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  1. Cindy Bin Lying doesn’t appear in public with nose rings, so no wonder you’ve said a ‘photoshop fail’. You’ll need to get rid of those before we can be so easily fooled.

    Otherwise a great match.

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    • This is a great item of news commentary I wish our news Chanels would speak the same language.

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    • Jacinda had a few reality lessons dealt out to her in last few days.
      Refusing to answer questions from the press in Australia puts you on a hiding to nowhere, you can run but you cannot hide.
      The vast majority of her time was wasted with people of the same political leaning. This changes nothing, if you really want change, you have to argue with those that will stop it, not run with you.
      Much was about being more compassionate and not the money.
      When it came time to come home, she was dealt a very basic economics lesson. NZ7572 wasn’t going anywhere and her exclusive flight NZ971 was grounded. It costs serious money for a small country to maintain two ageing 757’s, admittedly there are 600 still flying, but the vast majority have fare paying passengers paying for them.
      So let’s summarise, the so called leader of New Zealand, goes to lecture Australia on how they should run their country.
      Australia is spending billions on defence, New Zealand has one defence, just kind words.
      If one wants to reduce poverty and do all the things so dear to Jacinda’s heart, then the money comes from in Australia’s case mining and coal.
      Destroy these and the well-being is at an instant end.
      She really does want the cake and it too.
      The press in Australia in many sectors are not a lot better than NZ, but the huge difference is they call a spade a spade. NZ now has a predominately “Jacinda Ardern luv you following and can do no wrong”.

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      • I wonder if the boys on the tarmac weren’t in a hurry to fix the aircraft. I know Labour is still despised by the guys because of the strike wing thing a few years ago. Got no proof, just wondering.

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      • She could have just stayed another day the plane was still going to have to fly back, what was the rush to get back?

        Wouldn’t it be funny if our media attacked there’s for what they said about Jacinda?

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  2. So I dutifully went off to Tim McIndoe’s forum yesterday. Tim, David Bennett and Jackie Dean were there and she is shadow Minister for small business and had implemented some reforms before the COL became government so had more to do if re-elected.

    I had a long chat with David Bennett, before the meeting. I am sorry, but he was no more aware of my sort of pubic feeling than others that I have spoken to. He asked me what I thought that they should have done about the guns. I replied, that they could have at least put up token resistance and gone through due process. He said that public sentiment to do something was such that they really didn’t have a choice, and that it was all very well for David Seymour to have resisted as he was only one man and it didn’t really make a difference, that level of resistance. Another one who doesn’t read blogs, or get their staff to.

    Apparently, approx 97% of small businesses are owned by immigrants. I was informed of this by an Indian? gentleman sitting behind me, after I made a comment regarding immigrants coming to NZ and expecting us to change our ways to accommodate them. I mentioned bacon and Burgers, I also apologised to any Muslims present that might be offended. He was offended anyway and informed me that without those business owners in NZ that our economy would collapse. he got applause, I had a couple of gentlemen come up to me after and say good on me.

    All three of the MP’s are pro-diversity, or at least the party line is. I don’t understand why MP’s of European heritage hate their own so much. After the meeting, I asked David Bennett how much diversity was enough and he replied that there was no limit. So that was depressing.

    Jackie Dean when I asked why every small business didn’t set themselves up as a charity so they didn’t have to pay tax didn’t really give a response, nor did she other than wryly accept that immigrants and other tenants should understand how to air out a home instead of there being requirements to have fans in kitchens and bathrooms, she has recently sold her Wellington rental.

    Her comment regarding the advantages of diversity was the food choices available to us, not a good reason in my opinion but I did think that it was funny when I ran into David Benett at a Chinese Takeaway in Hillcrest later on that evening. He is quite personable and I had told him at the forum that I felt like I was at war and that they were indistinguishable from Labour and that people were afraid of speaking out under their own names and that free speech was under threat.

