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  1. Morning Troopers. Global warming at it again. Just been chasing Bambi and woke to a couple of cm (about an inch to you lot) of snow on my tent. Going to have to start pitching my bivvy steeper. Must’ve been close to collapsing. That would’ve been exciting while punching out Zzzzzz’s.

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    • Ive been there, done that saggy. 2am running around in your jocks and several inches of snow trying to resurect a collapsed tent.
      It was a crappy tent with fibreglass poles, used to go flat in wind aswell (msr tent, theyre junk imo). Next payday it got ditched an i bought the mighty huntech bivvy, that was 18yrs ago and that bivvy has been to hell and back still going strong to this day. Saved our lives a few times too, unreal and very lightweight bit of kit.

      What sort of tent/bivvy you using saggy?

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      • For summer I got the MSR Hubba Hubba. For winter Macpac Minaret. MSR has more room and is lighter if packing it in, but Minaret is warmer, stronger and super-easy to put up. I pretty much just use the Minaret these days. The bivvy is just a tarp I run from my truck for a living area. Tent entrance goes under tarp so I can come and go in shelter,.

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        • Those minarets are bloody good tents for fly in trips theyre solid as.
          I just hate the weight of tents, im a fan of light packs so that rules out pretty much any proper tent plus theyre tiny and a 2man tent is really a 2 gay spooning man tent and your gears gotta stay out in the vestibule.
          The old faithfull huntech ive found to be most versatile, can pitch the thing dam near anywhere and only single pole. Can ditch the floor in summer too to lighten it up even more, very spacious aswell, only crap thing is insects can come and go but a small can of flyspray and a squirt after dark sorts that out. If we’re using it as basecamp we setup a fly out front too, much nicer for stripping of wet gear etc.

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      • The Englishman’s wife steps up to the tee and, as she bends over to place her ball, a gust of wind blows her skirt up and reveals her lack of underwear. “Good God, woman! Why aren’t you wearing any undies?” her husband demanded. “Well, you don’t give me enough housekeeping money to afford any.”
        The Englishman immediately reaches into his pocket and says, “For the sake of decency, here’s £20. Go and buy yourself some underwear.”
        Next, the Irishman’s wife bends over to set her ball on the tee. Her skirt also blows up to show that she too is wearing no undies. “Blessed Virgin Mary, woman!
        You’ve no undies. Why not?” She replies, “I can’t afford any on the money you give me.” He reaches into his pocket and says, “For the sake of decency,
        here’s £10. Go and buy yourself some underwear!”
        Lastly, the Scotsman’s wife bends over. The wind also takes her skirt over her head to reveal that she, too, is naked under it. “Sweet mudder of Jesus, Aggie!
        Where the are yer drawers?” She too explains, “You dinna give me enough money ta be able ta affarrd any.”
        The Scotsman reaches into his pocket and says,
        “Well, fer the love ‘o Jesus, here’s a comb. Tidy yerself up a bit!” 🤣

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  2. I dont think stuffed have heard of the streisand effect, peters is deliberately taking on a few folk like this to attract the nutter vote. Same reason dnz done it aswell, would be a bit different if winnies whole list was nutters but imo hes playing the field pretty good with diversity of candidates. Traditional nz1, nutter nz1 and anti co gov nz1, no doubt hes got a farmer or 2 in there or about to aswell.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300945108/chemtrails-911-and-vaccine-nanobots-the-digital-trail-of-nz-firsts-couldbe-mps

    Stuffed losers love diversity but only if its based on skin colour or lgbt mental illness, stray from that and they end up hysteric about it.

    Anyways i hope stuffs attack works to keep winnie under 5% but me thinks crap like this will gain him more votes from nutters.

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    • Seems to me that Democracy NZ did well sorting out Polly (Kirsten Murfitt) and off loading her to NZ First.

      Watch out for the possibility of a new coalition featuring New Conservatives and Democracy NZ – you heard it here first SB under your name – you will be able to claim credit for it should it come to pass.

