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  1. How hard would it be for media companies to give context to daily death counts? For example, “Yesterday in the UK there were 821 deaths. Of these, 10 were aged under 50 and with no pre-existing medical conditions.”

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  2. Well, at least Mike Hoskings is now raising the question about our comparison to Australia and how much more severe and stupid SLG has been.

    Given the Australian comparison is now laid bare, how many don’t quite believe in the way they did it? How many now see the health obsession, given the numbers, as over the top? How many see the economic wreckage as simply too large?

    Maybe next week he’ll be able to see that it wasn’t about health, but about Ardern’s great socialist experiment. How was it put so beautifully here the other day, the 30 day free trial of communism?

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      • I’m not following the relevance of the UK extending their lockdown, Odakyu-sen. Do you think Ardern will try and follow suit?

        In terms of Australia, as of yesterday:

        * New Zealand has 2 deaths / million people. Australia has the same.
        * New Zealand has 291 cases per million people. Australia has 253 cases per million people.
        * New Zealand has 14,549 tests per million people. Australia has 14,785.

        In every metric they are doing better than us, while our media and the Liar in Chief is telling us they are doing worse. Their lock down is also far, far less restrictive than ours. Their economy and their people will recover.

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        • Keep watching the daily infection numbers in NZ.
          It is vitally important that no more elderly dementia patients (with “do not resuscitate” orders) die, for the sake of the nation.
          (How this line of thought makes any sense is beyond comprehension…)
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        • I would be shocked if New Zealand doesn’t move to Level 3 next week. On the other hand, what will be the tangible differences between Level 4 and Level 3?

          Put it another way. If the level of business vitality before the start of the lockdowns was 100%, what has it dropped to under Level 4? What will it improve to under Level 3?

          Anyone hazard a guess?
          a. Economy vitality before Level 4: 100%
          b. Economic vitality right now at Level 4: _x__%
          c. Economic vitality at Level 3: _y__%

          I would like to ask our gentle readers to come up with their estimates of x and y above.

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        • Do we trust figures issued by our government?
          I suspect they are only marginally more accurate than the figures from China.
          Yesterday, I noticed that the MoH have a lengthy list of probable cases, many who appear to have been in that category much longer than one would expect ‘waiting for test results’.

          Every government in the world is massaging the figures.
          This might be to nobly contain public panic, or it might be to dishonestly disguise outright incompetence.

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          • So what is this “travel link”, that seems to ransom all New Zealanders.

            Ardern said,
            Currently in quarantine is 88
            Total combined of quarantined and in hotels 1189

            Then the all knowing ad-lib;-
            I do recall that several of our tests yesterday, they were positive tests of those people in quarantine.
            https://youtu.be/2bdTAQH1SYI?t=2759
            Should start on the 46 minute for the question and the answer ends on the 46 :29 mark.

            So that is counting recent imports into NZ, fortunately now in the belated quarantine.

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            • Aah the Travel Link.

              That means that while everyone knew there was a nasty virus drifting around the globe, our brain dead government did NOTHING to secure our borders, and allowed passengers to wander in through ports and airports from places known to have been affected, with out any scrutiny at all.
              Since every death so far has a Travel Link associated with it, that means our government is directly responsible for those deaths.

              Buck stops at the top Ardern.
              Everyone knew the Minister of Health wasn’t up to the job, and you’ve been covering for him since you appointed him.

              Now you and your shower of nincompoops have set the economy of New Zealand back by a generation.
              Resign bitch.

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          • Look at the details Steven Joyce is publishing on Linked In around infection rates and the correlation to testing as well as the low number of tests. He’s had to get the ombudsman involved because Labour is trying to hide the numbers from the public.

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  3. Companies still in the dark over Level 3 details, says former Business NZ exec

    There are concerns that the Government hasn’t been specific enough over Alert Level 3 and what it means for the business sector.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/04/17/business-nz.html?auto=6150074431001

    “The problem is always going to be what’s on the edges. Retail shops are closed, but is a panel beater a retail shop? I don’t know and they won’t know either.”

    Mr O’Reilly says over the next few days the Government is going to need to do more to work out these issues for businesses before the lockdown is lifted.

    He says wider clarification will be needed most likely on a “sectoral basis” to allow for businesses to move forward.

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  4. Coronavirus Lockdown Day 23 of 28

    Nothing to do? Find lack of stimulus a problem? Does the absence of motivation prevent you from showering or wiping your arse properly? Brush the toast crumbs off your pyjamas & follow Uncle Nasska’s advice.

    You’ll need a 2m x 1m sheet of bubblewrap & a pin!

