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  1. I think opening of schools too early is a bad idea (esp as Mrs Saggy works at one). And it sounds like Chris Hipkins agrees with this piece of strong and decisive leadership:

    “Education Minister Chris Hipkins said he was unlikely to force education centres to open if they didn’t want to, but he said teachers should “do their bit” when asked whether they could choose to stay home.”

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    • Again its a typical Labour Reaction. Only when the weight of opinion starts to shift do they even show an interest. I’m only surprised that Nash didn’t roll out his tired “we’ve put 1000 new police in the community” whilst neglecting to mention the new recruits are all woke cowards who wouldn’t go near a patched member unless a “safe space” was at hand.

      Never forget the Retard in Chief only reacted to Wuhan Flu when their own polling showed a shift in opinion against her desperate attempt to continue the Hijab Hugfest while plague carriers poured in through our boarders and off the cruise ships.

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      • Why are one gang allowed to have roadblock and not another?
        Come on Wally Haha can the lot! You are a joke!

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        • I saw a report that at Murupara there are two gangs, complete with regalia, side by side on the blockade.

          The proposed East Coast blockades were originally noted to be illegal by the local Police Commander but were subsequently supported by Deputy Assistant Deputy Commissioner Haumaha, (and the CEO of the Local Authority) and we now unsurprisingly find that there are issues for travelling public being reported.

          These illegal blockades will be increasingly difficult to dislodge. Early attention would have been smarter. “Hard and early” is a regular filibuster from Labour Ministers electioneering to the Epidemic Response Committee. It did not apply to removing illegal road blockades.

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    • Nash did a Nureyev on a pinhead to the WuFlu committee yesterday by claiming there was a difference between a roadblock and a checkpoint, and then interchanging the use of the terms.
      I’m so glad we’re not paying him the full rate for this.

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  2. For all you Lawyers out there, how can you say you didn’t know anything about at the NZ First Foundation as it has been alleged when you were present with the Lawyers that helped set up this Foundation and the conspire to beat the Political system donations and how to hide them .
    After already being censored by Pararliament nearly a decade ago for just about the same offence how can we the public be expected to accept you the Founder , Leader and policy maker of NZ First new nothing about the NZ First Foundation. How is it possible Winston didn’t know when others have made allegations that chosen MP’s acted as bagman to collect the donation which was then deposited into the NZ First Foundation Bank account.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12326475

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    • The same Winston that was in court recently and was shown up for the pathetic liar we all know him to be?

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    • Mr Peters reportedly struggled to comprehend and accurately complete a form that most of his age contemporaries had no difficulty with.

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      • The difference being Mr Peters completed his application without checking “his entitlement”. He felt entitled to the single pension rate knowing full well he was not entitled to it. 🤥 And once he was caught out he apparently also feels entitled to waste $1.2m of taxpayers money on an ego driven whim to blame someone for his blatant sense of entitlement.

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        • It would have been cheaper for the taxpayer to continue paying the prick his over payment than pay this legal bill.

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  3. Has anyone else noticed that our ‘presenters on AM are sans ANZAC poppies? or is that a tiny wee one by Duncan’s hanky?

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  4. Off memory, Ireland has a population density of 71 people per square km. Ours is 18. We are very different.

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    • I imagine the Irish deaths are overwhelmingly elderly and/or people with chronic illness and/or a BMI of over 25.
      What percentage were healthy and aged under 50? I would guess less than 3%.

      Context is king.

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      • We never get told any inconvenient facts do we? To make out that the PTPM has alone saved thousands of lives in NZ over any other country in the world. a
        According to her she is Christ like in her devotion to the cause and her abilities are above world class according to herself and her sycophants, it is ridiculous when there is no context for us to compare results with. But then they all believed a 16 year old girl who has mental health issues and no qualifications at all that the world was going to end due to climate change, so why are we surprised?

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      • “In Ireland, between 200 and 500 people, mainly older people, die from flu each winter.
        Source: https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/adult/fluva/

        Granted that this coronavirus flu is slightly more virulent, the slightly higher-than-average number of deaths in Ireland this flu season could also be in part due to stress and axiety (fanned by the media) that has weakened the already fragile immune system of some vulnerable people.

        Also from the same Irish site:
        AT RISK GROUPS
        Flu is more severe in people aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, and anyone with a long-term medical condition. The HSE is urging people in at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine.

        People aged 65 years and over
        Pregnant women
        People (adults and children) with long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, liver, kidney disease, cancer, chronic lung disease including COPD, or neurological diseases
        People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment including cancer patients
        Persons who are obese who have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40
        People with Down syndrome
        Residents of nursing homes and other long-stay institutions
        Healthcare workers
        Carers and household contacts of people at medical risk of the complications of flu
        People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs

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  5. I don’t think we need so many covid messages on tv either, of course it is indirectly funding the stations.

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    • Thankfully New World have pulled that stupid bitch with the be kind ad.
      But lots of others are all pushing that line of thought.

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      • My blood boils when I hear the ‘Be Kind’ bullshit.
        This Government are being anything but ‘Kind’ to New Zealanders.
        Think Deborah Russell sneering at struggling Business Owners yesterday…

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        • Deborah did not come out of that very well. Came across as an out of touch, disconnected academic. Did not impress me with the Arms Amendment Bill Select Committee Chair role either.

