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  1. It seems very hard to find topics today!
    I’m getting a bit sick of all the changes.
    Its not helping membership ED

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      • Is it possible to eliminate some of the hoops you have to go through to enter the site and again when you leave?
        Maybe they are there to stop been Hagared!
        Just saying. I’ll get my hat.

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          • …..”What are you doing when you leave?”……

            Please! This is a family blog. 🙂

            But one request. I’m aware that info on posts is collated on the home page but a short list on the right hand margin of all pages giving the last ten posts & ten comments was helpful for those of us who update throughout the day.

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          • In addition to no easy list of recent posts (threads) on each page – which you reference for a fix below Ed- I notice that when on the Home page in either Brave or Google browser that the the Yellow icon appears in the YSB Tab .

            I often have 20 plus tabs open; but on any page other than the Home page – such as this one ‘Have your Say’ or the other topics – that the Icon is non descript.
            ie. the YSB yellow Icon does not appear. It is a grey slash type symbol.

            This is not big deal but e.g. If I read the page and leave it open to look at a few hours later I have to work out which TAB it is to read.
            As I say , not a huge deal , as it is a process of elimination.
            Most other Tabs I have open such as Settings, ANZ, Twitter etc do have a distinct icon, just not YSB ‘sub pages’
            the sub pages have no options to the right where they exist on the home page. No recent comments, no links, no categories.
            It is like a Labour Pardy promise – completely empty and a vacant space .

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    • Really? Are you paying for membership of this site? Thought not. Be very grateful for the opportunity to have your say. I am very grateful thank you Ed.

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      • If that was the case kia you would have been banned months ago with your constant tirade against the jooos

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        • By tirade you mean a few random facts, unlike the unhinged torrent of hate directed at Muslims daily.

          Hypocrisy, lies and objections to facts are always fellow travelers with the human trash that elevates Jews as being above the normal standards of human conduct.

          The hilarious thing is the utter contempt the religious extremist elements of Judaism hold you goy in . They won’t even sit next to your women on a plane as they believe they live in a perpetual state of filth.

          Non Jewish Zionists are the lowest representation of humanity. Bottom dwellers who deserve zero consideration.

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  2. Re the Local Body Elections
    Yes we all know a record low poll number is coming.
    There are many reasons
    As a concerned citizen I wanted to vote correctly.
    But when you look at the booklet you have to chose between 50 people you have never heard of.
    There is only a few paragraphs on each candidate.
    They all want to build a vibrant inclusive caring city (chunder)

    Online voting is not proven anyway, for some reason its open to abuse.

    With National elections, people also have three or parties to vote for.
    They know which party they want to vote for, so they tick that candidate

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    • Thats what a phone is for. You could ring them and ask what their opinion is about the climate change emergency. If they said there is one, then you tell them you will not vote for them.

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      • Sorted out my candidate selection with ease. Any hand wringing over climate change or community values disqualified them immediately.

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      • Yeah not sure that would work. After all they’re all liars. Marxist Greens who call themselves “Independents”. Hardcore Marxist Labourites who call themselves “Independents”. No one proudly shouted out last time around they were all for a “Living Wage” or for “Climate Emergencies” but all the fuckers blithely voted for it. None of them would admit to not giving a shit about massive rates rises – yet they all vote for it.

        The problem is that the left has broken democracy. They’ve worked out there are no sanctions for lying – just look at our PTPM. She lies like an Alabama hooker on the 4th July weekend – yet no problems for her for doing so.

        We’re in a post-truth era, where the only safe and rational assumption to make is that every politician is lying about what they believe and what they’ll do if put in office. Under those circumstances it is impossible to feel motivated to vote. As Mark Twain once said “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it” When we look at how the UK parliament is doing exactly the opposite of what they promised in their manifestos – you have all the proof you need that Mark Twain was right.

        We no longer have taxation (or rates) with representation. Therefore taxation no longer has any legitimacy – when you take money under false pretences it’s called fraud. I simply voted for anyone who wasn’t:
        – on the current council (unless it was obvious they were a huge pain in the ass to the existing council)
        – spouting Maori words in their profile
        – a climate alarmist (ie a certifiable fruit loop)
        – a socialist
        – a socialist masquerading as an Independent
        – a Greenie masquerading as an independent
        – a teacher (ie a socialist masquerading as an independent)
        – a nurse (ie a socialist masquerading as an independent)
        – a muslim or had an even remotely muslim-sounding name (ie a socialist masquerading as an Independent)
        – anyone whose profile mentioned “diversity”, “fairness”, “gender equity”, “sustainability”, “environment”, “housing” (none of which has any fucking place in considerations about how my fucking rates are used if I don’t have good essential council services)

        As you can imagine, I voted for an incredibly small number of candidates.

