Monday Retrograde Notes

Instead of topics, a weekly diary. New, comments and links. This takes a little less effort and makes for a bonus at the end of the week. The image is taken this week from Ace of Spades and is part of the Univerisity of Chicago Library.

We used to be able to build beautiful. We need to recall that we did better. After this crisis, we can do better again. Let’s get on with it. There is a lot going on, so this will be on multiple days.

The Australians have a good system. If a person commits a crime there, and is a citizen elsewhere, he or she must go back. They also require all parliamentarians to be citizens of Australia alone, which led to the left hunting down anyone with a Kiwi or British Grandparent and kicking them out of Parliament (turned out there were more of such on the left side of the house than amongst the liberal/national coalition). But our government is now in a quandary.

Thirty New Zealanders will be deported from Australia this week and will stay in a state-run isolation facility for 14 days upon arrival.
Australia’s deportation programme, which was halted during the Covid-19 lockdown, is resuming. Extra security is being put in place, and risk assessments of the individuals will be carried out. Inmates have told RNZ they are relieved an end is in sight after lengthy stays in Australian immigration jails.

A spokesperson for the New Zealand Government’s Covid-19 response team says the deportees will number 30 and arrive on a charter flight this week. Health Minister Chris Hipkins told RNZ’s Morning Report programme today the Government is against the deportations but Australia is within the law to do it. “We’re receiving them because we’re obliged to receive them – but it would be wrong to say we’re happy about it.”

The deportees will be staying at a dedicated inner-city hotel with enhanced security attached to it, Hipkins said. Once they finish their quarantine, they will be released into the community. “In the eyes of the law, they’ve done their time, they have been released, and we have to treat them accordingly,” Mr Hipkins said. He said there would be no tolerance for anyone breaking the rules.

The minister in charge of managed isolation, Megan Woods, told Morning Report there will be a pause after the first group to see how it went. “This group will be a first go at it and we’ll see how that’s managed.” Woods said 30 people is a relatively small cohort and shouldn’t be too difficult to manage. She said she expects the deportees to behave like all returnees.

National Party leader Todd Muller said New Zealanders would be rightly nervous about the deportees. “The Government needs to front up with the details about the facility and tell us where it’s going to be and how secure it’s going to be and, of course, that’s a challenge because the managed isolation solutions haven’t been secure – and that’s with the support of the army and the police. On what basis are they going to give us confidence that they can manage this?”

Hipkins said they are keeping the details of the managed isolation facility private to prevent vigilante justice from occurring. He said there have been instances of individuals and their families getting bullied online.

There have been four people leave isolation, one of whom was COVID positive, last week. Let’s see how this goes: I would not be that hopeful.

On the political front, Bomber has made his predictions 10 weeks out from the election. Bomber thinks our PM walks on water.

  • Labour over 50%, governing alone
  • National under 30%, imploding
  • Greens under 5%: irrelevant, gone
  • ACT at 4 – 5%, and back in
  • NZ first gone
  • All the Christian parties labeled hateful nutters, and in his opinion gone
  • TOP party gone

Worth noting as Bomber is always incorrect. Ten weeks in a crisis is a very long time.

On a theological note, Gunner is getting it right. Pentecostal churches take note: the female pastors should be dealing with the women, which is a task for Sisyphus. You should be raising Godly men to do your job so you don’t have to.

Pastoring would not be difficult if pastors practiced discipleship, that is, training their replacements. When I train a new guy at work, I want him to eventually not need me anymore so I can play video games and Internet porn while he makes me a bushel of money. Something like that, anyway. I train new guys to do my work, not to cheerlead while I martyr myself at 80 hours per workweek.

But pastors, they insist on doing it all from the Sunday sermon to marriage counseling to visiting the sick to defying unlawful government. If they would simply teach a layman to help with the hard tasks then their stress levels would drop considerably.

That’s layMAN, nota bene, not co-author Maria Baer. Seeking help from female clergy/theologians will make the pastor’s job much harder than simply taking a hit for God’s “no wimminz in pulpits” rule.

From Town Hall: Vox Day calls BLM Black Looming Menace.

Peter Grant notes that you have to prepare for yourselves. You cannot rely on others: that is for children, fools and the frail. We are in a crisis, and the time to prepare was six months ago. But while it is quiet, do what you can.

If we fail to prepare for emergencies, why should others who did prepare share their preps with us? They’ll have demands on them from their own family and close circle. What right do we have to expect them to spend their time, money and resources making the preparations we should have made for ourselves?

Miss D. and I have a limited reserve of supplies for emergencies. We can live reasonably comfortably, food-wise, for a month, and stretch that to three months on a beans-and-rice diet if we have to. We also have a small network of close friends with whom we’ll share, and whom we’ll help if they need it. I’m more than willing to share my ammo stash with that same circle, knowing that they’ll do the same for me if need be. However, outside that circle, I’m going to be a lot more reluctant to give away things we’re very likely to need for our own use. Unless you have a claim on my wife and I that we already acknowledge, and which we’ve decided we’re prepared to meet, you’re likely to get a stony answer.

I do not think anyone in the Southern Hemisphere should claim that we have dealt with the current virus until we are through winter. It is taking over in Australia again, and it appears to be spreading from Victoria to New South Wales. This is destroying that green project: public transport.

City workers are avoiding Sydney public transport and putting on their walking shoes for an hour-long schlep from home into the office to reduce their risk of coronavirus infection. Rachelle Kells walks for one hour and 20 minutes from her home in Coogee to her office in Australia Square at least twice a week to avoid crowded buses and fit in some exercise. It’s something I can control,” she says. “I can’t really control what I’m going to be faced with on the bus. “If it’s not raining and I can get out and walk I’d prefer to do that to protect myself and others.”
Australian Bureau of Statistics data from the end of May found the vast majority of working Australians were comfortable returning to work, but close to 60 per cent were uncomfortable with using public transport. Ms Kells, a senior marketing manager at commercial property landlord Dexus, said she carried hand sanitiser and a mask when she needed to use the bus and had been concerned to see many people failing to observe social distancing.
Simone Coburn, who also works for Dexus, walks to and from Leichhardt three days a week to avoid the risk of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus on the bus. She said walking directly to work was a better use of time than going to her nearest bus stop and commuting into the city. “I’ve tried to keep exercising during COVID and am a little bit hesitant still to get on the bus,” she said.
Ms Coburn said the office shower facilities were regularly cleaned and tightly controlled to regulate the number of people using them at any one time. She said a Dexus survey of 1000 of its tenants in May found a high proportion of workers have reported exercising less and snacking more while working from home. About half felt less connected at home. She said she was looking forward to returning to work full time to bounce ideas around with colleagues more freely after spending the lockdown working from home.
Dexus has reported 40 per cent occupancy rates across its office towers in the Sydney CBD and expected this to rise to 60 per cent after the July school holidays.

Always pay attention to what the Karens of this world are doing.

In the meantime, the Portland Anarchists, having driven anyone sane out of town, are making up new victims to fuel their haterage, now called virtue. What would have been playground abuse when i was a kid now gets you arrested in the UK.

You don’t arrest 12 year olds for abusing players. You get them to go to training and teach them their limitations.

Advise your children to not be on the twitter or the tiktok. The police are watching, and they are not there for your benefit. Stay with your friends, and don’t be a tool of the elite.