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  1. Funny that

    While I was reading the latest Corona virus official advice I thought it was ironic how the CoL’s plastic bag ban was making it harder to contoin Covid19. The advice says “put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately”. Just imagine a world where we had single use plastic bags left over after shopping that we could re-use to dispose of snot_filled tissues. Ah well, I guess we’ll have to go out and buy even more plastic!

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    • Funny how often we take simple things for granted, like supermarket plastic bags which were never “single use” in our household, until suddenly they are gone.

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      • I purchased 3000 plastic bags assuming there might been a return to common sense before too long.
        Well. There clearly is a pragmatic need…. but not a return to common sense.

        People have asked me for them but only given out to 2 people who have had babies in the last year.
        One of them was (pretends to still be) a greenie. My good mates daughter in law. A pommy loudmouth with not an ounce of practical skills but can solve all the world’s problems with hugs and banning wacism. Cindy for world Prez. Everyone is a wacist. Yell at a Polynesian player watching footy on the telly…you’re a wacist.
        How ’bout them ‘disposable nappies’ and ton after ton of baby wipes.

        Her ovum may have been fertilised but the brain was not.
        We’ll see how the baby turns out. As of now he is a boy!
        To me it is humorous. To the inlaws, stressful.

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    • Yep,
      in schools and public waiting rooms, we will probably now see overflowing waste-bins of uncontained virus-infected, mucus-smeared tissues

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      • Now them cafes are refusing to refill your own cups, when you bring them!
        It’s disposable cups for you!
        Just think of the waste and recycling not done!

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        • This is so funny after the hoohaa regarding waste. The Greens must be having nightmares over this. Bring back supermarket bags I say. all the reuse bags are dreadful after blood drippings from the meat you buy gets on them. You have to dispose of them which is hardly conservation of the planet. Next they were possibly going to start making us use hankies again rather than the waste of tissues. Bet they’re bloody glad they didn’t bring that in.

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          • If I buy meat from the supermarket, I also buy a paper bag to put it in, then dispose of the paper bag. I dont see how thats any better than disposing of a plastic bag as at least i would rinse out the plastic bag and then use it for rubbish. Instead I just add a 1 use paper bag to landfills

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    • I listened to Leighton Smith’s podcast No53 yesterday. His interview with a USA “expert” is worth listening to. The guy does not pretend to know all the answers but he does have a good counter to much of the media spin on the issue.

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  2. Have to say my earlier oncerns around this virus have deepened. If you have staff have you talked to them about it? Lots of young ppeople who have no experience of being quaranteened.
    The need to be encouraged to save as much money as they can even if the SLG reckons we need to encourage spending.
    Make sure they think about food in the cupboard. Talk to the ladies about their personal supplies including their birth controls or we will have a tsumani of babies.

    Hate to be a doom sayer but it is probaly going to get a lot worse for our population becuase these control freaks will soon exercise their power and close schools and public building s and so on.

    Be prepared.
    If we get through all this and they have money left over then they can spend up. Till then saving is a must.

    Life will go on but it is going to be a tough time without their being a vacine for this.

    Remeber also, that tough times never last, tough people do.

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    • And if you haven’t done so…

      Buy up quite a few thick-skinned pumpkins (Queensland blue) enough to last you through winter…

      Put in loads of those quick-growing Asian green vegies into your vegie garden (They seed easily) in case shops run out of supplies of cauli, cabbages, lettuces, beans, etc.

      Tame your wild ducks…..

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      • Hedgehogs and cats are the main local wildlife for me. Plenty about.
        Eels easily caught nearby.

        To cook a hedgehog, enclose in clay, bake- pull off hardened clay. Spines removed.
        Nomm nomm. Could add rosemary and garlic etc. into the single use clay steamer too I suppose.
        (However would probably resort to hedgehog only slightly before long pig).

        At the moment I think we have months in dried and canned food stashed already.
        Made an inventory, with expiry dates for each. Plenty of variety. I was just spaghetti, beans, rice, ready meals but wife got all sorts of exotic things, side things and flavourings so that we can actually cook meals.
        Invested in a new freezer, filled with meat and all sorts.
        Credit card repayments a bit steep just now, but our grocery bills will be very low for several months going forward- and we have reduced shopping and can entirely cease mingling with humanzees over shopping trolleys any time we see fit.
        Also got me gun safe, a selection of items within, and several hundreds of rounds of ammunition if this switches to zombie pandemic.

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      • And.. cereal; long life milk; protein snack bars; tin fish (better than baked beans or spag IMO) ; dried fruit; rice; couple roasts in the freezer (red meat not chicken- better protein storage).

        Vitamins and some Cod Liver Oil; couple of litres at least olive oil; fill at least one nine KG gas bottle.
        Your meds plus Panadol and disinfectant.

        Have at least $2000 folding cash.
        Plus alcohol and armoury of your choice.
        Cigars and a special bottle of Malt for if the end is nigh.
        Oh, and dont share your dope with all the goobies on it.

