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  1. From the “You’d struggle to find it in fiction” files.

    Mr Trump, having given up trying to convert the Dims has put in motion plans to spread illegal immigrants throughout the country to shorten their detention and processing.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/trump-administration-prepares-to-release-central-american-migrants-across-the-entire-nation/ar-AABvRIH

    Leading the NIMBYs are, of course, the same ones who have been protesting for the rights of these very migrants, the ones running “sanctuary” cities etc.

    Life really does throw up a great deal of humour! 🙂

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  2. “Labor used to be party for the workers, now it’s a party for people who don’t work,” one said.

    Voters are catching on.
    even in Australia for gods sake.

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    • Change the spelling… and that sentence applies to NZ.

      Labour used to be the party for workers, now it’s a party for people who don’t work.

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  3. Although former PM Tony Abbott lost his seat of Warringah to independent Zali Steggall, the Wentworth by-election result was reversed, with Liberal Dave Sharma reclaiming the old seat of Malcolm Turnbull from the woman who defeated him in October, Dr Kerryn Phelps.

    But the swing against Labor in Queensland was devastating.

    The Australian’s columnist Troy Bramston says Labor figures are “stunned and shocked” at the result, which pretty much nobody expected.

    “It looks like a diabolical night for the party,” Bramston said.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12232231&fbclid=IwAR0QHjRAGsd4tLAKQhaFWrXjZQvG0Cpne7jxawTN7jwyLH6uOIzZoJJl9ow

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    • And 3…2…1 cue the screeching from the Left that democracy has failed (because the people didn’t vote for a Leftist government).

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        • And asking why Jacinda’s name wasn’t on the ballot, perhaps she should have been in Australia helping Labor win instead of being in Paris? lol.

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  4. I have to say that I am pleased, maybe more Australians were watching the clusterfuck over here than we thought.

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    • Rachael, I doubt it.

      The Ocker slime have been pushing the harridan far worse than the NZ slime have.

      Put this down as the average Ocker showing sense despite the slime showing only a selected view of socialism.

      WG, I doubt it.

      80% of NZ (that votes) will vote along tribal lines, 18% will vote for whoever looks best on TV, 1% (Chuckie etc.) will vote for flavour of the week and 1% will vote thoughtfully.

      Once again it will be a lottery.

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      • You would be in the 80% who would vote along tribal lines. I bet you supported Muldoon if you were old enough to vote.

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        • Chuckie, Chuckie, Chuckie, of course I count myself among the 80%.

          I’ll almost certainly vote ACT as I have since the great and good Sir Roger, Prebs et al founded the party (with the exception of voting National when Brash/Banks were polluting ACT).

          As for voting for Piggy, damned right I did! The alternative, until the advent of Sir Robert Jones, politician, was terrifying.

          No doubt you voted Social Credit because Bruce and Gary looked like such nice men on telly.

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          • I voted Muldoon as well. The alternative of the Labour govt plundering our superannuation funds was too much for any right thinking voter.

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        • Muldoon was a far-left socialist and nearly bankrupted the country with his bribe of dropping super to age 60. I suppose you think it can remain at 65.

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          • Wrong again Chuckie, Piggy was a man of his time. A time when NZ was used to pollies “knowing what’s best for us” as had Kiwi Keith before Piggy.

            Certainly not right but not far-left either, that was the preserve of the mouse and, as it became at the time, the Labour Socialist Party (voted in sometime mid 70s).

            Remember Piggy won three elections.

            Many of Piggies policies, including his excellent treatment of the anti-SA brigade and racist vandals that won his re-election in ’81, were great.

            I exclude, of course, the time after ’81 when he went mad.

            Of course SoCred weren’t far-anything either, just plain looney.

            As for the age of Super, I fail to see the relevance.

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            • Right MT.
              He was a man of his time and when the world economy was turned upside down with the oil shocks it was very difficult to deal with.
              No way was he a left wing socialist and I appreciated being able to go to meetings with him and discussing policy matters.
              You could throw anything at him and he would give an in depth response.
              That was as PM.You can’t even have a discussion with an MP these days.
              Super at 65 is not a problem.

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        • I’ll cut you some slack Chuck and accept that you were not around when Muldoon ran things in NZ. Had you been so you would not have made such an obviously stupid comment? Tinman is dead right, until the emergence of Douglas and Jones (Lange was just the fat salesman) there was nobody sane whom one would vote for. It was Piggy or communism. While we were fucking close to being a Communist country at least we still knew how to deal with rowdy student types who thought that their right to protest got in the way of my right to watch a footy game.

