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  1. Two-man charity donates over 40,000 meals worth of meat.

    The hunting pair had realised how many leftovers were mounting up in their freezers, so decided to get it minced by a local butcher and donated it to a community organisation. When they saw how much need there was, inspiration struck.
    “If everybody puts a little bit together … people get fed,” Hill said.

    https://www.thepress.co.nz/nz-news/350327635/two-man-charity-donates-over-40000-meals-worth-meat

    Labour-saving robots ready to hit the vines. Robo pruners and blueberry shakers aim to take on some back-breaking horticultural work.

    https://www.farmersweekly.co.nz/technology/labour-saving-robots-ready-to-hit-the-vines/

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    • just wait for the hunters to get shut down, a mate of mine wanted to do that a few years ago but even for charitable purposes the carcass must meat regulation…
      eg. gps location where it was harvested along with a poison declaration from land owner (to ensure no pesticides).
      heart lungs liver head etc must all be intact and inspected prior to processing.

      also needs to be chilled to below a certain temp within a set time depending on ambient temp.

      i rekon some doogooder will see that story and the poor bastards will end up getting charged… unless the law has changed but i doubt it has.

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        • its a right pain in the arse HP, i used to make a living 9mnths of the year shooting petfood but the rules and paperwork etc got more and more to the point you needed to spend pretty much an entire day chasing signatures from every farm within a few km of the one you intended on shooting just to make a few hundred bux if it was a dud farm.
          only the big stations were worth shooting in the end as 1 signature covered a week or 2 worth of shooting such a large area.
          brodifacoum has completely fucked the harvesting of wild game for sale of petfood/human consumption over large swathes of the country, bloody 3yr witholding period if its used incl neighbouring farms up to several km away that werent even poisoned depending on what spiecies youre harvesting eg. rabbit 200m, hare 2km, deer n pigs 5?km.

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  2. The Nats. are off on their smoke and mirrors behaviour as predicted. Useless pack of arseholes.
    Government scales back free driver’s licence re-sits over wait times
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/nz-news/350329703/government-scales-back-free-drivers-licence-re-sits-over-wait-times

    Inland Revenue is telling families to start saving ECE invoices now

    • 07:40am
    Government announces Family Boost package: Full replay

    Inland Revenue is telling parents to start collecting their Early Childhood Education invoices if they wish to claim the Government’s new childcare subsidy.

    From mid-September, parents or caregivers will be able to register for FamilyBoost, a new childcare payment administered by Inland Revenue (IR) to help parents and caregivers with the cost of ECE.

    FamilyBoost will cover 25% of a household’s childcare costs, up to a maximum of $975 every three months.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/money/350328720/inland-revenue-telling-families-start-saving-ece-invoices-now

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    • ……”FamilyBoost will cover 25% of a household’s childcare costs, up to a maximum of $975 every three months.”……

      And in other news, childcare centres nationwide announce a 25% increase in fees from 3July.

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    • It’s fine with me if people have to pay for a drivers license re-sit if they fail their first two attempts.
      Perhaps they shouldn’t be allowed to re-sit for an extended period of time to allow them to learn properly…

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      • McD, a few years ago, in recent history, I taught the Road Code in the evenings for the local AA Agency, to the great unwashed. The cost if my memory for this course was $76.00 and this included the NZTA License Theory Test costs. 99.9% of the participants had this cost paid for by WINZ as they claimed they needed their Drivers License to enable them to get a job, despite the fact most were long term unemployed and they had no intention of getting a job, but it was a way to help get your Drivers License with costs paid for, by you, the Taxpayer.

        There was one woman registered repeatedly who had WINZ pay for 6 Road Code Training Lessons over an 18 month period but never once attended any of the 1.5 hour lesson in the 3 weeks, the course took. But she keep applying to WINZ for the cost of the Course and WINZ keep paying up, This was a rort of course, as WINZ had threatened to stop her Dole if she did not actively look for work, but she claimed she could not get a job without a Drivers License, so WINZ just kept coughing up the Taxpayers money without compunction, because of this spurious claim.

        I then, for a while also did Learner Driver Training for the same organisation. I learn’t something.

        1. Some people are too dumb to either drive an automobile or sit a Driving Test.
        2. Some people are even thicker than that.
        3. Many people could not read or comprehend traffic signs or instructions.
        4. After all the training, instructions, advice and guidance, very little of the information given, sunk in with a lot of people..
        5. Many people did not know their left hand from their right.
        6. The Education system was chronically fucked to leave people like what I saw, they could not comprehend, pay attention or even sign their own name or know what initialling a Document was.
        7. And then there were the really dumb and there should be a mechanism to have them put down at birth or their parents sterilised.

