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  1. And a good morning to you all my fellow ‘Deplorables etc. etc. etc. (You know who you are and what ‘They’ think of us).

    Here in the deepest, darkest Waikato, it’s cold, will be wet (The Drought has broken apparently – again) BUT not ‘Miserable’, since luxflakes assures us that he has ‘Everything under control’ (Yeah, right).

    Despite that, and wherever you might be, I hope that you have a fantastic day, are able to accomplish whatever you intend-to and, as always, DLTBGYD…

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    • K, being a thin lipped Curmudgeon, the Bastards won’t get me down, for Saturday, as it is a work free day, I shall be meek and slumber in bed until about 5.30am. I have been told by Brian, that “The Meek shall inherit the Earth”.

      Can’t wait, it will be much better than winning Lotto on Saturday night. A dash of Meekness may have it’s merits. I will report back on Sunday as to whether Brian was telling me porkies in 1979, or not.

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    • Morning Komata and all, it’s not quite raining here yet but should start very soon. So as long as luxflake tells us everything is fine that means it is does it???? Sad that he wasn’t as confident a commo to speak up when liarbor, greens and maori party were in power, liarbor thought liarbor were in power their own, but na, it was a cooperating force for bad. Luxflakes didn’t say a freaking word against them then the useless bastard.
      Have a good day everyone, keep safe.

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    • its pretty much a left vs right battle but with guns and death.

      there will be no winners, only losers. even if they wipe out hamas i bet in my lifetime ill see the destruction of israel, theyll be wiped out in the next 20-40yrs.

      i dont see how they can ever achieve elimination of hamas with that level of support for them. they would truly have to genocide big time to get there otherwise any survivors will just have their hatred
      rage and beliefs amplified.

      i said it at the time but israel fucked up retaliating the way they did, the optics were very bad even tho it was much deserved.

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  2. “Far-left National Public Radio (NPR) employs 87 registered Democrats in editorial positions but zero Republicans in the same positions in its Washington, DC, headquarters, NPR Senior Editor Uri Berliner wrote Tuesday.

    Berliner, who admittedly leans left, wrote a scathing article about NPR’s illiberal newsroom, slamming the taxpayer-funded network for refusing to address “a diversity problem” within the office.”
    “NPR’s business model appears in decline. The taxpayer-funded organization laid off ten percent of its workforce, going from approximately 1,200 to about 1,050 employees after the left-wing media company failed to generate enough revenue, the organization announced in 2023.

    Taxpayer funds subsidized NPR’s budget by nearly 11 percent.

    All seems very depressingly familiar doesn’t it New Zealand MSM.
    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2024/04/09/senior-editor-npr-employs-87-democrats-in-editorial-positions-0-republicans-in-dc-newsroom/

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  3. So the energy sector can’t wait for the govt’s restart of oil and gas exploration, because after Labour’s sabotage of the industry, in 10 years we were going to run out.

    I guess Labour’s answer would be to import it, because, you know, it’s not bad when other countries do it. And never mind that we have to ship it across an ocean.

    Energy sector awaits return of NZ oil and gas exploration as gas reserves expected to run out within 10 years

    Ardern should be imprisoned for the willful destruction of this country.

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    • Saggy, in my warped opinion, inflation currently in this country can partly and to a large extent be sheeted down to Labour allowing Marsden Point to close.

      When we used to bring one VLCC of Crude Oil in to Marsden Point for processing and refining per week. Now we bring one Fuel Tanker in approximately per day with refined fuel, bitumen and countless other smaller chemical tankers in for refined spirits and chemicals to service many, many ports throughout this country.

      The cost for Chartering all these vessels must be horrific and hugely add to inflationary costs in this country, not to mention the inefficiency of it all.

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  4. Morning all, another lovely day here in the land of the atmospheric river. Hasn’t started raining yet but blowing 30 knots from the north east. Suspect the rain is an hour or two away. I imagine we’ll get a reasonable hit and a fair bit of much needed rain, so nothing unusual and just another dose of weather porn.

