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Open Mike 28/12/2018

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  1. Jenny - How to get there? 1

    Canada’s climate policy rotting corpse puts on a clean shirt and a nice tie to attend COP 24

     The Canadian team is said to have played a key role in the negotiations that led to the adoption of the rulebook that will govern how the Paris Accord will cut emissions and curb global warming. “Our team worked hard throughout the negotiations to find common ground between developed and developing countries,” said Catherine McKenna (Minister of the Environment and Climate Change)…..

    ……Canada’s behaviour at COP conferences is not the problem. We behave as a good climate leader should. We play that role quite well. 

    The Canadian government has just announced a new handout of $1.6 billion to the Alberta oilsands despite already purchasing the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion earlier in 2018.

    In November, Canada posted the G20’s highest per capita GHG emissions

    In Ottawa the Doug Ford government dismantled the province’s successful carbon cap-and-trade program, cancelled 758 renewable energy contracts, and stopped construction of the White Pines wind farm as it neared completion.

    But the harshest attacks were reserved for campaigners on the front lines of the Trans Mountain fight.

    Former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge casually and chillingly suggested that “people will die” on the protest lines at Burnaby Mountain, asserting that killing off a few “extremists” might be the price Canada would have to pay to get the Trans Mountain expansion built.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    *sigh* turned on the radio and remembered that RNZ like to use January to save money by pretending that nothing is happening and we all love hearing their back catalogue of shit music from anodyne presenters.

    • riffer 2.1

      Ouch. The RNZ director of music is a personal friend. Is there something in particular you’d like me to pass on? What in particular do you feel is “shit” about the music presented?

      • Ad 2.1.1

        Print more t shirts you idiots

      • gsays 2.1.2

        ‘Scuse me for butting in here riffer.

        I am a big fan of music 101.
        Although I realise it is a team that puts the show together, Alex Behan was an ideal presenter for the format. Inclusive, humble, amiable.

        I will miss his vibe.

        As for matinee idol, as others have said more eloquently down thread, great for a while, but can become too much of a good thing.

        • Chris 2.1.2.1

          The one thing wrong about Matinee Idle is Simon Morris. Not only is everything that comes out of his mouth complete and utter drivel, his voice is one that should never be allowed on radio. The show was great when it began a number of years ago because Phil O’Brien did it on his own.

    • Ad 2.2

      I find it a relief, the presenters quirky, and the music both avoids pop hits and is stupid enough to laugh at.

      We don’t need no education.

      • Adrian 2.2.1

        Agreed Ad, Matinee Idle is great fun and how radio should be used. Endless carping on about how unfair life is to some and regurgitated non-news may maintain the dreary angst of the Woe Is Us Tragics but January is time for some fun.
        There are eleven other months for the The World Is Fucked depressives to get their fix.

      • greywarshark 2.2.2

        AD
        +1
        It’s only occasionally. There is no intention of having it each week. A very well done thing – even the drivel is okay.

    • Bearded Git 2.3

      agree +1000 Sanctuary…..why oh why should RNZ foist this rubbish on us…the BBC keeps broadcasting as usual and the news never stops..tsunamis….stock market plunges….Trump…always Trump

      • Sanctuary 2.3.1

        RNZ basically only operate for 47 weeks of the year.

        Taking Xmas week plus a month off might be great for saving a few pingers and and as well I guess it suits the disconnected life style of the Wellington political/media elites. They live in a world where all the pollies and the journos bugger off to a flash bach for a month. Meanwhile, truck drivers, hair dressers, shop owners, retail workers and all the rest get the stats and the bit in between if they are lucky.

        Public radio not serving the public for 5 weeks every year while the skeleton staff left to keep the place running indulge in the pernicious fantasy that Kiwis all live in an upper-middle class white collar utopia of a month of beach life at the bach simply makes me think they are disconnected from reality.

        Sure, shut down for two weeks. But five? That’s taking the piss. By the time Morning Report starts up again 90% of the population has been back at work for at least two weeks.

        • cleangreen 2.3.1.1

          100% sancuary.

          I agree that RNZ was highjacked by the larte set for their interest not our and has become now a meaning less copy of BBC broadcasting.

