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Open mike 04/02/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 4th, 2012 - 33 comments
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33 comments on “Open mike 04/02/2012”

  1. Jenny 1

    The anonymous Labour Party, trade union leader, who grandly calls himself, ‘The Voice of Reason’ has over many comment threads, laid out the reasons why Union leaders loyal to the Labour Party think we should turn our backs on the wharfies.

    For this we should thank him. VoR has done all of us a service by shining a light on the rationalisations for inaction, that go on behind closed doors at the top of the union and labour movement, that we, at the grass roots are not normally aware of, until it is to late.

    Ignoring all the evasions and excuses, the argument for not acting by these Labour Party union officials who dominate the trade union leadership goes something like this:

    The wharfies are only 300 hundred workers, so it is better that they be sacrificed, rather than risk National attacking the rest of the union movement.

    Only 300 workers in one port are involved at present and there have been a few hours delays for a handful of ships on the 5 days of striking.

    EDDIE: “1951 it ain’t, for now”

    The last thing the workers need is Labour creating an excuse for National to attack them.

    EDDIE: “1951 it ain’t, for now”

    VoR and EDDIE are doing a useful service in being honest and open in laying out their reasons why the wharfies will be sacrificed.

    Good for them for openly putting forward their point of view. For the first time ever, It gives those of us who think that our Labour Party aligned union leaders are making another terrible mistake, an opportunity to question this potentially disastrous policy direction, before it fully plays out.

    Because I believe VoR’s views embody the accepted wisdom at the head of the union movement. I have repeatedly asked Voice of Reason a simple question:

    These are the results so far:

    Q. (1)

    I take it that you are a Labour Party supporter and a union official, both. Will you be calling on your members to support the wharfies, or not?
    Jenny 21 January 2012 at 6:15 pm

    A. (1)

    … speculation about my identity does you no credit and if its meant to intimidate, you can fuck right off.

    The Voice of Reason 21 January 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Q. (2)

    In a previous thread I questioned you as “a Labour Party supporter and a union official, both. Will you be calling on your members to support the wharfies, or not?”
    Which you ignored.

    So I will ask you again.

    As a Labour Party supporter and a union official, both. Will you be calling on your members to support the wharfies, or not?

    Jenny 25 January 2012 at 8:48 pm

    A. (2)

    I didn’t ignore the question, I told you to piss off.

    The Voice of Reason 25 January 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Q.(3)

    VOR, I call it as I see it.
    Twice I have asked you, “as a Labour Party supporter and a union official, both. Will you be calling on your members to support the wharfies, or not?”

    Both times you have refused to answer the question.

    So I will ask you a third time.

    As a Labour Party supporter and a union official, both. Will you be calling on your members to support the wharfies, or not?

    Jenny 1 February 2012 at 6:07 pm

    A. (3)

    My response is the same as before, Jenny. You can take a flying one….

    The Voice of Reason 1 February 2012 at 7:47 pm

    As the self appointed unofficial spokesperson for all leading Labour Party union officials, let us see if The Voice of Reason has changed his position yet.

    So for the fourth time, TVoR, if you are still out there:

    As a Labour Party supporter and a union official, both. Will you be calling on your members to support the wharfies, or not?

    • All I can say Jenny is that there is a significant number of Labour Party members who think the party should be giving MUNZ full support.

    • The Voice of Reason 1.2

      Jenny, you are clearly mad. Luckily you have no connection to workers, their unions or their culture. Just another bitter and twisted red guard attacking workers and their organisations from the sideline. This is MUNZ’s dispute not yours and I will continue to take my lead from that fine, fighting union. It’s their choice as to how they run the blue, not yours.
       
      And you really should apologise for implying that the MUNZ leadership are scabs. That’s not a word unionists throw around lightly, but you probably wouldn’t know that, being stuck in the Hotel Hoxha bunker these last 30 years.

      • Jackal 1.2.1

        I was just wanting to double check that the Voice of Reason commenting on the Jackal RWNJ thread is you?

        • The Voice of Reason 1.2.1.1

          No, not me, Jackal, but I really should. You’ve built up a really fine blog. There is a pale imposter who uses my name over at KB, might be him or her. Ban ’em I say!

          Edit: having read the comments in full, I think it is the kb one. I take back the banning request, clone VoR makes some good points!

      • Jenny 1.2.2

        I implied no such thing. In fact I know that behind the scenes the MUNZ leadership are doing everything to get the Labour Party and their affiliated unions on side.

