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  1. ‘Twas a dark and damp night’ (And still is in the Central Waikato), but the sun is due to rise soon, and you’ve all got things to do.

    So wakey, wakey, enjoy your day. Keep safe, drive carefully if you need to and DLTBGYD.

    BTW: The last image could perhaps be titled ‘DL spoke to me’. Have pity on the skeleton- it can’t escape.

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  2. Mr hooker phil, enjoy those bluff oysters you love so much! we took the boat out yesty and had a good scratch around for them, havent done so for a good 9-10yrs… dang how things have changed. we went to several different beds and theyve all been decimated, we still got a good feed but nowhere near our limit, blown away at all the empty shells dredged up, you used to throw back a handfull of empty shells and get 80-100 keepers, now you throw back hundreds of shells and lucky to find 10 keepers 🙁
    i dunno if the commercial boys have secret spots or what but if the decline is the same everywhere then i dont see the oyster fisheries lasting many more years. i guess that bonamia parasite has done alot of the damage?

    anyways was a great day out, fresh oysters, paua andblue cod.

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    • Doesn’t sound promising for the future. Presume you managed to throw up, as you do, and let the remaining ones have something to eat. Nice that you had a good day, blue cod, yum.
      Will be down again in mid September, perhaps you will have a days fishing available then?

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      • suprisingly the last 2 times ive been out i havent spewed!!!

        its all weather dependent, if theres nice days ill be taking the boat out. let me know closer to the time and if theres a weather window that suits me and lil SB will happily take you out and catch a feed 🙂
        youll have a good chuckle when you see my boat name too, always gets a few laughs at the boat ramp.

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  3. Something for you to do on Matariki.

    A drone show is set to light up the night sky this Matariki.

    Set to take place at the Rotorua Lakefront on June 27 and June 28 at 8pm as part of the Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival, 160 drones will be programmed to form images in the sky, sharing the story of how Matariki is connected to the taiao (our environment).

    Rotorua artists will record a story that will be broadcast live on speakers which will accompany the drones formations. Alongside this, will be Taonga Pūoro recordings by traditional artist James Webster.

    Festival Trustee and arts veteran June Grant ONZM is inspired by the activation.

    https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/342806-drone-show-to-light-up-bop-sky.html

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  4. Maritime NZ to place Aratere under detention order

    Maritime NZ inspectors will place the Aratere under a detention order when it arrives in Picton, director Kirstie Hewlett said.

    “This will enable Maritime NZ to work closely with Aratere’s Classification Society and KiwiRail to understand what has occurred, and what action needs to happen, before the vessel is able to move safely again and can be released.
    Hewlett said the Maritime NZ investigators will also today start an investigation into the grounding.

    “They will carry out interviews, examine the scene and ferry, review documents and gather evidence. We will then decide what, if any, further action to take.”
    The investigation is expected to take several months to complete.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/interislander-ferry-refloat-attempt-begins-transport-minister-very-disappointed/4HQ4TPI4TJGLNCKB6ZC4GGJVPM/

    so the nimpties rush into action.

    ffs ships ground every week. It ain’t the first one.
    Does that mean it will be off line for a long time exacerbating the transport issues we already have or can the engineers fix it and get on with the job. That’s what every other industry does.

    fuck ing space fillers.
    The air industry is the same.
    Robinson helicopters were going down.
    One man looked at it and realised it was pilot training. Went to Robinsons and had the training amended and not one since that training was instituted.

    No one apologised for misleading and disparaging Robinsons.

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    • The investigation is expected to take several months to complete.

      Yep, and being the only rail ferry, it will impact NZ bigly while there will be plenty of pocket pissing, power lunches, piss ups, obligatory purchase of new Four Wheel Drives.

      If the Aratere is fit to sail, let is sail, and Maritime can do their investigation onboard in wet weather gear.

      If those managing the ferries were in a Top Gun war:

      Officer: [in the midst of the MIG battle] Both Catapults are broken The Aratere is grounded sir.
      Stinger: How long will it take?
      Officer: It’ll take ten minutes several months while Maritime NZ carry out their investigation.
      Stinger: Bullshit ten minutes several months! This thing will be over in two minutes! Get on it!

