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    • I woke early but it was still dark so finally went back to sleep until daylight was upon us. I’m hoping this manky early winter morning turns out bright and sunny as happened yesterday.

      Have a cracker day.

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  1. When media outlets say that the United States and China are on the brink of a trade war, they mislead. The fact is that these two huge economies have long since gone over that brink. They are involved in a full-fledged trade war that will only likely intensify.

    Conflict has been building for at least the last six years. In 2018 and 2019, then-President Donald Trump imposed punitive tariffs on Chinese goods entering the United States. He aimed to persuade Beijing to stop its unfair trade practices, including domestic subsidies, patent theft, and onerous and atypical demands on American firms doing business in China. However, these measures failed to elicit the desired change.

    Nonetheless, despite reflexively reversing everything former President Trump had done, the Biden administration kept the tariffs in place. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has insisted that they are the only way to get a change out of Beijing. In more recent years, the Biden White House has gone further. It has cut off U.S. exports of advanced semiconductors and chip-making equipment to China, as well as American investments in Chinese technology. President Joe Biden has subsidized domestic U.S. chip manufacturing to further thwart Beijing’s ambition of dominating the global chip market.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/opinion/china-us-trade-war-escalates-5647426?

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  2. You have been warned NN and Co! Kim’s pissed.

    North Korea has issued a warning to NZ to stop what it calls “military interference” in the Asia-Pacific. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will take necessary measures to thoroughly protect its sovereignty and safety.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/politics/350276417/north-korea-issues-warning-new-zealand-over-surveillance

    Annnd it’s gone!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DT7bX-B1Mg

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    • This would have been the exit plan a couple of years ago .
      Stepping away one step at a time

      By the by if you could ever track down the film (television film I think) from 1999
      Pirates of Silicon Valley.
      I have it on a VCR tape but no VCR player.
      Has Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs, Michael Anthony Hall as Billy Goates
      Great acting and very accurate. Shows Goates explosive temper. Back in the 1980s.

      A bit rich her being a philanthropist.
      She married Goates when he had his MS shares on the upward path. She did nothing. But:-
      ….She plans to focus on her own philanthropic efforts, supported by a $12.5 billion grant….

      ——————
      Every single Female Billionaire Philanthropist in the USA has acquired the money from a man and
      DEI – didnt earn it
      Melinda, Jeff Bezos Ex, Steve Jobs Widow, Priscilla Chan – Suckerbergs missus, Susan Dell wife of Dell Computer founder; Daughter of Sam Walton (Walmart founder)

      Oprah Winfrey is NOT a philanthropist . She gets others to supply the gifts then takes the kudos.
      Eg New cars for the audience – paid by the car manufacturers,
      Big trip to Australia- paid by Qantas; and so on
      Not one ‘Billionaire ‘ woman Donor has earned the money they give away and get the kudos.
      Just stating Facts.

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    • Very plausible, however.
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      I had a Scottish flatmate in England. Lovely guy but tight as.
      Except for beer.
      His brother gave up university because it was interfering with his drinking. The brother became a postman so a) he could earn and b) finished by 10 to 11 am, could start drinking.
      True!

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    • theyll be getting out before their premium runs out for the organic milksolid payout.
      it wont be profitable once the contract is up and will need millions in fertilizer to bring it up to satisfactory production.

      our neighbour has the same deal and in 3? years theyll just get paid same milk price as everyone else and they wont make a profit.

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    • This is how the ownership of NZ will change. There was never a need for a crystal ball to see how the amalgamation of thousands of family owned dairy farms into large “efficient” units owned by Queen St investors was going to turn out.

      At the first real downturn the investors would sell out at any price. Except that the huge dairy farms they have created are beyond the ability of individual farmers to finance.

      Enter the overseas corporates. Say farewell to a NZ owned by Kiwis & kiss goodbye to our tax base.

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      • Where US goes, NZ tends to go.
        The ramping up of student numbers accompanied by large student loans happened in NZ from the early 1990s.
        Get them hooked on debt and they are controllable.
        While the concept of ‘you will own nothing’ is largely foreign to NZers the US has so much where people lease, so dont own. Cars as an example.
        The pathway.

        While there is a 2006 movie called Fast Food Nation which I consider total Dross; the original book from 2001 by Eric Schlosser is excellent.
        I read it one chapter at a time. It was packed with facts. Solid going.
        It clearly explains the loss of the family farm to the corporate sector.

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  3. Another corporate government brain fart. Farmer/owner must have been made an offer he couldn’t refuse eh.
    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/green-light-canterbury-solar-farm-despite-opposition

    What hail did in Texas to these ‘green saviours’?
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hailstorm-destroys-massive-solar-farm-sparking-fears-of-chemical-contamination.

