Daily Review 08/07/2016

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John Key Delivers Public Services Speech

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37 comments on “Daily Review 08/07/2016”

  1. weka 1

    Just to get an idea of how exponentially stupid industrial dairying is, here’s a handy chart of land equipped for irrigation by type of farm (h/t Russell Norman)

    https://figure.nz/chart/v0efdW2nehRalM6t

    • Jenny Kirk 1.1

      You have to wonder, Weka, just what did dairy farmers do before irrigation ? (sarc)

      I seem to remember there ALWAYS being plenty of milk, butter, cheese – never any shortage plus all of those products being sold overseas – a continual major export for NZ. (also sarc).

      And now we have mega-farms, polluting our streams, taking water from our rivers, and not really doing anything very much different from in the past (oh, except no doubt increase their profits going to overseas investors). We are now very much the poorer for this so-called “innovation” of irrigation onto farmlands.

      And that is a useful chart. thanks for posting it.

    • Graeme 1.2

      I’t be interesting to see the same chart showing an overlay of return (profit to farmer) / litre water for each of those uses. It could elucidate the stupidity of some / most conversion decisions.

  2. This Dallas sniper thing – 5 police dead, 3 snipers they say, shootout on at the moment. so bad for the loved ones and the victims i send my sorrow. This could be another tipping point.

    • leftie 2.1

      The shooting yesterday of Mr Castile, and the policeman who, lets face it, executed an unarmed Alton Sterling in Louisiana, are the catalysts. The cops in America have been getting away with murder, most cases don’t end with any kind of justice for the victims, and it’s plain to see that people have had enough and are now taking the law into their own hands.

  3. leftie 3

    What scam is National and Fletcher pulling? Are these vultures praying on the desperate UK migrants who are left fearful after the Brexit vote?
    They are even putting out a call for expats living in NZ to contact their friends and relatives in the UK.

    Fletcher heads to UK on big recruitment drive

    “New Zealand’s biggest builder is off to London as it hunts for new staff to help fill vacancies in our building boom.

    A massive surge in building work has prompted Fletcher Construction to kick off its latest recruitment drive with an event at New Zealand House in London on July 28, held in conjunction with Immigration New Zealand and a recruitment company.”

    <a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11670287

    This given:

    World’s biggest builder arrives in NZ for $375m in contracts

    <a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11668296

    (China will bring in their own workers).

    Plans for nearly 2000 of Auckland apartments ditched

    <a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11665063

    And you can bet that a Chinese government owned company will pick those plans up.

    The National government fudges unemployment figures again

    <a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/81579257/nz-unemployment-rate-tumbles-along-with-the-number-employed-in-recalculation

    Quake rebuild delays drive workers out of Christchurch

    "Tradesmen and builders are leaving Christchurch in frustation over a lack of work and continuing delays to the quake-hit city's reconstruction.

    Although recruitment agencies continue to advertise overseas for qualified tradespeople to help with the devastated city's rebuild, local workers say there's not enough work to go around as it is."

    <a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10814294

    Is what’s on offer ghost jobs? Not much is listed on the employment section on Fletcher’s website, and applications for graduates and interns is closed.

    <a href="http://www.fletcherconstruction.co.nz/employment.php

    And since New Zealand already has a massive housing crisis that is about to burst, where will National/Fletcher house all these new migrants from their huge UK recruitment drive?

    • Graeme 3.1

      More likely typical Fletcher’s decision making, marching forward while looking backwards, and thinking there’s a fortune in the next big thing. Then the new subsidiary goes tits up, or we have a disaster like untreated pine framing.

      As an unemployable construction professional (came out the wrong side of recession, self employed in another field, now don’t fit the HR model) can also see the effects and perpetuation of short term, boom bust nature of our construction industry.

  4. Sanctary 4

    I think this may only be the beginning. Now we may see copy cat attacks on police that will amount to a black insurrection, then good ol’ white boy retaliation death squads cruising black neighbourhoods and the nervous police force, all tooled up with AR-15s and God knows what else, in a three way race war.

  5. weka 5

    Corbyn says that 100,000 people have joined the UKLP since the EU referendum. The membership now stands at 500,000, the highest number in modern times (is that post-Thatcher?).

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/08/jeremy-corbyn-stands-defiant-after-labour-membership-surge

    • leftie 5.1

      YES !!!!

    • James 5.2

      Wouldn’t labour NZ love even 5% of that for membership.

