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  1. Why was this story by Guyon Espiner removed from News sites not long after it was released.
    Government preparing for 300,000 new benefit applications – leaked documents.
    Leaked documents show the Ministry of Social Development is preparing for a extra 300,000benefit applications in response to the expected tidal wave of unemployment created by COVID-19 Pandemic.
    RNZ has received documents and emails which show the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) bracing for a massive increase in welfare applications.
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/in-depth/415906/government-preparing-for-300-000-new-benefit-applications-leaked-documents
    A couple of days before this was released they published the March quarterly figures showing unemployment at 4.2 %, but on these figures it is likely to rise up to 16%.
    https://www.stats.govt.nz/indicators/unemployment-rate

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  2. We are all being saved by Andrew fredo Cuomo ,he’s getting together with Google,Bill gates ,and Bloomberg to come up with a tracking app that will only be used until the CCP virus is controlled.
    If you believe that shit I’ve got an honest Ardern to sell you or a clone of Hone Hariwera that loves Pakeha.

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  3. this is what I like to see.

    Have New Zealanders been confined to their bubbles illegally, according to the law?

    Former parliamentary counsel and law drafter Andrew Borrowdale is putting the question to the test, asking the High Court to rule lockdown level 4 and 3 illegal. He is arguing that Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield exceeded his powers.

    “It looks like some of the powers that have been relied on really may be more focused on making a requirement in relation to named individuals. And just to be clear, that’s not a slam dunk. There’s room for different views on this, and it may or may not succeed in court.”

    It matters for two reasons, Geiringer said.

    “The first is that these are some of the most extensive coercive powers ever to be exercised in this country’s history.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300006753/coronavirus-was-covid19-lockdown-legal-professor-claudia-geiringer-explains

    On a related issue, Parliament’s Epidemic Select Committee has announced plans to summons a variety of officials before the committee and wants to see all the legal advice that was given to the government and police about the lockdown.

    “I personally think it’s quite improper of the Epidemic Response Committee to try to require that advice to be disclosed. It’s also very short-sighted of Simon Bridges because he seems to have momentarily forgotten that he might find himself in government one day.

    Except in normal circumstances much of that is shared between the executive of the opposition. John Key involved Labour in the CHCH earthquake information and a lot to the public.
    Cindy has simply said get fucked to everyone but her cabinet mates.

    And despite well paid never emplyer types thinking she has done a good job employers have a different view.

    Not my PM. never will be just a lying head nodding tart with no integirty.

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    • I wish someone with the ability would also challenge the legal standing of checkpoints made by people other than police.

      Plunkets interview yesterday had the iwi jerk saying what they were doing was legal.I say bullshit .
      To me it is such a serious issue and if it is not challenged /clarified there could be future ramifications as these groups will be emboldened by what they have got away with.
      Even John Tamihere supported the illegal stops and was quite arrogant about it.

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    • I have a firm view it is very proper of the Epidemic Response Committee to question government actions. I reject the Prime Minister comment accordingly.

      Simon Bridges and his colleagues on the Committee are doing a good job of questioning and they should continue to do so. David Seymour is also good and playing a good part in questioning. Not convinced the parties from the Coalition should be there attempting to blunt the questioning role the Committee has.

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  4. There is a bout one month to go until winter really starts to bite on the Mainland and I have been looking at where to take the off season break. I had even looked at airfares for 2 weeks in the BOP or BOI since Fiji seems off the cards. Given the harassment of illegal checkpoints I have decided BOP or BOI are off the table and I need to find somewhere on the the Mainland, maybe Blenheim/Nelson. If I am lucky I may get to the Sunshine Coast but that depends on the whim of the PTPM.
    There are quite a few thousands in the same position as me, just waiting to see what happens over the next few weeks so we can take some annual leave .

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      • Working. I had a few days off to get business sorted to operate and operating under the current environment is hardly profitable, I am lucky to be in a better position than some other poor buggers.

