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  1. Betsy DeVos: Why the US Department of Education Should Be Abolished
    American Thought Leaders

    JAN JEKIELEK

    America’s current education system is antiquated, wasteful, and “bent on saving and serving itself,” argues former U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

    Betsy DeVos: Why the US Department of Education Should Be Abolished
    American Thought Leaders
    JAN JEKIELEK

    America’s current education system is antiquated, wasteful, and “bent on saving and serving itself,” argues former U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

    She is one of the very few department heads to have advocated for the abolition of the agency she ran. Education gaps have only widened since the establishment of the federal Department of Education under President Jimmy Carter, she says.

    Two years of remote learning have now put children months, if not years behind during this pandemic. “You couple the learning losses with the mental health challenges, and you have a disaster looming,” she says.

    DeVos is the author of the new book, “Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child.” Tonight, she breaks down creative new approaches to schooling being adopted in states like Florida and Arizona that could soon change the game for millions of children across America.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/betsy-devos-why-the-us-department-of-education-should-be-abolished_4612442.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_campaign=breaking-2022-07-26-one&utm_medium=email2&est=mbT7dGdsAQYo%2FIPBLoacqSdYPxxVf%2FuA9NADxoCgmoKMwG3X3lcV%2FkfWIId8W3I%3D

    Well, I’ve been busy writing this book, which is about how we actually fix American education. And it’s been very, I would say, energizing and cathartic at the same time. And I’m continuing to advocate for kids and for their family’s ability to direct their own child’s education as I had for 30 years before I went to Washington.

    And K-12 education is the least disrupted industry in our country. And it is an industry. We spend $750 billion a year on K-12 education, and we continue to get poorer and worse results in spite of the fact of spending more and more and more money. If we would empower families with those resources to make those buying decisions, we will get the creativity and ingenuity and entrepreneurship we need in K-12 learning experiences that we haven’t had to date with a 175-year-old industrial model approach.

    Sounds like quality ACT policy.

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    • Mr. Jekielek:

      So again, you started talking about this Arizona law. A number of people are saying this is groundbreaking. There’s been nothing like this before. So, tell me a bit about this law. Do you see this as the future for the American child and where should it go from here?

      Ms. DeVos:

      Yeah, so the Education Savings Account is what Arizona just passed and Governor Ducey signed into law. That means that for all 1.1 million students in Arizona, if their families decide that the school to which they’re assigned is not working for them, they can take 90% of what the state would spend on that child and use it to buy that child’s education.

      They could use it to go to a different school, one that requires tuition, a faith-based school or another private school of some sort. Or they could use it to customize their child’s education and maybe buy a couple of classes at one place, maybe buy a virtual class, maybe a couple of classes at a charter school, let’s say. Any combination of those things, or perhaps some things that haven’t yet even been developed.

      In Arizona during the lockdowns, there were many families, many of them in the urban areas that started to band together in small cadres or consortiums of families and basically start up what I would refer to as a 21st century one-room schoolhouse with multi-age kids. They would hire a teacher that was looking for a different experience. And for them, if that’s working, they need to have the opportunity to continue to pursue that kind of experience for their children.

      Oh yes. When can we do this?

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  2. Canada, Ireland Issue Emission Restrictions for Farmers, Similar to Netherlands
    Farmers warn new restrictions will affect food production
    By Petr Svab
    July 25, 2022 Updated: July 27, 2022

    Canada and Ireland are rolling out policies to force their farmers to cut carbon emissions to a point that the farmers say would affect food production. Despite the potential negative consequences, the policies would seem to only achieve minute results for the “decarbonization” agenda.

    “The world is looking for Canada to increase production and be a solution to global food shortages. The Federal government needs to display that they understand this.”

    Slashing fertilizer use by 20 percent could cost Canadian farmers more than $48 billion in lost sales due to lower yields by 2030, according to a 2021 study commissioned by Fertilizer Canada, an industry group (pdf).

    Synthetic fertilizer use is responsible for less than 2 percent of Canada’s carbon emissions, according to Canadian government data. Canada, in turn, is responsible for about 1.4 percent of global emissions.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/canadian-and-irish-farmers-warn-new-emission-restrictions-will-affect-food-production_4621255.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_campaign=breaking-2022-07-26-one&utm_medium=email2&est=v5wAifsW3uJUS3VAtvEAFafF0FihTR2PLSZmyCdgQMKkFRZ0swlOGtJ9uBMhOPY%3D

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  3. Yesterday we celebrated signing the construction contract officially establishing Te Ara Tupua Alliance. The agreement means construction of the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One pathway will begin later this year.
    The project will create a safe attractive way to walk and cycle between Wellington and the Hutt and will provide much-needed resilience to the coastal edge protecting SH2, the rail line, and key underground infrastructure.
    Our design and construction partners Downer NZ, HEB Construction, and Tonkin + Taylor have been working with us under an interim agreement since 2021. During this time we’ve been further developing the design and the approach to construction. Under the full contract, construction can begin.
    Te Ara Tupua Alliance will also be delivering Hutt City Council’s Tupua Horo Nuku Eastern Bays Shared Path. We’re working together to share the skills of the delivery team across these two coastal projects. The projects share many common challenges and opportunities as harbour-side walking and cycling routes.
    To find out more, including a gallery with more visualisations of the pathway like these, check out https://www.nzta.govt.nz/tearatupua

    https://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/projects/te-ara-tupua/te-ara-tupua-overview-map__ResizedImageWzgwMCw3NTFd.jpg

    https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=411260914366324&set=a.301086902050393

