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  1. How things have changed,
    2022 “Russia has run out of ammunition”
    2024. “Ukraine has run out of ammunition”
    “Russia cannot win this war against all these contributing countries and NATO”
    Quotes from 4 star General Jack Keane ,a war mongering POS that has been wrong about everything for decades yet is still on FOX news lying to the World, FOX is slowly morphing into a blend of MSNBC and CNN.

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  2. I just had an email from a family member overseas who tells me that Nude Nut has employed H2 for some high paying job in his administration , have I slipped into a space time warp and been transported forward to April 1st or is this true ??

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  3. Morning all, revtech120 are you awake early, or are you back after a hard night of partying? Just asking for myself as I would like to know. Have a good day people and be safe, fine today by the weather forecast, tomorrow not so much here in Hamilton. Enjoy today.

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    • Sadly yep I have been a farmer and with a huge mortgage to pay, And getting older every damn day so there is no excuse for me as far as I can see but it is very dark here in Hamilton so don’t know what I could do at that hour of the morning, but then I suppose I could if I had cows to milk.

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  4. ED , As of 4.30 this morning the dwarf will be regularly called by his original name “ THE WELLINGTON MAGGOT” anybody who doesn’t like it can GAGF .,,LOL.
    To be fair to H2 anything she did to this country pales into insignificance when compared to Clarkes personally trained apprentice Dame cnut face Ardern and her cabal of queers and weirdos.

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  5. Patient anxiously awaiting doctor’s call with news of his recent screening. The call comes in. Man ask’s “How do things look, Doc?”
    Doc says: “It’s not the result we’d hoped for.”
    Patient asks: “How bad is it?”
    Doc: “Let’s just say I wouldn’t advise buying any green bananas.”

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  6. According to National’s retweak of the school curriculum, children from the age of five will be expected to learn & recite poetry.

    We always read poetry at my school anyway. It’s just that most of it was written on the back of the shithouse doors.

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    • Sid suffers from bad constipation
      This causes his wife aggravation
      You should eat some bran
      Exclaims his wife Fran
      This requires his co-operation

      But stubborn Sid won’t copy Fran
      Who adores eating healthy wheat bran
      And he won’t eat veg
      Like their grandson Reg
      So Sidney spends hours on the can

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    • Great. Start off with the Lays of Ancient Rome

      To every man upon this earth
      Death cometh soon or late.
      And how can man die better
      Than facing fearful odds,

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAtZRdaCufw

      Then learn 300 lines of the 3000 in Beowulf, Seamus Heaney’s translation good enough

      So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by
      And the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.
      We have heard of those princes’ heroic campaigns.

      Then dip into Iliad, Odysseus, and the Aeneid.

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    • Most of the poets pushed upon schoolkids were drug addicts and/ or alcoholics whose life ended well before the norm.
      Often with great internal anguish and related mental illness.

      Kind of like modern Trannies.
      Should this be pushed on young children?

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      • Anything after about 1900 should be treated with contempt!

        I tortured myself once and read the nihilistic Being and Nothingness, by Sartre. Found out later in a biography that he was cocaine ridden and mad, which explains why no-one can understand it, I expect even him. I put Joyce’s Ulysses in the same rubbish bin, tortured crap.

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  7. Iconic American car show in Taranaki under fire from activists’
    (Courtesy of NZ Autocar Magazine)

    I doubt that many will have seen this article, so post it here for your attention.

    It’s interesting to see who the ‘protest groups’ are, and on the basis of the comments attributed to them, to wonder to what extent ‘Jealousy’ and ‘envy’ are the real motivators for what they say…

    https://www.autocar.co.nz/iconic-american-car-show-in-taranaki-under-fire-from-activists/?fbclid=IwAR3EiI1wtZ5E1yP9pSG4gEGhYTcMwVqwJVaMm0nV4CarIjdkckdTqrkOKqk

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    • For f…ing real $#@??@*

      extract
      …..However, Climate Justice Taranaki, Palestinian Solidarity Taranaki, and Better Streets Project want members of the public and local schools to steer clear of the event because they feel it glorifies the use of fossil fuels during a “climate emergency” among other concerns……

      Seems like autocar now has a Comedy corner ///

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      • A bus doesn’t cut it unless you are under driving age!
        We take car and trailer out and park on road, with flags bunting, etc. Chairs on trailer, pizza delivery.
        The whole length of road, gets prettied up with flags and bunting over 4km length. Supermarket has comp for the best! We live up ROW, so move out to the road.
        Kids and grandies com in and enjoy the festival!

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    • Thanks for the heads up Komata. I’m not a car enthusiast, so I would never have seen that article otherwise.

      This is so fucking depressing. It demonstrates how far the former New Zealand has fallen, that such nutters can ‘protest’ under different banners against a car club and people who have fun devoping their hobby!

      Fucking hell.

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  8. Every day, these Native fuckers never cease to amaze me with their world leading brilliance.

    “To be fair the world is looking for the solutions that we have as indigenous native people, all of the things that have come from the west have failed us.”

    I just do not understand why the Colonialist in this country just does not step back and leave it to the Early Settler who was so advanced before Jim Cook sailed over the horizon, that they had no nails or no way to boil water, yet here they are, claiming to be traditionally – world leaders. in “kai and fibre”, far better than anything the Colonialist has shown or delivered too them.