    When we met at the takeaway he said that he had been at a lunch with a variety of political persuasions after the forum and someone mentioned Trump favourably, and a leftie lunch participant informed that person that they couldn’t say that about Trump. I hope he thought of me and my comments at that moment.

    As I informed him, it is only the left that has the right to free speech. I do feel patronised when our elected representatives tell me that I am perfectly entitled to express my opinion, once there would have been no doubt and it wouldn’t have needed saying.

    David Bennett, also commented that there were not many small business people there that actually attended the roadshow, lots of local body candidates. I do wonder who these diverse candidates at local and national level represent when/if they are elected, do they represent their constituents or do they represent their respective ethnicities. Certainly, the European ones represent minorities and not just their own culture.

    Nice to meet you Lizzie P and your friend, sorry, I thought that you would hang around afterwards and I would have had a chat about the meeting if you had wanted. Chuck and I usually do.

    Nice to know for you Hamilton people that your current mayor is resisting the urge to declare a climate emergency, but I am sure that will always be on the table,

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    • Good on you.
      It seemed that it was a Labour Party meeting. 🙁
      So it sounds that from top to bottom, the National Party are all aligned with Ardern, and so I more than doubt they will reverse things like the UN Migration Pact.

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      • National now couldn’t give a stuff about you and I and what we are thinking. All they want is to get elected back into govt. Keeping to the cenre left is their home and they will do anything to stay there.

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        • Due to the fact that they will never be a strong presence in any Government they will never be able to deliver any outcomes. They are saying the right things but have no chance of putting them into practice.

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          • Never is a strong word. They have the right policies. When New Zealanders want those policies, they’ll be voted in. Basic principle of a democracy. But while the majority of New Zealanders vote for increased government intervention in their lives, largess at the expense of others and so forth it will not happen.

            Seriously though, do you actually consider National a valid option? They are the same puff pastry as Labour; the only real difference between the two main parties are their colour schemes and branding. So if you are not voting for ACT, who would *you* vote for Tall Man?

            Labour? (If you want more of Jacinda Ardern’s destructive, authoritarian policies)

            The Greens? (A vote for Labour)

            National? (A vote for Labour, or at a minimum Labour policies under a blue banner)

            New Zealand First? (A vote for Labour)

            New Conservatives? (Hoisted by your self-same argument)

            Who would you vote for to change things? David Seymour and ACT is the closest thing we have to Trump – somebody who is willing to change the way New Zealand works for the better.

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        • You sound really confused Kea. It shows in some of your comments. Still we can at least still talk about it openly here.

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              • I am quite confident in your intent thanks lol. Chauvenism shines like a light. ;).

                I have produced two male chauvenists. It might have coloured my thinking but not in any inaccurate way. Not to mention all of the male chauvenists that I have observed over the years.

                I had been wondering why Melahi had chosen to be a second class citizen. Not that I think of myself as one, but anecdotally.

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        • Maybe, but I give a lot of stuff about myself and my thinking, so they just need some gentle persuasion.

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    • Good on you. It is obvious our MPs live in their very own echo chamber so have no idea what the silent majority really think.

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      • lol I am not so silent, and David Bennett who I have met before, but he wouldn’t necessarily remember, at a uni function, knows my last ex-in-laws and my deceased father from when he was on the Hamilton City Council, so is unlikely to forget me in future. 🙂

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        • Hopefully you make them think Rachael but I doubt they take it on board. My eyes are fully open that MPs take the easy route to being re-elected for their own personal economic ends, not the constituents. National go through the motions as part of their duties but any dissent they hear from individuals is sidelined as an anomaly unless it becomes an issue by the MSM, and that isn’t going to happen with the current media presence.

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              • Hey, imagine what it will be like the fourth time I go.

                It will be like being back at uni again, except I will be lucky to get one question. lol. But I can instill dread or oh god please no, with one. Soon it will be just showing up.

                I would always rather be proven wrong about how I feel, and if you think you are depressed hearing about it, try going, just as well they have very nice muffins.

