(ACT media release)
“A slush fund of taxpayers’ money announced less than two weeks before the election has created just five percent of the jobs promised and New Zealanders are owed an explanation,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Information revealed by the ACT Party shows that 158 full time jobs have been created by the Provincial Growth Fund’s $96.5 million to renovate marae. None of these jobs are permanent.
“At the time I called this for what it is, a slush fund of taxpayers’ money to buy votes. The timing so close to the election was cynical – but somewhat expected from Shane Jones. But Jacinda Ardern and her cabinet allowed it to happen and she needs to explain why it’s been such a huge failure.
“The press release from Government promised it would create 3100 jobs. So far, with around half the fund spent it’s created just five percent of the promised jobs.
“The Government needs to be up front about how many jobs will actually be created from this fund. A hundred million dollars is a lot of money and taxpayers are clearly not getting value from this.
“At a time when we’re drowning in debt, we can’t afford for wasteful spending like this which will take generations to pay off.
“The Provincial Growth Fund has been a failure. It hasn’t created the jobs that were promised. The money has to come from somewhere, and New Zealanders are smart enough to work out it’s from their taxes.”
An explosive new study by researchers at the prestigious Salk Institute casts doubt on the current crop of gene-based vaccines that may pose a grave risk to public health. The article, which is titled “The novel coronavirus’ spike protein plays additional key role in illness”, shows that SARS-CoV-2’s “distinctive ‘spike’ protein”..”damages cells, confirming Covid-19 as a primarily vascular disease.” While the paper focuses strictly on Covid-related issues, it unavoidably raises questions about the new vaccines that contain billions of spike proteins that could greatly increase the chances of severe illness or death. Here’s an excerpt from the article dated April 30, 2021:
“In the new study, the researchers created a “pseudovirus” that was surrounded by SARS-CoV-2 classic crown of spike proteins, but did not contain any actual virus. Exposure to this pseudovirus resulted in damage to the lungs and arteries of an animal model—proving that the spike protein alone was enough to cause disease. Tissue samples showed inflammation in endothelial cells lining the pulmonary artery walls. (Note– “Vascular endothelial cells line the entire circulatory system, from the heart to the smallest capillaries.”)
The team then replicated this process in the lab, exposing healthy endothelial cells (which line arteries) to the spike protein. They showed that the spike protein damaged the cells by binding ACE2. This binding disrupted ACE2’s molecular signaling to mitochondria (organelles that generate energy for cells), causing the mitochondria to become damaged and fragmented.
Previous studies have shown a similar effect when cells were exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but this is the first study to show that the damage occurs when cells are exposed to the spike protein on its own.” (“The novel coronavirus’ spike protein plays additional key role in illness”, Salk.edu)
The new research paper is the equivalent of a hydrogen bomb. It changes everything by confirming what vaccine critics have been theorizing for months but were unable to prove.
Now there is solid evidence that:
- Covid-19 is primarily a disease of the vascular system (The vascular system, also called the circulatory system, is made up of the vessels that carry blood and lymph through the body.) and not the respiratory system.
- The main culprit is the spike protein. (Spike protein–“a glycoprotein that protrudes from the envelope of some viruses” Merriam-Webster “Like a key in a lock, these spike proteins fuse to receptors on the surface of cells, allowing the virus’s genetic code to invade the host cell, take over its machinery and replicate.” Bruce Lieberman)
Simply put, if Covid-19 is primarily a vascular disease and if the main instrument of physical damage is the spike protein, then why are we injecting people with billions of spike proteins?
(National Party media release)
New Zealand has a truancy crisis as new figures show almost 40 per cent of students did not attend school regularly in term four of 2020, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.
“Given there has been a serious fall in regular attendance at schools over the past five years, excuses that the latest figures are a result of Covid-19 don’t wash.
“Nor can the fall in attendance be blamed on older students for whom school is not compulsory. Worryingly, since 2015 there has been an increase in primary school students who are absent from class.
“Reports show that there has been a decline in our maths achievement and as a country we’re falling off the pace internationally. There are debates around the best way turn this around, whether it’s our curriculum or teaching methods that are contributing to the problem.
“But there’s one thing there can be no debate on, we can’t improve our educational achievement and turn around our declining standards in foundational subjects if our kids are not at school.
“Being away from school holds back learning progress. The research is unequivocal that every day of school missed will harm student achievement.
“The Government needs to start sending a clear message to parents, it’s your job to get your kids to school. It’s time as well to get Attendance Services working effectively.
“Ministers shouldn’t try and explain away absences as a result of increased sickness. If our children are getting sicker that’s a problem in of itself.
“A good education opens doors for children. It gives them opportunities they otherwise may not have had.
“We need a Government who takes truancy seriously and makes attendance at school its number one priority in education.”
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by Tony Orman
Dave Richardson of Marlborough has written a mammoth book — 450 pages in all — about his hunting life that features accounts of his years hunting deer in Fiordland.
It’s a great read about a man, a very remarkable hunter, jet boater and helicopter pilot.
