Daily Review 04/08/2017

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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 …

34 comments on “Daily Review 04/08/2017”

  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.


      • weka 3.1.2

        Ardern will run rings around English in the debates.

        • Chess Player

          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.


    • 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:


  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.

      • 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

          “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

            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

          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


      • 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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