Daily review 02/04/2019

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45 comments on “Daily review 02/04/2019”

  1. adam 1

    So will this government stop funding the GCSB?

    Is it not about time?

    When you fail this bad, you should get none of our tax money.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 1.1

      Wind up the GCSB? And (presumably) the SIS and NAB, and maybe extricate ourselves from 5-Eyes while we’re at it? Then ‘we’ could finally relax. OR the GCSB could up their game – hopefully the Royal Commission of Inquiry will indicate how.

      A question about an unrelated observation. How best to describe UK PM May for insisting on multiple parliamentary votes (three so far?) on her Brexit deal, while also insisting that a second Brexit referendum would be “undemocratic“?

      Hypocritical? Fishy? Phoney? Ironic? Paradoxical? Twisted? Cynical?

      Offering voters a simple choice on intricate issues can have disastrous consequences.

      https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/opinion-it-is-a-paradox-to-say-that-a-second-brexit-referendum-would-be-undemocratic-4426560-Jan2019/

  2. Tuppence Shrewsbury 2

    There goes most government departments then if we use your criteria for funding.

    Or is it just the ones that you don’t agree with that get to fail again and again?

  3. bwaghorn 3

    Out of interest do you (thats a royal you) think that if the shooter hadn’t been a foreigner shooting up immigrants and had been a white kiwi shooting Maori or visa versa would nz have handled it in such a quiet compassionate and considered way . ??
    My guess is hell know we would be tearing each other apart.

    • Gabby 3.1

      Let’s hope we don’t find out waggers.

    • BM 3.2

      I’d be surprised if that ever happened, Mate, we’re just too laid back, it’s just not in our genetic makeup.

      Which is why all this white male hate browbeating by left wingers is really bunching everyone’s undies and destroying all of the goodwill that happened post-Christchurch.

      Hopefully, if any hate speech laws do get past we can drag Davidson and the Iranian before the courts and fine or jail their sorry arses

      • Anne 3.2.1

        You’d better watch it BM. Some of your provocative, nonsensical and inaccurate displays of “race bait speech” could land you in a spell of very hot water in the not too distant future.

        • BM 3.2.1.1

          Wow, check out Anne, channelling her inner Nazi.
          It’s what I’d expect from you left wingers though.

          The next step is the “re-education camps”, could be a job there for you Anne, I reckon you’d be perfect.

        • Drowsy M. Kram 3.2.1.2

          BM puts me in mind of ‘Mr Hankey’, minus the cheery wit.

      • McFlock 3.2.2

        Not in our genetic make up?

        Freudian slip says it is…

      • KJT 3.2.3

        Did you actually read what they said, or Hoskings interpretation?

        It was about as far from hate speech as you can get.

      • marty mars 3.2.4

        You’re an idiot – try using your brain you sorry arsed nobody – your type is on the way out thank goodness – weak men with no gumption to be men – just embarrassing.

  4. greywarshark 4

    Christine Rankin, Children’s Advocate says that ‘pouring money’ into poor families is not going to solve family poverty – it’s how families spend their money that is the main problem she says. She makes the point that people gaining skills is the way to help them but of course things are more complicated than that. She could say that assisting them to do things that will help them in the short run, and build competence to enable them to better themselves and their children. Following that with helping with training and support to more skilled positions compatible with their parenting duties, and ensuring that they are helped with contraceptive pills and condoms etc to not have second pregnancies.

    It sounded like the old story about cutting aid to the bone, you aren’t good enough to hope for decent conditions, moments of joy even, everything for you should be miserly handed out, austere and with a strong whiff of Dickens. Hear her at 2.30 mins.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/news-bulletin/story/2018689238/radio-new-zealand-news

    • Rosemary McDonald 4.1

      Ye gods and little fishes!!!

      Christine Rankin….full of herself and so full of questionable ideas.

      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00355/court-of-christine-rankin-cavorts-at-our-expense.htm

      ” Winz Chief Executive Christine Rankin starred in a Michael-Jackson type performance at a senior manager’s conference, dressed in an extravagant costume and descending from the ceiling on a flying rig said Alliance spokesperson on Social Welfare, Grant Gillon.

      He’s calling it yet more evidence of waste of tax-payers money.

      At one of two conferences of WINZ senior managers, Christine Rankin herself was lowered onto the conference floor wearing a sliver suit and performing a ‘Power in the Profession’ dance while a background screen showed pictures of Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Christine Rankin. This performance followed the screening of a video that showed a figure in a silver suit being lowered from a helicopter onto a deck of a sinking ship in order to save it. ”

      Child advocate? My arse.

      • greywarshark 4.1.1

        Rosemary McD
        Christine may be a lone cougar. But she has reformed, transmogrified or something. You could be a top media contact with her salary if you dressed right and cleaned up your potty mouth! /sarc (I think you and I can joke a little.)

