Daily Review 04/08/2017

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  1. tc 1

    Anyone know what’s happening with the old VFH/UHF spectrum available now TV is all digital.

    Given parliament knocks off soon is it done or to be done business.

  2. Noam Chomsky on How the United States Developed Such a Scandalous Health System

    C.J. Polychroniou: Article 25 of the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) states that the right to health care is indeed a human right. Yet, it is estimated that close to 30 million Americans remain uninsured even with the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in place. What are some of the key cultural, economic and political factors that make the US an outlier in the provision of free health care?

    Noam Chomsky: First, it is important to remember that the US does not accept the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — though in fact the UDHR was largely the initiative of Eleanor Roosevelt, who chaired the commission that drafted its articles, with quite broad international participation.

    The UDHR has three components, which are of equal status: civil-political, socioeconomic and cultural rights. The US formally accepts the first of the three, though it has often violated its provisions. The US pretty much disregards the third. And to the point here, the US has officially and strongly condemned the second component, socioeconomic rights, including Article 25.

    Opposition to Article 25 was particularly vehement in the Reagan and Bush I years. Paula Dobriansky, deputy assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs in these administrations, dismissed the “myth” that “‘economic and social rights constitute human rights,” as the UDHR declares. She was following the lead of Reagan’s UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, who ridiculed the myth as “little more than an empty vessel into which vague hopes and inchoate expectations can be poured.” Kirkpatrick thus joined Soviet Ambassador Andrei Vyshinsky, who agreed that it was a mere “collection of pious phrases.” The concepts of Article 25 are “preposterous” and even a “dangerous incitement,” according to ambassador Morris Abram, the distinguished civil rights attorney who was US Representative to the UN Commission on Human Rights under Bush I, casting the sole veto of the UN Right to Development, which closely paraphrased Article 25 of the UDHR. The Bush II administration maintained the tradition by voting alone to reject a UN resolution on the right to food and the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (the resolution passed 52-1).

    So, there you have it – Just like China, the USSR and the DPRK the US doesn’t support human rights.

  3. Muttonbird 3

    It is going to be fascinating to see how the National Party attacks Jacinda Ardern. To them and all their business backers she is very dangerous because she is popular with the public and works hard to improve the lives of the working poor and the vulnerable.

    Will they employ Crosby Textor to come up with some psychological speak for Pizza-man to regurgitate? Will they employ Cambridge Analytics to secretly harvest information about the people who like her? Will they employ David Farrar, Mike Hosking, Mark Richardson, and Matthew Hooten to continue their misogynistic attack pieces on publicly funded radio and TV? Or will they use the SIS and GCSB like they did in 2011 to undermine the then leader of the opposition?

    They seem stunned at the moment, unsure what to do until the expensive advice comes in.

    • Chess Player 3.1

      They’ll be relying on Bill English to sock it to her in the live debates, with Hosking facilitating.

      • Muttonbird 3.1.1

        They’ll be relying on Bill English to sock it to her in the live debates, with Hosking facilitating fellating.

        FIFY.

      • weka 3.1.2

        Ardern will run rings around English in the debates.

        • Chess Player 3.1.2.1

          I certainly expect her to do great or win from an audience engagement perspective.
          I think she’ll need to have hard facts on hand too though, as any swinging voters (swinging away from National) will need extra assurance that there is substance, and the ability to deliver on promises, behind the smile.
          If she can get them into ‘look at the policy’ mode it’ll be even better for Labour.
          Will be fascinating viewing.

    • weka 3.2

      From what I could tell the plan to attack Arden was to attack Turei. Now that’s fizzled, they’ll have to come up with something else.

    • OncewasTim 3.3

      The dirty tricks brigade are busy at work …. i heard a discussion today amongst a group of gnatzis (blokes) talking about her teeth.
      My guess is that’ll be one angle. Then there’ll be the usual unflattering photo in certain media (if they can find any)

  4. Muttonbird 4

    Joyce says the slogan is “interesting” but “appears to be more about the Labour Party than the New Zealand public.”

    ‘Let’s do this’ is about working together to change the government. ‘Delivering for New Zealand’ is about the National Party controlling who it delivers to.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/95447918

    • What ,… Stephen Joyce ? ,… the failed Northland campaign manager ?

      The man who will forever be remembered for THIS ? :

      Believe me , this vid will NEVER go out of fashion.

      Comedian John Oliver mocks Steven Joyce – YouTube
      you tube▶ 4:30

  5. mickysavage 5

    John Campbell at his best and Jonathan Coleman at his most implausible …

    • lprent 5.1

      I heard it. What a strange tool.

    • Carolyn_nth 5.2

      Man that was something, when Campbell laid into Coleman, Coleman looked totally gobsmacked.

    • Why ,… do we continually have these ongoing problems with financing and delays with health ?

      Almost an unnecessary question. Neo liberal economics. And year after yrear we get sleazy little apologists like this Coleman character coming on , obfuscating , misleading , justifying until the next round.

      A question was put… funding for extra beds…. a year away. And surgeons performing only twice a month.

      Why ?

      Because of staff incompetence ? or the surgeon likes two week smoko breaks ? … or could it , …might it ,… just be because of the wankers we have making policy and allocating funding?