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        • Same here. I have been going to work most days, getting ready for our next big burst of activity in July. Start of a new Kiwifruit season is a very busy time for me.

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  5. Coronavirus: Top law firms repay millions in unneeded wage subsidies
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2020/05/coronavirus-top-law-firms-repay-millions-in-unneeded-wage-subsidies.html

    Simpson Grierson has returned its $2.3 million payout, which it applied for based on a forecast drop in revenue. It said it is now forecasting a smaller impact and repaid the subsidy on Monday.

    MinterEllisonRuddWatts said it is also performing better than forecast and repaid its $2 million payout on Wednesday.

    Bell Gully said it will also give back its $1.8m payment, following a decision by its board.

    Audits are being done on the businesses which have received subsidies that total $10.5 billion.

    The government said the vast majority of businesses have been playing by the rules – but investigations are ongoing.

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    • The question missing in this (I know, that’s the problem with kids interviewing Facebook passing for journalists) is was this done voluntarily before it made the media or was it as a result of media exposure? There is a big difference in intent between the two.

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    • Our poor media; so in thrall to our Liar in Chief that they miss:

      * Exchange rates
      * Our imports are up 7.7% compared to our exports up by 3.8%
      * Our trade surplus dropped nearly 20%

      But the bit that really fucked me off. Our farmers are doing amazingly well. And in that report the media laud them; the same media, bought and paid for by the same useless liar that has been harping on about how farmers are harming the environment, how evil they are, and who have used them for the last 3 years as a political whipping boy.

      Spin the planet a bit faster so it looks more like Cindy is doing a good job, eh?

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      • Egonomics? What’s that? We don’t do egonomics but we’re kind so here’s a hug.

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      • I was talking to a friend who sells large quantities of seafood to China yesterday. All is going well, market is good, catches going well and airfreight rates are unbelievably good. None of this has anything to do with the Government.
        I hope the meat guys are capitalising on what looks like major increase in beef prices in the US.

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  6. PLEASE MAAAM,PLEASE MAAAAM,I’ll KISS YOUR RING IF YOU LET ME GO FISHING, PLLEEEAAASSSE.
    And all these years I figured it would be a Kaumatua down at the local marae id have to beg to so I could go fishing with my grandkids,how life has changed in NZ ,we are now waiting for a get out of jail card from an emaciated,pale creature who’s total business experience is a fish and chip wrapper.
    How the F- -K did we get into this situation ,Oh yes the drunken gnome PETERS.

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    • I’m trying to remember how to sail. In our marina I’m not even allowed to work on my boat. Bastards.

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      • It’s these ridiculous rules that don’t have any basis in safety that voters will remember in September when they vote.

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        • I’m not convinced. The voters that are facing those types of issues are people like us. Smarter than a sheep, own something of our own and reasonably independent.

          I suspect we’ll will be outweighed by the voters that are seeing helicopter money being dropped on them, are thankful for the welfare state giving them money when they’ve lost their jobs and will be looking at the promises Ardern makes on UBI and otherwise boosting their income levels.

          She’s captured a few hundred thousand voters with her handling of this pandemic and she has the media carrying her on their hands.

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          • I agree Pascal.
            The informal Newshub poll the other day asking if we should get out of Level3 now,or next week as planned or have it extended resulted in 30% voting for an extension, when I looked. Clearly all the scaremongering, propaganda has worked.
            Now I see a headline saying Ardern thinks we will stay in Level 1 until there is a vaccine !! (has she been talking to Gates and his merry men ?)
            What her Level 1 means is anyone’s guess because they are making up the rules as they go along.

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      • Pilots, boaties, divers and others who have to operate complex systems and follow exacting procedures have probably grown a little rusty over the last couple of months. “Currency” is important.
        All you amateur pilots out there had better take it in baby steps when you have the chance to get back into the air.
        I hope we don’t see a rash of accidents as people jump back into their complex activities after not having done them for a couple of months. The same goes for all you gym-goers. You will be shocked at how you have back-slid and how heavy those weights have become.
        Take it easy! Don’t injure yourselves.

