The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 11th August 2017


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

Moderation rules are more lenient for this section, but try and play nicely.

EDITORS NOTE: – By the way, here’s a list of shit that will get your comment dumped. Sexist language, homophobic language, racist language, anti-muslim hate, transphobic language, Chemtrails, 9/11 truthers, climate deniers, anti-fluoride fanatics, anti-vaxxer lunatics and ANYONE that links to fucking infowar.  


  1. ‘President Trump To Declare Opioid Crisis A “National Emergency” As Deaths Skyrocket’

    …”In a preliminary report issued late last month, Trump’s opioid commission made a handful of recommendations that can be swiftly implemented once an emergency is declared. They include stepping up interdiction of deadly opioid analogues like fentanyl and carfentanil, cracking down on health insurers who refuse to cover mental-health issues like addiction treatment and making opioid overdose antidotes like naloxone widely available to the public..”

    …and in New Zealand;

    ‘Prince’s death drug prescribed to New Zealand’s elderly’

    “The drug that killed popstar Prince is being prescribed to New Zealand’s elderly in record numbers, prompting a warning from the Government health watchdog.

    The spike in prescriptions of fentanyl – a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin – is being described as “opioid rain” by alarmed medical professionals.

    An investigation has found rates of prescribing have doubled in rest homes in four years, while doctors are dishing out strong opioids to already frail over-80s around 10 times more often than to those under 65. Prescription rates varied wildly between regions…

  2. ‘A New Twist in Seth Rich Murder Case’

    “The U.S. mainstream media dismisses any link between the murder of DNC official Seth Rich and leaked DNC emails as a “conspiracy theory” – while blaming Russia instead – but a new possibility has arisen, writes Joe Lauria.”

    [Joe Lauria is a veteran foreign-affairs journalist. He has written for the Boston Globe, the Sunday Times of London and the Wall Street Journal among other newspapers.]

    • Why is TVNZ being so bloody minded over appointing Mike Hosking to moderate ALL leaders debates.
      It’s not like he’s neutral.

      And it’s not like he is a political journalist, or even a journalist at all.

      And it’s not like they can say “there were a few outlying malcontents”. Forty thousand people petitioned TVNZ to appoint someone else. ANYONE else.

      And it’s not like TVNZ don’t have other acceptable people.

      Even Corin Dann, with his business bias is a professional journalist.

      But there’s something about Magic Mike. It reminds me of the Auditor General.

      Anyone else feel that way?

      • In my view, Corin Dann would be far superior to Hosking as a moderator. I’ve not really picked up any bias from him when he interviews guests And believe me, I take a close interest in interviewers as much as the answers from guests.

        The list of suitable moderators is a short one; Kim Hill, Kathryn Ryan, Corin Dann, John Campbell. Also Guyon Espiner, though I wasn’t very pleased with him in a recent episode of “Caucus” on Radio NZ. (More on that coming up in a blogpost.)

    • I have always allowed for the possibility that Seth Rich was the conduit for the hacked emails from the Russians who obtained them to Wikileaks.

      My guess was, if his murder was connected, the Russians had the most to lose, since he could point the finger at them.

      It never seemed credible that the Dems, with password as password would be savvy enough to detect their way out of a paper bag. Nor did they have any credible motive to kill him.

      However if your journalist is right, it is a case of “but wait, there’s less.” Because, if he is right there is nothing there at all.

      • Or, he was simply a victyim of crime?

        My understanding is that Rich was murdered in Washington – one of the most crime-ridden cities in the US. (And not just political crime. I mean street crime. Though the latter is probably more honest than the Congressional variety.)

  3. Labour need to say NO to the continuation of WATER THEFT in this country!
    …and what about those 400 or so texts…? Is Blinky Bill going to get hauled over the coals by our fair and just media for that…?
    Yeah right – two-faced ****!

  4. I see winegrowers have joined fruit and veggie growers and dairy farmers as those not happy with the idea of a water tax.

    And once general voters learn that some of the biggest multinational bottlers operating in New Zealand will be exempt from Labour’s planned water charges, they’re not going to be happy either.

    Labour, the goal is to win-over voters, not turn them all against you.

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