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  1. Good Morning my Fellow New Zealanders – Reporting in from within 400 metres where our Great Nation was once Signed willingly into Existence – Waitangi.
    A Nation that we were Once All Proud to Be Part Of, that we where all collectively Proud of our Heritage, of Hillary, Snell and the Maori Battalion, the All Blacks and all achievements over time since 1840.
    Now, as many of us, reach into the latter part of our lives we see the division that has been accelerated by this current Government, this name change, this separation of our land and people and feel great sadness at what is being lost, at what is being taken from us and all our children to come.
    I am proud of the fact that my ancestors arrived in New Zealand on 26th December 1839 and been part of the formation and building of this heritage, I have Great Regret over what is happening now.

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  2. On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts.
    ‘One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me,’ said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.
    Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, ‘One for you, one for me, one for you,
    One for me…’
    He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.
    ‘Come here quick,’ said the boy, ‘you won’t believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!’
    The man said, ‘Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.’ When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery.
    Standing by the fence they heard, ‘One for you, one for me. One for you, One for me.’
    The old man whispered, ‘Boy, you’ve been tellin’ me the truth. Let’s see if we can see the Lord…
    Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.
    At last they heard, ‘One for you, one for me. That’s all.. Now let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done….
    They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile before the kid on the bike passed him.

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  3. Good morning YSB
    “Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.”
    ~Scottish Proverb

    BGR has a different profile pic today, from my days as a professional bagpipe player and rabble rouser.

    By the way, wanna-be pipers start on a practice chanter (which looks a bit like a whistle and is mouth-blown). They learn technique, musicianship, and begin to memorize tunes using this smaller, easier to manage instrument.

    As they advance, they’ll begin to work with the full pipes, starting with the drones turned off and then adding one at a time. However, a piper will continue to use their practice chanter throughout their lives to learn new tunes and keep their finger work sharp.

    CABAR FÈIDH GU BRATH!
    The stag’s antlers forever!

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  4. Western governments, including New Zealand, point finger at China over ‘malicious’ state-sponsored cyber-attacks
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/07/western-governments-including-new-zealand-point-finger-at-china-over-malicious-state-sponsored-cyber-attacks.html

    Little, the minister in charge of the GCSB, says he condemns the “reckless” sharing of the server’s vulnerabilities – adding it undermines global stability.

    “New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious activity undertaken by the Chinese Ministry of State Security,” he said in a statement on Monday night.

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    • Just as well the 5 eyes didn’t kick us out then aye???Imagine if we had to do this alone?? Fcuking government and their useless crap that we are having to deal with every day. I heard that Boris said the so called vaccination is still in its trials and is not 100% accurate sooooo??? At long last a leader who is honest then??

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      • No, I do not believe he is honest. Telling Britain last Christmas that there would not be a vaccine passport but getting a Swiss outfit to work out the possible reaction to one and now saying there is going to be one.

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    • Yes and maybe Bill Goats Microsoft could just write better code in the first place.
      They have stolen most of their products in the first 20 years by nefarious means or done bait and switch deals.
      They are ‘glorified. crooks,

      When they end up with the product the coders they employed were not smart enough to make it work well
      That is why with the internet they have released code very early to ‘beta test’ when in fact they want the public to sort out their shit for free.

      In early 1995 Billy Goats said the internet would never amount to much.
      Those listening to his advice on medicines and vacc…poison should do a double take.
      If he was poor at predicting in his ‘chosen profession’ then how bad is he where he is a malicious amateur?

      Microsoft have put out shit products for 40 years.
      I remember a fella few years back excitedly telling me that windows 10 (a completely bollocks piece of spyware) starts up so fast.
      I had to tell him Apple has always done this and it was only ever Mini computers (DEC, Wang, DG) and above that take so long to start up.
      Imagine your Android phone taking 3-4 minutes to boot up and thinking it is acceptable.

      There is plenty of headroom for improvement in MS products and the fact they are exploited is because they are easily exploitable.

      Anyhoo, makes change from wanking on about Russians as hackers.
      Most westerners are shit useless at geography.
      It was the East Germans doing most of the sports doping etc cheating in the 1980s.
      It is places like Romania, Latvia and other Eastern Europe countries where a lot of the illegal hack houses are.
      Some in Russia, but not dominant.

      Finally they start some pushback on China.
      Well well well !
      As I have long said, when you look at how China treats its own people, do you really think they give a flying fuck for the welfare of people in other countries?
      Duh.