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          • Right BB not to forget all those air miles accumulated Tom Skinner and Ken Douglas made regularly to the Kremlin. Another factor in the Cossack resonating with so many people. Too early for Global Warming to be created so most protests were against the war in Vietnam. Meanwhile many red blooded Kiwi’s made the most adopting “Make Love Not War” of the hippie movement. Not to forget LSD laced stamps while some just licked any stamp to join the fun while faking a hallucinogenic event. The good old days.

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      • Will the dope smokers turn out for CoL, or will they still be too stoned to get off the couch?

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  5. Despite the Aussie election being important to NZ neither shameful rag made it their top story for this morning.
    More imprtant to rate mindless garbage about how the fisherman is a good father. FFS He has barely had time to get used to the idea and no doubt there’s plenty of help about.
    He should try doing it with a single low income and then tell us how that goes.

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    • That’s because the ‘incorrect’ party won. Though Abbott losing his seat is featured prominently…because that is the ‘correct’ result.

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      • So good.
        Rubs hands gleefully!
        Pretty much all the articles on Stuffed this morning are straight feeds from SMH/Fairfax/Nine.
        The journo filth in NZ could not initiate anything.
        They get spoon fed ..and still have speeeling and gwammar erors.

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    • Of course he got it wrong. For a failed pollster to try and guess the results is like hollysheet trying to run a successful blog. I am only here `to try and bring some balance to youse.

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      • This comment has been reported as being abusive. In the spirit of free speech, I will allow it to stay as an example of how stoooopid the left are. Silly little girlie.

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        • One thing I did like about KB was the fact that idiotic comments got disappeared after so many downticks.

          If possible Ed it would be a nice future augmentation of your site.

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          • no it’s not going to happen. I always used to click to see what the hidden post was. The colour is going to change for both upticks and downticks.

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      • I’m more convinced than ever that you are a joke troll account, Fairypoo. Furthermore you’re sailing very close to the wind having a crack at the proprietor.

        It’s a pity that you can’t man up and offer some intelligent, civilised debate on the issues under discussion, rather than the juvenile potshots you so obviously delight in. You might earn some respect and if you argued your point convincingly you could even change a mind or two, heavens above! It’s possible.

        But instead of being constructive, you prefer to behave like a douchebag.

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      • The sooner your balance leaves you and you fall off your horse and bang your head on a hard object the sooner you will regain your sanity.

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      • Fairy you really have to do your homework, if you look at incumbent Australian governments have always hung onto to power even 2% down, it is all about the primary vote, over 40% you win. The polls were right, journalists unfortunately read them as they hoped.
        Two states Queensland and WA pulled them over the line, they want jobs not platitudes.
        Funniest was the leading betting agency calling/manipulating the election for Labor last Thursday and paying out, paying out again today.
        The people have spoken
        As much as I like Abbott who is a remarkable person, I am glad in a way he is gone, gives Scomo clean air and he now he also has no leftist dickhead distractions, he can bring the Liberals back to their former glory.
        The greatest victory was seeing the political arse of the equivalent of Winston, Rob Jokeshott going out the back door for the last time, thank goodness he has been shafted big time.
        What a great victory.

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      • Then fuck off and start your own you miserable prick. This is a good blog precisely because he allows dissent and tolerates views that he does not agree with. It’s called freedom of speech the very thing you lefty twats bleat on about all day. I don’t visit your house to shit on the furniture so learn some respect. And I haven’t called you a cunt yet.

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        • Careful there ROL. Someone on KB told me to do just that when I made some comment about DPF. We cannot have too many blogs cluttering up the blogisphere.

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          • Thing is I went to the standard once and could not believe the vile filth there and the level of intolerance. I welcome fairydust’s posts as it constantly reminds us of the alternative to a functioning democracy even if ours has the vagaries of mmp to fuck us over occasionally.

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    • The press is promoting Professor Bela Stantic as having the solution. I’d like to know how accurate he is. The media have highlighted his successes but I’d be interested in his failures, i.e. to figure out how likely he is to be correct. If he’s gotten 3 elections right but 7 completely wrong, for example, then he’s not that accurate.

      In the five days before election night, Professor Bela Stantic analysed 2 million social media comments, from more than half a million unique accounts, relating to 50 key terms, and predicted that Scott Morrison would win.

      The director of Griffith University’s Big Data and Smart Analytics lab has a track record. In 2016, he tipped Donald Trump to take the United States’ presidency, and in doing so accurately forecast how all but one state voted.

      He also foresaw the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union coming that same year.