        If you can not pass your driving test on the first go or even the second attempt, you should have a compulsory lengthy stand down period before being able to sit it again and you should undertake more professional lessons until you are competent enough to pass. And why you, the Taxpayer should have to pay for ignorant, lazy, dumb people who can not be bothered to master the art of driving competently before sitting their Driving License Test, is beyond me, and I for one who has seen all this first hand object to being made to pay for countless attempts because you are ill prepared for your License Test in the first instance. But there again Labour and their ever whinging, professional idiot, Chistopher Hipkins wants the perpetually useless, to be forever supported by the Taxpayer

        I am glad the Coalition Government has reverted to what the Regulations were previously.

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      • Golly, that is far too logical and extraordinarily unkind to these poor mites who have never had to do anything properly in their lives. Mr Hipkins and Chloe will hear about this. I’m sure they will take affirmative and decisive action about this as soon as he works out what a woman is and she takes her meds.

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      • Some countervailing factors

        A lot of the times now kids don’t do much in the way of exams
        It used to be- 3 hours exam, pass or fail
        Now it is more complex with internal assessment and retrys.
        the pressure to do or die is not there
        A lot of younger people are brought up in a world of no accountability or no need for serious exams.
        So they get nervous in a new situation.

        My friends son failed three times. His dad has several hobby cars and the son can drive these incl the older manuals (not automatic)
        (British shit,, Shhhh, I didnt say that)

        but in exam situation he gets nervous so cant pass
        Now dad has had to run him around which pisses him off
        all those cars and the son cant legally drive.
        He got him an electric scooter to get around
        the son is 18 this month .
        Try harder !!!!

        I have heard that there has been a lot of failing of people to up the revenue, or because they are R.soles.
        I can’t prove one way or other. Would need controlled observation.

        But for $500 you can get a licence via Raj’s brother at the Bottle O
        used to be $400 but you know, Cost of Living crisis and all !

        and in fact there are ‘drivers’ on the road who have licences – I guess – who cant drive for shit.
        This year I have seen a lot worse than prior with 4 near misses so far where I have had to take evasive action.
        Always on alert now.

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        • Howi, I am 100% sure, like COF’s and WOF’s, there are a percentage of failures which a NZTA approved Testing Officer has to give for those sitting a License to meet his NZTA pass / fail quota, which will account for some of the failures and this includes the nervous, as you point out.

          But alternatively there are a shit load out there who have no License or drive for many years on a Learners License and are just too lazy or incompetent to bother to sit the full License. I have two Step Daughters in this category, both have driven on a Learners for many years. It is a good argument that a Learners License has a lifespan of 6 months, max.

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          • ……” like COF’s and WOF’s, there are a percentage of failures”…..

            The system is absolutely corrupt. Years back when I was a truck driver every six months something would be failed usually requiring replacement no matter whether it was in perfect condition. There was a pattern which didn’t escape the notice of our highly competent house mechanic. Eg brakes this round, spring hangers the next, then cab mounts six months later.

            They were working on a cycle which essentially meant that most of the running gear of truck was renewed every seven years.

            Nowadays the local VTNZ are worse. Halfway through the month the inspectors get a report detailing their percentages of pass/fail & reasons. Drive in with a three year old car with ten thou on the clock the next day & you’ll like as not end up replacing the steering system.

            They are rotten to the core & only get away with it because their moronic customers have been brainwashed with “safety” messages.

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            • Totally agree.
              The six month WOF was perhaps necessary when we had those shitty Brit heaps of crap pretending to be cars; 60 or 70 years ago.

              Now with the majority of cars on the road of Asian origin there is no need for this stupid, control freak system
              Not even 12 months. Just scrap it
              It is an anachronism.

              I’ll keep my car safe because I want it to be safe .
              I’ll replace wiper blades when they stop being effective.

              If you have German car you will be in the service bay multiple times a year anyway. They can check it and charge you heaps. Its the gig.

              and if you have a Land Rover it will be like a museum piece you visit on religious holidays at the mechanics, Not destined for the road.

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          • you say-
            It is a good argument that a Learners License has a lifespan of 6 months, max.
            ——————-
            I agree

            I guess these are guaranteed liebour voters so it wont be touched.
            Not even by Liebour lite.

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    • Every right wing political group since WW2 have tried to out left the left. The OSS and CIA decided to force the political culture to create a version of socialist capitalism that would attract people away from Stalin’s communism. A better version of leftism, for the consumptive right. NZ’s nats are not free from this manipulation. They are trying to be better communists than the communists.