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  5. Ryan Bridge: If a police officer says they need a weapon to do their job, who am I to stand in their way?
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/07/ryan-bridge-if-a-police-officer-says-they-need-a-weapon-to-do-their-job-who-am-i-to-stand-in-their-way.html

    You’ve seen the video of the police officer being beaten in the street; bashed in the head as others stand around and film it.

    Last week, a man pulled a woman from her car and allegedly held a gun to her head before fleeing and doing the same thing again – by which time police were able to shoot him.

    There’s no doubt criminals are feeling emboldened; they’re more agitated with police, they’re more increasingly likely to be violent towards them. The question: what do we do about it?

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    • Hang on! We need to know how the fight started and how the perp could beat the the cop up, first!
      Did he have shit training, was he a new soy boy? Then there’s the female running around in circles.
      Only after these are answered can we talk about arming poolice! We need to ask why crimes are giving the cops a hard time?
      The last thing we need are soy clip board nazis toting guns!

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      • Do police still carry truncheons? I was under the impression that they have a short one concealed in a long pocket. If that’s still the case it suggests that WPC should be stood down for negligence.

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      • American BLM’s Marxist gibberish to “defund police” and their penchant for attacking cops is inflecting the world. Give dumb arses an inch and they will see it as their right to attack the cops. That is what is happening. 🤪🤪🤪

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        • More like the liebour mob have changed the prioridies for the coppies to go after ‘thought crimes’ and hurty words and leave the criminals to thrive.

          If the criminals are a wee bit hurty go and play guitar for them and make sure they have free rein at funerals for thugs and fellow criminals.
          Get the taxpayers to detour and check their white privilege.
          That is NZ 2021.

          When the fucker cops announced they were going after rescue helicopter pilots who saved lives in December 2019 they disconnected from any respect that may be due .

          Scum having a go at coppies. Tough. Cops would not help you in times of trouble .
          Reply to this and give an example from the last three years if you think that is wrong.

          Drive 103 km /hr on the open road and we will fine you but if your house is burgled or car stolen – ah sorry we dont want to upset the ‘misunderstood, colonised people’ who most likely committed this offense, um, ah I mean event .

          Remember the cops used to release murder numbers in NZ annually.
          This stopped in 2018.
          -The cops are pro-crime
          -The liebour lot are pro-crime
          -The courts are feminised and soft on crime.
          That is reality today.

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      • …why crimes are giving the cops a hard time?…

        asked and answered

        The Ardern Sixth Labour Govt is a pro-crime Govt.
        They have unleashed the criminals and spent years giving excuses for their crime; Lioebour have normalised crime.
        Meantime they have weaponised words and about to snuff out the old saying – sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.
        The liebour mob is made up of a mix of low IQ thugs (Willie Jackass, Special K) and soy boys (Robbers son, Ritchie Cunningham et al)
        Cleary kids at school taunted them (cant blame them) and now they seek revenge by distorting and making ‘bad law’

        Using ‘colonisation;’ as a pathetic excuse and pushing this through the courts.
        The court system of NZ has been feminised and there is no room for ‘hanging judges’

        Crims have been emboldened through a rigorous set of ‘posidividy’ from ardern and her moron mob.

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  6. A seafood restaurant had a sign in the window that read,
    “Big Crayfish Tales, $5 each.”

    Amazed at the great value, a man stopped in and asked the
    waitress, “Five dollars each for crayfish tails — is that
    correct?”

    “Yes,” she said. “It’s our special just for today.”

    “Well,” he said, “they must be little crayfish tails.”

    “No,” she replied, “it’s the really big crayfish.”

    “Big red crayfish tails, $5 each?” he said, amazed. “They
    must be old crayfish tails!”

    “No, they’re definitely today’s.”

    “Today’s big red crayfish tails — $5 each?” he repeated,
    astounded.

    “Yes,” she insisted.

    “Well, here’s my five dollars,” he said. “I’ll take one.”

    She took the money and led him to a table where she invited
    him to sit down. She then sat down next to him, put her hand
    on his shoulder, leaned over close to him, and said, “Once
    upon a time there was a really big, red crayfish…”

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  8. State Highway 1 is blocked at Marton in the lower North Island after a truck hit a rail overbridge.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/delays-expected-after-truck-crash-blocks-state-highway-1-marton?auto=0

    Police say the truck jack-knifed at around 6.20am at the intersection with Calico Line.

