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  1. Thomas Coughlan is supposed to be a Deputy Political Editor with the NZ Herald. Well no he is not, he is just a piece of dishonest lying excrement, who just happens to get paid by the NZ Herald.

    In this article attributed to him he claims that the “Government rocked by second leak in five days”.

    In his article, there is not one scrap of evidence presented, that the Government is “rocked” by anything. Not one Government Minister, Backbencher or Government Toilet Cleaner, not one Government Lackey, not a Prime Minister, not a Government inhouse Brown Noser, no one is interviewed or even named as being “rocked” whatever that is defined as, by this report.

    There is no evidence from this disingenuous Thomas Coughlan, who claims to be a “respected” Political Reporter, just a bunch of lies after he interviewed his keyboard, with no other object than to put fear and concern into the minds of the reading public that this Government has lost control of the reigns of Government.

    There is in fact, no evidence of a leak from this Government at all, there is a claimed leak, which from best I understand, comes from the Civil Service, a Government Department, called the Treasury, but this has no evidence from Thomas Coughlan, that it is a matter of fact.

    In times gone by the NZ Herald was a respected institution, but they now have driven themselves into a place where they deserve the utmost ridicule and derision as do their Political Reporters like Thomas Coughlan. If you you write dishonest shit, you deserve to get it pointed out.

    Thomas Coughlan and the NZ Herald have just shown New Zealanders how a Fifth Columnist looks and acts..

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/government-rocked-by-second-leak-in-five-days-ministers-suspend-analysis-of-repeal-proposals/I4UDII5ZFJCE7IDVTYC63UYEIE/

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    • TAH, That is a fcuking disgrace, actual physical pain is the only thing that will make a POS like that man think before publishing crap like that again, it’s verging on treason to straight face lie in an effort to bring down a government especially one that IMHO is our last chance of avoiding 3rd world shithole status.

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    • Yeah AH, when I read that article I thought exactly the same thing – no rocked / no leak.
      They’re trying to paint a picture of internal issues in the govt. It’s bullshit. When was it that the media stopped reporting news and started inventing it.

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      • Saggy, when the emaciated stick insect Dame Cnutface Ardern started giving out tens of millions of bribery dollars to incompetent untrained journalists ,that’s when it got far worse than it already was.

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        • Now that you have mentioned the walking bag of bones and teeth, that is Ardern. As it is a Saturday and many a Saturday has passed since she gave her last speech in Parliament where she mused that for the fourth time, she planned and hoped to get married to her Lover.

          As Saturdays are rapidly running out for this year, will she do it today or is she no longer living with Fishboy? My spouse’s dog eared Woman’s Weekly’s have ceased reporting on the torrid love affair she has with the Gigolo, so I am lost and lacking in news of this once reported, most important expected nuptial.

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          • You are a sad bastard AH.

            Your longing for the most evil, vile price of crap human being ever born to rule in this country knows no bounds.

            I’m sure if you write to her C/- harvard expressing your desire she will rush home to see you.
            Then we can hang that scrawny bit of dog diarea from a tree.

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            • Sadly V2, your on to me. I did not think, this close to Christmas I would be exposed, for the sad and deluded individual that I have become. That exposure, to me, is quite traumatic.

              I confess that I have sort help for it in the past but no one has either the expertise or ability to rid me of this fetish.

              My only hope is, that I grow up and grow out of it. Failing that, I may have, on Hey Zooze’s Two Thousand and Twenty Third Birthday in a couple of weeks time, seek repentance, as a last resort over a few beers.

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        • Once the bribery has stopped and people stop getting the Ferald things will perhaps take a turn. When they phone and ask if I would like it for free I say nope it’s not worth the paper it is written on. Bribery has turned all the woke reporters into makers of the news, not actual reporters. The reporters and editors are all sunk into the liarbor shit, they love it but think its the universities and it does the people of New Zealand’s minds no good reading their shitty little newspaper.

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      • “When was it that the media stopped reporting news and started inventing it.”

        Well Saggy, thank you for asking, I can answer that.

        It was when Labour came to power under Helen Clark and it has continued on since.

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        • Nah the day they invented the printing press way back in the eighteenth century.
          opps no that’s wrong.
          Didn’t the god botherers start way before that.
          Just cheek with naaska He will know as he studies that every day. He is our source of all truth on that matter.