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    • Money being wasted when we really need a better road out of the BOP. Through the Kaimai’s for rail and around the kaimai’s and through Athenree for road.
      The next big Wellington earthquake, and its overdue, will stuff this latest feel good project.
      The 1856 earthquake raised some of that foreshore and a large part of the Wellington area. I have a copy of a painting of that foreshore ( By and early artist), when it was a cliff down into the sea. So lots of fill along there, a lot from the widening of Ngauranga gorge which was really a slit up the rock face.
      It also raised the valley floor which is squeezed between two lumps of rock on either side. Before that the valley was a lot of swamp which when raised allowed it to become an area that could be settled. The Maori settlements were where they were because of the swamp.

      We never seem to learn from history because “engineers” and dreamers seem to be bedfellows as along as its someone else’s money.

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      • And Viking, while they do that, spend all this money on vanity projects, State Highway 43 between Taumarunui and Stratford has 20 kilometers that in it’s lifetime of 160 years has never seen any tar seal whatsoever.

        And it does not look like it is going to be sealed any time soon.

        Wakawhateverthefuckthenameis put 2, yes 2 kilometers of new seal down early this year, the first new seal applied in decades.

        When you have an unsealed State Highway unsealed but a Government is spending money on a cycle lane that will not be overly busy you know their priorities are stuffed. And I bet more people will use a State Highway compared to a cycle lane.

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    • Still the cyclist refuse to be registered, licenced and pay a cycle way toll. 🙂
      .
      … 2019, the project was expected to cost about $94 million. This had doubled to $190 million last year, …
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      …. July 25, 2022 approving funding of up to $311.9 million (incl. contingency) for the project. …..
      .
      …… bitumen, is at a ten-year high.
      Steel is also driven by similar international demand and shipping constraints, where the local price has risen by more than 30% over the past year.” ….

      https://www.greaterauckland.org.nz/2022/07/25/a-seawall-with-a-cycleway-on-top/
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      To think the contingency plan will cover extra costs, which will come back onto taxpayers, rate payers, etc… in the name of “socializing the costs” for the common good.

      Then there is the scrap between Auckland, & Wellington, the connivance to to gain a function over the cycle way projects and that ‘budgeted $money’ for whose benefit? 🙂

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      • I predict the cost will be north of $500million by the time it is finished.
        For those not familiar with area there is already a walkway/cycleway along side the rail line. It is in disrepair in some areas (pot holes & broken fences) but $10 million would fix it up to be a extremely good, suitable pathway. But no the greedy cyclists want a gold plated cycleway at sea level which they all tell us is going to rise due to the dreaded climate change. Hypocrisy at it’s best.

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        • I’m a cyclist (in Auckland (not in Wellington) and I honestly don’t think the push for all these stupid cycleways is coming from cyclists. I think it’s coming from the greenie ecofuck bureaucrats who are imposing this shit from top down on the citizenry.

          Also, on a public road I don’t need some idiotic ‘cycle lane’ to tell me to do the obvious – stay left and let motor traffic pass. And same with the cars. They don’t need to be told the obvious.

          The worst thing about cycle lanes is the terrible disruption they cause to the businesses which are suffering from lack of parking wherever they are.

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          • You are possibly right on who is driving it but I do know another cycleway in Wellington had a cyclist lobby group from Christchurch lobbying for it in Wgt.
            On your point about disrupting business, another cycleway recently put in on the street on which the Wgt Hospital sits and also the main blood testing center has blocked off parking for that center, and all other business on the street. So to go to get a blood test (which in many cases would be sick people) has now been very difficult in practical terms.

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    • Says it all doesn’t it, the media are the true pox on societies throughout the world
      I listened to propaganda on 1ZB this morning
      It was saying “it is safe to have Flu and Booster injections together.
      Definition of safe
      Free from danger or injury; undamaged or unhurt.
      Not exposed to the threat of danger or harm.
      The Ministry of Truth is stating every person is “Free from danger or injury; undamaged or unhurt.”
      How can a government claim this, a sore arm says it it doesn’t fit the defintion.
      The media and the government are just bare faced liars.

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  4. A comedian has been shocked by the mixed response to a Te Reo meme he posted on social media.

    Comedian Kajun Brooking posted the meme on Twitter at the beginning of July, which said: “How Te Reo speaking Maori look at the rest of us Hori’s”.

