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  1. So like the USA we need a cleanout of wanker judges.

    Fonterra, Genesis Energy and Z will go to trial for ‘failing’ to protect against effects of climate change

    But the third cause of action – that the companies have a duty to cease contributing damage to the climate system – could not be ruled out, Judge Wylie said, as they were issues that could only be properly explored in court.

    Allowing that claim to proceed, he concluded that a “novel claim” such as Smith’s, could result in a law change.

    He said: “It may, for example, be that the special damage rule in public nuisance could be modified; it may be that climate change science will lead to an increased ability to model the possible effects of emissions.

    “These are issues which can only properly be explored at trial. I am not prepared to strike out the third cause of action and foreclose on the possibility of the law of tort recognising a new duty which might assist Mr Smith.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/120103409/fonterra-genesis-energy-and-z-will-go-to-trial-for-failing-to-protect-against-effects-of-climate-change

    The Courts trying to make the Law.

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    • They have evolved. The next level of woke is here. Now the companies mentioned only meeds to see if Mr Smith uses any of their products. Bet you he does. But what a waste of time and money.

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    • That is why the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ Green protestors wanted to have an “emergency” declaration be accepted, and so in a sense, ratified by councils, governments.

      That toe hold that can be used, and leveraged in lawfare.

      Then they can raise issues of compliance, start injunctions, and cause a lawfare, that is very time consuming & expensive to fight against, and basically bankrupt a company.

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      • Yep,
        they are using the argument that they can break laws/ stop developments because they are saving the planet…and they are using the fact that Governments signed up to the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris agreement as their justification.

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  2. The nats are promisinmg to fix their fuck ups.

    National to promise ‘common-sense’ legal test for workplace safety rules

    National would introduce a “common-sense test” for workplace safety rules if elected in September, National leader Simon Bridges will announce later today.

    The test is aimed at what Bridges described as overly-burdensome rules and regulations – such as the requirement to use scaffolding on single-storey houses.

    It would be a legal test that WorkSafe NZ would have to put their rules through before implementing them, but it would not undo the wider architecture of the workplace safety reforms introduced by National after the 2011 Pike River Mine disaster.

    The liability on employers would remain.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/120107398/national-to-promise-commonsense-legal-test-for-workplace-safety-rules

    Any bets that what they do will make it worse then it already is?

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  3. Sorry about the length, but The Herald publish a commonsense article re electric cars.

    If you listen to the media, a green automotive future has arrived and a tsunami of electric cars are outselling petrol and diesel around the world, transforming the planet and solving climate change.

    We need a reality check. Battery-powered electric vehicles are fairly popular in urban China and California, as well as a few countries that subsidise their drivers heavily. But globally, fewer than 0.3 per cent of all cars are pure electric, and across Europe, BMW says customers don’t want them.

    Unsurprisingly, given the price-tag, electric cars are often playthings for rich people. One US study shows the richest quarter of people receive almost all the public money spent on electric car subsidies.

    Moreover, electric cars in the US are driven fewer miles on average each year than petrol-powered vehicles: 11,200km compared to 16,400km for petrol and diesel-powered vehicles. Combine this with the fact that 90 per cent of households that buy an electric car also have a conventional car that is driven further, and a clear picture emerges: most electric vehicles are a “second car” used for shorter trips like shopping and small errands — and for virtue signalling.

    But aren’t electric cars better for the environment? Barely. Although no CO₂ emissions come directly from driving electric vehicles, they are powered by electricity largely produced from fossil fuels in many parts of the world. More energy is also used to manufacture electric vehicles — and, in particular, their batteries — and this energy is usually reliant on fossil fuel.

    Indeed, a new study from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that an electric car with a 400km range and charged with electricity produced at the global average will have to be driven 60,000 km just to pay off its higher CO₂ emissions in production. That means a new electric car driven the average 11,200km each year will only have paid off its carbon debt after five years.

    The IEA hopes the world will reach 130 million electric cars in 10 years — a breathtaking ask, given we have spent decades reaching just over 5 million. Even if we could do that, emissions would be reduced by just 0.4 per cent of global emissions. In the words of IEA director Fatih Birol: “If you think you can save the climate with electric cars, you’re completely wrong.”

    The IEA finds a hybrid like the Toyota Prius is as good for the climate as an electric car when measured on lifetime greenhouse gas emissions. A petrol-powered vehicle emits just nine tonnes more over its lifetime. We could have reduced a similar amount through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade system in the northeast US, for just US$51.

    Yet, governments dole out lavish support for electric cars. The IEA estimates that each electric car on the road has cost US$24,000 in subsidies, R&D and extra infrastructure investment. We could have cut almost 500 times the CO₂ if we’d spent the money cutting carbon through the RGGI cap-and-trade. Little wonder that the Dutch Court of Auditors recently ruled that the Netherlands was wasting taxpayer money on subsidies, calling them “an expensive joke”.

    And surprisingly, more electric cars often mean more air pollution. In China, which is the world’s leading electric car market, a study reveals that because China’s coal power plants are so dirty, electric cars worsen local air: in Shanghai, pollution from an additional million electric-powered vehicles would kill nearly three times as many people annually as an additional million petrol-powered cars.

    Nonetheless, governments are increasingly setting deadlines for when electric cars will take over the world. Norway ambitiously plans to prohibit petrol and diesel cars in 2025. The Scandinavian nation has the world’s largest electric car market share, but this is propped up with enormous government support. Rules eliminating the costs of registration and VAT can be worth up to US$70,000 for a single electric car. Moreover, electric car owners save half, or about US$1000 a year, on congestion charges in Oslo. They also get to drive in bus lanes, which is great for them but leads to increased travel times for public transport users.

