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  1. Gezza

     /  29th May 2020


    On Memorial Day, a video shot by an avid birdwatcher of a confrontation in New York City’s Central Park went viral, sparking another conversation about race and privilege in America.

    The bird aficionado was a 57-year-old black man named Christian Cooper, who works as a science editor. He asked a white woman, who was later identified as Amy Cooper (the two are not related), to leash her cocker spaniel in a part of Central Park where signs indicate that leashes are required.

    In response, she said she was going to call the police. “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life,” she said, pulling out her cellphone and dialling 911.

    Less than 24 hours after the incident, Amy Cooper, an investment manager at Franklin Templeton, had lost her job and had her dog taken away from her.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/300023332/white-woman-calling-cops-on-black-birdwatcher-highlights-everyday-runofthemill-racism-in-us
    … … … …

    I dunno. While article explains in detail how American black men have historically been victimised & falsely accused by white women in the US, as is often the case we don’t get to see & hear the full interaction & conversation from the start.

    In that video clip – does she sound like an arrogant racist cow, deliberately manufacturing false panic to set the cops on him, or genuinely (even if unneccessarily) frightened, or is she just threatening him to stop him videoing her & dobbing her in to the dog registration authorities?

    Have her employers-& whoever took her dog away-from her overreacted?

    The employers have their reputations to protect, sure. But even around here there are lots of otherwise responsible dog owners who sometimes let their dogs off leash for a while in parks so they can have a bit of a run round.

    Would publicised warnings & referrals to relevant codes of behaviour have been just as appropriate? Or, especially in the light of what looks like yet another recent unjustified killing of a black man by US cops, does what happened serve her bloody right?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  29th May 2020

      Quite. Without knowing the peeps you can’t decide which one was insufferably arrogant.

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    • lurcher1948

       /  29th May 2020

      Her dog was a rescue,and she surrendered it back to the shelter after nearly lynching it by carrying it by its collar with its rear legs of ground .Its been suggested she wanted the dog to cry out to add to her make believe drama.its kama..

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      • The poor doggie looks miserable, I must say.

        I dobbed a man in for dragging a dog along the street on its hind legs. The dog had done something, I forget what, but by the time he came along it wouldn’t have known why it was being punished. He was walking really fast and the dog was slipping and sliding and very distressed. I am not someone who dobs people in, but this was outrageous…it was pulled along for what would have been a very long way for a dog.

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    • David

       /  29th May 2020

      The way she treated that dog was appalling, she was throttling it.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  29th May 2020

        Yes, she totally lost it emotionally. She must be in care by now.

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        • Gezza

           /  29th May 2020

          How come women can wear trousers halfway up their calves & look acceptable but when men do it they look like half-wits? 🤔

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          • They make everyone look like a nerd; equal opportunity unflattering wear. Very few people can wear these and not look as if they have stumpy legs. What’s the point of them ?

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      • The only time I have risked throttling my dog was when a much larger dog attacked him and I had to pull him up by his collar. There wasn’t time to think, I just had to act instantly. I am glad that I was willing to take the bite for him !

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    • Corky

       /  29th May 2020

      You can argue this clip from either side of the fence. Seems these interactions between white and black are common in the US if YouTube is anything to go by.

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      • Gezza

         /  29th May 2020

        D’Arreion Nuriyah Toles was blocked from entering his St. Louis, Missouri, apartment by a white woman, who repeatedly questioned if he lived there. Toles captured the encounter on video. Since the video’s release, the woman has been fired from her job. Toles has said he does not wish to press charges against her.

        Just watched that.

        You can argue this clip from either side of the fence.

        Only one side of the fence I reckon anyone with a fully operational normal person’s brain can sensibly argue there – his side.

        Can you let me hear your argument from the other side, Corks?

