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  1. Wake up you lazy peasants! I have been working 48
    hours a day to ensure the government can continue
    to pay wankers like Trevor Mallard, the mincing Mexican
    shirt-lifter and to ensure 33 Pies Woods is kept stuffed with
    pastry. Also Cindy’s dentist bills are not cheap.
    Have a great day, and be careful out there.

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  2. Some jobsworth at civil defense fired up the tsunami warning sirens between 4 and 5 this morning. Have you ever tried ringing civil defense? Don’t bother. No doubt some overpaid clipboard warrior will pop up with an excuse for waking the ungrateful peasants.

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  3. Right. Off to work now. Brigadier General Rissole,
    your refusal to obey a direct order, as well as your
    continued insolence toward our beloved leader.
    will cost you a demotion in rank.
    You are hereby demoted to janitor.

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  4. FFS We get a letter from Phil Goof telling us we are no longer “rural ” but are now “suburban” ,,the outcome is a 10 % rate rise on top of the 5% the commie C–T has already signalled ,all up $450 – $500 rate rise in one year, this Country is no longer working ,these filthy councillors recognise that if you are on the outskirts of a city you are a ” ruch prick” that needs bleeding of cash.
    Hey Cindy you fucker the people out here aren’t going to put up with this forever..

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      • “there is no credible opposition to Liarbour”

        There is a credible bunch of filthy peasants at YSB.co.nz who are somewhat less than obedient to GlobalCindy -and the Evil Empire of President Biden and Queen Kamala, whose members go out and protest, and who share important information about the RESISTANCE.

        The most dangerous of these peasants is ‘Ardy’ who cunningly poses as a simple worker in the Evil Empire.

        Watch out also for Princess Waikatogirl whose location is currently unknown.

        Jedi include Sooty the Bear, Agent 120 (revtech), Soggy, Agent Malice (disguised as female) and Lizziepee alongside a suspected ravisher called Viking.

        You should check it out sometime!

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      • Councils/Local Authorities around the country are broken.
        Severely broken.
        Whether it is your local TGA, or the place soon to be known as Sewer town (Wgtn) , Invers, Woke + gasless NP; et al.

        There was an opportunity to sort this in 2009/10 under Key/Hide; Notional /ACT.
        They failed miserably.
        Keys distraction was a fag referendum where the energy should have been put into Local Govt reform.
        The LG Ministers under Key were abyssal.
        Now we have Mahutas.
        This is a tragedy.

        There are anti-democracy moves to appoint Maori only voting power.
        Self interest making the Cook Islands look like a high functioning democracy compared to this lot.
        Perhaps we need Australia to Intervene like they did in Norfolk Is !!

        A swing has occurred since early 2000s where the power is much more with the executive and less with the elected puffery.
        You Hamilton/Waikato people may remember that Michael Redman was elected Mayor in 2004 and once there realised this.
        He did not see out his term as Mayor and opted to take the role of CEO.
        He had the inside running.
        This involved three times the pay and more actual power.

        A part of this was LG ‘reforms’ by Klarkenfuhrer circa 2003.
        Notional should have reversed these but of course they never bloody well reverse anything of Labours.

        Johnny Key and his mob had the chance to do some good.
        They forfeited it.
        They kept it a low ranking Ministerial appointment when in fact it is key to the lack of housing and flow through to high cost of living in NZ today.
        Which will lead to more of these headlines, not less.
        https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/housing-affordability/124367729/auckland-fourth-least-affordable-city-for-housing-among-world-cities–2021-demographia-report

        There is no joyful solution on the horizon, only misery as rate payers get squeezed to pay for Central Govt and Local Govt mass incompetence.
        There are no checks and balances to stop this abuse of ratepayers.

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          • New economic theory giving governments and councils more control over distribution: Inflation caused by quantative easing pumping all that printed money into the economy is controlled by hugely increasing taxes on ‘the wealthy’.

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        • Absolutely right , Howitis
          Latest news E Can rates up 25%
          Spent some time in elected circles and left ( voluntarily) precisely because of the lack of any real influence of the “ elected puffery”
          Local government is taking far too much social spending on its books with too little regard for core business— three waters ,rubbish collection etc.Ask Auckland ,for example ,where cycleways have trumped waste water management .This is a national malaise.