          We in Gisborne.HB have no real interested RNZ reporter anywhere here now to meet the public on climate change transport or environmental issues,

          So RNZ needs to be scrapped; – and Government needs to produce a fresh “voice of the people” TV channel, as ‘channel 7’ was before ‘Johnny key’ closed it down.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TVNZ

          “In 2008 the Government announced that the broadcaster was to become “more public-service” like. TVNZ responded by launching two commercial free channels; TVNZ 6 and TVNZ 7. By 2011 Prime Minister John Key announced the closure of these channels.”

    • OnceWasTim 2.4

      Well let’s hope (as I mentioned the other day on another thread that @VV thought was brutal), the board and CEO of RNZ’s new charge to be relevant and become good media citizen’s in the digital age, DON’T preoccupy themselves with demographics and The Market The Market share.
      If they are to remain, or at least pretend interest as a Public Service broadcaster, it’ll be less about demographics and The Market The Market as it’s drivers, and more about Genre and Diversity.
      Concentration on Demographics – especially when focused on age, assumes the yoof of today has no interest in classical music or jazz, and the geriatric has no interest in rap or whatever passes as rythm and blues these days.
      They shouldn’t even be trying to compete with the commercial alternatives – they’re perfectly capable of self flagellation beating each other to death all on their own.

      • greywarshark 2.4.1

        OwT
        It seems to me that radionz are trying to compete with commercial radio’s listings, wanting to be in the top. That is not why we have public broadcasting. While it is important to stay in the public eye, PB doesn’t need to crawl to every new whim but just stay current, being aware of what interests people, and what is coming forward in the arts and literature and critique etc. And be thinking and choosing presentation of what a well and widely informed person would want, or need, to know and understand the wider issues.

        Now we have video killing the radio star; pictures that don’t tell 1,000 words because the images are so easy to slant. I refer ito it still as Radionz because that honestly states its purpose and importance. Television, videos etc are adjuncts. Reading the article is the base from which viewing the images reinforces and illustrates the subject, points, line on which the news is written; it backgrounds and shows faces, detail.

        Encouraging people listening to radio, to communicate and present a range of views and anecdotes relating to the item is good. Not good is to then choose some dinosaur example of negative or fairy godmotherish or religious fundamentalist comment to read out; which happens too often. This being aired on the wider broadcasting medium just reinforces those who are uninformed and living in their own bubble of certainties and limited learning.

        The Standard is good because people can be informed of links giving a wider comparative news outlets. Regular commenters may be reliable for one particular view and be trusted to give reasoned comment from that bent and be interested in justifying it when questioned. I often put up Radionz links to matters that raise new points or examples and that could pass by unnoticed that day. Radionzthey are pretty good but have to watched for a tendency to gloss over the pressing problems to concentrate on the views and wants of the chattering classes.

        • OnceWasTim 2.4.1.1

          Indeed @ grey….. there’s nothing in that comment I disagree with.
          Don’t really have time to reply properly now, but I’m both worried and hopeful about the future of PSB in this country.
          There are things RNZ management are doing that lead me to believe they’re a little too concerned with “the Market The Market’ and demographics on the one hand, while on the other Chris F-F-F-Faa-F-F-FFoi is genuinely considering various options (but bearing in mind he’s only ever experienced a life, and broadcasting experience in a neo-liberal environment). Plus of course he’s got all that fiscal responsibility shit going on around him.
          And somewhere back in the never-never I made another comment on PSB – several actually. One on the fact that the Coalaition for Better Broadcasting, (or whatever they call themsleves these days) isn’t actually being ambitious enough (perhaps because the shit about we’re a nation of only 4.5 mill and can’t afford stuff, and more).
          Another, on the fact that we effectively have a model that isn’t too unlike all that funder-provider shit that went with health care provision in the Ruthenasia era.

          Another that we have a rather huge bureaucracy with some rather large salaries that sap a lot of that money the 4.5 million supposedly can’t afford, and its all glued together -primarily due to self interest and preservation
          We have:
          RNZ ………. CEO and Board
          TVNZ ditto
          NZoA dittto
          Kordia ditto
          TMP ditto
          MTS ditto

          …….oh, and then there’s that Freeview thing

          Shit……….sorry, beginning to rave, but hopefully you might be getting to understand where I’m coming from – but basically
          we CAN afford 2, and probably 3 radio networks, and at least 2 TV networks that include children (Oh!!! won’t you PLEASE PLEASE think of the children)

          AND we have a shitload of sources where content can come.

          Anyway……duties call

          • greywarshark 2.4.1.1.1

            OwT
            I love your brimming-over interest in our PBS.
            Keep at it won’t you.

