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    • Always making claims, cherry picking as in yesterday’s post about the healthy fat relaxing “blackface”polar bears and how the sea ice is more than holding its own.

      Global warming alarmists like claiming that a certain place is seeing more warming and climate change than everywhere else. Remarkably, they say that about almost everywhere, which of course makes no sense.
      https://climatechangedispatch.com/canada-stations-cooling-not-warming/

      Those doom sayers are chasing money and control.

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      • Yep, no year zero in Gregorian or Julian calendars. The year before 1AD was 1BC. Therefore:
        – one year gone at the end of 1AD
        – 10 years (decade 1) gone at the end of 10AD
        – second decade begins at the beginning of 11AD

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    • All the media leveraging Climate Change doom, just do not like what Scot Morrison and his government are saying and doing.

      “Their policy prescriptions aren’t actually about reducing carbon emissions, it’s about the radical massive changes to our economy and society”, ……
      ….. “We won’t embrace reckless targets and abandon our traditional industries that would risk Australian jobs while having no meaningful impact on the global climate,” …..
      “In short, we will continue to act responsibly on climate change, avoiding extreme responses and get the balance right.”

      https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/14/aussie-lawmaker-greta-thunberg-and-climate-activists-just-want-to-upend-society/

      The doomsayers fear the truth of what the Scot Morrison government says and does, as it shows them up.
      Scott Morrison has not let Australia sovereignty go to the likes of the UN and their commissions, bucking them totally on the UN’icornical Global Migration Pact,
      There judiciary can get any legal way to make those demanding ruinous changes.
      Nor did the Greens Labour win the election.

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    • You thought the new decade starts next year did you Dig? Well that must be because when you went to school they still taught maths and arithmetic same as when I suffered through maths lessons all those years ago. The sort of illiterate clowns who write for stuff will not have been taught such basic knowledge having been too occupied in treaty and gender studies, black history, equality, wimmins stuff and of course global warming (now climate change since the warming stopped nearly 20 years ago) to be actually learned anything useful.

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  1. Auditor – General weighs up whether to open up a investigation into Government’s light rail. After the shambles Phil Twyford left at Kiwibuild and buying houses from the plan from developers which the Government are still trying to sell you would think that it would a no brainers launch a investigation into the complaints from those that suggest this has not been conducted on a level playing field for all involved.
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/118786130/auditorgeneral-weighs-up-whether-to-open-an-investigation-into-governments-light-rail

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    • I think after the election the conversation went something like this:
      JA: “Look Phil, we’re in the shit. Winston’s put us in Govt and we’ve campaigned on some stuff that we can’t deliver. Like our flagship policies, Kiwibuild and Light Rail. Someone’s going to have to take the rap for these clusters. That’s you Phil. Don’t worry how bad things get, your job’s safe; we need them to believe that these were great policies but one person managed to fuck it all up. You’re the man for the job Phil.”
      PT:”Thank you”

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  2. Auckland Port Move : Council lobbies for Manukau Harbout, Firth of Thames.
    Plans to lobby for the investigation of a new Port in Auclands South have drawn the ire of a Northland Stategist Wayne Brown.
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/118804188/aucklands-port-move-council-lobbies-for-manukau-harbour-firth-of-thames
    When are the likes of Wayne Brown, Winston Peters and Shane Jones going to except the fact that the Auckland Council owns the Ports of Auckland which is funded by ratepayers , so the Council have to investigate what and where the best option is for Auckland ports and the return they need if it is sold. Winston Peters also knows he needs the decision to go his way for his party NZ First to survive after this years General Election.

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    • The Manukau is a stupid, impractical idea that will cost millions in dredging and upkeep each year, and will pose risks to entry every time there is a westerly breeze.

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    • A new port, resource consents, but the biggest on going cost will be more than a few lattes and views for “taniwha”.
      A formula with the important adjusting up fee, and the occasional top up, perhaps based on a sliding scale of value plus tonnage..

      That will effect like support roads & rail, then supporting industries, and then house holds, all needing water, power, and sewerage systems and for them also to make tribute to “taniwha”.
      A formula for tribute in every case, to ratchet and leverage the largesse and after all, it is only “koha”.

      That all needs to be sorted, before being held hostage for major ransom.
      Sadly the “political science” of the day only strengthens the issue. 🙁

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      • Yes but there is benifits in for Winston his Lawyer and the forestry groups they own . You need rail to service the Port , Forestry and other Transport hubs if you read the first exercise into getting the Port moved and rightly so but the Auckland Mayor also wants a feasibility study on Manukua and the Firth of Thames also. After all they own the Ports of Auckland and deserve to get the right price from the Government to Purchase it, Wayne Brown has already suggest to write into law in Parliament
        and move if they don’t get there way before the next Election.

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  3. Maori babies being removed

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/01/increasing-numbers-of-m-ori-babies-being-removed-from-families-despite-falling-rates-of-abuse-report.html

    Andrew Beecroft is speechless
    (Code he wants more money)
    The reason they are being removed is not rascist or bias its just that Maoris are often not good parents.
    The children are just their ATM machine

    Does he think the WINZ going around trying to pick up every Moari baby

    PS I’m a non Maori

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  4. Hi, can you help me
    What was the name of that world-wide movement that was campaigning against inequality that used to protest on the streets all over the world before the Global Financial Crisis.

