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Open mike 16/04/2015

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104 comments on “Open mike 16/04/2015”

  1. Paul 1

    Milk prices in continuous decline.
    Auckland house prices out of control.

    And a government unwilling do anything about these crises.
    Hope some of those million people who voted for this bunch of clowns realise the error of their ways.

  2. logie97 2

    John Key, “Unprincipled? Moi? Pfffft.”
    Well, Armstrong appears to think so John Boy. Odd thing is that has taken Armstrong so long to realise what many of us have noticed for years.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11433314
    “PM’s defence of Bridges devalues principles”

    • les 2.1

      Armstrong is more even-handed these days…no hope for Roughan though.

    • Sabine 2.2

      all of this blather for that

      “Bridges could do himself and National a power of good, however, by coming clean and apologising. It would end this unseemly episode and make it harder for Labour to exploit when Parliament resumes”

      to make it harder for Labour to exploit!!! Dear Mr. Armstrong, if the National Party played by the rules Labour would find nothing to exploit.

      just another pinhead.

  3. Sanctuary 3

    Andrew Geddis gives David Farrar quite the spank on Pundit, the sarcasm is worth several weeks of frantic lobbying from the anorexic penguin for a funding cut to Otago university.

    http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/three-signs-that-national-knows-simon-bridges-did-wrong

  4. Paul 4

    Kim Hill.
    What a breath of fresh air listening to her intellect.

    • Or Mary, as Nick Smith likes to call her. Muppet.

    • ScottGN 4.2

      And how! Though I can’t help but wonder if she was asked to fill in for Ferguson (rather than one of the usual fillers) because the ratings are sliding?

      • Lanthanide 4.2.1

        I’ve been wondering why Ferguson is suddenly off the air. Hadn’t heard any announcement. I did catch Kim Hill doing the voice-over for the ad for Morning Report for this week, yesterday, which seemed a bit of an odd choice. Almost like this is going to be for more than just this week; surprised that Guyon didn’t do it.

        But if the ratings are sliding, putting Kim Hill on temporarily is not really the fix – putting her on permanently is.

        • tracey 4.2.1.1

          annual leave?

          • Lanthanide 4.2.1.1.1

            Certainly possible. But it’s a bit unusual that Kim Hill has taken over, as they usually have other people available to fill in.

            The last time Kim was on, was when Geoff Robinson took 1 month leave. They had 2 weeks of Kim Hill (and made a small issue about it being her return to the programme after 15+ years or something) and 2 weeks of someone else – can’t recall who.

            To put Kim Hill on now instead of one of the other regular fillers-in, with no particular acknowledgement, seems a little fishy. Remember Kim Hill does have a Saturday morning show that must take at least a few days to prepare for.

            • tracey 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Not like you to delve into conspiracy theories

              • Colonial Rawshark

                Learn to follow your nose, not ignore it.

              • Colonial Rawshark

                Learn to follow your nose, not ignore it.

              • Lanthanide

                Where am I theorising any particular course of action has been, or will be, taken?

                All I’ve done is simply state that it’s a bit odd the way she’s been put on, pointing to the only other exceptional case where Kim Hill was on MR and contrasting what is happening now with what happened then.

                Edit: veuto has just given the likely reason for Ferguson’s absence, which is what my post at 4.2.1 was trying to elicit, to see if anyone else knew.

        • veutoviper 4.2.1.2

          I recall hearing on RNZ National a week or so ago that Susie Ferguson was going to Gallipoli to report from there.

          I am thoroughly enjoying Kim’s return, with the standard of interviewing having gone up massively this week. Follow-up questions are based on what is actually said by the person being interviewed, rather than appearing to be read from a predetermined list of questions; fewer interruptions; and longer more indepth interviews vs the usual rushed, time limited interviews which really annoy me.

          They have made no mention of how long Kim will be on this time, whereas last time she subbed when Robinson took a month’s leave, RNZ kept saying that she was only on for two weeks, with Susie Ferguson (I think) doing the other two weeks.

          I also have the impression this time that Kim is almost playing first fiddle, with Espiner playing second fiddle. Strange.

          I would love to see Kim back on Morning Report permanently, but doubt that she would want the early starts permanently with her other interests.

          She would be great on Checkpoint, though IMO.

