Home > Global, Social Issues > Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 10 (cont’d) & 11

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 10 (cont’d) & 11

.

.

27 August: Day 10 of living in lock-down… (cont’d)

The park n ride at my local railway station had only two vehicles. As the lockdown proceeded, the number of parked cars became fewer and fewer.

The weather worsened. There would be few strollers and joggers, hopefully, out and about.

Traffic on the motorway around Lower Hutt; about half a dozen cars. Commercial vehicles were much in evidence, including a gas cylinder truck;  firewood truck with a covered full load; “Wellington Electric” truck carrying a power pole; gravel hauling truck; car-transporter carrying three vehicles; et al. Police presence on the roads was also noticeable.

On RNZ’s 9AM news bulletin, a story about a woman complaining bitterly that her Function Room business could not open whilst shopping malls were allowed. Not sure what Alternative Reality she’s from, but nearly all shops whether in Malls or not, are closed during Level 4. More entitlement.

At the Wellington Evans Bay Marina, there was on-going evidence that campervans and housetrucks were still moving about.

The first two appear to be staying put:

.

26 August

.

27 August

.

26 August

.

27 August

.

26 August

.

27 August

.

26 August

.

27 August

.

But it’s not all bad news. (We get sufficient amount of that from the msm and the hacks that are passed of as “informed commentators”.)

Building sites and roadworks, in the main, appeared to be adhering to lockdown more than any other commercial activities aside from retailing. Just a few from Wellington’s eastern suburbs:

.

Miramar “Cutting” roadworks

.

Building site, Rongotai Rd

.

Building site, Evans Bay Pde

.

Building site, Onepu Rd

.

There were many more sites, left temporarily abandoned as builders and road workers respected the need to isolate and stay home.

By afternoon, the weather had turned drizzly, with a cold wind and heavy cloud. A few joggers braved the miserable, gray day on Oriental Bay but otherwise it was deserted.

The evening was busy, work-wise and I again missed listening to RNZ’s “Checkpoint” or television news bulletins. Again, my evening was less stressful not having to listen to whatever  nay-sayer “experts”;  business whingers; and political opportunists msm news-producers had scraped from the bottom of the news-cycle barrel.

By Day’s End.

Current covid19 cases: 347

Cases in ICU: 1

Number of deaths: –

So ended the tenth day of our journey to beat this thing.

.

.

.

28 August: Day 11 of living in lock-down…

Day’s beginning.

Current covid19 cases: 347

Cases in ICU:  1

Number of deaths: –

Morning started with usual; coffee; breakfast; coffee; and then settling down to watch Newshubs “The Nation“, hosted by TV3’s Head Prefect, Simon Shepherd.

When “The Nationstwitter feed announced “experts”:

.

.

– a sense of unease struck me. Which self-interested business heads; ambitious political vultures; untrained commentators, had they lined up to spew their depressing “concerns”?

I was pleasantly surprised.

The show’s producers had indeed lined up real experts. Medical, sciencey; epidemiological – people who had spent years, if not decades, understanding the microscopic menace we faced.:

  • Professor Michael Plank
  • Professor Michael Baker
  • Professor Quentin Grafton

They were a pleasant contrast to the stream of bullshit we’ve been subjected to, from NewstalkZB (Aotearoa’s wannabe FoxTV); NZ Herald, to even the state-broadcaster, Radio NZ.

The latter has been indulging in a depressing orgy of scraping self-appointed “experts” and commentators from around Aotearoa New Zealand to overseas.:

.

.

The above article was penned by Marc Daalder.  He is not described as a Health reporter:

“Marc Daalder is a senior political reporter based in Wellington who covers Covid-19, climate change, energy, primary industries, technology and the far-right”

The story itself is categorised under “Politics”.

Which begs the obvious question: why is a pandemic reported by a political journalist? Do we see Health reporters writing stories on the share market?

When did a medical-health crisis become political? (In the US, UK, Brazil, et al, covid has indeed become politicised – usually at the behest of the Right.)

I look forward to seeing a motoring journalist reporting on flower arrangement at the next flower-show. Or vice versa. Both are equally ridiculous.

Micky Savage writing for The Standard analysed some of the media stories and media response to criticisms made of material presented to the public. It is well worth reading.