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  5. Waikatogirl ,my neighbours son had a job as a builders foreman , a new ute every 2 years ,phone costs ,fuel costs ,unlimited private use of his ute etc etc , got the bad news yesterday that his bosses are closing down permanently when the job they are on now is finished.
    Work apparently was already dropping off before this CCP virus and they expect work to just stop for at least 1 to 3 years, very disturbing news as my oldest sons are self employed in the building industry as well ,thankfully neither of them have a mortgage…

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    • A friend’s daughter has just had her first baby. Her partner is a pilot at Air NZ. House with Auckland-sized mortgage. All good.
      Now he’s likely to be made redundant.

      How many times is this same storyline being repeated across this country?

      Put your hand up if you know a younger family who has lost one (or both) breadwinner jobs. This is going to scar the psyche of a generation in much the same way that the Great Depression permanently changed the attitudes of your grandparents.

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    • Does anyone at farmer-hating TV3 even know what that means?
      Have they worked out where the milk in their latte comes from?

      Do they understand Gypsy day – 1 June- or do they just wank on about that is wacist like anything else dumb journos do not understand?

      It is bad enough that public servants are on full pay with total job security while many are sitting at home watching Coro St or whatever they do; but it will ride my jocks right up my arse crack if these media bastards get a bailout.

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      • With a back log at the ‘freezing works’ that seems to be into months now, particularly for cull ewes, lambs, then cattle.

        All eating into what little grass reserves, that was expected to build up during autumn, plus any supplementary feeds like hay or silage.

        Some cattle sales arranged by agents, but sheep prices are disastrous.

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        • I farm in Canterbury in a relatively wet area and my grass is greenish but growth very slow, plenty of winter feed but 10K west its just brown stalks. The dry and Covid 19 are proving a perfect storm that The Queen St farming experts only recognise when their fillet steaks reach $100 a Kg. To appease the Gweens happy to reduce my Beefies by 50% and double the price of their meat so they enjoy the lettuce & carrots whilst I and my chosen friends BBQ some delicious Rib Eye.

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  6. Labour are still sneaking through their Prisoner Vote/Crim Hugging legislation.
    If you know anyone in the Media please DEMAND to know why this isn’t front page news? St Jacinda assured us that her Government’s only focus was stopping Coronavirus..

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    • The Parliament should be operational to allow opposition, such as it is, to all actions and decisions being made as part of ongoing legislative operations and the Covid-19 response.

      I do not accept the current emergency provisions are sufficient to have any public confidence when such unnecessary and unessential matters are proceeding.

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      • For those who watch parliament TV when it is question time there are lot of MPs in Da House but when the debating for legislation is happening (evening) there are often very few in the House.
        They were effectively social distancing anyway and only came in for a vote.

        The vote could be phased or electronic.

        These people are crap at coming up with solutions.

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      • An update. I just heard Nick Smith on Magic radio describing how the Justice Select Committee, chaired by Meka Whaitiri, is handling these reforms and in particular the prisioner voting matter. It is a disgraceful ramming through of legislation against the wisdom of the Electoral Commission and abusing democratic processes and principles. Nick Smith was measured and clear in his denunciation of the process and the Labour Government in taking an unacceptable approach to Electoral Reform.

        This government has form in this matter of abusing democratic principles. Nick Smith asks how can citizens have confidence in a government that does such a thing? Answer of course is you cannot have confidence if in one matter they have abused democratic process. Here they are at it again with Electoral Reform. Minister Little did not respond to two invitations from the Radio Station to join discussion with Nick Smith on the matter.

        Minister Little needs to be mindful his credibility depends on such matters being handled well and that is not the case at present. There is no justification for pursuing the prisoner voting legislation this close to an election and that is especially so during a pandemic emergency.

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      • The answer is the next National Govt repeals this and much other unecessary legislation – SIMON are you listening?announce it now and show up Angry Andrew as an incompetent evil r sole whose electors have rejected him. Remind me which union and union leader validated safety at Pike River Mine and who was going in first???????????/

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  7. W G, I sent a scathing email to the green parties parliamentary office yesterday asking them if they were feeling guilty about trying to close down our dairy farmers for the last 20 years,Im not expecting a response but may have plod knocking on my door for breaking hate speech laws…

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    • It shows how these idiots have not woken up to the new economic reality. These “nice to haves” are a thing of the past.
      But as Steven Joyce said in his discussion with Leighton Smith we are not at the start of a new economic period , we are just at the very edge of the start of it –or words like that. In other words the eyes of most will not have even started to open yet.

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  8. Some Wally’s want to import 50 rich pricks to NZ and give them citizenship!
    My answer is Kim Dot Com!
    Really, why would you inflict more of them on poor old NZ, haven’t we suffered enough!
    Can you import them and not give them the right to vote and form political parties?

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      • The guy’s idea, Pete was not selling land but getting them to invest in NZ companies. But it was all based on the premise that NZ eradicated the virus and we would be able to wave the flag saying “come here it is all safe”. Absolutely stupid in my view —even if it possible to eradicate the virus in NZ, it will almost certainly not be done overseas so what do we –close down the boarder permanently?
        Having said that there seem to be plenty who are climbing on board without thinking. KB enthusiastically endorsed it yesterday after reprinting most of an article by Fran O’Sullivan who thought it was all marvellous.

