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  1. Welcome to the new YSB. It’s been under development for the past 2 weeks.
    Hopefully you can now join in the conversation without all the login hassles from the past.
    The speed has been improved as well.
    You will notice some image place holders are empty and have the YSB logo. This will be remedied as time progresses.
    Enjoy.

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  2. My g/f just got a letter that her rent is going up again.
    I understand market rates etc et,
    But she can never get a head as very time she gets a pay rise, her rent goes up
    She is very angry with the new laws Labour are talking about.

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      • Absolutely right howtis, landlords have to get their retaliation in first because pretty soon landlording will be so punished that you won’t be able to do anything on a tenancy without being forced to gift the house to the tenant!

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    • In which there will be loads of questions, lots of non-answers, copious quantities of frowny face and tons of bobble head.

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      • With a double down on bullshit!
        Has she met Big Ears and wife yet, or when is she going to?
        While she’s getting the teeth done, she could get the vet to put a stitch in to tuck the ears in!

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      • She actually did alright. The issue with NZF is a ‘no win’ situation for the PM. No matter what she says if she starts answering questions turns out bad – see the Prince Andrew interview to see an example of a no win situation.

        I still loathe her and everything she stands for, but I never want to be like those irrational TDS sufferers who are so blinded by hate they can’t see positives. Jacinda has cut out all her stupid uhhhms and aaahhhs. She is getting better at so many of the avoiding techniques that John Key was so adept at. She can’t disguise the fact that she is an utter lightweight – but she is working hard to be more professional.

        I know, I know – I’m just describing a well-polished turd – but she is getting less of an embarrassment. She deserves credit for professionalising a bit.

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    • now rnz now7.27 am
      and no problem, as I click and realize that Ed also very busy with passing the first comment and then moderation free.:-)
      All good ‘road testing’ so far, as log in was sweet.

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    • Excuse me, Hosking is married, and I doubt his lovely wife wants Jacinda “coming” on Mike at any time soon. She non-answered a whole bunch of questions though.

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  3. Is our Childrens Commissioner Judge Becroft saying Jacinda’s plan on Child Poverty has failed and if not why is he calling for more of the Welfare Group that were charged with find a end to poverty in NZ to be implemented. While we have the money spend it is his cry in calling for millions more to be poured into stopping poverty.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/childrens-commissioner-urges-govt-take-action-child-poverty-weve-got-money-nows-time
    Money will never be the problem as they pour in the funds they reckon will be needed and the more dollars that the working groups earn for their failure.

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      • Labour Lite did a lot of utterly retarded stuff over their nine years:
        – all the wet chardonnay socialist judges Finlayson appointed
        – Jackie Blue
        – fucking Susan Devoy
        – the Ombudsman
        – Micheal Cullen to NZ Post
        – lunatic catholic lefty Jim Bolger to all sorts of shit
        – Shane Jones to his Pacific holiday job
        Becroft was just a par for the course Labour Lite appointment.

        National are the problem, they are not centre left, they are the swamp!

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      • How do you know it was a mistake Chuck.
        It may well have been deliberate from a bunch of Wets.

        Notional is getting wetter every term.
        Compare and contrast the people that sat around Muldoon’s cabinet to those from 2017.
        Even Marilyn Waring was more manly than most male Nat MPs today.
        the likes of dripping wet Luxon will only enhance the decline.

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  4. If more money is the answer, it really is a stupid question.
    Poverdy can only be fixed if the poor can learn to live within their means. This means no KFC, smokes, booze or drugs.
    Learn to put your family first.

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    • The lower income consume to the limit of their income so throwing more money at the poor just means they become more and more middle-class poor, and they also lose the incentive to move off their cushy hammock into work.

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      • It’s very easy to pinpoint those to blame for income inequality – it’s educated people, who work hard and make good life choices.

        Without them, there’d be no income inequality.

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  5. Beecroft needs to go, he is too left wing and biased.
    Even Jesus Christ said there will always be poor people.
    By throwing more our our tax money at them, we just encourage them to be poor.
    I would like some positive ideas

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  6. Ian Lees Galaway in the shit again!
    Looks like he did not tell Cindy with Tea Towel that the Manus muzzie was coming and Golly G raced in and claimed him first!
    Even Lyn Dalzial was at the arrport to meet him, so even she did not tell Cindy he was comming!

