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  1. Good morning lovely people, no one else on here this morning I can’t believe I’m first, so had to comment. Have a great day

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  2. Alan Jones has released a statement clarifying comments made on his program this morning:

    “I note some concern about my comment this morning re New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern and her remarks and preaching about climate change.

    Of course what I meant to say was that Scott Morrison should tell Ms Ardern to “put a sock in it.”

    There are many people who would relish the opportunity to misinterpret things that I have said as we have seen online this afternoon. Of course I would not wish any harm to Jacinda Ardern.

    This wilful misinterpretation distracts from my point that she was wrong about climate change and wrong about Australia’s contribution to carbon dioxide levels.”
    https://www.2gb.com/a-statement-from-alan-jones/

    An interview with Alan Jones.
    https://www.2gb.com/alan-jones-apologises-to-nz-prime-minister/
    5m 3 secs.

    So still shove a sock in it, Ardern! 😉

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    • The MSM said that was an apology but I read that as just an “explanatory note”. Well done Alan Jones.

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  3. I took a quick look at Kiwiblog just now, I can’t believe how left wing it has become. Two articles, one bad one about Judges, then another denigrating the US President. Almost too scared to go on there now in case I get a knock on the door from the “authorities”

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    • I have given up with their despotic moderation. Used to be the best blog in New Zealand, and a place I visited daily. It’s a pity as it was the best place to be informed on local and international events. I am still working through whether I am being silly and packing a sad, or whether its time to say that’s it, not going back, as I did with Whale Oil many years ago. Any advice is welcome….

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      • Whats going on with “Comment awaiting moderation? ” No links, no swear words, no slander, no abuse…..?

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      • If it helps, I stopped visiting. While it used to be an interesting place to read about a variety of topics, I refuse to support people or companies that are opposed to full freedom. And David Farrar made a choice after 15th of March to join Jacinda Ardern in locking down and heading down that “hate speech” path.

        I understand why he did it. He’s a man with a young family in Wellington, so carrying on would be like painting honey on himself and dangling himself over the feral tiger cage that is the Left.

        But I’m also not comfortable visiting his site and helping with that advertising revenue, even if it is only a few cents a year.

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    • I used to visit them 3 or 4 times a day (I waste too much time)
      But Now its every few days.
      He does put up the odd good article
      But DPF is too weak and liberal for me.
      And of course the moderation (censorship) makes it impossible to follow
      The GD gets more comments than HYS now

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      • Getting hooked up does that to the metrosexuals.
        another side effect is that all the hand cream they use clogs up their seat belts which then need to be replaced unless they come to me and we clean them. Light in every tunnel.

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    • I’m still frequenting it… but I miss folks like Manolo, who always had an eye on some international papers.
      I think Farrar is useless on International events.. and I never read his Trump/USA articles.

      I don’t have to suffer moderation on his blog so I’m trying to extract every drop of blood out of my “privileged” position as I can.
      I figure I got screwed over royally by the Climate-Change fanatics on his blog.

      I can’t see how providing a platform for ordinary citizens to be abused/defamed benefits National or reflects well on their philosophy.
      But as I support the right for fanatics and fools to place their views in a public forum, I’ll keep commenting there (until banned).

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      • Totally agree with you Maggy. The moderation means nothing flows, you see the same point by various people because they aren’t aware others have already made it and I fully concur on your point about’s David’s lack of understanding of international events . I know he is probably busy but he shouldn’t comment on something he has not really read up on. This morning he has been hammered by posters on a Trump related article because he just believed a leftie Australian article. If he is just being controversial to get a few clicks then he is stupid.

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      • I pop over to KB for a read every now and then but haven’t commented for ages. Sad, I used to really enjoy KB but object to their policy of preventing free speech with unnecessary moderation. I and many others had never after many years posting had a strike against our views but were not trusted to continue with our comments without being moderated for hours. Ruined the whole thing. YSB’s policy of putting the trust in his posters has proven to work extremely well.

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    • John Key was Farrar’s touchstone.
      He drew life from that well.
      He was in the Key/Obama camp.
      Therefore he is squarely in the anti Trump camp and displays severe TDS.

      Remember Key and Obama- Both born Aug 1961, 5 days apart; grew up without a dad; not even on the political radar in the 1990s; top dog in their country in 2008; ended 2016 etc
      Two peas from the same pod.