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        • I really enjoy Different Perspective’s perspective! Excellent posts.
          Thanks very much for contributing thought provoking and clearly stated opinion. ✔️

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      • I have smart phone.
        How do you expect me to connect with most of these dozy candidates that are there for any reason other than which they state?

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    • Improve the voting turnout.
      Allow one vote per rates bill – for the rate Payer
      Back to over 60% turnout.

      This current nonsense was brought in by Dr. Evil Geoffrey Palmer- never before in the history of mankind has one such short- lived NZ Prime Minister done so much damage.
      12 months and couple of weeks and he did so much damage.
      Cindy Bin Lying got nothing on Sleazy old Geoff. (at this moment in time)

      He allowed local body people to be paid whereas previously the role was performed by people who made it in business and therefore had some competency.
      Now any freeloader with no competence – such as mad as a cut snake Cathy Casey or [insert local body poli in your area] – can get a decent income while performing at a poor and often destructive level.

      With more children living with their parents there are multi votes from one house with one rates payment.
      You can have a rental house in South Akl where there might be 6 adults – 2 of whom don’t even speak English – and yet that house gets 6 votes entitlement.
      There might be 12 people in that house and for one set of rates (paid by the landlord as with repairs, insulation, insurance etc) they get parks, roads, rubbish collection and disposal, water and sewage, libraries, bus subsidies, train subsidies et al.
      The cry of ‘no representation without taxation’ has been replaced with the reality of
      ‘representation with no taxation’.

      If you want universal franchise in local body elections then drop this rates nonsense and replace it with a per capita tax to reflect consumption of resources.
      Hey, that is environmentally friendly, right!

      All these environmentalists are running around saying don’t have so many kids while defending the right for people to have lots of kids – if they are poor.
      The same logic as ‘Islam is right about women’.

      Per capita or poll tax reflects the cost of providing resources for people so is a fairer and bedder for the environment. Bring it on.
      So I propose either:-
      >one rates bill, one vote, or
      > per capita rates assessment paid directly for by the residents of the dwelling.
      The latter is way fairer and bedder for the planet!

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      • Absolutely right. If you are a housing provider (something the CoL is shit at doing) with say half a dozen houses you pay 6 sets of rates and get one vote. You may have a dozen tenants who pay no rates but they get 12 votes to decide what to do with the rates you pay? How is that fair?

        No taxation without representation – it’s only fair.

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    • Our local election is for about 20 candidates and the voting paper is in a different order to the booklet and my wifes voting paper in a different order to mine. No doubt some fuckwit bureaucrat will have a convoluted explanation as to why these are so and they wonder why turnout is low.

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  3. Making a Comeback – thanks to
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    and the Labour Led Coalition.

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        • Perhaps D but it does beg the question why the COL chose this year to use their creative accounting process to boost the “surplus”? These one off adjustments leave the true surplus much closer to the estimates while most savvy observers have noted the slide of GDP on it’s downward trajectory. What can we expect to see this time next year when the true figures are required to be all laid out?

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    • if they need to improve the WOF testing etc and clean out all the corruption, then just do it.
      If WOF fees need to go up a bit so be it.
      Twyford is so on to it, he does no know what it would mean for WOF fees.
      Err
      Get a calculator out Phil
      Or an easier way would remove all Indian and Chinese nationals from any WOF testing or driving licensing.

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  4. Oh great just what we need. Royals who don’t have to live with it stirring the grievance pot. On the bright side though I suppose they might bring some Somali immigrants with them. Britain has lots and a peaceful, civilized country like ours can never have too many Somalis or Nigerians for that matter.

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    • To be fair Britain did run around (or sail around) and colonise those places so it is fair enough that they look after them – India/Pakistan/Bangladesh/Burma; Parts of Africa; West Indies where the British brought in so many African slaves as in fact they brought in most of the slaves that went to their colony that became the USA.
      They benefited form their resources and soils so a bit of payback is fair enough.