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    • Deputy Political Editor
      Means nothing but a fake gnews title.
      I mean, you are not even The Real political editor.
      In a low reach rag.

      Like the minimum wage toilet cleaners being being called Asst. Manager- Janitorial Services.
      Sounds posh but you are still ankle deep in shit.

      Dont waste your time being triggered by MSM. They are Not worth it.
      Just accept that there are lots and lots of lazy people out there who think, seriously, that what is in the Horrid or Stuffed, on teevee1 or 3 is actually gnews.
      They are sad but there are lots of them. They could be relatives, neighbours, work colleagues, sports team members.

      the interesting issue is if a Historian tries to write history in say 50 or 70 years from today and they have to read this bollocks it will not be easy when these sycophants to cindy adrain use the creature’s divisive tactics (Alinsky method) and people are either true believers or conspiracy theorists.
      You are Media pardy approved or unapproved. Real 1984 shit right there.

      There is no longer a Newspaper of Record; just grotty old opinion pieces from toss-pots.(not even Op Eds dressed as opinion)

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      • Well Howi, I was just out in the motor, heading to the local Quarry, as one does on a fine Saturday morning and a claimed, Political Editor of which you refer, started squawking of the car wireless.

        It was none other than NewstalkZB’s Political Editor, one Jason Walls. A man of no experience in life whatsoever and one who sounds like his Nuts have been trapped in the Mangle since before Fisher and Paykel moved to making top load washing machines.

        He claimed that this “leak of Cabinet Document showed that Luxon had lost control of his Cabinet”.

        That pearl of wisdom, from a man who is waiting for his mother to appear to change his nappies. A fool such as he, knows nothing.

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  2. I’ll bet my house the indictments of Hunter Biden in California will be dropped after the 24 election, this is a move by the fully corrupt Biden DOJ to make it possible for the crack head pedophile Hunter to plead the 5th or even fail to turn up for his closed door meetings with the House committees, that country is a cesspool of political corruption.

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  3. Up early for a trail run. Big one today in the Nelson mineral belt country. Always interesting. Beats baking in the stinking hot sun on some god forsaken beach.

    Best wishes to my fans who will wake up later hungover and angry 🙂

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    • And they wonder why Deer numbers are rapidly increasing, when Ardern took the Guns off Licensed Gun Owners.

      Obviously these thick Pricks do not understand the Law of Unintended Consequences.

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      • Life as we know it has certainly changed.
        What did happen to the liarbor parties Dame disgusting and the marriage that she spouted she couldn’t wait for, the baby she so wanted etc etc????? It was all just rubbish, like Helun the woeful one and her marriage to Peter? That was just ridiculous, If you ever believe anything the liarbor party spout you would be very foolish. But still people do? Gullible, poor things they listen to the news on either government TV stations and read the ferald. It is all propaganda from those who think they know better than the thinking population.

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          • Its a big place saggy. you can go in fron Gisbourne to the anini where I last saw them You can go into a vaste area there. Need to chopper in these days. Used to use rua’s track. go up or down the river. Up river to Maungapahtu. Vaste bit of ground high level flats, interesting place. where the Children of the Mist live in spirit.
            down river up and down hills..
            Ruas track was quite good in those days butthe end was a matter of talking to the boss man in Wairoa. Rua’s track goes through to Ruatahuna. They used to be an amenable group there. A few boxes of oranges or fruit never went amiss andnever had any trouble before Doc took over and sacked them from all the forest and parl maintenance. fools at doc had no idea. still don’t as far s I can see. There is a FB for waikaremoana. Migh be able to ask on there. They have finally got around to fixing the lake walk about.
            would be keen if only I could make the legs work. A majic place everytime.

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      • It is a disgrace Saggy and it’s spreading. Maori have proven themselves to be miserable custodians of the land. The maori party want all public land given to maori so they can do the same – shut everyone out.

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    • It’s definitely a problem, 60 or 70 years ago it got that bad that deer extermination teams could kill hundreds in a single day ,there’s gotta be a damn profitable business opportunity for venison products without having DOC dropping 100s of tons of deadly poison on our forests again.

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    • It is like so many things, where reasonable controls have worked in the recent past, it gets thrown out with the bath water.
      There is no real problem when they are all healthy.