    The sole occupant of the truck suffered minor injuries.

    State Highway 1 is blocked and diversions are in place around Wings Line and Calico Line.

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    • Can anyone tell us why some roads in that area are called lines?
      In the Waikato around Morrinsville, some roads are #1 road to #10 road. This is because the dutch immigrants back in the 50’s didn’t speak much English but could read the numbers.

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      • My map, published in October 1943 on a 1;63,360 scale clearly shows Number One, Two, Four, Seven, Eight and Nine Roads. This was some time before the clog hopper invasion.
        The unusual scale of the map made it an inch to the mile.

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      • Editor@0838

        Concerning ‘Lines’.

        My understanding is that the ‘Lines’ is a topographical surveying term used by the Government surveyors in the early days of European settlement, when the Manawatu area was being opened-up for settlement and sawmilling, By definition, wuthin surveying, a ‘Line’ is a real or imaginary mark between two fixed points,

        It appears likely that whomever within the subsequent local authority was in charge of roading so for would have used the pre-existing survey term when giving directions. Unintentionally, what was originally a temporary term (‘Line’) came to be a permanant fixture and lasts to the present day.

        While perhaps a somewhat convoluted reply, I hope it helps. Thanks for asking.

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    • TeeVee Enzed

      Marton is not on State goat-track No 1.
      No way.

      There are lots of signs pointing to Marton but might as well say that Fielding is on S. Goat Track no 1.
      It is not.
      Marton is easily avoided.
      Unlike Levin.

      Is this from some breathless wee cub at TeeVeeScum, who was on the pipe last night; and even if sober only knows where Parnell bars are ?

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    • What is it about certain wealthy individuals that makes them communist sympathizers?
      Is it their love of being able to control other people?
      Is it their hatred of anyone who disagrees with them?
      Do they act that way out of narcissism?

      What do you think?

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      • Unfortunately in every communist society both past and present there have been the rich and the poor. So my thinking is Odakyu-sen, that the very rich imagine they will continue with their wealth, and the poor will continue to get poorer. As we have seen with the ptpm and her buying of property since her rise to fame and fortune, but it is to everyone else in New Zealand’s detriment.

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        • Many people fantasize about being a king or chief, i.e., being at the top of a hierarchy. It’s part of human nature to want to be the top dog.

          It depends on the nature of a hierarchy. Not all hierarchies are the same. Some are built on competence and the ability to do one’s job well. Other hierarchies are purely built on power.

          Which hierarchy do you think the communist sympathizers prefer to climb?

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  9. Did you see that the Hamilton to Auckland train left two carriages somewhere down the line.
    Did it arrive only to find out then?
    Did another train run into it?
    Poor passengers having to walk to the nearest roadd and hitchhike, do they get a refund?

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  10. TRENDING ON KIWIBLOG…

    CAKE FACE1

    Below a quote from a flick I like called Network. I changed a few works, to make it relevant to little Aotearoa! RIP Mr Sherry:

    “Philip James Sherry died Sunday! Philip James Sherry was once main broadcaster of TVNZ One and he died Sunday morning following a short illness, and woe is us, we’re in a lot of trouble!

    So, a rich little man with white hair died. What does that got to do with the price of rice, right? And why is that woe to us? Because you people and five million other Aotearoans are listening to me right now. Because less than three percent of you people read books! Because less than fifteen percent of you read newspapers! Because the only truth you know is what you get over this tube! Right now, there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube! This tube is the Gospel, the ultimate revelation! This tube can make or break Presidents, Popes, Prime Ministers! This tube is the most awesome goddamn force in the whole godless world! And woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people, and that’s why woe is us that Philip James Sherry died!

    Because this country is now in the hands of Jack Tame, boy child and honking goose. And when the government completely controls the most awesome goddamn propaganda force in the whole godless world, who knows what shit will be peddled for truth on this network?! So, you listen to me. Listen to me! Television is not the truth. Television’s a goddamned amusement park! Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We’re in the boredom-killing business! So if you want the truth, go to God! Go to your gurus! Go to yourselves! Because that’s the only place you’re ever gonna find any real truth! But man, you’re never gonna get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you wanna hear. We lie like hell. We’ll tell you that, uh, Kojak always gets the killer, and that nobody ever gets cancer at Archie Bunker’s house. And no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don’t worry, just look at your watch, at the end of the hour he’s gonna win. We’ll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in illusions, man! None of it is true! But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colours, creeds. We’re all you know! You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here! You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal! You do whatever the tube tells you, you dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube. You even think like the tube.