          Great opportunity for a political party that actually cares about its constituents!
          Where are they?

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  5. BREAKING NEWS
    It has been revealed that there are 763,201 children under the age of fifteen in New Zealand and except for a few Indians working in family dairies hardly any of these children are earning any money. This represents a child poverty statistic of staggering proportions and the new Children’s Commissioner Dr Scrooge is recommending sending more children to work in the mines so that they can earn an honest living and not be poor. However, a spokesbeing from MBIE said that due to environmental concerns, all existing mining (including quarrying) must be stopped immediately. This makes the government’s Child Poverty targets unattainable in the short term. Meanwhile PM Ardern is searching urgently for someone to blame. More to follow.

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  6. Well so much for kindness love and honesty in New Zealand Politics and all those getting upset on Simon Bridges straight forward and demanding Questions from in his words Woke Police Commissioner Coster.
    So if anyone still thinks Jacinda Ardern really accepts and thinks that being kind nice and honest with people is what she believes New Zealander’s want in Politics you are really mistaken.
    I have been saying for sometime now that our Prime Minister makes the bullets and dishes them out to her loyal bunch of foot soldiers or in this case Junior Ministers to fire without her name plasted all over them.
    Well the proof in my mind happened yesterday in Parliament when two of these Cabinet ministers Michael Woods and Poto William’s charged with the task mock and throw dirt
    to provoke Simon Bridges about being rolled as opposition leader of Natonal in the previous three year Parliamentary term.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/simon-bridges-mocked-over-leadership-issue-in-question-time-spat

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  7. The rest of NZ tell Auckland you can have a new bridge but we’re not paying for it.

    Duncan Garner: It’s time for a new Auckland Harbour Bridge
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/02/duncan-garner-it-s-time-for-a-new-auckland-harbour-bridge.html

    It’s being reported that the Auckland Harbour Bridge can’t be strengthened anymore. I say put it down and build a big modern proud statement bridge that says: “we can do anything”.

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    • Who is paying for Transmission Gully (and paying and paying; and waiting, waiting) ?

      Who paid for the fancy bit of motorway to/by Cambridge ?

      The Bridge is part of State Goat-track Number one.

      as is Dome Valley!

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  8. I hope this is not some disgruntled #metoo wannabe and if it has substance it brings this twat down. On the other hand some of the allegations seems iffy…

    “Boylan, describing an encounter in December 2016, said Cuomo arranged through a handler to meet her in his Albany office, to which she agreed reluctantly. She said he gave her a tour of his office, “smirked” and showed off a cigar box he said was given to him by former President Bill Clinton while he served as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

    CUOMO RAISES EYEBROWS WITH ‘ANATOMY’ JOKE DURING VACCINATION TOUR

    Boylan said she interpreted that to be an innuendo referencing the affair between Clinton and his then-intern Monica Lewinsky in the mid-1990s.”

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  9. Shit, looks like they’ve started taking people not self-isolating, seriously:
    “Papatoetoe police shooting: Man dies in hospital”

    Simon Bridges must have really got under Coster’s skin with the “woke” comment.

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  10. Just the way this civilizations has moved, to safety & security over freedom, and the losses., as Peter Hitchens notes:-
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    … I spoke out in favour of free speech last week …
    …. they sneered, free for people like you – white, heterosexual males. …
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    …. Revolutionaries always defame the past.
    I remember the amazement and surprise among Russians when a film called The Russia We Have Lost appeared in Moscow in the 1990s, showing how clean, civilised and often beautiful pre-Communist Russia had been, including the people themselves, uncrushed by decades of war, poverty, purges and stupidity. …
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    ….. George Orwell’s 1984 in which the hero, Winston Smith, tries in vain to discover, from a rambling old man in a pub, what the past before Communism was really like.
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    He gives up in despair. ‘When memory failed and written records were falsified, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted because there did not exist, and never again could exist any standard against which it could be tested.’
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    When I first read this 50-odd years ago, I believed it was fiction about a time that could never happen.
    Now I think it is coming true.
    There is little need to destroy the written records, as historical knowledge is almost abolished, and true curiosity about the past with it. …….
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    …. increasingly biased filters of social media, a picture can be obtained which confirms the prejudices of the modern conformist ….
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    …. We governed ourselves and disciplined ourselves, and by doing so we obtained a freedom far greater than any available now. …
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    …. Officials and politicians dare not relax the measures they took in a panic, in case they are blamed if anything ever goes wrong afterwards.
    And millions genuinely believe they are safer as a result. …..