      Farrar was plugged into that network.
      anti Trump; Anti Brexit; Pro M Turnbull; pro feminism; Pro T May; Anti BoJo etc
      That network went underground in 2017 and then KB blog went downhill in 2017.

      Farrar is connected to the UN/globalisation scam that most on YSB disagree with.
      He might make some anti Ardern comments but the old National Party has shuffled backwards and caught up with his effeminate, weak-kneed, surrender monkey, globalisation stance (the entrée to totalitarianism).

      Farrar’s position in the US would be pure DemocRAT. He would possibly be a RINO.
      I wonder why he still bothers with a blog. It is so weak now and with moderation delays and lots of shouty back and forth it is a stuttering mess.
      I have given it a miss for months and toned down reading it in 2017 as it clearly took a lurch downhill.
      Death with dignity, please!

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    • When the mods have beef with you and they cry to David every time it gets old. If you have to type something out then look back and self moderate yourself then you’re lost.

      There’s unironically more free speech on twitter and faceberg.

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    • Apparently a rumble of discontent and the accidential PM looking uncomfortable. Not her usual crowd of soy boys and virtue signalling shielas. 🙂

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      • Yes, but it can be discounted as the influence of a small number of mysogynistic, alt-right, white supremacist deplorable toxic males who continue to be refuse to accept the divine Cindy’s miracle of child-birth (they somehow think that just because it’s happened 23 billion times in the past – that it gives them licence to deny our Saviour).

        The whole thing can be solved by a compulsory rugby ball buy-back scheme and by making rugby illegal in NZ. Although I expect that we can be safe in the knowledge that YouTube, Google, Twitter and NZ’s Chief Censor will delete all footage of the presentation of the 2019 Bledisloe Cup as online “hate speech”.

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        • We would certainly be safer if rugby was banned. Have you seen the statistics for rugby related injuries and the amount it costs us taxpayers in ACC?
          The shooting sports on the other hand are the safest sport in the country bar none.

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      • I don’t believe I have ever heard of a rumble of discontent for a PM at a game of rugby. Our people might be more pissed off than we think. Wow is all I can think.

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  4. Jacinda booed at the Rugby

    A few days back I mused that rugby is soon to be next target for the hatred of the left, I guess the events of last night’s Bledisloe – where socialist Cindy the part-time PM got roundly booed after she tried to get in on the action by presenting the B Cup to the ABs – will do nothing to shelter the ‘toxic masculinity’ of New Zealand’s national sport (and focus for our white supremacist, nationalistic, alt-right culture) from being the focus of the hateful left.

    I won’t be holding my breath waiting for the Sunday morning politics talk shows to be discussing this rise in public contempt for the illegitimate puppet PM. Maybe there is some truth though that UMR’s internal polling has shown a massive cliff drop-off in public tolerance for socialist Cindy’s betrayal of NZ and her largesse with taxpayer dollars to everyone (but to hard-working NZers).

    Is this the start of NZ’s “great awakening”? If so where is our orange saviour? It’s not Soimon, he’s not even a shadow of a skidmark of a Trump or a BoJo? I fear we are to continue the depressing deterioration of our Pacific paradise under the mediocre pendulum of government by blue progressives or red progressives.

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    • Any chance we could get Nigel Farage in as a political refugee.
      How far would National go in the poll that counts with a strong leader?

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    • Have to agree DP.
      I had another look at the New NZ party policies this morning and have to say hey look pretty good.
      I would like to know what they are going to do to get their name out there however.

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    • Muslim emulates NFL kneeler- refuses to sing NZ national anthem

      This is how it starts, similarities are striking:
      – end of career wannabe
      – looking to increase profile for future revenue-earning ability
      – abuses position of privilege as a sportsperson by shitting on the jersey (again – remember when he refused to wear BNZ logo for the Blues)
      I tell you, the ABs are about to be a focus in the culture wars (socialist Cindy is worried that they’re not looking dead certs for the World Cup and losing to France always works badly for the party in power)

      What kind of a bunt do you have to be to object to the most progressive national anthem in the world. The sooner SBW goes away the better. Bacon butty anyone?

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    • I wouldn’t call it finally when she points the finger at Jamie Lee-Ross and caveats every single statement about Labour. It’s a whole lot of:

      “But other companies do it too”
      “On the face of it”

      And similar weasel words. My read of that Opinion is Alison Mau responded because she’s been criticized for not responding, and is very careful not to say too much negative about Labour.

