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  1. A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

    “House” for instance, is feminine: “la casa.”

    “Pencil,” however, is masculine: “el lapiz.”

    A student asked, “What gender is ‘computer’?”

    Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether “computer” should be a masculine or a feminine noun.*

    Each

    group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

    The men’s group decided that “computer” should definitely be of the feminine gender (“la computadora”), because:

    1. *No one but their creator understands their internal logic;*

    2. *The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;*

    3. *Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval;*

    and

    4. *As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.*

    (THIS GETS BETTER!)

    The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine (“el computador”), because:

    1. *In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on*

    2. *They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;*

    3. *They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem;*

    and

    4. *As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.*

    *The women won*

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    • Without doubt female.
      Cantankerous, subject to headaches,
      Despite good care won’t turn on when they should.
      Need rebooting from time to time.
      holds grudges forever.
      Often doesn’t like your friends.
      Gossips like a mad woman all day.
      Throw hissy fits for no reason explainable by man.
      Uses ESP to communicate with other chatter boxes.
      always wants need attachment and ornamanets.

      and no man would keep a mouse to control his V8.

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  2. Victorian-era vibrator causes a buzz at a Nelson charity shop

    Because of its unique nature, it was passed on to the team’s digital sales expert to do some research and online investigation made reference to it being a “hysteria curing device” or a Victorian-era vibrator.

    “We believe that this was invented for doctors of their day, because their hands were getting quite sore from manually relieving ladies’ hysteria, so this device was developed for them.”

    Hysteria was a frequently recorded illness of women from ancient times through to the 19th century..

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/301007137/victorianera-vibrator-causes-a-buzz-at-a-nelson-charity-shop

    They need to put it into use at climate protests.

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  3. DON BRASH: TIME TO JUMP BACK INTO THE HOUSING MARKET?

    Over the last couple of months, there have been lots of media reports which have had the effect of encouraging people to jump back into the housing market….

    The social consequences of current house prices are already very serious, with far too many people quite unable to buy a home and facing rents reflecting wildly excessive house prices. Were house prices to continue rising well above the rate at which incomes are increasing, the social consequences would be beyond intolerable.

    And not just the social consequences. A few days after the recent election, Sir Bill English was interviewed for Business Desk by Pattrick Smellie. Near the end of the interview, Sir Bill said that if house prices continue to rise, the next time we have a Labour-led Government we will certainly see the introduction of either a wealth tax or a capital gains tax. I agree with him.

    https://www.bassettbrashandhide.com/post/don-brash-time-to-jump-back-into-the-housing-market

    bUt BuT …. bRaSh is jeeeaaaalous…. haS noooooThing, hOOOnDa cIitY 🤪🤪🤪🤪

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  4. Viking, its not Brash that’s allowing 10 or 12 units to be built on sections that used to contain 1 family home, that was Pigshit Arderns idea and they will certainly be slums when they are 15 /’20 years old..

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  5. The covid inquiry:

    He emphasises that the commissioners are not looking to lay blame or to dig out what went wrong. The final report at the end of next September next year will include findings and recommendations.

    “The recommendations will be very much forward-looking. The findings will be leaning back into the past to give us the platform to make those recommendations.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/the-detail/story/2018914821/the-quiet-inquiry

    So it won’t blame the tyrants and liars. The recommendations will be to better control dissidents next time…

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      • Can’t ruin the stellar reputation of the people that were jabbing or telling people too be jabbed!
        That’s just not cricket,
        Can’t stop them getting Sinclairs and looking after their retirement fund and overseas jollies!

