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The Vax Police

Since a couple of months ago when a friend sent me an article from Stuff, stating that some 17% of NZ Police Officers were unvaccinated, I’ve wondered what progress the government had made in forcing them to do so.

I very much doubted that we would see the same level of coercion applied as in other sectors, where even doctors and nurses have been dismissed. The government, especially a Left-wing government, may claim that state healthcare is vital, but it is the Police and the Army that all states preserve at all costs.

As it happens there have been some updates:

All police officers and recruits must have had their first Covid jab by January 17 and their second vaccine by March 1 in order to keep their jobs. 

New Zealand Police said 94.1 per cent of constabulary staff have had their first jab, while 89.5 per cent are fully vaccinated as of December 7

Slow progress. It means that around 600 cops risk losing their jobs next month if they don’t get the first jab and another 400 if they do not get the second jab by March.

It’s not something that the Government should take lightly,’ an unvaccinated police officer, who has not been named, told the newspaper.

‘Even losing a couple hundred sworn staff will have a massive impact. There’ll be major ramifications.

‘Skills come with time, knowledge you can generate yourself but there’s no substitute for experience.’ 

Given that crime is increasing, especially in Auckland, and especially with gangs, you do have to wonder what’s going to happen? Aside from the usual Mongrel Mob-Black Power scuffles there have been some very shady incidents occurring recently in the wealthy, Eastern suburbs of Auckland that may be related to the Comancheros gang built on the experiences of the so-called “501” criminals booted to NZ from Australia. Related in that there has been a spate of street robberies and other attacks involving knives that may have been recruitment challenges by the gang for teenage youth.

Since these attacks have been on streets like St Heliers Bay Road and Tamaki Drive, some of the wealthiest areas of the nation, and given that the Comancheros appear to have bought a house in St Heliers, people in the Eastern suburbs are increasingly worried. The attacks it should be noted, rarely appear in the MSM but are seen in online groups like Neighbourly and Facebook suburban communities where residents talk of a son or daughter confronted, threatened and robbed (no rapes – yet) and streams of Harley Davidson’s abreast across Tamaki Drive with not a cop in sight,

With the massive increase in state housing in the area that started years ago under the National Party and focused on near-East areas like Point England and Glen Innes, people are also wondering whether the problems of Kāinga Ora highlighted in other parts of NZ are also turning up here, as well as supplying the gangs with new recruitment pools.

Losing a thousand officers, or even half that number, would not be good in this environment.

I was reminded of all this by the following story from my old home town, Why are Police Officers Refusing the Vax?. It’s not just NZ:

… they question the efficacy of the jab and believe that public health officials and other government officials have simply gone too far. “My body; my choice” has become a semi-ironic rallying cry among those who want to retain their medical freedom — whether its police officers or employees of small and large businesses facing mandates.

One Chicago police lieutenant who spoke to the Chicago Tribune under the condition of anonymity said: “I would sooner resign than be forced to get the vaccine.”

“Last year, when the riots were going on and the city’s burning, they were putting us 50 people deep on a CTA bus and driving us around,” he continued. “They made us work 12-hour days for 40 days straight, with no days off. That’s our job. That’s what we did. And people are now forgetting about that.”

Chicago’s crime is on a different scale to Auckland of course, but as I’ve pointed out, the same ideological ideas about “reforming” our systems of police and justice that are driving the rapidly increasing rates of violent crime in the US, and especially in Deep Blue cities like Chicago (which are basically One Party places), are appearing here in NZ, from pressure for reduced charges to light sentences to reduced prison numbers.

The numbers of unvaxxed cops are similar also:

Since Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s directive went into effect, 84% of Chicago police have reported their vaccination status on the city’s official portal. The anonymous lieutenant is among the 23% of who reported they are not fully vaccinated.

I fear that the phrase I may hear from this government at some point will be that of the Pentagon, that the goal has been achieved with “acceptable collateral damage“.

Inflation heading this way in 2022

In effect we’ve already been seeing inflation in New Zealand for a year now, as the huge flush of government created / borrowed money, designed to keep businesses and people afloat, has flowed into a New Zealand economy that could not absorb it thanks to lockdowns and other restrictions imposed by the government to fight the great Chinese Xi Snot pandemic. It’s just that our inflation has mainly been in the form of insane increases in house prices across the nation, none more so than in Auckland (Refer to the chart at the end of this article).

But in the US inflation is not showing up in house prices – yet. Over there it’s crashing into people’s consciousness in the prices they’re paying for everyday products.

Inflation hit 6.8% for November, which is the worst mark since 1982 when the country was still recovering from the Jimmy Carter years.