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    • Would it be NZFirst be seen as a way of grouping an opposition to a more workable as a well proven, a more pliable Party, an actual controlled opposition.
      Like how Winston Peters supported the UN Global Migration Pact.
      Did not push for wiping of the Maori Seats.
      Supported the Fresh Water legislation, of Ormsby & iwi control. (“3 waters” is further “progress” of that pipe)

      In the mean time Winston Peters has total waka jumping legislation control over his candidates, so the policies can only be the policies that WP deems should come into play when it suits him!

      It may be bad enough that supposedly ACT can not be so controlled? or can it?
      To be kept too busy, & the “having power corrupts” can prove tempting, like Rodney Hide’s perk buster, taking his girl friend on a trip. (current wife & mother to his children) & then accepting Dave Garret.

      Any other Party would be a step too far? as being no controlling points, so a totally loose cannon, if they put the work in, as can be seen by many of their policies that came out of DNZ, though in a way they have been touched on by ACT, Groundswell, & others.

      Will just have to wait & see if DNZ, & those policies, will be talked about more, one way or the other, to flare up, kept alight by groups like “GroundSwell”, “Stop Co-Governance” etc.. that may coalesce to more effect if really needed during the next term of Government.

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    • Aagh. That kind of weird shit (nanotech etc.), drove me bonkers. There was enough bad stuff to attack without getting into that kind of nonsense.

      I was in a local VFF chat group but bailed on it due to weird and irrelevant crap like that getting posted.

      In light of that Stuffed article, I wish Winston had selected my friend instead, but Winston was too chicken for reasons I won’t get into.

      That stuff is a huge turn off for me.

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    • Rig, gurnard and caught 1st blue moki yesterday, no bloody spiny dogfish yesterday which is a first as sometimes theyre in plague proportions
      Im not sure where in nz you are but in the colder waters we dont get as exciting of speicies range further north gets.
      Late spring and summer a few other spieces come in closer to the shore like elephant fish and of course kahawai.
      Rig and elephants are my favourite, bloody good fighters and both excellent eating. Gurnards good eating but just a light deadweight to wind in.

      My surfcasters just have 30lb braid, id prefer 50lb but then i can only get about 220m on the spool vs 350m of 30lb. I have 100lb mono backbone trace with 30lb mono to hooks and sinkers so it breaks free if snagged.
      Sometimes i use boat rod with 50lb braid but theyre a nuisance to fly out as freespool too easy as drag settings arent fine enough and can birdsnest resulting in dodgy drone behaviour.
      On surfcasters i just undo tension until the drone can tow it, i never tow out line buy flipping the bail arm like you would casting as it just birdsnests aswell. Bit of tension helps keep the line above the waves when towing out too just dont have it too tight or youll drain the battery quick.

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      • I’m central north,west coast…..never done much fishing off beach and drone sounds like the best fun.Thanks for the tips.
        I’ve got a 10.2 m Pelin Apollo launch parked up in Tauranga and still get up there when I can stray lining for snapper and jigging for kingies.
        Any freshly caught fish is good……do like those gurnard
        Cold water fish always tastier.
        BTW. Seymours a tossa

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      • SB, my three surfcasting setups are Alvey sidecasters with matched Alvey rods, which I find I get no line twist and great casting distance. Try an Alvey sometime, even with your drone, you will find unlike spinning reels with bale arms, you will not get bird nests and there is very little friction in stripping the line off the reel, so this should save some drone battery power.