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  5. ‘The UN is under attack’ – Helen Clark critical of Trump administration’s UN funding cuts

    A scathing attack on the Donald Trump-led government’s financial cuts to the United Nations has been launched by former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/un-under-attack-helen-clark-critical-trump-administrations-funding-cuts

    “The Trump Government has slashed funds to a number of UN programmes, including those that provide sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries.
    “The United Nations is under attack,” Miss Clark said.”

    Our own swamp creature!
    Drain the swamp Mr President…

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    • The Raisina Dialogue is a three-day conference in New Delhi discussing foreign affairs issues in the Indo-Pacific region, attended by people from over 100 countries.

      But … but … climate change? Notice how it’s “do as I say, not as I do” from the proponents of climate change. Let’s fly everywhere for conferences on bullshit.

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    • And yes, drain the swamp. Let’s put some things into perspective. The United States provides 22% of the UN funding, followed by China (12%) and Japan (8.5%).

      That is despite them only being 4.3% of the world’s population. In those rankings China is #1 (18.2%), followed by India (17.5%) and then the United States.

      Time for somebody else to pick up the tab, the US doesn’t need to pay for all the other bloody bludgers. The world needs to be responsible for itself.

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        • Think of all the tourist dollars for Liberia with all those world delegates flying for the latest UN conference. Win-win!

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        • There is value in having a world-wide forum for different countries to try and deal with global problems, to sort out disputes, etc. In the same way that Apartheid was a principled, good idea.

          Let me explain, before you reach for the red thumb 🙂

          Apartheid, as I was taught when I was younger, was originally designed to keep two cultures are very different stages of development apart and to integrate them as the “uncivilised” tribes were taught about democracy, gunpowder, etc. A bit like the events depicted in the SciFi novel “Ambassador for Progress”. That goal was taken and twisted into a very racist, segregation policy that had no intention to bring the Xhosa and Zulu culture into the Western world, but wanted to keep them separate and apart and out of sight.

          The United Nations feels similar to me. There is value in the original premise, but when humans are allowed to play with it the pettiness, jealousies and all the shit that makes us human tends to corrupt that ideal. You now have a UN where the likes of Saudi Arabia are lecturing the world on human rights, China is explaining to the rest of us what freedom of association and expression should look like and the child molesters are running the show.

          It is no longer what was envisioned and I agree, it needs to be torn down. But I’d like to see it rebuilt in a better way with the lessons we’ve learned over the last 50 or 60 years.

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    • What the hells wrong with clark??
      Again I say to her, foxtrot oscar clark. You were given the arse card by the voters, so STFU and go away.

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  6. Avocado trees killed in Far North orchard vandalism
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/avocado-trees-killed-in-far-north-orchard-vandalism

    “Windbreaks have been slashed and graffitied, water pipes have been cut and about 20 trees have been killed over the Christmas period at Mapua Orchard, near Houhora.
    Orchard manager Ian Broadhurst said it wasn’t the first time this had happened, but it was definitely the worst.
    He said Mapua was part of a wider group of 17 orchards in the region that had applied to the Northland Regional Council for consents to draw water from the Aupōuri aquifer.”

    Nasty business.

    It is very dry up north

    Northland farmers are being told to leave out shallow dishes of water for thirsty kiwi as the region sizzles in a hot, dry summer.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/01/15/thirsty-kiwi-dying-of-dehydration-while-struggling-through-hot.html?auto=6122767546001

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    • A principle in Swedish law, that is also infecting the NZ judiciary.
      “All people have equal value”

      So it is wrong to value your girl friend above the neighbour.
      Think of his feelz and needs also as we do not want to upset the harmony of every one. 🙁

      Somehow Andrew Little, Ardern, will trade this past Winston Peters, NZ First and have this be incorporated into our free speech laws, hate speech restrictions about truth.

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    • I wont get started on the judge about whom there is much to say, but:

      What enters the mind of police officers who would entertain the notion of charging a man who has suffered repeated violations of his home by an uncontrolled pervert?
      What of the woman who has repeatedly been the victim of the neighbour’s harrassment?

      Do police officers actually wonder why the goodwill of the public toward them is diminishing?

      And where in hell are the Mental Health teams Jacinda promised?
      That sick little puppy is in grave danger if he sniffs his neighbours knickers one more time.

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      • The Stasi are not here to protect the law abiding.

        They are here to protect the perpetrators and oppose people with ‘bad thoughts’ such as:-
        – liking President DJ Trump;
        -having white supremacist thoughts;
        -thoughts and words objecting to Moozlem rape gangs;
        -those opposed to excessive immigration from shitholes

        If you get all pro-democracy like Dieuwe de Boer you will get a ‘special visit’

        Meantime:-
        -A former top cop who worked at National Headquarters has been charged with assault and strangulation after an incident in Auckland on New Year’s Day.
        Lui Alofa, who rose to the rank of inspector during a more than 25-year career in blue, appeared in the Auckland District Court last Friday.

        -senior Dunedin police officer has denied allegations of domestic violence and unlawful firearm possession.
        The high-ranking officer, aged in his 40s, appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday, where the suppression order covering his occupation, imposed when he first appeared before Christmas, lapsed
        He also denied he was in possession of a .22 calibre Ruger semi-automatic rifle without a licence. It is understood the weapon is not prohibited under the new legislation.

