The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday – 28th June 2016




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  1. The choosing of the United Kingdom to exit from Europe is a repeat of history when the United Kingdom decided to separate from the rule of Rome during the reign of King Henry VIII. These 2 incidences in history provide a remarkable similarity regarding an issue that was not really covered by the mainstream news during the run up to the EU referendum.

    • Actually there was no United Kingdom during the reign of King Henry VIII.

      You are referring to England and the regions of Wales and Ireland occupied and governed by the English.

      I believe the issue this time round is incompetent, unaccountable, unelected bureaucrats overseas deciding what’s best for English folk, which does resemble the religious circumstances of the early 16th century.

  2. Posted on yesterday’s Open Mike – if only because Bomber Bradbury had a sleep in and wasn’t functioning when Dawn cracked. (APOLOGIES Bomber if your wife’s name is Dawn). Open mike of 28th July was not yet available. (Incidcently, the dynamism of the Standard might be the only thing that sets it apart from this venue)

    @ CleanGreen
    What is your opinion of the latest announcement that light rail is now the option for an Auckland Airport link (running down Dominion Road)

    I fear this is going to turn out to be yet another half-hearted solution to an ill-defined problem – i.e. that the only problem is a link from Auckland Airport to the CBD.
    As much as I respect the research and views of the guy that runs the transport blog he appears to be in favour of the light rail option. I fear the planners (if we can call them that) are looking at this from a very Auckland-centric view.

    Of course the movement of passengers from the airport to the CBD is a real problem.
    What isn’t considered seems to be:

    – Auckland airport doesn’t just serve Auckland city, but the region as a whole.

    – Freight takes a back seat. We have time-critical produce that goes by air, and through Auckland International Airport. (Consider Kiwifruit from the Bay of Plenty for example, and other things being moved by road.)

    – They reckon 10 years to completion. In 10 years we’ll surely be needing regular rail links to Hamilton in the south and to points north where people will be living whilst working in Auckland.

    – We already have a couple of viable routes that could link to the heavy rail
    network only 9 or 10km away.

    – Can you imagine the disruption to the already existing gridlock whilst light rail is pushed through on routes that are shared with roads/cycleways et al.

    So basically in 10 years, we’ll end up with a light rail to the CBD travelling on shared right of ways, with no possibility of efficiently moving freight (and passengers) region-wide. Supposedly it’ll be half the cost (although I don’t really believe that), but we’ll again be stifled by an option that won’t be as flexible – i.e. in terms of freight, passengers, and generally being able to adequately service the region, and beyond more easily.

    Your opinions welcome.

    • Yes we see again another “done on the cheap” limited claytons rail light service without any potential freight movement through our largest City in NZ, I am astounded by this short sighted half backed idea!!!!

      It must have been constructed by the RTA (Road transport Association) to keep their trucks rolling through Auckland indefinitely, this is tragic.

      I request the Auckland Transport Committee relook at their short sighted policy to exclude any rail freight option to the large airport industrial areas as it requires rail freight options why?

      Four years ago I had to pickup a large shipment of several wind turbines from China at a freight forward agents location at the airport and they weighed almost 2 tonnes and was required to be uplifted by road only.

      NONO place a freight passenger rail or don’t bother spending half for only a light rail!!!!

  3. With so much attention focused on the corruption and lies associated with politicians, and the potential ramifications of the Brexit poll, it is easy to lose sight of things that really matter.

    The Earth continues to overheat as a consequence of greenhouse gas emissions; Arctic ice is at a new record low for the time of year, somewhat below the record-breaking 2012 extent.

    • Great work Vanessa keep up the pressure on these carpetbaggers and corrupt traders of our last assets.

  4. YEP England THEN.

    “That Britain is being told by Germany that it must give up (surrender) and pay to support Europe’s Catholic-socialist dream, is not going to be well received.

    The history of England was heavily influenced by the Bible, following Tyndale’s translations in 1525 and 1535. It was this (and not totally the matrimonial concerns of Henry VIII) that separated England from Rome.”

  5. No Open Mike Wednesday?

    As regular readers of this site will know, I have repeatedly warned of the extreme danger posed by overheating of the Earth associated with excessive atmospheric CO2 caused by anthropogenic emissions. .

    Today, Auckland witnessed a tiny taste of what it to come as atmospheric chemistry gets increasingly displaced from historical norms by industrial humans.

    ‘NIWA said 25.4mm of rain was recorded between 1pm and 2pm in Auckland – making it the city’s wettest hour ever recorded in June.’

    ‘What we know so far:

    People reportedly trapped in submerged car in Pukekohe
    Cars reportedly washed away in Onehunga
    Multiple homes flooded across west Auckland
    Person trapped in flooded building in Onehunga
    People trapped in car which entered a stormwater drain in Puni, Franklin
    Two cars trapped in floodwater in west Auckland
    Buildings flooded at Matipo Primary, Te Atatu
    Creeks overflowed in Swanson and Mount Roskill
    A car had also entered a stormwater drain on Waiuku Rd in Puni, Franklin. The occupants were unable to exit due to the floodwater, the communications team said on Twitter.’

    With no serious agenda of reducing emissions anywhere in the world, we must anticipate everything that matters to continue to be made worse faster.

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