That’s just the generic figure and its calculation quite deliberately misses some everyday things. For ordinary people the following is the real inflation they’re facing.

Incidentally that article points out that this shocking piece of economic news is the likely reason why the following happened…

Earlier in the week, news broke that the White House had been colluding with mainstream media outlets in order to change the narrative surrounding Joe Biden’s fledgling economy. That collusion quickly produced results, with outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC complaining that the administration was being treated unfairly.

Inflation for some of these things are already flowing into NZ, starting with the price of petrol. But the rest will be along soon enough to add to our already unaffordable homes, as pointed out by Mr Reddell at Croaking Cassandra:

If house price inflation slowed to 1 per cent per annum, year in year out and incomes rose by 2.6 per cent per annum, in 20 years time the nationwide price/income ratio would be 5.85.

And if by some chance you think a price/income of 6 doesn’t sound too bad. well (a) you’ve just too used to latter day New Zealand, and (b) check the table on page 15 of the Demographia report for the metropolitan areas (most of them) with ratios lower than 6, in lots of cases much much lower. New York – never really thought of as a cheap place to live – shows at 5.9, Montreal at 5.6, Manchester (UK) at 4.8, Nashville at 4.2, Edmonton at 3.8, and on downwards.

Graph from an older post, A Distorted Economy:

Written by Tom Hunter

December 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm

The Bitcoin House

Read an interesting article today on the news out of the USA that some 30% of men are not employed in that nation.

What was unusual about the article was that it decided to ignore the usual angle of exploring why this is the case, instead focusing on how all these millions of American men actually live without a job.

One section looked at investments and aside from a doubling in retail stock market investment accounts there was also this:

Now crypto. You can laugh all you want, but the simple fact is that the price of bitcoin is up from $4,861 on March 12, 2000 to $47,763 today, or basically up 10X, (and remember it even hit $64,888.99 this spring).

Hmmmm. That’s an annual increase of 11.49% per year over twenty one years. Not bad.

The other day I checked out what our house is worth and was shocked and appalled to find out how much it’s increased in value in just the last year.

I’ve known for some years now how crazy things have been with NZ housing. I’ve been saying for a decade that this could not go on. Yet it has and although I thought I knew how crazy it has become I was still under-estimating the insanity.

Moreover when I ran the numbers over time I saw that our “investment” in house has increased by 11% per year on average for twenty years.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 19, 2021 at 5:23 pm

More Insanity for your delight

Well you may not be delighted at the first item, especially if you have kids looking for a house in New Zealand.

I’ve removed the name of the real estate company as I see no reason to give them free advertising after they dropped this through our mailbox the other day.

A 71% increase above the CV. Obviously the house and other structures on the site are worth nothing.

This is not a flash area, even by the moderate standards of Glenn Innes in Auckland, yet this is what’s happening even there. They’re also quite open about land banking and development, as if things like the “brightline test” and no longer being able to deduct expenses as a renter just don’t amount to a speed bump.

That’s because these are companies with teams of lawyers and accountants, and there is no limit to how “money” can be shuffled around to avoid the prescriptive revenge of Leftist governments.

Friends of ours, a Russian immigrant family we met twenty years ago when they landed in NZ at the same time we did, lived in this very street until last year and after years of scrimping and penny pinching, did well enough out of this insanity to be able to buy a section not far away and build a new house. Given the racism from their neighbours that they had to put up with for years they were glad to go.

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The second item is something we all try to avoid, getting tangled up in government bureaucracy – and death.

Many years ago I laughed at one of the crazy stories from the book Catch 22. One of the characters, Doc Daneeka, is gaming extra income by getting flight pay via signing up to fly on standard shakedown flights of bombers that have been repaired. A quick flight around the base and it’s all good, but Daneeka doesn’t even want to do that and the pilots let it slide. Then one of these bomber flights – with his name on the roster – crashes into a nearby mountain in full view of the base. “Poor Doc Daneeka” says one man, even as the Doc, standing beside him, is saying, “but I’m right here”. He ends up living in a ripped up tent on the edge of the base, stealing food wherever he can. Even the amoral capitalist genius of Milo Minderbinder and the evil bureaucratic genius of PFC Wintergreen, cannot resurrect him. It gets to the point that people ignore him when he speaks to them. He also just vanishes from the story eventually, his true fate unknown.

Meet the modern French version of the Doc, Jeanne Pouchain, and marvel at real-life insanity.

‘They said I don’t exist. But I am here’ – one woman’s battle to prove she isn’t dead.

