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  1. Good morning one and all you freedom fighters, Can’t believe that I am the first one here but there you are. Has anyone had a power bill in the last week? I am with Genesis and the power has gone up around 40% as my 12 month contract has finished???? I see one of the three charges is now 50% more than it was. I am wondering if I should/could change to a cheaper option? That seems ridiculous to me for it to rise so exponentially but do not know what is a fair rate under this liarbor government. Please let me know what you think. Grateful thanks and have a great day, Rates rises, power rises, food rises. it just is a never ending shit fest at the moment. SO be careful out there you never know what is going to hit you…….

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    • And now the govt has uncapped the carbon scam, sometime between now and xmas electricity is going to rise more.
      The bullshit thing is i bet the whole country gets whacked for huntly emissions yet 99% of the time south island dosent use it and we export power north.

      Charge the jaffas hot tub and ev wankers the extra i rekon, theyre the homos that need coal fired power.

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    • Lizzie. Evidently the daily charge for supplying electricity has something to do with legislation passed by government.
      I have been talking to Contact who have been applying that charge even when one has no power connected.they say it is a Unison charge but they are applying it because of legislation.
      Haven’t had time to follow up.
      No doubt it is something to do with climate change bs.

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      • Thanks for that wiseowl. We are on a fixed contract with Contact which ends at the end of August so they sent out the new details this week. The daily connection rate is currently $1.68/day and will go up to $196/day. I’m in Wellington but I understand these connection rates can vary depending on where you live.

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    • You are not alone. Mercury has removed Trustpower and everyone is making the same comment. My work power bill has gone up

      You are not alone. Mercury has removed Trustpower and everyone is noticing how much their power account has gone up. My work account is up $200 a month more than it has ever been. All the govt. charges have gone up to support a bunch of useless organizations for the greater good according to politicians.
      Now it’s got cold there will be some big bills. At least that will use some of the excess rain we have collected. and they better with all the snow the summer melt will flood a lot of areas.
      You can bet though that the price will stay the same and the directors will get great bonuses. That’s how it works isn’t it?

      4200 a month just like that.

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    • Fwiw i have an older mate (67) who is a tad bit mad and nutterish but 11yrs ago he said fuck it and disconected the power to his wee cottage.
      Hes got by fine without and saved a small fortune, hes always been a frugal fella so it was right up his alley. Mad prick has had cold showers for 11 yrs! Rekons its good for the mind, body and soul.

      Another boomer mate lives alone in the bush with a simple hydro setup, car alternator on a small pelton wheel. He also has a small solar panel on the roof too, hes lived like that for almost 25yrs. Before he retired he was working remotely from home rekoned as long as he could charge his laptop and run his wifi he didnt need any other electrical crap. Only just got led lights just after lockdown, before that his only lighting was a kerosene tilly lantern.

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    • Good selection SB- certainly shows up our sad state of affairs in our law & order. Would be interesting to know if the off duties police in the first one incident were involved in the end of the Wellington protests which would well explained the entitled attitude.

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      • HP if you ever have a few to many chandies and decide to smash up the main street of waimate you have 2 options for get out of jail free cards.

        1. Identify as maori.
        2. Identify as an off duty cop.

        Id almost guarantee those 2 cops were at the protests, sound like a couple of thugs.
        The one cop in those 3 links that done a good thing on behalf of the public lost his job so just shows why cops have become they way they have being soft on crime and seem to be there more for the crim then the victims.

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  2. How does Bidens DOJ ,FBI, & CIA make things go away for the dirty Biden family? easy just set up a special council to investigate Hunter Biden so if any questions are asked the standard answer is going to be ” we cant comment on that as it’s an ongoing investigation”
    It’s as simple as that and the average American lefty being even more moronic than the average NZ lefties will swallow it hook line and sinker.

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  3. Cold one this morning.
    Good frost so that 3 for the year.
    Clean out the bugs and set the kiwi fruit up right for next year.

    aussie Epoch Times is putting up some good articles these days. well worth reading.

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  4. By Jo Nova

    Imagine giving an enemy the ability to track your VIPs movements and listen to their conversations in the car? Adversaries could learn national secrets, play mayhem on the markets with insider tips or just figure out who was having an affair with a view to blackmail and extortion. Worse, what if your adversaries could electronically upload software to your vehicles and shut down even 1 car in 100 on the major national highways — bringing the road network to a grinding halt?

    Where is James Bond when you need him? This would have been a great script.

    Thanks to NetZeroWatch:
    China To Crash EV Market and Paralyse Motorists in UK

    Michael Curzon, European Conservative

    A new report warns of a major impending security risk in handing Beijing the power to immobilise thousands of cars owned by Britons—and many others across Europe. Professor Jim Saker of the Institute of the Motor Industry, quoted in The Times, said “the threat of connected electric vehicles flooding the country could be the most effective Trojan horse that the Chinese establishment has.” There would, he added, be no way to prevent Chinese state-owned manufacturers from including technology in cars set to be exported which could bring them all to a halt.

    This comes just months after reports of a Chinese tracking device being found in a UK government vehicle.

    https://joannenova.com.au/2023/08/how-to-paralyze-a-city-with-one-easy-ev-update/

    Even better, to make the national suicide voluntary and complete, the CCP probably wouldn’t even need to do anything so brazen as paralyzing the car fleet. China has just taken the top spot as global car exporter. Cars shipped grew by, wow, 76% for the year. One quarter of those cars are EV’s and they are €10,000 (£8,600) cheaper than the cars made in Europe, Japan and America.