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-9282407/PETER-HITCHENS-Paradise-No-Britain-youth-FREE.html
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    So their souls is sold for the so called “safety of the state” that then keeps ramping up the price to be paid.

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  11. I felt the Indian cricket commentator last night gave a master display of understatement when he said that when India came out to get 49 runs to beat England with 5 minutes, 1 session and 3 days to go – “There is plenty of time left for them to do it”

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  12. Little Johnny watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on
    her face. ‘Why do you do that, mummy?’ he asked.

    ‘To make myself beautiful,’ said his mother, who then began removing the cream with a
    tissue.

    ‘What’s the matter?’ asked Little Johnny. ‘Giving up?

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  13. What does the recent steep rise in the US 10-year treasury https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/US10Y mean for interest rates in NZ? Will the US 10-year bond return to its recent “normal band” of around 2.5%? (I have no idea.)
    Interestingly, interest rates in many other major economies, including Japan and Australia, are (like a school of fish) also sharply rising, from their very low (unnaturally low) bases set in the early months of the COVID-19 panic.

    At least in term deposit I can get a return of my capital rather than a return on my capital…

    Disclaimer: I have been wrong so many times when it comes to investment. I tend to assume that governments will be fiscally prudent and that they will take their medicine, but ohhhh nooooo! Borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, ….

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    • Thanks Odakyu-sen.
      Always appreciate your financial reports,
      Particularly in relationship to Japan’s experience of inflation, stagflation etc.

      Years ago thought of going to Argentina for a month or two, to understand how business coped with inflation.
      One could experience over 1000% per month in the 1980’s which in those days was worth more than a possible decade or more of the then NZ inflation rate.

      On the disclaimer, we can all be rich too, as governments acts on what it believes, planting & then harvesting from money trees. … yeah right … 🙂

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    • “Discrimination” is another word for “freedom of choice.”

      Unfair bias and bigotry are forms of malicious discrimination, but “discrimination” of and by itself is the act of free choice.

      It’s a bit like the word “equality”. There is a world of difference between “equality of opportunity” and “equality of outcome.”

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  14. Time now for the diversity hire of the week…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joGHA8Eyih0
    Rachel Levine: EVERTHING You Need To Know! | Louder With Crowder

    If you doubted Biden’s extreme Left agenda, wait until you meet assistant health secretary Rachel Levine.

    “Menopausal women don’t require psychological assessment if they need estrogen replacement so that’s the same as pre-pubescent children wanting to undergo hormone treatment not requiring psychological assessment.”!!

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      • Yeah well estrogen treatment was all the go until the Australians decided to do studies on stuff like Premarin. They in 3 short months proved that it causes cervical and breastcancer. Berterelli stopped selling it double quick.
        No one has been to court over the distress this untested medication caused.

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    • Dr. Rand Paul, an actual physician, and Senator

      Dr. Paul Questions Rachel Levine During Confirmation Hearing – February 25, 2021
      https://youtu.be/x3RJpBJQ25Y
      5 mins 34 secs : • Feb 26, 2021

      A very evasive Rachel Levine.
      Refuses to answer questions.
      Just deflects.

      President Joe Biden formally nominated Levine to be Assistant Secretary for Health.
      Many of those politicians support this inane person to be confirmed.

      In NZ it is just the circling around to gain the opportunity to bring all this into place,
      Before you know it, “Bob’s your Uncle Aunty.”.

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  15. Ok, this is getting a bit close to home now:
    Mr Potato Head is no longer a mister.
    Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender-neutral new name: Potato Head. The change will appear on boxes this year.

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  16. Well folks going by the avalanche of cluster fuks that this useless Govt is throwing at us….I.e. Police, Tourism, Housing, Overseas affairs etc it’s time for a major diversion.

