Daily review 16/05/2023

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  1. Ad 1

    Call me dark but the Wellington fire wipes Opposition counter-budget media attacks and clears Thursday for Robertson.

    • bwaghorn 1.1

      Yeah that's pretty cynical

      • Muttonbird 1.1.1

        It's obscene. Comments like this are why I hate this forum.

        James Shaw is furious and it's not hard to see why. The landlord, property manger, building inspector, council, and government should all be in the dock for manslaughter.

        The idea housing should not be forced to be decent and safe because landlords might not invest means that vulnerable people are forced into deliberately dangerous housing.

        We are a scumbag country.

        • Shanreagh 1.1.1.1

          Yes we are MB.

          No sprinklers. The building has been used for businesses and so no sprinklers were needed at the time of building. So those workers back then were also expendable though I have heard it said that the risk was mitigated by 50% as workers had someplace else to go after they finished work.

          As well as people with limited choices of where to live we have people with limited choices of the items they place or use in the places they are housed. I don't know if these apply to Loafers Lodge but often people with low incomes have to buy cheaper furniture so with a MDF construction, polyfoam padding and synthetic covering. These often sit on solution dyed nylon carpet as we cannot afford to put down heavy commercial wool carpet. We have synthetic curtains.

          People may sleep in beds with polycotton sheets and poly duvets etc. Their clothes may be mainly synthetic and not inherently warmer and so a reliance on heaters from the cheap end of the market…..

          All of these poly products are much more flammable. Some such as furniture can be gasp- and hard breathing- inducing once they a start to burn. And they stick to the skin & burn.

          These products are cheap and affordable and not good healthy quality or standards. But is there a rule that only wealthy people can afford clothes and furniture that is going to possibly play a part in killing us?

          At the moment in every op shop in NZ there is a wool bale or two filled to brimming with single use synthetic clothes. With the best will people do try to recycle these clothes with high levels of artificial fibres but most of the time shops cannot put them out to sell. So they either go to tips and form masses that will be with us forever or get shipped to places in the Pacific where bales sit in towns, along riverbanks etc waiting to be recycled.

          We seem to rapidly, well over the last 20 or so years, become a poor poor country. Actually probably when the tariffs protecting NZ clothing, bedding and furniture manufacturers were lifted back in the 1980/90s and the invasion of cheap synthetics began.

  2. joe90 2

    Maga goes full Ariosophy.

    @patriottakes

    At Trump Doral, Prophet Amanda Grace warned of technologically advanced “mermaids and water people” spreading perversion and told the crowd, “we are meant for hand to hand combat.”

    https://twitter.com/patriottakes/status/1657868909716951041

  3. Belladonna 3

    Shout out to NZTA/Waka Kotahi (and presumably the local roading crews in Hawkes Bay and Wairoa) for getting the Wairoa to Napier road open in well under the initial estimates.

    https://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-releases/first-vehicles-begin-their-journey-between-wairoa-and-napier-on-sh2/

    When I saw the pictures (both in the papers, and sent by family/friends in the area) of major bridges totally destroyed – and sections of the road just vanished – I thought they'd be lucky to get the road open in under a year – and the initial estimates were 12 months

    https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/02/22/cyclone-hit-and-isolated-wairoa-faces-year-of-road-closures/

    But the roading crews have done an almighty job – despite ongoing weather issues making life difficult.

    No, it's not complete, and there's still a lot of work to do – in building a more resilient roading system. But, interesting comments on the original infrastructure which has stood the test of time (and cyclones) and is still fit for purpose.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/an-engineering-marvel-what-its-like-to-drive-the-newly-opened-napier-wairoa-rd/73DB7B6HHBHYLFSUI46DJ6WVAM/

    It's not business as usual. The transit time will be significantly greater, as there are one-way stretches, and walking-speed across the temporary Bailey bridge. But a heck of a lot better than nothing.

    This road is a lifeline for the people of Wairoa and surrounds. It's so good to see it operational again.

    • Patricia Bremner 3.1

      I agree Great to see. Makes those who say, "they are not doing enough" look a tad self interested?

  4. joe90 4

    Who woulda thunk it?

    /

    The U.S. Virgin Islands has subpoenaed Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) CEO Elon Musk for documents in its lawsuit accusing JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) of helping enable sexual abuses by late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

    https://www.reuters.com/legal/us-virgin-islands-subpoenaed-elon-musk-jeffrey-epstein-litigation-2023-05-15/?

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