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        • I am not so sure about buying frozen food, unless you have a generator and plenty of fuel. Tinned food, flour, sugar, rice, pasta, definitely. Probably dried milk or UHT. Assume a worst case scenario where all services stop, and no shopping can occur. Assume no petrol stations, water, sewerage, electricity. No cell phones, internet. Could you survive? This may seem over the top, but actually should be standard for anyone living in an earthquake prone area. ( If a big one hit Wellington, that’s exactly what would occur). Us on lifestyle blocks probably have an advantage here, and no, Fuck Off, we are not giving out our address!

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  3. Have to say my earlier oncerns around this virus have deepened. If you have staff have you talked to them about it?
    Lots of young people who have no experience of being quarantined.
    The need to be encouraged to save as much money as they can even if the SLG reckons we need to encourage spending.
    Make sure they think about food in the cupboard. Talk to the ladies about their personal supplies including their birth controls or we will have a tsumani of babies.

    Hate to be a doom sayer but it is probaly going to get a lot worse for our population becuase these control freaks will soon exercise their power and close schools and public building s and so on.

    Be prepared.
    If we get through all this and they have money left over then they can spend up. Till then saving is a must.

    Life will go on but it is going to be a tough time without their being a vacine for this.

    Remeber also, that tough times never last, tough people do.

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  4. Reacted too late

    Coronavirus COVID-19 declared pandemic by World Health Organization
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-declared-pandemic-world-health-organisation.html

    Coronavirus COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

    “WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming level of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction,” said Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

    “We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic.”

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    • “We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action.

      Let’s see how well Jacinda goes now with some aggressive action.

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      • Not until after her day with her people in Christchurch in front of the cameras on Sunday.

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        • Isn’t this exactly the time to stop gatherings? Is Cindy just waiting for a community outbreak?

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          • Nah she’s just waiting to get this weekend over. All those cameras on her will be worth gold in her eyes. Her future employment prospects will be enhanced by all the overseas media attention.

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              • Only takes one momentary hug, fully scrubbed up, sanitized, & approved person, with the photographer in the right position for that instant intimate “casual shot”. and the right background of ‘adhans’ being called, for the context.

                Then world wide exposure, that will also go on the world highest tower, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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              • Just like the Shia licking shrines to show contempt for the virus, Hijab-Cindy will be hugging and putting her faith in Allah, the most merciful and most high.

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        • I suppose it would be unkind to secretly hope they all fucking get it in Christchurch….. Would serve the stupid bint right.

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          • Always known as the city of the dammed.
            Its a siter to get going there. No other place could make it happen like Christchurch.

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      • Oh no!!!!! does that mean the reminder of the Australian shooting incident will be a no go this year? Still its ok she will still get an opportunity, just like the earthquake, pike river and any other disaster that can be remembered with a hijab on, it will just be put off for another day.

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        • Brenton Tarrant’s trial obviously won’t be held before the election. What happened to the right of a timely trial? He had lawyers appointed very soon after being arrested so why the hold up??

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  5. New law passes to fund disability-related costs for political candidates
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/new-law-passes-fund-disability-related-costs-political-candidates

    “No future political candidate with disability should have to internalise the costs of barriers placed in front of them by design and systemic neglect,” Ms Swarbrick said.

    The funding can be used for candidates in the general election for costs such as providing interpreters during candidate forums, transcribing or translating material into braille.

    “Today we are unanimously fixing a glaring hole in our democracy. If you haven’t seen, felt or heard that vortex, it’s because it doesn’t affect you. But our official statistics show that it affects the lives of around one in every four New Zealanders.

    “Whether we identify with it or not, all of us will find ourselves disabled at some point in our lives, by an environment or service that never considered us, by accident, or as we age.”

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    • Does this mean Golly Gee can get a tax payer funded zimmer frame?
      Like Harvey Weinstein, this can be a good prop for the cameras.

      First disabled-female-refugee minister of parliament.
      Ticks multiple boxes of intersectionality.

      Seems mean to even hint at her using her affliction, however Cactus Kate made the point it could be used for shrewd advantage.
      The GG woman has been such a fantasist and self promoter, I honestly can’t put it past her to milk it.

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    • It does affect me yet I am not excited at Ms Swarbrick announcement of a further cost on the taxpayer.

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      • Just think of all the help Chloe can get now to assist her election!
        All she needs to do is say I’m a dumb bint and pennies from heaven!

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    • Hmm, major problem here in that it does not cater for those politicians without functioning brains. Like half of them.

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  6. $2m seems a bit light for drought relief across the country when Socialist Cindy gave Fiji $2m to move a couple of villages.

    Government announces $2 million in funding for drought-stricken farmers and growers
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/government-announces-2-million-in-funding-drought-stricken-farmers-and-growers?auto=6138488038001

    It comes as the Government today classified the drought in the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chathams as a large-scale adverse event.