    One wonders what traditional “kai” they are world leaders in, for even with growing the modern Kiwifruit, for which a few Maori are involved in, they have not developed using traditional methods, anything of note, not the development from the Chinese Gooseberry to the Haywood variety, not to the Gold variety, not to the Red variety, not to the methods of growing or marketing, it has all been developed and improved by others, but according to this article, these Colonialist methods are a dismal failure and the Natives, themselves are “world leaders” in the development of “kai and fibre”. Fffffttt!

    https://www.teaonews.co.nz/2024/02/23/maori-getting-creative-to-become-global-leaders-in-kai-and-fibre/

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  9. this is quite long but is well worth the read. Lots of truth in this interview especially about NZ.
    for those that refuse to pay for anothers work I have copied and might not have cleaned out the garbage links etc. and for the rest here is the link.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/lunch-with-sir-russell-coutts-sailing-great-opens-up-on-fierce-rivalries-new-zealands-place-in-the-world-and-working-with-larry-ellison/4ZMEONNRJ5HHFDNKXNETBGXEAI/

    Lunch with… Sir Russell Coutts – sailing great opens up on fierce rivalries, New Zealand’s place in the world and working with Larry Ellison
    Shayne Currie
    By Shayne Currie
    24 Feb, 2024 06:19 AM

    SailGP CEO and Kiwi sailing legend Sir Russell Coutts. Photo / SailGP

    SailGP CEO and Kiwi sailing legend Sir Russell Coutts. Photo / SailGP

    In a rare sit-down interview over lunch, our greatest America’s Cup sailor opens up on family, business, Larry Ellison, Grant Dalton, the Blackheart campaign, NZ’s place in the world and his exasperation with red tape. Shayne Currie reports.

    On a dreary afternoon, Russell Coutts and his family were wrangling over the TV remote and what to watch on Netflix.

    He landed on Drive to Survive, the phenomenal peek-behind-the-curtain docu-series on Formula One – more an insight into the human psyche than a sports programme.

    Someone in the family – “I’m not going to say who!” says Coutts – wasn’t happy with the choice.

    “’Oh’, they were saying, ‘what are we watching this for? Haven’t we got better things to do?’” recalls Coutts.
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    “This is like four o’clock, it was pouring with rain. There was myself and a few other members of the family. This is the very first programme – we had heard about it, and we wanted to watch it.

    “After about 20 minutes, the person who had said, ‘What the hell are we watching this for?’ said, ‘That Christian Horner is not a very nice guy’,” says Coutts, laughing.

    Horner is the boss of the Red Bull racing team, which has dominated Formula One for the past several seasons. His top driver Max Verstappen has a hat-trick of world championships.

    You might see where this is going.

    “People form opinions, don’t they?” says Coutts, unbeaten America’s Cup helmsman, Olympic gold medallist and hugely successful businessman and entrepreneur now leading the professional SailGP global series.

    At one time, Coutts was the bête noire of a sizeable percentage of the public when he dared take his skills from the privately owned but publicly adored Team New Zealand to a foreign America’s Cup syndicate, Alinghi. But we’ll come to Blackheart soon.

    People do form opinions, says Coutts, “and probably you’ve got no right to”.

    “But in a way, it’s kind of cool,” he says, teasing out his position.

    “It might be unfair and so forth – and it goes back to your comment around tough times and the aggressive approach from the New Zealand public to what I did with Alinghi – but if you’re a professional sports person, you’ve got to expect a bit of that, don’t you?

    “You know, you’ve got to be almost resilient enough – call it whatever you want – to accept that.

    “As a sportsperson, that’s what you want. If people didn’t care, if nobody had watched that, or nobody gave a damn, that would have been much worse than what happened.”

    Coutts wanders into lunch wearing a black SailGP polo top and a smile. While he might accurately be described as an “old salt”, after a career on and around the ocean, he still enjoys boyish good looks.

    He’s been around seemingly forever – it’s been 40 years since his Olympics gold medal in Los Angeles – yet he’s still only 61.

    Today, we’re at lunch at Gilt, Josh Emett’s recently opened eatery in the heart of Auckland’s legal precinct. Forewarned, Gilt’s chef has conjured up some special options for Coutts, a vegan.

    Coutts seems to be looking forward to lunch. He has a few things to say.

    “I don’t want to rush it,” he says as the waiter runs through some vegan delights.

    Over two hours, Coutts opens up on all manner of topics, not shying away from past controversies while raising a few issues of his own about the state of play in New Zealand.

    It is a convivial and rare sit-down interview with a man considered one of our most private figures – a Kiwi sporting great who has fashioned, alongside one of the world’s richest men, a stellar business career and whose own wealth is estimated to be more than $100 million.

    It hasn’t all been smooth sailing: the switch to Alinghi, some testy relationships with media and public stoushes with rivals, most famously with Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton.

    The fundraiser night in 2013 is still talked about in sailing and event circles today.

    Side by side on stage in Auckland were two of our most recognised sailors – Russell Coutts, the then CEO of America’s Cup holders Oracle, and Grant Dalton, the boss of challengers Team New Zealand.

    There is no love lost between the pair, and the animosity was all on show that evening, ahead of the cup in San Francisco later in the year.

    During an introductory speech, Dalton had a fair crack at Coutts’ boss, Larry Ellison, and how his vision to have as many as 16 challengers in San Francisco had foundered. In the end, there were just three challengers.

    “What the hell went wrong?” poked Dalton.

    Clearly riled, Coutts later told the audience: “Grant is racing on the boat. He’s 54 years old … there’s nobody in New Zealand he can find that’s better than a 54-year-old?

    “The thing I love about ‘Dalts’… I’ve always respected his ability to raise money because I frankly find it tough to raise money, go out and find sponsors and so forth and I’ve got a few wins under my belt. Dalts has got a lot of second placings.”

    As we now know, later that year, Team New Zealand stormed out to an 8-1 series lead in San Francisco, only to lose 8-9 to Oracle in one of the greatest sporting comebacks in history.

    Four years later, in Bermuda, Team New Zealand exacted revenge, beating Oracle 7-1.

    Over lunch today, Coutts is more mellow about Dalton.

    “To be honest with you, I’ve never competed against him in a race before [as a helmsman].

    “He had some pretty strong views. At that time, I had some pretty strong views. He’s probably changed his mind a bit; I’ve probably changed my mind a bit, you know?”

    I ask him if he’s had any contact with Dalton over the years since. “Yeah, a little bit.”

    I jokingly wonder if that’s legal correspondence – Dalton runs the America’s Cup while Coutts is CEO of the relatively young but fast-growing SailGP series.

    Coutts either ignores me or doesn’t hear it.

    I ask him specifically about the America’s Cup, the competition that defined him as one of sailing’s greats.

    “It’s like comparing the IPL to test cricket,” he says, placing SailGP as yachting’s equivalent to the wildly popular Indian Premier League.