      NZ on the other hand never colonised anywhere (but the new ‘history’ books from Chippie will tell a different story) but we fork out massive amounts to help other sovereign, independent nations (I snigger, but that is justified) like Nuie, Tuvalu, Samoa and this Govt is going into the Melanesian countries that used to be the domain of Australia – but we are forking out Doe Ray Me because the Yanks told our Govt to in order to offset the Chinese spend.

      To add insult to financial injury we are taking in people from India, the Pacific Islands, and now Africa despite no cultural or economic links.

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      • And so the history is re-visioned, in new black & white, as a granting of sovereignty to the UN continues unabated.

        such as population size and growth, population ageing, fertility and family planning, reproductive health, spatial distribution and urbanization, and international migration.
        Monitoring of government views and policies on population issues is important for tracking progress in the implementation of the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, and other internationally agreed development goals that are related to population, including the Sustainable Development Goals.

        https://esa.un.org/poppolicy/about_policy_section.aspx

        Plus in many forms.
        UN migration Pact.
        UN human rights.
        UN anti-islamophobia
        UN genderisation
        UN anti-rascism
        UN gun control.
        UN free speech, really?
        and many more in the name of becoming the “universal citizen” of the world, if you make the grade.

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        • It’s just sickening how many of us Average Joes have to pay tax to that pile of crap called the UN. I want nothing from those bastards but just to leave NZ alone. Got hard work to do to put food on the table for MY kids, and I ain’t responsible for all the bullshit in the 3rd world. F*ck ’em. NZ First, and I ain’t talking Drunken Dwarf!

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    • But the Somalis have made the Minneapolis slums a much safer place! Those cute gangs and all. Wouldn’t you love it if JA did that for us? Compassion! Borderless world!

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  5. Cindy must be running low on promotional ideas, a wedding or hatching another sprog would have been a better plan than having jughead and horsey prancing round the place. God help us if Charlie ever becomes king.

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  6. No point in online voting if all the candidates are ‘muppets’ – expert

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/10/no-point-in-online-voting-if-all-the-candidates-are-muppets-expert.html

    “Andrew Cardow, local government lecturer from Massey University, says candidates should start making noise years in advance.

    “The local politicians don’t engage with the electorate except for every three years,” he told Newshub. “Or when they do engage, they’re only engaging with the people they’ve always engaged with.”

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    • I went to the meetings they held around the city to find out what I liked and disliked about the candidates, There were a series of questions put to all candidates and some I thought were OK on some but changed my mind when they answered other questions. I wrote a list of those whom I would vote for ,read up on them spoke to people and then voted. I have to say it was a sorry lot on offer with a few exceptions in Hamilton. I am wondering how much councillors get paid each year for their service? ???? And how much power they actually have in the decisions made in the area at all???

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    • Annother reason people can’t be bothered to vote is that I think many of us feel that the Councillors are just figure heads.
      Its the useless bureaucrats who drive everything.
      it should be other other way round!

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      • The entire shittery is dictated by the Local Government Act, which is a vast tome of various things Councils are charged to enforce. It is s shame that voter turnout is low, but if people want REAL change they need to be holding candles under Parliament’s feet. Change at local govt level is seldom even noticed. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”

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      • Technically the elected Council is more like a board of directors.
        They set policy for the staff to follow.
        Then the staff execute the policy.
        Councillors are non executive.

        This should be straight forward and generally was until Dr. Evil Geoffrey Palmer interfered in the late 1980s.
        The Councillors prior to 1990 were unpaid (in NZ) so came and met often late afternoon and considered matters and passed decisions.
        Given their time was effectively volunteered they did not hang around.
        The Mayor was a much more involved person and the face of the council.
        Given the time they spent was unpaid the elected Councillors were more likely to raise some noise if Council staff went off and did their own thing.
        Prior to 1989 the Councils were much smaller but Palmer amalgamated many without noticeable improvement. Christchurch was the biggest amalgamation and you ended up with a Council that was out of touch but able to approve building houses on sandpits.

        Then Merry Palmer brought in the money. Oh the money.
        So being ‘a Councillor’ was able to attract no hopers who could make a fair living from this.
        In addition they started to receive meeting allowances so were incentivised to attend more meetings – not make decisions – but set up more and more meetings = more $allowance$- then form sub committees and so on.
        This meant decisions were delayed – we need to consider more!
        Then the executive staff got more power because the Councillors were not making short sharp decisions.