    China, Lion statueAs long as the West forces EV’s on its own population, and then taxes them to subsidize all the charging stations and extra generation required, the put-upon and suffering customers will choose the cheapest car they can find.

    And without cheap electricity from coal or slave labor in the factories, how could the Western car industry ever compete?

    The CCP plugged in $100 billion in subsidies to get the EV industry up and running. They “pressured foreign firms into forming joint ven
    more;

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  5. The alarming reality of cheap Chinese cars on British roads

    An invasion of cheap Chinese EVs is fast approaching – and there’s more at risk than UK car manufacturing
    By Matt Oliver ; Howard Mustoe and Will Hazell, Political Correspondent 6 August 2023 • 6:00am
    China’s spy cars on Britain’s roads

    The presenters of Top Gear pulled no punches as they ridiculed Chinese cars on a visit to the country just over a decade ago.

    “It is the most tragic looking thing,” Jeremy Clarkson boomed, looking down at one manufacturer’s effort to imitate the iconic Mini Cooper.

    “Like someone has described a Mini to someone on the telephone, or sent a really blurry fax.”

    “It’s awful,” agreed James May. “It is very cheap though.”

    “It’s easy to see why they were copying,” a voiceover from Clarkson added. “Because when they tried to go it alone, the results weren’t very good.”

    But fast-forward 11 years, and it is Chinese manufacturers who are laughing now.

    In the past year, China has leapfrogged Germany and Japan to become the world’s biggest exporter of cars, shipping 1.07 million abroad in the first quarter of 2023.

    The boom is being driven by the country’s emergence as a powerhouse in battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), the culmination of years of planning and massive state subsidies.

    Already, more than one in four cars being exported by China are BEVs, with the total expected to hit 1.3 million this year alone.

    At the same time, net zero rules are set to outlaw the sale of conventional petrol cars from 2030 in the UK and 2035 across the rest of Europe, giving Chinese brands including SAIC, BYD and Geely the opening they need to capture market share.

    The shake-up has opened the door to a tsunami of Chinese BEVs hitting Britain’s roads in the coming years – and at unprecedentedly low prices.

    With rivals such as Volkswagen, Ford and Toyota scrambling to catch up, Chinese manufacturers are poised to offer cars costing as much as €10,000 (£8,600) less than their European, Japanese and American competitors.

    Experts, industry insiders and senior politicians say this looming shift threatens the survival of European car manufacturing – and poses worrying security questions for governments as well.

    They describe a pattern of European complacency as China raced ahead in BEV technology, poured money into its domestic industries and developed strangleholds over supply chains that are crucial for battery production. Meanwhile, Europe diverged from America, choosing to put up almost no trade barriers to slow the coming influx of Chinese cars.

    Now, the debts are coming due.

    “We’re in a time of huge change and we in the UK have done the worst of both worlds,” says Andy Palmer, a veteran car industry executive known as “the Godfather of EVs” for his work on the Nissan Leaf.

    “There is not much time left to correct the direction we are going in.”
    Manufacturing offensive

    Thousands of cars sit marshalled like soldiers, ready to be sent abroad, at the Port of Shanghai.

    Jutting out into the East China Sea, the port – the world’s biggest by container volumes – exported more than 160,000 electric cars in the first three months of 2023 alone. It is a potent symbol of China’s newfound success in car manufacturing, both domestically and internationally.

    For years the country’s brands struggled to compete with western rivals abroad, dogged by issues of quality in the eyes of many consumers.

    In an attempt to overcome this problem, Beijing pressured foreign firms into forming joint ventures with Chinese counterparts when they set up factories in the country – in hopes that the students would eventually become the masters.
    A large number of export vehicles are assembled at the port of Yantai to be shipped
    Beijing has sought to dominate the electric vehicles global market as part of its Made in China 2025 strategy Credit: NurPhoto

    But in the background, the communist government also set in motion another plan to exploit the coming shift to BEVs. With technical breakthroughs and a strong domestic market, they spied an opportunity to vault ahead of the competition and become a global leader.

    Under the “Made in China 2025” strategy, the electric vehicle sector was one of several industries Beijing set out to dominate.

    Since 2009, China’s central and local governments have subsidised domestic BEV companies to the tune of $100bn, the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) calculated. It is an investment that looks to have paid off handsomely.

    More than half of the electric cars on roads worldwide are now in China, according to the International Energy Agency, while in 2022 the country accounted for around 60pc of all BEVs sold.

    “This has been a particularly successful area of industrial policy in China,” says Ilaria Mazzocco, a senior fellow and China business expert at CSIS.

    “And I think one thing to note is that these clean-tech industries are seen as an export industry by China, not necessarily just as a climate change issue.

    “There is an economic logic to promoting these industries. For more than a decade, the state planners have been really focused on having an industrial upgrade in China, moving from lower value-added production to higher value-added, higher-technological production – and electric vehicles are the perfect example.”

    Simultaneously, China has leveraged its dominance of critical minerals – including half the world’s refining capacity for lithium, a key battery metal – to create a supply chain that runs top to bottom, and encouraging foreign firms to set up shop there too.

    Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL), based in the city of Ningde in the Fujian province, is now the world’s biggest lithium battery manufacturer, with Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Tesla among its customers.

    This is attracting significant factory investment, with even western companies such as Tesla setting up shop there, ensuring that the lion’s share of value – including jobs and taxes – remains in China.

    Together with the enormous size of the Chinese market, these factors have helped to drive down dramatically the cost of making BEVs.