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      • Tarquin,Im extremely lucky to have our boat on our own marina at the back of our house, I’m extremely unlucky to now have multi millionaires living on either side of me as the area has been discovered by the uber rich, our house has been in our family for Four generations and although it is a nice place it looks a little out if place within all the mansions going up around it.LOL.

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        • You should see Marsden Cove now days, I think you have to prove you have a large bank balance a trophy wife and a European car just to get on the waiting list to get in.

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          • I’ve got two of those three. Can I join?
            I will leave you to work out which two………

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            • I’ve got the Northland trifecta – boat, ute and dog. As they say, if it’s got tits, tyres or a propeller it will give you trouble.

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              • A businessman I know once told me, “If it flies, floats or fornicates, rent it!”

                Not heeding his own advice, this same fellow loves ocean racing. As another friend told me, “Ocean yacht racing is like standing under a cold shower and tearing up $100 bills one after the other.”

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                • O….sen
                  Some wit made an observation years back about them yachts moored up at Westhaven…

                  “9 months of the year, the shags are shitting on them and the other
                  3 months of the year, the shits are shagging on them”.

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    • Just wait- When Saint Jacinda of Te Aroha does let you go fishing again she will beam her toothy smile, strike her Mother Theresa pose and say ‘This is your reward for being a good little subject’
      ‘Am I not a fair and just ruler’??

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    • Most of them would never have been in any business, happychappy. Not even a fish and chip shop !

      That article is just a lot of academic buzzwords, which actually says nothing worth thinking about –it is just claptrap.
      If AirNZ is a still a domestic oriented airline with a large international freight component in 1 years time then it will be stuffed and NZ will be down with it. Also if it is the case, that guy will be lucky to still have his job because the Universities will have had to shrink to 1970 levels.

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  7. The Americans are re-thinking their supply networks and pulling away from China. Japan is also encouraging its companies to pull out of China and is happy to assist the Americans in the supply of components.

    China is surrounded and is being isolated one step at a time. I guess this means New Zealand will be drawn even closer to China. We certaily have enough ethnic Chinese with bilingual capabilities to fully coordinate the New Zealand end of the raw material supply chain.

    If it were me, I’d rather not tie up too closely with a huge fascistic state. Our natural major allies in are the US, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan. I think New Zealand should work more closely with them.

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    • No country especially China, buys our products because they want to be “kind” to us. Our Food is and will always be in demand.

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    • O-sen.
      You must have watched sky news Aus last night.They were saying virtually the same.
      There is a danger NZ will stay with China instead of looking at alternatives working with our allies.

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      • In the past, New Zealand has always chosen the quick and easy way. This bodes ill for our future.

        We will likely move closer and closer into an orbit around the Middle Kingdom.

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    • Odakyu-sen

      Sorry I cannot agree. All this talk of moving away from exporting China is rubbish, in general terms.
      Yes I agree that countries should move away from just relying on China for “strategically ” important things like key medicines such as antibiotics etc. but our food products and other products will still be sold to China.
      If Taiwan or the Phillippines could buy more of a produc,t at the same or higher prices than China the market diversification would have happened well before now (if for no other reason than to leverage higher prices out of China).

      Wiseowl —the Aussies are not going to be able to sell their key, current export products , coal and iron ore to many other markets in the short term. If the Greens / lefty activists allow Australia to harvest the rainfall in Northern Australia and unleash the food production potential in the area then yes , supplying Asian countries with food products is possible but until those objections from the chardonnay socialists are smashed it will never happen.
      An example : I know an Australian guy who manages a huge flower growing business ( mainly roses) based in China. All the produce is sold in Australia. When I asked him why they do not do it in Queensland or northern NSW he said ” we’ve been up and going here for 5 years, if we had tried to do it in Aussie we would still be sitting in meeting trying to get through regulations”
      In China they pay good wages and there are regulations they have to meet as well but they were not time consuming or insurmountable.