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        • Hooli, my mate has one of those alvey sidecasts theyre good for casting but only good for drone fishing when theres piss all surf or current.
          Its a right bastard if the line sags into the water when towing it out as before you can take up the slack after dropping the sinker the waves or current have usually broken the sinker free.
          Weve used it in good conditions and it whistles out under the drone at 65km per hour no worries and no birdsnests. If i ever lose my drone ill be buying sidecasters to go old skool surfcasting… cant get 3-400m with them tho like you can with a drone

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        • TAH…do Alvey reels have a drag or free like a trout fly reel.
          I use all overhead reels except the surfcaster and don’t really like spinning reels.Alvey could be the answer.
          Maybe not reading SB comment

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        • TAH, my eldest son is a mad keen big game fisherman with his own boat, around 5 years ago he bought 2 shimano spinning reels specifically for big game fishing which he has thrashed ever since without any problems at all apart from servicing them regularly.
          They were if I remember correctly about $1500.00 each ,a lot of cash for a spinning reel.

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      • My mate was catching dogfish rather than snapper off the Kapiti coast, recently (a time of year thing). Someone suggested using crab as bait, rather than squid. It worked a treat. Don’t know if that’s useful to you.

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          • I use a mixture of baits, squid seems to just land dogfish after dogfish somedays but its very durable, it does catch other species but if doggies are around theyll smash it within minutes of setting your line.

            Prawns seem to catch the better eating fish and the doggies hardly touch them but if sealice are bad the prawns are gone in 15mins, in the evenings when tje crabs get active theyll quickly devour the prawns too. A float on your bait can slow them down tho.

            Crabs are real good but a pain in the arse to piss around catching. Mussels are good bait too, salt them to make them firm and useable.
            Prawns and mussels youll want to tie on with bait elastic, crabs a thin rubber band works best otherwise bait elastic will suffice.

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  3. Something is either very right or wrong with these stats. From Google:

    Australia:

    ”’In September 2020, it was identified that there are 38 ‘one percent’ OMCGs operating in Australia, with more than 4,700 patched members and 1000 prospects.”’

    New Zealand:

    ”’An April report from the Gang Harm Insights Centre said there are 8875 gang members spread across 33 gangs on police’s National Gang List (NGL). That figure is up 856, or 10.6%, from August 2022, with 400 new members entering the list in 2023 alone.”’

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  4. Labour tax policy: Chris Hipkins promises to remove GST from fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables

    Labour will remove GST from fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables as part of its much-anticipated tax policy to be revealed today.

    Party leader Chris Hipkins will make the announcement this afternoon in Lower Hutt alongside other tax changes Labour wants to make if re-elected after October 14.

    And it will come at a time of ever-soaring food prices, including the latest spike to a 36-year high. New statistics released by Stats NZ show food prices rose 1.6 per cent in June on the month before, the biggest monthly rise since the start of the year.

    That includes an overall 8.1 per cent increase on fruit and vegetables.

    Labour’s planned removal of the 15 per cent tax, which would be introduced from April next year, is expected to save households between $4-$5 per week on their grocery bill. It would apply to fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, but not processed or canned items including juices and frozen chips.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/labour-tax-policy-chris-hipkins-promises-to-remove-gst-off-fresh-and-frozen-fruit-and-vegetables/4PGQ2YJWDBA4PLJIOGEYUBTR3M/

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        • Napkins says “If you elect me” another fairy tail //////
          Meanwhile GST is on,
          Seed, manure, diesel for freight, planting, cupltivation, picking, transport thru the storage chain, except at the supermarket the food becomes magically GST FREE to save you $3 to $5 per week shop. Along with coming in next year. If he thought it was a good idea, he would do it tomorrow. ///////5

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    • Viking, taking GST of fresh fruit and veges, is going to be one big fuck up, expensive to administer, achieve nothing for anyone, save no one any money, put the cost of goods up because of additional accounting costs, aaahhh, but Labour will feel good and non thinkers will vote for it.

      Roll on 15th October, that Sunday, I shall I hope get pissed with a long and lazy lunch and think back on what a great day the 14th October was.

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      • TAH@0900

        But, but, it buys VOTES and makes chippy and his mates out to be saviours (Albiet very fraudulent ones as we know), and ultimately (Since people really only vote for full stomachs and a roof over their heads), THAT bit of propaganda, when carefully massaged and presented in the media, will be enough to swing voters back to labour in sufficient numbers to get chippy and the other thieves back in for another term.