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        • A lot of wealthy internationals already have a NZ bolt hole in case of a world disaster, ie Yellowstone erupting has been an incentive for some in the USA to look for somewhere a long way away.

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  9. Coronavirus: Shopping strips may never be the same after COVID-19 lockdown
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2020/04/coronavirus-shopping-strips-may-never-be-the-same-after-covid-19-lockdown.html

    Expensive rents and a sales downturn meant the retail sector was already struggling – the coronavirus has only compounded that.

    And there’s no end in sight. Under the just announced level 3 rules, stores will only be able to open for delivery and contactless pick up.

    She said many retailers will likely start moving away from bricks and mortar, towards online sales where landlords don’t have the power to sink a company.

    “A lot of brands are going to restructure and look at how they retail and whether they need bricks and mortar shops to trade or whether they go completely online.

    “If you can’t afford to keep paying the rent and the landlord is not going to come to the party and you want your business to survive, and it has to survive in another way, then that’s all you can do.”

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  10. Telling business what they already know.

    Coronavirus: Retailers warned not to expect alert level 3 spending boom
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2020/04/coronavirus-retailers-warned-not-to-expect-alert-level-3-spending-boom.html

    But economist Stephen Knowles of the University of Otago us urging retailers to curb their expectations.

    “The point I’d make is that opening is one thing, but there’s a lot of people whose incomes have been cut quite drastically in recent times – either they’ve lost their job, they’ve agreed to a 20 percent pay cut or maybe they’re worried about whether they will lose their job,” he told Newshub.

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  11. Questioning the decision making

    Coronavirus: New Zealand should stay in level 4 lockdown ‘a bit longer’ – expert
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/04/coronavirus-new-zealand-should-stay-in-level-4-lockdown-a-bit-longer-expert.html

    However, Prof Hendy said on Wednesday he believes New Zealand, if not the whole country then some parts, should remain under alert level for “a bit longer”.

    “We’re still getting cases in the bigger centres – Auckland, Christchurch, and Southland – so I think those parts of the country should probably stay in lockdown for a bit longer, whereas other parts of the country, I think, could come out a bit earlier,” he told Magic Talk’s Ryan Bridge.

    “I don’t know if the Government’s going to do that – there are other challenges to doing it regionally.”

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  12. I don’t often celebrate anyone’s death but in this case I’ll make an exception.

    ……”An evangelical pastor who defiantly held church services even with Covid-19 rampant through the US has died of coronavirus………..”I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus. You can quote me on that,”……….AND…….”He controversially announced he was “in violation” of safety protocols and vowed to keep the church open, declaring “I am essential”, adding “I’m a preacher – I talk to God.”……..

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12324721&&ref=recommended

    The wanker put his simple gullible congregation at risk so he could talk up the bullshit & score brownie points with his non existent god. Idiots like this give arseholes a bad name.

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    • You realise that Netflix would pay big money for a screenplay of a scenario like this. In fact, I can picture a whole lot of Covid-19 Netflix productions:

      “Mothertruckers” (A convoy of women truck drivers must deliver a cargo of masks and ventilators to New York, while dealing with crises created by their estraged husbands and snowflake millennial children back home.)
      “One Flew Over the Pukeko’s Nest” (Kiwi Director Taika David Cohen’s latest file about the struggles of a rag-tag team of nurses to cope with a local coronavirus outbreak near their under-funded mental facility in South Auckland.)
      “Train to Wuhan” (A young American-Chinese reporter attempts to get to the bottom of the viral outbreak, while under the eyes of the sinister local security apparatus of the Party.)

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    • So funny.
      dead man walking says
      I talk to God.”…

      Nek minute:
      a job interview with God
      Where to from here; career options..
      … do you go to the cool place ot the hot place?

      O-sen above
      O for Awesome
      Your down under humour is first class.

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  13. The Japanese state of emergency (aka the voluntary lockdown) will be extended from Tokyo and the 7 other prefectures at present to the entire country, and will remain in force until May 6.

    Clusters are breaking out all over Japan, and the mass Golden Week vacations at the end of April are looming. (This is a holiday time where people jam pack themselves into trains and planes and cars and travel in a human wave all over the country.)

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  14. Superb communication training in CCP propaganda by Chinese ambassador. // 🙄

    Coronavirus: China did its best to quickly react to COVID-19, Chinese Ambassador to NZ Wu Xi claims
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/04/coronavirus-china-did-its-best-to-quickly-react-to-covid-19-chinese-ambassador-to-nz-wu-xi-claims.html

    Ambassador Wu Xi appeared on The AM Show on Friday in response to allegations from the United States that China wasn’t transparent about the virus which has killed nearly 145,000 people worldwide. US Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown was on the show earlier this week saying China wasn’t upfront and denied international experts access to Wuhan – where the outbreak began – for more than a month.