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  3. Plans for 100+ new Rotorua Kāinga Ora homes reassessed after review, 300+ still promised

    The “brakes” have gone on 110 Kāinga Ora homes planned for Rotorua after a Government shake-up.
    But the housing agency says it still intends to deliver more than 300 new homes between now and mid-2026, given the city’s “priority” status.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/plans-for-100-new-rotorua-kainga-ora-homes-reassessed-after-review-300-still-promised/SJJYFGZZZVEX7ISL3ONGWXXRC4/

    good, they can send lots of them back where they came from.
    The locals certainly didn’t want the scum.

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    • Man, every Tom, Dick and Harry will be lining up for a new house!
      Present tenents will be wanting one too and why shouldn’t they have a new house?
      They are entitled too!
      Or maybe one of the 300 put on backburner.
      Is there going to be scores of houses unable to be rented out?

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    • ……”The locals certainly didn’t want the scum.”……

      Neither would the private landlords’ mafia who, used to endless demand & a dearth of supply, would find their business models challenged.

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        • There’s always two sides to an argument & in this case it’s the ripoffs vs families & those looking for a nest.

          For some occult reason this blog’s readers who are normally moderate, thoughtful paragons of fairness turn into snarling imbeciles incapable of articulating their opinions in anyway short of an emasculated stab at the downtick symbol.

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            • 410 new bennie houses in rotten rua, plus normal new housing, gentrification etc. It’s going to be the size of Tauranga, I tell ya!
              New roundabouts stoplights, bicycle trails around town.
              You won’t know the place!
              Still, keep them all together does have some merit!

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          • I posted links yesterday Nas about the fact there is currently 14 years worth of houses for sale.
            Have you bought some for your begging whanua yet?
            There was also some links telling you how it all came about, particularly the one about financial wisdom.
            Oass that on to the whinging lazy spendthrifts that are par for the course these days.
            Its not reasonable to start at the top which seems to be their expectation ingrained in them by their university Professors.

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  4. Interesting comment. Another Nat interference?

    “So it was very different from that point of view and he also, I think, didn’t really understand things like editorial independence and newsrooms and he was soon, I guess, on a collision course with the newsroom.

    “He was also politically aligned. He used to tell me he was a friend of John Key’s.

    “We had a board who had directors who were aligned with the National Party. In the end, they did not like our current affairs journalists.

    “They saw them almost as the enemy and Mark Weldon really wanted to bring change and of course, that put me on a collision course with him.”3
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/media-insider-newshub-closure-former-mediaworks-chief-executive-mark-weldon-breaks-silence-three-slashes-ad-rates/FDZ7ZSKT2RE5DKUXUAUJAYZCWQ/

    Weldon said: “One senior MWL news team member said ‘Your problem is that you think news is a business. It is not. It is a family. And one of our family values is omerta/utu. Mess with the family and they will get you’.

    “The problem with this is that the ‘family’ had, in the year prior to my starting, lost $25 million of other people’s money, put the entire business – including radio and entertainment – into bankruptcy and yet were unwilling to change or even recognise the need for change.

    “As to the National Party comment, yes, I was friends with John Key and I did a lot of work with John and would do so again.

    “I also worked closely with [Labour ministers] Michael Cullen and Lianne Dalziel amongst others and was on Helen Clark’s climate change leadership forum.

    “In terms of external views of TV3, have a read of Jacinda Ardern’s ‘Open letter to Mark Weldon’ on the front page of the Sunday Star-Times [in 2016].

    I looked up that open letter – Ardern, then an Opposition MP and more than a year before her elevation to Labour leader and eventually Prime Minister, certainly pulled no punches.

    “I usually start with some kind of pithy greeting, but I barely know where to begin,” wrote Ardern.

    “What subject line should I even use, re: your destruction of TV3? And yet that’s exactly what I want to say – I feel like I have watched you single-handedly destroy a brand that I and many other Kiwis had a great affinity for, and I am not sure why.”

    “Apart from being fundamentally inappropriate for a politician to get involved in the operations of a private business, it shows pretty clearly that the Labour Party thought TV3 news was its vassal.”

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    • It used to be said gnews was the profitable part of running a teevee station.
      It was the time you could cram adverts in and the audience would stay.
      (I dont understand that, but there we are, some of us are discerning)

      the other profitable times were Monday to Thursday evening (after anchoring gnews) up to 9.30 to 10.30pm
      Much of the rest of the time the audience was low and the cost of advertising reflected that.