      Probably the latter. If we were to be honest.

    • Zeroque 5.4

      John Campbell hit the nail on the head when he asked Coleman about his claim that the problems weren’t related to funding and in response to Coleman, Campbell asked why the Minister was the only one saying that it wasn’t due to funding.

  6. Anne 6

    Oh dear… Gerry Brownlee and his electorate team must have a gloomy premonition about their future. They’ve cancelled New Years Eve. And they’ve buggered up the kids September hols next year.

    A bit of amusement at the end of a grueling week:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/336512/brownlee-s-calendar-cancels-new-year-s-eve

  7. Carolyn_nth 7

    Jeannette Fitzsimons supports Turei:

    Fitzsimons said the benefit fraud Turei admitted to this week was more than 20 years ago and her discussing it had opened the door for public debate.

    “I think her admission of hiding information from social welfare was a courage one,” Fitzsimons told Rachel Smalley on Newstalk ZB.

    When asked by Smalley if that was enough of a sacrifice Fitzsimons said it was.

    “Giving up the chance to be a minister is huge.”

    Fitzsimons went further and said there would be few New Zealanders who could look back 20 years and say they hadn’t broken the law.

    She said Turei’s credibility hadn’t suffered and said “the substance of what you are trying to do for people” was more important than appearances.

    “How much damage does it do to people now that she committed a misdemeanour all those years ago when she was young.”

    “I’m not saying it’s all okay, it’s that I think we need to put it in perspective.”

    • Ed 7.1

      This has been a vicious premeditated witchhunt by Gower and Garner.
      I really don’t know how they sleep at night.
      They are such tools of the establishment and are happy to incite hatred and bile.
      Ghastly, ghastly people.

      I feel so sorry for Metiria.

      • WILD KATIPO 7.1.1

        How do they sleep ?

        No problem. They dream of the fat bonus cheques they will receive for doing it.

        Its interesting , that when an expat , – still entitled to vote , – lives overseas… and names their parents / friends place as the place for their documents to be sent to… even though they do not live there…yet it is considered valid.

        • Ed 7.1.1.1

          “Fitzsimons went further and said there would be few New Zealanders who could look back 20 years and say they hadn’t broken the law.”
          What are Garner and Gower’s records like?

          • WILD KATIPO 7.1.1.1.1

            Well we certainly know what Bill English’s is like, hence the term the Double Dipper from Dipton ,… claiming a housing allowance worth $32,000.00 of tax payer funds that he was not entitled to.

            And then RESISTED attempts at having to pay back ANY of it. Did we hear a massive outcry countering that episode from either the public or the media ?

            Not really.

            Not like this.

            When English was a Finance Minister of all things !! , – Who is now a Prime Minister !!! Who has been lauded by the likes of Audrey Young , John Armstrong , Mike Hosking , Patrick Gower et al as ‘ honest ‘ , ‘ stable ‘ , and a ‘safe pair of hands’ !!!!

            HYPOCRITES !!!!!

      • Incognito 7.1.2

        These so-called ‘journalists’ see themselves as the predators at the top of the food chain (apex predators), attacking only sick & old prey and thereby keep that natural balance and securing only the fit survive, etc. Of course, these top predators are unchallenged and invincible, so they think.

        In reality, they are merely scavengers who occasionally attack a lost or wounded prey. They too fulfil a role but less glamorous than they’d like to believe.

      • I really don’t know how they sleep at night.

        One of the defining characteristics of psychopaths is that they don’t have a conscience.

    • weka 7.2

      That’s good. Turei couldn’t say this, but having a senior ex-politician say it is important. Misdemeanour.

      • Ed 7.2.1

        Jeanette Fitzsimmons- a woman of real integrity.

        • Sabine 7.2.1.1

          i would have loved voting for her in that illfated election when Aunty, Key and her ran.
          i watched the debates on Maori TV? i think it was and she was the only one that made sense.

          sadly, we all know what happend.

        • marie 7.2.1.2

          Absolutely!

      • WILD KATIPO 7.2.2

        Yes heres a comment from The Daily Blog…

        SAVENZ says:
        AUGUST 4, 2017 AT 3:46 PM
        Gosh the media never did find Jason Ede, but when they want to find out something ridiculous about the opposition then no stone left unturned to bring out the (non) scandal. (probably helped by SIS, like when they lied about Phil Goff).
        ………………………………….
        So yes,… Jason Ede, and why hasn’t Ian Fletcher been available for comment we could add… in fact looking back over John Keys Prime Minister-ship , – where the bloody hell have our newsmedia been at all ?

        The Saudi sheep deal… did any of these senior heads roll ?

        Not even a whimper.

        They would rather go for something that happened 24 ( a quarter of a century!) years ago when a person wasn’t even IN parliament.

        That is the state of media bias in this country towards National.

        No wonder the Double Dipper feels safe.

    • ianmac 7.3

      What is NZME and who is that shiny chap Vernon Tava?

      PS: Looked them up. Is it expecting to be bi-partisan?

  8. Pete 8

    I like the photo of the good doctor. I didn’t realise until now what his area of specialisation was. I guess he was a proctologist since he’s pictured here with an arsehole.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

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