    The Government said the $2 million package will include:

    drought coordinators and additional coordinators where needed;
    a feed working group;
    expanded psychosocial support, including $90,000 for Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa;
    animal welfare information and expertise; and
    professional advice for recovery.

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    • The weather forecast for tuesday and wednesday up here is looking awful – 60 knot winds and heavy rain, that should fix the drought problem. Having said that, it has actually been raining quite a bit around Whangarei and particularly out the back in the Tangihuas and Mareretu ranges.

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  7. Hoax call to Prince Harry from pretend Greta and her dad.
    “Sky News host Rowan Dean says while there are “clues” an alleged recording of Prince Harry slandering leaders such as US President Donald Trump isn’t true, he himself “hasn’t yet come out and denied it, so let’s assume it is true”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Xe3l3KIWQ
    ‘It’s probably not Prince Harry, but he hasn’t denied it yet’: Rowan Dean

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  8. I’m not finding it reassuring that the only response I’ve heard to date, and repeatedly, from PTPM and Minister of Health, is “wash and dry your hands, and sneeze into your elbow”. That’s the sort of leadership I’d expect from my mother, not those leading the charge on combatting a pandemic. Bloody Clarke interviewed again this morning, and once again doesn’t know what’s going on.
    Pity they don’t seem to be taking it so seriously:

    Health Minister Dr David Clark urges Kiwis to take coronavirus pandemic seriously

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  9. “‘I don’t feel safe in my country’: Teenagers bottled in racist attack at North Shore park”
    Ref: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12314448

    To summarize, an Auckland-born ethnic Korean teen (17) some friends and a group of visiting international students from Korea were playing soccer at Greville Reserve in Forrest Hill. At some point, he notices a couple of people loitering, drinking, and touching the group’s gear (suggesting an intention to steal).
    When challenged, the two dodgy characters responded with racial slurs (and contacted reinforcements). Shortly, two cars with 5 more louts turn up and attack the Koreans.

    Fact: the attackers were not Korean (nor likely Chinese or Japanese). The possible groups are: Caucasian, Polynesian, Middle Eastern or Indian (have I left anyone out?)
    Fact: the location was the North Shore, which would seem to rule out the kind of groups who live in South Auckland.
    Fact: the Herald did not mention the ethnicity of the attackers. Since the prevailing narrative of this paper is that “White New Zealand is a racist country,” this incident would be a wonderful opportunity for the Herald to push its narrative if it knew the attackers to be Caucasian.

    Look at the mode of the attack. Two drunken louts acting as if they are going to steal private property. Call for back-up and attack in force when challenged.

    I wonder who the attackers were?

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    • Do the South Africans have an ethnicity all their own? Given that a fair proportion of immigrants from that country live in the area what are the chances?

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      • I think the North Shore South Africans have successfully petitioned the government for the creation of their own iwi, “Ngati Jaapi”, so they would have to be classified as Polynesian / Maori.

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        • According to my understanding of North Shore demographics if the attack had have happened in Browns Bay or Tor Bay it would definitely have been South Africans but since it happened in Forest Hill it obviously had to be elderly poms. Sadly my theory is probably more accurate than The Herald.

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    • The Dow has a while to fall to deflate the recent bubble. Wake me up when it falls down through the 15,000 mark.
      The Nikkei is going to get a hammering today. It is likely that Tokyo will have no choice but to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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      • I like Corona beer. I drank a lot of it in Japan in the mid-90s.
        I am waiting for the price in Auckland to decline to less than $20 per dozen, then I will buy a couple of boxes of the stuff.

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  10. Air NZ concerned about Auckland Airport’s loss of ‘aeronautical competency’
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/120177368/air-new-zealand-concerned-about-auckland-airports-commercial-focus-and-loss-of-aeronautical-competency-in-management

    In a letter to the Ministry of Transport, released under the Official Information Act, Air New Zealand chief operational integrity and standards officer and chief pilot David Morgan said Auckland Airport’s increased commercial focus had led to a loss of senior aeronautical expertise over the last decade.

    “Air New Zealand has been, and remains, concerned about the aeronautical competency of Auckland Airport senior management,” Morgan said.

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    • Last weekend I took possession of a generator for house supply backup. Apart from everything else, I work from home. I have no faith in these clowns maintaining continuity of supply.

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      • Gas supply will be down to 50% by 2028 because of the oil and gas ban..?
        Where will we get it from after that ? Indonesia where emissions outstrip ours, Western Aus at a price or do we import more coal from shithole countries that this government refuse to do cost benefit analysis.
        We will all pay for this because this government has no commercial sense for future purposes !~

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        • The current government will be gone in September or perhaps sooner. The incoming government will, hopefully, have been able to repair the damage caused by 2028.

          Voters need to be mindful in September.

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          • Investors in the oil and gas industry have gone for good Pete, even if a National government tries to bring it back, the damage is done now and the investors fearful of a Labour government banning it again when they get back in !~

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    • He’s hooked his bike up to the computor and is pedaling as fast as he can and has only reached Eketuhuna!