            And PLEASE think of the childrens’ tv. It’s awful watching the c r a p with coloured morals (the colours referring to purple and hot pink rather than various shades of gold or dark skin as opposed to deadfish white or spotty pink).

            • OnceWasTim 2.4.1.1.1.1

              I think of children’s TV quite often. I think of its potential for education as well as its entertainment value.
              I also think of things like public service broadcasting’s responsibilities towards the arts and sport, and the amount of corporate welfare that goes into propping up commercial operators that have competed themselves almost to death, and now expect (as of some sort of right) to more handouts.

              I think of the way public assets have been used to give commercial interests preferential treatment over time (such as transmission facilities that were once an inherent part in providing all that Reithian educate, inform and entertain stuff).
              I think of the supposed efficiencies promised by all the tinkering and interference that’s gone on over decades.
              There’s a lot to it all, but what worries me most is that if we ever do get to a PSB Nirvana, it will need to be protected from further political interference and viewed in the same way we see the independence of the Judiciary as being important ( if we’re ever going to be a fully functioning democracy).

              But right now, (to use the neo-lib’s own language), we have a pretty inefficient system of delivering PSB and it’s overburdened with quite a few ticket clippers

          • Bearded Git 2.4.1.1.2

            ….a nation of 5 million now
            actually

      • veutoviper 2.4.2

        “… I mentioned the other day on another thread that @VV thought was brutal…”

        I have my worried face on now, OWT, as I am having a ‘senior moment’ as I cannot recall this exchange. Grateful for some clues as to when (approx) this was, and any other (gentle) clues to help my memory. LOL

        • OnceWasTim 2.4.2.1

          mmmm – maybe it was the greywarshark I had a response from.
          But…..stuff is underway at RNZ (as you’ll no doubt be aware of) – and its not necessarily for the better, but more about shuffling a few chairs about.
          From Guyon to Mora/Chapman to an Alex Behan being dumped.

          Yep I was thinking of this and confused you with @ Greywarshark;

          Random 2019 predictions …

          Back l8r

  3. SaveNZ 3

    Knew a person who worked at Chapman Tripp and was expected to work excessive hours well over the 40 hours a week of salary that they were paid for. The labour inspectorate should be investigating a lot more of this practise as this person actually worked over 100 hours in one week at one point and everyone was telling them, leave the firm!! They also got paid a salary lower than the person was worth, even without considering the extra hours! So no surprises that a firm like that with their own staff is keen to ‘help’ migrant labour.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/379077/christmas-joy-for-woman-previously-denied-visa-to-stay-in-nz

    Would be interesting to find out with the amount of qualifications the women had, what the salary was, $100k, $80k, surely not lower than that with masters in International Studies from IPU in Palmerston North?? and supermarket experience to boot!!! Lucky then, that Burger King can qualify and so can every other food business as importing in food is now being touted as international trade by lawyers!!!

    Don’t forget many of these law firms are also sexually harassing their staff…

    One in five NZ lawyers sexually harassed, Law Society survey finds
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12061142

    • SaveNZ 3.1

      About IPU

      http://www.ipu.ac.nz

      Bear in mind international fees are $19,000 per year, and around $15,000 per year for accomodation plus other fees so you are up for $35k+per year, not sure what their ‘international’ ranking is for a masters, but I’m not sure they are in the top 100 universities even Auckland university these days is struggling to stay on international rankings lists for education…. but here in NZ we just don’t worry about quality, as long as the fees are paid!

      http://www.ipu.ac.nz/tuition-accommodation-fees.html

      IPU doesn’t exactly have an international reputation like Harvard, but I guess you can then get a job in a food import business and residency on the basis of it so money well spent especially when NZ law firms are so supportive of the process!

      • KJT 3.1.1

        Cheap for an entire family to get residency, super and healthcare, for the rest of their lives.

        Which is why our education scam, works so well.

        It is certainly not for the quality of education. Which has been dumbed down, so foreign students always pass.

        Many of these courses are, frankly, crap. Relying in the carrot of residence to gain students.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1

          /agreed

          Need a serious review into this and to put a stop to an obviously corrupt practice.

          • WeTheBleeple 3.1.1.1.1

            I passed university history attending one lecture and then reading a book. Not proud but it was that easy. The science subjects required hard work.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      Knew a person who worked at Chapman Tripp and was expected to work excessive hours well over the 40 hours a week of salary that they were paid for. The labour inspectorate should be investigating a lot more of this practise as this person actually worked over 100 hours in one week at one point and everyone was telling them, leave the firm!!