  5. joe90 5

    AOC is a very sharp young woman.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was lambasted on Twitter and in the media for confusing the facts while waxing lyrical about the Democratic golden age of the 1930s and 1940s—but was she actually right?

    […]

    “FDR did die in office in ‘45 and the 22nd amendment did come in ‘47 but Congress did start the legislative process in 1944 prior to his death so that he would not be reelected,” another Twitter user wrote in Ocasio-Cortez’s defense. “It was not ratified soon enough and he won in ‘44. AOC did not misspeak, friends.”

    The National Constitution Center also had Ocasio-Cortez’s back. On its website, the nonpartisan organization explained: “Talk about a presidential term-limits amendment started in 1944, when Republican candidate Thomas Dewey said a potential 16-year term for Roosevelt was a threat to democracy.

    https://www.newsweek.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-attacked-twitter-constitutional-mistake-was-she-1381693

    • joe90 5.1

      Ouch.

    • Andre 5.2

      Thanks for that moment of wry sick laughter. FFS, yelling gotcha at AOC for some slightly clumsy wording, when the only amendments their boy the barbecued bloviator might come up with are freedom of speech and freedom of the press from the First (never mind the other bits of the First) and he’s probably been made well aware of the Fifth. That’s industrial grade double standards partisanship.

      • alwyn 5.2.1

        Oh well. None of the people commenting on this seem to have read the Amendment.
        It includes the following.
        ” But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress”.
        Given that Roosevelt was President at the time it was proposed it would never have applied to him at all.
        He could have remained President, if re-elected and if he had lived longer for as long as he liked.

        • Andre 5.2.1.1

          That clause is a bit longer than just the bit you quoted. The extra bits may have been interpreted differently to what you’ve just said if it ever got tested in court. In any case, it was totally moot by the time the amendment even passed congress, let alone got ratified by enough states to come into force.

          But the broader point AOC was making, that FDR winning his third then fourth term was the impetus for the 22nd, is not seriously disputed by any historian. Except that most would express it that the motivation was to prevent any future three-or-more term presidents, not so much as a backdoor way to limit FDR’s time in power.

          • NatteringNabob 5.2.1.1.1

            You’re right on the broader point Andre but wrong on the text being unclear or contradictory when it comes to what alwyn said/quoted.

            The full clause: “But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.”

            It clearly exempted FDR bc he was President when amendment was proposed. The rest of the clause has to do with the possibility of the law going into effect during future president’s third term, stipulating that he wouldn’t have to vacate if the amendment became operative (enacted or enacted with future effective date) in that scenario

    • joe90 5.3

  6. Dennis Frank 6

    Three News just ran a Newshub report on the trojan haka hack, which I discovered was actually scooped by the ODT yesterday: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/accused-mosque-gunmans-manifesto-hacked

    Some clever Maori, seemingly… “copies have continued to circulate on dark avenues of the internet and social media sites. But now, an online vigilante using the name “Māori” is circulating a “weaponised” version of the document in an apparent attempt to thwart its distribution. When it is clicked on, it forces a system reboot that ends with a black screen featuring a message in red writing: “This is not us!” The hacked version was discovered by security firm Blue Hexagon, which has dubbed the hack “Trojan Haka”.”

    “”Our initial suspicion was that this was targeting the press, but with all the data that we have now, it looks like it was not one specific group, just anyone who was trying to get a copy of the manifesto,” Blue Hexagon researcher Irfan Asrar told PCMag.”

    • joe90 6.1

      Which was actually scooped last month on TS.

      Couldn’t happen to nicer people.

      A modified version of the Christchurch shooter manifesto circulating online includes a payload that overwrites the master boot record in Windows to show a custom message upon system reboot.

      Modifying the master boot record (MBR), which contains details about available partitions and helps load the operating system, allows the malicious payload to start immediately when the computer boots, even before the operating system is started.

      It is suspected that this weaponized version of the manifesto is being distributed as a vigilante attack against those who want to download the original document and to halt its spread

      https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/vigilantes-counter-christchurch-manifesto-with-weaponized-version/

      • A 6.1.1

        I missed it

      • Dennis Frank 6.1.2

        Well done you!! 30 March 2019 at 7:52 pm – so the msm don’t read the Standard, or are rather slow on the uptake! Given the breathless style of reportage they delivered it in, one suspects the former…

      • greywarshark 6.1.3

        I like the term ‘Trojan Haka’, I wonder if it was a Maori computer geek that did it?

      • McFlock 6.1.4

        Missed that.

        Bloody good hackers, too – the macron over the “a” always throws me – can never remember the ALT code 🙂

    • A 6.2

      Villainous!!

  7. joe90 7

    Get well soon, Mick!

    On Monday (April, 1) a story on the Rolling Stone magazine website confirmed earlier reports that Mick Jagger, frontman of the legendary rock group the Rolling Stones will undergo heart valve replacement surgery next week. The procedure is the cause of the legendary band’s postponement of it’s upcoming North American tour, including a May 2 stop at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

    https://www.nola.com/entertainment/2019/04/mick-jagger-to-undergo-heart-surgery-report.html?

