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  1. lurcher1948

     /  November 4, 2018

    It takes a smart man to realise following #cult45* was a stupid thing to do*trump
    https://t.co/ieMUNDZlgv

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  November 4, 2018

    Melania Trump FLOTUS #45 spends eye watering up large….on what????
    https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/11/melania-trump-cairo-hotel-bill

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  3. Corky

     /  November 4, 2018

    Michio Kaku..genius and charisma at work ( he does have his critics). This clip has it all. Predictions, the Einstein chauffeur joke, criticism of Einstein, the cat analogy to explain quantum mechanics..and most importantly, why observation is essential. Also some
    of the problems with science.

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  November 4, 2018


    Petrol will go up in price and of course the thick feral right will blame Jacinda Ardern our fresh new PM, not the orange #cult 45

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 4, 2018

      In the epic game of chicken being played by the US and China over trade, the Americans appear to have the advantage.

      In terms of their relative economic positions, timing is playing into US President Donald Trump’s hands.

      The US economy is still humming, energised by tax cuts and high levels of business and consumer confidence.

      Yes, Wall Street took a pounding last month. As I wrote last week, investors got the October jitters. It was the worst month for US stocks in seven years, wiping off all the gains of the year to date.

      It was a reminder of just how fragile the US economic boom really is.

      But markets have started bouncing back and the sell-off didn’t spill over into the wider economy, where low unemployment is finally starting to fuel wage growth.

      Meanwhile China’s economy is looking shaky.

      There were strong indications this week that the leadership in Beijing will deploy more stimulatory measures to prop up the economy, which is slowing faster than it had hoped, Bloomberg news has reported.

      “The nation’s economic situation is changing, downward pressure is increasing, and the government needs to take timely steps to counter this,” a statement from the Chinese regime said.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12152695

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 4, 2018

      “America is winning the trade war and here’s the proof, market watcher says

      The U.S. and China fired their latest billion-dollar shots in the escalating trade war this week.

      One market watcher is ready to declare a winner.

      “You vote with your dollars and you look at the U.S. markets since the start of the trade war and it’s done quite well. China really hasn’t,” Steve Chiavarone, portfolio manager at Federated, told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Wednesday.

      The S&P 500 and Dow broke records on Thursday, while the Shanghai composite was stuck in a bear market. The Chinese stock market index has fallen 24 percent since its highs set in late January.

      The monetary impact of tariffs also tips the trade war in favor of the U.S., said Chiavarone.

      “When we add up all the impact of tariffs, they come up to just a fraction of the stimulus being added into the economy in the U.S. and I think the market is really starting to ferret that out,” he said.

      By Chiavarone’s calculation, the sum of tariffs over the next three years amounts to just one-tenth of the effect of stimulus. ”

      https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/20/america-is-winning-the-trade-war-heres-proof-market-watcher-says.html

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  5. unitedtribes2

     /  November 4, 2018

    Seems that Cameron Slater may be taking an unannounced holiday. Seems to have plenty of backup. Anyone no whats up?

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    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2018

      Only heard rumours here. Don’t like to spread rumours. Recommend keeping your ear to the ground.

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  6. sorethumb

     /  November 4, 2018

    Government blindsided as Niue signs up to Chinese blandishments

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/108331406/government-blindsided-as-niue-signs-up-to-chinese-blandishments?

    Here’s the thing “we are globalising” -Paul Spoonley. We “celebrate diversity”; but China is strictly an ethnic state.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  November 4, 2018

      More fools us huh?

      We signed up to “Chinese blandishments” in the late 80s and 1990s.

      Now, judging by the Ross-Bridges affair, it seems we are more like Chinese instruments, creatures or marionettes …

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    • Corky

       /  November 4, 2018

      More silly bros..really silly.

      “If the Chinese will come into it, why not? I don’t think we have anything they want or we can offer them,”

      But can you blame them? And what should we do? Tell them they can stick our help and bugger off. That would be my initial reaction until I had a think about things. We truly are in a Catch 22 situation.