    This is mass madness, you maniacs! In God’s name, you people are the real thing! We are the illusion! So turn off your television sets! Turn them off now! Turn them off right now! Turn them off and leave them off! Turn them off right in the middle of this sentence I am speaking to you now! Turn them off!”

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    • By ll means have the cops carry guns at all times if you want a bunch of trigger happy thugs who can kill people with impunity, like in the USA. Whatever you think about the whole defund the police drama over there, it didn’t come out of nowhere. There are hundreds of cases in the US of cops gunning down people needlessly and suffering no consequences. Allowing responsible citizens to be armed is a far better option.

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    • The nz police don’t wear body cams or even release film if they have it, such as from takers or dash cams. No way I support arming the cops without body cams with the film released, and a lot more training.
      Many gun clubs won’t allow them to,use their facilities, due to,the anti gun leadership and the dangerous firearms handling and damage to the range.

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    • It’s true. Pete Williams has been talking about the attempted suicide with the encouragement of Martin Devlin’s wife, “anything that can help other”. Martin tried to kill himself last night and their son saved him. He is in hospital and will stay there for at least a week. Martin is struggling included with recent employment issues.

      Sorry to hear about Martin. Best wishes to him and his family and getting him through this.

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    • Just catching up on this.

      Ok so a media person tried to kill himself.
      As Charlotte Dawson did.
      As I recall they did not (and will not ) report this as suicide.
      I got all the details from my Aunt in Australia who said the hanging was fully reported on there.

      This seems to be a case of media turning on their own.
      There was in fact a spate of suicides in AU media earlier this year- mainly radio DJs and mainly female under 40 .

      Media are filthy critters and pick on a lot of people.
      I witnessed this first hand in 2007 over the death of morbidly obese Folole Muliaga.
      They went out harassing anyone possible in the firing line.
      Media are evil.
      Why would anyone with a brain think otherwise?

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  11. I see the tradition of Maori claiming land has reached another point with refusing to pay rates as the property was his papakainga (original home) and he should not be forced to pay rates on it. Now the Bank has foreclosed and he is out on his ear. One of the beauties of Rating is that if someone refuses to pay the account is sent to the Bank and it is added onto the mortgage.
    A South Taranaki man and his supporters are preparing to occupy land that he says was wrongfully sold because he had not paid council rates.
    United Tribes flags on bamboo poles are flying around the Normanby property where Herbert Rerekura is living in a caravan on family-owned land next door to his former home.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/300357426/land-protest-under-way-in-south-taranaki-over-wrongfully-sold-house

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    • If not paying rates is based on him insisting on Maori pre-European settlement rights, Instead of a caravan shouldn’t he be living in a traditional whare? //

      “Māori building materials. Māori used what they found in forests and swamps to make houses and other structures. They wove building materials together as they had no nails. They used timber for posts, ridge poles and outer walls, and rushes, bark or toetoe for thatching, which was attached to battens, often made from mānuka”.

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  12. Gun violence ‘out of control’, majority of officers want to be armed – police association president
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/07/gun-violence-out-of-control-majority-of-officers-want-to-be-armed-police-association-president.html
    The Police Association President says gun violence is “out of control” and police are worried for their safety.

    Police Association President Chris Cahill told The AM Show on Tuesday the violence is “out of control”.

    “It’s a change in society it’s clear criminals now are very happy to assault and use firearms against police.”

    He says 1500 officers were assaulted last year, with 350 of those resulting in injuries.

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  13. ACT wants to track gang members’ spending in an effort to protect their children, with a new policy the party says will “tip the balance towards the child and away from crime”.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/act-proposes-policy-track-gang-members-spending-protect-their-children?auto=0

    Chhour said ACT would introduce electronic income management alongside Gang Injunction Orders, support for police resourcing, and sensible reform of New Zealand’s corrections system to crack down on gangs.

    “Ensuring there is a standard for responsibility with the benefit provided by hardworking taxpayers and removing substances that fuel harm in these families is just common sense and will help support some of the most vulnerable victims of gang crime,” she said.

