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  1. It’s simple she says.
    Well when all you have done is wrap fush n chips and have a subsidized life that entails nothing of note in the way of work, have never had a busines employing and paying the bills then of course its simple. (bit likr her really.)

    Businessess have overheads. Power compaies and telco’s still charge line charges even if you don’t use anything.
    Insurance doesn’t stop and there are all the monthly cloud basd fees.

    The l;oans and the interest.

    This is not going to be pretty for most of us in business.

    Can’t even go find a tenant. BnB’s flooding the market.

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  2. Its only one level from Jacinda actually saying “thousands of NZrs will die” to level four when she’ll pick her words carefully again to avoid panic and say ” we are at level 4 now and you’re all going to die”.
    Such grossly irresponsible statements to an already twitchy populace.

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    • A slight correction…. although I agree with your sentiment.

      What she actually said was that going to level 4 would avoid a scenario where “tens of thousands of New Zealanders could die”.

      This is just crazy talk. In the whole world there have been around 15,000 deaths with a full blown pandemic – that’s including China, Italy and everywhere.

      I think going to level 4 is a good move and I was surprised at how well Ardern presented her news conference…. but either she seriously doesn’t understand the concept of numbers, or they are not telling us the truth.

      Maybe she meant ‘tens of thousands of infections’, or perhaps ‘thousands of deaths’? I was surprised that nobody at the press conference took her up on this figure and asked her to clarify, frankly.

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      • I was surprised that nobody at the press conference took her up on this figure and asked her to clarify, frankly.

        The people at the press conference want her re-elected. They’re not going to call her on her bullshit; because they want to spread that bullshit like Vegemite on our toast and feed it back to us to illustrate how glorious Jacinda Ardern’s leadership was.

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      • She meant what she said Dave which was unless we take drastic action 10,000 will die. It is still in the headlines this morning.
        I’m sure it came from the idiot quoted in this piece I linked on Sunday :

        https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120455106/coronavirus-controls-could-cut-kiwi-deaths-from-60000-to-10000

        The approach was straight out of the Climate Change alarmist’s text book. The PM has taken model data as fact. As you say there have been about 15,000 world wide but if you took his “models” and extrapolated them world wide you would get many millions which is absolute BS.

        This is pure politics. A 5 year old could see that what will happen is when only few die (hopefully none) then they will come out saying ” Aren’t we great leaders. The decisive action we took saved many thousands of lives”

        The question I have is –has anyone read or heard Bridge’s calling out this BS figure ?? If he doesn’t he is just letting the PM “play him like a violin”.

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        • Bridges made the move yesterday to say “We won’t electioneer on this”. Which I think also means he won’t call them out on anything and just look like a useful, happy sock-puppet supporting everything Jacinda does.

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          • Thanks Pascal. I have just sent an email to Bridges telling him and National to get some back bone and call the PM out on these BS alarmist statements. I do not expect a reply (other than the automatic acknowledgement of receipt of the email).

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  3. Doc emptied out all their camping grounds yesterday. There are an awful lot of old people who cruise around these camps all year round in their caravans and motorhomes. They have nowhere to go and are now camped out on the streets. Another wonderful decision from our caring government. Why didn’t they just keep them where they were safe and shut the gates? Wankers all of them.

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  4. Some of us will just shut the door and wait out this lockdown, but with the human factor there will be so many different problems individual’s will need to solve before their lockdown is squared away. Wait for all the individual difficulties to surface today…

    Your coronavirus questions answered: What the lockdown will mean

    As the country prepares to go into lockdown in the next 48 hours, RNZ endeavours to answer questions around essential services, self-isolation, travel and what the rest of the week might start to look like.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/your-coronavirus-questions-answered-lockdown-mean?auto=6143968706001

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  5. Every year at this time a bunch of us go for a M/C trip around the South Island ,usually cover about 4500 km and its a fantastic run as long as there isn’t to much rain.
    looks like thats well and truly shit canned for this year,perhaps I’ll go for a quick trip around the East coast, Oh Wait ,,,,,chosen people only down there aye ?

