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Daily review 09/03/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 9th, 2022 - 58 comments
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58 comments on “Daily review 09/03/2022 ”

  1. Kat 1

    Nicola Willis may have missed her true vocation in acting or performing arts, perhaps a TV soap or some horror flick could see her hit the real high lights. I would suggest she has some voice training though, that squeal/whinge note she hits when in full flight is worse than finger nails on a chalk board.

    She makes Lynn of Tara sound like a polished BBC broadcaster.

    • SPC 1.1

      MP's are speaking on Ukraine atm Russia sanctions bill.


    • Shanreagh 1.2

      I doubt she has had speech training. Her voice is still projecting from the back of her nose it seems to me, very nasal.

      Women have an uphill battle for acceptance for the biology that is their voices. Let us not dive down into that. Let us listen and familiarise ourselves with what womens' voice sound like as hopefully we will get to hear lots more of them in power.

      That is not to say that some speech training would not be wasted, often these very NZ accents in women seem to be less acceptable than the same in a man. Both Nicola Willis and Simon Bridges could benefit from voice projection or speech training.

      ‘Tawa’ no self respecting Irish person from Tara would ever sound like a NZer

    • joe90 1.3

      She's a Marsden OG.

  2. joe90 2

    The land of the long long con. Read it and have a cry.

    But at the same time, the price of the big essentials — food, shelter, power, transport — has jumped, increasing faster than inflation generally. Over the last 35 years, household electricity prices in New Zealand have doubled in real terms, rising faster than in other developed countries. Food prices have risen 55 per cent in the past two decades, even though we produce enough food to feed over 40 million people. We all know what’s happened to house prices. The average price of a home is now over eight times median household income, compared to two to three times income until the late 1980s. Rents have risen 1.5 times faster than wages over the last 20 years.


  3. weka 3

    More goodies from the GCFs. Translation: gender identity activists think mumsnet, a website where women talk about women’s business, including the sex/gender war, is a hive of literal violence against trans people (literal violence is the accusation dujour, taking concepts on of non-physical violence to ridiculous extremes eg being critical of trans activism makes trans people kill themselves aka literal violence).

    • weka 3.1

      Twitter kindly provides exhibit A. Gender critical feminists are really the ones responsible for the murders of trans women, despite those murders being largely domestic violence done by men. Feminism is literal violence.

  4. Red Blooded One 4

    Dirty Politics alive and well amongst National/Act Supporters

    Thank goodness NZ's "First Bloke" has a sense of humour. Disgraceful that he has to continue facing these BS accusations. Rumours being passed around Nats/ACT supporters social media for awhile.


    • Anne 4.1

      I wonder if people have noted it is only National and ACT who dream up these stories. No, Labour isn't squeaky clean, but they don't sink to this level of vitriol and dirt.

      It is Jacinda they are really trying to demonise of course. Nothing new.

      I recall a story involving Helen Clark's husband Peter Davis who was on his way to New York to meet up with her. A 14 year old boy travelling alone was sitting next to him on the plane. Peter took him under his wing and when they arrived at Los Angeles he accompanied the kid off the plane and stayed with him until those who were meeting him had been located. Some Nats spotted Davis and it was inferred he was 'homosexual' and had picked the boy up. Davis was seen to put his arm around the boys shoulders to give him some assurance.

      The story did the rounds for months and months and eventually Helen Clark had to step in and make a public statement demolishing the crap.

      • Patricia Bremner 4.1.1

        Yes I remember that Anne

        This whole thing stinks of Dirty Politics, and I find it interesting the story about Clarke apparently began 4 weeks ago, round about the time the protest started. Now that is possibly coincidental but…… apparently National Party members were visiting.

        • Anne

          I think the story has been doing the rounds for longer than 4 weeks. I first heard it about 6 to 8 weeks ago. A branch of my family living Te Puke way fell for it hook line and sinker.

          • mary_a

            Hi Anne @ ( … same down here in Central Otago. Some National supporters I know of, seem to be spreading rumour(s) re Clarke Gayford. Every time I hear it, there is a bit more muck added to the story. Obviously a very low means of getting a hit on Jacinda.

            Dirty Politics rising from the depths of squalor once more.

            • Anne

              Interesting isn't it mary_a. The last time DP took off big time was midway through National's second term – 2013 leading up to the 2014 election. Its now midway through Labour's second term and Luxon is clearly modelling himself off John Key. I've also noted that the scurrilous sleazebag, Cameron Slater has been rearing his ugly head a wee bit lately.