He referred to Andrea Vance’s defensiveness in a recent story published for Stuff media where she complains bitterly how unfairly the public have been treating the msm and journos:

.

.

Ms Vance is being disingenuous.

The criticisms of the mainstream media (msm) have, by and large, not been targetted at their scrutiny of the government. This blogger himself has written countless blogposts highly criticical of aspects of government MIQ policies.

The criticism from the public – which is  how she dismissively describes as “us vs them’ group think mentality” -has been largely focused on the media’s willingness to platform a pale-yellow stream of negative opinions framed as expert commentary. Every single day, we are presented with carping businesspeople and commentators, often from overseas, with little or no medical or science training.

The response of the public has been one of exasperation at this negativity. That negativity is a covert denigration of us and our willingness to temporarily sacrifice our liberty for the greater good. The platforming of nay-sayers in our media – especially from overseas where the horrifically high death toll from covid19 has been tragic – is undermining and pointless.

No one in the msm has yet explained what benefit we get when a professor from the United Kingdom – current death toll 132,376 – is platformed and given airtime to effectively suggest we’re all idiots for pursuing an elimination strategy.

That exasperation from the public is every bit  “freedom of expression” as she demands for herself and her colleagues.

The media do not get a free pass from the public’s scrutiny that the media themselves exact on politicians.

The propensity of non-commercial, public broadcaster, RNZ to platform negative opinions as faux “expert commentators” has been noticed on social media. The response has not been good for the  broadcaster, going by comments after this post I made:

.

.

Other observations have been in a similar vein.

When RNZ has reported rational comments as from Dr Richard Webby – an infectious disease researcher working at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee, US – the headline was less than helpful – and more tabloid-flavour:

.

.

At least it was in the “Health” category.

The medical experts on Saturday’s “Nation” was contrasted by the jarring comments by Westland mayor and possibly deranged individual, Bruce Smith. His bizarre comments raised a storm of angry criticism on social media.

.

.

His remark that covid19 was “no worse than polio” would have been met with 5 million slippers thrown at the TV screen.

No doubt next time Mr Smith is feeling unwell, he will seek medical advice from his mortgage broker.

By contrast, the medically-trained and sane human being, Professor Quentin Grafton, had a very simple and coherent response to “Plan Bers” like Mr Smith:

.

.

To repeat:

“… Living with the virus means dying with the virus.”

How lucky does Mr Smith and his ilk feel?

.

.

.

By Day’s End.

Current covid19 cases: 429

Cases in ICU: 2

Number of deaths: –

So ended the tenth day of our journey to beat this thing.

.

.

.

.

References

Stuff media: Covid-19 – 70 new cases in Delta community outbreak, total now 347, one person in ICU

Twitter: The Nation – experts – 27 August 2021

RNZ: Covid-19 lockdown – Ardern struggles to give New Zealand certainty

Stuff media: If the Government is making the right decisions on Covid-19, it will withstand scruntiny

RNZ: Covid-19 – UK-based critic on New Zealand’s exit strategy

Worldmeter: UK Covid Death Toll

Twitter: @fmacskasy – RNZ – 28/8/21

Twitter: @nealejones – state of New Zealand’s media – 25/8/21

RNZ: Dr Richard Webby – ‘We’ll all catch Covid-19 eventually’

Newshub: Coronavirus – Westland Mayor Bruce Smith sick of hearing from health experts about COVID-19, wants business leaders to have more say

Twitter: @Tim_McCreadyBruce Smith10.23AM  28/8/21

Newshub: Coronavirus – What 59 essential workers testing positive means for elimination

Stuff media: Covid-19 outbreak situation report – What happened on Saturday, August 28

Additional

Gizmodo: New Zealand Pursues Covid-Zero as Right-Wing Idiots Lose Their Minds

Other Blogs

The Standard: Covid and the media

Previous related blogposts

Team 5 million vs Covid: Aotearoa on Three Strikes

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 1

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 2

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 3

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 4 – Caretaker Leader Collins, another rare mis-step

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 5 & 6

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 7 & 8

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 9 & 10

For Reference

Covid19.govt.nz: COVID-19 compliance

.

.

.

 

Acknowledgement: Tom Scott

.

Liked what you read? Feel free to share.

Have your own thoughts? Leave a comment. (Trolls need not bother.)

 .

= fs =

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: