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Open mike 07/01/2020

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  1. Sanctuary 1

    The smoke from Australia has reached South America –

    https://www.emol.com/noticias/Tecnologia/2020/01/06/972512/Incendios-Australia-humareda-llega-Chile.html

    Roughly translated it reads:

    "…Fire smoke from Australia reaches Chile and clouds the skies of the central area of ​​the country. the black clouds caused by the burning of more than six million hectares have travelled more than 11 thousand kilometers…"

  2. Kevin 2

    https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Opposition-Rejects-Juan-Guaidos-Leadership-20200105-0003.html

    Gosman! Whats happening?

    Even Guaido's mates don't like him any more. Interesting to see how those countries that recognise his 'legitimacy' now react.

    They must be fuming in Washington 🙂

    • Dennis Frank 2.1

      Hard to tell: "there was also criticism from Argentina’s new left-wing government. “Forcibly preventing the functioning of the national assembly means condemning oneself to international isolation,” tweeted its new foreign minister, Felipe Solá."

      Leftists complaining about the elimination of democracy is unusual, eh? "there were scenes of chaos and confusion as security forces and riot troops blocked opposition lawmakers and journalists from entering the parliament building in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas." https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/05/venezuela-nicolas-maduro-parliamentary-coup-juan-guaido

      Maduro figured he could get a stooge elected to prevent Guaido's re-election if he stopped the opposition from entering the building. Sort of like stalinism 1.01 for kindergarten kiddies…

  3. joe90 3

    So when do they start rounding up Iranian – Americans in the US and putting them in camps?

    • Anne 3.1

      That will be a response to Iran's threat of retaliation. They will be fearful of another 9/11 type situation.

      Well, whose fault is that? The Orange turd and his henchmen that's who. They asked for it!

  4. Sabine 4

    I hope that the Prime Minister has asked the Defense Force to bring all NZ personal home.

    https://twitter.com/janearraf/status/1214299655124717568

  5. Blazer 6

    How lucky can you get?Alan Gibbs is described as an inventor these days.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10818736

  6. Sabine 7

    oh well, its everywhere….

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/05/thousands-flee-homes-wildfires-rip-south-korea/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_fb&fbclid=IwAR1D0WQT9y9rI334EBq9_w9uc1i2-dm6aIkHbC6Vvu2-Fv_4MzqwNIzaYWY

    South Korea has declared a state of emergency in five cities on the eastern coast after wildfires ripped through the region, leaving one person dead, 35 injured and forcing at least 4,800 people to evacuate their homes.

    More than 17,000 firefighters – including military personnel using helicopters – have been deployed to fight the blazes, which the local government in the city of Goseong described as an “unprecedented disaster.”

  7. RedLogix 9

    I've been watching a lot of DUST lately; many are just escapist fun, some quite thoughtful. This one for instance runs headlong into all the same issues we debate here so often, but with a clever twist:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=193qajOfVK0

  8. Koff 10

    This is not the latest Juice Media You Tube, but prescient (it was made just before the Setember school strikes). Also, funny and frightening.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOmdkN6MOwU

  9. McFlock 11

    Interesting article on how scomo's particular religious beliefs might help explain his political (in)action. Also, ISTR Luxon is of a similar flavour, so when nobridges gets replaced expect similar.

    • Stunned Mullet 11.1

      Phew what a looney….any hint that Luxton impacted with odd religious behaviour while at AirNZ ?

      Wasn't the current PM raised as a Mormon ? Perhaps we should be checking for magic tophats on the top floor of the beehive.

      t

    • ianmac 11.2

      Census 2001 to 2013:

      No religion +59% (1,635,345)

      Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist all minus15-23%

      Catholic +1% (492,000)

      Pentecostal +11% (74,000)

      Seems as though Pentecostal is offering something I guess. I prefer science.

    • millsy 11.3

      Quite frankly, Pentecostal Evangalicals (or any other type of christian, muslim, or even jew) are unfit for public office, each and every day I am getting more and more turned off by faith and the people who suscribe to it.