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      • Well, I’m sure you’ll enjoy a Labour run vaccine passport far more than an ACT run one. Because that’s what you’re going to get or be stuck in New Zealand with Ardern for a very, very long time.

        You may be okay with sticking around under Ardern’s leadership for whatever reasons, but for me? I’d prefer a group that has my privacy at heart to manage this process than a collection of mad totalitarians under the Preying Mantis’ leadership. Especially because under ACT at least it will be optional and part of international requirements.

        Out of curiosity and speaking of those requirements – if you’re going to hypothetically do a tour of some North African countries for example such as Ethiopia, Kenya, etc. how would you get around the vaccination certification requirements they have? (I appreciate you said you won’t ever travel outside of NZ previously, hence it’s a hypothetical question)

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        • Are you sure ACT’s vaccine passport is optional? Evidence please. As for having your privacy at heart – if ACT cared about your privacy, they would not even suggest a vaccine passport.

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          • Are you sure ACT’s vaccine passport is optional? Evidence please.

            Vaccination is optional as is travel. ACT is quite clear on the former in their policy documentation on Covid 2.0.

            You only need a vaccine passport to travel to countries that mandate it and, looking at vaccination certification requirements, it seems to vary from country to country.

            You can use Yellow Fever as one example if you’d like to research it, but there is also similar requirements depending on the country you are travelling through or to for cholera, typhus and smallpox.

            The current countries that look set to implement some form of evidence that you have been vaccinated for free travel as of February are Portugal, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Australia (!!!), USA, Thailand, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Italy, Belgium, UAE, Kosovo and the whole of the EU basically.

            if ACT cared about your privacy, they would not even suggest a vaccine passport

            It’s a growing requirement overseas for travel. ACT could, of course, stick their head in the sand and go “lalalala we won’t do this” but then we’ll end up in a situation where Ardern is managing those certifications for people that do want to travel. Or us keeping our borders locked down. Neither of those are appealing to me.

            Clever as he is, David Seymour doesn’t dictate to the world what they need to do. And our tiny country will, in the same way as we won’t achieve fuck all for Climate Change, achieve anything about changing the global agreements for post-Covid-19 travel. You can rail against that as much as you like, but it shows a remarkable disconnect from the reality of what the world is like now and an even more remarkably willingness to abrogate that to somebody (Jacinda Ardern) who gives even less than two tenths of fuck all about you, your privacy or your decision to take or not take a vaccination.

            At least ACT’s front footing on being ready and prepared and letting Kiwis decide for themselves.

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            • Have they changed the policy? When I read and posted it a couple of months ago they clearly proposed mandatory covid passports. As for Cindy she can usually be relied on to to screw the whole thing up.

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              • They only use mandatory once in the document; in relation to the Taiwanese mandatory 14 day quarantine. The document is clear though that vaccination is “delivery to those who choose to take it

                If you choose to not take it, you don’t need certification that you’ve been vaccinated, do you?

                You will likely not be able to travel to countries that require vaccination for travel. Some countries may, of course, have MIQ type requirements and not require evidence of vaccination. It’s a bit of an unknown at this stage.

                But those are all part of the broader discussions that we should be front-footing rather than hiding behind Ardern’s decisions.

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    • I’m not 100% sure why they’re suddenly singling out gang members, but with 9/10 gang members receiving a main benefit I’m also not surprised. ACT’s policy has long been that:

      * Benefit payments are made in cash until a recipient uses up their time on the Job Seeker / equal benefit OR has more children while on a benefit.
      * At that point, benefit payments are done to an electronic bank card that is restricted in the types of spending it can be used for with a small amount paid in discretionary cash so the recipient of welfare still has some choice of what they buy.

      The core principle is:

      QUOTE: No child goes hungry. and
      QUOTE: People who would abuse the system find that they are not given endless cash, but are carefully monitored and have controlled access to the essentials the taxpayer thought they were funding

      That seems reasonable to me. If I’m funding a welfare lifestyle, I’d like to ensure that what I’m spending my money on is actually going towards the basic care of the people receiving it and not to all sorts of vices. If you want to buy heaps of alcohol, drugs, whatever – get a fucking job and pay for it yourself.

      Don’t ask me to fund it for you.

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        • Problem is Aunty buys the vouchers and gives the cash for them, at a reduced rate of course. Then she goes into the supermarket uses the vouches and the original recipient of the vouchers goes to the local drug/liquor outlets and buys what ever they want. This card system from Act is a better option, as they would/should have photo ID for it as well and I am not sure of that added extra yet.