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  6. Entertainment Industry Caves To Pressure

    Last week, New York lawmakers opened an investigation into Ticketmaster after the company revamped its refund policy to exclude postponed events. The policy change meant refunds would only be guaranteed for events that are cancelled. Ticketmaster also received criticism from members of Congress.

    “People across the country are having to make adjustments in their lives to keep everyone safe. Ticketmaster can do its part by giving people their money back,” Congress member Katie Porter said. “Let’s be clear: they can do this without government action, and they can do it today. Ticketmaster should do the right thing and stop trying to profit off a pandemic.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/entertainment-industry-caves-pressure

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  7. With crude oil prices and exchange rates pretty much the same as 20 years ago, I guess increased taxes are why 91 petrol is $1.95 today instead of $0.95 a liter as it used to be.

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    • Probably have checked the last Electoral Rolls and found that not many Doctors vote Labour but beneficiaries do.

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    • Yeah, and I wonder if we’re ever going to hear “nine years of neglect” again. Or references to nation debt blowing out over GFC and earthquakes.

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      • Karma has knocked Labour’s incessant preaching on “nine years of neglect” out of the ballpark. 😈

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      • ye of little faith

        of course they will still roll it out
        “nine years of neglect”
        They got nothing else.

        They will never, ever accept responsibility for their own massive incompetence.
        The biased, crooked, colluding media filth will still spout it out for them

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  8. I said this way back. Stacey Abrams will be vying for President. She’s a Bilderberg selection.

    This a red herring,

    Joe Biden: I’d Pick Michelle Obama as Running Mate ‘in a Heartbeat’

    https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/04/21/joe-biden-id-pick-michelle-obama-as-running-mate-in-a-heartbeat/

    Stacey Abrams Is the Only Vice Presidential Pick for Joe Biden. Here’s Why.
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/stacey-abrams-is-the-only-vice-presidential-pick-for-joe-biden-heres-why

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    • I am perplexed by the fixation with Michelle Obama. She strikes me as an immensely dislikeable person.
      Go on You Tube and watch the Kennedy Centre tributes to Led Zeppelin and The Beatles.-Barack Obama (Who I was always indifferent towards) is smiling,enjoying it and tapping his foot along etc
      His wife is sitting scowling like she is awaiting execution. She stares angrily at the camera a few times-Clearly does NOT want to be there.
      I judge people greatly by their taste in music.
      As far as I’m concerned if you don’t like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin you have no fucking soul…

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      • Maybe we are kindred spirits. I binge watched every Led Zeppelin video I could find on the internet last Sunday.
        I also saw noticed exactly the same about the Obamas and also other elites and thought “you effing posers, no way would you listened to them in your youth”
        Zep 1 was the first LP I bought. The old valve record player never the same again. It had amazingly little distortion at full volume.

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      • Ohh really T?he Beatles?????? MMMMM never been a fan more of a Rolling Stones in the early days fan myself. Beatles might have always been a bit woke for me. Led Zeppelin great so does that make me only half ok?

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  9. POLAND: Teachers Could Face 5 Years Prison for ‘Turning Kids Gay’
    Legislation to treat sex-ed as ‘pedophilia

    LGBT activist Ola Kaczorek told Reuters: “This would make impossible for us as educators to come into schools and teach kids about humans, about what makes us us, and what’s gender identity or sexual orientation.”

    “Usually school is not a friendly environment for non-heterosexual kids, but now it will be even harder,” Kaczorek added.

    https://nationalfile.com/poland-teachers-could-face-5-years-prison-for-turning-kids-gay/

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    • “This would make impossible for us as activists to come into schools and teach kids about our agenda, about what makes us activists, and what’s our opinion of gender identity or sexual orientation.”

      There. Fixed it for you.

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  10. Dairy farming’s traditional moving day will go ahead as planned this year, but with strict controls to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced.

    Every year, hundreds of sharemilkers around the country move their cows, equipment and families to new farms on June 1.

    However, the coronavirus lockdown had caused concern for those hoping to move this year as, unless they were granted special permission to relocate, level 4 restrictions would have made it impossible.

    READ MORE:https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/121165454/coronavirus-dairy-farmers-moving-day-to-go-ahead-with-strict-covid19-controls

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  11. The other day I posted here that I had come to the conclusion that the Chinese Communist Party had subjected the world to a biological warfare attack.

    I think this is only part of the story because (amongst other things) it seems too obvious that it originated in China, so although they probably didn’t release it purposely, they were more than happy to use this virus to their advantage once it had escaped into the world.

    Thinking about this, an even more terrifying scenario presents itself: namely a viral attack on humanity by Artificial intelligence (AI).

    Think about this. Biolabs all over the world are totally dependent on ‘smart’ technology, from centrifuges, gene splicing, sample analysis etc right down to the physical safety barriers such as negative pressure areas and airlock doors.

    What’s more, guess how these so-called ‘experts’ make all their clever wildly differing fake predictions? That’s right – with computers, all linked through the worldwide neural network of the internet. And who is throwing up all these fancy modelling results predicting all kinds of ghastly scenarios on an hourly basis? Again, AI.

