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Open mike 03/01/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 3rd, 2021 - 25 comments
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25 comments on “Open mike 03/01/2021 ”

  1. Phillip ure 1

    top this for a rehab-story…

    man (allegedly) kicks-off Queen St riot..

    is made a knight of the realm..


    [This comment is utterly nonsensical and unsubstantial in content and has no link either, again. However, @ 11:05 AM you did include a link so you have no excuse this time.

    Please explain your comment and provide a link by the end of the day or you are out for a while. I have given you so many chances and my patience with you has run out – Incognito]

    • Incognito 1.1

      See my Moderation note @ 8:18 AM.

    • Sacha 1.2

      • Phillip ure 1.2.1

        as have more than a few of us…

        he earns his reputation of being a good/nice guy…

        ,we had a weed dealer in common..for quite a few years..

        ..and that's pretty much the nearest I've ever been to a knight of the realm..


    • Barfly 1.3

      Hmm? Dave Dobbyn got knighted did he?

    • Phillip ure 1.4

      dave dobbyn was playing in aotea square when the Queen St riot broke out…

      and some accused him of whipping up the crowd..

      and inciting them to kick off.

      urging the cops to charge him..

      (you didn't know of this…?)

      and now he is sir dave dobbyn..

      that's all.


    • Phillip ure 1.5

      and your link-rage is somewhat selective…y'reckon..?

      read back at yrslf and so many othrs…saying so many things..

      ..and not a murmer from you re links..

      I make an ironic aside linking Queen St riot and Dave dobbyn..

      ..and you throw a total wobbly..(!)

      should I note in passing that world war two ended in 1945..will you demand a link..?

      and/or should I say ' the above is only my opinion'…as you did at the end of a particularly long comment that jumped about a bit..

      can I abbreviate it to 'taiomy'..

      and I would question the whole link-demand thing..it is selective and so only takes you to one link..not usually the whole story..which you get if you Google subject..

      and the above dobbyn link is stellar example…it is only one source..

      ..but if I google Dave dobbyn Queen St riot…a wealth of sources pops up for me…

      far more valuable/useful than that single link..

      quod erat demonstratum..

      [You could save me time & effort and just piss off on your own accord.

      You have form in making nonsensical comments and you have form not providing links. You’ve been warned, moderated, and given plenty of chances to change in this respect. So, don’t give me that BS about my ‘selective link-rage’.

      The first comment on OM today had very little information to go on. It required a Google search, as you say, to figure out what you were on about this time and even then it was a guessing game. It was nowhere near equivalent to basic general knowledge such as when WWII finished, FFS!!

      The onus is on you to make your comments intelligible and accessible to other readers without having to consult Google and/or having to make some wild guesses.

      You can either stick to the simple rules of the site or bugger off, it is your choice, and I will oblige – Incognito]

  2. Rosemary McDonald 2

    Nothing to read? Cast your eyes to the right of the page and take in the latest offering from Redline.


    Sound, sensible and sane discussion…provides perspective and proportion to Te Virus.

    Hopefully, in time, we will learn something. Which is that we should not, ever, run about panicking, following the madly waved banners… ever again. However, I suspect that we will. This pandemic is going to be a model for all mass panicking stupidity in the future. Because to do otherwise, would be to admit that we made a pig’s ear of it this time. Far too many powerful reputations at stake to allow that.

    • Pat 2.1

      Interesting link. It will be informative to see how the numbers fall a year or two down the track…although as the article notes there is considerable fuzziness around the numbers collected (if at all) and the assumptions made.

      Mister Twain was on the money in that regard.

    • Gabby 2.2

      Well I don't know. I mean, if the deaths are overwhelmingly old and already dying, we wouldn't be seeing any excess to speak of, would we. But we are, despite the reduced mobility of the population leading to fewer deaths from other causes.

    • Sacha 2.3

      It's not an abstract intellectual exercise for those on the NHS frontline right now.

    • Incognito 2.4

      OMG! Not another one!! It was ok-ish until he got to Euromomo and then he went off the tracks big time and made mistake after mistake. So, his ‘conclusions’ are not surprising nor informative at all 🙁

    • Treetop 2.5

      It is unknown how the graphs would look were there no lockdowns.

      The cause/s of death have always been open to speculation even when the coroner's office has been involved.

      • McFlock 2.5.1

        The charts aren't fine enough to give any detail. Should have at least treated each year as a distinct data series.

        But for someone not wanting to pick a side, they certainly seem to be touting "nothing to see here". So many cases means there is more knowledge on how to treat it, sure, but there's also the fact that a whole bunch of people have been sequestering themselves for nine months straight because their governments think hairdressers and bars are essential services.

  3. Phillip ure 3

    a must-read for those who scoff at the very idea of an alcohol-free life..


    sex is also much better alcohol-free..

  4. Sacha 4

    @incognito – thanks for moderating today. How was your own xmas/new year break?

    • Incognito 4.1

      It was quiet and low-key, which is how I prefer it, as an introvert. Covid forced a major change of plans this year, which is not how I’d prefer it. Spending too much time on-line is my current vice, it seems, in between bursts of physical activity (no rocking or swaying!). It feels like 2020 is still in full swing and life is either crazily hectic or boringly quiet. The new normal?

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