    “By being very, very focused on where they spend engineering dollars, they’re able to bring cars to market quickly, but are also not burdened with as much of the fixed costs that would be in a traditional manufacturer,” says Andrew Bergbaum of consultancy AlixPartners.

    However, a glut of state subsidies has allowed a plethora of auto manufacturers to spring up, triggering a vicious price war at home.

    This is what is now driving many Chinese companies to aggressively push their wares abroad, in a quest for bigger profits.

    In 2023, the country is set to export 1.3 million BEVs, up from 679,000 last year when draconian Covid lockdowns were still in force, analysts at market research firm Canalys have predicted.

    Not only are these vehicles seen as high quality, boasting long ranges, attractive designs and smart interiors, they are also extremely cheap.

    One brand British motorists should expect to see more of is BYD, which recently unveiled an electric hatchback that it plans to sell for less than £8,000 – far cheaper than many petrol-fueled models.

    The compact Seagull, which has four doors, is smaller than a Ford Fiesta and will be able to drive up to 252 miles on a single charge, according to the company.

    That is enough, in theory, to make the entire five-hour drive from central London to Rishi Sunak’s constituency of Richmond, in north Yorkshire.

    Other Chinese auto giants have snapped up legacy brands already known to consumers. SAIC Motor, a state-owned company, bought MG in 2007 and is introducing its European BEVs under the marque.

    Geely, a privately-owned Chinese group, has also owned Volvo since 2010.

    At the same time, the UK and Europe have cheerfully left the door open to competition from Chinese car makers.
    A SAIC Motor MG Cyberster concept electric sports car
    Chinese car maker SAIC is importing electric vehicles to Europe under the MG marque Credit: Zhe Ji/Getty Images AsiaPac

    Under World Trade Organisation rules, Britain and the bloc levy 10pc tariffs on imported Chinese vehicles but allow consumers to claim subsidies for purchasing them.

    The approach contrasts sharply with that of America, where Joe Biden is showering firms that set up BEV factories with subsidies and hitting Chinese car imports with tariffs of 27.5 per cent.

    There is also growing political scrutiny of deals with China-based companies, with some Republicans calling for a review of Ford’s plan to build a $3.5 billion factory in Michigan – using technology licensed from CATL.

    “Europe’s BEV market is comparatively far more open than those of China and the US, where national or regional assembly is a prerequisite to qualify for purchase subsidies and where import duties on foreign vehicles are higher,” a report by Allianz said in May.

    Researchers at Allianz called for Europe to seek “reciprocity” in trade terms.

    Ominously, however, they also warned China’s lead in EV technology is now so great that it “cannot be bridged” by 2030 – when Britain and Europe will impose restrictions on the sale of new petrol cars – and that Europe should cut its losses by encouraging Chinese car makers to set up factories here instead.

    “Allowing Chinese investment in European car assembly should not be a taboo, despite the symbolic dimension of such a decision and the likely opposition of some European car makers,” they argued.

    “All else unchanged, it would be far more beneficial for Europe to have China-branded vehicles on its roads if they were assembled locally rather than imported.”

    At the moment, Britain’s automotive industry employs 182,000 people in manufacturing and contributes £14bn to the economy per year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The auto industry in Germany, Europe’s biggest car producer, employs almost 800,000.

    But with a net zero ban on petrol cars now less than seven years away, the coming invasion of Chinese cars is putting national governments in an invidious position, warns the CSIS’s Mazzocco.

    “On the one hand, you actually have very cheap, affordable, decent value electric vehicles coming from China, which we know are beneficial to decarbonising our transport sectors,” she says, “and from that point of view, it is actually a positive thing to have increased competition.

    “On the other hand, there is a real risk for countries that have large automotive industries. If your decarbonisation policies lead to de-industrialisation and job losses, you’re eventually going to get backlash.

    “If production is moved to China, you could get the equivalent of the China shock in the heart of Europe – which could have some very negative effects.

    “You may get a populist wave of anti-climate activists, for example, if you experience widespread unemployment.”
    New frontline of espionage

    About 150 miles east of Beijing, the beach resort of Beidaihe sits perched on the coast of the Bohai Sea.

    Known as the “summer capital”, with government departments having once moved there annually to escape the heat, today the district is where China’s communist elites like to take their holidays.

    If you drive a Tesla, however, then you had better find another place to relax.

    Last year, authorities in the district turned away Teslas for at least two months, starting from July 1, citing reasons related to “national affairs”.

    And it is not the only example of restrictions being placed on the American company’s cars in China.

    Teslas have also been barred in the past from driving through parts of Chengdu where Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, was due to visit.

    The restrictions underscore fears that the modern car – a computer on wheels that utilises a battery of sensors, microphones, cameras and software programmes – risks becoming a new front in global espionage, much as smartphones have already.

    And while car makers have traditionally focused on locking down individual cars, in recent years they have also been forced to consider a range of other vulnerabilities, as criminals and hackers have devised ever more ingenious ways to copy the radio signals of car keys or even seize control remotely.

    In one well-known experiment, hackers remotely disabled a Jeep Cherokee’s transmission while a journalist was driving it down a US motorway. This led to the recall of 1.4 million vehicles.

    More recently, exercises by cyber security experts in the UK have resulted in vehicles being remotely compromised, with control taken away from the driver by an attacker crouched behind a laptop keyboard.

    Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said these trials – which revealed “gaping holes” in security – were carried out at the request of sceptical car manufacturers who refused to believe such hacks were possible until they were demonstrated in front of them.

