The Daily Blog Open Mic Sunday 20th September 2015




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  1. Ironies MUCH!

    ‘Max Key – I’ll get you into Harvard’

    “Max Key has joined a team of graduates helping young Kiwis gain entrance into institutions like Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard…

    The Prime Minister’s son is studying commerce and property at the University of Auckland…

    When many of New Zealand’s brightest university graduates ( straight ‘A’s in some cases in rather more profound subjects than property speculation)can not afford to do honours at New Zealand universities , even when invited to by university academics who regard them as their brightest students!

    When many, if not most, young New Zealanders can not afford to own property because they are in so much student debt and house prices have gone way beyond their reach… thanks to foreign buy ups of New Zealand housing allowed by jonkey Nactional

    ( where is the msm?)

    • Don’t you realise MSM is controlled by the Natzi Party and Crosby Textor the National Party PR machine, any articles written have to be run over by Crosby Textor before release to the general public.

    • Scent of Danger: Are There Toxic Ingredients in Perfumes and Colognes?

      September 29, 2012

      perfume spray

      Dear EarthTalk:

      “I’ve always suspected that perfumes and colognes must not be too healthy simply because of the way the smell of most of them bothers me. Am I correct? Is there information available on this issue?”—Lucinda Barry, Minneapolis

      “Ahhh…the sweet smell of petrochemicals! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that, while many popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays contain trace amounts of natural essences, they also typically contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum. To protect trade secrets, makers are allowed to withhold fragrance ingredients, so consumers can’t rely on labels to know what hazards may lurk inside that new bottle of perfume.”

      “A rose may be a rose,” reports EWG. “But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.”

      The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of over 100 groups seeking transparency about chemicals in cosmetics, commissioned independent laboratory tests that revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 leading fragrances. The top offenders?: American Eagle Seventy Seven topped the list with 24, followed by Chanel Coco with 18 and Britney Spears Curious and Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio each with 17.

      “The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label,” reports EWG, which analyzed the Campaign’s data. “Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.” EWG adds that some of the undisclosed ingredients are chemicals “with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues.” Examples include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, which concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.

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      EWG explains that ingredients not in a product’s “hidden fragrance mixture” must be listed on the label, so makers disclose some chemicals but “lump others together in the generic category of ‘fragrance’.”

      EWG blames the U.S. government in part, pointing out that the Food and Drug Administration “has not assessed the safety of the vast majority” of secret chemicals used in spray-on products such as fragrances. “Fragrance secrecy is legal due to a giant loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, which requires companies to list cosmetics ingredients on the product labels but explicitly exempts fragrance,” reports EWG. As such, the cosmetics industry has kept the public in the dark about fragrance ingredients, “even those that present potential health risks or build up in people’s bodies.”

      For more information, check out EWG’s May 2010 “Not So Sexy” report, available on the group’s website. Also, EWG’s SkinDeep database serves as an evolving source of information on the ingredients (and their health risks) in thousands of cosmetics and related products widely available on store shelves.

      CONTACTS: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics,; EWG’s “Not So Sexy,”; Skin Deep,

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  2. On a LIGHT HEARTED note…calling in friendly aliens:

    ‘Alien silence explained? Snowden says encryption could be squashing space signals’

    …”Snowden’s comments were made during an interview on the ‘StarTalk’ podcast of astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    The whistleblower was speaking from Moscow via a robot video link called a “beam remote presence system.” Controlling the robot from Russia, he was able to roll straight into Tyson’s office at the Hayden Planetarium in New York….

    (personally i think aliens could find a way around encryption….they would be smart enough)

    • Or else, ‘alien’ civilisations tend to self-destruct either through atomic war, environmental degradation such as planetary warming, or a number of other unintended consequences due to increased industrialisation and competition for scarce resources, as said industrialisation depletes a planet’s limited resources.

      Perhaps the mark of a truely advanced extraterrestrial civilisation is not just technological capability – but the wisdom to know when “enough is enough”. Something the human race is still many many decades – centuies? – away from learning.

      • Probably Frank they (Aliens) are all here now running our Governments?

        That may explain why new are facing so much trouble with them failing to do the right thing by the planet like saving rail or backing solar energy?

  3. Good to see the predictable NZ Herald morph into the ‘NZ rugby news’. Guessing it will be like this up until the end of the year….maybe time to move to another country…

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