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          • Not that easy on the current ones Lizzie, they are issued to a name, you have to have photo I.D to pass them and they would be damn near impossible to forge. Even if you did pass the voucher on you would lose a percentage and it would take more effort than most of the beneficiaries round this way could be bothered with.The reason the lefties hate the idea so much is it works and it makes people accountable which is their pet hate. I actually got banned from the Standard a few years ago for suggesting this – never been back since.

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    • In a truly dystopian society of the future, people (male or female) deemed to be members of or to have partners who are members of anti-social groups would face mandatory (but reversible) sterilization.

      Imagine how such an outwardly sensible and well-meaning law would backfire horribly.

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  14. The pigs and the Party have been trying to disarm citizens for years.

    With that done, they are demanding more guns for themselves. The sole purpose of which is to kill citizens.

    Statistically you are over 20 X more likely to be killed by your own government than by a criminal.

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    • “60 percent of those admitted to hospital have been double v2cinated”

      Critical thinking needs to be applied.
      If 60% of the population had been double-vaccinated AND this reduces the risk of serious illness requiring hospitalization by tenfold, then the statement above would still be TRUE.

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  15. Whistling Bob the Builder at a neighbour gets a man a hate speech criminal record.

    The site is filled with adds and they’re clever enough to detect my add blocker. As a public service, I turned it off for that advert ridden page to grab the text:

    QUOTE: Among a log of calls, a mum claimed her son was allowed to bang his head against the side of the pool ‘due to his ethnicity’ in West Yorkshire. A man in Bedfordshire will have a police record against his name for the next six years because he whistled Bob the Builder at his neighbour. A man complained that he had been ripped off by a drug dealer because he was gay.

    And in Norfolk, someone claimed a burger bun had been deliberately dropped on their driveway because of their ethnicity.

    The Mail on Sunday found 10,840 non-crime hate incidents were logged last year – bringing the total in the past five years to 120,000. But Freedom of Information requests sent to 43 police forces in England and Wales could not identify any crimes which had been solved as a result of the records. The Hate Crime Operational Guidelines, which came into force in 2014, instruct police officers to record any actions which may have been motivated by an element of hate – even if there is no evidence to prove them.

    Several campaigners have spoken out against the controversial practice, claiming the logs could jeopardise a person’s career even if they were not charged with a crime. Harry Miller, a former police officer from pressure group Fair Cop, said: ‘The police have completely lost the plot.

    ‘How the hell can whistling Bob The Builder at someone land you with a criminal record?’

    Rupert Matthews, the police and crime commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, said: ‘The police have got more than enough to do and if it is not a crime then we cannot be putting resources into it.

    ‘The public is right to ask why are police investigating things that are not crimes.’

    The College of Policing pointed out non-crime hate incidents only show up on an enhanced criminal records check if it is relevant to the particular job, and if it is approved by a chief constable on the force.

    Faculty head David Tucker added: ‘Chief officers must also consider allowing someone the opportunity to reply before information is disclosed, and it should not be disclosed if it is trivial, simply demonstrates poor behaviour or relates merely to an individual’s lifestyle.’

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  16. A guy walks into a bar with his pet monkey.

    He orders a drink and while he’s drinking the monkey jumps all around the place. The monkey grabs some olives off the bar and eats them, then grabs some sliced limes and eats them, then jumps onto the pool table, grabs one of the billiard balls, sticks it in his mouth, and to everyone’s amazement, somehow swallows it whole.

    The bartender screams at the guy “Did you see what your monkey just did?” The guy says “No, what?” He just ate the cue ball off my pool table–whole!” “Yeah, that doesn’t surprise me,” replied the guy, “he eats everything in sight, the little bastard. Sorry. I’ll pay for the cue ball and stuff.”

    He finishes his drink, pays his bill, pays for the stuff the monkey ate, then leaves.

    Two weeks later he’s in the bar again, and has his monkey with him.

    He orders a drink and the monkey starts running around the bar again. While the man is finishing his drink, the monkey finds a maraschino cherry on the bar. He grabs it, sticks it up his butt, pulls it out, and eats it.

    The bartender is disgusted. “Did you see what your monkey did now?” he asks. “No, what?” replies the guy. “Well, he stuck a maraschino cherry up his butt, pulled it out, and ate it!” said the bartender.