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      • Pascal ,We are never in a hurry ,probably 350 to 400 most days it’s normally 13/14 days ,last year we left on the 16 th of march and had to endure 10 days of Mosque news complete with the veiled up cindy every night whilst having drinks and watching the Tv ,
        this year it would’ve been the cursed virus FFS and to much Ardern as well…

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        • Sounds like you need an AA group for TV viewing.
          I just find those TV voices whiny and annoying.
          the 12 steps of getting off TV

          I purchased a handy little bluetooth speaker last year for travel.
          4 hours playing time.
          Setup it where you are and listen to music.
          I take USB stick with movies on to play while away.
          Can plug into a TV or the laptop.

          Being on holiday means you should not have to suffer…unless you go on a cruise.

          400 km a day is a solid distance. Time on the road plus time to appreciate where you travelled to.
          I once did 800 km in one day. My arse divorced me.

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          • Howitis ,yeah I never watch NZ television and was astounded on the trip last year how much advertising NZrs are forced to endure ,you’d seriously have to be brain dead to watch that shite.
            In our house neither my Mrs or I watch any of the crap thats dished out to the NZ populace,thank God for a 65 inch smart tv and the Internet,we have three of them in our place ,one for me one for the Mrs and the other for the grandkids when they stay, heaven..
            last year i bought a new dr650 for my workshop hack
            and rode it back from nelson to north auckland in one none stop ride except for the ferry of course 690km on a seat that I suspect was made for removing and using as a club in a street fight,the last 120 km was standing on the pegs looking like a frickin idiot…
            By the time I made it home my arse felt like id been used as a sex slave by 20 bikies for a week , LOL

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            • Haha, I know the feeling, I pulled the cover off my vstrom 650 seat and cut away the foam and inserted a jell pad , still get a sore arse but not so bad. probably cut me being used as a sex slave to maybe 10 bikies a week, ( your slaveameter count)

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            • The 800 km in one day was Wellington to Akl via the coastline of Taranaki.
              Nice ride to Piopio.
              By Huntly it was ‘Im over this’.
              Have experienced the riding the stirrups before.

              Drove via car 2 years ago to Wgtn and got in about 10pm to an Airbnb
              flicked on TV after unpacking to sit and unwind. Ah, 2.5 Men with Charlie Sheen. There was 4 ad breaks for 23 mins program. Good thing it was not my TV to wreck.

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        • Sounds like a decent ride. Did a 10 dayer like that a couple of years back and even on an Indian it wasn’t *that* pleasant. Next time would be open ended; just go and come back when done.

          Brass Monkey has been postponed; last year is next year – hoping to make it my first.

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  6. Morning Briefing March 24: NZ shuts up shop
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/03/24/morning-briefing-march-24-nz-shuts-up-shop.html

    The pending nationwide isolation has raised some questions about how life will work during that time and many of those questions are answered in this FAQ piece prepared by Radio NZ.

    Essential services will remain open during the national shutdown and you can find a full list of those services here. Supermarkets are one of those essential services and supermarket chains last night asked families to nominate one person to shop on their behalf during the lockdown.

    A top medical expert also expressed relief at the decision to place the country in strict lockdown.

    University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker told 1 NEWS he was “overjoyed” with the new direction being taken.

    “It’s absolutely the right thing. We can beat the virus doing this,” he said.

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  7. I snuck into the supermarket at 0700 this morning to pick up a couple of things. Bad move. I’ve never been in queues like it at New World. There was no possibility of keeping a “social distance”. People jostling and bumping. A worker in the meat section, wearing gloves, took tissue out of pocket, sneezed into it, and continued stocking meat. We’re doomed.

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    • Something I have not been able to assess.

      some viruses can be killed if they are frozen for a while.
      does this apply to things like meat with COVID 19 ?
      Genuinely curious.

      Eg I purchased some bread from Bakers Delight?
      This sits in open air until you purchase it then put in a plastic bag (so evil! ) at time of purchase.
      I bought some, marked it up and will leave that in the freezer at least a week.

