The Daily Blog Open Mic – 31st December 2022


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

The Editor doesn’t moderate this blog,  3 volunteers do, they are very lenient to provide you a free speech space but if it’s just deranged abuse or putting words in bloggers mouths to have a pointless argument, we don’t bother publishing.

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.



    Why we need a Childrens Commissioner in NZ chosen from ethical, experienced and humane people, not bureaucrats or politicians or by bendable public voting. Sometimes ‘the people’ do not or can not allocate enough time from enough truthful information to make decisions that affect other people’s lives. Religion can not be relied on to do things right for people’s wellbeing; ideology can form a wall of some height preventing that sentiment. It isn’t just an Irish matter, but this is one example that has received a revealing light that shows we need to swivel it to fall on other people and locations.

    Refer back to –
    Magdalene asylum › wiki › Magdalene…
    magdalena homes ireland from
    Magdalene asylums, also known as Magdalene laundries, were initially Protestant but later…

    Film – The Magdalene Sisters › wiki › The_Magd…
    The Magdalene Sisters is a 2002 drama film written and directed by Peter Mullan, about three teenage girls who were sent to Magdalene asylums homes for …
    Doco – The Forgotten Maggies (2009) –
    Doco – Sinners / The Magdalen Laundry (2002) –

    These Women Survived Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. …
    The New York Times · › europe
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    6/06/2018 — More than 200 women once put to work in the notorious church-run confinement homes gathered in Dublin this week.mostly Roman Catholic institutions that operated from…

    How Ireland Turned ‘Fallen Women’ Into Slaves
    History Channel · › news › ma…
    magdalena homes ireland from
    12/03/2018 — Ireland’s first such institution, the Magdalen Asylum for Penitent Females in Dublin, was founded by the Protestant Church of Ireland in 1765.

    Ireland’s last Magdalene Laundry closed on Oct 25, 1996
    IrishCentral · › … › History
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    29/03/2022 — The brutal treatment of women and girls in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries was largely unknown until the 1990s. It’s estimated that 10,000 Irish …

    Life in a Magdalene laundry: Haunting images show …
    Daily Mail · › news › Haun…
    magdalena homes ireland from
    27/03/2017 — Photos from Magdalene Laundries give insight into the homes, … for dozens of children at the Bessborough Mother and Baby home in Ireland.

    The unthinkable becomes thinkable. Life is disrupted and will go further to verge on chaotic. Transport in Wellington has been run into the ground without a decent tunnel, by insistence of selling rights to private interests to run it, and retendering to avoid ‘excess profits’. Walking and waiting will become more part of the mass transport experience I think.

    I wonder when people will really get the message and look at ending present ratty systems, mainly economic at their root, that hold the nation back? Can we work at becoming capable. effective. resilient, co-operative and happily-balanced, and solicitous to and about each other. More pick and mix and less picky and sicky. How can we achieve more positivity towards each other?

  3. 2022! Knock! Knock!

    2023. Whos there?

    2022. Austerity my old friend ….’Hello darkness, my old friend
    I’ve come to talk with you again
    Because a vision softly creeping
    Left its seeds while I was sleeping
    And the vision that was planted in my brain
    Still remains
    Within the sound of silence
    In restless dreams, I walked alone
    Narrow streets of cobblestone
    ‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
    I turned my collar to the cold and damp
    When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
    That split the night
    And touched the sound of silence
    And in the naked light, I saw
    Ten thousand people, maybe more
    People talking without speaking
    People hearing without listening
    People writing songs that voices never shared
    And no one dared
    Disturb the sound of silence
    “Fools” said I, “You do not know
    Silence like a cancer grows
    Hear my words that I might teach you
    Take my arms that I might reach you”
    But my words, like silent raindrops fell
    And echoed in the wells of silence
    And the people bowed and prayed
    To the neon god they made
    And the sign flashed out its warning
    In the words that it was forming
    Then the sign said, “The words on the prophets are written on the subway walls
    In tenement halls”
    And whispered in the sound of silence …’

    • Some song writers echo Nostredamus. Were they on drugs to get the mindflow to write those words? Trouble is that if something makes an impact, the listeners might then come and kill you eg John Lennon. A pyrrhic victory. What a piece of work is man, How noble his reason… (and hers, as they (used) to say – ‘he’ embraces ‘she’, word play don’t you know.)

  4. It’s now 2023. So long and farewell 2022. You were mostly shit anyway. To all the TOP G’s and the cancelled people. 2023 is our year.

    You can tell a poorly run home when the grown-ups refuse to take responsibility for the practical running of the home and environment in their locality. Our politicians are so empty of spunk and duty that they will not ban private fireworks, yet taxes remain high and rates are often up exponentially, largely again because of government inaction. So as we can’t go forward in managing ourselves well, we go backwards every year, deteriorating further.

    I suggest we put politicians and administrators, on tendering for the project they intend to work on, and payment in stages as completed and checked, and an hourly rate for actual work, quite high, but not allowing for meal breaks etc. Also they have to contribute to a NZ owned insurance scheme that contributes to failures from errors of projects they have been assigned to. We are supposed to be running in a more businesslike manner, so let’s get applying business approaches to the matter not in hand, but slipping through our fingers.
    Volunteer firefighters spent most of the night at the luxury Dalefield estate, between Queenstown and Arrowtown, which belongs to Empire State Realty Trust chief executive and president Tony Malkin (the trust owns the Empire State Building).

    The pyrotechnic bonanza, understood to have cost tens of thousands of dollars, went ahead despite neighbours starting a petition to stop it over concerns about the impact it would have on horses and other animals in the area. More than 600 people signed it.

    Firefighters were called at 12.10am. The blaze involved three separate fires burning in tussock on steep terrain and came within 15 metres of the property tycoon’s house.
    It was contained by about 2.30am and burnt about 0.5ha of land (revised from the initial estimate was 1.2ha). Volunteers were there until about 7am knocking out hotspots and monitoring the situation.

    Is this ‘Tony Malkin’?
    Anthony E. Malkin
    Empire State Realty Trust · › a…
    Anthony E. Malkin is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. He joined its predecessor entities in 1989.

    (Thought – Fire – so quick and efficient for clearing land for greenfield (or brown) property development.
    Faster and probably better than the Highland Clearances.
    Property speculators, NZ type of vultures. India made them a part of their culture appropriate for ther population numbers, heat and sanitation. But ours – are they really good for any part of our environment?)


    Is publishing the name of the individual/s who expose internet corruption, act as whistleblowers, the fair and right thing to do?? The tonnage of abuse can be unbearable and continue for yonks, but hopefully not in this case and others. Let’s have an attempt at protecting the honest brokers out there, not just reacting to their findings in Shock and Horror! But apparently rather blase’ to its real nastiness and that of the dabblers and perpetrators.


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