    “Yeah, that doesn’t surprise me,” replied the guy. “He still eats everything in sight, but ever since he swallowed that cue ball, he measures everything first.

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  17. WTF? Are we going to prefix every word with the Te Lingo equivalent now?

    “While ultimately Tamaki Makaurau Auckland Aotearoa New Zealand were fortunate to be able to stage a safe and successful event during a global pandemic, it became clear early on that the event would be unlikely to return the investment made, it said in the Auckland, New Zealand’s Hosting of the 26th America’s Cup report.”

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    • As a general rule, the more authoritarian the regime, the more syllables in the proper nouns they use.

      For example:
      normal English: “Auckland” (2 syllables)
      woke English: “Tamaki Makaurau” (7 syllables)
      über woke English: “Tamaki Makaurau Auckland” (9 syllables)

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      • It gives woke lefties the illusion (to themselves and other woketards) of high intelligence adding more syllables and woke token languages… to any normal person it just proves the person talking that shit is the nost braindead puppet around.

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    • Saggy, there seems to be a lot of people around who have a stuttering issue. Why would you start off calling a place, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand is beyond me.

      As for Tamaki Makaurau, this is not even a place. The correct Early Settlers name for the area known as Auckland is Akarana. Where the fuck this Tamaki Makarau came from is beyond me and as far as I know it is the area covering the political seat created under MMP.

      On reflection, possibly Te Lingo has a stuttering component along with a macron component.

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      • My understanding is that Tamaki Makaurau is the name of one of the electorates in the Auckland region (I forget which voting role). So, if someone said “Tamaki Makaurau” to me, I would assume they were talking about the electorate of that name.

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        • Hooligans reference to “akarana” will be the nz pidgeon english version. Tamaki makaurau will have stemmed from that sneaky tricky dicky oral history and will be some brown fullas drunken chinese whispers that some woke academic took seriously and rewrote nz history to suit.

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  18. Here is the bit social media has been excited about.
    “D. Whistleblower Testimony: 45,000 Deaths Caused by the Vaccines
    Plaintiffs’ expert Jane Doe45 is a computer programmer with subject matter expertise in
    the healthcare data analytics field, and access to Medicare and Medicaid data maintained by the
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (see Declaration of Jane Doe at Exhibit D).
    Over the last 20 years, she has developed over 100 distinct healthcare fraud detection algorithms
    for use in the public and private sectors. In her expert opinion, VAERS under-reports deaths
    caused by the Vaccines by a conservative factor of at least 5. As of July 9, 2021, VAERS
    reported 9,048 deaths associated with the Vaccines. Jane Doe queried data from CMS medical
    claims, and has determined that the number of deaths occurring with 3 days of injection with the
    Vaccines exceeds those reported by VAERS by a factor of at least 5, indicating that the true
    number of deaths caused by the Vaccines is at least 45,000. She notes that in the 1976 Swine
    Flu vaccine campaign (in which 25% of the U.S. population at that time, 55 million Americans,
    were vaccinated), the Swine Flu vaccine was deemed dangerous and unsafe, and removed from
    the market, even though the vaccine resulted in only 53 deaths.”

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  19. I’m a little curious why the railways can keep operating after they nearly injure dozens on their trip from Hamilton. If it was a road accident they’d be doing all sorts of examination of the scene, talking to witnesses and checking the road was safe. It appears our lot despite a having a near disrailment on their hands, just backed up the train and re hitched to the lost carriages, towing them for miles. Where’s health and safety on this? Next we’ll have airlines deciding it was only a small crash, lets make sure we do better at the next landing. Very pleased to hear their were 72 on the train as I thought it was empty and costing us millions.

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  20. Another FAILED economic decision by Labour

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/2021/07/america-s-cup-lost-new-zealand-156-million.html
    The America’s Cup might have captured the imagination of the nation but it failed financially.

    The 36th America’s Cup held in Auckland over summer lost $156.1 million according to a new report.

    The cost benefit analysis identified costs of $744.2 million against benefits of $588.1 million. This is a net cost of 156.1 million. In other words, for every dollar spent, New Zealand only made 79 cents.

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  21. Study to Describe the Safety, Tolerability, Immunogenicity, and Efficacy of RNA Vaccine Candidates Against COVID-19 in Healthy Individuals

    This is a CONTROLLED EXPERIMENT With a number of different and post out dosages to understand who escapes it, who gets sick only and who dies

    Title says “in Healthy Individuals”

    But it’s “safe and effective” in cancer, MS, Lupus….