    Solar panels or food? Your choice!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrREJD_29qg&list=TLPQMTMwNTIwMjSKKZHjY4ffWQ&index=2&ab_channel=RichardVobes

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  4. A Southern passing through a Northern town sees a sign outside a bar – “A pint, a pie and a friendly word – £5”

    Being hungry he goes in,

    “Seen your offer. I’ll go for that”

    The bartender miserably pulls a pint and slams a pie on the bar

    “Hey, where’s the friendly word?”

    “If I were you, I wouldn’t eat the pie.”

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  5. “Influx of 238,964 migrants arrived in New Zealand in the year to March, with Stats NZ also reporting a record annual net loss of NZ citizens.”

    Are you being replaced?
    Most will go to Auckland. The infrastructure can’t cope as it is.

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  6. For those who follow the stock market it looks like the “games” played with Game Stop in the US have started again. The big investment funds started to “short” the stock, so the guy who lead the fight back last time has stepped in to rally the troops of little guys to buy up the stock. This has lead to the investment funds losing $3 billion at this stage. The Exchange has put a stop trading in place 5 times, I presume to help the big boys.

    https://t.me/thewhiterosenz/197707/268160

    https://t.me/thewhiterosenz/197707/268159

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  7. I see the PPTA had a huge Auckland meeting yesterday, not to discuss wages, or conditions, but Charter Schools. The next time the school gives you shit because your kid is not at school for some valid reason, tell them you’ll worry about that when teachers stop missing school to discuss political agendas.

    Fuck The PPTA.

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  8. Another whinge on $tuffed
    I found from a link in another site.
    ———————-
    An Auckland mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer, just weeks after cancelling a life insurance policy she’d had for 10 years.
    Insurance experts say the cost of living is causing people to cancel policies.
    The mum is unable to care for her toddler and baby on her own, so her husband is unable to work.
    and
    And then the bad news came when she was told she had incurable stage 4 bowel cancer, with just six months to live.
    ———————-

    Ah well in six months she wont have to worry !! 🙄
    Ah crap; That’s mean. I had better print a retraction, 2 weeks later ,on page 17

    Sadly most people are not at the mathematical ability of an actuary.
    They cant do the numbers.
    And Actuaries do the numbers over a large group of people, which is why insurance came about in the first place.
    Pool your risk.

    She will get taken care of anyway unlike the USA.
    I don’t think we need medical insurance here.
    My father had it and had to beg and jump through hoops and they part paid.
    You pay lower rates up to 65 yo then it generally jumps to a high premium so you reduce cover, when you need it most.
    And if you cancel at 65 yo then you have mostly paid money for nothing.

    I do take out travel insurance even for a trip to Australia; and often in NZ if renting a car.

    What do people think on here?
    Should you have medical insurance?
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    I do get annoyed that Johnny Ki stumped up and paid out for people who did not have house insurance in CHC quakes 2009/2010
    They chose not to. And were not contributing to the earthquake levy nor the fire service levy.
    they opted out
    Tough.
    I wonder how many of those were required to maintain insurance under their mortgage agreement- usually mandatory.
    I’m not sure what happened with the floods in Akl, Northland and East Coast last year re uninsured payouts.

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    • “And if you cancel at 65 yo then you have mostly paid money for nothing.”

      Very true.

      That’s why I have self-funded my health expenses for the last 30 years. ACC has paid for my surgeries (knee, collar bone and wrist) following accidents over the years.

      I figure that once I get to the age where I need health insurance, I won’t be able to afford it.

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      • Ditto.
        Last 30 years.
        2 major injuries – major joint breaks- ACC
        I paid last year for a growth to be removed. By Dr. in his surgery . $200 or so. Cant remember exactly. Small amount. Unfortunately he moved on Australia. He was good for the short time he was there. (only saw him twice)

        ACC is paid as insurance on your ‘earned’ salary/wages anyway.

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    • I still have SC, surgery only cover. Costs me $360 a month with a $4000 excess. Any minor surgeries will be affordable. I am lucky that my health is very good for my age. I am on no medications. My GP jokes when ever I see him, usually for my annual checkup, that I am the healthiest person he has seen that day

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        • I have paid for two surgeries in the past year. I stopped paying health insurance when it go so that I could not afford to pay the premium each month. I had paid it for years, ah well, never mind I suppose, but those you mention are surgeries are incredibly expensive and most would not be able to pay for them, if you have an accident Ok ACC would pay but elective surgeries for trans people are not what should be paid for.

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            • I have medical insurance and had to have cataract surgery. Usually the insurance company would pay 80% but because my replacement lens was a astigmatism lens ( eye was not perfectly round) I got charged $5000 extra that the insurance company would not cover. I was flabbergasted that a bit of plastic could cost that much. Obviously the insurance company didn’t want to get ripped off by the lens manufacturer.

