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    • Kea ,even stranger,my predictive text refuses to be triggered when writing Coronavirus until it gets to the I ,extremely strange normally because of the massive use of this word you wouldn’t get to the 2nd O and it would come up.
      That is weird as I’ve always figured that predictive text was enclosed in my device.
      Meanwhile the world economy is in free fall and our moronic MSM are terrified of “2 extra Coronavirus sufferers”in our country FFS.

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  1. Making the headl;ines today.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120368742/coronavirus-has-an-achilles-heel-and-we-can-exploit-it
    The experts are on to it.
    There are now 3 preapproved drugs that work. Lets do this.

    Corona has shofted the headlines.
    The woke no longer talk about climate change. Its fixed now the factories are not working, the planes are not flying and the coal is not being burnt.

    Phillus Twyford has hit the headlines telling us he is reinstating his version of our roading capital spending. Promising the rip the motorist even more subsidize coastal shipping and so on.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/120386461/phil-tyford-is-promising-a-54-billion-transport-binge-over-the-next-ten-years-with-a-focus-on-safety

    Devious lying shits.

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    • Focus on safety: from what JAG has said before, that means installing crash barriers and those cheese grater things on the centrelines of existing roads. Not quite the same as expanding infrastructure or road quality in my eyes.
      Yes, worthy – but a ‘focus’?
      And cycleways? What the fuck!
      Add some rainbow pedestrian crossings to the tab.
      Phil should have been out out to pasture long ago, and yet he has economic development responsibilities.
      Not sure I would want him organising a sausage sizzle to raise funds for a school soccer trip.

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  2. New Zealand food export sector ‘well placed’ to manage coronavirus fallout – report
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/rural/2020/03/new-zealand-food-export-sector-well-placed-to-manage-coronavirus-fallout-report.html

    Penny said New Zealand’s food export sector was expected to prove relatively resilient to cope with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

    “Indeed, we anticipate that global food demand is likely to remain firm (outside of premium foods) as food consumption is prioritised in household budgets.

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    • Good thing Govt subsidies are slated to be available quickly as Beef Schedule dropped from $6Kg to $4.70, no killing space and local market on its knees and combined with the drought a perfect storm with no realistic change until late winter. MBIE website good with subsidy info but application form unavailable at present. Just hope we don’t follow Aussie and get floods to screw the Farmers over completely – locally Lambs halved in price. If the Govt package was all Robbos ideas I will have to re appraise my view of him as the next leader of labour – perhaps 20/9/2020.

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  3. Italy’s population is about 60 million, and its normal death rate is 10.6 per 1000, which is to say about 640,000 deaths per year, or about 1750 per day; the 350 or so extra deaths per day over the last couple of days (if this worldometers.info data is correct) are about 20%.

    But apparently about 2/3 of the deaths have been in Lombardy (in Northern Italy; Milan is the capital), which has about 1/6 of Italy’s population. If the daily deaths are likewise 2/3 in Lombardy (not certain, because it’s possible that the geographical incidence of the deaths has changed over time), then we’re talking about 240 or so extra deaths per day on top of the usual 300 or so in Lombardy, or about 80%.

    https://reason.com/2020/03/17/italian-daily-death-rate-up-20-because-of-coronavirus-lombardy-up-about-80/

    Italy’s death toll reaches a record-high, 475 deaths in one day

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120395429/coronavirus-italys-death-toll-reaches-a-recordhigh-475-deaths-in-one-day

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    • Those German crematoriums must have been powered by an energy source that hasn’t been discovered yet. They were burning a body every 2 minutes. SURELY a hundred years later we can emulate that!
      //sarc