                I wonder how many other people that were there had tattoos, I didn’t see any, I think that gentleman who had an issue with what I said was looking hard out, to make out what mine was.

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                • Many years ago I was at a meeting at UofW in a lecture theatre. Marilyn Waring, ex-MP and back employed as an academic was sitting next to me. The professor talking refused to acknowledge her question and when challenged he gave her a non-answer and moved on. Times really haven’t changed that much.

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          • I too doubt it, but one has to try to get them to understand their grassroots, I assume that I am not speaking for myself here. Chuck is all packed, loins girded for the National Party Convention in ChCh, I am glad that I don’t have reason to go to ChCh. ChCh is lucky that Gun City was prepared to carry their plans through after the way they have been treated after March 15.

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    • Nice to meet you too Rachael, We had somewhere else to be so had to leave quickly.
      I felt quite depressed after the meeting, I feel that the left have taken over and everyone is far too frightened to speak their minds unless those who spoke were and if so, National is no replacement for Liebor. I felt Jackie Deans comments regarding other cultures being the food they bring was glib and ill thought out, if that is all they are bringing us why don’t we just buy a book of other cultures cooking.
      Ah well thank god I’m oldish, before this woke climate has the chance to totally take over I’ll be past it. Oh and by the way I did read that the mayor wants to charge a petrol tax here in Hamilton, so not so great. One only needs to walk along the Main Street to see the empty buildings where once there were shops to see progress is incredibly slow if at all … or is that the government.

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    • Dear Rachael, firstly let me get this out there – I think you are a bloody goddess. Thank you (and Lizzie P) for being the sort of people who have the patience and the eloquence to try to open the eyes of Labour Lite.

      Sadly, every time you report back on your attendance at these events, you confirm my worst fears – that National are stuck in a bubble and have gone full-woke. I suspect that National is heavily infiltrated with Labourites fifth columnists who prefer a political environment that is slightly less crowded and where a socialist from the middle ground can carve out a career and a comfortable lifestyle on the public purse.

      Everything you say, confirms that National are fully into the rich self-interest of the swamp. They are part of the problem (if not the problem itself). They’re not listening to the resentment and anger that is slowly bubbling up, watching social media it is evident to me that more and more ordinary NZers are feeling the need to express frustration at the CoL’s excesses. We’re always 3-7 years behind political movements around the world – there is a correction coming. Will it be like we’re seeing in the UK, where there is a very real possibility that National’s equivalent (the Conservatives) could cease to be a political force because of their anti-Brexit bubble? Or will it be like the US, where a Trump arises?

      My position is that Labour are always going to want to destroy all that is great about NZ and they’re a lost cause, National have always had the potential to balance the worst of Labour’s periodic excesses – however now that they’ve become so progressive – I am convinced National have become the true enemy of ordinary, decent NZers. Soimon talismanically evinces this with his every breath.

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      • Everything you have said above is correct. But the problem is our very stupid MMP voting system. Until we get rid of that, nothing is going to change. National know most of the voters will always vote for those who give them the most from the taxpayers. But Most of the centre ARE the taxpayers.
        What would it take for them to realise that nothing is free in life. They might vote for the party (s) that gives them the most of their own money back, but how long can this continue?

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        • I agree, but at least we would have a clear choice. Left or right. None of this sucking up to minor pardies and giving them far more say than what their minority vote says they are entitled too. The only reason National have abandoned their founding principles is because they are pragmatic in their thinking about what they must do to get elected.

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          • National has been left for a number of years now. So our choice would be far-left or middle-left. Wonderful.

            No thank you. I’d rather keep MMP where a liberal party may have a chance to become a king maker than have to choose between National’s middle-left and Labour’s far-left.

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          • I also asked David Bennett why National didn’t ack a candidate in Auckland in the local body elections. Hell’s teeth are they worried that it will be a bad bell-weather, so no, citizens and ratepayers association support only apparently.