      We need a good dose of anti-clericalism and militant atheism, to clean out all the crap. Like Spain and Mexico in the 1930's and the USSR in the 1920's. I dont advocate executing preists and nuns, of course, but perhaps giving them a bit of humility once in a while.

      Bring back the League of Militant Atheists!

      MAGA – Make Atheism Great Again!

      • McFlock 11.3.1

        Some of the people from whom I have tried to learn much about not being a dick (my failure is not their fault) have been quite religious.

        ISTR Fabian socialism has a dose of Christianity.

        But ya gotta think twice about the folks who quote Leviticus while wearing a polycotton shirt.

  10. joe90 12

    Ignore it and it'll go away.

  11. joe90 13

    TFW when Iran's mortal enemy distances themselves from your fuckwittery.

  12. Dennis Frank 14

    Latest HuffPost/YouGov poll of US citizens checks out approval of Trump's assassination directive: https://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/athena/files/2020/01/06/5e132ad9c5b6b5a713bddb44.pdf

    Scan down to #6, approval comes in at 43%, disapproval 38%, margin of error 3.4%. There's also appraisal of 2020 presidential election candidates. See #15: "Which of these candidates, if any, do you trust to handle issues relating to Iran? Select all that apply"

    The big winner: None of them, at 47%. Also ran were Biden 28%, Sanders 22%, Warren 19%. Looking good for the Donald…

    • Macro 14.1

      Whereas in a more searching analysis:

      Our Poll Finds A Majority Of Americans Think The Evidence Supports Trump’s Removal

      But in the latest installment of our survey with Ipsos, where we use Ipsos’s KnowledgePanel to poll the same group of respondents every two weeks, a majority (57 percent) of Americans said they think Trump committed an impeachable offense. Fifty-two percent said they think Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine or his refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry constitute enough evidence to remove him from office.

      Americans’ feelings on impeachment are increasingly certain

      Over the past few waves of the survey, as we check back in with respondents, we’ve been keeping an eye on a small but crucial group — those who are less certain about whether Trump committed an impeachable offense, and are therefore perhaps more likely to change their minds about whether he should be impeached and removed from office. And while the overall share of respondents who think Trump committed an impeachable offense hasn’t really shifted, there is evidence that people are getting more certain in their views — and those people mostly think Trump did something impeachable.

      Back in mid-November, when we polled respondents for the first time, people who thought Trump had committed an impeachable offense weren’t much more certain of their view than people who believed he hadn’t. About 75 percent of respondents who thought Trump’s behavior was impeachable were either “absolutely” or “pretty” certain of their view, compared to 71 percent of people who thought Trump’s conduct wasn’t impeachable. Now, though, 81 percent of respondents who think Trump committed an impeachable offense are certain of their view, while the share of respondents who think Trump’s conduct isn’t impeachable is at 72 percent, without a similar uptick.

      This isn’t a huge swing, of course. But because it’s proven exceptionally difficult so far to change Americans’ minds about Trump’s impeachment, any shifts — even if they’re relatively minor — are worth noting. This doesn’t mean that the expected outcome of the Senate trial will change, but there is evidence that some of those potentially persuadable respondents have been drawn more firmly into the pro-impeachment camp over the course of the process.

      https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/our-poll-finds-a-majority-of-americans-think-the-evidence-supports-trumps-removal/?cid=taboola_rcc_r

      As they say there are lies damned lies and statistics

  13. Sabine 15

    a call for donation by HUANZ

    WE ARE HEADING OVER TO HELP…

    On Monday a team of HUHA Volunteers are heading to NSW to aid a collective of smaller independent licensed wildlife rehabers who are bang in the thick of it, overwhelmed and yet flying under the radar….they need us and they need you!

    As well as our experienced team including a vet and nurses, we'd love to take a tradie or two as our first assigned tasks are helping to set up water stations and nesting boxes out in the field…so if you plumb or build and have a spare couple of weeks to volunteer, we would love your help.

