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  1. We have the sound, not sight yet, of soft rain which is good, we are so dry. We have had more frosts so far this year than all of last year and probably the last two years. Interestingly without a frost this morning the daytime temperature forecast of 9 is a few degrees lower than a frost started day, no sun today.
    The fire now going, wheelbarrow is full outside the door so all is good.

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    • everything was frozen here 8.30pm last night, had the rain and sleet yesty morning tho with snow getting very low down on the hills and a dusting settling on the vehicles.
      today is frosty and very very foggy… brrrrrr, of to work i go. think im gunna crank the tractor and loader up and watch pootube for 10mins untill the heaters are hot 🙂 cant be freezing my arse of feeding all the moo moos.

      btw, our fires been going since late march! i envy those who dont need the fire going constantly but then its a nicer heat then a heatpump tho so worth the extra effort.

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  2. I would like to know which group is the larger: Maoris with European ancestry or Europeans with Maori ancestry?
    How many people who call themselves “Maori” are really European opportunists?

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    • dunno about the first 2 things osen but the last one the answer is 100%.
      if we had a solid and measureable definition of what constitutes being maori (say 30- 40% of maori dna) then in an instant all the negative stats will look normal, prison and bene stats would more then halve.

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        • That was the law until 1975.

          DNA testing would not help unless there is some unique “Maori gene.” Since the Maoris are Pacific Islanders who were only isolated in NZ for about 700 years, I don’t know if any unique mutations would have arisen and propagated in that time.

          Can DNA testing distinguish between Cook Islanders, Rarotongans, Samoans, and Tongans?

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          • DNA testing is not a brilliant way to determine the recent origins of a people. From a layman’s POV, we all descend from a group who walked out of Africa 60,000 years ago & every race on earth share 98% plus of their DNA. The tests are better for confirmation than exploration as all outcomes are determined from percentages of matches though results will throw up many outliers.

            So it is with Polynesians. Hawaii was settled between 400 & 1100 AD & NZ a bit later, about 750 years ago. Still DNA tests of Maori & their relatives from Hawaii show so many matches as to be nearly useless.

            The takeaway is that there is no unique “Maori gene.”

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  3. If you theink the WHO attempot to medicate the world is bad enough watch this video.
    It deals with the way the UN operates the worlds mass migration with respect tp the USA..
    If you tink it out a bit more you could also see this affecting the Ukraine russia war and why Puting is digging his troops in.

    We should stop funding the UN.
    Including all its NGO’s and Its outfits like Unicef.

    The use of cartels, people traffickers, drugs , Prostitution and more.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/us/alvin-braggs-office-deleted-evidence-of-phone-calls-between-michael-cohen-and-stormy-daniels-lawyer-5648208?utm_source=top5noe&src_src=top5noe&utm_campaign=top5-2024-05-18&src_cmp=top5-2024-05-18&utm_medium=email&est=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAc%2FEqeh0ByNPbzLQDv2xVRbd1xjyUTaYjpkxfaqmct7pu7cs%3D

    Staggering.

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  4. Good morning everyone, been walking this morning the sun came up and hit all the trees in the park it was a beautiful sight. Doesn’t seem to be forecast rain today and I am sorry for you all down the deepest south, its not quite so bad here and yep you are lucky IAASB a fire is so much better than a heat pump which I have, fires are the best. The whole shit from the council has made getting the fire sorted out here is dreadful in Hamilton, the wait or a permit is shocking.
    Have a brilliant day and be safe.

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  5. Sexual Olympics.

    Olympic Games athletes to get 220,000 condoms and ‘anti-sex’ beds in Paris

    Wonder how many that is per person of the officials and athletes?
    Olympic athletes will sleep on cardboard frames that have been dubbed “anti-sex” beds at this year’s Paris games.

    Games organisers say the cardboard beds – which were first used in Tokyo in 2021 – are returning to action, because the material will be cooler to sleep on during hot Parisian nights and it prioritises sustainability.

    The beds are reportedly able to hold up to 250kg, and the frames and mattresses are recyclable.