            Quick fire questions that’s the way. ;(

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        • Kea, it depends on what replaces MMP. I have always been a Supplementary Member system supporter and I think it would solve many of the current issues.

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        • So are you suggesting a return to FPP or another representative system – STV etc? Do you agree that binding referenda provide a restraint on Political extremes especially if the bar was reasonable say 5% of electorate. It works well in Switzerland and is used in the US – California recalled Governor Grey over excessive debt but unsure if Schwarzenegger did a much better job but at least the electorate got their choice so became jointly responsible for outcomes.

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      • While it is true that I am a goddess, I wore high heel, over the knee power boots yesterday despite having a severely sprained ankle, as ugg boots really wouldn’t have matched the look I was going for lol. It is depressing, I would much rather not have to go to the bother.

        David Bennett, who is into his fifth term I think they said, doesn’t feel that National has departed from any previously held positions, he said that they had a discussion at Tim’s January forum about guns and it was stated at the time that it would only take one event in NZ for what came to pass to pass.

        What a sad indictment on my NZ, it feels like they all couldn’t wait for the excuse to disarm the populace.

        I told David Bennett that I had been told by a ww2 pilot, that if I had been around during the war that I would have been a ‘white mouse’, lol my first thought was that no one in their right mind would refer to me as mousy but then I got it, and it was a huge compliment, that I feel that I have to live up to, despite having no idea what he based that summation of my character on. (we were drinking Jamesons at the time). So if I have to make a nuisance of myself and make our elected MP’s hopefully feel uncomfortable and a bit of a reality check, I guess that is my mission. We are at war.

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    • “I asked David Bennett how much diversity was enough and he replied that there was no limit.”

      Funny, that is exactly what Merkel said just before she unleashed the tide that has wrecked Germany. Do you think he is reading from the same instruction manual?

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      • All of the diversity dividend are lumped into the same basket, as to distinguish any particular group out for special mention is ‘racist’. And of course, they are not all of the same as to what benefit, if any, they bring.

        So being all-inclusive and not stating a limit is the result of that I guess. I would prefer a no immigration policy and for educated people to be encouraged to breed more.

        I was also annoyed with David Bennett for citing that if my attitude had been the prevailing one 2 hundred years ago that Europeans wouldn’t be in NZ either. I don’t find that is an equitable argument at all. We are not living 2 hundred years ago, yes Europeans wanted to escape the prevailing conditions in England, Ireland etc, they also forged a brave new world that at least, at one time Maori seem to have accepted the modernity that came with that, and we certainly didn’t come to replicate what we left behind, that is not the case with the newcomers, whatever their ethnicity.

        Maori seem to have an issue with having been colonised by ‘Europeans’ but they seem to have no issue being colonised by every other bloody race on earth. I know where I think that advantages to Maori lie.

        I find it interesting that a Maori is suing the government for not accepting that Climate change is negatively affecting Maori. I wish one would make the same claim about immigration.

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      • The “Diversity is strength” statement is never qualified nor quantified. It’s the verbalisation of the programmed. They are utterly clueless to provide any explanation of how diversity is strength. It’s just a “god-given fact” that somehow doesn’t need explaining.

        The NPC meme is very appropriate for such people: invoking statements without thought.

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  3. An article from Time magazine, note how the authors are probably a source for Paddy Gower and Matt Nippert

    …. research into the far-right and hate crime. His work focusses on mapping far-right extremism and the development of new tools for tracking hate speech globally. ….

    Instead, today’s anti-migration backlash should prompt all those who have stood up for open, liberal and generous societies to ask the obvious, albeit deeply uncomfortable, question: Is the battle on migration policy lost?
    https://time.com/5627494/we-analyzed-how-the-great-replacement-and-far-right-ideas-spread-online-the-trends-reveal-deep-concerns/

    They are now pushing for the education system to have “migration focused courses”.