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      • Cremation was only done in later phase of the war, since early phase was neither gas, nor crematoria.
        The mass killing in the eastern occupied territories was done locally, with existing gulches, gullys, or purpose built mass graves used.
        By 1944 when the Nazi’s were covering their trail, they even used forced labour to excavate the dead from graves they could access – they burned the bodies and pulverised what they could. The discovery of secreted valuables from the bodies of the dead, gold and such, was remarked upon by those doing the disposal. After all, Ukrainians and Lithuanians and Germans all survived to share their stories.
        Witnesses who both ran the exercises of clean up, or who did the clean up (despite most labour being liquidated in turn) detail the return to the pits which had been filled by the various Einsatzcommando 1941-42. Some photographs of the late war burnings exist, and other mass graves are now parks in former Soviet territories.
        Local disposal could be crude, not much more than stacked bodies, logs, and repeat.
        Similar to the later burning, the technique of ‘sardinining’ was employed too during the killing by gunshot, so that the living lay atop the dead., eventually stacked deeply in trench like mass graves. This was considered a real innovation by one Einsatzkommando CO, and others followed.
        The killers variable became callous, immune, or even enjoyed it, others relied on alcohol or convincing themselves they were doing a kindness (such as preventing them being buried alive).
        The pyschological toll was one reason Reichsfuehrer SS Himmler moved to mobile gas vans, and later industrial camps and rail delivery from remote locations.
        I have read that Himmler himself was quite disturbed at seeing a mass killing taking place, and the visceral experience of it – Worth noting: Himmler was quite unique among top Nazi’s as not having war/combat experience and he also was concerned about the strain on the SS; even if Honour was Loyalty.
        …To put it crudely, We all like to eat hamburger, but we aren’t all cut out to hang out on the slaughter line of the abattoir!
        I note that for earlier period killings, the people who shot them recount how surprised they were that people would willingly lie down to be shot.
        There is however a psychology at play, and De Niro’s character in the Irishman film has a fictional retelling (but probably not too far off the mark) how German POWs digging their own graves did a good job, and almost seemed to think that if they complied they might please their captors – and perhaps be spared.
        Anyway, the retelling of these killings, and the pictures of the expressions of naked children and women being herded by nationalist police (local helpers) to the place of execution, and seeing what awaited them are chilling for any feeling human being.
        Interestingly enough, when the Nazi’s found a mass grave in ’44 of Polish killed by the Soviets in 1939, they made sure to expose the “Katyn massacre” and called in the Red Cross to photograph the excavated bodies (bound, shot and bayoneted). Attempting to highlight Soviet crimes to the democracies.
        So the Nazi’s knew full well that what they were doing were crimes which would not be deemed acceptable by others. It would have not mattered if they won the war. But, well. They didn’t, and the Einsatzgruppen reports left a paper trail aside from all the other evidence of their deeds.

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          • Oh god no. Bachelor level only, but university taught be how to study, form up writing, read critically. Focus for study was on international relations and history, and of history – 20th century and mainly those linked to WW2 Japan, Spanish civil war, modern China, Nazi Germany, etc.
            Outside of university my more consistent focus has been local – Archaeology, NZ Wars military (lately has become political and retarded) and Bronze Age China.
            My personal collection represents these areas of focus, since I really enjoy material artefacts,and weapons especially.
            Thanks for asking.
            …..And why do some users here call you ‘Ballsack’?
            I don’t get that from ABS.
            But no offence, it is a fine and worthy name.
            Some friends of mine had a band, and that was the title of one of their most notable songs: Big Nanna: Ballsack.

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            • Thanks Fuzzy.
              I used to be known as Agent BallSack on Kiwiblog and WOBH.
              It’s a nod to Honore de Balzac the French playwright, who I share a birthday with. I also have french ancestry and surname, which is why I would never have penned my political beliefs under my own name as there are very few of us in New Zealand. Once the moderation appeared on Kiwiblog, I gave it a go as ABS for a while but I was pushing shit uphill there as I already had 7 of the old strikes to my name. I decided to stick with ABS here as most of the regulars already knew the acronym.

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          • Touche, from the big brain on YSB.

            Kea, if any of this seems hard to believe – I have been fairly well obsessed with Nazism since childhood, and find this no more incredible than the gulag system of the Soviet or the famine during the Great Leap Forward or the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rogue.
            Those things happened too, just in case you don’t believe in them either.

            These days I am not just a fan-boy of the Nazis, I still hold a collection of items and weapons, and bookshelf with books on them {focused on the military aspect}, and have items of uniform and equipment even.
            I see them for what they were.
            Nothing better than the were, and nothing worse than what they were.

            If you really don’t believe, there will still be a few eyewitnesses around you can speak with for a little while longer yet. It seems remarkable to believe the gunfire and the blood weren’t real. All a kyke conspiracy?

            You strike me as someone who has the enough-to-be-dangerous insight on the Nazi era of a person who read notable ‘The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich’ book- but only ever read the first half.

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            • Calm down. I acknowledge your expertise.

              But there are many absurd stories created by those with other agendas. A few true stories of atrocities don’t prove every claim made.

