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Nigel Latta Gets The Interview With The PM That Magic Talk Cannot

This was Nigel Latta in February

I agree with him.
This is Nigel Latta present day with PM Ardern that prevented her from fronting at the Press Conference to chide her mountain biking Health Minister.

The guy is a raspberry and an orange in a pack of fruit loops.
One day says it is (correctly) "media drive fear and general misinformation and baseless panic. There is no more reason for worry than any flu season.The end really isn't nigh".
Nek minute, under Cindy's spell.
What a CAUC (complete and utter c____).

Day 8 And Still No Sign Of The Public Sector Taking Pay Cuts

Now the media have come out of their collective coma realising that the economics of this shutdown are far more costly than any loss of life, rumblings are afoot.  They are pissed off.
Many have lived for years churning out the same crap every week, picking up the same pay check a week, and now find themselves in positions of being made redundant or having to take massive pay cuts to "get us through" because "we are all in this together".
But we are not.
Slowly the worm has not only turned it is charging hard.
The media have suspected they would, and have had cuts for years.  They have lived with the threats of the axe over their heads but have struggled on either as freelancers or with jobs for life.  It has been a slow and nasty bleed for them all.
Now they have finally worked out it is all completely out of their control.
Without an economy there is no need for advertising and advertising is what pays them.

A few have even worked out Bauer Media offered Kris Faa…

Where Oh Where Is Our Chief Justice Winkelmann In This Time Of Crisis?

New Zealand is in a State of Emergency elongated now into its second week.  Its regular residents  and others unlucky enough to have done what Winston said and get home, are all on home detention for a month (maybe and very likely longer) unable to work and save their now failing businesses, Parliament effectively is not operating and bloody Hone Harawira is out standing at a roadblock pretending he is lawful authority to police on a highway who passes and take their temperature.
So what of and where are our leading legal minds?

Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann of the Supreme Court (our highest) gets herself involved in all sorts of activist causes in the pursuit of justice, liberty and freedoms.  She has even let entertain the concept that law could possibly be a "vibe".  She frequently speaks out about such matters.
So far publicly she has put comment out  Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann saying the rule of law and civil rights and liberties need be upheld during the glob…

We Must Accept WHO Cannot Run A Piss Up In A Brewery

They have one job the World Health Organisation.  ONE job.

I really wish people would apply a bit of common sense here.
If Coronavirus is so deadly, so terrible and so contagious - then it naturally follows that governments should also be advising us via WHO to wear a fucking mask.  Yes they may not stop the spread of the virus completely but you cannot tell me they would not have some impact on contracting and spreading the virus around.
Speaking at a Chatham House briefing on Wednesday, Prof David Heymann, an infectious disease expert who led the global response to the SARS outbreak, said that new evidence from Hong Kong had prompted a reconsideration of the role of face masks. “The WHO is debating that tomorrow to understand if there is evidence that would call for a change in what WHO is recommending,” he said. The only reason I suppose that WHO recommended we didn't wear them was because they knew there were not enough to go around once medics and first responders took them …

Economic Destruction Continues - Doctors and Coronavirus Coalition At Odds

You are not getting out of this scientific, medical and economic experiment from hell in New Zealand until the powers that be are happy that there is no community transmission.
In other words they are making it up as they go along.  

They'll probably be more barriers once you meet that one.  You know, just to be super extra safe..... 
How do we know that?
There has to be apparently 5,000 tests a day to know that there is no community transmission. The country's testing capacity is 3700 tests per day, with an average of 1843 tests per day being conducted over the last week. There are eight labs testing. This will extend to ten next week, increasing capacity. How many are you doing in New Zealand?
Why the low number?  Well.........
GP's haven't been doing enough testing.  According to Jacinda Ardern, supreme head of the Coronavirus Coalition
However that is not what the Doctors are saying, they are claiming there are not enough test swabs:

But a Wellington GP, who spoke t…

Everyone Non-Essential In The Public Sector Needs To Take A 30% Paycut

The Coronavirus Coalition needs to get serious about distribution of the pain of (in my view) this ridiculous social, medical and economic experiment of shutting borders into New Zealand and sticking you all on home detention for "four" weeks.
What they have effectively done is shut down the private sector in New Zealand with a few exceptions, and given their non-essential mates in the public sector (who are not essential and still hard at work in offices doing stuff), at least a four week paid vacation with total job security to date, at the end.  
Who pays for this? That is right - the very people in the private sector the government has told cannot open for business.
I don't care about the circumstances of this alleged crisis worldwide, if you as a government and a country tell private sector businesses they cannot operate for a period of time and close the borders so they effectively lose businesses and livelihoods overnight, you have to not only compensate the emplo…

Air New Zealand's Numbers Do Not Add Up

Today frequent flyers received another email from the CEO of Air New Zealand Greg Foran.

