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  1. 50 years of Repression with no original research done at all, thats what Prohibition is Repression, ignorance and Propaganda

    “The placement of cannabis in the 1961 treaty, in the absence of scientific evidence, was a terrible injustice,” Michael Krawitz, global policy adviser at the nonprofit advocacy organization FAAAT that campaigns for the medical use of the drug, told the BMJ. “The World Health Organization has gone a long way toward setting the record straight.”
    According to the FAAAT, the latest news has significant implications for the future role of cannabis in the field of medicine.

    “The very positive outcome clearly acknowledges medical applications of cannabis and cannabinoids, reintegrates them into pharmacopoeias, balances harms and [effectively] repeals the WHO position from 1954, according to which ‘there should be efforts towards the abolition of cannabis from all legitimate medical practice,’” a statement from the organization read.
    https://newspunch.com/who-reschedule-cannabis-health-benefits/

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    • The worrying thing is that the prevailing media narrative is:
      “Be AFRAID” and not “OMFG there goes any chance of a viable economic future for you, your kids and your grandkids!”

      If the GDP drop is of the order suggested the loss of life and loss of years of life will be catastrophic. It will dwarf the 24 lives and (probably only several hundred years of effective years of life lost to Covid).

      $50 million paid to the MSM whores is starting to look like the cheapest way to buy an election. I think it sets a new low for democracy and cements my belief that the lunatic left have forever destroyed democracy – what comes next?

      I really fear that this is the trajectory to surrendering to a supra-national New World Order, where pan-National corporations sit behind a manipulative UN-type organisation that rules over us without accountability.

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        • It’s a global cyber-op. So long as you have a bought and paid for media and the active participation of the social media robber barons – you can make people believe anything. 2-3% are self-aware enough to question the narrative – but they’ll be dismissed as “conspiracy theorists”.

          I’m trying to read the tea leaves on what the next great lie will be. AGW was the test case – and the whole world bought that shit.

          All the bullshit about the “new normal” is conditioning to make us think living under semi-martial law is perfectly acceptable and that we are ruled – not governed. Only 99.98% of us are going to survive Covid!

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          • Haven’t we got Oliver Hartwich as a personal Teutonic emissary to NZ to do that?
            NZ Initiative – full of foreigners talking bollocks on behalf of their overseas masters.

            Kind of like NIWA and Geonet.
            Geonet now measure earthquakes on feelz.
            How many people felt the earthquake -oooh lots felt it, it must be bad.

            The era of science is in the rear vision mirror.
            We now know how the Romans ‘felt’ when the Rubicon was crossed !

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  2. Morning all, Frightening isn’t it? The GDP and after yesterdays opening of the actual Government books. There is no plan for how to get through this. Showing what a useless bag of shits they are. But then again, so many New Zealanders won’t even think about it, I think they have no ability to understand this serious financial mire of shit we are in, they will be all about them, and how they are managing with their benefits. It won’t worry them until the government have to stop the benefits. Then they will see life under communism, no benefits, the health system stops, schools can’t pay the wages of the liebour supporting teachers. Life as they know it will be over soon . Winstone picked the mad queen and her merry band of useless. We need to never forget the NZ last political party either.

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  3. GEEEEEEEEZ, Have I awoken in a different universe ? did I hear correctly that Phil Twitford has been given 20 Billion dollars to spend on infrastructure over the next decade , and Alfies wife Robbo reckons we are going to out perform most other developed Countries in his Covid response ?
    Iv’e decided to have a day off and go down by the marina end of the harbour bridge ,I’ll do some serious aimless loitering with the hope of attracting the bridges owner so I can make him an offer on the whole fucking thing, apparently it is up for sale, Yeeee Haaaa.
    FFS its actually 50 billion dollars and I figured the 20 must have been an exaggerated mistake in reporting,FFFUUUCCCKKK.

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  4. How you know you are living under fascism already

    I know the numbers, but I hadn’t really internalised how huge the anti-lockdown movement is until I saw this drone footage.

    But of course there was this from Hilary Barry the person we’re told is our most trusted news person. Well I guess on one level you can say Hilary did show something that one could describe as a form of integrity – the integrity that relates to staying bought once you’ve been bribed with $50 million of taxpayers money. Taxed from the people you are censoring.