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  7. Like the new site layout a lot, well done Ed.
    You may have seen this yesterday about the select committee submitter, a firearms dealer, gagged in mid submission because the chairwoman didn’t like what he was saying:
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/117504138/mps-shut-down-public-submitter-who-says-he-supplied-bullets-to-christchurch-terror-suspect

    Here is a very important new video about the “New Document (which) shows the role of Police in CHCH Attacks” I urge you to watch it:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiRV1TAa8u8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3O20kvBvTzspIATluNuubZg5zBt3TxDVwhSQs0v4o-SB36dQuQbxFeuUw

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    • Fair enough to protect the rights to a fair trial.

      Would have been fair enough also to have maintained democratic process for any amendments proposed to the Arms Act but this was not the case. Amendments were deliberately made in haste to beat organised opposition to the imposed changes. The government did not even have the courtesy to await the outcome of the Royal Commission.

      Are we now seeing why the Royal Commission report was not awaited and why the terms of reference were constrained?

      The current bill to further amend the Arms Act should be dropped forthwith along with the powers given to Police to make changes by Order in Council. Let’s await the report from the Royal Commission of Enquiry then consider any recommendations in a proper manner.

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  8. Hey there CR
    New site working well – but suggestion for you. The “weather” posted on the right is for Hamilton – handy for you I know, but what about the rest of us?
    It it possible to link the weather post to user location?

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  9. Ed has done a great detox, and an update. 🙂

    Why the World Needs a Google Detox
    STORY AT-A-GLANCE
    ~Google whistleblower Zach Vorhies has released 950 pages of Google documents that paint a comprehensive picture of how Google is manipulating public opinion and the political landscape
    ~Changes at Google first became noticeable in 2016, after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. Vorhies later discovered evidence suggesting Google was playing a role in the effort to remove President Trump from office
    ~Machine Learning Fairness is a Google project that replaces “unfair” search results — even when the “unfairness” is accurately reflecting worldly reality — with more “fair and balanced” search results, thereby artificially altering what people perceive as “reality”
    ~Google tools such as autofill search recommendations can be used to sway public opinion on political (and other topics), which can have significant political consequences
    ~Research shows biased search rankings can shift voting preferences of undecided voters by 20% or more, and that people will be completely unaware of having been manipulated,

    In this interview, Google whistleblower Zach Vorhies, who worked as a senior software engineer at Google and YouTube for over eight years, shares his inside knowledge of this global monopoly, revealing why Google is not a reliable source of information anymore.

    Google’s monopoly over search is matched by a continued reassurance that it is an unbiased search platform. Google is actively suppressing and censoring information, proving it is anything but unbiased.

    While some of the information revealed is related to politics, you can read about my views about the two-party U.S. federal government here.

    The point of sharing this information is that Google is manipulating search results to reflect its views, and to influence our social behavior while denying this is happening.

    The Wall Street Journal just published a thorough investigation covering these same points.

    Vorhies recently released about 950 pages of internal Google documents that paint a comprehensive picture of what’s really going on. You can find all of those documents on the Project Veritas website.1 ……..
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/11/17/google-detox.aspx

    I think this will take a while to get out of the woods, as many authorities will think google systems are the best thing since sliced bread, for growing empires.

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  10. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she won’t censor New Zealand First ministers’ language
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/11/prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-says-she-won-t-censor-new-zealand-first-ministers-language.html

    “On The AM Show on Tuesday, Prime Minister Ardern said Peters’ comments didn’t break the Cabinet Manual and she wouldn’t censor her ministers.

    “I cannot control, and nor am I the chief censor of Parliament and nor will I ever be and nor has any Prime Minister ever been the chief censor of Parliament,” Ardern said.

    “You know I have a particular style, but am I going to enforce that across the New Zealand Parliament and force everyone to adopt my style of politics? No, I’m not.”

    So no, Cindy is not even attempting to be a leader. She doesn’t have the ability or inclination to pull any wayward MPs who are insulting public groups or the media back into line. May as well have a Galah in the PM chair. oh wait, that’s what we have!