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  11. Shane Jones doubles down on Indian students comments in fiery clash with John Campbell

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/shane-jones-doubles-down-indian-students-comments-in-fiery-clash-john-campbell?auto=6140579898001

    During an interview with MediaWorks earlier this month, Mr Jones said: “We should debate it [immigration] and there should be a mandate, rather than opening up the options, unfettered, and everyone comes here from New Delhi.”

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    • Needs a **Surgeon General** warning.
      Sheet!

      The mouthy, stuttering Campbell.
      3 Secs, I was out of there.
      Awful, awful TVNZ.
      Had not heard that prick in years; now I need to start recovery all over again.

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  12. Yesterday the Surpreme Leader issued an edict to her subjects demanding attendance at her political rally in Christchurch.

    Today the WHO advises us to avoid such gatherings.

    Do we risk armed assault teams storming our bedroom, or the flu?

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    • Jacinda Ardern has no plans to stop shaking hands with people despite the virus fears. The woman is a danger to herself and others, and quite honestly – as thick as pig shit.

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  13. Man its hard to get a good coffee when theres no electricity.
    Regarding Corona virus, just talked to my Dad, he’s in his 70s – has a sore throat, headaches, coughing and had to take 2 days off work as an ambulance driver so he didnt get his clients sick. Now my mum is feeling exactly the same as him, the way I felt all last week. (We all got back from Australia 2 weeks ago) From this I would surmise that Covid-19 is well and truly entrenched in the community and the Government is lying through its teeth about the extent of the spread.

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    • Must be doing the rpounds. Been like that for a week or so. Been nowhere but still am happy at work.

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    • If you start picking on what they don’t know…
      too easy.
      low hanging fruit.

      Remember they have had males wiped out of the education system up the age of 13 and the feminazis that control the Dept of Ed have replaced education with dogma and doctrine.
      Many have a fact free diet along with truckloads of misinformation dumped on them over the years in what ‘once were schools’

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  14. In tourism, the orgy business may be the last to close because of the virus. An American sex party organiser says bugger the virus it will continue holding sex parties in Los Angles and New York.

    I attach the link below for the Israeli secret agent Kea, who is building her cover in NZ as an Arab physicist and may want something exotic to go on her bogus CV.

    I found the link when I was looking into the Guardian service to NZ. When you go to guardian.co.uk from NZ you are sent to a special NZ edition. It is here you can read endlessly about Jacinderella, and today even Massey’s Mr Multiculturism, sociologist Paul Spoonley, promoted by the Guardian as “one of New Zealand’s leading academics”.

    If you take time to go through VPN you can find this NZ trivia is not promoted in either the UK edition of Guardian, nor in its international edition, nor in its American edition, nor in its Australian edition. It’s for NZ Leftist egos alone, selected because of their NZ internet origin.

    Back to Kea, swatting up on string theory for her secret service cover: “Kea, the American parties would be great fun to add to your CV. There are spare airline seats these days. Tel Aviv might get you aboard free as an air marshal. If the virus goes from big to huge, you could be trapped at one of these parties for months. It would be a pleasant sort of boring. No need to thank me, old blog buddy.”

    Sex parties rock on:

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2020/mar/11/hands-off-can-orgies-survive-in-the-age-of-coronavirus

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    • How like a Zionist to be pushing perversion and depravity. Go back to Hollywood.

      No wonder religious Jews don’t want you around Jacksie.

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      • Good response 🦅 Kea! No Muslim interrogator would be taken in. Tel Aviv must be pleased with your cover progress, Kea. Hammer Zionism, and yes, Hollywood is a good target.

        But you can’t get cocky and let your hijab/cover slip.

        Remember your spy mantra: when you wake up – I am an Arab physicist; when anyone speaks to you – I am an Arab physicist; when a horny Arab pinches your bum – respond like an Arab female physicist; when your smart phone chimes – think before you answer: I am an Arab physicist.

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        • Whoops! Edit – No Muslim interrogator would fail to be taken in.

          I worry about your safety under interrogation, Kea. If you slip up on first impression, they could threaten our beloved Kea with 1080, so work, work, work on your Arab persona.

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  15. Okay Dr Cindy, good to know you know best despite other countries taking precautions Socialist Cindy will carry on as usual.

    Jacinda Ardern not shying away from shaking hands amid coronavirus pandemic

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will continue to shake hands after the World Health Organization this morning declared the Covid-19 coronavirus a pandemic.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/jacinda-ardern-not-shying-away-shaking-hands-amid-coronavirus-pandemic?auto=6140610626001

    Ms Ardern told reporters this morning that she has been shaking hands and will continue to do so despite the WHO’s declaration.

    “I have been shaking hands, but I know that I also am really frequent with my hand washing and all of the other public

    “You have to make sure, of course, that with that physical contact, you are maintaining good handwashing, and of course alongside good health etiquette around coughs and sneezes.”