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    • Quiet? 🤮 to make it a white wash 🤧
      The most “kindly” Ardern-ic inquiry NZ will ever have. 🤮
      .
      …”its focus is explicitly on planning for the next pandemic rather than assign blame” …..
      .
      ….“I don’t think that we necessarily have to go meet leaders of [the occupation] to have the opportunity to hear those views,” ….
      .
      ….. It takes as read the efficacy of the vaccines, for example, and does not oblige the commissioners to hold public hearings which might easily be hijacked. …..
      .
      ….. “We’ve had these incredibly open, very free and frank conversations, where people speak with pride about what went well for them, what they did to contribute to their country’s success and meeting this huge challenge. …….

      https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/28-09-2023/ours-is-a-kinder-gentler-kind-of-covid-inquiry-but-is-that-what-nz-wants
      .
      “It is what it is.! Yip, yep” …. 🤧 🤮
      ,,,,. so that New Zealand will align & tie in with the binding UN WHO Global Pandemic Treaty. 🤮 🤮

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    • No thought, or consideration is given to looking at the protocols developed by Doctors like Peter McCullough for repurposing some very safe, & relatively cheap medicines, which seem to be proved to be of great efficacy.
      All to be kept quiet by the white washing Covid inquiry. 🤮 🤮

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    • You would think the current management would be too embarrassed to mention how good the Herald used to be before they got hold of it. They have trashed the brand beyond belief and it will probably go the way of the dodo within 10 years. It’s not a celebration it’s an easy way of filling a few pages with old dross.

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  6. A RCR Bites comment on the rise of LPG prices.

    “Genesis Energy has announced a 30% increase in LPG gas prices due to rising wholesale costs and inflation. The cost for a 40kg gas bottle will jump from $114 to $149, adding to the financial strain for the nearly 300,000 LPG and 270,000 natural gas users in the country. The rise comes amid discussions of phasing out LPG by 2050. When young global leaders with no work experience outside politics and a shaky grasp of the reality of our energy needs make “captain’s calls” to ban natural gas exploration so they have material for a self-righteous speech they need to make in France, this sort of thing is bound to happen sooner or later “

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  7. Inflation (plus bracket creep) means that a salary of $87,000 a year buys you what $70,000 did pre-COVID-policies, and what $30,000 would have bought you 20 years ago when a glass of beer was $3, petrol was about a dollar, and a house in Auckland was about $450,000.

    And yet the government is talking about opening the immigration floodgates. Immigrants grow old, too, you know.

    I saw the students leaving Remuera Intermedia the other day. I estimate that 30% were white, 30% Chinese, 25% Indian, and 15% elite Polynesian. This is the future of Auckland. Still, they appeared to be a well-presented, happy bunch of intelligent-looking youngsters, so there is hope.

    Youth. The future belongs to them.

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  8. I went and had an award winning vegan pie from Fitzroy.
    Vegetarian Korma pie. It was ok. I would eat another.
    Probably not my first choice again. But was ok!
    (My report back after been asked and getting over covid.)

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  9. Came in a bit fast?

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/11/13/photo-cook-strait-ferry-has-dramatic-hole-in-hull/
    A large hole has been ripped in the hull of the Cook Strait ferrry Kaiarahi.

    “You can actually see through to the other side of the ship.”

    Nalder said the gash in the Kaiarahi was about one metre across.

    “It’s obviously not good for the ship but it is high up on the hull, it’s away from the waterline and it happened as it came into the berth.

    “The ship itself is quite safe in the harbour – there’s no risk there – but they’ve got a bit of work to do before it can resume service.”

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    • Too fast could be a problem.

      Too slow and one looses too much steerage way.

      The currents or tides can be helpful or can doom you, by making one fast, but going so slow, so not enough steerage way.
      Wind, can be a problem if it has been allowed to much time, so the push it has gains too much momentum.

      Then whether it is twin screws as some times one can balance a ship by one full astern & the other full ahead. & enough power.
      So many tricks to do but, to be applied against tricky tides & currents.
      Single screws can be favourable in strength for certain balances, but can be very negative in other circumstances

      Did it have bow thrusters, & if so of sufficient power?