        And it’s all VERY carefully thought out….

        Clever stuff, and showing exactly how short most voter’s memories are.

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  5. David Fisher wrote this paywalled article. He is a leftwing toe-rag. Just ask John Tamihere, who was poked in the face and body while he slept because this toe-rag wanted an interview. This is the begining of the article.

    ”’Julian Batchelor’s national roadshow on the place of Māori in New Zealand has its roots in Northland’s Rawhiti where he has been in conflict since moving there in 2008. David Fisher investigated his long-simmering local feud before his divisive, national tour.

    From one end of the country to the other, evangelist Julian Batchelor has told people New Zealand is at “war” with Māori.

    At one of his first meetings, Batchelor told the Herald: “It’s been my relationship with Māori at Rawhiti that has triggered my involvement in this movement.” It’s a statement that firmly grounds his nationwide “Stop Co-Governance” roadshow in land bought in the quiet Northland coastal village 15 years ago.

    Now, hundreds of documents released through the Official Information Act show Batchelor consistently lobbied government agencies over others walking across his property. The Department of Conservation repeatedly rejected compensation for walkers using his land to access the Cape Brett track while other documents show local hapū used Batchelor’s land to access two urupā on what appears to be the mistaken historical belief it had legal access.

    The tipping point, according to a recent interview Batchelor did with a far-right Australian podcast, was the designation of his Rawhiti land as “wahi tapu” – or sacred – last year. This saw Batchelor “mobilise”, as he calls it, holding dozens of meetings across the country pushing what protestors have called false, misleading and racist claims.

    The meetings have been held under the “Stop Co-Governance” banner and are planned through to September 10.”

    OIA papers spanning 15 years show Batchelor arrived in Rawhiti in 2008 having bought land DoC wanted but couldn’t get the funding to buy itself. Documents show he has at times lived at the property, which was moved there from Whangārei four decades ago, and at other times rented it out as holiday accommodation.”

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    • Fisher is talking BS. All he has to do is look at the Stop Co-Governance website and a notice comes up immediately explaining what he means when he is referring to Maori on the site.

      For Fisher to say this shows he has comprehension issues “From one end of the country to the other, evangelist Julian Batchelor has told people New Zealand is at “war” with Māori.”

      My understanding is Julian let people walk across his land to the cemetry until a few years ago when activists started damaging the property and when talking to them did not work and the continued with the damge he stopped the permission to cross the land. That is they abused the privilige.

      Fisher is just full of it.

      But it does show Julian is really getting under their skin.

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        • Fisher does not understand what Julian is on about ( not surprising for a MSM churnalist). Julian is not against Maori, he is arguing for the correct version of the Treaty to be honoured —the version written in Maori, which was a direct translation, by Williams, of the script accepted by Hobson and the Maori chiefs who Hobson worked with at Waitangi.

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  6. Oh dear. Our feathered freind will be in a frenzy. He might be still frozen from yesterday but this should wake him up.

    Auckland house price rebound: Auctions busy as buyers aim to purchase before values start increasing
    First-home buyer Jeevan Nair could feel the auction’s tide turning against him.

    He’d waged a 20-minute bidding war for an Auckland four-bedroom home on the North Shore, but was now on his limit as bids slowed to $1000 jumps.

    The full house of buyers at Barfoot & Thompson’s Takapuna auction last Thursday chattered and waited for Nair’s next move.

    Their eagerness seemed to match with new data by property website OneRoof showing twice as many new homes now going on the market are being listed for sale at auction as compared to earlier in the year.