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        • Corky

           /  29th May 2020

          First off, I’m on the dudes side, too. If he had been white and in a business suit she wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow. However, a black guy, no matter how well he’s dressed, does not fit her profile of what a black man can afford…and where a black man should be. To her blacks belong elsewhere unless they are exceptional blacks who succeed in sport because of their genes, or because they have some white blood that makes them more intelligent than your average Coon.

          Now am making a couple of assumptions here because I obviously can’t interview these two people…..but I have been in a similar situation. I had one off clearance to enter a building. At the same time I was about enter, someone was coming out. Good, I thought, I don’t have to swipe and type. The exiting person stopped in the doorway and said. ” you can’t enter until I leave.” ”But I have my pass and pin,” I said( I showed him). ”That doesn’t matter,” he said. ”I need you to stand back and exit the foyer.” I did. Before he left the foyer he went over to the intercom and summoned security. They checked my ID and allowed me to enter. This wasn’t based on race..rather security and the fact I didn’t fit the profile of people who went through those doors.

          The black guy could have shown his key..and told her the number of his apartment.
          I perfectly understand why he didn’t.

          That’s why I said it could be argued from either side of the fence. Plus there may be other factors:

          1- Crime in that area
          2- Previous breach of building security.
          3- Invited guests who have caused problems.
          4- Blacks who have be a problem.

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          • duperez

             /  29th May 2020

            Anything could be argued from any side of the fence.

            One thing that can’t be argued in this instance is that the guy has scummy neighbours living in his building. Well at least one. He could look on the bright side of things I suppose while pondering that. One is that he is alive to actually consider it since the woman didn’t shoot and kill him. Secondly he can ponder what the woman would have said in her defence if she had killed him about it being a justified killing because she believed she was in imminent danger, he threatened her, blah, blah, blah.

            The fact she didn’t kill him means all those who would’ve taken her side if his video weren’t available are denied their sport.

            “This is why Kaepernick took a knee.”

            https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/nancy-armour/2020/05/27/george-floyd-died-still-think-colin-kaepernicks-knee-problem/5263960002/

            Colin Kaepernick took a knee and there could be no back story, no mitigation. History and context were irrelevant. Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd and the excuses, the reasons, the explanations, the considerations which should be taken into account will fill half the Library of Congress.

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            • Corky

               /  29th May 2020

              Before you post please read my post. Your oblique way of having a go is irritating. If you think I’m all bs, say so.

              For the record, once again. I’m with the black guy. The only thing I didn’t like about his actions was he didn’t lay a complaint with police.

              I must say I usually expect Kitty on late afternoon patrol. There’s a beauty in there for her to object to.

            • Gezza

               /  29th May 2020

              @ Corky. The correct response to that one, imo, is…none.
              Possibly of interest to budding philiosophy students, but even then they’d have to think about it.

            • duperez

               /  29th May 2020

              I read your post. Having a go? What? Finding that there (with due respect) suggests super-sensitvity IMO.

              Live coverage:
              https://www.livenewsnow.com/american/msnbc.html

            • Corky

               /  29th May 2020

              Yes, he pressed the right button. Down I went. I’m in a bad mood. ( doesn’t happen often) Another company I deal with overseas won’t process my order because they can’t guarantee delivery time. Some of their orders haven’t even been processed by their postal services.

            • Gezza

               /  29th May 2020

              Too trigger happy Corks. Sometimes thecbest thing is watch a round that’s missed by a mile go overhead, shrug, & carry on with the mission uninterrupted.

          • Why am I not surprised that something like this has supposedly happened to Corky in Munchausen Buildings ?

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            • Corky

               /  29th May 2020

              Beats me. It has happened to everyone on this blog. One person is entering a building; another person is exiting. The only difference is instead of a confrontation as per the clip, someone gives way to let the other person go first. Oh, I forgot…you keep your head down in case you are accused of gawping.😃

    • Gezza

       /  29th May 2020


      Violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody rocked a Minneapolis neighbourhood for a second straight night as angry crowds looted stores, set fires and left a path of damage that stretched for miles.