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  8. In the month or so of the lockdowns, some 2,000 New Zealanders have died as per normal. That’s 2,000 families and lots of friends and relatives who might not be viewing the government so favorably for its excessive and clumsy handling of this whole sad debacle.

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    • Since the lock down no one has died as per normal.
      Heard today of another elderly person (99) who died in the company of strangers while the family was locked out. The family who are unable to organise a funeral until the government grants them permission.

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    • I would have thought after labours dirty little deviants all the political paries especially would have been looking at this closely.
      I would expect some membership resignations at the least to come out of this!
      All organizations and clubs need to look closely too!

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    • I hope they act on this and show Labour how you handle allegations correctly. From the reactions from the Young ACT leadership it looks like they are taking it seriously, not pretending that sticking your hands down somebody’s pants, fondling them or kissing them is “drunken behaviour” rather than unwanted sexual assault.

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      • Sean Plunket was asking if this is for real? He says if the girl has a complaint then she should take it to the police, don’t just make vague allegations via Twitter without backing them up with a police complaint. He smells a media beat up and intends to investigate this over the next few days. Are some getting worried about Act’s rise in popularity?

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  9. WG ,She has nothing to worry about the greens will see her as overqualified for a slot in their party, all the lesbians will understand her feelings and welcome her into there coven.

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  10. A surveyor is in Paris assessing the fire damage to a famous cathedral. As he is checking the bell tower he noticed an old paper bag on the floor. He looks inside to find very stale cheese baguette.
    He turns to the priest who has been guiding him around and shows him his find.
    “Ah, yes” the priest says, “We’ve been looking for that for ages, it’s The Lunch Pack of Notre Dame”

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    • Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame is actually one of my favourite books!
      I love a protagonist with a twisted back story…

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    • Jesus. A non-deterministic, bug-ridden pile of shit. And *that* is what fucked our world?

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    • Ross12, have you started delving through the code yet? I’ve been reading the GitHub issues and there’s some interesting discussion around thread safety and such. I’m blocking out some time this weekend to work my way through it.

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      • I’m not an IT person Pascal but I was able to get the gist of what the review was saying.
        I would be very interested to see what you are able to get out of it in the weekend.

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  11. Now the legal advice of Crown Law has been leaked – why are people still complying with Arderns unlawful abuses of power?

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    • In general, I’m complying with Arderns unlawful abuses of power because they suit me.
      I like working from home, and having demonstrated its viability to others, will continue to do so as much as I can. I won’t be sending the small person back to school until absolutely compulsory, as the minimal work set allows ample time for wide reaching education to take place. And I like not having to deal with unannounced visitors.
      Like everyone else I need a haircut, and have shopping lists for the garden centre and the hardware store that can wait until I don’t have to queue. I agree the restrictions are outrageous and have considered civil disobedience, but don’t have the imagination. Do I break into the hairdressers and cut my own hair? Elbow my way to the front of the queue at Mitre 10 and hug the cashier?
      If you have some ideas for how to not comply with Arderns abuses of power, do share.

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        • In our area, Council has decided we have to make an appointment to use the rubbish dump. What do you think might happen now?
          The recycling bins are closed because someone might touch the very bottle you drink out of during your civil disobedience rally.
          You bastard. //

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  12. FFS… it’s back to bloody school with teacher telling us how to suck eggs.

    Pity she has to read from notes prepared by her think tank.

    How stupid…

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  13. With safety measures cafes and restaurants are able to reopen and you are now allowed to visit family and friends.

    She does go on and on…

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  14. I am absolutely DISGUSTED that the Government didn’t stock up on hindsight as soon as it became apparent that hindsight would be the only way to respond properly to this crisis

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  15. What does this mean? Is the annual government budget postponed? Sounds like a pile of gobbledegook to fit whatever eventuates.

    Budget 2020: Government’s original priorities ‘put on ice’ to prioritise ‘1-in-100 year shock’
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/budget-2020-government-s-original-priorities-put-on-ice-to-prioritise-1-in-100-year-shock.html

    The Finance Minister has announced that the Government’s original Budget 2020 priorities have been “put on ice” to prioritise the “1-in-100 year shock” to the economy caused by COVID-19.