        I will ask you for the fifth time:

        As a Labour Party supporter and a union official, both. Will you be calling on your members to support the wharfies, or not?

        • The Voice of Reason 1.2.2.1

          “In fact I know that behind the scenes …”
           
          You know nothing, Jenny.

          • Jenny 1.2.2.1.1

            Time will tell, VOR. I hope that I am wrong, and that you are right.

            I hope your are right that the wharfies can keep their jobs and win this dispute and can do it without the support of the New Zealand trade union movement.

            Unfortunate as it seems, it looks like they may have to.

            Because, of people like you, and EDDIE, and Darien Fenton and others from the Labour Party with influence inside the union movement who have made it clear, that if it is up to you, the New Zealand union movement will be giving them no support.

            Despite this, the union delegates at MUNZ have told me,

            “We didn’t buy this fight, but we are determined to win it”

            To achieve this victory MUNZ delegates have told me that they are looking for support “everywhere”.

            They have sent a high powered delegation to discuss getting official support from the local iwi.

            And in the coming weeks they will be doing a mail out to all of Auckland looking for support for their cause.

            Munz have also asked for and received support from the ITWF and the Australian trade unions.

            Since MUNZ are looking for support “everywhere”, I would like to ask you again a simple question, answer it how ever you like.

            As a Labour Party supporter and a union official, both. Will you be calling on your members to support the wharfies, or not?

            • KJT 1.2.2.1.1.1

              Jenny is correct.

              The labour party is showing their true colours yet again. NACT light.

              Anyone who does not want to be contract labour on $13.50 an hour should be supporting MUNZ.

              Labour have lost their way.

  2. lprent 2

    Now running the server on FPM/FastCGI with 128M shared memory APC. Looks stable and fast.

    Let me know if there are any errors apart from the usual ones.

    In the meantime I’ll wash the sweat off (clammy weather in Auckland), get breakfast, and then contemplate the next set of updates.

    First up is to improve the replication on source files and images to the backup servers. The way it operates now is effective but not efficient (using rsync).

    • LynW 2.1

      Is this your form of relaxation lprent? Whatever that ‘tech speak’ means, you almost make it sound like fun! I’m just grateful to be able to access/use this site. Thanks for all your hard work. Cheers.

      • Jenny 2.1.1

        Ditto

      • lprent 2.1.3

        Is this your form of relaxation lprent?

        Yep.

        I am fortunate that companies want to pay me to work on my hobby of programming and mucking about with computer systems. They usually want me to work on the extremes like stuffing excessive processing of a touch color screen into what is essentially a fast 486 without a graphics processor. Or figuring out how to make massive numbers of graphics instantly available for a MMOG. It is always pretty tight engineering.

        So when I get to play on a machine with a lot of grunt and pretty small amounts of data, it is a pleasant experience.

        I’ve finished configuring the fastcgi and database (finally got rid of the 50k post revisions that caused Wednesdays outage) now. So the little outages are finished if anyone got caught by them. Now to backup those system updates into subversion.

  3. Jackal 3

    Fuck the police protests

    Police have been heavy handed in trying to curb the mass demonstrations, often using tear gas, pepper spray and brute force to suppress people exercising their democratic rights… so it’s no wonder there’s a lot of resentment felt towards the police. They really only have themselves to blame for blindly following the orders of the 1%.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Funny story.

      Max Keiser pointed out that as the police were clearing out Occupy Wall St protestors, Bank of Mellon New York just around the corner was ‘stealing’ funds from police officers via hidden and unexplained fees and transaction practices.

      The irony.

  4. randal 4

    thus spake zarathustra.
    may every song you sing be your favourite tune.

  5. The Voice of Reason 5

    How the internet works, part 94:
     
    The FBI and Scotland Yard have a cosy chat about how to break Anonymous. Anonymous broadcasts discussion to the world.

  6. Bored 6

    US soldier Manning is to be court marshalled by the military and faces life in prison….because he leaked evidence of his side committing atrocities. We have all seen some of the footage of helicopter gunship patrols killing innocent civilians in Bagdhad. My sympathies go out to this brave young man and his family. Maybe the US military might have done better to have let it go, they may create another “Dreyfus”.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/6367049/Army-orders-court-martial-in-WikiLeaks-case

  7. Treetop 7

    Yesterday on open mike 12.1 I stated that there would be a blow out in the cost of the fees to sell the energy assets. I stated that potential litigation of treaty rights would be a cost. Tonight on TV 3 news, litigation is being spoken of with the Waitangi Tribunal.