        Doing their best to keep you safe From democracy.
        Interesting that the original Staatssicherheitsdienst were in the so called German DEMOCRATIC Republic!

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  7. The first e mail in my inbox this morning was this. The writer, well known to me, is referring to the difficulty getting shooters, fishers and others concerned with the future of our country to actually work to get rid of the CoL. As YSB readers are generally among the more alert perhaps you would like to comment?

    Do you think you could get lazy, apathetic (and pathetic) Kiwis to stand up united? Too many don’t give a stuff, too many say they’re not ‘political’, too many are selfish and don’t care what legacy they leave to their kids and grandkids.
    I see the apathy in all rifle, rod and gun sectors (and generally too – 63% Coromandel voters, 50% in Marlborough didn’t vote in the last local body election.)
    Look at Fish and Game elections. Often only 40% bother to vote, nominations don’t fill council seats etc.,
    I often quote Plato- “The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men.”
    But us active ones must fight. Total silence would be totally disastrous!!
    I’ve copied a few others- the alert ones – in who might like to comment.

    cheers
    Tony

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    • Apathetic voters are the opposite side of the coin labelled lying politicians. The voters have learned that what is said on the campaign trail is theatre & bears no relevance to the intent of the party behind the policy facade.

      The system has become all powerful at the expense of the electorate.

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    • Everyone is so busy these days
      Looking at their phone
      Texting
      Binge watching
      Shopping
      Working
      Cooking
      Eating
      Sleeping
      So its a question of priorities

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    • “A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on”

      ““Falsehood,” says one, “flies, and truth comes limping after it.” If a lie be believed sometimes only for an hour, it has accomplished its purpose, and there is no further occasion for it.”

      “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

      All the above is sourced from
      https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/07/13/truth/
      and shows the theme of truth & lies, as ‘old time politics’ of this effect at work.

      I do like the “fake it until you make it” but for me that is for good things. make the effort. do the work. 🙂

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    • Well, she is a nice little Communist girl after all!
      You don’t become the leader of the youth communist party without been one and just thing of all the indocunation that she had to go through to get to that position. How many times did Commie Cindy have to travel to Russia to get that job?

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  8. Freedom campers and the homeless take over ex-petrol station
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/01/freedom-campers-and-the-homeless-take-over-ex-petrol-station.html

    “Nelson has turned a former fuel station into a temporary hub for freedom campers, and the invitation has now been extended to the homeless.
    The freedom-camping hotspot has grappled for years with how to manage ratepayer anger over the free use of public amenities, and the needs of an ever-growing style of traveller.
    Rose Levett is freedom camping around New Zealand, on a summer break from her current home in the United Kingdom. She couldn’t quite believe her luck while driving past the hub.”
    “They had a shower there, and I was like, ‘oh a shower, what’s that about?’ So yeah, it’s kind of what caught my eye.”

    All those old garages that have closed down being repurposed. Great idea for freedom campers and motorhomes roaming NZ.

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    • “They had a shower there, and I was like, ‘oh a shower, what’s that about?’

      Is this the kind of tourist New Zealand really needs or wants? Sometimes I am close to despair at what is going on in our country.

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    • Freedom camping should be banned.
      What possible use is it to us.
      Cheapskate dirty disgusting tourists.
      Stay in a hotel or motel!

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    • It seems like a reasonable compromise and helps create facilities that can be used by multiple people. Like the rather impressive single occupancy homes they showed on The Block the other night that looked like a good solution for housing people.

      Young people travel cheap. Kiwis go on their OE and travel on the cheap across Europe, Asia, etc. It’s only reasonable to extend a reasonable welcome to people who respect our environments the same way we (hopefully) respect theirs when Kiwis travel over there.

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  9. I read Nikki’s piece on this yesterday and I am a little disapointed. I am a teacher, so if this crap gets pushed at the school I am at, they may get to know Tony Heller as well. Found this yesterday from one of the comments on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVc-Y-mJ_uY&t=2s

    Quote: ” A key entailment from the model is that the atmospheric ‘greenhouse effect’ currently viewed as a radiative phenomenon is in fact an adiabatic (pressure-induced) thermal enhancement analogous to compression heating
    and independent of atmospheric composition. Consequently, the global down-welling long-wave flux presently assumed to drive Earth’s surface warming appears to be a product of the air temperature set by solar heating and atmospheric pressure. In other words, the so-called ‘greenhouse back radiation’ is globally a result of the atmospheric thermal effect rather than a cause for it. Our empirical model has also fundamental implications for the role of oceans, water vapour, and planetary albedo in global climate.”

    From: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317570648_New_Insights_on_the_Physical_Nature_of_the_Atmospheric_Greenhouse_Effect_Deduced_from_an_Empirical_Planetary_Temperature_Model

    This fits in with this https://principia-scientific.org/physicist-richard-feynman-discredits-greenhouse-gas-theory/

    I assume Hipkins will be able to debate the finer points of this.

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    • But Jimmy Shaw said on Magic Talk that “ALL scientists agree on climate change” 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

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      • Nikki Kaye:

        National are supportive of climate change being taught in schools. However, the process around developing the curriculum and Ministry led curriculum resources needs to be balanced and communicated well. We have concerns that this decision combined with Ministers press release has caused confusion and angst with some parents because people have thought that this particular resource is now a change to the curriculum.

