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  1. Self isolation, but go off shopping, and then the test result is confirmed.

    A man who tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in Tasmania from Iran left the hospital to enter self-isolation at home until the results came in, but visited a city supermarket to stock up on the way, authorities say.

    Key points:
    The man did not follow the instructions given to him to self-isolate before his coronavirus test results came in, authorities said
    People who were at the Launceston city Woolworths on Sunday night are being asked to report if they feel ill
    The effort to contact fellow passengers who were on the same plane as the man are still incomplete
    Announcing the case at a press conference on Monday afternoon, Tasmania’s Public Health director Mark Veitch said the 40-year-old man had “limited travel” in Launceston since arriving on Saturday from Iran, via Malaysia and Melbourne.

    Today, at a press conference, Dr Veitch said “further information had come to light” that the man — whose name has not been released — chose to visit the Woolworths store in Wellington Street, Launceston, on Sunday night, before his diagnosis was confirmed. ….

    …… actions of the man, who he said was informed of the requirement for self-isolation, as “disappointing”. ……..
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-04/coronavirus-launceston-man-visited-supermarket-before-isolating/12023688

    I would doubt that NZ health authorities are any different.
    Either it is contagious, it is serious or it is not.
    Why worry about collateral damage? 🙁
    If he had walked into that supermarket with an unloaded gun, what would the police have done?

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    • This concept of self-isolation is a joke. The authorities are trusting everyday people to mitigate the risk of this virus spreading to the NZ population. Some will not take it seriously. Some will, until they neck a few beersies and go “stuff it”. Ardern’s reasoning is that other countries are doing the same. She’s paid to make decisions for THIS country.
      It’s too late now, but in theory NZ is one of the easiest countries to defend, given it’s isolation and limited points of entry.
      Anyone deemed at risk should have been sent to a camp set up (by the army?) on an island to ensure their quarantine was not breached. How difficult would that be?

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      • Saggy, there is an ‘isolation camp’ set up interestingly enough in Army Bay but it is the end of a peninsular and not an island. Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

        As far as self isolation is concerned you only need to understand these things to realise it is bollocks:-

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusory_superiority
        n the field of social psychology, illusory superiority is a condition of cognitive bias wherein a person overestimates their own qualities and abilities, in relation to the same qualities and abilities of other people. Illusory superiority is one of many positive illusions, relating to the self, that are evident in the study of intelligence, the effective performance of tasks and tests, and the possession of desirable personal characteristics and personality traits.

        or
        practical interpretation
        https://www.smithlawco.com/blog/2017/december/do-most-drivers-really-think-they-are-above-aver/
        Most Drivers Rate Themselves Better Than Average
        Back in 1980, a Swedish psychologist named Ola Svenson conducted a study: In two different sessions, he asked 81 American college students and 80 Swedish graduate students to rank their driving ability among their peers. The results were striking: 88% of the Americans and 77% of the Swedes ranked themselves in the top half when it came to driving safely. When they were asked to rank their driving skill, 93% of the Americans said they were better than average, compared to 69% of the Swedish students.

        self isolation will not work.
        The human EGO will take control.
        Ego keeps us alive.
        This is not going to change in the next 2 months.

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    • I think you are being a bit unfair on the most incompetent PM the country has ever seen. Who could possibly have predicted that self-isolation was in idiotic idea and one that is more likely to have been a cover for “introduce as many infection vectors as possible to increase the spread of the virus as a way of keeping the populace frightened during an election year”.

      Our swamp in Wellington is as bad (if not worse) than the one in Washington – the bastards are out to get us.

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  2. Kiwi sanitiser Zoono tests 99.99% effective against coronavirus, sales increase five-fold

    A Kiwi-made water-based sanitiser has tested 99.99 per cent effective against coronavirus for up to 30 days on surfaces and 24 hours on hands.

    Zoono’s sales increased five-fold since the Australia sharemarket listed company announced its lab tests confirmed the sanitiser was 99.99 per cent effective against the current strain of Covid-19 coronavirus, last week.

    Zoono’s founder Paul Hyslop said sanitiser, which is made in Auckland, used a process called lysis to form a protective barrier resembling microscopic pins on surfaces that pierced the pathogen.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/120002857/kiwi-sanitiser-zoono-tests-9999-effective-against-coronavirus-sales-increase-fivefold

    Who knew about these fellows?

    Well done.

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    • The Greens want the Government to double down on efforts to sell fossil fuel investments, with Chlöe Swarbrick saying she will submit a members bill that will direct the Government to shift all of its investments away from fossil fuels.

      At the weekend the Government announced new default Kiwisaver funds would exclude investments in fossil fuel production.

      But the Greens want to go further.

      Swarbrick will today submit a member’s bill calling on all public funds to divest from companies directly involved in the mining and production of fossil fuels.

