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Canada: “Holding an election during a pandemic would be irresponsible

Canada: “Holding an election during a pandemic would be irresponsible

Canada Has Suspended Elections… Forever? From the parliament website, starting at 15:17 they explain the vote, then cast it: SUBJECT Opposition Motion (Elections during a pandemic) MOTION TEXT That: (a) the House remind the government that a general election was held in October 2019 and sadly note that more than 1.3 million Canadians, including almost 360,000 Quebecers, have been infected with COVID-19 and that nearly 25,000 people have died as a result; and (b) in the opinion of the House,…

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New Zealand is changing the law TODAY

New Zealand is changing the law TODAY

Think of the Orwellain Doublespeak here.  “The Government will introduce a Bill tomorrow to make sure New Zealanders continue to have timely access to the medicines and treatments they need. The Medicines Amendment Bill is expected to be passed under urgency tomorrow in order to protect New Zealanders’ early access to medicines when needed,” —Andrew Little Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said that the court judgment showed “a weakness in the Medicines Act” “The courts have interpreted the provisional approval…

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The Illusion of Freedom

The Illusion of Freedom

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” —-Frank Zappa

Sunday musings

Sunday musings

I want to talk about the following graph which is doing the rounds on Facebook and is discussed in the article below.  It is all a way of patting ourselves on the back and telling us what a good job the government is doing. But what is the reality? These are not proportionate but absolute numbers. Are we comparing apples with apples, or apples compared to oranges. The population of New Zealand is approximately 4.5 million and the population of…

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