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    • the forecast here was for 66mm then jumped to 80mm then dropped to 50mm now its dropped to 20mm… plus the rain was supposed to come 2 days ago but they promise itll come today.

      i had to crackup at the coasts report yesterday morning… the west coast has made it through a night of orange rain warnings.
      yeah the rain was a fizzer in west coast terms so they had to make it about the traffic light warnings in place.

      weather doomers need thrown into an active volcano, if they didnt label it an “atmospheric river” there would be zero reaction from councils and civil defence it would just be a normal old wet day.
      i wonder how much this fearmongering sky is falling reaction crap is costing us?

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      • The west coast highway between fox and franz is as close to Mt Cook as you can get on a highway. It’s appropriate it gets washed away occasionally, in deference to mighty Mr Mt Cook. That stretch is pretty much carved out of vertical gravel scree cliffs and jungle.

        The teachers whom push climate fear should be forced to take pfizer boosters until they stop.

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  5. I was looking at photos of that truck that got jammed on Cove road between Mangawhai and Langs yesterday. No doubt the shear length of it caused the problem. What I can’t work out is how it got so far along a road it’s not allowed on. All the one lane bridges along that road have cone truck trash with stop go signs controlling the traffic because you know how we normal people can’t be trusted to go give way at the appropriate time. That truck must have gone through at least half a dozen of these ridiculous checkpoints, so why didn’t they stop him? What are the chances of getting an honest explanation? I’d say pretty much zero.

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  6. Chinese Investment in Australia Plunges 36 Percent
    Chinese investors are now favouring Australia’s healthcare industry over mining.

    Chinese overseas direct investment (ODI) in Australia plunged to the second-lowest level since 2006, with healthcare overtaking mining as the key industry.
    Chinese ODI fell 36 percent to $1.34 billion (US$886 million) in 2023 from $2.1 billion in the prior year, according to the Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia (April 2024) report (pdf), jointly published by the University of Sydney Business School and KPMG.

    “This reflects the shift in priorities for Chinese ODI, which is increasingly flowing towards Belt and Road Initiative countries as well as towards mining and processing ventures in alternative markets, such as Southeast Asia,” KPMG Australia’s Chinese Business Practice Partner and report co-author Helen Zhi Dent said.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/world/chinese-investments-in-australia-plunge-36-percent-5624811?

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  7. This very young and innocent country girl fell madly in
    love with this Greek guy and was determined to marry him.
    Her mother tried hard to stop her, but when she knew she
    couldn’t stop her daughter, she said to her, “Listen child,
    marry him and may you live happily ever after. But the day
    or night he asks you in bed to turn over, you come back to
    me, for he has lost respect for you.”

    The daughter agrees to this and the wedding takes place.
    Couple of years go by and they are one happy couple. Then
    one night, when they are about to make love, the guy tells
    her, “Turn over honey, let’s do it the other way.”

    The girl is very unhappy. She is crying and begins to pack
    her bags.

    The husband doesn’t understand and asks, “What’s wrong, hon?”

    “My mum told me all about you guys. You have lost respect
    for me, so you want me to turn over. I can’t live with you
    when you have no respect for me.”

    But honey,” replied the Greek, “I thought you wanted to
    have a baby.”

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  8. Do you think your children’s generation will be worse off than yours? If so, then whose fault is it? What could be done (and is it a good idea to even try and do anything?)

    Let nature take its course, perhaps?

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    • far worse off.

      as for who to blame fark knows really as poor and detrimental decisions were made by many many different people and organisations here and abroad.
      central banks, politicians, globalists, faceless beuracrats and faceless corporations…. then supported and elected by a chunk of voting population.

      what can be done??? nothing can be done by the lil guy, were strapped into a roller coaster and cant controll a damn thing until a collective rise up and challenge it but that usually dosent end well either.

      if you could fully kill the internet tommorow it would go a long way to fixing/stopping it.

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      • Who’s to blame?
        – The younger generation themselves?
        – The “boomers”?
        – The government (the boomers are their biggest voting bloc)?
        – Foreign investors?
        – The flood of lean, work-hungry immigrants?
        – The tax laws that favor property “investment”?
        – The Internet and SNS (the rise of the “influencers”)
        – Falling real wages?
        – The mandatory “working couple” household (no time for children)?
        – The phasing out of the notion of the stay-at-home mother?
        – Birth control?
        – Feminism? (Who needs men when you have a cat?)