    Wu’s view, however, is that her country acted “swiftly” to learn as much as it could about the novel coronavirus and make decisions based on scientific advice.

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  15. Coronavirus: Alert level 3 ‘a lot like level 4 but with KFC’ – Judith Collins
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/04/coronavirus-alert-level-3-a-lot-like-level-4-but-with-kfc-judith-collins.html

    Judith Collins has criticised the Government’s level 3 lockdown announcement, echoing calls for a more Australia-like approach to stamping out the disease while keeping more businesses open.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday revealed what changes would happen under a switch from alert level 4 to level 3, which would allow more businesses to resume operations.

    National MP Collins, appearing on The AM Show on Friday, didn’t seem impressed.

    “It looks a lot like level 4 but with KFC, doesn’t it? That’s about it really… It doesn’t look much good for a lot of businesses, but there will be some who will be saying, ‘At least I can do takeaways.'”

    While Willy Jackson was insistent
    “Why don’t we celebrate how well New Zealanders have done in the last three weeks,” said Labour MP Willie Jackson, appearing on The AM Show with Collins via video.

    “I think it’s been a magnificent effort… We’re in a good place at the moment. We’ve got to manage this with a bit of care and listen to the experts.”

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    • I think the saying is Jesus wept with unbelief, at Willy Jackson’s take on things.No wonder liber have fucked the country when there are people like him in parliament. It is exactly like level 4 with KFC open, and bugger all else. Thanks Waikato Girl fore reminding us what absolute fuckwits are in charge at the moment. Not that we actually needed to be reminded, perhaps Willy thinks its all ok due to all the money that has gone to Maori.

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  16. Oh my word.

    Thought I’d have a look at the Teev this morning. I have not bothered since three weeks ago when bobby head and all the yakking heads were almost completely uninformative.

    My cheap rabbits ears ($4) don’t pick up TV3 when it rains – much of the time in Auckland
    (Where is that drought Watercare? )
    So I tuned into TV1 . 6.30am there was a rather attractive blond woman who spoke very clearly.
    That was actually good.
    Then some IHC twit came on. He could barely speak English and was bobbing about so much it makes Cindy OurDoom look like a wax statue.

    What an egg. Or maybe he has spasms as part of his raft of health issues and I am just mean.

    Is that the best state TV can do?
    Use ‘challenged’ people to front television shows at a time it would help to be informed as our economy and way of life is being crashed.
    Soon after the weather this IHC chappy started some rant I could barely understand. It was interesting the Blonde newsgirl and Jenny May Coffin were actually hiding their faces and giggling/eye rolling.
    Who would put such a clown on Television?

    I hope these TVNZ bastards do not ask for a bail out. They should not have blown 60 million on their building refurbishment when the budget was $30m.
    This alone forfeits any right to harass or query businesses in the private sector.

    On their TV guide I see Les Mills exercise programme for people on Home D at 9am.
    I guess Philip Mills’ donations of $60,000 to each of the Gweens and Labour got some payback.
    Nice!!

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  17. Tell me about your experiences with “stagflation” all those years ago.
    Do you think it will come back in the form of falling asset prices but rising food and fuel/power costs (exacerbated by a weakening $NZ).

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    • From the POV of a young bugger starting out it was difficult to manage but it had its upsides.

      The down was constant price rises. Every time you opened the mail something would be going up so budgeting was difficult. To compound the problem the unions used the effect of inflation on wages to call strikes at every opportunity. This blackmailed employers into paying more but a 4% rise, less tax is nothing compared with loss of a couple of week’s wages.

      But the up for those of us who got on the property ladder early was huge. From an old cottage with two mortgages in 1970 to a 10 acre block with a five year old house on it with one mortgage in 1977 was possible.

      Swings & roundabouts but stagflation is bad once you’ve retired.

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  18. Destruction of the British Family: Marriage Rate Falls to Lowest in Recorded History

    According to the statistics for England and Wales released by the ONS, marriage rates for unmarried men slumped to 21.2 per 1,000 unmarried men and 19.5 per thousand for unmarried women, the lowest in recorded history. In total there were 242,842 marriages in England and Wales in 2017, a decrease of 2.8 per cent from the year before.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/04/16/destruction-of-the-british-family-marriage-rate-falls-to-lowest-in-recorded-history/

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  19. One way for the government to reduce the surplus of people looking for work is to not renew the visas of those on “student visas” when they expire.
    Maybe the redundant Air NZ cabin crews can pick fruit in the Hawkes Bay.