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    • To be realistic the NZ First mob that came in from the 1996 election were a hell of a lot rougher than this lot.
      this lot are mice compared to the 1996 intake and its ‘tight five’.

      If Indiana Jones gives the flakey corporates like Air NZ and Fonterra a rark up it is nothing less than they deserve.
      If Peters calls a repeater a psycho then there is 80% chance he is correct.

      The thing is we expect politicians to tell lies.
      It is stock in trade.
      We factor this in when voting.

      What we should not have to factor in is that repeaters/journo scum lie or re-dress the truth more often than not yet act so fecking sanctimonious and have a big collective sook when someone calls them out.

      I only wish these filth were called out more often.
      I guess it will be NZ first that does it.
      Not concerned and mildly happy.
      The rest of the MPs aside from Seymour are in the swamp partying with Shrek.

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  11. I am not sure I want to know what the weather is in Hamilton, presuming perhaps this is where the Editor resides. I am interested that by allowing permission to see where I come from my wonderful little town a full 200 km from Christchurch has been given the exalted forecast for Fendalton.

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    • It’s 15.1 ‘C at your place now.
      You can select your closest town/city and it will show the temp. Just change the hamilton to your place. It defaults back to Hamilton. Clever aye!!!

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      • I used to drive through Fendalton. My wife has now logged in to the new site which she thinks is very good, clicked the little thing and received the forecast for Waimate District. I have already given permission to see where iIam from, have logged in again and still Fendalton. Obviously I am the problem.

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  12. One size fits all? a bit dated so problem should be solved by now.
    The old story, just restamp the extra large boxes as average.

    Chinese-made condoms too small, Zimbabwe’s health minister complains
    One Chinese manufacturer says it is considering making its contraceptives in various sizes after hearing complaint from the African government official
    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2135243/chinese-made-condoms-too-small-zimbabwes-health-minister

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  13. Excellent improvements Ed. Having the comment box at the bottom is wonderful.
    Take the day off and bask in the glory of your work. 😎

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      • That wrong answer is the oppressive colonial social engineering on a dark question . 🙁
        So although it got about a 50/50 (whatever) obviously they will want more education in to the dark times of NZ 🙁

        No concern about the the oppressive colonist questions being wrong, as that would reveal a major supremacy problem. 🙁
        That will have to be stamped out later.

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      • Yo DigNap15.

        My first YSB post!

        There is, doubtless, a free gift involved?

        Agreed re the ‘basic’ bit on that Quiz. I had no problems getting 13/13 – bloody close to 100% if my ol’ Maths is anything up to speed – and am curious to know what answers the 12/13 brigade got wrong.

        We have a family dinner once a week and, after that, the previous week’s Dom Post Quizzes are all read out. It is noticeable that our two youngies now take part and take pride in getting answers right. You wonder why schools don’t try something similar – encourage their pupils to ‘keep up with the play’, to read etc. And why more parents – knowing that schools are (seemingly) slack in that area – don’t go down the same route.

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        • How would the school explain to the ones who didn’t get ANY questions right?
          You would hurt their feelz and they wouldn’t know what to do. Oh the shame. Imagine if the teachers got them all wrong as well.

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          • Editor, any school I ran wouldn’t demand perfection … but WOULD require effort.
            And it would require any ‘fail’ question to at least be researched by the student involved so that he or she a) at least knew what the correct answer was and b) could try to ‘marry’ the thought processes that led to the wrong answer with a way forward to improvement for the next time.
            I remember, way back in the day, being tested for pronunciation proficiency.
            Things were going well until the teacher sprang the word PICTURESQUE on me, ha.
            She was one of my favourite teachers and, knowing I’d be thrown and probably going to come up with PICTURE-SKEW or the like, told me it was a French word and that the five letters after PICTUR were pronounced as one syllable.
            That ‘help’ helped.
            Results? One student pretty darned chuffed with himself. One teacher happy at that.

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        • Actually the answers to the interest questions are wrong. They forgot to allow for Cindy’s tax grab.

