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  1. Occasionally Belgium really impresses me. There biggest contribution to the political landscape was to prove government isn’t as needed as MPs would like you to believe. They went 541 days without one.

    I’ve read today another positive: basically forcing veganism onto children is basically child abuse.

    Belgian officials will “no longer tolerate” parents who force their kids to be vegan.

    It follows a number of cases in the European country of children being hospitalised and suffering health complications, and even a death in 2017, linked to vegan diets.

    Government children’s rights official Bernard Devos asked the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium to make a ruling on the controversial diet, whose adherents avoid eating meat and dairy, and avoid using products made from animal-derived sources.

    The academy did so on Thursday, reports local paper Le Soir, saying it was “not ethical” to impose veganism on children.

    “This restrictive regime requires ongoing monitoring of children to avoid deficiencies and often irreversible growth delays,” the academy’s report said.

    “It is unsuitable for unborn children, children, teenagers and pregnant and lactating women… This concept of nutrition is similar to a form of treatment that it is not ethical to impose on children.”

    “We are talking here about stunted growth and psychomotor delays, undernutrition, significant anaemia. Some developments must be done at a specific time in life and if they are not done, it is irreversible.”

    Devos said the legal opinion from the academy will make it easier for children to be removed from parents enforcing a strict vegan diet, and charge them with a crime.

    “We can no longer tolerate this endangerment,” said Casimir, saying parents now face up to two years in prison.

    Hurray!

    How do you know someone is a vegan? Just wait ten seconds.

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    • The little pumpkins will explode when the learn this. Oh my bad, they don’t want can’t learn. To many veggies causing :“We are talking here about stunted growth and psycho motor delays, under nutrition, significant anemia.
      Always thought they were nut cases.

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      • Even seed eating birds have the brains to know that their chicks require a high protein diet if they are ever going to survive & prosper. Eg. finches feed their offspring insects.

        Thus vegan parents forcing their diet onto kids have less nous than birds.

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  2. Are there others like me who wonder what this person is about?
    Strange looking woman.
    https://resources.stuff.co.nz/content/dam/images/1/v/6/6/4/c/image.related.StuffLandscapeSixteenByNine.1240×700.1v5096.png/1558083342050.jpg

    Seems that a contract these days is not worth the paper its written on if it doesn’t suit the sponsors.

    Regardless of what was said, Qantas and their CEO got it wrong. Their response should have been. That Folau was entitled to his opinion and as a company we don’t ssupport that opinion but he has rights enshrined in our legislation that allow his freedom to speak.
    End of story.

    The issue here really is that the CEO allowed his sensibilities to cloud his judgement. In the end the Rugby will be the loser. for now rugby is no longer seen as inclusive but coercive.

    Do as I say or lose your job.
    Can’t do that an an employer.

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    • As a Kiwi is she supporting our team by getting rid of Folau playing for Australia? On Ya lol.

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      • When she is turfed out of a bankrupted Rugby Australia, don’t you think she would make a great chief Censor in NZ, her and Cindy are a match made in heaven when it comes to Censorship.
        Raelene would be fair, reasonable, and totally unbiased I am sure to be sure.
        I would have thought the All Blacks would like a challenge, not play some weak watered down politically correct bunch of losers.
        There is real pride in beating a strong team and satisfaction.
        There will be no team to play, when the money is gone, players will be gone.
        Wouldn’t Israel’s replacement be shitting bricks, hate or likehis sermons, he is leaving very big boots to fill, one thing Raelene cannot erase, is his impressive playing past.

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        • It is a sad day for free speech, and for industrial relations when a contract can be ripped up for your personal beliefs. How many more are we going to hear about? Presumably union reps who do not agree with a workers free speech will refuse to represent them? Can’t have it both ways Cindy, either the unions are there to represent workers rights or they are more interested in supporting the side they agree with. I can see employment lawyers will be kept even busier.

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    • It’s a shame youse don’t like a woman as boss. First it was Jacinda, now this woman. Youse old white men need to go quietlyi nto he night and stop all this woman bashing.