      At some stage, with those numbers, if or is it when; bovine tuberculosis takes up in the deer, then the beef & dairy industry will be sacrificed.
      Like many of our trade deals only work with a very low % of beef & dairy herds & if it goes over those levels then those markets will be closed.

      Maybe, all the domestic stock then have to be vaccinated, but weigh up at what price? Priced to what the NZ market would bear.
      More critically;- what the formulation of the vaxx will be.

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  4. My wife got an e-mail from her principal asking them to stay strong against the changes coming and be prepared to be militant. She then put in a few quotes from some maori shelia in the union. The dumb tart must have just sent to all staff and forgot Wife not part of her union. I don’t think Stanford is strong enough for the job , and luxon is setting her up to fail.

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  5. About those idiots still wearing masks:

    A new study published by Cambridge University Press suggests that wearing a mask may be associated with an increased risk of Covid infection.

    From the study,

    The crude estimates show a higher incidence of testing positive for COVID-19 in the groups that used face masks more frequently. … The risk was 1.74 (1.38 to 2.18) times higher in those who wore face masks often or sometimes, compared to participants who reported never or almost never wore masks.

    In other words, individuals who always or almost always wear face masks have a 75% higher risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than those who never or almost never wear masks.

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    • “In other words, individuals who always or almost always wear face masks have a 75% higher risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than those who never or almost never wear masks.”

      Perhaps the people who always or almost always wear face masks are weaker and more sickly to begin with, and they know it. Or else they associate with people who are frequently ill.

      Perhaps heightened levels of anxiety suppress the body’s immune system, so the worriers are the ones more likely to get sick.

      I suspect that psychosomatic forces are at play.

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    • It is sort of the best of Russel Brand, in this discussion, & brings out how Steve Kirsch’s developed, & experienced , that is for both of them, for what has become a quest for truth to be shown, to bring an understanding where ever it leads.

      An interesting point, that this is slowly beginning to make others think, & that some as representatives, have to listen & consider how & what the public are finding out.
      To then decide that they may have to at least listen more to better weigh up what is going on.

      Just to give a bit more context to the NZ data as commented here by VFF’

      … a valid explanation for the missing vaccination data released by the New Zealand whistleblower, …..

      ….. I would also wonder about the Maori $largesse for the Covid vaccinations and whether & where in what form that is accounted for. ….
      https://ysb.co.nz/analysis-of-new-zealands-disturbing-jab-data/#comment-372265

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        • At this stage I will put him on a countdown to Christmas.

          This is the time to use Parliamentary Privilege, to at least raise this !
          As de-registering should not be possible 🙂

          Right now it may be seen as a stub of the toe to National Party controls, as a bedding in of the new Government.
          Now or Never.
          Or the new Government will soon be seen as “regime”.

          Waiting, waiting,
          Get those ducks in line, the advice, learn of the knowledge.

          The window will soon be closed.
          As a representative of the public, to at least note there is a reason for public concerns.
          Perhaps as a duck paddling furiously against the MOH stream of nonsense at the moment.

          If not;— then it shows Reti’s beta weakness & intent of the National Party to be in full compliance to UN WHO-WEF.
          The opportunity is there, to gain a few terms of government.

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  6. Sounds great – almost ready to be picked up to sit in the Strawberry Fare Christmas Grotto for a few hours. Last week was the Positive Waimate Christmas Street Parade and riding in the big sleigh and then in the Grotto.
    Ho Ho Ho – the Christmas Spirit is alive.

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    • Gillian Smyth deserves the $30,000 in compensation, plus 14 months of wages.

      Unfortunately that is a drop in the bucket to Fontera and will not affect them or change their attitude. In addition to the paltry fine paid to Smyth, Fontera should have been fined 10% of their annual profits paid to the government coffers. That would irritate their stockholders enough to get them to oust a few directors and force them to change their attitude.

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    • Transpower have had one case against them – I can’t say what happened 🙂, and there are a number about to hit the ERA, which Transpower will lose.

      Transpower have been complete wankers about it – they know they’re going to lose, but they’re deliberately running up the plaintiffs’ costs out of spite.

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  7. In refernce to SB page one pic.

    As a thinking Person I have never and have no intention of doing drugs, Unlike him.

    Just shows the difference between stuopid and intelligent and taking drugs is stupid.

    Its the LSD that fucked his head.
    He will say he never took it but we know (well most of us do), that you never know what is mixed in cocktails.