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  20. EXCLUSIVE: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Drops New Bombshell — Bill Gates’ Coronavirus Vaccine Will Pay Out BILLIONS in Profits to Dr. Fauci’s Agency

    If you are one of the millions of Americans wondering why Dr. Anthony Fauci is vehemently cheerleading and praising a coronavirus vaccine for ALL Americans … Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says follow the money.

    https://truepundit.com/exclusive-robert-f-kennedy-jr-drops-new-bombshell-bill-gates-coronavirus-vaccine-will-pay-out-billions-in-profits-to-dr-faucis-agency/

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  21. Coronavirus: Economic damage from COVID-19 will be ‘very significant’ – Sir John Key
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/04/coronavirus-economic-damage-from-covid-19-will-be-very-significant-sir-john-key.html

    the world to weather the financial storm.

    “I think the economic damage is very significant because you’re really closing down half the economy if not more,” Sir John told the GOLFIZZ podcast.

    “Some people are working from home and doing things but out the other end will inevitably come companies that go broke, redundancies, all that sort of stuff – so it’s probably two or three years of working through a more recessionary environment.”

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  22. Wellington should require all councils throughout NZ to reduce rates to help cash-strapped NZ families. The councils should scrap social projects and focus on their core areas of water, rubbish collection, parks, that sort of thing.
    No more junkets jetting off around the world. No more expenditure on surveys to find out how much their citizens love them, etc.
    Strip them down to their bare essential functions.

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  23. by Pietro | 17th Apr 20, 11:05am

    To paraphrase Mark Anthony, the good men do is quickly forgotten, but their evil lives on. Now, Labour hasn’t done any evil, but the economic pain will be top of mind come September, while Covid, or at least it’s severity, will have be old news. Remember, the greatest Englishman ever, Winston Churchill, saved England from defeat by Germany, possibly even saved the free world, but was dumped by voters in 1945. Now that’s gratitude for you. All National need to do is find a decent leader. Bill English, can you hear me…

    Hat tip Pedro at Interest .co.nz

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  24. Meanwhile;

    France’s president believes the coronavirus pandemic will transform capitalism — but leaders need to act with humility.

    “We are all embarking on the unthinkable,” says Emmanuel Macron, leaning forward at his desk in the Elysée Palace in Paris after an aide has cleaned the surface and the arms of his chair with a disinfectant wipe.

    Until now, Macron has always had a big plan for the future.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12325475

    As a liberal European leader in a world of strident nationalists, Macron says he hopes the trauma of the pandemic will bring countries together in multilateral action to help the weakest through the crisis. And he wants to use a cataclysm that has prompted governments to prioritise human lives over economic growth as an opening to tackle environmental disasters and social inequalities that he says were already threatening the stability of the world order.

    But he does not hide his concern that the opposite could happen, and that border closures, economic disruption and loss of confidence in democracy will strengthen the hand of authoritarians and populists who have tried to exploit the crisis, from Hungary to Brazil.

    Macron bristled when asked if erratic efforts to curb the Covid-19 pandemic had not exposed the weaknesses of western democracies and highlighted the advantages of authoritarian governments such as China.

    There is no comparison, he says, between countries where information flows freely and citizens can criticise their governments and those where the truth was suppressed. “Given these differences, the choices made and what China is today, which I respect, let’s not be so naive as to say it’s been much better at handling this,” he says. “We don’t know. There are clearly things that have happened that we don’t know about.”

    Macron is especially concerned about the EU and the euro. Banging the desk repeatedly with his hands to emphasise his points, he says both the union and the single currency will be threatened if the richer members, such as Germany and the Netherlands, do not show more solidarity with the pandemic-stricken nations of southern Europe.

    That solidarity should come in the form of financial aid funded by mutualised debt — anathema to Dutch and German policymakers, who reject the idea of their taxpayers repaying loans to Greeks or Italians.

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  25. COLFO’s Nicole McKee on Level 3 hunting ban:

    Dear “Saggy”,

    I’ve spent the last 24 hours extremely disappointed with the news that the Government is continuing the ban on hunting under Alert Level 3. Based on the anger I’ve seen in my emails and on social media, I’m not alone.
    I could understand the ban under Alert Level 4 having already forfeited a balloted hunt scheduled for early next week. I am struggling however to understand the ban under Alert Level 3 when other activities with higher injury rates than hunting can go ahead.
    To put it politely, I don’t agree with the Government’s stance. It’s inconsistent and feels like another slap in the face from this Government directed at licenced firearms owners. We wanted to work with officials to show how many forms of hunting can be made safe. We could live with ‘hunt but only in your region’ – or ‘hunt, but you make take these precautions so that it is safe’. Instead, Wellington just said ‘stuff off, no hunting’.
    Mountain biking, for example, results in far more injuries than hunting – but I guess that’s the hobby for the politicians and bureaucrats who have embraced making decisions for us.
    A friend made the point that he feels safer going solo in the bush for a day hunt than going to his local supermarket. And for many, it’s not just a sport or a lifestyle, it’s a way of supplementing food and fulling the freezer. Four weeks at Level 4 can easily deplete the deep freeze. Many hunters need to refill.
    I had a call with the COLFO legal team this morning. The lawyers advised that they need to see the Health Act Order (the legal instrument of the ban, which has not been made public). But they expect that the Recreational Spaces Subsection is likely to exclude hunting to align with the COVID-19 website and Government announcements. As the Order is not yet available, many people are arguing on hunters’ behalf for the activity with limitations to be reinstated and not written into the exclusion section.
    This message is to let you know that we are hearing your concerns and are working behind the scenes as best we can. Not everyone in our Licenced Firearms Owners group are hunters, but a good number are. I’m not alone in my views. Many of your COLFO representatives are engaging with others on your behalf too. COLFO are also supporting our national bodies that hunt.
    We can’t let the continuous attacks on us by this Government divide and conquer our community. Whether you are a hunter or not, whether you use a firearm or not to hunt isn’t the point. And even if you agree with the ban, we should all be concerned with the lack of transparency around the decision making at the top level whenever it involves firearms or firearms sports. That is something that we all need to fight against.

