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Open mike 13/12/2015

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  1. Penny Bright 1

    Apparently business woman Victoria Crone is about to announce her candidacy for the Auckland Mayoralty.

    In my opinion, when the Auckland region is already run ‘like a business, by business – FOR business’ – the last thing the Auckland voting public want is yet another representative from business.

    So, when the relatively unknown Crone joins the ever-growing 2016 Auckland Mayoralty throng, that will take the, in my view, ‘right wing’ / ‘pro-corporate’ candidates to four: Stephen Berry, Mark Thomas, Victoria Crone and Phil Goff.

    Penny Bright

    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate

    • Surely that’s 5 pro-corporate candidates, Penny? As a climate change denier, you are the most pro-corporate candidate of the lot.

    • Knor 1.2

      Pay your rates first before you talk. If you win we should all stop paying immediately until you explain every cent the council spends. Talking other candidates down is easy. The city run as a business is good . much better than having it run by money grabbing politicians and or activists who are only able to mention what is wrong without providing a well funded an financial sound plan yourself. These business candidates have at least achieved something.

  2. Penny Bright 2

    Wonder who the private sector lobby group, the Committee for Auckland, are going to throw their money behind, in the 2016 Auckland Mayoralty?

    Phil Goff or Victoria Crone?

    This is going to be interesting.

    Xero are a member company of the Committee for Auckland.

    (Don’t believe a word I say – check for yourself http://www.committeeforauckland.co.nz members)

    With which business is Victoria Crone associated?

    Xero.

    REALLY looking forward to this 2016 Auckland Mayoral campaign.

    Penny Bright

    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

    • Ad 2.1

      The Mayor of Auckland governs a conglomerate with more assets than Fonterra, and over 1.5m customers.

      So the wining candidate should gave either major governance or business experience.

      What governance or business experience do you have Penny Bright?

  3. The Chairman 3

    Thoughts?

  4. veutoviper 4

    Apparently, Thong, the TV blog run by Regan Cunliffe (Slater’s mate), is ceasing and Cunliffe is moving onto other projects.

    https://t.co/HuU7ChiHnG

  5. The Chairman 5

    Here’s one for a laugh

  6. The Chairman 6

    Here’s another

  7. Gangnam Style 7

    http://e-tangata.co.nz/news/nadine-millar-the-dad-i-never-knew

    Racism in NZ. And harmful stereotypes like ‘Maoris are lazy’.

  8. fender 8

    Great effort by Wallace Chapman to insert reality into Dane Jenny Shipley’s attempt to re-write history on RNZ this morning.
    No link sorry as it hasn’t been uploaded to their site as yet.

    • Hami Shearlie 8.1

      It was nice to hear Shipley being challenged about her behaviour back then, by someone who was on the sharp end of all her machinations!

    • Once was Tim 8.3

      INDEED!
      Fuck was that a doozy!
      Started out being something sounding reasoned and rational. Not too long after, you could see all the signs of this tragedy of a woman who’d signed up to the belief that she is/was a ‘L E A D E R’ (as if she didn’t self-promote the notion enough throughout) engaged in trying to create a better Sussoitee???.
      Deluded, arrogant, self-promoting, evidence-diminishing. bull-dog stubborn, hob-knobbing, pathetic, contextually-removed from reality ….. hopefully a fucking relic!

      (Oh…. did I mention how bloody gorgeous she must regard herself?)
      Sincere condolences Burton (darling)

      • fender 8.3.1

        +1 😀

        The highlight for me was when she started coughing and I prematurely began celebrating her live-on-air demise. But luckily for Wallace no mouth to mouth was required and once Keys pubic hair was dislodged she quickly regained her composure.

        I was left hoping that at the end of the court case regarding Mainzeal she ends up broke living in a cardboard box. 😈

        • Once was Tim 8.3.1.1

          She’s not allowed to talk about that though ….. nor will she ever in any detail!
          I started out surprised (Pharmac et al), and somewhat in agreement. Then, immediately after, I was left wondering how she could reconcile her stance on that with most of what followed. The only explanation I could come up with is that it’s all about Jenny ‘the Leader’ ffs! There were so many of her little gems to pick her up on – be they the ‘funder/provider’ for health she inflicted on us all, to her ‘we don’t know how lucky we are living in a participatory demockracy’.
          You can see where JFK gets a lot of it from (Crosby Textor et al aside). I don’t remember Jenny Shipley having a pony tail though.
          Fuck what an abomination of a specimen!

