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  1. If Simon Bridges had used the narcissism on Jacinda Ardern the way the useless sack of shit Winston Peters used on him in Parliament yesterday twitter, social media and the Coalition would have calling for blood like they normally do but instead they turn into a joke to score political points.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12332044
    Whether like ornate him Simon Bridges was doing his job at holding the Government to account on how the spent this budget and what effect it will have on our Children ,Grandchildren and their Children for years to come. But no this lump of crap continually belittles Parliament with nasty comments.

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    • That is disgusting. What a disgustingly nasty old man Winey is. I think it shows the measure of the man by the way he speaks behind the safety of parliament. That is absolutely disgusting. And that stupid bitch behind him laughing. FFS she is hardly the sharpest knife in the drawer. I hate this col with a passion. In not even three years they have brought this country to its knees. Yesterday was an absolute debacle. No plan, just throw money at our pals that we want to vote for us. The fuckers.

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      • There is a plan the natives can keep breeding as the Government is prepared to keep throwing money at a problem that they have created themselves.

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      • We have been on our knees for the past year. What happened yesterday was our death sentence.

        Ardern has fought her entire life to install a totalitarian regime. It is communism 101 to totally destroy society and declare a revolution.

        Her movements goal is simple: Total control and dominance.

        People are still not grasping how dark and evil Ardern is. Though a few are starting to see glimpses of it themselves.

        We are in the same position as Venezuela, but with a more corrupt and authoritarian regime than they. It’s not so obvious here yet, but you wait and see.

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        • Kea ,Just two months ago I’d have had a giggle at your post,now it is our future and I can’t see a way out of the situation because though Ardern has taken us hard left I have no confidence that the opposition in Wellington are capable of taking us back to what we’d consider normality,actually some of them will probably be enjoying this swerve to a total control goverment.
          WE ARE F—-D.

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          • Rev, yep. I feel no satisfaction in being right about Ardern, or the police.

            I was hoping like hell I was wrong. Instead I drastically underestimated the speed and extent of our decline into authoritarianism.

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        • “People are still not grasping how dark and evil Ardern is.”

          I’ve known all along- But then I’ve had the misfortune of having dealings with her and her Socialist Youth mates!
          They are at the extreme end of the Activist scale- I have never met Activists so utterly consumed with hatred.
          I have absolutely no doubt The Mad Queen celebrates every ‘Capitalist’ suicide and every business that goes under..

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    • I once posted about not getting upset if a certain politician met an early demise. Winston is a brilliant politician, but a despicable human being. Hell is too good for a prick like him.

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    • Bridges needs to use a bit of Trump’s street fighting tactics. Punch back harder than you get.
      But it is not in his nature or experience so it will never happen.

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  2. There’s more.
    We thought Clark was bad but this bitch (even calling her a bitch is defaming female dogs), is about as nasty as you can be.

    Ardern calls Bridges’ ‘slush fund’ attack ‘cynical’
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has hit back at Simon Bridges over his criticism of the Budget, calling his attack cynical, political and dismissive.

    On Thursday, Opposition leader Bridges compared $20 billion of unallocated funding in the Government’s $50 billion plan to a “slush fund”.

    “It does have the feel of a slush fund. That is enormous money. It will all have to be paid back by hardworking Kiwis,” he said.

    Asked about the comments, Ardern was critical.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/121519225/budget-2020-ardern-calls-bridges-slush-fund-attack-cynical

    Even Hitler never spke like that.

    Any Kiwi that can vote for her needs their minds sanitsed.
    Worst Govt. ever.

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    • I agree with Simon Bridges. PM Ardern was wrong to complain when the Opposition spoke against the so called budget. It was excessive in handouts that are more electoral bribes than considered measures to restore New Zealand’s economy. Simon is right when he says the country needs to get back to work. Doing so without the current government in the way is the present problem.

      I note the newspaper image does not include Mr Peters. Indicates he is not considered part of the government but he remains culpable for the destruction generated.

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  3. From our caring Govt.

    Winston Peters tells migrants to ‘go home’, and ups ante with China

    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has said that migrants in New Zealand without work should think about returning home.

    Peters told Newstalk ZB that foreign nationals had been told “look you have to go home, the whole world has changed”.

    “All I’d say to the people is, do you really think its fair, when you don’t have a right to be in the country beyond the time your visa says, for you to say, ‘I’ve made a choice this is my home now’?”

    There have been calls for the thousands of foreign nationals trapped without work in New Zealand to be given access to the benefit system here.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300011174/coronavirus-winston-peters-tells-migrants-to-go-home-and-ups-ante-with-china

    All from the lazy bastard peters.
    Compassion, caring and freindly.

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    • ……”migrants in New Zealand without work should think about returning home”……

      And he’s right. We’ll have enough trouble looking after our own home grown bludgers without accepting more.

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      • That’s hilarious when his fucking government just handed out a billion dollars to Pacific Islanders and refugees.

        Repeat after me: PACIFIC ISLANDERS ARE FOREIGNERS. That compete for govt assistance with our much loved tangata whenua.

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        • Don’t worry, Kea. If NZ doesn’t provide aid to the Pacific Islands, the CCP will provide low-interest loans or offers to lease port facilities.

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          • Never heard of recycling? All we are doing is cycling CCP money through our economy to the islands. The CCP arn’t called slimy bastards for nothing.

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      • naaska I thought you had more between the ears.

        how the fuck are they going to get there? How are they to survive till then, a place to sleep.
        We the country invited them either as tourists or as workers or both.
        This thing is not their fault . a few million would make a difference and its peanuts compared to what the brown neighbourhood has had ahnded out.