    In a pre-Budget speech on Thursday, he said most years the Budget represents the end of a process that began six months before, the “sum total of the Government’s economic action plan” for the year ahead.

    But Grant Robertson said Budget 2020 will be “just one staging post in our fight against, and recovery from, COVID-19”, and he has not shied away from the seriousness of it.

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  16. The COL must be the worst Government of New Zealand by such a long shot.

    This outfit are the worst and Walter Nash’s one term Liebour Govt in 1957 to 1960 were pretty bad and chucked out pronto after one term.
    Now Walter Nash’s Gt Grandson has done Grandypop a favour by being a Minister in a Govt that is so bad it makes Walter’s Govt look posdively radiant !

    The irony of the other Post on YSB today on the 600 grossly underutilised campervans is that the COL have finally provided more accommodation than they ever did under ‘Kiwibuild’
    It is a prime example of throwing money at a problem with no clue.

    The event of the last eight weeks is a true low water mark for our Public Service.
    They are all on full pay with complete job security- unlike the private sector who produce the country’s wealth.
    And yet their actions have been – for the most part- deplorable.

    The Ministry of Health under Bloomfield has created a track record that may never be worsened.
    MOH has come up with BS data(?) over COVID19
    Their data (?) re projected deaths is so exaggerated I am surprised they did not call it COVID 198075 !!

    Immigration handling has been appalling.
    The ‘border controls’ in the second half of March would have been better run by a 10 year old.
    MBIE leaves a lot to be desired but always has.

    As usual IRD has remained well run. That is the Dept that brings in the money so has to be efficient.

    We citizens of NZ have been let down by a foursome of:-
    -A vindictive undemocratic Coalition of Bastards
    -substandard performance in the public sector
    -a completely useless media (fourth estate my arse; they are an extension of the PTPM’s Dept)
    -dodgy cops going after decent citizens but allowing thugs to continue illegal activity and now led (?) by the pinkest chiffon blouse ever -Coster. Old Gideon Tait will be spinning on turbo in his grave.

    The performance by Public Servants looks like it has been run straight from Yes Minister.
    The last 2.5 years have been a disgrace.
    -NZTA remains shocking but may well get more projects added to their roster to go with Transmission Gully.
    -An inability to produce a Census when these have been done for thousands of years and (mainly) 5 yearly in NZ.
    -The lies by Gabriel Makhlouf last year show they simply don’t care about telling the truth any more.

    If you look around you will find a lot of these people are foreigners and mainly Brits straight from – you guessed it – the homeland of Yes Minister.
    This virus of incompetence has also infiltrated Local Authorities/Councils esp with a lot of shit useless Poms.
    This is the virus that should be eradicated.

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    • Thanks Alice. Scary that Utube censors are so afraid of the truth they remove opinions of those who are qualified to speak but allow “expert” shysters like Neil Ferguson to run amok with his dodgy and downright false “modeling” stats. 😡

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  17. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Grant Robertson is signalling that we should be investing in a communal bottle of lube, because this one is going to hurt.

    There are few times in life when the clock is reset. Now is the time we should address these long-term issues.

    Oh oh …

    We will be running operating deficits for an extended period and allowing net core Crown debt to increase to levels well beyond our previous targets.

    {tucks wallet away}

    In the midst of the crisis and our desire to return to a sense of normality, we should all acknowledge that things weren’t perfect before Covid-19 hit us.

    {gets up and locks doors}

    Budget 2020 gives us the chance to begin this rebuild, better and together.

    {draws curtains; switches off the lights}

    This means we’ll have massive debt, hardcore wealth-redistribution and anybody earning more than a welfare wage can expect to be in trouble.

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    • We are so deeply fucked.

      Meanwhile the collective masses succumb to Stolkholm Syndrome.

