The Daily Blog Open Mic – Merry Boxing 2021


From everyone at TDB – Merry Christmas to you and your whanau.

Peace on earth and good will to all.


  1. Bomber a Merry Xmas to you and your whanau and i hope you have a well earned rest. Thanks for your insight and amazing ability to predict events and how we will react to the next challenge in front of us.

    All the best for 2022.

  2. With 30,000+ bailing out of Auckland on flights plus the 80,000 car exodus. The city is the best place to be for a couple of weeks. When they return, I’m off!

    It always makes me think if there are any true lefties or Socialists in the world when they believe in a myth called Xmas.

    • Denny – Every myth tells us a story, and they are stories about ourselves, ergo interesting. Everyone here references Harry blooming Potter and the Lord of the Rings ad infinitum as if they’re great divine revelations, but they are not the most profound… try the Norse Myths – which inspired Tolkien – and Wagner with majestic music and noble archetypes – nothing wrong with any of that. All part of a Jungian search.

      And Jesus was a socialist anyway, so get out there and celebrate his birth with some politically correct substance, with a special salute to the Herod-defying spiders. ( The OT psalms make beautiful reading too, even for atheists and members of the National Hedgelaying Society. ) Kia kaha.

  3. Denny you’re always off. But I hope you have a happy Christmas and keep stirring all 2022.

    And a prezzie for all you awake people who visit Open Mike.
    Barbara Sher who I think is RIP but who is marvellous, human at my level, and funny and a real tonic. She has some good ideas that she and a group she had found successful. I think that this approach could change the steering for NZ and set us on another course with better outcomes.
    This is what the caption is – Isolation is the dream-killer, not your attitude | Barbara Sher | TEDxPrague

  4. Oh. And also … “”2021 Food parcel demand up 504% in a year as lockdown pushes families to the brink. 3000+ tonnes, 11 million+ food parcels … but ‘my’ people are $400b wealthier this year!” J Ardern PM who kinda cares but doesnt.

  5. Compliments of the season to Martyn and the team who put the Daily Blog together, as well as the many contributors and readers of this site.

    Stay safe and well Comrades over the holiday season.
    Cheers and blessings

  6. What a pleasure it is to come here and see the pseudonyms of people who bring wit and wisdom to discourse so thanks Martyn for applying a light, winnowing hand so we get a wide range of viewpoints and sources, without getting splattered by excess of custard pies etc. I’ll get onto donating something too, ie put my money where my mouth is, just a little anyway.

    Here is another fascinating Ted talk – either just amusing or deep and meaningful depending on your mood.
    It’s called What if there’s nothing wrong with you. And revolves round the phrase ‘It is what it is.’

  7. Thanks to the team at TDB for providing this platform for us all to extol our ‘wisdom’. We have so much to be grateful for here in Ao/NZ.
    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

  8. My lessons concluded from this year, social democracies with force are the only way forward. Which requires persuasion from the leaders, rather than pulling their cars in behind focus groups. So a little holidays homework for the light-hearted PM. Or, why are there so many light-hearted beneath the shadow of our species’ end? If Ardern was a respectful realist she wouldn’t have had a baby. She’s just as much a subjectivist as bacs and the fascists who will probably take over America soon. Life is for our benefit: Trash. Her premiership , a line in her CV. She thrives by the day to day.

    The generation below me fundamentally believe they have a right to pleasure evermore. Released from the anchor of history.

    • The generation below me fundamentally believe they have a right to pleasure evermore. Released from the anchor of history.
      Sounds very much like the theme from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

      “One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”
      “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” goodreads quotes
      Aldous Huxley
      “In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false.
      They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies—the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant.
      In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”

      I think somebody said that the paramount object of study is for man to know him/her self. Aldous Huxley is uncomfortably close to that revelation. Try these:

  9. Merry Christmas to you and yorn @ Martyn Bradbury. Thank you for building a format I can vent my spleen on.
    And a Merry Christmas to all those who agree with my comments and a Merry Christmas too to all you bastards who don’t.
    As for the toils and tremours of life? ; in the immortal words of my dear old Ma. ” Who cares? Fuck it all anyway. “

  10. The 1947 Nuremberg Code has ten principles which protect humanity from unethical medical practice.

    Count 1, the Prime Minister, government, health advisors, medical practitioners, enforcement officers, support workers, pharmaceutical industry and lobbyists (hereafter ‘the gang’) are found guilty of breaching Principle 1 of the Nuremberg Code during the Covid-19 pandemic 2020-2021, that being “Requiring voluntary consent of the human subject” with regards to vaccination of New Zealanders, “free of force, deceit, coercion or duress”.

    Count 2, the gang are found guilty of breaching Principle 2 that being “the experiment should yield results for the good of society, and not be random or unnecessary in nature” with regards to providing evidence rather than informal modelling projections of the benefit to general or scientific communities, to the excessive unsubstantiated claims made using specially mass media, to lack of evidence, transparency and scholarship in decision making, to lack of legal and social precedent, and to the improvised nature of health measures enacted during the pandemic time period on New Zealanders (the totality of New Zealand Covid-19 response including vaccination programs hereafter described as ‘the experiment’ in the code).