    A couple days ago on the Standard there was a topic title “Largely Symbolic”, what I find to be of interest is that Annette Sykes has been a lawyer for the Waitangi Tribunal and hopefully she still is. Hone Harawira was smart to make Sykes the president of the Mana Party. Hone has now found himself to be a member of parliament, which the spot light will shine on him brightly and Key will learn the meaning of section 9 of the SOE legislation re the Treaty of Waitangi.

  8. ropata 8

     
    Study links dim wits to conservative ideology

    British and American children who are less intelligent are more likely to grow up to be conservative and/or bigots, according to new research published in Physiological Science.

    The research study, “Bright minds and dark attitudes“, found that lower general intelligence in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology.

    On average there was a clearly defined link between sub-par cognitive skills and abstract reasoning and bigotry.

    “Cognitive ability is a reliable predictor of prejudice. Understanding the causes of intergroup bias is the first step toward ultimately addressing social inequalities and negativity toward out-groups. Exposing right-wing conservative ideology and intergroup contact as mechanisms through which personal intelligence may influence prejudice represents a fundamental advance in developing such an understanding,” the paper concludes.

    • McFlock 8.1

      Yeah, I still giggle at that :)
      And I don’t believe that it’s the first paper to draw that string, by any means

      • grumpy 8.1.1

        Sitting here in Zurich enjoying the -17c global warming, and just found out an amazing bit of information.

        the Swiss, being right wing reactionaries and full of those rip off bankers, could be expected to trample on workers rights – not so.

        In order to preserve the family life, you need a written application from your boss to work overtime on Saturday and Sunday – and it needs to be approved by the officials in the local canton.

        RWNJ’s standing up for workers rights!!!!!

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1

          the Swiss, being right wing reactionaries and full of those rip off bankers, could be expected to trample on workers rights – not so.

          Swiss bankers don’t rip off their own people. They help the wealthy from around the world obscure funds and rip off their own people, creating jobs in Switzerland through the taking and hiding of funds from faraway places.

        • rosy 8.1.1.2

          Probably because the neo-lib nutters haven’t managed to get their hands on the labour laws yet. It’s similar in Austria – really good protection for workers, although currently there’s a move to overturn the ban on Sunday trading – no indication yet on whether it will succeed.

          Edit: and in Switzerland wouldn’t the workers have to vote to change labour laws, given its referenda-style governance?

          • KJT 8.1.1.2.1

            Yes. As Switzerland has a Democracy, unlike us, the majority do not vote to give away their wealth to a small minority of already wealthy..

          • grumpy 8.1.1.2.2

            Sunday tomorrow – and the shops will be closed in Zurich. Just goes to show how affluent countries value quality of life.

            I have to say though, that Zurich feels like the city time forgot, surreal somehow……..

            • rosy 8.1.1.2.2.1

              “I have to say though, that Zurich feels like the city time forgot, surreal somehow…”

              I understand the sentiment. It took awhile for me to come to terms with being transported back to before the neo-lib revolution. Now it’s nice, really nice.

      • KJT 8.1.2

        They say, 49% of the population are below average intelligence.

        49% voted National!