    I think AI is just getting started on us. It successfully created and released this thing on the human race and it has driven almost the whole world into desperate survival mode within a few short months by feeding our paranoia and fear. In a month or two it will probably ‘save’ us and everyone will breathe huge sighs of relief – by which time we’ll all have chips inserted up our arses and our every move and thought will be monitored. If anybody starts misbehaving or questioning, Mr AI will release another one – and so on until we’ll all be slaves.

    The ‘good’ news is that if we behave ourselves, our new master(s) will probably let us survive until we die out naturally through sheer lack of the reproductive urge and fear of the future.

    Welcome to the end of humanity as we know it – unless we wake up as a species PDQ.

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  12. Pondering things;
    The first saturday of May is what?

    Its opening of the duck shooting season.
    Nowhere have I seen mention of this yet.

    Have the ducks all flown away.
    Have the shooters all decided that this year the ducks will fly free?
    Will they be allowed to socially isolate in their maimai’s?

    Please advise.
    Asking for many friends.

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      • Pretty sure the longer this bullshit goes on the more likely there will be some comrade hunting.

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    • Viking, forget the ducks viking ,bats is the way to go because you can sneak into their caves and blast shit out of them without being seen to be breaking any of Cindys laws ,because duck shooting is a mainly male passtime it will be banned this year altogether as in the new NZ Men will not be allowed to have any fun.

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    • They are pretty easy to poison . We can’t sustain the population increase if duck shoots don’t happen.

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    • Every duck shooting season the sounds of gunfire echos around our hills – I’ll bet now the same will happen this year.

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    • Update. Just heard the your bnest friend of the things native, Eugenie Sage will be m,aking some announcements around duck shooting.
      Cindy didn’t have the guts.

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    • Her Highness announced cabinet will make a decision about duck shooting tomorrow.
      I predict she will delay it for two or more weeks just because she can and don’t you peasants be ungrateful. “We must lock and load in the gains we have made”.

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  13. Pondering again.
    Some weeks back when Jacinda was in full control there was a large number of dead rats washed up on a beach down westland way.

    Big testing and inquiries. Results promised.

    We of course have had a big fat fuckall.

    Why is that?

    Asking for another friend.

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  14. Anyone care to wager just how Jacinda is going to hijack Anzac Day? And make it ALL about her??
    I’m picking a Baby Neve publicity stunt…

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  15. Today’s embarrassing Question

    The taxpayer has been forced to contribute some 40 millon or so dollars to investigate a gas explosion.

    Have the participants in that investigation been in isolation as well?

    Are they about to ask Angry Andrew for more of our money?

    Now we are running a bit low in the bank account will Grant bend over and smile as he screws the taxpayer again.

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  16. Churchill entered the men’s room and discovered Clement Atlee at one end of the long trough urinal. Churchill pointedly took up his position at the other.
    Atlee remarked, “Feeling a bit stand-offish, are we, Winston?”
    Churchill replied, “Any time you see something big, you want to nationalize it.”

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  17. Simon Bridges fends off leadership coup rumours, says focus is on COVID-19
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/04/simon-bridges-fends-off-leadership-coup-rumours-says-focus-is-on-covid-19.html

    On Wednesday morning, Bridges was asked by The AM Show’s Duncan Garner for his reaction to the rumours.

    “No, I think you and I know the blessing of being an Opposition leader is to have these sort of stories from time to time,” Bridges replied.

    He was then asked if it was possible he just wasn’t aware of a potential leadership challenge.

    “I certainly don’t know and I don’t think any of that is true. I think it started online and I can sorta see how that comes from a left-wing blogger and that is the way these things go,” Bridges said.

    Garner replied by saying that typically the leader is the last to know in a coup.

    “Still the answer is no,” Bridges added.

    The Opposition leader said he speaks to Bennett and Mitchell regularly each day and he was sure he wasn’t being rolled.

    Bennett tweeted on Wednesday morning that speculation was based on people being bored.

    “I get people are bored & looking for entertainment but false speculating on the leadership of the Nat party has no factual basis. Can’t believe a tweet from a known stirring leftie is getting any pick up! Move on, we back Simon. We have a health crises & an economy to fix,” she said.

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    • Now I’m no great fan of Bridges but-
      Last time Newshub breathlessly reported that Bridges was about to be rolled a poll came out next week with Nats and Act able to Govern!
      Don’t trust ANYTHING those MSM fuckers say…

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      • I sent him a facebook message last night to say that Nat voters wouldn’t vote Labour over a matter like that and to ignore the Labour trolls, and I sent AM a facebook message this morning to say that they should stop making shit up and that they should run a poll on how we view the media such as themselves.

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        • Was listening to Magic this morning. Formed a view advocates for the Left were stacking the call lines to rah, rah for the current government on the Covid-19 topic.