        What other scapegoats can you think of?

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  9. “PSA kaihautu Janice Panoho says the Government’s razor gang approach to public servants is like a wrecking ball.

    She says many Māori and Pasifika public servants will cash up and head to Australia – where they will be welcomed with open arms.”

    I think Janice is making shit up.
    But good for them it it’s true.

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  10. Was the clandestine drug lab in South Auckland at the former labour leader who never became Prime Minister of NZ. (that must have said he was tits, the only one in modern history) His prized farmlet, he had for years and kept his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Funny how the media give him a soft run by saying former Ak Mayor!

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  11. A local Medical Centre (we have 2) is advertising for a Registered Practice Nurse.
    “A Immunisation Certificate and PRIME training is required but not essential to start.”

    Well I can see entrenchment is alive and well – PRIME is a Rural St John thing so a pass there.

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  12. National are introducing legislation which will change rental conditions. Some are sensible such as “no cause” terminations which will allow landlords to get rid of bad tenants. Yet I cannot allow Housing Minister, Chris Bishop’s waffling go unchallenged:

    …….”The previous Government waged a war on landlords. Many landlords told us this caused them to exit the rental market altogether. It caused worse outcomes for tenants: rents up by $170 per week since 2017, the social housing waitlist increasing by about 20,000 families, and thousands of families living in emergency housing motels”……

    No it didn’t you bullshitting plonker. Rents went up & people ended up in motels for one reason. The previous National government opened the floodgates to immigrants & didn’t encourage the building of sufficient new houses to accommodate them. The present accommodation shortage is caused by a dearth of housing exacerbated by a cartel of greedy old cunts masquerading as landlords who are mopping up entry level units. They are using the laws of supply & demand to fleece the nesting generation & condemn them to a lifetime of renting.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/money/350242820/changes-coming-landlords-tenants

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    • The NZ government(s)
      – Borrowing more than their income
      – Too many immigrants, given the infrastructure (and how will many of these people add value to the country?)
      – Too much compliance cost, health & safety, plastic road cones, and other productivity-lowering habits
      – Very short-term viewpoints

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      • All that too. There’s plenty to hate about Labour but the rot set in when we accepted the world’s flotsam & jetsam with open arms without the slightest thought about housing them or providing the infrastructure that their presence would demand.

        It wasn’t the Mad Queen & it wasn’t the Fat Fairy who kick started the madness which threatens our standard of living. For that we need to sheet blame home to where it belongs.

        John Key & National.

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        • How long has it been since NZ has had a proper recession? I think there must be a whole generation who has only ever known good times.
          All the Chinese have never known a downturn. House prices always go up, right.
          (Not in rural Japan they don’t.)

          I remember a colleague buying a farmhouse on 1,000 square meters of land in rural Chiba in the 1980s at the height of the boom. He paid 35 million yen for it. Now it would be worth about 12 million. If he had put his money into Auckland rental properties, he could have bought 3 granny flats that today would be worth about 180 million yen in total.
          Hindsight is a wonderful thing!

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          • The two worst recessions in my lifetime would have been the ones occasioned by Britain joining the EEC, followed closely by the 1979 oil shock. They followed twenty years of good times after WW2 when we truly lived off the sheep’s back due to phenomenal prices paid for our exports. Neither would have closely compared with the economic & social carnage associated with the Great Depression.

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  13. The IMF says the rapid growth of the Private Credit Market as an opaque and highly interconnected segment of the financial system could heighten financial vulnerabilities

    The private credit market, in which specialised non-bank financial institutions such as investment funds lend to corporate borrowers, topped $2.1 trillion globally last year in assets and committed capital. About three-quarters of this was in the United States, where its market share is nearing that of syndicated loans and high-yield bonds.

    This market emerged about three decades ago as a financing source for companies too large or risky for commercial banks and too small to raise debt in public markets. In the past few years, it has grown rapidly as features such as, speed, flexibility, and attentiveness have proved valuable to borrowers. Institutional investors such as pension funds and insurance companies have eagerly invested in funds that, though illiquid, offered higher returns and less volatility.

