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Daily Review 06/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:33 pm, December 6th, 2017 - 41 comments
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41 comments on “Daily Review 06/12/2017”

  1. Ed 1

    The ranting and ravings of Barry Soper.
    Does he have an issue with capable women?

    #1. Golriz Ghahraman

    2. Jacinda Ardern

    3. Susan Devoy

    A pattern seems to be emerging.

    • greywarshark 1.1

      From Soper it could be said to be a fractious fractal.

    • Sanctuary 1.2

      “…Does he have an issue with capable women..?”

      The answer to your question is yes.

    • rhinocrates 1.3

      A lot of pale, stale men have trouble with capable women, especially women who aren’t lilly-white and subservient. Brash, Prostetnic Vogon Joyce, Billshit, Mapp, Penguin, Whaleoil… They only vary in how they dress up their misogyny and racism.

      And unfortunately, there are a lot of bros on the supposed ‘left’ who dismiss feminism and anti-racism as ‘identity politics.’

  2. Ad 2

    Awesome photo Mickey.

    Astonishing Trump is shifting the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. That’s functionally putting a major US military installation on the Jordanian border.

    What an idiot.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Post tomorrow. He seems to want to destroy the chances of peace in different parts of the world just to divert the flow if indictments coming the White House’s way.

      • Anne 2.1.1

        It is so obvious what he is doing but it ain’t going to work in the long run. Mueller needs to get his skates on ‘asap’ and drive this crazy creep and his team of enablers out of the White House!

        What’s the difference between Kim Jong un and Donald Trump?

        Well, one is an old spoiled brat with orange hair and the other is a young spoiled brat with black hair. Apart from that – nothing.

        • Andre

          #MAGA – MuellerAin’tGoingAway

        • rhinocrates

          Mueller needs to get his skates on ‘asap’

          It’s a chess game, with sacrifices of minor pieces. Mueller’s playing a careful game of chess. Flipping Flynn is an indicator of that – punishing him to the fullest extent of the law might be fair, but it may end his broader investigation. He wants testimony against the higher-ups that he can use in a court and defend, not just a few minor scalps.

          A lot of criminals have got away because of some procedural slip-up or contentious testimony.

          The strategy used against organised crime is to go for the vulnerable lower-ranking soldiers and turn them and then work your way up the ladder until you have a solid case against the people at the top. Mueller’s treating the Trump administration as he would the Mafia.

      • Andre 2.1.2

        I reckon you’re crediting Donnie Dotard with more strategic thinking than he’s capable of.

        Moving the embassy to Jerusalem was a campaign promise, and it’s something easy to do by decree and call it winning.

      • One Two 2.1.3

        It’s not Trumps agenda, he’s a pawn

        Destroying ‘peace’ as an agenda, belongs to others…

        That photo explains it, quite clearly

  3. Andre 3

    Just a reminder of what Grabba the Hutt thought was equivalent.

    ” “It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave solider,” Trump said in the interview when Howard Stern asked how he handled making sure he wasn’t contracting STDs from the women he was sleeping with.

    The business-mogul-turned-politician elaborated on the fact in the interview, calling women’s vaginas “potential landmines” and saying “there’s some real danger there.” ”


  4. Sanctuary 4

    The comments on this story cast a new light on Paul Quin’s attack on Golriz Ghahraman. These are pertinent facts on Quin that our MSM could have checked up on before breathlessly printing his smears. But instead of doing some basic journalistic checks on Quin’s credibility in this area, they allowed his lies to be published and IMHO they became complicit in a dirty politics hatchet job.


    “…Quin’s attack on Ghahraman is classic Rwandan PR strategy which he practiced and honed while working for that government’s PR department: attack any critics of the regime with claims of genocide denial, cower them into submission and hope that eventually they will resign…”


    In my view Fairfax owe Ghahraman an apology, but fat chance she’ll get one – the media these days are happy to be unaccountable disseminator of smears and complicit in spreading lies when it suits them, then scuttle off and whine about jounalistic privilege when someone does come after them.