          I intend emailing RNZ in the next day or so, putting all of the above to them.

          • Paul 4.2.1.2.1

            If you do, please can you post a copy of the actual letter here?
            Many others may want to send a similar message!

            • veutoviper 4.2.1.2.1.1

              Will do, Paul. May have to wait until Sun or Mon. Again impressed this morning; and Kim certainly seemed to be the lead, with Espiner in second place.

          • Lanthanide 4.2.1.2.2

            Ah, that explains it, thanks.

    • Brigid 4.3

      Indeed!! She’s just such a gem
      But Nick Smith is just such a liar. ‘The Melbourne housing market is in just as bad a state as Aucklands’ he says. An outrageous lie that is.

      • Skinny 4.3.1

        The Nat’s will be spewing the reality show Our First Home exposed the truth about Aucklands over heated property market. It got worst when the deputy reserve bank chap comes out swinging the next day mooting its time for the Government to introduce a capital gain tax.

        Ouch!

  5. Gosman 5

    It looks like the election of a hard left leaning government in Greece is making things worse and it is getting very close to the point where it will default and then be forced from the Eurozone.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11537495/Black-hole-in-Greek-finances-grows-as-Athens-is-pushed-to-the-brink-of-euro-exit.html

    • Paul 5.1

      Well the Torygraph is a reliable unbiased source isn’t it?

    • tracey 5.2

      It may default and declare a kind of Country Bankruptcy. That’s how it is done in a capitalist system isn’t it? Borrow, try to make it work, live large in the meantime and if worse comes to worse fold up the company, fuck the creditors and reinvent. Mark Bryers is a pin up boy for this, but on a smaller scale of course.

      • vto 5.2.1

        ha ha, yep, black hole being balanced in the usual yin and yang fashion by the white infinite money-printing machine elsewhere. black hole vs white infinity.

        The fallacies and myths of the financial system are on full display in Greece that is for sure. It is just not as people like gosman, who are completely lost in the system, see it.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.2.2

        The Tories don’t like admitting that countries can default and that they should when they can’t repay the loans.

        Of course, countries shouldn’t be taking out loans at all, ever but the Tories hate that truth even more.

        And the Tories hate those realities because they view government as a perfectly safe place to get money for nothing.

      • Jeeves 5.2.3

        Excellent plan- time tested- never fails.
        Ask any rich person.

        • Tracey 5.2.3.1

          like the financial advisor suggesting students do it to free themselves from debt? or the companies that liquidate to avoid legal liability?

    • Skinny 5.3

      A smart move to force the Germans to cough up for World War 2 days. Hope they include interest on top 🙂

      • tracey 5.3.1

        Haven’t they already paid for that? Did we get Reparations from UK for slaughtering our men in WWI… Passchendaele, Somme, Gallipoli etc… oops I mean the germans and Turks.

      • Pasupial 5.3.2

        I’ve been following this story for the last while, and Greece certainly does have a case – though the amount claimed varies depending upon the context:

        Athens hit back at Berlin’s description of its demand for a staggering €278.7bn (£202bn) in compensation as “stupid”…

        “The response may have been ‘this is foolish, you have plucked this number out of the blue’ but for me it was also very positive,” Costas Isychos, the deputy defence minister, told the Guardian. “There was an admission that despite disagreeing with the figure a debt is owed, and that is very good.”…

        the figure could in fact be much bigger when interest payments were also taken into account…

        Greek officials had 400,000 pages of records obtained from the US national archives chronicling atrocities committed by the Third Reich.

        Crimes ranged from reprisal executions to the pillaging of the country’s cultural heritage and an interest-free forced loan, officially estimated by the general accountancy office at €10.3bn, which was extracted from the Bank of Greece to fund Hitler’s Africa campaign. The Greek defence ministry is in the process of translating the data and digitalising microfilms.

        “The occupation forces were extremely methodical in their reports to superiors, listing massacres and the shooting of victims, including women and children, the destruction of homes, you name it,” he said. “Greece, for example, was the biggest exporter to Nazi Germany of precious metals such as chrome. Some 279,000 tonnes were exported but never paid for.”

