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Open mike 31/05/2015

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  1. North 1

    Ugly, power-lusting, money-hungry, hate-merchant, charlatan – Tamaki.


    Wonder how many ‘worshippers’ present at this money-fest, on finding they have a gay son or daughter, will honour the ‘word of God’ (viz. the studied rant and cant of Tamaki) with physical violence whom knows how oft-repeated against the ‘gay demon’ lodged in their son or daughter ? That’s to say nothing of cruel family rejection and ostracism.

    Meanwhile the vainglorious, narcissistic charlatan and the overdaubed gargoyle Tamaki wife live the sweet life.

    • CnrJoe 1.1

      Ah Yes. The Harpy who on T.V said that people who can’t afford to heat their homes should just cuddle up under blankets together. She said she loves curling up under blankies and reading with her mokos.
      This from a woman with under floor heating.

    • Charles 1.2

      I agree with what you say, except that the last bit about Tamaki-style living as “The sweet Life” is upside down. If ugly vanity and narcissism, money-hungry hate and fraudulent opulism – inciting violent cruelity and punitive segregation – all equates to the sweet life, then sign me up for the sour life. All welcome.

      Good morning to all our brothers and sisters, everyone, where-ever you might travel. May your road today suit your footwear, and the sun shine on your back… or at least, may the drips of rain not trickle down the back of your neck.

      • sabine 1.2.1

        having underfloor heating, enough to eat, thousands of dollar rings on yer finger, all th healthcare you can afford, no worries about bills to pay cause the plebs will give is the sweet life.
        it may be hatefull and full of bigotry but their flock is sucking it up.
        no pity here. none what so ever.

      • North 1.2.2

        Reference was to the Tamakis’ spectacular material advantage the wages of charlatanism Charles, as I think you always understood. I note and agree with the extended point you make.

    • Visubversaviper 1.3

      Tamaki is an amateur – Google “Creflo Dollar” to see how a true professional works. He is pursuading his “flock” to give him $60 million US to buy a private jet.

      The Gays are an easy target for these Bible bashing hate merchants. They are not picketing McDonalds because they sell cheeseburgers, ot Walmart for selling clothes of mixted fabrics, or Red Lobster for selling seafood that does not have scales or fins – all of which are described as forbidden or abominations. They would get laughed off the pavement. It is much easier to keep those big dollars rolling in by having a swipe at the GLBT communities.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.4

      “Fire, fire. Fire it up. Fire,” he whispers.

      That must be Tamaki asking his followers to join him in Hell.

  2. Michael 2

    So it seems like the US Patriot Act which contains all the provisions for “anti-terrorism” and mass surveillance is not going to be renewed due to blocking in the Senate! Also, the weaker replacement USA Freedom Act might not get through.

    By next week, the surveillance state could be dead in the US.


    • sabine 2.1

      no , not dead, it will be renamed apropriatly and it will pass senate.
      surveillance is us.

    • ianmac 2.2

      That original Patriot Act was 100s of pages long, was handed out in the middle of the night and put to the vote very quickly, and most Senators had not read it but it was passed easily. GW Bush was complicit in the hoodwinking of USA Rights and deceiving the people.
      If it was not renewed on Sunday that would be a good thing though it might put many NSA agents out of a sneaky job. Hooray.

  3. My latest blog on Medical Cannabis in NZ, discussing the only legal option.

    It is on yournz,
    but I wont post that here…
    instead, come check out our new official website for a charity starting up

    • adam 3.1

      Great piece Shane.

      Cost is what stopped me from using it. So the morphine family for me – my partner gets the grumpy bastard that goes with that family of drugs as well.

      Wonder when they will add that cost into the equation – the emotional and social cost of morphine in dealing with medical issues.

      It’s like a generation of people like people to suffer more, to make themselves feel better.

      • @adam, my background is also from chronic pain, have a wife who has exhausted the list of opiates, what is your condition/injury? I can make some suggestions…

        • adam

          Chronic pain 28 years. It’s acute pain added which pushed me right over the edge – and no I won’t smoke. I’d love to have the dissolving tablet under the tongue.

  4. Molly 4

    I watched the trailer for the NZ produced documentary that will be on at the Film Festival in Auckland: Druglawed. The promo says “… every 30 minutes in NZ someone is arrested for cannabis…”

    Given that is the case – did anyone else know of the coordinated police drug-raid that took place a few weeks ago across several East Auckland high schools? Students identified as dealers and users were found in possession, and as far as I know, there has been no publicity or charges made. Disciplinary action has been left up to Boards of Trustees (which I agree with) – but I do wonder at the degree of flexibility that some in possession of cannabis might enjoy, as opposed to others.

  5. weka 5

    For some light relief, Twitter are getting in early with the ridicule of National Spin Inc and James Shaw.

    Lew ‏@LewSOS 1h1 hour ago

    You wait, the Nats will be all up in here telling us that James Shaw’s “free market capitalism is dead” is just a cunning stealth stratagem


    Dovil ‏@Dovil 1h1 hour ago

    @LewSOS either that or they’ll not miss a beat and start referring to him as a dangerous communist.