    Brooking said the idea for the meme came after an interaction with a woman who asked him for help in Māori. When he told the woman he couldn’t speak the language, “she actually looked quite disappointed in me”.
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2022/07/comedian-kajun-brooking-shocked-by-reaction-to-his-te-reo-meme.html?fbclid=IwAR3ajcSX35t1Kn5NOfCp6M9ltQD0Ot1NluZFaEykGHVqgHZYBE-KfPW4lMQ

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    • Why not order that all those sugary fizzy drinks in New Zealand be nicely fluoridated. 🙂

      Then will it be said to be “racially” targeted?
      Will it be said it would be “poverty” targeted?

      Maybe later to put massive “warning signs on the label” that it is healthy? 🙂

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  5. It is good to have a good strong hard Police Force. Well not in New Zealand anyway.

    I call bullshit on this piece, it is nothing more than crap, just like the bullshit the Herald published on an un named Chinaman who had exactly the same thing (the Herald claimed) happen to him, last week. This is just to soften the public up for hate speech laws which this Government is working on.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/second-racist-attack-in-auckland-off-duty-police-officer-abused-while-picking-up-kids-from-school/Z356AWISK6Z67CRWEZGHASGCN4/

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  6. Yesterday Alice posted a link to an interview of Guy Hatchard by Rodney Hide. Thought I would go back and finish watching it….guess what?
    “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines”

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  7. A man walked into a bar on a slow night and sat down. After a few minutes, the bartender asked him if he wanted a drink.
    He replied, “No thanks. I don’t drink. I tried it once, but I didn’t like it.”
    So the bartender said, “Well, would you like a cigarette?”
    But the man said, “No thanks. I don’t smoke. I tried it once, but I didn’t like it.”
    The bartender asked him if he’d like to play a game of pool, and again the man said, “No thanks. I don’t like pool. I tried it once, but I didn’t like it. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t be here at all, but I’m waiting for my son.”
    The bartender said, “Your only son, I’m guessing.”

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    • Thanks a million for the heads-up wiseowl. The interview is now up on YouTube (watch it quickly before it is removed!).

      The Platform seems to be posting stuff on YouTube in preference to using their own site/app. I guess they think that YouTube will draw a bigger audience – as it did with Paul Brennan & Matt Shelton – but it wouldn’t take much effort surely to post it on their own site as well as insurance?

      eg. Rodney’s interview with Guy Hatchard has already been censored off YouTube.

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  8. This was posted on the NZ National Party FB page on 26 July.

    ‘Out of interest, does the NZ National Party still-agree with the following statement by Keith Holyoake in 1959: All we need is a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, answer, while making no response and ignoring the question will tell it’s own story.
    Thank you.

    The quote is: ‘“The National Party believes in a property-owning democracy. … We believe in the maximum degree of personal freedom and the maximum degree of individual choice for our people. We believe in the least interference necessary with individual rights, and the least possible degree of state interference”.

    As noted, the post was placed on the page on 26 July 2022, and to date has received absolutely NO responses from either the ‘party or it’s supporters.

    Says it all really , doesn’t it?

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  9. When I was ready to pay for my groceries the checkout operator said, “Strip down, facing me.”
    Making a mental note to complain to my local MP about this running amok, over-enthusiastic Covid security rubbish, I did just as she had instructed. After the shrieking & hysteria finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to how I should position my credit card in the swipe machine.

    Nonetheless, I’ve been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.

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  10. You may be aware of the furore over the Manly Rugby League Club and their desire to have all players wear a “Pride” jersey for tonights game against the Roosters – the Coach of whom (Roosters) said last night how he though it was a great idea and would love to have a Pride round next year.
    What a lovely gay and inclusive thing to do – to honour these lovely people. Do they actually know what’s going on?

    “Radical LGBT Activists File Lawsuit Against DeSantis – Demand Picture Porn Books in Elementary School Libraries”
    Now, a woman is leading the charge against the removal of filthy pornographic novels in Florida schools. Her name is Jen Cousins, who before castigating public officials for removing tomes that include abhorrent text and graphic pictorial representations of sometimes pedophiliac sex acts, she was a leader of the Mask Up OCPS group in Orange County, Florida that demanded students and employees of said schools remain in a permanent state of mask-wearing and forced vaccination of public employees.
    Lambda Legal infamously published a book in the 90’s titled “Little Black Book,” which included tips and tricks for LGBT youth and men on how to safely engage in anonymous sex in public parks or places, training them on how to subvert undercover law enforcement trying to shut down these dangerous encounters, which can involve unprotected sex between adults and even interactions between minors and adults.
    The novel included discussions on the use of sex toys, along with oral and anal sex. Jen Cousins, one of the plaintiffs in the case against the four school boards in Florida regarding the Parental Rights in Education Act, has posted publicly about reading Gender Queer to her children, who are between the ages of four and twelve, stating that she “loved it.”

    Great Manly, promote these sick fucks. And while you are at it, this was meant to be Woman’s Round, honouring all the females in the league world and what they do – you certainly seem to have taken care of having to do that. Hope you get absolutely sloshed tonight without your 7 key players plus others who refused selection. Great unity.
    FJA & FManly.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/radical-lgbt-activists-file-lawsuit-desantis-demand-pciture-porn-books-elementary-school-libraries/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=the-gateway-pundit&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=2022-07-27

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  11. Anyone know how information can be sent to the ED ,I’ve got something without B/S or hyperbole that will light a fire under Jacindas and Hipkins arses that will fuck them both up especially if its released at just the opportune time.?