      • weka 5.2.1

        If the UK has a population of 64,000,000, then the UKLabour membership = 128th of the population.

        NZ’s population is 4,500,000. Divide that by 128 and you get 35,000

        The membership of the NZLP in 2010* was 56,700. If this were the UK, Labour’s membership would be 806,400.

        What were you saying?

        *before Cunliffe, so the number is likely significantly higher.

    • Colonial Viper 5.3

      Corbyn says that 100,000 people have joined the UKLP since the EU referendum.

      REFRAME: 100,000 new members signed up after the moron Blairite MPs launched their coup against him.

      • weka 5.3.1

        lolz, qft.

      • leftie 5.3.2

        Yes Colonial Viper, that’s how I read it too. Awesome show of support for Corbyn, and it puts the lynch mob faction of Labour mps uncomfortably on the back foot. I still believe Corbyn will win this, and I hope he uses his mandate to clean house.

    • swordfish 5.4

      “The membership now stands at 500,000, the highest number in modern times (is that post-Thatcher?).”

      Highest since 1979 (the year Thatcher became PM).

      Reached close to 1 million in the late 40s during the legendary Attlee Labour Govt.

      Slowly fell (albeit with a few roller-coaster ups and downs on the way) over the following 30 years to a little over half a mill. Then plunged in the 80s during both the Foot and Kinnock years.

      • weka 5.4.1

        Any thoughts on why it dropped after 1979?

        • swordfish 5.4.1.1

          Probably a mix of:

          – Suddenly finding themselves in Opposition (having governed for 11 of the previous 15 years)

          – The deep divisions opened up between Left and Right following Foot’s election as leader – and the on-going Kinnock vs Militant Tendency eruptions throughout the 80s

          – Above all, the departure of a reasonable chunk of the Right of the Party to form the SDP breakaway in 1981.

          But … clearly things have changed … bitter divisions within the PLP, Labour in long-term Opposition … and yet – as a direct result of those divisions – Party membership has just soared. The new zeitgeist.

      • leftie 5.4.2

        Thanks Swordfish. I find your posts highly informative, and I learn a lot from them.

  6. mauī 6

    Malcolm X – October 7th, 1964

    White people in America think blacks are pushing them too fast, and they are experiencing what they have begun to call the white backlash. But I think the white backlash is going to produce a black backlash. We don’t advocate violence, but our people have been the constant victims of brutality on the part of America’s racists and the Government has found itself unwilling or unable to do anything about it.”

  7. leftie 8

    Incredulously, Paula Bennett believes the housing crisis is “because we have fewer New Zealanders leaving to go overseas that happened quite suddenly…”

    <a href="http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/larry-williams-drive-with-anz/audio/little-bennett-on-labours-emergency-housing-plan/

    quote @10:24sec

    • Gangnam Style 8.1

      Yes it’s now NZrs who don’t leave NZ fault, heard Key repeating that too, now if only all Kiwis would leave NZ there would be plenty of housing for everyone!

      • North 8.1.1

        Yeah…….they’re like petulant children stubbornly denying the undeniable. It wasn’t that long ago that munter Michelle Boag couldn’t talk about housing without blaming aspiring first home buyers whom she claimed would settle for nothing less than Victoria Avenue, Remuera. Bitch liar.

        • Anne 8.1.1.1

          It wasn’t that long ago that munter Michelle Boag couldn’t talk about housing without blaming aspiring first home buyers whom she claimed would settle for nothing less than Victoria Avenue, Remuera. Bitch liar.

          Actually from her perspective she wasn’t lying. All the kids belonging to the Remuera/Parnell rich pricks WILL aspire to owning homes in Victoria Ave. What it demonstrates is how insulated the Boags of this world are from the real world the rest of us live in.

    • Jo 8.2

      Don’t you mean incredibly? Paula never sounds incredulous, that’s for the rest of us to feel, as our incredulity increases incrementally every day. Incredible.

      • leftie 8.2.1

        Lol… I used the word incredulously at the beginning of my post to describe my reaction to the bull bullshitting Bennett was saying.

    • Sabine 8.3

      damn those pesky New Zealanders not migrating out of New Zealands. don’t they know we need the houses for people migrating into New Zealand.

      that women, that odious petty mean small minded useless women.

  8. locus 10

    Re the picture, you forgot to add the PM and his Ministers’ self-congratulatory framing:

    Homelessness is ….

    ….just a media beat-up
    ….poor life choices
    ….budgeting issues
    ….having too many kids
    ….lack of personal responsibility

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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

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