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      • Many of the compliant are enjoying the enforced taxpayer funded holiday. Why would they vote to return to work??? How many will go directly from lockdown to the dole as a result of redundancy due to business being restructured or closed.

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        • Cue Universal Basic Income announcement to collect more votes (maybe even in the budget).

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          • You are correct Pascal. Robbo has stated he wants more input from the state. 😢

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    • What happens when they can’t tax the rich pricks enough to pay for the state sector and welfare? And the rich pricks decide it’s just not worth the effort working for the left-overs.

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      • An old one, but still a favourite of mine.

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        Let’s put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

        The first four men — the poorest — would pay nothing; the fifth would pay $1, the sixth would pay $3, the seventh $7, the eighth $12, the ninth $18, and the tenth man — the richest — would pay $59.

        That’s what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement — until one day, the owner threw them a curve (in tax language a tax cut).

        “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20.” So now dinner for the ten only cost $80.00.

        The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six — the paying customers? How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his “fair share?”

        The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would end up being PAID to eat their meal. So the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

        And so the fifth man paid nothing, the sixth pitched in $2, the seventh paid $5, the eighth paid $9, the ninth paid $12, leaving the tenth man with a bill of $52 instead of his earlier $59. Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free.

        But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. “I only got a dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man who pointed to the tenth. “But he got $7!”

        “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man, “I only saved a dollar, too … It’s unfair that he got seven times more than me!”.

        “That’s true!” shouted the seventh man, “why should he get $7 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

        “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

        The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night he didn’t show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered, a little late what was very important. They were FIFTY-TWO DOLLARS short of paying the bill! Imagine that!

        And that, boys and girls, journalists and college instructors, is how the tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore.

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  18. Wasn’t it nice of “Judith” to email Cindy last night!
    I wonder if “Judith” is lawnmower supplier?
    So she gives out her email as well as her mobile phone number!

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    • Who is Judith?.. sorry I don’t watch the liebr party promotion so not sure what this is about

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  19. Socialist Cindy has no interest in those who earn the money that pay the taxes. They are of no concern when she is funding “families in need.”

    Jacinda Ardern avoids ruling out tax increases to fund COVID-19 debt in question time clash with Simon Bridges
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/jacinda-ardern-avoids-ruling-out-tax-increases-to-fund-covid-19-debt-in-question-time-clash-with-simon-bridges.html

    “The Prime Minister avoided the question, describing it as “bizarre”, and suggesting it was inappropriate to ask during a time when the Government is “doing everything we can to support and increase the incomes going into families at this 1-in-100 year event”.

    Bridges asked the Prime Minister to rule out increasing Kiwis’ personal income tax to help pay for the Government’s COVID-19 debt, which has so far reached $20 billion with more expected next week with Budget 2020’s release.

    Ardern did not rule it out. She criticised the previous National-Led Government for wanting to “bring in tax cuts that would have disproportionately benefited people in this House” – an apparent nod to the tax cuts cancelled when Ardern came into office.

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      • Cindy doesn’t take her own advice “be kind”. She was spitting vitriol and sarcasm across the House at Simon who was doing his job as opposition leader. Thank goodness for social distancing! 😷

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    • you say
      ‘avoids ruling out tax increases to fund COVID-19 debt ‘

      That will be her ‘signal’ like she ‘signaled’ smashing Oil and Gas exploration..

      then this will become… ‘told ya so’

      did you not read between the lines ? //

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  20. As I said above, is this a legit complaint or a threat to Act due to its growing popularity with a looming election?
    (Sean Plunket was asking if this is for real? He says if the girl has a complaint then she should take it to the police, don’t just make vague allegations via Twitter without backing them up with a complaint to the police to investigate. He smells a media beat up and intends to investigate this over the next few days. Are some getting worried about Act’s rise in popularity?)

