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    • Duker

       /  20th April 2020

      Another myth exploded will be the contribution to the economy by Students who rely on part time work.
      For a student visa to be issued the student must PROVE they have $15,000 each year for ‘living purposes’ ( I presume that course costs are additional to this). I think this will be found ,as long suspected, to be observed more in the breach.
      There is also a whole plethora of post study work visa where the points game is played to be finally eligible for permanent residence.
      The smallest group of all was those with ‘pure work visa’, which in theory means they leave the country if have no job. Well see.

      Another group that would have reduced was the Working Holiday visa which was available for a ‘younger age group’ from a surprisingly large range of countries. No study required

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    • Pink David

       /  20th April 2020

      There will be plenty of unemployed ‘media’ people who can fill these jobs.

      ‘Learn to farm’

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  20th April 2020

    Sir Robert speaks up for cultural sensitivity:
    https://nopunchespulled.com/2020/04/20/police-cultural-insensitivity/

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    • Blazer

       /  20th April 2020

      is that a daily dose you’re taking Al…..yesterday’s man ,looks like a ghoul whose eyes are going to roll out of their sockets any day…and still churns out memes that belong in the 1950’s.

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  2. Piers Morgan turns:

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    • Duker

       /  20th April 2020

      If Trump was the Captain of the Titanic

      There isn’t any iceberg . . .
      There is an iceberg but it’s a small iceberg in another ocean . . .
      The iceberg is in this ocean but it’s a small iceberg and will melt in about three days . . .
      There is an iceberg but we didn’t hit the iceberg . . .
      We hit the iceberg but the damage will be repaired very shortly . . .
      I didn’t know how big the iceberg was until two weeks ago . . .
      The iceberg is a Chinese iceberg . . .
      We aren’t taking on water but every passenger who wants a lifeboat can get a lifeboat and they are beautiful lifeboats because we make the best lifeboats in the world . . .
      Look, passengers need to ask nicely for lifeboats if they want them . . .
      We don’t have any lifeboats, we’re not lifeboat distributors . . .
      I really don’t think we need that many lifeboats . . .
      The people drowning should have planned for icebergs and brought their own lifeboats . . .
      We have lifeboats and they’re supposed to be everyone’s lifeboats, but they’re only for people who kiss my a** . . . [He really did say similar about state governors]
      They are not the passengers’ lifeboats . . .
      The last captain of this ship didn’t leave enough lifeboats and, besides, nobody could have foreseen the iceberg.”

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      • Blazer

         /  20th April 2020

        if that’s an original it is…very good indeed.

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        • Did you write that, Duker ? It’s very witty indeed, and horribly convincing,

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          • Gezza

             /  21st April 2020

            Whoever wrote it, it’s a winner on the judges’ panel I’m on. 😀 👍🏼

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            • Blazer

               /  21st April 2020

              its a winner,but its not Dukers work….he should have made that clear.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st April 2020

              Was Obama ever a tenth as entertaining?

            • Blazer

               /  21st April 2020

              @Al,hell no.
              Not sure that U.S voters try to elect the biggest …clown….hang on…maybe they do!

  3. ‘Hapi 420 day’ folks… time to ‘celebrate’ 🙂

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  4. The US recorded their first Covid fatality on 29 February.
    38 days later they had 10,000 deaths (6 April)
    5 days later they reached 20,000 deaths (11 April)
    Just over 4 days later they reached 30,000 deaths (16 April)
    3 days later they reached 40,000 deaths (19 April)

    Experts Think The U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Will Hit 50,000 By The End Of April

    The expert consensus is that the U.S. will have reported around 47,000 COVID-19 deaths by May 1, with a 90 percent chance of having between 32,000 and 82,000.

    This is very close to the latest forecast from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, which projects roughly 51,000 deaths by May 1, with an uncertainty range from about 28,000 to 112,000.

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/experts-think-the-u-s-covid-19-death-toll-will-hit-50000-by-the-end-of-april/

    This shows more than anything how imprecise predicting Covid is. Amongst the uncertainties: “The answers have had a common refrain: They can’t perfectly predict what stay-at-home orders will be enacted, how long they will last, and how well people will follow those orders. “

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  5. duperez

     /  20th April 2020

    There are uncertainties and perfect predictions can’t be made. There are some certainties however.