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        • Welcome Biscuit your gift is the pleasure of our company with a bit of free speech thrown in for good measure

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  14. Exclusive: Government advised genetic technology could replace 1080
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/11/exclusive-government-advised-genetic-technology-could-replace-1080.html

    “Further advice said: “a broad public conversation on gene editing and its benefits and risks could help improve the social licence and lay the foundation for future changes to the 23-year-old regulatory regime”.

    The HSNO Act (Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act) regulates the technology and has never had a full review, meaning it hasn’t evolved since 1998. Officials said New Zealand “has one of the strictest regulatory regimes in the world for handling GM [genetic modification]”.

    The Greens won’t allow GM while they are part of the COL.

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  15. Very concerned at the government paying out in a round about way to the Auckland City to then settle with the protesters. Winstone is on Peter Williams at the moment is so rude and arrogant, he even gives Prince Andrew a run for his money!!!!!

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    • But But But talk about waffling and bluster.
      Now he is saying Graeme Edgler is not a worthy lawyer to be taken seiously.
      He is loosing it. Shouting and squirming and he doesn’t like it up him.
      But they do it thererfor we can do it.
      Now he says there is no deal for Shane jones to get a seat in northland with Liarbour standing aside.

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    • Cindy did say very recently that she still intends to visit Ihumatao. The stage has to be set properly so she gets a warm welcome from the “I demand” protesters. It’s only $40m of hard working taxpayers money for, as Shane Jones referred to Ihumatao, “a paddock with a few stones.” Afterall, how would it look to Cindy’s sycophants if she visited and got the cold shoulder, abuse and a dildo thrown at her. 😜

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    • 500 houses that will not be built.

      Another cock up in a long line of cockups from the COL

      Unless.. the destruction is deliberate.
      Ardern and her crew of liars are up for that.

      Mmmm…. kind of makes you think twice about the fire in the convention centre that Fletchers were building.
      Curiouser and curiouser

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  16. They better send Greta over to China to straighten them out . sarc/

    The Chinese obviously know what the realities are and even though article waffles a bit at the end about transitioning and renewables (which I take as a sop to the western media) they clearly know what energy security for China entails and good on them. The key role of any Government is to look after it’s country and citizens.

    https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/11642-Is-coal-power-winning-the-US-China-trade-war-

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  17. Just heard the Electoral Commission has asked NZ First for more information on their funding. Winston Peters says he will have more to say later this afternoon.

    If the Commission finds anything we can all say you reap what you sow you old buzzard.

    LOL!

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  18. The media continually green washing, believing they will also get a share of the trillions of dollars drained from the consumer taxpayer.

    Journalists at the public broadcaster awoke to an 8.51am email from Melbourne executive producer Barbara Heggen on Sunday, inquiring after “interest in an ABC-staff climate crisis advisory group”.

    The aim of this new group. Heggen wrote, would be to “gather together the brains trust of the ABC staffers to develop ways to report on and inform Australians about the climate crisis using a solutions journalism approach” and “to report back to ABC management our ideas and strategies for responding to the climate crisis both internally and externally”. …
    ….. ABC PM presenter Linda Mottram was a late entrant to the conversation, writing: “We must report established science, the evidence, and not myth.” ….
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/cbd-melbourne-aunty-s-climate-of-panic-and-meetings-20191117-p53bdn.html

    As the media masked over ten years ago, when “Climate Gate” released from University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, the lies, deception, manipulations and treated as “move on, nothing to see here”
    The media are proven to be rotten to the core as they continue to organize this subterfuge, and looking how to hook into a money supply.

    Based on these dud modelled forecasts, the West is now spending $US1.5 trillion a year in quest of zero CO2 emissions.

    Today, anyone questioning this colossal enterprise is told to “respect the science”.
    https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2019/11/ten-years-after-climategate/

    Yet the revealing of Climate Gate, should have sent some of those fraudulent scientists, to jail, and to lose all their funding and credibility!

    The same pattern here in NZ as the Disney lemmings journalists keep on pushing this, as if everyone is in agreement.
    Many institutions, federations, councils, etc…. sadly at least acknowledge this, so that next step is to put in place the guidelines,, etc., etc.. then requiring action, that ends up costing much time and money.

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  19. There could be an interesting lecture on Monday 25 Nov. It is at Waikato Uni and starts at 7pm.