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      • Ewes really doesn’t care if Raelene is a woman or non binary, ewes cares if a whole Rugby Code in a country is totally shagged through stupidity.
        Fairy please, pretty please do the party survey and give us the results.
        I would also like to see Mr Tarrants results, Two results I would like to see.
        One has had tongue removed from public scrutiny, the other Remains a complete mystery. Ewes wishes you a very happy day

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      • “Old white men” lol. At 47, i bet I am an old fart to you. I once worked for a woman who had two master’s degrees, was tough as nails, but had a heart of gold. I had NO problem with answering to a female boss who treated me with respect, and I’m an old-school red blooded white guy 🙂

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      • And you, snowflake, should stop conflating criticism of someone with their gender or race. Just because she is a woman does not make her immune to criticism if she does something dumb.

        Instead, you should treat her as an equal. Good and bad alike!

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        • The Left don’t believe that women or darkies have agency, and that they have to be white knights to protect them. Then they have the audacity to pretend they aren’t misogynists or racists…

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    • I believe her decision-making is as awful as her fashion choices in personal presentation. I’m sorry but the “obese 60 year old goth” look is just hideous and makes one think she is a hate-filled pus-bag rather than an outstanding organisational leader.

      Everytime Australian rugby imports a Kiwi to do some important job over there – it goes horribly wrong. She has handled this situation with all the skill, light-touch and aplomb of Jack the Ripper.

      This looks like the result of a typical diversity appointment, we’re getting an awful lot of those these days. The parlous state of NZ’s democracy – look who is in charge. An endless series of dud judges who are soft on crime and refuse to apply the 3 strikes laws – look who is Chief District court judge. Race relations in a mess – who has just stood down as Race Relations Commissioner. The UK tory party bleeding to death – another sheila. Germany’s indefatigable economy collapsing – Mama Merkel. The three idiotic new stooges of the Democrat party congressional congress – uh huh!

      Women can be utterly amazing leaders, but leaders are not amazing purely because women are appointed to those positions! It’s not rocket science although it seems to be rocket science to Raelene Castle.

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      • Did it surprise you? And do we think that those traditional stances still hold true in light of recent events?

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      • ACT 82%. Sorry National but you’re way behind…..too much religion, forced morality & interference in peoples private lives.

        But the surprise for me was that I supported the Greens above Labour. I’ll go & stand on the naughty step for a week or two. 🙂

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    • 78% Act, 77% National, 75% NZ First, I am not sure why they asked about the TPP, but there you go.

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        • I am looking a little confused
          ACT 76
          NP 72
          NZF 61
          NZL 28
          NZG 16
          What would Tarrant come up as, also Winston, there would be some fascinating results I would love to see.
          I am sitting here waiting with ewes to see which way fairy swings on the political rainbow, I cannot contain myself.

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          • FD did it on another page

            Yes I have. Surprise surprise,
            Greens, the caring party 78%
            Labour 66%
            National 18%
            Act 6%
            See I can do it.

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    • 91% ACT.
      19% Labour. hahaha

      Come on get with the plan.
      Vote ACT. and I’m not even a member.
      Act have some work to do.
      Where are you Seymour?
      Call me.

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      • I already joined and was personally contacted by Seymour through email to thank me. After every election since the 90’s voting National, the lack of teeth as an Opposition already had me concerned, but the gun law was the final straw. A major stab in the back to rural NZ and legitimate gun owners.

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    • ACT 90, Nats 59, Winston First, 43, Greens 18, Liarbour 14.

      I’m surprised Greens and Liarbour are so high.

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      • I sympathise a lot with the (right) Libertarian spectrum. I’m very sympathetic to Molyneux’s anarcho-capitialist beliefs.

        The sole problem I have with it, is I doubt it will work for a significant portion of the population: the Left, for example, seems keen to have the government wipe their collective arses like the big babies that they are. As in, they want big government and I doubt they can ever be weaned off the government tit.

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      • That’s a fantastic idea. If answered honestly, I wonder how many would reveal themselves as actually Leftists and/or authoritarians.

        It would help identify how many anti-liberty types like Judith Collins there are. I suppose the silver lining in all this is if Collins did roll Bridges, we could expect more losses to our freedoms.

