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Cracker sings the blues.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday – 12th January 2021

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The growth of online gambling in New Zealand in 2021

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New Zealand has become a major marketplace in the gambling world and billions of bets are placed here each year. It has attracted major players such as Goldenslot to set up shop to cater to this ever-growing market. In this article, I will talk about the current trends of the New Zealand gaming sector in 2021 and what to expect in the future.

 

#1 – Video Slots Lead The Way

 

The most popular online casino game that players from New Zealand play is video slot machines. It should not come as any surprise as in all English speaking countries this is the case for all. There are thousands available in this ever-growing gaming section and most avid players will have a casino app downloaded to the smartphone.

 

#2 – eSports Gaming Huge Growth

 

The gambling market is experiencing the largest growth in eSports gaming and this has now become an extremely valuable marketplace. There are many popular eSports events and tournaments held in New Zealand to cater to this new type of gambler. Instead of playing games of chance such as Roulette, the next generation prefers putting their gaming skills to the test by placing wagers on them beating other players or on eSports teams.

 

#3 – Gambling Using Cryptocurrency Seeing Major Growth

 

At the end of 2020 and the start of this year, we are seeing the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies boom. The price has reached record highs and recently went over $40,000 per BTC which is double its old record of $20,000. Many people from New Zealand own bitcoin and it is also a popular place for miners of cryptocurrency which generates crypto for proving computer power to the network.

 

Due to this gambling using cryptos such as bitcoin has become extremely popular in New Zealand. You can find countless online casinos and gambling apps that players can access here. It means the players can enjoy the benefits of no fees, instant payouts, anonymity, and more.

 

#4 – Players Have Made the Switch To Online

 

Retail betting shops and land-based casinos used to be extremely popular but last year the industry was crippled by the pandemic. New Zealand may have copied better than most at dealing with this situation but social distancing has changed gamblers’ habits. Now nearly all bets are played online due to the pandemic and the switch is likely to be permanent.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Due to the pandemic consumer habits are going to change as social distancing is going to be around for a long-time. It is going to help fuel the growth of online gambling in New Zealand and devastate any companies with a land-based gambling model. The blockchain is also going to play a pivotal role in reshaping the industry to make it more transparent and fair. The technology is not perfected yet but expects to see big things happening in this space overall in 2021. 

 

Lastly, expect to see New Zealand becoming a leading force in the eSports industry. It has gained huge popularity over the last few years and it is what the next generation prefers against playing casino games like slots.

 

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Analysis of Growth in the New Zealand Gaming Industry

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The video game industry has grown massively in recent years, as millions of new gamers from around the planet have started playing. How has the market in New Zealand increased recently and what are the predictions for the future?

Source: Pixnio

The History and Current Size of the Gaming Market

This country has always had a strong gaming scene, going back to the fairly basic but fondly-remembered Sportronic console with its simple Pong-style games. Atari consoles were popular here too.

As for locally-produced games, 2015’s A Fistful of Gun from FarmerGnome lets the player take on the role of a gunslinger who is trying to stop a crooked railroad baron from building a railway to the underworld. 

Super Skidmarks from Acid Software is one of the most famous games to be made here. A split-screen racing game featuring a variety of novelty vehicles, it sold well in New Zealand and in the UK. More fun than realistic, the humor and social aspect mean that it is still regarded as one of the best games to be developed in New Zealand.  

A report from 2016 suggested that two out of every three New Zealanders play video games, with an average of 88 minutes per day spent on this hobby. At the start of 2020, close to 700 people were directly employed in this industry.

Other Popular Type of Game

New Zealanders’ love of gaming isn’t restricted solely to video games. Board games have also typically been popular here, with global classics like Monopoly and Settlers of Catan among the most sought-after titles.

There has also been a resurgence in locally-made board games in recent years, with Kickstarter confirming in 2017 that half of their top ten NZ projects featured ideas for games of this type. Raiders of the North Sea by Waikanae designer Shem Phillips is a good example of a project that achieved wide-spread recognition.

However, if we look for a casino to play for NZ dollars, we see that no NZ firms can set up online casinos, so players need to search for offshore operators that make their casino available in the country. Sites like Cashmio, Ultra Casino, and Casimba all offer a welcome bonus and lots of games to choose from, as well as the likes of tournaments and loyalty programs.