    I’m picking that there will be a wedding announcement in the very near future…

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  17. one day at the veterinarian’s office there was three dogs, a black lab, a yellow lab, and a great dane.

    Finally the black lab asked the yellow lab, “Hey buddy, what are you here for?

    The yellow lab says “Well, I’m a digger. I dig in the yard, I dig on the porch, I dig in the house. But last night I dug a hole in my owners new chair, and she got mad and brought me here today.”

    “So what are they going to do? Asked the black lab. “Gonna cut my nuts off, supposed to calm me down” answered the yellow lab…

    After a minute the yellow lab asked the black lab what he was there for. The black lab says, “Well, I’m a pisser. I pee in the yard, I pee on the porch, I pee in the house. But last night I messed up and peed in my owners new car and she got mad and brought me here today.”

    So the black lab asked, “So what are they going to do?”

    “Gonna cut my nuts off, supposed to calm me down”…

    A couple minutes later the black lab gets the great dane’s attention and asks him, “Hey buddy, what are you here for?”

    The great same says, “Well, I’m a humper. I hump the dogs, I hump the cats, I hump the horses. But last night my owner got out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel. When she bent over to dry off her legs and stuck all of her stuff out in front of me, I just jumped over there and beat her down. So today she brought me here.”

    The black lab says, “Well, I guess It’s nuts off for you too huh?”

    “Nope” says the great dane, “I’m just here to get my toenails clipped”…

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  18. Notional will overturn the disgraceful Maori Wards Bill.

    “The next National Government will repeal the Māori wards legislation passed by Parliament tonight under urgency, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

    “Electoral law reform should not be rushed through Parliament under urgency like this.

    “Jacinda Ardern and Labour did not campaign on this issue at the last election and have not adequately consulted with New Zealanders. This is shoddy law making.

    “Labour only gave the public two days to make submissions. There were 12,506 of them, with 76 per cent opposed to the changes.

    “Parliamentary select committees normally take six months to properly consider legislation. In this case, the Labour Government took less than a week.

    “The way we elect our councils is a fundamental part of our democracy. This legislation takes away the ability of New Zealanders to have a voice in this decision making.

    “National isn’t opposed to Māori wards if councils and their communities want them, but it is for communities to make this decision – a right the Government has robbed them of tonight.

    “National trusts New Zealanders to decide who they elect to their councils. This legislation should not have been rammed through Parliament under urgency in two days.

    “National will restore New Zealanders’ democratic rights.”

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    • Yet when judith was apart of a sham 3day select commitee to rush firearm laws it was ok? 2 days is rushed 3 is ok…
      Fuck you judith youre not even going to be leader come next election, when have nats ever repealed dumbarse labour party changes anyway? Virtue signaling bitch

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    • ‘National will restore New Zealanders’ democratic rights.’
      NO THEY WILL NOT

      Never going to happen.
      2008
      THEY were going to
      -crush boy racers car
      -revise RMA
      -Cut back on student loans
      – have a South Seas Banking centre

      What they DID in 9 loooong years 2008 to 2017:-
      -Raised benefits for beneficiaries – who would never vote for them anyway.
      -promised tax cuts – sometime in the future after 2017; in disneyland or somewhere over the rainbow – that never happened
      -Bought the Maori party into the tent… who were malcontents yet were given legitimacy
      -Had a fag referendum that dragged on for ages with no real result
      -foisted homo ‘marriage’ on the statute books at midnight one dark night despite the majority of people in NZ opposed; and not following Australia’s path of a referendum
      -raised petrol prices via excise increases
      -rested on the laurels of some plonker talking codswallop about a ‘rockstar economy’
      I took that to mean it was shagging lots of chicks and getting stoned out of its gourd and having stints in rehab.
      -allowed Local bodies to get out of control but did nothing
      -poured in over 60,000+ immigrants a year for years mostly from shitholes but never facilitated housing for them. In fact over 300,000 new people into Auckland alone in under five years with no commensurate allowance of facilities.
      – kicked off the cycleway shit that was meant to be $50m for a national track and councils are now spending more than that a year on cycleways, mostly stealing existing roads from the car owners who pay for it all