              I think we are in for Dirty Politics, Take 2. I wonder if Rawshark is still around. Think he might be needed again. angry

      • Scotty 4.1.2

        Agreed , in Christchurch at least a lot of it is spread via the city's elite.

        I have wider family with links to the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce.

        A never ending source for the latest Clarke Gayford "story"

        • Anne

          It represents the dirty underbelly of the National Party and it has always existed. The difference now is that advanced technology allows these DP campaigns to reach thousands more suckers than previously, thus having a more widespread effect. You could call them the local political equivalent of disinformation platforms. They are conducted in such a way that if anyone tries to call the Nats out on it, there is always plausible deniability.

          Imo, Luxon is starting to expose his true self. Having spent years setting himself up as the decent Jesus-loving Santa Claus type, we are starting to see the cold, calculating underbelly of his personna. – something I have long suspected was there. That makes him extremely dangerous and his political opponents would be wise to heed his MO and counter it at every turn.

          Labour has a tendency to turn a blind eye to these things and then wonder why they turn out to be so successful.

    • Patricia Bremner 4.2

      devilyes exactly!!

  5. Grafton Gully 5

    Weather modification is happening and is supported by the CCP. "Cross-regional" suggests to me an application outside the PRC, which potentially could be of benefit to us.

    "The Weather Modification Center mainly participates in the formulation of weather modification related technical standards and specifications, is responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of business systems, equipment research and development, test assessment and support, and new technology promotion, organizes major national science and technology projects and large-scale scientific experiments, and is responsible for the national The formulation of plans for large-scale aircraft operations and the organization and implementation of cross-regional operations."


  6. julian richards 6

    "New Zealanders, tracked using smartphone location data, spent 11% more time at home than normal, and 11% less time at work in the five weeks to March 4."


    Vomit material… Data is the new 'gold standard'!

    It used to be 'Kill your television', now it's 'brick ph's are better'… Hard to make that step isn't it?!

    • left for dead 6.1

      @julian richards Have you seen anyone' about this "being dropped on your head".

      What don't you understand about PUBLIC health.

      • Julian Richards 6.1.1

        That old line(thought)… Its for your protection.

        We need to be tracked and monitored for public health purposes? The rhetoric is sounding more and more like industrial farming by the day.

        • Incognito

          You sound like an ambulance-at-the-bottom-of-a-cliff kinda guy. I can only assume you don’t go to your GP for regular check-ups and pregnant women don’t need to see a midwife at all before or even during the birth process. Mammograms and pap smears are a waste of time & money, aren’t they? She’ll be right, mate.

          • Julian Richards

            What are you babbling on about now? Stay on topic. Do we need our ph data/location tracked under the 'guise of public health'?No we don't.

            • Shanreagh

              Mmmmm are you not able to explore a topic. Incognito was instancing other public health messaging. This was to tease out why there is a concern about looking at the impact of this (Covid) particular public health messaging and reporting it.

            • Incognito

              I see, you object to your “ph data/location [being] tracked” by Big Brother, but not to any other health monitoring, checking, and following up – by snail mail, I presume, and not by phone because, you know, they might hack into your “ph data” … Oh wait, they will know where you live.

              I also presume that you think that notifiable disease monitoring is just a ploy by the Nanny State to keep close tabs on the plebs.

              You’re babbling in your echo-bubble believing you’re making sense and sound sensible – a typical neoliberal product of our times.

              • Julian Richards

                And now coming all the way back around to the original point. 'Data is the new gold standard'. That we don't recognise, yet.

                • Incognito

                  Good-quality data are important, for obvious reasons, and need to be managed (acquired, stored, handled) appropriately. Not all data are the same. Science is founded on data. Public health is founded on data. The economy is founded on data. Neoliberalism is founded on data. IDK what that even means “Data is the new gold standard”, but it sounds as deep and meaningful as a bumper-sticker about the meaning of life.

                  Throw away your mobile phone and don’t go anywhere they can see and track you to protect your personal health or vice versa, to protect others from being infected by you. Have you heard of super-spreaders and index cases, for example? It doesn’t sound like you’re taking Covid-19 very seriously!? Is that possibly because you’re not in a high-risk group?

                  Your comments are all over the place because you’re either paranoid about your personal data & privacy (and property, no doubt) or you’re paranoid about any influence and control by the state.

                  As I said, you sound like a textbook example of a neoliberal acolyte.

                  • Julian Richards

                    "sounds as deep and meaningful as a bumper-sticker about the meaning of life."

                    Step aside from in front of the sun.

                    "Throw away your mobile phone and don’t go anywhere they can see and track you to protect your personal health or vice versa, to protect others from being infected by you"

                    Our phones won't pretect us.