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    • Migration focussed courses? What an excellent idea. Teach the students what a great country Australia was before they recklessly abandoned the “White Australia” policy and how delightful New Zealand was when virtually all the immigrants came Britain and the Netherlands. Teach them what they have lost and the horrors that await them because Diversity + Proximity = Violence.

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  4. Stuff really need to get with it.. They have this today https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/114383886/arctic-summer-melt-shows-ice-is-disappearing-faster-than-normal

    However, I saw this last night. https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/icebreaker-headed-for-north-pole-turned-back-by-thicker-ice-than-expected/ Now who do you think I am going to believe?

    By the way, I great site to keep up to date with natural world events is here: https://watchers.news/

    Also, worth keeping a record of large, ash-producing volcanic events. From a cursory non-scientific glance, there seems to be an increase in larger eruptive events, or changes in the type of eruptions, eg Stromboli. If the link between galactic muons and silica-rich volcanoes is true, we should see an increase in these types of eruptions, which will cool the atmosphere, no matter what the alarmists claim. I would also be looking very carefully at any anomalies around Taupo, ( not that I am currently aware of any).

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    • All the signs are there that Earth is heading for two calamitous events. One is the imminent ice age, and the second is the long overdue magnetic poles reversal. The latter is by far the most dangerous in the short term. It will disrupt everything here on earth, hastening the ice age.
      So stop worrying about things and get on with enjoying life. None of us will get out of it alive.

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        • people need to realise that the ice ages happened over long periods, tens of thousands of years.
          We only have recorded history going back 5,000 years or so.

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        • They will say it would have been colder if it wasn’t for global warming. Whatever way we can’t win.

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  5. A judiciary system that will be coming near us.

    The Court of Appeal in Norrland has decided that the “Taliban” is a population group and therefore it is illegal to insult them.
    Tina Mukka from Pajala wrote a message on Facebook last year in which she pronounced “damned Talibans” regarding the asylum seekers who had exposed the Pite open-air pool to major damage.

    The Pite open-air swimming pool building has been used as an asylum residence in recent years, something that has been highly controversial among the native inhabitants of Pitebor. According to the Swedish state channel SVT, the asylum residence cost the state at least 25 million euros.

    On Facebook, Tina Mukka described the perpetrators as “Talibans” and “monkeys,” and was therefore charged with hate speech against a population. However, she was acquitted by the Haparanda District Court because the court held that apes and the Taliban are not ethnic groups.

    This has now changed the Court of Appeal to Upper Norrland.
    In addition to sentencing women to conditional punishment and fines, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Taliban extremist group should now be regarded as a separate population group that enjoys special protection under the law.

    The court writes:

    “The Taliban, according to the Court, forms a certain group within the meaning of the law and the statements cannot be understood other than that this group was designated as monkeys in its statements. Even taking into account the situation as a whole, those parts of its statement cannot be regarded, in an objective assessment, as a factual or reliable discussion or criticism of the group in question. ”- Hovrätten i Övre Norrland: Målnr B 325-19

    https://fenixx.org/2019/07/18/zweedse-rechtbank-veroordeeld-vrouw-wegens-het-beledigen-van-de-taliban/

    I did use google translate.
    Too damm easy for our judiciary to slyly invoke and incorporate these ruling.
    They just love using these Scandinavian countries as great “well being” countries to copy.

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  6. Finally after three days of trying I can post again as it was saying I was logged on then wouldn’t let me post or up tick a comment.

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    • I’ve had the odd problem. Restart your computer as that usually clears the problems for me.

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    • Yes You need to clear your cookies for this site and also pressing F5 to refresh helps.
      Mine was the only post until 10am when I pressed F5 then 39 posts popped up!

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  7. Cindy and a Simon are walking down the street together when they happen across a homeless man.
    Simon reaches into his pocket and pulls out $20 and his business card. He gives the $20 to the homeless man and then gives him his business card and instructs the homeless man to call him for a job.
    Cindy: “Why did you do that.”

    Simon: “Because it feels good to help people. You should try it.”