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/120018510/chle-swarbrick-submitting-new-bill-to-force-government-funds-to-sell-fossil-fuel-assets

      When do we get to vote these mindless stupid fucking greens out of existence and send them to get a real job?

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      • Real job?
        What employer would choose any of them?
        You would be better off getting any one already on the benefit now. At least they know they are unemployable.

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      • Am I correct in saying that as the coalition of clowns is effectively providing, indeed instructing on investment policy of fund managers that in the event that advice results in losses those losses will be indemnified by All assets of the political parties and individuals who vote for this draconian legislation?

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      • September Is the month selected for an election if the COL does not disintegrate before then.

        Issue is you are unable to vote them out; you can only vote the least gormless or obnoxious in.

        I suggest, based on practical performance, taking into account nonsense suggestions from Ms Swarbrick, the Green Party will not be re-elected.

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  3. Borrowers will be able to access a home loan rate of 2.89 per cent through a new offering launched on Tuesday by Heartland Bank.

    It has developed a digital home loan platform through which people will apply entirely online.

    The rates on offer start at 2.89 per cent for one year, through to 3.39 per cent for three years.

    The lowest advertised one-year rate among the big four banks is 3.39 per cent.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/119943044/heartland-jumps-back-into-home-loan-market-with-289-interest-rate

    Here we go.

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      • Historically low interest rates, high immigration, greater State regulation of rental housing…

        What more could be done to jack up the price of houses?!

        Houses are for nesting; not investing.

        Disclaimer: I own a rental propery, but I fear for my children’s future in this country.

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    • From Kea’s link:

      …..”He explains what’s behind the irrational reaction to the coronavirus. Our minds like to “jump to threatening headlines” with alarming numbers, he says.”…….

      Wrong. wrong. wrong! The human brain can function logically when it is provided with trusted information with which it can make a decision. The keyword is “trusted”.

      The problem is, that with good cause, no-one in NZ believes a fucking word the media, government departments or politicians utter!

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      • I agree 100% don’t trust media or announcements from the regime.

        The simple fact is Covid-19 is behaving like any other flu. As I said weeks ago – its here – its spreading- it can’t be stopped – the risk of death is no higher than other flus and colds.

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        • Just like polio was another virus that seemed to behave like the flue.
          “symptoms can range from none at all (95 per cent of cases)” and it would seem they became and remained immune to polio.
          So no worry at all for so many people.

          Sadly a cold virus, I still keep getting now and again. Just an inconvenience.

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    • The MS Liars have contributed much to the panic with 24/7 coverage repeated frequently to achieve a level of brainwashing without revealing credible evidence available, eg CCP installed 40 mobile incineration units in Wuhan to supplement the local crematoria who were report-ably burning 100 bodies a day. Officially the units were to burn hospital waste but I suspect that half would be used for that purpose and the other for body burning which they had collective capacity to deal with 1000 bodies a day. This may have been credible evidence that the death rate in Wuhan was more than officially reported and may even have been a precaution against a fatal escalation of the disease but without such facts the consumer of local reported news in NZ has insufficient information to make any kind of judgement. However the Chinese people are taking Covid 19 very seriously evidenced by the fall in pollution which YSB showed the other day and the clear interruption of the supply chain out of China further evidenced by the drop in the Baltic dry index which is a measure of the supply/ demand for shipping dry goods. I have no Academic qualifications just a lifetimes experience of observation of opinions versus results so when our part time assistant PM says I wont get wet when it rains I prefer actual experience rather than verbal diarrhea.

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      • Freethinker, none of my Chinese friends believe a word the Chinese officials are saying about this.

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  4. You can now enrol to vote on election day
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/03/you-can-now-enrol-to-vote-on-election-day.html

    “Thousands more didn’t have their votes counted because their details weren’t up to date.”

    Voting booths in supermarkets and malls will be a new addition this year too, while changes to improve the efficiency and timeliness of overseas, postal and dictation voting are yet to come.

    “We’ve made it easier for New Zealanders to exercise their democratic right to vote,” said Little.

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      • Online voting is the way to do it.

        Soros owns the companies that make voting machines – which way do you think the errors go (hint always left).

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    • Waikatogirl,as I’ve said before if labour wanted to encourage their base to get out and vote they would be setting up polling stations in ,
      KFC Restaurants
      Macca’s restaurants
      TABs
      Prisons
      WINZ Offices
      and of course Liqor outlets.

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    • I went to a medieval market and battle event on the weekend in Ohura, tops 100 people there but a tent was, manned by at least two vote 2020 women. Scored two yo-yos, one drink bottle, three packs of white and orange jelly babies and a couple of pens ;).