      If your news is running at a loss you are probably deeply in the shit.
      Probably, Ok, well you ARE . yep yep; that is what it is .

      I have not looked but since inception teevee three has gone under at least 5 times since late 1989. the first time after 6 months.
      The real decline began in 2007 when the AU private equity firm Ironbridge Capital, paid massively over the top for it on a stupid P/E multiple (same time as the daft sale of Yellow Pages to the Canadian Teachers pension fund)
      It was never going to get its capital back or price the goose for a resale.

      The rotten bastards put it into receivership circa 2013 when they owed $22 million in tax to IRD
      Tax dodgers. No moral fibre.
      so these sanctimonious pricks can Fk right off
      When I last looked 2017/2018 it was getting $20 million a year from NZ on Air and was still loss making.

      Mate !
      Its dog tucker.
      Bury it deep.
      But not near a water table where it can pollute its poison.
      This lot cant compete with $11 a month (30 cents a day) Amazon Prime
      FTA teevee in the 2020s a hobby that costs.
      Not like coin or stamp collecting that can gain value, more like car racing where you pay out.
      Pay for it yaselves.

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  5. A man ran home from work, pulled his wife into the bedroom, threw her on the bed, and pulled the blankets over them.
    She was shocked – he hadn’t been like this for 20 years.
    Then her husband said:
    “Look! My new watch glows in the dark”

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  6. “Who really broke the Treaty?”

    The answer is clear. The Crown, the several Governors, and the government never broke the Treaty of Waitangi. All actions taken were in accord with the accession of sovereignty and the assertion of British law. A number of Maori chiefs, and their iwi, committed acts of treason and rebellion, in contradiction of the Treaty of Waitangi.

    All Treaty settlements are based on the Crown having broken the Treaty. Since that is not so, all such settlements are a fraud. There is no justification for the continued existence of either settlements or the Waitangi Tribunal.

    The ideology of apartheid has evolved over some decades and is now supported by many (18) organisations and authorities, in a veritable Treaty Industry. They are all guilty of committing treason by violating the sovereignty of the state and overthrowing the principles of the nation. In particular, the Supreme Court and the Waitangi Tribunal have been committing treason against the people of New Zealand.

    We have lost our country. We live in a divided, racist, apartheid state which has had its unity, democracy and sovereignty ripped away, with the final step under preparation – of two separate race-based parliaments passing different laws, with the dominant ‘indigenous’ authority following the ancient, Stone Age and pre-civilisation, culture of tikanga that once brought nation-wide tribal warfare and cannibalism.

    https://www.nzcpr.com/a-broken-nation-complete-tribal-disunity/

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    • I don’t care where you go Paddy.
      Just fuck off and do it quietly.

      And speaking of people we don’t think highly of ….
      A while ago it was reported that Klaus Schwab was very unwell.
      Please don’t tell me he’s recovered.
      That would be too disappointing.

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  7. Trump’s negotiating style as reported by Congressman Wesley Hunt.

    “In a tense meeting with Taliban leaders, Trump declared, “I want to leave Afghanistan, but it’s going to be a conditions-based withdrawal,” before issuing a stark warning.
    “If you harm a hair on a single American, I’m going to kill you,” Trump said. The translator conveyed this exact message.
    Trump then “reached in his pocket, pulled out a satellite photo of the leader of the Taliban’s home, handed it to him, got up and walked out the room.”

    Whole interview looks interesting, will watch when I have a spare hour.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NmLw31l9UE

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  8. I looked up that open letter – Ardern, then an Opposition MP and more than a year before her elevation to Labour leader and eventually Prime Minister, certainly pulled no punches.

    “I usually start with some kind of pithy greeting, but I barely know where to begin,” wrote Ardern.

    “What subject line should I even use, re: your destruction of TV3? And yet that’s exactly what I want to say – I feel like I have watched you single-handedly destroy a brand that I and many other Kiwis had a great affinity for, and I am not sure why.”

    https://www.interest.co.nz/economy/128541/review-things-you-need-know-you-sign-wednesday-june-retail-weak-early-reports-dairy

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  9. Union bemoans potential offshoring of banking jobs ‘in an attempt to drive wages down’ as BNZ eyes shifting some roles to India
    BNZ is considering moving jobs to India.

    Callum Francis, FIRST Union’s national organiser for finance, says the union is currently involved in consultation meetings with BNZ “over the proposed offshoring of specialist banking roles,” although no final decisions have been confirmed by BNZ.