    Yet the type of security threat likely to be posed by China will not necessarily come from external actors.

    Modern cars are increasingly dependent on “over the air” software updates, which they receive through a mobile phone-style SIM card that is built into the vehicle.

    If a malicious actor gained access to these update systems, through servers known as “the backend”, they could beam out software that allows them to spy on vehicles and their driver remotely.

    The concern is that this is not only vulnerable to hackers, but also potentially the manufacturers themselves, with those in China subject to national security laws that force them to comply with government requests.

    “If somebody is able to attack the backend then, potentially, that might also have implications on the safety of the vehicle… you would be able to update the software,” says Martin Emele, of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Centre.

    This is the case for all new cars, wherever they are made in China, Europe or the US. A SIM card allows the car to receive updates, new features and security patches, just like a smartphone. In a crash a car will phone the emergency services. To do this, it needs a microphone and a link to the outside world. Cameras inside make sure you are not nodding off at the wheel.

    All of this can be used to spy on you if security is lax, says Ken Munro, a security expert and ethical hacker at Pen Test Partners, a company that tests for security holes.

    “We did a bunch of work on aftermarket car alarms. And we discovered that in many of them, you could actually remotely enable the microphones and listen to people in the cars.”

    He believes that shoddy code poses more of a risk than state hacking. But last week, academic Jim Saker warned The Telegraph that in a worst case scenario, the cars could be remotely paralysed, representing a security risk to Britons.

    This risk is compounded by the fact that Chinese technology is proliferate in western supply chains.

    Chinese technology company Huawei may have been kicked out of the UK’s 5G network, but in December, the company reportedly made sales of its smart car technology to Mercedes Benz, Audi, BMW, and Porsche, putting Huawei products in 15 million cars a year.

    The car makers were approached for comment.

    In mitigation, “the Chinese market is highly, highly competitive”, Bergbaum of AlixPartners says, offering some protection since a car maker which did not protect a buyers’ data would quickly find itself short on custom and have its market snapped up by a rival.

    “Clearly it’s something that should be monitored by the government.”

    And with cheap Chinese cars soon expected to flood the UK and European markets, the question may soon become a far more urgent one for policymakers.
    Stealth war

    Over in Westminster, meanwhile, the potential invasion of Chinese cars is only just flickering onto the radar.

    Government insiders claim they are alive to potential security issues, after spooks reportedly discovered a Chinese-made “geolocating device” in a car used for official business.

    According to the i newspaper, the SIM card – placed inside a sealed part that was imported – was capable of transmitting location data and was discovered during a sweep of vehicles. China dismissed the claims as “groundless and sheer rumour”.

    However, Conservative MPs are lobbying for the threat to be taken more seriously.

    Dame Priti Patel, the former Home Secretary, believes the Government should slow the transition to electric vehicles if an influx of Chinese cars threatens to decimate the domestic car industry and pose security risks.

    Previously, the Government stepped in to prevent Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from supplying technology used in the UK’s 5G mobile network, amid American concerns about the company’s links with authorities in Beijing.
    Dame Priti Patel
    Dame Priti Patel: ‘Net zero has to be match-fit for our country – we can’t end up being dependent on nations like China’ Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

    “The whole point about net zero is it should not disproportionately impact, disadvantage or discriminate against our country in any way,” Patel says.

    “Under no circumstances can we revert backwards and end up being dependent on nations like China.

    “We’ve just gone through the Golden Era where we were effectively cosying up to the Chinese state and that basically left our state institutions, our national security, key infrastructure assets, completely at risk from espionage, interception, being bought out and taken over, including companies that hold the data of British citizens.

    “Our approach to net zero has to be match-fit for our country and make us secure when it comes to energy and technology… making sure that we have homegrown options, and that we are not franchising it out and giving it away to nations that, quite frankly, do pose a threat to us.”

    She adds: “The risk exposure to our country and to British citizens is very real and it’s something that people need to go into with their eyes wide open, we can’t be naive about this anymore.”

    With China having already ballooned its electric vehicle industry with a decade’s worth of subsidies, however, much of the damage is already done.

    Shanker Singham, an international trade expert who advises the US and UK governments, says western countries should not shy away from imposing tariffs on Chinese cars where necessary.

    But rather than imposing blanket restrictions, he suggests they should only target companies that can be shown to have received state support – and that they should be calibrated only to mitigate those benefits.

    This would help put Chinese and western firms on a more even footing, Singham argues, while allowing those Chinese firms that are genuinely competitive.

    “You want to give a signal to efficient China producers that have not benefited from government distortions – to the extent they exist – that we welcome their input, because it leads to better prices, better choice for consumers, all of the good things that come with international trade.

    “But at the same time, you have a robust defensive mechanism to deal with their distortions.

    “If you’re able to give those two signals to the Chinese government, you have a much greater chance of giving oxygen to the limited numbers of reformers who still exist there and making clear that, if you want to succeed in global markets, you need to eliminate your anti-competitive distortions. It’s a better way, and it’s more defensible economically.”

    There is some hope for Britain’s dreams of securing more of a domestic BEV industry for itself. So far two battery gigafactories – around which experts say all other parts of the supply chain will orbit – are planned in Sunderland, by Nissan, and in Somerset by Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata.

    Paul Atherley, the chairman of Tees Valley Lithium, a company hoping to open Europe’s biggest lithium refinery in Middlesbrough, says the UK’s access to vast wind energy and its chemical industry expertise could yet make it a key centre for critical minerals.

    This would help to attract more battery and BEV manufacturers.

