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Daily review 16/03/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 16th, 2020 - 32 comments
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32 comments on “Daily review 16/03/2020 ”

  1. Herodotus 1

    RALLY – Not the best of looks for The Leader of the Free World

    Trump 'offers large sums' for exclusive access to coronavirus vaccine

    https://www.politico.eu/article/germany-confirms-that-donald-trump-tried-to-buy-firm-working-on-coronavirus-vaccine/

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/15/trump-offers-large-sums-for-exclusive-access-to-coronavirus-vaccine

    to move its research wing to the United States and develop the vaccine “for the U.S. only.”
    I thought the US had the best of everything – “health care, and the most talented doctors, scientists and researchers anywhere in the world.” Perhaps they have the ability to BUY the best of

  2. AB 3

    Sigh – it looks like Sleepy Joe got through the 'debate' with Sanders without thinking he was visiting Mandela on Robbins (sic) Island, or threatening to take one of the moderators outside for a 'no malarkey' fist-fight.

    So now the whole thing gets overwhelmed by Covid-19. Joe didn't even subtract 1 like he did wirh AR15's and call it Covid-18 – so he was sharp as a tack and the presumptive leader of the free world. Go Joe – deliver us unto evil!

    Sigh. I can see why some people take solace in religion.

    • The Al1en 3.1

      Good job Biden didn't repeatedly keep referring to c19 as ebola. That would really have the brain disease camp gunning for him.

    • bill 3.2

      He lied about his desire to cut social security; about his bankruptcy bill; about his take on Iraq…

      He dissembled on fracking and AGW.

      He offered many platitudes and fuck all policy.

      He'll be anointed as the chosen one and swapped out if his liberal cohorts and corporate masters really don't want another term of Trump. (I think they’re all happy enough with that prospect)

  3. millsy 4

    If nothing else, the travel restrictions imposed as a result of COVID will give us a good insight into life with less flights to curb climate change.

  4. SPC 5

    Taxpayers Union's eight recommendations:

    Provide one month of sick leave additional to existing rights for the rest of 2020, paid for by the taxpayer

    Use buyouts, not bailouts. Taxpayer funds paid to companies must be in return for the Crown taking a significant/majority or total shareholding.

    Scrap the 2020 increase to the minimum wage – but if the Government insists on going ahead, have it meet the costs to employers for the next 18 months.

    Fund unlimited childcare for health workers, aged care workers, and Police staff for the next 18 months.

    Partner with Progressives, Foodstuffs and Uber to make grocery delivery free.

    Give lump-sum payments by retrospectively cutting the bottom tax rate from 10.5% to 5% for the 2019/2020 tax year.

    Expand “Winter Energy Payments” to begin immediately and continue for the next 12 months.

    Suspend interest and penalties until the end of 2020 for late tax payments from employers.

    • KJT 5.1

      Right wing nutters advocating "socialist" solutions, in an emergency, again!

      Reminds me of the meme, about the shortage of atheists' in foxholes.

      • Muttonbird 5.1.1

        Unbelievable.

        1. Any provision for contractors?

        2. Jesus, the government then owns tens of thousands of little pieces of private companies. That doesn't sound expensive to manage at all.

        4. Completely unfair preference for some sectors which have shown zero increased demand so far.

        5. Giving money to Uber? FUCK YOU!

        6. Here rich people, have $750 extra. You deserve it.

        8. Love to see the IRD grapple with this. Waiving penalties is against their very reason for existence.

    • Anne 5.2

      Using the pandemic to give the appearance they're still relevant.

    • SPC 6.1

      If they get those results with people over 60, 70 and 80 …

    • Incognito 6.2

      Remdesivir and chloroquine effectively inhibit the recently emerged novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in vitro

      https://www.nature.com/articles/s41422-020-0282-0 [note the date]

      • Rosemary McDonald 6.2.1

        🙄

        Those Aussies. They'll be laying claim to pavlova next.

      • Andre 6.2.2

        Chloroquine? Sounds like a good reason to get back on the gin and tonics. Heavily.

        • Incognito 6.2.2.1

          Different compound but who needs an excuse to raid the bottle shop for a medicinal drink? When you have a bad hangover, you can self-isolate for a fortnight.

          • Andre 6.2.2.1.1

            Chloroquine is a quinine analog. Why go for a pale synthetic imitation when you can have the natural original real thing? Maybe it's even better when used as prophylaxis. Has anyone tested it yet? It'll be a sacrifice, but I'm willing to spend the next six months or year in an alcoholic haze to test it out.

      • SPC 6.2.3

        Why did no one translate the article into Italian?

  5. Muttonbird 7

    800 workers on the Untitled Amazon Project were given 12 hours notice last night.

    At least three other major projects have been postponed/cancelled; Beast, Sweet Tooth, and Cowboy Bebop. These in total will affect about 2000 local film workers this year.

    Local productions are also shutting down. I know of one one today and others will follow. This is devastating for workers who have supported the industry for decades.

    That's the reality of what the hysteria over this flu has caused.

    • Ad 7.1

      Also Lord of the Rings series

      • Muttonbird 7.1.1

        The Untitled Amazon Project is the industry name for Lord of the Rings. Amazon will not allow it to be called anything else in any communications.

        They are extremely secretive in a way we are not used to in New Zealand. The leaking of the memo telling crew don't come Monday to the Herald is a huge deal for some in there.

        But I think they are too secretive and if they want the NZ taxpayer to stump up 250M for this joyride (which is fine, imo) they need to be a bit softer, more approachable and communicative to all stakeholders, including the NZ public.

  6. Blazer 8

    the actions of the RB give a lie to the so called 'strength' of the big banks.

    The results of the stress tests they have undertaken,must have been …fake news.

    Basically we have another bailout/rescue of these parasites.

    • weka 9.1

      what happened? He returned to Australia from Europe, had no symptoms but was tested on entry. How come? And he wasn't told that he needed to self-isolate?

      • McFlock 9.1.1

        It was just before self isolation. But he flew back from France (funeral, fair call, but they had hundreds of cases in France by then) and they offered testing to arriving passengers, and he jumped on another plane the next day before getting the test results.

        So, yay testing.

        Boo string theory (network theory works for information packets and diseas packets).

  7. adam 10

    For those who need a laugh – Norm Macdonald does stand up about coronavirus.

    Please note if you are easily offended – then this will not be for you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-skA4GhVX7k&ab_channel=NormMacdonald

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