                    "Is that possibly because you’re not in a high-risk group"


                    "As I said, you sound like a textbook example of a neoliberal acolyte"

                    Not your slogans.

                    • Incognito

                      As much as I love riddles and bad scrabble, I still got a few other commitments tonight.

                      Sleep well, you need it.

                    • Julian Richards []

                      Sweet dreams… ❤️

                      “As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can”.
                      John Muir

                    • Incognito []

                      I liked that, thank you.

        • Shanreagh

          Don't be too dismissive of monitoring smart phone locations. The checking is probably to check how people are relating to public health messages. It was very interesting to see at the time of the first lockdown when we had movement restrictions. Even although these were anonymised. Public health is population or big picture stuff.

          In the US it was a great way to find/follow/eventually charge the US insurrectionists from 6/1/2021 so I guess they may have got warrants to track data down to owner of the phone level.

        • roblogic

          Personal health data is very strictly regulated. Maybe you should read the small print on the Covid tracer app. The data stays on your phone and you would only get push notifications if you were a close contact. And it's deleted after 6 weeks. But that's all academic anyway as contact tracing is no more, and I expect checking in will soon be a thing of the past.

          And if you pay attention to govt messaging rather than just moan, the mandates will be relaxed when we get thru this Omicron thing.

  7. Poission 7

    Endurance is found.

    Press release here.


  8. Patricia Bremner 8

    Nicola Willis makes it sound as though the Deputy Prime Minister has our money in his back pocket, and he is wasting it. As Cinny would have said RFOL.

    We have, by all measures done well. Low sickness, increased lifespan, work done in all areas of concern during a pandemic.

    The long nasty undermining rhetoric from National and Act is almost unbelievable. But then I re-read "Hollow Men" just to confirm a few things. They have little substance covered by a great deal of noise.

  9. Robert Guyton 9

    Where's Cinny?

    • Shanreagh 9.1

      Just going by the Groundswell signs I thought she was down your way training to be a 'pr*tty li**le Commun****' or as the anti vax ones might say PRetTY lItTlE cOmMuNiST.

      And with a large dose of cynicism and sarcasm ……Speaking of Groundswell with the protest convoy giving the concept of convoys a bad name what next from Groundswell. Perhaps time to set up another couple of mud farms for spring calving or do some cultivating designed for maximum mud impact.

      • Robert Guyton 9.1.1

        Not Cindy. The farmers down here are concerned the Covid will close the slaughterhouses and stock will remain on farm, meaning extra pressure during the winter-feeding period. Disaster in the making.

        • Shanreagh

          I am sure/know that it is worrying. I am also sure that stock will get to the works albeit a little later. Some farmers will get through this delay as their farming methods don't involve living on a knife edge paddock management, timing and finances -wise. Others with spare baleage, closed up paddocks will make a few dollars. Others will let farmers use their spare feed and the stock will have a holiday as well. Using the long acre and droving around has been used by bro in law in times past. He has a little business now droving a small mob around his district to clean up after dairy cattle plus helping those grazing the long acre.

          Still others will be set to thinking why am I setting myself up for potentially having a hit from something every year and say 'there must be a better way'

          Stock going to the works often used be delayed, or potentially, by wages/unions/ stop works.

          I am sure the works will be trying to get at least some chains going.

      • Patricia Bremner 9.1.2

        Cinny is not Jacinda. She contributed here till 2020. But I agree about Groundswell et al.

        A small faction of farmers evangelists and infiltrators from the right wing and Trump devotees have a very strange view of the world.

        Together they are thousands of voices, but they are a very vocal minority.

        Their well to do "friends" back pedalled when they saw the destruction and violence.

      • Matiri 9.1.3

        One of the three people behind Agricultural Action Group which led to Groundswell, ex Advance NZ candidate and parliament protestor, defends himself ….. against the protestors.


    • Patricia Bremner 9.2

      Shangreah, this is a previous commentator Cinny, not Jacinda. Gone I think. I miss her since Nov 2020.

      • Robert Guyton 9.2.1

        She was broadcasting from Motueka, I think. I'm there next week. If you're around, Cinny, I'd love to meet and chat.

      • Shanreagh 9.2.2

        Oh sorry I thought it was a ref to you know who from a poster who does not usually offend like that so I wondered. I thought it was a bit odd. Sorry everyone.

        At least I found out how difficult it is to Do ThiS kINd of WrItINg that the conspiracy theorists often used to evade prohibitions on anti vax, on social media. wink

    • weka 9.3

      I've been wondering that myself.

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