The Daily Blog Open Mic – 3rd March 2022

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

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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, Qanon lunacy, climate deniers, anti-fluoride fanatics, anti-vaxxer lunatics, 5G conspiracy theories, the virus is a bioweapon, some weird bullshit about the UN taking over the world  and ANYONE that links to fucking infowar.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Mr Shaw has been busily stacking the bonfire that will be the future of AO/NZ, as fast and as recklessly as he could.

    Now, having been caught out and tapped on the wrist, he is hesitating in his onslaught on our future. Stopping? NEVER! There are $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$S to be made. (Who cares about the price someone/ everyone will pay sometime down the line.)

    But maybe he may slow the speed of fire-stacking:
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/127946385/government-proposes-banning-pine-carbon-farms-from-the-ets

    Here was his tap on the wrist, notification that his insane antics are being seen:
    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/anne-salmond-ipcc-report-condemns-forestry-use-planned-by-nz

    There has been PLENTY of warning, eg: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/folly-of-carbon-farming-with-pine-trees

    • That stuff Forever Project is a good thing don’t you think. It draws attention to the matters and we do need to think about more than tent-burning. Over the years if we aren’t all included in living to reasonable citizen standards. and being involved in running the country, there will be more provocation and angst.

  2. I’ve been reading about aspects of WW2. This British-led Resistance controller made a comment that seems to come from an unrestrained and uncivil mind when speaking to the Imperial War Museum and presumably going on permanent record. This about a young woman under his control, being sent hither and thither at his command with apparently no respect for her efforts and exploits.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Reginald_Starr#Post-war
    When I got back to England, I faced a court of enquiry for ill-treating German prisoners. Anne-Marie Walters had started it because she hated my guts because I threw her out of France and sent her home for indiscipline. Very lucky I didn’t have her shot.[35]
    Starr, an interview with the Imperial War Museum.

    However from the beginning – What a way to so-called get stabbed in the back when you are being sent on a death-defying mission. It couldn’t happen one would think – but it did.
    SOE’s* appraisal of Walters after the completion of her training was cautionary. “She is well-educated, intelligent, quick, practical, and cunning…[but] She will not hesitate always to make use of her physical attractiveness in gaining influence over men. In this respect she is likely to have a disturbing effect in any group in which she is a member.” * SOE is Special Operations Executive.

    M.R.D Foot said that the motto of every successful secret agent was “dubito, ergo sum” (“I doubt, therefore I survive.”), and Starr is on a short list of agents who survived by paying careful attention to security.[17] Starr’s caution extended to the people he worked with. On the boat which brought him to France in 1942 he complained about being “in charge of three bloody women,” Marie-Thérèse Le Chêne, Mary Katherine Herbert, and Odette Sansom, all SOE agents. He took a special dislike to Sansom, who would become one of the most honoured SOE agents. In December 1942, he was suspicious of another SOE agent, Denise Bloch, who was fleeing from the Gestapo. He initially thought her to be a nuisance and contemplated her “liquidation,” but learned to trust her, sending her back to the United Kingdom with an appeal for SOE assistance to his network. ..

    Walters report from the SOe in Britain, set her up for fault-finding from the first:
    SOE’s appraisal of Walters after the completion of her training was cautionary. “She is well-educated, intelligent, quick, practical, and cunning…[but] She will not hesitate always to make use of her physical attractiveness in gaining influence over men. In this respect she is likely to have a disturbing effect in any group in which she is a member.” Nevertheless, she was approved to be sent to France as an agent of SOE..
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    On 31 July 1944, Starr sent a message to SOE headquarters in London explaining his action. “Have had to send Colette [Walters] back because she is undisciplined in spite of my efforts to train her…Most indiscreet. Very man-mad, also disobedient…totally unsuitable.” However, he acknowledged her courage and willingness to undertake any mission. She left France approximately 1 August 1944 and traveled through Spain en route to Algiers.
    In Algiers, Walters met with British military authorities who proposed that she return to France to assist the military personnel involved in Operation Jedburgh. She was agreeable, but SOE vetoed that proposal and ordered her to return to London.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne-Marie_Walters#cite_ref-5

    So Starr prevented an agreed good operative from being re-employed at a crucial time in the European theatre. He also undermined the report on her work which stayed throughout her life on her record. And he and the SOE rather extravagantly tarnished her character with their opinions on her sexuality which was unfair of them. And I feel that it found itself a target on her because of her gender. Starr himself felt above criticism and rode above every fault found with him by even French leader De Gaulle.

    Other things the British did in other ways. They reduced all the promotions made to risk-taking operatives in the field at the end of the war People who had been taken prisoner by the Gestapo and were likely to die but managed to survive, and others, were informed of promotion to Captain but on reporting on landing in England were advised the rise in pay and position had been cancelled. I felt that the people had great integrity and the government had far less. I think we should be aware of what ‘they can do to you’.

  3. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/462542/ukraine-crisis-how-do-small-states-like-new-zealand-respond-in-an-increasingly-lawless-world
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/462533/government-moving-fast-on-new-law-to-allow-more-sanctions-on-russia
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/462519/national-urges-visa-for-ukrainians-fleeing-unhinged-putin-s-war

    The sanctions are going to hurt us as much as them. Let the USA stop making war weapons and when they have turned them into ploughshares then we’ll cut out our fuel etc. This is getting meaningless. We will act when somthing good happens on the other side and they offer some useful stuff to Africa, say.

    Aren’t we used to accepting war at various times? All this business about sanctions to keep alternative countries from trading while the USA goes on its merry way. Myanmar and others need to step up and behave themselves. But as Eddie Izzard says when people attack their own, well that’s all right I suppose.

  4. Don’t know why I waste this here with no viewers but about the protestors — ‘Freeee -dumb!’.

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