    Maybe more people will watch test cricket, he says, because of the IPL.

    “However, in today’s world, will test cricket ever be as popular as IPL? I doubt it. IPL is just the more fan-focused format and ultimately what happens?

    “You get more commercial interest because you’ve got more fans. We’re seeing it with all sorts of examples in sports.”

    I steer him back to the America’s Cup.

    “I’m not dodging the question. Amazingly, I’m just not that connected with it anymore,” he says.

    “It’s only really the sailors that are involved in both. I don’t know anything about the next America’s Cup in terms of the event organising.”

    He doesn’t see the cup as a competitor to SailGP, which involves teams from 10 countries racing F50 foiling catamarans.

    “I think as long as both properties are professionally televised and look good and so forth, they probably ultimately feed off each other.

    “Look at football – the World Cup and Champions League or whatever examples you want to use. They feed off each other… creating that visibility, creating that connection.”

    He says he can mount a strong argument that SailGP has been the “best thing” that’s happened to the cup.

    “Give me an example of a property that benefits from not marketing themselves at all. I’ve been a bit facetious there but you know what I mean.

    “If you haven’t got racing going on, what the hell do you do suddenly out of nowhere? Four years is a long time.

    “We don’t consider them as competitors at all, we really don’t.”

    Coutts is generally private and doesn’t seek headlines or court media.

    “I’ve just chosen to live my life a certain way,” he says.

    “I don’t talk about my family life much. I don’t talk about my private life or my friends much and that’s the way I choose to live. Other people do it differently to good effect.”

    In 2014, the Herald placed him top of New Zealand’s sports richlist, with an estimated wealth of more than $100 million and an annual salary of $13m while he was working for Oracle in the cup campaign. That overall wealth is likely conservative.

    Coutts has four children, his oldest son, now in his 30s, from his first marriage, and “three from my present and hopefully future marriage!”.

    His and Jenny’s youngest son is 18 and just starting university. As looming empty-nesters, they’re looking forward to some more travel.

    They own an expansive home at Whangaparāoa, north of Auckland, and Barley Station, a stunning, sprawling 41ha property near Arrowtown, complete with exclusive golf course.

    Coutts loves golf. His handicap is “about a 13″.

    “I say this every year – I should be playing more,” he says. “I was a better player when I was 12. My swing’s terrible as I’ve aged. Let’s just say I haven’t become more flexible.”

    He uses golf as an opportunity to meet people and understand different views.

    “You can have a good chat with people as you’re playing. It’s not even networking – it’s just a great opportunity to learn or get some new insights.

    “The people that you play with are very diverse – in New Zealand, anyway. It’s not as restrictive as it is in some countries offshore. Despite the image, it’s probably very accessible in relative terms.”

    Despite being somewhat publicity shy, Coutts did find himself thrust into the limelight in February 2022, after hundreds of protestors – some anti-vaccine, some anti-mandate, and some both – set up camp on the front lawn at Parliament.

    Coutts visited the camp one day, himself unhappy about vaccine mandates.

    In a social media post at the time, Coutts said he was not against vaccination – he is vaccinated himself – but he was against people having to have mandatory jabs to retain their jobs.

    “I’m also strongly opposed to the ever-increasing erosion of our human rights and the growing limitations on our freedom of choice,” he wrote.

    “I believe in having the freedom to be able to question so-called ‘expert’ opinions.

    “I’m against discrimination and the ‘them and us’ society that is being promoted by our current political leaders. I’m against creating different rights, laws and privileges based on race.”
    Sir Russell Coutts is escorted around the anti-mandate occupation protest site outside Parliament. Photo / via Richard Hills, Twitter
    Sir Russell Coutts is escorted around the anti-mandate occupation protest site outside Parliament. Photo / via Richard Hills, Twitter

    Today, he picks up that political hot potato. “I like the commentary on one people, one nation. I can relate to that.”

    Coutts believes New Zealand largely got the Covid response right in the opening weeks and then sailed hopelessly off course.

    He describes himself as an optimist but says he has been worried about the direction of New Zealand for some time.

    He is in awe of the innovation and technological advances made in this corner of the world over the years. We are, he says, a magnificent country.

    “We punch way above our weight; I’d hate us to lose that.”

    He is especially worried about dropping education standards and rising crime, and the impact these are having on New Zealand’s economic growth and international competitiveness.

    “For example, if we let crime rates soar do we think that’s going to have an impact on tourism? Of course, it is. You can undo all the good that’s been done for the last 50 to 100 years almost overnight.”

    He cites a country he knows well, Switzerland, as a place where entrepreneurs have been able to flourish.

    “To me, government should focus on certain things and let that entrepreneurial spirit shine through in other forms of society and actually promote that.

    “I know that’s possibly controversial in today’s terms.”

    He says New Zealand could contemplate the “unique” tax system for foreigners in Switzerland.

    “This would be aggressive, but I think it should be considered. They basically say, ‘What value are you bringing? Are you going to hire people? Who are you going to hire? What industry are you bringing here?’.

    “It’s that sort of approach where you actually say, ‘Hey this is a win-win for everyone.”

    It would probably never fly here, says Coutts, referencing what he calls New Zealand’s tall poppy syndrome.

    But he says there are plenty of examples of countries – he cites France and Venezuela – that have lost their mojo.

    “I think if France could claw back what they did 30, 40, 50 years ago easily, they would. I think they all know what the issue is. They just can’t easily solve it now because it’s a whole generation.”

    In New Zealand, “I definitely think certain things have to be propped up. Our education system, I think, has got to be reviewed.”

    His key point, and one he refers to through lunch, is that strong economies benefit everyone.

    Economies are also boosted by major international events.

    Coutts loves having New Zealand on the SailGP circuit – the country’s rich sailing history, extraordinary talent and natural environment make it an obvious destination – but he’s exasperated at the hoops he must go through to host a leg of the series here.

    “The most complicated country in the world by far,” he says.

    “I’m saying on a scale, it’s 10 times more complicated than anywhere else in the world.”

