The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 18th July 2017

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Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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  1. CLEANGREEN says:

    Winston Peters policies need another look at as he does have some solid policies thought out and we do need to take advantage of his wide experience in what has gone wrong over the last forty years seriously!!!!

    try Winston’s discussion with Corin Dann last Q+A interview it shows NZ First is the best policy so far that goes back to his part in previous governments and he has very good policies mate we need to use today!!!!

    We need solid policies like rail services to reduce truck freight which is killing our residential communities every where we look now!!!

    We need rail services to all provinces as we in the east coast have been wanting our rail completed to Auckland for 80 yrs as promised in 1920’s!!!!!!!!!!

    it was the founding policy of NZ Governor in 1880 also as “the Vogel rail policy.” Winston Peters NZ First party has it also in their “RONI” (rails of national Importance” policies.

    Quote; “New Zealand First will develop a programme of railways of national importance (RONI) to ensure that better use of our railway network and services is achieved, with improvements and extensions where there is opportunity to significantly reduce dependence on the roading network, especially for heavy freight and bulk freight services, but also where passenger services can be redeveloped to attract sufficient demand over time.” Un-quote.

    Get together all our opposition Parties please as “together we stand & divided we fall.”

  2. savenz says:

    Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says
    A relatively small number of fossil fuel producers and their investors could hold the key to tackling climate change

  3. savenz says:

    Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals
    Stop obsessing with how personally green you live – and start collectively taking on corporate power

  4. Mike the Lefty says:

    Get a load of this story!
    Exclusive Brethren pray for National victory in coming election.
    With friends like the Exclusive Brethren, who needs enemies?

    • John W says:

      Mike there are many “churches” out there who fill the description of cults.
      Typically they exhibit 4 defining characteristics followed absolutely.

      1. Absolute compliance with a group
      2. Prescribed dependence on a leader or group in authority
      3. Devaluing the outsider including forbidding many forms of contact.
      4. Avoiding dissent within the group by strict adherence to edicts passed down through a hierarchical chain.

      And worse. The authority assumed by the leader or leading group cannot be questioned no matter what they do or say.
      Blind loyalty to the organisation comes before family or marriage ties or parenting roles.
      TV, radio , newspapers and other media are banned and penalties are harsh and inhuman using the threat of breaking family ties as a real consequence.
      Prisoners are at least let out of jail but this group will expel members who question, but keep their families captive.

      A fearful brain washing from childhood and the group dispenses control over all members lives and activities.

      So they vote as they are told to do. Democracy?

      National loves it .

      Most of these “religion” / belief based cults are ultra conservative, never speak out on important social issues such as poverty or environmental degradation, war, Police brutality, corruption or growing equality and injustice. Their “morality” is confined to capturing members and taking their contributions, allegedly for further expansion.

      Aggregation of money and wealth from members, commercial speculation and activities, all being tax exempt, add up to a growing nest egg of billions.

  5. CLEANGREEN says:

    So now the Gareth Morgan Party are coat-tailing the green party, so perhaps the Opportunity mob are in bed with Green Party/Maori Party to EH?

    If you are between 18-23
    • You get $200 per week ($10,000 per year) no questions asked, no hoops to jump through, no bureaucrats telling you what to do.
    • You get to decide the best way to use the money, to pursue your own goals.
    • You will be financially better off under our policies. This includes your mates who are unemployed, students, parents, apprentices, artists, entrepreneurs, etc. Like we said all your mates.
    • This will take stress off you at a pivotal time in your life. NZ has an appalling rate of youth suicide and financial stress plays a key role in this.
    Click here for more detail on the policy.

    The Opportunities Party

  6. Strypey says:

    Dunedin South MP Clare Curran is about to spend her third night sleeping in the Octagon, in protest against the incompetent and intimidating handling of two families’ emergency housing needs by a number of MSD departments. She says she is determined to continue her occupation until two young mothers and their children are given a timeframe for when the state agencies can get them into a house:

    At a lunchtime rally today in the town centre, the two women spoke about how passionately they want to create a stable home for their families. They told the assembly about their frustrations with the way they’ve been treated by MSD departments including WINZ and CYF. The women also expressed their sadness about being bullied and judged by anonymous trolls on the internet, after the Labour MP’s protest put their story in the public eye.

    I told them not to let the trolls grind them down. Yes, there are some callous people out there, but many of the shorter poppy-chopping messages appearing online could be posted by political bots, operated by PR companies working for the governing parties and/or some of their funders.

    Anyone in Ōtepoti who wants to support the kaupapa of housing all kiwis can pop down to the Octagon and spend some time supporting the occupation. This is a chance to have some deep conversations with a sitting MP about how you’d like to see Aotearoa change for the better. If Clare is still occupying over the weekend it would be great to have a group of people available to talk to the public about how our society can ensure everyone has decent housing in this resource-rich country.