    Lets just see who stays alive.
    Lets just see what happens to NZ.
    will it survive the jab?
    Who will survive the jab and most of all, What will happen to our governance?
    Will it do as it has always done or can we put in place some principles that we should be governed by because at the end of the day that was what we campaigned for and you all voted against just to get baubles and go back to more of the same.
    You actually have solved nothing, Nada, nothing even if the current lot sack all the public servants the next lot will bring them back.

    The Seymours will still bail on their principles, NZ first may or may not make it back to do next to nothing but import lots of migrants etc and The Catholic Party is just slightly right of the left labour party.

    We have little right or principled govt.

    you know one f the issues that was raised very early on in the US was taking jab affectedblood. That was on the American Red cross Facebook.
    They removed the FB because of the opposition and because they refused to separate that affected blood.
    The blood service in NZ were of the same mind , so when you need an operation or blood transfusion you are going to get like it or not.

    How do you feel about that?

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    • yawn… jab jab jab tinfoil hat jab nutter nutter nutter dnz nutter jab matt king dnz jab nutter nutter.

      tell us vikey how matt king/ dnz being in govt wouldve changed anything at all except your feelz?
      ffs matt was part of the scum youre dissing so he cant be that great but he just let his ego and vax nutter muppets think he was more popular and had a better chance then he really did.

      love how an accurate meme triggered you tho ole chap, you need to lighten up a bit and not be such a serious and grumpy old bastard.

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      • starving, i think vikeys jealous he didnt have any fun when he was growing up.
        i bet he consumes large quantities of drugs just he has a perscription for them. poo poos pfizer and other jab companies but will happily swallow their pills cuz doc said to.

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        • Nope I prednisone a day becuase of a flue jab, another previous medical fuck up which as affected hundred of kiwi’s but the you never hear about wise guy.
          Refused to take al their cholesterol; drugs which were another lot that were never tested.
          Turns out I was right, the shit has been shown to cause deaths because it was wrong.,It will be going off the market soon. Waiting to see my cardio guy to tell him I told hm so but no his cash came from some drug arsewipe. Even that butter with cholesterol steroid is bad news.
          Now not all medical drugs are bad, ivermection for example, well tested and very people freindly.

          Of course you will happily fire it into your stock which you then sell to some unsuspecting customers who will injest the shit as they eat. It just doesn’t break down.

          But don’t let me distract you from your crusade of ignorance.

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      • Very little. Watched to many stupid pricks wreck their lives and the lives of their families to be bothered much.
        Don’t drink coke nor any of their shit drinks. Want to know why. well, I guess not, but when I was quite young I used to go into the bakeries where guys were drinking the stuff like water. Fucked all their livers and kidneys.
        Just fucking dumb.

        Everything in moderation.

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    • Seems to tie in with reporter, not sure as who is reporting on the reporter.

      Will Trafford is an investigative journalist and digital producer for Te Ao Māori News.
      Prior to joining Whakaata Māori he was a journalist and news presenter for the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB.
      Will has worked for NBC News in New York, London and the Middle East.

      https://www.teaonews.co.nz/author/will-trafford/

      Seems like he has a broad range of experience.

      Would it be similar to the RNZ finding that some one was “improving” the Reuters Russian Ukraine War?
      So was CEO tied to twisting & spinning the reporters reports in Maori News? but which way?

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  8. I hadn’t seen my best buddy for a while and decided to call at his house to see how he was doing. He invited me in and I asked how things were
    “Not good to be honest,” he told me. “My wife went out, supposedly to get some milk, and then sent me a text saying she’s left me and isn’t coming back”.
    I was devastated for him and tried to sympathise… “ How are you coping?, I asked.
    He shrugged his shoulders and said “Well, ok I suppose… I’ve been using that powdered stuff.”

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    • Not this one. And you are dreaming if you think your kids are going to “look after” you when you are old and buggered. That is not how it normally goes down.

      Never regretted not having kids. And no one has ever provided a single good reason for me to think otherwise. Ever.

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        • Hmmmm hit a nerve there didn’t I ?

          Just been to see dad and it was heart breaking. Way beyond anything my sis and I can manage. Needs 24/7 professional care. Even they struggle.

          It doesn’t work like you think champ.