        There has been no change to the curriculum so it is totally up to schools as to whether they use this particular resource or not. We are aware of genuine concerns raised by parents and groups about a lack of balance in this material and also striking the delicate balance of informing children about these issues while not causing unnecessary anxiety. While some material looks fine National has concerns about some of the document.

        I asked her if we shouldn’t have higher priorities in education. but no response.

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        • Great way to drive more voters away from National.
          Well done Pascal with your question on priorities– if you get a reply please share it with us.

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          • Too much “concern” and not enough “we’re doing this, because we think that is the wrong way to handle it”. They’re just not presenting an alternative to Labour.

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    • A court case in Britain where the judge ruled that on 9 issues Al Gore had it wrong.
      They could only afford to take 9 points, as legal costs are high. Note in wiki on each of the 9 points.
      There are at least 35 issues as Monckton has written about
      https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/noel-sheppard/2007/10/21/35-errors-discovered-al-gores-film

      Though dated October 2007, this truth must be pushed now, as they doomsayers are trying to repeat and more urgently more lies.
      http://ben-israel.rutgers.edu/711/monckton-response-to-gore-errors.pdf

      ….. The move was opposed by a group of parents in the New Forest region of Hampshire, who argued that the film was “inaccurate and politically motivated” and threatened to take legal action against the Government.[10] The parents’ spokesman, Conservative councillor Derek Tipp,[11] asserted that the circulation of the film by the Government amounted to political indoctrination and was in breach of the Education Act 2002 …..
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimmock_v_Secretary_of_State_for_Education_and_Skills

      So a political judiciary shit-storm will come out of this. 🙂
      Lets get truth out there, and on the go! and a stake through this doomster, taxing, controlling agenda

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  10. I just emailed to Nikki Kay about this
    And to Andrew Bayley about the news item in the National Party’s site about the cash economy and what Labour and the IRD are not doing about it
    I got a reply from Andrew one hour later!

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    • Wow, that is the best thing and the most fun I have had for a long time.
      I downloaded it so that I can keep it.

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  11. Only in New Zealand.

    The Desert Road is the main arterial route through the North Island, linking its two major cities as well as other provincial centres along the way.

    This artery was CLOSED FOR EIGHT HOURS last night because a PEDESTRIAN was HIT BY A CAR!

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/407432/desert-road-closed-overnight-after-pedestrian-hit-by-car

    Instead of temporarily diverting traffic around the incident scene, setting up lights and looking for bits of glass, blood and/or tyre marks and photographing the evidence, they CLOSED THE WHOLE ROAD ALL NIGHT!

    Fucking halfwits. What were they looking for? Aliens.. taniwhas…..? And if the pedestrian dies will they close it again for a blessing ceremony?

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    • Probably had a rahui put on it like they just had on the other side of the mountain on Tongariro crossing. Bet there’d be no rahui if some bloke died in a fight down the local.

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  12. And another one backs down…

    Australia’s Steve Price apologises for explosive Jacinda Ardern rant
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/01/australia-s-steve-price-apologises-for-explosive-jacinda-ardern-rant.html

    He has now backed down, telling The Project Australia that he regrets his comments and wants to apologise.
    “What I said was disrespectful to her as a woman. Importantly, it was also disrespectful of the office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, our closest ally,” he said.
    “She has got every right to be here in Australia and what I said last night was dumb.”

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    • Have these dopey Australians who want the SLG to stay and play at Prime Minister for them not realised she is in their country on EIGHT WEEKS holiday.
      And that’s just the summer holiday.
      There are more during the year.

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    • Someone quite well known to me had this comment published in the Aussie Daily Fail yesterday:

      “You’re sick of her? Many New Zealanders are fervently hoping Ardern will stay in Australia, we are absolutely fed up to the back teeth with the ghastly communist and can’t wait for the election so we can be rid of her.”

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  13. MP Scott Simpson blasts James Shaw’s ‘shocker of an interview’ on teaching climate change
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/01/mp-scott-simpson-blasts-james-shaw-s-shocker-of-an-interview-on-teaching-climate-change.html

    National MP Scott Simpson has blasted James Shaw over what he’s described as a “shocker of an interview” the minister gave about teaching climate change in schools.

    Simpson, the National Party’s climate change spokesperson, said he had listened to Shaw’s interview with Magic Talk’s Sean Plunket about a new resource for teaching year 7-10 students about climate change.

    “Somebody sent me a link to it several days ago and I’ve subsequently had an opportunity to hear that shocker of an interview that James Shaw did with you,” Simpson, MP for Coromandel, told Plunket on Wednesday. “

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    • Nikki Kaye is going to be on with Sean Plunkett this afternoon to talk about her pussy.
      Sorry I meant to say she is going to talk about National and the new Climate Change education indoctrination agenda.

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    • This is fucking indoctrination of the worst kind where they set the agenda on climate change.
      They will have this discussion on how to talk to sceptics for fuck sake, telling them politely that they are wrong and you must go along with what we are taught and possibly the world will be too hot to live on..?
      No wonder some kids are going to bed with worry about the horrible indoctrination they are getting on climate change.
      I feel for the parents and grandparents in all this, it’s not fucking pragmatic !~

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      • Mussolini, Stalin, Mao and the German fella all used kids to dob in their parents as part of authoritarian regime control.
        It is not new.

        Totalitarianism has its goals, even if they are wrong.

