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We’re not doing politics today, but Rod Emmerson‘s cartoon is a combination of politics and social commentary, since in New Zealand as this article from his newspaper explainsMasks remain mandatory for everyone in some settings and for employees in others, but are largely discarded by the public in places where Covid infections are low.

The country could do better As this chart of global statistics shows, and as the attached map shows – although it’s hard to tell red from maroon – it remains a hotspot.

I might not say so much about Covid in New Zealand if we didn’t share that red colour, with 24 new cases per 100,000 people compared to their 37 which is broadly comparable. Cases in my own community are pretty low and we’ve largely stopped masking, except in the hospital where vulnerable people are obviously more concentrated.

Still, it’s a hot topic and there’s resistance on social media against people wondering why someone would wear a mask alone in a car, and I have to wonder if they wear it 24/7.

On the other hand, if you have your vent open you can often tell if the person in the car in front of you is smoking, so I suppose there’s a level where it makes sense.

I also saw someone the other day working in the garden wearing a mask and my first response was that there was no one else in sight, but then I thought maybe they’ve learned that masks protect them from allergens like dust and pollen, and so why not?

To this I would add that we masked a couple at the dog park, not to prevent us from catching him, but because they already had and were protecting the rest of us.

All of this leads to Emmerson’s argument being well made, both because it’s better to be safe than sorry and because of the ubiquitous option for MYOB.

As mentioned at the beginning, it is both a social commentary and a political statement.

As long as we’re fooling around down in New Zealand, we might as well join in joy in technology looking at Amazon’s Faux Rings piece, which I believe wasn’t filmed there like the real ones were.

According to the reviews – if you can find them – it’s nothing like the original films at allbut Amazon not only produces its own streaming content, it continues its pattern to copy successful products and bring them out under their own banner at a lower pricebut of course it only did that in India and certainly not here, my goodness.

Maybe they feel guilty about it, which would explain why they’ve reconfigured their video streaming site to make it harder to find the content they want, when they’ve certainly made it easier to find the content they want.

Purely unintentionally, I’m sure.

And turning ourselves into things we don’t want to do, Neighbors Next Door (AMS) has engaged in self-control lanes at the grocery store.

As I mentioned, we managed to get used to pumping our own gas and going to ATMs for basic transactions, and there was even a time when shop girls would pull things off the shelf instead of customers getting theirs fill your own shopping cart.

So I’m not sure if grocers’ unions are planting all the storm and stress around automating self-regulation, or if it’s just the fact that we’re better at pissing and whining today than we were in the past.

We have three grocery chains here, one of which has no self-inspection, one of which has inspection stations (four in one store, six in another) and the third has unattended self-inspection but, like in the strip, deputies to people who help when needed .

Despite all the complaints on social media, the queues at the self-checks appear to be the longest, and not just because of disruptions or people ignoring the ‘Small Orders Only’ sign and checking out six months’ worth of supplies at a time.

The only constant: Whether at the tills or at the self-checks, there are always people who seem surprised when they are asked for money and have to look for their wallets. I’m just thankful that self-regulation isn’t set up for the people who write checks and then need to examine their receipts and balance their checkbooks before moving on.


But here’s a positive cartoon: Aislin Terry Mosher pays tribute to Tony Esposito, who scored (somewhat literally) half a century ago for the classic 1972 series between Canada and the USSR.

While it brings back memories of that groundbreaking series, it also brought back an important life lesson that meant more to me than all the “follow your dreams” and “believe in yourself” and “never give up” things that pro athletes dish out theirs fans.

It was learned that Tony Esposito would throw up before every game.

He was an absolutely tough man on the ice and knowing that he was scared and nervous before stepping on stage made a huge difference to me as I fear dating, dancing and certainly playing guitar on stage almost as scared.

He really was an inspiration!

Also on the sports stroke, In the stands (AMS) raises a question, not in the cartoon itself, but in my mind, with this discussion of the evaluation of young commentators.

I find that while the NFL Network continues to have several female analysts, it has lost some dynamic, veteran sportswriters — notably Aditi Kinkhabwala, Lindsey Rhodes and Kay Adams – in the last two years and am wondering if they have been jumped or bumped and why.

The point is, with the NFL starting another season, I’m particularly wondering why they have young, lively commentators during the week, but then turn to the usual gang of predictable old farts with their tired old one for the actual pre-game Badinage throw over indicates.

I realize I’m more focused on the presentation than the games themselves, but broadcasters devote more airtime to the presentation than to the games themselves.

finally today Bliss (AMS) offers this ancient catchy tune:

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