    ACT considers investigation into sexual harassment allegation in youth wing

    The ACT Party is considering launching an investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment from the party’s youth wing.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/act-considers-investigation-into-sexual-harassment-allegation-in-youth-wing

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    • Yep and it needs to be clear, transparent and released to the public unlike that other party.
      They were sly, sneaky and secretive and to think he was employed by the PM in her office!

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    • Worth considering that ‘Paid Activists’ are an actual thing on the Left.
      A good little Comrade would be willing to go undercover for a year or so to bring the enemy down….

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      • George Soros would pay well.

        remember just over the ditch in Australia that the filth of All Jizzera had paid activists for two years inside Pauline Hansen’s ‘One Nation Party’
        Also an extremist far right party like ACT’
        Source: Buck tooth Betty Gower //

        This came out last year during- and for a few months before – the election.
        So it was very recent.
        Entirely plausible.
        There is no depth that these bottom feeders will not descend to.

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  21. I was talking to a friend earlier who is an experienced geologist. He started to seriously read up on all the AGW stuff about 12 months ago and during the lock down decided to write an article for the Geological Society magazine pointing out 4 basic errors in the IPCC report, from a geologist’s point of view. He got a reply from the editor ( a University academic ) saying something like –“you have not demonstrated any ability with models” !!! That is how low things have become in academia.
    The editor could not refute the logic presented but did not want to print something he would probably considered non PC so he resorts to that lame duck excuse.

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  22. From COLFO. Initial snippets from Auditor-General’s report into the Government’s firearm buyback scheme. Just what we already knew, but good that it’s recognised thus.

    Dear ‘Saggy”,
    We’ve started to trawl through what is a pretty damning report by the Auditor-General into the Government’s firearm buyback scheme. The full report can be found here.
    Here are the key takes:
    • The cost for administering the system blew out from $18 million to $35 million. And where is this money coming from? It is likely to come from money meant for crime prevention.
    • The scheme only collected about a quarter of the prohibited firearms that Police estimate were out there. As of February, 61,332 firearms have been collected or modified, when Police estimate that there were up to 240,000 on the community
    • That there were major deficiencies in how Police kept their records of e-endorsement firearms. This we knew already! We’ve had countless reports about poor Police record-keeping that there may be more that Police failed to record properly. The report finds that there are still 817 of these firearms that they haven’t managed to track down.
    • There is no assessment that this scheme will make us any safer. In fact the Auditor General says that ACC (who contributed funding to the buyback) will need to keep monitoring whether it has any impact on firearm related injury and deaths.
    The key recommendation from the Report is that Police strengthen their engagement with firearm owners and dealers. Clearly the Auditor General can see that Police’s efforts to make out licenced firearm owners as criminals is damaging New Zealand.
    There is one big disappointment in the report. The Auditor-General says that the SAP system was one of the ‘strengths of the system’. This is the same system that exposed hundreds of firearm owners addresses and bank accounts! We’ll continue to advocate on your behalf that the Government shouldn’t have such blatant disregard for firearm owners’ personal information.
    Overall, the Report clearly shows what we already know, that the Government’s proposed gun registry will be a colossal waste of time and money.
    This report certainly helps with our argument.
    Thank you for your support.

    Nicole McKee
    Spokesperson
    Fair and Reasonable Campaign

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  23. Being a Vodafone customer sucked today.
    Working from home, I have two mobiles, a landline, fibre internet connection and absolute silence for several hours. I had no way of knowing if it was me or a wider issue, and had to undertake my own diagnostic process.
    Managed to find a neighbour with a Spark landline who kindly let me call Vodafone.
    The menu system kept directing me to ‘chat’ on the website.
    Staying on the line offered an hour long wait to connect with anyone, and did I know I can get things done via the website?
    Turns out this was a major outage affecting much of the north island – except Auckland, so it has barely rated a mention.
    Dunno what happened in Waikato, but the cable cut at Eskdale is hardly a surprise as having lived in the area it was evident years ago that Chorus have absolutely no idea where their cables are buried.
    Meanwhile it is the height of arrogance for a communications company to not alter their telephone message to immediately give callers essential information when so many of them are affected by an event.
    Wankers.

