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Open mike 10/02/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 10th, 2021 - 41 comments
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41 comments on “Open mike 10/02/2021 ”

  1. Morrissey 1

    Here's a reminder of what can be achieved by people working together against crooks, bullies, manipulators and parasites.

    "This is for you, Dad"

    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/this-is-for-you-dad-interview-with

    • Adrian Thornton 1.1

      Yes I think very few wealthy people realize how desperate are large part of the population had become and now accelerated by Covid…it feels like the pitch forks are on the horizon.

      "Pitchforks Coming – Billionaire Nick Hanauer Unpacked – Bridging Economic, Political and Moral Gaps – Affordable Housing and Manufactured Homes"

  2. Anker 2
    • Find as I am growing older, I am getting more conservative. Just wear the tie guys. It’s not about you, it’s about getting on and representing us on what matters to kiwis. This comment is aimed more at James Shaw. If a tiki is the equivalent of a tie, the change the rules for Maori.

    but please keep the dress code in parliament. Call me conservative, just mho

    • Tricledrown 2.1

      Anket Women can wear what they want to why can't men

      • anker 2.2.1

        Sorry everyone meant to post it on the Tie post not open mike.

        Call me old fashion but I support a dress code for parliament. I can justify this by saying that pushing to change the dress code is wasting valuable time when they should be focussing on us! Realise that is not the strongest arguement, but the dress code is a distraction from what they are there to do. I think there is some sort of code for women in parliament.

        Many people have to wear a uniform in the workplace. Some of us chose to dress in a way that reflects the role.

    • Morrissey 2.3

      … it’s about getting on and representing us on what matters to kiwis.

      Exactly. So why are you fixating on what they wear?

    • RedLogix 3.1

      So after arriving a year too late to do any meaningful investigation – the team concludes they have no idea where the virus came from, except that it cannot possibly have come from the one lab that was working on coronavirus GoF research.

      Well done.

      • Drowsy M. Kram 3.1.1

        Surely the preliminary report of the WHO investigators is good news – certainly puts the hypothesis that Covid-19 leaked from a research lab in the bin. Isn't that a relief? After all, why on earth would anyone hope that hypothesis was true?

        WHO will end research into 'extremely unlikely' theory that COVID-19 originated in Wuhan lab
        Peter Daszak, a British-American member of the WHO team in Wuhan, previously told USA TODAY that "in peoples' imaginations there might be this image of one person in a lab in China who drops a petri dish and that somehow leads to a massive outbreak. It's just not like that. Every year there are millions of people going in bat caves and hunting and eating wildlife. It happens every day.

        “They are being exposed to bat viruses every day. It only takes one of these people to go to a city, cough and spread a virus.”

  3. Adrian Thornton 4

    Looks like working Americans are about to get screwed just as bad from the other side now, turns out you do get what you vote for….

    Biden Caves On $15 Minimum Wage, BREAKING Key Promise

    • The Al1en 4.1

      The only thing breaking is how the $15 minimum wage element has been included in the Biden stimulus bill… As he says he wanted in the first 15 seconds of your video. lol

    • Tricledrown 4.2

      The Senate is an undemocratic handbrake on legislation Biden like Obama have to do deals with the repugnants to get legislation passed a 2/3rd majority is required in many cases.Gerrymandering voter suppression on top of that makes the US one of the least democratic countries in the developed world.

      When a small rural state has more voting power than urbanised states,poverty will continue to rise..

  4. Ad 5

    Well it's great to see Cuba finally opening up its economy a wee tad more, now that their tourist enclaves are dead.

    At some point they'll have to open up to having some actual human rights as well.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/09/americas/cuba-private-work-analysis-oppmann-intl/index.html

  5. gsays 6

    He's gone burger.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/300226344/sean-plunket-has-left-magic-talk

    However, those who make the decision to 'outflank' Newstalk ZB remain on their salaries.

    The advertisers that continue to pay for air time on Magic, don't cop any criticism. They only develop a conscious when a host is a little bit too racist.

    Don't get me wrong, I am no Plunkett fan, nor talkhate radio, but as per usual a token sacrifice is offered to appease the twittisphere.

    • AB 6.1

      Commercial interests can cancel RW voices – they do so fairly rarely and it triggers a firestorm of hyperbole about 'freedom of speech'. Commercial interests have almost always stopped genuine LW voices from even making it onto the air – not so much cancellation as suppression – with very little ensuing discussion of 'freedom of speech'.

      This doesn't mean that the profit motive is agnostic in matters of political/economic ideology. It isn't – but it will throw the more unruly members of its own cabal under the bus if it really has to.

    • McFlock 6.2

      oh noes, but what if left wing commentary becomes a commercial liability for talkback radio? "Can't-sell culture" might see the end of talkback hosts like… um… er… ???

  6. Robert Guyton 7

    What is that person doing in the background to Jacinda's response???

    https://ondemand.parliament.nz/parliament-tv-on-demand/

  7. Robert Guyton 8

    Marja Lübeck, in a fleeting moment of clarity, addressed Trevor Mallard, as "Mr Squeaker" !!!

    Unforgettable – if you caught it 🙂

    https://ondemand.parliament.nz/parliament-tv-on-demand/

  8. Jester 9

    Not a good look from Menendez taking a spot in MIQ (and expecting special treatment to queue jump) when people cant get spots to see sick and dying relatives.

    Green MP tried to jump the queue as Kiwis stuck in the UK desperately seek MIQ spots (msn.com)

  9. Robert Guyton 10

    Family First strike back:

    "Family First New Zealand

    Sponsored · Paid for by Family First New Zealand

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    A legal opinion has just been released on the proposed law to ban ‘conversion therapy’ which shows that the proposed ban will be yet another attack on parents’ rights and is fundamentally flawed and dangerous.

    The legal opinion says that a ban would criminalise parents who wish to protect their child from the physical, emotional, and psychological harm caused by gender dysphoria. Parents would be criminalised and liable to six months imprisonment simply for affirming that their sons are boys and their daughters are girls. These bans will lock children into transgenderism. The government wants to legislate against the discussion and practice of alternatives to hormones, surgery and confusion."

    • KSaysHi 10.1

      Just had a read through of the FB page for Family First. First came the overwhelming confusion as I took in the twist on reality they seem to have.

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