The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday – 27 December 2021


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

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  1. Aldous Huxley is priceless. Great mind, great vocabulary, a sense of humour and self-deprecation. Is that peculiarly British? Discuss…

    It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘try to be a little kinder.’

  2. Being a bit kinder. Could anyone who knows and has any influence on whomever stole the beautiful pounamu off the grave or special site of Blair Vining, please prevail on them to quietly return it or get someone reliable to do so.

    And please be wary of exposing your heart to just anybody these days, someone might slice at it with a knife or something. We are only hoping to save what is left of NZ’s principles, there isn’t an abundance of them. Don’t take anything for granted. That idea was shot when Labour threw us willingly to the Business Sharks of the World in 1984. (I would have expected a wily fight and subterfuge at least, in line with ancient Chinese General Sung Tzu’s thinking, but we are a bit soft round the edges.) He said ‘“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”’ But he wasn’t thinking of an opportunity to steal artifacts from someone’s grave.

  3. The news – bit of imbalance I think.
    By far my favourite thing about my job as an astronomer is those rare moments when I get to see beautiful distant galaxies, whose light left them millions to billions of years ago. It’s a combination of pure awe and scientific curiosity that excites me about “galaxy hunting”.
    Floods, storms and drought also killed and displaced millions of people across some of the world’s poorest regions, highlighting the rising injustice of impacts as the planet warms, humanitarian charity Christian Aid said in a report….
    The report identified 15 of the most destructive climate disasters of the year, including 10 that each caused $US1.5 billion ($NZ2.2b) or more in losses, with damage wrought by wild weather felt everywhere from Australia to India, South Sudan and Canada.
    The financial and human costs of climate change are expected to keep soaring unless governments step up efforts to cut emissions and rein in global warming, the report said.

    Star gazing while wonderful people around us and animals are in difficulties and bits of the world are breaking off or giving up toxic stuff. Let’s have a bit of star gazing but most time looking after ourselves and each other. Douglas Adams has gone saying ‘So Long and Thanks for all the Fish’, and we have to carry on using our great brains and skills doing the best we can manage. Why not create the money needed to help these people on their feet instead of using it for vanity projects for clever sorts doing something that is only able to continue if it wrecks the Earth. Then you’ll be sorry!

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