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    • That was an annoying day for you Harvey. I heard the news on Magic that the Vodafone cable had been cut in two different places and had been out most of the day. That will be karma for their latest terribly annoying advert!!! 😲

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    • That’s going to make slippery Parkers eyes water!
      Does he get the Rev David Clark Cup for this week?
      Typical labour stuff up, another cock up, can’t get anything right!
      Does this mean that as of now, there is no lockdown of any description!
      No lockdown 3, no lockdown 2? Open up and they will come!
      Is it backdown to normal now?

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      • No, No Sooty, hold your horses!! She who must be obeyed will let you know on Monday. Today’s announcement was just to let people prepare to open. 🙄

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  24. What’s this bs I’m watching on Newshub masquerading as news reporting?
    Blah, blah, Level 2.

    They haven’t announced a Level 2, and won’t at least until May 11.
    That little fact has been barely mentioned.
    People are going to be very confused.

    Rules, rules, rules, rules, and now a recap blah blah school is back – no it fucking isn’t.

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    • Ardern has also stated we are likely to get a ‘Level 2.5’ for a week or two before ‘Level 2’!
      So nothing will fucking change whatsoever-1000 people signing up for the dole a day is seemingly a dream result for her…
      Embrace the Glorious Socialism comrades!

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  25. California is concerned at the number of Pacific Island workers in the state being infected by Covid-19. The Americans have even contacted NZ medical personal to find out why the infection rate would be so high. Is it PI’s not adhering to social distance rules would have anything to do with that?!

    Auckland kava parties, some with church officials, continue to flout Covid-19 lockdown rules and sharing kava cups.

    Social media videos have emerged of Auckland kava parties flouting the nation’s Covid-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions – some involving church officials.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/05/07/kava.html?auto=6154880931001

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    • ……”PI’s not adhering to social distance rules”…….

      It’ll be cultural. Like the special people they are related to, rules & restrictions are for palagi. Responsibility, understanding & largesse flows only in one direction.

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    • I trust the NZ medical personnel are charging for the information like wounded bulls.

      The woke folk of Cali pay bigly for medical. (all U$A in fact )
      Lets not give info away for free.
      The Cali cucks will be charging their clients/patients..really bigly.

      We did this (freebie) for the UK in their foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001.
      Charge the bastards.
      Remember how Italy gave PPE to China and when Italy needed it back the Chinese charged them for it.

      Never be a sucker.
      Look after you own.
      Everyone else pays.

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  26. I have been commenting on Hosking’s Facebook where the debate is the leaked documents.

    Cindy’s fans are arguing that ends justify the means. Hopefully, the swinging voters will not go along with that.

    Like everyone here I have no use for meth dealers or kiddy fiddlers. However, I do not go along with planting evidence or paying jailhouse narks to get a conviction. We have had senior cops do this. However, we should not have the top cop condoning this behaviour.

    I can hardly wait till Monday morning when Hosking interviews Cindy.

    Covid 19 coronavirus: Leaked Crown Law documents question legal force of alert level 4 rules

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12330349

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  27. This is a very long-winded, but very digestible look at the flaws in the SEIR type models that New Zealand used. And if you’re really getting your geek on – and let’s face it – who doesn’t with this kind of stuff – the MOH has revealed some of the advice the government has used to make their decisions. It’s a fucking dog’s breakfast. The kind it vomits out and then eats again.

    They ignored seasonality, ignored selective sequestration despite knowing of the age risks, did not consider travel restrictions, etc.

    Who is held accountable for this? When people appear to get things so completely and utterly fucking wrong. I mean, we don’t know the full impact of job losses, economic damage, deaths caused by the lockdown, medical issues made worse by the lockdown, etc. Who stands up and says: “I got it wrong, I’m sorry.”

    I think it is time we do what David Seymour suggests – lets get a constitution that allows us to sue the government if they fuck these things up. I want to string the fucking lot of them up by their toes and beat them until they apologise to the country.

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