    “We believe that the offshoring of banking roles is a lost opportunity to employ more New Zealanders, and we will be making the feelings and perspectives of our members clear in discussions with the bank,” Francis says.

    His comments come after interest.co.nz was told BNZ’s looking at moving, outsourcing, about 50 of a total 80 lending services jobs from its New Zealand operation payments department to Accenture in India. This comes after 70 to 80 jobs in BNZ’s sanctions and fraud team were relocated to Accenture in India last year, with local workers affected redeployed.
    https://www.interest.co.nz/banking/128539/union-bemoans-potential-offshoring-banking-jobs-attempt-drive-wages-down-bnz-eyes

    yeah well ANZ have done that.
    Yesterday Iwas told to wait 20 minutes for someone to deal with my query.
    fuck that. Can
    Can’t even get my local banker to ring me.
    Talking to a senior ANZ person and got told that RBNZ is the font of most problems including lending to people to buy a house.

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  10. 1) Gisborne: Anatomy of a housing crisis.

    My colleague Greg Ninness’ most recent write-up of the Tenancy Services rent data was an eye opener for me.

    That’s because it showed median residential rents in April were higher in Gisborne than in any other region of New Zealand except Auckland. That’s right, Gisborne’s median residential rent is higher than Wellington’s, Christchurch’s, Bay of Plenty’s, Waikato’s, Tasman’s, or Hawke’s Bay’s.

    The Gisborne Region has a median weekly rent of $640. That’s after a $90, or 16%, increase year-on-year. The Auckland region’s is $660, after a $20 annual increase. Third is Bay of Plenty at $630.

    Talk about a housing crisis. How did Gisborne come to have the second highest rent in Aotearoa?

    According to a Gisborne housing stocktake for Manaaki Tairāwhiti done by consultants Sense Partners, there are a range of factors behind it.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/economy/128514/gareth-vaughan-housing-crisis-nz-credit-landscape-governments-shockflation-ev-wars

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  11. Here ya go nas.
    Nows your time buy your kids a house.

    Average asking price of homes listed for sale on Realestate.co.nz down $90,071 since February, Auckland down by more than $100,000

    The amount of housing stock for sale is at a 10 year high and average asking prices are tumbling, according to the latest data from property sales and rental website Realestate.co.nz.

    The website had 31,745 residential properties available for sale at the end of June. That’s up 28.6% compared to June last year, and the highest level of stock for sale on the website for the month of June since 2014.

    Around the regions, the biggest increase in stock for sale was in the Wellington region where the number of properties for sale was up a whopping 49.8%. Next was Auckland +34.8%, Central Otago/Lakes +34.6%, and Coromandel +33.1%.

    Eight regions had annual stock increases above 30% and none had less stock for sale compared to a year ago. See the chart below for the full regional stock details.

    New listings remained strong in June at 7805, up 25.5% nationally compared to June last year, with all regions except Northland, Marlborough and West Coast posting increases.
    https://www.interest.co.nz/property/128530/average-asking-price-homes-listed-sale-realestateconz-down-90071-february-auckland

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    • stupid stuffed want me to log in to read their junk now.

      best thing that got us ahead was getting away from being paid weekly/fortnightly.
      even in aussie i opted to get paid monthly… one seeding the bosses wife forgot about me as all the other guys were on timesheets/hourly. she realized after 15wks and had a panic, i thought it was awsome as i got over 25k lump sum paid out 🙂
      when you get paid monthly or self employed and invoice monthly ya just learn to live like youre broke all the time and you get really good at budgeting and keeping a contingency/emergency fund set aside.

      my current co workers get paid on a tuesday and usually broke by the weekend ffs, i dont miss living like that.

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  12. Looks like getting a knighthood is a red flag to the masses.

    The former DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson is to face additional sex offence charges when he appears in court on Wednesday.
    He is now being accused of a total of 18 offences, after the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) considered the police evidence.
    Initially, when he appeared in court in April, the ex-MP was accused of 11 offences.
    His wife and co-accused, Lady Eleanor Donaldson, is to face five charges.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cpe314ezpg1o

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  13. Macron’s Loss Isn’t an End, It’s a Beginning.

    Macron and Davos will do everything they can to extend and pretend that they are still in control in France. They may even succeed in saving Macron. In doing so they may even destroy what’s left of France, sacrificing it on the altar of the European Union, but for what?

    A meta-stable alliance held together by the scolding of a bloodless German vampire like Ursula Von der Leyen?

    How long do you think the French go from Yellow Vests to the guillotine?

    https://tomluongo.me/2024/07/02/macrons-loss-isnt-an-end-its-a-beginning/

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