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    • People need to address what is in front of them not dwell on what could have been in the past.
      People made their bed by allowing critical supply chain via China and it did not happen overnight.

      There are suddenly a lot of ‘overnight professors’ on China.
      They are reacting, not leading.
      Deal with the present and the future.
      People who dwell on the past are the ones most riddled with mental health problems.

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  8. While we’re distracted with the Chinese ‘flu – it’s fucking freezing outside

    So is this the great reset? It’s an incredible testament to the power of the media that no-one is questioning why it is so unbelievably, incredibly cold at the moment.

    We’ve had the summer where the tomatoes didn’t ripen, feijoas are dropping early and now it’s been very chilly for at least the past 2.5 weeks.

    There’s been lots of chatter on YSB about the grand solar minimum and the onset of a mini-ice age – like the ones that beset the world in the 1800s (when the Thames froze over and Ice Fairs were held in the middle of the river).

    Did we need the great Chinese virus pandemic so that we could all pretend that we didn’t lose our minds over Global Warming?

    I mean with the great Y2K fraud of the late 90s, all we needed was a boozy New Years Eve and we all pretended that billions were spent on unnecessary software upgrades driven out of panic and no real evidence!

    It’s cold now. The real sign that it’s going to get colder is that the scientist who has modelled the effects of the grand solar minimum had her latest paper on the subject pulled from Nature with no reason given at the start of the pandemic panic.

    It’s basic sleight of hand – make the sheeple look over there, they don’t think, they can’t remember – then change the narrative!

    I wonder if we’ll have the whole full-retard approach to global warming after the pandemic passes – I mean, why do you need it – everything that global warming was meant to do (instill fear, crash the world economy) will have been achieved by releasing the virus.

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    • ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^This^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      I am so glad there is someone else taking note of what is going on. If I was on Facebook I would ask you to be my friend…..in isolation of course!

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    • https://electroverse.net/antarctica-just-set-its-coldest-march-temperature/

      What worries me is the change of westerly circulation that is occurring in the SH at the moment with these massive High Pressure systems that are blocking frontal systems from reaching NZ with rain. I came here in 1996, and I don’t recall persistent Highs at this time of the year. If this is a result of changes in the stratosphere due to solar changes, NZ better pull finger with respect to water storage for the next few years.

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      • Excavate large reservoirs, lakes or canals in areas vulnerable to drought. There is rain two-thirds of the year in NZ and it is stupid that a vital, life giving resource is washed out to sea when we desperately need fresh water for ourselves, stock and crops. It’s a no brainer but the Greens say no – aptly an oxymoron that environmentalists won’t see the benefits for the country.

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        • Greens and part greens in Regional and District Councils.
          It is in the fees, permits, monitoring costs, mitigation costs, etc., etc..

          Sure some bit of engineering plans may be needed, but often the overboard precautionary principles, with Environmental Health & Safety would not allow one to breathe as there is Carbon in the air. So it becomes a costly set up to do, particularly for small systems, as it has to be over engineered.

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      • ROL
        At the beginning of 1995 the lows were locked in for over 3 months.
        It was cool and windy.
        Then the rain started in July 1995 and went through to 1997.
        1996 was exceptional as a very wet year.
        Some areas had 270 days of rain.
        the wettest I ever remember.
        I did 500 km for the year on the motorbike. Ba humbug.

        There was another major change in 2002 to 2005.
        The was a much higher than average wind flow from the East rather than the west.
        There was regular flooding on the North Is East coast with Tauranga getting flooded as much as three times a year. Matata was devastated.

        The same flow for Australia.
        Easterlies.
        The rain was falling on the eastern seaboard and not getting to the dams in the inland ranges.
        eg by 2005 Goulburn Dam was at 4%
        A five year drought then.
        Sydney built an expensive desalination plant and when finished has not had much use.
        Patterns shift around.

        I still call it weather.

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    • Crickets from the media on this temperature report

      It’s very, very cold in Antarctica with a new record low being set at the Vostok station.

      Why is that Greens don’t believe the science – how is Antarctica going to melt at -75.3 degrees Celcius.