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  16. Authoritarianism on show and how laws are meant to apply in other cultural ways.
    No court case, no conviction, just loaded in on a data base.
    All to be subject to approval?
    Where does this stop?
    Gun licence? Drivers licence? Vechicle ownership? Passport holder? Bank account holder?

    The Islamic Women’s Council has also called for the urgent introduction of a safe system to report hate speech and crime and for that system to be linked to security agencies’ databases.

    They also want that system to be connected to gun licence applications and renewals. If someone has engaged in serious hate speech or crimes, they should not be eligible for gun ownership and all licences should be for two years, rather than the current 10, the council says.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/120132938/islamic-womens-council-say-police-and-spy-agencies-failed-to-protect-muslims

    Most likely some form of appeasement will happen, as a reward to such a kindly and wellness suggestion. 🙁

    Further demanding control of NZ’ers, to comply per global laws under a UNicornical control that has OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation bloc of 57 countries) guidelines in place.

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    • With the authoritarian, Andrew Little, as Minister of Justice, those out to slash our rights to freedom of speech have a reasonable chance of success.

      The Muslims take advantage of our rights of freedom of speech, with their continuing proselytising in prisons. They move to the West knowing that democracy and freedom of speech are prized in Western countries. Why would they want to restrict our ancient rights of freedom of speech?

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      • Jacksie don’t talk shit.

        The biggest most powerful force against free speech is the ADL. They also influence elections and policy in the West.

        When I hear you blathering about anti semitism being as fake as islamaphobia, you may scrape up a fragment of credibility.

        Why don’t you cut the big act and simply say you are a radical Zionist who hates muslims?

        So much easier isn’t it? I dont argue with those folk much at all.

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      • The muslims will take full advantage of our democracy and freedom of speech until such time as they form the majority at which time all rights and freedoms will cease to exist and the mad mullahs implement universal sharia instead of universal sufferage.

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    • 2 year licences are even worse than the 10 year reduced to 5 year proposal.
      It doesn’t look like that is going to be taken up, thankfully.

      Not that those powers who hijacked the crisis to make firearms ownership, use, ranges, clubs etc. much more difficult for for the law abiding won’t love having Uber-Victim Muslim wishes to point to as justification for more repression.
      -FUCK OFF!!

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  17. Anyone else sick of the mixed messages from Dr Ardern

    Jacinda Ardern urges anyone sick not to attend work or mass gatherings as coronavirus declared pandemic
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/03/jacinda-ardern-urges-anyone-sick-not-to-attend-work-or-mass-gatherings-as-coronavirus-declared-pandemic.html

    The Prime Minister is urging anyone who is sick not to attend work or mass gatherings as the World Health Organization declares the coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic.

    “If you are sick, do not go to work and if you are sick do not go to mass gatherings,” Jacinda Ardern told reporters in Wellington on Thursday. “That is one of the most important messages that we need to get out.

    “You might not feel that unwell, but you’re putting at risk others… I think there is a feeling amongst communities that if you are unwell, then going out and being at work and public places, is putting others at risk.”

    And despite the Prime Minister’s warning about spreading the illness, two large public events are still going forward this weekend: The March 15 Christchurch mosque attack memorial and the Pasifika Festival in Auckland.

    “People need to take responsibility for not spreading illness; if you have a temperature or cough or cold then stay at home and don’t attend,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

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  18. Wife was just informed by her boss if any staff self isolate for 2 weeks as per MiniHealth guidleines, he wouldn’t pay them.

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    • Once employees blow through their allocated sick leave then employees can use their annual leave allocation. If allocated leave is used up there is no obligation by the employer to pay except if they choose to and that may be on a case-by case basis.

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      • He told her quite clearly that as it was self-isolation, not doctor ordered that they couldnt use sick leave to cover it even though she has a ton of that and leave to use. Said that he had looked it up on the internet and was in his rights to do so. I advised her to get diagnosed with it if she felt sick, then he couldnt refuse sick pay.

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        • Probably right. I’m no expert. Ambiguous if it is per Mini Health guidleines?? Worth checking. Employers have just been told by the COL they have to raise minimum wage while the economy is tanking, no if’s or buts. No wonder the employer has his back up and is sticking to the employment laws.

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          • This is straight from Employers & Manufacturers page: ( I rang Healthline and after waiting on line for 20 minutes to take to a Asian lady – ironically, they have no fucking idea btw)

            “The EMA’s advice is to have an up-front discussion with any employees arriving back from affected areas overseas before they come back to work to make them aware of the Ministry of Health expectation that they self-isolate for 14 days. This is not mandatory.

            There may be the opportunity to work from home during this time, but if that is not an option, discussions in good faith should be undertaken about other possibilities including using sick leave, annual leave or the employer granting such leave in advance. If an employee is willing to self-isolate then the employer can discuss with them about options of paid and unpaid leave to reach agreement to deal with the situation.