              I am also sceptical of any subject where independent research will get you thrown in jail.

              As would be anyone with half a brain. So go back to your hateful anti- teutonic rants.

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              • “anti- teutonic rants”.
                {As I said above }; I see them {Nazis) for what they were.
                Nothing better than the were, and nothing worse than what they were.

                As far as Teutonic peoples, or the historical Teutonic nights – I have nothing against them either.
                If you mean a bias against Germans (?) I confess I don’t like Angela Merkel.

                Rather uncharitable to label another persons words as ‘rants’.
                That is what the intellectually lazy media do with headlines, whenever they disapprove of the speaker or the opinion.
                That is regardless of how calm or level-headedly they might be engaging.

                {quote Kea} “I am also sceptical of any subject where independent research will get you thrown in jail…..As would be anyone with half a brain.”

                …Well, you certainly tick that box!

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        • I loved the bit about how there were no bodies (evidence) because the sneaky Germans hid them. 😂

          The real massacres were of Russians with 25 million odd killed by Germany. Then the Jewish bolsheviks killed that many Russians again. “Holocaust” survivors and the “witnesses ” were sent to gulags by the way.

          Hitler tried to save us from the most evil totalitarian regime in history and the dirty oppressive monetary system we have today.

          He was one of the greatest leaders in history.

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    • Viking
      The other thing to take into account is a very high proportion of elderly Italians live in northern Italy.
      There is a figure floating around which says only 3% of those who have died from the effects of the virus DID NOT have an underlying health condition.

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  4. Coronavirus: Government announces first details of rescue package for aviation industry
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2020/03/coronavirus-government-announces-first-details-of-rescue-package-for-aviation-industry.html

    The Government will cover the costs of any passenger-based Government taxes charged to airlines, up to the value of $163 million for the next six months, as well as assign $37 million to cover the cost of Airways New Zealand related fees for the next six months.

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  5. 2019: “work hard at school or you’ll end up packing shelves for a living”
    2020: “most secure job in the country, packing shelves”

    First confirmed corona death in Russia. 😢
    After three days of quarantine, a father of a family strangled his mother-in-law.

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  6. Typical of socialist Cindy playing to the crowd, saying one thing that sounds good but not carrying through. National say they have not been included in briefings on Covid-19 pandemic.

    National not being included in Govt’s coronavirus discussions, Paula Bennett claims

    National deputy leader Paula Bennett is firing back at criticism about Simon Bridges’ and the party’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/national-not-being-included-in-govts-coronavirus-discussions-paula-bennett-claims?auto=6142658348001

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    • It was clearly stupid, wishful thinking by Daivd Farrar when he proposed a “Govt. of National Unity” or whatever the fancy name was.
      Anyone with half a brain would realise no one would be able to “share the stage” with Ardern.

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      • Anyone with a whole brain would know to NOT get involved with that mob.
        They will fail at what they touch.
        2.5 years of solid fails (Holy used to keep a list, I suspect he only had a storage limit of 100 Gb)

        Therefore if you are inside the tent you will get sprayed with the unholy water.

        There is an election coming up – sometime – and one needs to be able to differentiate oneself.
        Best they can do is stay away.
        They would be scapegoats.
        I would say Seymour has cottoned on to that.

        The media scum will be against them as well so there is that.

        Nah, do not get involved.

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  7. Breaking News,
    8 more tested positive, today.
    bringing it to a total of 28 tested positive.

    So far no students from Logan Park, but still another batch of tests (seems like from that student group) to be processed.
    Try to have all the test results within 24 hours.

    Some elective surgery being postponed, as staff being being geared, trained up in preparation
    No refund for if you have paid for the test.

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    • Socialist Cindy doesn’t want any other sources of information…
      “When you see those messages, remember that unless you hear it from us, it is not the truth.” – Jacinda Ardern

      Coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern dismisses rumours being spread on social media about COVID-19
      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/03/coronavirus-jacinda-ardern-dismisses-rumours-being-spread-on-social-media-about-covid-19.html

      The Prime Minister pointed to the Government’s website dedicated to providing information about the coronavirus spread: http://www.covid19.govt.nz, and said to “dismiss anything else” you may see online.

      “We will continue to be your single source of truth and we will provide information frequently. We will share everything we can. Everything else you see [take with] a grain of salt.”

      Rumours have been spreading online of an imminent lockdown in Australia and New Zealand, and the Prime Minister dismissed it entirely.

