The Daily Blog Open Mic – 11th January 2024


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.

All in all, TDB gives punters a very, very, very wide space to comment in but we won’t bother with out right lies or gleeful malice. We leave that to the Herald comment section.

EDITORS NOTE: – By the way, here’s a list of shit that will get your comment dumped. Sexist abuse, homophobic abuse, racist abuse, anti-muslim abuse, transphobic abuse, 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.



    What is ITM. To add to our confusion of these days this lazy acronym/abbreviation/jargon (aaj!) approach to relaying information is annoying eg RNZ for RadioNZ – NZ? Obviously has its uses but is becoming ubiquitous.

    eg the Institute of Technology and Management
    The full form of ITM is the Institute of Technology and Management. ITM is a well-known name in the field of education, offering various programs in technology and management. ITM University, located in India, is one of the leading institutions offering a range of programs in ITM.4 Sept 2023
    Full Form Of ITM – Physics Wallah

    Reliable Wikipedia! :
    Independent Timber Merchants
    Wikipedia › wiki › Independent_Timber…
    Independent Timber Merchants or the Independent Timber Merchants Society (usually shortened as ITM) is a New Zealand co-operative of independent …

    What does ITM stand for? › itm
    ITM. Information Technology Manager. Computing » Technology. Rate it: ; ITM. In The Meantime. Miscellaneous » Unclassified. Rate it: ; ITM. In The Moment.

  2. This concerrns all of us – info for the modern citizen!

    …From 1 February 2024, materials accepted for kerbside collection from households for recycling will be the same across the country. All district and city councils will accept only these materials in their recycling collections:

    glass bottles and jars – without lids
    paper and cardboard (including pizza boxes – with food scraps removed)
    plastic bottles and containers marked with recycling symbols 1, 2, and 5 (without lids)
    food tins and drink cans.
    Remember to take the lids off glass and plastic bottles, rinse out your dirty items, and put them out for recycling.

    “Recycled plastics can be turned into new plastic products and glass can be turned into new glass bottles, but the lids are too small for the sorting machinery to run properly, so you need to remove them and throw in the rubbish,” Mr Stilwell said.

    Here’s what you can’t put out for recycling:
    Compostable packaging and containers
    Nappies and sanitary products
    Lids for bottles, jars, and containers
    Fabric and clothing
    Soft plastics (like plastic bags or wrapping)
    Coffee cups and lids

    “Some of these things seem obvious, but you’d be amazed at what some people dump into the recycling bins. Please don’t include filthy or unsanitary items – think of our poor workers having to deal with this material and it usually means the whole lot has to go to landfill because of the contamination,” Mr Stilwell said…

  3. Engrossed in the Gaza ‘clearance’, to use a Scots Highland term, far too kind to Israel. Our heart lies here. Otherwise we lie in the fatal vale of Aldous Huxley’s distraction to death.

  4. Small is Beautiful – what things does it say?
    “The art of living is always to make a good thing out of a bad thing.”
    ― E.F. Schumacher, A Guide for the Perplexed
    An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory.”
    ― E F Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered

    “Modern man does not experience himself as a part of nature but as an outside force destined to dominate and conquer it.
    He even talks of a battle with nature, forgetting that, if he won the battle, he would find himself on the losing side.”
    ― Ernst F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered

    “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
    ― E.F. Schumacher

  5. Some interesting vids.
    YouTube Is Dangerous as Hell. But We Still Need It.
    Rolling Stone › tv-movie-features › yo…
    11 Aug 2023 — YouTube Is Dangerous as Hell. But We Still Need It. Filmmaker Alex Winter writes about his new documentary The YouTube Effect, which . Area 51
    Encyclopedia Britannica
    Area 51, secret U.S. Air Force military installation located at Groom Lake in southern Nevada. It is administered by Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. The installation has been the focus of numerous conspiracies involving extraterrestrial life, though its only confirmed use is as a flight testing facility. For years there was speculation about the installation, especially amid growing reports of UFO sightings in the vicinity. The site became known as Area 51, which was its designation on maps of the Atomic Energy Commission. Conspiracy theories gained support in the late 1980s, when a man alleging to have worked at the installation claimed that the government was examining recovered alien spacecraft.
    Area 51 & the Geography of a Secret

  6. I’ll put up a couple of links. Some old ones on the Israeli-Middle East story with the Yes Minister ironic, sardonic, sarcastic?? overview. It’s all been said before. Can’t we take our good, strengthening medicine, both sides – just a teaspoonful each, not the whole bloody bottle/battle! Trouble is we can’t get the levels of righteousness, rightness, historical faults back to the year dot, before we were born and our fathers, and foreforeforeforefathers, and mothers too, in appropriate balance.
    Yes Prime Minister on the Arabs and Israel
    What do the Foreign Office Know?
    Jim meets rhe Israeli Ambassador Yes Prime Minister


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