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Daily Review 01/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 1st, 2018 - 40 comments
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  1. weka 1

    henry cooke‏Verified account @henrycooke

    You can watch me moderate a debate between @JulieAnneGenter and @MaramaDavidson on the @NZStuff Facebook at 6.30pm tonight! It will be fun.

      • Carolyn_Nth 1.1.1

        It’s a Stuff debate (or was) – video here.

        Both candidates for the Green Party co-leadership have expressed doubts about signing up to the Budget Responsibility Rules at the next election.

        Many Green Party members, including former MP Sue Bradford, saw this move as a betrayal of the party’s left-wing economic stance.

        Both candidates also expressed support for a new top tax rate for high incomes, free dentalcare, and lowering the voting age to 16.

        Though, on listening to the start, the Stuff debate maybe different from this evening’s one, because it was recorded earlier today – but Cooke is the moderator.

        The Stuff write up seems to focus more on what Genter said than Davidson – another good reason to vote for Davidson.

        • weka

          I watched it live an hour ago. I’ll try and get a post up for the morning. It was good.

        • weka

          Actually you are right, it was prerecorded and then played at 6.30 like a livestream.

  2. Ed 2

    The New Zealand lamestream media still avoiding the news about the Arctic.

    From the Washington Post
    “North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists.
    Scientists were shocked in recent days to discover open water north of Greenland, an area normally covered by old, very thick ice. “This has me more worried than the warm temps in the Arctic right now,” tweeted Mike MacFerrin, an ice sheet specialist at the University of Colorado.”

    From the Herald.
    “Matt Todd ruled out with broken thumb.”

    Wake up New Zealand.
    While you have slept for the past 35 years, a lot has happened to destroy the world’s environment.
    Just a tad more important than a sports game.

  3. Ed 3

    If you buy Tegel chickens, you are supporting and endorsing animal cruelty.
    You are also supporting further pollution of our country.
    You are supporting the further industrialisation of farming.


  4. Ed 4

    If National raise questions about the failure to disclose about some panellists can I also?
    How often does Mora explain Farrar’s job, history, connections and background?
    How often does Mora explain Frank’s job, history, connections and background?
    How often does Mora explain Williams’s job, history, connections and background?


    • Philg 4.1

      Thanks Ed.
      Point well made. So RNZ responds quickly to questions by Melissa Lee about vested interest. That is hilarious hypocrisy.

  5. joe90 5

    Re the header image.

    Teens have been eating tide pods for like a month and legislators in multiple states have already introduced bills designed to make it harder for teens to get tide pods.— Ashley Nicole Black Panther (@ashleyn1cole) February 15, 2018

  6. joe90 6

    Sounds familiar.

    Tony Abbott’s office helped a billionaire labelled an “agent of a foreign country” to donate to the Liberal Party, even though Mr Abbott had earlier been warned by ASIO about the donor’s links to the Chinese Communist Party.


    • Ed 6.1

      These right wingers would do anything to make themselves richer, even if it betrays the country.

  7. Ed 7

    Good news.

    ‘All six law schools cut ties with Russell McVeagh.’

    Now the government and all councils should boycott them.


    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      Scapegoat for entire industry.

      Just from the news reports, I see that RMcV fired a guy (who was implicated) who was immediately hired by another (as yet unidentified) law firm. Will they also be targeted?

      The government would be much better advised to follow McFlock’s advice as to which law firm to hire: “The first one that makes a clear and honest attempt to sort its shit out”.

      Before you start suggesting what the government should do to lawyers, I suggest you also think very carefully about the separation of powers and the rule of law.

      Also, rape culture is embedded in the legal industry, just like every other industry, because industry reflects culture. Pretending it’s ‘just a few bad apples’ won’t cut it.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 7.2

      Good job.

  8. Monty 8

    Sad day for me today. So thought I would share to download my thoughts.

    I live and work in Asia and have had come back and help move my 90 something parents to a nursing home.

    It’s the sad practical joke of life. My mother has dementia and my father his body is failing but mind is sharp as a tack. If only we could merge them together.

    They have been married 60 odd years and had 4 somewhat different kids.

    My oldest brother is a professor with multiple PHDs in medical research lives in the USA. My sister is heavily involved in the arts and the Green Party, her twin is a investor in tech starts ups and sits on boards. Then me the baby work and live in Asia heading up a large company in Asia.

    Dad started life as a builder after the WW2 he met my mother who was a mercy Nurse in Africa. When they had my brothers and sister they moved back to NZ.

    Both deep labour supporters and mum was a nursing union stalwart.

    We were all raised vegetarian and mum was also a devote homeopathic.

    My parents allowed us to choose when we were teens our path and only encouraged us and never judged even if went against their views.

    Which happened with only my sister staying a vegetarian.

    What I love is our parents gave us every opportunity and always told us to follow our own path. That’s why it’s so sad taking them and for their individual health having to put them into care. They gave us a love for New Zealand and it’s people and choosing what’s best for society over the individual.

    We had an amazing upbringing with most of the food coming from our garden and we all had to be give back by spending our summers as surf life savers at the surf club where we had our Bach.