        Soon, experts would also be scouring historical archives obtained from Russia, he said. “I formally requested the archives two weeks ago when I visited Moscow and was told that they do indeed have them,” he said of records that ended up in the possession of Russian and American forces at the end of the war.

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/08/greece-germany-war-reparations-demands

        And speaking of Russia:

        Russia’s lower house of parliament is setting up a working group to calculate how much money to demand from Germany for World War II reparations…

        Degtyaryov, a member of the nationalist LDPR party, believes that Germany should pay 3 or 4 trillion euros to Russia for the “destruction and atrocities” that Germany committed during World War II, the newspaper reported.

        “Germany paid compensation for 6 million victims of the Holocaust, but has ignored the 27 million Soviet people who were killed [during World War II], 16 million of whom were civilians,” Degtyaryov was cited as saying.

        http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russian-lawmakers-want-germany-to-pay-reparations-for-world-war-ii/515373.html

  6. Pasupial 6

    I certainly won’t be volunteering to assist the privitised meals on wheels program, once I have the free time again (if that ever happens). Seems I’m not the only one:

    a volunteer driver resigned over the plan to truck meals on wheels from Auckland.

    Age Concern executive officer Susan Davidson said ”a couple of handfuls” of other volunteers had voiced concerns about the Compass Group outsourcing proposal. Some were unhappy with the idea of volunteering to deliver meals for the multinational food giant…

    Ms Davidson said she contacted the board last week with concerns the proposal could make it more difficult to attract volunteers.

    She also wanted to know from the board whether volunteers would be required to perform extra tasks with a different meal provider.

    ”We know that volunteers are always time poor, and we are very concerned that the meals on wheels service doesn’t become burdensome.”

    Some looked less favourably on spending their time volunteering for a profit-making entity, she said.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/339236/volunteer-quits-over-food-plan

    From this earlier article it seems likely that Compass’s business model involves externalising any problems regarding food-handling/ safety onto volunteers:

    Grey Power Otago president Jo Millar said the board should have been more open from the start about the ”ridiculous” idea.

    ”What facilities are there going to be if they can’t truck this food down south in the mid-winter?… Meals would be heated before delivery, but Mrs Millar said many older people ate in the evening. Heating meals twice was potentially ”extremely unsafe”…

    ”Compass Group intends to work closely with volunteer organisations in Dunedin and Invercargill who deliver meals, to improve the information available and communication to recipients on safely handling their meals when they are received,” chief operating officer Julian Baldey said.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/336234/frozen-meals-south-slammed

    • tracey 6.1

      Best thing volunteers can do is vote with their feet. Give their time to a different organisation until this bizarre situation is altered.

      Compass Group is going to lecture the volunteers on how to properly do what some have been doing for years? Volunteers should start send invoices for their time.

      • weka 6.1.1

        “Best thing volunteers can do is vote with their feet.”

        Except that will leave people without meals. Would be good to see some of the families getting involved.

        “Volunteers should start send invoices for their time.”

        This is a very good point. If this is about business model ideology, how come they’re not paying for deliver?

        • tracey 6.1.1.1

          Sometimes you have to inflict a short term pain to achieve a greater goal. How long do you think this Compass crowd will leave food undelivered if volunteers “strike”?

        • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.2

          This is a very good point. If this is about business model ideology, how come they’re not paying for deliver?

          Because then they wouldn’t make as much profit for the bludgers shareholders.

        • Murray Rawshark 6.1.1.3

          The volunteers have not signed a commercial contract to ensure delivery of the meals. Compass Group has. Therefore it is the responsibility of Compass Group to deliver the meals. They would be advised in advance and have enough time to do something other than give their CEO a raise and donate to NAct.

          • weka 6.1.1.3.1

            If so that would be awesome. Are you sure the Compass’s contract includes delivery though? or just provision of meals?

            • Murray Rawshark 6.1.1.3.1.1

              The hospital lawyers and their executives should lose their jobs if all Compass has to do is drop the food at a depot in Dunedin. Bugger it, they should lose their jobs anyway for this outsourcing rubbish. Compass has a shiny website, but the contract is obviously not on it.

              http://compass-group.co.nz/our-brands/medirest/

    • Chooky 6.2

      ‘meals on wheels’ has been a godsend to many elderly and disabled!….seems crazy to mess with something which has enabled many frail people to stay in their own homes

      • marty mars 6.2.1

        + 1 yes mum used meals on wheels and although she struggled with the meals sometimes, the service is needed and necessary – kia kaha to everyone who volunteers.

