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Daily review 01/12/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 1st, 2020 - 21 comments
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Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

21 comments on “Daily review 01/12/2020 ”

  1. ianmac 1

    Watching Question Time seems to be a bit dull these days. Predictable and unlike the busy times before the Election. Ho. Hum

    • Anne 1.1

      Here's something more meaty ianmac:


      In summary, the submission suggests monocultural agencies with monocultural thinking created a fog of Muslim threats because, basically, that’s all they knew. The fact the Christchurch terrorist wasn’t being monitored was, effectively, because they weren’t looking in the right place. Well, not until it was too late, at least.

      However, if they had listened to complaints from the Muslim community itself, they would have found right-wing extremist threats in plain sight.

      The entire intelligence system – comprising multiple agencies, with budgets stretching into the hundreds of millions of dollars, and overseen by the powerful Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet – were, wrongly, consumed by the threat of Muslim terrorism, urged on by political talk of “jihadi brides”….

      That’s not to say there was no threat from Islamist extremist

      A single-minded focus on one particular threat was seen as a dereliction of duty, especially when, globally, the rise of right-wing extremism was there for all to see.

      Having 30 to 40 Muslims “under watch” in this country for almost 10 years garnered little – two convictions relating to possessing and/or distributing videos from the terrorist group Isis….


      The final indignity from the SIS was Kitteridge’s statement, just days after the Christchurch massacre, it was focused on “possible revenge or copycat attacks”.

      Back in the day it used to be Commie-mania.

      In the 1970s and 80s some Labour Party members were subjected to surveillance and other associated activities. I was one of them. My crime appeared to have been that I was suspected of participating in subversive behaviour. It was codswallop of course but it took them a while to figure that one out.

      Interesting thing… it wasn't the SIS but the Police. They went on in later years to target environmental and animal groups a some here would know.

      The dark underbelly of the NZ Police.

  2. joe90 2



    Overt racism in Russian state media is far from uncommon but nonetheless continues to be shocking. Tigran Keosayan—the husband of Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the Kremlin-funded RT and Sputnik—took racist mockery to new lows on his program Mezhdunarodnaya Pilorama (“International Sawmill”). Keosayan described Barack Obama as “the dark page of American history,” while introducing a highly offensive sketch by an actress in blackface impersonating the former president, which was first reported by the Moscow Times.


    • Sacha 2.1

      Someone will be along shortly to tell you off for doubting Pootie and co..

    • RedLogix 2.2

      Yeah, having lived in Russia for a short period I encountered a few moments like this; their sensibilities are not the same at all. And in general you'll find outside of the elite cultural bubbles of the Western world, various styles and degrees of racism are still pretty endemic.

      Still it doesn't help to be too dogmatic on this; in my experience slowly but surely most places are becoming less overtly racist like this example above. Just not all at the same pace.

    • SPC 2.3

      Note the down the Obama brown chocolate rabbit warren commission hole cover up – so QAnon coded they could have invented the white birther movement, or an agent of theirs …

  3. Ed1 3


    Is there a reason that The Standard and Kiwiblog do not feature in this article? – do they not count as blogs, or are counts generally misleading?

    • Incognito 3.1

      Are you going to ask the same question once every nine months?


      If you search this site (TS) on “sitemeter” you will find answers.

      • Ed1 3.1.1

        Thanks Incognito – I hope I don't – I had forgotten about that previous query – I could blame covid but aging is perhaps more likely. Thanks for the reference anyway.

    • lprent 3.2

      We were on it. However there were problems a number of years ago with both statcounter and sitemeter. That is what produces those numbers. Ken at OpenParachute reads the public figures and then links them up with all of the other blogs.

      In our case statcounter was slowing down the page displays because it was synchronous – significiant with large numbers of served pages. So I dumped it. I think that kiwiblog dumped it after Sitemeter bellied up. It’d produced some really weird figures before that.

      I turned it back on earlier this year long after it went asynchronous. Informed Ken after it had been running for a few months. However he spent some time in hospital at about the same time.

      We’ll be back up on that at some point – probably after I remind Ken again.

      But I’d prefer if he could take a permitted non-public gateway to google analytics so I don’t have to maintain an extra gateway and collector just for his site.

      • Sacha 3.2.1

        What is the value of being included?

        • lprent

          For us – nothing. It is a link. One of many on a number of sites and blogs.

          But when I bothered to look at how people came into the site it was a small fraction of Bowalley Road or Kiwiblog. Which itself was a slither of Facebook. Which is a tiny proportion of people who just type in 'The Standard' into google. Which is dwarfed by people who have it in their bookmarks.

          I'd prefer to have it up if it doesn't cost resources just as a general comparator.

          But the cost can be immense if it causes the site to slow down. That sucks up time reading complaints and queries, diagnosing it, and correcting it.

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