the first time in 24 years.

You can't give offence, it can only be taken

BY JOE BENNETT - The Dominion Post

OPINION: I rejoice at the destruction of a cookbook.

At the forefront for a friendly fire salvo

Rodney Hide

BY JANE CLIFTON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Vipers in the bosom are usually quite subtle operators, but we're talking about Rodney Hide here.

Intriguing new branches broaden the human family tree

BY BOB BROCKIE - WORLD OF SCIENCE - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Recent fossil discoveries mean we must redraw the human family tree.

Come on NZRU, it's the season for saying sorry

BY LINLEY BONIFACE - The Dominion Post

OPINION: So let me get this straight: Jesse James has issued a public apology to you, me, and the remaining 6.8 billion people on the planet for cheating on Sandra Bullock.

A world leader for the new rocket science

BY COLIN JAMES - The Dominion Post

OPINION: Sometimes climate change talk ascends into a kind of mysticism.

The symmetry of emotional and financial fraud

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BY ROSEMARY MCLEOD - The Dominion Post

OPINION: I know, I know, it's wrong of me - but I have gazed at the unusual, not to say challenging, facial features of Stephen Versalko for the past week, and marvelled at how that goofy blandness wangled him $17.8 million.
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