A Look at 2020’s Numbers

Stephen Knightly, from the New Zealand Game Developers Association, pointed out that 2020 was a good year for the industry, with NZ-based companies taking advantage of the increased number of sales across the world. He suggested that the sector saw a 60% growth rate in the last year.

This led to an annual revenue of NZ$324 million, which Knightly pointed out was the sixth consecutive year of growth in export figures. He also stated that the global video games market is now worth NZ$250 billion, making it bigger than the film industry and offer great opportunities for developers here.  

In 2018, revenue was at NZ$143 million, which increased in 2019 to NZ$203 million. This impressive rate of revenue growth was largely down to the ten biggest studios, which generated over 90% of the total revenue. Much of the sector’s income comes from international sales, with up to 96% of revenue coming in this way.

If the current trend continues, the NZ gaming sector should go from strength to strength, with a decent local market and excellent overseas sales helping to ensure that revenue keeps on growing.

 

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Greyhound Summer Death Toll Reaches Eight Dogs – safe

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Eight greyhounds have been euthanised since December 18 after sustaining racing injuries. This includes five in Whanganui at what animal rights organisation SAFE is calling a ‘death track’.

SAFE spokesperson Will Appelbe is calling on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to immediately close the Whanganui track for an investigation.

“While Kiwis enjoyed their unstoppable summer, the greyhound death toll has soared over the last three weeks,” said Appelbe

“The five dogs killed at the Whanganui racetrack is appalling and warrants an immediate investigation. The buck stops with MPI and they must intervene.”

This surge in greyhound deaths is the latest blow to the greyhound racing industry, after it was found 47 dog deaths weren’t included in the industry’s last annual report. Minister responsible for animal welfare Meka Whaitiri declined to comment on the discrepancy.

“Greyhounds are the only dogs New Zealand doesn’t seem to care about. But we care, and we expect more from the animal welfare establishment.”

“Greyhound racing is dangerous, and these dogs belong on someone’s couch, not the racetrack. A ban on greyhound racing is long overdue.”

GREY2K USA Worldwide, the largest global greyhound advocacy organisation, has recently joined SAFE and Greyhound Protection League’s campaign to end greyhound racing in New Zealand.

GREY2K President and General Counsel Christine A. Dorchak said, “As long as dog racing continues, greyhounds will suffer and die. It is time to shut down this cruel track and every track in New Zealand.”

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Hate has no colour

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The day after the mob assault on the US Capital Building I listened to a number of commentators comparing the rough treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters by Federal and State authorities to their soft approach to the Pro Trump rioters and thought – yes, the authorities are colour blind . Only dark- skinned people aparrently are a threat to social order and stability.

I think the same was true of the events leading up to the Christchurch mass murder on March 15th 2019. Yes – our police and border authorities were on the lookout for terrorists – but not white ones.

Hate has no colour.

You find it in every society. The idea that ‘they ‘ are not ‘us’ is the story of war – whether it be civil or international.

Those of us who lived through the violence surrounding the Springbok Tour of 1981 know
that we , here in New Zealand , are not immune from turning on each other and fighting in the street over strongly held beliefs.

We don’t have a specific Hate Law in our country . I think we should, but it needs the political will to put it on the table and carefully worked through because I don’t pretend that crafting a viable Hate Law will be easy. Hate Speech, for example , in my view, needs to be treated as a separate legal issue because of the way it intersects with the principle of freedom of speech and opinion which I, for one, hold dear.

But Hate Crime – actually attacking someone because of their race , religion, sexual preference or whatever – needs to be separated from Hate Speech.

Yes Hate Speech if often the precursor to the committing of a Hate Crime and I would put inciting people to riot at the high end of offending under a Hate Speech law, but as I say any Hate Speech legislation needs to be carefully crafted so it does not impose unreasonable restrictions on Freedom of Speech.

How hard would that actually be?

In my view, not very.

I’ve never believed the right to free speech include the right to abuse or threaten people socially, mentally or physically and regular readers of my page will know that from time to time I have to publish the rules of my page which includes no name calling and no bad language.