    Coutts says it’s the same for anyone wanting to build a house or any other development.

    “You have to deal with so many different entities.

    “I’ll give you some real-life examples … because what I’m really talking about is how competitive is New Zealand with the rest of the world.”

    If you’re not competitive, he says, “everyone loses”.

    He cites the SailGP events this season in Los Angeles and New York – the event is now into its fourth season with 12 cities on the circuit.

    “You roll into New York, the mayor’s office gets everyone together; they seemingly have the authority to do that – so that’s traffic, the harbourmaster, the Coast Guard, air traffic control because we need to fly helicopters.”

    Everyone is in the room to accommodate the event. “You’re really dealing with one entity, one objective.”

    Conversely, in New Zealand, it’s messy.

    “You do a deal with major events in New Zealand. You do a deal with the city – in our case Christchurch or Auckland.

    “You’d think that’d be enough, right? But no, it’s not. Now you’ve got to go away and deal with the local iwi, you’ve got to deal with the harbourmaster, you’ve got to deal with environmental [agencies].

    “All of these discussions, and any one of them could trip you up.”

    After a lifetime on the ocean, Coutts says he describes himself as an environmentalist. “I care, but there’s an efficient way to handle that and there’s an inefficient way to handle it. I think we’re in a highly inefficient bucket at the moment.”

    He talks to developers who say 40 per cent of their costs are now in compliance and bureaucracy. “Think about that for five seconds – it’s just not sustainable.”

    Auckland was to host the SailGP series on March 23-24 but the event has been shifted to Lyttelton – host of last season’s New Zealand leg – because of contaminated land that’s still being cleaned up at the tip of Wynyard Quarter, where SailGP wanted its fans and grandstands.

    Coutts is optimistic there will be another solution for Auckland in 2026.

    “I’m always optimistic, I am. I want things to be successful and by nature, I’m always looking for a solution somewhere.”
    With a mixture of pleasure and pain, Coutts was thrust into the New Zealand consciousness at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He won his gold medal in the Finn class as a 22-year-old, sporting a healthy mop of hair and boils on his backside that were so painful he had to wear diapers in the boat.

    He has a perfect on-the-water America’s Cup record – 14 wins, zero losses. Nine with Team New Zealand and five with Alinghi.

    Coutts came off the water, as a competitive sailor, at the relatively young age of 41.

    He moved from Alinghi to Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle and masterminded two more America’s Cup victories from a shore-based executive position. That included the come-from-behind win in 2013.

    Coutts has Ellison – the world’s fifth-richest person with wealth estimated at $US140 billion ($227b) – on speed dial.

    He calls him a “massive mentor” and “certainly the most visionary person I have been associated with.

    “It’s like getting a very, very high-level insight into business. It’s like doing the executive MBA every year.”

    He regards Ellison as a friend, but the professional boundaries are well set.

    “If he’s got something that he thinks I’m not doing right, it comes out straight away. There’s no grey area. It’s really healthy for that.

    “And we debate things. Sometimes he’ll let me run with my idea, even though he openly says, ‘I think that’s wrong’.

    “If I’m right later on, he’ll acknowledge that. If I’m wrong, I acknowledge it. There’s just that honesty there.”

    Conversations with Ellison these days are very rarely focused on the present. He leaves Coutts to deal with any issues in the here and now.

    “‘You’ll deal with that, right? But here’s what we need to be doing going forward’. He’s a visionary, tremendously futuristic.”
    Larry Ellison and Sir Russell Coutts on BMW Oracle Racing during the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series on Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour in 2009.
    Larry Ellison and Sir Russell Coutts on BMW Oracle Racing during the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series on Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour in 2009.

    Coutts says he learned early on that if he was to open a topic with Ellison “you better know what you’re talking about.

    “He’ll listen intently to what you’re saying [without talking].

    “It’s unnerving. In a typical conversation – before Zoom came along, and you could actually see him, I’d say ‘Are you still there?’

    “He’d say ‘Yeah, I’m listening’. And you’d talk for another three or four minutes and there’d just be nothing. But he’s still there: ‘Yeah, I’m listening’.

    “Then he’d come in when he when he had something to say. Which is again, a valuable lesson.

    “He has an incredible understanding of technology and just can very quickly zone in on what’s important and more so if there are gaps, he’ll very quickly zone in on that.”

    After the 2017 America’s Cup loss to Team New Zealand in Bermuda, Ellison called Coutts, asking him if he wanted to continue with the cup.
    By then, Coutts’ association with the Auld Mug stretched more than two decades.

    “And I said, ‘Well, actually, not really.’ I said, ‘I’ve had a great career, loved every minute of it, but I just need to do something different’. And he said, ‘Yes, so do I’.”

    He said the pair had both been discussing a sustainable professional sailing competition – building a significant business model on a global stage.

    “Even in that first conversation he had in his mind what it could be, based on many of the American sports leagues, but with some fairly significant differences. Knowing the way that Larry approaches his business, it was really a motivation in a way.

    “Why is he doing it is probably the more interesting question because he can do anything. I think he loves the sport. It’s a business challenge for him. This has never been done before – not successfully, anyway.”

    For himself, Coutts says he loves the challenge of building a sustainable, professional league.

    Other competitions – and here, he is talking generally but clearly seems to be referencing the America’s Cup – are a “stop-start affair.

    “Things change and you don’t know who the next teams are. You don’t know where the next events are, you don’t know the venue. There aren’t many sports in the world that operate like that anymore.”

    For lunch, Coutts settles on an escalivada salad for starters, and a casarecce verde pasta for a main; I go all dairy for starters with a cheese souffle and crumbed lamb cutlets for the main. We stay on sparkling water.

    There was a time when Coutts couldn’t venture into a café or a restaurant, without fear of being abused.

    In what was once deemed the most traitorous turn in New Zealand sport, Coutts and Brad Butterworth walked away from Team New Zealand after the America’s Cup defence in 2000, into the arms of Ernesto Bertarelli and the land-locked Switzerland challengers, Alinghi.

    Three years later, Coutts and Butterworth masterminded a five-zip cup victory over an over-designed – and literally broken – Team New Zealand yacht on the Waitematā Harbour.

