The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 3rd August 2019


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

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  1. DemocracyNow
    Exterminating the Future: World Outcry Grows as Brazil Rapidly Expands Deforestation of Amazon

    New government data in Brazil shows that deforestation in the Amazon has dramatically increased since the far-right former military officer Jair Bolsonaro became president in January. Brazil has lost more than 1,300 square miles of forest cover this year, and the pace of deforestation is increasing. One report claims that the equivalent of three soccer fields are being deforested every minute in the Amazon. In June, deforestation increased by 88% over the same month last year. The drastic spike is due to Bolsonaro’s rolling back of regulations and allowing illegal land invasions, logging and burning. Climate scientists say the protection of the Amazon rainforest is crucial in the global effort to fight climate change. Meanwhile, residents of a remote indigenous village in the Amazon say at least 10 heavily armed gold miners in military uniforms raided their community last week, stabbing Wajapi tribe leader Emyra Wajapi to death. We speak to Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of Climate Observatory, a network of Brazilian civil society organizations.

  2. We still have a fantastic health system with dedicated people like this hospital intern and the specialist Neurosurgeon who saved this girls life…

    NZ needs to fight to keep it that way and make NZ’s health system MUCH better. It is not just equipment it is also the people who make NZ’s health system work.

    “She was assessed three times over 11 days, but it was thought she had the flu.”

    It is also very important that first line medical staff are as good as they can possibly be because my feelings that the NZ health care is fantastic in an emergency but less so to actually access the system and get a diagnosis that is correct, sometimes in the time it takes, people are dying. But thankfully not in this case.

  3. We can’t keep expanding these rubbish dumps in particular in fragile areas and all the pollution that involves and species like the long finned eel being wiped out.

    There is so little interest in NZ to actually reduce waste instead. Why would you when you can make so much private profit from expanding more waste sites in NZ?

    For example making manufacturers and retailers be responsible for packaging and e waste. This would instantly drive them to stipulate and sell products that have less waste packaging and last longer and be more recyclable like cardboard not plastic.

    Not have products being produced in the building industry that don’t last aka cladding now only lasts 15 years and is not necessary recyclable. Again manufacturers of building materials need to have a plan to dispose of their waste and make their products last longer.

    Not have Green waste ever get into recycle centres. In every area there should be areas to put green waste and convert to compost aka in schools to have worm farms and libraries to have the old recycling depots for bottles, paper etc.

    If we keep allowing the RMA to expand waste management areas for dumping rubbish then the issue will never be solved in an environmental way. They should BAN more waste management expansion in NZ and use the funds to reduce waste and treat waste with more environmental care.


    Banks are not encouraged to take much care with customers money. For example with ASB if you paid someone via internet banking and pressed go back then it would pay the person again. If you bothered to complain to ASB then they would not get the money back for you. It was your problem that they had poorly functioning IT. Not sure if they even bother to correct this as it happened to a mate of mine a few years ago.

    Regulators do absolutely nothing in NZ to stop banks which is why they make such massive profits here and money laundering is encouraged or at least ignored.

    “The stakes were high for banks in mid-2018. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) had been shredded in the media for failing to prevent crooks laundering money through its smart ATMs, and was just two months away from agreeing to pay A$702 million to settle the case with Australian regulators.

    But the leaked documents show that BNZ was confident it would not be pinged by New Zealand authorities and rated the risk of fines as “minor”, though it worried about the public finding out, and its reputation being damaged.”

  5. Martyn.
    On Monday November 26, 2018, the Lawyers’ Committee for [REDACTED] Inquiry, a nonprofit public interest organisation, announced its receipt of a letter from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announcing the initiation of [REDACTED] related grand jury proceedings as requested by the Lawyers’ Committee. https://www.lawyerscommitteefor[REDACTED] The U.S. Attorney’s letter is in response to the Lawyers’ Committee’s April 10, 2018 Petition and July 30, 2018 Amended Petition demanding that the U.S. Attorney present to a Special Grand Jury extensive evidence of so-far-unprosecuted federal crimes relating to the destruction of [REDACTED][REDACTED][REDACTED] and [REDACTED] 2001.
    The Lawyers’ Committee’s Petition noted that the U. S. Attorney is legally required to present this evidence of [REDACTED] related federal crimes to a Special Grand Jury pursuant to a federal statute, 18 U.S.C. § 3332. The U.S. Attorney, in his November 7, 2018 letter to the Lawyers’ Committee, has agreed to comply.

    Further. was made this month in regard to [REDACTED] as New York area fire commissioners called for a new investigation into the tragic events that unfolded that day. The resolution called for a new investigation due to the “overwhelming evidence” that “[REDACTED] . . . caused the destruction of the [REDACTED].”
    On July 24, 2019, the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District, which oversees a volunteer fire department serving a hamlet of 30,000 residents just outside of Queens, New York, became the first legislative body in the country to officially support a new investigation into the events of [REDACTED], according to Architects and Engineers for [REDACTED].
    The resolution calling for a new investigation was drafted by Commissioner Christopher Gioia and it was immediately and unanimously approved by the five commissioners.
    “We’re a tight-knit community and we never forget our fallen brothers and sisters. You better believe that when the entire fire service of New York State is on board, we will be an unstoppable force,” said Commissioner Christopher Gioia, adding, “We were the first fire district to pass this resolution. We won’t be the last.”
    Keep your eyes and ears open mate.
    You may not be as clever as you think you are.

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