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  12. I just heard on the radio how the head of one news had to resign after employing Kamahl Santamaria. Apparently he didn’t even check his references. Some expert called Max Whitehead described it as the most stupid thing he’s ever seen. Maybe Max should have a look at what Kelvin Davis and the Mahuta clan get up to? Kelvin employed that tosser Tukaki without checking because he knew him. More hypocrisy from the left as usual.

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  13. After a mention of NZ’s feral emu’s the other day, they may be used as security? a keeper, in the front lawn?

    …. “I said to [the driver], ‘Don’t go in there, look at that emu, it will do you in,’” he said.
    When the driver then entered the enclosure, ….

    ….. The birds contained the suspect, violently jabbing and pecking him across his head and body.

    “The driver is throwing kung fu kicks and punches and the emu is moving its neck out of the way and jabbing him in the ribs and the head. It really must have hurt,” said Wade. …..
    https://nypost.com/2022/07/27/emus-attack-drunk-driver-who-fled-from-malmesbury-scene-report/

    Better than the police, plus can not be called a savage dog & so put down,

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    • The feral emus are filling in the niche left by the moa.

      In my motorcycle rides around the unsealed roads of the Waikato (such as the ones south of Onewhero), I come across flocks of wild turkeys and sometimes peacocks.

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      • Seems mobs of Peafowl (Peacock) of 100+ are not that uncommon.
        “Distribution and habitat
        Peafowl have been released into the wild many times, mainly through benign neglect of birds kept for display. Peafowl are held on many lifestyle properties, and have become feral in the upper North Island, especially Northland, Auckland, East Cape and mid Hawkes Bay. The largest feral populations are in wooded lowlands and coastal farmland including the upper Wanganui River catchment, northern Mahia Peninsula and pine forests of the South Head of Kaipara Harbour. They are also present in isolated locations in Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury. Absent from Stewart Island.
        Population
        No population estimates. Peafowl are generally recorded in small mixed-sex groups of less than 10 birds in the pre-breeding season. They congregate in larger flocks during February-August. Up to 100 birds were in one field at Orere Point, Firth of Thames in April 2011, and more than 100 near Otane, central Hawke’s Bay in June 2016. Other large flocks included 17 at Whakapirau, North Kaipara, and 35 at Waipu Caves, Northland.”
        https://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/peafowl

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    • The intruder was lucky. Emus normally use their (very) powerful legs to kick seven shades of shit out of you.

      The only safe way to handle them is to get them into a ‘dark room’ much the same as deer.

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      • Nasska good on you for believing bullshit like that, next youll be telling us the sawtooth like ridges on the back of their legs can slice you open like a scalpel.

        Emus cant kick very well, infact they can kick any further forward then their breast. Ive killed hundreds if not thousands of them and nearly all without a firearm and never once got kicked only the odd peck.
        You would have to crawl underneath an emu to manage to get kicked and even then id have my doubts if you would get struck.

        Now a pissed off big boomer roo is an entirely different story, ask me how i know… 🙁

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        • I admit my knowledge of both deer & emus is second hand but if I fell for the bullshit my son in law’s father whose set up I was shown around about thirty years back fell further. He had ten acres just out of Fielding deer fenced into small paddocks for emus along with holding pens & a dark room, incubators & the whole nine yards.

          Mind you he was a townie boy at heart.

          And tell us more of the heavyweight bouts between IAASB & Old Man Roo. 🙂

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        • The motive for the emu could have been
          … the big bird and her babies ….

          The only kicking done was by :—-
          …. “The driver is throwing kung fu kicks ….

          … emu is moving its neck out of the way and jabbing [and pecking] him in the ribs and the head. ….

          As Iaasb, it is experience that figures in the weakness, so one can take it for granted.
          Just like the ones who know how to grab a crocodile, or snake, shark, sting ray or manta ray, or even just squash a wasp.

          Like grabbing an emu by the wings, from behind and giving them a bear hug.
          Was that what you were doing Iaasb? 🙂

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          • Nah s1, i used to grab them by the neck then push neck to the ground where they would sit down making it easier to dispatch them. Occasionally the dogs would bail them up and you would see an old man emu trying to strike but they are quite slow and clumsy and alot of the times theyd strike theyd throw themselves off balance.

            We lived along a stretch of the “rabbit proof fence” which is really now an emu fence, only 2 or 3km from where we lived was a large emu trap. When it got dry up north thousands of emus would run down the fence and that trap would pong with many hundreds of dead big birds, the ones that ran down the outside of the fence would end up in our top paddocks and destroy our crops.
            I remember wondering wtf was in the paddock i could see on the horizon so me and wifey went for a nosey, easily 3 or 400 bloody emus having a field day… i severely ruined their day, then the boss turned up with the shotgun and we blitzed another 50odd straglers.