    But in terms of appropriate journalistic integrity, I see not one skerrit and I suspect it would not be detectable even if tested at the ridiculous amplification levels used to detect Covid under our current casedemic protocols. What about the proper journalistic approach which is to report one of the largest protests this country has seen in decades, one that is part of a growing international movement. One that is not poisoned by the usual rent-a-crowd activist types like Minto and Bradford. One that is seemingly more diverse in nature than the ruling Labour junta. Doesn’t journalistic enquiry raise it’s shadow in Hilary’s vapid tiny mind? Doesn’t she have any interest in understanding? No – then she’s a propaganda whore – and nothing more.

    I thought about this being worthy of a complaint to the Press Council – but TVNZ is no different to the UK BBC. It is a poisonous woke propaganda outlet staffed by out of touch Ivory Tower hypocrites as is the Press Council. So what is the point? They are worth as much to me as what I wipe my arse with every morning.

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  5. Jack was a farmer’s son. Every morning he woke to the sound of his father’s tractor starting, and would stare down from his window in the old stone farmhouse in awe at his father and his magnificent red Massey-Ferguson. On hot days nothing pleased Jack more than to stand in the fields, the sun beating down on his face, watching his father’s tractor working. Even on wet, dark winter days he would gaze out of the window looking for the tractor’s headlights in the fields.
    He began to collect tractors. First toys – he was given a magnificent little replica Massey one Christmas – then posters, books, magazines; and eventually memorabilia, New Holland badges, John Deere collectibles. By the time Jack was 10, his bedroom was completely decked out in tractor stuff, like most boys might have for their favourite football team. His father took him to country shows and ploughing competitions, and promised one day to take him to the Case factory in Basildon. One day, he might even own a tractor of his own.
    Then tragedy struck. When Jack was 13, he was at school one day when there was a horrible accident at home. He came home to find his poor father had been struck by his trusty tractor. He had died instantly.
    After the funeral Jack stood in his bedroom and, drying his tears, tore down the posters; he threw out the toys and the memorabilia, and lit a bonfire in the fields. Never more would he care about tractors.
    Years later, Jack moved to the big tractor-free city. One day he was walking down a street when he heard a scream. He turned and saw flashing lights and a great fire – three fire engines were tackling an enormous house fire, and he could see a woman stuck in the top floors. Jack ran up to the house. ‘‘Sorry son,” a fireman said, “I’d stay back if I were you. We’re all out of ideas here. There’s too much smoke, we can’t get in. It’s about containment now.”
    Jack closed his eyes and breathed out until his lungs were empty. Standing in front of the house he stretched out his arms, before suddenly opening his mouth and breathing sharply in with an enormous loud whirring sound. He stood like that for several minutes and – yes- it was working! He drew the smoke away from the house. The firefighters couldn’t believe what they were seeing, but sure enough soon they were able to enter the house, rescue the women and fight the fire.
    As they left the house they saw Jack sitting on the pavement, exhausted. “Thank you son. You saved a lot of people today. How did you do it?”
    “Oh it was nothing. I’m an ex-tractor fan.”

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  6. NZ Election 2020: Labour promises no new petrol taxes, road user charges
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/09/nz-election-2020-labour-promises-no-new-petrol-taxes-road-user-charges.html

    Transport Minister Phil Twyford on Thursday released the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021.

    It outlines $48 billion of “investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade”, including an immediate $510 million boost to state highway maintenance funding and $500 million for rail.

    “Safety remains our Government’s top priority and we’re aiming to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the road by 40 percent by investing $10 billion in our Road to Zero strategy,” said Twyford.

    “The more we can move people in our cities and freight around the country on the rail network, that’s a fantastic way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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    • Putting that through my Labour word salad converter there will loads more petrol excises (but not “tax”). Most of the funds will go to the bureaucracy instead road or rail. There won’t be a lick of difference to greenhouse gases and in the end there will hardly be any difference to any infrastructure.

