Do our scientists and health professionals know anything about Zika?

First it was something that happened overseas. ?

Then we had some cases come to New Zealand. Then we discovered it could be spread through sex. Then we got one case that started here, and now we hear our mosquitoes are capable of transmitting the disease.

This doesn’t inspire confidence.

Brazilian scientists have found one of the 15 species in this country can be infected with the virus in the laboratory.

More studies were being done to find out whether the mosquitoes could transmit zika in the wild. ? Read more »

Will Zika kill the Olympics? Can it be moved?

Could the Olympics be in trouble because of?the?Zika virus?

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has told sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Olympic Games in August in Rio de Janeiro.

The message was delivered in a conference call involving USOC officials and leaders of US sport federations in late January, according to two people who participated in the hook-up.

Federations were told no one should go to Brazil “if they don’t feel comfortable going — bottom line”, said Donald Anthony, president and board chairman of USA Fencing.

The USOC’s briefing to sport federations is the latest sign Olympics officials are taking the Zika threat to the Rio Games seriously, and acknowledges at least some athletes and support staff could face a tough decision over whether to attend. ? Read more »

This is what a mosquito does under your skin

What happens when a mosquito bites you


Axis of Weasel luck out

New generation to fly party flag at electionLabour has ensured it will have an injection of new faces after the next election by abandoning its practice of ranking MPs ahead of other candidates, instead putting great emphasis on ethnic diversity. Its top-ranking new face… [NZ Herald Politics]

The Axis of Weasel did a stellar job of advancing their list placings. Jordan, especially, must be regretting felching his way round the European Parliament.

Jordan Carter #70
Kate Sutton #63
Conor Roberts #64

Of course Brenden Sheehan didn’t figure at all after I destroyed his credibility as a candidate. Other candidates that need to dust off their extremely thin CV’s include Mr Photoshop Brian Kelly, Judith Tizard, Darien “Smackhead” Fenton and Michael Wood.

If this is the result of “three years’ work – of recruitment, of candidates, identification, and so on” then they should sack their recruiters, and as for “generational change”, well, what a fucking stupid thing to say when your top newcomer is 62 year old Rajen Prasad.

Back from the Dead

Michael Wood aka the Pakuranga Pecker-head is back online. he has ditched the somewhat obscure moniker of Bertrand Bargolias and renamed the blog Red in Roskill.

It seems the break has done him good as his first post is thoughtful if somewhat sycophantic. He has definitely changed his style from Jordan-esque to Tony Milne-ist. A big improvement. From the looks of the redesign Michael is going to be the face of "Progressive Christianity" for Labour. Whatever that term means?. Good on him for actually putting his heart on his sleeve, it must be hard belonging to a party that actually makes a sport of denigrating and ridiculing Christians and Christianity.

Anyway, we will monitor Michael  and see if he has designs on tipping Phil Goff out and I just might take him up on his Waikato Draught.

What ever happened too…..lefty bloggers – not a single post since late October. – not a post since late december, and
Jeremy Hall has now taken the oblique links to himself off the site after being outed by myself.

Bertrand Bargolias – otherwise known as erstwhile union agitator Michael Wood, dead and buried since September 22 2005, obviously comatose since the Sept 17 result. He was seen on TV at a Westpac protest so perhaps not quite dead. His wife still blogs though at

Jordan Carter: Jordan has turned into a pseudo-Russell Brown by selectively turning off and on comments. His postings are now less frequent and have taken on a solilquy style often regurgitating spin from Cullen. 

Any others? feel free to let me know. 

Michael Wood – still a sook

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Amazingly Michael Wood has failed to post anything at all since Thursday last week.

Since then he has been soundly thrashed in Pakuranga, watched his Party Vote collapse in Pakuranga as well and didn’t make the list because all of Labours cabinet ministers who lost their “safe” seats pushed in above him.

He has left any posting about his dismal showing to his erstwhile supporter, hanky holder and wife Span(ner) in the Works. Amazingly Span has also had time to live blog the election as well. Good on ya Span, now prod Mikey to do something.

Come on Mikey, post something, anything…..or are you waiting for someone in HQ to write something incredibly banal for you.


Mr I Prick has some questions for Michael Wood

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Mr I. Prick has some questions for Michael Wood on his blog, but since I am in Pakuranga electorate, I think they should be repeated here.

Dear Michael,

Since you read this blog religiously and post comments anonymously, please answer the following questions:

  1. When did you last receive payment in the form of wages, salary, expenses, or any other form, from the FinSec Union, or any other affiliated union of the CTU?
  2. Is it true that you have been on the FinSec payroll throughout the entirety of your campaign to be the MP for Pakuranga?
  3. What support have you received, from either FinSec officers, employees, or volunteers, or other paid officers or employees of CTU affiliates for your campaign to be the MP for Pakuranga?

Kind Regards,

I. Prick