      This is why we had penal rates and need to bring them back. If there’s enough work for two people then two people need to be employed. And 100 hour weeks is enough for three people to be employed.

      Would be interesting to find out with the amount of qualifications the women had, what the salary was, $100k, $80k, surely not lower than that with masters in International Studies from IPU in Palmerston North?

      I’m seeing a restaurant and bakery that serves NZ. Probably doesn’t need the degree at all.

      So, the degree would be just another back door for immigrant labour. For her and her husband.

    • Chris T 3.3

      A job where you end up working more hours than you are paid for?

      Shocking stuff…..Quick some one call the human rights commission!

  4. joe90 4

    “There was no collusion…

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DatXfA3UMAAuYK2.jpg

    A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials, four people with knowledge of the matter say.

    https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/investigations/article219016820.html

    https://www.msnbc.com/deadline-white-house/watch/re-examining-the-dossier-after-a-year-of-indictments-guilty-pleas-1407774787776

    • joe90 4.1

      Reading between the lines, I doubt the world is ready for these particular selfies.

      Concord Management, the Russian company charged by Mueller for funding internet trolling, is asking the judge to force prosecutors to let the company's employees see "sensitive" discovery, in a filing that's a little TMI pic.twitter.com/8e7n6ANsQM— Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) December 20, 2018

      Also, apparently, among the millions of pages of records Mueller's has collected on Russian election interference is a "nude selfie." pic.twitter.com/E8eh3i0jxV— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 27, 2018

      a previous Concord filing suggested that there were multiple "personal selfie naked photographs" https://t.co/jTZ7tKYiO8— Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) December 27, 2018

  5. joe90 5

    Coming soon for the space tragics, New Horizons’Ultima Thule flyby at sparrow fart, January 2nd NZDT.

    http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/UltimaThule

    • DJ Ward 5.1

      Oh my, the poor Dems.

      Caught red handed in scamming the American people.

      LinkedIn founder admits to funding a Democrat Cyber Security entity to the tune of $100,000. It created Russian Bots. IE it created fake Russian internet entities supporting Republican candidates with comments to make those Republican candidates look bad.

      Trump did it. LOL.

      Meanwhile the MSNBC ran of story of boarder guards destroying water stashes left by illegal immigration cartels, or good Samaritans? Then did there Hate Trump opinion panel fake news rubbish. The video is from 2011, slightly Obama era.

      Fake News, more soon.

      • joe90 5.1.1

        You really are a walking example of Dunning-Krueger.

        • greywarshark 5.1.1.1

          I looked up this Dunning-Kruger effect – it applies a lot on the blog. A certain number of people think ‘I can Write my Ideas, and being mine, I Consider Them Awfully Good’. (And that will always be true, as ‘awfully’ has a number of meanings, some of them contradictory!)

          catalogofbias.org
          In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is.
          Dunning–Kruger effect – Wikipedia
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect

        • DJ Ward 5.1.1.2

          I made a mistake. Was meant to be No 6. Was expecting a similar response.

          I think everybody suffers from that disorder, Dunning-Krueger occasionally.

          Thanks Joe90. I didn’t know about this flyby.

          Great bonus for the mission.

    • Awesome

      “The flyby technically began on Christmas. Unlike Pluto, whose orbit has been precisely charted for a long time, MU69 was only discovered 4 years ago and its trajectory is not perfectly known. Because of this, the team has to rely on direct observation of the body, which for now still appears as little more than a pixel in its telescope, to understand its location relative to New Horizons.

      Until this weekend, the team is using the probe’s telescope to get a handle on the uncertainty of MU69’s location. Although it will be too late to tweak the spacecraft’s trajectory, the team will be able to rework the script of its high-resolution camera so that it can be certain of imaging MU69. This final update will then be relayed to New Horizons on 30 December.

      https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/12/nasa-spacecraft-readies-new-years-rendezvous-primordial-object-far-beyond-pluto

      • McFlock 5.2.1

        I particularly like that we didn’t know it was there when the probe was launched.

        Can’t help but think there’s a metaphor in there, somewhere.

    • veutoviper 5.3

      Thanks to you – and marty mars – for the links. Really excited about this !!!!!

      • marty mars 5.3.1

        I love it for what it is. Imo purity. A purity of vision and skill.