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  7. Hey Phail, your trains have broken down AGAIN

    Some Auckland commuters can expect delays and cancellations following the temporary closure of Britomart Train Station in the CBD due to a track fault.

    Britomart station closed, Auckland commuters facing rush hour delays
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/britomart-station-closed-auckland-commuters-facing-rush-hour-delays?auto=6191467626001

    There only advice is to leave extra time for travel. Sigh!

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    • If the idiots had not closed down Mt Eden station for four years (minimum) recently then people could have got off there on the western line and walked downhill on Symonds St and been in Queen St in less than 10 minutes.

      This lot know how to screw it up .
      The trains are ‘run’ by a French outfit that are so fecking dodgy they have to change their name every few years.
      They get such a shite reputation the old name gets burying until ….well they need to again
      Various recent names – Transdev, Veolia, Connex
      They are involved in water supply in some US municipalities and are dodgy at that.

      They were in charge – under an earlier name- of the trains on the opening night of the 2011 RWC when the trains ..just stopped.
      Never mind you had for example three people who had spent $750 for tickets to the opening ceremony after taking public transport -as they were told to- then got stuck in Ellerslie

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  8. ‘Uncertainty is extreme’: Why economists can’t agree on just how bad the GDP drop will be
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2020/09/uncertainty-is-extreme-why-economists-can-t-agree-on-just-how-bad-the-gdp-drop-will-be.html

    The latest GDP figures, out on Thursday, are expected to show a huge drop. But just how big, no one can agree on.

    The economy has had a rollercoaster year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made predictions almost a fool’s errand.

    Treasury expects the June quarter drop will be 16 percent – enormous by historic standards, but much smaller than its previous predictions.

    “It’s a big change – they were initially expecting GDP to fall 23.5 percent – they’re now saying 16 percent. That’s a big shift. Economists are more like 10 to 12 [percent].”

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  9. Any one else watch Alan Jones last night? He said a doctor had rung initially saying the suicide figures Andrews was talking about and saying nothing had really changed, was garbage. The doctor said they were “going through the roof”. But then he said that officials were talking to the families of those who had died in the aged care homes and were offering $10K towards funeral expenses if they agreed that Covid was put on the death certificate !! Clearly Jones took it seriously enough to mention it and I was left with the impression he was going dig a bit more into it.
    I find it difficult to believe that it is happening and no one had talked publicly about it or put it on social media but if it is proved to be true Andrews better start running.

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  10. As they mention in the attached article, this site normally talks about the Brexit issue but they have put up a few articles on Covid. Here they put the UK situation into perspective. National need to get a researcher to dig out the NZ stats are put into perspective for NZ. They have to breakdown the fear mongering wall.

    https://facts4eu.org/news/2020_sep_covid_update

    This morning I heard Bloomfield going about how he cannot see how Auckland University can resume classes with the restrictions he has in place. The same could be applied to how he is restricting political parties from campaigning properly in Auckand. He is working together with Labour to achieve this —so much for a neutral public service !! But I hope the good people of Auckland see through this and are still very angry about the unnecessary restrictions put on them and vote accordingly.

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    • I nominate Ashley Bloomfield for Cunt of the Decade.

      what an arsewipe.
      The public service has gone rogue and completely political.
      Which they are.
      Which is why when new administrations come in, in Washington DC, they kick out the old lot- who generally become lobbyists on a $1 million year or back to law practices until next time.

      Treasury is lying and this was well established with Gabriel Mahklouf last year.
      Health has a lot of crap under the carpet and it has built up while this incompetent ex-WHO, prick Bloomfailed has been there.
      83 dead babies in Samoa testified to that.
      Pol Pot Bloomfield. total cunt.

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  11. National vows to speed up NZ’s economic recovery, as Robertson stands by Labour’s ‘balanced’ plan

    National’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith has accused the Government of creating financial uncertainty, but Finance Minister Grant Robertson maintains Labour has the “balanced plan” New Zealand needs to recover economically following Covid-19.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/onenews/story/2020/09/17/national-says-theyll-speed-up-nzs-economic-recovery-as-robertson.html?auto=6191489932001

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  12. GDP announced as a 12.2% fall. We are officially in recession.