    Nair summoned a last bluster of confidence and tried to break his opponent’s will with a $3000 bid instead of a $1000 bid – pushing the Chartwell Ave home in Glenfield’s sale price up to $1.286 million.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/auckland-house-price-rebound-auctions-busy-as-buyers-aim-to-purchase-before-values-start-increasing/YAEGNASAHVBJJLRN4K72H7SNCQ/

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  7. The trouble for Luxon is that Peters in the next Parliament looks a lot like Peters in the next Government. On the Taxpayers’ Union-Curia poll out this week Act and National only just scrape together the required 61 seats between them to form Government. If either of them drops even 1 per cent, they need Peters.

    That’s bad news..3

    Voters see the problem. Sixty-one per cent of respondents told the TPU poll the country’s headed in the wrong direction. Only 24 per cent think it’s headed in the right direction. That is a mind-blowing massive message. In December 2021 – about 18 months ago – it was 42 per cent-46 per cent wrong vs right.

    We mostly agree we need a big turnaround. I don’t trust the guy still suffering PTSD from the last round of reforms would cope. Or allow it.

    Which could leave change-minded voters pretty cross after just one term of a National-led Government.

    And then there’s the David Seymour thing.

    Winston doesn’t like David and David doesn’t like Winston. A lot. Enough for Act to pay for billboards warning voters against Winston. That’s an own goal from Act. Winston’s so dashing on the billboard and the ‘Don’t Get Fooled Again’ message is so ambiguous (is it talking about Winston or Labour?) that it actually looks like a billboard for Winston.
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    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/heather-du-plessis-allan-election-2023-act-nz-first-coupling-a-headache-for-national/SUF7BHQBDBBUVCL2PPNTTNR5JI/
    Voters aren’t stupid. They’ll see an Act-NZ First coupling for the disaster of nothing doing it would be. Act would probably spike NZ First’s plans out of snobby principle and NZ First would probably spike Act’s plans out of spite.

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      • WG, Tarquin advises that he is unable to get any response from their Transport Spokeswoman/man/her/it/them/they as she is currently stuck in the bicycle lane at Oriental Bay where
        she/it/them/they are changing a flat tyre while pedling to Te Whanganui-a-Tara hōhipera to see if she/it/them/they/him is preggers, yet again..

        But she previously has asked on a couple of occasions, who is Scott Dixon?

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    • TAH, Yeah but come on TAH that’s not as brilliant as a handicapped female swimmer ,a team of rugby players who play a game 99% of the planets population have never heard of or a huge PI woman that can throw a round piece of steel a long distance and that’s why he doesn’t get the recognition he so greatly deserves.
      Does anybody on this blog believe that if he was a she she wouldn’t have won best sportswoman 7 or 8 times ??

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  8. The relationship with National has always been, well, strained. Seymour has a joke he likes to beat the natural party of government with; If Labour introduced full communism National would not campaign to abolish it, but merely a promise to manage it better. The quip is funny because there is an aspect of truth to it.

    Casual observers may look at the policy prescriptions of National and ACT, notice similarities, and conclude that the two parties share a broadly similar world view. This would be a mistake.

    Just as Prebble’s sale of Telecom was both irreversible and unleashed decades of innovation, ACT is seeking to repeat the same achievement in education. If successful this could free generations from the malaise of a broken state sector that has proven itself inept, incompetent and unresponsive to the needs of this nation’s children.

    If you wish to see dysfunctional state sectors managed marginally better, National is the party for you.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/300948132/damien-grant-will-national-and-acts-strained-relationship-hurt-their-election-chances

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  9. Legit process?

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/08/13/kiwi-scientists-find-way-to-destroy-forever-chemicals-in-soil/
    Kiwi scientists have found a way to destroy forever chemicals in soil.

    Now, scientists here have found a way to eradicate the toxic particles, also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

    Contaminated soil is placed into a machine along with small stainless steel balls.

    “The balls speed around so fast, with the contaminated soil in there as well, that it leads to these very intense collision points,” Environmental Decontamination Ltd’s Kapish Gobindlal told 1News.

    The soil was provided by the New Zealand Defence Force, after it was found on five of its bases which had used the firefighting foam in the 1980s and ’90s for firefighting and training exercises.

