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    aardvarkash10 reacted to erice in Corona virus statistics and reality   
    so no new cases with 95%? of casual plus contacts test results back
    seems to me we're on course for ending Ak's level 3 lock-down on time if none of remaining cases return positive tests between now and cabinet decision tomorrow
    dickheads like tamakis fleeing auckland for rotorua meet'n'greats and now traipsing around the south island telling anyone who'll listen that they 'won't be taking' vaccines doesn't help anybody
    always looking for a attention and getting it
    for all the wrong reasons
     
    "I made a decision with Hannah to go out before the 6am road blockages by the police...
    "I'd be locked in my house. Gardening is okay, but I think I'll be more productive out in the rest of the country." He urged his followers not to fear the virus.
    Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki and his wife Hannah were in Rotorua for a church gathering on Sunday morning. Photo / Brett Phibbs, File
    "God said that no plague will come near your house: 'I will send angels to guard and look after those who are in the secret place with God'."
     
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to JK in Corona virus statistics and reality   
    I don't think I suggested following the Chinese political ideology! Rather highlighted an example of tightening up controls around a medical event. China was an easy example as a work colleague had to go through it. Other countries have similar controls, the UK one may also refuse your boarding without a negative test, same for the USA. Any issues with the UK & USA regimes @aardvarkash10? 
    The Chinese example requires proof of two negative tests prior to boarding the plane, the UK & USA systems one. With the NZ system you provide proof of a single negative test upon arrival in NZ. If you don't provide the proof you get an "infringement notice" & sent off for two weeks in a 5-start hotel at the taxpayer's expense.
    If requiring stricter proof on non-infection before jumping on a plane to NZ reduced the number of positive cases amongst returnees by half then that reduces the chance of a community case. It is not some sort of immaculate conception causing cases to occur in NZ, and as has been pointed out the service workers around the border are the most likely source of outbreaks.
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to DrWatson in This Weekend's Achievements   
    NO idea what you're talking about, Mate... Here in Zurich are some of the finest examples of architectural finesse  (in concrete)...
     

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    aardvarkash10 got a reaction from Fish in Corona virus statistics and reality   
    Hey, most of us currently let an unregulated private company that is not acountable to anyone track our movements, what we type on our phones and computers and sell our personal data ot the highest bidder.
    Any government is a complete amateur by comparison to those guys, and anyone who tells you on an open forum that they will never let themselves be surveilled is seriously deluded.
    I'm all for the tracking.  I am an inconsequential single person who would rather the govt could find me when I fall down drunk.
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    aardvarkash10 got a reaction from armchairadmiral in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    Need to be a bit careful Kevin.  AA talks about "environmental damage".  This is pretty all encompassing and certainly reaches further than just carbon emissions, or even waste.
    My read is that the jury is still out on the comparison - to do a full analysis you'd need ot include oil exploration and extraction and its environmental harm alongside the harm of the same for battery chemical extraction.  I'm picking that they are not grossly dissimilar in impact on a vehicle/vehicle basis, which means that the real residual impact is in operating.
    If the electricity to charge the EV comes from renewables, thats great.  If not, the gap between EV and ICE closes rapidly.
    There is a metric sh*t-tonne of variables that need to be identified defined and agreed before we can make any meaningful comparison of envirnmental impact betwee nthe two.
    What cannot be denied is that either of them are ecological hogs compared to not having them.
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to harrytom in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    This thread has gone from Coastal  Shipping to enviromental damage.cars/trucks/lithium batteries/climate change.
    Yes I have contributed to it,and been part of the discussion.But now its to be moved to small talk.Me thinks.🙃
     
     
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to Fish in Corona virus statistics and reality   
    Well, it works.
    There is a serious question here, how much of your civil liberties are you prepared to give up in order to maintain your civil liberties?
    Specifically, have the state track all of your movements, so you don't have to be locked down, and are free to move. 
    There are a number of different things we could be doing to manage things, but we aren't. The polsters seem correct that people wont tolerate being tracked, even though it would avoid the need for these sweeping lockdowns....
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    aardvarkash10 got a reaction from BNG in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    How's that coastal shipping going btw?
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to Tamure in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    not to mention scooters or cyclist with no safety gear on
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    aardvarkash10 got a reaction from Black Panther in Corona virus statistics and reality   
    that would show in serology testing.  It doesn't.
    The conflicting requirements we have placed on COVID response means we have to allow that from time to time an outbreak will occur and so a suppression response is required.
    In that context, Level 3 is a part of the system that has ensured no significant (by international standards) outbreaks.
     