        You need to hone up on Hone Hilka and the realise that Peters is probably whanau and so will chop you up for the pot if only his teeth would allow him to chew your bits.

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    • Viking@0756

      No, just Winnie electioneering and getting- in early .

      He did it last time, and the time before.

      Nothing new, he just wants to keep his snout in the trough a little bit longer, especially as it makes him king maker; a role he enjoys immensely.

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      • And the time before that and ever since he was in short pants!
        Run off at the mouth to cover for the hole in his pants!

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  4. The cry goes up “What about the Bennies”.
    The COL gave them twenty five bucks a week only a month or two ago!
    They already had their whack!
    Suck it up sweetheart!

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    • The more you do for people, the less they will do for themselves. A culture of entitlement and learned helplessness will further exacerbate the dependency.

      A friend of mine has a wife of Cook Islands heritage. She has always been a conscientious individual and a very hard worker. When she was a teenager, working in her first job out of highschool, her father would take her wages as “contribution” to the family. In later years, she and her husband bought a couple of run-down properties and gradually improved them. During this time, I am told that none of her siblings (all living in Auckland) had bought houses (this was back in the early 1980s). To this day, they are renters. Have been their whole lives. Now they approach retirement. My friend has had to rebuff his in-laws from asking him for money.

      My friend tells me that this is an “Island culture” thing. Permanent structures are destroyed by typhoons. Big catches are shared with the extended family. This makes sense in the islands, but doesn’t translate to life in the cooler climates.

      I think there is also another culture factor at play. In Japanese, there is a term “amae” (甘え) that has both positive and negative attributes. On the positive side, it can be translated as “affection, dotage, spoiling (a child).” On the negative side is the association with dependency (emotional and financial). Incidentally, the kanji “甘” is also the one used to symbolize the concept of “sweetness.”

      The Polynesians are a sweet people (if I may generalize).

      What has been your experience with the culture of entitlement and learned helplessness? Where does it lead? What are the life outcomes for its followers?

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      • ……”The Polynesians are a sweet people (if I may generalize)”……

        You’ll need a shitload more generalising to get that one over the line. Ever seen the men on the hops? Ever watched a 19 stone lump of Polynesian lard give her toddler a clout behind the ear that sends the kid halfway up a supermarket aisle.

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        • A walk up K-Rd at 2am on a Sunday morning might jolt Odakyu-sen out of that!
          If he survives…

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          • Remind me again, why did the NZ unions permit the government to flood the labor market with immigrant workers from the islands without conducting risk assessments of how well they would integrate into NZ society?
            (Or am I looking at the 1970s through 2020s lenses (with 20/20 highsight…))

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    • The “Bennies” need the workers, but do the workers need the “Bennies”?

      Are “Bennies” the aristocrats of our society? After all, they have their money and housing given to them. And if you look one of them in the eye, they may (like a feudal lord of old) set their dogs on you to teach you your place.

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  5. “Budget 2020 included $221 million to rapidly scale up the free lunch programme from 8000 children to 200,000 children at disadvantaged schools by mid-2021.” (From the NZ Herald) https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12332054

    Free lunches create problems. Firstly, they mis-educate children in the vital (and neglected) area of basic economics. Far better to call these lunches “tax-payer lunches,” since the lunches have to be paid for through the re-distribution of wealth.
    Secondly, the lunches must be given to the entire school. If only the “needy” are provided for, then they will be “stigmatized” and “shamed” by the other children. Equality of outcome is the goal.

    There you have the two key lessons of socialism for the children, as described above. Firstly, the re-distribution of wealth and secondly, equality of outcome.

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    • Another rant.

      I hate the use of the passive voice to deflect responsibility.
      How often have you heard the adjectives “disadvantaged,” “at-risk” and “vulnerable” used to describe people who would need half a dozen policemen to take them down.

      Is this a form of Doublespeak?

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      • So these schools are going to build food safe kitchens in every school will need cooks, etc. Will they feed the teachers as well?

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  6. Paul Goldsmith concerned about ‘economic disaster’ with $140b debt expected from 2020 Budget

    National Party’s Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says the Opposition is concerned with how much debt New Zealand is set to earn following yesterday’s Budget announcements made by the Government.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/paul-goldsmith-concerned-economic-disaster-large-debt-expected-2020-budget?auto=6156712419001

    “Certainly, we’re going to have to borrow money – there’s no question about that. This is the rainy day. But there’s a massive difference between $100 billion and $150 billion in terms of how long it takes the next generation to pay it off.”

    Mr Goldsmith added what makes matters worse is that $150 billion lacks direction.

    “What we saw in the Budget was a lot of spending, a very large slush fund left available of over $20 billion but no real clear plan to get growth going again.”

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    • I hope there isn’t another large earthquake for several generations.

      And has Angry told those bloody leeches at Pike River to sod off yet?

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    • At the moment the COL are talking of borrowings. Really?
      They are at present quantitative easing( printing money) and are haunted by the spectre of a debauched currency driven by a proposed negative OCR.

      Why would any one lend these idiots a red cent?

      Their alternatives can only include theft,taxation and more pain for nett taxpayers

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  7. “As a percentage of GDP, net core crown debt will hit 30.2 per cent in the 2020 year and will continue to rise, peaking at 53.6 per cent in both June 2023 and June 2024. In nominal terms, the peak is $200.8b.”