    So thought I needed to download as it’s one of the toughest days and I say to all sometimes you have to do what is hard and emotionally tough to make life better.

    • JanM 8.1

      You are so very lucky to have parents who loved and supported you so well, and I can feel how hard this must be.

      I hope there is someone in your family who lives close by to keep them connected to the world outside their home – so important at this time of their lives, especially your dad who is still aware of everything. They are especially lucky to have each other – so many are left behind to cope on their own as my mother was.

      I also hope the home they are in is a good one. My mum was well looked after in hers, but I am well aware that some are better than others.

      Take heart – they have had a good life and it sounds as though you have done your best as they did for all of you.

    • McFlock 8.2

      Really tough, that. Especially with the dementia.

      The bit during and just after the transition was the worst for my dad, but he eventually settled in ok. Cherish every visit.

      • Monty 8.2.1

        Today was hard. First day in the home and we felt like we had ripped away everything they had and to see them visibly upset is hard. But I agree each day should be easier.

        But the home is lovely with some great walks close by it is also near to where my brother and sister live.

        • McFlock

          that’s good, routine in visits helped too.

          The meds my dad was on at the time made him hallucinate massively, but if that happens part of the ease in settling him in was to figure out what was clicking them off. For example he became convinced the cops were always after him – we figured out it was because he’d wander, and the non-nursing staff looking for him wore blue lol. So sometimes agitation can be eased if you can figure out the root of the concern.

          • joe90

            The anti-psychotics the quacks had my dad on had all sorts of fucking awful side effects. Finally got a geriatric psychiatrist on the job who kicked them to touch and opted for anti-anxiety meds. Worked a treat.

            And I reckon I could write a book about the old boy’s antics. From flogging cars to applying for a job and having the scheduled interview canceled when the prospective employer realised he’d submitted references from the 1950’s.

            Eventually he had to go to a secure facility, and absconded within the week.

            • McFlock

              The ones that screwed my dad for a bit were Parkinsons meds. He eventually chose to move onto another cocktail that was less effective but also got him back, personality-wise.

              Blah. Emotions suck. Time to self-medicate 😉

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.3

      Grief is a challenge. Hang in there Monty.

    • Pat 8.4

      tough innit….best of luck

    • joe90 8.5

      Had the same thing with my old man. Mum couldn’t manage so I was it, and it truly was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. Eventually dementia sufferers get to the point where they forget they’ve forgotten which is pretty damn tough on everyone else but the sufferer seems to settle in.

      What I did learn was to be patient, build relationships with your parent’s carers, share the load and most importantly, look after yourself.

      And when you’re confronted with their agitation, ice cream, or as in my dad’s case, ice cold beer, is an absolute marvel.

      • JanM 8.5.1

        For my mum the big treat was to be taken somewhere where she could sit and look at the sea

        • joe90

          Airports were a fav during the day when all was well but come late afternoon when the sundowning kicked in and oh boy, thank goodness for cold beer.

          He’d down the first half and by the time he’d finished the can the agitation would ease, he’d settle right down and more often than not return to the here and now.

    • AB 8.6

      Thanks for the download Monty.
      Been there. It’s a very sad time – mortality closing in and there is nothing you can really do, other than what you already are.
      Make sure you visit whenever you can, and treat every visit as though it may be your last.

    • weka 8.7

      this is a beautiful post Monty, I also appreciated reading it, having that process ahead of me too.

      • Monty 8.7.1

        The great thing was we all were together today, my brother from the states and myself and with the grand kids.

        As many have said above it’s each day it gets better and they know their kids love and respect them.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 8.8

      They sound like rare gems x

    • Philg 8.9

      Thanks for sharing your story Monty. Many have/will go through this sad reality. Best wishes.

  9. Ed 10

    Don’t believe me?
    What about Bill Gates?

    “another financial crisis ‘a certainty’

    The crash is coming.


    • soddenleaf 10.1

      Worse. Given geography defines weather patterns, e.g. Indian monsoons and the Himalayas. And History of glaciers over Northern continents, aka Ice Age caused by weather patterns of warm arctic oceans evaporating and depositing glaciers on EU, Russia, etc. Now UK, EU, RU is hit by same said weather patterns.

      It’s not just the looming water crisis, soil, sea level, chemical, climate, housing, inequality, food… …It’s the lack of global governance.

  10. soddenleaf 11

    Does Xi grab for power mean our trade agreement is voided? Look extending his time in office to a third term I could live with, it’s the open endedness of the change… …the image of yet another drolling at the mouth, centenarium, destablizing inefficient autocrat. aka Mugabe.

    Can we drop free trade agreements when elites make stupid law.

  11. soddenleaf 12

    NRA are unamerican and with their continued leadership they will end the ability of citizens to arm themselves. The NRA are mistaken to believe they have no role to protected the constitiknal right to form a militia, and so manage gun ownership outside of govt. NRA laziness, power abuses, will undermine US citizens right to bear arms. JUst like Israel buries itself every day it’s intransidence continues.

    Conservatism by their very nature created their own demise.

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