    “I hope that Paris 2024′s efforts to reduce its impact will show that it is possible to do things differently,” Georgina Grenon, director of environmental excellence for the organising committee, said in a statement.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/olympics/olympic-games-athletes-to-get-220000-condoms-and-anti-sex-beds-in-paris/L6PULSQ4FBGYFIMM46GUIX7Q44/

    The 10,500 athletes in Paris will have access to 220,000 condoms at the Games, about 21 for each competitor. That’s more than one a day over the 16-day duration of the Games running from July 26 to August 11.

    “It is very important that the conviviality here is something big,” Olympic Village director Laurent Michaud told Sky News.

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  6. A man knocks on the door of a house. “Is Geoff in?” he asks.
    “Ooh no,” a woman replies, “Geoff’s dead! It was all very sudden, one minute he was there and then suddenly struck down, he was, it’s been awful for the whole family. I can’t believe he’s gone. The funeral is next Saturday”.
    “Well, I’m very sorry to hear that, poor Geoff!!” the man stammers. Then after an awkward silence he says, “before Geoff died..”
    “Yes?”
    “Were you there with him?”,
    “Yes, I was”
    “well, did he say anything about a tin of paint?”

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  7. They say you’ll never forget your first kiss. This is IAASB’s story:

    “Her name was Sally & she lived next door. My best friend, well for all of that summer. So out playing one day down by the farm, we’d stopped for shelter from a shower of rain in an old hay shed. I was playfully running my fingers through Sally’s hair when she started to kiss me; her mouth slightly open. I could feel her tongue with mine.

    It was my first real kiss & I loved it. I fell head over heels in love that day.

    We often visited the hay shed during that long, hot summer & it didn’t stop at just kissing but sadly a couple of months later Sally was involved in a car accident & had to be put down.”

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    • I’m not totally as one with the author’s warm fuzzy feelings about Alopecia Jesus but it’s hard to refute his assessment of the current opposition:

      ……”Labour is only interested in fantasy projects, the Greens are enamoured with fairies at the bottom of the garden and the Maori Party can’t see past 1840.”……

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    • May take a while, to think up a suitable comment!
      Jesus, luxon! Just because the ginger whinger burst out in the media, doesn’t mean you have to too!
      Take ten minutes and think about a suitable reply!
      Make it count!

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    • This reply says it:

      “Time and again Luxon refuses to address maorification and its destruction of NZ – including the money being sucked out of the economy. Quite the opposite – he and his crew pander endlessly to the schemes to extract money and the nonsense that underlies it.

      He may want to set NZ up to fly again but until he fixes the badly broken wings, it is all pipe dreams.

      How can NZ be anything with a corrupted and broken legal system,
      the courts being manipulated by the Waitangi Tribunal and Parliament being progressively displaced by both and undermined by a self driven independently ideological civil service.

      Best summed up – what the whuck?”

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      • Along with giving money away overseas to every Tom, Dick and Manuel!
        Is the reason for giving so much to keep some out of the hands of the elite maori!
        Suppose if NZ is to go broke at least it won’t go maorifaction!

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    • WOl@1038

      Based only-upon his ‘Actual’ performance to date, how about ‘It’s all in the mind, y’know…’?

      (With humble apologies to all fans of the late, great, all-leather, ‘Goon Show’)

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  8. For Sale:
    1 Issey Mihake handbag.
    1 previous owner and she’s out of town until Friday.
    Apply G Ghahraman,
    Dodgy Jim’s No Questions Asked Rip-Off Lockup.
    Molesworth St, Wellington.

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  9. Businessman and former Olympian Mahé Drysdale has announced his bid to be the next Mayor of Tauranga at the Tauranga City Council elections to be held on July 20 2024.

    “My vision is that Tauranga is known as New Zealand’s best small city. I want to lead a new generation of strong and accountable leadership that can take our city forward,” says Mahé.

    “Tauranga has an exciting future. I was raised in Tauranga and I want the city to fulfil its potential.”

    Tauranga has had challenges in the past years with governance, but Mahé says his focus is on the future and creating a modern, attractive city.

    “We need collaborative and constructive leadership around the Council table. I will lead a team approach that brings voices and ideas from all parts of our community forward.

    https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/343436-mah—drysdale-to-stand-for-mayor-of-tauranga.html

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  10. The scalpers & ticket clippers are still at it. From https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/landlord-ordered-to-pay-tenant-almost-9k-after-failing-to-maintain-rental-property/YL663C7XMJFEVB47Y32DHHRYCE/

    ……”The tenant’s complaint to the Tenancy Tribunal featured a laundry list of problems that included the toilet cistern falling off the wall, unsafe electrical reticulation, a leaking shower, excessive mould because of poor ventilation, and floors that were so uneven they were dangerous.”……

    We’ll wait for the usual apologists to crawl out of the woodwork.