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    • The Tax Payer’s Union on the brain washing of kids

      ” Government waste doesn’t rest, so we’ve been busy. First things first…

      Climate curriculum

      This week we’ve been working through the Government’s new climate change syllabus. We’ve found that, rather than focusing on the science, it is a taxpayer-funded attempt to convert 11-year-olds into left-wing political activists.

      The teaching material, which you can read here, promotes the campaigns of Greta Thunberg, School Strike for Climate, and even Greenpeace.

      The material suggests a carbon tax while failing to mention that we already have an Emissions Trading Scheme. And it fails to explain that New Zealand produces just 0.17 percent of global emissions.

      But here’s the biggest problem: teachers are told to dismiss skepticism from students as a “coping mechanism”.

      A 15-page “wellbeing guide” for teachers of the new material says:

      Children may respond to the climate change scientific material in a number of ways. They may experience a whole host of difficult emotions, including fear, helplessness, frustration, anger, guilt, grief, and confusion. When discussing the material, teachers may encounter students who cope through avoidance, denial, diversionary tactics, wishful thinking and a range of other coping mechanisms.

      This is condescending rubbish. It isn’t teaching kids how to think – it’s telling them how to feel.

      In fact, students have to sit through five different sessions focused on their feelings about climate change, with activities including a ‘feelings splash’ and a ‘feelings thermometer’.

      The students are eventually encouraged to reduce their feelings of anxiety and climate guilt by participating in political activism.

      We say that the national curriculum – funded by all taxpayers – should not be hijacked to promote a political agenda.

      While all schools have been sent this material, they don’t necessarily have to teach it. We encourage concerned parents to contact their school board and ask if their school is teaching the climate change syllabus. ”

      NB: this was part of their email to supporters. If I knew how I would link the whole email it would giveyou the links referred to in my “cut and paste”.

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  14. Australia, Canada and UK exempt from new US investment rules – but not New Zealand
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/01/australia-canada-and-uk-exempt-from-new-us-investment-rules-but-not-new-zealand.html

    The exceptions for Australia, Canada and the UK derive from formal defence and security alliances that each of those countries has with the US, as well as similarities with the US in their existing investment screening regimes.
    New Zealand has not been included in the first iteration of the ‘excepted states’ list – the only member of the Anglophone Five Eyes intelligence network comprising the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

    Oh dear, Socialist Cindy’s lack of diplomacy skills are affecting NZ’s relationship with the US. Calling President Trump “orange” and showing your disdain for the most powerful leader on the planet is not good use of your UofW communications degree. Has your ideology got in the way of your PTPM position of doing what is best for NZ? The US will be very aware we are headed down the road to a socialist nirvana under the leadership of our current COL.

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    • you say
      ‘The US will be very aware we are headed down the road to a socialist nirvana under the leadership of our current COL.’

      Rinse and repeat .
      Norm Kirk 1972-74
      Very socialist.
      And they built houses ‘like billy-o’ compared to today and there were not 50,000 immigrants p.a. from shitholes to house and pretend they were helping the economy.
      The things Kirk got through in 20 months would make the current COL blush – if they had any self respect; and we know they do not.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Labour_Government_of_New_Zealand

      This is also worth a read.
      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4542932-museum-street
      Museum Street
      by
      Michael Wall
      Rated 5.00
      “The sudden death of New Zealand Prime Minister Norman Kirk triggers a series of extraordinary events in the life of Wellington journalist Erin Page. Secret assignations and mysterious phone calls coincide with the expulsion of Russian diplomats, a bizarre spy trial involving economist Dr Bill Sutch, and allegations of homosexual activity levelled at senior politicians.

      I bought 3 copies of that and lent them out. None left now.
      Inner circle Michael Wall strongly hints that Kirk was topped with a strong case presented.
      Told as fiction wrapped around reality to avoid repercussions.

      Then look at how the USA backed change in almost every South American country (plus Indonesia and Philippines) et al.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_involvement_in_regime_change_in_Latin_America
      -In Argentina, military forces overthrew the democratically elected President Isabel Perón in the 1976 Argentine coup d’état, starting the military dictatorship of General Jorge Rafael Videla, known as the National Reorganization Process, resulting in around 30,000 forced disappearances.
      >>Both the coup and the following authoritarian regime was eagerly endorsed and supported by the United States government

      -Brazil experienced several decades of authoritarian governments, especially after the US-backed[6] 1964 Brazilian coup d’état against social democrat João Goulart promoted, according to then President John F. Kennedy, to “prevent Brazil from becoming another Cuba”

      -After the democratic election of President Salvador Allende in 1970,
      >>an economic war ordered by President Richard Nixon,[8] among other things, caused the 1973 Chilean coup d’état with the involvement of the CIA[9][10] due to Allende’s democratic socialist leanings.

      Five eyes will not protect us.
      Look at the ousting of Gough Whitlam for another example.
      This is not tiddly winks.

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  15. 🤢 warning: Bernard Hickey writes on Labour’s election strategy to winning another term. In fact Mr Hickey muses on a Labour “winner takes all”

    Whether and how Labour might win a second term
    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2020/01/16/987668/whether-and-how-labour-might-win-a-second-term

    “Labour will probably win a second term leading a coalition Government, but don’t rule out an atypical ‘winner takes all’ result. Bernard Hickey answers one of his eight big questions for 2020.

