The Daily Blog Open Mic – 19th March 2023

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


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.


    • Are you implying that sex work is inferior?
      Didn’t the left decriminalize/legitimize it?
      Not to mention the enforcement of gender ideology in schools, drag queens reading to kids, puberty blockers to kids.
      But you mock those working in the sex industry!
      How incredibly yet completely unsurprisingly hypocritical of you.

      There are also more prostitutes in parliament if you want to make a moral stand.

      • Yes why should being a pimp be bad. It would be possible to be a protector and reliable for the ‘girls and boys’ as well as retaining some of the earnings. In that case it is better than some employers in everyday businesses that we are familiar with.

      • Why remark at all if he’s running a business which according to/thanks to the left, is the same as any other?

      • Lol it was inevitable to your laconic statement some points would have arisen from the link in people’s minds. Response would be expected to have resulted and was left open to such.

  1. White supremacist purge continues

    Tiktok is now banned from Parliament devices. The lifestyle and dance move app, whose owners apparently reside in the axis of evil, was banned because of it’s potential to provide it’s axis owners with compromising information on suspect dancing and even more suspect singing. My question is to the Minister for Electronic Device Things and asks, will they ban the internet from Parliament devices because you know, the internet is potentially risky?

  2. NZ basic infrastructure and systems:
    Unions seem to be the ones drawing attention to troubling weaknesses in our shipping arrangements and agreements. Thank heavens for these people who are practical and keep their eye on the ball for the good of this country’s future. Pity they haven’t been invited into the splendid cave of NZ politicians and advisors making decisions, where the denizens sit or ergonomically stand or kneel, sucking up our earnings and opportunities and spitting them into a huge pipe that vacuums them away and effectively eliminates them for our NZ purposes. A bit of hyperbole there, well I don’t think so when one scrutinises our compounding problems and failures, weakening our response to climate change and world
    community possibly coming apart at the seams.

    But this caught my ear and I found it on Scoop. Support Scoop asap as well as TDB.
    Unions representing ships crews say the withdrawal of a dedicated Maersk shipping service on the New Zealand coast is a step backwards for New Zealand’s supply chain security.

    Maersk announced today that it was withdrawing its Coastal Connect service after less than a year in operation, with the loss of all jobs of New Zealand crews.
    The Maersk Nandi and the Maersk Nansha are the two container ships that have been providing a dedicated New Zealand coastal service to ports in Auckland, Tauranga, Nelson, Lyttelton and Timaru.

    The coastal service was seen as a breakthrough in providing reliable services to New Zealand ports following massive disruption to shipping schedules following the COVID pandemic.
    Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says the sudden withdrawal of the Coastal Connect service shows how volatile and insecure New Zealand’s supply chain remains.

    The cancelled Maersk services will be replaced by new international services that drop some New Zealand ports off their calls and use Australian ports as hubs.

    FFS when can we get informed, experienced, reliable people of probity making decisions for NZ in their area of expertise, which are then scrutinised by politicians and advisors for effectiveness, value looked at, and then money is raised through government sources as part of NZ debt, not tied to some overseas or NZ predator corpse. What we have now is disgusting people making raids on the Christmas tree before official parcel-opening time, and stealing other people’s presents. I’ve put it in plain language that everybody can understand without the jargon that sets up obscuring smoke screens.

    We totter on from one self-induced tribulation to another, and so it will be for ever unless we change our ways to get better results for all NZ people not just a self-centred elite, and stop the misdirection of funds and energy now dissipated in the cranky systems that neolib has tried to concrete us into.

  3. Too little regulation, too much lobbying, too much reliance on the taxpayers to bail out a banking system that denies it needs regulation, spends a fortune lobbying to be exempt from regulation, but first in line for a bail out. Great to see the CEO who apparently sold 30 million in shares is having a good time in Hawaii. Really shows what a different system of justice and accountability there is, based on lobbying politicians! The death of democracy and decline of the west, is from the inside.

    “Silicon Valley Bank was supposedly the type of institution that would never need a government bailout – right until its backers spent three days on social media demanding one, and then promptly receiving it, after the bank’s spectacular collapse last week.

    Eight years ago, when the bank’s CEO, Greg Becker, personally pressed Congress to exempt SVB from post-2008 financial reform rules, he cited its “low risk profile” and role supporting “job-creating companies in the innovation economy”. Those companies include crypto outfits and venture capital firms typically opposed to the kind of government intervention they benefited from on Sunday, when regulators moved to guarantee SVB customers immediate access to their largely uninsured deposits.”

    Silicon Valley Bank CEO Gregory Becker spotted in Hawaii

  4. Kafka in NZ!

    “In Franz Kafka’s 1925 novel The Trial, Josef K awakes one morning to find himself accused by an unknown body of an unspecified crime.

    Almost a century later, NZ Herald’s publisher NZME was last week served with an interim injunction order preventing it from publishing allegations against one unknown foreign individual and two US companies connected to a New Zealand institution.

    The order came after queries to a New Zealand institution by Herald senior writer Kim Knight as part of an investigation involving what the Herald deems a matter of clear public interest.

