Open Mike 28/05/2017

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  1. The decrypter 1

    Power bill paid? Good morning.

    • David Mac 1.1

      I thought he was a volunteer?

      Just kiddin bill, love you bro.

      • The decrypter 1.1.1

        Short brief reply I received — ( from bill.) —–Thanks David. signed bill english,

  2. bwaghorn 2

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/93007699/david-slack-i-was-holding-a-beer-when-the-revolution-started

    Slack on the good old days, i know plenty of good people who have fallen for the capital is king survival of the fittest line, how do you convince them otherwise without being called envious .

  3. North 3

    Watch the mother and weep. And put yourself in the brother’s skin. He stopped by police over 50 times. For being born black. Wonder whether in your heart of hearts you wouldn’t ask the question (paraphrased) – ‘Will burning buildings have them taste the injustice…..?’

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2016/oct/18/milwaukee-wisconsin-segregation-young-black-voters-election-video

  4. swordfish 4

    Revealed: Conservatives revise down their internal election projections

    I understand projections for the election result have shifted dramatically. The internal ‘ceiling’ (the best case scenario) has gone from a majority of near 200 in week one, to a majority around the 80 mark. The ‘floor’ is now a hung Parliament — which is a worse case scenario and still an unlikely one. In response to the numbers, the Conservatives said they would not comment on ‘polls or projections’

    The mood in CCHQ is one of annoyance verging on anger.….. Tories were only happy going along with the high levels of control freakery on the basis that it worked.

    ….. But whatever way you look at it, celebration plans for Theresa May’s win come June 9 have been put on ice.

    https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/05/conservatives-revise-internal-election-projections/

  5. joe90 5

    Greg Allman has died.

  6. One Two 6

    ‘Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court – Now What?’

    After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims.

    The unprecedented concession was filed on November 9, and sealed to protect the plaintiff’s identify. It was obtained through individuals unrelated to the case.

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/88323

    • McFlock 6.1

      lawyers be lawyerin’ where the plaintiff has a light proof threshold to pass.

      • One Two 6.1.1

        ‘Excusers’ be ‘excusing’…which is what you’re practising regularly in your comments

        Much like the ‘re-naming of diseases…it’s misdirection and denial , at best

        India’s aggressive eradication of polio established the template for moving a disease from endemic to eliminated and has been lauded by the World Health Organization.

        But in the process, a rise in the prevalence of another polio-like condition, acute flaccid paralysis, has been recorded.

        It’s been going on a long time, and has fooled many….

        Too many seem to enjoy being fooled. It’s embraced these days..

        It shouldn’t be!

        • McFlock 6.1.1.1

          If it didn’t kill babies, I’d enjoy your stupidity.

          Acute flaccid paralysis is a symptom. Polio was usually the cause of that symptom. Now polio has been almost eradicated, incidences of that symptom that were often misdiagnosed as being caused by polio are now evidently not related to polio.

          A bit like how the incidence of lung cancer will decrease with smoking, but some lung cancers caused by things other than smoking will remain.

          If polio was merely being renamed as acute flaccid paralysis, the incidence of both together would not have changed in the last 50 years. Up until the polio vaccine was introduced in NZ, dozens if not hundreds of people caught polio. In 2015 there were six cases of acute flaccid paralysis. Your renaming theory is a pile of bullshit.

          • One Two 6.1.1.1.1

            if it didn’t kill babies I would enjoy your stupidity…

            The irony in your comments escapes you, seemingly…why is that?

            In your opinion, which babies are ‘acceptable’ collatoral damage?

            Looking through the comment history on this subject, it’s abundantly clear your maturity is not on a level adequate to engage with..

            Comments such as the above, provide that evidence. Explicitly!

            • McFlock 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Right, your theory that polio was just being renamed “acute flaccid paralysis” is demonstrated to be bullshit because the numbers nowhere near add up, so now you’re calling me immature.

              Fair enough, then: that’s like a totes legit arg, mofo, that puts the shizzle to the pizzle and d-cellz in your b-cellz, straight up. werd.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      Now we have proof that courts have no business in science.

  7. Herodotus 7

    We are being told “no one owns the water”
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/03/government-to-investigate-putting-a-price-on-exported-water.html
    The Government has written to its advisory group on water, telling it to investigate putting a price on exported water and to report back by the end of the year.
    and “Mr English said there isn’t going to be a simple solution, and charging for water would lead to questions about ownership. ”
    A simple solution IMO that still does not complicate the “ownership” issue is to charge an export duty on bulk water exports. If the bottling takes place in NZ then “we” are manufacturing no issue . If it is just bulk pump it into a ship and exported then we have lost an unprocessed resource. And NZ IMO should never export raw unprocessed resources.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 7.1

      At the very least we need to charge royalties. High ones so we can pay for our housing.