        Also if we can do this we CAN make the changes as a species that we need to do

        Funnily enough Imo space and everything external to earth actually helps us connect to earth, to nature. This is why we have fucked up imo – we have tried to forget that we are nature and nature is us as it is for all life – animate and inanimate.

        Blessings of the festive season to you and your loved ones.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.3.1.1

          lso if we can do this we CAN make the changes as a species that we need to do

          We can but there’s our ‘leaders’ preventing us.

          This is why we have fucked up imo – we have tried to forget that we are nature and nature is us as it is for all life – animate and inanimate.

          IMO, we’ve spent so much of our time fighting nature just to live that we’ve forgotten that we’re part of it. It’s in living memory that one in four children were dying before they were five.

          We’re well beyond those times now but now we need to journey back to living with nature rather than fighting her.

  6. cleangreen 6

    yes all true this is.

    Labour is sickeningly astonishingly very slow at giving us the “long promised “non commercial channel with more investigative journalism context” as ‘TVNZ 7 was when they began that one in 2008 and Johnny Key closed it down in 2011?

    Quote from Wikipedia;
    “In 2008 the Government announced that the broadcaster was to become “more public-service” like. TVNZ responded by launching two commercial free channels; TVNZ 6 and TVNZ 7. By 2011 Prime Minister John Key announced the closure of these channels.”

    Time to act Jacinda. “Lets do this” !!!!!

  7. Yes I also have have these concerns.

    Conducted by the National Māori Authority, a survey found the top three concerns for Māori included financial insecurity, homelessness and the state of New Zealand’s rivers and lakes.

    Next on the list was the number of Māori children in state care, the number of Māori in prison and the rising suicide rates.

    https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/top-five-concerns-among-maori-2018

  8. joe90 8

    Jamie incest Whyte doesn’t do honesty.

    I am leaving the IEA as of 1 Jan 2019. I will miss it. But I won't miss the endless "who funds you?" tweets. They reveal a profound misunderstanding of the kind of people who work at think tanks and what motivates them. And always irrelevant to the issue at hand. So stupid.— Jamie Whyte (@_JamieWhyte) December 27, 2018

    • Just another empty vassal.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      They reveal a profound misunderstanding of the kind of people who work at think tanks and what motivates them.

      We know exactly the type of people who fund such ‘think’ tanks – people who desire power and control over others.

  9. Ad 9

    OMG the cricket.

    Best we’ve been in decades.

    The Hadlee-Crowe era wasn’t as good as this.

    • Stunned Mullet 9.1

      This is a very fine NZ cricket team. The Sri Lankan team by contrast is one of their weaker line ups – not surprising when they’ve lost so many fine players over the last few years.

  10. eco maori 10

    I tau toko/ support these people words the fossil fuel industry pushed plastic and are still pushing it on us why did we switch from glass milk bottles to plastic because of money being used to influnce our reality making us believe that plastic was better than glass laws need to be passed to make manufactures make enviromently safe packging

    Stemming plastic production should be focus, says researcher
    Recycling will not be enough to dig the world out of the dangerous mountain of plastic it is drowning in, a leading plastic pollution researcher says.
    Massey University’s Dr Trisia Farrelly is part of an expert group advising the United Nations.
    Globally as little as 5 percent of plastic was ever recycled, meaning recycling would never address the problem, she said.
    Instead an effort must be made to turn off the tap on the amount of plastic being produced.
    “The plastics industry is driven by the fossil fuel industry and if they have their way, these figures are going to grow exponentially. In fact there is predicted to be a 33 percent increase in fossil fuel based plastic production in the next five years. So it’s not slowing down, it’s increasing.”
    Dr Farrelly said a legally binding global treaty was needed to force producers to stop the supply of plastic. Ka kite ano links below.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/379167/stemming-plastic-production-should-be-focus-says-researcher

  11. eco maori 11

    Some Eco Maori Music for the minute

  12. eco maori 12

    I can not even leave my house for 5 minutes with out the sandflys breaking into my house to try and intimadate Eco Maori. The big picture is that the policeforce of all the countrys of Papatuanuku are corrupt if these muppets had anything except lies well they would have locked me up but know they have nothing .Some one makes a excuse that they cannot interfare when they know the state is breaking my human rights right under there noses
    New GCSB bill allows spying on Kiwis
    A new bill which gives New Zealand’s security and intelligence agencies more power to spy on Kiwis is likely to be introduced this week.
    Prime Minister John Key said the expansion of powers of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) was for good reason.
    “If you wanted to allow GCSB to spy against a New Zealander, at the moment they can’t do that,” Key said on Breakfast link below ka kite ano . P.S thanks for the mana sandflys

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/83160725/new-gcsb-bill-allows-spying-on-kiwis

  13. greywarshark 13

    Hope you had a good Christmas eco Maori. We can only guess why the ‘sandflys’ are stressing you out. Thanks for the links.