    Court documents served to NZME redact the name of the overseas-based man – meaning the publisher was unaware who was alleging it was about to publish potentially defamatory allegations.

    Tania Goatley, a lawyer acting for NZME, would later describe in court the situation of the defendant not knowing the plaintiff as “Kafkaesque”, alluding to the situation Josef K found himself in.

    An interim injunction preventing publication of the allegations, the identities of the plaintiffs or even the identity of NZME was granted on an ex parte basis by Justice Geoffrey Venning last week until the case could be considered in court.

    Ex parte means in this context the injunction was granted without NZME having the chance to submit.”

  5. US nuclear power plant leaks 400,000 gallons of radioactive water

    “Xcel Energy admitted that its Monticello facility, 39 miles (63km) north-west of Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota, suffered a leak of water containing tritium last November.

    However, the company did not explain why it waited more than three months to publicly acknowledge what happened.

    Xcel Energy said that it notified state officials and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission once it learnt of the leak on November 22, 2022, but it was not announced until this week.”

    Japan’s nuclear-contaminated water discharge plan extremely irresponsible

  6. This is rather funny and then one thinks about civil servants in NZ and their hangers-on or masters, depending on the state of negotiation. What a workplace to be in – quite toxic.

    The trouble with doing something suspicious
    for a living is that your coworkers will likely
    be suspicious, too, and you will find
    yourself entangled in a web of
    suspicion, even
    during your lunch hour.
    ‘Lemony Snicket’

  7. A faint complaint from someone buried in irrelevant info from technology.

    On TradeMe a request for info on Bill Bailey on Books topic gives me 22 and only 2 have Bill Bailey in the title or author. And it’s not the book I am looking for as a matter of fact.

    Same thing happens at the library, I complained but ‘that’s how it is’ these days. Warning message: ‘They’ will take over your life and decide what you will have if you don’t assert yourself. and that’s not just in the library – it’s every place.

    Golly do we ever get a grasp on anything and prevent bad outcomes- anything? Have we stopped trying – because it is cheaper to bat away the voices crying out for even small actions that would be effective. No – ‘they’ aren’t going to read the book, they are waiting for the megabuck film.

    The paralysis eventually robs them of the ability to hold up their heads, and they drown in the waters that were once a haven.
    Appalled by the outbreak, Fish & Game New Zealand launched a stinging attack on Waikato Regional Council, accusing the local authority of permitting dairy intensification and failing in its statutory obligation to protect freshwater environments.
    Fish & Game chief executive Corina Jordan​ said the disease outbreak, in its third month,was “appalling” and a wake-up call for “urgent action”.
    Devastated Fish & Game staff and community volunteers collected almost 2000 birds, including matuku, in the last month.

    Think of something else – ‘Tell me a Story’ from 1953 (with great USA images possibly Norman Rockwell in post WW2 positivity)

  9. There is no doubt AI “will be as revolutionary as fire, electricity, or the Internet”, says AI Professor Albert Bifet​, director of Waikato university’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. “All areas will be affected.”

    …And it’s not just the traditionally low paid work that can now be done by machines (like supermarket checkouts and self-service machines at restaurants).

    “ChatGPT has the potential to automate high-paying jobs before automating low-paying jobs. I think that’s the surprising thing, because everybody was thinking, yeah, we’re going to automate first the low paid jobs, they are the ones that are going to disappear. We were thinking only robotics…

    I suggest before yo going to a counsellor you sit down with lined paper and write legibly what worries you and your problems numbering them downwards in a list and being brief. What’s the worst? What’s the easiest to bring some relief from action of a minor kind? What has a time line approaching? Is there money or help on offer that you have overlooked? Do you have to give up some hurtful or harmful or negative-producing habit – take a break for a day or longer and put something positive and more relaxing in its place.

    Put it where you can reach it quickly but where some nosyparker can’t find it. It’s your life and when you want help ask for it but till then ponder on things. At least you won’t be unclear when you see the counsellor. It’s capacity building and we need capacity and strength of commitment these days – to ourselves, our living systems and practices, and close relationships a few, and widely, with others also. But encouraging them to be self-supportive after a helping hand or ear, and trying so yourself. Some people are like blotting paper, they’ll soak up all you give them including what you need for yourself.

    This is a good way of promoting violence. Make something that is pretty basic to life unlawful. People object heatedly. There are things on tv that I think will twist people’s minds, as research has shown that memories often cannot discrinate between real experience and something seen and known at the time a fiction, on screen. Talking about things could be better than watching on tv or from dvds.

    A Victoria Police spokeswoman told the publication a 22-year-old man was arrested for allegedly putting a female officer in a headlock and taking her to the ground, and a 23-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly slapping an officer in the neck. Another 22-year-old was arrested for unlawful assault, the spokeswoman said.

    Keen-Minshull is set to speak at events in New Zealand next week.

    Green Party immigration spokesperson Ricardo Menendez-March said the government needed to consider the security risks to New Zealanders.

    “I do think we should be considering whether her arrival to Aotearoa could pose a security risk for our communities and the repercussions that it could have when it comes to galvanising the far right.”

    The Rainbow Greens have written to the immigration minister, calling for Keen-Minshull to be banned.


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