      It was a good fraud while it lasted but now we have the long winter to contend with – going to be seeing a lot of those stupid Nissan Leaf’s abandoned – battery life crashes when it’s chilly!

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  9. List of essential services has been published
    https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-national/government-releases-list-essential-services

    So bottle stores will be open. Good. What about sex shops? Asking for a friend. And while my mind is in the gutter, what about the oldest profession???? I didn’t see it listed, but it could be argued it is covered under “Emergency Services”. (Just ask those chaps in Europe, newly arrived from “shithole” countries about “sexual emergencies”)

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    • He built his own forum. It was quite active the last time I visited with a reasonably interesting user base; but the layout and structure is far too 1995 for me. It felt far too cumbersome to participate in a conversation there and there were far too many topics scattered everywhere.

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      • Good for him. He always reckoned he could do it better! I like YSB for its fight for free speech and quirky good humour. It’s building nicely. Enjoying the new morning polling question on HYSP.

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  10. Good to see Newstalk ZB are leading the country in positive thinking this morning with:
    Ads for Civil Defence warning to prepare for Tsunami (like we don’t have enough on our minds)
    Advice that funeral directors are having trouble sourcing ppe (to deal with those of us who don’t make it)
    Teachers will use the school holidays to prepare for Term 2 (gee who’d a thunk)
    Farmers might turn out to be heroes (weren’t they always)
    Midwives will gown up and still deliver babies (did someone say they wouldn’t?)
    And the arse is going to fall out of the weather.
    Have a nice day.

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  11. On the media and broadcasting; I was rather repelled to see a bunch of celebrities on a TV ad against Cov-19 saying ‘Be kind…’.
    It seems there is a real juggernaut behind brand Jacinda.
    Even after 4 weeks of lock down I am worried that this crisis is finally making Jacinda look like leadership material.
    The youth adjacent mother of the nation. Like she said on the news, “I am not scared, because we have a plan”.
    Unless they fail terribly and it backfires, this Cov-19 crisis is gold as far as smothering the opposition and scandal.
    And I must say that the are likely to be doing generally the right thing at this time. (Although with hindsight, there were real mistakes around rushing people back and ‘self isolation’ compared to how Asian nations did it. We could have shut tourist borders alone, instead of the whole country, had better action been taken about 4 weeks back.)

    Hugzilla isn’t scared – But I am.
    The Labour party and Green running the country is more of the real threat to NZ than Cov-19.
    Cov-19 we don’t know the true impacts and it will be clear at the end. It will pass in time. With Labour/Greens in control we can reasonable predict very real negative consequences and they lock in their damage for good.

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  12. The irony in all this is that the lowest paid are the most useful people.
    Sanitation workers, supermarket staff, truck drivers.
    When it comes down to it there is no need for Public relations people, ‘influencers’, reality TV.

    The most useless job in the world is a Sport comentator.
    These already have a terrible history of mental health failure in NZ.
    eg. Murray Deaker, Martin Devlin, and Tony Veitch.
    They rabbit on about other people’s activity and endlessly drivel on about who should be first five, what a player on the field should have done blah blah blah.
    Even mid week when there is not much activity they rabbit on.

    Live calling while the activity is on is fine but going on about it after the whistle has been blown serves no purpose.
    Now there is nothing to yak yak about.
    Can they all go away and never come back.

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    • I filled in a Horizon Survey last night asking about the media’s coverage of the CCP Virus. In my comment at the end of the survey I said that I hope their panic and hysteria stoking coverage would be the death knell for the legacy media. And I mean that most sincerely.

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  13. We are now entering the Long Good Friday.
    Shutdown.

    And the sources we need to inform us are proven liars.
    Ardern could not lie straight in bed
    Cannot answer a question with a straight answer

    The convicted drunk and political cop Mike Bush is a point caller.
    Yeegads.
    no Jethro jokes.

    In Auckland, long term sleaze and known liar, mayor, Phar Goff is in charge.
    Will he tell people ‘no spitting ‘ after he is known to have spat on returning servicemen.