    But a new study for Norway shows how hard ending petrol cars will be. It finds that without Norway’s overgenerous subsidies, by 2030, only 9 per cent of all car sales would be purely electric. Even maintaining all the subsidies and dramatically increasing taxes on petrol cars while setting strict emission targets would be unlikely to allow Norway to reach its goals anytime before 2050.

    The misconception that electric cars are close to taking over and will solve climate change is dangerous, because it directs our attention away from the technological breakthroughs in green energy generation needed to reduce rising temperatures – and away from innovations needed to cut air pollution.

    Electric cars are fun to drive and will likely be part of our future transportation solutions. But they will not be a major part of the solution to climate change or air pollution. Today, electric cars are simply expensive gadgets heavily subsidised for the wealthy to feel good while doing very little for the planet.

    • Bjorn Lomborg is president of the Copenhagen Consensus, visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School.

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  4. Greta too woke for the woke EU.
    Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg continues to play “a silly game of teenage virtue-signalling” which has “contributed nothing sensible to the global warming debate,” says Sky News host Chris Kenny.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLE59cJaOqw
    European Union is ‘being embarrassed by Greta Thunberg’s silly games’

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    • Give an inch, take a mile.
      Move the goal posts,
      A cracked record of nonsense.

      Demanding the danegeld, a special extra tax to pay off the Danes, who then worked out, that if you can pay that, then obviously you have more of where that comes from.
      Alfred the Great had that figured and finally won a decisive battle, where a workable agreement was made with the Danes. Stay out of my area.

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  5. Coronavirus: 16 million people affected as Italy orders regions into lockdown
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/03/coronavirus-16-million-people-affected-as-italy-orders-regions-into-lockdown.html

    Italy has ordered a virtual lockdown across a swathe of its wealthy north, including the financial capital Milan, in a drastic new attempt to try to contain a rapidly growing outbreak of coronavirus.

    The unprecedented restrictions, which will affect about 16 million people and stay in force until April 3, were signed into law overnight on Sunday (local time) by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

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  6. Excellent initiative. Good on them

    Auckland marae repurposing fish scraps to feed community

    A marae in Auckland has saved 52 tonnes of fish scraps from going to waste, instead repurposing it to feed hundreds of families.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/auckland-marae-repurposing-fish-scraps-feed-community?auto=6139415082001

    Since 2016, Auckland’s Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae has passed on 52 tonnes of fish heads and frames to families in need.

    The project, called Kai Ika or Food Fish, processes up to 500kg a week.

    Families can then collect it from the club to stew, fry or smoke it how they like.

    The marae is using the project to teach at-risk youth how to cook, also receiving some council funding because of the way they reduce waste.

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    • Now all they need is a program to use to-be-wasted vegetables and fruit.

      Perhaps even offering to pay the members of those hundreds of families to pick the fruit might be a win-win situation.

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  7. “a new electric car driven the average 11,200km each year will only have paid off its carbon debt after five years.”

    – – – and after the five years batteries would be starting to deteriorate, and a new set would start the clock ticking all over again !

    Has anybody worked out how to recycle the batteries yet ? No ? Thought so.

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    • KiWombat: Has anybody worked out how to recycle the batteries yet ? No ? Thought so.

      Actually, they have. It doesn’t take away the cost of manufacturing the batteries, etc. but they have actually thought through the recycling problem and have been working on it for a while.

      Fortum in Finland has a low emissions process that recycles 80% of the battery. It’s a marked improvement on the Tesla process (something they’ve been working on since 2008) which recycles between 50 and 60% off memory.

      I believe as well there is a secondary life-cycle for the batteries in power walls for storing solar energy. But that’s a vague memory off an article a while ago and I’m out of links I can share without moderation 🙂

      NOTE: This doesn’t mean they’re a good idea; it just means the recycling angle is one that they have thought of and have had a reasonable amount of success with.

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      • However, JAG could not answer what NZ option for recycling expired batteries was, when asked very clearly by Peter Willams on air. Best she could do was claim that some batteries last 10 years..
        Shipping the batteries to Northen Europen to recycle is not as bad as us importing Indonesian coal rather than using our own. Similar to us for so many years sending our plastics off shore, rather than creating internal industries (even if non-profit at that)
        Virtue signalling is often very lazy in application, or even ironic.

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      • Pascal, last time I heard shipping companies were refusing to transport these batteries because of the very real threat of a fire which once started is extremely difficult to extinguish.
        Airlines wont take them for the same reason, but don’t worry folks we’ll get one of Arderns masterminds (Phil Twitford maybe) to go about designing and building a recycling plant right here in NZ.
        Once again we’ll be “world leading” and “punching above our weight” of course it will turn to shit quicker that you can say “kiwibuild” , hopefully only a few tens of millions will be wasted until Jacinda states “we are doing a reset on this project”
        and it’ll be forgotten forever…but it’ll be marvellous for Jacindas international profile..

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        • Yes, look at how well the Tewai aluminium smelter slag recycling went. Shoved in an abandoned building and nearly became an environmental disaster in the recent flood. Was it Phil or Eugene Sage that was incompetently in charge of that one? Fiddling around with toxic waste is not for the carpark puddle lot.

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      • @FuzzySnuggleDuck and @RevTech120; no doubt! New Zealand is not in a position to recycle batteries at the moment (transport-wise or facility wise). We may be able to gain some benefit from re-purposing the batteries into power walls and there may be good justifications for that in future if our sunlight hours keep going the way they are.

        BTW. The majority of “smaller parcel” shippers (The FedExes of the world) won’t air freight batteries with physical defects, but will for ones that have “defects” of things like invalid serial numbers or not holding charge. Larger ones like Maersk comply with the IDG classifications and handling and, as I understand matters, most lithium +/ ion batteries are actually carried in a reefer kept below the flash point of the product (voluntarily). Remember, some of those shipping companies carry a variety of very hazardous substances that can explode, burn insanely hot, are corrosive, etc.