    NZ officially in a recession after Gross Domestic Product sees sharpest fall on record

    Statistic New Zealand has announced the largest fall in Gross Domestic Product since records began in 1987, with a historic 12.2 per cent fall in New Zealand’s economy.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/nz-officially-in-recession-after-gross-domestic-product-sees-sharpest-fall-record

    This means New Zealand is now in a recession after two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

    Some industries were more affected than others by the border closures and alert level restrictions.

    Retail trade, accommodation and food services fell by 25 per cent, construction was down 26 per cent, transport, postal and warehousing saw a 39 per cent decline because of restrictions to air travel, manufacturing dipped 13 per cent and mining fell by 44 per cent.

    “Industries like retail, accommodation and restaurants, and transport saw significant declines in production because they were most directly affected by the international travel ban and strict nationwide lockdown. Other industries like food and beverage and manufacturing were essential services and fell much less,” says Mr Pascoe.

    Compare our 12.2 per cent drop to Australia with -7 per cent, US -9.1 per cent, Canada is -11.5 per cent, and UK is -20.4 per cent.
    In the same quarter last year New Zealand grew by .2 per cent so the change is -12.4 per cent.

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  13. Toxology report? WTF? Drive a stationary bus into the back of a train that is passing in front of you? Beggars belief, but the real issue is that thousands of parents put their kids on busses every day and who knows who or what the fuck is driving them? Public transport? There is a good reason its only one L away from another similar word…..

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300108355/sound-of-metal-on-metal-draws-first-responders-to-fatal-bus-train-collision

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  14. So rare to have a man of integrity and reasoning, so apologies for posting this is in full, just in case it may be read by another public servant, and possibly be paywalled.
    Please slot this man into NZ!

    This needs to be read, as headline news, and published everywhere.
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    Why I quit rather than be silenced: Vic Treasury insider
    A former Victorian Treasury economist explains how he quit to keep speaking out against policy blunders.

    Last week I quit my job as an economist in the Victorian Department of Finance and Treasury so that I would be free to speak out against the state’s management of the COVID-19 infection.
    .
    I had made a number of criticisms of the state government on social media.
    The head of human relations at Treasury asked me to remove them.
    I considered deleting the few direct criticisms, but they wanted all indirect criticism removed too.
    I resigned on the same day, the only honourable course for a free citizen of Australia.
    I never dreamed I would see some of the tactics being used to defend the state’s health.
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    The pandemic policies being pursued in Australia – particularly in Victoria – are the most heavy-handed possible, a sledgehammer to kill a swarm of flies.
    These policies are having hugely adverse economic, social and health effects, with the poorer sections of the community that don’t have the ability to work from home suffering the most.
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    Australia is signalling to the world that it is closed for business and doesn’t care for human freedoms.
    This will dampen business investment but also impact future skilled migration, the education industry and tourism.
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    The whole thing hinges on the scare created by politicians and health professionals.
    For instance, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton claims this is the “greatest public health challenge since the Spanish flu”.
    But this is no Spanish flu – we can verify that easily.
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    The Spanish flu killed at least 50 million people worldwide in 1918 when the global population was 1.8 billion. Proportionately, to be as lethal as Spanish flu, a virus would have to kill at least 210 million people today. Instead, only around 0.9 million have died so far (compare this also with the 60 million who ordinarily die each year).
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    What about a second wave?
    There has never been a second wave hundreds of times bigger than the first.
    We can be reasonably certain that while this virus may create further ripples, its ultimate magnitude will end up in the range of the 1957 Asian flu.
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    The need for good policy process does not disappear just because we face a public health crisis.
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    But even if the pandemic had been as big as the Spanish flu, lockdowns could never have been justified.
    There are strong scientific arguments against lockdowns too.
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    So what should the government have done?
    The data were clear from February itself that the elderly are many times more vulnerable to a serious outcome than the young.
    It was necessary, therefore, to work out a targeted age-based strategy and start aggressively protecting and isolating the elderly, even as the rest of the population was advised on relevant precautions.
    But that wasn’t done.
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    The need for good policy process does not disappear just because we face a public health crisis.
    In fact, it gets even more urgent.
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    The Victorian Guide to Regulation notes that
    “It is not possible for governments to provide a completely ‘risk free’ society, or to prevent every possible event that might cause harm”.
    Further:
    “The direct and indirect costs imposed by regulatory approaches may not be … immediately obvious.
    Risk regulation that is poorly targeted or costly will divert resources from other priorities.”