    Ahead of the regatta, Coutts and Butterworth were subject of a co-ordinated public relations campaign, Blackheart – there were even full-page newspaper ads – targeting the pair.

    Leading businesspeople were involved in the campaign.

    It was, upon reflection, a moment in time – a campaign that summed up the emotion of many people. But it now looks embarrassing and cringeworthy, especially as professional sport has developed.

    I ask Coutts about his feelings on Blackheart.

    “We’re talking about something that happened what, 21 years ago?

    “Don’t get me wrong, there were some elements that were tough at the time. I can remember sitting in cafes and so forth, and some people aggressively abusing my wife and I, for example.”

    While there were intimidating moments, he felt they came with the territory.

    “How many athletes in the world have experienced something like that? I would say if you’re a Manchester United player and you’re running on to Anfield, you might experience something like that, particularly if you used to play for Liverpool and now you’re playing for Man United.

    “It’s part of the deal these days. Is everyone going to love you? Likely not.”

    He says in reality, the Blackheart campaign motivated him.

    “I wasn’t particularly fazed by it.In other words, ‘I’ll show them; I’ll show these … ‘ You can imagine the word I’m thinking.

    “I look back on it – yes, there were some challenging moments but by the same token, [it was] hugely memorable. Would I make the same decisions today? Absolutely.”

    Towards the end of lunch, Coutts refers to a message he’s received from Ellison, highlighting how engaged the billionaire is in SailGP, and the personalities involved.

    It is clear from our conversation that the pair have big plans to build the popularity, professionalism and business model of SailGP – through fans’ experience at events to viewers’ access to data and comms on the water.

    Coutts is off to an NBA game in March; he loves how that American sport, in particular, constantly evolves for its fans.

    We return to the conversation around Drive to Survive, and what that show has done for Formula One.

    He reveals Ellison had wanted to do something similar with sailors “way, way back”.

    “He called it in his words, reality TV. Let’s do a behind-the-scenes reality TV show of what’s actually going on.”

    It was well before Drive to Survive, says Coutts.

    “When Drive to Survive came out, I copped it a little bit. He was like, ‘Why the hell haven’t we already done that?’”

    The SailGP series is in Sydney this weekend before heading to Christchurch on March 23-24.

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    • what in the fuck is the point in posting a huge amount of bullshit like that?
      get a better hobby old chap, your broken links are more entertaining and insightful then long boring piles of shit like that.

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    • It is like mining, going through a pile of low grade ore, to find perhaps some fleeting gold dust.
      All to be contextually lost as it Doubles up by the journalist’s feelz of guiding slop, plus repetition.
      The slop feeelz of that journalist is to make sure people do clog up, & so it becomes TLDR.

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      • Simpleton1 ,I got as far as the utter bullshit that “ the Coutts family were arguing over the remote to decide what to watch on Netflix”. FFS am I wrong to remember that sell out POS building a mansion over 3 sections up on a Whangaparāoa beach front? as if he and his spawn would arguing over the fcuking remote when there’s more than likely 10 huge flat screen TVs and a theatre in his 30 room mansion or have I mixed up my “celebrities”?
        F/O Coutts.

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    • V2, I happen to know R Coutts reasonably well through sailing. I, as a stroke of great luck also happened to know the great Sir Peter Blake, for Pete was my next door neighbour growing up in Bayswater on Aucklands North Shore during the 50’s and 60’s and I sailed a lot with him over the years as I did with his brother Tony. I also went to Bayswater Primary and Takapuna Grammar with Peter and spent a lot of time sailing with Peter, Tony his father Brian, mother Joyce on their yacht, Ladybird. Peter was a truly decent man. the opposite of Coutts who was not the most loved man, either in sailing or life. His first wife will regale you with most unkind details of Mr Coutts behaviour, but it was having a quiet lunch one day in 2000 with Peter Blake, that a man who never spoke a bad word about another, really let rip on what a disgusting, traterous, specimens R Coutts and Brad Butterworth ( who incidently later in life married my then next door neighbours daughter) were. Peter, who seldom ever was critical of another, struggled to find a kind word about Russell and his ethics.

      As to R. Coutts Gold Medal at the LA Games in 1984, while Russell sailed superbly, he would never have got the Gold Medal except for another very close friend of mine, who was the Olympic Sailing Manager at the LA Games, Ralph Roberts. Coutts, it was determined, at the after final race weigh in, to be too light for the Finn class but Ralph who knew the Olympic Rules inside out, demanded that Russell’s clothes that he sailed the race in, be weighed (as the weigh in was held on the sailor stripped of clothing), not dry but wet as in what Russell had sailed. This put Russell over the minimum weight limit and so entitled him to the Podium and the Olympic Gold. Till the day Ralph died two years ago, I do not think that Russell ever acknowledged what Ralph Roberts did for him in achieving the Gold Medal, a sign of the man that is Coutts.

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      • My God, AH, that was superb insight and thanks for sharing it with us. Many people can have their opinions and opine about stuff (I’m one of them) and they’re entitled to that of course, but it’s a real discovery to read something from someone who has actually been there and done that.

        Thanks and cheers! 👍

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      • All that is interesting and you may well be right. But that’s wasn’t the point.

        What Coutts said about NZ and the way it has gone from entrepreneurial to socialist shit hole is the point.
        I’m not a fan of Coutts but can see his logic and regardless of what you say, Coutts did the hard yards when it came to getting to winning. I recall reading about the time he spent out in the harbour just mapping the time and tides and the wind. I guess that was the difference in the personalities, Blake was sail hard as you can, Coutts applied science along with the designer fellow.
        Blake for all his good points got left behind in the race of money men and machines.
        It happens.
        As soon as Blake found a lady he became non competitive as many do They begin another life. Hero to zero I think is the expression, same thing happened to Ben the aussie guy who designed the winged keel and many others,
        Again regardless of how you or I or others feel (and it is just feels, a socialist construct), he and Butterworth were paid sportsman and got a better offer in their view. No different to rugby players, cricketers and many other people in leading occupations.
        Blake may well have been a nice man but he too had his flaws. That 2 very tough competitors didn’t like one another is not unusual, see it in car racing and golf and other sports and in company management all the time.
        Blake quit when it suited him and no one moaned.
        Doesn’t make it either right nor wrong. Just hurt feelings, It happens often in life for people.

