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  1. Good morning.
    Good rain yesterday.

    Here’s a quirky one to start the day.

    Amateur ‘astronaut’ trying to prove the Earth is flat killed in rocket crash
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/02/amateur-astronaut-trying-to-prove-the-earth-is-flat-killed-in-rocket-crash.html

    Hughes wants to fly high enough so he can see the wall of ice flat-Earthers believe surrounds the planet, and take photographs of it. His rockets are emblazoned with phrases like ‘research flat Earth’.

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  2. Coronavirus: South Korea on high alert, cases jump in Italy and Iran
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/02/coronavirus-south-korea-on-high-alert-cases-jump-in-italy-and-iran.html

    International concern about the spread of coronavirus outside China has grown with sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran.

    South Korea went on high alert on Sunday (local time) after the number of infections surged over 600, with six deaths.

    Italy had a rise to 132 cases and imposed stringent curbs in parts of the country to try to stop the spread. Iran has reported 43 cases, with eight deaths.

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  3. Coronavirus: ‘Very high chance’ COVID-19 will reach NZ – Jacinda Ardern
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/02/coronavirus-very-high-chance-covid-19-will-reach-nz-jacinda-ardern.html

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it’s “not realistic to assume” COVID-19 will never reach New Zealand, and the current travel restrictions can’t go on forever.

    New Zealand has had travel restrictions on mainland China, banning foreigners who’ve been there since February 2 from entering New Zealand. The ban is being reviewed every 48 hours, and was last extended for another eight days on Saturday.

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    • Posted late last night.
      A world simulation 3 months earlier has parallels to the current coronavirus.

      A slow response can lead to a large outbreak
      The Event 201 scenario — the brainchild of researchers at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security — was designed to test our global preparedness in the face of a severe pandemic.

      They are quick to note that the simulation was in no way a prediction of the events that would follow it, and the inputs used for modelling the potential impact of the fictional virus are not similar to the current outbreak.

      The deadly coronavirus is spreading across the globe, with no end in sight — here is a timeline of key events so far and what to expect next.
      However, according to Dr Eric Toner, who worked on the simulation, there are some parallels. ,,,,,

      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-01/coronavirus-outbreak-researchers-simulated-severe-pandemic/11906562
      Some interesting points learnt, even if from an Australian point of view.

      So still much to learn.
      How much will it effect the economics of countries, whilst trying to cope & combat the pandemic. when we have become so intertwined, in trade, for resources & goods.
      So who will be emptying & cleaning our bed pans?

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    • In allocating blame for housing Notional did cause it by a factor of more than 80%

      The GFC started in 2008.
      Notional became Govt a few weeks after the official start (Sept 2008)

      With the GFC there were NZers returning home earlier as overseas positions were precarious and some low paid jobs of OE travelers dried up.
      Local people who were planning an OE realised that it was better to tie ho and stay in their current job than head off overseas where the chance of employment in target countries was very low.
      Each of these factors added to demand for housing in NZ; over the base.

      Then Notional with Roddy Hide formed the ridiculous Auckland Council with absolutely no sensible plan for formation and no plan for execution. The idiot Hide actually told me personally my water rates would be one third of the current after amalgamation. I knew then it was all bullshit beyond belief.
      There was no centralised plan and confusion reigned.
      What are the building approval requirements- North Shore rules or Waitakere, or Manukau?
      Building approval virtually stopped. This is a rules driven environment and Councils are risk averse on such matters.

      Meantime Notional turned on the faucet for immigration at 40,000 people per annum and kept the faucet open.
      It was a flood.
      Over 80% of these people went to Auckland.
      It increased National GDP but ‘per person’ it did not.
      In 7 years $160 Billion was added to mortgage debt to bankers without any net housing addition.
      Do the Math.

      On top of housing the car purchase rate of tens of thousands of people coming in added to roading demand.
      In one busy two year period the population of Dunedin was added to Auckland with SFA houses and roads to show for it.

      definition of inflation.
      “too many dollars chasing too few goods.”
      This is what happened in the NZ housing market.
      House prices were inflated.
      Either Notional did this deliberately (I tick yes) or they were truly stupid to have this go on for more than 7 years and not notice.

      You be the judge.
      Now we know Liebour are incredibly stoopid with incredible incompetents as Ministers (Herr Doktor Clark; Phail Twyford, and Kelvin ‘the thug’ Davis) so we know they wont deliver housing and solutions.
      They simmer in a sea of lies all day, all week, all year. They are too daft and too vain to fight for solutions.
      Ironically this plays back into Notional’s hands.