      “The mayor asked the governor to activate the National Guard.

      Protests also spread to other US cities. In California, hundreds of people protesting Floyd’s death blocked a Los Angeles freeway and shattered windows of California Highway Patrol cruisers. Memphis police blocked a main thoroughfare after a racially mixed group of protesters gathered outside a police precinct. The situation intensified later in the night, with police donning riot gear and protesters standing shoulder-to-shoulder in front of officers stationed behind a barricade.”

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/300023356/violence-looting-in-minneapolis-after-george-floyd-police-killing

      This isn’t surprising, is it?

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      • Corky

         /  29th May 2020

        No, not surprisng at all. Maybe a surprise for one police officer though ….WHAT! ME! NO! HOW DID I CAUSE ALL THAT?!

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      • Pink David

         /  29th May 2020

        “This isn’t surprising, is it?”

        No. Would you be surprised if there were no riots following this?

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        • Gezza

           /  29th May 2020

          No, but they should be. And all the msm tv news channels should be reporting that item & broadcasting that video. Including ours.

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  2. Gezza

     /  29th May 2020

    A detailed look at the new generation of space suits, for those interested…

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52787365

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    • David

       /  29th May 2020

      Where does he keep his laser gun. Space Force will be cooler.

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  29th May 2020

    How can you tell who the Maoris are on the National party bus,they are the ones sitting up at the back.

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    • Corky

       /  29th May 2020

      No, Lurchy. Those in the back are Black Irish. If you exit the bus; and open the side panel to the luggage hull, you will find the bros.. suspended in cryogenic sleep. Have no fear, Lurchy, they will be woken at the RIGHT time.

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    • David

       /  29th May 2020

      Must have missed you heaping praise on Bennett and Bridges and National for promoting Maori to the top 2 positions.

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  4. Corky

     /  29th May 2020

    I’m just one person, and already six businesses I deal with are in trouble. Two others I tried to
    contact yesterday have had their phones disconnected. That doesn’t bode well.

    And then there are emails like this:

    ”Hi Corky

    We’ve made some tough decisions.

    Along with all NZ businesses, we’ve been affected by COVID-19. As a result, we’ve had the difficult task of having to evaluate our offering, to ensure we are responding to the crisis in the best way we can. COVID-19 has accelerated all sorts of change, including the way we all connect, work, play and shop. The move to online shopping (where we can get the things we need delivered safely, quickly and easily to our doors) has impacted the more traditional retail shops.

    In light of this, we’ve made the difficult decision to permanently close the doors to our physical retail store in New Lynn.”

    Winston, now is your time to persuade Jacinda to get out of the way of our economy…if she wants a country we can all still recognise.

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  5. lurcher1948

     /  29th May 2020

    Watched the Murdoch employed journalist badmouthing our PM Jacinda Ardern on AM this morning,hell the rightwing media and the nearby rightwing blogs slobber when any rightwing Australian host (ie Alan Jones)bad mouth NZ. Jones wanted Mr Morrison to give Jacinda the bash, and strangle her with a sock which cost 9 most of their advertising.

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  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  29th May 2020

    Been hosing down here all morning. All our water tanks are overflowing. Meanwhile half of Northland still has water restrictions???

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    • Gezza

       /  29th May 2020

      Not too bad here at the moment. We’re due for some rain, but nothing heavy:

      Welly: Today’s Forecast
      Mostly cloudy. A few spots of rain developing in the afternoon. Northerlies changing southerly in the afternoon.

      Sat’s Forecast
      Cloudy periods and a few showers. Southerlies.

      Are those downpours you’re getting now affecting all of the Far North? Or is half of it (which half?) still experiencing a Big Dry?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  29th May 2020

        Hard to find an uptodate report on fndc website but seems to be restrictions still in Paihia, Kawakawa, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Kaitaia. Happily we are not on a town supply.