        When reading these things one should learn to sift out the fluff such as the crap around the meal and so forth remembering that the writer wants to get in the paid advertising and himself into the article.
        Remove that and see the underlying message which IMHO is right on target.
        NZ has become a low grade shithole when it comes to getting anything done.
        Now even revy tells us this daily, ain’t thatright revy?

        Success is not rewarded, getting rich is done by property developers (which I am not), and high class lawyers and grossly expensive elite professions.
        e.g. $5500.00 for a cataract removal and lens replacement. Outrageous given the lens cost $250.00 and is manufactured for a few dollars. Done by the Fred Hollows people for around $50.00, but cartells like our unions and Professional bodies ensure that these things cost. Stuff like that shit.

        Layer on top of layer of rules , regulations, finger pointing, double dipping, sleaze money and Iwi rorts.
        Thats what Coutts was talking about.
        Go back and read what he said again.
        Sad you missed it because you know plenty about what he was saying.

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        • Yo sound a bit depressed there, Mr Coot.
          Maybe you should seek help,

          Should we start a givealittle page to chip in and let you the care you need??
          🙂

          The hooligan gave a a concise and well rounded story after your looooooooooooooooooong rant
          and you feel the need to do another rant longer than the Hooligan’s post.
          Feeble.

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          • No, he didn’t. He gave his life story as he sees it which he is entitled to do. You on the other hand spend your day whinging about all manner of things. Go see a shrink you need to.

            And it wasn’t my rant. As Ed says if I just post a link half of ya moan if I post all the story the rest of ya moan. Go get a lifr.

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      • Excellent AH
        the sort of original insight I was referring to the other night.
        Thanks for that.

        I don’t care at all for sailing – get a bloody motor- want to go faster, get a bigger motor – but that was good info from someone who was there.
        First person story.

        We have not heard much here about Dean Barker. He struck me as a rich kid playing with the big boys with daddy’s money, then others’ money.
        Had no mongrel to play at that level.

        Whilst I dont follow yachting, Peter Blake made a good impression. As is clear on here, I dont give credit easily; however there does not seem to be a pathway to take where Blake did not end up as a decent bloke.

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        • Peter Blake was a good sales man when it came to raising money.
          He sucked in half a nation to buying red socks much like Jacinda sucked ya into the jabs.

          Doesn’t mean he was going to carry on.
          Dean Barker never had what it took
          and if Blake wanted to he could have continued but decided his time was finished with the America’s Cup just as Coutts and Butterworth and Faye Ritchwhite did.
          But you will never ever understand that.

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  10. INEPTOCRACY

    (in-ep-toc-ra-cy)

    A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing & where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods & services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

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  11. Michael Laws gives his thoughts after watching the propaganda news, the “wankers, whingers and wallies.” Laws railed against the woke radicals coverage of a supposed racist real estate agent forced to follow cultural mandates. And also the obvious partisanship of senior presenters. “We all know Campbell is a biased arsehole.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rApwLhOgX0Y
    Michael Laws on the State of Journalism & Mainstream media in New Zealand

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    • There should be a health warning on TV1 and TV3 “watching this station can seriously damage your brain.” I am staggered by how many people still turn on their TVs everyday. On the odd occasions I see TV when visiting friends I am appalled at the garbage that passes for entertainment in this country. I have lived quite happily without a TV for basically the last 40 years and do not feel I have been deprived in any way, quite the reverse in fact.

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    • I subscribe to the Platform and I quite like Michael Laws. I call him occasionally and I agree with him on many things, except for his uncritical approach to the experimental DNA injection.

      But having said that, he is at least starting to support individual choice and he opposes mandates. But he still doesn’t seem to understand that this injection is provably ineffective in preventing the spread of covid and credibly suspected of producing considerable harm (turbo cancers, blood clotting, heart damage etc).

      I guess he (and Sean) must be shitting themselves that they have had this poison injected into them and they’re dreading the day when it might catch up with them. But hey, not everyone will be killed; it must depend on things like individual metabolism, batch differences and needle aspiration at the time of injection whether or not you’ll suffer or die a horrible death. But sure as Hell, the more ‘boosters’ you take, the greater the risk.

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  12. This is America today (read the West). Law has no meaning. It is nothing but a weapon. We can have zero confidence it its application and zero confidence in its outcomes.
    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2024/02/22/what-we-are-witnessing-in-the-democrats-administration-of-justice-is-totally-corrupt-weaponized-law-used-as-a-weapon/

    GAVI Vaccine Alliance that gets money from Gates (US$ 4.1 billion to date) now wants to reframe memes – A “call to action” has gone out to formally criminalize memes.
    https://reclaimthenet.org/bill-gates-partner-gavi-vaccine-alliance-targets-online-memes

    This is what happens when you put your entire government into the service of an international cabal of despots at the United Nations and sit back and watch.
    https://pjmedia.com/victoria-taft/2024/02/22/san-diego-county-invasion-mayor-wonders-n4926667

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    • Paul Craig Roberts articles in the last three months have been superb.
      Scary, but excellent.
      Pretty good for 84 years old.
      Barry Brill there as well.

      Cant say the same for the old stud, Don Brash; he is repetitive.

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      • The spreading over the comment page was last year too.
        Not always noticeable, even to my frustration.

        Some of my links were bad & it took some some editing to understand that there was an overload.
        The link simply did not have full stop ‘,’ or ‘-‘ or ‘?’ that then gave the free option of where it would break.

        Sometimes there is no place like the ‘?’ to downsize & on checking it does not work.
        Though that is rare.

        Then in that case, I often break up the “quote” & or my comment to smaller line sizes, like at every comma & full stop; to make it more readable for our fellow commentators.
        The link is still clickable if people wish.

        Whether it is word press, could be, but then would your link work if it was forced to break as we also have experienced that dud problem link too.?