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    Governments back in February needed to commission a cost-benefit analysis of alternative policy options that took into account different scenarios (such as with and without a vaccine).
    Thereafter, the best option had to be picked given the uncertainty, but consistent also with the need to intrude minimally into human freedoms.
    This cost-benefit analysis and policies needed then to be updated as new information emerged (such as the fact that epidemiological models have badly exaggerated the risk).
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    Governments should have also realised at the outset that they are hostage to chronic group-think and actively sought alternative advice.
    I attempted repeatedly to raise my voice within my public sector role, but my attempts were rebuffed.
    The bureaucracy has clamped down on frank and fearless, impartial advice, in a misplaced determination to support whatever the government decides, (instead of performing its taxpayer-funded duty of providing forthright analysis of alternatives).
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    While there is scientific argument against lock-downs, there are divergent views on matters such as the effectiveness of masks.
    I am a mask fanatic but there was never any reason to mandate these debatable requirements.
    Voluntary, performance-based rules would allow the private sector to innovate, leaving people with the power of agency, to determine their own fate – thereby minimising economic harm, and harm to mental health and general well-being.
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    So what happens now?
    Billions of dollars in income and wealth have been wiped out in the name of a virus that is no worse than the Asian flu and which can (even now) be managed by isolating the elderly and taking a range of voluntary, innovative measures.
    All the border closures, all the lockdowns, all the curfews in Melbourne will not eradicate the virus from planet Earth.
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    The problem for politicians now is to reverse course without losing their job.
    I don’t know how they plan to do it but if they don’t do it sooner rather than later the damage to Australia’s future would have become so great it would undo the good work of decades of reform.

    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/victoria-has-locked-itself-into-a-lockdown-blunder-20200916-p55w1z

    I feel that there is a lot more that could be emboldened.
    At least there are some men of such standing. ! ! ! 🙂

    Finally one bureaucrat that I am ok with.

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  15. NZ Election 2020: Judith Collins ‘staggered’ that Grant Robertson thinks GDP recession figures don’t reflect wellbeing
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/09/nz-election-2020-judith-collins-staggered-that-grant-robertson-thinks-gdp-recession-figures-don-t-reflect-wellbeing.html

    Robertson also said the GDP recession result shows the limitations of GDP as a measure of the wellbeing of a country.

    “Our investments like the wage subsidy scheme, the small business cashflow scheme and business tax changes have cushioned the blow through this health crisis, and our focus now is on supporting the economy to recover and rebuild.”

    Collins said she was “staggered” that Robertson would say it’s “all GDP’s fault”.

    “What a failure comment from a Minister of Finance, I mean for goodness sake. The Minister of Finance should understand that people will feel happier when they have money in their pockets,” she said on Thursday.

    New Zealand is now facing its worst recession since the current GDP framework began in 1987. Since it began, the biggest fall in GDP was a 2.4 percent decline in the March 1991 quarter.

    “This is the deepest recession in living memory. It is already having a devastating impact on Kiwi families. An extra 70,000 New Zealanders have lost their job since March, and a further 100,000 are forecast to lose their jobs in the next two years,” National’s Paul Goldsmith said.

    “The lack of pragmatism and a clear plan from Labour has made the economic hole deeper and the impact harder than it needed to be. This economic damage was recorded in three months but will last for decades to

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  16. Which day was the kid at Chapel Downs reported on? And why was the school only told on Wednesday when the result came back on the Monday afternoon? Ministry of Truth. and can all future photos of St Cindy be of this nature? https://images.scribblelive.com/2020/9/17/a255c426-d4f3-47cd-8f5c-83820bdf9568_800.jpg

    but hang on Social Distancing FFS>>??????? https://images.scribblelive.com/2020/9/17/41be5308-8c00-4946-a2d6-65e2ee4cc8a4_800.jpg

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  17. Avi Yemini serves a writ for wrongful arrest, etc… on the Victorian Government.
    Claims for damages, special damages, aggravated damages, exemplary damages, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity etc.. etc..

    https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/therebel/pages/48337/attachments/original/1600264281/Yemini__Avraham_-_Writ___SOC.pdf?1600264281

    I wonder if he is also able to do personal suits, such as the Police Commander that came up to him & ordered his arrest.