    And BOOSTERS ARE in the protocol – all in plain sight

    THEY KNOW

    https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04368728

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  22. More Herald writing illiteracy. (On the subject of interest rates.)

    “If you go from 10 per cent to 11 per cent that’s unwelcome but a 1 per cent rise is a relatively small proportion. If you go from two to three per cent that’s a 50 per cent rise.”

    “If you go from 10 per cent to 11 per cent that’s unwelcome but a 10 per cent rise is a relatively small proportion. If you go from two to three per cent that’s a 50 per cent rise.” (They forgot the “0”)

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  23. $45K may sound a pittance in the scheme of things but would pay for a couple of hip replacements, or other necessary needs for taxpayers.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/07/new-zealand-security-intelligence-service-nzsis-spy-agency-spends-more-than-45-000-on-rebrand.html
    New Zealand spy agency the Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) is under fire for spending more than $40,000 on an under the radar rebranding.

    Newshub can reveal the NZSIS spent $45,163 between 2018 and 2019 modernising its security clearance vetting process to make it more user-friendly for those going through it.

    ACT MP Nicole McKee, spokesperson for justice, wants to know why “tens of thousands of dollars was spent on branding for a secret agency” that many New Zealanders will never have anything to do with.

    “At a time of rising costs for New Zealanders, the Government should be trying to find ways to give the taxpayer a break, not commission new rebrands and renovations for Government departments.”

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    • How much of that is a rebrand and how much is replacing the manual system with a web based one?

      I just had to provide a SIS character reference for a friend and the online process was okay. If I had to do that manually I’d have said no, because the hour of effort would have turned into half a day.

      $45k to replace a manual system with an online one seems reasonable to me. Is Nicole maybe whistling a bit here?

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  24. Sue Grey NZ Jab Court Case Update

    “There’s no respect for the law, for the people, for the future of our country.”

    “They say safe and effective, they mean un safe and ineffective.”

    “If you use the same criteria, death with a vaccine and death with covid. It would be orders of magnitude more have died in NZ already from the vaccine than died with covid.”

    “I’m talking to fit healthy people who were leading active lives, who had no known risk factors, had the vaccine and just dropped dead.”

    “Since the court case (https://t.me/QuriousKiwi/316)… we’ve tried to meet with them to take a team of scientists and doctors to meet with their scientists and doctors… to talk through why we see things differently. Of course they won’t meet.”

    Full Interview: Counterspin Episode 16 (https://t.me/counterspin/337)

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  25. Doctors and Nurses may be forced to move back to the UK because the useless fat Faafoi can’t sort out their Visa permit. TV 3 news
    That’s just great, when we need more people in the health sector.

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  26. That was awkward. Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy, reviewed
    Toby Manhire | Editor

    A new biography of the prime minister was written by two authors trying hard to tell the story of a country without visiting it. The errors are troubling, and so is some of the sourcing, writes Toby Manhire.
    Support our mission to analyse and uncover the new New Zealand. Click here to learn more about how you can support our work from as little as $1.
    https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/15-06-2021/that-was-awkward-jacinda-ardern-leading-with-empathy-reviewed/?fbclid=IwAR1wlrflLu8tAuhS7xD6ZWVP_xGV1X6cHR3kf1vIeBlrLQYCiiNaVONnrC8

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  27. Two dams in China’s Inner Mongolia collapse after torrential rain

    The dams, in the Inner Mongolian city of Hulunbuir, collapsed on Sunday afternoon. They had formed reservoirs with a combined water storage capacity of 46 million cubic metres, the Ministry of Water Resources said.

    People living downstream were evacuated, with no casualties reported, it said.

    The ministry said that on average, 87 millimetres of rain fell in Hulunbuir over the weekend and as much as 223 millimetres at the Morin Dawa monitoring station.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/china/two-dams-chinas-inner-mongolia-collapse-after-torrential-rain-2021-07-19/

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  28. How long does it take to check qualifications and background?

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/07/more-than-1000-registered-doctors-and-nurses-waiting-in-new-zealand-residency-queue.html
    GPs are urging the Government to urgently re-open residency for healthcare workers to avoid losing them overseas.

    There are more than 1000 registered doctors and nurses stuck in the frozen immigration queue – and Newshub has spoken to one doctor who’s giving up and leaving.

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