        That, however, does not take away from the idea that the batteries in and of themselves are mostly recyclable. Better to be factual and to take on the electric car cult with the reality of what their new religion means than to invent shit.

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  8. Three people injured, suspects missing after car crash in Christchurch
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/three-people-injured-suspects-missing-after-car-crash-in-christchurch

    The same car was later involved in a serious crash on Hills Rd at around 9.45pm.

    In the crash, the car hit the back of another vehicle and shoved it into oncoming traffic, police say.

    One of the car’s passengers is in police custody, but the search is still on for the driver and two other passengers who ran away from the scene, police say.

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    • I think they would be much better off with Bernie which does beg the question, how can a party called The Democrats even consider voting for a person who is clearly an insane communist sympathiser that thinks Castro was a great bloke and the Soviets were wonderful people? Can you imagine the history they’ll dig up on him if he goes up against Trump? He makes Keith Locke look like a white supremacist.

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      • The swamp elite party democrats won’t allow Bernie as president. It would kill the Democratic party by splitting his outright communism supporters from the traditional democratic party. The party would break apart.

        The Dems have the worst candidates as the democratic presidency race against Trump in in 2020 is a poison challice. Any good potential candidate is keeping their powder dry until 2024.

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  9. The State owned propaganda channel is softening us up for the Surpreme Leader to declare martial law.

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      • The NZ government wouldn’t dare.
        It would wake the people from their happy slumber, which is the last thing Wellington wants.

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        • Odakyu-sen; the government has:

          * Used police to intimidate and raid their political opponents
          * Used the police to protect family members from media and public scrutiny for illegal activities
          * Used the legal system to protect sexual abusers who belong to the Labour party
          * Reworked electoral law in their favour under urgency without cross-bench support
          * Use the actions of one Australian, who purchased his weapon using the changes Jacinda Ardern made to our gun laws, to disarm the majority of gun-owners
          * Have made a number of law changes that give power to individual members of parliament, rather than to a select committee, etc.
          * Have effectively removed private property rights in at least two, high-profile scenarios
          * Have changed or removed laws that are beneficial to their benefactors, such as the changes to Kermadec, the removal of fishing cameras, and the work in the racing industry

          And the majority of New Zealand’s population is still merrily asleep, while Jacinda Ardern has done all of these things in the name of power and getting her name in magazines.

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          • Thank you Pascal.

            People can’t believe it’s happening, but it is. Ardern’s only concern is maintaining power and control. She is capable of anything.

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          • Pascal, jeeeeeez be careful Pascal ,I agree with everything you state because it’s absolutely factual but if you are a firearms owner I can tell you from experience your name will “go on the list” and eventually you will be visited by armed plod.
            If you are be sure to video the entire thing,they won’t like it but can’t stop you from doing so.

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  10. If any of these people emigrated to New Zealand would Ardern say of them ”They are us” too?

    Australian Islamic Scholar Ismail Al-Wahwah: The Jews Exaggerate the Holocaust for Dirty Political Exploitation; Islam Will Conquer Rome and Moscow:

    https://www.memri.org/tv/ismail-wahwah-hizb-tahrir-australia-imprisoned-jordan-holocaust-imposed-world-silence-israel-crimes-islam-victorious

    Canadian Imam Younus Kathrada: All Candidates In Upcoming Elections Are Evil, Filthy Non-Muslims:

    https://www.memri.org/reports/canadian-imam-younus-kathrada-all-candidates-upcoming-elections-are-evil-filthy-non-muslims

    Imam Mohamad Joban of Redmond, WA: Allah Transformed Jews into Despicable Apes and Pigs for Disobeying Him; A Baby Born in Malaysia with a Tail Is Their Descendant:

    https://www.memri.org/tv/indondesian-american-imam-mohamad-joban-allah-turned-jews—into-apes-disobeying

    Taiseer Hussein of Hizb ut-Tahrir America: We Will Conquer Rome and Liberate India and Spain:

    https://www.memri.org/tv/taiseer-hussein-hizb-ut-tahrir-america-conference-islamic-nation-establish-caliphate-conquer-rome

    Australian Activist Nassma Bader At Hizb-ut-Tahrir Event in Sydney: We Will Continue to Resist Until Islamic Caliphate Is Established and Islam Has Spread Globally:

    https://www.memri.org/tv/australian-academic-nassma-bader-hizb-ut-tahrir-resist-until-islamic-caliphate-global-victory-coming

    NY Cleric Muhammad Ibn Muneer: Muslims Should Hate Non-Muslims, Can Only Maintain Relations With Them To Call Them To Islam

    https://www.memri.org/reports/ny-cleric-muhammad-ibn-muneer-muslims-should-hate-non-muslims-can-only-maintain-relations

    Australian Hizb-ut-Tahrir Activist Wassim Doureihi: “Tolerant” Westerners Don’t Really Accept Us Because They Don’t Accept Aspects of Islam like Shari’a; We Don’t Want to Be Accepted Anyway:

    https://www.memri.org/tv/australian-hizb-ut-tahrir-activist-wassim-doureihi

    New York Cleric Mufti Ibn Muneer: Circumcision Teaches Children That One Must Be Willing to Spill Some Blood for Allah’s Shari’a:

    https://www.memri.org/tv/new-york-cleric-mufti-ibn-muneer-circumcision-teach-children-willing-spill-blood-for-allahs-sharia

    Detroit Imam Bassem Al-Sheraa: Wife-Beating Serves to Remind Her That She Misbehaved:

    https://www.memri.org/tv/detroit-imam-bassem-sheraa-wife-beating-dental-twig-painless-admonish-reminder-misbehave

    Oh, but this one’s already here!