    I am getting my info off Daily Mail AU.
    The local crap is useless.
    There was less than 48 hours notice given to shutdown but the media vacillate, sanitise and wait for Beehive approval so they are completely untimely.

    This happened last December with White Is.
    The NZ media was completely useless
    On top of that the cops controlled things.
    This is always a disaster in NZ. a disaster on top of a disaster.
    It happened as well at Pike river which is why there is so much spent to stall Pike river.
    It is a quid pro quo to protect the Police as the Police step in to protect the hapless numpties called a Government.
    Cook Islands 1985 was run bedda than this lot.

    I suspect if the Feb 2011 Christchurch Earthquake did not have so many event centres and the cops had controlled access there would have been 150 more deaths on top of the 185.
    Look at the guy who went in and pulled away concrete blocks to get injured people out.
    The community pulled together and saved lives.
    The cops would have stood back and stopped rescue while people died.

    This is a fact with proven history. Not speculation.
    They did it at Pike and White Is and made threatening noise to the helicopter heroes who went in and rescued people at their own personal risk.
    The cops are here to protect Ihumatao protesters and XR wreckers, not you taxpayer suckers.

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  14. This shutdown is a mess
    There needs to be prescriptive instructions.
    Given the muppets in charge have not worked in business or done risk assessment, but instead have operated in an environment of duplicity and deceit this is not a surprise.
    They hate precision as it means they could be held accountable.
    ‘Oh sure. we said we would cut immigration but because we are in a coalition that is not longer valid!!’

    There is not clear instructions.

    I can go for a drive.. to the supermarket.
    How do you know I am going to the supermarket?
    Should I register online before doing so.
    This would protect me.
    For all the criticism of Carless Days in 1979 it was bedda organised than this.

    If someone tries to steal my stockpile of toilet paper ( 🙂 ) and I pile in and beat the crap out of them will I be prosecuted for breaching ‘safe distance’ ?
    In NZ 2020 I guess I would .

    If I can go for a walk can I go to the golf course to walk?
    If yes, can I take a putter and ball and practice on the greens?
    Can I also take a sand wedge and practice?
    Can I then go and play a full round as it is technically ‘taking a walk’.

    Can I carry around a 2 metre stick to keep people at distance.
    Would this be considered a ‘weapon’ even if for my ‘safe distance protection’ ?

    Can I take the motor bike from Auckland to Whangarei to get some milk ‘because the cues are so long in Auckland’?

    If there was any preparation as there should have been three weeks ago, there should have been coloured armbands printed and delivered to each house
    Different, clear colours.
    e.g. Orange armband 80 cm long – I am taking a walk/exercise
    Blue armband 80 cm long – I am going to the supermarket.
    A site to register that you are doing these things.
    Otherwise the cops could arrest you at their dodgy discretion.

    sample
    I am walking along the road.
    Cop car screeches up
    3 armed cops pile out
    Cop: Where are you going?
    Me: to the supermarket
    Cop: can you prove that?
    Me: Yes, here are my shopping bags
    Cop: are any of them plastic? You could be arrested you know
    Me: all approved reuse bags
    Cop: Have you heard of New Conservatives?
    Me: Yes
    Cop: Do you intend to vote for New Conservative?
    Me: It is not out of the question
    Cop: You are under arrest for being far right. You have the right to remain silent….

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  15. Complaints to cops from business man who says there are queues outside Gun City. “This is no time to be buying guns” he said.
    But everyone is just trying to get their shopping done for roar and duckshooting before the window closes in 2 days..
    Of course the Ferald is happy to give everyone the impression that the nation is arming itself.

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  16. Ardern calls on young people to take self-isolation seriously – ‘You may feel resilient but it’s not just about you’

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/ardern-calls-young-people-take-self-isolation-seriously-you-may-feel-resilient-but-its-not-just?auto=6144176276001

    “They are extreme and I need every New Zealander to help me,” Ms Ardern said of the impending lockdown.

    “We won’t achieve that outcome of looking after everyone unless people follow the rules.