            The challenge for employers arises when an employee declines to self-isolate, cannot work from home, does not wish to use leave, and wants to come back to work but the employer says they cannot for health and safety reasons for the 14 days. Generally, if a person is fit to work and the employer refuses to allow them to work, the employer must pay that person for that period (such as suspension).

            However, given the directive from the Ministry of Health around its expectations of self-isolation, an employer could arguably rely on this to prevent the employee from coming to work on health and safety grounds and not be liable to pay the employee for the time they are away from work.

            Again, in the first instance employers should be working with impacted staff in good faith to make arrangements around self-isolation, and whether paid or unpaid leave or a mixture of both will be used.”

            https://www.ema.co.nz/newsandmedia/news/Pages/Obligations-for-Employers-to-manage-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

            TLDR version:
            Employers do not have to pay anyone who self isolates for Covid-19. It’s a fucking shit show

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  19. Subsidised operational funding of $92.37 million to boost COL train will be up and running in August. Unlike last time this service was running will it be sustainable?

    Passenger trains between Auckland and Hamilton to begin in August 2020
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/03/passenger-trains-between-auckland-and-hamilton-to-begin-in-august-2020.html

    Passenger trains between Auckland and Hamilton will begin on August 3, the Transport Minister has announced, with the service able to carry up to 300 people per trip.

    “As the Waikato and Auckland grow closer together, this new passenger train will become a crucial connection between these two major centres,” Transport Minister Phil Twyford said on Thursday.

    The Te Huia service will consist of two morning trains from Hamilton, with two return evening trains each weekday, and a single return train on Saturday – but no service on Sunday.

    The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) approved the business case in December 2018, and funding was approved for its construction in August last year.

    The service’s implementation included operational funding of $92.37 million, made up of $79.8 million from the NZTA and $12.57 million from local authorities.

    The rail service will begin in Hamilton at Frankton and stop at The Base in Rotokauri and then head onto Huntly, before reaching Papakura in Auckland.

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  20. Well worth a read.
    The Great Wellington Power Outage of 12 March 2020.
    Not even Friday the 13th and this happens.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/120208359/major-power-outage-causing-wellington-train-delays

    At least the Haywards people were honest that it was a cock up:-
    “Andrews said it appeared the explosion was a result of human error, on one of the maintenance switches but a investigation would be launched.
    “The last stage when coming to isolate a piece of equipment, you break the circuit, make sure everything has no power flowing through it, then you apply earth to make sure there is no further residual current.
    “It looks like they applied it to the wrong side, the live side rather than the de-energised side.”
    She apologised on behalf of the company for the disruption caused.”

    Looks little to no scenario planning and poor cross checking.
    My trick for critical computer upgrades is to write down the process then get someone not familiar with the process to read the instructions. Then follow those instructions like a robot. If it sounds wrong, stop.
    I think this needs a special working group to look into it. What is one more!!

    TINA.
    There is no alternative – or there is NO back up power
    Wellington Water asked people in the region not to flush their toilets until power was restored because the outage was affecting drinking water, pump stations and water treatment plants across the region.

    The electric trains were out and had to be partially replaced by evil diesel burning buses.
    There goes Zero Carbon 2050 !!
    Govt around the world want to ban evil petrochemical transportation by 2025/2030/2035 – depends where you are.
    This is to stop people movement.

    Two hours down and it is chaos.
    No wonder all those people with Asian looking faces were buying bulk water at the supermarket 2 weeks ago.
    This is two hours without.
    Not good enough.
    Have these critical industries been told to dispense with diesel generators?
    The Central Auckland power outage of March 1998 took a week for the area to wind down.
    This was chaos within minutes.
    Looks like contingencies are being kicked to touch.

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  21. Trump bans all travel from Europe except from the UK. Jacinda tells Kiwis to sneeze into elbows.

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  22. Twyford announces Hamilton to Akld train. 2hrs 20 mins each way and you still need to get to and from train stations. So 6 hour daily commute from Hamilton. No thanks.

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    • I just looked up the distance. Its 123km. 2 hours 20 minutes to get there would mean the train will run at an average of 55kms an hour. Slightly faster than an Asian driver but slower than a MAMIL. (Middle Aged Man In Lycra for the unaware)

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  23. Saggy, “Twitford announces” so we already know the announcement like the project is going nowhere .

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    • 2 trips per weekday, once on Saturday. The taxpayer are subsidising it.
      Starting in August. Frankton Station Hamilton is a cold horrible place at 6am in the middle of winter and you’d have to drive in your nice warm car to get to the station. 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

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    • Funny how he caught the virus in Australia. I believe that the Australian and New Zealand Governments are covering up the real number of cases as to isolate the populace would bankrupt the economies. It’s time to freeze Jones’s slush fund and spend it on the people who do the work to earn that money.

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      • Ain’t nothing happening until after Comrade Cindy’s photo OP oon the weekend. It’s inside so are they going to take everyone’s temperature at the door? Will she leave the stage for feelz and hugz?