  8. Ed 8

    A thought provoking read for today.

    ‘You Only Hate Assad Because Your TV Told You To.

    The only thing keeping westerners from seeing through the lies that they’ve been told about Syria is the unquestioned assumption that their own government could not possibly be that evil. They have no trouble believing that a foreigner from a Muslim-majority country could be gratuitously using chemical weapons on children at the most strategically disastrous time possible and bombing his own civilians for no discernible reason other than perhaps sheer sexual sadism, but the possibility that their government is making those things up in order to manufacture consent for regime change is ruled out before any critical analysis of the situation even begins. Despite the evil and unforgivable invasion of Iraq having happened a mere fourteen years ago, sold to the public based on nothing but lies and mass media propaganda, mainstream America is unwilling to consider the possibility that this is happening again. Unwilling to turn and face the implications of what this would mean for their worldview, their self-image, and the entire system they’ve developed for examining and interpreting their experience of their lives up until this point.’……..

    …..’What we can know with absolute certainty is that we are being lied to about Syria by western governments and the mass media propaganda machines which promote their oligarchic agendas. The mountains of evidence that are coming out against the White Helmets, the fact that Amnesty International is the same organization that promoted the false Nayirah testimony which was used to manufacture consent for the Gulf War, the fact that CNN recently staged a fake interview featuring a seven year-old girl who can’t speak English reading scripted anti-Assad propaganda to an unsuspecting audience; there is enough there to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the same power establishment that lied to us about Iraq is now lying to us about its neighbor Syria. The only question is whether or not you have the emotional and intellectual integrity to face this reality.

    Read the whole article here.

    View at Medium.com

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      The best thing that I’ve done in my life is to stop watching TV and to actively seek out knowledge.

      • Ed 8.1.1

        Ditto

      • SpaceMonkey 8.1.2

        Same… and I’d add reading the newspaper. Flicked open the Herald the other and what was there on the front page of my screen… the Bachelor and some inane story about tattoos on someone. Good grief… seriously, I wept.

    • Wayne 8.2

      Have we been lied to about Assad?

      Is everything that western media says about him and Syria a lie? That in the words of Trump they are all fake media.

      That Assad (and his father) have been thoroughly misunderstood. And that in fact Assad loves democracy and human rights.

      Incidentally the Gulf war is usually used as a reference to the 1990/91 war. Maybe the world was wrong at that time. Maybe Saddam did not invade Kuwait. Or if he did, all the Kuwaitis rejoiced at that fact.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1

        Have we been lied to about Assad?

        More than likely.

        Is everything that western media says about him and Syria a lie?

        Probably not. Some of what’s been said will be truth but, as the saying goes, the best lie contains an element of truth.

        And that in fact Assad loves democracy and human rights.

        Seems that he does:

        “We were on the way to democracy, it’s a process, it’s a long way. There’s no place you reach it, you say this is democracy. If you want to compare me to the West, to France, and other countries, no, you are much ahead of us, definitely, because of your history and because of many other circumstances and factors. If you want to compare me to your closest friend, Saudi Arabia, of course we are democratic. So, it depends on how you compare me.”

      • North 8.2.2

        Wayne……possibly skilful of you (but not that much actually) to conflate someone’s suggestion that we’ve not been told all the stuff about Syria and Assad on the one hand, and on the other the ‘fake news’ charge the invention of the most ludicrous individual ever to sit in the White House. What bullshit you give us.

        I have adequate memory Wayne. I recall you on many occasions spittlingly raging about the “damnable socialists” on the other side of the House. Not that you ever believed it. Were you still to ‘grace’ the seat of power, and were that ludicrous thing to visit NZ, I reckon you’d lick arse like John Key around Richie McCaw.

        So piss off with your purportedly professorial musings. In moral essence, and in terms of the goals of acquisition and retention of power, and as a member of New Zealand’s decades and decades long parliamentary ruling class, you’re no different from Assad and his father. You can take your pick as to which one but give us a break from your pomposity and insistence that you’re somehow high-minded and possessed of high morals. In our context you demonstrably ain’t. Your record and the company you kept attests to that.

      • mauī 8.2.3

        Is everything that western media says about him and Syria a lie?

        Probably, two thirds of Americans don’t believe in their “fake news” media anyway.
        http://www.newsweek.com/fake-news-mainstream-media-614968

  9. Ed 9

    A thought provoking watch for today.