      Like aeroplanes, it is the taking off & the landing as the land is the worst enemy of a plane or ship.
      Or was their some dregs of Connemara still being consumed. 🙂

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    • One would suspect these Fairies getting fucked up all the time and out of service is part of UN 2030 and 15 minute cities.
      less than 6 weeks out from Xmas

      The current series of ‘coincidences’ have done more harm that the Cooks and Stewards Union in the 1960s/70s

      What is it going to be- 2 weeks of consultations, reference to ‘elf and safety, tut tutting, and gabbling away like a 16 year old on speed instead of sending a couple of geezers to weld a plate and send it on its way ?

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    • My dad used to say “Never drive a boat into a marina berth faster than you’re prepared to hit it”.

      I witnessed a classic example some years later when some bloke launched a big gin palace. It was put in it at the travel lift and then he steamed it round to his berth where friends and family were waiting for the celebration. Well he came charging in to make a dramatic entrance, slammed it into reverse and nothing happened. Well for a few seconds until it smacked into the rocks. I imagine it would go go down as one of the worst days of his life.

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  10. TV3, how about sticking to the serious matter of the political negotiations of NZ.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2023/11/election-2023-incoming-pm-christopher-luxon-says-few-issues-with-coalition-negotiations-unlikely-he-ll-attend-apec.html
    Incoming Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has revealed there have been a “few issues” during coalition negotiations but believes they’re still making “good progress”.

    “There’s very good intent from all three political leaders to move through this as quickly as we can but it’s important that we do it right and this week will be a really important week because we have some outstanding issues that we need to get resolved,” he said.

    “Then [we’ll] be able to form a strong and stable government and go to work for New Zealanders, which is what we’re really trying to get to.”

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    • See
      Nude nut is going to make shitty decisions

      Hey, they have not formed a goo-mint a month after the election
      There has been a lot of fucking around.
      The vote counting gig is a big of a joke as a census in ao tear zooland.
      a few days now wont make any difference so NN should go.

      It is Apec. There he can meet most of his counterparts- fellow WEF globalists with the same song sheet- in one hit.

      Now if it was the Pacific Forum and its useless outcomes where NZ just stumps up more cash on top of more cash ; well give that a miss.

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    • For F**K sake. He is a useless piece of crap for not having the whole thing worked out prior to the election. Most normal people would have sorted out any hiccups well before the election unless he thought national would get all the vote, the stupid bastard.

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      • Elizabeth, you know full well that is not how serious Troughing, is done.

        1, Let negotiations carry on as long as possible to appear as if you are hard at work.
        2. Get paid to do so.
        3. Be able to use the Koru Club at someone else’s expense for as long as possible.
        4. Get use of the Chauffeur driven Government BMW.
        5. Then there are expenses to claim, you know lunch and all that, no sausage rolls for that lot.
        6. Then there are the dinners in which to have further negotiations.
        7. Plus there is the clothing allowance for the double breasted suits and drycleaning for anything spilt during lunchor dinner, of course.
        8. Add to that last minute negotiations on the finer points of the finer points which will be bound to crop up.
        9. Hold many Radio and TV interviews to calm the public and expand ones profile and say what a hard working every day bloke you are.
        10. Repeat above.

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      • Luxon and National foolishly thought they would get 40% plus at the election (despite no polls showing anything like that). If they got 40+% then they could just tell Seymour how it was going to go because Seymour, on his own, would have had little leverage.
        In other words Luxon/National are arrogant sods who got caught out .

        Cam Slater on the issue.
        https://thebfd.co.nz/2023/11/13/forcing-nationals-hand-in-to-doing-something-meaningful/

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        • They cannot agree on the maori shit that every right leaning voter except nudenut and co, wants changed.
          Seymour and Winston know this and can hold out until they get the changes they want.
          Any hold up will be blamed on the nats inability to do the right thing.

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        • I don’t need slater to tell me that.