        The result is that the executive (office) staff have more power and the Councillors get well paid to dither around and talk shit – but get paid for it.
        They are not necessarily the ‘Directors’ they should be but given many are no hopers anyway, rather than the volunteering successful people from previously, there is no surety they have the skills to make sensible decisions.
        This is why- once the Councillors got used to lots of meetings, committees, meeting allowances etc they started turning up and getting involved in talking about any old crap like having TPPA Free zones; banning free speech; banning fireworks; social engineering; etc.
        And here we are today in 2019 with the absurd situation that some might think is democracy!

        Read this to the tune of JJ Cale’s ‘Cocaine’ and understand the addiction once a Councillor is on the Doe Ray Me.
        Any bad press- hide behind PR staff – paid for by the ratepayer.

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  7. A small insight into how history shifts over time. A local newspaper reported that the Te Ha ki Turanga Manager said the Tuia 250 event was not about Cook.

    So not sure why it was held on the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Captain James Cook.

    Noted also the Commander of the RNZN ship, Otago is reported as saying Captain Cook did not handle the local situation well on arrival here. The RNZN would be more sensitive to local situations. He failed to mention that on day two Captain Cook was facing 150 – 200 armed individuals, 12,000 miles from home base and his total crew was 91. Not all Cooks men were armed Marines.

    The reality that Captain Cook circumnavigated this country in a square rigged ship and drew a marine Chart accurately placing New Zealand in the South Pacific is an outstanding feat. That he did so facing two substantial weather events and inhabitants both friendly and not so, and returned to his home port, has been recorded by serious historians.

    I can take a view Te Maro was a warrior defending his shoreline and people from an invader when he encountered the ships boat on the shore. He will be remembered for his courage and his skill in his community. Both sides of this event need to be recalled as the Coxswain was also doing his duty and carrying out his orders to protect the small boat and crew. The regret felt by James Cook, and recorded on dairies kept by him and fellows, is clearly described.

    Over the past few days we have heard from various dignitaries and politicians that “difficult conversations” are necessary on into the future. Having history accurate and inclusive is important while accepting that specifics and versions of events will differ between participants. Leaving key elements out to suit a particular theme will not solve any issues whatsoever.

    James Cook made an outstanding contribution to navigation and marine surveying. He displayed leadership skills in difficult situations and gathered knowledge of biodiversity not then known in the northern hemisphere. He cannot be set aside in any retelling of history or in difficult conversations about this land.

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      • Agree. 18th century culture was what is was, but do not take away what an incredible man Cook was. If they’re going to “update” the history curriculum around here which my two kids will be subject to, it better be based on historical fact, warts and all, and not current woke “big mean white guys with guns take over a perfect utopia in paradise” rubbish.

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        • Are you into that glue again duckin ? !
          Of course the Ao tear rower history under grubby we Chippie will be a bollocks.

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    • You have to remember he was going were no man had been before and did not have a road map to point him in the right direction. It was worse than sending a man to to the moon. At least with the moon you could look at it with a telescope! He was travelling into the unknown.

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      • The bravery of those guys fascinates me. Had Greta been around she’d have commended them for not just flying to Tahiti lol.

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    • The white supremacist alarm just went off! Agent Paddy Gower will be around to take you to the Geoffrey Palmer revisionist re-education camp. Well written factual articles will not be tolerated. You have been warned!

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    • There is much brouhaha about the evil James Cook shooting 10? Ngati Porou warriors who were no doubt acting in a threatening manner.
      Maybe the re-writers of the Ngati Porou history should consider the number of other tribes whose people they killed, and in some cases, ate. Ngati Porou regularly invaded Tuhoi territory,and killed men and captured women and men as slaves, and when bird protein was in short supply, ate them.
      The Tuhoi were considered low class and slaves, because in the migrations from Polynesia, the Tuhoi were the slaves, and fed off the scraps in the bilges – that is why they were called “the rat eaters”. When they landed many escaped into the Urewera bush and formed their own Iwi. (This from my old Tuhoi aunt, who died back in 1983 aged 94)

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    • Jenny Salesa is the minister!
      What are her qualifications?
      I suppose anyone is better than Twyford (I’m on to the City Rail compensation thing)

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      • All going to fail for one good reason.
        No subdivider is going to allow these buildings into their subdivision.
        That’s been the problem for 25 years at least.
        Covenants prevent that happening so the only places they can go is farms and subdivided old title sections.

