Daily Review 07/02/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, February 7th, 2019 - 20 comments
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Daily review is also your post.

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 …

20 comments on “Daily Review 07/02/2019”

  1. greywarshark 1

    A change of wind has freshened the fire and raised its intensity in Nelson.

    The sort of thing we have been discussing about different ways of farminghave met their time for acceptance. This shouldn’t – can’t happen again:

    Meanwhile the farmer whose machinery is suspected to have sparked the devastating 1900ha Tasman blaze is “mortified”, fire chiefs say.

    FENZ incident controller John Sutton said it was almost certain the fire was the result of agricultural machinery.

    The owner was “mortified”, said Sutton who added it was a highly accidental event.
    “A totally unintended consequence really.”

    Sources told the Herald yesterday that the fire was sparked by a farmer tilling dry fields at around 2pm up Pigeon Valley near Wakefield, about 30km south of Nelson.

    • WeTheBleeple 1.1

      The poor farmer was just just doing what he knows, possibly a tad mad out there at that time of day a touch of sunspot making him work too hard… nobody expected a fire from discing soil.

      It is a rather freakish thing to happen. I was a bit puzzled as to how someone could be tilling in this weather then it dawned on me: they have irrigation as well. If policy depicts landholders can just plug into water to irrigate they have no real incentive to hold water in the land and help mitigate drought. This lacks resilience. As insurance companies get tighter fisted about climate related matters, which they simply must to survive, it will pay to retrofit and collect your own or at least some of your own water. Resilient systems will be easier to insure, having some in-built insurance. And for you and yours, water security is right up there for basic survival and yes: productivity.

      Weather events may be unpredictable, but future fires, droughts and floods are actually a given. No need to be blaming in this instance. But it is a good time to reflect on how we forest, farm and plant.

      Still ongoing, this fire. Tasmania just got their first decent rain in a long time. Very happy for them. Their fights not over either, but the nightmare is less.

  2. SPC 2

    It’s a bit sad to acknowledge, but much of social media or news site commentariat is based around deliberate lying to influence others.

    Most of the “fake news” comes from individuals of the public – and one can assume that only some of this comes from (party) shills, those paid to be influencers on media sites.

    • joe90 2.1

      and one can assume that only some of this comes from (party) shills

      Gore Vidal laid blame in his 2008 obituary of William F. Buckley, Jr.

      The unique mess that our republic is in can be, in part, attributed to a corrupt press whose roots are in mendacious news (sic) magazines like Time and Newsweek, aided by tabloids that manufacture fictional stories about actual people. This mingling of opinion and fiction has undone a media never devoted to truth. Hence, the ease with which the Republican smear-machine goes into action when they realize that yet again the party’s permanent unpopularity with the American people will cause them defeat unless they smear individually those who question the junk that the media has put into so many heads. Anyone who says “We gotta fight ’em over there or we’re gonna have to fight ’em over here.” This absurdity has been pronounced by every Republican seeking high office. The habit of lying is now a national style that started with “news” magazines that was further developed by pathological liars that proved to be “good” Entertainment on TV. But a diet of poison that has done none of us any good.

      I speak ex cathedra now, ad urbe et orbe, with a warning that no society so marinated in falsity can long survive in a real world.


  3. joe90 4

    Inoffizielle Mitarbeiter.

    • Cinny 4.1

      If you see something…. say something

      Do I get a t-shirt if I sign up?


      You crack me up Joe90 that was funny as.

  4. “Residents in Wakefield are being asked to prepare to evacuate if needed. The village has an estimated population of 3000.”


    Stay safe over there.

    Scarey stuff.

    • Cinny 5.1

      They are doing an incredible job making sure people are safe.

      Wind seems to have gone, fingers crossed it the fire won’t make it to the village.

      • marty mars 5.1.1

        I’m sure they err on the side of caution in preparing people and that is good imo. And I agree – amazing work people are doing to help.

  5. greywarshark 6

    Tim Watkins musing on Waitangi Day this year:
    …I’m with Peeni Henare when he frets the day may become too “bland”. The MP was speaking in the context of relations between the upper and lower marae, but his point applies more widely.

    That Waitangi Day acts as a stone in our national shoe is something I’m proud of as a New Zealander. Many countries use their national days to parade – sometimes literally – banal cultural myths or ceremonies of false unity. They trade in triumphalism and grandiosity. But here in New Zealand we dare to face down our failings and demand better. We don’t always do it well; I don’t take any pleasure from Prime Minister’s being almost knocked form their feet or racist speeches from any side. But it is good that we are not complacent and smug.

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