The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday – 7th February 2020

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  1. RIPand thank you to a Chinese medical doctor who showed true commitment to the principles of serving the people.
    Li Wenliang contracted the virus while working as an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital.
    He had sent out a warning to fellow medics on 30 December but police told him to stop “making false comments”.

    There had been contradictory reports about his death, but the People’s Daily now says he died at 2:58am today (Chinese time).
    The virus has killed more than 560 people and infected 28,000 in China.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/wuhan-coronavirus/409004/coronavirus-chinese-media-confusion-over-doctor-s-death

  2. Our compassion, commitment, and organising power is not all used up on one flight is it. Is it? What about those who couldn’t make it the first time? We welcomed people into NZ, and now we must embrace them just as we did in Christchurch. And learn from our failures after then, that goodwill and kindness must be a continuing thing while the need continues, now.
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/409002/wuhan-coronavirus-people-still-in-wuhan-urge-further-government-intervention

    • I did hear somewhere @Greywarbler that ‘officials’ are looking at ways of providing support for those still stuck there. Rome wasn’t built in a day though, and I expect they’ve called for a business case to determine what the best options are in this space going forward. I suspect an announcement will be made soon – in the interests of transparency, transformation and kindness.
      The holdup might be that they negotiating with Julie Christie over rights to a ‘Border Force’ style reality TV show

      • I suspect that you may be right OwT. But loet’s look on the bright side sometimes, it’s good to be wrong about lack of commitment to good principles.

  3. “If tens of thousands of New Zealanders were going to be killed, it would make sense to probably close the border for some period of time. But that needs a lot of thought and a lot of careful planning so that the Prime Minister and Cabinet would go down a checklist and if certain criteria are met, the border is closed,” he says.

    “No political argument between political parties – it would have to be a highly pre-designed process where the decision was clear about whether to keep the border open or keep the border closed.”
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/audio/2018732865/how-nz-would-fare-during-a-world-catastrophe

    Could we gather up the strength and persistence to do the above.

  4. Water is very good for you. That should be noted. And we have plenty to spare, so we can keep on drawing it off with no worries!
    https://www.nzbeveragecouncil.org.nz/assets/PDFs/9ee61a0436/An-Overview-of-Water-Bottling-in-New-Zealand.pdf
    The domestic bottled water market is dominated by six major producers, with most other companies being small, boutique operators who aim to provide a nicheand extremely high-quality product to their market.In fact, like the wine industry, New Zealand water bottlers are producing some of the finest award winning bottled water in the world thanks to our unique environment.

    Water bottlers are a very small user of New Zealand’s freshwater. Water is a renewable resource, and every year around 500 trillion litres of water falls on New Zealand as rain or snow and flows through our lakes, rivers and aquifers on its journey to the ocean.New Zealanders use around 10 trillion litres of this water every year(two percent).

    But hey.
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/409059/auckland-water-shortages-causing-logistics-nightmare

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