    “Midstream is where China has dominance [of lithium],” Atherley explains. “That’s where we should be looking to draw on our chemical engineering heritage.”

    Yet despite Britain’s efforts to go it alone, China’s influence remains. On Friday, the Financial Times reported Chinese battery company AESC, part of energy giant Envision, is closely linked to Jaguar Land Rover’s plans in Somerset.

    The Chinese company will provide the initial technology to get Tata’s gigafactory up and running. Government ministers and Tata officials have so far refused to discuss the involvement of the Chinese tech giant in the project.

    Ultimately, it is the rock-bottom cost of Chinese cars that could prove the Achilles’ heel of western countries, argues car industry veteran Palmer, who says the Government must focus more on winning inward investment before it is too late.

    “We’ve pursued net zero policies that are more ambitious than Europe, but we’ve taken away any advantage that gives to domestic industry,” he says.

    “If you’re going to position yourself aggressively, you’ve got to back that up with an industrial strategy.

    “The only place that has got access to affordable electric cars is China. And therefore, this ambitious strategy opens you up to competition from Chinese manufacturers, particularly at the lower end of the market, because they are the ones with the wherewithal to meet those price points.”

    Worryingly for Europe, consumers may not take much persuasion either. Even Jeremy Clarkson, who once dismissed Chinese cars, now appears to be a fan.

    In a recent newspaper review, the former Top Gear presenter hailed the new Lotus Emira as “very good value for money”, adding: “You could have three for the price of one scum-spec Ferrari.”

    Lotus, as Clarkson noted, is yet another brand now owned by the Chinese.

    Additional reporting by Gareth Corfield
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    Electric cars, Automotive industry, China, Net Zero

    Modern cars are increasingly dependent on “over the air” software updates, which they receive through a mobile phone-style SIM card that is built into the vehicle.

    If a malicious actor gained access to these update systems, through servers known as “the backend”, they could beam out software that allows them to spy on vehicles and their driver remotely.

    The concern is that this is not only vulnerable to hackers, but also potentially the manufacturers themselves, with those in China subject to national security laws that force them to comply with government requests.

    “If somebody is able to attack the backend then, potentially, that might also have implications on the safety of the vehicle… you would be able to update the software,” says Martin Emele, of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Centre.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2023/08/06/china-electric-cars-invasion-britain-security-risks/?WT.mc_id=e_DM187325&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Edi_New_Reg&utmsource=email

    This is a worry.
    Keep your old car.

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  6. Men Are Just Happier People! What do you expect from such simple creatures?

    Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
    Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress – $5,000. Tux rental – $100. People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.
    New shoes normally don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars.
    You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
    Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck. You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes – one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
    You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache… You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes. No wonder men are happier!

    NICKNAME If Laura, Kate, and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba, and Wild man.
    EATING OUT When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. When the girls get their bill, out comes the pocket calculators.

    MONEY A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.

    BATHROOMS A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
    ARGUMENTS A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

    FUTURE A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

    MARRIAGE A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.

    DRESSING UP A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

    NATURAL Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed. Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

    OFFSPRING Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears, and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!

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  7. ‘Why would you care?’ Sir John Key says don’t fret about foreign money

    The chairman of the country’s biggest Australian-owned bank, ANZ, thinks New Zealanders should welcome foreign money flowing into our economy because it doesn’t always assume influence.

    Sir John Key told Markets with Madison a move from BlackRock this week to garner more investment in our renewable electricity efforts made sense because it aligned with the environmental interests of the global asset manager and other institutional investors.

    However, he was surprised by the backlash towards BlackRock and its aim to achieve returns here.

    “I find it remarkable when people are so worried about foreign capital. Who do they think is going to fund this stuff? And why would you care?”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/why-would-you-care-sir-john-key-says-dont-fret-about-foreign-money/47J46HO6TVDWRBTD2YTZATYCT4/

    Shonkey dismisses the very real issue that if you get into mortgage trouble with your bank they get nasty. Its naive to assume that Balckrock wouldn’t be the same.

    He should try being an ordinary joe Bloggs on a basic income for a few years.

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  8. At last the Europeans and American military leaders have identified a war they might be able to win ,Niger ,a small African Country with massive uranium deposits ( not the reason for a military response, LOL) and one of the smallest military forces on the continent, you can just imagine the short arsed leader of France and the old pedophile Cnut in the white house pacing back and forth talking about a strong military strike to restore peace and order.
    They better make it quick as a few neighboring countries are making noises about supporting Niger ,at this moment in time 4 of 5 small 3rd world African Countries could probably be a reasonable threat to the French and American forces especially if the unemployed Wagner mercenaries turn up in Niger.

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    • You are right revtech120, it is not the uranium as the French collect a far bigger tithe from many of those African countries.
      Wagner forces are already in Niger, and setting up stronger border controls.

      I noticed this when Eric Zemmour sort of raised this when running for the French Presidency.
      The system attempted to “shame” him as rascist & anti migrant, but in part he touched on why the African migrants keep pouring across, & will continue to do so.

      Written in 2014 & sounds like it very much continues in a very murderous criminal way.

      …. It was the only conditions for the French not to destroy the country before leaving. However, the amount es- timated by France was so big that the reimbursement of the so called ”colonial debt” was close to 40 % of the country budget in 1963. ….
      https://siliconafrica.com/france-colonial-tax/

      Note how ruthless France is to this day, in gaining massive annual payments from their supposed independent colonies.