    The larger the debt, the greater the interest charges to service it. Interest rates are historically low, but this might change. The source of the borrowing is also critical. Government debt to GDP in Japan is expected to reach 250% by the end of 2020, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. The only thing saving Japan is that the borrowing is domestic. The Japanese owe it to themselves.

    What about New Zealand’s government debt? Is that sourced from domestic borrowing of $NZ or offshore in $A, $US, or other currencies? What will happen of the $NZ weakens? Or the NZ government debt balloons over 100%. We will have to start selling off land and key infrastructure to overseas interests. New Zealanders will become renters in their own country.

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  8. Good Lord more proof the World has gone fucking insane-
    Greta has now deemed herself a ‘Covid Expert’ and CNN are turning to her for comment/advice!

    The only thing that does make me smile is that The Mad Queen will be seriously pissed and stamping her feet!
    ‘I’m the Saviour of the masses not her!!’

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  9. $20 billion Pork Barrel politics for election bribes is on…

    Budget 2020: Parties look to secure wins from $20b ahead of election
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/budget-2020-parties-look-to-secure-wins-from-20b-ahead-of-election.html

    With just four months and four days until the election, the National Party has labelled it a slush fund for election bribes.

    The campaign has unofficially kicked off and even New Zealand First and the Greens started singing from their own songsheets within hours of the Minister of Finance delivering his election-year Budget.

    The National Party’s criticism started in 2017 with the $3b Provincial Growth Fund set up as part of the Labour-New Zealand First coalition.

    But their opposition to the splashing of cash in the regions has nothing on Grant Robertson’s Budget recovery package.

    The plan lays out an initial $16b of spending – $14b has already been allocated, leaving about $20b unspent.

    The Opposition leader, Simon Bridges, said New Zealanders would see it for what it was – an election bribe.

    “Sadly, a $50 billion slush fund is not a plan for jobs and growth. Much isn’t allocated, leaving over $20 billion to spray prior to election 2020,” he said.

    He said it was much easier to spend money than it was to create an actual plan.

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  10. Coronavirus: Grant Robertson not ruling out tax hikes further down track
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/coronavirus-grant-robertson-not-ruling-out-tax-hikes-further-down-track.html

    The AM Show host Duncan Garner questioned Robertson on whether higher taxes could help pay for the spending.

    As a result of the increased spending, and therefore borrowing, net core Crown debt is expected to jump to 53.6 percent of GDP by 2023. This is still below what is likely to be the peak in many other developed countries.

    The Finance Minister told The AM Show on Friday that the massive measures were necessary during a “1-in-100 year shock”.

    “This is a period of time where the responsible thing to do is to borrow more money because that’s how we are going to support New Zealanders through this. The good news is that the cost of borrowing to us as a country is relatively similar to what it was a couple of years ago but we are borrowing a lot more. That’s because interest rates are cheap and the Government can borrow in a way that individuals can’t,” he said.

    “No, this Budget is not about that. This Government has made clear that is not the direction we are going into. The election campaign is still to come. My focus has been squarely on making sure New Zealand responds, starts to recover and starts to rebuild. Those are questions for another day. We are focused on making sure we support New Zealanders through this.”

    Pushed on whether he would rule them out, Robertson said: “The Labour Party’s tax policy will be released before the election.”

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  11. Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer of Britain, speaking a few days ago. Strangely the MSM and TV have been very reluctant to broadcast Mr Whitty’s statement and prefer to keep the fear mongering going.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1260510744635990017

    For this we have trashed our economy devastating hundreds of businesses, ruined the future for our children and grandchildren who will be paying for this madness for decades and condemned to death hundreds if not thousands of people who might otherwise have survived longer had their other illnesses and medical problems been dealt with in a timely manner in our practically empty hospitals.

    Shame on those responsible.

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    • Another great one Alice !!
      I’m getting more and more convinced this has been a major, horrible con. There are many similarities to Gore’s film, why it was produced and how it spread through the unthinking masses.
      BTW . I believe the origins of the virus was an unfortunate mistake in the lab and I do not think that was part of the con —people with very deep pockets, have just latched onto that mistake to forward their agendas.

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  12. Isn’t an economist supposed to impart knowledge on how to improve, and discuss concerns of failings in the economy, not comment directly on social welfare payments for society? Sham Eaqub calls benefit payments “stingy”.

    Budget: Lack of boost for ‘stingy’ benefits shows politicians ‘pretty much’ all the same – economist
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/budget-lack-of-boost-for-stingy-benefits-shows-politicians-pretty-much-all-the-same-economist.html

    The Government’s failure to boost benefits by any significant amount is further evidence “all the politicians are pretty much the same”, according to one economist.

    Aside from the $25 boost which began at the start of April, when the country was in lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, there was nothing more directly in the hand for beneficiaries. The April boost was an increase of 12 percent, well below the recommendation of the Government’s own Welfare Expert Advisory Group.

    With unemployment quickly rising as a result of the pandemic, economist Shamubeel Eaqub says thousands of Kiwis are discovering how hard it is on the breadline.

    “What we’ve seen as middle New Zealand experiences poverty for the first time, they’re realising our welfare system is just too mean and too stingy,” he told The AM Show on Friday.

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    • Firstly it ain’t the first time.
      Secondly its not designerd to make abeneficiary rich.
      Thirdly people have to use their resources to get by.