  14. eco maori 14

    We are the Guardian of all the creatures on Papatuanuku we need to use all the tools we have to protect the precious wildlife from extinction. This story about the northern white rhino is sad and a catastrophe on a world scale all the creatures going extint in 2018

    ‘We held a memorial service’: the keeper of the last male northern white rhino
    The head keeper at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya remembers Sudan We really cried, all the keepers. We held a memorial service for him, which helped. He was a great ambassador for all rhinos, not just his own kind.
    I’m still working hard to ensure the two remaining northern white rhinos are content and in good condition for the rest of their lives. They continue to help raise awareness of rhino conservation. If there was no poaching, there would still be good wild populations of northern white rhinos. We are trying to tell everyone that rhino horn does not possess any medicinal value.

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    This may not be the end of Sudan’s story. Semen was collected from him, and from other captive males, before they died. Scientists now plan to harvest eggs from our two remaining females, create more than one embryo and implant them in surrogate female southern white rhinos. In Berlin, scientists have managed to create an embryo using northern white rhino semen and southern white rhino eggs. Using IVF to try to save rhinos has never been done before. I keep my fingers crossed. I still hope we can save these magnificent creatures. links below ka kite ano P.S I smell some thing its a puppet.

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/dec/24/people-of-2018-head-keeper-last-male-northern-white-rhino-dies

  15. greywarshark 15

    This is like a story from a film. A businessman masquerading as a farmer, called Randy Constant! has been selling ordinary grains as organic for a nice mark-up for all concerned. Anyone who bought from him didn’t have the necessary wry sense of humour one needs to survive along with a smart brain these days.l

    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2018/12/26/organic-grain-fraud-scheme-u-s-says-thousands-were-victims/2418272002/

    Constant, of Chillicothe, Missouri, and three others have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Constant, who owned an Iowa grain brokerage, acknowledged that he sold $142 million worth of corn, soybeans and wheat over a 7½-year period that wasn’t organic despite his representations.

    So he grew stuff, bought off others to add to his, put it through his grain broker business, and the greedy shit clipped tickets all the way on this fraudulent scheme.l Bet they don’t have the guts to go through with it; the fairground hucksters who run things over in the good ole USA.

    This sort of rip-off is what you get when you have an amoral and wilfully neglectful regulation scheme for quality in anything , which is what we have under the enforced neo-liberal free market scheme. Coupled with poor regulations and lax policing of them, is the belief in the ‘free fairy’ which is that in the free market things are so much better than if government is fully involved, and that you can trust business. People made gullible by anti-government propaganda. 👿

  16. Eco maori 16

    Kia ora Te kaea tepuia marae is getting swomped with people in need of food and housing ka pai Dennis.
    It must be hard living in Tamikimakau
    That is a good deed Jacinda giving aid to Indonesia to help with there recovery from the tsunami .
    That’s a good sign that our government is making the correct moves with spending on boxing day up more than 10% that shows me that some business leaders are putting a negative spin on Aotearoa economy
    It’s cool Te tangata whenua are celebrating the spring equinox I was researching that yesterday.
    I alcohol is a big for our younger maori tane they have to learn that drink driving is not cool.ka kite ano

  17. eco maori 17

    Kia ora Newshub One has to show respect for te awa and tangaroa and be careful it is to easy to drown .
    Some people do dumb stuff blowing up a shop to get insurance in Britain.
    That elephantseal in Whakatane is a awsome sight they are huge creatures and one has to be very carefull around them good to see the wild creatures around Aotearoa are doing ok but we must do more to protect them.
    Its good to see the south island council looking after our guest freedoom campers with showers wifi and a loo dump.
    Brixit has put a lot of unneeded presure on busness and people in Britain .
    Thats sad that the Bushman center is closing.
    That show how a big surge in elitricty can make a strange glow that was freaky.
    Kate instant family is a cool movie its all about the family. I see Aquaman has broken movie release sales records in Aotearoa biggest sales Ka pai I seen Tofiga from Laughing Samoans interview Jason Momoa so funny .
    Ka kite ano

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