It was all prima facie rather blunt, but still full of spin.  The highlights:
Before Covid-19, we had annual revenue of around $5.8 billion and made a profit of $374m in the last financial year. We also had around a billion dollars in the bank in case an unexpected event hit our business. The global reduction in air travel has hit Air New Zealand hard and we are earning less than $500 million revenue annually based on the current booking patterns. This means we are dealing with a significant reduction of over $5 billion in revenue per year. $5.8b less $5b = $800m in revenue expected per year?  At best? Or less than $500m? With $1b in reserves he has enough to carry the company for 2 months at annualised revenues of $5.8b, with another $900m added he has enough to carry it 2 more months without changing a thing and dumping any staff? Air New Zealand currently employs around 12,500 people around the…

If You Love New Zealand - Just Stay The F*** Away

The second it was obvious that the "Coronavirus Coalition" was hell bent on closing the borders, every New Zealander overseas (and Winston Peters claimed there were 80,000) should not have rushed home.
They should have decided right then and there, put your big girl or boy pants on, hit Air bnb and ignore Winston and stayed the f*** away.   Winston should have instead run a "It Is Ok To Stay The F*** Away" campaign, and even paid per person for people to do that.  It would have been cheaper than keeping the country in lockdown longer than necessary.
It is not like the world is lacking in cheap accommodation options at present!  I did not fly back to partake in this ridiculous science and medical experiment.  First up I did not wish to be stuck in New Zealand for the next six months that it looks as though you may be at least, but also, I did not need to - so why use a seat up that someone who desperately needed to get back, could take.  I have not spent March thro…

The NZ Media Need To Cease To Be The Propaganda Wing Of "Coalition Coronavirus"

There has NEVER in the history of New Zealand been a more crucial time to have a proper fourth estate.
And to date we have yet to have one.  They have as a collective panicked, conformed and fallen in line in group think.  There has been zero critical thinking as they have huddled into their bubbles.  They need to harden the f*** up, stand up and apply some critical thinking into the situation we are now in.  Stop gushing at how exciting it is and how it is unprecedented, and actually look at how horrific it is in terms of the unfettered powers that politicians in western democracies worldwide now have regardless of their colours red, white or blue.

It is quite clear that senior members have been given the wink, wink, nudge, nudge and privy to all sorts of information and mechanisms behind the scenes of Coalition Coronavirus.  Reprisals and threats by some have been made that businesses better behave else we will hunt you down later.  It is horrid vigilante stuff.  Numbers from quest…

So Why Aren't The Public Sector Workers On Your $585.50 a Week?

Right now the private sector in New Zealand is having to take one up the right chook.  They wish to keep trading but a government state of emergency has been declared saying they cannot.  The government has decided their customers cannot come out and they cannot open.  There is nothing capitalist or free market about this decision.  Everyone would prefer to keep coming to work and keep trading with freedom of movement.

To say "we are all socialists now" is a disgusting and desperate grab for political points and a massive own-goal as the very reason everyone needs to be effectively on welfare is that the State has stepped in and told business they cannot trade and workers they cannot work, people that they have no freedom to travel and trade and associate.  If everyone now is a socialist then they need to own the fact we have years of misery ahead if truly down this track.
People currently not able to work, on home detention, all with uncertain futures, are at home living o…

When Will The NZ Borders Open Again? Sir David Skegg All But Said A Year

So now you are all “safely” tucked up in your blankies in "lockdown" in New Zealand (or whatever you call it), with the first month planned out for you all, has anyone contemplated with some critical thinking - 
When will this all end?

a) locking you in your homes
b) locking New Zealand's borders
c) What are the KPI's and targets for a) and b) to be lifted?
Because there is no point locking the borders, eradicating "the virus", to then have "the virus" re-emerge and infect people who have been in "bubbles" is it?