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    • So we have had white-washing, brain-washing, green washing etc.
      Rinse & repeat for the heavy lifter of :—
      Steel washing?

      To be taken with a grain of salt-[washing]
      or a hope of the “Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating”,
      Is it Science or just another Scientism $Scam which will have a ritual hand-washing if & when exposed.

      I may hope it is right, but media hype is not convincing for me, as “Many suckers are born every minute to be scammed”

      …. “The balls speed around so fast, with the contaminated soil in there as well, that it leads to these very intense collision points,” Environmental Decontamination Ltd’s Kapish Gobindlal told 1News. ….

      Why not shoot the soil with the new ammo of a shotgun.

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    • Where do the chemicals/toxins go once hit by some balls?

      Usually they incinerate/cook the soils to decontaminate, my old coworker spent years doing decontamination work in aussie and they used massive gas burners that cooked the hell outa the soil and burnt up nearly all the contanimants. I dont see how some steel balls will do this without some other method to capture or destroy the contaminants.
      Its also a very big stepup from doing 25grams in the lab to 2 ton out in the field, how fast are they spinning that stuff? Why not just fire it through a barmac or impactor type crushers, theyre high velocity and ready built for a job like that just add steel balls to the mix going in and screen them out the other side.

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  10. An avid golfer was involved in a terrible car crash and was rushed to the hospital. Just before he was put under, the surgeon popped in to see him. “I have some good news and some bad news,” says the surgeon. “The bad news is that I have to remove your right arm!”

    “Oh God no!” cries the man. “My golfing is over! Please Doc, what’s the good news?”

    “The good news is… I have another one to replace it with, but it’s a woman’s arm and I’ll need your permission before I can go ahead with the transplant.”

    “Go for it doc,” says the man, “as long as I can play golf again.”

    The operation went well and a year later the man was out on the golf course when he bumped into the surgeon.

    “Hi, how’s the new arm?” asks the surgeon.

    “Just great,” says the golfer. “I’m playing the best golf of my life. My new arm has a much finer touch, and my putting has really improved.”

    “That’s great,” said the surgeon.

    “Not only that,” continued the golfer, “my handwriting has improved, I’ve learned how to sew my own clothes and I’ve even taken up painting landscapes in water-colours.

    “That’s unbelievable!” said the surgeon, “I’m so glad to hear the transplant was such a great success. Are you having any side effects?”

    “Well, just two, said the golfer, “I have trouble parallel parking, and every time I get an erection I also get a headache.

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  11. Fark, fuel is shooting uppity up up up… guess thats due to the dollars rollercoaster ride the past few weeks.

    The other week when i filled up was 1.78 for diesel now 2.02, bit of a jump indeed.

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    • New Zealand to the petro dollar $NZ : $US 59.86 cents ; slowly easing currently.

      …. World oil demand is set to grow by 2.2 million bpd this year, with China accounting for more than 70% of growth, the agency said in its closely-watched Oil Market Report (OMR) for August. 2023 ….
      https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/IEA-Global-Oil-Demand-Hits-Record-High.html

      Yet it is inferred there will be drop in demand in 2024 because of more ev’s and more green energy. …. hmmm, …

      The real problem is the pressure to raise interest rates, & at the same time the government is practicing its form of quantive easing.
      Consequences will be tally up in so many ways.

      A vicious cycle of inflation of an inept irresponsible government trying to win an election at all costs.
      A prefu, will be full of shit, and probably no basis but spin, of just what data Labour use, aided & abetted by university academia and the mainstream media.

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      • We need those stickers of cindy with “i did that” to make a return, a robo version wouldnt hurt aswell, stick em on every fuel pump and high prices supermarket item to drum into stupid morons who the fuck caused all this shit.