    Outpacing other asset classes
    https://www.interest.co.nz/banking/127223/imf-says-rapid-growth-private-credit-market-opaque-and-highly-interconnected-segment

    The world controllers complaining now about this.

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    • We have seen this happen twice in NZ in recent times (well recent for an oldie like me). In the late 80’s early 90’s there was a string of finance company failures and having learnt nothing it happened all over again in 2008-2009.
      It always amazes me how much extra risk people will take on just for an extra couple of percent. While some of the modern structures may be better than the finance company model risk is still lurking.

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    • you just have to look at the spike in the precious metal market to see investors are going away from riskier investments and into the stable and safer markets.
      real interest rates on investments have plumetted in recent months aswell, if usa enters recession anytime in the next 12-18mnths then its gunna be all on.

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      • I would suggest that gold is more likely to be driven by central bank purchases, especially the Bric countries trying to get rid of US dollars. Though I agree that private credit, finance co investments by Joe Public are more likely to occur when interest rates are lower.

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    • I have been noticing that retail around here is much quieter and also an increase in the number of empty shops. Seems to have happened quite suddenly. Maybe his engineering work is showing some results already.

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  14. The idea that saturated fats cause heart disease, called the diet-heart hypothesis, was introduced in the 1950s, based on weak, associational evidence. Subsequent clinical trials attempting to substantiate this hypothesis could never establish a causal link. However, these clinical-trial data were largely ignored for decades, until journalists brought them to light about a decade ago. Subsequent reexaminations of this evidence by nutrition experts have now been published in >20 review papers, which have largely concluded that saturated fats have no effect on cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular mortality or total mortality.

    https://journals.lww.com/co-endocrinology/fulltext/2023/02000/a_short_history_of_saturated_fat__the_making_and.10.aspx

    https://coldstreams.com/2024/02/20/oops-procter-gamble-said-to-have-paid-american-heart-association-to-say-heart-disease-caused-by-saturated-fat/

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      • Apparently, according to “experts”, the world is ending in 2 years though. A bit of a bugger really because the Pukeko I put in the slow cooker still won’t be ready. I wish I knew this five years ago, when I chucked it in the pot initially. What a plucking waste.

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        • Brings dirigibles back into the conversation too.

          You’d have thought that hydrogen would be a better gas as it would give slightly more lift than helium because it’s lighter. This is true. The problem is that hydrogen is explosive, and if you have children running around with balloons that could catch fire and blow up in their faces, it may have some health and safety implications!

          The other thing is that, although hydrogen is half as heavy as helium, it doesn’t give you twice as much lift because the amount of lift you get is determined by the difference in density with respect to air. So it’s actually only another sixteenth of the density of air, meaning it’s a little bit better but not very much, so it’s not worth the danger.

          Helium is quite expensive, though, because it’s a limited resource here on the planet. It’s only created by radioactive decay on Earth: atomic nuclei emitting alpha particles. These are actually helium nuclei. They slow down and gain some electrons and turn into a helium atom.

          https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/questions/why-do-we-use-helium-and-not-hydrogen-balloons

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    • komata, did you not see the racist parties claim to own all renewables the other day?
      shane jones comment is in relation to the olivine deposits around nz which can be drilled and pumped with water creating a hydrogen producing reaction.
      olivine isnt on the list of crown minerals etc so pooskins dreaming of dollar signs now want ownership of it.

      https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/04/05/renewable-energy-ownership-spat-brewing-between-maori-crown/

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  15. There’s a rumour that Trump will sign up to BRICS. David Cameron had a meeting with Trump this week and Winston told Helen to fark off while he’s trying to sign us up to AUKUS and secure a trade deal with the US.

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    • to be fair planned obselecence is a farking cnut. whiteware especially and theyre quite easily repaired but parts are usually unavailable or deliberately expensive just to force the purchase of a new unit.

      my first washing machine was my parents old one, good old gentle annie, lasted me 10yrs with zero issues but foolishly we “upgraded” and now on our 3rd washing machine in 11yrs so go figure. theyre all plastic junk now with inferior parts.

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