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Daily review 02/03/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 2nd, 2022 - 13 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 …

13 comments on “Daily review 02/03/2022 ”

  1. Dennis Frank 1

    Rubberneckers escaping the boredom of daily life:

    Large crowds of Wellingtonians outside the Supreme Court and Bowen St are gathered to watch what is going on.

    A bonfire lit by protesters has engulfed a tree across the road from the law school, the largest wooden building in New Zealand. Stuff has heard two protesters say “burn the law school”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300529966/live-riot-police-storm-parliament-grounds-multiple-fires-break-out-as-protesters-ignore-calls-to-leave

    Well, inasmuch as the law was used to create the two-class system, that’s understandable…

    • Tricledrown 1.1

      The disease caused a 2 class system those who don't believe in science and to cry about it.

      And the majority who voted with their feet and got vaccinated.

  2. SPC 2

    Biden is making the mistake of conflating unity in the collective security of a nation state with common cause with a take down of a tyrant.

    freedom will always triumph over tyranny.

    His purpose is presumably to restate the place of defence of democracy as the basis for foreign policy leadership/western unity. Which is fine. But there is no guarantee that Ukrainian independence will endure. And it might lead to suspicions about the failure to find a diplomatic resolution in the impasse with Putin.

    • Dennis Frank 2.1

      The UN allowed independent Tibet to be invaded and eliminated as an independent nation, so the same fate awaits Ukraine if the invasion succeeds. The UN was not designed to stop rogue members invading other members.

      Biden issuing blather is unlikely to impress anyone. Anyone can see that freedom sometimes doesn't triumph over tyranny. He's lying, of course. He knows the citizens of China aren't free.

      • SPC 2.1.1

        The UN (founding) Charter does include Chapter 7, Articles 43 and 51. The constraint is the veto in the UNSC.

        The difference would be that Tibet was not a member nation state of the UN.

        Ukraine SSR however has always been unique (along with Byelorussia SSR) being in the UN from while part of the Soviet Union (of USSR) from 1945 to 1990/1.

        If annexed by Russia, it would be the first member nation state to suffer this fate.

        • Dennis Frank 2.1.1.1

          Oh, good point. I hadn't thought of that! I did research the history of sovereignty of Tibet 30 years ago & was impressed by the desire of the UK & USA to ignore their own expert advisors and appease the communists instead.

          Putin would probably baulk at annexation. Having his stooge rule Ukraine while pretending to be independent would be preferable as a face-saver.

          I'm waiting for Xi to play his hand – while knowing he is likely to be already doing so privately to Putin. We'll have to read his influence from Putin's moves…

          • Poission 2.1.1.1.1

            Xi already played his hand.The US told the Chinese what was going to happen in the Ukraine.They told Moscow.

            • Dennis Frank 2.1.1.1.1.1

              You mean he told Putin yeah go for it? Very likely. What I meant was the effect of the lack of quick success of the invasion is likely to get Xi to think again – re downstream effects on his Belt & Road scheme…

            • mikesh 2.1.1.1.1.2

              The US told the Chinese what was going to happen in the Ukraine.They told Moscow.

              If that was that Ukraine was about to become a Western satellite (say) and a member of NATO, why would they have told China? Unless, of course, they were hoping that Russia would launch an invasion.

  3. weka 3

    If you strip the references out of wiki copy and pastes, you are less likely to have your comment caught in the spam filter (which automatically holds back any comment with more than so many links).

    I'm letting Lynn release comments on his post about Russia, because he's been moderating. But the link thing is tripping some people up. I'd try converting to plain text in a word editor eg

    It held that any intervention in the political affairs of the Americas by foreign powers was a potentially hostile act against the U.S.

    Monroe asserted that the New World and the Old World were to remain distinctly separate spheres of influence,[4] and thus further efforts by European powers to control or influence sovereign states in the region would be viewed as a threat to U.S. security.[2][5] In turn, the U.S. would recognize and not interfere with existing European colonies nor meddle in the internal affairs of European countries.

    In 1899, The Phillipines, Puerto Rico and Guam were ceded to the USA by Spain after their latter's victory in the Spanish–American War (Cuba).

    Rather than,

    It held that any intervention in the political affairs of the Americas by foreign powers was a potentially hostile act against the U.S.

    Monroe asserted that the New World and the Old World were to remain distinctly separate spheres of influence,[4] and thus further efforts by European powers to control or influence sovereign states in the region would be viewed as a threat to U.S. security.[2][5] In turn, the U.S. would recognize and not interfere with existing European colonies nor meddle in the internal affairs of European countries.

    In 1899, The Phillipines, Puerto Rico and Guam were ceded to the USA by Spain after their latter's victory in the Spanish–American War (Cuba).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_Doctrine

  4. joe90 4

    Getcha skates on, Medsafe.

    The government announced last year it had advanced purchase agreements for 60,000 doses each of Molnupiravir, manufactured by Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), and Paxlovid, made by Pfizer, but neither is approved for use here yet.

    The new antivirals have been hailed as a game changer for Covid-19 if given in the first five days of infection and are aimed at those most at risk of getting very sick or developing complications.

    Overseas trials found Pfizer's Paxlovid cut the chance of hospitalisation by 89 percent.

    In New Zealand, Paxlovid is still going through the Medsafe approval process, while MSD has not yet sought approval for Molnupiravir.

    Royal NZ College of GPs medical director Bryan Betty said the approval process must happen as quickly as was safely possible.

    "The sooner we have the ducks lined up and approval … the better off we'll be," he said.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/460136/antiviral-medications-may-not-be-available-until-after-omicron-peak

  5. Tricledrown 5

    Joe 90 I heard some news report that manufacturers are struggling to fill order's.

  6. Adrian 6

    First 5 days, eh. Yet last week I read somewhere , possiblyNew Scientist, that the problem with RATS is that the viral load is generally not sufficient for an accurate test until 4 days after infection. I have found a paper pub.20/2 from Springer “ Impaired Testing of Omicron SarsCov2 “ . Apparently omicron is 10- 100 times less load than Delta.

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