      However Notional exercised some true malice over flooding us with immigration and I put that on J Key, S Joyce, B English, and N Smith. They were the equivalent to the early 1980s Labour ‘Fish and Chip Brigade’

      Notional created the housing situation as it stands in 2020.
      Labour and its low quality activist Clingons were never going to find a solution.

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      • The housing shortage did not begin in this century. The first Family Court Judge (Judge Trapski) predicted that the increasing ease of divorce would place pressure on housing stocks as families split and required two homes instead of one dwelling. That was in 1981 and it occurred. it is not the sole reason for housing shortages but it set in train the present problems which have loomed ever since and have been exacerbated due to the unexpected surge in population since 2008.

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      • Housing is short and expeensive becuase no one can build cheap houses and place them in a subdivision due the developers covenanats. If uncovenated land was availble during all this time tthere was tyhe need, themoney and the ability to build them.
        Core of the problem.

        change that and watch housing grow.
        Basic 3 beddy on 400sq section. Path to the door clotheds line, lawn and fences. sadd the garage later if you must park your plastic and tin in a shed.

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  4. Jacinda Ardern plans to tell Australia ‘corrosive’ deportations policy ‘impacting on our relationship’
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/jacinda-ardern-plans-tell-australia-corrosive-deportations-policy-impacting-our-relationship?auto=6135193614001

    “The Australian government is well within rights to take the policy on citizenship and deportation that they have. They are within their rights to do that – that doesn’t mean that it’s the right thing to do.

    “It is having a social impact on New Zealand and it is having an impact on New Zealanders who have chosen to call Australia home and are taxpayers and contributing members their society when their kids can’t get the kind of, for instance, disability support that an Australian could get in New Zealand.

    This morning, opposition leader Simon Bridges said in a statement a National Government would look at amending the law to allow Australians convicted of serious crimes in New Zealand to be deported.

    If elected, National will explore a policy based on amendments to Australia’s Migration Act in 2014 which allows for people to have their visas cancelled on character grounds.

    “It’s the legal right of the Australian Government to deport Kiwi criminals. However, we have the same rights and it’s my view that New Zealand needs to explore how a reciprocal policy could work here.

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    • I hope Scomo tells her to Foxtrot Oscar. She’s already had a go at this. If she doesn’t like it, then she needs to tell her useless mate Nash to put them behind bars as soon as they step out of line after arrival. She needs to spend more time running her own country. Last time she ran away to the Pacific she dropped the Ihumatao captain’s call clanger at the airport on the way out. Now, if rumours are true, the gutless wonder is to have an announcement made on Ihumatao while she’s again being PTPM swanning round the Pacific.

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    • How many Australians come here as opposed to Kiwis heading there?

      Go on Simon, show them you can send three Aussies back! That’ll show them.

      Between him and Jacinda I hope they don’t cost us our open border policy with Australia. That portability helps keep an escape option from this soon to be communist state open.

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    • “New Zealanders who have chosen to call Australia home and are taxpayers and contributing members their society ” Do not think the ones who are being deported would all fit into that category, other have all had the opportunity to become Australian citizens.

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  5. Here is an interesting peek back into the past. Before the Internet, people could write or call in a question to the New York Public Library and have it answered. They’re posting them to their Instagram, but there’s a few sites that have shared the details. You can see some at Mentalfloss here.

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  6. I hope you’re all enjoying the writings at Croaking Cassandra as much as I am. Today’s post has some worrying statements in it. Ignoring how the lies and spin are part of the new governments operating methodology; this:

    I can’t yet formally verify that – although I have lodged an OIA to get chapter and verse – but I’m not the only person to note the range of new people/positions (on the bottom of press releases, emails or whatever) and my favourite anecdote was one a friend told a few months ago about being approached by a headhunting firm to consider applying for a job in something like “stakeholder relations” at the Bank, a job my friend characterised as “having coffee with a lot of people, getting paid $180000 a year”. I hope The Treasury and Grant Robertson will be having a close look at whether there is any sort of culture of ruthless prioritisation, frugality etc in how the Governor uses what he has, before offering up yet more public money. There isn’t much sign of it.

    is even scarier. More piggies at the trough, it would seem and all earning close to $200,000 per year for having coffee? I look forward to when Croaking Cassandra gets the OIA response on that one.

    Remember to vote out the troughers this election. All of them.

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  7. This is why people enjoy their own vehicles and object to being forced into using public transport. Find an alternative way home!

    Auckland Southern Line trains delayed, cancelled due to ’emergency’ incident at Remuera Station
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/02/auckland-southern-line-trains-delayed-cancelled-due-to-emergency-incident-at-remuera-station.html

    It has been confirmed that both police and emergency services are at the scene and were notified of the death at roughly 11:30am on Monday.