    Take care.

    Nicole McKee
    Spokesperson
    Fair and Reasonable Campaign

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  26. The chief executive of Rotorua Lakes Council says the suggestion of pay cuts for its executive team would be “immoral”.

    On Thursday Geoff Williams affirmed he did not want to see salary reductions for the council’s executive team in light of the Covid-19 crisis.

    “I fundamentally do not support a call to cut pays for the executive team.

    “I am very fortunate to have around me an extremely committed, dedicated and hardworking executive team who are now working even harder as a result of the current situation.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=12325502

    Entitled Plus.
    Clearly lives in the same world as his mayor.

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  27. Obesity biggest controllable factor for COVID-19

    The Single Biggest Controllable Factor
    One of the largest studies conducted of COVID-19 infection in the US has found that obesity of patients – as determined by their BMI – was the single biggest controllable factor, after age, in determining whether those with COVID-19 had to be admitted to a hospital.

    “The chronic condition with the strongest association with [this] critical illness was obesity, with a substantially higher odds ratio than any cardiovascular or pulmonary disease,” concluded the study.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2020-04-13/obesity-biggest-controllable-factor-covid-19

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  28. Level 3 may last longer than you might think. (I hope I am wrong.)

    I suspect that “Level 3” will be tweaked in situ. In other words, we will not move so quickly from Level 3 to Level 2, but while in “Level 3” fine tuning and adjustments will be made. The state of Level 3 will change over time, but it will remain officially as “Level 3” for the duration.

    My gut feeling is that a nominal “Level 3” will continue for quite some time, ending in late spring as the government desperately tries to defibrillate the tourism, gaming, hotel and travel industries that have gone into cardiac arrest.

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    • you say
      ‘My gut feeling is ‘

      Yep, that is how the country is run(?)
      Feelz.

      By the by..
      tourism, hotel and travel industries
      are dog tucker for the next 2 years.
      They require international alignment.
      There is likely to be half the planes in the air in 12 month 1/Jan/20 compared to 1/Jan/21
      at best.

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  29. BOOM! Hilarious ‘Gun Letter’ Goes VIRAL And Liberals Are TICKED

    To the Editor:

    Today I swung my front door wide open and placed my Remington 870 right in the doorway. I gave it four shells, left it alone and went about my business.

    While I was gone, the mail gal delivered my mail, the trash man picked up the trash, a girl walked her dog down the street and quite a few of my neighbors drove past.

    Well, after about an hour, I checked on the gun. It was still sitting there right where I had left it. It hadn’t killed anyone even with the numerous opportunities it had been presented to do so.

    In fact, it hadn’t even loaded itself. Well, you can imagine my surprise with all the media hype about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people.

    Either the media is wrong, and it is the misuse of guns by criminals, or I have one of the laziest shotguns ever made. I must hurry off now and check on my spoons. I heard they are making people fat.

    Walter “Digger” New Shady Grove

    https://rightwingtribune.com/2019/03/20/hilarious-gun-letter/

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  30. DPF posted this. https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2020/04/academic_says_sock_the_rich.html

    I posted this comment which has “disappeared” “Phew the teachers are safe then . However, he can shove his opinion where Jacinda has hidden the sun”

    Really, that breaches posting guidelines?
    FFS. DPF has some prize twats doing moderation there.

    Now as we have more freedom here, to Simon Chapple, go and FUCK your self you slimy Commy CUNT.

    That’s better.

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      • Partly because there are still some very good people there, but my patience with the wankfest of moderation is wearing thin. I can understand it if I called Jacinda a fucking cunt. Its in the rules, don’t do it. But I don’t think my comment overstepped the line. I suppose I shouldn’t get worked up. It’s only a blog. I believe I have made valuable contributions to the discussion over the years, although I do snipe at some of the lefty twats that infest the place. I have now being accused of whingeing. Ah, fuck them, bigger issues in the world.