    I see the vile Farrar was on Mora’s show again today. He gets away with his dirty politics filthy hatchet job scot free to play the vicar’s tea party with NatRad’s genteel enabler. Who was complaining about my use of the phrase “white male privilege” the other day? QED.

    • Ed 4.1

      Mora is an utter disgrace.
      He shows no interest in the bigger issues.
      He never challenges the hateful opinions of rabid far right extremists like Franks and Farrar; instead he gives their vile views a public platform. A cosy little chat room where their neoliberal ideologies seem so harmless and temperate.
      Mora is actually more dangerous than Hosking.

      All he worries about is the price of his house.

      • In Vino 4.1.1

        He probably is not concerned about his house – more worried about what his bosses would do if he let someone like Bomber Bradbury speak again.
        Yes – it is a polite right-wing chatroom with feeble pretence of real left-wing contribution.
        A bit like ‘From 9 to Noon’ on Monday morning’s politics session, to my mind. Once again, the Left are barely represented at all.
        Radio NZ needs to lift its game.

        • Ed

          So many ACT voices, the party of the 1%.
          According to you definition, Mora is a timorous puppet only employed by Griffin because he doesn’t rock the boat and gently massages the right wing views of most of his panellists so they appear more humane than they are.

      • garibaldi 4.1.2

        “Mora is actually more dangerous than Hosking”. Bullshit. That insidious prick has more than ten times the market penetration than Mora.

      • Bearded Git 4.1.3

        I listened to Mora for about 10 years now and he will never say what his age…..he appears to be completely paranoid about anyone finding this out. He left Otago Boys High in 1971 so I am guessing 64.

        it pisses me off that he will have Rabid Act Franks and Dirty Politics Farrar on the show but has banned Bradbury.

    • rhinocrates 4.2

      If Penguin has a child, you have to ask him what kind of world he wants to make for it. Is it one in which empathy and ethics don’t matter, in which winning by any means is all that matters, in which losing is your own fault and altitude is what you use to shit on people lower down?

  5. Ed 5

    In the U.K. ansd the rest of the world, people are waking up to the scam that is ‘clean green New Zealand.’

    ‘There can’t be a more successful tourism marketing campaign than “100% Pure New Zealand”. And New Zealand is seen as a world leader in another respect: how its farmers sell their food globally without government subsidies. But the tension between these two successes has been exposed by Sir Tim Smit, the co-founder of the Eden Project in Cornwall.

    Smit has sparked a minor international incident by declaring that New Zealand is “so pure the people of Christchurch won’t even swim in the river Avon. Most of the lakes are full of algae. It is like a beautiful person with cancer.” He was speaking to British landowners pondering the New Zealand model for post-Brexit agriculture. British farmers currently receive £3bn in subsidies each year; environment secretary Michael Gove must design a much smaller subsidy system – or scrap it altogether.

    Smit argues that New Zealand is no inspiration despite its farmers surviving the removal of subsidies in 1984. Their response has been to intensify, and export milk to China.

    Landscapes that George Monbiot might describe as sheep-wrecked are now cattle-wrecked; the cost, argues Smit, is water quality, as nitrates from fertilisers flood into rivers. Smit’s critique has been endorsed not only by Greenpeace New Zealand but also by the chief executive of New Zealand’s fish and game council, Martin Taylor, who calls the country’s clean, green image “a facade”.’


    • Ian 5.1

      Endorsed by fish and game and greenpeace. Specialists in half truths,innuendo,hyperbole and filthy lies feeding into a gullible population of townsfolk. THe river Avon catchment is city ,not farmland. Algae grows in lakes naturally and most of our lakes are not FULL of algae. Nitrates don’t flood into rivers.I get sick of all this perverted propoganda from all the usual suspects.

      • Ed 5.1.1

        You are in denial of the environmental crisis facing ourcwaterways.
        You ignore Science.

        Do you also deny climate change?
        Just wanting to get a feel for the level of your refusal to accept Science.

        • Ian

          I am sick of all the propoganda bleated out monotonously by greenpeace,fish and game and other traitorous bastards. They never mention the world leading environmental management that NZ agriculture is immersing itself in. Warmer tenperatures and irrigation is lifting pasture production significantly ,which is leading to higher profitability and more profit to spend on environmental management.
          Hang on a minute.The idiots at greenpeace and fish and game don’t like irrigation ,even from water stored in the wet times. Talk about fruitloops

          • Ed

            Keep talking to yourself….