Our bias, if bias it be, should be towards respecting – not disrespecting – each other.

In other words to tackle the topic, not the person expressing their opinion and that remains the No 1 rule of my page because I believe we cannot have a decent society if we do not treat each other with decency in our daily lives.

Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.

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Ongoing worker dissatisfaction shows need for fundamental change – CTU

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This year’s CTU work life survey shows the need for a fundamental overhaul of New Zealand’s employment framework says CTU Secretary Melissa Ansell-Bridges.

The survey, which was answered by 1200 respondents, shows more than half of respondents reporting their income has not kept up with the cost of living in the last year, 52% stating their workload has got worse over the period, and 42.6% reporting lower job satisfaction.

The 2021 results largely mirror results from the 2020 and 2019 surveys.

Ansell-Bridges says there shouldn’t be a great deal of surprise at the results as there has been no significant change in New Zealand’s employment law for decades. “We’re still stuck with an individualised employment framework that was mostly devised in the 1990’s and that tilts the playing field against working people. Until that framework changes we’re not going to see people’s work lives get appreciably better.

“The positive changes to employment law in the last three years have been a step in the right direction when we are many kilometers from where we need to be as a nation.

“We are expecting the introduction of Fair Pay Agreements this year to help change that alongside equal pay settlements made under the new law. But unless these changes are done properly I don’t think we’ll see working people’s satisfaction improve.

“Of course COVID-19 has had an impact, but the comments people have made on our annual survey make it pretty clear that this isn’t a pandemic-related one off problem. It is a systemic problem that needs a systemic answer.

Good intentions are not enough to fix this, we need real and substantive change.”

The 2021 Work Life Survey is here

The 2020 survey is here

The 2019 survey is here

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Political Caption Competition

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I looted American Democracy and all I got was this lectern.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday – 11th January 2021

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

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Summer TDB Contribution Drive 2021

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It’s Summer and TDB will be posting throughout with a holiday crew and we should all be back on board by February.

Unless Trump triggers a war or the Covid gets worse or Ellen gets cancelled.

Then it will be all hands on deck.

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The Million Militia March Coup: The case to immediately remove Trump

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The Alt Right and QAnon Fanatics have gone to another level of paranoia and manipulated fear with the backlash against their Orange Lives Matter Insurrection.

The darker elements of neo-Nazi Proud Boy fascism are becoming feral online.

They are whipping up their own insane narratives and those wounded white egos that swarmed the Capital Building are already filling with more cultural pus.

Their present is composed of a toxic revenge fantasy landscape where existential wars to the death against absolute evil are the only perspective.

ISIS has more of a working philosophy and intellectual framework than QAnon.

The Orange Lives Matter Insurrectionists are now wildly promoting ‘The Million Militia March’ where they are calling for all armed patriots to descend upon the State Building Capital again PLUS every other State Capital.

Trump must be removed from Office as soon as possible and blocked on any social media because he represents a legitimate and immediate public health risk.

He’s going to try and other throw the US Government.

That’s what a million militia march represents.

An armed militia is about to descend upon every state capital an the same day Biden is sworn in.

Now some will say that this Million Militia March is just the fetid imagination of nutters online.

At any other day of the week you could legitimately hold that opinion, but after what we’ve seen, why take the risk?

These armed lunatics mustn’t be allowed any where near that momentum and Trump must be impeached so that he can never run again.

America is under an immediate domestic terrorist threat.

 

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Golriz may be many things, an anti-Semite she is not & we shouldn’t tolerate Israeli apologists smearing her!

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Green MP Golriz Ghahraman accused of anti-Semitism over Instagram post

Green MP Golriz Ghahraman has been accused of spreading a “disgusting centuries-old anti-Semitic trope” after sharing a social media post accusing Israeli authorities of “medical apartheid” in the fight against COVID-19.

Moses said she has never accused any other MP of anti-Semitism, and it’s not something she does lightly. 

“Ghahraman repeatedly spreads disinformation and anti-Semitic tropes about Israel. I understand she enjoys the attention that comes with doing so.  

Fuck!

This!

Bullshit!