      “That’s the kind of thing that adds to the anxiety that people feel, so I continue to share the message: New Zealanders must prepare but do not panic,” she said.

      “When you see those messages, remember that unless you hear it from us, it is not the truth.”

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    • More of a write up here from that press conference.
      https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/412132/coronavirus-livestream-eight-further-cases-of-covid-19-in-new-zealand

      Dr Bloomfield said the eight new cases were all linked to overseas travel, meaning the coronavirus has not yet been transmitted in the community.

      Two of the new cases are in Southland, two are in Taranaki, one is in Rotorua, one in Northland and two in Auckland.

      One of the new Southland cases is in hospital and the rest are at home in self-isolation.

      None of the new cases are from the Dunedin school that was shut down and cleaned after a confirmed positive case, or from any other school.

      Close contacts will traced and contacted, Dr Bloomfield said. They will be required to take 14 days of self-isolation and those who were on the same flights into the country and sitting within two seats to the front, rear, and side and diagonally will be contacted.

      “We are expecting more given the rapidly evolving situation overseas and the number of people who have returned to New Zealand if they are Kiwis or if they have come from other countries, from some of those hotspots.”

      For those who have travelled back from overseas and are asymptomatic, social distancing and self-isolation are important, Dr Bloomfield said.

      Dr Bloomfield said it was important to look after our individual and collective wellbeing, not just physical but mental too.

      He said a psycho-social response had been initiated – including ways of talking about Covid-19 with children who are distressed or worried.

      Dr Bloomfield confirmed that the Ministry of Health will have a third of its staff working from home for the next week on rotation to increase its resilience.

      He said the Ministry was not looking at a lockdown at the moment. He said it was doing everything it can to avoid having community transmission but was prepared to act early as necessary.

      Dr Bloomfield said some elective surgery was already being postponed to allow staff training

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  8. Well, he knows what he can do…

    China and Iran travel ban ‘unlawful discrimination’, says immigration advisor

    The Government is being challenged about the legality of its travel restrictions that continue to ban visitors from China.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/china-and-iran-travel-ban-unlawful-discrimination-says-immigration-advisor

    Immigration adviser Harris Gu has complained to the Human Rights Commission that the ban on non-New Zealanders from China and Iran – compared to self-isolation for all other travellers – is discriminatory.

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  9. I recommend listening to at least the first half of Leighton Smith’s latest podcast No. 55. It is a fascinating discussion with Rosemary Gibson who co wrote a book called “China RX” which investigates how China has come to dominate the pharmaceutical industry
    (particularly generic drugs). It does this by being the key manufacturer of the ingredients in these drugs , not necessarily the final product. Their companies have been heavily subsidised by the Chinese Govt. They even “killed” the Indian companies in this business.
    The USA does not have any manufacturers of penicillin, antibiotics , vitamin C etc . any more.
    A great interview / discussion.

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    • Ross12 , A shoulder injury about 18 months ago had me taking paracetamol to allow me to work without to much discomfort,The stuff made in China although cheap was virtually useless and I started buying more expensive pills made elsewhere .
      the difference was phenomenal , it just goes to prove you get what you pay for,we must have zero testing going on that would prove the medicines we take are fit for purpose.
      Personally I won’t trust anything that comes out of that septic hellhole again,it’ll mean taking a pair of glasses when going shopping to read labels but that’s my protest on the CCP F- – -Ks.

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      • Certainly note the point, “fit for purpose” issue, and are you sure it was not veterinary grade. 🙂
        Never have trusted the Chinese, as cheap as, for their profit taking, is ingrained in their culture for centuries.

        Reminds me when on my prescription dosage of a dozen pills a day.
        Initially must have been the real cheap stuff that the chemist had on standby, as they seemed to have the powdery stickability with rank flavour, that can keep them lodged in the back of the throat or even tongue, if you toss them down the wrong way, and sure took a few swallows of water for them to continue with the intended journey during that month.

        Then noticed as I became a regular with repeat prescriptions the same pills, were glossed up and so was easy to take,
        Commented to the dispensing chemist, and he said that was the cheap stock, was standby stuff, and now that I am a regular he is supplied the good stuff.

        Pleased to be down to an easy number of pills. and do not even need any liquid to swallow down. 🙂 Though still have some refreshment just to dilute in the stomach.