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      • How about the toilet cistern falling off the wall? What about the overhanging trees arcing out the power lines?

        Poor housekeeping, an Act of God or a tight arsed, money grubbing landlord?

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    • I used to be a landlord. When issues arose I got my agents to sort it immediately. That’s why when I sold the place it was virtually in better condition than when we bought it. And we profited hugely.. or Bigly, what eva.
      Idiots like the one above deserve to get nailed as they bring decent landlords into disrepute.

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  11. https://www.imf.org/external/datamapper/HH_LS@GDD/CAN/GBR/USA/DEU/ITA/FRA/JPN/VNM/NZL

    Household debt as a proportion of GDP accelerated steadily from 1990 to 2010, and remains at a historically high level. Our wealth became concentrated in homes. Debt is not wealth. An economy is more than expensive houses. High household debt is a sickness. The high paper value of our housing investments has locked many young people out of owning a home and building a family. This is a big problem.

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    • so if you combine private and govt debt it adds up to just over 200% of gdp… winning//// a -15 billion deficit sounds pretty healthy too!
      luxtard and the nat goons are trying to turn around the titanic… but forget its already hit the iceberg and taking on water. if they want the country to.prosper they need to swiftly deal to this maori bullshit and give certainty to not only citizens but foreign money seeking investment without blackmail, extortion and numerous upset taniwha scaring them away.

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    • Nope, Poor savings attitudes and want it now attitudes that encourage travelling and new cars etc are what cause the problem, along with 30 hour weeks but never mind having 3 jobs which is they all seem to want.
      Oh and that doesn’t include student loans which also soak up the money.
      30- 35% of houses are fully owned with no mortgage.
      Been that way for a century or more.
      Always people with money.

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      • vikey what came first…
        the have it now attitude or the tick it up attitude?
        one wouldnt have happened without the other, im guessing the easy credit was bought in to enable expansion of consumerism to fuel “growth” of economies.

        stupid boy is old skool, i dont tick anything these days, save if its expensive and only buy it once i have the full amount. we paid off our last ticked up thing (mrs sb car) about 3weeks before the first lockdown, only thing we owe money on is our mortage but thats private and not owed to any bank or finance company.

        it really makes you realise what you actually want/need and stops impulse spending cuz if it takes a month or 2 to save sometimes you get most of the way there and realise you dont need/want that item anymore. stupid boy managed to scrounge up 50k in 9months last year to buy his new boat, didnt tick a cent of it… meanwhile most of my mates are afterpaying lots of purchases under $100 cuz theyre so shit with money and run out of funds a day or 2 after payday.

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          • yup we teach our kids same stuff Ross, we’re pretty open and blunt with them esp about finances and the cost of things.
            i grew up pretty poor, not poverty but certainly not well off and watched my parents have to save every last cent to get by and cover upcoming bills etc. when youre a kid you dont realise the pressure your parents are under, i remember my the sole coming off my school shoes and mum crying for hours over it, wasnt till years later mum told me how broke they were and had to borrow money from grandad just to buy me shoes cuz not $1 spare in household budget.

            our kids are wee savers, theyve got 6 or 7k between them now. they empty their money boxes a couple times a year, bank most of it and use the rest to buy a few treats.

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  12. V2, Mr Drysdale may be a good bloke and all that, but from what I took from that article, all he wants to do, is carry out his vision to lead a good team.

    Well, Whoopdie Doo!

    That is not a vision, it is a hope and aspiration.

    There is nothing tangible in that article that says Mr Drysdale is passionate about anything, any project to grow Tauranga and make it a better place for their Ratepayers. No projects, no keeping to Councils knitting, no goal on anything, I just want to be Mayor and lead people while resting on my fortunate aspect of having Bob Owens as my Grandfather.

    Should he be successful, it looks to me that people will be voting for mediocrity not inspiration, not vision with an end goal.