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  5. Why aren’t the Nats slapping the POS Whineston with his obvious wrongdoing in parliament, My guess is they are moderately worried about how things are going to turn out with their problems with the S F O.
    If this is the case it just goes to show the whole clownshow of 120 useless bludgers down in Wellington are equally bent self serving arseholes.

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  6. And out in the provinces kiwi life goes on as it always has done

    Meet the 80-year-old competing at the Golden Shears
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/rural/2020/03/meet-the-80-year-old-competing-at-the-golden-shears.html

    Now 80 years old, this week he will return as a competitor, celebrating a life-long involvement with the event and his love of shearing.

    In 1967, he won the intermediate Golden Shears Intermediate title and has continued as a successful competitor, international judge and administrator in shearing.

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  7. Peters defends Jones’ comments about Indian students that were labelled ‘racist’ by Race Relations Commissioner

    NZ First MP Shane Jones has been defended by his leader Winston Peters over his recent comments surrounding Indian students in New Zealand.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/peters-defends-jones-comments-indian-students-labelled-racist-race-relations-commissioner

    Today, during Parliament’s Question Time Mr Peters was asked by National’s Gerry Brownlee why India would trust New Zealand’s foreign affairs goal to have mutual trust that advances shared interest, after Mr Jones’ comment.

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    • What’s going on? I don’t feel well. I agree with Shane Jones. I might need a lie down and some strong drugs.

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/119993022/omv-rig-protestors-to-be-taken-off-vessel-by-helicopter?fbclid=IwAR1Uyy2BoeF1Jrx2BuEuZM_WslU7AdURyAcQsGn9nKKhgVMKZPdsRRzJ4l8

      NZ First MP Shane Jones called for the two protesters “to be dropped off at the front door of the district court as soon as they are back on terra firma”.

      The Regional Economic Development Minister said he wanted the pair made fully accountable for their actions.

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      • That is the sort of talk…and action… we want to see.

        The same should have applied at Ihumstao.
        It wont.
        NZ is akin to the corrupt 1980s style Cook Islands.

        We do not have:-
        ‘equality in the eyes of the law’
        It all depends if you are ‘friends of the fuhrer’ and if you have her phone number.
        She may not answer the phone or read the text but the message is sent.
        Wink , wink.
        Read between the lines.

        To be fair, Shame Jones is stating a lot of common sense things at a time there is a shortage of this precious element.

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        • Jones is not stupid. What I despise about him is he is an arrogant fucking blowhard who finds the sound of his own voice enchanting and amusing and expects us all to feel the same.
          Probably reminds me of myself too much FWIW

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          • Plenty described Trump in the same terms.

            Perhaps its what we need. Simon will never make the grade and unless we all party vote ACT we will be have a NZ First Nat Govt.

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      • “On Wednesday, they were flown to New Plymouth Airport by helicopter before being allowed to leave.”

        I see they were happy to take advantage of fossil fuels to travel by helicopter back to New Plymouth unless helicopters engines are now battery operated. HYPOCRITES!

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  8. W G ,All NZrs know by now that this is Whinestons three yearly M O, make a few statements that get the base wound up about ,
    Immigration,
    Gangs,
    Tough on criminals,
    Indians
    Muslims
    Rates,
    Petrol prices,
    Taxes,, ETC,ETC,
    The little rat has been doing this for nearly forty years and I’m continually astonished at how many morons keep falling for it.
    Its a fact that a reasonably large group of NZrs are just plain F——G stupid.
    The trouble that POS has caused politically in our country is unforgivable, with his never ending smirk and his copious use of the word “demonstrably”as if it’s some sort of call to his pig ignorant base.

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    • “Its a fact that a reasonably large group of NZrs are just plain F——G stupid.”

      (Puts on fake Mr. Spock pointy ears…)
      “Half of all people are of below-average intelligence.”

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    • A NZ First voter spoke to Sean Plunket the other day and told Sean off for calling Winston untrustworthy. She had no idea about Winston being investigated by the SFO, competely uninformed about current politics and was determined to once again vote for the obvious snake in September. Sadly there are too many of these idiots that he can still manipulate.

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      • Do you still think universal suffrage is a good idea?
        Well, do you !!!

        I still think for each dollar of income tax you pay you get one vote.
        This is like holding shares in a company but in this case, in a country.
        If you have 10% voting shares in a company you get 10 times the voting power of a person with 1%.
        If you have no stakeholding you get no votes.
        Simples.

        and for local Council one vote per rates bill.
        The payer of the bill gets the vote or to hand it to another as an agent.

        A south Auckland rental house with a Couple and one set of elderly parents who dont even speak English plus say 2 teenage kids or cousies gets six votes in Council elections but pays nothing for the running of the city.
        That is not democracy.

        and don’t give me the crap that they pay rates through their rent.
        If there are 4 people on the rental and two more adults move in they pay no more rent but magically can get two more votes.