          It was clear.
          Notional were not going to get above 38% (clear 2 months before election, luxon was showing no leadership and no opposition while dangerous bills like 16 year old voting and RMA changes were rammed through)
          and ACT could have attained 13 % – still less than Greens, as usual (simple fact) – if they had not been stupid.
          .. to give a teeny margin .

          But ACT blew it and these lost votes likely carried NZF over the line. It is what it is.

          this has to mean less leverage for ACT/Seymour and rightly so.
          He was not responsible prior to the election, why would he be after.
          He has nearly a decade in parliament to hone his skills, …and yet he did that.

          One extra seat to ACT when every other party picked up four or more seats.
          That was a massive failure by ACT.

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  11. Are you making progress wo?

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/11/12/distressing-times-as-hawkes-bay-residents-still-waiting-to-rebuild/
    Hawke’s Bay residents affected by flooding are still waiting for permission to rebuild their homes, causing financial and emotional strain.

    For residents in category 3 whose homes couldn’t be saved, a voluntary buyout process offers a glimmer of hope. Gus Charteris, Hastings Council cyclone recovery manager, said the meetings had progressed with 27 meetings held and 70 more scheduled in the coming weeks.

    A dedicated office in Hastings is processing sales, with property owners completing four main steps in the buyout process, with real-time tracking monitoring how the region is progressing.

    With Christmas approaching, the council aims to complete some buyouts, offering relief to those in the voluntary buyout process. However, for those still waiting, the holiday season remains uncertain.

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    • I ignored council from the start and started working on the house straight away.
      It’s a long haul though and many twists and turns.
      At one stage they had me half in Cat 3 and half in Cat 2c which was ridiculous.Others in that situation jumped up and down so they changed it.
      Some people pushed for Cat 3 thinking they would get a big payout and move on.This upset others who were cat 3 and wanted to stay .i have never seen so many upset people with their lives torn apart.
      Personally I don’t think the category idea is the right one for this area.It’s very complicated.
      I am living back in my place and have two power points and some lights .Today I connected to the internet !!
      It is eerie at night with hardly anyone around and no lights.
      We have had a great community group organising our area and I have had great help from friends and a Church who ‘adopted’ people in different areas.
      It truly was a major disaster and the damage is huge.
      At least YSB helps keep me sane.

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    • Are ev batteries different in some way to all of the other rechargeables? There are millions of phone, electric tool batteries etc around and while you do hear of them bursting into flames it seems to be quite rare.

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      • Curious, many lithium batteries are Lithium Ion Polymer. A Gel rather than a liquid. Also you might have 4 cells in a power tool with individual cell management.

        An EV battery however may have 8,000 cells. That means a lot of power and a lot of heat. Which means you need 8,000 cell controllers, or if going the cheap route, maybe 4,000 controllers, which means one cell can go rogue without anyone knowing.

        And unless said controllers do not come with inbuilt wi-fi, bluetooth, network, or serial connections, how does the car or tool alert the user? If you have 8,000 controllers connecting all of them together is not a simple task.

        Besides that electronics can fail, and if only one of those 8,000 controllers fails, you can get overcharging, and or over temperature. And if only one of those 8,000 cells has a ruptured seal, it is also a meltdown situation.

        There is also the case of overheating. Technically to ensure the cells do not overheat during draining or charging, you would need a source of cooling. If a car is locked up in a garage with inadequate ventilation, on a hot summer’s night, the rest is history.

        And it is not true that fires from phones (or power banks), electric tool batteries, are rare. You just do not hear about them. I know cases where tool batteries were charged, taken off the charger, charger unplugged and then said battery packs caught fire at a later date. Probably on a hot day.

        And Lithium Ion fires in NZ are occurring daily. Today, somewhere in NZ, Lithium Ion will cause a fire, or fires, that previously would not have occurred.