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    • duperez

       /  29th May 2020

      Tanks overflowing is good. Hard to tell how much water there is when we’ve got a bore🤔

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  29th May 2020

        It’s rained pretty much every day for the last two weeks. We’ve got a bore too but only use it a few times in summer. Had to use it when the cabin guests emptied the water tank at Xmas and truck some water out there.

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    • Griff.

       /  29th May 2020

      Its raining light but constant here at Kiawaka.
      My house tanks are overflowing. 200sq m roof and about 20sq m tanks 10 x so every 100mm of rain gives about one meter into the tanks.

      The drought is about ground water .
      My stock pond is still at a lower level than at any time in the last four years I have been here .
      Lat week the pond hit the level of the outlet for the troughs so it was looking worrying for stock water in the front two paddocks it feeds.
      It looks like we might make up some of the deficit over the next week this weather pattern is supposed to head out to the east then return .

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  29th May 2020

      The deluge has finally stopped. Might be able to get out soon.

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      • Gezza

         /  29th May 2020

        Stuff (abridged):

        Almost all of the North Island can expect rain over the long weekend, while some ares could see flooding. Long weekend activities in most of the North Island are likely to be rained out.

        Meteorologists are forecasting heavy rain for the upper northern regions and potential flooding from Sunday. Niwa principal forecaster Chris Brandolino said rainfall levels could approach and potentially exceed 100mm in the higher elevations of the Coromandel Peninsula and northwestern Bay of Plenty region.

        According to Niwa weather models, those two regions will see the greatest rainfall from Sunday through to Monday.

        Auckland and Northland would also be on the receiving end of heavy rain. “The heaviest rain, most widespread rain, will fall from Sunday through to the Queen’s Birthday. First starting up in Northland then … dropping south with time. “Over two, three days, that rainfall could approach 50mm potentially for much of the Auckland and Northland regions,” he said.

        The rest of the island was also expected to get wet. “It’s pretty much everywhere across the upper North Island and the North Island full stop,” Brandolino said. “Everyone will get wet over the long weekend.”

        In Wellington, falls of 15mm to 25mm were forecast in a 12 to 18-hour period from Monday, while Hawke’s Bay could see 20mm to 40mm – a “good drop of rain”, as Brandolino explained.

        The whole weekend wasn’t a write-off though, as conditions on Saturday were expected to be a little milder. Brandolino called it a “relative calm before the storm”, as there would be patches of rain across the North Island.

        In Wellington, there would be cloudy weather with a few spots of rain developing on Friday afternoon and showers through to Sunday.

        The “main show” would kick off on Sunday. Brandolino advised Kiwis travelling home on Monday to take care and drive to the “changeable” conditions.

        “The South Island’s the place to be for the long weekend in terms of dry weather,” Brandolino said, despite a few wide showers expected for the upper regions on Friday and Sunday. In comparison to the North Island, the outlook down south was looking “pretty good”.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  29th May 2020

          Yes I know. Last time I checked the forecast the first dry day was over a week away. Shame for everyone wanting a break after the lunatic lockdown during perfect outdoor weather.

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          • Gezza

             /  29th May 2020

            My kid sister & hubby have broken out of Taranaki & headed up to the Waikato to meet up with a cuzzie & her husband & sundry other rellies from Tokelau all assembling to wreak havoc on the local wine shops. Do they have any?

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          • Gezza

             /  29th May 2020

            Clouds have descended to the hilltops. Rain’s arrived. Pretty steady rainfall.
            4.30 pm

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            • Gezza

               /  29th May 2020

              And now the rain’s stopped. Clouds lifting. Might be all over. Chilly though. No wind, but the southerly cooler is starting to bite. Lounge piped gas heater on & downstairs warming up already. It’s only running on 2 of 4 heater bricks but its really efficient.
              4.55 pm

            • It began raining this arvo here, and I was caught in it. But as I came along the walkway I heard bellbirds and others, so it was worth it. Almost.

