Daily review 09/05/2019

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51 comments on “Daily review 09/05/2019”

  1. Anne 1

    MP Kiri Allan. Open, honest, calm and dignified while under a huge stress:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12229078

    • Cinnyw 1.1

      Have been so impressed with Kiri, even before she became an MP.

      She has handled such a distressing matter exceptionally well.  An MP to be very proud of.

    • greywarshark 1.2

      Impressive.

    • patricia bremner 1.3

      That is a sad situation.  She was very dignified and honest in her comments.

  2. Muttonbird 2

    Nick Smith reminds me of a Guild Navigator.

  3. joe90 3

    What's not to like about self fertilising corn.

    The corn variety Sierra Mixe grows aerial roots that produce a sweet mucus that feeds bacteria. The bacteria, in turn, pull nitrogen out of the air and fertilize the corn. If scientists can breed this trait into conventional corn, it could lead to a revolution in agriculture.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/corn-future-hundreds-years-old-and-makes-its-own-mucus-180969972/

     

    Via the excellent #Massimo

     

  4. Exkiwiforces 4

    Does anyone here knows what has to the guys over at transportblog.co.nz? 

  5. Exkiwiforces 5

    Bloody IPad won’t let me reply, anyway to Andre@ 4.14 

    Thank you for the link.

    Cheers, Exk

  6. Fireblade 6

    Here we go again.

    Jami-Lee Ross accuses Simon Bridges of failing to declare gifts from donor

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/05/jami-lee-ross-accuses-simon-bridges-of-failing-to-declare-gifts-from-donor.html

  7. A 7

    The Urban Gardener is 5G proofing his home.  It's high on my wishlist for sure.

  8. Pat 8

    "So….despite all the rhetoric of compassion, there’s no appetite within this coalition for significant welfare reform and indeed, significant hostility exists to it. Peters is not the only (or most important) factor. Labour’s Third Way politicians dominate its senior ranks. At heart, they have no serious quarrel with neo-liberalism, but would prefer its social outcomes to be nicer. Plus, they’re immensely risk-averse, politically speaking. That’s the main reason why – under Clark and Ardern alike – National’s benefit cuts of the early 1990s have not been addressed. It is why the benefit increases advocated by the Welfare Expert Advisory Group – of between 12% and 47% – have already been ruled out.

    For anyone on the left, 2019 has been a wake-up call. This is not a centre-left government. It is a centrist government on a tight leash….."

     

    http://werewolf.co.nz/2019/05/gordon-campbell-on-yesterdays-token-moves-on-climate-change-and-interest-rates/

     

    Gordon Campbell seldom gets it wrong.

    • Rosemary McDonald 8.1

      It shouldn’t be impossible for Labour to win popularity by building a better welfare safety net. Michael Savage won lasting gratitude for taking the risks involved. There’s now a similar challenge – and opportunity – for Labour and the Greens to build such a compassionate welfare system that a future National government would find it too politically costly to undo.

      They've already channeled Savage, they should maybe take the advice of Campbell and go for broke.

      But with honesty this time.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12149888

    • cleangreen 8.2

      Agreed Pat 100% Regarding on 8.

      No wonder inn late 2017 Winston came out of final coalition talks saying "a  lot of people will be disappointed."

  9. joe90 9

     Wanker.

     

    • marty mars 9.1

      An own goal for the stupid gnat potential leader.

      • Sacha 9.1.1

        They'd have to be scraping the barrel to get anywhere near him as leader.

      • greywarshark 9.1.2

        Being a Gnat MP is like being part of a secondary school prank team devising ways to wound and mock the other political parties, and present them as people to be doubted or objects of disparaging glee.

        At secondary school, there is family money behind these kids, they can pull out the stops to get through their exams and share or cover schoolwork on an everyday basis, and so there is plenty of time for devising stunts and hoaxes against the school, authority, and whoever seems vulnerable that they are aware of and it's tremendously enjoyable.

        Murdoch is doing this in Australia to Labour Shorten at present.   Not a mischievous prank but a malicious one claiming that Shorten is a confabulist whose words and history can't be trusted – aren't what they appear, that hurts the whole country.   But that is the way that the people at the top manipulate situations to their advantage.

  10. joe90 10

    Assad's flat out butchering Syrians with the help of the Russians. Nobody cares.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/civilians-pay-price-syrian-russian-forces-pound-idlib-190508113554875.html

    • Poission 10.1

      The documents revealed that the people of the village had used Islamist “justice” to betray their neighbours – in one case to name family cousins as potential spies, in another to accuse a young man of secretly meeting his girlfriend when he was supposed to attend evening prayers. Other neighbours accused each other of theft. A man supposedly collecting money for an electrical generator had pocketed the cash for himself. One potential agent – possibly for the Syrian government – was handed on for “justice” by the “Revolutionary Islamic Police Court”.

      And it came as no surprise when, an hour after I had come across these hundreds of documents on the floor of the “court”, a large group of grimly smiling citizens from 27 villages around Deir Hafar arrived in the main highway through the village, dressed in long, grubby brown robes, to seek out the Syrian army’s officers. They brought with them a joint petition signed by their mukhtars and village leaders seeking “reconciliation” with the Syrian government. The soldiers were not interested. They accepted the petition indifferently and briskly told the sorrowful men, heads bowed in submission, to get in touch with the authorities in Aleppo and Damascus if they wished to seek forgiveness.

      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/syria-civil-war-isis-assad-islamic-state-history-ireland-lebanon-yugoslavia-a8835031.html

      Buyers remorse.

      • greywarshark 10.1.1

        How to break up a community;  encourage people to spy and report on each other to achieve some supposedly good end, as in Syria.

        Recently there was a suggestion that NZs should inform on each other if they came across an example of what they considered 'hate speech'.

        https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2019/04/12/were-all-behind-you/

        “New Zealand Police encourages all members of our communities to be alert to, and to report, instances of hate speech to them. If you can, record it. Report it to us at the Human Rights Commission.”

        The Chief Human Rights Commissioner’s letter to Neighbourly subscribers is likely to make a great many New Zealanders uneasy. Inviting citizens to report one another’s opinions to a state agency is a new and deeply troubling advance on the much more acceptable request by the Police for them to report the commission of crimes. While Section 61 of the Human Rights Act does define an offence, the NZ courts have set the bar very high when it comes to limiting citizens’ freedom of expression. On its face, Hunt’s action represents an aggressive expansion of the HRC’s remit: to the point of encouraging people to turn in their neighbours for what are, in essence, ideological crimes.

         

         

         

    • Gabby 10.2

      Nothing good comes of getting mixed up with the al qaeda boys joey.

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