        • Chooky 6.2.1.1

          +100..I know someone well into her nineties who has them and she lives in her own home by herself …and my Mum in her eighties has just started getting them …and they are delicious and nutritional….i am very impressed with this service as it is!

    • RedBaronCV 6.3

      Compass Group intends to work closely with volunteer organisations in Dunedin and Invercargill

      but do they ask themselves whether the volunteer organisations want to work closely with Compass. Tosser he’s just me me me. Why should people do his work for free so his profit is larger?

      • Chooky 6.3.1

        agreed!…volunteer work is done for love and care of fellow human beings ( something John Key’s Nact govt and friends do not understand)

        ….in a way it is an obscenity this outfit Compass is taking over for profit

        ….i expect the standards and the whole ‘meals on wheels’ service will decline, if not crash

        ….the sooner this govt is out the better

  7. Clemgeopin 7

    New York Times article : Trans-Pacific Partnership

    “Even if current negotiations over the trade agreement end with no deal, the draft chapter will still remain classified for four years as national security information. The initial version of an agreement projected by the government to affect millions of Americans will remain a secret until long after meaningful public debate is possible.

    National security secrecy may be appropriate to protect us from our enemies; it should not be used to protect our politicians from us.

    And the secrecy of trade negotiations does not just hide information from the public. It creates a funnel where powerful interests congregate, absent the checks, balances and necessary hurdles of the democratic process.

    Free-trade agreements are not just about imports, tariffs or overseas jobs. Agreements bring complex national regulatory systems together, such as intellectual property law, with implications for free speech, privacy and public health.

    Secrecy has real costs. Because the negotiating process combines a general shield from the public with privileged access for industry advisers, the substance of American free trade agreements does not represent truly national interests. It represents the interests of those members of industry who sit on the office’s Industry Trade Advisory Committees, which have regular access to negotiating information.”

    Read more here:

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/04/14/opinion/dont-keep-trade-talks-secret.html?_r=1

    • tracey 7.1

      Thanks for the link. And all this BS about needing to keep it confidential cos of preserving bargaining positions when they are all spying on each other and data trawling, meaning everyone knows EXACTLY where others bottom lines are.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      And the point that no one seems to be addressing is that we don’t need free-trade agreements anyway. We just need to state the conditions that we would be willing to trade under and make it up to the other countries if they then choose to meet those conditions or not. This could bring about a race to the top rather than the race to the bottom that the present FTAs are producing.

  8. tracey 8

    From Bill Rosenberg at CTU

    ““On one measure, the average hourly wage (including overtime), the wage gap was between 5% and 10% during the 1990s, rose to 21% in 2005, then fell to 10% in 2008. By the end of 2010 it was back to 21% and that is where it still was at the end of 2014.
    That doesn’t take into account “benefits” in addition to wages such as the 9.5% contribution that Australian employers are required to make to their employees’ superannuation. On a measure including that, the pattern is similar to the average hourly wage but the gap is much bigger. It rose more or less steadily through the 1990s to a 45% peak in 2005. It fell to 34% in the year ending March 2009 and then began to rise again. By the year to March 2014 the gap was 42%.” ”

    http://union.org.nz/economicbulletin166

    full report here
    http://union.org.nz/sites/union.org.nz/files/CTU-Monthly-Economic-Bulletin-166-March-2015-2.pdf

    Seems odd, aye, when you consider how marvellous Key and English say our economy is compared to Oz, that it’s not reflected in some wages?

  9. weka 10

    Internation news gathering site on Universal Basic Income

    UBIEurope

    Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) is an amount of money, paid on a regular basis to each individual unconditionally and universally, high enough to ensure a material existence and participation in society. UBI is a step towards an emancipatory welfare system.

    http://paper.basicincome-europe.org/

    Love the term ’emancipatory welfare’.

  10. infused 11

    Waiting for Stephs post on Paul Henry.

    • Paul 12.1

      He called her Mary twice.
      Suggests she rattled him.
      Good.
      Nice to see these arrogant ministers actually asked some hard questions for a change.