            • Gezza

               /  29th May 2020

              It’s raining again. Started about 10 minutes ago. Quite steadily; looks like its set in properly this time. The pooks are calling from the darkness in different locations over on tbecfar parenga. I always open the kitchen window & call back to them. Their voices are quite recognisable. Hi Bluey! Hi Aspen! Hi Pookling! Hi Sweety! Good girl Sweety!

            • Gezza

               /  29th May 2020

              Grr.
              * the far parenga (stream bank).

  9. Pink David

     /  29th May 2020

    Trump goes after social media with anti-trust laws.

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  10. Corky

     /  29th May 2020

    Not good, folks. This government is out of control. Rodney Hyde was talking about this.

    Rodney said he was expecting a strong National opposition. But after watching Muller he doesn’t care who becomes the next government. In fact, he said Winston and Seymour are the opposition.

    Welcome to the ‘Not Voting Club,’ Rodney. You have discovered a salient truth.

    https://www.act.org.nz/govt_undermines_democracy_by_pushing_15_bills_in_17_hours

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    • Gezza

       /  29th May 2020

      “The Government is undermining democracy by progressing 15 bills in the space of just 17 hours,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour.

      “The Government has put Parliament into urgency this evening and asked it to consider 15 pieces of legislation tonight and tomorrow.

      Seymour makes a very good point. Both major parties have done this sort of thing but I dunno who holds the record for the most bills passed under urgency at one time.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  29th May 2020

        Muller is improving ACT’s prospects every day. WTF are the Nats doing?

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    • His name was Rodney HIDE when I knew him, not Rodney HYDE.

      The chances of his not voting are zero; he’s not that irresponsible.

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      • Corky

         /  29th May 2020

        Simple minds..simple things.

        On voting – probably right. Being conditioned to something is very hard to escape from. It took me over tens years transitioning from a socialist to a ‘thinking individual.’

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        • Gezza

           /  30th May 2020

          You should thank her for the Hide correction & learn from it, like an adult, imo, Corks. Especially given who the fictional Dr Jekyll / Mr Hyde is. If you’re deliberately misspelling his name you run the risk of it being moderated out.

          Folk aren’t “conditioned” to vote; whether to vote or not is a choice everybody makes individually at the time as voting’s not compulsory. Some vote for same party out of blind loyalty, whoever’s running the team. Not me.

          These days I make the best of what seem to be bad choices. But there may even come a time when I give up on the lot & don’t vote. In the era of MMP we have no idea what a coalition’s policy programme will be. A muddle is what we’ve got.

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        • Corky

           /  30th May 2020

          ‘You should thank her for the Hide correction & learn from it, like an adult, imo, Corks.”

          The only person I would apologise to is Rodney himself. That would be reasonable. But I have no problem telling a rude busy body blog identity, who’s profile surname seems to change with the weather, to bugger off.

          ”Folk aren’t “conditioned” to vote; whether to vote or not is a choice everybody makes individually at the time as voting’s not compulsory.”

          Not directly, that is true. But then, folk aren’t conditioned to tell lies or have children. Most do because we live in an environment that indirectly ‘conditions’ us to do those things.

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          • Gezza

             /  30th May 2020

            Very childish response re Hyde/Hide. That over-inflated ego of yours behind the Corky identity is too easily dinged, imo. Anyone can make mistakes. Being corrected before one goes on to advertise one’s ignorance repeatedly should be appreciated. Even Lurchy has sufficient maturity to say thanks.

            But no matter.

            On the other two points:

            Lying comes naturally to everyone. Kids do it as soon as they learn to talk & get into trouble. It’s something every parent has to try & teach kids not to do, partly because they’re so bad at it. There all kinds of pressures on adults to reinforce the message that telling lies is a no no.