        You can’t split the rent into- oh that was to pay the rates, that is mortgage interest, that is for tax, that is for R+M, etc
        If i buy an ice cream with a flake in it, it is an icecream for say $5 — not 50c for the cone; 2.00 for the ice cream; 1.00 for the flake bar; 1.00 for overhead and freezer ; 50c for profit.
        I pay $5 for an icecream and am not concerned with the breakdown. It is not my business. It is the vendor’s business.

        When I pay rent it is not my concern and just as paying rent confers no voting rights neither does it confer any liability for the mortgage upkeep or R+M upkeep.

        Universal suffrage.
        A street dwelling alcoholic gets the same voting power as person who owns a business employing 50 people and looking after their family and elderly relatives.

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        • On the money howtis!

          Although I’d go further. Government has no meaning at all without the ability to steal money through taxation. The people who generate money are increasingly being asked to fund better and better lifestyles for those who are a burden on society.

          The ridiculously obvious consequence is that the ranks of the indigent are swelling and their demands are getting more ridiculous every day. Who could ever have predicted that would happen?

          The great social contract that the welfare state is pre-supposed on has been irrevocably broken.

          With the arrival of the information age we have the ability to self-govern. We only need one government department – the revenue one. When us taxpayers pay our taxes – we should be allowed to allocate the tax we pay to the services we wish to see funded.

          It would be tough for the indigent, but they’re the ones who broke the social contract. You are insane if you think there is any such thing as a free lunch!

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  9. Covid-19 is here. If you are lucky you might delay exposure long enough for a vaccine to be developed. But its unlikely. This was always going to happen this way.

    The best thing to do is look after your general health. Lay of the booze and tobacco. Eat right and so on.

    Also don’t worry. That won’t help your immune system.

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  10. Anyone note that the Pania woman , head protester at Ihumatao is preggers.
    How can you afford a baby when you are full time protesting ?

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  11. Ardern’s election campaign is well underway, with an arrest of a “white nationalist” just before the Christchurch mosque anniversary.

    Fake news.

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    • How did they catch him?
      From the CCTV camera footage outside the mosques!
      What you don’t think plod has camera’s there, well you are a silly boy!
      May not be in open view, but they are there!

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  12. ‘The first salvo in a war’: Senior Herald and Stuff editors hit back at RNZ attack ad campaign
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/03/the-first-salvo-in-a-war-senior-herald-and-stuff-editors-hit-back-at-rnz-attack-ad-campaign.html

    RNZ has launched a new brand campaign which takes explicit aim at its commercial competition, attacking both advertising-funded and paywalled news sites.

    The campaign is running on out-of-home media and as paid posts on Facebook, and has drawn incredulous responses from news executives in the private sector media, which has been dealing with well-documented difficulties due to the dominance of the digital advertising market by Facebook and Google.

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  13. Golly G. So it was about trying to keep her taxpayer funding eh?

    Interesting look by Cactus Kate at the RealPolitik of life on the Green party list in light of Golly G’s announcement about her diagnosis of MS.

    The TL:DR version of the blog post is:
    a) With Gareth ‘boy’ Hughes leaving – the party of ‘equalidy’ is decidedly short of male MP (so much for 50% representation!)
    b) It’s going to be fucking tight as to who squeaks in (if any do at all) in the upcoming GE (Skeletor Socialist Cindy is robbing them left and right on the “Empathy” votes.
    c) The Greens are currently doing their list selection process
    d) Golly G – only just squeaked in on special votes in 2017 (last in – first out?)
    e) Golly G is losing the diversiddy bingo game hands down to her colleagues – JAG (insane mum), Marama (insane Maori), Jan Logie (insane LGBTQi), Eugenie Sage (insane oldie), Chloe (insane LGBTWTFQi yoof)

    Cactus Kate intimates that Golly G sees that shes going to be too low down on the list and very unlikely to thus keep the most well-paid job a drop kick liar like her is ever going to have – and she decided she needed to up her diversiddy game by reaching for the disability card.

    The thing about MS is that after one episode of some sort of nerve lesion – Drs don’t say “you have MS”. They say stuff like “you have had a lesion on this or that other nerve”. Its a poorly understood affliction and it’s only after you have a second episode that you are likely to get diagnosed as suffering MS. While the world has waaaaay too many people suffering from MS, there is also a host of people who have had one episode and haven’t suffered a re-occurance and go on to live perfectly normal lives in every way. That is not to minimise the unpleasantness of what GG has experienced – and I wish with every fibre of my being that the single incident GG had is the only one and that she too goes on to live the rest of her life free from a repeat (and the subsequent actual diagnosis of MS).