    New Zealand Cleric Mohammad Anwar Sahib Al-Madani: Wife Is Obligated to Obey Husband’s Call to Intimacy; She Would Not Fulfill His Rights Even If She Licked Pus off His Body:

    https://www.memri.org/tv/new-zealand-cleric-mohammad-anwar-sahib-madani-misogynistic-statements-lick-puss-off-husband-intimacy-right

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  11. National leader Simon Bridges would light a ‘bonfire of regulations’ if elected PM
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/03/national-leader-simon-bridges-would-light-a-bonfire-of-regulations-if-elected-pm.html

    If the National Party is elected to power in September, a Minister of Regulatory Reduction would be appointed to cut back on “unnecessary red tape and regulation”.

    “Our bonfire of regulation will ensure we get rid of 100 regulations in our first six months and that for every regulation introduced, two are removed,” Bridges said on Monday.

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    • From the ACT weekly newsletter on the issue.

      “A Government-In-Waiting Emerges

      Our National Party friends want a ‘common sense test’ on new laws. We couldn’t agree more. In fact, we have the legislation ready to go. ACT’s Regulatory Constitution started life as Rodney Hide then Sir Roger Douglas’ Regulatory Responsibility Bill. Then it reemerged as the Regulatory Standards Bill. Why all the reinventions? Of course, the then-Nats wouldn’t agree to any version. Too bold! But times change. If the new Nats have changed with them, then ACT is ready to provide the substance.

      How Does It Work?

      All laws are theoretically subject to basic questions such as ‘what problem are we actually trying to solve here?’ and ‘what will be the costs and benefits of the government’s intervention?’ and ‘are we impairing anyone’s property rights, if so, can the impairment be justified?’ It’s not radical stuff, but it would wipe out most of the current Government’s laws that are so deadly to human prosperity. If governments fail to follow this law, the courts can declare they have been negligent in making a particular law. “

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      • It’s like David Seymour said, and I’m paraphrasing from my memory of his speech: “We can accurately predict National Party policy. It’s the policy ACT release a few months earlier.

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    • Paula Bennett was in charge of ‘silly rules reduction’ sometime back. She wandered around blah blahing saying this that and the other..but not one stupid regulation was altered or removed.. I cant remember the exact time and date, I’ll try googling it.
      Apologies for my piss eyed post earlier this morning, a few too many cordials whilst sitting out in the sun.

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  12. Has the COL run out of ideas on their first real crisis and terrified the economy will tank?

    ‘Let’s pool the resources’ – Ardern asks National Party to cooperate in tackling coronavirus challenges

    Parliament needs to unite to keep the public safe through the coronavirus outbreak, instead of turning it into a political football, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/lets-pool-resources-ardern-asks-national-party-cooperate-in-tackling-coronavirus-challenges?auto=6139506049001

    “When I say meaningful ideas, mostly I see that in the economic response. What we need for public health is a research and evidence-based response. That’s why we’re sharing with them openly what we’re doing and why.”

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    • I think it fine if they pool resources, but only after National have voiced their ideas in public so the CoL can’t go taking credit.

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      • Cindy Liar cannot be trusted. There would be a fish hook in there somewhere. Keep them at arms length Simon.

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    • That will be to formally tie in Notional to any outcomes.
      Sucker punch.

      Given Notional went with Liebour on the gun laws and Zero carbon Bill (119 -1) then why formalise the current arrangement now?
      It seems comfortable for the new parliamentary convention that 119 of the MPs that vote on bad law.

      Heads up.
      COVID 19; the Flooding in Southland a month ago; and the Ihumatao sell out are all John Key’s fault.
      Innit.

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  13. Not on your Nellie! 🤒

    Coronavirus: Volunteers to be infected in race to find vaccine
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/03/coronavirus-volunteers-to-be-infected-in-race-to-find-vaccine.html

    UK researchers are calling for volunteers to be deliberately infected with a coronavirus and held in quarantine in a race against time to find a vaccine for the deadly COVID-19,

    Human guinea pigs will be offered £3,500 (NZ$7000) in exchange for two weeks in a secure London facility, where they’ll be banned from outside contact and constantly monitored for symptoms, The Times reports.

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      • I admire those willing to help out with medical research but personally I’ll wait till the it’s been cleared as safe as a vaccine.

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  14. So who thinks “the government” will save them from Covid-19?

    So far the government hospitals are overwhelmed with just 5 diagnosed cases. Basic supplies are running out across NZ.

    Yet we can expect thousands. This will be a flu season to remember.

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  15. National says its “regulations bonfire” will support businesses facing the threat of Covid-19.

    And it planned to start with heating regulations for rental homes, rental laws, changes to the Overseas Investment Act, and rules governing music teachers.

    At the announcement of the first of its five-part economic plan on Monday morning, National leader Simon Bridges said the government lacked a clear long-term plan to support businesses struggling from the coronavirus threat.

    “Our economic plan involves a series of things we should be doing anyway, given that last year growth was 1.6 per cent. Business confidence is incredibly low and that’s not good enough,” Bridges said.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/120112824/national-promises-to-scrap-unfit-for-purpose-regulations-if-elected

    Scratching at the surface..
    and the problem is Do we think it will happen?

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    • Said they would sort out WFF and student loans.
      Actual result: the biggest rise in real terms of benefit payments for 40 years.

      Not going to happen.
      Bridges stole the slogan from Pres D J Trump.
      That is as far as it will go.
      That sort of thing does not happen in NZ.
      Bridges is not the sort of revolutionary to start it.

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  16. Looks like Cam Slater is now posting articles and comments using his real name at The BFD. I notice many of his comments are seriously insulting and derisive of veteran and erudite commenters who are disparaging of NZ First. Most seem to be silently putting up with it in deference to his condition. However, I wonder how long some will stick around, or renew their subscriptions, if the abuse keeps up. I stopped commenting months ago due to the arrogant moderators. I think the blog is self-destructing.