          • Draco T Bastard

            The only traitorous bastards are people like you who’ll deny reality because they’re doing well. The people who will bring about the collapse of society and, the way things are going, the majority of life on Earth for their own greed.

      • millsy 5.1.2

        I get sick of people like you who are prepared to foul every river and lake in the country for extra few dollars.

      • bwaghorn 5.1.3

        i’ve recently changed my work to being a casual shepherd/fencer it’s taken me on to 3 new large sheep and beef farms, two of them have most of easy country creeks and wet lands fenced and the third is planning it for the near future

        • greywarshark

          Probably what the situation is about fenced clean creeks and good water and farming, is that the biggest polluters are from the tiny bit of the business pie that is dairy farming. Even there it may be from the big conglomerations of farms probably owned by Queen and Wall Street farmers. Farmers have to start speaking out about the facts from their own sector, not just huddle together behind the Federated Farmers union. That outfit is about as useful to farmers in general as tits on a bull.

          So differentiate yourselves, raise your standards where people can see them as meaning quality, not like those others! Farmers could unite into guilds speaking for your group, your interests, your value to the country and the land – say the Sheep and Beef Grazing Guild. Sound odd? – only because it hasn’t been pushed before.

          The present system for farmers is about as useful to them generally as the Federation of Labour was for workers – they caved in to dirty economics. Farmers are suffering with bad publicity from dirty water, and it’s not caused by the huge majority of them. Why put up, why not farmers point the finger at those causing the problem and besmirching the brand? What are ya men/women or mice?

          • bwaghorn

            ” Farmers are suffering with bad publicity from dirty water,” the bad publicity was unfortunately needed to get things moving ,(no this dosen’t mean ive forgiven labour for its wedge politics at the election)
            i was just pointing out that things are happening ,but there is still some shoddy shit going on next to easily fenced rivers.

            im not linked to the feds in any way btw, and am to busy getting by at the mo to be involved politically

            • greywarshark

              Just keeping up to date with what is going on and keeping in touch with the bloggers is being involved. It’s good to read you. And we all need to just know there are others out there who are alive! So cheers and have a good Christmas and New Year.

              When i was writing before I was in the midst of a vision of what could happen, not thinking of you going out there single handed. Just too much for anyone. But I wish farmers could start thinking about splitting up into interest and quality groups as guilds are and assert their differences.

  6. adam 6

    Strike by train staff this friday in Auckland – so no trains running.

    Good on them!!!

    • Ed 6.1

      The overseas owned company Transdev sounds applalling.
      This is what happens when you sell pubic assets to foreign private interests.
      Profits over people.
      Governments that sell their country and people’s assets should be tried for treason.

      • James Thrace 6.1.1

        Of course they’re appalling. They made their initial start as Veolia, happily taking payment from the Germans in WWII for ferrying Jewish people to those horrendous camps.

      • Governments that sell their country and people’s assets should be tried for treason.


  7. Ed 7

    The media write another about freak weather conditions and fail to mention the words climate change. No wonder fools like Soper get away with their nonsense.

    ‘New Zealand is off to a “concerning” start to summer, after some of the worst rainfall patterns in over a century.
    A NIWA monthly climate summary for November showed we suffered rainfall levels “well below normal” and temperatures “well above average” for many parts of the country.’


    Wake up New Zealand – it’s here and it’s going to get worse.
    The media isn’t going to help.

    • greywarshark 7.1

      Goodness, present reality, the really bad news and you’ll frighten the horses!

      No, we must not. So just limit the bad news to someone’s hair getting pulled, or parking spaces being cut in front of businesses, or a really spectacular car crash, or some yachtspeople who can’t hack sea v yacht having expensive rescues mounted for them, or whatever the USA is doing. Or not being able to prevent or increase people dying, or being born, or having sex, or using drugs – these have become the mundane – and ignore the background, the context; use the gapfiller of everyday problems and often trivial concerns. Life happens while we are thinking of other things.

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