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to Black Panther in Coastguard nark   
    What if the CG set up a delivery service supplying vessels around the NZ coast with food, drinks, ice cream. $100 per delivery,  service may be delayed if someone is drowning  
    Then they could stop whining about govt funding and keep their noses out of public policy. 
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    aardvarkash10 got a reaction from Deep Purple in This Weekend's Achievements   
    I see Brutalist is still a preferred architectural style in Europe.
     
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to erice in Corona virus statistics and reality   
    yes, the gov. + system are largely being punished for their success
    the success of "no deaths" just isn't as visible as the costs of continual lock-downs
    esp. to the majority of the population who don't follow overseas news much
     
     
     
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to marinheiro in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    I am not sure what the problem is with the element Carbon "C", but if you are talking about embedded emissions Musk is just a hypocrite. There  is significant expenditure of petroleum and coal type products, along with other mineral resources both to build his (and any other) electric cars and to generate the electricity to keep them recharged
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    aardvarkash10 got a reaction from Kevin McCready in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    oh great.  Now its four traffic movements per passenger departure.
    You ain't helping BP!
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to harrytom in Consultation opens on proposed Bay of Islands marine mammal sanctuary   
    What F23kwit wrote the https://boimms.co.nz/the-proposal
    If approached stop vessel/idle/drop sails??never ever going to happen
    Cape Brett to TikiTki rock maybe inside that line make it a 5knt zone but then that could become a safety issue depending on weather.
    The  proposed area Motutua island to Roberton thought that would already be a 5knt zone due to proximity to shore.
    Tapeka pt to Motukarui island no issue there being a 5knt zone.
    Do not think that it is just a Boi problem,The issue may extend to most of the Hauraki Gulf.As the area from Pakatoa island to Cape Collville is my playground not often you see big pods ,most pods contain 10/12 doplhins. I would be looking at,mostly to late,the commercial purseing of surface fish,kahawai/pilchards/offshore tuna and water quaility testing needs to happen frequently.So much runoff entering water ways.
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to KM... in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    Hell yes. My riding around Asia very vividly highlighted how it's not 'Asian drivers' who are the worry on NZ roads, it's the aggressive impatient NZ car driving muppets who are the worry. Asian drivers must feel like they have walked onto a battle field only armed with a pea shooter when they hit NZ drivers.
    I've ridden the roads, motorways thru to dirt tracks, of Vietnam, Loas, China, Mongolia (they have f*ck all though) wearing f*ck all body armour. But I will not ride from Devonport to Takapuna without armour.
    The worst drivers on the open road I find are 50yo +/- driving double cab utes. Everyone has to win the race they are in and they don;t give a f*ck about other road users. The worst on urban streets tend to be trophy Wives driving a BMW X series or a Audi Q series, no idea what plant they are on but it's not earth.
    If I was asked 'You have to ride to Welly surrounded by other vehicles, what vehicles would you like?' I'd take long haul trucks all day long.
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to harrytom in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    Roads themselves are just part of the problem.The big issue is other road users.Somehow most cannot overtake safely,indication is another issue. Kiwi drivers have no or rather lack pf courtesy. Its like got to get there now,whats another 5 minutes??
     
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to Veladare in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    or even cheaper... electric buses to the city. How many people actually catch a bus to the city? id say fark all.
    I note they have changed the name of the airport tram as it had something like 32 stops and would take several hours... its not a tram to the airport, it just ends at the airport.
     