    • vto 12.2

      That is what a good interview is.

      More please.

      • Scintilla 12.2.1

        Kim wasn’t going to let him get away with not answering the question of what the govt was going to do about the “demand side”. Smith tries to blame it on the ‘good news’ that people aren’t abandoning ship for Aussie now (like this hasn’t been inflating for a long time). I think the penny has dropped – difficult for it to drop any harder when the RB says something has to be done to avoid whatever the fashionable euphemism is for “disaster”.

        Andrew Little is trying to stare the gnats down and make them be the ones to have to make that unpopular (with their constituents) decision to apply a CGT and stricter LTV ratios for multiple property investors. Good work.

        • hoom 12.2.1.1

          She didn’t make any particular reference to the other forms of demand though.
          Like overseas investors, multi-house owners etc.

          Nor alternatives on supply end like Govt building houses & selling them at low cost.

          Also: is Kim only temping for Mary or is this a permanent change due to the flagging listnership?

          • Scintilla 12.2.1.1.1

            Kim was asking the questions, not answering – that was Nick Smith’s duty as Minister for Housing. He did not want to address any solutions to the demand side, he fobbed that off onto English as Finance Minister. Smith did not see why as Minister of Housing, he should address what the Reserve Bank had to say about doing something like a CGT and LTV ratios to rein in the Auckland housing market. As if it was nothing to do with him. Really??

            They built vast numbers of new houses in Ireland and Spain to feed the market just before it all went tits up too.

      • Paul 12.2.2

        It’s called journalism.
        In threat of extinction in John Key’s New Zealand.

    • Chooky 12.3

      it is great to have Kim Hill back on Morning Report!

    • Hateatea 12.4

      I didn’t think that Dr Smith could be worse at Housing than he was at ACC but he is. How could he be so unprepared that he got the hosts name wrong, not once but twice!

      Lovely to hear real interviewing of politicians by a person who can think on their feet and keep to the topic not be diverted by the spin.

      I am a HUGE Kim Hill fan and wish she could do more of this. Maybe she needs to be cloned 😉

  11. saveNZ 13

    +++STOP PRESS+++

    Granddaddy Herald actually ran a story with a commentator from Environmental Defense Agency. It didn’t even appear censored. Since most of my comments never make it through moderation of Granddaddy here is my comment…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11433214

    If we want to preserve clean green environmental NZ the public has to fight for it and for protection for the environment under the RMA. They also need to work together at a local level and with local and central government help to preserve it.

    The RMA should be strengthened not weakened, it is already so weak as practically powerless mostly due to having council’s resource consent officers as the first line of defence.

    Look at ports of Auckland. The council is doing nothing effective and allowing them to legally to steal the publicly owned harbour and zero public input and environmental effects are needed to do it.

    Yesterday Campbell Live ran a story about NZ water being bottled and exported to China while a local farmer’s crops died due to drought.

    This country has gone mad! Nothing makes any sense anymore!

    We have lost our identity as a country in this soup of neoliberalism and corporate welfare and quest with zero questions asked trade agreements that are depriving decent Kiwis of a future.

    Someone needs to read parliament a bedtime story, of the golden goose.

    NZ environment is being destroyed. Soon no more golden eggs left in the fire sale.

    God knows what will happen with TPPA. Now is the time to lobby.

    http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz

  12. Bearded Git 14

    I’m sure someone else has probably posted this anti-Hosking rant but here it is:

    http://gregorycoopersblog.blogspot.co.nz/2015/04/a-rant-about-mike-hosking.html?m=1

  13. Draco T Bastard 15

    ust when hope and courage are called for, Labour promises bean-counting

    Labour has allowed the Conservatives to frame its politics. Frames are the mental structures through which we perceive the world. The dominant Tory frame, constructed and polished across seven years by its skilled cabinet makers, is that the all-important issue is the deficit. The financial crisis, it claims, was caused not by the banks but by irresponsible government spending, for which the only cure is austerity.

    Labour has pretty much done the same thing here. It’s why they keep on about the 9 successive surpluses.

    Sure, we need to be aware of government spending but the government doesn’t really need to run a surplus – especially if they’re the sole creator of NZ$.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.1

      And that proves, beyond doubt, that the reason why we have poverty is because a few people have far too much income.