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          • nah not at all.
            your dads situation is an entirely different thing, im talking when oldies are still relatively independant but need help with stuff… lawns, driving to appointments/supermarket etc.

            plus when youre an oldie stuck in a rest home surely you want a vistor occassionally, your kids might not visit as often as youd like but its better them make a few appearances then waste away alone with no one giving a stuff about ya.

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            • My dear old Dad spent his final 10 years in a rest home.
              Gods waiting room. I would go and see him at least twice a week. It was hard, especially in his last 12 months. Sometimes I thought about putting a pillow over his face and letting him slip away but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I was with him when he died. He had a raging fever and was incoherent. Screaming/yelling at the top of his voice and there was nothing I could do but hold his hand. This went on for 5 hours. He finally passed away in my arms. I’ll never forget it.

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        • *most sinks/dinks end up sad miserable cnuts by mid 40s,
          Massive generalisation there Stoopid.
          When I’m at that stage of needing care, I will get in a 30-year-old Thai nurse-type chick. Not expensive, be around 200pw live in. See it here all the time.

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  9. What a waste. Couldn’t be all that radioactive waste water released from Fukushima?

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/12/09/thousands-of-tonnes-of-dead-sardines-wash-ashore-in-japan/
    Thousands of tonnes of dead sardines have washed up on a beach in northern Japan for unknown reasons, officials said yesterday.

    The sardines and some mackerel washed ashore in Hakodate on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Thursday morning, creating a silver blanket along a stretch of beach about a kilometre long.

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    • I doubt that tritium would kill sea life so quickly.
      We all know in Japan that the Kuroshio Current flows northeast and then out into the northern Pacific. Hakodate is at the bottom of Hokkaido and is inundated by the Tsushima Current that flows northwards up the Japan Sea coast of Honshu and then feeds into the Tsugaru Current that runs past Hakodate from west to east.

      The radioactive waters would have needed to be released on the Japan Sea side of Honshu for the current to reach Hakodate.

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      • OS, I can tell you from personal experience, the Kuroshio Current is an absolute arsehole to navigate. My first experience was on the Nippon Maru a Japanese passenger vessel I came to New Zealand on from Tokyo in 1972. I then did 2, two handed yacht races from Melbourne to Osaka in 1987 and again in 1991. While the current flows deep and at good speed, it certainly affects the surface and is most uncomfortable to cross.

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  10. queenstown appears to have been invaded by india with a sprinkling of very fine looking sexy euro babes. the few white males hanging around resemble homeless bums with all their possessions being lugged around in tattered packs.
    clearly queenstown is in need of a good quake so it can slide effortlessly to the bottom of the lake and not be missed.

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    • The one time I’ve been down that way we came into Queenstown on the road from Kingston. There was a “T” intersection controlled by lights.

      The traffic was like Wellington at 5pm! I had the Land Cruiser 70 which handles like a blocked dray in towns & a 25ft Jayco caravan on the towbar. I took one look at the options, told told Mum to take a look to the left because that was all she was seeing of Queenstown & turned right.

      If I never see the shithole again I’ll still die a happy man.

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      • youre a wise man nasska, turning left leads to great frustration and the ONLY good thing to come of it is seeing sexy sluts wrapped in tiny morsels of fabric.
        towing a caravan wouldve probably ended in either divorce or murder charges as you struggle to park a nana car on a good day there, i towed my big tandem trailer there this time last year, ended up parking in the middle of a narrow shit street to run in and do my chore, was plenty of pissy folk backed up but fuck them i wasnt gunna walk 5km from the nearest parking space.

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      • thats about as stupid s one can get. It’s like driving past your farm seeing a deed sheep in there paddock and deciding that you are a shit farmer. (which may or may not have been true,)
        Totally illogical. You never know what you missed or didn’t see or people you didn’t get to meet.

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  11. https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/12/09/ryan-o-neal-hollywood-actor-and-star-of-love-story-dead-at-82/
    Ryan O’Neal, the heartthrob actor who went from a TV soap opera to an Oscar-nominated role in Love Story and delivered a wry performance opposite his charismatic 9-year-old daughter Tatum in Paper Moon, died on Friday, his son said.

    No cause of death was given. Ryan O’Neal was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, a decade after he was first diagnosed with chronic leukemia. He was 82.

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      • Apparently it is easier to spend your tax money on hookers and coke than pay the IRS when you believe you are protected from your father’s employees. 🥳

        There is still the charges for Hunter working for foreign countries – FARA. during Obumma presidency so implicating him.