    I expect it will be one sided about climate alarmism and will not be balanced. I plan on going. Is anyone else interested in challenging this lack of balance? I have emailed Leighton Smith and Peter Williams to see if they might attend.

    Geosciences 2019 Public Lecture: The Science of Sea-level change
    Public · Hosted by Geoscience Society of New Zealand

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2575125079388332/?active_tab=about

    https://forumpoint2.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/geosci19/geosci19info/ExtraContent/ContentPage?page=7&fbclid=IwAR1T3hoTaOTT5xwfiLFNH49ZgpZqgv_ipBaq4XS6JSpP8sXJeNj8cZlCDR4

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  20. That prick Stephieboy is maligning you over at the other blog

    stephieboy
    Can you identify the Editor/Owner of YSB ? Unlke Cameron Slater or David Farrar he appears coy about this.

    Wonder why ?

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  21. Great update Ed – way faster!
    I am one of those stalkers/lurkers you mentioned the other day. Have been reading YSB since the beginning but usually after 10pm (or even 6am following morning) and conversation has usually moved on.

    I heard PTPM on Mike Hosking show this morning so know she is at least in NZ. Why was she not in QT this afternoon?

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  22. Qantas will support legal action against will.i.am over racism claim

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2019/11/qantas-will-support-legal-action-against-will-i-am-over-racism-claim.html

    “Following criticism of his publicly naming the flight attendant, will.i.am has defended his actions by saying he was speaking out on behalf of those less fortunate than himself.

    “I don’t regret my actions of taking to public to speak for the other for those who don’t have the voice who felt the same disrespect,” he said.

    The singer has not deleted the tweet naming the woman.”

    Will.I.Prat.

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  23. Seems the Crowns carefully contrived fabrications in the Millane case are being rapidly deconstructed. As I predicted.

    Note that Labour have passed a law that would now prevent much of the defense evidence being heard.

    Basically if a woman accuses a man of a crime the assumption is guilt and any defense is seen as an aggravating factor.

    Thanks to man hating hags and sniveling white knights.

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    • Yes the defense evidence is throwing up a few curve balls for the prosecution but I can’t reconcile how a guy is involved in a girls death and then immediately goes out on another date while her body is still in his room. Says all you need to know about this character.

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      • Lets put it this way. If a normal, responsible male was engaging in kinky shagging and the delightful young thing expired mid thrust, one would expect said paramour to try and resuscitate, failing that call an ambulance or get some other help. This young upstanding example, goes on a date, watches porn, gets cleaning materials and disposes the body in a suitcase in a shallow grave. If I was on a jury I would be convicting purely on the actions after the event.

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        • Right over reason – your moral grandstanding provides ample DEFENSE evidence.

          The respondent would not have done those things if he believed he’d committed murder.

          Regardless of his actions – the trial is a corruptec perverted farce and he should walk with a million in compensation.

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          • So, what do you think he would have done if he believed he committed murder? Normal people don’t kill and just carry on with their lives. Only a very derranged person can kill and act as if its a trivial matter, ” a mess that needs cleaning up”. If he accidently killed her, why did he not seek help? Is there any doubt that he killed her? He has not denied killing her, but claims it was a sex act gone wrong. So its a toss up between an accident and deliberate killing. But I can’t see why he should walk with compensation.

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      • SC nor can I.

        But the change is murder – not morality crimes. Your clearly stated inability to understand says much about you and absolutely nothing about the case.

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  24. Site going great.

    Heard an interview with New Conservative leader Baker on Radio Kidnappers .
    Have to say I was impressed.Especially his take on global warming scam.

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    • Yes I’d buy it for $100 and tell all the “journalists” that from now on we will not use Maori language, open all comments to anyone except libelous comments and do more investigate journalism, and all articles will be balanced.

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  25. MPs scrap ban on use of Parliament TV footage in political advertising
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/mps-scrap-ban-use-parliament-tv-footage-in-political-advertising

    “All parties have agreed to adopt a temporary standing order that will last the rest of the term, which allows for the use of this footage, provided it isn’t used in a misleading way.

    The Speaker will have the responsibility of determining whether something is misleading and will have the ability to intervene and refer any issues to Parliament’s privileges committee.