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        • Yep and the fireis had a bit on a couple of sunday nights ago about them
          More fires than you ever get to hear abut.
          Usually, they cause a lot more damage as the temperature of a burning chemical battery is 4000 degrees centigrade whereas a normal house fire the temperature at ceiling height is around 1200 degrees.

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        • Thanks for a comprehensive reply, I have learn’t something. I think I may have reconsider where I store my batteries. Currently they are kept in a garage which is not attached to the house, logic being if one goes the whole house doesn’t. However it is probably a bit hotter than the house so increased probability.

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          • A mate lost his big workshop to Lithium Ion batteries that were stored, not charging. Fire Dept scratched their head as to what caused complete destruction of everything including metal, but rules out the batteries as they were not charging.

            Surmised it might be arson but did not break into any building which would have netted them a decent haul of valuables.

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  12. “The downturn in New Zealand’s building sector is deepening, and a sharp decline in building is expected over the year ahead, just as migration reaches all-time highs. ”

    New builds in decline.
    Immigration flood gates open. 199,500 non-New Zealand citizens immigrated to New Zealand over the past 12 months and the net gain was 110,200.
    First home buyers storming the market.
    The extra demand for housing is putting upwards pressure on house prices and rents, especially in Auckland.
    Rents are also likely to see sustained increases from higher population growth. 😁
    Ark fark arrk arkk.
    😁😁🤑 ⬆️⬆️

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  13. Maori king the truck driver is going to visit Parahaki pa for the first time ever!
    Why! You two tribes got the shits with each other?
    Someone eat your grand father or something?
    Wonder if they fly via Auckland or take the bus?

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  14. ⚠️Trouble in paradise: Thailand and the expatriate experience⚠️

    🍺The alcohol problem🍺

    Expatriates can drink unchecked, to the point where it can become a problem. There are also the associated longer term problems of depression, anxiety, and sickness that are being left unchecked among

    Many expatriates marry local girls and settle in places like Issan where there is an embedded drinking culture. Boredom often leads to excess drinking in these remote villages, as expatriates find it very difficult to settle into the local culture.

    Unfortunately there are no programs available to solve the expatriate drinking problem in Thailand. This problem has not been formally identified in any health studies, and Thai authorities have no programs or resources to tackle this issue. Likewise, foreign embassies have no responsibilities over these types of issues concerning their nationals, so this problem will most likely continue to grow and fester over time.

    Another major issue is depression. Boredom, inability to adjust and settle in, a failed marriage, loss of savings, are some of the causes of deep depression in retirees. Some expatriates come to Thailand with existing problems such as debt in their home country, or leaving wives and children at home, in search of something better. Some just come with not enough money to retire on.

    Almost every week there is a report about an expatriate death in a house or hotel room. This is common enough for Pattaya to be called the suicide capital of Thailand.

    In addition, with the common demographic of retirees being over 50, so many arrive in Thailand not in the best of health and die here. British figures indicate that there were 389 British deaths alone in Thailand in 2013.

    http://inford.org/trouble-in-paradise-thailand-and-the-expatriate-experience/

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  15. Dilworth school must have a lot of deviats working there for a long time!
    They have allocated $44 million to tidy up the deviance.
    But only $300,000 payout is the maximum allowed in each case!
    $4 million divided by $300,000 maximun. Sounds like a bloody lot of sore arses to me!
    Can some clever person work the figures.

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    • That’s only 146.7 stretched ringpieces Sooty.

      Bloody amateurs……..the Catholic priests have been buggering boys for 2000 years & all they’ve paid out are a few packets of chippies & the odd bottle of calamine lotion. 🙂

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  16. Google Founder’s Airship Gets FAA Clearance Sergey Brin’s Pathfinder 1 can now take to the skies

    The certificate permits LTA to fly Pathfinder 1 within the boundaries of Moffett Field and neighboring Palo Alto airport’s airspaces, at a height of up to 460 meters (1,500 feet). That will let it venture out over the southern part of San Francisco Bay, without interfering with planes flying into or out of San Jose and San Francisco International commercial airports.

    https://spectrum.ieee.org/lta-airship-faa-clearance

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      • To the two worshippers of John Banks (so far) Edit: three……. another climbed out of the woodwork.