    “Police will be in attendance at the scene for some time and train services may be disrupted,” police said in a statement.

    As of 12:55pm, Auckland Transport (AT) confirmed that disruptions to the Onehunga and Southern Line services are expected to continue into the afternoon peak.

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  8. Greens electric vehicle policy squashed by NZ First.

    Government scheme could slash prices on cleaner cars, and make dirtier cars more expensive
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/114068301/government-proposes-massive-feebate-car-scheme-that-would-make-cleaner-cars-up-to-8k-cheaper-and-dirtier-cars-more-expensive

    The policy would make some cars up to $8000 cheaper – while others would be $3000 more expensive.

    The scheme would not just apply to electric vehicles: It would make efficient cars like a Suzuki Swift or Toyota Corolla cheaper, and bring the cost of hybrids to near-parity with non-hybrid cars by bringing their costs down by as much as $6800.

    But it would also make New Zealand’s most popular new imported car – the Ford Ranger – $2250 more expensive.

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  9. Take the time to view, when you have it.

    Tommy Robinson brings his ‘Rape of Britain’ lecture to Russia | Worlds Apart
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=27&v=460DflZywjI&feature=emb_logo
    28 minutes 15 seconds : Feb 23, 2020
    Also read the stats, “Facts” that pop up along the bottom 🙂

    A feisty interviewer, married to a muslim, but Tommy is as steady as a rock. His replies, when he can get a word in edgewise, with facts, even from muslim foundations etc showing islam via the teachings of Mohammad,

    Much to the consternation of this interviewer and going on about “what about” relevancy, as she twists and turns.
    Yes she is tedious, but it allows Tommy to make his points.

    A little insight into Oksana Boyko faith in the Russian Governments authority, right or wrong. how it should all be sorted. 🙂

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  10. One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies, I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist was pleased and left the shop.

    When the barber goes to open his shop the next morning there is a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

    Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replies, ‘I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The cop is happy and leaves the shop.

    The next morning when the barber goes to open up there is a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

    Later that day, a college professor comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replies, ‘I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The professor is very happy and leaves the shop.

    The next morning when the barber opens his shop, there is a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen different books, such as ‘How to Improve Your Business’ and ‘Becoming More Successful.’

    Then, a Member of Parliament comes in for a haircut , and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies, ‘I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The Member of Parliament is very happy and leaves the shop.

    The next morning when the barber goes to open up, there are a dozen Members of Parliament lined up waiting for a free haircut.

    And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between normal people and most MPs. (Found in an old note from a friend)

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  11. News / COVID-19
    21 February 2020 – Imperial College London‌
    Summary Report 6
    Since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic in late 2019, there are now 29 affected regions and countries with over 1000 confirmed cases outside of mainland China. In previous reports, we estimated the likely epidemic size in Wuhan City based on air traffic volumes and the number of detected cases internationally. Here we analysed COVID-19 cases exported from mainland China to different regions and countries, comparing the country-specific rates of detected and confirmed cases per flight volume to estimate the relative sensitivity of surveillance in different countries. Although travel restrictions from Wuhan City and other cities across China may have reduced the absolute number of travellers to and from China, we estimated that about two thirds of COVID-19 cases exported from mainland China have remained undetected worldwide, potentially resulting in multiple chains of as yet undetected human-to-human transmission outside mainland China.

    https://www.imperial.ac.uk/mrc-global-infectious-disease-analysis/news–wuhan-coronavirus/

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  12. Government’s 3 percent main benefit increase: How will it affect you?
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/02/government-announces-main-benefit-increase-of-3-percent.html

    Main benefit recipients will receive a 3 percent rise on April 1 as the Government’s decision to link rates to the average wage comes into effect.

    Using current calculations:

    A sole parent could get an extra $10.48 a week
    A single disabled person $8.44 extra a week
    A Jobseeker beneficiary aged 25 or over $6.78 extra a week
    A 20-24-year-old Jobseeker beneficiary would get an extra $5.63 a week

    Currently, there are 310,000 families on these main benefits.

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  13. https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/01/national-might-withdraw-climate-change-teaching-resource.html

    Really Ms Bennett? National ‘might’ ?
    You should have said ” National WILL be withdrawing”
    I ‘might’ give both my votes to ACT.
    You lot really need to up your game if you want to win in September. Some press releases with a bit of mongrel in them otherwise you’ll find yourselves warming those same seats again in the house on September 20th.

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    • She has to say might , because the virtue signalling by Labour is not actually fully working yet , they definitely want to stop it being forced down the kids throats , but they are happy for it to be discussed , but science based only , and not bullshit about studying the silly Swede

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