    This committee will also be required to consider any issue around footage that is referred to it within two working days.”

    Good. Looking forward to seeing some more excellent political ads. Nothing stopping any party using ridiculous comments made by opposition parliamentarians.

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  26. Don’t you just love the guy?
    I needed a good laugh at the lefts expense.

    In Genius Move, Trump Supports Impeachment, Forcing Democrats To Oppose

    Democrats quickly condemned his statements. Pelosi said, “It’s clear that Trump wants to be impeached because he’s not good at being president. Well, we’re going to show him a thing or two by forcing him to stay in the White House and finish out his term.”

    https://babylonbee.com/news/in-genius-move-trump-supports-impeachment-forcing-democrats-to-oppose-it

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  27. The New Conservatives have a few meetings around Tauranga, Tomorrow and Thursday.
    I think I go along for a look.

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  28. You may be a religio-conservative worthy of donating to the New Conservative Party if you believe that:

    1) The National Party should limit itself to the ideals espoused in its founding document which include banning gay marriages, regulating indecent content on the Internet & taking guidance on the Nation’s morals from religious busy-bodies.

    2) That those with views dissimilar to the majority may restrict the fair practice of those in the majority if the former’s Skydaddy says so.

    3) You love Jesus and Jesus loves you & you just know deep down in your tummy that Jesus shares your hatred of AIDS victims, homosexuals & progs.

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    • Nasska very well observed.

      I just wish you could bring yourself to accept this is the malfeasance of the jew – who invented this religion and communism.

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    • “An earlier court decision referred to her passport being cancelled on grounds that it would impede her ability to facilitate actions of the type that made her a danger to the security of a country other than New Zealand.”

      She doesn’t have husband named Bill does she?
      Asking for a friend.

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  29. Three National supporters walk into a bar and spot a woman wearing a I Love Jacinda Tee-shirt. They want to piss her off, so they start talking about plans of how to do it.
    The first one says, “I know how to do it.”
    So he walks up to the woman and he says, “Cindy is dumb. She has wasted millions of dollars and has ignored needy people and has gotten away with it because she is well connected.”
    The woman responds, “Perhaps,” and goes back to her drink.
    The man, perplexed, walks back to his friends.
    The second one says, “Well, I know one that will get her for certain.”
    He walks up to the woman and says, “You know, Cindy is a deviant who has sex with minors, hooks up with prostitutes and pays hush money to people to keep it all quiet.”
    The woman responds, “Could be.”
    The guy is flabbergasted. He walks back to his friends.
    The third guy says, “This will get her for sure. No doubt about it.”
    The guy walks up to the woman and says, “You know, Cindy and Simon Bridges are actually brother and sister, twins separated at birth.”
    The woman says, “Well, from the way your friends were describing her, I was beginning to think so myself.”

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  30. Visited a mate in Hospital.
    Nurse said he was in a stable condition.
    She was right.
    Horse shit and hay everywhere.

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  31. That paper is saying that Mathew Hoton is saying that Cindy bin Lying should call an early election!
    But it’s pay for content and I don’t pay!