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  5. After completing my accounts for the year to the 31st of March 2024, I set about throwing out some old paperwork. I threw out about 10 kg of old motorcycle magazines and flying magazines.

    I prefer the minimalist approach. I am not a collector.

    I will retire from translation in a couple of years, and I am tapering off my workload already. To my right is a bookshelf full of English-Japanese dictionaries published in the 1980s and early 1990s before the Internet made them all redundant. I will wait a couple more years and then bin the lot of them.

    When my father-in-law passed away several years ago, his house was full of unused stuff. He was a child during the depression and was of the never-throw-anything-away mentality. It took us a long time to clear away his decades of accumulated debris.

    What are your feelings on minimalism? If you were to begin “decluttering” your life, where would you start?

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    • We had a clear out eight years ago. We went from a lifestyle block and built a smaller house on a manageable section. It was a BIG job with all the sheds as well as a house full of a lifetime of gear. Being ruthless is necessary. I’m more minimalist but hubby loves crap so is slowly re filling many parts of our smaller house with whatever is his latest thought process!

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    • …..”If you were to begin “decluttering” your life, where would you start?”……

      That is a question that I’ve given up trying to answer. Nine years ago I had to go through the agonising process of minimalisation when we sold the farm. Fifty year’s worth of treasure was graded, assessed, given away, buried or burnt.

      The one constant is that even now, every time I try to fix something or build something the piece missing or the tool needed was something I discarded a decade ago.

      Bugger “decluttering”. The kids will inherit my assets & bank account so they can sort out the crap while they’re about it.

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      • nasska, my father has accumulated a shitload of junk in his 65yrs and ive been giving him shit to sort it out and i told him im not dealing with that mess when he carks it!
        anyways he has a cunning plan of dribbling that crap out to my place into my now cluttered sheds ffs. so looks like i will be the one to deal with it…. grrrr

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      • Our kids will just throw it away.
        I downsized my dad from a town house to a unit in a retirement village. About 4 years later to the rest home. Another 4 years later to a hospital attached to rest home.
        The night he died I packed a case with the rest of his belongings. I was grateful I hadn’t had to go through all his household effects after he died. Makes you realise the saying is so true. You come with nothing and leave with nothing.

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    • Ive got a foot in both camps Odakyu-sen I try to minimise junk in my house how ever my shed is slowly filling up with useful tools acquired from older people that have no use for it any more. Even then it requires sorting and culling now and then. Taking the approach I had at work when having to get rid of old stock from workshops and wrecking yards, if you havent touched it in 5 years and it has no sentimental value or monetary value it gos with out hesitation, then I will go to have I used it in 3 years and or is it an oddball thing that may be handy and only used once in a blue moon. The hardest part is having no mercy with what ever it is and off to the dump/scrap/trademe it go’s

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    • A flood is a a quick way of getting rid of accumulated items.
      One of the observations I made in the last year was the number of people who lost so many items that were irreplaceable.
      You realise that many household goods can be replaced easily but photos , heirlooms, antiques etc are gone.
      I have been going to the local auction house to pick up good old tools and the odd bit of furniture.
      Lots of crap around the place was washed away but things you didn’t care about were still there.
      I still go looking for some things and realise they have gone.

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  6. “Since this is an era when many people are concerned about ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice,’ what is your ‘fair share’ of what someone else has worked for?” — Thomas Sowell

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    • Posted here by 1 of our commentators yesterday on the topic :—
      “The West should Pay Reparations for Slavery”

      ….. While slavery was common to all civilizations, only one civilization developed a moral revulsion against it: Western Civilization

      “Rather than be ashamed as Westerners, we should stand proud for having led the world out of a mentality where slavery was the norm.” norm.” 🔥🔥🔥 ….
      https://x.com/stclairashley/status/1804203284883759279

      A good highlight from that debate, posted below the whole debate in full:—

      Debate: The West Should Pay Reparations for Slavery
      https://youtu.be/HboI2t5_M4I
      1 hour 13 mins : Feb 5, 2020 : Intelligence Squared

      Here she at 12 mins 38 secs is introduced and starts speaking at :—-
      https://youtu.be/HboI2t5_M4I
      Even more well said, on many more points & issues. 🙂

      Seems to be and interesting question & answer session after the debate too. 🙂

      Are the claimants just claiming or seeking “victim hood”?
      So Cambridge University investigates its Glasgow university paid $20 million to a reparative Justice Scheme, so who is that?