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    • Oh dear, here we go again.
      He is a very determined person. something you should see from his past performance.
      He does have some idea’s but around here ya get beaten up if you start that game. He certainly will include many more people than have been invited in the past and he has the ability to pull a team together, something we haven’t had for years.
      As for projects it looks like the commissioner will leave him with a 500 million dollar program that most of us don’t want currently. That may be ok longterm but right now is not a good time.
      The council was good at a lot of things until we had the socialists in charge. Town, the funeral director and actor Brownlee and the 10b who turned it all to shit because he couldn’t work with anyone, it was his way tor the highway. then came Mahutu’s Mob. That of course was done because Tainui owe a debt to the locals over the wrs here. Yep you diodn’t know tat but she rolled over to try and pay Tainui’s debt back.
      Basdically they have done piss all for the money they got paid except to pander to the Urban Task Force and others.

      Time will tell
      We sure domn’t want Baldock and some of the others.

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  13. a mate sent me a link for a darkhorse/ brett weinstein podcast…. how the fuck can anyone listen to that shit? booooooring as hell, spends more time talking adverts and did i mention booooring.

    i like the guy and his ideas but you think he could have a bit of enthusiasm and ditch the monotone droning.

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    • Stick him on 1.5 speed. He is a very ‘careful’ speaker but then he and his wife were cancelled at the beginning of all this shit and lost everything so you’d expect him to be wary.

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      • yeah i listened to him a fair bit at the start when that shit first went down and he was very interesting just not as bloody boring as he has become now.
        i might try again this week at 1.5x as you suggest and see if its any more tolerable, i like the topics and content but hes certainly no joe rogan when it comes to speaking and keeping his audience engaged.

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    • Try listen to Sam Harris, one of the lauded horsemen of the astroturfed athiest apocalypse, and also part of the dark spiderweb team. Robot man is so depressed and depressing. I do not like them or their ideas.

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  14. Recently, in a large city in France, a poster featuring a young, thin, and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym.It read: “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”?
    A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman pictured on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym. She had a whale of a lot to say:
    “To Whom It May Concern,?
    Whales are always surrounded by friends: dolphins, sea lions, and curious humans. They have an active sex life, get pregnant, and have adorable baby whales. They enjoy stuffing themselves with shrimp, playing and swimming in the sea, and visiting wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea, and the coral reefs of Polynesia.
    Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. ?They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans.They are loved, protected, and admired by almost everyone in the world.?
    Mermaids don’t exist.If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of psychoanalysts due to their identity crisis. Fish or human would prove quite a quandary for even the most skilled of therapists.
    They don’t have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex? Just look at them … where is IT? Therefore, they don’t have kids either. Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store??
    P.S. We are in an age when the media attempts to convince us that only skinny people are beautiful. I prefer to enjoy ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and good chocolate with my friends. With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated, and happy.?

    So there.

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  15. Green Party co-leader Chloe Swarbrick had her arse handed to her at an interview this morning. From https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/chloe-swarbrick-says-green-mps-intimidation-case-not-comparable-to-national-mp-case/H7FIAKIPBRCJJKD3ARPE3DXH2U/

    ……..“Quote: Aggressive in the sense of being hostile, unprofessional with an element that was objectively threatening but not in the sense of physical violence – do you know who that describes?” Tame said.

    Swarbrick: “You tell me, Jack.”

    Tame: “Come on.”

    Swarbrick: “I am assuming you are talking about the behaviour of Julie Anne Genter which she obviously immediately apologised for.”

    Tame said the quote actually referred to National MP Tim van de Molen, who was found in contempt and censured by Parliament last year after being accused of threatening a Labour MP in a select committee meeting. “……..

    Homework Chloe. Do your homework.

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  16. Coombs punched the fleeing girlfriend full on and kicked her twice while she was on the ground but Trump can be charged for a rape that didn’t happen, and for a fake bookkeeping crime that were both outside the legal period.

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/05/19/diddy-will-not-be-charged-over-cassie-hotel-assault-video/
    Sean “Diddy” Combs will not be charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office over an alleged assault in 2016.

    On Friday (local time), a video was released by CNN that appeared to show the rap star physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend Cassie in a hotel – but the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has already confirmed that it’s “unable to charge” the music mogul.