            The decision to have kids might be perceived by some as social conditioning but in my experience it’s just as or more likely among stable couples the biological drive & desire to breed & see who the kids look like. It’s when you can’t have your own kids that social conditioning kicks in & you feel like you’ve let your parents down because they want mokopuna.

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  11. Gezza

     /  29th May 2020

    The Thoughts Of Chairman Bob

    MORE QUALITY PRINT MEDIA JOURNALISM – NOT!
    Sir Bob Jones · May 28, 2020 · Uncategorized · 4 Comments

    Below, the opening line from Britain’s Metro newspaper.

    “At least two people have survived after a plane carrying more than 100 passengers and crew crashed, killing everyone on board.”

    I’ve known dozens of our newspaper editors over the last half century, all good blokes. But it always puzzled me why they never read their own newspaper. Time and again over lunch I’d mention something in that day’s issue and they’d be unaware of it.

    But now I know the explanation. Endlessly correcting items such as that above would make one either suicidal or murderish. So best to ignore the content and pray.

    – No punches pulled

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  12. Pink David

     /  29th May 2020

    This is great. America really is the land of the free.

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    • Corky

       /  29th May 2020

      Lordy..land of the free and the right to bears arms. A fantasy in NZ. Let’s see how our government handles increasing crime and poverty rates?

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      • Not by giving us the same murder rate as the US, I imagine. That isn’t a fantasy, it’s a nightmare.

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        • Corky

           /  29th May 2020

          You want a nightmare. Wait till this time next year. Ghettos will soon form all over NZ.

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  13. Pink David

     /  29th May 2020

    The is fun, Ishmael will love it. The Lancet study on Hydroxychloroquine that he posted with glee a few days ago was just gaslighting bullshit. The Lancet really has been corrupted to the core.

    https://zenodo.org/record/3862789#.XtBFwzozZPb

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  29th May 2020

      Like Nature the Lancet seems to be in the hands of Lefty pseudo-science political activists.

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      • Griff.

         /  29th May 2020

        Translated from RW gibbering .
        We don’t like the study because reality has a liberal bias so will gibber about how unfair it is the scientific world ignores our idiocy.
        As to who wrote the crap Pink linked to ?
        Some 92 year old has been well known at be a utter nutter.

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        • Corky

           /  29th May 2020

          Do you need science to make a pronouncement on Africa, Griff? All you need is a passport..and preferably a booked return ticket.

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          • Griff.

             /  29th May 2020

            Oh dear.
            “Science” does not make pronouncements it can not. Science is a process not a thing .
            That someone up ticked your gibber ?
            You are not alone in being totally ignorant .

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            • Corky

               /  29th May 2020

              Ok..I get it. You are so institutionalised, you haven’t the intelligence to use your own eyes and make some quite easy conclusions.

              Nope, you need a scientific study… Oh, hold on. It has to be the right
              study and the right scientist. And the conclusion must fit mainstream media and scientific viewpoints. Yep, science 101.

              Sounds reasonable.😕

            • Griff.

               /  29th May 2020

              Yess corky more nonsense exposing your ignorance.

              Your eyes and your mind are not infallible.
              In fact they can be easily fooled .
              http://www.theinvisiblegorilla.com/gorilla_experiment.html

              Science does not work with certainty it works on probability.
              Nothing in science is 100% right as our understanding grows our knowledge just becomes less wrong.

              So we yet again see you have no idea.
              No wonder you believe nonsense.

            • Griff, the Oprah show once did an experiment where they put posters of a woman all over the place saying that she was known to be a pickpocket or handbag thief and if anyone saw her, would they report it to security. As people were waiting to go in, the woman (an actress, of course) went through the crowd, excusing herself as she passed through. One girl noticed and told her mother, but no one else noticed!

        • Pink David

           /  29th May 2020

          Griff, i do love how you start with an ad hominem, then launch off into lecturing everyone on what science is.

          Did you take a breath between the two actions?

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  29th May 2020

          What a load of crap, Griff. It was obvious the Lancet paper was making claims the data couldn’t support from the start.