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    • Houses with Mortgages are su[posed to be unsured but the banks never check.
      You can bet its coming as the Gov had something to say on that last week.
      The banks will have to report it soon.
      You watch.

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    • we have medical and trauma cover, self employed tho so need a backup incase shit hits the fan, fuck relying on public and acc.

      wifey got her carpaltunnel done 2 yrs ago, 9-12mnth wait going public vs the next week going private… was the same surgeon ffs and the $500 excess was worth it otherwise she was unable to do her job.
      same when i got my tonsils out, was over a year public wait list, i got in 3days later going private.

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  9. A farmer went to a local bar and ordered a glass of champagne.
    The woman sitting next to him said, ‘How about that?
    I just ordered champagne, too!’
    ‘What a coincidence’ the farmer said.
    ‘This is a special day for me.
    I am celebrating.’
    This is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating,’ said the woman.’
    ‘What a coincidence!’ said the farmer.
    As they clinked glasses he added: ‘What are you celebrating?’
    ‘My husband and I have been trying to have a child and today my gynecologist told me that I am pregnant!’
    ‘What a coincidence!’ said the man.
    ‘I’m a chicken farmer and all last year my hens were infertile, but today they are all laying eggs again.’
    ‘That’s great!’ said the woman, ‘How did your chickens become fertile?’
    ‘I used a different cock,’ he replied.
    The woman smiled, clinked his glass and said ‘what a coincidence’!

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  10. From the Herald: “Net migration loss of NZ citizens exceeds 50,000 a year for the first time.”

    I’ll rewrite it more accurately.

    “Net migration loss of NZ passport holders exceeds 50,000 a year for the first time.”

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  11. heres one for Osen, probs nothing you dont know already but still an interesting listen.
    so pretty much usa created the beast that they could exploit for their own benefit then when it became to powerful, forced it to suicide?
    throw in a bit of naivitey and overly optimism and its a disaster.
    who needs enemies when youve got mates like the usa!!!

    quite a few things in common with whats happening today here and abroad, youd think our govts would learn from others mistakes but nope.

    https://youtu.be/lmnVP35uZFY?si=CcRSTffEQKkgVCOo

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    • BRICS only have one problem – Trust or lack of and once you settle for Yuan you are locked into buying in Yuan and thats a big problem inside BRICS players and much bigger out side of BRICS players

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  12. The potholes in the path to sanity are filled by the tears of the Leftists. This time as revealed in https://newsroom.co.nz/2024/05/14/where-woke-fits-in-a-history-of-racism/ it is the turn of AU’s incredibly wet Dr Neal Curtis. Apparently he is less than in awe of David Seymour’s appropriation of the term “woke”.

    ……”a term that has become increasingly meaningless because it is now used for things people on the political right don’t like”…….”for anyone with a basic knowledge of the origins of ‘woke’ as a colloquialism it is evident that the appropriation of the term is itself racist”…….

    Dry your eyes wankstain. You still have exclusive use of snarl words like “racist”, “transphobic”, “peaceful protest”, “microagression” & “white privilege”.

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  13. Pfizer are at it again. Not content with fucking up the health of countless millions with their poisonous Comirnaty “vaccine” they are now trying to direct sell their latest depopulators direct to the public. From https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/pfizer-online-drug-sales-direct-to-consumers/

    ……”Pfizer to Sell Drugs Online to Consumers, Bypassing Doctors and Pharmacies. Pfizer is developing a direct-to-consumer platform to sell some of its drugs online, including Paxlovid, which costs $1,400 for a five-day dose, and a migraine nasal spray, the Financial Times reported.”……

    The NZ medical fraternity cling tightly to their exclusive rights to prescribe anything more complex than bandaids & aspirin while our pharmacists are barely qualified to sell hair dyes but unreasonable waiting times to see any health professional will inevitably force government to lessen their death grip on pharmaceuticals.

    That is when Big Pharma will strike. The only question is whether we’ll die at their hands or waiting for physicians advice.

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    • theyll tell you sex and gender are different just so they can justify their eugenics.
      turn it around on them and tell them theyre aborting a transgender black unicorn… literally its genocide ////

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    • From BN’s link:

      ……”The gunman seen firing into the crowd”……….. “clearly made horrible choices that have ruined his life,” she continued. “But he didn’t do that in a vacuum. This city and this country created that vacuum.”…….

      What a shower of shit. These apologists will do absolutely anything rather than force anyone to accept responsibility for their own actions. The gun didn’t fire itself. Trump wasn’t in office. The city & the council weren’t anywhere near the trigger.

      It was the actions of a psycho who made the choice to kill.

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