    We will also be checking in on evac centers, communities and their pets along our travels assisting and providing where we can.

    Our mission is to ease some pain…human species included xx
    _________________________________________________

    If you are in a position to help us on our journey please consider donating $3 by txting "huha" to 4463

    or for larger amounts

    MAKE A DONATION:
    HUHA (Helping You Help Animals) Charitable Trust
    ANZ 06 0529 0764879 00
    (Please email enquire.huha@gmail.com for a tax receipt)

    Thank you HUHA Community, together we can save lives!

    if you are so inclined and can afford it maybe help a little.

  14. Eco maori 16

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    Everyone knows my opinion on oil.

    Condolences to Matts whanau for their loss.

    Sony made a electric cars to show there sensors.

    The hydro bike looks like a awesome Kiwi invention

    Ka kite Ano.

  15. Eco maori 17

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    That's good the Opotiki birthing unit opening up again after the District Health Board closed it. Kia Kaha Mana Wahine.

    That's the way get into the mahi of trades good putea.

    Great to see tangata whenua o Aotearoa going over to help the Australians

    Those pop up medical clinics are needed in poor communities Ka pai

    Ka kite Ano

  16. Eco maori 18

    A new batterie technology being launched to the World energy storage market is a game changer. The Ion age is here and now.

    Kyocera to launch world first SemiSolid lithium-ion battery

    The Japanese electronics giant is offering a new cell architecture developed by battery start-up 24M, in the U.S., which significantly improves battery economics. Kyocera will be the first company to bring the technology to market.

    With an higher energy density, lower manufacturing costs and improved safety, the companies involved claim SemiSolid will become the new standard for lithium-ion cells.

    Kyocera is doing its bit to accelerate the battery storage price revolution by launching the Enerezza residential storage fleet. The product will be available in 5, 10, and 15 kWh models and the devices will feature semi-solid lithium-ion battery architecture – a world first

    The manufacturer claimed last year those benefits would add up to a capital requirement which is half that of conventional lithium-ion energy storage products. The start-up had already claimed to have achieved energy density of 350 Wh/kg with its SemiSolid cell architecture by that point.

    “Kyocera and our customers benefit from long battery life, unparalleled safety and the low-cost approach enabled by 24M’s unique manufacturing process,”

    Ka kite Ano link below.

    https://www.pv-magazine.com/2020/01/07/kyocera-to-launch-world-first-semisolid-lithium-ion-battery/

    • Brokenback 18.1

      Re : Kyocera to launch world first SemiSolid lithium-ion battery

      Now we are starting to see the fruits of the $$$ Billions that have been spent on battery research in the past 10 years.

      A lot of which can be considered Barak Obama's greatest legacy because of the funding/grants his administration oversaw.

      Unfortunately for us here in Aotearoa the 9 years of Gnat government turned our our collective mindset back 50 years and the current 'talk & hope' administration does not have the muscle to reverse this.

      Our electric energy sector needs a blowtorch taken to it but the only 'action' on energy we've seen from the Coalition is the ill conceived ban on new petroleum exploration whilst continuing to spout support for the unsustainable and energy filthy Tourism "industry'' .

      I hope that this equipment will become available here in the near term but the Green Energy industry has written our small market off as not worth the cost/effort and many new and beneficial technologies are simply not being marketed here.

  17. Eco maori 19

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    We no why our temperature are low this year some thing is blocking the Sun.

    I agree instead of trying to hold back Tangaroa we should move our building and make infrastructure plans for higher Sealevels.

    Ka kite Ano

  18. Eco maori 20

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    I think the public should listen to the Rahui place by Iwi its in there best interests maybe more publicly is needed when Rahui are place.

    Its not on the amount of Native American Wahine going missing.

    Yes its awesome that Maori TV tau toko other native cultures from around the world.

    The Raukumara ranges home to me.
    Ka pai Mauraku teach Tane skills and discipline.

    Ka kite Ano.

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