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  #2448191 27-Mar-2020 16:43
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Handle9: That all sounds very nice and is fairly silly. It's of benefit to everyone for businesses that can continue to make reasonable profits to continue to do so. Profit allows them to pay their staff, pay their suppliers and moves money through the economy. This removes the burden from the taxpayer of paying their staff.

Supermarkets are going about their normal business in abnormal times. Profiteering is something else.

 

Sorry I should have said net profit, nobody is suggesting they should be making losses.  The examples I have, and I did post but got no comment or response related to vegetables, with real world examples.  The government has effectively removed competition within this market, and I believe that the supermarkets should move to reduce their net profit as the likes of market gardeners, butchers and other such examples have been closed.

 

Is $3.00 & $6.00 fair for something last week I paid $1.50 & $2.00 for respectively?

 

 

 

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  #2448193 27-Mar-2020 16:47
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freitasm:

 

Interesting photos from around the world.

 

Great set of photos.

 

From an EX RNZAF technician perspective. Spot the glaring maintenance error of all those parked up aircraft in America. NONE have safety protective covers on any of their external orifices. Engine intakes, aircraft pitot tubes etc. I really hope they carry out a FULL & DETAILED external maintenance on those aircraft prior to flying again. Birds and insects love those sorts of orifices to make a home in.

 

Otherwise they could have an even bigger disaster on their hands.





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  #2448196 27-Mar-2020 16:48
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Are supermarket workers getting hazard pay? I'd imagine their normal pay probably isn't that great (I'd assume minimum wage for many of them?), I wouldn't want to be in there at minimum wage at the moment. 


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  #2448197 27-Mar-2020 16:50
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FineWine:

 

NONE have safety protective covers on any of their external orifices.

 

 

Nor me really, just puckered when I read negative news, and underpants, usually.


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  #2448199 27-Mar-2020 16:52
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mattwnz:

 

Those photos are somewhat bleak. But I noticed most people are wearing masks which potentially make them look more bleak, although masks in some countries have been the norm for some time as part of everyday life. When I was in Japan, many people had masks, as they don't want to spread any cold or sniffle they may have. That could be one reason why their rates aren't too bad.

 

Had not thought of that. Viet Nam use them a lot on their 2 to 3 wheel vehicles and open air buses and their toll is even lower than ours.





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  #2448200 27-Mar-2020 16:52
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mattwnz:

 

 

 

If Dyson can make them, and they basically make consumer fan and vacuum devices, I can't see why a NZ company couldn't make them considering ventilators aren't exactly new technology, they have been around for decades, and NZ does have a number 8 wire philosophy 

 



Any medical device has to go through rigorous testing and approval. A patient needs to know that whatever they are connected to won't harm them. Doctors need to know that whatever they connect to their patients won't harm them. You don't just put together something from number 8 wire and chewing gum and hope it all works.

The best I could see would be that an already approved design might be manufactured in NZ. But, if the IP was held by a capitalist, you can bet it wouldn't be cheap.

 

Wouldn't the declaration of a state of  emergency  override some of these things?  In the UK they seem to have gotten around it by Dyson designing one. Maybe they are willing to share their design to the rest of the world? Ventilators have been around since the mid twentieth century, so not exactly hi tech in terms of the concept behind them.  


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  #2448201 27-Mar-2020 16:53
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Profit allows them to pay their staff, pay their suppliers and moves money through the economy.

No. Profit is what's left after paying staff. It is money that does NOT go back into the economy.

 
 
 
 


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  #2448203 27-Mar-2020 16:55
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Does anyone think it would be useful to know how long the queues are at essential businesses like supermarkets and pharmacies before you head down there?

 

Seems like Google Maps could show this info, similar to traffic congestion. That would shorten queues and reduce everyone's risk of exposure.


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  #2448218 27-Mar-2020 16:58
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Is $3.00 & $6.00 fair for something last week I paid $1.50 & $2.00 for respectively?

 

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You are paying extra for the NON BIODEGRADABLE plastic wrap.





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  #2448219 27-Mar-2020 16:59
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arcon:I mean when you leave your border open to countries which have major outbreaks like Germany for an entire week... then claim you acted "first" and "early"... Yeah... I mean what they've done isn't too little, but its definitely too late.

 

 

 

 

I don't believe it's been proved to be too late .. but we are soon going to find out.

 

And then we'll have a Commission of Enquiry as to what happened,   and that's assuming we have any legal people of sufficient status to run an enquiry left alive.

 

 

Depends on the definition of too late I guess, but the modelling for NZ predicts thousands of reported cases, and having ICU beds per capita much lower than other western nations is a major problem. Remember 368 reported cases not even close to the actual number of cases, due to asymptomatic & reporting lag. Having only 150 available ICU (last I checked), only a few thousand reported cases could be crunch time for doctors choosing patients to die. I'm not sure how Kiwis are going to react to that...


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  #2448222 27-Mar-2020 17:01
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Not certain if this has been mentioned but the numbers of road deaths & injuries should be down this year. 


I guess that'll freee up a few ICU beds.

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  #2448223 27-Mar-2020 17:02
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My read about the govt response (I refer to the system of govt rather than govt MPs): -

 

They are doing the right things but not fast enough.  I think we have missed the boat on meaningful containment.  If you know anything about sigmoid curves you can see where we are and where we are inevitably going.  

 

I don't blame govt for being slow.  That would be as fruitful as blaming a tortoise for being slow. 

 

The system of govt is designed to be slow and not make rash decisions and senior people who work in govt are typically cowards who fear public backlash cowards. Govt is reactive, whereas you need to be proactive to beat corona.  That is why we didn't go to L4 until a bunch of qualified people were screaming for it to happen.

 

Corona viruses as group have been around a long time.  They have evolved to exploit how slowly humans react.  Just have to ride it out until we have vaccine or herd immunity.





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  #2448226 27-Mar-2020 17:04
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arcon:

 

Depends on the definition of too late I guess, but the modelling for NZ predicts thousands of reported cases, and having ICU beds per capita much lower than other western nations is a major problem. Remember 368 reported cases not even close to the actual number of cases, due to asymptomatic & reporting lag. Having only 150 available ICU (last I checked), only a few thousand reported cases could be crunch time for doctors choosing patients to die. I'm not sure how Kiwis are going to react to that...

 

 

My definition of too late is reaching 120,000 dead.

 

Remember that all of those surgical theatres can convert their anaesthetic equipment to run as ventilators, and we have all the anaesthetists can run them.  


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  #2448233 27-Mar-2020 17:09
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MikeAqua:

 

Corona viruses as group have been around a long time.  They have evolved to exploit how slowly humans react.  Just have to ride it out until we have vaccine or herd immunity.

 

 

There is no herd immunity for the seasonal corona viruses that give us colds each year.


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  #2448236 27-Mar-2020 17:15
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Seems pretty stupid if it is true that mbie has allowed imperial tobacco to keep operating through the shutdown.





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