        # Banks has stated that he believes the first chapters of the Book of Genesis, describing the creation of the world in six days, are literally true.[

        # In late January 2021, Banks was sacked as a talkback host from the MagicTalk radio network, after agreeing with a racist caller that Māori were a “stone age” people.

        # when she told Banks she was pregnant that he had ended the relationship. In a sworn affidavit, Mayes alleged that Banks procured drugs that would make her miscarry, and pressured her into taking the necessary dosage.

        # in April 2012, allegations surfaced about donations to Banks’ 2010 mayoral campaign………After the Police declined to charge Banks in relation to the donations, retired accountant Graham McCready brought a private prosecution…….the guilty verdict delivered on 5 June (2014) later overturned on appeal.

        # While Minister of Police, he was fined $750 for answering his cell phone on a commercial flight in 1991

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Banks_(New_Zealand_politician)

        He’s arrogant, religiously deluded & rotten to the core.

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  17. An update on the Three Waters litigation was provided with our AGM materials. Now Stephen Franks from law firm Franks Ogilvie has been interviewed in depth about the litigation. The Taxpayers’ Union provided links to the TPU/WUG Local Water Infrastructure Bill and to the Court of Appeal judgment that ended our litigation.

    The interview linked below demonstrates why the courts can no longer be relied upon to resolve constitutional matters relating to the Treaty of Waitangi.
    The foundation of our society and legal system – The Rule of Law – is under threat. When our highest courts decline opportunities to address vital issues but at the same time seize chances to introduce entirely new concepts into our common law, certainty is undermined.

    It is a basic principle in the liberal democracy that everyone should be able to know, in advance, how the law will affect them and their activities. When you remove certainty, you increase risk. Increased risk means less investment, less jobs, less opportunities.

    Capricious law-making is a symptom of the increasing trend towards decision-making by the elites in the judiciary and bureaucracy deciding, ad hoc, what is best for us. Because much of this make-it-up-as-you-go legal adventurism is occurring in our highest courts, the ability to appeal is limited.
    This interview examines why an alternative strategy will now need to be pursued to restore public confidence in how the Treaty of Waitangi is interpreted and applied in the 21st Century.

    Once we have a new government the first thing the Water Users’ Group is going to do is approach the Attorney General and the Prime Minister with a request to make the Crown Law advice to Nanaia Mahuta public. Then we will know whether she was telling the truth, or not.
    Towards the end the interview moves onto the Supreme Court’s sudden inclusion of tikanga into our common law.

    You can listen to the interview here. https://www.taxpayers.org.nz/tt_stephen_franks

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  18. China Makes a Strategic Move in the Middle East Ahead of Biden-Xi Meeting
    ‘Oman is strategically placed to monitor and if need be, control access to the Persian Gulf,’ former military expert.
    In the Middle East, the Chinese regime has positioned itself as a staunch ally of Iran and Syria given their hostility toward the United States. Meanwhile, the Chinese regime is also attempting to extend its influence to traditional U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf region. On Oct. 11, Chinese state media reported that a Chinese naval task force visited Oman to facilitate “friendship” and “cooperation” with the country. Oman is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and has traditionally been an ally of the United States. The White House revealed on Nov. 10 that President Joe Biden spoke to the Sultan of Oman to reaffirm the enduring ties between the two countries amid the Israel-Hamas war. This was only 5 days before the highly anticipated meeting between Mr. Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/china/china-makes-a-strategic-move-in-the-middle-east-ahead-of-biden-xi-meeting-5526982?utm_source=newsnoe&src_src=newsnoe&utm_campaign=breaking-2023-11-12-2&src_cmp=breaking-2023-11-12-2&utm_medium=email&est=WObcKHPV%2BlXaOqZh%2FxINEu4rfYPggvFo%2BjkiYyxakg1OD9fu2LQh3%2BwuSJB0HRQ%3D

    Interesting read about Chinese plans for world domination.