      People got in behind you last year Judy (well 27% did, so bedda than Bill in 2002) but you are flakey and untrustworthy.
      -In 2019 you never stood up for free speech
      -In 2019 you voted for zero carbon crap despite saying you did not agree with it– Whaaaat ??!!
      – in 2019 you voted for hasty gun control for legitimate gun owners while the gangs were left alone
      – In 2020 you have not clearly stated that lockdowns are an over-reaction
      -in 2020/21 you stood by while people who abandoned NZ were allowed back to NZ despite the risk locally and that it caused actual lockdowns
      – as so called opposition (it’s OK, we know you are not, the Pope would not like it) you have not overtly raised the issue of a shutdown of public information in the last 3 years.
      – have you stood up for the non lefty radio peoples who are being cancelled.
      Uh huh, thought not.

      You Notional lot in 2021 (and for a number of years now) are a weak, woke bunch of pussies, pansies, leakers, and backstabbers (stabbing your own MPs, your own ‘leaders’ , and the people who in the past voted for you)
      You associate with scabby pricks like Goodfellow (what happened to wife no 1?) Boag, Hooten

      You lot are not fit for any purpose so stop telling us you will ‘do something’ about Maori freepass roles on council .
      You lot stuffed up Auckland Regional Council in 1991 and Auckland councils in 2010.
      You fuck things up, you do not fix them.

      I see you have a leather biker jacket now Judy.
      Just get on yer bike and don’t come back.

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  19. Labour/Ardern fail again. Latest courtesy of Scoop.

    “Our public housing system is bursting at the seams with record high numbers of New Zealanders waiting for a state house, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

    Figures released today show there are now 22,521 people waiting for public housing, roughly four times as many as when National left office. On average, people will wait 177 days to be housed.

    These are Kiwis classified as ‘at risk’ with a ‘severe and persistent housing need that must be addressed immediately’. Roughly half of those waiting for a home are families with children, Ms Willis says.

    “While it’s good to see many of the public houses National planned in Government are now being built, it’s not enough to keep up with the surging demand. In the past year the wait list grew by 7652, while Kāinga Ora built just 1150 houses.

    “The state house waiting list is exploding because more and more Kiwis are being priced out of the private market as rents surge and construction fails to keep up with demand.

    “National proposed constructive solutions to address the root causes of New Zealand’s housing emergency and unlock a surge in new house building.

    “We have offered to work with the Government on temporary emergency measures like those used after the Canterbury earthquake to make more space available for development. We can’t afford to wait until 2024 for RMA reform to take effect.”

    National has also asked the Government explore these immediate actions:

    Strengthen the National Policy Statement on Urban Development: The Government should bring this urgent rezoning of land by local authorities forward, and increase the competitiveness margin, to enable intensification and growth.
    Remove the Auckland Urban Boundary: This arbitrary line has been found to add $50,000 or more to the average cost of houses in Auckland. The Government committed to removing it in 2017 but progress has stalled.
    Make Kāinga Ora capital available to community housing providers: Proven social housing providers have land and consents for new housing projects ready to go. The Government could make these projects happen immediately by releasing some of the taxpayer funding ring-fenced for future social housing.
    Establish a Housing Infrastructure Fund: This would help local government finance the pipes and roads required to accelerate rezoning of land for Greenfields developments.
    Implement new finance models: The Government should work with industry to develop finance models that leverage Accommodation Supplement and Income-Related Rent entitlements to drive new housing development.
    “National will continue to put forward constructive ideas to address this country’s housing shortage,” Ms Willis says.”

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  20. Nice to have this confirmed:
    New research out of the University of Hamburg in Germany found that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was, in fact, created in a Chinese lab. According to world-renowned researcher Roland Wiesendanger, the Wuhan Institute of Virology is the true “cause” of the Chinese virus, not bats at a Wuhan wet market as the world was originally told.

    https://noqreport.com/2021/02/24/award-winning-scientist-says-coronavirus-was-created-at-wuhan-lab/?utm_source=econ

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    • I’d prefer the word “tweaked” or “tuned” rather than “created.”
      The Wuhan lab probably took a coronavirus and modified a portion of its RNA to make it have a greater affinity for human hosts.

