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  1. Blazer

     /  24th July 2020

    meanwhile at National Party campaign H.Q……

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  2. duperez

     /  24th July 2020

    When you’re a numbers person, driven by what they look like on the page and in the ears and want others to see only numbers and let them tell the story:

    “U.S. coronavirus cases surpass 4 million, signaling growth of 1 million in roughly two weeks
    The coronavirus case total in the United States surpassed 4 million on Thursday, 15 days after crossing the 3 million mark and more than six months after the country reported its first infection.
    That the nation passed its next million-cases mark in just about two weeks indicates the accelerating pace of the virus’s spread. Three and a half months passed between the identification of the country’s first case, on Jan. 15, and the passing of 1 million cases on April 28, according to data tracked by The Washington Post.”

    “When you have 15 people and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  24th July 2020

      Trump has had to face the reality that his reelection chances are being thrashed by a virus.

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      • duperez

         /  24th July 2020

        Affected no doubt, but thrashed or trashed? Polls today have his approval rating at 40%. For certain he remains the big hope for ‘draining the swamp’ (whatever that is) and a few other little things like locking Mexicans out.

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        • Patzcuaro

           /  24th July 2020

          Trashed. Trump brought his own swamp to replace the existing “swamp”.

          I’m not sure that using Federal law enforcement services to invade metropolitan America is going to work either. Especially if the Moms of America rally against them. Invading a small Caribbean Island might be easier.

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          • Pink David

             /  24th July 2020

            “Moms of America”

            I’m sure they represent all moms of America. Every last one.

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            • He must be barmy if he thinks he can stay on by refusing to accept the election result. It doesn’t work that way.

            • Duker

               /  24th July 2020

              It doesnt . The Secret Service will frog march him out of the White house once the oath of office is administered to new president.
              I can see him not really coming back to Washinton much after the election he loses, he far prefers time at his golf resorts anyway….the power would ebb away overnight while he spends his days cheating at golf.

            • He seems to think that if he doesn’t like the result and refuses to accept it it means that he can stay for life. The PDT must think so, too.

              The Electoral College sytem of disenfranchising voters seems grossly unjust to me.

              I wonder if Mrs T will divorce him when he’s voted out and there’s no pressure on her not to.

            • duperez

               /  24th July 2020

              Doesn’t work that way? It works the way you make it work. Donald has ways to make things work his way and has the right people in the right places to do it.

              Are military commanders bound to do what the Commander-in-Chief says? If one doesn’t is he ousted and one who will ‘follow orders’ is put in his place?

            • I doubt if anyone can override an election result because they don’t like it.

              If someone else is voted in, won’t they now be Commander in Chief as well as the new president ?

              Being voted out is not the same as being ousted in a coup,

            • Duker

               /  24th July 2020

              “Doesn’t work that way? It works the way you make it work. Donald has ways to make things work his way and has the right people in the right places to do it.”
              Right people ? In in the Whitehouse and his cabinet secretaries call him derogatory names behind his back….hell deflate like the sack of hot that he is.
              What was the punch line again in his TV show ?
              Youre fired
              His term expires on 20th Jan, full stop. If he wins he needs to be sworn in again or the new president is sworn in. The oath is to defend the Constitution, usurping a new President isnt that at all.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  24th July 2020

    Amused by Stuff’s Verity Johnson column this morning calling for more public discussion of sexual harassment while disallowing readers’ comments.

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    • Duker

       /  24th July 2020

      More amused by Collins announcement that Hamish Walker will be ‘on leave’ and no need to turn up to work in the capital …cant have him being asked questions by journos in Wellington.
      Collins really has the infrastructure bit between the teeth now ,…. some more roundabouts will solve many traffic woes.
      His electorate office still seems to be using the recorded message ‘ In meetings all day in Wellington’ so not at that office either.
      Ahh gardening leave

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  24th July 2020

        Roundabouts are safer and more efficient as more vehicles can be on the intersection simultaneously without waiting for green lights.

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  24th July 2020

    Righties are spitting tacks and Ms Collins cannot get rid of him to gain brownie points from the nasties on the rightwing blogs
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/24/behrouz-boochani-granted-refugee-status-in-new-zealand
    Someone once sang “WELCOME HOME” mate

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    • Corky

       /  24th July 2020

      Yeah, maybe Peters getting back in after the election and controlling` the immigration portfolio wouldn’t be such I bad thing.

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    • I doubt if anyone would want to get rid of someone like him. What evidence is there that anyone except possibly the extremely bigoted (the sort who ring talkback radio) do want this?
      If there isn’t any, don’t say that people are so meanspirited that they would be willing to condemn him to death by getting rid of him. NZ is very lucky that he wants to live here.

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  5. Duker

     /  24th July 2020

    Too funny
    Trump has bought up a string of words that he had to remember for a test and skited it showed his mental acuity
    Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.
    Trouble was the test was part of a series to detect Alzheimers

    “In unscripted moments before the camera, the president sometimes wanders from topic to topic without completing a train of thought, repeating himself or falling back on the same familiar phrases when questioned. He makes statements that defy common sense, like insisting that if there were not so many coronavirus tests conducted, there would not be so many cases of the virus, which as skeptics have pointed out is roughly equivalent to saying that there would not be as many pregnancies if there were not as many pregnancy tests administered.

    The Montreal Cognitive Assessment is meant to test for signs of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions, but the president talked about it on Fox News on Wednesday night as if he had aced an IQ test proving his intelligence. “

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    • Those words are not in it.

      The list of words in the test are face, velvet, church, daisy and red.

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      • Look them up, PDT. They are the same in the US and here. It’s like the party game where people have to remember unrelated objects; the best way is to form them into a narrative (I wore a red velvet face mask with a daisy to church.

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        • duperez

           /  24th July 2020

          An explanation has been offered for him using those words as an example. He was being interviewed outside in the garden, (not the Wallace one.) I watched its this morning.

          He’s talking about how hard the test was. He wants an example of the recall question, he wants one which he will remember, he wants to show his prowess. He has to choose words he cannot forget. He describes what he sees: ‘Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.’

          When he has to recall the words he looks at the picture in front of him, ‘person, woman, man, camera, TV.’ Genius. Rat cunning.

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  6. lurcher1948

     /  24th July 2020

    Peter Dunne says it as he sees it….National are losing people in droves and heres why

    MPs: Pick them carefully, treat with care
    (Tidied up link)

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    • Corky

       /  24th July 2020

      ”The neo-Thatcherite bravado of the party’s latest leader is for the time being camouflaging the fact that the party seems to be accelerating towards a substantial defeat in September’s election.”

      I hope so.

      Mr Dunne, the dude who sold our privacy out, has missed a salient point. National only has to paint over the cracks and all will be forgiven. If this election was held in December, National would have been in with a chance. All those people National are APPARENTLY losing in droves, will be crawling back sooner rather than later. Covid fast tracked Nationals demise…and it’ll fast track them back into government in three years time.

      I’m surprised the phone is still ringing for Mr Dunne.

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