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    • About time she, the Me Too bully girl said something. She must be out of favour from the liebor party at the moment

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  5. A great win for the ABs last night, eh! Toxic masculinity at its best ?

    Can someone explain to me, though, how come we have won (or retained) the Bledisloe after only two games, as we and Australia won one game each?

    Surely in a sports competition/series there should be three games, with the winner taking out two or three of them?

    How come a 1-all draw ends up with NZ winning the Bledisloe cup?At the end of the game I was thinking ‘wow, next week is gonna be a humdinger!’, only to see some toothy horse faced bird giving Kieran Read the cup.

    What going on? Can anyone explain for me?

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    • In years where there is a big competition on, the sometimes revert to a two game format. If the two games end in a draw (Either two drawn games, or one game each) the cup is retained by the defending team.

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      • Oh thanks Pascal. Seems a bit pathetic to me…. but if that’s the rules then it explains why there were only two games.

        Maybe they’ll introduce a similar rule to NZ electoral law. If the COL isn’t voted out by 75% then they get to stay in government?

        That would be great wouldn’t it????

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  6. The IRD sent back my tax return because my answer to one of the questions. In response to the question “ Do you have anyone dependant on you?” I wrote “50,000 over stayers, 10,000 refugees, 20,000 druggies, 160,000 unemployed bludgers, 10,000 prisoners, as well as 120 idiots in parliament and all their useless staff.
    The IRD stated this response was unacceptable.
    I responded by asking, “who did I miss out?”

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  7. I wonder how much longer the Chinese goverment will let those protesters keep protesting.
    To my mind they are very brave.
    Even being interviewed at the protests.
    The armoured vehicles are being assembled and trained just across the border.

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    • Just like our protestors here face lol. Should an All Black be making a political statement by wearing a wrist band supporting trespass? Aren’t there rules around ‘endorsements’?

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      • Saw that. Politics and sport should be separate but we all know it is used by those who can take advantage, a player wearing an Ihumatao support band, and the PTPM turning up to present the Bledisloe cup.

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    • The true social conservative accepts happily the position taken by the true progressive a hundred years earlier.

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        • Conservative values are timeless, unlike the idiot left who change theirs as the wind blows. Number 1 is Freedom and there is no compromise full stop.

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          • What freedom?

            Citizen: “Sir, can we live how we want & marry who we want, smoke or drink what we want to, decide our own morals, die when we wish & actually endeavour to make use of our supposed freedom?”

            Conservative: “No.”

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    • I’m Liberal and very happy. But I also believe in a meritocracy and that equality of opportunity is all that is required. If I want a better life, I’ll work for it. And make it happen, because I believe it is possible.

      But look at this one. She’ll never be in the 1%. Why? Because instead of building a business and working 20 hours a day to make it succeed, she’s squatting in a park, bleating about things not being equal.

      That isn’t the fault of anybody except herself.

      The second part to this, people have lost the idea that they’re part of something bigger. It’s an old story for me, but when I look back at my family:

      • My great-grandfather helped build railways, spade in hand. I never knew him, but the photos I’ve seen is of a sinewy, vest and hat man that always looked happy.
      • My grandfather was a train driver; I still remember the smell of tobacco and liquorice and how he loved to draw trains clearly.
      • My dad is a mechanical engineer. He could probably build a train, if given the materials. He just never gives up.

      Each generation of my family has built on what the previous one had. They’ve grown our family’s wealth, small increment by small increment. I’m hoping that when I pass on, my daughters will be able to add another proud line onto that and walk into their future with a house each to their names.

      And that, the view of wealth being something that you build up over time and generations – I think that’s become lost. That person that wants to be in the 1%, she’s not thinking of her kids or her grandkids. She’s thinking of just herself.

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      • she’s not thinking of her kids or her grandkids.

        And this is why the Chinese will inherit the earth..(thank goodness).

        I was taught a lesson on the day of my brother’s funeral by my old Dad.
        I had come from Uni to see dying brother and stay for his funeral….
        It was in the May School holidays.
        Earlier that year I had told my (adopted) 10 year-old nephew that he could come and stay with me in Wellington during May Holidays and I’d show him the big city…
        But as I was upset, etc after my brother’s death, I just wanted to decamp back at home with Dad & step ma for a few days.
        But the old man said: “you’d promised the boy his holiday, don’t let him down.”

        and that’s pretty much how our family treats things: kids first priority.