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        • This worlds troubles are a timely wakeup call for the west. It focuses us on how we have sold out our manufacturing base to China for the mighty dollar.
          At least the Yanks under Trump are doing something about it. Bringing back all the manufacturing of their medicine manufacturing is going to give them security of supply. The Chinese have overreached by threatening to stop supplying them with the necessary medicines.

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      • Well, you are pointing in the right direction.

        Bullshit certification at the Chinese end and no responsibility in the supply chain at this end.

        Wait until motorways and building start to crumble with falsified certs on cement and steel.

        There is a whole complex carry on among South Korea, Japan, and China.

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  10. OMG ,Some states in the U S are delaying the introducing of a law banning plastic bags because the surgeon general has said that the replacement fabric bags are very bad for transferring viruses.
    Thanks a lot you stinking virtue signalling Green Party F- – – Ks ,I’d personally like to slap some brains into that smug C- – -T two mums Shaw and his cabal of lesbian and racist followers .

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  11. Just some observations of late, while other hair brain distractions are blasted through the media.

    Why would the fear of a toilet paper drought be pushed by media worldwide?

    This was quite clever.

    People are basically controlled by herd mentality. If the media had said, there was going to be a shortage of baked beans, you could say with certainty the shelves in supermarkets would remain fully stocked with toilet paper and significantly depleted in baked beans.

    So why toilet paper. Logic.

    Tell the sheep, there is a perceived shortage of a relatively benign item, and as a consequence people would grab a couple of cans of baked beans, one loaf of bread, a pound of butter, weetbix or muesli for the kids etc, while waiting in line for shithouse paper.
    No, shortages have been reported concerning life sustaining necessities.

    A brilliant diversion technique.

    I have also noticed the government, with consummate ease I might add, have released billions of tax-payers moneys, to combat the virus, into the economy.
    What stopped this money from being released for the combatting of the woes we had been relentlessly been forced to endure previously, like homelessness, child poverty, measles outbreaks, Kiwibuild and so and so on?

    Logic, once again, the hand of the financial controllers has been cut. By force!

    With this money, (our money) which has appeared miraculously out of thin air, the government is forced to use it for what we the people intended.

    We may be seeing a significant shift in economic dynamics, and as a result, NZ will once again be the masters of their own destiny.

    Here’s hoping.

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  12. Another view

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-virologist-urges-world-leaders-to-calm-public-slams-unnecessary-panic/

    “I’ve been in this business for 30 years,” Bishara said in a Channel 12 interview. “I’ve been through MERS, SARS, Ebola, the first Gulf war and the second, and I don’t recall anything like this. There’s unnecessary, exaggerated panic. We have to calm people down.”

    “He said the virus did not appear to be “too intelligent” — unlike flu, “which is very intelligent, it changes, adapts, and it infects people via their airway passages.”

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  13. Well surprise, Cindy putting the PI’s on a pedestal didn’t work. One case in Samoa and now one in Fiji.

    Coronavirus: First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Fiji
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/03/coronavirus-first-case-of-covid-19-confirmed-in-fiji.html

    “There is a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lautoka that was imported from a patient who had recently travelled abroad,” Dr Waqainabete tweeted on Thursday.

    “He was immediately isolated, where he remains under careful medical supervision.”

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    • So print porn is going the way of print media.
      Makes sense.
      I heard someone say in the workplace a few years back, around the reboot of Baywatch {I assume that happened?} that it would never be the same phenomenon, since we now have the internet……Hmmm.

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  14. But, but ..muh global warmings. Whereditgo?

    A winter storm will dump snow across the US on the first day of spring

    On Thursday the heaviest snow will hit the central US
    “By Thursday morning, blizzard conditions will spread through parts of the Rockies into the Plains, with heavy snow and high winds,” says Hennen.

    “North to northeast winds 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph expected across the High Plains,” forecast the National Weather Service in Cheyenne.

    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/03/18/weather/spring-winter-storm-forecast/index.html

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  15. I do wonder if our school has a special qualification in making itself look silly while treating its community like morons.
    Yesterday there was the gathering of students that didn’t happen.
    Today they’re native advertising for friends, as an “anonymous donor” dropped in a couple of boxes of franchise donuts – just to be kind. Kind. That word is starting to grate.
    Any lunch food for learners (I kid you not, they have a special name) must meet health and nutrition policy guidelines, but staff can chow down on the kindness of anonymous donut donors and provide free advertising for selected local businesses.
    Now, I really don’t care if the staff room is a hotbed of undigestibles, chain-smoking and ear-curling cussing.
    But I do care if it’s promoted on the FB page on the inter web by thingy by dumb-arses who think they can coat everything in ‘kindness’ to pull the wool over the bill-payers eyes.