      No wonder China & Russia can move into Africa. More honest? Trust them? Can not be worse than France. Only time will tell, but Chinese & Russians can see there is a relief valve in having any problems, migrating to Europe.

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      • Simpleton1, the pandemic and this war have opened my eyes further than I’m happy to admit , luckily I’ve always despised government but do feel uneasy about some of the international MSM narratives I may have been to fast to accept in the past, never fucking again.

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  9. 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨

    This is hilarious. Paul Joseph Watson shows how Simps are sleazing up to AI generated women on line thinking they might get female attention.

    THOTPOCALYPSE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isafYIg0o3c

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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    • Kea ,a couple of months ago I got a 24hr ban for commenting on a channel that obviously was AI , 2 absolutely stunning 100% perfect ladies walking down the street with other people walking as well and only the 2 beauties had no shadow ,
      ” calm down boys they are not real FFS ,they are AI” is all commeted.

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  10. I have finally worked out why Stupid Boy is acting the way he is. Being in his mid 30’s, hes worried about his and his young family’s future, if the left win in October. He doesn’t want to go back to Australia but feels he has no option.
    Us oldies have see the best years of this country, and nothing the left can do will have a major effect upon us. They will still pay the super, look after my winter wine supply, and keep on stuffing up the country.
    All his shit-stirring is just bluster from a worried little stupid boy.

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    • I wondered that too?
      Life seems very good in the Deep South with the wife & kids & in a way many of us enjoy, support that.
      I also figure that the changes in the last 6 years have totally unsettled thinking people when looking to the future & that goes for myself also.
      In parts it is feelz of futility that is depressing & we activate “hate” in response to try & effect a change.
      Also maybe a major cash contribution to DNZ and now that hope is gone?

      Sure I’m very peeved also about the demise of DNZ, & still trying to figure out just what happened.
      Like how could one blond bimbo (motive?) have such a hold on the Board. Money? Power? & over King? bedded?
      DNZ seems to have run out of time to clear this up. 🙁

      Then why Steve Cranston & Lee Smith, that ties deeply into GroundSwell could be why such a drop in the polls?
      Not that I hear of any word put out from them about that.
      Just to remind next week GroundSwell meetings in the Waikato:– Morrinsville, Te Kuiti, & Te Awamutu
      https://ysb.co.nz/have-your-say-1571/#comment-345106

      Though DNZ slow to build up in numbers & a lot of time & travel for meetings when suddenly some could see that it could work. So a nullifying shut down?
      Though not directly connected was it seen as too close to “Stop Co Governance” based on DNZ’s “Needs, not just Maori” policy as Julian Batchelor continues his meetings, to then peak in Auckland the week before the election.
      Winston Peters will be looking to benefit from that now.
      As WP. will also when Posie Parker comes through to NZ on the transgender issues.

      After all who believes that Winston Peters will not bend on some if not all of these issues, with some baubles, like he did with the UN Global Migration Pact, signing off in having “He Puapua” to proceed, not opposing in jailing fewer maoris in jail, etc..

      Winston Peters seen as a trade off as being better than Matt King sitting on the cross benches, who may trigger a snap election.
      With sound reasoned argument on an issue, if Matt King called such a snap election he could possibly increase DNZ’s Party vote.

      Though DNZ is small, in the life of politics a week is long time, and it is not over until the fat lady sings.
      That is why some people get off their butt & try bring a change in thinking.
      Like Viking, Ed., waikatogirl, & even Iaasb in his own way.

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    • Don’t count your chickens about the super, Ed. Any one of the parties likely to be in government after October are perfectly capable of cancelling all super payments under any ridiculous pretext at all and offering instead a free ‘opportunity’ of government paid Assisted Dying for the over 70s. They will probably set up popup euthanasia festivals in carparks where older citizens can publicly show their kindness to the planet – much like they did with the injection centres.

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    • I like this post Ed. Especially being stocked up wine. For all my posts, I really don’t give a sh*t (irdgas) – I too am old. Left right centre in October, makes no diff to me.

      I merely observe, but it’s a pity to see a great country going down the sh*tter.

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    • ED, They might keep paying the super but we are getting worried about a lack of money in the EQWD fund ,I’m hearing rumours from a mate close to the coal face that resources are running low so the damage to our land in the storms earlier might be a problem, we still have no outcome from the insurance company and they haven’t even been out to do a geo report FFS.

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        • Hey Ed, the cunts locked the whole country down, destroyed businesses injected the population with poison and imprisoned the people and almost NOBODY reacted. Now they are gutting us and fucking us over in the name of ‘carbon’ and it’s the same result. Almost zero resistance. .

          Don’t count on any push back from the oldies having any effect whatsoever (even if there were any push back worth speaking of).

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    • Have to agree if I was much younger I would be off but too old now to have to adapt to a new lifestyle.
      It would have to be a new lifestyle as nowhere in the western world actually looks a lot better than here.

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    • Not even Ed.
      Couldnt give a fuck if im here or aussie both places have their pros and cons, i am the way i am mainly because im a cunt and i enjoy winding people up esp sensitive folk that dont realise theyre in a cult.

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  11. The Lone Ranger and Tonto were riding the trail one day, and heard the ominous sound of Indian war drums coming from the next hill.
    “I don’t like the sound of those drums, Tonto,” he said.
    Next moment a red Indian brave stepped out from behind a tree and said “Yeah, it’s not very good is it, but our regular drummer is off sick today.”

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  12. So, will the grinning 45KG Ginga PM announce GST to come off fruit and veges tomorrow, as Labours’ big announcement?