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    • Act 80%
      Nats 63%
      NZF 41%

      My 63% support for Nats is beside a picture of Bill?
      And the 41% support for NZF can only because of my views on immigration (despite the fact that NZF seem to have no problem at all now with anything they were agin in 2017). I suggest the survey is as out of date and as useless as everything else to do with political analysis in our beautiful S Pacific paradise

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  3. Australian election today.
    Will be glued to Skynews tonight to see if this dreadful Shorten gets in.

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    • And it will affect us, imagine the disappointment for some people not to find Jacindas’ name on the ballot paper lol.

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      • Is Cindy back yet? Surely she will attend Parliament this week to answer for her useless ministers. I wonder if Parliament has a spotlight for her latest stage appearance as she will be missing the limelight after her Paris ‘love-in’.

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          • Like a returning hero, fresh from conquering the world?
            Nah, more like the village idiot home to create yet more shit for others to clean up.

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            • She’s going to step down from the plane and wave a piece of paper while saying, “Peace In Our Time”. Like Neville Chamberlain, after visiting Hitler!

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  4. From KB..

    “Mike Greer Homes has so far built seven KiwiBuild houses in Canterbury. None of have yet sold, while five have been on the market for more than 80 days.”

    Spin that bastard Twatford. You’re a waste of space and an oxygen thief.

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      • Sigh I’ve been waiting for a 4-lane to Whangarei since like forever. NZTA just continues to patch holes, and St Johns and the police clean up head-on collisions. Business as usual.

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    • Dude it is UNBELIEVABLE that guy still smiles like he does for the press……he needs to be tarred and feathered, and paraded down Queen St. We can all throw rotten fruit at him! That’ll humble his ass…

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  5. I was wondering which of our political parties have the most MP’s that were not born in NZ, my first thought was the Greens. So we have Golritz and Julie Anne for the Greens 2 from 8.

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    • Labour has at least 6: William Sio (Samoa); Jenny Salesa (Tonga); Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki (Tonga); Marja Lubeck (Netherlands); Priyanca Radhakrishnan (India); Raymond Huo (China)

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  6. Earth to Fairydust! Earth to Fairydust! Are you reading?

    One day the little red hen found some wheat seeds on the ground. She called all of her neighbours together & said, ‘If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?”

    Not I,’ said the cow.

    ‘Not I,’ said the duck.

    ‘Not I,’ said the pig.

    ‘Not I,’ said the goose.

    ‘Then I will do it by myself,’ said the little red hen & so she did.The wheat grew very tall & ripened into golden grain.

    ‘Who will help me reap my wheat?’ asked the little red hen.

    ‘Not I,’ said the duck.

    ‘Out of my classification,’ said the pig.

    ‘I’d lose my seniority,’ said the cow.’

    I’d lose my unemployment benefit,’ said the goose.

    ‘Then I will do it by myself,’ said the little red hen & so she did. At last it came time to bake the bread. ‘Who will help me bake the bread?’ asked the little red hen.’

    That would be overtime for me,’ said the cow.

    ‘I’d lose my welfare payments,’ said the duck.

    ‘I’m a dropout & never learned how,’ said the pig.

    ‘If I’m to be the only helper, that’s discrimination,’ said the goose.

    ’Then I will do it by myself,’ said the little red hen & so she did.The little red hen baked five loaves then her neighbours wanted some & in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, ‘No, I shall eat all five loaves.

    ”Excess profits!’ cried the cow.

    ‘Capitalist leech!’ screamed the duck.

    ‘I demand equal rights!’ yelled the goose.

    The pig just grunted in disdain.

    They all painted ‘Unfair!’ picket signs & marched around & around the little red hen, shouting obscenities. Then Farmer Jacinda came. She said to the little red hen, ‘You must not be so greedy.

    ”But I earned the bread,’ said the little red hen.

    ‘Exactly,’ said Farmer Jacinda. ‘That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the farmyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy & idle.’

    And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled & clucked, ‘I am grateful, for now I truly understand.’ But her neighbours became quite disappointed in her, since she never again baked bread.

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    • Similar to the revised Ant and the Grasshopper story.

      (This is a little dated but everyone here should still get it, except perhaps the perpetually bewildered Fairydust).