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    • Yes, it is actually sad to watch and oh-so-transparent.
      I seldom visit now, and haven’t posted for a long time. Comments on other blogs got me looking after a long break, for articles in the context of JLR and NZ First scandals.
      I could sense the long time posters are a but conflicted and disappointed with the claims about NZ first being pure as driven snow, and the only friend of firearms owners.
      Slater tended only to post comments to shoot down commentators even in his glory days, but he seems especially busy of late in countering people who express scepticism of Winnie-the-saviour.
      His vendetta against the Nats has gone into “Full Retard” (a meme that WOBH used a lot) now that he is evidently beholden to Winston First and in debt to their shared lawyer.

      For a blog which is meant to offer a counter to the naked ‘activisim’ and bias of the MSM journalists, the fall of WOBH is actually bloody sad.
      I would even have looked past the allegations of pay for play that many have already made long ago, and the mechanisms behind their attack pieces, if it had stayed genuinely interesting and willing to have politically incorrect topics out in the open.
      It just seems so tainted now.
      A fish rots from the head first.
      When the site owners have no loyalty to the readership, then the readership owes nothing to the site owners.

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      • Couldn’t agree more, you have to wonder if the NZF Foundation are keeping them afloat. Even then you still have to wonder why he is running such an all consuming vendetta against National – no wonder he had a stroke.

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    • I got banned from BFD, and I think the reason was for pointing out the whale’s part in getting Winston voted in, and hence the cluster of govt we now have.

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      • I’ve been banned as well, and looking back, it’s the best thing that ever happened. I go for a nosey every now and then but it is no longer the happy fun place of the old Whale Oil days.

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    • Agreed. I used to comment in the Whale oil days. Stopped after I found the new website difficult to get around. I follow on Facebook and have been watching the articles after the donation saga with both JLR and Winston. I am assuming that given Slater is involved with both JLR and Winston, that Winston knows a great deal about the what JLR has been up to and may be influencing JLR as well.

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  17. Its obvious if you dont want your name to be dragged through the media by the Press arm of the Government, all your activities have to be done under the banner of Left Wing Activism. Then it will be buried and forgotten about. However sharing a document about supposed Right Wing Supremacists being a danger to banking institutions (who writes this shit seriously) will have you in court in mere hours with the media waiting in the wings to destroy your life.

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  18. Rental regulations among first National would scrap, Simon Bridges says
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/03/rental-regulations-among-first-national-would-scrap-simon-bridges-says.html

    Among the first regulations National would scrap, if elected, would be Labour’s proposed rental regulations and the newly introduced heating standards, leader Simon Bridges says.

    Speaking in Auckland, Opposition leader Simon Bridges reiterated his promise to light a “regulation bonfire”, doing away with two regulations for every new one introduced, and said he would to appoint a minister dedicated to cutting red tape.

    The party also released a list of the first regulations it would scrap if elected, with the government’s proposed rental law changes chiefly in its sights.
    The first regulations National says it will scrap:

    Rental standards prescribing heating output on qualifying heaters
    Rental standards prescribing the location of heaters to be supplied by the landlord
    Rental regulations which replicate or expand on standards already in the Building Code
    Rules – yet to be introduced – which make it difficult to remove problematic tenants
    Provisions – yet to be introduced – restricting landlords to only raise rents every 12 months
    Provisions – yet to be introduced – giving Government Departments powers to inspect rental properties
    Provisions – yet to be introduced – allowing tenants to add minor fittings and improvements to rental properties without landlord permission
    The regulations requiring IPOs to provide prospective financial information for the next two financial years
    The 30-day-rule that forces new employees to have a union contract when they begin employment
    The regulation creating the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    The separate Hairdressers Regulations
    The Low Fixed Charge Tariff Option for domestic electricity consumers
    Other “redundant” regulations including: The Ombudsmen (Protection of Name) Amendment Bill, Trade Agreement (Canada) Order, Trams-Drivers Regulations, Engine Drivers’ Examination Regulations, Gates and Cattlestops Order, Fire Extinguishers Regulations, Colliery Railways Vesting Act and Music Teachers Act

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    • Nothing about the UN-signing of the UN migration Pact. The slimy drunkren dwarf slunk off to New York and did the dirty deed behind our backs.
      And He has thec cheek to now be antimigration in an election year.

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    • This is Notional.
      The mob that signed up NZ taxpayers (yes, taxpayers, not the indigent) to pay $$ 1.4 Billion a year to the UN for wealth distribution because some people think it is a bit warmer outside.
      Countries that do not pay this: USA, Russia, China, India. all Africa, all Central and South America,
      Well, pretty much anyone except daft Euro zone fools.

      Notional
      -The crowd that gave us leaky homes legislation.
      -The crowd that championed and passed the Resource Management Act (pushed by Simon Upton under Socialist Jim; Upton is now troughing as the Parliamentary Commissioner for the environment)
      -the crowd that raised benefits in 2015 skiting it was the first time in 40 years
      -the crowd that has not stood up for free speech in the last two years
      – the crowd that voted FOR poor quality gun legislation in 2019
      -the crowd that voted FOR the Zero Carbon Bill

      Lesson number one folks :-
      Notional are socialists with accounting skills
      Liebour are socialists without accounting skills.
      Greens are commies with no skills

      I’m sure I’ll get a few down ticks for posting facts that are an inconvenient truth.
      WGAF

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      • howitis: Notional are socialists with accounting skills
        Liebour are socialists without accounting skills.
        Greens are commies with no skills

        You’re not wrong at the core there. It is an unpopular fact for the very tribal voters though.

