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Daily review 02/12/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 2nd, 2021 - 21 comments
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21 comments on “Daily review 02/12/2021 ”

  1. SPC 1

    If there was a mistake made, Cook said it was to start allowing home-based isolation at the end of August for mild or asymptomatic patients, instead of in hospitals or dedicated facilities, just as cases were starting to rapidly climb.

    The intention was to alleviate pressure on the health system, but it instead led to the rapid spread of the virus in communities, he said.

    “For future outbreaks of similarly dangerous viruses, countries should seriously consider the wisdom of allowing infected patients to recover at home, no matter how mild their symptoms,” he said.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/300468361/despite-variants-singapores-covid19-strategy-is-on-track

  2. joe90 2

    tl;dr parasitic worms are endemic in many countries, having parasitic worms interferes with your ability to fight covid or tolerate anti-covd drugs and positive results for Ivermectin might be because Ivermectin kills parasitic worms.

    https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/ivermectin-much-more-than-you-wanted

  3. Dennis Frank 3

    Luxon said the rest of his reshuffle would be set out on Monday, but he had decided to announce Bridges as the finance spokesman and third in caucus early because of its importance. "I want to signal that Simon is a really critical part of my team going forward".

    Luxon said he and Bridges had been "good friends" since Luxon was at Air NZ and Bridges was transport minister. "I totally trust him." He said Bridges had the skills and "intellectual heft" needed for the finance portfolio. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/national-party-leader-chris-luxon-gives-simon-bridges-finance-number-3-ranking/BAE4QFVGQDHV3UVL2NB4YDHZCM/

    Given that the current finance minister has surprisingly failed to screw up despite knowing nothing about finance, could be the job is more figurehead than nous nowadays. Simon faces the intellectual challenge of having to do more than just pr for bau. Actually having original ideas about Aotearoa's future trajectory will probably be too hard for him, but perhaps he might be clever enough to call in a few competent consultants?

    • alwyn 3.1

      I'm afraid that anyone who can say, with an apparently straight face, that "the current finance minister has surprisingly failed to screw up despite knowing nothing about finance" serves mainly to show that your knowledge of finance is sadly limited.

      Are you happy with the house prices rises? Or with the level that inflation is at and that it is heading towards? Or the National debt, both recognised and, as in the case of the money that Kainga Ora has borrowed, hidden away from the Crown Accounts?

      • Pete 3.1.1

        I'm surprised you haven't said he's the worst finance minister in the history of the country. I guess I'll have to go over to Kiwiblog to find such as that.

        And how it's a contest between him, Nordmeyer, Cullen, Caygill and Nash.

        • Dennis Frank 3.1.1.1

          Nordmeyer

          I can still remember listening to the state broadcaster at the time (NZBC?) reporting the Black Budget & consequent reactions from influential quarters.

          I was a child so had not a clue what it was all about, but the tone was ominous, funereal even, as if the authorities had noticed the sky was falling…

      • Dennis Frank 3.1.2

        knowledge of finance

        Has very little to do with the performance of the minister – that was actually the point I made.

        No, can't say I'm happy with the perpetual increase of real estate values. However, I do know enough to be aware that those are produced by the market, and as long as the system of governance is neoliberal there will be no market control or even intervention, except for the RB. So again, the minister is irrelevant.

        As regards inflation, the gist from the media is that it's a systemic consequence rather than ministerial screw-up. To persuade me that the contrary view is correct you'd need to be able to produce a set of quotes from various economists that resemble a professional consensus, right?

        As regards the national debt, that issue is a dead horse rarely flogged nowadays, certainly not by experts, and hardly ever by the man in the street. Re Kainga Ora, I'm agnostic, but if you can prove Grant is responsible for it, I'll be impressed…

    • Ad 3.2

      Jesus Dennis you're a dork.

      3.4% unemployed.

      Increased productivity.

      Positive current account deficit.

      Relatively low business bankruptcies for a huge economic crisis.

      Massively high asset revaluations. Booming stock market.

      Huge government income increases for Budgets 2020, 2021, and 2022.

      Increases in minimum wage.

      Expansion of ACC into employment insurance.

      Adoring business sector propped up on direct subsidies of over $55b and rising.

    • Shanreagh 3.3

      Didn't Luxon's Mummy and Daddy not tell him not to stand with his hands in his pockets. wink

      Just adds to the stuffed head /talking shirt aura though.

  4. Johnr 4

    So we now know how well Simon Bridges is at negotiating a deal . Well done him.

    It will be interesting to see, where the chrushingly persistant big bad Jude ends up

    My choice would be "Tea Lady" but, making really sure that she understands that the 90day employment contract is adhered too.

    My sincere apologies to "tea ladies " in my work experience you were the salt of the earth

    • observer 4.1

      The weird thing is why Luxon keeps insisting there was no deal, he swears it wasn't even mentioned in their discussions before Bridges quit the race (so they talked about the cricket? the weather?).

      Nobody would be shocked if there was a quid-pro-quo, and nobody will say in 2023 "I'm not voting National because MPs did a deal in 2021".

      But they might say they won't vote for a fibber.

      • McFlock 4.1.1

        He went around caucus, said "put our past baggage behind us, let us all be friends together and I have no baggage so can be evenhanded for the new start". Everyone immediately put their political self-interest aside and unanimously supported him for this new era of peace within caucus. That's why he's outside a supermarket.

        It all makes perfect sense.

      • Blazer 4.1.2

        Big brain Bridges most likely used his bro in law as negotiator to keep things at arms…length.

  5. Cricklewood 5

    Despite words to the contrary we lost another very large Pohutakawa today.

    Phil Goff like to make a point of how much money the council has set aside for large mature trees. What many wont realize is that these are not 'new' trees they are actually already existing trees which have been dug out of the ground somewhere else and stored ready for transplant to their new location. Usually with a very high carbon cost.

    To give an example the large Nikaus recently planted down by Princes wharf which look fantastic were removed from a paddock on the Westcoast of the South Island and transported all the way to Auckland at huge expense both in Dollar terms and Carbon miles. They look great but it aint doing shit for the climate.

    • Brigid 5.1

      Where was the Pohutakawa?

      I wouldn't have thought Nikau would survive that salty environment. How long have they been there?

      • Cricklewood 5.1.1

        Kyhber pass just by the old church…

        Few months now sone would be over 100 years old, Costal origin Nikau are fine with Salt grow down onto the beach in plenty of places, like Flax there is variation in them based on geographical location and the local conditions they evolved in.

  6. Blazer 6

    Apparantly Luxon said Bridges had a 'big brain' and was suited to finance.

    Bridges says he is also an expert in body language.

    When Bridges negotiated with Anadarko re an oil deal here in NZ,he managed to squeeze out 40% of profits for….New Zealand.

    That deal' sucks so much,I would hate to see him in charge of the…chequebook.

    • In Vino 6.1

      That big brain misquoted the saying 'The cure is worse than the disease' by saying, 'The medicine is worse than the cure.'

      He then dug down on it, and took a day or two to admit he had stuffed up.

      I have yet to see evidence of a big brain, apart from some university degrees from which he seems to show no intellectual benefit at all.

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