      “We now live in a virtual world and are better accessed through social media. Public opinion could be better analysed from social media rather than just opinion polls,” he said.
      “People are more honest when they’re talking to their friends rather than when they’re answering polls.”

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/112838991/australian-election-the-expert-who-predicted-trump-brexit–and-scott-morrison

      Still, it’s an interesting observation.

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      • I predicted all three. Does that make me an expert or just lucky?
        Just like gamblers, we always hear about their wins, never the loses.

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  6. I have to say Damien Grant seems to be one of the few redeeming features at Stuffed.

    Mass shootings predate social media, so let’s focus on the real problems

    OPINION: If you need evidence of why governments should not be trusted with regulating social media companies you only need to flick through the twenty four page advertorial masquerading as a report produced by the freshly minted Helen Clark Foundation last week.

    It isn’t a long read, being mostly stock photos and images of Clark and Ardern, but its message is clear: new regulations are needed to prevent online hate speech in order to combat terrorism.
    And by hate speech they mean Neo-Nazis and people who say mean things about the LGBT community.

    Which may strike some readers as odd, as the west has been subjected to decades of terrorism that wasn’t instigated by Neo-Nazis nor transphobes.

    The drivers of most of the recent acts of terrorism were overlooked. A blind-spot so large one only hopes Clark’s eponymous foundation has enough capital to ensure our former PM never has to drive herself.

    Mass shootings predated social media. Columbine, Aramoana and Port Arthur all happened in a pre-Facebook world. It is possible that some features of social media have exacerbated the problem but if this is the case then a genuine think-tank should produce some data to demonstrate this.

    Taking one event and extrapolating from that a need to regulate is a recipe for unintended consequences, even if those intentions are noble.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/112701737/mass-shootings-predate-social-media-so-lets-focus-on-the-real-problems

    Still, Gower is finding white supremacists everywhere – including his own home.

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      • He’d better be careful, Soros doesn’t like it when people try to out him – Plunket is sailing pretty close to the wind. If he was in the US, he’d already have had a “heart attack”, or been the victim of a violent mugging, or committed suicide with two shots to the head and one to the chest.

        Still, now that ZB has given up on their listeners other than for Mike in the morning, my radio dial is more often than not tuned to Magic Talk. Plunket has been an utter hero in my mind for how he’s been after the truth about the Police and ‘the List” (which credit to our Ed – I first came across on this blog).

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      • Aren’t there a couple of Auckland uni academics on the Clark Foundation? Are we sure taxpayers money via the uni is not helping fund Helen’s stink tank?

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        • Auckland Uni are providing a base and access to ‘research’ facilities. It is important to know where there funding comes from so that people can see who is behind them.
          Still makes me angry that NZ gave (gives) so much to the Clinton Foundation.Another big fail by National.

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  7. The shy tory effect is getting stronger

    One wonders what this means for Trump 2020, for next week’s Euro elections and the Brexit party and of course for NZ2020.

    It appears polling companies are sampling fewer and fewer right of centre voters (or right of centre voters are taking the piss and lying to polling companies about their voting intentions).

    Whatever, it has the effect of increasing the “fake news” quotient of the lying, whoring MSM when reporting on electoral trends based on polls.

    The question remains, what the fuck is up with the political establishment in NZ – they watch the inexorable rise of right of centre populism around the world, yet they pursue policies which are so clearly alienating the electorate?

    Even Julie Bishop who at least used to give a passing impersonation of a sane person, was cheering about the de-platforming of Tony Abbott, condemning him as a “Climate Change Denier”.

    I’m increasingly of the view that all parties on our political landscape are somehow beholding or in the pay of the shadowy new world order and all pushing the destruction of western civilisation that will result from globalist policies. We only have to look at the disgusting cuckservatism of the current National and the gross betrayal of the past Nats – firstly Bolger pushing Labour’s far left industrial relations policies and now that pathetic lefty Wayne Mapp calling for the banning of all fossil fuel vehicles. I don’t think National can be trusted – it’s full of left wingers who thought there was less competition for access to the gravy train through the National party ranks than that of Labour.

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    • The goverment, as usual, have a few facts to base their case on but there’s a shitload more detail to be supplied before the taxpayers should be bled. In any case the entire proposal falls over unless a commitment is made to build a new spur line to Marsden Point ($329 mill) the port being the destination/origin point for 100%% of freight.

      Moerewa @ $82 million could remove hundreds of logging trucks off the 95km of crap road to the port.

      Ditto for Dargaville to Marsden Point a distance of 83km by road.