    My understanding from talking to AIAL is that the bridge cannot be widened for 'cultural reasons'. That is what their traffic management guy told me direct.
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to Veladare in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    I have put out cameras in 20 trucks as a trial for rolling out the whole fleet... Im appalled at how often the drivers are pushing the button, and even more appalled at the footage.
    One driver few weeks back pushed it 3 times in under 5 or so minutes. I called him in the next day and asked if he wanted some time off
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    aardvarkash10 reacted to harrytom in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    The public do not realise what issues they are causing.It is a serious problem out there.I am taking a bit of time off and doing metro.After 2 days I am ready to hand notice in and we are at l3.
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    aardvarkash10 got a reaction from Tamure in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    So, once the 4 lanes are completed and open, what will happen at these two points:
    Puhoi Tunnel Warkworth, or, if you prefer, Wellsford. Internationally, what has been identified is that increasing road size (either more lanes or road straightening and improvement) leads to more cars using the road.  This is basic economic theory.  At any point in time someone has decided not to drive a particular route because they view it as being too hard.  When it is viewed as easier, they then decide to take that route or to make the trip at all.
    In an urban context like Auckland, the roading network "improvements" tend to lead to more people travelling from further away to get to work.  Better roads lead to urban spread and then to calls for better roads etc ad-infinitum.  Again, this is internationally consistent. 
    The improvements on the Southern Motorway (and on the Western and Northern) bear this out.  Suburbia has spread in response ot the motorway, but faster than the motorway network can keep up, and commuter journeys of 20 or more kilometres are now often done at an average speed less than 30kph.  Our car trip commputer shows an average speed in the early 40kphs.  It does a lot of open road mileage each year (around 50:50 open road vs Auckland travel) and still thats all we can acheive.
    The best and most logical approach is to incentivise people to NOT drive especially at peak times.
    Public transport provides transport choice and when the bus or train is seen as being easier overall, people will use it rather than drive.  This reduces loads on the road and so makes life better for those who have no choice but to drive.
    Congestion charging and tolls address this from a demand point of view, in effect pricing the trip out of your option list so that rather than taking an alternative transport mode, you just don't travel.
    As with most things, the solution is a mix of these options (including roading improvements).  Which is where our transport funding is now headed.
    Coastal shipping might help this too (to struggle back toward the subject).
     
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    aardvarkash10 got a reaction from Kevin McCready in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    find me the research that refutes it.
    By way of assisting your education, start with this;
    https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2020/climate-explained-does-building-and-expanding-motorways-really-reduce-congestion-and-emissions.html#:~:text=The short answer to the,usually result in increased emissions.
    For an Aussie pov, try this:
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-building-more-roads-reduce-traffic-congestion-james-brownlie/
    Or go full hog and knock yourself out with the Google Scholar link withthe search term "induced traffic demand"
    https://scholar.google.co.nz/scholar?q=induced+traffic+demand&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart
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    aardvarkash10 got a reaction from Black Panther in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    find me the research that refutes it.
    By way of assisting your education, start with this;
    https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2020/climate-explained-does-building-and-expanding-motorways-really-reduce-congestion-and-emissions.html#:~:text=The short answer to the,usually result in increased emissions.
    For an Aussie pov, try this:
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-building-more-roads-reduce-traffic-congestion-james-brownlie/
    Or go full hog and knock yourself out with the Google Scholar link withthe search term "induced traffic demand"
    https://scholar.google.co.nz/scholar?q=induced+traffic+demand&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart
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    aardvarkash10 got a reaction from Black Panther in NZ Coastal Shipping   
    Not true
    We effectively bulk fund a program called "transport".  It is then divided up into large programs including highway construction, highway maintenace, local roads, administration etc.
    These are all shown in the linked article - it seems your viewing of it was a little cursory.  Income streams to the programs are shown as well.  Its the stuff above the dotted line where it says Revenue.
    Straight away you can see that a large chunk of transport income is from rates - effectively a subsidy unrelated to use.
    If you want detail on the income streams and the expenditures its all available.
    Note that the system funds transport.  It is not a funder of roads per se, but a system for funding a series of transport options.  These include walking, cycling, public transport in various forms as well as roads and their supporting infrastructure and management.  We know from world-wide research that building wider, longer roads actually increases congestion, so that is a pathway to disappointment.
    Pet Projects are always going to be an issue in a political system.  However, funding alternatives to roads for cars and trucks is not a pet project as much as a recognition that this is good use of money.  It reduces the number of vehicles on the road at any one time and has benefits across government programs including health. 
    Worth noting that the funding to walking and cycling shown in the linked document is less than 1% of the total annual spend. Inconsequential in the big picture.  I get that this is historical information, but the overall situaiton still holds true.
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