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  17. GERMANY CLOSES BORDER TO EUROPEANS, BUT MIGRANTS STILL ALLOWED IN
    Refugee red carpet will continue, despite global pandemic.

    However, according to the German Ministry of the Interior, so-called “asylum seekers,” a catch-all term that basically describes economic migrants fleeing from the Middle East and Africa, are still welcome.

    “At Germany’s EU external borders [airports and seaports], there has been no change in the [asylum] procedure,” a representative of the Ministry of the Interior told Junge Freiheit.

    This means that Europeans who previously had a right to enter Germany are being treated as second class citizens compared to migrants from the third world, who merely have to utter the word “asylum” to enter Germany and have their case heard, even in the midst of a deadly global pandemic.

    https://www.infowars.com/germany-closes-border-to-europeans-but-migrants-still-allowed-in/

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  18. Breaking press conference.
    country enters level 4 alert status from 11.59pm on Wednesday.
    Emphasis is the 2 metres distance.

    40 new confirmed case
    3 new that had – ive before., but treated as if they were.
    155 total cases

    12 recovered cases

    Over seas main connection

    4 cases total of community transfer
    2 more new
    ——————–
    6 people in hospital all stable

    Testing criteria, seems to be expanded a bit???

    Saying 1 confirmed rest home test in Auckland, but not staff though they are tested but -ive and isolated.

    can be stepped up Wanganui supplier 200,000 masks a day

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  19. I was thinking about our cat. She wanders the neighbourhood like she owns it. What would happen if some kind soul picked her up and gave her a pat, cuddle etc. and that person had the virus.
    Would the cat bring it home and infect us in isolation?
    She could I suppose in theory spread the virus everywhere she goes.
    This would go for any other cat as well.

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  20. Have graphed the cumulative positives since 1 March…and we are showing a doubling time of less than 2 days.

    I reckon we probably got community transmission well underway by 10 March…

    On a log graph of numbers it looks like we could have 1000 cases by 30 April.

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  21. Didn’t see it coming, huh?

    Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus as an Agent of Emerging and Reemerging Infection
    2007
    The marked increase in the understanding of the virus and the disease within such a short time has allowed the development of diagnostic tests, animal models, antivirals, vaccines, and epidemiological and infection control measures, which could prove to be useful in randomized control trials if SARS should return. The findings that horseshoe bats are the natural reservoir for SARS-CoV-like virus and that civets are the amplification host highlight the importance of wildlife and biosecurity in farms and wet markets, which can serve as the source and amplification centers for emerging infections.

    https://cmr.asm.org/content/20/4/660.short

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  22. Now I know I’m going to go postal! Just got an email from the Coastguard forbidding me from using the boat. In some ways I can see their viewpoint that if I get in the shit someone’s going to have to deself-isolate to tow me in but I wonder what we did before the nannies took over the country & made their version of altruism compulsory.

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  23. Hubby and I back from having our early flu vaccines. Phoned for an appointment as flu vaccine arrived this morning. They asked for the make of car and registration. Told when we arrived at appointed time to alert them by phone. Nurses came out to carpark and administer through car window. Easy, quick and no sitting with all those unwell people in the waiting room. Home to quarantine for 4 weeks…

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    • Went to bigger branch of my doctor as they had a drive thru flue jab. Got text message from my doctor. Was meant to arrange app, but just rocked up. 20min wait afterwards, not bloody likely!
      In and out in 5min.

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  24. Confusion as NZ First promotes solo hunting during coronavirus lockdown

    Fish & Game NZ and the Game Animal Council have told hunters to stay at home during the four week coronavirus lockdown, despite advice from NZ First.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/confusion-nz-first-promotes-solo-hunting-during-coronavirus-lockdown

    The Game Animal Council agrees, adding hunters should “do the right thing and stay at home”.

    However, a tweet by the NZ First party encouraged people to go hunting during the shutdown.

    “Having to self-isolate doesn’t necessarily mean being locked indoors.

    “You may go for a walk or exercise or hunt the roar, but keep a 2 metre distance from people at all times,” it reads.