    Given current polling, personnel and policies, the Labour-NZ First coalition Government will probably win a second term with Green support and without mandates for big tax or structural reforms. But it will be closer than many expect and there are still non-negligible chances of an atypical ‘winner takes all’ result under MMP, where either a Labour-Green or National-ACT Government is formed with significant policy changes ensuing.”

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    • A very one side article all about the left.
      He did not mention what if National say they will not work with NZF
      That might drop them down to 3 or 4%
      What if National gift a seat to the New Conservatives as well as Act.

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      • National are not going to gift NC’s a seat. National understand that would be splitting the vote and already have a longstanding understanding with Act as a proven and stable support party.

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        • “…already have a longstanding understanding with Act as a proven and stable support party.”
          Therein lies the problem with National. They’ve never understood MMP.
          ‘I have a friend and don’t need two’ doesn’t work in an MMP environment – that’s why National are on the opposition benches.

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          • I’m not a fan of the New Conservatives. Their policies are aimed at restricting people’s freedom along Christian morals and I don’t agree with that.

            However, you are correct. If they poll around the point where they can get 2 seats based off percentages, trading one list MP for 2 in a coalition partner is a win.

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            • I am not up with the intricacies of it all to know whether having say 3 Act Mps and 3 New Conservatives in parliament would mean a National led government.

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              • I’m not 100% on all the possible permutations either. I *think*, as soon as you get an electoral seat, your % of the vote is translated to parliamentary representation. Click here for a handy calculator, where you can plug numbers in and see what it comes out.

                The key thing is – if ACT or NC gets an electoral seat, their % of the vote is not wasted, but converted to MPs. As long as their % of the vote is big enough to give them 1 electoral (gifted, loss for National) + 1 or more list seats I think it translates to a net gain.

                I used the results from the previous election, but assumed that NZF gets wiped out with 4% of the vote, National gifts New Conservatives a seat and New Conservatives manages to do as well as ACT and get to at least 2%. That looks like this.

                National can basically govern outright. But that giving up of 1 electoral seat for ACT and 1 for NC means they could potentially be gaining 6 total MPs to form a coalition with.

                If they don’t, they get 59+3 with ACT on current form. Labour + Green gets 58, so still National wins.

                Remove ACT from the picture and it’s a dead-heat between the coalition and National with 60 seats each.

                I wonder what happens then. Interesting exercise, Dig.

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                • Thats a great resource Pascal.
                  Thanks for that
                  It will be very handy when we finally hear about Nationals plans fot pardners.
                  NZF, Act and NC and what happens to NZ Frst and its Foundation.

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          • WG says that would be splitting the vote.
            There are a huge number of people out there that used to vote National but are now frustrated because National are Labourlite.
            They should understand that with MMP they should acknowledge they are not going to win outright and maybe not even with DS.
            They need to realise that these disenfranchised voters may well vote for the NC’s if the Nats owned up to ignoring these people in the past and make that move rather than support Greens or Labour or NZF.
            Pretending that many conservative voters that used to support National will just fall in line is stupid.
            Therefore if the Nats were positive toward the NC’s it may well push the NC vote to a point that would allow them to form a centre right Government.
            One has to ignore the religious factor as there is an element in most parties.
            (Don’t forget Luxon is a religious nutter. )

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            • Certain commenters here & on other forums keep pushing the line that the New Conservatives are not religious cranks without giving any info to support that view.

              As I loathe religion especially in politics I’ve tried to stay up to date with the religious affiliations of those they choose to represent them. What I can state is that of the twelve candidates put up in 2017 nine scored better than 98% on Family First’s “value your vote” ranking. A little research indicates the same names coming up as spokespeople for moral & religious organisations.

              New Conservatives are conservatives only in the sense that they want to return NZ to the Godaddled times we managed to shrug off fifty years ago. In everything else they are financially wet authoritarians.

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              • I’m not sure how there is even an argument on that. Their policy pages say they adhere to Judeo/Christian principles, they speak of “recognising that women’s contributions to society is not purely based on renumeration” as an alternative to saying “we want you to stay pregnant in the kitchen”. They are anti euthenasia, abortion, pornography (global block for NZ, opt-in). STrictly man-woman 2 children, white picket fence. All their policies are strict Christian throwbacks to last-last century.

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                • Exactly Pascal. They have not come here for most of us. Anyone who states they are for those things you mention above, shows they are just a concealed version of the god botherers from past political parties.

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                • As a Catholic, they would be last party I would vote for. I am absolutely against any party that has a “religious” basis. All they will do is weaken Act’s support.

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              • Ask Diggy. He has all the info on them. For someone adamant that he is going to vote for them, one would assume he has done his homework and has asked them. This kind of stuff is vital for one to make an informed decision.

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                • Why do we keep going round and round on this.
                  I am sick of this God Bothering term.
                  Do you think every Act voter is an aethest.
                  Do you think that all the one million plus National voters last election were God Botherers.

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                    • While they are bothering a god closer to my heritage I feel safer than if they were following Islam. Is Islam conservative?

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  16. Chuckle for the week
    Can anyone top this?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7889965/Ugandan-imam-suspended-finding-wife-two-weeks-actually-man.html
    Ugandan Imam is suspended after finding out his wife of two weeks was actually a man
    • Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, 27, said bride wouldn’t ‘undress while they slept’
    • The truth came out when she stole neighbour’s TV and was searched by police
    • Friends said his wife ‘had a sweet soft voice and walked like a woman’

    A Ugandan imam has been suspended after discovering his new wife was actually a man.
    Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, 27, found out the truth when his bride was caught stealing a TV from a neighbour and was searched by police.
    The thief later admitted pretending to be a woman so he could marry the imam and steal his money, local media in Kayunga reported.
    Shocked Mutumba has been suspended from his duties as a cleric at the Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque while an investigation is carried out.

