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Our fascist state – Rape Children, get home detention; Don’t display a Covid stasi badge, go to prison

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This is one of the more outrageous things I have seen in this country. Let child rapists stay at home for a while but send a small business owner to prison for taking a stand against Covid Stasi tracking.

Cafe owner who refused to display Covid-19 QR code imprisoned for not following food safety rules

Sharon Rayner​, owner operator of Bean Me Up cafe, was sentenced in the Kaikōura District Court on Friday, on charges of selling non-complying food and failing to comply with a notice of direction under the Food Act 2014.

Her daughter compared it to the nine months’ home detention Jayden Meyers got in October for raping multiple under-aged girls, despite a high court judge calling the sentence “manifestly inadequate”.

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December 5, 2022 at 11:35 am

Comedy gold

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Elon Musk restores Trumps twitter account on Biden’s 80th birthday. What a present. 😉

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November 20, 2022 at 2:09 pm

Sweden was right

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It turns out all the panic mongers were wrong. Lockdowns etc worked worse than the Swedish approach, even without taking into account all the long term damage to life expectancy, educational outcomes, economic prosperity that the authoritarian states incurred.

As of reporting date June 19th 2022, of all the countries analysed by the OECD, Sweden has the lowest overall cumulative excess deaths tally.

And New Zealand took all that pain for long term damage rather than gain.

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November 9, 2022 at 8:03 am

No, Sorry just will not be enough

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Outrageous, look at the spike. These people need to pay for the damage they have caused. According to the article they never tested any impact on pregnancy. We have been subject to mass formation psychosis. Note that it is a record of events reported to the Vaccine Adverse events database established in 1990, not a total of all miscarriages.

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November 3, 2022 at 7:25 pm

How exactly is Net Zero sustainable?

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The forecast lithium demand to meet the Net Zero targets look to be completely unachievable. That is an enormous amount of new mining that would no doubt be opposed by self described environmentalists. The story of global growth and prosperity from the industrial revolution is tightly entwined with use of energy starting with coal, other fossil fuels and nuclear. It seems to me the underlying socialist green agenda is happily to take us all back to an agrarian lifestyle. They decry growth and seem happy to leave the undeveloped nations where they are and take the world down to their level, rather than encourage the use of fossil fuels to bring everyone forward.

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November 1, 2022 at 10:35 am

Even the Penguins

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October 27, 2022 at 1:06 pm

Elon Musk entering Twitter HQ

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The guy is a legend. I would love to know what the woke employees are going to do.

Turns out that Libs of Tiktok knows. Thanks Tom

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October 27, 2022 at 11:25 am

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The chilling effect of China authoritarianism

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Why we will never be sure Covid was a lab leak.

Scientists seeming to care more about the professional opportunities presented by collaboration with China than with truth.

We should not forget US pharma not wanting to admit the Covid vaccine was needed for them to make money rather than effective but out of patent and safe treatments like Remdesevir.

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October 14, 2022 at 8:52 am

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ACT seems to have lost its way.

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I was an ACT voter for over 20 years. I had been comforted, despite the fact I might not have agreed with all of their policies in detail, in the belief they were “classic liberals”. Pro market, pro free choice, pro individual rights.  Having been along to a public meeting to listen to what David Seymour had to say, I am horrified to see the direction ACT has headed.

Firstly, to hear him describe a tax cut as “crazy”.  Kwasi Kwarteng is a very sound Conservative politician who wanted to make it clear that the UK is open for business so dropped the punitive top rate of 45% on the pound.  Seymour did not like that. When you consider that British earners also pay 12% National Insurance on top of their income, every right-thinking person should support tax reduction.  To be fair the argument is that it should not be funded by deficit but Reagan knew he needed a growing economy and did not want to penalize people for success.  It was a booby trap left by Brown at the end of his reign and should have gone years ago.

Secondly, I asked him about Ardern’s speech at the UN and her proposal to clamp down on free speech. I expressed disappointment that he did not stand up for the rights of the anti mandate protestors, as Rodney Hide did and asked how he was going to win my vote back.  Seymour waffled about some of them being not nice people and stopped the people of Wellington going about their business.  Never mind that the protestors were on public land and deserved to be listened to. He dismissed the question as being the path to a 2% vote. Never mind that 30% of the population are anti mandate and nobody trusts Winston First.

On the third element I thought he was pandering to an elderly NIMBY audience by describing the Medium Density Residential Scheme (MDRS) as the 3 (houses) and 3 (stories) right to build as being “crazy”. So, I followed up after the meeting with him directly and also looked online.  It turns out ACT, David Seymour and Brooke Van Velden are TO THE LEFT of Labour and the Greens in standing up for the rights of property owners. This is one area where Labour and the Greens have worked in a bi partisan way to deliver good long-term policy, but ACT oppose MDRS.

“It could mean floor to ceiling windows on the third floor looking into your living room, with no thought for existing homeowners.” 

“The alternative is that we’ll get sewage in the streets…”

Scaremongering shite of the worst kind. There are rules for height to boundary. Councils take a long term approach to Infrastructure, as they should. They can predict increased demand and if, like Wellington, they have under invested then that should not affect the rights of property owners.

MDRS is using the power of the market by increasing the supply of land in built up areas through increased density.  Entirely sensible policy.  Europe encourage much more dense housing and it is far more preferable to intensify housing in built up areas than to keep building over green space.

I happen to know something about the MDRS and it is a great thing.  It allows property owners more certainty about being able to develop more densely instead of being subject to discretion of council.

Seymour says it is all about infrastructure and the fact there are monopoly providers of infrastructure.  Perhaps he has not heard of the development contribution which is about $20,000 to build a housing unit in Auckland as well as an additional charge of about $15,000 for Water and wastewater infrastructure.  Infrastructure is being funded by levies on new housing units.  It takes decades to make a difference but the funding policy is right.  Gains go to developers so a levy on new build is simply user pays.  The ACT policy of 50% of GST going to local councils is not a bad policy but should be in addition to MDFRS, not instead of.  Aucklands latest Unitary plan has plenty of exceptions to the MDRS, taking discretion for permit back into council hands.

Auckland property building is proceeding at a huge pace compared to 20 years ago and I assume private owners in other regions are also providing new housing. The state houses in Glen Innes, Pt England etc are all being replaced by townhouses and multiple units. I know of a specific example where 1 ex state house is being replaced by 7 town houses. I compare that to the situation 20 years ago with a similar size piece of land where I had to buy the back 3rd of the neighbouring section and use the back third of my section to add one more unit.

Look at this graph from Auckland council showing an increase from under 5000 units to over 20,000 units per month in the last 12 years.  Kiwibuild has been incompetent in providing low-cost housing but a change of policy has allowed private industry to step into the breach.

Auckland Building Consents by month

I will send this note to ACT and am curious to see what response, if any, it evokes.  One of the bloggers here is pro ACT so I am curious to see what he thinks of the ACT lurch to the establishment authoritarian left. It seems more about appealing to the older ex Winston first voter than having principles.

ACT still won’t get my vote.

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October 4, 2022 at 8:59 pm

Its only a stolen election if a Republican wins

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Spend less than 5 minutes watching this clip, demonetized by Youtube. Just to understand the hypocrisy.

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September 30, 2022 at 11:16 am