Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    get your grove on…
    “Clusterfuck” is indeed a very apt description of what they are doing to that group of trees growing close together -‘ copse and robbers’ comes to mind, as well….

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5257 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Works in progress,

    No matter what barriers are in place between cars and bikes , any traffic - there will always be accidents - like this one on the Auck motorway today - carrying fertilser and luckily not enough diesel to turn the whole impact into a bomb of Timothy McVeigh and Oklahoman proportions!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5257 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the…,

    the Trip is over...
    Kim Fowley has died

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  • Capture: Movement, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    ...by feeling the lounge suite

    hang five!
    that's pure couch-surfing, surely?
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5257 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Works in progress,

    Life's a trip, ya gotta move...
    Will donkey and horse traffic still be able to traverse these thoroughfares and thru-ways?
    Are there way stations for oxen and dromedaries?
    Will the itinerant cheesemongers of Puhoi and others from points North still caravanserai down to the Big Smoke along the ancient Condiment Trails?
    or will all this be lost too?

    I wonder if they had the foresight to cater for airship moorings on the Sky Tower - it has been suggested before at Transportblog

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5257 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the…,

    Attachment

    Something for Dunedinites diaries for February 28...

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Reminder about upcoming Waihopai Spy Base protest
    ·WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST SATURDAY JANUARY 24th
    ·WAIHOPAI & THE GCSB SPY ON NEW ZEALANDERS
    ·NSA SPIES ON EVERYONE

    People from all around New Zealand will be converging on the super-secret Waihopai satellite interception spybase, in Marlborough, on Saturday January 24th.

    The Anti-Bases Campaign’s activities will start in Blenheim. At 10.30 a.m. we will assemble in the vicinity of big roundabout on Main Street (which is also Highway 1). We will display our banners, placards, etc, where a large number of Saturday morning motorists and other passersby will see them. After 15 minutes we will march along Symons, High and Market Streets (through the Forum), across Main Street, proceeding to the office of local National MP, Stuart Smith, at 22 Scott Street.

    At 11 a.m. we will assemble at the office of local National MP, Stuart Smith, at 22 Scott Street. There will be speakers, namely local Green MP Steffan Browning; John Minto from Mana and Murray Horton from ABC; we will picket the office, and deliver a letter to the MP (the letter is below). Special features will include our visual suggestion for John Key’s new flag; and guest appearances by Uncle Sam and “John Key”, that well known double act

    We will be at the Waihopai spy base’s main gate on Waihopai Valley Road at 1.30 p.m. There will be speakers; information will be provided on the function of the base and there will be a peaceful protest, involving a range of activities, calling for its closure.

    2014 was the year which brought further revelations from Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald that the GCSB & Waihopai have been conducting mass surveillance on New Zealanders for years (as ABC has said since the spy base was first announced in 1987). Other revelations included details of the GCSB spying on a number of other countries, both hostile and allies, on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA). The Government tried, unconvincingly, to fudge or minimise these damning revelations. Since being re-elected the Government has whipped up hysteria about “Kiwi jihadis” to pass even more repressive spying agency laws (the Countering Terrorist Fighters Act); and has expressed eagerness to be a part of America’s new war in Iraq. Waihopai will be NZ’s key contribution to this new war, as it has been to all American wars in the recent past.

    So these are ABC’s themes this time – in addition to our longstanding assertion that Waihopai is NZ’s key contribution to America’s global spying machine. Waihopai is a US spybase in all but name, operating on NZ soil, a vital outpost of the American Empire.

    Waihopai does not operate in the national interest of New Zealand. In all but name it is a foreign spy base on NZ soil, paid for with hundreds of millions of our tax dollars; it spies on New Zealanders; and involves us in America’s global spying & war machine. Waihopai must be closed.

    GCSB Director Ian Fletcher has led by example and is getting out. We suggest that the rest of the GCSB staff also decide that now is right “to spend more time with their families”. It shouldn’t be too onerous for them – they should be eligible for American pensions for services rendered.

    Murray Horton
    Secretary/Organiser
    Anti-Bases Campaign

    <Public information from an email from ABC>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5257 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the…, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    I don’t have any photos at hand

    Back then photographer Peter Towers took many photos at Mollett Street gigs of the time that have sadly yet to see the light of day – despite my urgings – hopefully one day…
    The Basket Cases (aka The Detroit Hemorrhoids) also played Mollett Street and if they weren’t they’d be in the crowd, me too – Jane and Paul later joined Toy Love after the band played with the Enemy in Chchch and Dunedin.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5257 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Movement, in reply to Ross McA.,

    photochop chop chop…*

    star photos when this helicopter came along

    Looks like a Len Lye Light sculpture?

    But it puts me in mind of this entry in the Press holiday [photo competition , for some reason - the light particle and the light wave/path...

    *h/t Sacha on Pohutukawa

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5257 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the…,

    the hipperdrome?

    ... transfer my bush festival to a racebourse or cancel it...

    making them play in a racially divided French Stock Market seems a tad harsh in the current climate - je suis Dick?...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5257 posts Report Reply

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