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    • The indictment by a Delaware Biden’s home town tame prosecutor, is a protective covering as now Hunter does not have to turn up to testify as a witness at a Congressional hearing.

      The indictment will all be “sub-judice.”
      Now it can be said to be under an ongoing investigation, always pending, to the day of whenever so he it becomes legal for Hunter not to turn up.
      Even if seeming to be successful, then timing for a Biden Presidential Pardon.

      Another benefit is the Department of Justice looks like it coming up smelling like roses.
      Many things in play, so many tradeoffs.
      Like just how will Joe Biden be eased out of the Democrat Presidential nominee & loosen Jill Biden’s hold.
      Who will be the Democrat Parties candidate, & timing of the next Presidential nominee.?

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      • Thanks wg. You are right.,,,
        but still a trade off some where, like for California Governor to slip into some high position.
        Would Hunter being making too much money from his from his very artistic paintings & that book he wrote? plus supposed profitable foreign (legal?) business dealings. 🙂

        All will be on the delay pending investigation to suppress other forms of investigations, as the Deleware one is more of a criminal investigation about possession & disposal of the hand-gun.

        Still will be fun to see what is exposed and if in the judicial balancing act, something really gives, like the tight wire itself.

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  12. An interesting take on Russia,,
    Great to see the little world map in the heading. 🙂
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    …… Russian government is now focusing on agricultural policy Export sets. ……
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    ….. These crisis states are Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Mali, Zimbabwe, Somalia and the Central African Republic, which were originally supposed to receive up to 50,000 tons of grain from Russia.
    The scope of this aid has now been increased by the Russian Foreign Ministry to 200,000 tons of wheat. …..
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    ….. Despite the fact that Western sanctions – which curb Russian agricultural exports – remain in place, Russia is already implementing its agricultural aid promise, sending the first Russian ship with free grain to Africa in November. ……..
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    …… In addition, 20,000 tons of fertilizer have already been delivered to Malawi and 34,000 tons to Kenya. It added: “Approval for three additional deliveries is in the final stages: 23,000 tonnes for Zimbabwe, 34,000 tonnes for Nigeria and 55,000 tonnes for Sri Lanka.” …..

    http://eurobrics.de/?module=articles&action=view&id=2295

    While the NATO, EU, USA 5-Eyes & New Zealand really want every one to starve & freeze, one way or the other with those sanctions.

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    • Although seeing Zimbabwe in the mix for receiving a grain shipment,
      plus a fertilizer shipment is for me a little mystifying, ???
      Is something changing?

      The South African characters want to tie in with Brics.
      Putin can not be so dumb not to figure South Africa out either.???
      but note below, in the article, something has shifted in Zimbabwe.

      …… who views the world as Malema does?
      He’ll never contribute anything more than violence and hate.
      Riddled with envy, clinging to a status of victimhood,
      Malema isn’t suggesting earning “a seat at the dinner table,” but rather he’s coming to conquer,
      and the whites better move aside.
      As someone in the comments noted, “This is why they stuck at where they are. No build[ing]. Only destroy[ing].”
      Progress and prosperity comes with personal responsibilty and initiative. …..

      https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2023/12/south_africas_julius_malema_threatens_destruction_if_antiwhite_demands_arent_met.html

      Could swap the name out of Malema to Ardern & her cronies too.

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  13. Cut Emissions or Face Higher Interest Rates: NAB Warns Australian Businesses
    ‘Our risk as a bank will be impacted by how green your business is. It’s not to say we won’t bank you, but the cost of borrowing will be affected’: executive.
    Cut Emissions or Face Higher Interest Rates: NAB Warns Australian Businesses
    The entrance of a National Australia Bank (NAB) building in Melbourne, Australia, on April 15, 2020. (Asanka Ratnayake/Getty
    Alfred Bui
    By Alfred Bui

    One of Australia’s largest commercial banks has warned that lenders across the country will soon impose higher interest rates on businesses that do not have a plan to reduce their carbon emissions.

    During a recent business event, Andrew Irvine, the group executive for business and private banking at the National Australia Bank (NAB), shared his view on the outlook of the Australian lending market and what banks would expect of business customers.

