Have I Mentioned How Much I Love Science?

And how I adore transparency?

Well, you can imagine how ecstatic I am when I find science & transparency working in tandem.

Face coverings – the Government overruled Dr. Bloomfield , while following “the science”.

Seems face coverings as a “constant reminder of the pandemic” and “to prompt desirable behaviors” is reason enough.

Section 22 of the Cabinet papers say reasons to maintain use of face coverings are outlined in paras 42-46. Somehow, its those very paras which are redacted.


Entire 70 pages of cabinet briefings, released under OIA here: https://dpmc.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2021-06/proactive-release-package-dpmc-202021-597.pdf?fbclid=IwAR13_u90SUl4kjA2nbGb-LWyDg4peIz-O35rxmsmH0IcHSUerxoJoLY9bFk

(pages 21-26 extracted in post): https://www.newsroom.co.nz/bloomfield-opposed-nationwide-masks-mandate?fbclid=IwAR2G4AnCR_14KUGhlwtEwZcfIRg4fEEQBB9OABuyY57CsbZ2zhQPcI-3FWI

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Leighton Smith Podcast: Muriel Newman Discusses Democracy, Three Waters and He Puapua

We ask whether you think democracy is under threat.

Are Three Waters and He Puapua compatible with democracy?

We don’t think so. But how much do you care?

Muriel Newman takes a dive into the subject with us.



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Unvaccinated Won’t Be Released From Lockdown At 80% Under NSW Roadmap

Those who are not fully vaccinated will remain in lockdown even when the state reaches 80 per cent double dose vaccination, according to Premier Gladys Berejiklian. 

Remember when it was “two weeks to flatten the curve”?

Time to over throw your government New South Wales & tell them to get stuffed!


Difficult' months coming for NSW: Berejiklian | Otago Daily Times Online  News
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Trust The Science!

“We no longer use asbestos because brave people questioned ‘the science’

Doctors no longer recommend cigarettes because brave people questioned ‘the science

DDT is no longer sprayed on people because brave people questioned ‘the science

Pregnant women no longer take thalidomide because brave people questioned ‘the science

Mercury is not used as a cure, and we understand it now as a toxin because brave people questioned ‘the science

Billions of lives saved by simple hand washing pre-surgery because a brave doctor called Ignasz Semmelweis questioned ‘the science’, was put in an asylum and humiliated. At some point, the people questioning ‘the science’ were ridiculed and shunned. They would have been censored. They would have been ignored, ridiculed, shamed and worse. But that’s how science works.

By questioning and finding and researching and observing and yes, sometimes ‘the science’ is wrong and has to be changed based on evidence. All of the practices listed above (and there are many more examples) were believed to be safe and effective.

They were only stopped when enough people questioned them and the evidence honestly and bravely investigated. Questioning the science is not wrong, disrespectful or stupid. It is the intelligent, mature and moral thing to do when you notice something is amiss. It is science itself!”

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