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  1. Missy

     /  July 16, 2017

    I’m back, I had a friend staying for the last week & between that and work haven’t had the time to post, so have been a little out of touch on what is happening. Hope all has been well with you guys, and you survived the storm that hit NZ in the last week or so.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  July 16, 2017

      Nice to see you again Missy, been a bit chilly here, but nothing that a nice open fire can’t chase away. Haven’t been here much myself this week, due to work commitments…

      • Missy

         /  July 16, 2017

        Hey Patu, I have been hearing about the big chill, hope it warms up soon for you all.

        We have had a week of cooler temperatures after the mini heatwave, however, hot temperatures are due again by the end of July and through August.

        • patupaiarehe

           /  July 16, 2017

          After waking up, with the fire having died down, I’m reconsidering what I said above, Missy. It is so bitterly cold here at the moment, that it could freeze the balls off of a billiard table!

          • Missy

             /  July 16, 2017

            Keep warm Patu.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  July 16, 2017

              I intend to Missy, have already raided the local industrial estate for a few extra pallets 😀 . At 9:30 am this morning, it was 5 degrees in the shade outside. Clear skies here all day, mean we are in for another chilly night.

    • Welcome back.

      They had some strong winds and heavy rain in the lower North Island. We had some fairly normal winter weather in most of the South Island with a welcome top up on the skifields but otherwise only a smattering of snow.

  2. Missy

     /  July 16, 2017

    Over the last couple of weeks the momentum behind back bench MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative) to become leader of the Conservatives has been gaining. A hashtag on twitter #Moggmentum, a play on the left’s Momentum, was trending after the birth of his sixth child, sixties, (which I reported on), and since then #Moggmentum has been gaining in popularity.

    On 1 July the odds for JRM to be the next leader of the Conservative Party were 50/1, but the end of last week they were slashed to 10/1, behind Boris Johnson & Philip Hammond (6/1), and David Davis (3/1). At this rate he will be the favourite in a week or so! 🙂

    I only became aware of JRM in recent months, and I have done a bit of research on him since, and watched many of his interviews, and to be honest I like this guy. I don’t agree with him on everything, mainly his views on social issues, but in general I think he would be a good PM, he is principled (votes according to his beliefs), eloquent, and (most importantly) very much across all matters he is being interviewed on, and is able to respond to criticisms positively.

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  July 16, 2017

    Fox News anchor Shep Smith tears the trump administration a new asshole

    Jared Kushner filled out his form … very important stuff. You can go to prison for messing it up intentionally. He went back and added 100 names and places. None of these people made it. Still not, we’re still not clean on this… If there’s nothing there and that’s what they tell us, they tell us there’s nothing to this and nothing came of it, a nothing burger, it wasn’t memorable. Didn’t tell you about it because it wasn’t anything, so I didn’t even remember it with a Russian interpreter in the room at Trump Tower. If all of that, why all of these lies? Why is it lie after lie after lie? The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling. There’s still people out there that believe we’re making it up. One day they’re going to realize we’re not. Look around and go: where are we? Why are we getting told all these lies?

    http://time.com/4859714/fox-news-shepard-smith-trump-jr-russia-meeting/

    Eventually someone at Fox was bound to see the truth in what the rest of the world has been saying for so long.

    How much longer can the Republicans risk everything to pretend the lies are no big deal?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 16, 2017

      EAOE, JB. A nothing meeting with a bunch of people he didn’t know omitted from a several hundred page questionnaire on everything he’d ever done?

  4. Duperez

     /  July 16, 2017

    Are lies a bigger deal in some countries? In others they don’t count?

  5. Missy

     /  July 16, 2017

    I saw that the other day Trumpenreich posted about the acid attacks in London, I infer from Pete’s deletion and comment that s/he tried to say what the attacks were about – or rather who was responsible, and the possible motivation.

    These attacks are nothing more than criminal gangs increasing the use of acid in their attacks, this is not a new tactic, but acid attacks have increased over the last year or so.

    As Alan said, two teenagers have been arrested for the Thursday spree, due to the age of the two boys no information is able to be released about them apart from their age.

    The Government are looking at restricting the sales of acid, the problem though is that these criminals will just develop other methods using substances easily available, after all household items like bleach or vinegar can’t be restricted they are things that everyone uses.

  6. Missy

     /  July 16, 2017

    The BBC has been coming under a lot of scrutiny over the last year or so about how it spends public money. This criticism and increased scrutiny picked up last year after the BBC lobbied the Government to increase the licence fee as they claimed that they needed extra funding to compete with commercial stations.

    The BBC succumbed to political pressure and will this week publish the salaries of their presenters later this week. Originally it was meant to be those earning over 450,000GBP, but political pressure on the BBC means they will be publishing the salaries of those that are earning over 150,000GBP. It is reported that the list will be embarrassing for the BBC as it will show a substantial gap between Male and Female presenters.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/bbc-braced-embarrassing-gender-pay-row-publishes-salaries-highest/

    This follows on the heels of controversies over BBC bias, specifically in response to Brexit.

    The BBC has, over the last year, been accused of being anti-Brexit in their coverage, and blatantly pro EU, despite their requirement to be neutral. Some in other media organisations have gone so far as to suggest the BBC bias against Brexit is because they receive funding from the EU and they are ‘paying back’ the EU for the money.