    It is certain there will be gross misrepresentations, blatant lies and bullshit.

    In the news today: “Americans at World Health Organization transmitted real-time information about coronavirus to Trump administration.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/americans-at-world-health-organization-transmitted-real-time-information-about-coronavirus-to-trump-administration/2020/04/19/951c77fa-818c-11ea-9040-68981f488eed_story.html

    In the White House briefing this morning numerous perfectly predictable things happened. To top it off poll results show Trump’s approval rating is the same now as in April last year.

    Tom Scott would chuckle at the way journalists were addressed this morning having regard to Miuldoon’s treatment of him.

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  6. lurcher1948

     /  20th April 2020

    Let’s get this right PM Jacinda Ardern if only to stop the negative whinging from the right
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EV_0Y5XVAAYLKXY?format=jpg&name=large
    and try to cheer up this miserable git

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  20th April 2020

      try to cheer up this miserable git

      Yesterday that was you, Lurch?

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      • lurcher1948

         /  20th April 2020

        Have a cup of tea, and a laydown Alan….there’s a stench of desperation from the right around you Alan,that Simon bridges is making REAL headway…opps whos simon bridges…

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  20th April 2020

          I’ve never been his fan, Lurch, but we’ll have a lot more people pretending to work for Jacinda soon.

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          • Gezza

             /  21st April 2020

            I might be a bit slow today, but I don’t get that, Al. What do you mean?

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st April 2020

              There will be a lot more of the workforce employed or unemployed by the Govt after this if Labour is still in power.

  7. lurcher1948

     /  20th April 2020

    Wow you have to feel for the leader of the opposition Simon Bridges, i asked who would lead NZ Better than PM Ardern in the pandemic, but on this blog,i have asked many times on the rightwing blogs Simon Bridges name is unknown, on YSB the hero of the freedom loving AR15 gun lovers mentioned is David Seymour, but hes a car chaser…so RIGHTIES PM Jacinda Ardern is our leader of choice
    PS righties KEY ran away, English moved on, they weren’t staying power,Bridges is a spacesaver tyre”dont go over 50KM”

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  20th April 2020

      If National were running this the media would be doing their proper job and critiquing what was happening and being decided instead of fawning obsequiously over their prime minister, Lurch. That would be much better for the country.

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      • Fawning is the word.

        But I have read about the distress felt by small business owners and even large ones as they beg the Coal and PM to let them reopen before it’s too late, so the other side is being told as well as the toadying to the PM.

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  8. “It was pretty obvious from the beginning that these were not organic protests. But it’s still up to the media to point out the obvious & cover meaningful stories…. Every poll shows that the majority of the public supports/understands the necessity of social distancing measures.”

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  20th April 2020

      There’s a major difference between social distancing and confinement to your home.

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      • We’re not completely confined to our homes. We can go out for essential shopping and healthcare, and we can exercise in our neighbourhood.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  20th April 2020

          The point is that being confined to our homes is not essential merely convenient for authorities.

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          • Griff.

             /  21st April 2020

            How that working out in Sweden Alan ?
            14,777 cases 1,580 deaths 10.23 million population.
            NZ
            1,440 cases 12 deaths 4.89 million population.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st April 2020

              We’ll know a year from now, Griff, but I think our success has been from closing the border and tracking and isolating cases together with social distancing. Not from stopping people driving, boating, fishing and swimming.

  9. lurcher1948

     /  20th April 2020

    I have replied but it might not pass PGs Dunedin MODERATION bubble but it was a good retort Alan,cheers stay healthy and continue posting,life is goodi love the to and through,

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  10. lurcher1948

     /  20th April 2020

    Wow one things that makes me smile is the Kiwiblog hate ferals,who hate the PM, at some time in PM Jacinda Arderns past she worked in a fish and chip shop as you could have when young, and these pathetic righties try to make out that she was hopeless,but the rightwing haters sitting in their underpants,in dark rooms bashing out hatred on their devices,MUST REMEMBER SHES THE PM, and they are angry righties,not bad for a manual worker who worked in small business in one stage of her life.

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