The Daily Blog Open Mic – 5th November 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.


  1. I’m so brassed off. The firms that get you to do things through the internet after the transaction is finished bombard you with emails asking how they did blah blah. And no doubt want to get your name on an email list so they can sell it or they can harass you with other things they want to sell to you. B..ger off I say. People are stressed these days, since we have gone neoliberal and people, overseas business, insects flood in and truly they are trying to take our jobs and livings – what a cliche’.

    What a truism – either at the low income end or at the high administration well-paid end. And then that makes good fodder for the media – the middle are being squeezed. I wonder why??

  2. This is a fruit that is canned in NZ – old crop. Now

    I fear this will happen to our various food stocks too often. Climate blow this – not government and Muldoon that wiped out the apricots special to Central Otago and its growing conditions. Gone so that the maximum amount of water in the Clyde Dam could be gathered to a higher level bringing more electricity. SOF – save our foods, and don’t start harping on about lab style stuff. That will help us onto an early end and probably there’ll be no harps there.

    This seems a poor trend to violence, and punishment and adopting measures to change behaviour.

    I have been reading Georgette Heyers Regency novels, The men at that time around 1820 often had boxing matches or sometimes there was an unofficial ‘mill’ where a couple of blokes fought something out or a travelling boxer would take on the local heroes.

    Perhaps we need to stop being so nice about violence, and males, and set up outlets for the sport to learn how to box – part of their secondary school training; to know how to land a blow instead of this killer punch stuff. Teach young people of both genders how to handle themselves in society at school. Home isn’t good enough as a base for learning respect for self and others going by the situations arising today. Let’s be better, tighten up some behaviour, encourage strength of mind as well as body and more responsibility to younger people. Parents are stuck in outdated 20th century ideas that were false at that time and now need being faced and discussed with young adults.

  4. How to build a reasonably satisfactory, sometimes happy, nation in hard times through climate change and lack of change from much self-satisfaction and complacency?
    I wonder if the recipe simplified, would flow as such –
    Obligation + Dedication + Cogitation + Realisation + Solicitation –
    application – implementation – operation – actualisation > Gratification.

  5. Great little story about a woman farming their property while husband is away at WW2. A comment about the intransigence of government laws, preventing scarce food from actually being made available to people.
    She describes slinking into the co-op to sell, under the counter, her oversupply of lemons, sorely needed in some parts of the country, but subject to red tape because of war rationing. Her abundant apple crop was also difficult to sell.

    “The apples are thorough bastards,” McWhannell writes. “Nobody will have them. Nope, definitely not apples. The government has complete control of them. They are rationed. It is impossible for a humble grower like me to reach the government with my apples in any way. They will make good compost, and what use will the compost be? I could use it to grow more produce to make more compost.”

    There is a story by Catherine Cookson ‘The Cinder Path’ which touches on the stresses on relationships of wartime service people and those at home keeping things going with insufficient numbers to do the work.


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