        So another fail. Before it is even off the ground.

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  8. Trump about to speak in Ilhan Omar’s territory.
    Minneapolis mayor has tried to bill Trump half a mil for the security bill, despite never having charged costs to any other political rally.
    Surely the bill for enforcing the law shoud go to those Free Screech people who plan to breach the peace.
    Go the Don.

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      • I was watching footage of some shirtless rooster strutting around with a. Black Lives Matter banner while his mates chucked stuff at the cops.
        That’s a special kind of stupid.

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    • The dems are desparete as they know he is going to whip their sorry arses next year.
      Pull out of the UN
      Up the tarrifs on China
      Make them subject to the same financial laws int the US.
      President Xi will give in.

      Not very happy about the Kurds though!

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      • Turkey has had enough warning shots across the bough.
        Look after the Kurds or you’re economic toast.
        Looks like Turkish dates just got very very expensive.

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  9. Stephen Colbert is in NZ!
    (Wonder how much the COL are payin him)
    Perhaps we might get a poll soon?

    Matthew Hooten says that the UMR (Labours internal poll) has shown Ardern dropping in the last 4 polls!

    PS I hate that Colbert guy. I never watch him but if he comes on he is always banging on about Trump as if its the right thing to do!

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  10. Condolences to the family of Blair Vinning who died today. Will Jacinda use his funeral to create votes and what sort dress will she use to create sympathy from another religion to enhance her profile.

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  11. The socialist capital of America is learning the hard way.

    You can’t run a car on moth farts and recycled hormones any more than you can literally catch a plane like this devolver.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/extinction-rebellion-protests-london-city-airport-latest-britisdevolverh-airways-plane-james-brown-a9150476.html

    As much as they warn us of impending doom, they continue to walk blindly toward it, with open arms.

    California Hit By Dual Shock: LA Gas Prices Spike Above $5 As Residents Learn Solar Panels Don’t Work In Blackouts

    The shortage was made worse after local refineries cut back production of summer-blend gasoline in anticipation of switching to selling the winter blend beginning Nov. 1.

    But wait, there’s more: America’s most “environmentally conscious” state got a harsh lesson in electrical engineering when many of the tens of thousands of people hit by this week’s blackout learned the hard way that solar installations don’t keep the lights on during a power outage.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/california-hit-dual-shock-la-gas-prices-spike-above-5-residents-learn-solar-panels-dont

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    • There’s a story within a story in that comment. The tight arsed suckers who “invest” in solar panels are fed the line that batteries aren’t essential as they can feed excess power into the grid & use the power companies’ product at peak times & at night. Effectively they are using NZ’s generating system as a battery while bitching about the differential between buy in & supply.

      For the few who are completely off grid reality bites. Deep cycle batteries are expensive. Think in terms of $10K + to store sufficient juice to run a basic house. That excludes electric ranges & home heating. The inverters & assorted electrical gear isn’t cheap either.

      Freeze to death in the darkness green idiots! 🙂

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      • What is the difference with the summer / winter blend fuel.
        I thought Califorina was like the tropics.
        Be different if you lived up the top of the Rockies!
        Is there a difference here in NZ between islands?

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        • Never heard of any difference here in NZ Sooty but that’s not to say it doesn’t happen. I know that diesel gets diluted slightly with kero to stop it getting too thick & the treatment varies according to the expected working temperature.

          By the way, we all think of California as being sunshine & oranges but the northern parts get real chilly by any standards. The sea currents coming down the coast from Alaska knock the gloss off the temperatures.

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          • Fuel air ratio’s affected the older cars more.
            Altitude plays a significant part in the effective/efficient running of an engine,
            Running leaner or richer according to altitude/conditions is all figured out by the on board computer now.
            I think blending is used to stop the fuel from freezing.

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            • They used to play around with the aromatics in petrol depending on seasons but I’m uncertain whether it was done in NZ. In any case as you state on board computers have it sussed nowadays. It is still a big deal with avgas in light planes.

              But diesel is another game. From my totally useless information files I note that the temperature of diesel can make quite a difference to power output. Surprisingly hot fuel doesn’t atomise through the injectors as efficiently. The excess diesel not immediately required in common rail systems is fed back into the fuel tank to cool down.