Why did he pen the book which took years in compiling?
“It’s because a number of people urged me to write a book about my hunting years and particularly about Fiordland,” he says. The saga of Fiordland became known as The Deer Wars, somewhat a misnomer in Dave’s opinion.
The experienced survived
“It was survival of the experienced plus those who weren’t fool-hardy. Those who didn’t know how to hunt, seldom survived and left. A very few took crazy risks and didn’t survive,” is how Dave Richardson reflected on his years in the era known as the “Deer Wars”.
To some extent some men became addicted to hunting like adrenalin junkies — and they could be prone to take risks.
Over 80 men died in the pursuit of deer and dollars and many more were injured. “But that needed to be put in context,” said Dave Richardson.
“Similarly there’s accidents and fatalities with small aircraft and top dressing operations,” he points out. “Like any business, there were two contrasting types — the irresponsible cowboys and the sensible responsible operators.”
Dave Richardson survived a helicopter accident that was not due to taking an absurd risk but was simply due to bad aircraft maintenance. “It was just aircraft engineers not doing their job properly,” he says now confined to the wheelchair as a result of the mishap.
“I always had in the back of my mind, my wife Jan and kids at home, so I didn’t take risks. Most were similarly sensible but yes a few others weren’t. After all it’s no different to drunken drivers being a blight on the majority of sensible motorists is it?”
Care for Wapiti not carried out
Born in Central Hawkes Bay in the North Island Dave grew up at a tiny village called Tikokino on Highway 50 in the late afternoon shadow of the Ruahine Ranges. In his schoolboy years Dave shot his first deer in the Ruahines and was hooked on hunting.
In 1970, Dave and his wife Jan established a freezer operation where hunters could sell deer. With the welfare of the unique wapiti herd in mind, he openly encouraged hunters to kill selectively, i.e. shoot hybrid wapiti-red deer crosses and red deer, and leave pure wapiti unharmed.
However, the death knell for Fiordland’s wapiti came when live deer capture operations removed pure bred wapiti from the park. Three cabinet ministers had promised to save the wapiti herd but in Dave’s opinion, their assurances were hollow.
“The whole saga was a sham. In fact some government connected people allegedly got those pure bred wapiti put on their deer farms. It was arguably corrupt,” he reflects. Underlying it was the seriously flawed National Parks Act which still outlaws “introduced species” such as wapiti, red deer and even trout.
“It’s about time we accepted some introduced species as valued,” he adds. “After all, all humans are introduced by migration and our essential farm animals are introduced.”
There was “slipshod” management with the wapiti. The helicopter industry was flawed with failure to enforce proper regulations while helicopter operators were forced to buy second hand parts, gear and helicopters.
The deer war era was tumultuous with a loss of over 80 human lives plus many accidents such as Dave suffered. Despite the disorganised mismanagement, it was an exciting occupation to be in.
“Without a doubt, crazy as it seems, I’d do it again,” he smiles.
It’s all in With Few Regrets.
The book is an absorbing insight into the:
- the “Deer Wars”
- the mismanagement of wapiti
- the politics involved.
Using his personal diaries the author tells not only his story but also many of the people he worked with. Liberally illustrated with photos, it’s an excellent read.
With Few Regrets by Dave Richardson (self-published); Price: $60 plus $8 postage, total $68. Available from the author, 9 Beatrice Place, Rarangi, Blenheim R.D. 7273; e-mail contact <email@example.com> Payment by direct credit.
The Who legend Roger Daltrey says the ‘woke’ generation is creating a miserable world that serves to stifle the kind of creative freedom he enjoyed in the 60s.
The iconic frontman made the comments during a recent appearance on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 podcast.
“I don’t know, we might get somewhere because it’s becoming so absurd now with AI, all the tricks it can do, and the woke generation,” said Daltrey.
“It’s terrifying, the miserable world they’re going to create for themselves. I mean, anyone who’s lived a life and you see what they’re doing, you just know that it’s a route to nowhere,” he added.
The singer noted how he was lucky to have lived through an era where freedom of speech was encouraged, not silenced.
“Especially when you’ve lived through the periods of a life that we’ve had the privilege to. I mean, we’ve had the golden era. There’s no doubt about that,” he said.
This Who song from 1968 seems very appropriate with the government oppression we are being subjected to now. —Eds
As of today, the Free Speech Coalition is no more. But we’re not giving in to the enemies of free speech — to the contrary. We are delighted to announce the launch of our bigger and better effort: The Free Speech Union.
The name is not ironic. One of the early wins of the trade union movement was the limited work day – that when you knocked off after 8 hours, you were no longer a servant of the employer class. With the enemies of free speech now going after people’s employment, it is a principle we need to re-assert.
We think it says crisply just what is now needed to defend freedom of speech. We need to stand with people being intimidated, cancelled, deplatformed, piled on by social media, doxxed and threatened with bankruptcy if they seek legal protection.