    Cindy: “I think I will.”
    As they continue walking, they happen across another homeless man.
    This time Cindy reaches into Simons pocket and pulls out $100. She then reaches into her own pocket and pulls out three business cards. She gives the homeless man the $100 and hands him the three business cards. She tells the homeless man, “Here’s $100. This first business card is a lawyer who will help you sue the people who put you on the street. This second business card is the head of a TV station, I’m sure they would be very interested in your story of suing those responsible for your condition. This third business card is mine, in case you need more help.
    They continue walking.
    Cindy turns to Simon and says, “You’re right! That felt pretty good!”
    Simon just shakes his head.

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    • And yet you missed the obvious error there. Can you imagine Cindy AND Soimon walking down a street anywhere together?

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    • If she really needs armed gunmen to protect her in NZ then she knows the people are not happy. It’s quite satisfying that she is feeling unsettled!

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  8. Do you think Gavin Hubbard will ever be allowed in Somoa ever again?
    I think he would be on the no fly list!

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    • Would be exactly the same here if it happened. No one is allowed go say one word against the religion of peace.

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    • I am not sure about her problem with Meghan and calling her trailer trash, a very American expression one might add. Other than her being anti-Trump that is. That doesn’t seem enough to absolutely denigrate someone who was a private citizen at the time.

      Different in my opinion to someone in political office.

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      • There is very deep antipathy towards Sparkles felt by a significant number of British which has nothing to do with her being anti Trump.

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        • Because she is bi-racial? I actually dislike the description, it annoys me that government has made race/ethnicity and even religion an issue and then make it a sin to call it for what it is?

          I was quite happy with it as a love story, it didn’t even upset my Plantagenet dna.

          Is it comparisons to Wallace Simpson?

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          • I don’t think it has much to do with her being bi-racial, more that Meghan is putting herself before 800 years of royal tradition. Comparisons to Wallace Simpson are well placed.

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    • I’ve heard Peter, he sounds decidedly sensible on the climate change scam. Shaun Plunkett who follows after Peter’s timeslot on Magic Radio is suggesting he will have a climate denier scientist on every week to put the other side of the argument that it is just weather. Will any take him up on the offer to have their say?

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      • Obviously he is not a scientist but Shaun could start with Barry Brill (ex National Government Minister.)

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      • Yes, you can tell that Peter does have right wing views, and that he must have hated working in the tvnz left wings newsroom.
        Its great to hear him and Sean rubbish the climate changers! (and get a lot of support)

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  9. “A gas contractor was working in a Christchurch house the day before it was obliterated in a devastating gas explosion in Christchurch.”

    I bet that contractor is feeling a bit insecure this morning!

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    • Oops so that’s why we are told never to work on gas lines ourselves, as professionals will do a good job….. Just like the Police will keep us safe and DHBS will keep us alive….

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      • He needs a little more than public liability ere I think. Depends what he was contracted to do.

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    • Easily avoided though. Just remember, if they don’t get the money from fines they’ll just up the rates.

      But yes, your first assessment was correct.

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    • There is no sense in this. A few years ago I missed the turnoff into a public car park. Rather than merging across the bus lane with a bus waiting behind me as I tried to get back into rush hour traffic, then exiting again 60 meters down the road and crossing the bus lane again, I decided to carry on. Exceeded their 50m, instant fine. Common sense need not apply.

      Now, I encourage you to waste their time with frivolous information requests, challenge it, etc. Go to court if you can win, or pay the fine at the deadline. By cheque. Just to annoy them and increase their costs. You only need to spend 5 or 6 hours of their time to make the fine worthless to them.