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        • National socialists are socialists with good tailors?
          (Go on, show them who’s Boss. (Hugo Boss, that is…)

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      • I don’t agree 100% with the hard slamming of the Nats (e.g. Simon DID come out with some very tepid support for freedom on speech previously; blink and you might miss it) but I really like this summation;
        –“Lesson number one folks :-
        –Notional are socialists with accounting skills
        –Liebour are socialists without accounting skills.
        –Greens are commies with no skills”

        This is how I see it.
        National is not really ‘right of centre’, but perhaps just a much safer pair of hands than the shallow talent pool and silly activists who make up Labour.

        The best defence I could make of Simon to someone who was praising Jacinda’s leadership, to a person who noted my scorn and then used -whataboutism; Simon (and his praise for the CCP) – was, me admiting, yes he lacks charisma, but he is the leader of a much safer party for the running of NZ. The Nats are more likely to let business and land lords make a profit, and they are not so concerned about stickers on fruit.
        Least worse as the largest party in NZ.
        I did point out that I had no real interest in defending Simon, because Hugzilla is terrible through her own lack of merits, regardless of the alternative.
        This person admitted that at least Simon makes noises about going after gangs BTW.

        I don’t want to defend National especially since ACT fits with my values much more: unapologetic, personal freedoms/responsibility/accountability.
        Not a 100% match on all things {like immigration/cultural relativity}, but a party I don’t need to hold my nose to vote for.

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  19. There is a disturbing video circulating on 4chan and related websites showing Muslims (Iranian) at shrines licking areas in an attempt to catch Corona virus and spread it to others especially non Muslims. Any attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19 is now a waste of time. Best to get it now before the health sector is completely overwhelmed with cases. 54 hospital staff in NZ are now inisolation. By next week it will be hundreds.

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    • I am not sure they were trying to catch the virus, nor to spread it, but rather showing lack of concern and perhaps faith in Allah.
      The Iranian version of a ‘Jackass’ skit, rather than a tool of jihad.

      The Iranian authorities are after them, and took a very dim view of their activity, stating that mosques need to be part of the fight against Cov-19.

      It was pretty repellent though.
      Lickin’ that shrine like it was a lollipop.
      Stupid without the benefit of earning cringe LOLZ.
      Even when Steve-O and Johnny Knoxville did messy stunts with Port-a-loos, they at least had decontamination showers really for afterwards.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4HSQKUAPKM eyeeewwww

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  20. Is the pressure going on to call an early budget. Will Robertson cope with the pressure of having spent up large on free student fees, settling union pay demands, etc, etc, etc and now the economic pigeons are coming home to roost?

    Duncan Garner: Why wait for the Budget when the COVID-19 crisis is now?
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/03/duncan-garner-why-wait-for-the-budget-when-the-covid-19-crisis-is-now.html

    Now, suddenly Robertson is being called on to lead us through a coronavirus financial mess that threatens his $220 billion economy.

    I think Robertson should do a mini-Budget right now. Why wait for the scheduled Budget when this crisis is now.

    Fifty dead in Italy in 24 hours. Five with it here, maybe seven – we need the Government to act and the Government needs to be seen to be acting – and now.

    Not in April, May, June or July. The need is now. Exporters are hurting and the pain needs to be addressed.

    Mr Robertson, the floor is yours.

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  21. Found the shit bag who played pass the parcel with the Virus in Italy.

    Coronavirus Patient Zero in Italy Was Pakistani Migrant Who Refused to Self-Isolate.

    Health authorities asked the man to quarantine himself at his home in the Pavia area for two weeks, but he ignored the request and continued to work at a Chinese restaurant.
    The migrant now faces up to 3 months in jail for failing to self-isolate under article 650 of the Italian penal code.

    https://summit.news/2020/03/05/coronavirus-patient-zero-in-italy-was-pakistani-migrant-who-refused-to-self-isolate/

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    • Don’t the Italians have other sorts of more fitting punishments for this kind of selfishness?

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  22. The Japanese government now requires all visitors from the ROK to stay in isolation for 2 weeks upon arrival in Japan, and not to use public transportation. The South Koreans have responded (taking it personally as usual…)
    Oh, boy!
    In other news, the Nikkei 225 index (the Japanese Dow) is down almost 6 percent in this morning’s trading.
    I wonder if I should stay in NZ in late May or risk a run up to Japan. (I don’t fancy getting isolated by the NZ government on my return.)

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    • The Italians could not organize a piss up in a brewery. And any plans they do make will crumble as soon as things get uncomfortable.

      Bunch of posing mommas boys.

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    • Odakyu-sen.
      It would pay to remember something:
      If you thought Oedipus had a problem – Adam was Eves mother.

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        • The original trans human.
          Could be, but there is dirty great snake mixed up in this somehow.
          Which begs the question, How did Winston get Eve to pick fruit from the tree of life?

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  23. Media outrage as Tamihere says he will work with National.

    ACT Maori party and Nats. Kia kaha bros 👍

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    • Buwhahhahhahahahahahaha suck on that media whores.
      He’s just gone up a notch in my estimation.

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    • It feels a bit like Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First cobbled together. What are the overlaps you see between those three?

      Serious question, as apart from getting rid of Ardern I don’t see much overlap between National and ACT even.

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    • The Maori Party were not a complete cluster when last in Govt. It cost them in the long run, but showed a pragmatism that got them a seat at the table and some policy wins.

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  24. I see a few proper experts are coming out and delivering a few home truths about Covid-19.

    Grab your pop corn and bog rolls. This is about to get biblical campers .

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  25. If oil prices fell by 25%, it would be nice if we could buy petrol in Auckland for less than $2 a liter.

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      • Kea, it will cost less for diesel for the whaling fleet. (The whale lovers will be blubbering again…)

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    • Currently 41 bucks a barrel, been dropping like a stone plus the A-rabs have opened the flow valve a bit more. Should see reductions at the pump fairly smarly unless that POS in Welly decides to whack another tax on top of.

