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Open mike 21/10/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 21st, 2009 - 16 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…

16 comments on “Open mike 21/10/09 ”

  1. I found this really interesting article on the use of Depleted Uranium in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    It pays to remember that we send 70 SAS troops into this toxic environment.

    If you want to know what the result looks like have a look at this.

  2. Pascal's bookie 2

    Letter in this AM’s Timaru Herald:

    Mr Blanchard ‘s figures (October 20) are a blatant misrepresentation of the facts.

    The same annual report that Mr Blanchard refers to states quite clearly (page 2) that ACC ‘s total net income for the 200 8/09 year was $4.2 billion, while its outstanding claims liability was $23.8 billion.

    These numbers are ACC ‘s own, for all to see, and are only disputed by the Labour Party as a way of avoiding a very serious problem.

    Pulling one line out of a 132-page report does not justify Mr Blanchard ‘s maths.

    While ACC made some gains on its investments (as you ‘d expect coming out of a recession), this doesn ‘t mean the scheme isn ‘t sailing in troubled waters.

    It ‘s like saying that while your mortgage is worth more than your house, you made $100 in your long-term deposit and that solves everything.

    Denying the problem is not a solution. This is not a time to bury our heads in the sand.

    ACC ‘s enormous liabilities are putting core entitlements at risk.

    The Government wants to protect the entitlements that a 24/7, nofault service provides. To do this, we will have to get ACC costs under control.

    Jo Goodhew
    MP for Rangitata


    • toad 2.1

      If that’s the best spin she can put on it, it’s obvious why she didn’t make it into Cabinet. Even Tolley could do better than that.

      Cut entitlements to protect them! Reminds me of Prebble “saving” rail 20 years ago.

    • Marty G 2.2

      jesus. reads like a 12 year old with a lines sheet in front of them wrote it.

  3. Mach1 3

    The latest madness at the right wing’s craziest “news’ site, Pat “Hitler Wasn’t So Bad’ Buchanan says “Traditional’ Americans are losing their nation.

  4. Tigger 4

    Is DPF a mate of Sean Plunkett’s? I notice Kiwiblog always putting the boot into Radio NZ when possible and now just put two and two together reading Farrar’s support of Plunkett taking a second job. Just wondering.

    • Eddie 4.1

      they’re both righties and they drink together at things like backbenches,

    • BLiP 4.2

      Funny how Plunket’s public spats seem always to coincide with his employment contract remuneration negotiations.

  5. Nice to see the BNP have had a big outing

  6. sk 6

    Interesting factoid on National’s ETS. Fontera will be worse off under Smith’s cunning scheme:


    Basically, NZ’s largest company is worse off, while winners are Bluescope, Holcim, Rio Tinto – all foreign companies.

    When Key speaks on this, his concern is with the latter group of companies. Holcim appears in Hollow Men and has Simon Upton on the board.

    What’s up?

  7. BLiP 7

    The Annual Bruce Jesson Lecture this year looks like a must attend. The speaker will be Robert Wade, a New Zealander, who is the Professor of Political Economy at the London School of Economics.

    What: How to stop the money men from taking over the world (or, when will we face another September 2008)?” Taking off from Bruce Jesson’s ‘Only Their Purpose is Mad: ‘The moneymen take over NZ’, Robert Wade discusses several reforms of the international monetary and financial system aimed at stabilising global financial markets and curbing the power of the financial sector. After considering the easy part — ‘what should be done’ — he goes on to discuss ‘what can be done’

    When: 6.30pm Wednesday 28 October 2009 – cash bar open at 5.30pm

    Where Maidment Theatre, Alfred Street, University of Auckland

  8. randal 8

    hello people.
    listening to the house on urgency debate the boy racer bill.
    national mp after national mp and maori party mp’s and act mp’s say that noise is not the issue.
    bad for them.
    it is the issue.
    people demand peace in their locality and for this they sign up to the social contract.
    for the brats noise means if they break this fundamental demand of the civil society then they break them all.
    got it yet?
    if national (the noisy party)and act and the maorri party support noose then they idnetify themselves as that part of new zeland society that has become completely infantilised and is still making demands to make as much noise as they like.
    bwah hah hah.
    not to mention the little people that compensate for their littleness by making a big noise.
    you know the sleazy little creeps wearing german army helmets and staright pipes on their hardly davisons.
    but hey thats another issue.
    so natoinal have got their head in the sand on this one and its beginning to look like the issue that will finally come back to bite them in the bum.

    • I’m extraordinarily pissed of at that law, and there will certainly be more to say on it.

    • Armchair Critic 8.2

      Gotta love ACT (not), they’ve supported laws that tell people what they can wear and where they can go, and they’ve increased the powers of the police to confiscate and destroy private property. Some much for being the party for individual freedom and liberty.

  9. felix 9

    Yesterday’s news, I know, but in case you missed it too:

    At NRT, I/S reports the death of irony.

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