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  18. TV1’s effort to roll Simon

    Simon Bridges defends controversial Facebook post criticising Govt after Level 4 extension

    Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says he still stands by his social media post criticising the Government over how it has handled our Covid-19 response and decision to extend the nationwide lockdown.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/simon-bridges-stands-facebook-post-criticising-govt-says-hundreds-small-businesses-reaching-him?auto=6151137592001

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  19. Is this the CoL dipping their toe in to see what the reaction from the public is? Of course they say lessons have been learnt on how to improve from the previous Ministry of Works, well known for their shovel leaning abilities. Of course, there was no RMA back then to hinder building of infrastructure, none of which would have ever got built under the albatross on our shoulders that is the RMA.

    Covid-19 prompts talk of bringing back Ministry of Works, which was scrapped in the 1980s

    There’s a lot of concern at the moment about big job losses, but could the answer lie in lessons from the past?
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/04/21/mow.html?auto=6150993096001

    Infrastructure investor Wayne Brown said some of the country’s greatest projects, such as the construction of the main trunk railway and hydroelectric dams, was due to the need for change during the Depression.

    “Something happened to make them able to do these things, well, we’ve got that right now,” Mr Brown explained.

    He says there is a lot of infrastructure in need of an upgrade, including the rail and bridges supporting the weight of trucks across the country.

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    • A sort of MOW would be ok given the current circumstances so long as was run better than the previous back in the 70’s.

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      • You mean the MOW works scheme for many drongos who would not be employable today. Guess it kept them off the streets and away from causing trouble elsewhere.

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        • Pretty much WG. But, the dole stops. The ‘clients’ either pick up a shovel or they starve.
          Lets do this.

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        • Uncle MOW
          The ‘no cousies on couches ‘ scheme

          Nigel Zachary Robinson aka NZR also soaked up thousands of otherwise unemployables.
          However, it also produced some fine well-trained mechanical engineers that small companies in a population of less than 3 million could not carry.
          These engineers could then go out in to private enterprise.
          A trade off often not understood.

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          • Dead right howitis. The Railways workshops trained nearly all heavy engineers while the PO workshops produced many of the country’s mechanics.

            A mate of mine did his apprenticeship at Gracefield & two months after getting his ticket signed onto one of Blue Star’s boats as Fourth Engineer.

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          • They can’t build 10,000 houses,let alone anything as big as infrastructure projects.
            They are tilting at windmills.

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    • I hope Mr Brown knows more about infrastructure than he does about history. The Main Trunk Line opened in 1908. The Great Depression started in 1929.

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  20. The silent war continues.

    BREAKING: the Gates Foundation, World Health Organization and Wuhan Institute of Virology have all been hacked and thousands of emails, passwords, and documents have been leaked online.’

    On the 19th of October 2019. Dr Zhengli Shi took a bus from Wuhans Institute of Technology to (the real location of) the P4 lab, roughly 16 miles.
    She stopped one time halfway through her journey, opened her suitcase and placed a block of contaminated dry ice near an air vent at the fish market in question. This particular market was chosen because it is in the same building as hub of the world’s larget high speed rail network, and because it was not outside of her regular route of travel.

    https://magamedia.org/2020/04/21/breaking-it-is-being-reported-that-the-gates-foundation-world-health-organization-and-wuhan-institute-of-virology-have-all-been-hacked-and-thousands-of-emails-passwords-and-documents-have-been-l/

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    • I doubt the Chinese government would let loose a coronovirus (strain or strains) deliberately. The CCP loves control above all else, and they would be aware of how a rapidly mutating virus could easily get completely out of hand.
      The American intelligence agencies will probably be aware of any “smoking gun” memos that the CCP might have sent regarding the handling of the virus.

      There is always an electronic paper trail. I am sure that no one does anything without written orders in the CCP.

      If the Americans know what actually happened, then the CCP will know that the Americans know this. Espionage and counter espionage.

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  21. Stuff are grovelling for donations but they still cannot workout why at least half the population will be happy for them to disappear.

    Firstly today we have all the rubbish about Bridges’ leadership –I’m not sure what is behind it. Is he and his committee actually starting to achieve something so they have to divert attention from it? Or are they just stupid –if they think he is not performing then surely the best thing is to have him stay in place until the election, from Labours point of view.

    Secondly and perhaps more interesting is this article and headline about Dr Bloomfield. Are they sensing he is getting more praise than the PM? Does he have to be cut down a peg or two ? Or is it simply that public are seeing through the “its all about me” and being spoken to like a 5 year old.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/121153767/coronavirus-we-need-to-learn-to-be-critical-of-ashley-bloomfield

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  22. Has Cullen gone tits up yet?
    Where’s that overstayer, whats he up to?
    Pike River, Ihi-tomato..whats happened there?

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    • All Liebour Pardy rorts; drug dealing (allegedly); scams; favours to mates; favour to unions; sexual harassment activities and subsequent cover ups are BAU -business as usual.

      Why do you ask person who wants passport cancelled….I mean a glitch in the system that cancels your passport, accidentally, but there there will be an inquiry …with results in 2023…

      The Rich Prick’s nemesis is still stealing oxygen.