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  25. The deadline for domestic travel throughout New Zealand has been extended as Kiwis race against time to get home before the cut-off.

    Transport services have been inundated with people trying to get home before the original cut-off date of midnight Wednesday for non-essential workers.

    Coronavirus: Deadline for domestic travel extended until Friday
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/03/coronavirus-deadline-for-domestic-travel-extended.html

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  26. FARRELL: Spygate Could Make Watergate Look Like A Third-Rate Burglary

    The investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the origins of the FBI’s Russian collusion investigation – or as President Trump prefers to call it, the witch hunt – continues to expand. Durham reportedly opened criminal investigations last fall. And unlike the narrow Justice Department Inspector General’s review of the abuse of the FISA process, Durham is looking into the questionable activities of other government agencies, in particular the CIA and its former director John Brennan.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/10/farrell-spygate-could-make-watergate-look-like-a-third-rate-burglary/

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    • Wouldn’t happen to have anything to do with their supply lines and goodies they are fond of, being jeopardized, by a selfish virus would it?
      This situation we are facing has blown their ideology out of the water.
      They are just flakes who hide, when things get serious.
      Bye-bye Greenies.

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      • The UBI (universal basic income)was always going to come.
        The UN needs it to be in place for the socialist financially controlled Utopia they desire.
        Scenario:
        If I earn more than you this week , or, have been more productive, those gains go to everyone and a little wee, wee portion goes to the government.
        Well… that’s what Stalin told me.

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  27. Not doing enough to save us

    Coronavirus: Doctors warn of blind spot in Government’s COVID-19 response plan
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/03/coronavirus-doctors-warn-of-blind-spot-in-government-s-covid-19-response-plan.html

    An infectious diseases doctor says we need to urgently improve our data on community spread of the virus if we want to avoid ongoing lockdowns.

    Otago University infectious diseases senior lecturer Dr Ayesha Verrall says drive-thru swabs isn’t enough to build robust data on the actual spread of COVID-19.

    “We need to make sure we have a better idea of the prevalence of the virus in the community, and that’s through systematically and consistently doing the test in the community. Not of sick people, but in the community,” she told Newshub.

    She’s not suggesting swabbing everyone, but testing a select group who may not be sick to improve our intelligence.

    And she says we must boost our lab teams and those doing the tracing.

    “We can possibly just trace 50 people now. We need to set ourselves the goal of being able to trace the contacts of a thousand cases a day.”

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  28. Carnage on the NZX, however, every cloud has a silver lining.
    Tip of the week, OCR. Anything up to .55c ps absolute bargain. NTA of .80.
    Its a win win. You’re welcome. Oh yeah..see them mortage rates tumbling down and the NZ dollar vapourising against the US.

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  29. Non-residents trying to get into parts of Northland from tomorrow afternoon will be blocked by iwi

    Those trying to get into parts of Northland from tomorrow will be blocked by iwi, and any non-residents or those considered at risk of spreading Covid-19 will be turned away.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/non-residents-trying-get-into-parts-northland-blocked-iwi-tomorrow

    The road block will be at Whakapara along State Highway One, north of Whangarei.

    It is being led by former Mana Party Leader Hone Harawira and Dr Lance O’Sullivan, who are concerned visitors are putting their communities at risk.

    Those trying to get into the region will be stopped and questioned. Mr Harawira says all tourists and non-residents will be turned away while residents and those who come from the north will be screened.

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    • Sounds like a splendid idea to me.
      We had the advantage of a natural moat which the powers that be blew with their lax arrivals halls rules.
      Northland has the advantage of geography reducing access routes and someone is going to make use of that advantage.
      It’s a rum do when our PTPM and all her overpaid advisors get a pants down lesson in Public Health Crisis Management from Hone Harawira.
      Yes, Hone is a screaming racist and a law unto himself, and has no legal authority to block roads and restrict access but Northland is appallingly under-resourced on a good day. The health system there will not cope with a rise in caseload – and will be easily overwhelmed by a spike in demand. The region is extremely vulnerable. Who else is offering protection? Winston? Pfft.
      Kia Kaha Hone.

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