    Betcha and the gullible will shout, Hallelujah! We have been saved.

    But the gullible will not understand it is only the GST on the Retailers margin that will not have GST on it, not the GST on the fruit and vege growers which the Government will collect, not the GST from the trucking company, not the GST from the fruit and vege wholesaler both of which the Government will take. Only the very little GST paid by the Retailer, will come off.

    And the Government will pull the wool over the country’s eyes yet again. And the gullible will still shout. Hallelujah!

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    • And the retailers will (quite ustifiably IMO) then put up the prices to compensate for all the extra accounting work created by having to fuck around with different GST ratings for different products on their sales inventories.

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      • EK, if these Tossers in Labour and Hipkins in particular introduce a GST regime on fruit and veges, They would have to introduce it on fresh meat as well, but I bet they will not have not thought it through.

        For example, if you buy a ready made sandwich in a Supermarket with salad contents, do the salad contents become GST free and the wheat in the bread, attract GST as it is value added? Does a fresh chicken become GST free, but a cooked chicken attract GST because it has value added?

        If Labour try and introduce this, it will become a nightmare to administer and rightly the retailers should be able to seek compensation for their considerable increased costs. and therefore charges and therefore more GST being paid which the Government, then gets.

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        • Yip yip…. that’s exactly what it is…!,..!

          And added to this, supermarkets (i.e. large employers) will soon be compelled by the government to conform to some sort of Marxist ‘gender pay equity’ standard. At present the plan is ‘only’ gender based (although nobody seems to know what a woman is), but who’s to say there won’t be an employment quota for Maoris seamlessly threaded into this bullshit when it comes into law.

          Cunts.

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  13. FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried sent to prison after judge revokes bail
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2023/08/ftx-founder-sam-bankman-fried-sent-to-prison-after-judge-revokes-bail.html

    A US judge on Friday revoked Sam Bankman-Fried’s bail, after finding probable cause that the indicted founder of the bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange tampered with witnesses at least twice.

    FTX founder released on $400m bond after arrest, collapse of crypto exchange

    Bankman-Fried has been largely confined to his parents’ Palo Alto, California, home on $250 million bond since his December 2022 arrest.

    Federal prosecutors in Manhattan first made their surprise request to jail Bankman-Fried last month, saying he “crossed a line” by sharing former romantic partner and Alameda Chief Executive Caroline Ellison’s personal writings with a New York Times reporter.

    Ellison and two other former members of Bankman-Fried’s inner circle have pleaded guilty to fraud and agreed to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. She is expected to testify against him at his scheduled Oct. 2 trial.

    As part of his bail conditions, prosecutors had been able to monitor his telephone and internet activity. Kaplan said he was concerned that Bankman-Fried showed the writings to the reporter during an in-person meeting at his parents’ home.

    “It was a way, in his view, of doing this in a manner in which he was least likely to be caught. He was covering his tracks,” said Kaplan, who is known for his no-nonsense demeanor in the courtroom and has also recently overseen defamation lawsuits against former U.S. President Donald Trump and a sexual abuse lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew.

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  14. So I was recently reading that condoms are effective only 97% of the time and I thought that’s not good enough.

    So I tried getting my girlfriend to use the pill, this is apparently 98% effective.

    So then I tried the female condom, and found that to be 99% effective.

    But after all this I still strove for a method that is 100% effective.

    So yesterday I converted to Islam & dyed my hair ginger.

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  15. The broadcasting minister says he will introduce a new bill to force Internet giants to pay for NZ news, hoping that will replace PIJF shortfall.

    Willie Jackson says he didn’t decide to end journalism fund, hopes alternative funding will arrive

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/132728945/willie-jackson-says-he-didnt-decide-to-end-journalism-fund-hopes-alternative-funding-will-arrive?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Good luck Willie.

    Canada is on the verge of destroying far more journalism jobs than it ever could have hoped to save.
    Here’s a word of caution for policy-makers looking to help publishers retrieve some of their advertising revenue lost to web giants such as Google and Meta: Whatever you do, don’t look to Canada for inspiration.
    Canada’s efforts to “defend democracy,” as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put it, have turned out to be a counterproductive fiasco. The government hoped the Online News Act would salvage a struggling legacy news industry and become a model to be copied globally. But it is the most spectacular legislative failure in Canada’s living political memory.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2023/08/canadas-online-media-legislation-hits-the-buffers/

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  16. Ursula von der Leyen’s speech writer must be on holiday.

    “The Russian military is taking chips from dishwashers and refrigerators to fix their military hardware because there are no semiconductors anymore. Russian industry is in tatters”

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  17. Webwrat,This type of idiocy is going to bring violence to this country if it’s allowed to continue ,bet you bloody bank balance on it, these council people are fucking morons that have never done a productive thing in their miserable lives.

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    • Someone I knew had a great plan. Wait till this variety was planted in a new orchard. Sneak in one night. Erect a scrim box around one tree, that’s large enough to fit a person in and to keep the light in. Dig up the required sapling and replace it with a similar sized avo from another variety. That was the plan, but the intruder alarm went off ending a dream of having the worlds best avo tree growing in their backyard. I have offered these people $500 for one tree, and was willing to accept certain conditions regarding the growing and use of such a tree. They weren’t interested.

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  18. Leading Report
    @LeadingReport
    BREAKING: The UK Government has published official figures on deaths following COVID vaccination revealing 1 in every 482 vaccinated people in England died within one month of vaccination, 1 in every 246 died within 60 days of vaccination, and 1 in every 73 were dead by May 2022.