When we started the Free Speech Coalition in 2018, most of us thought freedom of speech was fundamental in New Zealand’s traditions, our culture, our constitution, and our law. We thought that all we needed to do was ensure that the enemies of free speech knew they could end up in court if they abused their power. The High Court decision essentially mocked that faith. And while last week’s Court of Appeal decision was better, it was hardly reassuring.
In the terrifyingly short period since the Coalition came together to oppose Mayor Goff’s claim to be free to use control of Council facilities to suppress unwelcome debate, New Zealand has seen cancel culture become mainstream in our media, universities, and public institutions.
At the same time, the tactics of those who wish to suppress free public discourse have changed. We are increasingly seeing online activists and social media mobs target people’s employment in order to silence them:
- A Massey University academic was subject to a disciplinary process for satirising gender pronoun enforcement in his weekly newspaper column.
- A high school teacher was investigated by the Teaching Council because he wore a MAGA hat to an Auckland Black Lives Matter protest.
- An Auckland Transport staffer was harassed in the media and publicly denounced by his employer for a comment made in a private Facebook group.
In short, we have to revitalise the cultural foundations for freedom of speech: we need to make free speech fashionable again. We have to defend tolerance.
Courts may still be an essential battleground. But many lawyers are now part of an elite political consensus that freedom of speech is passe – that they are justified in ending it to protect their values from challenge by outsiders. They believe that ends justify means. To them it’s OK to gag speech that might mislead ordinary people away from paths defined by their moral betters.
So we are gearing up to help people defend themselves, and others, against being de-platformed, cancelled, intimidated, and suppressed. The most immediate and powerful support will often be mutual support from fellow workers – people who may be feeling too threatened at the moment to speak up, or who have no practical way to gauge how many share their concerns. Hence, we’ve registered as a trade union.
There is precedent, a similar group in the United Kingdom was launched early last year by an associate editor of The Spectator, Toby Young, and Douglas Murray. We are launching the New Zealand Free Speech Union as the first ‘sister group’ using the name under licence.
But why a real union?
New Zealand law on unions is not restrictive. Our primary purpose remains protecting and promoting the human right of free speech.
The union model has advantages:
- the right to access employer’s property to conduct union business. The next time Massey University bans Don Brash or Martin Bradbury because what they might say is ‘unsafe’ – we may organise a union event on campus. That could include giving those they want to de-platform the legal right to enter as delegates of the Union.
- employers can’t stop people from joining our union – if they do, they’ll be in breach of employment law. We know of instances where universities have scolded academics for their public support of free speech / our campaign. If they try to do that with the Free Speech Union, they’ll be breaching employment law.
The union model also indicates our intention to build capacity to decide quickly on members’ legal position. Employment law is not reserved for lawyers, but some cases will need expertise in other areas (for example, defamation). Unions can advise members, without being treated as offering lawyer services to the public. Long term, the Union will need this capability.
And membership isn’t limited to just employees
We’ve set up the Union to allow anyone who agrees with our Statement of Values to join – including the self-employed, retirees, or people who are already a member of another union (you can be a member of your existing union, and the Free Speech Union).
Will you join us?
The enemies of free speech are now openly using their powers in government, online, in leadership positions in the media, in dominant businesses, and within the cultural elite. Defenders of freedom of speech are likely still to be in the majority. But they will not be effective as a silent majority. That’s why we’re coming together with the express goal of building solidarity.
Thank you for your support.
Free Speech Union
Given the rush to market for the Covid vaccines, could their safety be adequately assessed? No chance. From Suzie Halewood at off-guardian.org:
In 1956 German pharmaceutical company Chemie Grünenthal GmbH, licensed a new experimental drug designed to treat colds, flu, nausea and morning sickness. Known as Distaval in the UK, Distillers Biochemicals Ltd declared the drug could ‘be given with complete safety to pregnant women and nursing mothers without adverse effect on mother or child’ – a basic pre-requisite for licensing a drug.
While forty-nine countries licensed the drug under multiple different names, the then head of the FDA Dr. Frances Kelsey, a physician-pharmacologist with a profound interest in fetal development, refused authorization for use in the US market due to her concerns about the lack of evidence regarding the drug’s safety.
The drug was also known as Thalidomide.
Sixty-five years on and the stringent safety measures brought in to avoid another scandal on the scale of Thalidomide have been swept aside in order to fast track the approval of experimental mRNA vaccines. This is in spite of concerns voiced by (among others) Dr Wolfgang Wodarg and Dr Michael Yeadon who petitioned the European Medical Agency (EMA) with a Administrative/Regulatory Stay Of Action in regard to the BioNtech/Pfizer study on BNT162b – not just in regard to concerns about pregnant women, the foetus and infertility – but also in regard to the effect of the mRNA vaccines on those with prior immunity, for whom immunization could lead to a hyperinflammatory response, a cytokine storm, and a generally dysregulation of the immune system that allows the virus to cause more damage to their lungs and other organs of their body.
Related — Telegram page for Covid vaccine victims