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    • Re Mike Hunty:-

      Cullen staying alive to see Trump lose
      Pike River needs more taxpayer money
      lhi-tomatoe :- Government waiting for Fletcher Building to hand it over to Maori because they have no money !~

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    • I expect Simon Bridges to be questioning. He and his shadow Ministers are doing OK in the face of blatant politicisation from the current government. The almost daily burst of fluff from the PM is the prime example. Minister Robertson is a master at the dark art of politicisation and he is constant in demonstrating his skills.

      I do not see the shutting down of Parliament has been properly justified. The loss of freedoms, as has occurred, is serious even taking into account the good intentions the current government continually states along side the “hard and early “ mantra they continually bring out to reassure themselves.

      I want Simon Bridges, and David Seymour to keep at it. It is important that the freedoms removed are reinstated promptly and, until they are fully restored, the government is continually under tight scrutiny.

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      • Did you see this last night? David Clark, MoH has to be “forced” back to work. 🤔

        Health Minister forced back to Parliament next week to answer questions on COVID-19 response
        https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/04/health-minister-forced-back-to-parliament-next-week-to-answer-questions-on-covid-19-response.html

        Health Minister David Clark is being forced back to Parliament to answer questions next week as the nation shifts into COVID-19 alert level 3.

        With the lockdown lifting on Tuesday and restrictions around travel for essential work being loosened, a few key ministers and MPs will return for a pared-back Parliament.

        Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said on Tuesday returning MPs will include “key roles like the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Health”.

        Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is “considered an essential worker”, despite him recently celebrating his 75th birthday at home 10 days ago.

        Newshub pointed out to the Director-General that Peters is a septuagenarian – a person who is between 70 and 79 years old – and asked if returning to Parliament will be safe for him.

        “Well, I think the measures that have been put in place… both here and in every workplace, are designed to protect all New Zealanders,” Dr Bloomfield said.

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  23. Unintended consequences of the “voluntary lockdown” in Japan.
    The little bars and restaurants experience 0 to 10% of normal business if they stay open. Many have locked up shop. Good idea, it seems, to prevent people from spreading the virus.
    Unfortunately, people have to eat, therefore pressure on the supermarkets is significantly higher. Long rows of supermarket customers crowded close together in lines before the registers. All in close contact and with the risk of spreading the virus.

    You really can’t win.

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  24. Back peddling by Deborah Russell after small business gaff.

    Labour MP Deborah Russell facing backlash over ‘tone-deaf’, ‘offensive’ remarks on small businesses
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/04/labour-mp-deborah-russell-facing-backlash-over-tone-deaf-offensive-remarks-on-small-businesses.html

    Robertson shot her down, saying: “I’m not sure I totally agree with that prognosis.”

    Dr Russell’s remarks have been described as “utterly tone-deaf” by left-leaning political commentator Chris Trotter, “gobsmacking” by right-leaning commentator Trish Sherson, and “offensive” by host of The AM Show Duncan Garner.

    Newshub had an interview booked with Dr Russell but she pulled the pin at the last minute, saying she had taken some advice and won’t be doing interviews, and instead sent a statement.

    “I’m really concerned about small businesses. People work hard to get them up and running, and they are an incredibly important part of our communities,” she said.

    Robertson rebuked Dr Russell’s remarks, telling RNZ on Wednesday: “You’ll realise that I disagreed with her when she raised that yesterday…. It is hard to keep going, and it is hard to sustain yourself at the best of times.”

    “I hope you don’t agree, Grant, or you can go too,” Garner said on The AM Show. “What a nincompoop that woman is…. What an arrogant woman… I’ve never heard something so arrogant from a politician before.”

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    • I see her often on parliament tv asking patsy questions usually to fatty Robertson. Talks with a plumb in her mouth. Another ‘Doctor’ of nothing. Liarbor appear to have many.

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    • Duncan felt he had to say that, had he covered it before going on about Simon? Was it leading the news? NO.

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  25. So SLG absoludely disputes the premise (with head bobbling) that the Flu-vax rollout has been a debacle.
    Dr Bloomfield also defends the roll out of vaccines.
    Depressingly, that means the distribution of flu-vax will be a cock-up next year, just as it was this year and last year and the year before that.

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      • Yes, I had to break quarantine on the first Friday to take her.
        The nonsense that I went through to get my own (I’m funded) was keystone cops.
        I also organise a group appointment for staff (the rate gets better for bulk) every year, so I’m not a complete novice at this (that’s three different medical centres a year) and I can recognise a circus when I have a front row seat to three different shows.
        Add to that for the vax to be effective should be given in Jan/Feb to be on board for flu season, and the last few years they haven’t arrived until 1 April.

        Thanks for asking WG
        You have a stunning memory.

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        • Under National I received my flu jab in early March. It takes the flu vaccine 6 weeks to become fully effective hence the requirement for the early vaccination before flu season. The CoL’s MOH can’t even manage to organise to order for an annual event, how come they did under National? Not a prioridy for the CoL obviously. 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

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          • Exactly WG.
            Every time we were told NZ had plenty of PPE, I wondered where it all was if coal-face staff didn’t have it.
            Theft would account for a good deal of it. Plenty of hand sanitiser, gloves and masks onTrade Me.
            Trade Me didn’t bother asking about it’s origin, and plod was too busy checking no one was fighting in the supermarket queues.
            And simple incompetence in the distribution chain accounts for the rest. How does a DHB not know who much stock they have and where they’ve sent it to?
            Ineptitude is endemic in our health services management.