The letter informed her that a lawyer in a court case relating to her cleaning business had told the court that she had died, aged 53, in February 2016. Somehow, this unverified claim – there was no official death certificate, how could there be? – was allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged.

The thing that really gets me is that a relatively minor court could let this happen, but somehow higher courts and supposed authorities can’t seem to reverse the process:

Several courts, including the Cour de Cassation, the highest in the French judicial system, have examined the case and conceded there appeared to be “irregularities”, but deemed it was beyond their competence to bring Pouchain back from the dead. So who can? Pouchain’s local MP’s office tells me they have taken up her case. The MP, Valéria Faure-Muntian, told Pouchain she has spoken to the justice minister, Éric Dupond-Moretti, who is a member of the French bar and will keep a close eye on the case.

Aside from frozen bank accounts and not being able to access the French healthcare system, there’s also ordinary things like not having a passport and a driver’s licence, which crimp your lifestyle to say they least, although when I read this bit …

Then [the gendarme] looked on the central database and he said, ‘I wouldn’t drive if I were you, because you don’t exist. You don’t have a licence.’”

Ok. So what happens if they arrest her for that? Or for anything really? How can you charge a dead person with a crime, convict them and send them to jail? Perhaps she should have tried getting the system to fight itself to a resolution.

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The last concerns the hopeless story creation in Hollywood in the last twenty years, with a seemingly endless line of re-boots, sequels and super-hero movies being made – and starting to sag in box-office returns.

Somebody on social media decided to spark some ideas using merely the photos of two actresses.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Phil Twyford, BA

Phil Twyford’s profile page on the Labour Party website contains this:

After studying politics at Auckland University, Phil worked as a journalist and union organiser before becoming the founding Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand.

I presume, although I cannot find confirmation anywhere, that he graduated from Auckland University with a BA.

So going forward, I will address him as Phil Twyford, BA.

The BA stands for Bullshit Artist.

Written by Nick K

May 12, 2018 at 3:16 am

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HDH

Adolf visited Auckland for a few days last week to attend the funeral of his last surviving uncle who reached the age of ninety.

Before I departed, I was taken for an early morning drive through Hobsonville, Whenuapai and Kumeu to see some examples of high density housing (HDH) and the scope of land about to be opened for subdivision.   There doesn’t appear to be any shortage of land for housing.  Just a shortage of roads to carry all the extra cars.

However I’m bloody glad I don’t live there.  Stacked one against each other for mile after mile, they’ll be slums in thirty years’ time.

I wonder how they’d go in a fire.  You’d smell the stink of roasting pork from twenty miles away.

Written by adolffinkensen

March 21, 2018 at 6:05 am

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All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

Chinese buyers are pulling out of Sydney’s residential real estate market.

Why is this so?

The Chinese gummint has introduced tough restriction on the mount of money its citizens can send out of China, that’s why.

(Paywall)

The unthinkable has started to happen. The mass of Chinese property buyers who snapped up Australian apartments “off the plan” on the basis of a 10 per cent deposit have started to walk away from their agreements in Sydney……

………On the one hand Chinese are rescinding but they are being replaced by other investors of Asian origin plus Australian investors.
Yesterday, I detailed how the Chinese government was really clamping down on money leaving the country for real estate investment and this is the reason for the Chinese turning their backs on their Australian contracts — the local banks will not help and the investors can’t get their money out of China. The same problem is affecting real estate markets in North America (Real estate rattled as Chinese capital flows ebb, August 3).

Poor old Phil Twyford.  Falls flat on his arse, yet again.

So maybe now we can forget the myth of Chinese buyers pushing the Auckland market and get on with booting out the real cause, Auckland Council.

BTW the problem of journalistic illiteracy  infects The Australian as well as lesser newspapers.
In this case the writer talks of buyers ‘rescinding on their contracts.’  Unbelievable!

You either renege on a contract or you rescind the contract but you don’t rescind on a contract

Written by adolffinkensen

August 4, 2016 at 12:34 am

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LABOUR DUMPS ON LABOUR

Not sure I get this.   The ‘nice’ Mr Little said that “Government support for the (Unitary) plan’s housing provisions showed it was more out of touch than anyone expected”.

Last time I looked Auckland was ‘privileged’ to have a Labour Mayor along with ‘Left’ aligned Council.

Seems to me Labour is putting the boot into its own people in accusing them of getting it wrong.   One is entitled to ask if Labour thinks it’s own people are failing Auckland then what chance a bunch of Chardonnay Socialists from Wellington getting it right … answer – ‘fat’.

Written by The Veteran

August 3, 2016 at 2:13 am