              Too cold & it turns to something like golden syrup & efficiency doesn’t lie in that direction either.

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          • Solar and wind can not replace traditional power generation. They are always built – in addition to – power stations. That is simply because when the sun don’t shine and wind does not blow you still need to be able to generate enough.

            Solar peaks at midday when energy needs are lowest, then drops when energy needs are highest. For a national grid it is useless.

            Wind is unreliable and insanely expensive – remembering that wind farms DO NOT REPLACE POWER STATIONS. They are on top of the cost of power stations.

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            • The first problem NZ had with solar panels was their orientation.
              Most were installed as per manufacturers specs.
              Or so the installers believed.
              Turned out due north and magnetic north have a difference of about 2.5 to 3 degrees.
              Efficiency levels were affected quite markedly by this anomaly.

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          • I have not heard of that process nasska, thinning diesel with kero. I spent many years involved in aviation and fuel storage. Did you know you can mix jet A1 with your car diesel? 50/50. I used to get free jet slops and put them in my old diesel hilux. Ran like a dream.

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            • I heard of it second hand through my old man. We lived on the East Coast when the Waioeka Gorge was being constructed & Matawai was like Siberia in the winter. Most of the time they started the dozers & other machinery on Sunday afternoon & turned them off the following Saturday which also solved the problem.

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              • I have seen them use special heaters on high country stations in winter. It gets way cold up in the valleys.

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              • Nasska…my grandfather died over 40 years ago in his 80’s…He told me that he and a brother went up to BOP from HB to look at a farm in winter and returned home via PB. He said it took two days to get through the gorge from Opotiki.. gave up on the rest of the trip to Gisborne and freighted their car on the train at Matawai..

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                • The Waioeka Gorge road started as a bridal track & was developed slowly from there mostly as a stockroute out of Poverty Bay.

                  From the history I’ve read, post WW2 Government were under pressure from East Coasters to provide all-weather access to the area. They had the choice of extending the railway from Matawai or constructing a road through the gorge.

                  Mercifully they opted for the road.

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                  • Nasska…during the Te Kooti hunt, troop movement between Opotiki and Gisborne was done by boat.
                    I recall the Grandfather saying that the Napier Wairoa road was never surveyed as such…it started off as a Maori war trail, upgraded to bridle track and then to carriageway. Surveyed, the road would have cut out the Devils Elbow and cut across from Tutira to Esk Valley.

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                    • Most of our roads developed like that. The Maori would have a trail, then packhorses, then wagons & the demand for proper roads. Anecdotally the fact that NZ roads are windy but not unduly steep is credited to the fact that a horse will never carry its load uphill if at all possible. Our highways have more to do with a horses instinct than logic or science.

                      But transport links are vital. I was a kid when we left the Coast in 1956 but I can still recall the district being completely isolated for weeks at a time when the weather turned to custard.

                      The airport was dicey & the rail was often cut off between Mahia & Muriwai by subsidence, The Waioeka route was under construction, the Whareatas were totally unstable & the coast road via East Cape could be washed out at any time. Instance there were over twenty fords between Gisborne & Tikitiki.

                      It was over 60 years ago & for most would qualify as ancient history but in context the first stages of the Auckland Motorway were in use.

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                    • Nasska…
                      We still get cut off every now and again up here with certain weather events.

                      In his younger days, the grandfather worked on upgrading those tracks with horse drawn machinery. As you would know, horses had to be feed and then rested before being worked, which meant some very early starts in the pitch black. He reakoned he was trying to catch horses one morning for over 20 minutes before he realised he was chasing a mob of deer around the holding paddock.

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            • You can run a diesel quite happily on 100% Jet A1. My Isuzu has run thousands of KMs on pure Jet A1. I am retired now so my source of such fuel has dried up. Years ago in the UK I ran my MGB GT exclusively on Avgas 100/130 and it ran just fine and when I took the head off to decoke it found it was spotlessly clean and barely needed a decoke at all.

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          • Mike

            While we’ve got you here.

            To the layman it seems that any tanker can deliver fuel to any service station. If so, how & when do eg. Caltex add Techron?