After watching the madness of the Orange Lives Matter Insurrection, we should utterly reject this attempt by Israeli apologists to inject toxic Trumpian polarisation into the NZ political debate.

Comrades, Golriz is many things, but a fucking anti-Semite she is not!

Sure there are times when Golriz’s identity politics stuff has us all rolling our eyes and banging our heads on walls, but that’s like 15% of her content, the other 85% she is on the fucking money and we sure as Christ shouldn’t allow a bunch of jumped up Israeli apologists smear her as a fucking anti-Semite!

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOLRIZ!

This is, as it always is, about the brutal Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people!

This is, as it always is, an attempt by Israeli apologists to distract from that brutal occupation by labelling critics anti-Semites!

What the Israeli apologists want you to ignore is the image of Israeli’s inoculating their own fanatical settlers on occupied stolen Palestinian land from the Covid virus while the actual owners of that land, the Palestinians, don’t get a vaccination.

That image is jarring.

That jarring image reminds you about the brutal occupation the Palestinians are living under and the injustice of it.

THAT’S WHY Golriz is being smeared as an anti-Semite!

This ludicrous fucking intellectually bankrupt argument being pushed by these Israeli apologists, – David Fucking Farrar leading that charge – is because of a technicality in the fucking Oslo Accords that hands responsibility for medical safety to the Palestinians – that any attempt to criticise Israel for not inoculating the Palestinians is somehow fucking anti-Semitic!

Let me roll up my fucking sleeves here because I’m about to get medieval.

How fucking dare you use the fucking technicalities in the fucking Oslo Accord as your justification!

Israel did all it fucking could to undermine and DESTROY the Oslo Accord!!!!!

You are seriously cherry picking some technical changes of function as your justification to smear Golriz as an anti-Semite from an accord the Israeli’s promptly breached???

Technical changes that were never fucking honoured and were envisaged as a gradual change towards self governance that never fucking occurred!!!!

It’s now clear: the Oslo peace accords were wrecked by Netanyahu’s bad faith

I thought the peace accords 20 years ago could work, but Israel used them as cover for its colonial project in Palestine

Let me get this straight.

Israeli apologists are attempting to use the dysfunctional Oslo accord (that Israel used to continue brutally occupying Palestine) as the excuse to call Golriz anti-Semitic because she righteously criticised their refusal to take responsibility for Palestinians living under their brutal occupation???

This is a sick joke with no punchline!

What is most outrageous of course is that the Oslo Accord can’t be used to justify not immunising the Palestinians BECAUSE Article 4 of the Geneva Convention states categorically that it is the occupiers responsibility to ensure medical care and services to the occupied.

Attempting to fucking use the totally corrupted Oslo Accord (that the Israeli’s ignore whenever it suits them) and pretend that somehow trumps the Geneva Convention obligations is sophistry at its most corrosive.

These Israeli apologists are simply attempting to bring the Trumpian polarisation of politics into NZ by branding anyone who righteously criticises their brutal occupation of the Palestinian people.

It’s anti free speech, it’s anti human rights and it’s disingenuous in the fucking extreme.

Fuck that.

Golriz is not anti-Semitic, as the occupying force over the Palestinian people, Israel IS responsible for the immunisation of Palestinians and we should not allow Israeli apologists to take our focus off the continued suffering of the Palestinian people.

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For your next Billy TK anti-mask protest

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday – 10th January 2021

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E tū condemns arrests of Hong Kong democracy activists

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E tū has joined New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister, global unions and others in condemning the arrest this week of over 50 prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists.

Among those arrested was aviation worker Carol Ng, the chair of the Hong Kong Council of Trade Unions and former general secretary of the British Airways Hong Kong International Cabin Crew Association. Carol was released last night but the arrests are part of an ongoing and escalating intimidation of the democracy movement in Hong Kong.

E tū spokesperson Sam Huggard says the union extends its solidarity to Carol and other trade union and democracy activists.

“An attack on democracy is an attack on ordinary working people and communities and cannot be tolerated. We join with others in condemning this move and call on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to stop this intimidation immediately,” Sam says.

The detentions were made by local police, under the controversial National Security Law, for trying to “overthrow” the government by holding primary elections for pro-democracy candidates in last year’s postponed elections.

 

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