      Did it get out of the lab due to human error, or under the orders of the CCP?

      The danger is that if the CCP concludes that it has benefitted from this little exercise, they may be emboldened to unleash the Mk. II. version on the West. (I am sure that the US has already warned the CCP that it is on to their little game.)

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      • The only threat we face from covid is the reaction of our own home grown, authoritarian communists, who are using covid to justify a power grab.

        The CCP must be laughing their heads off watching the West tear itself to pieces.

        Lockdowns were manufactured by the CCP not a harmless flu. Lockdowns have affected the lives of billions and will kill millions.

        Lockdowns, not a mild flu, are made in China.

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  21. So this week alone that’s announced closures of the Taranaki Methanol plant and the Whakatane pulp and paper mill with all those unemployed and now huge drop in income from exports. Doesn’t look good for the economy or the people of NZ.

    NZ’s total goods exports register largest year-on-year drop in five years

    The value of New Zealand’s total goods exports fell 10 per cent to $4.2 billion in January compared with last year, led by falls in prices for dairy and meat, Stats NZ said today.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/nzs-total-goods-exports-register-largest-year-drop-in-five-years

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  22. Back before the turn of the century, women had another problem. All the water for cooking, cleaning and bathing had to be carried in buckets and pails in from the outside. It’s a historical fact that in 1885, the average North Carolina housewife walked 148 miles a year carrying 35 tons of water. But by 1929, cities around the country had put in underground water pipes. They had put in underground sewer pipes, and as a result, one of the great scourges of the late 19th century, waterborne diseases like cholera, began to disappear. And an amazing fact for techno-optimists is that in the first half of the 20th century, the rate of improvement of life expectancy was three times faster than it was in the second half of the 19th century.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/109264/patrick-watson-mauldin-economics-shares-his-experiences-big-texas-winter-storm-and

    so you tarts are better off then ever. 😆 😆

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  23. Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr has used his first opportunity to publicly comment on the central bank’s remit tweak to stress this won’t change the way it sets monetary policy.

    Speaking to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Orr said: “Our Monetary Policy Committee remit targets remain unchanged.

    “We remain only focussed on maintaining low and stable consumer price inflation and contributing to maximum sustainable employment, as recently outlined in our Monetary Policy Statement.”

    Orr’s comments saw the New Zealand dollar fall from US73.8 cents to US73.2 cents. It hit a 3.5-year high yesterday.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/news/109266/nz-dollar-falls-adrian-orr-says-monetary-policy-committee-only-focussed-its-inflation

    So all that stress for nothing. Odakyu-sen

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      • There you go again..” cluck cluck cluck cluuuuucccckkkkk!!!
        Let me explain s-l-o-w-l-y, cluck.
        I have never said the sharemarket wont go down..cluck. The sharemarket rises and falls..just like the ocean.
        So does the property market. But..you can guarantee..over the long term, 10-20 years plus, both will continue upward trajectory. Understand bird brain? Thus why I am rich and wipe my arse with 50 dollar notes..you are poor and live in a (rented) bedsitter above Phil Ure. 😁

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        • Ahhh it’s back peddling and telling fibs. 😂🤣

          Of course things get more expensive over time. Houses cost heaps less in 1849 dick head. Because we had less money then.

          But your Ponzi scheme is a house [chuckle] of cards. You know it and that’s why you’re afraid.

          Now have another drink and calm down 🍺

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    • Mind you, this time 4 years ago, the NZX50 was at about 7,000 points, so even at just over 12,000 points, it has a long way back to fall before even the excesses of the last couple of years are wiped off.

      A fall of 4,000 points would only take you back 3 years to early 2018.

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            • My comment was really aimed at the socialists. It is generally accepted that the birthplace of the Labour Party was the mining town of Blackball on the West Coast of the SI. I can recall reading a description of the sitting room of an average miner’s abode as consisting of “a small coal fire in the grate with a picture of Micky Savage, draped with rosary beads hung above the mantelpiece”.

              The union members who formed the Labour Party would spin in their graves if they could see the gaggle of gays & no-hopers who have hijacked the organisation.

