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Open mike 13/08/2011

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  1. Georgy 1

    NZ Herald Headline for Saturday “Scandal hit ex MP off to Nth America”

    What a pathetic attempt at journalism by a so called leading newspaper.

  2. While all eyes are diverted to the riots in London let’s see what has disappeared from the MSM front pages:

    The Murdoch hacking scandal and the possible involvement of government officials.

    The criminal war in Libya and the escalation of said war in destroying civilian targets which is a Nuremberg level war crime.

    The economic collapse and the fraudulent bankster activities leading up to it!

    • aerobubble 2.1

      Imagine that, young people all over the UK finding out that a person like them, kidnapped, raped and murdered was having their phone tapped, messages deleted, police misled to whether they were still alive. The contempt. And so they riot, they mimic the man who is ultimately responsible and also go on a wild creative destructive rampage, because it felt good, because it made them richer, because that is what they see at the heart of politics and business. Wholesale robber of the future without the broken glass or fires, but far more costly. While we continue to keep Bush and Blair from seeing a day in court we will continue to suck as a civilisation. The riots were political, for crime is rampaging through our parliaments, sanctioned by our media, and nothing by spin to cover it up is all we hear in the media.

  3. The Voice of Reason 3

    Play soccer, go to hell!

  4. Zorr 4

    Russel Brand on the London Riots – http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/11/london-riots-davidcameron

    A very very well thought out piece that encapsulates the entire situation

  5. RobM 5

    Oh how droll . . .

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5440441/Nationals-welfare-reforms-to-target-young-people

    “Key joked that he had given Finance Minister Bill English one task this year – to get New Zealand’s credit rating equal to the United States.

    The US credit rating was last week downgraded to AA+ by Standard and Poor’s.

    English got one back at Key in his speech, however, joking that he had got New Zealand’s credit rating equal with the US quicker than Key had caused New Zealand to catch up with Australia.”

    Next challenge Bill – match Spain’s youth unemployment.

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    More ACC jiggery pokery

    Now it’s been revealled that this year’s Budget, the one in which Nick Smith heralded ACC’s dramatic turnaround, over-stated the savings ACC is supposed to be making. Documents obtained by Radio NZ under the OIA show that the Government ignored warnings from the Labour Department before the Budget that Treasury figures on proposed savings from ACC were too optimistic. The Labour Department predicted savings of $400 million over the next three years, but Treasury said $580 million would be saved.

    Another case of the government choosing the best looking figures for their budget.

  7. jackal 7

    Boycott the Adidas Shirt

    Oh my god! I just can’t believe it… Adidas is charging more for the All Blacks shirt in New Zealand than they charge in other countries. Call the police because I’m going to start a riot…

  8. prism 8

    Nancy Wake has died – on 7th August 2011.Very good obituary at uk Independent.
    Gutsy principled woman, born in NZ and went to Australia as a youngster, who was a resistance fighter in France, courageous and strong also her husband Henry

    Also reading about Margaret Moth also from NZ, world renowned war photographer. Died at 59 from colon cancer (look after yourselves possums, as its something thats on the spread). She got shot in the jaw in bosnia in the 1990s and after dozens of operations and two years convalescing she asked CNN for a job. She wanted first to return to Bosnia “I want to look for my teeth”. What a woman.

  9. felix 9

    Soooo….

    What do libertarians think about all this central planning in Chch?

    Shouldn’t it all just be left to the market to figure out what goes where?

    • jackal 9.1

      Yep! Plonk a great big pulp and paper mill on the Avon River. Who needs urban planning when there’s money to be made. The more cheap ticky tacky buildings we can make, the more rent we’ll get. Who cares if they’re an eyesore. Paint them yellow and pink as well, the tourists will come in droves.

  10. freedom 10

    almost three years of inaction by National leaves parody and satire unprotected in NZ yet copyright has been sewn up tighter than Bills’s coin purse.

    I know they have never been able to take a joke, especially one directed at their policies decisions and general inability to ever do well at the reins of government, but surely this is the equivalent of grabbing your rugby ball and huffing off home when you are called off-side?

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1108/S00119/cff-oia-on-abandoned-satire-and-parody-copyright-review.htm

  11. Colonial Viper 11

    Fukushima it’s not not not good.

    Brief video saying a few things that the MSM are not. It seems that the experts knew within days that a meltdown had occurred but didn’t confirm so publicly for three months.

    http://fairewinds.com/content/dial-m-meltdown-brian-rich

  12. It is interesting how few comments there are on the same day that the National Party Conference is on.  RWNJs otherwise engaged?

    • felix 12.1

      Indeed micky. Even the ones who say they’ve voted Labour all their lives and aren’t even into politics really.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Isn’t it funny, what they vote for and against, and what they actually do in their private lives.

      And the shame of lowballing that young guy, such a cheapskate!!!!! That’s the most embarassing of all.

      • Lanthanide 13.1.1

        Clearly he has no interest in actually marrying the guy, so there’s no conflict of interest at all. Right?

        Anyway, the guy’s a complete idiot for using an email address that could easily be traced back to him. Evidently he doesn’t know about the myriad of free email accounts you can get, like gmail, let alone the various disposable email addresses you can get (last for 24 hours then stop working, etc).

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1

          Heh I guess there is no specific conflict of interest…but I’ll bet that this particular representative hasn’t voted for any other gay rights legislation either. (Happy to be proven wrong tho, as usual…)

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