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  13. Electoral Commission reveals how election will safely take place during COVID-19 pandemic
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/electoral-commission-reveals-how-election-will-safely-take-place-during-covid-19-pandemic.html

    Under the new guidelines, advance voting will start two days earlier than planned on Saturday, September 5 to spread it over a longer period and reduce congestion at voting stations.

    The number of advance voting stations will also be increased, especially on the weekend before election day. Where possible, larger venues will be used to give voters more space, Wright said.

    “Some people will not be able to go to a voting place, but they will still be able to vote.”

    Wright said vulnerable people, including those with medical conditions or the elderly, can choose to register for postal voting if they don’t want to go out to vote.

    “Voting services can also be delivered to small clusters of voters who are in isolation during the voting period using takeaway voting,” she added.

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    • The only advantage for National is that those who are concerned about being infected are stupid and likely to vote left and hopefully not vote. I am in my 70s and have no concerns about going to the pub as soon as it opens.

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      • If NZ is Covid free there is no need for us to be tracked through our leaving personal information in any shops we enter. Are people still crossing our border?

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        • NZ is not Covid free at the moment. There now 56 active cases. People are still crossing our border but they are being quarantined. There could still have Covid after 14 days but not likely. We just have to wait a couple of weeks for Oz to catch up.

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          • If they are not testing them all (new arrivals) Chuck, the authorities will never know. We know they are only testing those that have symptoms , from the guy who went to Court to be able to see his dying father.
            This has been an exercise of incompetence from the start .

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    • This is the first step to voter fraud – the left love postal and internet voting. There’s no proof if you lie and cheat. And voting machines – there is a reason why George Soros’s companies make them exclusively in the US.

      I’m not terrified that there is no way back if we lose the power of the ballot box.

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    • Poatal Voting.
      Oh that’s right we just gave NZ Post 300 million to deliver our letters.
      Close the bloody outfit down.

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  14. I have looked at active cases here and in Oz. NZ currently has 65 active cases or 13/million. Oz has 23.6/million. It appears that Oz is about a week or 10 days behind NZ. By the end of May both countries should under 5/million and most of them will be from those returning to their own counties and will be in quarantine.

    Trans Tasman travel without quarantine should happen in June.

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    • Chuck that is logical, so it will never happen in your time frame. /sarc

      Trans Tasman travel should be happening now. Similarly travel to many parts of Asia and the Pacific should be happening very soon. But that will not happen because there does not appear to be any move to develop proper controls and testing at the border.
      The Government clearly does not want to free up restrictions in the near future. Be prepared to stay in Level 2 for many months.

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  15. Situation report Wellington:

    My optimistic and upbeat predictions were naive.

    I struggle to find words that convey the atmosphere of oppression and mistrust. In my entire life I have seen such hive minded broken people. I felt unsafe and I don’t scare easily.

    This is going to be far worse than expected. I don’t blame Ardern. I blame all those supporters who empowered her. I blame us.

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    • I spoke to my daughter in Wellington yesterday – she tells me they play the national anthem every night at 7pm! On loud speakers around the city! WTF?

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          • Not to mention the curious articles that started appearing in NZ mainstream media before this ‘crisis’ hit
            Trying to find the link but does anyone else recall Stuff posing an interview with an ‘Academic’ who was telling us just how much happier people were in the Eastern Bloc countries before the wall was torn down?
            I’m sounding like a Conspiracy theorist here I know but I honestly/hand on my heart believe this is actually happening! And people like us who speak our minds and dare to criticise Jacinda are being eyed up for ‘Re-education’ in the near future….

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            • No. Not at all. A significant proportion of the population really do like the sense of security and certainty in their lives. I can totally understand the feelings of those people in the Eastern Bloc countries before the wall was torn down.

              Ignorance is bliss.
              Uniformity is happiness.
              Big Brother is your friend. You are quite safe. You have nothing to hide.

              The penalty for life is death.

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  16. I went into Briscoes Mt. Wellington to find a bargain non-stick frypan. There were more security guards (all Polynesians with BMIs of upwards of 35) than shoppers.

    The only good pan was $112 (and there was no all-year-everyday sale offering 60% off). So I gave up in disgust and left. I’m not paying $112 for the same kind of pan that I have bought for $45 in the past on special.

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    • Briscoes have a ‘silly buggers price’ which is massively overinflated.
      This follows the Kathmandu model.
      I think Farmers use the same – i have not been there in years.

      You do not pay the ‘asking price’
      I t is a bit like a Middle Eastern bazaar. The first price is ridiculous.

      People loosen up their wallets when they see a bargain.
      I have purchased a number of things from Briscoes esp the Zip range of goods when it is ‘60% off’ – 3 electric frypans including this electric skillet
      https://www.briscoes.co.nz/product/1078333/zip-electric-round-skillet-26cmn/
      I see it is ‘on special’ at $39 down from $119 (yeah right)

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  17. Stolen from FB
    Hat tip Bushmans Cabin:

    NZ COVID MISTAKE REGISTER – will the list grow from the budget?