      Bob Marley famously said, “Emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, NONE BUT OURSELVES CAN FREE OUR MIND” in the “Redemption Song”
      which is a form from from Marcus Garvey. (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940) was a Jamaican political activist.
      “The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.
      If you haven’t confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.
      With confidence, you have won even before you have started.”

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    • Does the “fairness”, “social justice” to find your “fair share” lead to various forms of corruption?
      It becomes a wilful negligence, via “virtue-signalling” to a self satisfying “endorphin feelz” leading to systemic malfeasance forms of corruption.
      .
      ….. state subsidies have provided a reliable means of managing trends in cultural life.
      Instilling the tripartite idea of (a) social justice, (b) redistribution, and (c) social democratic government in the citizens, the party has achieved an ideological dominance ….
      .
      …… the “first feminist government” in the world.
      With a puffed-up sense of self fit for a Third-World head of government (bent on ruling indefinitely), he thought it would become a “global role model.” …..
      .
      …. nobody should seriously expect violent reprisals from the declared archenemy (i.e. the “white man”). …..
      .
      …. The Swedish people have primarily their elected rulers to blame. ….

      [They made their Choice, an wittingly suicidal pact, to follow the Pied Piper’s beguiling siren
      music]
      .
      ……. Sweden is becoming the horror example of a homogenous, civilized, and peaceful society that collapses in the face of cultural-moral decadence, self-denial, and hostile mass immigration in conjunction.
      Division replaces social cohesion. ….

      https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2024/06/the_swedish_tragedy.html
      .
      The only fault in that article is blaming the elected leaders, as the majority of the people foolishly did not wise up, & took no heed of warning signs, or do any reasoning.
      .
      Recall the Prime Ministers & others calling out for New Zealand to follow Swedish ways, to emulate Sweden.
      That “fair share” is disintegrating showing it is a feet of clay, of cat & dog shit.

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  7. https://rumble.com/v534gun-putin-sanctions-against-north-korea-mean-that-families-are-unable-to-provid.html?e9s=src_v1_finance
    Putin: “Sanctions against North Korea mean that families are unable to provide for themselves.
    QFS, BRICS, GESARA, Financial Markets, GeoPolitics

    Sanctions against North Korea
    families are unable to provide for themselves.
    My own brother starved to death during the siege of Leningrad.”
    As you know, I was born in Leningrad and experienced what Leningrad went through during the Great Patriotic War (World War II). Everyone is aware of the siege of Leningrad, when people were starving. In my family, we had people who died from this – my brother starved to death during the siege of Leningrad. The introduction of these food restrictions today in North Korea means that entire families are in a terrible financial situation. They will not be able to provide for their families.” Source: RT

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    • Russian History has several periods where people starved including under the Tsar, Lenin, communism and the First war and others.
      Germany, France and the Nazi’s haven’t learned yet but if the Yanks don’t piss off from Europe they will.
      Might say the sooner the better.
      Nostradamus predicted a major calamity and then peace did he not.

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    • It is never the people in those countries that need sanctions. It is always the governments.

      If the rest of the world had sanctioned NZ because of our Marxist leader forcing poison into people, we would have no coal, no oil, no overseas goods. You get the picture.

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  8. Free speech is about protecting ideas and values

    , • 05:00am
    Full speech: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Christchurch Call
    Jacinda Ardern urged tech leaders to take more responsibility during her speech at the Christchurch Call summit in Paris. (Video first published on May 16, 2019)
    Jacinda Ardern urged tech leaders to take more responsibility during her speech at the Christchurch Call summit in Paris. (Video first published on May 16, 2019)

    Damien Grant is an Auckland business owner and a regular opinion contributor for Stuff, writing from a libertarian perspective.