Winston Peters kindly and then very forcefully asked then directly told 80,000 New Zealanders overseas to all return home.  At once.

That act alone has probably added weeks even months to the eradication process given the new cases coming in on planes.  That and it still seems that the focus for testing is on travellers but never at the border. The nicest and kindest thing you could do as a patriotic New Zealander was ignore Winsto…

Coronagate - Prince Charles Has The VIRUS!

Here are Prince Charles and Camilla in 1992 - Tampaxgate
Charles: "Oh god. I'll just live inside your trousers or something. It would be much easier!" Camilla: (Laughs.) "What are you going to turn into, a pair of knickers?" (Both laugh). "Oh, you're going to come back as a pair of knickers." Charles: "Or, God forbid, a Tampax. Just my luck!" (Laughs.) Camilla: "You are a complete idiot!" (Laughs.) "Oh, what a wonderful idea!"

This is Prince Charles and Camilla in 2020 - Coronagate Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, is suffering mild symptoms but “remains in good health,” according to a statement sent out Wednesday morning, which added that he and the Duchess of Cornwall are working from home at their base in Scotland. The duchess, 72, has also been tested but does not have the virus.
Seems like they may have got a few years jump on the rest of us mastering self-isolation. 
Charles has gone from a Prin…

Dear Leader's Best Line So Far

Jacinda Ardern had a cracker for the Nation today as some men and women face the most difficult time in their lives to date.  Nothing to do really with getting sick or losing their jobs, something far more horrid to ever think would happen:
Actually having to stay at home 24/7....With only each other ......For a month.......  
Maybe shock horror........ even with the kids.
Here Dear Leader sounds like a marriage celebrant more than a PM:
"If you live alone, but you have one person you have contact with it needs to be just that. A person you stay faithful to and they stay faithful to you in turn. If you have multiple contacts with others that is where the risk increases." And she delivered it with such a dulcet understanding tone.
Sounds also alot like an ad in the 80's for HIV when that was spreading.
Of course none of that makes sense.  How can you live alone and have contact with another person unless they live alone and do not see anyone else.  In which case you possib…

America's Cup in Auckland? - Stick A Fork In It As Well Done

A useful guide online lets us see the progress of the 36th America's Cup. Sinking faster than this memorable moment.

Challengers: • Luna Rossa (ITA) – Challenger of Record • American Magic (USA) • INEOS Team UK (GBR) • Malta Altus Challenge (MLT) – WITHDRAW • Stars + Stripes Team USA (USA) - YET TO PAY FEE AND SECRECY ON BOAT PROGRESS • DutchSail (NED) – WITHDRAW
And to the key dates for the event itself
✔ September 28, 2017: 36th America’s Cup Protocol released ✔ November 30, 2017: AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders ✔ January 1, 2018: Entries for Challengers open ✔ March 31, 2018: AC75 Class Rule published ✔ June 30, 2018: Entries for Challengers close ✔ August 31, 2018: Location of the America’s Cup Match and The PRADA Cup confirmed ✔ August 31, 2018: Specific race course area confirmed ✔ November 30, 2018: Late entries deadline ✔ March 31, 2019: Boat 1 can be launched (DELAYED) ✔ 2nd half of 2019: 2 x America’s Cup World Series events (CANCELLED) October 1, 2019:…

Self Isolation Guide - "Cometh The Hour - Cometh The Self-Isolation"

I spend a very large percentage of  my time in this state as I travel around the world.  I have done so since I left New Zealand in 2003.  I have lived in many far flung places, few you would know without a Google Map. I have also spent months on end in fitness camps doing the same thing every day for months on end.  You are either good at this and you are an Island, or you are not.  I am exceptionally good and I say that with complete humility. If you are not as you have had people and support systems around you all your life, you are suddenly going to have to get used to it.

About the only funny story I have is a friend had a terrible marriage and separated and moved out two weeks ago.  She is now in absolute ecstasy.  There will be many however who wish they were in the same boat at the thought of at least a month of this actually spending 24/7 with their partners and freaked out grumpy kids on top.

Here are my tips:
1. Get a routine - do the same thing at the same time everyday …