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      • The reason I post there is not for “that mob”, but because it is a widely read blog.
        Folks who sniff which direction political winds blow cast their eyes over comments therein.

        Don’t worry too much about the lefty deflectors…. although I do take it as politically significant when they turn out in force on a topic or an opinion that bugs them.

        Start using that blog for your own nefarious means…. Get in early when DPF posts up a new topic….
        Don’t waste time on Trolls unless you can clean them out in a couple of responses.

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    • There must be an urgent enquiry into who is receiving and is it really justified .
      Have been sickened by some of the largesse allegedly received by some who have never felt any pain.

      Cost / benefit or Koha

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  31. I was wondering how Kiwisaver would fit into New Zealand’s current economic climate and how accessing it could be a real challenge for those who are struggling.
    Or, have they already spent it?
    Oz.
    Greedy Labor hoards superannuation trillions

    I’ve had an “absolute gutful” with Labor Party MPs pretending they represent ordinary Australian workers, rather than their superannuation industry mates.

    First, superannuation belongs to members. They should be able to access it in times of acute financial stress, like now.

    Second, accessing superannuation will have minimal impact on a typical worker’s retirement income, according to the Grattan Institute.

    https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/04/greedy-labor-hoards-superannuation-trillions/

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  32. New electorate revealed, as raft of boundary changes announced prior to election 2020

    New Zealand’s electorates are now set for the next two elections, with almost half either altering boundaries or changing names.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/04/17/electorate.html

    Main boundary changes – North Island

    – Rodney, (now Whangaparāoa) includes Dairy Flat and Coatesville.
    – Helensville, (Kaipara ki Mahurangi), extends into Northland, Whangaparāoa and Upper Harbour – and the Waitakere Ranges now go into New Lynn.
    – Changes have been made to Mt Roskill, Maungakiekie, Manukau East and Manurewa for the new Takanini electorate.
    – A part of Maungarei/Mount Wellington moves into Panmure-Ōtāhuhu.
    – The new electorate of Takanini pulls in voters from Manurewa, Papakura, Wattle Downs and Takanini.
    – Whangārei and Bay of Plenty also are adjusted.

    Main boundary changes – South Island

    – The area of Brightwater goes from Nelson to West-Coast Tasman.
    – Selwyn loses Banks Peninsula to Port Hills (now named Banks Peninsula), and changes made to Ilam, Wigram, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch East and Rangitata.
    – Alexandra and Clyde areas go from Waitaki to Clutha-Southland (now Southland).
    – Otago Peninsula moves from Dunedin South (now Taieri) to Dunedin North (now Dunedin).
    – South Otago added to Taieri from Southland.
    – Invercargill expands into western Southland.

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      • Nass. Just got this sent to me.
        Instagram post 7 hrs ago.
        robertfkennedyjr
        Verified
        A New York Times reporter asked me yesterday about the “conspiracy theory” that #BillGates is developing injectable chip to store vaccine records. Here are the facts:

        The Bill and Melinda #GatesFoundation invested more than $21 million to perfect a “microneedle technology” that embeds, under the skin, a vaccination record visible by infrared light that can be read by a “minimally-adopted smartphone technology.” The technology will allow health officials to scan U.S. citizens to detect their vaccination compliance.

        A study funded by the Bill and Melinda #Gates Foundation and published in December 2019 by researchers from MIT, the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Gates-funded Intellectual Ventures Laboratory in Bellevue, WA, describes how “near-infrared quantum dots” will be implanted under the skin along with a vaccine to encode information for “decentralized data storage and bio-sensing.” Gates’ technology uses a tattoo-like mechanism to inject invisible nanoparticles subcutaneously. Gates’ researchers are now testing the implant with a vaccine against the #COVID-19 virus.

        The Gates-funded report boasts that the chip system will allow “house-to-house” compliance searches to be conducted by government enforcement teams with “minimal training,” and will “open up new avenues for decentralized data storage and biosensing.” The #MIT paper is titled “Biocompatible near-infrared quantum dots delivered to the skin by microneedle patches to record vaccination.” Gates began funding implantable tracking chips and ratio biotechnology in 2011 with a grant to TransDerm Inc. Gates is currently making multiple investments to develop different versions, including grants to Vaxxas Pty Ltd, Micron Biomedical Inc, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Vaxess Technologies Inc.

        I urge you to contact Bill Gates on his social media. Gently explain that tagging and tracking humans may appeal to his government cronies in totalitarian China, but those activities are inconsistent with American values and traditions.

        https://www.devex.com/news/interactive-25-years-of-gates-foundation-funding-95211

        https://micronbiomedical.com/technology/

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        • That is just so scary & they’ll likely get away with it.

          All they have to do is withhold the immunisation for the virus they have introduced unless the individual agrees to be tagged & the job’s done.