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/deathsbyvaccinationstatusengland

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  19. Check out the bullshit here:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/kahu/maori-physicists-try-to-recreate-fusion-energy-on-earth/HCDCMBUNMRDOLJXRQONMGFIEOY/

    Aside from the fact that he’s a charlatan who has fooled idiot investors into seeding his hopeless endeavour with millions of dollars, he is a very pale part-hori shyster playing the brown card to the max. Just because his amazing granny singlehandedly saved te Lingo, he can do the fusion shit, bro. Anyway, the headline is complete hyperbole for starters, and the operation he’s running seems to feature a large dose of personality cult centred on himself. If tens of billions poured into ITER and the NIF over decades, peopled by large teams of the world’s very best physicists, have barely been able to create for a millisecond the conditions required for fusion, what’s a fucking hori in a tin shed in Wellington going to achieve? Matauranga Maori again? Sweet as, those old tohungas had the shit on atomic particles, eh cuz?

    Stephen Tindall, your money’s gone, mate.

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      • My oldest is a physics graduate. He follows the fusion thing closely. He watched the TV program about the white hori in a shed a couple of weeks ago and nearly fell off his chair. He can understand the investors taken in by the whole scam, but he can’t fathom the staff, many of them very highly educated, going along for the ride. I reckon I can – they’re all very young and dewy-eyed, it’s a paycheck, and they BELIEVE in the hori.

        I saw somewhere that Steven Joyce was involved. Bigger fool him.

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  20. Luxon is a weak, limp wristed Fuckwit, with a capital F. He deserves the MSM to be a shill for Labour.

    Chris Penk was on the money with his Tweet, and put Tova O’Brien in her place. But Chris Penk’s boss, Luxon did not have the Dangly Clockweight’s to support him. If Luxon was my boss and did not have my back for standing up for him (Luxon), then it would be, goodbye from me.

    A thoroughly weak Prick.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/insensitive-and-innappropriate-christopher-luxon-adresses-national-mps-tweet-about-today-fm-going-off-air/ONOKONUAIBGPLEKFPWHHB5BLQE/

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  21. More young Americans are dying – and it’s not COVID. Why aren’t we searching for answers?

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2023/08/11/more-americans-dying-than-before-pandemic-covid-deaths/70542423007/

    This is one of the reasons why.
    Pfizer vaccine executive advised not to attend Mayo teen’s inquest due to ‘threats’

    https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/pfizer-vaccine-executive-advised-not-to-attend-mayo-teens-inquest-due-to-threats-1491394.html

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  22. Another grift?

    Christine Rankin takes employer to court over $100k salary – board claims there was no job offer

    Prominent politician and civil servant Christine Rankin, who was hired by a charitable organisation, only received a tenth of her salary because the board said it didn’t have any money and its CEO didn’t have the authority to employ anyone.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/christine-rankin-takes-employer-to-court-over-100k-salary-board-claims-there-was-no-job-offer/5KCM633GCNFUHPKZHZZ2GNEF3E/

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  23. A house and an electric vehicle in a garage caught fire in Pakuranga Heights, Auckland this evening.

    The split-level house off Wanaka Pl could be seen engulfed in flames, burning on opposite ends of the property.

    Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) said they were called to the fire shortly before 5pm.

    The spokesperson said an electric vehicle was found on fire inside the garage.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/house-on-fire-in-pakuranga-heights-electric-vehicle-ablaze-in-garage/4P627DPXFZB7PP4VSCXPPU65CY/

    One less freeloader

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  24. Four older women are sitting around playing Bridge.
    The first lady says,
    “You know girls, I have known you all a long time and there is something I must get off my chest. I am a kleptomaniac. But, don’t worry, I have never stolen from you and I never will; we have been friends for too long.”
    The second Lady says,
    “Well, since we are having true confessions here, I must get something off my chest too. I am a nymphomaniac. But don’t worry, I have never made a play for your husbands. They don’t interest me and never will; we have been friends for too long.”
    “Well,” says the third lady,
    “I, too, must confess something. I am a lesbian. But do not worry, I will not bother you. You are not my type. We have been friends too long for me to ruin our friendship.”
    The fourth lady stands up, says,
    “I have a confession to make also. I am an uncontrollable gossip, and I have some phone calls to make!”

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  25. Awsome day down the beach today, went out through the catlins for a drone fish.
    Beaut spot on a beach i hadnt been to since school camp 25yrs ago, if id trusted the forecast i never wouldve gone but thankfully trusted my gut and turned out nice without a breath of wind.
    Filled the chilly bin with a mean feed, we’re sorted for fish for a while me thinks but probs go drop a few feeds off to mates tommorow.

    Get that drone out for a fish bert! Bloody good way to spend an arvo.

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  26. The Impact of Therapeutic Products Act on New Zealand’s GE-Free Dream

    Political parties, like National and ACT, are the pom-pom cheerleaders for GE and GMOs for plant, animal, and human uses — farmers take careful note and with great alarm!

    https://www.garymoller.com/post/the-impact-of-therapeutic-products-legislation-on-new-zealand-s-ge-free-dream?postId=277463fb-5597-4670-91e9-25fe2335eafd&utm_campaign=4e722758-b147-4399-825d-d9c3cd766aeb&utm_source=so&utm_medium=mail&utm_content=561fa8ec-d4d1-4643-ace9-cbff29f4524a&cid=99fc466c-04c0-4ff7-b281-dad15cf23476

    We Can’t Let This Happen!!

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