      The present track from Auckland to Whangarei runs alongside 139km of the Highway of Death but I’d still like to see how much of the desperately needed Wellsford/Warkworth section could be built for $356mill.

      All options should be considered in the light that a) Passenger rail, with the possible exception of city commuting, died a horrible death 60 years ago & b) that rail is tits at moving anything other than bulk freight which limits everything to containers & logs.

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        • Yes. That’s something that railfans always ignore. Trucks are still required to get logs to a railhead & containers to/from warehouses. The biggest bugbear is the extra handling which is not cheap.

          Once a load is on a truck the cost per ton/kilometre is surprisingly low. I can recall when the freezing works at Waingawa near Masterton closed & stock was sent through to Oringi which involved an extra 100km of travel.

          The extra cost was only 30cents per lamb.

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          • Yep and plenty of broke or poor truckies. The bigger problem is that we are currently 5000 truck drivers short and that will get worse as all the old buggers like yourself toodle of to ride on the scenic rail of the world. Unless you want more Indian drivers and the risk that entails.
            It will take automated trucks and all the Indians you can muster to get those logs to the mill and or the ship.

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            • I could come out of retirement I suppose, I have my class 5. Leave Phuket and its warm sandy beaches, cheap beer and women..errr, yeah/nah.

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              • To do middle of the night starts or finishes.
                Have the boss watching your performance and speeding with remote monitoring and in cab cameras.
                Officous little shits pulling you over for inspections etc.
                The truck driver is the most regulated workman in NZ.
                What other person has big brother looking over your shoulder and able to impose fines on you at the drop of the hat.
                Why would you bother?

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      • If you lived in the BOP you would have a better grasp of the value of trains. Timber, kiwifruit,logs,containers both ways, diary product, and machinery.

        There is a reason why Tauranga port works. It is rail.
        there’s a reason why our roads don’t. Trucks and big bastards at that.

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        • …..”There is a reason Tauranga port works. It is rail”…..

          That’s why in my 10.50am comment I conceded that neither Jones or the CoL were totally out of line with the proposal. In any case the Auckland drones & churn merchants want to use their frontage to the sewage pond, formerly known as Auckland Harbour, as background scenery to sip their lattes in front of.

          North Port actually want the business.

          A question. Somewhere I read that the Kaimai rail tunnel was at or very close to capacity. Is this correct because if it is Ports of Tauranga must be nearing peak too?

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      • Connecting Northport to rail and enabling it to service Auckland bound freight can make a major contribution to the development of the region, said Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones when releasing the business case on Northland rail today.

        “The Northland Rail business case, together with the recently released interim report from the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy, present a bold vision for investment in how freight moves around the upper North Island,” says Shane.

        “The business case shows how Northland could play a role in transforming New Zealand’s golden triangle – Auckland/Hamilton/Tauranga – into a golden diamond if Northland is once again a fully functioning part of the national rail network.

        “At the moment only 1.4% of Northland’s freight moves by rail compared with 7% nationally. This is the result of many years of what both the business case and the supply chain study call ‘managed decline’, including the failures to connect Northport to the main Northland rail line and upgrade tunnels to accommodate modern containers.

        “Because of these failures, Northland products are often trucked to Auckland then packed into containers which then move by rail to the Port of Tauranga for export.
        https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/209130-golden-triangle-becomes-diamond-northland.html?fbclid=IwAR18EdX25Ws9ATZtZIQA9LfrJTJ_-IFMto0FGd0w8s_Cp46f2uoxHjB6Yds

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    • Breakaway now, also start a breakaway country party that the rural types can vote for. The Nat’s need pals.

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      • National wouldn’t need pals if they just returned to the centre right. After the results from across the ditch, I would have thought this was a no brainer.

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        • Life is like a box of chocolates, and
          National is like a Moro bar
          Brown exterior*, sweet to the taste, gives a sugar rush of feelgood, little protein, soft gooey centre, big yellow streak on the packaging, small print on the back.

          MoroNational

          *Bridges and Bennett

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          • I have an idea, why don’t national change to Judith attacking JacinDUH and wining! Simon attacking Phail Twyford. Surely Simon could score points against that idiot!

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            • Simon just needs to have a cup of mongrel. He is too soft. He should be whipping the fuck out of Ardern at question time. “Raise ya voice Si..yell at the bitch! Get right up her “!

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  8. I’m genuinely sorry to see Fraser Anning lose his seat. It seems that speaking out against the obvious threat of Islamification is not acceptable in Aussie any longer.