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      • You know he will Mike, he’s a Cullenite.
        We could be looking at a significant tax rise, explained away as a necessary maintenance contingency levy.
        They always do it when the taxpayer gets a glimmer of some sort of reprieve. They hate us, non rich pricks.

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    • The scab of our society, Ardern, will claim the credit
      27 Feb 2020

      “Regions of New Zealand where there is limited petrol competition could see their prices drop up to 30c a litre if Government proposals are successful.

      The Government released its response to the Commerce Commission fuel market study, which found that motorists were paying more for their petrol than they should.

      It is proposing changes that are designed to make the market more competitive, and bring down the cost of fuel.”

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    • This virus is going to go through us like a dose of salts. Most of us will survive.

      That psycho bitch doesn’t care what’s coming. She is too busy trying to get reelected and look good.

      Around 40-70% of us can expect to be infected. The world’s in chaos already and it’s barely begun.

      You just wait and see what happens when it goes through government agencies in Wellington.

      Gonna mess up her election campaign strategy of fake caring and fake hugs, big time.

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    • Great time to buy up stocks in companies that make essential and real things. Not bullshit tech nonsense.

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    • When Wall Street opens tomorrow, will it be Black Monday II ?

      Place your bets. We could be looking at about 5% drop (if the Dow matches the Nikkei).
      (I really have no idea what will happen, but a lot of people are going to get a nasty surprise over the next 24 hours.)

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  26. Ardern is considered a filthy unclean whore who lives in sin, by religious muslims.

    But I remind you religious jews won’t sit next to goyim women on planes as they are in a perpetual state of filth, they believe.

    Now I bet that’s no problem for you…

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      • I wonder if Nasska has dressed up as a nurse and is busy looking after Pope Francis?

        ***
        Pope Francis summed up Italy’s mood when he said he felt “caged” as he gave his weekly address via video stream, rather than in person from the Vatican window. … Face-masked followers in St Peter’s Square watched on a giant screen on Sunday as the pontiff took the extraordinary step of sending a virtual blessing, as coronavirus sweeps across Italy. “It’s a bit strange this Angelus prayer, today with the Pope caged in the library, but I see you and I am close to you,” Francis said. Last week, after he was seen coughing during his weekly address, a Vatican spokesperson released a statement that the Pope had only a cold, not COVID-19.
        ***

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        • Let’s see how the good lord treats his loyal flock in Italy shall we?

          Will they be rewarded for their years of persecuting people and groveling before pedophiles?

          Or will the lord bring righteous vengeance upon them and smite their wickedness?

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          • The Pope is on the case!

            Pope Gives On-Screen Sermon as Vatican Museums Close Over Virus

            Pope Francis has joined Italy’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, taking to video streaming to address the faithful as the Vatican closed its world-renowned museums. … “I am close with prayer to people suffering from the current coronavirus epidemic and to all those who care for them,” Francis, 83, said in the broadcast.

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        • I think Nasska had to go to the supermarket with Mrs Nasska again Nostra, dunny paper apparently getting low along with sardines due to the recession coming up..?
          Baked beans if the shelves aren’t empty could just about complete his wellbeing !~

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          • Stigie:

            Was that the recession that EAD predicted every day at Kiwiblog (at least it felt that way) from 2015? A person can only cry wolf so many times, old chap! Redbaiter used to give Nasska a hard time, but since Johnboy’s sheep dip was unavailable, Nasska’s shed had to do for storing the baked beans.

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            • Nostra:- Yeah Reddy used to give Nasska a bloody hard time back then accusing him of having 6 toes on each foot but Nasska gave it back double if i remember.
              Johnboy’s sheep dip was out of action for some period of time due to him transitioning the dip over to a eco turbo jet spa to try and entice our dear Penny down his way for rural romantic evenings !~

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    • Reading your link, I discover Jacinda says this of him:
      I know he’ll lead his team with inclusion, positivity and endless focus on individuals,

      Now, as I lack any qualifications in Comms, and declined an offer to work in the Castlecliff F & C shop, I can’t figure out what that sentence means.

      Can anyone make things clearer?

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    • Part of the Labour Party now.

      The prick will stand behind the Dear Leader with a note book like NK.

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    • Nah the natives have spoken and made threats

      The Māori Council says it will file a Supreme Court injunction if Mike Clement is selected to be the country’s next Police Commissioner, Marc Daalder reports

      In the latest development in the brouhaha surrounding the selection process for Police Commissioner Mike Bush’s replacement, Māori Council executive director Matt Tukaki says he will sue to keep Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement from the top job.

      Tukaki said he had spoken with legal counsel and would file for a Supreme Court injunction if Clement is picked. “It’s worth a red hot try,” he said.

      Even if Clement isn’t selected, Tukaki wants to see the entire selection process redone from scratch.

      “The process of recruitment of the next Police Commissioner has been flawed from the beginning and my message to [Police Minister Stuart Nash] is that we will walk into the Supreme Court of New Zealand as the Māori Council and we will injunct Mr. Clement’s appointment if that is what has come to pass,” he said.

      Clement was the frontrunner for the spot until Wednesday, when Newshub reported that he was under investigation by the Independent Police Conduct Authority for allegedly interfering with the appointment of a top police official last year.

      Then the New Zealand Herald revealed further details about the allegations: Clement reportedly stepped in to oppose the appointment of Hamish McCardle to a plum police role in Hong Kong less than twelve months after McCardle was demoted in relation to allegations of inappropriate sexual comments.

      Now, Tukaki says he’s coming at Clement from a different angle entirely: the official’s work on Police-Māori relations. Tukaki alleges Clement smeared Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha during Haumaha’s own scandal, including by speaking to reporters at the Herald and sexual assault victims advocate Louise Nicholas.