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  19. Ministry leak: Christmas party hit, plans for voluntary redundancy ahead of new government

    Stuff has been told by sources in the public service that conversations are already underway about the use of te reo Māori and whether to continue using “Aotearoa New Zealand” or just “New Zealand” under the new government.

    An MBIE staffer said other Māori initiatives have also been put on hold until direction from the incoming government is confirmed, a claim MBIE has denied.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/301007285/ministry-leak-christmas-party-hit-plans-for-voluntary-redundancy-ahead-of-new-government

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  20. Gym is going well. I think it has taken this long for my body to adjust to weight lifting and I can step it up a notch. Feels so much better. It doesn’t matter how many times you go for tractor rides around the soy field for a “job” lifting really heavy things to failure make a huge difference to wellbeing.

    Thanks for asking 🙂

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  21. This is why people turn on Jews. This bitch is a self declared staunch zionist, feminist and progressive, who deliberately sought out an institution that pours hate and derision on decent people. She is part of a cruel and divisive cult of hate and violence.

    But here she is moaning like the whore she is because people are critical of the [self declared] master race of gods favourites. She calls on the unworthy goyim beasts to “combat” each other in defense of the master race.

    https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-718670

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  22. Mass protests in at least 42 Spanish cities, millions of people in the streets against socialist coup

    Only days after the co-founder of Spain’s conservative Vox party was shot in the face by a would-be assassin, Spain has been rocked by protests in some 42 towns and cities as tens of thousands of Spaniards take to the streets.

    https://humanevents.com/2023/11/12/mass-protests-in-at-least-42-spanish-cities-millions-of-people-in-the-streets

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    • quelle surprise !! ///

      My concern is that there were three years of lies and non-delivery or major sub-delivery on Promises from 2017 to 2020 and yet Sharma put himself up as a candidate for that party.
      That makes him sloooow.

      How much time does it take to work that out. Holysheet was posting the failure list well before the end of 2019.

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  23. A 30-year-old man appeared in Auckland District Court today after a nine-year-old boy was hit over the head with a shovel at the end of a pro-Palestinian rally on Sunday.

    … not politically motivated.

    Bullshit. He was rioting in the streets calling for the extermination of Jews in Israel. When the media says “not political, ideological, religious” it is all those things and the offender is brown. They are also pulling the bullshit “He said the man was under mental health supervision ”

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/11/13/suspect-in-attack-on-child-at-auckland-protest-appears-in-court/

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    • Robot voice and probably AI generated.

      Make no mistake – even with modern tech tunnels are very hard to defeat. It will take a long time to wear them down and be very messy. Made much worse in a decimated urban environment.

      They are well stocked and they can stay there for months. But they can also wear civilians clothes and wander around town, grab a feed, visit family, pick up supplies from the UN and do gooders, or just wander off and pretend to be a civilian. Who do the IDF shoot at?

      But enough of the good news. Israel has lost. There will be no security after this operation finishes. It will be worse. And now the whole world is against them.

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  24. LOST MOMENTUM II
    According to the IMD World Competitiveness rankings for 2022 released overnight, New Zealand is ranked #31, down a very sharp -11 places from 2021, and down an uncomfortable -8 places from pre-pandemic 2018. Australia is 19th, improving three places from the prior year to be exactly where it was pre-pandemic. Top was Denmark, which improved +2 places. Canada is now 14th, down-4 places since 2019. China is 17th, also down 4 places. Japan is 34th down -9 places. Singapore is third, unchanged. Taiwan is seventh, “Hong Kong” (not really a country) is 7th. The US is tenth. It was #1 in 2019.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/economy/125204/review-things-you-need-know-you-sign-monday-more-dwellings-hit-auckland-housing

    https://www.imd.org/centers/wcc/world-competitiveness-center/rankings/world-competitiveness-ranking/

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  25. you guuna luv this.