            Nasska, one xmas morning stupid boy and wifey took the dogs for a run on our way to get a feed of yabbies. A wee tri colour dog of the bosses was legendary at jumping off the ute at 60-70km and hit the ground running without goofing it, anyways as we rounded a corner past some trees there was a monsterous roo that stood a fair bit taller then me, the dog leapt off and went to have a go at it, the roo just reached down and picked the dog up and just went savage bitting the dogs throat.
            Faaaark it was gunna kill the dog, no gun no tools nothing in the truck so stupid boy had to do something stupid… i ran over and tried wrestling the dog off the roo, instant regret when i took a massive blow to the thy and downed me then took several more while on the ground. Wifey panicked and let the other 3 dogs out which just made things worse. After being beaten and bloodied i managed to find a screwdriver behind the seat of the cruiser and dealt to the big bastard. Me and wifey couldnt get the carcass on the ute, was the biggest roo id ever encountered thats for sure.

            Another time the dogs pissed off from the workshop and then i heard barking over at one of the many dams, got there and a very pissed off roo was in waist deep water. Bloody dog swam out and the roo just grabed it and held it under, stupid boy stripped off and ran in but it was greasy clay bottom i arsed over then next thing i was being held down by the psycho roo. Managed to get onto my feet and get the dogs back out of the water but somehow lost me jocks in all the commotion. Left the water loving roo there and went home and tied the stupid dogs up.
            Over the years my boss had lost several dogs to being drowned by roos like that, big open field with no bush they just head straight to the water. Roos can swim very very well almost better then dogs.

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          • Thanks Iaasb; —
            Interesting heart pumping experiences there. 🙂

            I did not figure the roo was much up on swimming, but then when it floods in Aussie, it can more than make up for the dry.
            Plus a roo survival trick during those bush fires.
            Though to balance up in nature, and help feed some crocodiles further up North, & maybe why the bull sharks do well. 🙂

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            • Had plenty of fun and interesting experiences during my 3 yrs in rural western australia.
              Comming home to a few hundred frogs in the kitchen.
              Finding a snake in my sock drawer.
              Getting bit on the nose by a pissed off fox.
              Up a tree checking out an eagle nest and baby when mum come home 🙁
              Getting my ear pierced by a baby fox (didnt last long as a pet)
              Learning the hard way dont stick ya finger in bobtails mouth 🙁
              Flushing out foxes and bunnies with petrol… and accidentally burning a 400ha paddock (was the bosses idea)

              Had the time of my life over there and some of the best working years ive had so far. Still many crazy wildlife encounters in nz too esp during my younger years and pest control/possuming times.

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        • “Question
          What is the world’s most dangerous bird?
          Answer
          The cassowary is usually considered to be the world’s most dangerous bird, at least where humans are concerned, although ostriches and emus can also be dangerous.
          Cassowaries are shy and they are usually hard to spot, at least in their natural rain forest habitats. They are not overly aggressive, and attacks are rare. But they can do a lot of damage if they are provoked or angered. Cassowary attacks have occasionally been deadly, including a recent one which occurred in 2019, at a private collection of caged birds in Florida.”
          https://www.loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/zoology/item/worlds-most-dangerous-bird/

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  14. Received this today

    Tēnā koe XXXXXXXXX

    Thank you for contacting us with your concerns about the Police response to the protest at and around Parliament during February and March 2022. I write further to our acknowledgement email sent to you on 10 February 2022, and apologise for the delay in getting back to you.

    The Protest was an unprecedented event in New Zealand and represents one of the most significant policing challenges in recent years. It has been the subject of intensive media and other commentary. The policing of protesters in and around the Parliamentary precinct has also generated nearly 1900 complaints to the IPCA which is the largest number of complaints received about a single event/Police operation.

    The Authority has announced that it will investigate and review of Police actions in respect of the protest. The review will examine:

    Police management of intelligence as it related to the Protest, including consideration of the intelligence available to Police, the sufficiency of that intelligence, and how it was assessed and informed decision making prior to and throughout the course of the Protest.
    Police engagement with iwi, protesters, local businesses, the Courts and other stakeholders.
    Police engagement with local and national agencies where Police and those agencies needed to work together to develop and execute operational plans.
    Police engagement at local and national government levels with those holding decision rights and responsibilities, including public and private sector actors whose actions materially influenced or impacted on Police decision making.
    Police planning and preparation of the response to the Protest. This includes staff selection, training, operational guidance, equipment, and technology provided to officers who policed the Protest.
    Police command and control, decision-making processes, and operational execution (including tactics used and timeliness of tactics).
    The powers used to keep the peace, maintain public safety, enforce the law, and provide community support and reassurance, and the tactical exercise of those powers. It also includes how Police balanced the rights of protesters with the rights of other people throughout the course of the Protest.
    Any other decisions, acts, omissions, conduct, policy, practice, or procedure issues arising out of 1- 7 above.
    Your complaint will help to inform our review and I thank you for taking the time to express your concerns.

    The Authority received many complaints from people who have seen specific instances of Police use of force against unidentified individuals. In many cases, the individuals concerned have lodged their own complaints and we will deal with these individual complaints in accordance with our usual processes. In order to protect individuals’ privacy we will not be providing information about these complaints to other parties unless we decide to publicly report their cases.

