General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

18 Comments

  1. Tony Wallace

     /  September 26, 2018

    Hi Colin. This weeks RNZ story on Tuberculosis being a Maori issue caught my attention. We all know the real issue is poverty. Poor people get TB, rich people don’t. So why the attention on Maori rather than poverty. I suspect the answer is intersectional feminism. A woman has value, a Maori woman has more value poor people and white people (especially males) do not.
    I noticed this a few weeks ago when the topic of the day was suicide. The Coronor’s office produces statistics. 70% of suicides are male, and 70% are non-maori. There are an awful lot of white men dying here. RNZ’s take was that Maori are over-represented which they are. Of course male suicide did not get a mention. Continuing on this trend of presenting a distorted picture of this is problem is this feature video: https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018664078/student-told-she-couldn-t-stay-in-uni-hall-after-suicide-attempt
    Here we have the poor treatment of a white female university student. The real face of suicide in New Zealand is male and maybe Maori. The real stories, Men’s lives don’t matter and the bias and propaganda state of New Zealand media.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 26, 2018

      This isn’t really lightweight general chat, I’d have to say.

  2. Gezza

     /  September 26, 2018

    Just testing

  3. Gezza

     /  September 26, 2018

    I am happy to report that:
    “What many people don’t know is that the New Zealand long-fin eel is declining and it’s illegal to fish for them in Wellington’s public waterways and streams. Nationally, their numbers have dropped so much over the last 20 years that they now have a higher threat ranking than the little spotted kiwi, kererū and saddleback.”

    • robertguyton

       /  September 26, 2018

      Metiria Turei was the champion of the long-finned eel, going on the road when in Opposition, to speak with industry and the public about the ika taonga. When she spoke in Invercargill, I was the opening act, talking about, from memory, the Open Orchard project, as an example of sustainable local initiatives. Metiria spoke very well and adroitly handled the eel fishermen in the audience as if they were … eels.

      • Gezza

         /  September 26, 2018

        They really are graceful, beautiful fish. I had no idea.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 26, 2018

          But I would have to give the three birds priority,

          People probably think that eeling is all right; they do it openly.

        • Gezza

           /  September 26, 2018

          Both Ella and Elvira turned up tonight. I spotted Elvira before Ella knew she was there. Elvira kept out of Ella’s way. I fed Eli around midday – but turned up and shot thru upstream. I was only down there for about 20 minutes but they were all swimming about in various locations. Ella & Elvira looked like submarines, coming out the depths.

          • Gezza

             /  September 26, 2018

            *but HE turned up and shot thru upstream.

            This feed time was around 4pm.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 26, 2018

              They may have inspired the submarine….someone 200+ years ago looked into a stream and thought ‘Hmmmmm…….’

  4. Gezza

     /  September 26, 2018

    Hennie Blackbird, @ 1pm today. Hennie’s started coming to the kitchen window if she sees it open. She’s quite a sweet girl. Still a bit nervy, but perched on the fence near me this morning, to my surprise. Hard to get her to stand still for a photo.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 26, 2018

      I’d like to know if the feathers are as soft and fluffy as they look. They don’t look shiny like the blackblokes feathers, which look as if they’d feel sleek.

      She looks very sweet and girly.

  5. PDB

     /  September 26, 2018

    The Beatle’s ‘Abbey Road’ released this day in 1969 – even though their album ‘Let It Be’ came out in 1970 most of it was recorded before the Abbey Road sessions and some of the ‘Abbey Road’ album sessions were the last the four would work together in the studio as The Beatles.

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  September 26, 2018

    I saw one of those ads just before the news where they don’t actually tell you how much the thing is but do say that they are throwing in a glorified manual /recipe/instruction book worth $50….the free trial costs $15 + $50 p & h. I have heard that whatever it is has to be sent back at your own expense….what kind of people send away for these things ?

  7. Blazer

     /  September 26, 2018

    tumeke..

  8. Blazer

     /  September 26, 2018

    ‘Whoa, ah, mercy mercy me
    Oh things ain’t what they used to be, no no
    Where did all the blue skies go?
    Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east
    Whoa mercy, mercy me,
    Oh things ain’t what they used to be, no no
    Oil wasted on the oceans and upon our seas, fish full of mercury
    Ah, oh mercy, mercy me
    Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
    Radiation under ground and in the sky
    Animals and birds who live nearby are dying’