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            • It’s all wankery. Caltex techron..BP blah..Mobil and their blah. The oil companies in NZ use contractors to deliver fuel to gas stations. They load out of a gantry system. So for example, Christchurch. There is a Mobil tank farm and gantry just below the port hills in Woolston. At any one time, you can have Z , BP , Mobil and Caltex contractors loading their trucks from Mobil and then delivering to service stations. So, in reality..its all a crock of marketing shit. You didn’t hear that from me by the way.

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              • I do give big ups though to BP’s 98 octane. It is good stuff and does actually give you very good economy even though you pay a premium for it.

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            • Exactly.
              It’s the efficiency of the running gear of a vehicle that gives you economy and performance.

              The latest Audi S5 is a V6. Prior to that the engine was a V8.
              The V6 puts out about 30% more N/m of torque than the V8.

              The technology to run vehicles on the smell of an oily rag was always there.
              It’s just that Oil cartels wouldn’t sell as much crude, nor be able to ask/demand a premium per barrel.
              The same goes for vehicle manufacturers, dictated to, by the quality/supplier of the fuel.

              It keeps the economy running.

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      • We built a house in a new suburb that required each house must have solar panels. Batteries were not part of the package. We didn’t have any expectation of being independent from the national grid, just happy if it means we can run the AC for free during summer.

        As I said last week when we had a scheduled power cut it was bloody cold without grid power to power our heating. Solar panels don’t keep you warm without the national grid.

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          • Storage of energy has always been the problem.
            Batteries are inefficient and expensive.
            Hence, low uptake of EV’s.

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            • On an Aussie car website they guy is getting stuck in to the price of replacement Leaf badderies.
              Its horrendous
              And as the car gets older the battery does not last as long (dur)
              F U Genter

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          • We sell excess to the grid. Not worth it as savings will take years to pay off the panels but we are happy with the house and where we live so who cares.

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  12. United States Ambassador Scott Brown unleashes on China ‘taking away people’s ability to think’
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2019/10/united-states-ambassador-scott-brown-unleashes-on-china-taking-away-people-s-ability-to-think.html

    “When they attack free speech and the ability for Kiwis and US folks to give their opinion and merely just show support for something – quite frankly in Hong Kong, a lot of people are supportive of their ability to peacefully protest – and then say ‘oh by the way we are going to cancel you, we are going to take away your money, you are going to do this, you are going to do that.'”

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    • This is actually what Trumps tariff war on China is all about.
      He is sick of China taking advantage of the USA and the west.

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    • The “Made in China ” deception is a prime example of how we are duped into believing cheaper is better.
      Flooding the market with cheap knock offs reversed progress.

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        • I read an article about three years ago, where Chinese universities were teaching students critical thinking. It gets lost when socialism and hive mind dictatorships subdue the people.
          Our shit government wants this to happen here.
          We import unsuitable people to to do jobs they haven’t a clue about.
          Some of the C.V’s I’ve read would make you think these people are rocket surgeons or brain scientists (intentional).
          Without sat nav they wouldn’t even be Uber drivers.

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    • I have the gift of second sight……they’re farmers with female children!

      Every year when the kids were little we ended up with at least two pet lambs. Every year I waited until they were ready for the works & “accidentally” mixed them up with the rest of the mob to get them on the stock truck before they drove the dogs completely mad.

      Every year I had to convince the kids that the slices of roast lamb on their plates weren’t pieces of Flossie with the pink ribbon in her ear who had been missing for a couple of weeks! 🙂

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      • I had a pet carp and it was kept outside in an old concrete washtub with some oxygen weed.
        After my mother died and I was sent to boarding school, the fish was neglected (apart from school holidays and the infrequent Sunday afternoons when I came home for a few hours)… The fish seemed to be fine with this regime… until one Sunday when it wasn’t there.
        I never asked my father if he ate it… and no-one ever mentioned what happened to it.

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  13. Tightening up on who can move to Aotearoa a direct response to NZ First’s demands, Peters says
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/tightening-up-can-move-aotearoa-direct-response-nz-first-s-demands-peters-says

    “New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the tightening up on who can move to New Zealand is a direct response to his party’s demands during coalition negotiations with Labour.

    That sits uncomfortably against the posturing of the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister who this week celebrated the lifting of the moratorium on the parent category visa.”

    Does the PTPM agree with her deputy’s stance?

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  14. What a gem.

    President Trump during his massive Minnesota rally today:

    “[Joe Biden] was never considered smart. He was never considered a good Senator. He was only a good Vice President because he understood how to kiss Obama’s ASS!”

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