    Thank you again for taking the time to provide your views on the protest and Police response. The details of your complaint will be a valuable contribution to the Authority’s review and I appreciate your interest and contribution to the review.

    In due course, we will report on the review and a public statement will be made at that time.

    Ngā mihi

    Judge Colin Doherty
    Chair, Independent Police Conduct Authority

    Independent Police Conduct Authority, PO Box 25221, Wellington 6146, Aotearoa New Zealand
    Tel: 04 4992050 Fax: +64 4 499 2053

    http://www.ipca.govt.nz
    End Quote

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  15. From Trial site (its paywalled so I’ll copy the comment at the end)

    https://www.trialsitenews.com/a/florida-to-feds-stop-arbitrary-vaccine-mandate-now-it-does-nothing-to-prevent-transmission-or-symptomatic-disease-6b131fd0

    “However various leaders are now coming forward acknowledging that the vaccine was overplayed. The latest example is Dr. Deborah Birx, who on mainstream media acknowledged not only that the vaccine was overplayed, but that she personally doesn’t think the products do much to protect the elderly given the growing number of deaths despite being fully boosted.”

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  16. On a similar note….

    https://sarahwestall.com/leaked-documents-israel-was-caught-concealing-childrens-vaccine-injuries/

    Prof. Berkowitz’s team found that children in the 5-11-year age group had twice to four times as many adverse events following the Pfizer shot as children in the 12-17 age group. This doubling of vaccine injuries is, in itself, extremely disturbing — and should have been immediately brought to the attention of the nation’s parents.

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  17. More incompetence or deliberte fudging on safety data… Time to get the ropes out and the scaffolding up…..

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/restoring-america/faith-freedom/cdc-covid-vaccine-adverse-effects-data

    Johnson said in a letter to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky that the CDC’s assertion to Children’s Health Defense in June and Su’s statement to the Epoch Times on Saturday could not be true at the same time.

    “The American people deserve the truth and you have not been providing it. That is why I, together with millions of Americans, have completely lost faith in the CDC and other federal health agencies,” Johnson wrote in the letter. “It is time to start regaining their confidence and your agency’s integrity by coming clean, being transparent, and telling the truth.”

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  18. According to Audrey Young Michael Woods nickname around the beehive is Napoleon because he is competent, efficient and firm. I thought it was because he is a midget brylcream coated tosser who suffers from short mans syndrome and has more than a passing resemblance to a pig from Animal Farm. They must be paying the horrid a lot of money for Audrey to come up with something as blindingly stupid as that load of tripe.

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    • Rik simpson had similar struggles with law enforcement when he started producing his own miracle cure for certain cancers.

      Google rik simpson, or rik simpson oil.
      Youtube running from the cure or pheonic tears.

      Now we see the marijuana industry merging with big pharma so no longer very cheap and basic medical remedies are available but only highly processed and synthesized drugs developed by big pharma will be made legally available.

      Even here in nz you could make youre own meds for very little cost but its illegal, if you follow the legal route you encounter hesitant doctors then pay thousands per month for expensive legal weed potions that are far weaker an less effective then a homebrew.
      I pity those that dont have a green fairy to guide them

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  19. https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/07/cost-of-living-payment-jacinda-ardern-urges-kiwis-to-ensure-ird-has-bank-details-david-seymour-seymour-calls-govt-incompetent.html
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pleading for New Zealanders to check the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has their bank account details so they don’t miss out on the upcoming cost of living payment.

    More than 2.1 million New Zealanders will on Monday receive the first portion of the $350 cost of living payment. The eligible population is anyone who earns $70,000 or less, isn’t entitled to the Winter Energy Payment, and is aged 18 years or older.

    ACT’s David Seymour believes it’s “embarrassing” the “incompetent” Government can’t track down the 160,000 bank accounts.

    “The Government is hiring 300 contractors, and spending a massive $14 million, to run the cost of living payment scheme. This is a farcical and embarrassing attempt to ‘solve’ the cost of living crisis,” said Seymour.

    “The simplest approach is to allow New Zealanders to keep more of their money.”

    ACT has been calling for the tax system to be simplified, with two rates – 17.5 percent for income up to $70,000 and 28 percent thereafter. It would also offer a low- and middle-income tax offset.

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    • …..”Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pleading for New Zealanders to check the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has their bank account details”………..so the Government can freeze the accounts of people who don’t get vaccinated or fail to live up to the expectations of the impending social credit system.

      FIFY

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  20. These sort of people want to have 50% say or more in controlling Three Waters in New Zealand.
    These sort of people have a “World View” which is superior to your “World View” whatever a “World View” is.
    These sort of people have demanded and got Maori Wards on local Councils.
    These sort of people have received huge payouts of your money all paid for by Taxation.
    These sort of people want to Lord it over you and control your life.
    These sort of people tell you, they know best, that all is good in their world and they live in peace and harmony.