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      • I heard a radio report today that $54m is announced by our government to help people remain in rental accommodation even if they have a poor history with such accommodation. The social agency will take $16m of the pot to set up.

        I suspect your family would not be happy paying tax to support that objective to that extent. I am sure I am not. Getting people working on and solving their own problems is not an objective for this government.

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  8. Everyone’s been asking for new parties to the right of National
    Now we have 3 or 4 of them ‘
    Act
    New Conservatives
    New New Zealand
    and now
    Sustainable Greens

    How are any of them (or all of them) going to get a high profile, some charismatic leaders, and some finance, and some votes in the political polls.

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    • This is where our language falls flat. Liberal is used as a pejorative to describe a Leftard; even here. ACT is the most Liberal party we have in New Zealand. And they’re seen as far right. Btw, Sustainable Greens is just about the same as the regular Greens. Go read through their policies; they’re heading the same way with the grand communist dream.

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      • The greens cannot implement any of their policies under a democratic Govt. It is impossible- they only poll barely above the threshold. They are falling over themselves to control what we eat, what we drive, getting rid of scary-looking rifles, and punishing anyone who speaks against climate change or refugees.

        Proud, Deplorable, Climate Denier, Infidel, and the Anti-Christ of all the Left hold dear.

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      • In Newspeak “liberal” means socialist. It’s also been hijacked to mean anything that’s not conservative.

        The true “liberal” is a classic liberal who believes in personal freedom & does not expect nor want guidance from government nannies unlike our conservative compatriots who want government & church to combine & force all to march in lockstep to their thinking.

        Conservatives claim to value limited government but are willing to expand government without limit in order to impose their personal morality on all others.

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        • The left have distorted the use of “fascist” which originally meant a belief in the state. Mussolini being the father of fascism:

          “Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism. Fascism arose in Europe after World War I when many people yearned for national unity and strong leadership. In Italy, Benito Mussolini used his charisma to establish a powerful fascist state. Benito Mussolini coined the term “fascism” in 1919 to describe his political movement.”

          The left now use the term against anyone they deem on the right of politics who disagrees with the left’s belief system.

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          • Both conservative & progressive, the right & the left realise that they who control the language control the message.

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              • It’s the young who are manipulated by words, the older generations understand words have their meanings changed to fit the message. Manipulation of the masses is easier with naivety. Why do you think JAG dismissed stale old white men?

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      • Yup, apparently it is liable to confuse voters into thinking they’re voting for a Coalition of parties. If voters are that dumb, what hope do they have of understanding basic policy and what are they doing voting?

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    • It did make me laugh at the media complaining the govt must step in to save them. Private commercial business who don’t have the ear of the media/govt have been ‘done over’ by larger forces imposing their will over their smaller foes forever. Poor diddims media, perhaps if you didn’t take the voters for a bunch of fools to be manipulated with your view of the country and world we might have support for your demise.

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    • “A democratic government has to protect democracy. A government would need to do what it needs to do to make sure that there’s news diversity,” he said. “The government could never find itself in a situation where [there’s] a monopoly on broadcast news. It doesn’t work for democracy,” Mr Anderson told the Spinoff’s Duncan Grieve.

      So, Mr Anderson’s answer is to give the government control over the media in the name of democracy. Does he have shares in Koolaid?

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    • If I was selling computers and my stock was 80286 computers and CRT Video Display Units (Monitors) then I would struggle to be in business.
      The world has moved on from these and the world has moved on from localised media who used to control output. I can see Television Stations from around the world, use internet radio, and read virtually any newspaper in the world online.

      Local yokels are largely irrelevant and to add a twist- now that we can see stories at source why would we bother with the local interpretation/recolouration. 30 years ago media probably lied less. Now they lie shamelessly so are worth even less.

      If I wanted to listen to lies all day I would put Ardern on a loop play.
      Cut out the middle filth.
      Close the feckers down!

      Mediaworks – TV3 gets 20 million of its 130 million turnover already from NZ on Air with sums like One million dollars to fund Seven days; and six million dollars a year to pay for 10 programs of the Westy drama – where many of the lead actors are Australian.

      It is a 100% owned by Oaktree Management of the USA. It is not NZ taxpayer’s job to save a US Multi billion dollar company but the dumbschitt Garner would never work that out.

      Oaktree was founded by three Jewish blokes. I wonder if they are happy with Mediajerks promoting the likes of Green Gunt Marama Davidson, who so hates Israel she burns fossil fuel to go to the Mediterranean and goes on a diesel powered boat in order to be arrested by Israeli security forces so she has some more crap to whinge about.