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    • Look on the bright side for Hanks. Hollywood will probably make a movie about the Covid-9 pandemic, in which Hanks will be cast as the valiant medical officer trying to save some oppressed community somewhere from an evil town mayor (played by Ricky Gervais).

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  24. PM expects more travel restrictions, as US places ban on Europe amid coronavirus
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/pm-expects-more-travel-restrictions-us-places-ban-europe-amid-coronavirus

    When asked about US’ decision, Health Minister David Clark said “daily we are getting updates on the situation in Europe and the United States and across the world as the situation develops”.

    “The important thing here is that we are nimble.”

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters said the implications of the US ban for foreign affairs were “massive”.

    “There’s cancellations of meetings between countries, conferences, all on hold and we’ll just have to deal with it as we get on top of the country.”

    Mr Peters said for himself, a planned trip to the Pacific for a meeting had been cancelled and also a climate meeting in French Polynesia was “off as well”.

    “It’ll just be hardcore campaigning around the country from hereon in.”

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          • Whinestone will be pissed, with no meetings to fall asleep at and no overseas junkets to attend!
            He’ll have to go to work and fall asleep there!

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            • I have it on good authority that during the last election, the drunken dwarf was so pissed that he fell out of the bus he was arriving in at Paihia. There were film crews, public onlookers, and not a peep was on the TV. He was very well protected at that time. I doubt if it would be the same this time around.

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  25. Cindy may actually shoot herself in the foot if she’s goes ahead with the Christchurch folly. With half of Europe in lockdown, the US banning travel etc, people may well see what she’s doing as reckless. None of them will know what stage of infection NZ is currently at. If people get sick from the meeting then I think she’s toast. She will have risked her citizens for political grandstanding, and could even end up with blood on her hands.
    Today: “Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she does not want Kiwis to avoid public gatherings.”

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  26. Act newsletter:

    Dear

    We did it

    One MP has taken on Parliament yet again and succeeded in defending freedom of expression in New Zealand. ACT Leader David Seymour is often the lone voice of reason inside Parliament. This week was no different.

    What happened?

    The Government’s abortion legislation, being debated this week, would have created “safe zones” around abortion clinics within which people could not protest. David Seymour proposed a change to the law which removed these safe zones.

    We have little time for the odious people who protest outside abortion clinics, but free speech means defending the rights of people you disagree with.

    The so-called safe areas promoted the idea that we should be able to shut down people we don’t want to hear from, going beyond existing laws against harassment. Had the legislation passed with this amendment, it would doubtlessly have been used as a justification for preventing protest in other areas.

    Farmers could point to the vilification of the rural sector by protestors and the mental health impacts it has. Oil and gas companies might complain about the health and safety implications of protests and ask for new powers to suppress them. If these examples seem far-fetched, it is only because we don’t have such laws suppressing speech in New Zealand. We must keep it that way.

    A win for free speech

    Justice Minister Andrew Little has said he will not seek to overturn Parliament’s vote favouring free speech, but other MPs might try to bring the issue up again later today.

    Whatever the final outcome, it shows that ACT is able to fight for freedom of expression inside Parliament and win.

    A new threat emerges

    A much bigger challenge is now on the horizon with the Government’s approach to hate speech law just weeks away from being revealed. It will take a much bigger effort to defeat these new restrictions on free speech.

    You can help

    We need as many people as possible to join our campaign for freedom of expression and tell the Government we don’t want hate speech laws.

    Are you able to help us by forwarding this email to people you know and asking them to sign up to our campaign?

    You can also help us defend free speech by pitching in to our election campaign, volunteering your time and energy, or by signing up as a member.

    ACT New Zealand · 27 Gillies Ave, Suite 2.5, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

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  27. I am beginning to think Tsarina Ardern is miffed at New Zealand for the intentional melting of the Sky City Convention Centre.
    That was her chance to laud over the plebisites, reveal to the world her innate understanding of all things worldly and open a clear pathway to the glorious United Nations position she so obviously, richly deserves.(Pffft. Silly kiwi’s)
    The APECians were denied the honour of hearing a master communicator, revel in her outstanding achievements as bleeder of a nation.
    The punishment she prescribes is equal to the measure of disappointment she underhandedly received from her cold and calculating minions.
    You will attend the gathering of “others” as penalty for denying her God given right to rule over you. (cheers Winston)
    And in so so doing, you will, contract all plagues and associated sufferings as she see’s fit.
    In her glory, history will be rewritten.
    All hail the umm, ahhh, ummm, yeah, ahhhh……………kneel before me heathens!! ( That means you too Sneezy and Coughy)

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  28. Time the Maori’s decided to get a better figure head.

    Māori King’s son sentenced after punching partner
    A son of the Māori King punched his girlfriend several times in the head leaving her with a black eye in what a judge called a clear case of domestic violence.

    Details of Korotangi Te Hokinga Mai Douglas Paki’s alcohol-fuelled assault on the woman as the couple’s eight month old slept next to her were revealed during his sentencing in Hamilton District Court on Thursday.