    The other thing you’d have to bring in to the mix is why would any relatively young person like GG go public with something that is so deeply personal as a debilitating illness like MS (especially when she’s monophasic)? Cui bono?

    Does she stay at #7 on the list? or is another beta-male being sourced to fill Gareth’s tiny pants?

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    • Different perspective,Golly G has a cure for her illness at hand if she is actually afflicted with this disease,
      all she’s gotta do is gather all her colleagues in a small room and get them all talking about the shit they have inflicted on us for three years.
      Make sure there’s an open door because that filthy disease will be looking for a way out in a very short time,I suspect it’ll be around the time one of those F—Kwitts bring up the glorious passing of a law to ban plastic bags, We are truly F—Ked in our Country.

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      • I would have thought living with the most unfunny comedian in history would give her a few more points? Lets face it the bloke is such a complete twat he makes Jethro look interesting.

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        • “He makes Jenthro look interesting”
          Rolling around on the floor laughing!!!!!! 😂 So true!!

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  14. So top cop Mike Clement is under IPCA investigation for poking his nose into a recruiting issue,this is the same guy that has been in charge of the gun theft initiated by our emaciated pasty leader Ardern.
    Wonder if armed plod will arrive at his door with a warrant to search his house and is he a person that should have firearms in his possession ?

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  15. Stolen from Comments section in another blog (IS)

    the Knack My Sharona changes form :-
    (apologies if posted by another)

    Ooh, my little Wuhan one, viral one
    Coming to congest my lungs, ay Corona
    Zoo-o-notic transmission …where’s it from?
    Bats or civet cats who knows why, Corona?

    When’s it gonna stop, fever cough, wash your dirty hands
    Why’d I ever stop in Hubei for vacation, man? Why Why Why Why AHHH CHOOO
    M-m-m-my Corona

    Don’t you come no closer, huh, no closer bruh
    Unless you got an N95, Corona
    Got a travel history, I’m quarantined
    Should’ve just quit touching my eyes, Corona

    Never getting off, stuck onboard such a dirty boat
    But why you hoarding masks when you live in Alaska tho?
    Why ey ey ey ey NO

    M m m my Corona
    M m m my Corona

    When’s it gonna get to me, get to me
    You killed the doc that called you out, why Corona?
    Internet conspiracy, COVID-19
    Is it just a pack of communist lies, Corona?

    Never gonna stop, media, such a dirty game
    Cuz no one gets the shot for the flu
    but it’s just as lame
    Why Why Why Why A Choo coughing

    Wheooo

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  16. Aussie’s ask what is she on about? LOL!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGGJlX-d6Vs
    Jacinda Ardern’s criticisms of Australian immigration policy are ‘based on nothing’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyhPe5nChoo
    NZ voters ‘not fooled’ by Jacinda Ardern
    If today’s news conference with Scott Morrison is any indication, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern believes all Kiwis, including criminals, should be entitled to “all the benefits” afforded to Australian citizens, according to Sky News host Peta Credlin.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rapiHUd9lHc
    Jacinda Ardern is ‘extraordinarily entitled’ to dictate immigration policy

    🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡!

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  17. The 3rd person to be diagnosed with Coronavirus is a family member of the Iranian who who returned recently from Iran. He presented himself at a medical centre without alerting the authorities or her local medical centre of her possibly having the virus before arriving. She has put other patients in the waiting room at risk along with receptionists and medical staff. The schools other young family members have been notified they may also have been infected.
    – Magic Talk.

    Coronavirus: Third COVID-19 case was transmitted via family
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/03/coronavirus-third-covid-19-case-was-transmitted-via-family.html

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    • Normies in the medical profession are saying its here, spreading and we need to accept that.

      As I said weeks ago. Not because I’m clever, but because that’s how flus and colds spread.

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    • Kiwi coronavirus patient had ‘significant interaction’ with public, medical staff weren’t alerted by centre – employee
      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/03/kiwi-coronavirus-patient-had-significant-interaction-with-public-medical-staff-weren-t-alerted-by-centre-employee.html

      An individual who works at the Westgate Medical Centre has expressed their frustration to Newshub about the lack of communication with staff after a woman attended the clinic and was later diagnosed with the potentially deadly illness.

      The employee – who Newshub has agreed not to name – says the woman arrived at the Auckland urgent care clinic on Monday evening. They claim it wasn’t an ideal situation as the woman “didn’t identify themselves as being a potential risk”, even though the clinic had signage warning people not to enter if they had been overseas recently.

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    • Our GP has received an interesting email from the Ministry of Health. I don’t want to say too much in-case they’re the only one to receive it; but it would seem the risks of infection by a health professional is being treated very seriously.