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  7. Gezza

     /  November 4, 2018

    Has anybody seen Griff ?

    Last time I saw him he was getting utterly smothered by a humungous mass of red asterisks.

    Hope he’s ok. o_O

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    • Griff.

       /  November 4, 2018

      I just concreted in some piles every one missed including the house moving company the engineer and the council inspector .It is the main support wall for the f’ing tile roof.
      In real terms.
      One unit one hours work.
      Five units to dig footings yesterday, two units to setup piles, one unit to mix and pour concrete.
      Happy because thats one less job on the list .
      Not so happy because its a big list.
      Next 4 today its sand then paint barge board I cut in last night, install gutter clips and gutter, install roof tiles, patch soffit, cut in wood trim then paint about eight units might even get it done by tonight.
      Spamming ten thousand was nothing….

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 4, 2018

        I think we can see how you built cheaply, Griff. Not many are prepared to put in the hard work like that themselves.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2018

      It’s ok.

      Seems to have managed to extricate himself. 👍

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  8. High Flying Duck

     /  November 4, 2018

    Some (very) tentative signs that the holy grail of clean energy is finally on the horizon:

    “A British nuclear fusion reactor has reached temperatures hotter than the centre of the sun in a test that marks a key step toward limitless clean energy last summer.

    The Tokomak reactor hit 15 million°C (59 million°F) at a facility in Oxfordshire as part of preparations to supply the UK grid with fusion power by 2030, reports The Daily Mail.

    One ball of plasma had flashed hotter than the centre of the sun reigniting hopes of a breakthrough that physicists have dreamed of for more than 50 years: nuclear fusion.

    The difference between this project and a history of false fusion dawns is that it was not run by the government but by a company called Tokamak Energy.

    A few miles from its laboratory is a company called First Light Fusion, which next year plans to create the densest substance on Earth.

    Both are part of a wave of fusion start-ups that aim to succeed where the state has failed.

    The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (#ITER), is the largest #nuclear fusion facility in the world and may see “first plasma” by 2025.

    Nuclear fusion is the process that powers the sun. It involves hydrogen atoms joining to make helium, releasing large amounts of energy but little radiation.

    If fusion power can be made to work on Earth it will offer clean power as plentiful as the oceans. However, it has never been made economical.

    ITER is one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today. Unlike traditional nuclear plants that split atoms, @ITERorg (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) will fuse them together at temperatures 10-times hotter than the Sun. 🔥

    The most advanced state-funded project, called Iter, in the south of France, has been beset by rising costs and delays.

    For many, the old joke about fusion still holds true: for the past 30 years it has always been 30 years away.

    Jonathan Carling, chief executive of Tokamak Energy, said that it was time for others to try — and serious investors agree. Tokamak is backed by Legal & General and the British hedge-fund billionaire David Harding. ‘Because we are privately funded we can be more agile,’ Mr Carling said.

    His plan is based on similar ideas to Iter, using superconducting magnets to hold a superheated plasma in position.

    However, he said that the devices his company used were smaller and cheaper.

    Nick Hawker, co-founder of First Light Fusion, said that his company’s project also demonstrated the virtues of the private sector.

    He said that it was trying to create a different kind of fusion, firing projectiles at a target to create an instant of huge pressure and heat.

    Both say that they can have demonstration devices by 2025.

    Tokamak aims to be feeding electricity into the grid by 2030. The private sector has achieved at least one thing, then: fusion has gone from being always 30 years away, to only ten.”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12154266

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    • Blazer

       /  November 4, 2018

      ‘Jonathan Carling, chief executive of Tokamak Energy, said that it was time for others to try — and serious investors agree. Tokamak is backed by Legal & General and the British hedge-fund billionaire David Harding. ‘Because we are privately funded we can be more agile,’ Mr Carling said.’

      so how much Gummint R&D money /contracts are they after?