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              • I went to Blackball, many years ago, and stayed at the “Blackball Hilton.” I remember the red and white ribbons over one of the mantlepieces, and the note about the origin of the New Zealand Labour Party.
                I visited the Brunner Mine Memorial Site a few days later. https://www.westcoast.co.nz/plan-your-trip/brunner-mine-memorial-site/
                How different the NZ Labour Party (and the National Party) today, to both of those institutions that were formed in the 1930s. As Douglas Adams so well put it: “In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.”

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                • We did a circumference of the South Island about this time last year. We were towing a caravan so based ourselves at the beautiful camping ground at Lake Brunner for a few days while we had a look over the area.

                  Blackball was on the list of places to visit. We spent a few hours wandering around looking & reading the info on offer. Even on a bright day in February it wasn’t hard to imagine the bleak lives of the original inhabitants risking their lives on a daily basis when huge profits were transferred back to the Lords & Ladies in the “Old Country”.

                  The remnants of mining communities which once extracted the black gold from the Denniston Plateau north of Westport were also well worth the visit.

                  I opposed the excesses of trade unionism in NZ during the 60s through 80s but even a cursory study of our history reveals how necessary they once were.

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  24. The United States launched airstrikes in Syria today, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups.

    The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member and other coalition troops.

    American officials said the attack killed a “handful” of militia, but the Pentagon did not provide any detailed assessment of the damage.

    The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration, which in its first weeks has emphasised its intent to put more focus on the challenges posed by China, even as Mideast threats persist.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/unambiguous-message-us-launches-airstrikes-in-syria-multiple-deaths-reported/S4CWWZWCYEOELVSQOPXZIXMRWQ/

    So the war mongers are away again.

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  25. Just a thought on Texas last week.

    If you power was out for days or you had to pay a large amount for spot market electrical power prices I guess you would look less smug today if you purchased an electric car in the prior to few months and prattled on to the neighbours how righteous and virtuous you are.

    Imagine the new glorified golf cart owner sheepishly at the door holding the end of a 50 mtr extension cord saying
    Can you lend a fella some electricity?
    Please Sir

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    • Me too Alice. I saw Brand having a discussion with someone recently and was surprised about his point of view as I thought he was a rabid lefty and a plonker. He seems to have ‘settled down’. Off whatever he was taking? I’ll check out what he has to say again. That Indian woman is good to listen to as well.

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  26. Isn’t it about time we ask our neighbouring councils to levy some sort of amenity rate on these residents who regard Hamilton as their city, the place where they work, where they play, where they learn?” Pascoe asked.

    “Either they [neighbouring councils] introduce a levy, or they share some of the higher rates that they collect off their residents, and share that back with us to fund the costs that our current ratepayers are funding.”

    In March, the city council will open up public submissions on its long-term plan, with staff seeking what amounts to a total 8.9 per cent increase on Hamilton residents’ rates bill. Like many high-growth cities, Hamilton has seen its debt levels – and rates – increase as it funds new infrastructure.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-government/124343383/proposed-amenity-tax-for-outoftowners-triggers-crossborder-stoush
    Hamilton councillor Rob Pascoe​ suggests the city look at imposing a levy on people entering the city to work after new data showed about 130,000 vehicles cross Hamilton’s boundary daily – with almost half entering the city from the south.
    —————————-
    so an even worse problem in Tauranga where we are surrounded by thousands living in the county a large % who come to town for the towns amemeities including work, shopping,schools or just to wander around the Mount and yet contribute nothing ,Nada, to the cities coffers. and buying to odd coffee doesn’t do the trick.

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    • …..” including work, shopping,schools”…..

      What a shower of shit. You’re lucky to get anyone to work in the holes, shopping is a zero cost to councils & allows them to gouge commercial rates off the retailers. Schools are government funded & any shortfall is not the council’s responsibility.

      Get the wankers to stick to footpaths roads, rubbish, water & sewage & watch your rates halve.