          Now do you want to go through all the signatories to the letter dredging up ad hominems on them all or are you just prepared to submit to common sense for once.

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        • Gezza

           /  29th May 2020

          That article on Watson reminded me of the dude who was constantly posting here about Reich’s & other studies linking intelligence to race, & especially lower IQ to folk of darker hues. Haven’t seen him for months. Can’t remember his ID name tho.

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    • Pink David

       /  30th May 2020

      More on The Lancet study. Looks more and more like Surgisphere was a complete fabrication. Science! indeed.

      https://www.medicineuncensored.com/a-study-out-of-thin-air

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  14. Gezza

     /  29th May 2020

    Damn! I still haven’t managed to get a decent hi-res smartphone vid clip of 1 of their 777s ✈️ coming over Tawa on landing approach.

    They’re so big compared to the Airbus A-320s they just seem to hang in the air & to be flying really slowly. But I need a day with a clear sky, no wind or a Southerly breeze, & being ready with my smartphone to catch it coming in any time between 1 & 2 pm. So far that combo hasn’t occurred.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/121655635/coronavirus-the-air-nz-777200er-planes-which-may-never-fly-again

    There’s a good short video clip at the start of that article giving a potted history of Air NZ’s recovery since it nearly went bankrupt 20 odd years ago.

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    • Gezza

       /  29th May 2020

      … And … while I was out at the fence explaining the new clean water standards to 6 assembled pooks on my lawn & fence & thecstream bank … a bloody C-130 Hercules came circling round & headed in on landing approach to Welly Airport – but there’d been so many common or garden ATRs and Bombardiers turbo props coming in I didn’t notice the heavier 4 engine turbo-prop sound until it was too late to run in & grab the smartphone.

      It’s 3.27 pm. We haven’t had the forecast showers yet; it’s all grey skies but quite mild – so I finally got up back up on the roof & refitted the transparent blue plastic bottom panel into my newly-painted shiny-white, flash-looking metal burglar alarm box’s blue flashing light cover. It’s been too cold lately for me to go back up there.

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  15. Gezza

     /  29th May 2020

    This is very concerning…

    Stuff, today:

    Corrections officer shot at in Whanganui prison car park

    A Corrections officer was shot at in a prison car park, in what’s been described as an extremely rare incident.

    It appears the shooting, which happened outside the wire at Whanganui Prison, at about 9pm on Wednesday, was linked to an earlier traffic incident. Multiple shots were heard by people working inside the prison.

    On Friday, a Corrections spokeswoman confirmed the incident saying “we are providing a staff member with ongoing support”. The staff member was not injured, the spokeswoman said. She declined to comment further while the matter was investigated by police.

    A police spokesman said “enquiries are ongoing”.

    Corrections Association president Alan Whitley said details of the incident were “sketchy” but it appeared the Corrections officer was involved in a traffic incident on his way to work. A vehicle followed him into the prison car park and shots were fired, Whitley said. “At the moment we don’t know if it’s related to him being a prison officer or … a bad case of road rage.”

    Whitley said the shooting was a “serious matter” and “really, really concerning”. It was a reminder that Corrections staff had to be very careful when “moving around”. He declined to comment further because he didn’t want to prejudice any future court case. “We want to make sure the people who’ve done this spend some time in prison.”
    … …

    Me too! Or that he finds himself at the wrong end of armed police bushmasters. See how it feels, and whether feels lucky.

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  16. Gezza

     /  29th May 2020


    As thick as two short planks!

    A teen who set out in his dinghy from the South Island to Wellington is unrepentant and says he’d do it again. I read about this twat yesterday, I think.

    Set out in a tiny dinghy with no gear & thought all was sweet as, until the conditions changed and started to get a bit rough. He then decided to head towards Mana Island, near Porirua, planning to spend the night and head towards Wellington at first light – only for the motor to cut out.