        Often it is long because it is coming from your main-source, to that link.
        So sometimes I put in a small section & google to get to the actual source, which has the smaller concise link.
        But be careful as sometimes google itself tries to ride in on the link too, making it over long, but by then you should be able to spot the actual source link.

        I used to do those tiny urls for the difficult long links, though no great fan of them, unless it is with people you trust as one finds it difficult to figure where it would lead one.
        Like phishing and scammers often use them.

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  13. Diesel /Petrol powered EV’s are the new kids on the the block.

    I hope they can do everything they claim they can do.. Apparently, when you need to fill these new vehicles you pull up to a pump, which looks like a charging station, and put the nozzle in a hole where the plug used to go. They claim it takes 2 minutes to recharge the vehicle, instead of 1/2 a day. I think this is amazing. I sometimes cry, when thinking about how far humans have progressed technologically.//

    Mercedes is doing a U-turn on electric vehicles.
    https://electrek.co/2024/02/22/mercedes-backtracks-ev-plans-gas-cars-2030s/

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  14. New Zealand was obviously the blueprint for this UN led agenda of co- governance/co-management of a Nations sovereignty by “first nation people”? (National has just re-branded co-governance to co-management.)

    The government is quickly and quietly moving towards co-management (alongside more than 200 First Nations) of all Crown land (i.e. public land), roughly 94 per cent of the province. This would be a death knell for investment in the province.
    https://www.fraserinstitute.org/blogs/bc-governments-plan-to-co-manage-public-land-with-first-nations-will-close-province-for-business

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    • There were four countries that did not sign the UNDRIP in 2007
      Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.

      All countries that will be most affected.
      The fact that Maori got the best deal of any ‘colonised’ in the last 600 years seems to mean nothing.
      They had universal suffrage for Maori men in the 1880s but white men did not ..
      Helen clark refrained from signing.

      Then along came traitor globalist (and general arsewipe) johnny keys who allowed Herr Doctor Pita Not So sharple to sign up.
      All four countries have been sold out since/signed up

      That was 2007. All part of the LTP -long term plan.

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    • So many muslims in Christchurch killed for the Greens.
      So the Greens atone by supporting ‘Mohamadeans’ PLO & Hamas.

      And he figured that would aid furthering full on gun controls, not only in NZ but in the USA.

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        • All well played by the book, to seize the day. 🙁

          Triggered? Tea-towels? Adhans? International “Christchurch Call”, ongoing Censorship of manifesto.

          Labour, NZ First with no handbrake, in cahoots with National, was well planned with an absent spieling Seymour.
          Nothing to do with over the top, panties.

          Rahm Emanuel : (chief of staff to President Barack Obama) Rahm’s rule: “
          You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.
          And what I mean by that [is] it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

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    • https://behindthefdacurtain.substack.com/p/report-94-pfizer-secretly-studied?utm_source=cross-post&publication_id=1053235&post_id=141939586&utm_campaign=1119676&isFreemail=true&r=127oyu&open=false&utm_medium=email

      Report 94: Pfizer Secretly Studied a Heart Damage Marker, Troponin I, in Five- to 15-Year-Olds, Following mRNA COVID Vaccination in 2021.For example, during the same time period that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was repeatedly advising parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, Pfizer was secretly testing for markers of heart damage in vaccinated kids. They looked for Troponin I in minors. When heart damage occurs, troponin I, a protein, gets released into the bloodstream.

      While the CDC was urging parents to vaccinate their kids, Pfizer was studying how badly its mRNA COVID vaccine damaged children’s hearts.

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      • …. the late German pathologist Dr. Arne Burkhardt [confirmed that myocarditis was caused by the mRNA injection?]: he revealed the presence of spike protein in the myocardium of autopsied patients who had ‘died suddenly,’ as well as revealing scarring as a result of autoimmune effects. ….

        Would any pathologist in New Zealand get on the job & sort up what happened in New Zealand?

        Does the NZ Health system even dare look, to send tissue samples to overseas pathologists, to confirm, or is it just the newly legislated “natural unknown causes” for the coroner’s to sign off on.

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      • From a comment on “behind the fda curtain substack”

        “…no compliance with any FDA regulation for drugs,
        devices or biological products is required of any EUA product manufacturer
        and/or enforced by FDA
        against any EUA product or product manufacturer, because by definition, under 21 USC 360bbb-3(k),
        once the product has the EUA classification,
        it cannot be the subject of valid clinical trials,
        Investigational New Drug (IND) applications,
        manufacturing standards,
        quality control testing,
        inspections of facilities where it’s manufactured,
        or any other FDA product regulation pathway.

        Further, since a May 2019 HHS-FDA rule change, the same non-regulation by default holds true for all biological products and biological products manufacturing facilities,
        whether they’re making licensed, approved, unlicensed, unapproved, EUA, IND or any other class of products.”

        And all the MedSafeNZ that then was slid past by a supposed unaccountable body.
        The Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee (MAAC) which seems to be negligent or a dereliction of duty of care, as that EUA was one of the warning signs.
        It was supposed to be their job to know of such things, and to claim they do not know, being ignorant does not do the job.

        Malfeasance should also be considered as they continue this racket as another roll out in a couple of weeks is being planned.

        To use confusion, hype, coercion, blackmail, mandates etc.. is criminal.

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      • In the meantime New Zealand’s Health system is getting set to roll out another round of Covid vaxxes.

        ….. A vaccine to combat the newer strains of COVID-19 will be available to New Zealanders from 7 March 2024.

        Pharmac has approved the transition to the updated COVID-19 vaccine for the XBB.1.5 strain to be used in New Zealand from 7 March 2024, says Pharmac’s Director Pharmaceuticals Geraldine MacGibbon.

        “We’ve secured stock of the XBB COVID-19 vaccine and are pleased to have it available for New Zealanders.
        The XBB vaccine is more effective against more recent subvariants of COVID-19 in New Zealand.”

        https://www.tewhatuora.govt.nz/whats-happening/news-and-updates/updated-covid-19-vaccine-available-in-march/

        I find it strange, why not have a full pathologist’s Histological Stains done on that Green’ sudden death?
        What do the embalmers make of that corpse?