    Opinion: Why did Caroline marry you? It’s the one question left unanswered after I’d finished Toby Young’s delightful 2001 book; How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. So I asked him.

    He seemed unsure, recalling how he’d pursued Miss Brody with relentless and often obsessive determination, which I already knew because, well, it’s in the book. Given the publication was about what a drunken fool he’d been, what prompted the young lady to relent?

    “Maybe” he finally concluded “Stalking works?” More on that in a moment, but…Toby who?
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    Toby Young being interviewed about Toby Young is possibly the most fun Toby Young can have; and he’s had a lot of fun. His book is reminiscent of Hunter S Thompson with less cocaine, but he’s come a long way from crashing Hollywood parties and hiring strippers to liven up a slow day at the office.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/nz-news/350319203/free-speech-about-protecting-ideas-and-values

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  9. What goes Clip clop clip clop clip clop clip clop clip clop clip clop BANG!! Clippety clop clippety clop clippety clop clippety clop clippety clop clippety clop ?……

    An Amish drive by shooting.

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    • I like Andrew and he has done a stirling job in trying to halt the vax rollouts and expose the deaths and injuries.
      However the claim about reporting paedo operations with names attached seems somewhat unwise.
      If the information is legit he is putting his life at risk, if it’s not or can’t be proven he looks like a conspiracy nut.
      Neither helpful 2 weeks out from the election.

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    • #7 – Government Departments that quite openly thumb their noses at the Minister in Charge and carry on as usual as if there had been no change of Government. AS an example I give you :-
      “Safer speed areas for Waimate have been given the green light and will soon be in place.

      The changes are a result of Waimate District Council’s Speed Management Plan, which was approved by the Council last year and now by NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi.”
      These changes were put forward on the same day that Simeon Brown announced the cancellation of the whole Road to Zero program. The Government Department is obviously ignoring this fact and that the minister has said he will be putting all speeds back pre 2020 levels.

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      • Got to make a lot of these roles political appointments, if they want to play politics, then decimate them & zero budgets every election. Judiciary, University, State, PIJF, treaty pube weaving.

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    • While NZ lives with the obvious negatives of MMP Britain is dour and clearly looking for elusive political ‘inclusion’ to throw out FPP for something more like MMP. Careful what you wish for… Reap what you sow… Frying pan into the fire comes to mind 🔥🔥🔥. Perhaps consult Kiwis to see what we think!!! //

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  10. The top brass at Transpower must be candidates for conversion to religious belief. Just at their darkest hour, when the combined forces of government, consumers & the media were going to flay them alive over Northland’s power pylon debacle the Aratere conveniently suffers mechanical failure & parks up on the beach.

    To paraphrase Winston Churchill; ‘Never in the field of engineering incompetence has so much been owed by so many of the unable to so few of the inept’.

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    • mr/ms/they google

      to see the current call forwarding status, dial *#62#, and it will tell you if call forwarding is enabled and, if so, to which number calls are being forwarded.
      18 Jan 2024
      —————–
      What does *# 002 *# do on a phone?
      What is the 3-digit number to see if your phone is tapped? If your phone is on a CDMA network like Verizon or US Cellular, dialing the code *72 will tell you whether any of your calls or data are being forwarded to another number.
      Dial *#002# to uncover this kind of phone tapping on GSM networks.
      5 Apr 2023

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  11. Not so ignorant?, but it certainly arrogant to place himself above the law.

    June 23, 2024 …. “[J]ust got to motivate your whānau, get on the phone, go around their houses, pick up their voting forms, tick the boxes for them.
    It’s probably illegal, but I’m asking you to do it anyway,” Tamihere said, laughing.

    https://www.thepost.co.nz/politics/350315215/manurewa-marae-subject-complaints-during-local-council-elections

    Is this another critical nail in his coffin?
    So that fish, Manurewa Marae, & Waipareira Trust, rots from its head down.