    Except they don’t and it isn’t. Why? Tribalism.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/129409207/schism-in-bay-of-plenty-hap-amid-move-to-extract-it-from-whakathea-settlement

    And then there is absolute bullshit which not only is fabricated but with no evidence whatsoever that any of this happened.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/300060010/after-25-years-whakathea-to-settle-with-crown-later-this-year

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    • A few years ago there was a bill put through parliament to posthumously pardon Whakatohea chief Mokomoko for his part in the atrocious murder of Opotoki missionary Karl Volkner. They all got up in the house saying what a terrible injustice was done to poor old Mokomoko and how evil the colonisers were in hanging him. All without any supporting evidence other than the descendants saying he was innocent . Looking up papers past it seems that there was plenty of evidence that he was there at the time and was at least a participant even if not the main perpetrator. No doubt compensation for the family will be part of the upcoming settlement.

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  21. Out walking earlier and I saw a sign I have not seen for a very long time. A Real Estate agent advertising a property “For Rent”.

    When I got and told my wife, she said she had also seen one near by in another street this morning.

    I realise it is not the best time of the year for landlords to be looking for new tenants, but maybe the NZ exit door has been pushed open wide.

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  22. A great piece about Trump. Luxon and Seymour should read it and listen to the speech, which it is about ( the link to the speech is in the article).
    When Seymour and his beltway ACT workers celebrated Trump’s “lose” I wrote to Seymour and gave him a piece of my mind. One of things I said was you do not have to be “popular” to be a good leader (eg. a good teacher is NOT the kid’s friend). Tom Klingenstein explains what I meant, a lot better than I did.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/07/i_was_wrong_about_trump.html

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  23. So another school gets a bomb threat and pandemonium, although the stasi say there is no risk. So why the lock downs and chaos? School kids now know the easiset way to score a few hours of downtime is get someone to phone the school and say there is a bomb.

    I was trained in counter terrorism during my military training. We had an active bombing campaigne and schools were on occasions targeted. Thet threat was real and schools reacted appropriately.

    Here we have? Fuck all. And unless you are a farmer, fuck all way of making a bomb that is going to be a threat. We don’t have an active terrorist group operating in New Zealand and getting military grade explosives into New Zealand is difficult. Even sourcing dynmite is difficult I would imagine. So unless this backdrop to our society changes radically, credible bomb threats against schools are, I beleive, extremely remote.

    And how would I threat a bomb threat? Phone the cops and carry on. If the school is evacuated, make up the time on the following Saturday. The kids would soon discourage their mates making such threats. And keep them off the news. That just promotes copycats, as we have seen this week.

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    • I too was baffled as to how the cops declared no threat yet evacuations and panic ensued.
      The sheep seem to over react greatly to invisible and non existent threats created by their imaginations.

      As i said yesterday its a great way to keep up the conditioning of young minds to live in fear and trust the govt/police to keep them safe from all those nasty and made up threats.
      They will be even more easily manipulated in a few more years when tyrrants attempt their next coordinated power grab.

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  24. The tenant phones his landlord & he’s furious.

    Puzzled by the call, V2 goes to the tenant’s house & knocks the door. As the door opens, he glimpses next to the ceiling a small fish moving its tail gracefully.

    **Tenant**: Oh here you are, how dare to ask such a rent for this crappy flat??

    **V2**: I’m not following you. What seems to be the problem?

    **T**: Are you kidding me? This place is a living zoo, all sorts of pests and bugs keep me company day & night. This is a glorious breeding ground, I’m not even sure who should pay the rent, me or the bugs?

    **V2**: I’m shocked at what you say, I’m sure you are overreacting. Surely its not the flashest place around but as I see this right now, it looks very clean…

    **L**: Really? Watch this…

    The tenant takes a small piece of cheese, moves to the centre of the room & lets it drop to the ground. The very moment the small piece bounces to the ground, the place bloats in spiders, bed bugs, cockroaches, mice, rats, worms, ants & every other living creature of nature coming out from everywhere. In a couple of seconds, the pests & cheese disappear and everything looks normal again.
    Even our miserable slum landlord was stunned over that shocking sight & tried to apologise.

    **V2**: I’m so sorry, I really had no idea about this. We’ll call pest control. I’ll certainly cut down the rent you pay, hope this settles the problem for now perhaps?

    **T**: That’s a good start. I have to go out to eat, I can’t really cook in here. No food survives.

    **V2**: Good… But I have one more question before I go… what’s about this fish at the ceiling over there???

    **T**:That’s the other problem I wanted to talk to you about – the humidity & dampness.

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  25. The Highwayman

    The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees
    The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon the cloudy seas
    The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor
    And the highwayman came riding,
    Riding, riding,
    The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

    He’d a French cocked hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
    A coat of claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin;
    They fitted with never a wrinkle; his boots were up to the thigh!
    And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
    His pistol butts a-twinkle,
    His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.

    Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark innyard,
    And he tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred;
    He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
    But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
    Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
    Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

    “One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I’m after a prize tonight,
    But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
    Yet if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
    Then look for me by the moonlight,
    Watch for me by the moonlight,
    I’ll come to thee by the moonlight, though hell should bar the way.

    He rose upright in the stirrups; he scarce could reach her hand
    But she loosened her hair i’ the casement! His face burnt like a brand
    As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast;
    And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
    (Oh, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)
    Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the west.