    • Dennis Frank 7.1

      Apparently he “still has time on his side”. https://pagesix.com/2019/04/01/as-mick-jagger-heads-for-heart-surgery-keith-richards-continues-to-defy-the-odds/

      “Meanwhile, Richards, also 75, has long been the butt of jokes over his unflagging health despite smoking like a chimney and generally treating his body like a DEA evidence locker. The hard-living, hard-rocking guitarist called sobriety “novel” when he cleaned up in 2018. He has kicked the heroin and cocaine that fueled him for decades.”

      “Richards survived Nazi bombing raids growing up in World War II London, was nearly electrocuted onstage in 1965, awoke to flames after setting his bed ablaze with a cigarette in 1971, and accidentally dosed himself with strychnine-laced cocaine a few years later.”

      “Still, his only major health scare came in 2006, when doctors removed a blood clot from his brain. A year later, he snorted his dead father’s ashes cut with cocaine — or was it vice versa? “It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive,” Richards recalled to The Guardian.”

      • tc 7.1.1

        Keef is a legend……checkout the Netflix doco which captures him so well. The god given talents to not only play but glue pieces together like his chuck berry backing band.

        He explains his relationship with mick, shot during their last hiatus I think.

  8. Hmmmm…

    Philippines protests Beijing’s swarm of boats around Spratly island …
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12218582

  9. Cinny 9

    Good job….. the jailer of journalists appears to be losing his grip on Turkey.

    “Erdogan’s AK Party ‘loses’ major Turkey cities in local elections

    Unofficial data shows AK Party lost Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, as the country waits for the official results.”

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/erdogan-ak-party-loses-major-turkey-cities-local-elections-190401172133394.html

  10. alwyn 10

    Well. The Indian Government are demonstrating that they are just as stupid as the Chines were in 2007.
    They want to demonstrate that they are, at least in their own minds, a major power.
    Whoopee. Lets shoot down a satellite. To Hell with all the junk we are going to leave in orbit and the damage the fragments could do to all the other satellites we rely on.
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/02/a-terrible-thing-nasa-condemns-indias-destruction-of-satellite-and-resulting-space-junk

    • Andre 10.1

      At least the Indian test was done to a satellite in a very low orbit. At a 300 km orbit, everything should drop out of orbit in a month or three. The bits whose orbits have gone elliptical enough to threaten the ISS should decay even faster since their perigee will be closer to earth.

      Whereas the Chinese one was up around 800ish km. That space junk will be there for decades or even centuries.

      • Dennis Frank 10.1.1

        Maybe not. Recently there was a report about a space-junk collector going into orbit. Kinda high-flying equivalent of the thing that took off to suck up the plastic in the Pacific gyre last year. Both inspirational stories to ole greenies like me who have spent most of a lifetime depressed by perpetual pollution…

        • Andre 10.1.1.1

          As with most kinds of pollution, the vastly greater numbers of bits too small to track and collect are generally the greater hazard. Even when the so-far-unsuccessful garbage collectors can be made to work.

          • In Vino 10.1.1.1.1

            ‘Scuse my ignorance, but if they have a big net/scoop thing out to pick up rubbish, does that not make them more likely to strike an important satellite?

            • Dennis Frank 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Depends how well the thing is designed & constructed. You’d expect the orbital shifts to be planned carefully enough to avoid impacts – that’s elementary. Requires data entry for all known orbital items – enough to keep a bunch of folks busy awhile, I bet! Andre’s right, success remains to be seen.

            • Andre 10.1.1.1.1.2

              The proposals and trials I’ve read about so far involve sending a space junk collector out after a specific piece of space junk, and catching it with a small net or harpooning it. So that kind of operation would be timed and placed to work around operating satellites.

              I’ve yet to see any serious proposals for just a big net trawling style operation to just collect any random junk out there. Keep in mind just how huge a volume we’re talking about, it’s a full three dimensions to deal with, rather than just the two dimensions for trash collection on land or the ocean.

              Most operational satellites can adjust their orbits to stay on their intended orbits, and boost themselves into a graveyard orbit at the end of their operating lives if needed. They can also use those adjustment rockets to avoid known bits of space garbage, so they could probably also avoid a screwed-up garbage collection effort.

              There’s also a bit of international concern about space garbage collection programs being a disguise for developing ways to disable the other teams satellites.

  11. Anne 11

    Lols

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12218680

    Just behind Hipkins sat Police Minister Stuart Nash, the point man. Nash looked like he was watching a tennis game, so quickly was he turning his head from the Speaker to the door to see if Seymour was arriving.

    I tuned in just at this point and wondered what was going on. The only thing missing was Nash’s wide open mouth waiting for a ball to be tossed in it.

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