        Or it was simply a blood clot in the brain, because of too much good tucker.
        Any & all of that to know would be beneficial to his Pacifika communities.

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      • There is no stopping the deaths and injuries from the CV19 bioweapon vax. There were at least 700 million mRNA injections given in the USA alone, and the deaths and injuries from the shots keep piling up. Every CV19 vaxed person is nothing more than a murder victim when they “die suddenly.” The only bright side to this sad genocide event is people are beginning to notice something is wrong with all the deaths and injuries. It is now coming out more and more on the Lying legacy Media that the CV19 shots were NOT safe and NOT effective. The Lying Legacy media, doctors, FDA, CDC and White House all lied. The CV19 vax murders continue, and there is no stopping people waking up to this nightmare.

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    • To follow on rol At 3:04 pm 🙂
      as rol’s next comment spreads the thread with the link
      https://behindthefdacurtain.substack.com/p/report-94-pfizer-secretly-studied
      The deviousness of those Pfizer murderous pricks.

      A very controlled study, noting basically rare diseases, so that the numbers that came up, seem very low, despite % increase.
      Russell Brand is onto it, how they are setting the narrative, so that it is not so bad & in NZ there is the new improved variant vaxx, a must have, that should be taken, that is after consulting your Doctor,

      That study supported by New Zealand’s Dr Helen Petousis-Harris to support the narrative that it is only look so far, and see nothing further.
      https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/news/2024/02/19/99million-people-in-largest-global-vaccine-study.html

      It seems to take a long time as mentioned in the Herald article to decide what went wrong.

      …. “These reports do not necessarily have a causal relationship with administration of [the vaccine] and may represent coincidental events,” Medsafe said.
      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-coronavirus-nz-study-showing-higher-rates-of-heart-disease-after-covid-vaccination-should-be-treated-with-caution-expert/B5XJ7LODPBGTTFMNXDY3SYDQZ4/

      “Yep yep, that it was is” as special provision has been made for Coroners to sign off on “Died naturally of unknown causes”,
      The main point being, do not look, or now do not look too hard beyond the focus of the Special Largest, Multi country Study.

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  15. Is this just another distraction? (Read Psyop)
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/here-we-go-again-military-tracking-high-altitude-balloon-over-us

    “Russia Russia Russia” has been one long, elaborate lie.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/russia-russia-russia-has-been-long-elaborate-lie

    It is up to us (we the people) to ensure that their assault on logic, morality, and sanity does not succeed — no matter the consequences.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/elites-versus-rest-us

    Are we at the top yet? Some elites think we are.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/jamie-dimon-sells-822000-shares-jpmorgan-first-time-stock-hits-all-time-high

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  16. A classic case of a Fuckwit writing a story about a subject she is totally ignorant and dumb about.

    “The skipper of a jet boat that nosedived into the water at 180km/h”
    “Ross Christensen was the skipper of a jet boat racing in the Firth of Thames at 180km/h while towing two skiers when it came to an abrupt halt.”

    Then the most ignorant one, Sally says this:

    “Christensen said it appeared one of the two propellers came loose from the motor, making it flip.”

    So Sal makes little effort to do any research on a subject she clearly knows absolutely nothing about for the most simple of basic reasons is, that a “Jet Boat” does not have propellers. No Sirree, never has and never will. It may have impellors but not propellers, because if it did, it would not be a “Jet Boat”.

    Sal should stick to writing fictional kiddies stories and even then she, if this is the quality of her research on any subject, would fuck the content up so much any child reading through it would immediately suspect Sally was a very ignorant Scrubber.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/jet-boat-crashes-in-the-firth-of-thames-at-180kmh-skipper-says-hes-lucky-to-be-alive/GBFZMA5OYBDGHATSHW7N5LBJRI/

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    • Money talks & I have faith that the bean counters of the insurance industry will eventually drive a stake through the hearts of the EV enthusiasts.

      Yet the comments on U Tube often provide more insight & sometimes humour than the clips & what you link to is no exception.

      …….”Did you notice the Maori gibberish the Kiwi news readers pepper every broadcast with? Very few New Zealanders understand this stoneage language so I don’t know what a plain speaking Cornishman would make of it”………

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  17. So this Efeso Collins died the other day.

    He wanted to be mayor of Auckland.
    This involved being in charge of over $42 billion of assets, and annual income and expenditure each in the Billions of dollars, per annum.

    So if he was this good at management, and 49 years old he should be set up (or he never will be); then why does his family need a givealittle page?
    Surely he has life insurance of at least 250k; his brother died young so there was a warning.

    In nearly 50 years he never held a proper job.
    President of Auckland University Students Assn at age 25. So he was plucking around in student politics when he should have been at work.
    He was never destined to be a hard worker, just living off others.

    He encouraged people to put their health as risk..
    ….Collins called for the New Zealand Government to grant an amnesty to people who had overstayed their visas in order to encourage members of the Pasifika community to come forward for COVID-19 tests. ….

    In what world was this religious nutter, who wanted to hang out with shonky green MPs, ever a decent person?
    No loss, to be honest.
    If he lived his life, stayed in his lane, and was genuinely a good person then fair shakes, but he wanted to impose his shitty , low IQ, and often racist views on others.

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  18. And a lot of people voted for the traitors;
    Luxon, Seymour and the career, taxpayer
    funded pisshead, chain smoking ringworm
    that is Winston Peters.

    The idiots who voted for these sewer
    dwellers were hoping for ‘change’
    LMFAO !!

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  19. Soros is investing in talk radio platforms. Are they all going woke before the election and shutting down those who won’t comply.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T8Heqk-LHo
    WARNING: George Soros and The FCC Are DISMANTLING Talk Radio

    Glenn Beck

    The mainstream media is collapsing as Vice Media and CBS News announce major changes. But now, progressives have talk radio in their sights. Glenn reviews the latest changes to the world of radio that could dismantle the entire system and crush free speech: George Soros is on the verge of taking control of Audacy, the second largest broadcaster in America.

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