      The one thing we cannot afford is the rich.

      • hoom 16.1.1

        Indeed.

        Its particularly interesting in that it confirms something I’ve suspected for a long time: Those big pay increases top management constantly give themselves if spread among lower paid staff can make significant difference to the lower salaries.

        There is one thing I’m a bit sus about which is why he was on 1mil+ to start with.
        It could be he just one day suddenly truly realised he had a ridiculous salary vs his staff & decided to do something about it.

        But there could be some dodgy tax rort type reason for it too.

  14. Clemgeopin 17

    Johh Key has said he admired Robert Muldoon a lot.

    One can discern Key’s attitude to news, press, current affairs and investigative journalism, if you see what Muldoon’s attitude to those were.

    Watch the excellent part 4 of the link below to make the connection:

    http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/50-years-of-new-zealand-television-episode-one-2010#

  15. Clemgeopin 18

    John Key has just asked this question:

    “Key: Would people watch publicly funded broadcast TV?”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/67802231/key-would-people-watch-publicly-funded-broadcast-tv

    My response is this:

    ‘Yes, Prime Minister, there is a need for publicly funded news, current affairs and investigative journalism in order to inform the public and to hold the government to account. Look at the UK and US where there are 24 hour government funded news/current affairs channels. It is not good enough in a democracy to simply provide dumb down channels/programmes only for entertainment or for the lowest common demographics, based on maximum advertising revenue. It is astonishing that as a Prime Minister he would even ask such dumb questions. He needs to get some enlightenment and values into his thinking.”

  16. Draco T Bastard 19

    1st Color Image of Pluto

    NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto has returned its first color image of the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon.

    The new photo, taken on April 9 from a distance of about 71 million miles (115 million kilometers), is already revealing insights about Pluto and Charon, as well as suggestions of the science to come when New Horizons flies by the Pluto system on July 14, NASA officials said.

  17. Good bye to Dorthy Jellicic who died Tueday . A great worker for the underprinviledged she will be missed by all who knew her,
    I am just glad that my wife and I had dinner a couple of months ago with Dorothy and husband Paul it was a last farewell for us.
    Dorothy was a dedicated democratic Socialist and her death is lose to the who;le Labour movement . Good Bye Dorothy it was a pleasure to have had you as a friend .

  18. what can we do about a person like this

    A hunter from the US who has killed dozens of wild animals has been sent death wishes by furious social media users after a picture showing her lying down next to a dead giraffe was circulated.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11433332

    disgusting human

  19. Clemgeopin 23

    See what a nitwit Nick Smith is! And he is the ‘Minister’ for housing! He has no clue, or pretends not to have any clue, on what REALLY needs to be done to solve the massive housing problem, especially in Auckland! The incompetent talking head is a fool and needs the sack.

    Go to these two links to see what I mean:

    [1] The talking head at a public meeting:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/67799605/what-auckland-properties-can-you-buy-for-550000

    [2] With Kim Hill this morning on RNZ:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/20174921/building-and-housing-minister-on-reserve-bank's-housing-warning

  20. joe90 24

    Urban safaris.

    Robert C. Bates—a 73-year-old reserve deputy who allegedly got the job thanks to his financial contributions—was ultimately charged with manslaughter for mistakenly shooting Eric Harris. But according to the Tulsa World, authorities first tried—apparently in vain—to cover up his lack of training.

    http://gawker.com/tulsa-authorities-reportedly-falsified-reserve-deputys-1698133492?

  21. lprent 25

    Ok, I have just modified the method for setting the comment details to client side rather than server side.

    This should fix the problem with the occasional cached pages showing up in other peoples browsers.

    Haven’t checked on Internet Explorer 🙂

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    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
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  • A bulletin from Greece
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    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
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    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
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  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
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    PunditBy Liam Hehir
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  • Lockdown day 8
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    4 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
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  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
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  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    6 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
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    1 week ago
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    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
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    1 week ago
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  • Rāhui day 4
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  • Letter to a friend
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    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • Rāhui day 3
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  • A test of civil society.
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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
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    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
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    1 week ago

  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
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  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Further measures to support businesses
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
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  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
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  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
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  • Essential workers leave scheme established
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  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
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