      OLD VERSION:
      The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

      MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

      MODERN VERSION:
      The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

      CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

      How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green.’

      ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.” Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake. President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

      Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share. Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Ant Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

      The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

      The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in,which as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.

      The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and once peaceful, neighborhood. The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

      MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2010.

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        • It wouldn’t take too much effort to re-write it with a NZ perspective for 2020. Especially with the CoL so interested in plundering the productive and giving it the indolent.

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  7. Looking at NZ Firsts 9, I think they are all NZ born but I was intrigued by Winston being Minister for Disarmament and Arms control and Fletcher being the undersecretary for the same. Whose disarmament, NZ’s?
    https://www.nzfirst.org.nz/team

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    • NZ needs more military capacity, not less. It would be awesome if we had a few B1 stealth bombers, and a handful of ICBM’s. Playing field instantly equal with anyone.

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  8. No self interest at all Barry Soper. What a laugh if your bias is shut down, it is too late to be spouting off about the fourth estate, you have been derelict in your duties and is why alternatives have been sought. Choice, that is real democracy.

    Would Choice be a good political party name?

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    • I suspect it’s probably more to do with “grandfathering” laws and coordination with other US states and then forgotten about when they introduced formal age of consent laws.

      Then some lawyer discovers an old law that hasn’t been repealed or replaced to get his client off the hook.

      “Underage” marriages were quite common in the 19th century. My great grandfather’s first wife was 13 when he married her (he was 15). It wasn’t until Stead in England made an issue about did the age of consent raise to our present levels (1885?). The USA followed suit shortly thereafter.

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      • Why fight nature? Puberty is the period during which adolescents reach sexual maturity and become capable of reproduction. Most reach this stage at 12 or 13.

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        • William Thomas Stead, the Salvation Army, some other individual Christian leaders and some notable suffragettes sought for the age of consent to be raised in the 1880s. Most Western countries quickly followed suit.

          Historically, marriageable age was 12 – 14 in Europe, depending on the era. Here, I’m referring to commoners and not the upper classes. There were also periods where marriage was in the early twenties for women amongst peasants…please note that I said periods, because these customs could fluctuate.

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        • Because we are fertile for long enough, a delayed start isn’t such a bad thing. Says me who had her first child at 17, old by those standards.

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          • When life expectancy was thirty, infant mortality was high & the tribe required a high birthrate to maintain critical mass the marriage at puberty made sense. A woman’s value was dictated by her fertility.

            This is less so nowadays when predations by sabre tooth tigers are at an all time low.

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    • It’s hard to know who’s stupider in NZ: Ghahraman, Genter or Ardern.

      (Twitford is incompetent but perhaps not so epically stupid).

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      • Two out of those three are imports. Ardern is the one with the most clout, so she is the most dangerous.

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    • Nah! She will never do that, as she would have to tell the truth in court!
      She would rather have a kangaro court with Matt Nippert and her mates in charge!

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      • Well we might as well start drawing lines now, then we know when we haven’t crossed them. Buggered if I am going to live in a climate of fear from the named or the unnamed.

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  9. Are the police ever going to tell us what the guns that were stolen were?
    I reckon that they were good semi auto MSA ones!
    It’s to em-baear-arsing to let that out of the bag!
    How can the public look for anything, if they are not saying!

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    • The bitter war of words began on Friday when ACT leader David Seymour called the MP, who came to New Zealand as a refugee, a “menace to freedom”.

      Ghahraman is certainly warped in the way she sees life if she believes David Seymour was even close to hate speech. She was just trying to score political points but is seeing hatred where there is only a political colleague who disagrees with her and is doing his job is harmful to our democracy.

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  10. The Mayor and some of Tauranga’s Councillors are looking at redesigning Tauranga’s Chadwick road Cameron Road intersection.
    Even though they just re-built it last year, after taking 6 months to do 100 metres of road.
    How do these twits get their jobs?

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  11. As a humble & poorly educated former driver & cocky I have a request.

    Could our host substitute a NZ English spellchecker for the US version we now have? I can make sufficient mistakes that need corrected without “supervize” vs supervise & labour vs labor complicating the issue. 🙂

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    • And now that he has won, they are saying it was a narrow victory! Our media is really so biased it is criminal

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