      If the Govt steps in and saves this bunch of lying scumbag filth with taxpayers money (a straight media Bribe I would think) then it is election meddling of the most extreme.

      Uh, will we get UN observers at the 2020 election- you know- those masters of independent integrity?
      Holy Shit, we are surrounded by scum.
      Start with letting commercial forces take down the lying media filth of NZ.

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    • I heard an interview that was taking the approach the government radio and television stations were unfair competition against commercial operators who are expected to produce a dividend for shareholders.

      That the government does not expect commercial equivalent returns from its operators means subsidy from taxpayers. I would not mind if government television was sold.

      I’ll admit to listening to National Radio noting the cost is minimal and I suspect the style may not be to millennial tastes. I also listen to and enjoy Magic Talk so have some balance.

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    • 38 is how many of us are leaving claiming to be refugees escaping NZ, buggered if I know where I could go.

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      • If I wasn’t encumbered with a hubby:
        I’d go to Oz first… big country, so much to explore…
        then maybe Vietnam or Taiwan (southern end…where the sun shines).

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  9. What else would you expect from a grouping of Godaddled regressives who view life through the bottom of a gin bottle?

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    • I only drink gin with tonic, ice and a slice of lemon in a tall glass on hot summer afternoons. Delicious! ?

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      • Yes! It’s got to be Gordons and with Schweppes tonic for the anti malarial properties of the quinnine even though we haven’t imported anopheles yet.

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    • You’re not wrong Kea. When our girls were kids I worked two jobs to pay the mortgages & allow us luxuries such as food. The part time one was three nights a week on the door of a pub.

      Anyone who says alcohol isn’t a drug is either a liar or has never seen the trouble it causes. Beer drinkers were bad enough at times but usually they’d just spew or piss themselves before passing out. If you saw a group getting into the spirits it was odds on that they would be trying to kill each other before closing time.

      Add into the mix some mad bitch who ascribed to the theory that ‘if he hits me he must love me’ & it was like working in an institution for the insane.

      They were probably conservatives though because they never smoked dope.

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    • When the US (and whats left of gutless Nato) pulls out the govt will collapse within a few weeks and the Taliban will be back in power.

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      • Yes that’s one way of looking at it.
        Troops onthe border (a whole lot safer for them)
        But what do you mean Afghanistan has to find its own way.
        A lot of Afghanis are nice regular sort of people.
        But then there is the Taliban which will close all girls schools.
        And go back to beheading people in stadiums.
        Will the world want that?
        Some will, some wont.

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          • Reading this my first thought was: “No, he’s free to say whatever he likes“.
            Then my second thought was: “But then, so are you.
            Which led to my third thought being: “Carry on then.

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            • I thought the same Pascal. If I don’t like a comment I can just pass on by. All good Kea, it’s better to know what you think rather than ban your free speech. ?

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              • Not sure I agree. One of the things that is most enjoyable about YSB is the rough and tumble of the debate here. It is intellectually stimulating and challenging without descending to the personal and offensive state of most of the Left’s political discourse. I also like and respect a lot of what Kea brings to the table (I also totally disagree with a lot too). However, I think it’s important on here anyway to play the ball and not the man – if we have valid points, surely we should treasure the ability to disagree civilly?

                Overall, I’m in Dave’s camp. I respect the contributor who can make a point cogently without resorting to name-calling. I feel less respect to the one that uses insults when they’ve run out of intellectual HP to rebut or refute. But that’s just me.

                On the other hand with the enemy – the fascists on the left – I totally agree that the gloves must be well and truly off. They must be forced to live to their own rules and they must be beaten down and oppressed with their own weapons. But Kea and DaveMann are both of us, of the sane and the rationally concerned.

                My wish would be for civility in our exchanges here. And if you don’t agree with me then you are all just dickheads (just kidding).

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          • Not at all. Your opinions are yours to express, certainly, but I for one object strongly to your arrogant tone in calling other commenters dickheads and dribbling morons just because you disagree with them.

            What is more, I’m surprised to get 100% down ticks for saying so.

            Don’t you (and my detractors) have any sense of good manners and civilised debate?

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        • If a strong Muslim contingent came to NZ and told us how to live, what would your reaction be? No more bacon, women in headscarves, no more sunny beaches.