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  18. Interesting to see the alleged “far right” supremacist has been named despite applying for suppression, isn’t actually being charged for the alleged offense, despite MSM smearing him at every opportunity while people who follow Islam and plan multiple deaths of white people are sentenced to golf lessons, and full suppression of details.
    In the same court at Christchurch.

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    • He’s a 19 year old Otago law student. Trying to find his way in life, making silly statements.
      “You stupid boy” comes to mind!

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      • Just a kid frustrated with the bullshit and hypocrisy.

        If he was a party member this would have never been known.

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        • A bunch of kids posting photos with a banner. Wow, that is radical and dangerous behaviour for a bunch of teenagers who, as you say are frustrated.

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      • At 19 it seems that he’s a perfect age to be rehabilitated like the death cult follower but he’s a Nazi so he doesnt get thst option.

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        • His white privilege is showing. //
          Ironically the left COLwho hate his “white priviilege” are paying taxpayers money for him to attend university for free to become an even more entitled white lawyer. The epitome of white privilege!

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    • It’s almost like the news is scripted. Anniversary of the mosque massacre coming up, and like clockwork the perfect white supremacist is on hand waiting to be led away to the gallows of public opinion.

      How does the media do it?

      //

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      • If an organisation concentrates on creating news as opposed to chasing & reporting on it they’ve got a head start!

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      • O-Sen, some of us saw this coming a mile off. These people behave in very predictable ways.

        This arrest was politically ordered and timed. Similarly, they would not have arrested a guilty Muslim terrorist at this time.

        People need to readjust their thinking to the reality of Arderns regime. Once they do that, you can see what’s coming with a brief scan of msm.

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  19. You will not see it on the MSM but these are some of the results for Trump on Tuesday compared to Obama in the primaries “during” his first term his first term

    Iowa
    Obama: 25,000
    Trump: 31,464

    Massachusetts
    Obama: 127,909
    Trump: 229,717

    New Hampshire
    Obama: 49,080
    Trump: 129,696

    Oklahoma
    Obama: 64,330
    Trump: 273,562

    Tennessee
    Obama: 80,705
    Trump: 384,034

    Texas
    Obama: 518,138
    Trump: 1,907,342

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  20. Latest bleat about our sub-standard education system:

    Notice has come home regarding the biannual whole school swimming sports.
    Why the hell do we have to have TWO swimming sports events, hiring the pool and bussing all the kids there? Does this mean all kids are reaching targets at reading, spelling, and maths? Pfft.

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  21. A twitter thread of whats going on in China presently.

    Paul Mozur
    Cover tech in Asia for @NYTimes

    To fight the coronavirus China is undertaking its biggest experiment yet in rule by data: an app that automates quarantines. Alibaba software, using unexplained data, now decides whether millions can leave their home. It also shares data with the police.

    The police part is a big step. Firms like Ali often share data with gov’t, but there’s a process. In this case, the moment a user grants permissions, it runs a function “reportInfoAndLocationToPolice.” That’s a new level of police tracking embedded in a hugely popular app.
    Effectively, the app is required now to do anything in many places. People were trying to get onto the subway in Hangzhou. Overnight the city went from lockdown to relying on the app. If your code is green, you can ride. If you’re given yellow or red, you’re stuck.
    The color codes, checkpoints, and phone searches all smack of policies carried out in Xinjiang.

    People in China’s east aren’t used to it, and there was plenty of grumbling in Hangzhou. Subway guards told us passengers, usually older, sometimes cursed and yelled at them.
    It’s not just the subway. To get into the city you need a green code. You also need it to get into most neighborhoods, public spaces, stores, and restaurants.
    Many who have red or yellow codes now lead lives as partial pariahs.
    With the digital scarlet letter they can’t go out or return to work.
    Plenty don’t understand why their code is red or yellow, yet when they call up a complaint hotline it’s generally busy.

    “The broad rules aren’t public….How it assigns red or yellow codes isn’t public. And there’s no clear way to make your code turn green,” said one man, who took his chances and was able to get through a checkpoint.

    It’s not clear where the data goes or how the decisions are being made. Likely it ends up in a place like the Hangzhou police command center. Perhaps unsurprisingly, because China has empowered its public security forces recently, they have an over sized role in the response.
    In propaganda they discuss reworking surveillance systems to deal w/ the virus. They also lead strategies for containing it, like setting up checkpoints. The police being so heavily involved in a public health issue does show how far down the road to police state China has gone.
    The codes can’t last forever. They’re too inconvenient. But each time there’s a crisis in China, the state takes more power. “The coronavirus outbreak is proving to be one of those landmarks in the history of the spread of mass surveillance in China,”
    @wang_maya told us.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/01/business/china-coronavirus-surveillance.html

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  22. I’m sorry to repost this but it is telling that Winston Peters our Deputy PM and our chief diplomat as the Foreign Minister has been rude to the Australians during a recent visit to their shores. Peters leapt to the defense of our equally rude PM who attacked Australia’s deportation policy on the lawn of the Australian PM’s residence, Kiribilly House in Sydney. In an interview he showed disdain for the Australian PM and forgot the name of his Australian equivalent and nobody in our NZ msm has questioned his lack of respect or ability to do his job with diplomacy. It seems some Aussie media are more aware of political happenings in NZ than our own media is.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rapiHUd9lHc

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    • Can they understand Winston Peters in Australia what he says, because im fucked if i can here in NZ..?