    He claimed he hadn’t been intimate with his ‘wife’ since the wedding two weeks before because she told him she was menstruating.
    Mutumba said he thought he was marrying a woman called Swabullah Nabukeera when they wed in a traditional Islamic ceremony in December.
    Her true identity was exposed when she was arrested for the theft of a television set and clothes from his next door neighbors.
    A female police officer carried out a body search on the suspect, thinking she was a woman, and found out she was actually a man

    La la la la lola
    The comments are hilarious
    My pick
    ‘Well I guess we all have little things we don’t like about our other half, I’m sure they’ll be fine.’

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    • It would be true to say that a lot of NZ’s cannabis is grown indoors under HPS lights which consume quite a lot of electricity though new LEDs are more efficient. The indoor cultivation also requires venting, heat & odour control all consumers of power.

      The major reason for this consumption is that cannabis cultivation is currently illegal & as the plants don’t thrive in dark wardrobes concealed from police & ripoff merchants grow lights have to be used.

      Ross12 will be ecstatic to join Chloe in the knowledge that when possession & limited cultivation becomes legal after the referendum later this year people will grow their own outdoors & marijuana use will again be green! 🙂

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      • Why will I be ecstatic, nasska? I will be voting NO to her referendum.
        If it becomes legal the bros will be building the big greenhouses to grow in bulk and consuming all the electricity required.

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        • How many EVs will the grow lamps power!
          I think there will be bugger all difference because inside a building is good security!

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  17. Golriz Ghahraman on “tax is love“. If she believes that healthcare is such an important right, why has the government she is a member of allowed our health system to fall apart?

    We now have longer emergency room stays, lower immunization rates, slower cancer treatments and worse outcomes for smokers.
    Not much love from her. Just worse outcomes for New Zealanders.

    11% off target for shorter emergency room stays.
    2% off target for cancer treatments.
    4% off target for immunisation.
    8% off target for smoker assistance.

    She’s a fucking trainwreck and lecturing us? Fuck off, idiot.

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    • How dare you speak badly of my new friend Golriz.
      She replied to one of my emails today and signed off
      All the best
      Golriz

      I may post the email tomorrow

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  18. I see (Colonel) Bernie Sanders is back peddling on his team members rant about Gulags.
    Apparently, Bernie said, his Gulags would be different, and be run democratically.
    Yessiree, we got us a live one here.

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  19. Weather forecasts have always been accepted as not always so accurate, but why are long range, and so called climate changes given even more credence to be accurate?

    ‘The outlook is nothing for NSW anywhere near drought-breaking until April-May next year.’ 11/12/2019
    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/no-rain-until-may-forecasters-warn-that-there-will-be-no-significant-rainfall-for-six-months-as-experts-warn-of-worst-bushfire-season-ever/ar-AAK004U
    And all the scare mongering added in for good effect.

    And now? It is good to see & welcome.
    The Bureau of Meteorology said some areas may receive up to 100 millimetres of rain, with showery conditions expected across most of the state until Monday. January 15, 2020
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/a-welcome-forecast-to-bring-rain-to-state-s-firegrounds-sydney-basin-20200115-p53rr8.html

    I know “one swallow does not make a summer” but the hour of lies with stress, about “climate change” 0 carbon etc., has been feed into the psyche.

    The truth of Climate Change basis needs to be revealed, like Al Gore’s 35 lies in “An inconvenient truth”, as the court case challenged a decade ago when it was going to be shown in schools.

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  20. The teacher was taking a science class about female anatomy:

    “This is the vagina. This is the clitoris & this is the anus. Any questions?”

    “Yes,” said one of the pupils, “Can I put my knickers back on now?”

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  21. Oh so this is why Liz wants to distance herself from Harry.
    His Missus is a nut job, and her old man has been asked to testify to it.

    Meghan Markle’s father may testify against her in court battle

    The documents came to light this week amid the firestorm of attention that followed Meghan and Prince Harry’s decision to issue a statement announcing that they wanted to step back from their royal roles, become financially independent and split their time between Britain and North America. Queen Elizabeth II convened a family summit on Monday at her Sandringham estate in eastern England and decided the couple could to live part time in Canada.

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/meghan-markles-father-may-testify-against-her-in-court-battle

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    • The Queen’s lawyers were representing Meghan Sparkles but when it was revealed her father had handed the letter and texts between him and Meghan to the newspaper for publishing they pulled out.

      I can’t find the article about the above but looks like Harry and Sparkles are not as popular as they thought.

      Prince Harry and Meghan Markle not welcome in Canada, its biggest newspaper says
      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/entertainment/2020/01/prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-not-welcome-in-canada-its-biggest-newspaper-says.html

      Canada’s most widely read weekday paper has slammed the idea of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle becoming residents in a fiery editorial.

      Earlier this week, the Globe and Mail spoke on behalf of the country, telling the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “Canada can not allow you to come and stay”.
      “A royal living in this country does not accord with the long-standing nature of the relationship between Canada and Britain, and Canada and the Crown.