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  12. How very convenient. When the shit swirls around the Dunny, the Dunny Brush scarpers.

    KiwiRail Chairman chucks in the towel. A former Banker with no experience in either a freighting organisation and its substantial shipping arm, who is Chairman of one of this country’s biggest infrastructure networks, does a bunk after he and the Board of useless Troughers and Labour Lackeys, leave the KiwiRail in a mess.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/kiwirail-chairman-to-retire-board-to-be-refreshed/U77TZ5JXWRCFNEDBLXOEGAGIYU/

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    • Oh Yay
      ———-
      KiwiRail board chairman David McLean will retire at the end of July.
      Finance Minister Nicola Willis announced McLean’s retirement today, saying it was unrelated to the Aratere incident.
      —————–

      unrelated 😁🙄🤣
      Yeah Nah dickie Nicky
      To announce the ‘retirement’ of the Chairman of a large State owned Enterprise on a Sunday morning
      and not on a Tuesday morning is total BS

      Willis
      Full of Shit.

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  13. Yesterday our fellow commentator “Nunnas” stated that KiwiRail’s competent engineers had left for greener pastures & their replacements were sub par. He nailed it & todays article at https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/maritime-nz-investigation-reveals-cause-of-interislander-aratere-ferrys-2023-power-outage/PI3B56UP7ZHFPK26AKHDACLBHU/ confirms that the current engineers are incapable of keeping the ageing ferries operational:

    Apparently the Aratere “experienced a “power blackout” in 2023 caused by disintegrating tape used to hold wiring together,” This occurred “just weeks after Kaitaki lost power for two hours and started drifting towards Wellington’s rocky South Coast with 864 people on board.”

    Q. The ship’s sinking Sir. What do we do?

    A. Sack half of the engineers & cut the wages of those who are left.

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    • The real interesting point what was the time line, engines reversed? etc.. or is it smudged?
      When did the helmsman notice the steering was going out of whack, & reported it?
      To the time that Aratere slid up the gravelly beach at 3 knots.

      At one part I read that there were problems in steerage not long after leaving the pier, and a further 18 minutes to become beached.
      So how did that “professional” crew handle that?

      I have been on a small boat, 300 tonner, with 17 crew, & the main engine stopped, with a difficulty of restart in Mount Maunganui channel
      With in 10 seconds, an immediate call for all hands on deck, or engine room, plus anchor watch, ready & did loosen the anchor, ready to drop, in way less than a minute.
      Bow thruster motors should have been started, though we did not have one.
      Not in command flags, & signals went up.
      Seemed to come into action stations reasonably quickly.
      All waiting & ready for further direction.

      There is a hell of a lot yet to show, if this was a professional crew, in first following their actual duties!
      Besides all the nicey nicey feelz & are you all right that seems to be yabbled on.

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      • constant users view of the ferries.

        Good evening,
        Thanks for the messages from several peeps asking if I was ok and whether I was on the poor old Aratere. No I wasn’t on that sailing but I had just been on it that afternoon and was booked to travel back to Picton on its next sailing. It’s times like this that I get a little nervous about getting stuck on a ferry or breaking down in my truck with someone’s furball with me.
        One of our drivers was on this evening sailing of the Aratere when it ran aground, he was one of the 40 odd people who spent the night onboard. He made it off the ship this morning luckily but one of our trucks along with others are still onboard obviously at this point.
        Now I’d just like to use this time and post to share my positive thoughts on the Interislander and the way we get looked after.
        This is not a political post at all.
        There is soooo much negativity towards this company (understandably so too) but as someone who does at least 312 sailings per year on Interislander in a normal year (this could be as much as 350 ish or more some years) and 5 out of 6 crossings each week is on this very ship ‘Aratere’ so I have a very close relationship with many staff onboard the ship and staff on the ground too as obviously I am seeing them six days per week. These guys n gals are people like us and love what they do and most are very professional and always looking to make sure we are looked after as Commercial drivers along with all the paying customers.
        They have gone out of their way on so many occasions to help me out with pups and making sure they’re sorted when there have been ferry issues or weather issues and crossings cancelled.
        I’m really just trying to point out that even with all the bad press on the ferries that the staff go out of their way to make sure everyone has an enjoyable sailing no matter what’s going on.
        All Interislander staff are trained for situations like what has just happened in Picton and although I wasn’t on there luckily our driver has reported that the shift who were on had acted extremely professionally and made sure everyone onboard was safe and well looked after while themselves were also having to deal with the stress of what was going on.
        Anyway, again this is just a post to show appreciation for all the staff on and off the ships from Interislander. You guys all rock and I enjoy my time travelling with you all.
        Let’s get Aratere up n sailing again and hopefully sooner rather than later it and K1 and K2 can retire.
        #aratere #interislander #cookstrait #dogsofinterislander
        #cooltranz
        Please keep this politics free and just appreciate the staff who sail day in and day out.
        Peace love and happiness lol
        https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10231676281306738&set=pcb.3704091383181863