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  10. is it possible to post a pic on here
    if so how can I do it I have a great jpeg.
    I’ll even give it to the editor

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  11. It looks like the idiots running James Cook University are going to appeal the Court verdict in the Dr Peter Ridd case. The Court ruled in favour of Dr Ridd on ALL (12 I think) counts bought against him. The Provost of JCU is very close to contempt of Court. The University has spent over A$600K of tax payers money and ruined Dr Ridd’s career but they still think they can win an appeal.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/07/19/jcu-tries-patience-of-judge-at-peter-ridd-firing-penalty-hearing-doesnt-go-well/

    Time for a lot of heads to roll.

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  12. https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/saturday-morning-with-jack-tame/opinion/jack-tame-donald-trump-is-dividing-america-in-the-most-ugliest-way/

    He should spend a little time looking inwards and see how anyone here who publicly disagrees with the cultists of weather patterns….. how he reacts to any criticism of the left and the insanity of gay trans disturbed “rights” being foisted upon us. I’d love to see him dumped and replaced with a bisexual bi lingual gay transvestite as they are more “culturally” desirable for the woke masses.

    He should look in the mirror more often and he would see quite clearly what is wrong with NZ today.

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    • If they had not let 7 million muslims into the USA and all those illegals, they would not be divided!

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  13. I thought I’d work on Parody today. Move over Babylon Bee! Anyone can publish, or use this material.

    “It’s amazing what Government can achieve when it stops worrying about the people and works for itself”

    DG: I’m excited today to be talking to Jacinda Arden, our Prime Minister. Jacinda, welcome to the show!

    JA: Thanks for having me here.

    DG: Let’s get straight to business. Today – you want to talk about some superb work the New Zealand government has been doing.

    JA: That’s right Duncan – the New Zealand government has been doing some sterling work. I think your viewers will be pleasantly surprised.

    DG: Go on…

    JA: Well, I don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but we have some extremely high results in the propaganda division. When we surveyed Kiwis to find out whether they thought the mosque shooter was ‘right-wing’, we found 75% of Kiwis believed this. Of course there are plenty of others that helped us achieve this incredible result – global media, twitter, google. When we surveyed Kiwis to find out if they thought the gun buy-back was a good idea – 60% said yes. Yes 60% of Kiwis feel safer when guns are removed from law-abiding people, but left in the hands of the crims – amazing.

    DG: That is incredible. We are so used to government programs falling short of their targets, and in some cases making things worse. However in this area – controlling what people think, your government is doing a superb job.

    JA: Yes it’s amazing what a government can achieve when it stops worrying about the people, and works for itself. Kiwibuild, which was meant to help people afford their first home, has been an absolute disaster for the people. However don’t forget that’s not the metric we are really concerned about. What we are concerned about with any government program, is will our supporters and donors benefit. And on that metric, naturally, we are on target.

    DG: I hear the government is doing a lot for your young family.

    JA: Yes I feel privileged to have a government that supports me and my family. If Kiwi families are feeling stressed due to the slow down in the economy, or being unable to speak out about issues that concern them, at least they can read some heartwarming story about Neve and feel better that way.

    DG: Wonderful! We must get her on the show too!

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      • You’re on the money there. Take away the Mullahs & Ayatollahs & there’d be bugger all wrong with Iran or the Iranians.

        Just another example of a nation fucked by religious nuts!

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  14. There once was a scientist doing an experiment on the reaction of fleas. He had trained a flea to jump on command. The scientist would command the flea, “Jump Flea!” & the flea would jump.

    Then the scientist would proceed to pull off one of the fleas many legs with a pair of tweezers & write a comment in his notebook about the distance the flea would jump.The scientist did this many times until the flea had only one leg left.

    The scientist said “Jump Flea!” & the flea made it’s best effort to jump which the scientist recorded in his notebook.

    After he pulled off its last leg the scientist commanded the flea to jump & after repeating the command many times without the flea responding he jotted down in his notebook: “After the flea loses all of its legs it becomes completely deaf.”

    And that’s how Nobel prizes are won & climate scientists are trained.