      “If they were ordinary private citizens, plain old Harry and Meghan from Sussex, they would be welcome.

      “But this country’s unique monarchy, and its delicate yet essential place in our constitutional system, means that a royal resident… is not something that Canada can allow. It breaks an unspoken constitutional taboo.”

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      • Anyone else thinking that Harry and Meghan have been planning a takeover of the Canada Branch of The Firm.
        [SLGs personal shopper arranged to have the Sussex’s gifted a signed copy of the mare’s book for Christmas, but they were sent Shadbolt’s biography instead. “I don’t care where as long as I’m Mayor”]
        The queue for the British throne is too long, and USA is out of bounds, but Canada could do with their own monarchy and they must be pretty gullible if they elected that fool Turdeau.

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  22. My main goal for the next 9 months is as I’ve said before to try to ensure that the COL get voted out.
    I dont care if National do it with ACT or without and the same with the New Cons, or even if ACT do it on their own.
    I just want the COL gone.

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  23. Sean Plunket slams Blackcaps cricketer Jimmy Neesham over climate change comments
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/01/sean-plunket-slams-black-caps-cricketer-jimmy-neesham-over-climate-change-comments.html

    Clearly, listeners could hear the conversation was getting heated, including cricketer Jimmy Neesham who responded to the interview on Twitter.

    “I want to personally doff my hat to you for your calmness in this interview. I almost threw my phone at the wall 4 times,” Neesham wrote.

    Shaw simply replied “thanks”.

    But since the interaction, Plunket has hit back at Neesham.

    “Well, Jimmy I feel like throwing my bloody phone at the wall often watching the Blackcaps.”

    Plunket criticised the cricketer for speaking out about climate change while flying “all over the world”.

    “Is that why you catch planes all over the world to play cricket Jimmy?”

    He continued to berate the cricketer, seeming to suggest that Neesham’s career is “completely pointless, yet burns up tonnes of carbon”.

    😂😂😂

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  24. The Trump Effect: Britain, France, Germany Suddenly Harden Toward Iran After Killing Of Soleimani

    Surprise, surprise: Three countries that are signatories to the infamous Iran nuclear deal have suddenly hardened their positions vis-à-vis Iran after the Trump administration’s airstrike killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

    On Tuesday, Britain, France and Germany triggered the nuclear deal’s dispute mechanism, which means Iran has 30 days to stop violating the nuclear deal before a “snapback” of U.N. and EU sanctions on Iran could be implemented, as the Associated Press reports.

    https://truepundit.com/the-trump-effect-britain-france-germany-suddenly-harden-toward-iran-after-killing-of-soleimani/

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  25. Wellington’s new housing solution includes ‘rent stabilisation’, free wi-fi for teachers
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/wellingtons-new-housing-solution-includes-rent-stabilisation-free-wi-fi-teachers?auto=6123081591001

    It’s partnering with a developer to provide inner city apartments for potentially 500 essential workers like teachers and medical staff.
    The council says there’s no direct cost to ratepayers, but the developer will spend about $50 million on the project, forfeit millions in potential market rent and turn a small profit. So what’s in it for them?
    Developer Alex Cassels says the deal does give the company a “really good lease”, but says it’s really about the concept of social enterprise.

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  26. Anybody wondering why Putin has dumped his government the same day Trump secures a deal with China?
    This could be a good deal for the world powers. Especially if they are pissed off with the UN thinking it’s top dog.

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  27. Teacher arrested at Auckland Airport over child sexual abuse content found on phone
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/teacher-arrested-auckland-airport-over-child-sexual-abuse-content-found-phone

    The man, 40, appeared in Manukau District Court this afternoon charged with importing and possessing objectionable publications.
    He was returning to New Zealand after a one-year sabbatical in the United Kingdom and was met by customs officials at the airport.
    His phone was searched and “numerous images and videos depicting child sexual abuse” were located, customs says.
    He’s been under investigation since late last year after a “tip-off from overseas law enforcement partners”.

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  28. I saw Steve Bannen with Simone Gao on Youtube today talking about all of these things.
    China, Iran.
    He says Trump is winnig every where and explains why.

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  29. What about the “student” arrested today trying to leave NZ to go back to the USA without paying her student loan.
    How can you get a student loan if you are not a citizen.
    Its just crazy.
    Throwing our money away.

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  30. The smell of world peace perhaps?

    Five Men Indicted for Operating an International Procurement Network to Export U.S.-Origin Goods to Pakistan’s Nuclear Program

    Five men, all associated with the front company “Business World” in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and including Muhammad Kamran Wali (Kamran), 41, of Pakistan; Muhammad Ahsan Wali (Ahsan), 48, and Haji Wali Muhammad Sheikh (Haji), 82, both of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Ashraf Khan Muhammad (Khan) of Hong Kong; and Ahmed Waheed (Waheed), 52, of Ilford, Essex, United Kingdom, were indicted in federal court for conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Export Control Reform Act. The grand jury returned the indictment on Oct. 16, 2019, and it was unsealed today.

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/five-men-indicted-operating-international-procurement-network-export-us-origin-goods-pakistan

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  31. How many barbeques do you need? Anyway, now I want to do a brisket this weekend. That made me hungry. I may have told you guys, we picked up one of these last weekend. Had a quick trial with a chicken in it, I feel like I need to do something a bit better with it.

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