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        • Who are you calling a dribbling Moron?
          I would like to think that YSB has higher standards than that.
          I never stoop to personal insults.

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  10. WTF? Mongrels perhaps. Death threats etc? I wouldn’t have thought NZ was the sort of place you try to escape from!!

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  11. That cartoon with the woodpecker- the little bastards (actually they are pretty cute!) would poke holes in everyone’s weatherboards if you didn’t scare them off.

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  12. “A flatmate of the accused told Stuff on Saturday he hadn’t been around the past few days. I couldn’t get hold of him … I was hoping it wasn’t him. I feel like I failed, really. That’s how I feel.”

    When I read that comment from the flatmate my first thought was that it is typical of some to make the story all about themselves.

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  13. Was I the only person that noticed Sonny Bill was the only All Black who did not sing our national anthem last night? Just stood there hanging onto his team mates looking blank.

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  14. Fool Goof wants to waste the ak ratepayers money by changining out the diesel buses for electric ones.
    Just for the feelz of climate change, never mind the cost!

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    • If every house in NZ had an electric car or two or three, plus heat pumps, and if every bus and truck was electric, where is all the power going to come from? We will need to start using coal again. Using our own instead of importing it from Indonesia, of course.

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  15. I don’t think he should get a conviction for that as it will affect his international sporting career and the money he will earn from that will help his granny get an operation she needs.

    The poor fella has PTSD from colonisation and he saw more of these white colonists in a white van displaying white supremacy and just had a bad day (or night) //
    Honest Injun!

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      • Yes.
        This Injun said to me “I cannot tell a lie”.

        I said to her “can you give me your name in case I am ever asked this”.

        She said ‘Elizabeth Warren; but my friends call me Pocahontas, honest Injun.
        I cannot lie just as your Prime Minister cannot tell a lie.
        OK, I’m 1/1024 Injun – maybe – but just one drop is all that counts”.

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  16. So a mate who was at the game reckons Ardern got booed off the park when introduced to the crowd last night!
    He reckons it was pretty intense….
    I thought ‘Everyone loves Jacinda’? Isn’t she our ‘Wildly popular saviour’ etc etc??

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      • “Why would what that be?” a deeply narcissistic personality gets herself elected by a untrustworthy self-serving politician who manages to con 7% of voters and she proceeds to impose her socialist nirvana on her us. She could only pull the wool over our eyes for a short time. Wildly popular, not so much any longer. ?

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        • Mind you, on reflection Mt Eden stadium is not a stronghold for the Labour wets. Waitakere Man didn’t turn up at Eden Park to listen to Chompers banging on about climate & fairness.

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    • …..”Ardern got booed off the park”…..

      Be still my beating heart! Without Chompers & her bullshit to woo the unwashed Labour are toast. If Grant or Andy take over the reins they’ll deadheat with the New Conservatives for last place.

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  17. I don’t watch Rugby…
    so I have searched our MSM for evidence that nasty people booed our PM and I can find nothing.

    Didn’t happen.

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  18. Thought for the day:

    There is more money being spent on breast implants & Viagra today than on Alzheimer’s research. This means that by 2050, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs & huge erections but absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

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    • My Uncle Dick and Aunty Fanny have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
      I’m not surprised; they were just made for each other.

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    • Do you think you are suffering from repressed invective syndrome?
      There seem to be so few folks on YSB to rage against.
      Why don’t you creep over to Kiwiblog under a different pseudonym?
      I’m sure you could figure out a way to slip under the Moderating laser.

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      • I live with a hubby of wog persuasions… he has the Continental habit of raving/raging etc when objects wander off by themselves, or politicians open their mouth, etc….

        I’ve noticed over the years, if he doesn’t have a good screaming fit every couple of hours or so, he seems a bit out of sorts.

        Just wondering if you were of a similar disposition and needed to let some steam off.

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        • My hubby is contrary and also of the argumentative persuasion so I also note the inclination in others. ?

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      • Doubtful Maggy.

        Even although I’m a very sensitive person I’ve never felt that Kea has raged against me or picked on me in any way. 🙂

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        • I find it really offensive for you to disagree with me Nasska and then try and hide behind your “sensitivity”.
          It seems such a Labour-Party technique.
          Are you a plant from The Standard?

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          • Not in the slightest Maggy. Rather I’m supporting our indigenous species.

