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Open mike 09/10/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 9th, 2009 - 22 comments
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We’re trying a daily “Open mike”.  

This is a place for anyone to post comments on topics that might be of interest, and for any discussion following up on the comments.  Over to you…

22 comments on “Open mike 09/10/09 ”

  1. toad 1

    Travelling on the Orewa-Puhoi toll motorway? Here’s a suggestion pay the toll by phone!

  2. vto 3

    The whitebait has been scared away by all the punters turning up. Now gotta find me some other super secret creek to escape to (and which is tsunami-proof) ..

  3. Gosman 4

    Just curious why people think TVNZ trying to introduce Deb Webber to the Symes family is shocking?

    Please note that I’m not stating it isn’t, but I just wanted to know other peoples reasoning.

  4. willaspish 5

    Why I read The Standard and other musings?

    A little vid here from the Beeb with Harold Evans talking about the future of journalism.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8292792.stm
    He provides a very apt quote from some Lord Such-an-such that goes something like this:

    “News is something that someone wants to suppress, everything else is just advertising.”

    Personally, as time goes on, I’m less inclined to visit the msm and judging from some of the comments directed toward editngtheherald recently I think they are starting to get a bit concerned.

    • BLiP 5.1

      I cancelled my NZ Herald subscription about six months ago – the only thing I miss is the crossword. Great link. Thanks.

  5. That is absolutely disgusting of TVNZ. To introduce the family to this con artist in their moment of grief and it\s beyond any sense of good taste.

    The reason I think this, is because she is a con artist, and they are doing it to suit their own agenda.

    Its like those jackasses like John Edwards or that English guy, they arent talking to dead people, yet they take money off of grieving people, I hope there is going to be ramifications for TVNZ over this.

    • Gosman 6.1

      Acting the Devil’s advocate here for a moment (quite appropriate given the subject matter), the are many thousands of New Zealanders who don’t actually think Ms Webber is a con artist, even after her expose on Australian television.

      Why shouldn’t TVNZ, (who seem to believe and promote this stuff generally), not try to facilitate an introduction. Apparently Ms Webber is very experienced dealing with grief of this kind.

      • felix 6.1.1

        Ah, I see. Ok.

        Thousands of NZers don’t think Deb Webber is a con artist. Good, they won’t find this shocking then.

        I’m not one of them, so I do find it a bit shocking.

        See, my level of shock is based on my understanding and interpretation of events, not on thousands of other people’s.

        Is that clearer?

      • BLiP 6.1.2

        I appreciate that you are playing the Devil’s advocate, it may be more true than you think. In answer to your question:

        Why shouldn’t TVNZ . . . not try to facilitate an introduction?

        . . . because it is exploiting harrowing personal grief by turning that agony into a spectacle for use by advertisers.

      • Daveosaurus 6.1.3

        There are many thousands of New Zealanders who don’t actually think Winston Peters is a con artist. That doesn’t stop him from being one.

        (Anti-spam word: “citys”. Is this site encouraging bad English now?)

  6. Gosman:

    There are thousands of New Zealanders who don’t believe she is a con artist?

    I’m guessing they think the world is flat also?

    These are real people’s life’s that TVNZ is Fu*king with, how sick can they be???

    A girl has gone missing, and a TV network introduces this piece of trash to them?

    I’m surprised this hasn’t become a major scandal.

  7. Adam Jarvis 8

    Great rally down at the NZ Bus headquarters today.

    Everybody was well behaved though we made plenty of noise 😀 Police were friendly and did a good job stopping traffic and suchlike. NDU did a great job organising the event, with the march ending up in a great place just outside britomart that had loud booming acoustics for the speeches.

    Photographer’s enthusiasm was infectious and there should be some excellent photos up on the NDU’s flickr page soon. It’d be great to see more people along if the lockout continues much longer.

    Herald has an article up here:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10602239&pnum=0

    • BLiP 8.1

      Nearly fell off my chair reading this.

      What’s happening to the world – I agree with many of the comments over at the sewer and now I agree with the New Zealand Fox News Herald ! ! !

      Or maybe, as VoR pointed out recently, perhaps they agree with me 🙂

      • Adam Jarvis 8.1.1

        Interesting read that editorial you linked BLiP.

        Author seems to highly dislike unions, but otherwise the article reads exactly as I would write it myself. Glad to hear that the Herald isn’t entirely partisan.

      • Pascal's bookie 8.1.2

        Never mind that. Brett fucking Dale is making sense to me.

  8. BLiP 9

    The slow stealthy privatisation of ACC continues unabated.

  9. Out of bed 10

    Good on the Greens for selling their rental properties

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