    The Non-Profit Industrial Complex Exposed – The Most Important COP Briefing the World Never Heard.

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    Air rage: Why does flying make us so angry?
    Science says it’s about class

    In baboons, status stress echoes down the hierarchy through obvious bullying: the alpha male hits a lower-status male, who then chases a weaker male, who takes his aggression out on a female, who then bites a younger, lower-status female.

    These effects are mirrored in stress hormone responses: for the most part, those at the top have the lowest levels, except when there is instability in the ranks. In contrast, low-ranked animals are constantly flooded by stress hormones.

    So even the hierarchy is killing us.

    • greywarshark 10.1

      In business the middle manager gets sick. At home the angry old man or womaqn lives to a vinegary old age and the younger ones succumb to illness.

      • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1

        You’re saying that the study is wrong?
        Do you have anything to back that up?

        • greywarshark 10.1.1.1

          What’s the problem DTB. Can’t you understand what I was saying? I was saying that the study of baboons reflects what is known about humans.

          Senior managers pass down their stress levels to the shoulders of middle managers, who are the ones to wear all the problems, unreal expectations from above and difficulties with staff they are responsible for.

          At home the ones who get angry with others further down the chain are the ones who tend to outlive everyone. All the others suffer the stress and have to bear it or pass it on as they don’t have the right to express their annoyance to the alpha person in the household.

          Now what is hard to understand from that, can you see the comparison with the study? Have you not read about the effects of hierarchical stress on people? And you will have to take my word for it, it is something I have read and remembered but I can’t give you a link to that part of my brain.

          • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.1.1

            Can’t you understand what I was saying?

            No because it was poorly worded and didn’t convey any meaning whatsoever.

  11. Bearded Git 11

    Listen to this from RNZ’s Sunday Morning this morning and then downsize your house quickly.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/201845436/steve-keen-the-coming-crash

  12. Wow I have got so many lines from this genius artist and song – not for the fainthearted though be warned.

  13. greywarshark 13

    This about the health care plan that Obama was hoping would be able to provide competition and lower health prices. Already almost half the participating entities have fallen down. It shows how hard it is to wrest the private business entities away from providing a need that they can charge almost at will for. (With a slight bow to looking competitive and caring.)

    http://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/051916/obamacare-steep-premium-hikes-expected-2017-unh.asp

  14. Cinny 14

    Q+A was worth a watch this morning, commentators were fascinating, well worth a watch to listen.
    Thorougly enjoyed Kerry McDonalds observations and translation of the budget.

    • ianmac 14.1

      Cinny- Dead right the 3 Commentators were pretty strong on the big failures of this Budget. Kept wondering where were the big supporters to shout support for Joyce’s Election Budget. There were none.

  15. Draco T Bastard 16

    Goldman Sachs exec gets $285M payout upon getting Trump job, now pushes White House plan to enrich Goldman Sachs

    Can’t say I’m surprised to hear that. The entire system is corrupt.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 16.1

      So corrupt. Chris Martenson, Peak Prosperity.com talking about how the Fed is printing money to pay interest to big banks who earn risk free income at twenty times the rate available to regular savers. 10mins long

    • Incognito 16.2

      I’d say that the entire system is self-serving, which is only one step away from being corrupt. Often there is a semantically-small separation between legal, pretty legal, and illegal. But the main problem is the value system that shadows the self-serving system.

    • North 16.3

      I wanna hear what Colonic Vapour of Dunedin has to say about this……swamp, swamp, what swamp ?

  16. North 17

    Fuck me ! Back in the US of A Trump’s calling his presence in Europe a “home run”.

    • Anne 17.1

      Trump pretends to be listening at G7 summit but no headphones.

      • Incognito 17.1.1

        He doesn’t need translation headphones since he’s fluent in the language of money 😉

  17. North 18

    It’s greed for money (as if they they don’t have enough) which will kill Trump, his spawn, and one spawn’s spouse. What’s the bet that Jared wanted his special line to Russia to have a special line to Russian bankers ? “Waddya mean Emoluments Clause ?”. Jared, the Jewish guy who supports Israel hard out, the guy whom Trump trumpets is gonna make all the difference re Israel/Palestine ???

  18. Morrissey 19

    This is how to defeat the Israelis:
    heroic mass non-violent civil resistance

    http://normanfinkelstein.com/2017/05/27/this-is-how-to-defeat-the-israelis-heroic-mass-non-violent-civil-resistance/

    • Ad 19.1

      You wouldn’t want – as Fatah did in this case – to invite the White House to intervene too often in the Middle East though.

      25 years of perpetual US instigated war is enough.

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  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
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  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
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  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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