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          • The gun is being loaded. It hasn’t been fired.
            Gates is being bombarded on Instagram to the tune of 40,000 messages a day by pissed off humans.
            India kicked the shitbag out, after paralysing 100’s of children under the guise of trials.
            It’s hard to imagine how many poor woman have been sterilized too, in the name of science.

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            • B N,,,,GATES IS THE ANTICHRIST ACCORDING TO SOME AMERICAN EVANGELISTS .LOL.
              There is no doubt he’s an evil POS ,there are thousands of people in Africa,India and Asia that can attest to that fact and apparently many of them were forced to take part in his disgusting vaccine program.
              He’s a criminal but the US MSM love him so he’s safe,this creature has 20 to 30 heavily armed security guards protecting him 24 hrs a day.

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    • Capricorn@1821 and Nasska@1838

      Just don’t tell that to the several thousand Kiwi’s in Oz who get ABSOLUTELY NOTHING from either the ‘Grateful’ Australians or the ‘Oh so generous’ SLG!!

      They have no work as local businesses are closing, nowhere to go. can’t come back to NZ, are unable get any assistance from anyone and are essentially stranded.

      Noticeably, the SLG and the NZ MSM do not chose to concern themselves with such a minor matter.’

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  33. It is coming here as well. A Stuff article about a proposed Trust Circle card which is blue tooth enabled so everyone can be tracked for contact tracing purposes. It looks Kea has been right with his predictions.

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  34. Coronavirus: Northland MP pleads for ban on community roadblocks after Kaikohe couple ‘harassed’, ‘detained’
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/04/coronavirus-northland-mp-pleads-for-ban-on-community-roadblocks-after-kaikohe-couple-harassed-detained.html

    The MP for Northland is urging the Government to ban community roadblocks during the coronavirus crisis after being inundated with complaints of intimidation and harassment from his constituents.

    National MP Matt King acknowledges the checkpoints are “well-intentioned”, but says reports of negative experiences should see them outlawed in Northland and throughout New Zealand.

    King says they’re illegal, and is urging police to intervene.

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  35. I Knoiw I know this will hurt your ears, but do have a read. The entitlement and vitriol is as bad as it has ever been. When can we stop paying this woman and will she take a 20% paycut from the money the taxpayer hands her?
    The she beast leader of the world has had her day in the soup kitchen standing on the stool.
    doesn’t like Trumpy. Guess he just might read this and dump the rest of the UN funding and send them all back to Nigeria.

    Former prime minister Helen Clark says the coronavirus pandemic has landed on the world at the time of a “perfect storm” of weak leadership.

    And she lays some of the blame at the feet of US president Donald Trump who is throwing “temper tantrums” to deflect attention from his own failures, she tells Stuff’s Coronavirus NZ podcast.

    In an extended interview, the former leader of the United Nations Development Programme says global institutions should be doing more to help stamp out the virus and prevent an economic catastrophe like the world has never seen before.

    “Sadly, this horrific pandemic has arrived at a particularly low point for multilateralism, when the [United Nations] system has been under a lot of attack from some governments.

    We have a president of the United States who actively moves to de-fund and even withdraw from international organisations that he disagrees with.

    “It’s a perfect storm of weak leadership in places where you might normally expect people to step up and take on this challenge head-on.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/121079552/coronavirus-nz-podcast-trump-doesnt-have-a-clue-says-helen-clark?cid=fa

    As always she is a fucking disgrace.Perhaps she will move to Nigeria as well.

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    • Can’t the stupid woman see the hypocrisy in what she saying? On the one hand she says the UN and other global institutions should be doing much more to help with virus issue then she rubbishes President Trump for calling the WHO to account for not doing their job ?
      She obviously is not up to date —the head of the WHO has come out admitting there have been faults and there will be a review –that is, he is saying Trump is right.
      As for all the multiculturalism BS —even Merkel has said it has failed.
      She is living the past !!

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    • I read somewhere last night that if Bill Gates wanted to help the world and put his money where his mouth is, he could replace the US WHO funding and it would take 270 years to deplete his fortune.

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  36. Business are confused as the message from the CoL is not clear. I guess they will clarify issues as they arrive, which is how they have run the whole Covid-19 crisis. The CoL are winging it!

    Confusion remains as businesses prepare to reopen under Level 3 rules

    From quickly developing click-and-collect to innovative joint ventures, New Zealand businesses are quickly learning to adapt as they figure out how they might be able to operate under a potential move to Level 3 restrictions.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/04/17/confusion-remains-as-businesses-prepare-to-reopen-under-level-3.html?auto=6150207766001

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  37. The number of people who have bought into the media misinformation about Covid-19, and the fiction Ardern saved us, has caused me to lose all faith in humanity. There is no coming back from this.

    Maybe it’s worse where I’m living, in urban dwelling faux liberal central?

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