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    • Its a growing trend in the maritime industry throughout NZ. As all the old boys with any skill have retired they have been replaced with gauge watchers, people that have little to no skills in what they are there to do. We are seeing a lot of foreign workers being put into these jobs as the companies refuse to pay decent money to kiwis as for what they offer they get 1 or 2 foreign workers. Now this is not to say that there isn’t kiwis there. The Interislanders run watch keeping engineers (ones with tickets) and maintenance engineers (so called skilled workers) to run the vessels. I did a course with a maintenance engineer that wanted his engineers ticket, this guy bragged about feeding ear plugs into an air compressor over a period of time till it locked up on them. This is the standard of workers they have.
      The procedure that should have been followed is very simular to what Simpleton1 posted as it is ship dependent. Either people hit panic mode and forgot the training or are just incompetent and should be removed from the positions they hold. Ive been a sea going engineer for 14 years, on many different vessels and it still makes me shake my head at what go’s on

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  14. Common Sense And Memes Are Viruses To The New World Order. Even so, the memes march forward. They gather like torches in the dark.

    Politics is the religion of Marxists as well as all those who seek to establish any sort of earthly “utopia”. But, to the Luciferians, Freemasons, and the friends of Jeffrey Epstein, politics is merely the means to their ends; and, in their view, communism has proven to be an efficient means to eventually control and depopulate political enemies and uncooperative Proles.

    The Inner Party was always long on communism; this is why U.S. manufacturing was gutted on behalf of China, and why the American economy has been “Cloward & Pivened” as corporate, political, and religious institutions have undergone Wokeification.

    The Inner Party’s desired NWO is an economic, political, and faith-based multi-polar dystopia; but any ideology, whatsoever, could be used as the “faith” to control the material and online realms: Fascism, Communism, Islam, Freemasonry, Luciferianism, Outer Space Aliens, or a witch’s brew of any, or all, of these to be administered as Technocratic Totalitarianism.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/common-sense-and-memes-are-viruses-new-world-order

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  15. Elon Musk calls out Melinda Gates

    Musk posted, “Might be the downfall of western civilization,” agreeing with another user who termed it “scorned billionaire wife to Democrat activist.”
    ——————

    This week Melinda (French) Goates endorsed FJB
    This is the same Melinda Goates that has given USD 20 Million to Toothy Adrain

    As I wrote on here a few weeks ago, there is not a single ‘US female billionaire philanthropist ‘ who has earned that money.
    In every case it came from a Man. Mostly husband (Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Bezos etc ) or Father
    Never earned

    DEI – Didnt Earn It
    But they want to preach and misdirect activity with unearned money.
    Scabs

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  16. New Zealand Politics
    2:10 pm today
    Government announces new plans for youth crime, including boot camps
    The government is announcing a new declaration for youth offenders with harsher penalties.
    The new Young Serious Offender (YSO) declaration can be applied to teenagers between 14 and 17 who have committed two offences punishable by 10 years of imprisonment.