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    • COMMENT: The New Zealand First Foundation risks being for Jacinda Ardern in 2020 what the Spencer Trust was for Helen Clark in 2008: the centre of a slow-burning scandal that will undermine not just NZ First’s reputation but also Labour’s, and that of the Prime Minister herself. This morning’s revelations by a Tauranga journalist is certainly just the start of ongoing leaks by former NZ First officials disgruntled with the foundation’s activities, the party’s operations and the suggestion of an overlap. The foundation and how it operates are almost certainly legal. The Spencer Trust, remember, was never found to have broken the law by the relevant authorities including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Winston Peters and his closest confidants are very careful and act only with the benefit of legal advice.Nevertheless, the irresistible combination of the nation’s kingmaker, significant amounts of money, unnamed businesspeople and lack of transparency will drive the story on over the months ahead. The Prime Minister is therefore best to assume that today’s reports out of Tauranga are a mere apéritif. We are presumably soon to learn the identity of the primary industry leaders, wealthy investors and multi-millionaires reported to have donated to the foundation. That will then lead to questions about how they may have benefited from Government policy. While agencies such as the SFO will inevitably fail to find evidence of anything illegal, the whole saga and the speculation behind it will drain the Government’s legitimacy. Back in 2008, Clark publicly supported her Foreign Minister Winston Peters through the early stages of the Spencer Trust scandal, before distancing herself from him and then announcing that he had himself decided to stand aside pending the SFO investigation. It was too late for both of them, with the relentless news coverage eroding both NZ First and more importantly Labour’s public standing ahead of the 2008 election which saw John Key narrowly elected to power. Today, Ardern faces what appears to be a very similar situation. Ardern and her closest political ally, Finance Minister Grant Robertson, are by nature cautious politicians. Their instincts in the face of many months of provocation by NZ First generally and Shane Jones specifically has been to batten down the hatches, await further events and hope it goes away. If they apply that strategy to the current situation, they face 10 months staggering on until a September election, responding to whatever corrosive media revelations and deliberate ministerial provocation lie ahead. NZ First Leader Winston Peters insists party in the clear over electoral donation claims To underline how long 10 months is in political terms, the March 15 terrorist attack was just eight months ago. By allowing her Government to drift under the shadow of alleged scandal for that long will almost guarantee Simon Bridges will attend Apec 2020 in Malaysia as Prime Minister of a National-led Government. Ardern’s other option is to assume that much worse than today’s allegations lie ahead and that a stiff upper lip will serve her as badly as it did Clark in 2008. As she did when she became Labour leader just weeks before the 2017 election and again after the terrorist attack, Ardern is better advised to act boldly and decisively now. In 1984, Sir Robert Muldoon called his snap election exactly one month before polling day. The advice now is that elections should occur no sooner than 41 days after being called, but Parliament is sovereign and can set any day it likes. There is no doubt National would provide Labour will the necessary votes in Parliament to allow for an election on Saturday 14 or Saturday 21 December, ahead of Christmas. It would be rushed but, as in 1984, there is no doubt the Electoral Commission would do whatever it took to ensure it was conducted as professionally as possible. With both Ardern and Bridges ruling out working with NZ First afterwards, a December election would be a straight drag race between Labour and the Greens in the left lane and National and Act in the right. The overwhelming majority of polls suggest a Labour-Green Government would be victorious, one surely more able to advance Ardern’s personal policy agenda than the failing status quo.Focus: Simon Bridges calls on PM Jacinda Ardern to take responsibility with legal issues around the NZ First Foundation and party donations. But bold Ardern will need to be. If she hesitates more than a few days, a pre-Christmas election would be impossible and Ardern will be stuck with NZ First until at least March. After the difficulty of executing a year of delivery even in 2019, she will then face the difficulty of bringing together an election-year Budget in May with a cantankerous and perhaps scandal-ridden coalition partner. The Prime Minister is having her wisdom teeth out in Friday, under general anaesthetic. She must expect to be zonked for much of the weekend and below par until the middle of next week. By that stage, the window for a pre-Christmas election will have closed and she will have set her Government on a much more difficult trajectory towards probable defeat in 2020. Better to postpone the wisdom teeth operation until January, dispatch first Peters today or tomorrow and then Bridges next month, and enjoy her Christmas with three more years ahead as Prime Minister, and with a coalition partner with which she would work much more comfortably to deliver the transformational agenda she promised.

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      • Thanks for that rol. Cindy won’t do anything. She said this morning it isn’t her job to tell other parties how to run their party. So many problems, so much to go wrong…

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    • Nicked it from them for you to read. Just used Dreaweaver to cull the code that hides the alluring Premium content….

      Interesting article but I dont think Labour Greens would romp home…..

      ( Note to ed, if this is going to cause legal problems, just delete the comment- I won’t be offended. )

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  32. “She’s beautiful,’ he murmured.
    ‘She’s a metre across the hips, easily,’ said Julia.
    ‘That is her style of beauty,’ said Winston.”

    ― George Orwell, 1984

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    • It’s fake. The most dangerous countries are in South America.

      But to say so would support Trump’s policies and not support the hate of the jew.

      Fix the jew cancer and fix the world.

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  33. SC nor can I.

    But the change is murder – not morality crimes. Your clearly stated inability to understand says much about you and absolutely nothing about the case.

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