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  12. Science fiction: the crisis in research

    The vast majority of scientists are honest, but recent years have seen many cases of scientific misconduct come to the surface, implying there is a systemic problem. The financial and reputational rewards that come with headline-generating results make research fraud all too tempting. High–profile papers on stem cells, superconductivity, psychological priming, drug efficacy and ocean-heat content have been retracted.

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/science-fiction-the-crisis-in-research/

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  13. Alarming Insolvency Storm Sweeps Through Australian Business Community

    Australian businesses are facing greater insolvency risks as tax regulators and creditors speed up their debt collections.

    According to the latest data collected by Insolvency Australia, an online insolvency platform, the business community has seen a surge in the number of firms going bankrupt.

    Specifically, 3,008 businesses appointed administrators, liquidators and insolvency firms in the last quarter, up 57 percent compared to the same period in the 2021-2022 financial year.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/world/alarming-insolvency-storm-sweeps-through-australian-businesses-community-5458641?utm_source=Aomorningbriefnoe&src_src=Aomorningbriefnoe&utm_campaign=Aomb-2023-08-12&src_cmp=Aomb-2023-08-12&utm_medium=Aoemail&est=IoQktKzMmXrxsjKCG%2F%2BmuWfU0avPNB%2F72CboSx1fn1KFVOBrIoUlv2pFSiRcLHE%3D

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  14. Lordy, I’ve just been watching one of those sheilas who advises men on dating and the art of understanding feminine nature. The talk was about simps and simping. I found out 5 minutes ago I’m a simp. That explains why my ancient water bed( remember those?) never experiences rough seas. However, if I buy her course I will be desimped and women will swoon over my new found masculine traits. The only thing worse than being a simp is being one of these poor fools who gets scammed online.

    Stay safe out there people.

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  15. Comment stolen from BFD.

    “Wouldn’t Labour, and their potential coalition partners, removing the fruit and vegetables from their candidate lists for the upcoming election be a more effective way of saving taxpayers money? “

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  16. She doesn’t accept a word Trump’s lawyer says

    https://www.google.com/search?q=utube+trumps+lawyer+says+no+to+CNN+over+first+amendment&oq=utube+trumps+lawyer+says+no+to+CNN+over+first+amendment&aqs=chrome..69i57.39347j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:4184703c,vid:GW7Bixvkpc0
    Trump’s attorney: First Amendment protected Trump’s speech

    John Lauro, an attorney representing former President Donald Trump in the special counsel’s 2020 election interference case, speaks with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins

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  17. My wife has just been told that all Government Department employee contracts now have included in them, 80 hours leave for family violence !!!
    That is , if the employee’s family has a family violence issue they can take time off and I assume it includes extended family. What could possibly go wrong?

    This came from someone working within the bureaucracy.

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  18. At this time of the year it snows in the Southern Alps. //

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2023/08/weather-heavy-snow-watch-issued-for-fiordland-road-snowfall-warnings-in-place.html
    Road snowfall warnings are in place for Lewis Pass (SH7), Arthur’s Pass (SH73), Haast Pass (SH6), Lindis Pass (SH8), Crown Range Rd, and Milford Rd (SH94).

    “Snow is expected above 300 metres, and heavy snowfall is possible above 500 metres,” MetService tweeted.

    “Waka Kotahi will close SH94 between East Gate (Hollyford) and Donne River (Westgate) at 4:30pm tonight.”

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  19. Gavin Griffin keep in mind if you have trust with whanau, you can sell the house to a whanau member for what ever they have in their Kiwisaver just so they can get that money out of the system and the seller gives them their money back, titles change so either new “Titled” owner gifts the house back or resells to another family member that wants their kiwisaver unlocked… Again, you need trust in whanau 1st to do this lol… This process can devalue a house and the area of that house because sometimes people may only want to unlock their Kiwisaver with only 50k in it etc. So the low sale price as you all mentioned will show…

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    Alàn Bryenton Tautari hmmmm where you get this info from cause I don’t think you sell a property less then the valued price

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    Teresa Purua who said that. I know the money laundry act is in there to monitor money getting laundered but if you want to sell your 500k property for 50k, no cooperate fiction titled agent can say you cannot… Why, do you want to do it? or you just want a korero? Time is money

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    Alàn Bryenton Tautari Good on you and your info😆🤣 prove me wrong by telling me any Whanau sold their home to another to use their KiwiSaver 🤣👍 for a home worth it’s value for just theur KiwiSaver contribution 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    A conversation on FB.
    Sell a house for the amount in the buyers Kiwisaver and then sell it back. allows the to withdraw their KS money to use on whatever they want.