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  9. Government ignores plea to outlaw ministerial interference in OIA responses

    Ministers and government agencies have ignored the Ombudsman’s plea for signed agreements outlawing political meddling in Official Information Act (OIA) responses.

    Two years after the Ombudsman urged agencies to agree terms to avoid “perceptions of impropriety”, none of the 30 departments surveyed have done so. Two have agreements in the pipelines.

    Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier made the call in July 2017, following revelations KiwiRail reversed its decision to release a report under the OIA after opposition from then-transport minister Simon Bridges’ office.

    Former ombudsman Beverley Wakem had also called for the agreements, after her 2015 report Not a game of hide and seek found ministerial advisers tried to limit the scope of OIA responses or pressured departments to change their decision.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/112732716/government-ignores-plea-to-outlaw-ministerial-interference-in-oia-responses?cid=facebook.post&fbclid=IwAR1Jh12J5tpfsc4l3a5DBCgCGPlzDXUV5mPcPa1Br05iRuV0IVXsjXSW7nc

    And right there is why Simon should not be PM.
    Not to be trusted like so many.

    We have that issue currently in Tauranga with the City Council. Simon’s electorate.

    What does he say about that?
    https://www.facebook.com/taurangacitycouncilX/

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  10. I suspect he did not do the sums, as I don’t believe him when he said Meridian originally paid him $0.25 per unit. (Of course there may be some embellishment from the reporter).

    A Mosgiel pensioner is warning people against getting burnt financially by solar power.

    Joe Morris (92), of Mosgiel, said he paid $7750 to get eight solar panels installed on the roof of his house about four years ago.

    Before installing the panels he crunched the numbers and it made financial sense, including his electricity retailer, Meridian, paying him about 25c for each unit he sold back to the grid.

    “I worked out the pounds, shillings and pence and it was a payable proposition.”

    But the proposition was looking more like “a dead loss” when Meridian dropped the export price to 8c nearly three years ago.

    With his setup, he was selling a unit of power to Meridian for 8c and having to buy it back from it for 23.89c a unit.
    “It’s thievery.”

    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/pensioner-powerless-against-changing-solar-unit-prices?fbclid=IwAR3rXJXLFHVpRCEAaQg9UdhpqZXUf-tJBuDErPf8RDjnQkmhWEumVB-VIn0

    Solar is an expensive form of electrical generation. One should be cautious about the claims the solar market makes.

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    • Doesn’t pay unless you can store the energy, which you can. Use the Hot water cylinder as a heat sink. Use a bigger hot water cylnder.

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  11. I finished watching The Pacific today after letting it languish on a shelf for far too long. The real poignancy of it was the last few cuts where they explained how their lives after the war unfolded. It was a sense of normalcy after the insanity that had been shown before it. Those men gave nearly everything, in fact it feels like they gave more than a person should give, for you and me and all of us to be free from oppression.

    How can the modern oppressors of socialism look themselves in the mirror as they try to destroy all those freedoms that so many brave people – men and women – fought for? There’s something seriously wrong with the likes of Jacinda Ardern, Julie-Ann Genter, Golriz Ghahraman and Chlöe Swarbrick – that they’d take such a sacrifice and piss it away and treat it like its nothing.

    I’m more convinced now that socialism and the people that promote it is the true evil in our society. We need to use those freedoms and the principles of fairness and justice to oppose them. To stop them. They should not be allowed to continue this destruction and drive towards control.

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    • Nice! In South Africa’s Debonair’s each shop would have it’s own speciality pizza. The one where I grew up made a bacon, banana and garlic pizza that was just to die for. Salty, garlicky with that hint of banana sweetness. Still one of my most favourite pizzas ever.

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  12. An 8-year-old choir boy catches the priest wanking. He said, “What are you doing father?”

    “It’s called masturbating, my son” the priest replied, “You’ll be doing this soon.”

    “Why’s that father ?” he asked.

    “Because my wrist is killing me” the priest replied.

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  13. Has anyone else noticed that Jacinda hasn’t been quoted regarding the Aussie election? Or not in anything that I have read at any rate. I certainly haven’t gone looking, but I see stories about Simon being put together with Shorten as a loser. God I would have loathed feeling the ‘gush’ if Labor had gotten in. I would like to thank all of the Australians who didn’t vote for Labor. I bet Jacinda had her acceptance speech all prepared too.

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    • I suspect it was initiated when Obama was still president (bureaucracies usually work painfully slowly) with the rise of the incorrect Right; it seems most Leftists prefer a one-party state…so long as it is a Leftist one.

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