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  15. Maybe there was another reason Ardern was ‘hijabed’. 🙁

    Miss World America has stripped beloved conservative commentator Kathy Zhu of her Miss Michigan title over “insensitive” political tweets and her refusing to wear a hijab during a leftist campus event in 2016.
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/07/breaking-miss-world-america-strips-conservative-activist-kathy-zhu-of-her-miss-michigan-title-over-refusing-to-wear-hijab/

    Another example of trying to control the message.
    “”insentive” political tweets” that were more than statistically true.
    That girl has a wicked combination of beauty, brains and using the truth, with real meaning! 🙂

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  16. Rewriting the history of Moriori
    IMOGEN NEALE10:21, Mar 20 2011

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4789044/Rewriting-the-history-of-Moriori?fbclid=IwAR1El1EHKrJGlOJvPgqiCTqk2Or0pSsTYjSjroqrc-p2qupXkmXaz-kl_xI

    “Nobody in New Zealand – and few elsewhere in the world – has been subjected to group slander as intense and as damaging as that heaped upon the Moriori,” he wrote.

    The mythological history was perpetuated by the School Journal, a magazine-style series used in all New Zealand primary schools.

    King said the journal’s account was demonstrably wrong, yet for 60-odd years it was lodged in the national imagination.

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    • From V2’s link:

      ……””Actually getting it into schools in English and Maori – and some Moriori – is a great fillip, a milestone in Moriori renaissance. It was a fantastic day – a very emotional, powerful day.””……

      I thought that an acknowledgement from Ngāti Mutunga & Ngāti Tama, from the Taranaki region, but living in Wellington who invaded the Chathams & practised genocide on the peaceful Moriori might have been a trifle more important:

      …..”A Moriori survivor recalled : “[The Māori] commenced to kill us like sheep…. [We] were terrified, fled to the bush, concealed ourselves in holes underground, and in any place to escape our enemies. It was of no avail; we were discovered and killed – men, women and children indiscriminately.” A Māori conqueror explained, “We took possession… in accordance with our customs and we caught all the people. Not one escaped…..” [34] The invaders ritually killed some 10% of the population, a ritual that included staking out women and children on the beach and leaving them to die in great pain over several days.”…….

      …..”Only 101 Moriori out of a population of about 2,000 were left alive by 1862″……

      Murderous pack of arseholes.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moriori

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  17. I’ve just watched (on Stuff’s site) an amateur video obviously taken immediately after the Christchurch house explosion & I’ve noted two points:

    1) Essentially, despite all the crap talked, after an incident your life is in the hands of first responders. It was local tradies who lifted piles of wood off the injured & carried them away from danger. It was locals who made an attempt to control the resultant fire.

    2) With one exception, every fucking house in the neighbourhood had a grey roof!

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    • It’s a fact of life that those who do the most talk about it the least. It holds good in war & peace.

      It is also why I take any “eye witness” accounts in the headline seeking media with a large sack of salt.

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    • For my money they’ll interview anyone they think will give them a good story & they’ll have to make their mind up on the spot who that person is. The victim will be talkative & respond quickly to the interviewer/reporter’s questions.

      Truth & facts will take the minor placings.

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      • Surely they would talk to some wanker who is just standing there doing nothing. If I had just been blown up and someone was working on me I would be pissed-off if a journalist decided that they wanted an interview the first responder or anyone else for that matter and I died or something.

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  18. Minister of Defence Ron Mark: Flight PM was on ‘at end of its life’

    Defence Minister Ron Mark says the New Zealand Defence Force plane that the Prime Minister used is at the “end of [its] life” but replacing it isn’t a priority.

    “We could fix the problem overnight if someone gave me a billion dollars or so but right now it’s not the priority,” Mark told the Herald.

    n the meantime, Mark has recommended the Prime Minister use chartered planes to travel.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12251315&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nzh_fb&fbclid=IwAR2MKY7rJS-iFSNs0qiYGTKRdusWYsW33KWGlcct5Z_YZueKJjFa-9ehqPg

    Maybe fly on normal airlines perhaps.

    Save CO2 and costs.

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