    Alex Coleman ‏@ShakingStick 1h1 hour ago

    @Dovil @LewSOS They are desperately trying to think of something that is blue/green on the outside and red in the middle


    Megapope ‏@Megapope 1h1 hour ago

    @ShakingStick @Dovil @LewSOS a parrot cut in half?


    Dovil ‏@Dovil 1h1 hour ago

    @Megapope @ShakingStick @LewSOS lol!


    hamish mack ‏@HamishMack 56m56 minutes ago

    @Dovil @Megapope @ShakingStick @LewSOS “He’s like an opal that someone put raspberry jam inside of it” explained the PM to Mike Hosking.



    @HamishMack @Dovil @Megapope @ShakingStick James Shaw is engdangered bluefin tuna tartare served in a paua shell…


    Megapope ‏@Megapope 54m54 minutes ago

    @LewSOS @HamishMack @Dovil @ShakingStick I can see you’ve really thought about this.


    Lew ‏@LewSOS 53m53 minutes ago

    @Megapope Thunk. I’ve really thunk about it. @HamishMack @Dovil @ShakingStick


    hamish mack ‏@HamishMack 52m52 minutes ago

    @LewSOS @Dovil @Megapope @ShakingStick He’s like a Maui’s dolphin swimming through an oil slick

  6. RedBaronCV 6

    Well it didn’t take the MSM long to start sowing a few dog whistles :
    Stuff has the heading up online
    “Greens to PM: let’s work together ” and
    ” Green Party gambles on James Shaw”.
    The second story is pretty negative and the first when you dig down is about the climate change targets the Nact has, I suspect already made up it’s mind about.

  7. Philip Ferguson 7

    The Tamakis are certainly an entrepreneurial family.

    Two brothers went into the tourism business and one went into the religion business. Needless to say, the one who went into the religion business became the richest.

    The lord sure moves in mysterious ways. . . .

  8. Philip Ferguson 8

    As hundreds of desperate impoverished Third World people continue to drown in the Mediterranean, the EU powers plan to step up military action to make their situation even worse:

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1


      It’s highly likely that Europe can’t actually support all the immigrants from the Third World. The only solution is for the countries that people are trying to run away from to sort themselves out.

      • weka 8.1.1

        And the West should be putting in substantial resources to support that (except the US who should keep their noses out of everyone’s business now).

        • Draco T Bastard

          The countries already have the resources available. The West should probably be providing expertise and training where it’s needed though and it’s not really needed as the real problem is the corruption (that’s often supported by the West).

          • weka

            It’s a bit of a generalisation to say all the problems in the 3rd world are due to corruption. Colonisation is a big issue in many places, as is land degradation. I agree many places have resources (and I included expertise and training in that), and ability to solve problems, but I also think it’s unconscionable for the West to walk away esp given we’ve been using much of the world to bolster lifestyles that are killing the planet (not to mention historical interference).

  9. Philip Ferguson 9

    An interesting piece of NZ (and Labour Party) history, often forgotten. Labour’s (successful) attempt to introduce peacetime conscription in 1949 and the fight against it: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/labours-introduction-of-peacetime-conscription-and-the-fight-against-it/

  10. Mike the Savage One 10

    This government is going from mad to completely insane:

    “Government to issue social bonds for mental health services”


    I thought it was bad enough what they are doing so far:

    Now the mentally ill and other on benefits, or needing other “social support” will be used for more social experiments, with offering providers even more of a profit motive, that is investors buying bonds they invest!

    But it is all about their ideology, of course, turn anything into a COMMODITY, even sick, injured and disabled human beings.

    We are still waiting for more “transparency” re the “trials” they are presently running, but nothing much seems to be forthcoming:



    • cogito 10.1

      The proposals as reported are truly chilling.

      A case of the Natzis moving closer and closer to their version of the final solution, and that guy Hartwich endorsing it even has a strong German accent.

      And this just two days after they killed off Campbell.

      Kiwis need to wake up.

    • Ed 10.2

      As for so many proposals from National, it is hard to see what is in it for either investors or the government. The government can borrow at better rates than any private investor, so for them to accept private funding means that results have to be improved by the arrangements by at least say 2% of total costs (expenses will also be higher than for government funding). The government risks perverse actions by the provider, but how many providers have the money to invest in the bonds to make it worth their while. The other risk is the perverse incentives from the Government – they have recently demonstrated the ability to kill off a social services provider – would any provider want to be in a situation where the government can make thousands of dollars from finding fault?

      There must be further information to come – if there is no net benefit to either investors or government, and uncertain results for those using the service, is this just an ideological knee-jerk far right dream?

      • dv 10.2.1

        AND what happens to the patients of those that fail?
        Who will pick up the pieces?

        And on the news tonight the suggest return is about 5%

  11. whateva next? 11

    privatisation by stealth for the MHS?

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