    Will there be others that will come out and take on that government and serve writs served against them, for dysfunctional, incompetent, chaotically dangerous behaviour, etc.. of ignoring their own guidelines for regulatory controls etc… as posted above.
    A lot of direct costs to be claimed for.

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    • This is why I am SUING Victoria Police for false arrest and assault
      https://youtu.be/GQ_L1DaQXv4
      5 minutes 14 secs : • Sep 16, 2020

      First 1 min 7 secs of the actual arrest.
      Then Avi talking in front of the Supreme Court building.
      To share the situation, the fight back against the State, and the costs involved.

      Very doubtful that any other news organisation will even mention this and certainly not grant any support to a fellow but independent journalist.

      Wonder if he will be able to collect, like Nic Sandmann, the Covington lad.? 🙂

      Publicity is the major issue, to expose particularly the tools of the state and its politicians.

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    • What they need is everyone who has been arrested to do a class action… All they need to do is find some of the lockdown legislation to be a bit dodgy and the police top brass could be in for a fun time. Hopefully somebody does the same here for the first week or so of our illegal ( but justified) lockdown. Illegal but justified, .. I suspect that defence will be heard again and again and again….. Muppetts and criminals, the lot of them.

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  18. The great TV licence turn-off: Figures reveal 237,000 fewer families have paid the BBC fee in the last year as viewers switch to Netflix

    Fewer households are buying TV licences, according to the BBC’s annual report.

    Audiences for its major channels have also fallen, suggesting many families are relying on streaming services such as Netflix.

    The Corporation said 25.9million licences were in force in 2019/20 – down 237,000 in a year.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8736711/Figures-reveal-237-000-fewer-families-payed-BBC-fee-year-viewers-switch-Netflix.html

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  19. Social Distancing at work; a la Ardern

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern grabs a selfie with fans at Massey University in Palmerston North on Thursday.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/300110276/prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-backs-tangi-utikere-to-win-palmerston-north-seat

    Can she be sure there are no Aucklander’s there?
    Can she be sure that no one there has not had contact with an Aucklander?
    Have they all be signed in?
    Or just another load of bubbles.

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  20. Cindy’s an economic genius 🤡

    New Zealand has been plunged into recession but Jacinda Ardern says it’s all about the rebound
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/09/new-zealand-has-been-plunged-into-recession-but-jacinda-ardern-says-it-s-all-about-the-rebound.html

    New Zealand is officially in a recession – the harshest, sharpest, and deepest on record – but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she’s focused on bouncing back.

    “It’s actually about the rebound and I back New Zealand’s rebound. I think we’re already seeing that we were able to open up a lot more quickly, we’re seeing activity picking up,” she said on Thursday.

    “The economic damage was recorded in three months but the consequences will last for many, many years to come,” said National’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith.

    “As a country, we’re in a deep hole at the moment and we need a really strong economic plan to get back on our feet,” Goldsmith said.

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  21. I expect that the Q3 figures will show an increase. After all, Q2 was exceptional, what with the Level 4 lockdown and all.
    Coming off that, Q3 can’t help but be better.
    I imagine (pulling the figure out of thin air) that the Q3 economic data will show growth of 8% (because Q2 was so terrible).
    It can only get better, surely!

    DEAD
    CAT
    Q3 BOUNCE!

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  22. Government knew about flu vaccine distribution issues before it pushed a campaign to get New Zealand immunised
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/09/government-knew-about-flu-vaccine-distribution-issues-before-it-pushed-a-campaign-to-get-new-zealand-immunised.html

    Newshub can reveal the Government knew about distribution problems with flu vaccines much earlier than previously thought.

    Emails obtained by Newshub show one day before the vaccine campaign was announced, Ministers and the Ministry knew some doctors did not have any stocks.