    The Covid 19 register of poor decisions and unkept promises

    1. Closing borders late,
    2. Failure to quarantine international arrivals & the self quarantine was not adhered to
    3. PPE for medical staff,
    4. Public shutdown rules initially unclear
    5. Penalties for lockdown breakers not enforced,
    6. Closing butchers and vege shops giving all their business to supermarkets.
    7. Slow in adopting testing
    8. CONTACT tracing not upto standard
    9. Making death toll the only critera for decision making,
    10. $12.1b including election bribes,
    11. Not allowing all businesses to internet trade.
    12. NZ Plan B dropped as poorly thought
    13. Deceiving public that Covid19 could be eradicated without a vaccine.
    14. HISTRIONIC media presentations and lack of attention to detail.
    15. REPAYMENT of Covid 19 bailout costs not explained
    16. Stating prior to L4 lockdown that 40,000 lives would be saved then 14,000 and the day the L4 lockdown ended 1,000 lives.
    17. L3 risks not managed eg takeaway food and beach use by public breached rules
    18. Maori and Gang checkpoints illegal in law but condoned by PM & police
    19. NZ PM promised to cut salary by 20% and Parliament vetoed twice so no pay cut.
    20. Suggesting parts of the country might have different levels then revising to all or nothing
    21. NZ PM gagging her own Ministers as many do not agree with the continuation of the lockdown.
    22. Health Minister not being fined for lockdown breaches. The Health role demoted but the man paid nothing personally.
    23. Australian approach achieving same per capita death toll with no lockdown.
    24. Religious & funeral maximum attendance of 10 but coffee shops, cinemas 100. Discrimination by activity.

    Australian, Taiwanese, South Korean and Singaporean political leaders out performed NZ PM Jacinda and have not been recognised by the media.

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    • WRT #19
      They’ve just introduced legislation making the pay cut voluntary.
      Will the international media that feted her for her kindness cover this little deception?

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  18. RNZ reports

    National Discrimination by Japanese Right-Wing Gangsters

    Neighbors who witnessed the riot chanted slogans like “Right-wingers, withdraw” and “Halt national discrimination” and the Japanese citizens said they were deeply shameful though they were the same Japanese and that they could never pardon those who incited national discrimination.

    https://kcnawatch.org/newstream/1589458632-847997580/national-discrimination-by-japanese-right-wing-gangsters/

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    • The continuous dispatch of the “Self-Defense Forces” to the Middle East shows that the Japanese reactionaries are rushing headlong into the resurgence of militarism and the overseas expansion.

      Covered behind the veil of “handling and defence against piracy” making a mockery of the world was the wicked attitude of the island nation distorted by a wild ambition for aggression.

      https://kcnawatch.org/newstream/1589458632-795411040/kcna-commentary-discloses-japans-true-colors-under-veil/

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    • I would be shocked if a North Korean website didn’t say those kinds of things.

      They are correct about the “right-wing gangsters” if by that they mean the uyoku-dantai. (These guys) See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqSiidErOZ4 The Japanese public hate them. The Japanese police find them to be a pain in the arse, but Japan is a democracy so they can’t do the North Korean or CCP thing and make them disappear (permanently).

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      • We should send Paddy Gower over to sort them out. He can sniff out a right wing terrorist at 100 paces in a hurricane. Just hearing he’s going to turn up will put the fear of god into them.

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        • Here’s a (subtitled) interview with a “uyoku-dantai” leader Shusuke Morigake (from 2:25). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNhELGAa_a0 .
          He brings up some (familiar) themes. I found one of them interesting: the one that “there is no politics in Japan… Japan is beholden to the United Nations…” (Where have I heard that one before?)

          I do not like zealots and fanatics of either the left or the right. The uyoku-dantai of Japan give the impression of being fanatical. Silly boys in their black uniforms and armbands.

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          • The greatest political movement in human history had a division who wore black uniforms and arm bands.

            We would all have been better off playing along with them. Instead of bankers and money men.

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          • O-Sen, I listened to the video.

            What triggered you most? Was it the stuff about looking after the essential needs of the people, or was it the freedom of expression?

            The leader sounded very left to me. Even advocating free housing, food, clothes, school and medical care, for those in need.

            Alt right my arse. He’s of the same leftist movement as Brenton Tarrant. A more humanist and balanced version of Ardern’s hateful divisive movement.

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            • I agree, Kea. These guys are socialists (insofar as they feel the country should look after its citizens and be there for them) and they are definitely nationalists.

              Nationalist meet Socialist!
              A marriage made in heaven!
              //

              As you point out, Japan respects freedom of speech, which is why these guys parade around. The loudspeakers are a bit much, though.
              Funnily enough, the last time I heard such frenzied screaming was at Shinjuku Station (I forget which one of the hundreds of exits it was). I couldn’t make out what the guy was saying at first, but he was fairly screaming into the microphone. When I got closer, I found out it was a member of the Japan Communist Party.

              The so-called “far-right” and the far-left seem very similar. Perhaps “far-right” is a misleading term, and we should use the English translation of “ultra-nationalist” to describe these black-shirts.

              The ultra-nationalists (national socialists) certainly hate the ultra-internationalists (the communists) with a fratricidal passion.

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              • The extreme right and extreme left are indistinguishable.

                They may start at different points at the bottom but come together at the top.

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          • Scared Paddy would call him a right wing extremist like everyone else he meets. God only knows how he sleeps at night with so many dangerous people around that only he can see.

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  19. With all this contact tracing information that is now being asked for, in the USA they are saying ” We have to ID to eat but we do not have to to vote” –puts things in perspective.

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  20. Courtesy of Hobsons Pledge.

    media release – immediate release

    Brash questions $1b for Maori after Covid-19

    “A Budget allocation of almost $1 billion to assist exclusively those with a Maori ancestor who have been affected by Covid-19 is an absurdity that few dare to question, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today.

    It’s a tragedy of historic proportions that the Government still seems intent on fostering the myth that New Zealanders who chance to have a Maori ancestor – always with other ancestors too of course – must be treated differently from other New Zealanders, Dr Brash said.