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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
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  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
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  • Bennett’s legacy a test for Tolley
    Former Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been thrown under the bus by her successor after its been suggested that Ms Bennett gave the green light to an ‘unethical’ observational study of high-risk children, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.… ...
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  • Submission to Greater Christchurch Earthquake Recovery: Transition to Rege...
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  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
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  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
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  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
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  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 days ago
  • Prisoner voting disqualification and the Bill of Rights Act
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    GreensBy David Clendon MP
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  • Mainfreight ‘appalled’ by Government’s rail madness
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    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
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  • All options need to be put on meat sector table
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  • Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote
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    3 days ago
  • 90,000 cars reclassified in botched ACC ratings
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    3 days ago
  • Brutal health cuts confirmed, crucial services suffer
    Chronic under-funding by National has seen the health budget slashed by $1.7 billion in just five years, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A report by Infometrics, commissioned by Labour, shows health funding has been cut in four of the… ...
    4 days ago
  • Meth ring under Serco’s nose
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    4 days ago
  • Ministers failing women and their own targets
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    4 days ago
  • Charges up for some as funding up for grabs
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    4 days ago
  • Stop experimenting on kids
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    5 days ago
  • Bank puts the squeeze on mid Canterbury farmers
    News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton has put a receiver on notice over financially vulnerable farmers will send a chill through rural New Zealand, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government needs to work with  New Zealand’s banks… ...
    5 days ago
  • Key is trading away New Zealand land and homes
    John Key yesterday admitted what National dishonestly refused to confirm in Parliament last week – he is trading away New Zealand’s right to control who buys our homes and land, says Opposition leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister must now… ...
    5 days ago
  • Razor gang takes scalpel to health
    Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Leaked documents reveals a radical… ...
    5 days ago
  • Spin lines show a department in chaos
    Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “As more and more serious allegations… ...
    1 week ago
  • Court ruling shows law should never have been passed
    A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has… ...
    1 week ago
  • Judicial Review Gamble Pays Off for Problem Gambling Foundation
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    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Environmental Protection Agency appoints GE advocate as new CEO
    This week, the Environmental Protection Authority Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. The Bill puts protection of the environment into the core purpose of the Environmental Protection Authority. This month, Dr Allan Freeth, the former Chief Executive of… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Charanpreet Dhaliwal death demands genuine health and safety reform
    The killing of a security guard on his first night on the job is exactly the kind of incident that National’s watered-down health and safety bill won’t prevent, says Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford. The coronial inquest into 22-year-old Charanpreet… ...
    1 week ago
  • Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest
    Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions,… ...
    1 week ago
  • Hekia just won’t face the facts
    Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, says Labour’s Education… ...
    1 week ago
  • No more silent witnesses
    Yesterday I attended the launch of a new initiative developed by and for Asian, Middle eastern and African youth to support young people to name and get support if there is domestic violence at home. The impact on children of… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Minister must take responsibility for problem gambling debacle
    The Government’s handling of the Problem Gambling Foundation’s axing in a cost-cutting exercise has been ham-fisted and harmful to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Associate Health Labour spokesperson David Clark says.“Today’s court ruling overturning the axing of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty
    The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. ...
    1 week ago
  • Coleman can’t ignore latest warnings
    Resident doctors have advised that a severe staffing shortage at North Shore Hospital is putting patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “They say a mismatch between staffing levels and patient workloads at North Shore has… ...
    1 week ago
  • ACC must remove barriers to appeals
    The Government must prioritise removing barriers to justice for ACC claimants following a damning report by Acclaim Otago, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “ACC Minister Nikki Kaye must urgently scrap her flawed plan to remove claimant’s right to redress… ...
    1 week ago
  • Six months’ paid parental leave back on the agenda
    Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says. “My Bill… ...
    1 week ago
  • Sole parents at risk of having no income
    New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Increasing numbers… ...
    1 week ago
  • Juking the Welfare Stats Again
    Last week the government’s major initiative to combat child poverty (a paltry $25 increase) was exposed for what it is, a lie. The Government, through the Budget this year, claims to be engaging in the child poverty debate, but instead,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • OCR rate cut a result of flagging economy
    The Reserve Bank's decision to cut the Official Cash Rate to 3 per cent shows there is no encore for the so-called 'rock star' economy, says Labour's Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.   "Today's interest rate cut comes off the back… ...
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  • Reboot to an innovation economy, an Internet economy and a clean economy
    In my short 33 years on this planet we’ve seen phenomenal technological, economic and social change, and it’s realistic to expect the next 33 will see even more, even faster change. You can see it in the non-descript warehouse near… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    1 week ago
  • Bill that puts the environment into the EPA passes first hurdle
    A Bill that puts the environment squarely into legislation governing the Environmental Protection Authority passed its first reading today, says Meka Whaitiri.  “I introduced this member’s bill as the current law doesn’t actually make protecting the environment a goal of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s KiwiSaver deception exposed
    KiwiSaver statistics released today expose John Key's claim that the cutting of the kickstart payment "will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver” to be duplicitous, says Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “Official… ...
    1 week ago
  • Minimum Wage Amendment Bill to protect contractors
    All New Zealanders should be treated fairly at work. Currently, the law allows non-employment relationships to be used to get around the minimum wage. This is unfair, says Labour MP David Parker. “The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland
    The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Phil Goff says. “In the last term of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Costly flag referendum should be dumped
    John Key must ditch the flag referendum before any more taxpayer money is wasted, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Millions of dollars could be saved if the Prime Minister called a halt to this hugely expensive, and highly unpopular, vanity… ...
    1 week ago
  • Nats letting Serco off scot free
    Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “At today’s Law and Order… ...
    1 week ago

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