    Despite this, people were told to get their jabs anyway.

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  23. More articles of this type is needed.
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    ….. the tyranny of experts. ….
    …… high-profile journalists rejoiced that so-called experts were now in charge. At last, experts were dictating policy and this principle must be extended to climate change policy ……
    ……. howlers, ……. ……… mixing up total number of hospitalisations with intensive care unit admissions and thereby frightening the pants off governments. ……
    ……. it’s simply a mathematical game and cranking the handle of their preferred models. …….
    …… no problem wrapping up frightening “expert” opinion with the image of a strong leader solely concerned about the welfare of his people. ……
    …….. epidemiologists, there clearly are large divisions among them, particularly in relation to the elimination-versus-suppression strategy, the appropriate modelling approach and the need to take into account the wider effects ….
    ……. underlying assumptions are unclear. There also seems to have been little learning from the course of the disease. .. ….
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    …… These experts don’t speak with one voice and many are peddling values they hold dear;
    as true with COVID-19 as it is with climate change.
    Politicians are elected to govern us all;
    this requires judgment about the trade-offs that inevitably exist with all policy decisions.
    The tyranny of experts needs to resisted.
    They may have a role to play but not in an uncontested way.
    And when you hear the term “evidence-based policy”, bear in mind it’s generally policy-based evidence.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/once-it-was-distance-but-a-new-tyranny-has-emerged-in-coronavirus-era/news-story/173654a1dfd96ea36e280d0f34b2b4a2
    .
    Seeking censorship is strong in politics, but any company or system that does should be protested, defunded, shamed, boycotted.
    This feelz of empathy, kindness is out to kill the truth.
    Reasoning, debate, discussion, to bring forth information, that helps every one to gain knowledge.

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  24. Oh dear, the problems caused by the COL’s decision making are mounting up.

    Backlog of vehicles needing a Warrant of Fitness getting dangerously out of hand

    The effects of the Covid-19 lockdown continue to be felt nationwide, the backlog of vehicles needing a Warrant of Fitness (WOF), now getting dangerously out of hand.
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/backlog-vehicles-needing-warrant-fitness-getting-dangerously-hand-v1?auto=6191627816001

    Motor Trade Association (MTA) advocacy and strategy manager Greig Epps says more than a million vehicles nationwide need to be tested between now and the end of October.

    “With the backlog, we just need people to be patient,” he says.

    The backlog is down to an extension given to motorists following Aprils nationwide lockdown. All vehicles who had a WOF expiring after January 1 2020, given until October 10 to be tested.

    With that date fast approaching, garages like Dunedin’s P D Auto Services, are booked out weeks in advance.

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  25. Anyone has any questions for Winston come along tomorrow at 30 Victoria St, Hamilton.

    “We have contacted the ACT Party and their Hamilton candidate, Roger Weldon will be speaking at the Celebrating Age Centre,

    Monday, 21 September at 10.30am to the Grey Power membership.

    REMINDER that Winston Peters MP is speaking on Friday, 18 September at the Celebrating Age Centre, time 10.00am to midday.

    It will be interesting to hear their policies!”

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  26. People who refuse to self-isolate could be detained under proposed Victorian law

    New powers to detain people considered a high risk of negligently spreading COVID-19 are set to be debated in State Parliament this week.

    The Victorian government could also enlist protective services officers and WorkSafe inspectors to enforce public health directions under the proposed law, which extends one-off changes made in April for another six months.

    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/people-who-refuse-to-self-isolate-could-be-detained-under-proposed-victorian-law-20200914-p55vm0.html

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    • Let’s put it this way RoL. As a septuagenarian, a truck driver for 18 years & a dry alcoholic who has smoked a bit of weed over the years I reckon you’re full of shit.

      It is illegal now to drive under the influence of drink or drugs & this will not change should marijuana be freely available in the future.

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      • I might be full of shit as you put it, but the point I am making is can you manage the outrage by schools if a herb shop pops up near a school? I also get that there ar hundreds of people like you who smoke the odd joint and I have no issue with that. I don’t know if legalising it will sort the issues around it though.

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