    The billion dollars of race-based Covid-19 funding follows illegal vigilante roadblocks by Maori groups that neither the Prime Minister nor the Police Commissioner dared to do anything about until buckling to overwhelming opposition.

    “When the Prime Minister announced the lock-down late in March, she stressed that New Zealanders should not take the law into their own hands, but rather should allow the Police to ensure that the public complied with the lock-down orders,” Dr Brash said.

    “But apparently her direction did not apply to New Zealanders who have a Maori ancestor, a great many of whom were allowed to create road-blocks as they chose, he said.

    “Nor did it apply to those New Zealanders who have a Maori ancestor and who were allowed to place bans (rahui) on major rivers and beaches,” Dr Brash said.

    “Then we had a special allocation of $56 million to help those with a Maori ancestor deal with any health implications of the pandemic, even though markedly fewer Maori caught the virus than would have been expected given their share in the population,” he said.

    It looks like you can spend whatever you like if it is for Covid-19 recovery.

    Where does the “for Maori” money go? Whanau Ora was allocated $80 million in last year’s Budget, $54 million to whenua Maori for economic development, and just under $50 million to improve Maori employment opportunities. I wonder where that went?

    “We can only deplore this Government-endorsed racism,” Dr Brash said.”

    Contact

    Don Brash

    Hobson’s Pledge Trust
    http://www.hobsonspledge.nz/

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    • “…and just under $50 million to improve Maori employment opportunities. I wonder where that went?”

      Good question. What would the recipients and controllers of said funding do with it?
      – Put it into the repainting and refurbishment of iwi housing?
      – Training for the nephs and nephettes?
      – Sponsorship of self-help and well-being initiatives for better health outcomes?
      – Anti-smoking programs?
      – Pre-natal health programs?
      – 1st-class travel to overseas conferences on climate change?
      – New vehicles ?
      – Purchase of freehold land?
      – Diversion into offshore private bank accounts?

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      • Socialist Cindy pronounced today “the money is there to spend so why wouldn’t we.”

        I wonder if Cindy treats her personal credit card the same way and spends, spends, spends without concern of how to repay? 🙄

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  21. Just drove past our local library.
    About 50 elderly people standing line in the cold and drizzle to get in.
    What the FUCK has happened to New Zealand?

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    • Central planning and rigid application of the rules without any thought of the reason or rationale for the rules in the first place. I thought the parents of these elderly fought a war against those who “were only following orders,” and now that same mindless mentality of obedience of authority without question is back. In my lifetime!

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    • Ours don’t open till thursday next week!
      You have to ask, why?
      Are they going to wipe down every book?
      Bet the staff don’t do that, that would be contractors job!
      What were they doing during the lockdown other than sucking the ratepayers tit!

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  22. Im quite confident Ardern and co will get the arse card in September. It will be close though. Im picking ACT will get around 8%, maybe a bit more. 100% certain Winston and his rabble will be annihilated. Greens, not sure.
    National/Act coalition is my gut feeling, September 19th.

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    • I think if an Election is held The Mad Queen is gone!
      Whether the Election goes ahead though? I suspect she might lock us down again if the Polls are looking grim for her…

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      • Ive been following things very closely. David Seymour has impressed the hell out of me. A very astute and intelligent individual. A great speaker with an impressive knowledge of just about everything really.
        ACT will drag the Nats back over towards centre right where they should be. These 2 partys together would be ideal. A natural fit.

        Peters is toast. He has lost all credibility. The SFO investigation will be scathing..unsurvivable. Labour will get NZF’s bewildered voters because “doesn’t she have lovely hair Doug, just like our grandaughter, and she is just so nice..is it pill time yet nurse? ” National will pick up a few as well.

        Greens will always get the loon vote from their excrement composting sandal wearing fanatics, lesbians, alphabet people who dont know if they have a dick or a vag, the easily triggered, and men that can have babies.

        Labour are going to pay dearly for their fuckups and ineptitude. Way to much to detail but you all know what Im talking about. Kiwibuild for starters. National need to go hard on Labour 24/7 right up to the election. Remind Kiwis of all the lies, missed targets, wasted money etc etc etc. Not locking down the border, not going ‘hard and early’. Voting rights for prisoners. Massive billboards all over the place. Facebook big time. Social media. Bridges will run rings around Cindy during the debates. Labour know this and that is why they continually spread rumours about his leadership and a change of. It aint gonna happen.

        National/ACT by a nose.

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    • Jesus Moses and Allah Mikey.

      That is absurdly optimistic, but I hope your right for once. 😀

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  23. I was reading about the now voluntary salary cut and saw somebody mention our Prime Minister is the 7th highest paid head of government while our GDP ranks 51st in the world. (So we have an overpaid showpony leading us, basically). Of course, there was the usual chorus claiming “bullshit, show the proof!” and a couple were smart enough to check Wikipedia (as a minimum).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_salaries_of_heads_of_state_and_government

    Not quite 7th (9th) but the principle holds. What I found interesting though is clicking through to “Heads of Government” and damn, you all know there’s going to be a lot of those in our world. Who’s face features?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_of_government

    You guessed it. Our horse faced showpony’s social media team has managed to insinuate her into the few photographs of heads of state shown. DifferentPerspective is so right about her.

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  24. Comrades! Comrades! You MUST not question the glorious new revolution. Our Supreme Leader will take us forward to a utopia of fields of beetroot,cabbages and potatoes to sustain us as we work to unite our new republic.
    Glorous St. Queen Most High Jacinda loves us comrades. Do not doubt. She is destroying the economy and grinding evil capitalists into the dust because she is KIND and caring.
    Let’s Do This!!