    Count 3, the gang are found guilty of breaching Principle 3 that being “the experiment should be based on knowledge of the natural history of the disease and results justify the experiment” with regards to the roll out of public health measures and restrictions to civil liberties and fundamental human rights during the pandemic time period based not on open, unbiased, completed, randomized, double blind and reviewable scientific trials but on closed-door, censored, real time politicized mandates which have not been through acceptable scientific process. Widespread mask wearing, 2 metre distancing or self-quarantine have not been used in the history of the human race to control disease.

    Count 4, the gang are found guilty of breaching Principle 4, “the experiment should avoid unnecessary physical and mental suffering” related to the effects from changes to confidentiality, privacy, civil liberties, human rights, freedom of movement, free speech, association, safety, spirituality, indigenous rights, independence and medical status.

    Count 5, the gang are found guilty of breaching Principle 5, “No experiment should be conducted when there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur”, that being impossible to conclude from the improvised nature of the vaccination program and uncertainty of disease spread, using new and novel biotechnology and with dosing regimes that were changed constantly, while treating the entire population with the same response regardless of diverse background. Death ‘with Covid-19’ rather than ‘from Covid-19’ (putting aside the analytical challenge) deserves special mention to illustrate the informal nature of clinical diagnosis and also show that certain data and methods were used or discarded by the gang to force an orthodoxy. Cases of death have since been attributed to vaccination while the deaths caused by the disruption to society have not been fully realized.

    Count 6, the gang are found guilty of breaching Principle 6, “The degree of risk should never exceed the humanitarian importance”, specifically the risk to certain age groups and demographics from serious illness or death from Covid-19 is so low as to be without justification of medical intervention and the risk doing so is only additive.

    Count 7, the gang are found guilty of breaching Principle 8, “The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons”, specifically the administering of vaccines was performed by non-health practitioners and laypeople with informal training, and more generally the entire Covid-19 support network was made up of every sector of society with various qualifications, experience and worldview. Humour, dance, celebrity, festival, sentiment, nationalism, fear and alienation were tools used by Covid-19 support actors as were incentives for vaccination including monetary reward and social acceptance for conformance, or shaming and blaming those who questioned authority, decisions, data, methods or the common good.

    Count 8, the gang are found guilty of breaching Principle 9, “During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment to an end”, this being related to informed consent, justification for the continued pandemic restrictions, autonomy over body, ability to refuse vaccine, consequence of health status, and rights of individual versus wider public. Psychological operations employed by the government (‘nudging’) made it difficult for individuals to distinguish between health advice, journalism, marketing or opinion, thus creating an environment where misinformation or disinformation could present.

    Count 9, the gang are found guilty of breaching Principle 10, “During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage”, this being related to control, intent and motivations of the Health Ministry and Health Director who have installed an open ended time line to the Covid-19 pandemic response more than 20 months after the outbreak, where the decisions made in response have not been rigorous or democratic or in good faith, and where a ‘wait and see’ approach with regards to scientific and social data collection has replaced both urgent response and methodical clinical study.

  11. Jody if you are wishing to put forward serious legal principles you don’t mix in slang like ‘the gang’ into it; it shows a lack of balance and serious intent to properly think through and present your case.

    This disease is a serious matter affecting the whole country, an epidemic, a pandemic; it isn’t you having an argument with your Mum and Dad about whether you can go out on the town or stay at home quietly. We all are under threat of at least getting sick, being incapacitated, and spreading that sickness, and possibly getting worse and needing much hospital care, which stops other people from getting their needed hospital care and causing them distress, and finally the Covid-infected person may die prematurely. I am for peoples’ fair rights, not for some to throw tantrums and demand to do their own thing as they please, while expecting to be rescued from their own cold-blooded baseness. This a time for moral practicality and good character, not selfishness and elitism.

    …The state yesterday recorded a new peak of 6394 new Covid-19 cases despite a 36 percent drop in tests on Christmas Day….
    .NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said every person in NSW would likely contract the Omicron strain of the virus.

    Referring to Jody’s epistle. NSW needs a remedy for the terrible stress that active Covid has put them under. Will he/she please send her life-changing wisdom to them and help solve their problems.

  13. A New Year Resolution. To get cash out with every eftpos transaction. Not to become totally dependent on machine and electronic and any other system owned and making money for oligarchs from our small personal life-enhancing transactions.
    The Reserve Bank is inviting your feedback on a series of issues papers to test our thinking about how we should approach our new role as steward of the money and cash system and make sure that central bank money continues to do its job in light of significant changes affecting how New Zealanders pay, receive and save money.

    Nov.2021 2019 Pay by cash? Not for long, report warns Guardian like so many information outlets is demanding capitulation before news so may not be helpful)

    People in positions of authority are thinking, let’s get alongside them with our cogitations also. I believe that cash money is essential for a modern society, as well as other devolved forms of finance. I am not wrong. You say so, well prove it. Consultation is open with the Reserve Bank – put in a few well thought submissions preferably before the end of February, the portcullis closes early in March.

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