    Paki, the second eldest of King Tuheitia’s children, was sentenced to 100 hours community work and 18 months of intensive supervision after earlier pleading guilty to one charge of assault with intent to injure in relation to the assault on December 14, 2018.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/114032045/maori-kings-son-sentenced-after-punching-partner?fbclid=IwAR0_Nq5t-R9Q7d18REkXHYHLL4QdyIf0kqkly3DbmW0hx5wyKin3tn6Bik4.

    And yes he has history, a lot of history. Benn discharged without conviction in the past.
    Clearly a piece of shit.

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    • Saw that. Horrible individual. Not the first time he’s been up in court. Last time it was for burglary and drink driving for which he was also hoping for a discharge without conviction.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10229216/Maori-Kings-son-avoids-conviction

      Korotangi Paki, 19, appeared in the Auckland District Court this afternoon charged with drink driving, two counts of burglary and one of theft.

      Judge Philippa Cunningham discharged Paki without conviction on all charges but imposed a special condition that he provide the court evidence he did not have an alcohol problem or if he did, that he had addressed it with counselling.

      His lawyer Paul Wicks QC told the court a conviction would impede his ability to accede to the throne.

      Potential successors had to have an unblemished record because of the custodial responsibilities involved as King.

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    • More like a case of entitlitis. If daddy is the King why is he not a prince? His older brother is a queen.

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      • We should demand that the transvestite gets xers rightful place as head of the Maori Queendom. Just for shits and lulz

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    • I meant to add re the 3rd video clip with Socialist Cindy and her excessive head bobbing. Is she ok or starting to unravel under the pressure?

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      • Is she ok or starting to unravel under the pressure?
        Cindy has always been more unravelled than a bag of wool that had 5 kittens playfighting in it, while it was being dragged behind the Concorde when it exploded shortly after take off

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  29. The Propaganda has already started over Christchurch. Media running stories from the wonderful Deputy Commissioner of Christchurch who apparently knew all the victims personally, almost crying when he realised they had been brutally murdered (by an Australian Criminal who got his gun license through a law that Cindy passed requiring people not to present for said license), then having to deal with the psychological torture of realising his previous 12 months work spying on the murdered muslims was null and void and had to be burned by decree. FWIW theyre not reporting it exactly like that

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  30. Viking cruise line to park up 79 ships until end of April

    Viking today announced it will temporarily suspend river and ocean cruise operations until May 1 in response to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

    Viking has a fleet of 79 vessels offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world, including in New Zealand.

    The announcement was made today in a video and a letter sent from Viking chairman Torstein Hagen to passengers currently booked.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12316226

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  31. And oh dear. Poor old Trev is going to miss out on his last taxpayer jaunt.

    Trevor Mallard cancels Speaker’s Tour amid growing Covid-19 uncertainty

    Trevor Mallard has canned the annual Speaker’s Tour amid the growing uncertainty about the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Speaker of the House was set to take at least three MPs on a trip to Japan, Malaysia and Thailand for various engagements with top officials, businesses and organisations.

    Mallard told the Herald the two-week trip during the Easter recess was a valuable contact-building opportunity but ultimately postponed it indefinitely in light of the rising coronavirus uncertainty.

    VALUEABLE CONTACT trip to Thailand. yeah right Trevor.

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  32. Police keeping an eye on their own…

    New unit to investigate corruption within the police organisation

    A new police unit is being created to protect officers against being targeted and influenced by organised crime figures.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/new-unit-investigate-corruption-within-police-organisation

    The National Integrity Unit will also conduct investigations into corruption within the organisation.

    Transparency International currently ranks New Zealand as the least corrupt country in the world alongside Denmark.

    Police Commissioner Mike Bush said they were taking a proactive approach to cement this reputation.

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    • reading between the lines, (like the good folk we are and dutifully following Cindy’s call) there must be more corruption than what we are lead to believe.

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  33. Fellow New Zillanders,
    Comrades.

    Due to the Corona virus epidemic
    I will be doing a firearm exchange program.

    Anyone who turns over a firearm to me,
    will be given a single roll of toilet paper.

    No questions asked.

    ANON.

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  34. Showdown in Idlib: Master Statesman Putin Averts War with Combative Erdogan

    The media has done a poor job of explaining what’s actually taking place in Idlib Province in Syria. That’s unfortunate, but the facts are pretty clear. A year and a half ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a deal in Sochi. No one twisted Erdogan’s arm to sign the agreement or pressured him in any way.

    https://russia-insider.com/en/showdown-idlib-master-statesman-putin-averts-war-combative-erdogan/ri28391

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    • Thanks, always good to compare notes & find it quite interesting as it gives good contextual background.

      Here is another view of this Syria, Turkey, Russia and what is at play in this simple but complex politics.
      http://thesaker.is/putin-saves-erdogan-from-himself/

      Sort of trying to assess motives, and to how to bring about an acceptable compromise to egos. and what is using what in seeking power & control.

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