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  25. We will prevail!

    “Totally without hope one cannot live. To live without hope is to cease to live. Hell is hopelessness. It is no accident that above the entrance to Dante’s hell is the inscription: “Leave behind all hope, you who enter here.”

    Fyodor Dostoevsky

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  26. Does anyone think we can have a democratic election on 19 Sept if we are not able to have electoral candidate debates in all electorates?

    I am trying to find to find out if one can complain or make a submission to the electoral commission.

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  27. On JLR setting up his own political party:

    “Winston the advanced form of psychopath of Jamie Lee-Ross”

    -Damian Grant, Magic Talk political discussion

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  28. Cindy hitting back on criticism of COL budget policies.
    “Opposition leader Simon Bridges labelled it a “slush fund”, while National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett described the remaining money as “$20 billion set aside for campaign bribes”.

    Jacinda Ardern condemns ‘cynical politics’ amid criticism of $50 billion COVID-19 ‘slush fund’
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/jacinda-ardern-condemns-cynical-politics-amid-criticism-of-50-billion-covid-19-slush-fund.html

    The Prime Minister is condemning “cynical politics” amid criticism of the Government’s $50 billion COVID-19 relief package described by the Opposition as a “slush fund”.

    Some of the fund has already been spent on COVID-19 relief, and a further $15 billion has been allocated in Budget 2020, and it leaves $20 billion to be spent in the months leading to the election.

    Opposition leader Simon Bridges labelled it a “slush fund”, while National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett described the remaining money as “$20 billion set aside for campaign bribes”.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rejected the notion, telling reporters on Friday the fund will only be used to grow jobs, support skills and trade training, and help struggling sectors like tourism.

    “I have to say, I just see that as cynical politics,” Ardern said. “To dismiss it in that way I think does a disservice to the people who need it. It is called a COVID response and recovery fund and that is explicitly what it is for.”

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    • Cynical politics? Not at all. The budget is a disgraceful electioneering effort and no where near where a recovery budget would be. The low point for me was the rubbish address served up by her Deputy suggesting the Leader of the Opposition needed a haircut and a real job.

      Mr Peters is apprehensive in my view that he is being exposed as an expensive waste of space on a regular basis by Simon Bridges and his colleagues who are way ahead on talent, experience and solutions.

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  29. Ah, but sex workers are an “approved Labour pardy group” while attending church is not encouraged within the Labour pardy.

    Lisa Lewis rages at ‘bullying’ Hannah Tamaki over anti-sex work ‘hate attack’
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/05/lisa-lewis-rages-at-bullying-hannah-tamaki-over-anti-sex-work-hate-attack.html

    “Ok then, explain this .. so perversion is in.. and Church is more dangerous than causal sex (sic). get your head read. Labour you have lost the plot,” Hannah Tamaki wrote in one Facebook post, sharing an article on changes to the sex industry at alert level 2.

    In another, she shared a post that read: “If a sex worker turns 10 tricks a day minimum from 10 different bubbles that have been in different social environments that’s enough people to fill a church. Yet church is outlawed so who’s getting screwed.”

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  30. Unfortunate audio glitch during Dr David Clark’s speech picked up by international media
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/unfortunate-audio-glitch-during-dr-david-clark-s-speech-picked-up-by-international-media.html

    However, what appears to be a slight audio glitch in the livestream cuts off the end of the word “countries”, making it sound like Dr Clark had just dropped the c-bomb. Immediately following that, the vision shifts slightly and the insert which typically shows the sign language interpreter disappears.

    “This is completely unedited footage of the New Zealand Health Minister. Seriously,” Batt said.

    “A defining cultural moment for this nation.”

    “Obviously he was saying countries and missed,” one user replied.

    “I just snort-laughed and scared my dog,” another said.

    “I’m bookmarking this and when I feel down, this will move me to hysterics and cheer me up again.”

    However, other users did point out the tiny glitch.

    International media and websites have now picked up on the moment. Most notably, LadBible, a haven of social media fails and oddities, shared it.

    “Anyone tuning into the New Zealand Health Minister’s press conference yesterday might have had a rude shock,” that story began.

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    • Someone will be getting a visit from Ardern’s secret service.

      Those speeches are meticulously edited and rehearsed propaganda productions. The Party enforcers will have blood on their hands following Ardern’s narcissistic rage and demands for punishment.

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  31. Another MAJOR stuff up and backdown. The “police state” law they rushed through Parliament on Tuesday is now going to a select committee and major changes will occur. No longer in place for 2 years (now 3 months ) etc.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/121529684/coronavirus-parliament-sends-controversial-new-covid19-level-2-law-to-be-reviewed-at-select-committee

    Clearly Labour supporting legal experts like Mei Chan have been on the phone and given them an earful.
    Any MSM journalist worth their salt would be all over this, ripping the Government apart but it will never happen

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    • This includes the pigs being able to search without warrant.

      In effect meaning random raids on anyone they don’t like can be justified by mumbling something about the flu. They can then plant drugs etc to arrest you.

      No worries if you are a known Party supporter. But not so flash for dissidents. Though even supporters will have their tracking records reviewed to check for contact with dissidents.

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      • It also allows them “to enter business and shut them down”. These statements are spouted by the msm without any background information on what basis these business shut downs would be enforced.

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      • But Kea,
        All the Greens have voted for this and they wouldn’t do anything to give greater power to Authorities (would they)?