    John Campbell tells court Siouxsie Wiles was ‘invaluable’ to NZ during Covid-19 pandemic
    Troels Sommerville and Melanie Earley15:36, Nov 13 2023

    Broadcaster John Campbell​ has told a court he believes Dr Siouxsie Wiles​ was “invaluable” to New Zealand in combating the spread of misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Campbell appeared as an expert witness at the Employment Court hearing where Wiles is alleging the University of Auckland failed to address her safety concerns, due to harassment over Covid-19 commentary.

    Wiles claims the university tried to silence her as a way of tempering the blowback she faced from her public-facing role during the pandemic.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/133280975/john-campbell-tells-court-siouxsie-wiles-was-invaluable-to-nz-during-covid19-pandemic

    Neither counsel decided to cross-examine Campbell, to which he expressed disappointment.

    But that was in contrast to earlier testimony from researcher Tina Ngata, who had her academic credentials challenged by the university’s lawyer, Phillip Skelton KC.

    Skelton said Ngata’s suggestion was “radical”, that Wiles had been fulfilling the university’s obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi in helping to prevent the spread of misinformation through the Māori community.

    Ngata pushed back, telling Skelton it wasn’t purely her proclamation, but rather had been affirmed in Waitangi Tribunal decisions and reports.

    FFS the court put up with that crap.

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  26. Aren’t visibility issues why the old black backed number plates were fazed out a couple of decades ago? /////

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/11/13/readability-issues-with-some-black-number-plates/
    Waka Kotahi has known for six months that police officers are experiencing difficulties reading new black number plates that went on sale last year.

    “It has resulted in not being able to identify vehicles for some traffic safety camera detected incidents (speed and red-light) and delays in officers being able to accurately read a vehicle number plate in some situations,” a police spokesperson said.

    Now, the regulator has admitted, “Automatic Number Plate Recognition Cameras (safety/speed cameras and cameras at toll roads) can experience some difficulty capturing the number plate when software settings are not optimised”.

    “When you’re following a car with your lights on at night, the black becomes white and obliterates the lettering.”

    “The public have a right to be able to read a plate,” Smith said.

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  27. Oh dear me.

    Labour MP Ginny Andersen formally apologises after bullying accusation
    20:25, Nov 13 2023
    Labour MP Ginny Andersen has formally apologised to a complainant who accused her of bullying a teenage volunteer over a period of three years.

    Last week the party confirmed it was investigating the complaint.

    It described Andersen yelling at the complainant’s teenage daughter and son on election night when she lost her electorate seat, accusing them of not doing enough door-knocking.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/301007983/labour-mp-ginny-andersen-formally-apologises-after-bullying-accusation

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  28. National MP Todd McClay hints at hope of coalition deal within days

    Winston Raymond Peters has not entered the building
    There is but a sliver of possibility Christopher Luxon will be travelling to economic forum Apec, which he was due to attend from Wednesday in San Francisco.

    It is a great opportunity for him to meet the leaders of economies New Zealand relies on for trade (including India, with whom Luxon has promised to secure a free trade agreement within three years). But forming a government – and sorting out his coalition agreements with NZ First and ACT – take priority.

    Winston Peters was expected to return to Wellington to continue talks today, but he didn’t come through Wellington Airport. (Senior National MP and member of Luxon’s senior leadership group Todd McClay did, however).

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/133279721/live-national-mp-todd-mcclay-hints-at-hope-of-coalition-deal-within-days

    So they laid in wait all day and missed out.
    I hope they keepthe prick waiting. No need for him to go crawling to woke leaders around the world.
    Now if he was going to meet Trump that would be different.

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