    The executive said business owners needed to start keeping tabs on their carbon emissions and come up with a plan to reduce them if they wanted to get more favourable interest rates.
    “Today I ask for your income and expense, tomorrow I will be asking for your income, expenses and carbon footprint–it’s a virtual certainty that will happen,” Mr. Irvine said, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

    “If your abatement is less than average, your interest rate will be higher than if your abatement is higher than average.

    “Our risk as a bank will be impacted by how green your business is. It’s not to say we won’t bank you, but the cost of borrowing will be affected.”

    Mr. Irvine’s statement comes as NAB steps up its net zero transition while providing significant support to businesses decarbonising.
    According to the bank’s 2023 climate report (pdf), the total amount of NAB’s new green lending, green CRE (REIT) lending, securitisation, and underwriting and arranging of new green customer securities reached $4.5 billion (US$2.97 billion) as of Sept. 30, 2023.

    Around 73 percent of NAB’s lending to energy generation is to renewable energy.

    Between 2015 and 2022, the bank provided $70.8 billion in financing activities to assist businesses dealing with climate change and supporting Australia’s transition to a low-carbon economy.
    In November, the NAB reported an 8.8 percent increase in cash earnings to $7.731 billion for the 2022-2023 financial year.

    Commonwealth Bank Stops Funding New Oil and Gas Projects

    While the NAB is forging ahead with its climate action plan, other banks are not slow on the uptake.
    In August, Australia’s biggest lender, Commonwealth Bank (CBA), announced it would no longer fund new fossil fuel projects.

    Specifically, the bank would not finance new or expanded oil and gas extraction projects, as well as storage infrastructure or transmission pipelines linked to those projects.

    At the same time, the CBA refused to fund new or expanded thermal coal mines and new coal-fired power plants.

    The bank will also force its fossil fuel clients to go through an assessment of their environmental, social, and economic impact, while requiring them to publish independently verified plans to cut emissions by 2025.

    The announcement will likely place further pressure on the oil and gas industry, which has faced difficulties securing finance for their projects in recent years due to growing public concern about climate change.
    In late October, the CBA also said it would offer interest-free loans between $1,000 and $30,000 for residents who buy clean energy products—solar panels and batteries—from select companies.

    Both CBA and NAB are signatories to the United Nations-convened Net Zero Banking Alliance, a group of global banks working to help reach net zero by 2050.
    Monica O’Shea contributed to this article.
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/world/cut-emissions-or-face-higher-interest-rates-nab-warns-australian-businesses-5543477?utm_source=Aomorningbriefnoe&src_src=Aomorningbriefnoe&utm_campaign=Aomb-2023-12-08&src_cmp=Aomb-2023-12-08&utm_medium=Aoemail&cta_utm_source=Aomorningbriefnoecta&est=xGaukcSwiSh7%2B58Cs7JkR9e2HHbxWqO7a%2ByLtCWiBnDTv3alTJAc0C7NdWzEmmM%3D

    does anyone see an opportunity for a bank that diesn’t care about shit but likes businesses that make money.
    The woke bastards at these banks need firing.

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  14. NZ Police Commissioner Told to Stop Gangs From Taking Over ‘Towns, Public Roads’
    ‘Gangs have become more violent and more present in our communities … this needs to stop,’ NZ Police Minister Mark Mitchell wrote to the commissioner.

    New Zealand’s new police minister, Mark Mitchell, has written to the Commissioner of Police Andrew Coster setting out the National-led government’s “expectations” in an attempt to ensure a tougher line against crime—a key policy plank for all three coalition parties: National, ACT, and NZ First.

    While convention forbids ministers from interfering in “operational matters,” there is a provision in the Policing Act 2008 allowing them to expect the commissioner to deliver on the government’s direction and priorities.
    The Public Service Commissioner provided support with the drafting of the letter (pdf).

    While in Opposition, Mr. Mitchell was an outspoken critic of policing as carried out under Mr. Coster.

    “I have been open about the fact I do not agree with the direction policing has taken under the previous government,” he said. “And I expect the police commissioner to focus on core policing with a back-to-basics approach. I want people to feel safe on their streets, in their homes, and in their workplaces.”

    “Gangs have become more violent and more present in our communities, intimidating the public and taking over public roads and spaces. This needs to stop.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/world/nz-police-commissioner-told-to-stop-gangs-from-taking-over-towns-public-roads-5543307

    Didn’t see this in our papers anywhere.

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