    Managed to call the Harbourmaster. Had to be rescued. Cellphone battery was nearly flat.

    The lights are on but there’s no one home in the cranial suite, I reckon. Should bill him for the rescue costs. Might wake his ideas up.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/121670130/i-was-on-an-adventure-teen-who-crossed-cook-strait-in-dinghy-speaks-out

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    • duperez

       /  29th May 2020

      They should give him a return ticket, tell him to contact them when he gets back and they will not make any effort to get in touch with him until he is back home.

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    • Unfair to twats.

      Definitely a few kumaras short of a hangi.

      The lights are on, but there’s no one at home.

      The lift doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.

      And so forth and so fifth…..

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  17. Gezza

     /  29th May 2020

    Todd Muller

    Stuff: Martin Van Beynen

    …One of Jacinda Ardern’s great shining strengths is that people want to follow her because she is an exceptional human being as well as a gifted politician. She guilts people into questioning their own beliefs. But as Don Brash showed when he nearly won the election in 2006 with his “Kiwi not Iwi” message, there remains much lingering resentment about the perceived focus on Māori needs and aspirations at the expense of others.

    As Brash’s near success demonstrated, this approach plays well with the silent majority who don’t like people getting advantages denied to them.

    Muller’s front bench selection is not going to win any points among the urban liberal class but grassroots New Zealand won’t necessarily see it the same way. And that is where the votes are. Māori are firmly in Labour’s camp and urban liberals will go with Ardern as well.

    You can see how Muller is, in a more sophisticated way, positioning himself to appeal to the same people Simon Bridges was trying to reach but somehow failed. Bridges thought he could best Labour on law and order. Muller is hanging his cap on more competent management of the economy.

    He gives himself the small business portfolio and says the election will be about the economy “but not the economy the bureaucracy talks about. It will be the economy you live in, the economy in your community, your job, your main street, your tourism business, your marae, your local rugby league club, your local butcher, your netball courts, your farms, your shops and your families”.

    In other words Muller is trying to reach the real people, not the Reserve Bank board or Treasury officials, political commentators or the readers of the lefty Spinoff website.

    If Muller takes his appeal to the silent majority too far, he will start to sound like the sort of populist most New Zealanders distrust. He could also commit the most heinous of political sins, a lack of empathy.

    He would be wise not to try to compete with Ardern on that front, nor should he fake it. He looks like a smart, decent guy but Right-wing politicians are by nature not inclined to feel everyone deserves the same sympathy. They can be compassionate on a personal level but their judgments about sections of the population are less charitable. They can also be callous and bigoted. In that they are similar to the silent majority who feel they are the ones paying for all the empathy-driven policies.

    Muller is still an unknown quantity and has taken over National at the worst possible time for a prime ministerial aspirant. His best hope is that by the election on September 19, unemployment has rocketed, the cult of Winston has shattered, the economy has tanked and voters are starting to worry about how the country will ever pay the billions back.

    Then voters might start to think empathy is all very well, but we need a leader capable of some hard- headed decisions that look beyond the lens of political correctness.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/121666067/todd-mullers-first-week-not-a-complete-disaster

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    • I don’t believe that her famous empathy goes very far.

      The dreadful stories of lockdown cruelty were greeted with a mechanical ‘No one should have to go through that.’ but nothing was done about them.

      3 News had stories of people putting pressure on Dear Leader to go to L1. With only one case now, she may be very unpopular if she continues with the restrictions that are doing such harm to businesses.

      Siouxsie Wiles was grinning like a coal scuttle and not wanting it to happen, of course.

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      • Gezza

         /  29th May 2020

        1 News at 6 had short 2 sec clips of people all round the country heading out of town to visit rellies, friends, a home tourist trip etc. One young dude at Auckland airport said he was heading home up North for a 21st. “100 people limit ?”, the male reporter asked. “Let’s hope so”, he said – with a big grin.

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