  9. The Chairman 9

    Russia aims to be largest organic food hub

    https://youtu.be/KLMkz5h1_Qk

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    US town fears solar farms would ‘suck up all the energy from the sun’

    A retired science teacher, Jane Mann, expressed concerns that plants in the vicinity of the panels would not photosynthesize which would prevent the plants from growing.

    She also questioned the high number of cancer deaths in the area, saying no one could tell her that solar panels didn’t cause cancer.

    The stupid – it hurts

    • savenz 10.1

      @Draco T Bastard +1 – two words – Charter Schools….

    • Lanthanide 10.2

      Both her fears are valid:

      1. Plants in the immediate vicinity below a solar panel will be permanently in shadow, preventing them from photosynthesising effectively.

      2. People who crush up and eat solar panels are more likely to develop cancer than those who don’t.

    • b waghorn 10.3

      Leaders of the free world right there, mind you te wife was in Queensland way back when they they where considering daylight savings and she heard two old biddies worrying about the extra hour of daylight fading the curtains. We should reconsider letting everyone vote.

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    The sharing economy: the good, the bad, and the real

    In the above cases the platforms themselves would be useless without their users creating videos, posting updates, providing their homes and apartments or cars.

    Yet the platform operators’ capture all of the user generated value. And these companies are not interested in sharing the marketplace that they have created. Indeed Uber and Airbnb appear to have explicit strategies to create monopolies.

    PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has written of how ‘competition is for losers’, which led the founder of Shareable, Neal Gorenflo, to call these bad examples ‘Deathstar platforms’ for their destructive capabilities.

    Services like Uber are just more capitalist ventures to help a few people to become bludgers upon the work and capital of others.

  12. Once was Tim 12

    Thanks AC-DC (ekkadekka) for visiting Wellington. (I should have prayed for a more fierce storm.)
    It’s been a useful exercise for me whilst wandering the streets of Wellington, to explain how fellow baby boomers now who [either] hero-worship those who’ve turned on their once ferfently held principles (of egalite, fraternite, etc etc etc) whilst watching their house prices rise; [or] amongst those that always considered themselves amongst the elit. (YOU KNOW – those “Leaders” ffs – check out Jennie fucking Shipley on RNZ this morning just for an entree. At the beginning, I found my self agreeing with her and it was fucking traumantic!!!….Fear not – within short time she exposed herself – and CAN you imagine just how fucking horrible that could be – a trench-coated wonder-dik couldn’t have done worse.) Ew! Ew fucking Ew fucking Ew! (Does she have a budget for Burton?)
    Christ! no wonder I’m considering my options – which currently look like a slot in either Uruguay or North India.
    Either that, or resigning myself to encountering trendy cafe-crashing pissed as newt head banging key-like oikonic hero worshippers ….
    ….. no, I think its time to give up and leave them to it Exit stage left (which in the media will be interpreted as exiting stage ‘hard-left’)

    We really do get what we deserve.

  13. lprent 13

    Could those of you using the mobile theme check if the reply button is no longer causing a reload? When you press it on a comment, it should move the comment editing to just under the comment you pressed reply in.

    However I think that it is jumping it after the children where a comment has children…

    I’m aware that the cookies aren’t doing their thing yet. And that the cursor is starting in the wrong place.

    But I should get back to fixing this after I finish doing such mundane things like doing some washing.

    • lprent 13.1

      However I think that it is jumping it after the children where a comment has children…

      It was. Fixed that. Bit hard to tell unless you are on one of the tablets that I have enabled for the mobile theme. just iPad and Nexus7 at present. But I will add in the most common ones later (this theme actively turned them off?)

    • fender 13.2

      Can’t seem to access TS at all from my mobile LP. Bit of a shame for those of us who don’t earn a living in front of a screen.. 🙁

      And when I get home to my desktop the speed of TS is reminiscent of dial-up days.

  14. b waghorn 14

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/292020/meet-the-newsmaker-judith-collins
    The wicked witch getting another forum to reinvent herself as a good person.

    • ianmac 14.1

      So Benedict asks the patsy questions and avoids Collin’s elephant-sized Dirty Tricks issues. I the case of her enquiry, no evidence was found because all the players had mysteriously “lost” every email/text which would have been relevant. No evidence is not the same as not guilty.

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