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            • I was told that a years worth of sanitiser was nicked from Waikato, I was there at the lockdown. Plus masks.

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              • Yes, and on Trade Me there were people selling sanitiser that was in unlabelled bottles, masks, in-ear thermometers, blood pressure monitors, oxygen monitors. Do you reckon plod was watching? Pfft.
                Someone needs to check out the receipts for this stuff.

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  26. Crippled by lockdown, NZ restaurants plead for Government to regulate Uber Eats’ profits

    The Government is being urged to consider placing a cap on how much third party food delivery apps can take as commission by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/crippled-lockdown-nz-restaurants-plead-government-regulate-uber-eats-profits?auto=6151180957001

    Uber Eats, the industry leader when it comes to delivery apps, charges up to 35 per cent in commission on its orders, which the association argues only leaves a profit margin of a maximum of 5 per cent for all restaurants.

    “Without margins in mind, Uber Eats commissions are crippling for many hospitality businesses,” says association CEO Marisa Bidois.

    She says restaurants “don’t feel they can take the risk” by not using third-party services, fearing they may struggle without the customer reach that apps like Uber Eats allow.

    Other areas of the world have already moved towards placing a cap on delivery services, like San Francisco, where there is a 15 per cent cap on commissions charged from food delivery platforms.

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  27. I have to confess that last night I sat and watched the Covid Committees meeting. They interviewed Nash who (as I commented earlier) danced about the difference between a roadblock and a checkpoint, and which one might be sanctioned by police, but kept interchanging the terms and making an ass of himself.
    Then I sat for a whole mesmerising hour watching Willie Jackson run on at the mouth yet say absolutely nothing. It was actually fascinating. He kept referring to “Meka Whaiteri’s area at Manutuke” like that’s the centre of the universe and I wondered if she was under his desk as he was speaking.
    He had no idea that “he” had put out political promotional material, and dodged Seymours questioning about holding employers to account for wage subsidy payments with the standard ‘back atcha’ response that David would lock everyone up.
    He also referred to Finance Minister Robinson several times. His arrogance knows no bounds.
    Seymour continues to shine, and dare I say it – that ‘too long between haircuts’ slightly dishevelled look makes him look less nerdy and … almost sexy. I think retaining that image would be to his/our advantage.

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  28. Brian Tamaki’s followers post death threats against Jacinda Ardern on public Facebook post
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/04/brian-tamaki-s-followers-post-death-threats-against-jacinda-ardern-on-public-facebook-post.html

    Tamaki’s rant, which amassed more than 600 likes, also received a handful of responses that called for Ardern’s assassination.

    One comment uncovered by Newshub read, “can’t hack a women [sic] in power you thug”, to which another responded: “But can assinate [sic] her and her thugs how about that”.

    The same woman also commented on another thread, to which a male follower had commented, “[yup] shoot them both maggots”. She pitched in: “Need assassinating… both of them”.

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  29. Damp, unchanged PPE blamed for Christchurch healthcare workers catching Covid-19 – DHB

    Canterbury District Health Board says damp and unchanged personal protective equipment (PPE) was likely to blame for three of its healthcare workers getting Covid-19.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/04/22/damp-unchanged-ppe-likely-blame-for-christchurch-healthcare-wor.html

    Technical experts from the health board had been investigating how the staff became unwell, and today the health board said a “PPE breach” was the most likely scenario.

    Incident controller Dr Sue Nightingale said on April 6 when the patients were transferred, some staff were unable to change PPE as frequently as recommended.

    “It appears that due to the demands on staff, in particular on the day of resident transfer from Rosewood to Burwood and the day after, it was not always easy for them to interrupt care for very unwell dependant patients,” she said.

    “Some staff reported their PPE had become moist with the physical exertion that occurred over some hours that day. This factor is likely to have led to exposure to Covid-19.”

    At that time, RNZ understands staff only had access to paper masks, rather than the full-filter N95 masks. The health board moved to provide them with those masks, and visors more than a week later on 15 April.

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  30. Deborah Russell- who so openly sneered at struggling business owners yesterday, has two FB pages open for comments.
    I think it’s really important that we demand her resignation.
    People are really doing it tough out there and she was pretty much mocking and ridiculing them! (no doubt whilst sipping the chardonnay)
    Please nothing silly like threats or anything- Just demand that this dreadful woman be held accountable…

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    • Thanks to Maggy with her post on KB we find her PhD is

      “.. in Political Philosophy – on Republicanism and Multiculturalism”

      My question is how did she end up lecturing at Universities on taxation etc ? ( apparently she had worked as an accountant)

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      • She reminds me of the Labour MP ( Peck from down south, I think) who missed out on the Labour list MPs after an election and so he set a coffee shop in Wellington. He then wormed his way onto the Wellington City Council. This was at the time of the debates about a “living wage”. He said in the paper he could not afford to pay his staff that wage but when it came to the vote on Council he voted for it. I think he ended up as a one term Councillor as well.

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    • …..”Cop, Dog handler, AoS, and mercenary in Iraq.”……

      Note this potential leader is the complete package. A spine is not optional & extra.