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  16. FYI.
    Did some more digging on Soros.
    Pretty sure he’s behind the virus.

    WUXI PHARMATECH CAYMAN INC
    https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1029160/000101143811000207/form_13f-soros.txt

    WuXi AppTec
    (Wuhan)
    Small molecule drug discovery and research services
    666 Gaoxin Road East Lake High-tech Development Zone Wuhan 430075, China

    https://www.wuxiapptec.com/about/location

    Background:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WuXi_AppTec

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  17. Wonder or wonders! The local Z is now charging $1.99 per liter of 91 petrol.
    It should be around a dollar, but for all the infused taxes!

    New World Eastridge was exceptionally busy this afternoon. Trolleys 9-deep in the checkouts. No bread in the bread racks. I guess that they didn’t get a delivery. (I will get Panasonic-kun to bake my bread for me.) Maybe people are buying so much food because the don’t plan to eat out. It is possibe that the average BMI of Aucklanders will rise to South Auckland levels. It’s possible that congestive heart failure and clogged arteries will cause more deaths than the damned virus!

    Elder daughter has now been ordered to work from home for the next 3 weeks. Other daughter is at Massey. I hope they don’t shut the campus down.

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  18. So much of the price of tradable assets seems to be based solely on confidence.
    I am amazed at the amount that some well-known NZ shares have fallen. What to do? (If I knew, I would be very rich.)

    You can knock some of these companies if you like, but they are the ones who provide Kiwis with jobs to pay their mortgages and taxes.

    Still, the S&P/NZX 50 Index is still above 9,000 points. (It was around 6,800 only 4 years ago, so I think it has a way to fall.) Will this happen and when? I don’t know.

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  19. “New Zealand’s borders will be closed to everyone but citizens and residents from tonight, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.”

    The virus doesn’t care who is a citizen or a resident of New Zealand.

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    • There are about a dozen exempt countries in the Pacific. Because woke.

      We will be decimated by disease from the Pacific Islands and Ardern will take medical resources from us and give them to Islanders.

      I’m not digging at Island folk. But they can sort their own shit out.

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      • ……”I’m not digging at Island folk”…..

        Why not? They’re a handbrake on everything we do. They bludge on our welfare system, they bludge on our health services, they bludge on our social housing.

        They sit on their ever expanding arses, worshipping their non existent god & over breeding. Where’s the up side?

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        • Here’s a scenario to expand on.
          Virus targets 80 ish yr olds.
          Also sub 80’s with under lying illnesses and susceptibilities to illnesses.
          Where are most of these folk?
          In retirement villages and aged care facilities.
          They die.
          Housing crisis averted.
          Villages already built.
          Move on in doomers.

          Dr Vernon Coleman explains the hidden agenda behind the coronavirus hysteria
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=743&v=vZ8sQQvqvrE&feature=emb_logo

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            • Have you ever visited people in retirement villages or worse, aged care facilities? If I make it to either I reckon I’d lose the will to live.

              Nature has its way of easing us into the grave but going on present health Covid-19 has come about ten years too early for me.

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              • Often in them.
                some really like it. walk in walk out and go see the world with no worries.
                don’t think it will work for me. avergae stay is 7 years. after that you win.
                they have mostly lifted the age to 70 now although they are all advertising a lot. could be past peak demand here i the Bay. to many others being built in other area’s now.

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            • I’m told that the average life-expectancy in retirement villages is seven years after entry, so it’s ‘Money for Jam’ for the owners of such places. A contant turn-over of ‘inmates’ and the ability to increase prices ( and as a result, profits) at whim is an effectively ‘Guaranteed’ income due to natural attrition, On that basis, what is there not to like?

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  20. So which is it? Self isolation or Social distancing.
    Either way, the Coalition of numpties better practice what they preach.
    I still think Cinderblock will scarper.
    She spent a lot of time and our dosh prepping for this.

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    • Take a stab at it.
      We know she likes to pontificate and scold us for not adapting to the feelz of the moment.
      The gnomedwarf is silent.
      They are at a loss for original ideas to combat an ever growing crisis.