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  November 4, 2018

        His point is Governments have wasted billions in the search for fusion, and they (along with the other private venture trying to achieve the same thing in France) are getting further, faster and for less money. Pretty much like all private enterprise when compared Government departments.
        They’ll get paid whatever their technology is worth if they succeed, having taken all the risk.

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        • Blazer

           /  November 4, 2018

          another myth-‘Pretty much like all private enterprise when compared Government departments.’
          Private enterprise is run by human beings ,same as Govt dept’s.

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          • High Flying Duck

             /  November 4, 2018

            Government departments spend other people’s money, and do not have the same rigor.
            Telecom & NZ Post pre and post privatisation are good examples of what private enterprise can do to moribund state institutions.

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            • Blazer

               /  November 4, 2018

              sure and the BNZ and Air NZ are but 2 examples of Govt cleaning up private business calamities.
              Plenty more.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  November 4, 2018

              And yet both of those and Kiwibank are still run as private enterprises rather than government departments.
              If the government is so wonderful and running businesses, why would they do that?
              It was the Government’s choice to bail them out – they could have been left to fail and a better operator would have stepped in.

            • Blazer

               /  November 4, 2018

              3 letters shoot your propisition down..G.F.C.

            • Fight4NZ

               /  November 5, 2018

              And if the govt had let them fail you would be now bleating on about the rogering we would all be taking on airfares set by private capital in monopoly. The position which is the pinnacle of desire of private capital and why we are constantly fed this relentless drivel about some mythical trancendancy they possess not only over govts but all us mere mortals, especially the ones that repeat it on their behalf.

            • Gezza

               /  November 5, 2018

              😳

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  November 5, 2018

              @Fight4NZ, utter rubbish. Govt airlines the world over are financial and operational disasters. The only monopolies are those created and maintained by Governments. The Keating Government’s blatant actions to protect Qantas caused AirNZ’s failure.

            • Blazer

               /  November 5, 2018

              @Al…Keating reneged on the ‘open skies’ policy at the behest of Abel(donor)…Cushing made the decision to over pay for Ansett….big strategic error.

  9. NOEL

     /  November 4, 2018

    So Niue made a case where because of this special relationship they don’t have to return to New Zealand and stay there for 6 months, like every other New Zealander, for them to be eligible for Superannuation. Nice to know they will be able to quickly get around the island on the Chinese freeway whilst they await retirement.

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  10. sorethumb

     /  November 4, 2018

    Explains Government short thinking

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  11. Corky

     /  November 4, 2018

    I like to keep things simple much to the chagrin of some. But I would like to show some problems with ‘diversity doctrine’ using the animal world – of which we are part – as an example.

    Quote:

    ”It’s reported that the four wolves and four brown bears were in the same residence, so that “they are challenged to get along with each other”, calling it “enrichment for the animals”.

    You can just imagine the prat who gave voice to that dribbly sentiment.

    Here it is folks.. I wonder which animal would represent the West?

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/worldnews/7629279/sickening-moment-pack-of-brown-bears-rip-a-wolf-to-pieces-in-front-of-dutch-zoo-visitors-after-they-were-put-in-same-enclosure-so-they-would-get-along/

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 4, 2018

      None of them, of course, they are ANIMALS. They don’t think like humans.

      It’s a meaningless example. There are many instances of animals being kind to different species, and that proves nothing about humans, either, Animals can be vicious to their own species and even their offspring.

      Using animals to illustrate human issues is ridiculous, a version of ‘the pathetic fallacy’ as well as being A pathetic fallacy.

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    • Blazer

       /  November 4, 2018

      the Giant Vampire Squid.

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  12. lurcher1948

     /  November 4, 2018

    Why did Sir Key run away
    Judith Collins is a cyberbully
    Simon Bridges lies

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  13. Corky

     /  November 4, 2018

    Once again Islam gives us a clear warning. Diversity doesn’t work in the real world..but it does work in the minds of the ignorant.

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  14. lurcher1948

     /  November 4, 2018

    Its shock and awe out there tonight folks,but the fireworks won’t last forever,be brave

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