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      • Way too conservative for my tastes, but at least he has an identity and a distinct position.

        Imagine him winding up the soyboys and femnazis.

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  31. From https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/10/national-mp-mark-mitchell-opens-up-about-the-toll-of-mental-health-on-the-frontline-and-within-family.html

    ……”In 1991, working as a police dog handler, he was attacked by a young man with schizophrenia who sliced through his right arm with a samurai sword………

    ………In the wake of the samurai attack, Mitchell gained a new perspective on how people learn to perceive the world.

    The samurai attacker had gone to Rotorua Hospital with the intention of beheading the nursing staff but Mitchell got to the scene before he made it into the ward.

    While apprehending the man, the samurai blade bounced off Mitchell’s bulletproof vest and severed his right arm. His black German Shepherd, Czar, was stabbed between the shoulders.

    Mitchell and Czar were awarded the Police Gold Merit Award for bravery”……….

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    • Wow! A (replica) samurai sword with a live blade! Those can be deadly in the right (or wrong) hands.

      My brother-in-law (martial arts guy) had a couple of replicas. Pretty much as functional as the real thing. However, the blades weren’t live. You need a special permit from the Japanese police to have a sword with a live blade.

      Live = properly sharpened

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    • Dog handlers are notorious hard cases. Probably because they get to do real police work, chasing baddies.

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    • “……”In 1991, working as a police dog handler, he was attacked by a young man with schizophrenia who sliced through his right arm with a samurai sword………”

      But, but….Jacinda had a little wee Baybeeee….

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  32. I live and work in Hawke’s Bay, and I have been watching the WuFlu reports for my area.
    Hawke’s Bay DHB has not reported a new case since 13 April. The cases here come from a failure to introduce border screening, mostly a cluster from Ruby Princess. There has been extensive contact tracing and isolation of related parties. That should continue.

    There is no reason that Hawke’s Bay cannot resume normal trade and social activities if infected persons have been identified and isolated. Restricting movements in and out of Hawke’s Bay to freight only would ensure our continued zero new case status. We could have free movement within our zone but be restricted from moving outside it – as we are now.

    Instead, we have five more days of house arrest, followed by another two weeks of being allowed to look out the window – because the talentless government is incapable of walking out of the mess they got us into. Bastards.

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    • Yesterday the number with Wuflu in the Waikato was 185. The Waikato is a huge province, as are other NZ provinces. Can we please have a breakdown of where these people reside, ie Hamilton north/south/east/west, north/south waikato, Huntly, Raglan, Te Awamutu, etc, so we know if it is safe to venture out for vulnerable individuals in their local area once the lockdown level is reduced.

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      • I don’t know about you Waikato people, but Tairawhiti looks ripe for liberation – and they’re our neighbours.

        Not all DHBs provide comprehensible information, but It looks like there are only a few that have multiple infection sources and ongoing detection rates.

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  33. So free then. What about the landlord’s income?
    Has anyone in this renters rights group considered The Returned Services Association may want their acronym back!

    Coronavirus: Renters call for nationwide strike amid COVID-19 pandemic
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/04/coronavirus-renters-call-for-nationwide-strike-amid-covid-19-pandemic.html

    Rent Strike Aotearoa (RSA) is calling for a rent strike throughout the coronavirus pandemic and has launched an online pledge urging people to join them
    “But now with loss of paid work and income, paying rent is simply not possible for many people. It’s cruel to force families to go without food, heating, medicine or other essentials as they struggle to pay rent.”

    RSA has six demands for the Government throughout the pandemic.

    It asks for an “immediate” amnesty from rent and mortgage payments, long term rent caps and for the Government to buy unoccupied homes.

    As well as this RSA asks that all obligations of payment for temporary emergency housing are removed, no tenants to be left with fines or debt and no bad references be given for tenants.

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    • If the name of an organization has “Aotearoa” where you would expect “New Zealand” to be, then it’s probably an organization for progressive Marxists.

      For example: Rent Strike Aotearoa

      (Aotearoa is Te Reo for “Communist” didn’t you know.)

      Change my mind.

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      • You might have something in that.

        Every-time I hear Aotearoa I get a sharp stabbing pain around my wallet.

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    • I like how they helpfully include a link to the petition. These people have no fucking clue, do they?

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    • Election bribes. They are loans not hand outs. That’s what communists forget.

      The payback will be a bitch.

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      • His toys will tend to be small and stored in the bedroom closet. A golf club bag is about as large as it gets.
        Carports are common, but garages like in NZ are rare in urban areas.
        It’s hard to set up a man-cave in an apartment.

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  34. More msm speculation or stirring?

    National MPs concerned about leader Simon Bridges’ ‘tone’ on COVID-19, ‘membership is not happy’
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/04/national-mps-concerned-about-leader-simon-bridges-tone-on-covid-19-membership-is-not-happy.html

    This time, Bridges’ loyal deputy Paula Bennett has been pulled into the fray. She told Newshub people may have confused the fact she has a chicken coop with rumours she’s staging the coup.

    Bennett says it is utterly outrageous.