            The parrot is a taonga! 🙂

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              • He’s eyeing up our kidney fat.
                its nocturnal assaults were captured on video,[6][39] proving that at least some kea will attack and feed on healthy sheep. The video confirmed what many scientists had long suspected: that the kea uses its powerful, curved beak and claws to rip through the layer of wool and eat the fat from the back of the animal.

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                • Yes Maggy & that was an era of Nestor notabilis that is best forgotten.

                  But I’ve heard that recent specimens have renounced the past & turned vegan. Recent sightings have been made which indicate that they now frequent gay coffee bars & eat nothing but tofu & salads. 🙂

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            • You mean that Dignap15 is undercover for the local branch of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

              Scary! 🙂

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            • There is only one policeman on this site and that is me. You will have noticed that I have left your rant about a dribbling moron. That is about as bad as it will get.

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              • Oh, I thought we were all adults here. If Kea promises to lay off those who are pacifists can he stay?!

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  19. Bloody National and bloody Tinkerbelle Finlayson

    From the good people at Hobsons Pledge.

    “Brash: Return coast to public ownership”

    “Hobson’s Pledge today launched a petition calling on Parliament to fix the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 by restoring the coastal area to public ownership and moving all claims to the High Court.

    The Act is riddled with problems that stem from confiscating the marine and coastal area from all the people of New Zealand and inviting iwi and hapu to make a claim for it, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

    The Marine and Coastal Area Act is a racist piece of legislation that:

    Created 580 claims for the coast that will take decades and hundreds of millions of dollars to process.
    Allows claims to be negotiated by a Minister without scrutiny.
    Puts the burden to disprove a claim on objectors
    Creates a new property right available only to Maori.
    Creates an opportunity for iwi stand-over tactics on everything to do with the coastal area.
    The Act raised expectations among many that a new goldrush was underway and generated claims for the entire coastal area of New Zealand, Dr Brash said.

    Former Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson made a monumental mistake by creating a new form of ownership, customary marine title, and making it available only to Maori, he said.

    The main financial advantage for claimants is a greatly extended ability given to iwi-hapu groups to meddle with and extract payment from various coastal businesses, Dr Brash said.

    We hope that the current Parliament shows the will to fix this biased and problematic piece of legislation, he said.

    Our petition asks Parliament to amend the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 to restore public ownership of the coastal area, put all claims through the High Court, repeal customary marine title, while affirming customary rights.”

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  20. Another alt-right, white supremacist, I s’pose.
    They’re everywhere… been lurking in the bushes for decades, I’ve been told by well-informed journalists ill-informed hacks.

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  21. I’m thoroughly looking forward to the nashing of teeth and angst from Trump haters. It will be even better with a double celebration of the incompetent NZ PTPM getting the bums rush from her top seat. Roll on 2020.

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    • Our fish management system was supposed to be the best in the world & I concede that introducing quotas was probably the best of many bad options. It does however, include a fatal flaw in that it allows harvesting of the quota totally at the discretion of the quota holder.

      The fisherman is always going to maximise his catch & minimise his expenses by targeting the species he holds quota for when they congregate & usually this is when they gather to spawn. If farmers ran with the same idea we would send breeding ewes off to the works at the time they were sent to the ram.

      A classic example of what can go wrong is in Cray 4 ( the crayfish area that runs around the bottom of the North Island from about Napier to Wanganui). The season opens on 1st April when the females are soft shell & can’t be fished. Result the males are targetted. When they emerge they are ready to mate & once they are berried up they can’t be fished. By the time they’ve dropped their eggs most of the quota has been caught.

      Result: A decreasing pool of ever smaller males to fertilise next season’s eggs. This has gone on for 20+ years & now the fishery is nearly fucked & sufficiently so for quotas (worth upwards of a $mill/tonne) to be halved.

      Fin fish are in a worse state & no one has the genesis of an idea on how to improve things.

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      • You are correct. Crayfish tails in the supermarket the other day were so small I barely recognised them as crayfish.
        Times have certainly changed. It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.

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    • Very well written. Trudeau up to his neck in it.

      Does this remind you of someone else:
      “I take full responsibility. The buck stops with the prime minister,” Trudeau said. “I, obviously, take the ethics commissioner’s report very seriously. We will make sure that this never happens again under any government in this country.”

      My goodness, how many times have you heard that comical, banal pledge made by a rogue’s gallery of presidents and prime ministers?”

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      • Perhaps he could set up a committee to review the “learnings” the country can take from the ethics’ commissioner report.

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