    In a statement posted on Instagram, the District Attorney’s Office said: “We are aware of the video that has been circulating online allegedly depicting Sean Combs assaulting a young woman in Los Angeles. We find the images extremely disturbing and difficult to watch.

    “If the conduct depicted occurred in 2016, unfortunately we would be unable to charge as the conduct would have occurred beyond the timeline where a crime of assault can be prosecuted.

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/05/18/video-appears-to-show-diddy-attacking-cassie-in-hotel-hallway/

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  17. I see Pravda 1 have a documentary on tonight called “Web of Chaos”. A deep dive into the world of disinformation.
    Must finally be going to call out Cindy, Bloomers, Baker etc the prime spreaders of disinformation in NZ////////
    If anyone watches it would you report back I don’t think my blood pressure would tolerate watching it.

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    • is it a new one or just a replay of the last pile of shit they aired?
      web of chaos was the one where hate kannah rekons selling stuff on trademe, braided hair and being a housewife means youre a right wing extremist.

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    • Great series, highlights what farmers are up against. While Jeremy isn’t the greatest farmer. Like the majority of farmers he cares about the livestock. Just watched the final episode last night.
      Nice summation at the end. Should be a must for all Greenies and townies.

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      • Agree Pinky. We binged viewed the 3 series over the last week. Really well produced and presented a serious set of issues in an entertaining way. Yes the greenies and the bureaucrats need to see it. But would they be intelligent enough to understand the messages?

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  18. Heather du Plessis Allan: Steven Joyce is right, tax cuts are the way to go
    I’m gonna back up Steven Joyce on something that he’s said today.

    He’s written a piece for the Herald arguing for why we need tax cuts – which is an argument at the moment.

    Because you have commentators and economists lining up saying Nicola Willis is doing the wrong thing by giving us tax relief. Because she can’t afford it, because she’s got a deficit and therefore she’s basically borrowing for tax cuts.

    Steven Joyce’s basic argument is that Kiwi workers deserve it because of the cost-of-living pressure on household budgets. And it’ll drive economic growth by increasing the reward for every hour of work you do.

    Bang on. I couldn’t agree more.

    Because I was thinking about how we stop this brain drain at the moment to Australia. I went back and looked at the 2025 taskforce recommendations

    Remember that? that was the Don Brash led taskforce John Key commissioned to close the wage gap between us and Australia.

    And one of the key recommendations was to cut taxes. Because it immediately closes the wage gap. And it fires the economy

    We are well overdue a tax cut. The last meaningful tax cut was from Steven Joyce himself… in 2017 in the Bill English government

    But we never got it, because Labour reversed it when they won the election.

    I tell you what: we need Kiwis to feel like they are earning a just reward for the work they’re doing.

    One easy way to do that… is cut taxes

    Steven Joyce is right… Nicola Willis is right… tax cuts are right.

    https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/heather-du-plessis-allan-drive/opinion/heather-du-plessis-allan-steven-joyce-is-right-tax-cuts-are-the-way-to-go/?dicbo=v2-6jWcTPn

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  19. ‘No one wants their parents to die’: The home buyers waiting on their inheritance
    Young people desperate to buy a home are looking to inheritances to fund their purchases, as Australia faces the greatest wealth transfer in its history.

    Ari Sharp is one of the lucky Australians who is not obsessed with house prices — her parents already own four properties that she knows she’ll inherit one day.

    The 30-year-old single mother from Victoria can’t afford to buy her own home but knowing an inheritance is coming has eased the financial pressure.

    “It’s taken the edge off the need for security in buying a house of my own, separate to whatever the rest of my family owns,” she told SBS News.

    It has also given Ari the freedom to explore career paths that are not necessarily financially lucrative.
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/no-one-wants-their-parents-to-die-the-home-buyers-waiting-on-their-inheritance/zxkm6d85o?cid=testfacebook&fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR2orH2hT9kwm_7VAHUz9c_rzAwk5qTxMXis7
    jmU8QgB643FOvcVs4gfG3k_aem_AUPl422sFXkSCtBtsLrqb-cbElkGX0qkC1kh
    75TUBsI2zKO18Hhkc6neD-ME7l07QF3zNaDSUztRDipBBV3H6Zt6

    Same here. Been going on for 15 years or more.
    A person in a major centre owned some buildings, dies and the kids inherit enough to buy several million dollar beach houses.

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