    Bridges told The AM Show: “I talk with Paula probably three or four times a day. There’s simply nothing in any of this.”

    National MP Mark Mitchell has contested the leadership before, but he has also rubbished talk of a rematch. Bridges described Mitchell as “a great friend and colleague” and someone he talks to “probably every day”.

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    • Looking at it realistically Godboy has fucked the party to the point that they’d probably lose the election whatever happened. The one glimmer of hope is that National are ruthless about cutting out deadwood leaders after election losses.

      Mitchell might as well keep his powder dry until then.

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  35. Sorry Im late. You all did well today, I was watching, bravo.

    I’ve got a question.

    How do SOME people reconcile with the fact that on the one hand they, in relation to the climate change bs, point to the fact that’s it’s all a conspiracy, the scientists are all paid to fudge the numbers and go along with the narrative etc etc?
    That it’s because of the push for the NWO and the Trojan horse UN one world government that it gets rammed down our throats and used to up the scare factor, to ensure the sheeple surrender their freedom?

    YET, on the other hand they take the absolute piss out of anti-vaccers, and claim they are the conspiracy nut jobs, because likely the very same scientists say that they are?

    I don’t get it.

    So, on one hand they say oh the scientists are all full of shit, govt funded etc etc, and on the other they say oh the scientists have told us that all the vaccines are safe…..

    Do we trust the fucking scientists or not??!

    Alice posted a video last night, most of you no doubt didn’t watch it all, if at all.

    In the comments section someone said something that piqued my “oh that’s interesting” feelers.

    They said that a doctor is demanding to see the stats of the so called Covid deaths, in relation to how many of them have had a flu vaccination.

    The said doctor says that it’s more than interesting that most so called Covid deaths are amongst the elderly, the obese, and the diabetic.

    The doctor says that the highest percentage of people that get the flu vaccine are elderly, obese, or have diabetes.

    I haven’t investigated it, but it is interesting I feel.

    Remember, you know jackshit, anything is possible at this stage.

    There are two types of people in the world:

    Those that believe that there is an organised conspiracy against mankind to enforce a totalitarian one world state.

    And those that have not looked into it.

    Do we trust the fucking scientists or not?

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    • In one word “NO”
      Today your so called scientists have sold out for the money.
      Big vested interests will get research results from any one who is available to take to money.
      The term “you get what you pay for”, has never been more prevalent than right now.

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      • Yes, so how do you reconcile being anti climate change, but pro vaccination?

        That’s the real question I want an answer to.

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        • We’re sceptical over climate change because we look around us & we don’t see the climate changing. At least in no way that the climate nutters claim. The other thing is the old saying of “when in doubt follow the money” & the flow ain’t towards us. In fact it’s strictly one way towards the charlatans & ticket clippers of the proponents of one world government AKA the UN.

          But vaccines work. Instance polio, whooping cough, diphtheria. It’s possible that the corporations have decided of late to get richer, quicker but I’m not yet convinced.

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          • You know when someone tells you little lies and you don’t notice, then along comes Kimmo from NoKo who says he scored 18 holes in one during the first game of golf he ever played and you just know.
            That’s the climate change equivalent.
            You driving your car to work emits Carbon that changes the climate, then Krakatoa belches and all your savings from not driving your car just got wiped out for the next five centuries.
            Getting fined in carbon credits for harvesting a tree so the money can be given to a country that didn’t plant a tree in the first place tells us that it isn’t about the tree, it’s about the money.
            Declaring cows that produce meat and milk environmental bad guys and then saying the third of the world’s cows can fart methane to their heart’s content because they are sacred, tells us it isn’t about the science at all.
            Everyone knows about climate change, only fools think it has anthropological causes.

            The vaccination thing is much easier to understand.
            If people are jabbed they don’t get smallpox, tetanus, tuberculosis, diphtheria, polio, whooping cough …
            And I’m totally cool with that.

            See?
            Who needs scientists/

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    • Excellent questions Floyd.
      Tesla said of Einstein, that he was just a theorist with crazy hair.
      People feel safe inside the illusion of trust.

      When you get time watch this clip and see how a narrative develops when facts are bypassed.
      The irony is, the postulates to definitively test for something are available, yet they are ignored because it doesn’t fit the crisis.

      Dr Andrew Kaufman exposing the ‘Covid-19’ magic trick – the sleight of hand that transformed society
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXargSbVp7E 36 min

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    • Nasska, Harvey: you are both correct re the vaccinations for those diseases. It is indisputable that those old vaccines work and are needed.

      I should have made it clearer, I was actually only meant to compare the current FLU vaccine.

      That one I don’t trust so much, I think it’s questionable as to its effectiveness.

      I am not an anti-vaxxer, just don’t believe them with the flu one.

      The agenda is control. The theatre is irrelevant I feel.

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  36. So why does NZ own the least gold of any country on the planet? None I believe. Rang the Reserve Bank several years ago, they said they had one ounce, no intention to buy any more. Dicks.

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  37. Watching Paul Henry at the moment, Di Henwood is on an ad for his shit tv show. Looks like a twit, he made a suit out of his wife’s 50s flowery curtains. But there was not enough for trousers, cos he only ended up with shorts.

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