    He did not come at the dawning; he did not come at noon,
    And out of the tawny sunset, before the rise o’ the moon,
    When the road was a gypsy’s ribbon, looping the purple moor,
    A red-coat troop came marching,
    Marching, marching
    King George’s men came marching, up to the old inn-door.

    They said no word to the landlord, they drank his ale instead,
    But they gagged his daughter and bound her to the foot of her narrow bed;
    Two of them knelt at the casement, with muskets at their side!
    There was death at every window
    And hell at one dark window;
    For Bess could see, through the casement,
    The road that he would ride.

    They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest;
    They had bound a musket beside her, with the barrel beneath her breast!
    “now keep good watch!” And they kissed her.
    She heard the dead man say
    “Look for me by the moonlight
    Watch for me by the moonlight
    I’ll come to thee by the moonlight, though hell should bar the way!”

    She twisted her hands behind her, but all the knots held good!
    She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood!
    They stretched and strained in the darkness and the hours crawled by like years!
    Till, now, on the stroke of midnight,
    Cold, on the stroke of midnight,
    The tip of one finger touched it!
    The trigger at least was hers!

    Tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horse-hoofs were ringing clear
    Tlot-tlot, in the distance! Were they deaf that they did not hear?
    Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
    The highwayman came riding,
    Riding, riding!
    The red-coats looked to their priming!
    She stood up straight and still!

    Tlot in the frosty silence! Tlot, in the echoing night!
    Nearer he came and nearer! Her face was like a light!
    Her eyes grew wide for a moment! She drew one last deep breath,
    Then her finger moved in the moonlight,
    Her musket shattered the moonlight,
    Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him with her death.

    He turned; he spurred to the west; he did not know she stood
    Bowed, with her head o’er the musket, drenched with her own red blood!
    Not till the dawn he heard it; his face grew grey to hear
    How Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
    The landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
    Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.

    Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky
    With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high!
    Blood-red were the spurs i’ the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat,
    When they shot him down on the highway,
    Down like a dog on the highway,
    And he lay in his blood on the highway, with the bunch of lace at his throat.

    Still of a winter’s night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
    When the moon is a ghostly galleon, tossed upon the cloudy seas,
    When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
    A highwayman comes riding,
    Riding, riding,
    A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.

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  26. New Zealand legislators have vowed to break the “disgusting and bizarre” hold of cigarette companies, introducing world-first legislation that will stop the next generation from ever being able to legally buy cigarettes.

    On Tuesday the government introduced its new laws to try to create a smoke-free generation, installing a steadily rising purchasing age so that teenagers will never be able to legally purchase cigarettes. The new measures, which were debated in parliament, are considered a world first – and have attracted a mixture of praise for innovation and concerns at their untested nature. As well as the shifting smoking age, they would dramatically reduce the nicotine in cigarettes, and force them to only be sold through specialty tobacco stores, rather than corner stores and supermarkets.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/27/nz-moves-ahead-with-world-first-tobacco-laws-in-bid-to-create-smoke-free-generation

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  27. He Wood be clever.

    Transport Minister Michael Wood will shortly review the cost of the fees and rebates in the Government’s “feebate” scheme after the runaway success of the policy has meant it is paying out millions more in rebates each month than it collects in fees.

    Wood said he was reviewing the rates of fees and discounts “in the coming months” to make sure the scheme still worked, but added that no change would take effect until April 1 next year.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/warnings-fees-on-utes-could-rise-after-clean-car-policy-creates-million-dollar-funding-gap/AOCO6XBUB7DR7FBICEZ22RQJ6Y/

    Another Labour fuck up.

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  28. Oh dear Labour, your huge financial fcuk up coming back to bite

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/07/greens-national-act-former-reserve-bank-chairman-call-for-major-covid-19-inquiry.html
    The Greens, National, ACT, and an ex-Reserve Bank chairman are all on the same side – calling for an inquiry into the economic response to COVID-19.

    To keep Kiwis working, the COVID cash floodgates opened for the wage subsidy and business support. Meanwhile, to keep Kiwis spending and borrowing, the Reserve Bank slashed interest rates and pumped out cash.

    “While they started out with the right intentions and probably the right policies they didn’t think far enough ahead as to what their actions would do to inflation,” Arthur Grimes, a former Reserve Bank chairman, told Newshub on Thursday.

    To get a sense of the seismic amount of stimulus, here it is with all the zeros: $58,400,000,000 from the COVID Response and Recovery Fund, and the Reserve Bank essentially printed $54,000,000,000.

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  29. Shouldn’t the clown car also be worried about the *vax* deaths they have caused. /////

    New Zealand’s road toll ‘diabolically bad’, but plan to reduce it on track – Ministry of Transport
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2022/07/new-zealand-s-road-toll-diabolically-bad-but-plan-to-reduce-it-on-track-ministry-of-transport.html

    Despite an increase in road deaths last year, roading officials say targets for reducing the road toll are on track.

    The figures are up on 2020’s toll, when 318 people died on the roads and 2175 were seriously injured.

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