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  23. Today I had school goal setting with eldest daughter. On the way to meet with her mentor teacher, I spotted this advert for girls in STEM. Would it not be simpler to say Everybody welcome rather than resorting to the “boys and non-binaries” welcome too? Try-hard wokeness is tiresome.

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    • Does your school goal setting include any planning for achieving the goals, or is planning enough?
      Nice that your lot are even talking about stem subjects. So far four weeks (23 days) into the year, we’ve had a two day marae visit, the Art Deco piss about, a couple of days of Performing Arts and a day of Gymnastics in some subject to do with health – and we’ve have several days of art so stuff can get stuck on the classroom walls for the rest of the year. There was a bit of maths, but evidently my kid got to babysit a fellow student from a foreign land with no English language.
      I really don’t feel the taxpayer is getting value for money. I’m sure not, and the kid is being well short changed. If I look around for alternatives will this be different elsewhere?

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    • Different in Malaysia.
      They take STEM subjects so seriously they have special secondary schools which they call “Science ” Schools.
      The teach all the other subjects but the key emphasis is on STEM subjects. Obviously the kids choose to go to these schools –ie. they are not forced in any way.
      NZ will be left further behind by the Asian countries in this area.

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  24. More random stuff for the day. As we’re clearing out the old, throwaway junk from the in-laws place we’re coming across more and more interesting things. Like four juice mixers, a George Foreman Grill and more. There are thousands of dollars worth of consumer electronic type products still in their original packaging. All with Harvey Norman receipts attached.

    These are things they don’t know how to use, they don’t even know what the damn things are when we ask them now.

    One of the things is this BAC Track Key-chain breathalyzer. Valued at $69, and we almost tossed it in the bin instead of flogging it on Trademe.

    But here’s the thing – neither of them drive. Well, farther in law used to but that’s been a good few years now and then only to golf and back. Neither of them would even know what it is for. I have a strong suspicion that there is a very enterprising Sales Person at their local Harvey Norman who has been taking advantage of two elderly people with a reasonably large amount of disposable, cash income. And everytime they come to print their photos; they’re being upsold on some form of electronics.

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    • It’s sad getting old. My parents are no longer the people they used to be but are still deemed capable. Legally they are but the family can see the decline in their abilities. Nobody else would pick it up, not even the GP as it’s easy to stay focused for 10-15 minutes.

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    • When I cleaned out the M-in-Law’s place I discovered Drawers and Drawers full of various unopened medications. She had googled each one and stuck (in her writing) some comments about why she wouldn’t take it (upsets stomachs; not a cure) etc.
      I realised my hubby had collected most of these medications for her when she got prescriptions from the doctor.

      On top of the prescribed medications, she had scores of containers of unopened supplements ($50-70/container) and a couple of complete homeopathic Kits she brought from UK (at a few hundred quid each).

      She refused to listen to her doctor(s) but kept going to them as well as Quack practitioners….

      I threw all of the stuff out… except for the homeopathic kits which I donated to a witch in Lyall Bay (the strange woman had an interest in herbal remedies and I identified a few plants for her)… on the understanding that if I ever needed her services, she’d brew me up some foul concotion.

      Whether the M-in-Law would have lasted longer if she had listened to her doctors (have a hysterectomy) or taken her prescribed medications, I don’t know….. She was 84 when she died of ovarian cancer… in full possession of the same frustrating, bigoted nature that she always had.

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      • I don’t know if it’s still the case but doctors used to write a prescription for (say) gout. When this caused side effects they would prescribe something else to counter them which in turn led to more side effects to deal with.

        It ended up with some of the elderly taking a dozen different medications each day with no oversight or review of the original problem which over time may have disappeared.

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        • I’m all for hedging my bets…
          Having paid my taxes all my working life, I’ll be screaming for my share of the morphine when I’m in agony.
          If the medical fools try and fob me off with medicinal cannabis or some other dubious weed, I might have to go illegal on my opium supply ( I grow opium poppies….. quite legal)… The problem is if I get damaged/terminal at this time of the year, when I have no growing poppies…..then I might to have consult with my tame witch and suffer her offerings.

