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Daily review 03/10/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 3rd, 2019 - 26 comments
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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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26 comments on “Daily review 03/10/2019 ”

  1. I want Elizabeth Warren to be the next american president. She is eminently qualified for the job.

    • ScottGN 1.1

      Me too.
      I really like Bernie and I think he would have trounced Trump in 2016 had the Democrats held their nerve and selected the right candidate in that cycle. Today’s news of his brief hospitalisation has almost certainly finished his campaign for 2020 though.
      That leaves Warren. And you’re right, she’s eminently qualified and, should she get the opportunity, she’ll make a fine POTUS.

    • millsy 1.2

      When Bill Clinton, a moderate and in some ways, even a conservative Democrat came to power in 1993 by copying and pasting the Republican manifesto, the GOP did everything it could to force him from office, even impeaching him for doing stuff with one of his interns.

      Imagine what they would do with Bernie as president?

    • AB 1.3

      Why choose 2nd-best?

      Medicare for all, student debt forgiveness, medical debt forgiveness, Green New Deal (with Federal jobs guarantee and just transition), basic housing provision as a human right, wealth tax, financial transaction (Wall St) tax, reduction of military budget, end regime change wars, holding Israel to account for its behaviour and tie that to US aid, end to sanctions on Iran and probably Venezuela, call for the freeing of Lula de Silva and fresh elections in Brazil to get rid of Bolsonaro. And probably a lot more I've forgotten.

      That's Sanders. Against what from Warren? Watered-down versions of a few of these? Wrapped up in highly intelligent but ideologically brittle Harvard Law School wonkery that is easily mocked by the Republicans? A pathway to a post-capitalist future by taking essential human needs out of the market, or a cunning plan for tinkering with the controls of the death ship?

      Enough already. I'm sick of this topic.

      • ScottGN 1.3.1

        2nd best (as you call her) will almost certainly be the best America gets if, as is likely, voters there decide that your 1st best is too high a risk of having a heart attack while in office.

        • The Al1en

          There's plenty of overlap in policy between the both of them, the big difference is Warren is a social democrat who wants to strongly regulate the market, Saunders is a 'democratic' socialist calling for a social movement to upend the American political order as we know it. One is far more likely to happen than the other.

      • joe90 1.3.2

        tRump is a coward who attacks anything he fears and targets any perceived weakness.

        Funny how he's had zip to say about Bernie’s ticker problem.

        He's had lots to say about Warren, though.

        • ScottGN

          Yeah well she’s a woman so go figure. I don’t think you can extrapolate his behaviour to either of them as evidence that he fears one more than other necessarily. But I think it’s clear that the Republicans think that they won’t be facing Sanders next year.

      • Macro 1.3.3

        You obviously have no idea of Warren's huge portfolio of progressive policies. In many areas she is far more progressive and her ideas are far more aimed at addressing the concerns of everyday Americans.

        Just take her just released policies on employment


        Sen. Elizabeth Warren just released her labor platform. It’s an eye-popping 14 pages long.

        Warren makes a long list of promises to close every loophole and fix every broken policy that has kept working families from getting ahead in the post-Recession economy. Oh, and she wants to give workers new rights too, such as the right for gig workers to unionize.

        “We cannot have a truly democratic society with so little power in the hands of working people,” she writes in her plan. “We cannot have sustained and inclusive economic growth without a stronger labor movement.

        The word “power” is repeated more than a dozen times in Warren’s proposal. It’s even part of her plan’s name: Empowering American Workers and Raising Wages. A lot of Warren’s agenda focuses on strengthening unions, which would in turn give workers more leverage on the job. One of the big ideas she’s endorsing is the concept of sectoral bargaining, in which unions bargain not at the company level but at the sector level — negotiating for all workers in an entire industry rather than just one company or workplace.

        Warren claims that her new plan is the “most progressive and comprehensive agenda for workers since the New Deal.” If she could wave a magic wand and make it all happen, sure, it probably would be. ”

  2. ScottGN 2

    Boy, Tova really brought her News-of-The-World-A-Game to that pathetic piece by Newshub claiming Labour has plagiarised an information leaflet for old age pensioners.

    • Daveski 2.1

      So you think it's perfectly acceptable for Labour to plagiarise? Simply reporting Labour's incompetence and lack of integrity is the type of journalism we should be supporting?

      Anyway, Shane will pay someone to copy I mean rewrite the policy

      • ScottGN 2.1.1

        I don’t give a rat’s arse really. And that’s the point, nobody does. It’s a bullshit attempt to create a story where there isn’t one. I mean it didn’t even get a breaking news banner in that august journal of record the NZ Herald.

    • McFlock 2.2


      I mean "bad, Labour!"

      I just got a bit distracted by the nat guy's comment: "Bridges said National learned its lesson "the hard way" and said the party hasn't done it since."

      But then how would he know about the Nats ripping off carpool karaoke last year and having to pull the ad? Oh wait, he was in it.

      Bridges couldn't even brush his teeth without getting egg on his face.

      • Dukeofurl 2.2.1

        Hadnt done it since ….they did it twice! wasnt it a Cold Play music some time back and then the Eminem thing, where they tried a cheats way around with an 'original sound a like' but then found they were up against some professional operators, who took them to the cleaners and hung them out to dry.

  3. A 3

    UK Ambassador apologising to Maori = interfering with NZ affairs

    Lauren Southern + Stefan Molyneux speaking = free speech worth fighting for…

    • McFlock 4.1


      He really does strike me as being an obsessive, controlling, abusive, piece of shit.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 4.2

      A good reason not to lower the MMP threshold too much – a lucky escape for NZ.

      "The Conservative Party also gained 2.76% of the vote nationwide, the fifth-largest share of any party and more than four of the parties that actually won seats, but this was insufficient for any Conservatives to enter Parliament because of the 5% of the party vote or one electorate seat [thank-you Mark Mitchell] required by the MMP voting system operating in NZ." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Craig#Political_career

      Colin Craig is no Graeme Capill (yet), but his obsession with MacGregor is creepy.

      • Dukeofurl 4.2.1

        The strange part is she began the legal action which started it all which they then settled through the Human Rights Commission without publicity.

        So dont forget she was the one with a grievance- which seemed justified- but did she think she there was a win out of all these sorts of things.

        Then Jordan Williams began his court action against Craig which bought it all out in the open and I think Craig took the view MacGregor should have kept quiet but didnt.

        MacGregor of course was mates with Jordan Williams, and Im wondering where he got all his inside information from ?

  4. joe90 5

    While 80% of Syrians live below the poverty line, Assad's family and cronies are making fortunes scrapping metal from destroyed cities.

    (nice car, cousin)


    The Assads’ control over the Syrian economy curtails space for neutral businesspeople, according to a report prepared this year for western diplomats and seen by the FT. “The regime operates a system of corporate facades managed by its frontmen and facilitated by the legal system,” wrote the Etana research service, “which ensures that no significant business activity occurs without the close partnership of the regime’s main patrons.”

    While the sons’ showy lifestyle may have dented the reputation of a ruling family that maintains an austere public appearance, Damascus gossips that Rami Makhlouf had not been kicking enough of his profits back to the palace. “Everyone is dispensable,” said Imad. “Even family.” War profiteers can be replaced or reined in but one figure remains seemingly unshakeable — Bashar al-Assad.


    • Dukeofurl 5.1

      " making fortunes scrapping metal"

      Scrap metal … sounds like Steptoe.

      All these Middle East countries operate highly developed crony capitalism systems…wont be any different without the Assads. Not much chance of the country being like Belgium anytime soon

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