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  32. An excellent comment from the Daily Fail today. Note, this is a comment not an editorial opinion, the Fail continues to push the scaremongering agenda:

    DM – “Are you NOW starting to realise that, for the vast majority of the population, lockdown was not necessary? Been saying this from the start… the vulnerable could/should have been shielded but most of the population could have continued working/going on as usual. But… the government gave in to the baying hordes and imposed completely unnecessary draconian measures on all of us. Since then the messages of doom, gloom and misery have been designed to keep the illusion that we’re all in danger going… to justify the absolute carnage inflicted on our economy. “

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  33. Day 2 of freedom & nasska plus deckie are home with four pannies waiting in the fridge.

    Have you miserable lot managed to decide on exactly which day it all ends? 🙂

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  34. The 2020s may be like the 1930s.
    Depression and the clouds of war on the horizon (I hope not).
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12332135
    Donald Trump has threatened to “cut off the whole relationship” with China. Beijing also threatened to take Taiwan by force if the US cut China off.

    I think Trump and Xi are going to attempt “brinkmanship.”
    The Americans are looking for a strong leader. They haven’t had one for a long time.

    At times like these I am glad that am living in the relative safety of New Zealand. Of course, it won’t really matter if things go “Hot.”

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  35. Rachael, noticed you haven’t been around for a few days. Hope you’re okay? 🙂

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  36. David Seymour wants MP pay cuts made compulsory, citing ‘offensive’ voluntary option
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/david-seymour-wants-mp-pay-cuts-made-compulsory-citing-offensive-voluntary-option.html

    Seymour is outraged that the legislation put forward makes the pay cuts optional – not compulsory. He’s also fuming that the law was passed on Friday “avoiding any debate over whether to make them compulsory”.

    Seymour proposed two amendments – one that would make the pay cuts compulsory and another that would have required the authority to publish information on which MPs opted to take pay cuts.

    Seymour said the Prime Minister was “happy to accept adulation from global media for her promise to take a pay cut” but it’s “clear there was no plan to actually achieve it”.

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  37. I’m concerned over the effect this recent report may have on the Greens & other groupings less certain that there’s really only two genders.

    …….”Male coronavirus patients with low testosterone levels face a greater risk of dying from the virus, research suggests Out of the 35 men, more than two thirds (68.6 per cent) recorded low levels of testosterone, the study said.”……

    …..”In contrast, over half of the female patients (60 per cent) had raised testosterone levels.”…..

    One last time lads. Raise your skirts & show your hairy nipples. 🙂

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-men-testosterone-deaths-cases-covid-19-a9512501.html

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    • Oh Gracious..
      The final indignity… Lose your life from the virus and have your manhood questioned.

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      • Jim Jones had the right idea.

        “Drink up & don’t worry if it tastes a bit funny.” 🙂

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      • So do I Kea. It’s just that it’s so funny watching the believers when they’re burnt at the stake or pushed into the ovens.

        The look of surprise when their imaginary Deity of choice doesn’t swoop down & rescue them at the last moment. 🙂

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        • Ardern is showing the classic commie contempt for religion – because its competition for her own doctrine.

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          • There’s only so much gullibility & stupidity to go round Kea.

            One lot believes Jesus did the catering with seven loaves & two fishes Whilst the other grouping hang a portrait of Hugzilla over the mantelpiece.

            They’re equally mad.

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  38. So, It’s the educated whites that are the problem. 💀

    Texas Medical Board Responds To Complaint About Gates-Honored ‘Get Rid Of All The Whites’ Doctor

    Dr. Carol Baker of Houston is caught on tape proposing that society “get rid of all the whites in the United States” to reduce the number of “vaccine refusers.” Baker has recently served as the executive director of the Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research at Texas Children’s Hospital. Baker was honored in Washington, D.C. with the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s 2019 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal at a ceremony “made possible in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Pfizer.”

    https://nationalfile.com/texas-medical-board-responds-to-complaint-about-gates-honored-get-rid-of-all-the-whites-doctor/

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  39. New Zealand Police are issuing a warning about hate crimes in the country.

    In a post on Facebook, police say officer, and other people in New Zealand, do not tolerate offences motivated by hostility against a person because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, political beliefs, age, the office they hold, or similar factors.

    “These offences are also known as “hate” crimes or crimes of prejudice.

    “Where such crimes are reported to police they are vigorously investigated. Police work closely with representatives of communities and organisations like the Human Rights Commission to protect the rights and freedoms of all New Zealanders.

    “If you are aware of racially motivated abuse or violence against members of your family or community you should report it.”

    Report any crime of prejudice to Police by calling 105 or online at 105.police.govt.nz

    In an emergency call 111

    You can also make a complaint to the Human Rights Commission here: https://www.hrc.co.nz/enquiries-and-complaints/

    Additional resources to assist with support and assistance: https://www.hrc.co.nz/resources/responding-racism/
    https://sunlive.co.nz/news/242468-police-issue-warning-against-hate-crimes.html?fbclid=IwAR3WFh7YlwW6DCKD9zRiy-eIFryaMqRcfsE2ZBtJkOf4kpMYin4qfoY5hpk

    So it begins.

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  40. Editor,
    New, may be for tomorrow?
    Budget for he environment is going to press gang people into pest control.
    Wallabies etc
    What are they going to do this with now Cindy has taken the guns?
    1080?

    And after kicking farmers for years they now want their help?

    This lot are absolutely disgusting.

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