    Really.

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  20. Did Damian Grant get arse raped too often when he was in prison?
    He is quite off piste with his comment in his article linked above
    I won’t relink. Not worth the read.

    “There was much howling, but the deed was done and decades of innovation in the communications sector was unleased.”

    Well of course there was . That a was cheapy deal to yankee critters where the brokers – Fay Richwhite also got a cut and shareholding. Illegal in first world countries.
    So D D Damian, not a good deal at that point .

    Telecom did ANYTHING BUT innovation. They crushed innovation .
    So many examples .
    It was the D D D Deregulation D D D Damian that allowed innovation.
    None of which came from Telecom
    eg circa 1993 it was $40,000 a year to lease a line from Akl to Wtn, $25,0000 Akl to Hawkes Bay.
    More recent Examples from Telecom
    -just recently they shut down Spark Sport as they failed at that.
    -They got the rights to TIVO then did not know what to do with it. Flogged off the Tivo sets cheaply 2 years later.
    -around 2005 they got push to talk on phones but canned that after a year as they did not know how to bill it
    So useless Chorus had to be separated out .
    – bought back Soimon Mouter after they had got rid of him. Duh.
    – were stuck for years with CDMA phones instead of GSM. Followed the backward USA . The ones who have the date around the wrong way, still have miles, inches and pounds for weight. Hardly leadership.
    -Back around 2010 they limited broadband on account to I think it was 4 Gb a month .
    Now kids on Youtube would go through that in a couple of days. Result. No internet for the rest of the month. No internet banking or email, Nada. They would not even sell extra data
    Whereas vodafone at the time allowed people to purchase extra blocks of 2 Gb of Data. Not cheap but you could do your banking and get emails.
    Other competitors allowed extra purchase. Not Telecom

    That arse raping must have really damaged Grant.
    He writes
    “Both O’Connor and van Velden are decent people who want the best for their country ”

    No they are not.
    van Velden is a greenie in capitalist clothing.
    O’Connor is an extreme god botherer I would never trust. A part of the ‘papal party of ao tear rower’.

    Neither operates in the best interests of NZers.

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    • The National Party is the political arm of the Catholic church & Simon O’Connor is the Vatican’s representative.

      The takeover started about Bolger’s time when the Xtian conservatives were despairing of the antics of the religious parties they backed eg Christian Heritage, & decided to take over the National Party. Their influence is waning a little as the Nats centralised their candidate selection to keep some of the nutters out.

      But it was too little, too late & it’s only a matter of time before the Pope becomes the patron of the party.

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    • While you are right with the last bit, the NZpost as it was behavedvery badly. Thye had an exchange in Auckland thatno one would get connected to. 3 to 4 months and for no reason other thanbloody minded management. Tlelcom bought in a guy from the USA and he unleashed hell upon the operation and fixed it within a month.

      The govt. management was appalling.
      I recall talking to some guys after this event and listening to the stories of what was done to piss off customers.

      The problem came once Rod Deane and that woman from Auckland got into the top seats. Never been the same since. However opening up to allow other telco’s has changed the landscape. Best now its even been. The best was Callplus who were Liwi’s and mark Callander who was their CEO is now CEO of 2 degrees. Much more innovation coming.
      going to a virtual exchange which Callplus had and now has been enhanced by the merger. Have had a look at it and when my time permits will be changing from having my own exchange. Cool stuff for business.

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