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      • Naaska. I think being from the bush you are simply not qualified to argue the pro’s and cons as you have been leaching on the townies forever.
        You see that’s our point.
        You don’t contribute anything to the towns where other ratepayers carry you beneficiaries on their backs.

        e.g here in Tauranga we have a lot of “events.” People who roll in for the day, close the roads, add wear and tear to everything they touch, spend a bit on accommodation, fill our sewers with shit, waste our water, use our council supplied (read RATEPAYER supplied), facilities for which they get charged nothing, dump their rubbish for the ratepayer to remove and then piss off home having had their fun at the local ratepayers expense.
        Few ever get to shopping and that money doesn’t fill the council coffers but it does create spend for the councils..

        That might all seem like fun and money for the event organisers and their council employed sympathisers but ask them to front up with a descent lump of cash and wait for the wailing to start.
        Altogether a net loss for the council and the ratepayer and if you ever believe the bullshit about what these events do for the local economy Auckland has an old bridge in need of repair that it can’t afford to replace although they do have a fancy waterfront.

        Thinnk about this and see how you have been sucked in by the entitled ones.

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        • Regrettably I am now a townie paying a shitload of rates to the useless bastards who waste our money in both the Masterton DC & the Far North DC. It is fair to say that about 60% of the rates that we paid on the farm were for roading & a bit more was wasted on “compliance” but the balance went into the general rate of which less than zilch was spent outside borough boundaries. As a cocky you get no water, no sewage, no footpaths & no rubbish collection.

          I don’t give a flying fuck about town halls, culture, art festivals & the rest of the wank. In any case had I the spare time I’m absolutely certain that I’d do anything other than drive to a town.

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      • He says from his lifestyle block in the county.
        Perhaps you should never use the townies facilities. No hospitals. no Mega’s or Bunnings, no rugby grounds, no art galleries as you woke are apt to do, the list is endless.

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        • Tell everyone to fuck off then and see who spends money to keep the shops open.
          Any tourist town has the same problem but its a catch 22 as without said tourists there is not that much new money coming in, its just a smaller version on what jacinda done and shut the borders severely restricting outside money flowing in.

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  27. Greetings fellow …..umm oh yeah, NEW ZEALANDERS.
    Friday evening, and Arty Pyle is having a relaxing drink
    or twelve. You fine folks would not believe how much
    I enjoy reading all of your comments, opinions and musings.
    Thank you so much Ed for providing this platform that is
    YSB. And as for YOU the member formerly known as Brigadier
    General Rissole, who I demoted to janitor earlier today, I am now
    elevating you to the position of polisher of Cindy’s cankle boots.

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  28. Oh Dear oh Dear .

    Visa for Green MP Ricardo Menéndez March’s partner gets green prick.
    What?

    Menéndez March’s partner, who is from Mexico which is a visa waiver country, was granted a six-month critical purpose visa based on his relationship with the politician.

    His partner was approved for an expression of interest in December then had his visa granted in January.

    One of the requirements of the visa is the couple must be in a “genuine and stable relationship”.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/visa-for-green-mp-ricardo-menendez-marchs-partner-gets-green-tick/AL7LJA4OJK6AWK644WEMEUE6B4/?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=nzh_fb&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2-mLr2SXw5cQtCW7qqCthqlCDM0ZHYpgKbnHDZEhPgKNet5CoBe57eIHw#Echobox=1614313215

    “I am surprised that they’ve deemed short holidays – self-described by Mr Menéndez March to be holidays – to be conventional living arrangements.

    “They’ve got more information than I do, clearly.”

    At the select committee meeting Stanford said one of her constituents was in a similar situation but their partner visa had been declined.

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  29. What? No jetpack cops yet….tight bastards.

    Glock ‘n roll: Pakistan unveils its new ROLLER-BLADE armed police response unit

    Head of the unit Farrukh Ali said the cops would be able to chase down thieves
    But he conceded they would not operate in parts of Karachi due to poor roads
    A video showed the unit in training, wielding Glock pistols while gliding around
    After a month of intensive rollerblade training, the squad will be deployed around the city’s narrow streets, busy intersections and in shopping centres
    Paris and London have also deployed rollerblade cops, with varying success

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9294281/Glock-n-roll-Pakistan-unveils-new-ROLLER-BLADE-armed-police-response-unit.html

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