    So-called YSOs may be sent to a military-style boot camp which is entering its pilot phase.
    The government says they aim to reduce youth reoffending by 15 percent.

    Meanwhile an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the central city to 51 by the end of July.
    It is the start of a staged two-year roll out, which will see 63 additional staff deployed in new Community Beat Teams across Auckland’s three policing districts, with 17 in Wellington and 10 in Christchurch.

    Follow the latest news on our politics liveblog.
    The Prime Minister also said gang members should expect harsher penalties later this year.
    Luxon said gang membership will become an aggravating factor in sentencing and gang patches will be banned in public.
    He says the new rules will be passed in August and be in effect starting in November.

    Luxon said three strikes legislation will be reinstated in November for serious crimes including sexual assault.

    Will that be the watered down version or the real version and will the Judges be told to use it to the max or will they be allowed to fudge the sentences as they have?

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    • Oh Joy

      ….So-called YSOs may be sent to a military-style boot camp …

      yep yep , make YSOs proficient in gun use at taxpayers expense.
      That’ll work..
      —————————–
      lots of nudenut yik yak

      Hey, just stop all the discounts at sentencing.
      One Step
      One Tick
      Do it now !
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      “63 additional staff deployed in new Community Beat Teams across Auckland’s three policing districts, with 17 in Wellington and 10 in Christchurch.”

      So 90 new cops over two years across the whole country
      Bugger all
      I guess it is better than the BS
      900 new cops
      or 1800 new cops

      Says ‘additional staff’ so indicates that these may not be uniform cops on duty.

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  17. Transpower’s power pylon maintenance ‘backlog’
    The vast bulk of Transpower’s electricity towers are over 35 years old, and few have been put up in the last three decades.
    Transpower’s asset management plan in 2023 said corrosion was the big threat to towers, and painting them was the primary remedy.

    Unpainted towers lasted as little as 18 years in severe corrosion zones, but up to 120 years in low zones. Painting was crucial but the 2023 plan referred to “deferred tower painting” and a “backlog”.

    A chart showed about 10 percent of tower protective coatings were in poor or very poor condition.
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/520334/transpower-s-power-pylon-maintenance-backlog

    Interesting read and shit it costs for each tower.

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  18. Wayne Brown on the pylon and Board lawyers.
    https://www.thepost.co.nz/nz-news/350319760/wayne-brown-heads-should-roll-over-dumb-pylon-failure
    I have had more than a passing interest in this issue, having been appointed to chair first Vector following the 1998 failure, and then Transpower after the 2006 failure. In both cases once everything was fixed I was replaced by lawyers with no understanding of the technology they were in charge of, but with all the Institute of Directors’ nonsense about how to be a director.

    Typically hours of boardroom time go on various financial strategies and then safety without ever actually climbing a pylon or understanding what a transformer does, or spending time with the lines staff whose work is technical and dangerous.

    A board needs a strong complement of people who understand the technical challenges facing the industry. This is the most important thing. The public who need the electricity don’t care about anything other than reliability, believe me; I have a number of commercial tenants who have lost much-needed income on the this latest fiasco

    ditto NZ rail.

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  19. https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/06/23/branded-van-raises-new-questions-amid-manurewa-marae-claims/
    A branded van, used by Te Pāti Māori candidate Takutai Kemp last year, has raised fresh questions amid concerns over allegations relating to Manurewa Marae.

    The late-model, 12-seater van was used by Kemp in her bid for the Tāmaki Makaurau seat last year. The vehicle was wrapped in the candidate’s branding and featured prominently in Kemp’s marketing campaign as a mobile billboard.

    Subsequent registration checks of the vehicle show that it is owned by the Manurewa Marae Trust Board. Kemp was the chief executive of the marae before the election.

    Charities Services, which is part of Internal Affairs, told Q+A “registered charities must not support or oppose particular parties or candidates.”

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    • I think the Conservatives have deliberately sabotaged themselves to allow Labour to win, so they can take the UK back into the EU.
      It is as simple as that. The Remainers in the Con Party could not drag them back so they get the Labour Party to do the job.The globalists get their win.

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