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          • Don’t forget to NOT inject the sap from the poppies.
            Some dumbarse lowlife in the Waikato raided some ones garden, stole the poppies, extracted the sap and injected it into his vein. Viola, one less labour voter.

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      • When we cleared out my MIL’s, a very ordinary woman who dressed like she was stuck in the 1950’s and was almost as wide as she was tall. In her bathroom cupboard she had hidden a whole pile of bright coloured make-up she’d never be seen dead wearing. I suspect the Farmers’ cosmetic girls had found someone who enjoyed the attention and fuss of having cosmetics applied in store. I can only imagine her arriving home to squirrel away her latest unwanted bright, shiny purchase.

        My MIL came out of the same stable as your’s Maggy, “in full possession of the same frustrating, bigoted nature that she always had.” 😯

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  25. Looks like Public Servants in Wellington won’t have to hongi for a while.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/05/maori-tribe-restricts-hongi-greeting-over-coronavirus

    Might be time to knock this unhygienic practice on the head.
    I like to choose who I get familiar with….bit of a problem when you’re attending marae or some “Formal” occasions.

    If we get a few extra deaths from this virus, I wonder whether folks will see the benefit in having a quick turn-around for getting a dead body into a furnace or a grave.

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    • Kissing the Bishop’s ring along with passing around the kava dish or the joint will have to be put on hold too.

      Thus the old traditions die & new idiocy arises to take their place.

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    • When this bug gets into the Maori population, the mortality rates will increase.

      Same when it hits old folk homes and other places where vulnerable people are in close proximity. Same as when any other coronavirus does the rounds.

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        • Due to the hysteria of imbeciles- there is a shortage of protective gear for medical staff and carers.

          This is resulting in the preventable sickness and death of patients and those looking after them.

          The hysteria is resulting in more preventable deaths than the virus. As are the futile efforts at containment.

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          • We have a granddaughter who has worked in age care since she left college. Last weekend she called in for lunch & remarked that there had been little response from management to the threat the virus poses.

            I’d go along with her guess that there’ll be a few spare beds at the facility by spring.

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            • Flus in aged care facilities are no joke. And there is no vaccine for this strain.

              So for those folk, the worry is understandable.

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      • Tauranga has 20% of our population in retriement villages. Just pointed out to the Mayor that if the viruys gets among em he will need a new crematorium.

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  26. Two salmon are desperately swimming upstream to reach the spawning grounds.

    Exhausted, one turns to the other and says, “Fuck this… let’s stop here & have a wank.”

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  27. Non-ministerial Green MPs’ average flight-spending trumps other backbenchers
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/03/non-ministerial-green-mps-average-flight-spending-trumps-other-backbenchers.html

    The average air travel spending for non-ministerial Green Party list MPs was $9816, compared to New Zealand First’s $8059, and National’s $7332, and Labour’s $6499.

    Jordan Williams, spokesperson for right-wing lobby group the Taxpayers’ Union, said the Greens “constantly say that we need to reduce air travel if we are to save the planet” and that they “need to practice what they preach”.

    ACT Party leader David Seymour, MP for Epsom, told Newshub: “The Green Party has always specialised in air travel and hypocrisy – in that order.”

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  28. Coronavirus panic has people in UK wearing plastic bags, boxes on their heads
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/03/coronavirus-panic-has-people-in-uk-wearing-plastic-bags-boxes-on-their-heads.html

    Pictures shared on social media show UK commuters going to extreme lengths to avoid contracting the virus which has infected thousands worldwide.

    Another woman was captured on camera with a large plastic box over her head, secured in place with a scarf.

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    • They have only rudimentary brains. Instead of thoughts they simply adopt the media narrative. In many ways these entities are much like a virus. They are not technically alive, as they are dependent on a media host. And like a virus, they can not be stopped by medical science.

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    • So now along with hand sanitiser & latex gloves there’s destined to be a shortage of ‘violet leaf oil for arses”.

      Bugger! 🙂

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      • We could make a fortune from the sale of violet leaf oil suppositories.
        Who needs Kiwisaver?…………no, seriously, who needs kiwisaver?
        Oh that’s right, our illustrious leaders do, to plow into green technology for zero returns.
        What the fuck did we do to deserve this?

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        • Sooty, They will be drawing some deep breaths for a while.
          Better than mouth to mouth resuscitation.

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    • Now I understand why muslims do not like alcohol.
      Just a tincture of alcohol in that brew, would have a muslim out performing the Energizer bunny.

      Alcohol often being an important ingredient in “hand sanitizer”

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    • The man with a girls name should just go away and do what a certain female Nat polly suggested a while back.

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  29. The graduate with a Science degree asks, “Why does it work?”
    The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, “How does it
    work?”
    The graduate with a Commerce degree asks, “How much will it
    cost?”
    The graduate with an Arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with
    that?

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