AmeriNZ 366 – Expected results

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016I managed to complete an episode in June!!! Well, that’s something.

I give some advice to my fellow Americans in the wake of the Roe decision because I have a very particular perspective. Then, on to light topics. What happened to the project sorting files? Good things. What about that fatigue? More good things. Well, the first 12-months with my solar power system have passed, and the results outshine everything else I talked about. In my opinion.

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Links for this episode
”Was it worth it?” – My blog post on my first 12 months with solar power.

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AmeriNZ 365 – So, anyway…

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016There are reasons I’ve been away, and I talk about that today. FIrst though, I announce a delay in talking about the results of the first full year of solar power at my house. There’s a reason for that: I forgot something.

I changed the “theme” used on the AmeriNZ Podcast site to one that’s simpler and less cluttered. Hopefully it’ll also fix some of the problems I’ve had in recent months.

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AmeriNZ 364 – Changes all around

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016This is the first episode of the sixteenth season of the AmeriNZ Podcast—sort of. There have been some changes to New Zealand’s response to Covid 19, and I talk about that first. Then, I talk about some changes closer to home—well, in my home, actually.

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Links for this episode
”New Zealand to stay at Red as vaccine passes and most mandates end” – NZ Government media release
”Update on COVID-19 cases — 8 April 2022” – I referred to these stats.

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AmeriNZ 363 – Fifteen Years

Today is the Fifteenth Anniversary of the AmeriNZ Podcast! I’m as surprised as anyone that this anniversary has arrived.

Today I just talk about the podcast, the things that shaped the way the podcast changed over the years, and some of the challenges I face. I’ve never talked about a lot of this stuff, certainly not all in one place. It was only when I thought back on all this that I realised how much I’ve gone through to get to this point. Kinda proud of myself, to be honest.

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Links for this episode
”Fifteen years of the AmeriNZ Podcast” – My blog post about this anniversary. It has the text I read at the end of this episode.
”A blog version of a ‘haul’ video” – The tongue-in-cheek blog post I mentioned.

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AmeriNZ 362 – Changes aplenty

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016New Zealand has just made some changes to our Covid-19 rules, and more are on the way. That’s my main topic today, together with my view on why it’s a good idea, as well as the reasons it’s necessary. I also have a brief update about my previous episode. Back on Monday! (NZ time, of course…)

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Links for this episode
Changes again (again) – My blog post on the changes
Changes to the traffic light system – Unite Against Covid-19 (NZ government site)
Reopening the New Zealand border – Immigration New Zealand (NZ government site)

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AmeriNZ 361 – The ever-changing times

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016I recorded this episode last Friday (March 11), but didn’t have time to finish editing it that day—or all weekend. Life happens. This episode begins with me talking about my solar electricity system, and where things are at. I’ll have a more in-depth look at it after twelve months, but a check-in now is still a good idea—it’s been awhile!

The bulk of this episode, though, is about the three-week occupation of the grounds of the NZ Parliament—which is ironic because only I posted my previous episode only a short time before the occupation began. In that episode, I talked about why I thought New Zealand hadn’t had anything like the angry, aggressive, often irrational “protests” other countries had seen. Well, we have now! I have a nuanced perspective, as is usually the case, though my opinion of the occupiers is still negative. Below is an extended list of links to New Zealand coverage of various aspects of the occupation.

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Links for this episode
Parliament protesters dig trenches to avoid ‘all night’ sprinklers – By André Chumko, Sophie Cornish, Erin Gourley and Matthew Tso, Stuff
‘Splintered realities’: How NZ convoy lost its way – By Marc Daalder, newsroom
The Trumpism spilling out onto Parliament’s lawn is the new virus – By Andrea Vance, Stuff
Do the protesters in Wellington even know what ‘freedom’ means? – By Jehan Casinader, Stuff
Wellington protesters’ extreme distrust of mainstream media – By Kristin Hall, 1News (TVNZ)
Tinfoil hats, Winnie, and the poo: Anti-mandate protest nears end of third week – By Virginia Fallon, Stuff (sums up most of the occupation)
Iwi take unprecedented stand against ‘abusive’ protesters who invaded marae – By Glenn McConnell, Stuff
Yesterday was New Zealand’s January 6. What happens now? – By Nik Dirga, RNZ (Full disclosure: I met Nik when he was a guest on the podcast way back in 2008, on episode 71)

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AmeriNZ 360 – Boosted times

I’m boosted! I talk about that first today, along with a few other life updates, until I get to my main topic, a voice message asking me why I think New Zealand hasn’t had the same level of protests over Covid that Australia and the USA have had. As it happens, it’s something I’ve thought about quite a bit, and I’ve developed a view about it. As always, it’s just my opinion, and I welcome comments here or by audio message.

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AmeriNZ 359 – Another New Year

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016First episode of the year! The reasons it took so long to return aren’t much different than in the past, but it’s a good idea to start with talk about what’s changed since last time. Related, I was really glad to see the end of 2021.

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Links for this episode
All of my blog posts related to NZ’s Covid Lockdowns
All my blog posts on my projects
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AmeriNZ 358 – On hold again

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Last week I had one set of updates about Covid in New Zealand, and then everything changed a couple days later—and then kept changing. I talk about that first, before talking about some sad news I didn’t mention last week, followed by an update on one of my projects.

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Links for this episode
“COVID-19: Vaccine data” – This is the official data from the NZ Ministry of Health, updated weekly.
“Northland moves to Alert Level 3 tonight”1News
“Back up to Level 3” – My blog post on Waikato going to Level 3.
“The worried well” – My blog post from yesterday, before the new announcement.
Super Saturday – From the official government website.
“Farewell, Jake” – My blog post on Jake’s death.
“Open, says me” – My post on the development on my Mac Project.
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AmeriNZ 357 – Projected Living

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Back with an update on what’s been going on since I last podcasted. I talk about what’s going on with New Zealand and with me. That’s a lot of ground to cover, but at the end of this episode, everything’s basically updated.

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Links for this episode
“COVID-19: Vaccine data” – This is the official data from the NZ Ministry of Health, updated weekly.
“Covid-19 modelling: 90 percent vaccination needed to avoid lockdowns”RNZ
“A COVID-19 vaccination model for Aotearoa New Zealand” – The detailed modelling report from Te Pūnaha Matatini.
“Lockdown v2 begins” – When our Lockdown began.
“Level 3 v2 begins” – When we went down a level.
“A whole new two” – When we went back to Level 2.
“The biggest project of all” – The garage project.
“Honouring an important stranger” – My post about honouring Gary.
“Ye Olde Macintosh Project” – All my posts about YOMP.
“The spirit is somewhat willing” – I quoted from this post about some of the rough times I went through.
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