      Tukaki also criticised Clement’s handling of the situation at Ihumātao and said the Deputy Commissioner received undue credit for his work after the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December.

      “This is the Deputy Police Commissioner that apparently is going to be the fix-it man for the degradation of relations between Iwi Māori and the New Zealand Police,” Tukaki said.

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      • Interesting. So we have a policeman that has opposed the appointment of people with dodgy pasts to senior positions and he’s out of the running for the role of top cop? And the Māori Council opposed him?

        Should start buying bananas in Bushels for this republic.

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        • Unbelievable.
          Why am I not surprised?
          One law for all? NOT!

          Bananas going for a $700,000 job, that sounds like some form of kick backs had been missed out on, so now being demanded. 🙁

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      • The power of the Tready

        Now Maori can reverse land sales that are in an advanced state of property development by stamping their feet.
        480 houses down the gurgler.

        I guess all those hakas over the years improved feet stamping skills !!

        They can blackmail and determine who will be poo lice commissioner.
        I guess this will extend to judge appointments as well.

        The Rule of Law in addition to established conventions are being trashed because the SLG is weak.
        The idea of the immutable Constitution as the USA has, makes much sense.

        This does not augur well for NZ.
        There is a chance the NZ First veto powers will be at play.
        Helping out the bro’s.

        It does not help that SLG has stamped her feet multiple times at Australia and told them what policy should be.
        Eg send us Manus island criminals and country hunters; or
        Don’t send back to NZ the NZ criminals with NZ passports who have been committing crime in Australia

        One wonders how far out of the loop we are with five eyes given the wild west approach to law an order.

        Ardern is a stumbling tragedy.

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    • What are his ties to the Labour Party?

      Asking, because after years of hiding behind lawnmowers and offering media statements and overseeing the police while Labour Party staffers were sexually abusing people I can’t see Jacinda Ardern swapping Bush for somebody who might actually investigate or do something about the criminals in the Labour Party.

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  27. Clement is far more experienced than Coster, with 42 years in the force. He is also more well-known, as the voice of police through the gun buy-back and Whakaari/White Island disaster.

    But last week, Newshub revealed Clement was also being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA), the police watchdog.

    Ardern said the investigation wasn’t a factor in the recruitment process, telling Newshub it had “no bearing”.

    When the IPCA investigated Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha over bullying allegations last year the report was made public.

    But although the investigation into Clement over intervening in an appointment process is complete, his report is being kept secret.

    “I first met Andy in his role in Central Auckland,” Ardern said.

    “I’ve had the opportunity to see him work on policy issues such as recent gun law reforms, but most of all I’ve observed his passion for a police force that knows its strength lies in what it can achieve with the community it serves.”

    Coster has been with police nearly 25 years in investigative and management roles.

    The appointment is being welcomed by the police, and now Coster just needs to get the team of 13,000 people behind him.

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  28. China Threatens to Throw America ‘Into the Mighty Sea of the Coronavirus.’

    China is threatening to wreak havoc on America’s drug supply amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to our globalist elite and especially missteps during the Obama-Biden administration, Beijing has the power to do just that.

    The critical vulnerability isn’t just in finished drugs, but what are called active pharmaceutical ingredients, some 80 percent of which America now imports. Most of these come from Red China.

    Even finished drugs from other sources are dependent on China. Another major source of generic drugs is India, and 80 percent of that country’s drug ingredients come from China.

    https://nationalinterest.org/feature/china-threatens-throw-america-mighty-sea-coronavirus-130877

    Some background:

    Why Xi picked Wuhan to reset China’s ties with India

    Wuhan has a historic villa that is famous from the Mao era where the Chairman would hold important party meetings and host some special foreign guests at the time when China did not have many friends. Mao also hosted Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and President Richard Nixon at the Meiling summer villa as well. More importantly, Mao held his famous swim across the Yangtze from there.

    Read more at:
    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/why-xi-picked-wuhan-to-reset-chinas-ties-with-india/articleshow/63938143.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

    and,

    Italy, China deepen ties under wary gaze of US, EU

    During Xi’s two-day official state visit, Italy is expected to become the first major democracy to sign an agreement to join China’s “Belt and Road” initiative. The program aims to invest in ports, roads, airports and railways in Asia, Africa and Europe to create a conduit for trade and China’s construction industry. Both the United States and Italy’s European partners, however, see it as a threat as China seeks to project its power.

    https://apnews.com/e70e59947a354ca4a0c461bdcf7e292b

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  29. https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2020/03/coronavirus-bnz-becomes-first-major-new-zealand-bank-to-predict-a-recession.html

    BNZ is now using the much-dreaded R-word, saying it’s more than likely there’ll be a recession this year.

    “Everyone sort of panics when they hear the word recession,” BNZ head of research Stephen Toplis said. “It’s like the whole world’s going to fall in.

    “Recession is a technical concept – it means that the economy’s going backwards for a short period of time.”

    Finance Minister Grant Robertson had an emergency meeting with the banks on Monday afternoon.

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    • Love to have been a fly on the wall there..”ya speaking too fast guys and please, no more than 3 syllables per word”

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  30. Spotted in a Doctor’s office today:

    Every election year has a disease

    SARS 2004
    AVIAN 2008
    SWINE 2010
    MERS 2012
    EBOLA 2014
    ZIKA 2016
    EBOLA 2018
    CORONA 2020

    Facts:
    Corona virus has a contagion factor of 2.0
    SARS was 4.0
    Measles is 18.0

    Corona Virus has a cure rate of 99.7% for those under 50 it infects.
    Corona virus spread is leveling off.

    This is a viral pneumonia being hyped as The Black Plague before an election.

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    • Looks like you’ve had too much to think. Best you restrict yourself to the scribblings of the official State approved news service RNZ.

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