      My guess is…..they will concede.
      Call in the pro’s.

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  21. On another subject,
    NZ faces Covid-19 crisis with annual economic growth having slowed to 1.8% in the December quarter – a 6-year low

    New Zealand is entering a major downturn on the back of annual economic growth falling to a six-year low, as expected.

    Gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowed to 1.8% year-on-year in the December 2019 quarter, according to the latest Statistics New Zealand figures.

    Annual GDP growth hadn’t been this sluggish since the December 2013 quarter. It fell from 2.3% in the September 2019 quarter.

    Quarter-on-quarter, growth fell to 0.5% in December, from 0.8% the previous quarter.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/news/104140/nz-faces-covid-19-crisis-annual-economic-growth-having-slowed-18-december-quarter-6-year
    The figures are slightly stronger than that forecast by the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) in its February Monetary Policy Statement (0.4% q/q, 1.6% y/y). They are on par with market expectations.

    covig\d will cause us problems but it was on even before that came along.

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  22. FWIW: I visited Whitcoulls this afternoon and came across a book with an interesting title. ‘Taking the lead; how Jacinda Ardern wowed the world’. The author is one David Hill, and the result is a totally sychophantic work aimed completely at young kids. The glorification of Dear Leader has started. Beware.

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    • Yep posted this up 2 days ago. aussies got it sorted and they also have another as does Fuji.

      Chloroquinine, been around for 100 years. was first malarial drug. Been on the shelf as the Malria started to become resistanr.

      The second one is an early HIV drug. (now that will be good for the oarrot whn his turn comes:lol:.
      Both work and aussie has 50 hospitals all set to run comparison trials.

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  23. Queen Elizabeth II to end 67-year reign at crucial time says expert – ‘A lot rockier now’

    The 93-year-old is said to want to end her reign feeling that she left the monarchy secure, according to royal historian Sarah Gristwood. But the Royal Family has faced recent turmoil with Megxit, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s departure as senior royals, and the accusations held against Prince Andrew.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1254332/Queen-Elizabeth-II-royal-news-reign-meghan-markle-prince-harry-royal-family-latest-update

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  24. I watched Orwells 1984 again yesterday.

    March 18, 2020) — San Miguel County, CO – San Miguel County Department of Public Health and Environment announced today
    Here are the Public Health Orders that take effect 12:01am March 19, 2020 and go through until at least April 3, 2020 at the discretion of the Public Health Director:

    Shelter in-place.
    Prohibition of all events more than 10 people.
    Prohibition of all events at daycare centers, child care centers, home child care center, private schools and day schools, community recreational center, ice rinks, and libraries.
    Prohibition of all events at food establishments except for the provision of takeout and delivery of food.
    Cease all activities at business facilities in the county except for minimum basic operations and essential services.
    Cease operations and reservations to short-term lodging.
    All public transportation is considered an event.
    Visitors to San Miguel County are directed to return home immediately. All non-resident homeowners are strongly encouraged to leave the county and return to their primary place of residence.

    Violators to these orders are subject to criminal and civil charges.

    https://www.sanmiguelcountyco.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=473

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  25. is anyone else worried about how many hours our PM has been working?

    She’s been on deck everyday for 1 week non-stop.

    whew!!!

    Crikey, she might have to do an interview tomorrow… or horrors make another special TV recording.
    When is she going to get time to catch-up on her social media?

    And all her plans for a nice get-away at Easter/1st-term break have gone belly-up. (unless she makes a special flight to check up on the welfare of Cook Islanders/Niueans/Tokelauans)

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  26. US military given ‘continuity of government’ standby orders for COVID-19 pandemic

    For the first time in the modern history of the United States, the Department of Defense has been given standby orders to ensure the “continuity of government”, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These extraordinary measures, which include evacuating White House officials to remote quarantined locations, and devolving the nation’s leadership to “second-tier officials”, were originally meant for the aftermath of a nuclear war.

    https://intelnews.org/2020/03/18/01-2740/

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  27. For those wanting know the technical side of the cure and how it works.

    New insights on the antiviral effects of chloroquine against coronavirus: what to expect for COVID-19?

    Chloroquine is an amine acidotropic form of quinine that was synthesised in Germany by Bayer in 1934 and emerged approximately 70 years ago as an effective substitute for natural quinine. Quinine is a compound found in the bark of Cinchona trees native to Peru and was the previous drug of choice against malaria.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924857920300881

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