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Daily Review 09/10/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 9th, 2018 - 37 comments
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  1. joe90 1

    Today, a country Columbus never set foot in celebrates Columbus day.

    I and I old I know
    I and I old I say I and I reconsider
    I and I see upfully that
    Christopher Columbus is a damn, blasted liar
    Christopher Columbus is a damn, blasted liar
    Yes Jah

    • Andre 1.1

      The dude the place is named after never set foot there either.

      • joe90 1.1.1

        Two days in and the arseholes make it clear that Serwer is on the money when he writes Kavanaugh’s appointment is all about the restoration of America’s traditional racial, religious, and gender hierarchies

        one of the most popular conservative channels on youtube (prager u, 1.7 million subscribers) decided to celebrate #IndigenousPeoplesDay2018 by producing a racist video denying genocide, decrying the "barbarism" of indigenous peoples, & justifying the battle of wounded knee pic.twitter.com/AL8FLBgBsL— Talia 👻 Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) October 8, 2018

        The Roberts Court is poised to shape American society in Trump’s image for decades to come. All three branches of the federal government are now committed to the Trump agenda: the restoration of America’s traditional racial, religious, and gender hierarchies; the enrichment of party patrons; the unencumbered pursuit of corporate profit; the impoverishment and disenfranchisement of the rival party’s constituencies; and the protection of the president and his allies from prosecution by any means available. Not since the end of Reconstruction has the U.S. government been so firmly committed to a single, coherent program uniting a politics of ethnonationalism with unfettered corporate power. As with Redemption, as the end of Reconstruction is known, the consequences could last for generations.


        • Humma

          Good isn’t it. I think this is great for the USA. Back to what the founding fathers wanted. None of this progressive PC rubbish that has crept in the last 30 or so years.

      • marty mars 1.1.2

        Yep but I’m not sure Mr Turtle was a person though.

  2. AsleepWhileWalking 2

    Migration NZ underfunded and unable to investigate crime.

    Just paint a target on us, why don’t ya?


    • OnceWasTim 2.1

      There are people that have been trying to tell the ‘authorities’ that for the past few years – in some cases very specifically.
      I’m left wondering why some of the ‘officials’ didn’t speak up earlier under the last junta. It’s not as though it hasn’t all just dawned on them.
      Well actually, no I’m not really (wondering). It’s all been a system that’s been working as designed as far as cheap immigrant labour, shoddy tertiary education, and a raft of ticket clippers contributing to gNats’ konomy goes.

      There have been comprehensive reports going back 2 or 3 years and more undertaken by academia (Dr Christina Stringer); attempts to report incidents that have been ‘too hard’ to investigate; and more.
      Far easier to tar all with a broad brush, undertake demographic profiling and spreadsheet risk analysis, and pretend one has been doing their best to do something about it.
      At least, now they are (trying to do something about it)

      • JC 2.1.1


        “What this also demonstrates is that a government that doesn’t have its eye on the ball can miss some really outrageous exploitation of workers in New Zealand and we have to bring that sort of thing to an end,”..

        Mr Lees Galloway says immigrant workers have been let down by the government-led ultra fast broadband project, which started in Auckland in 2011.

        But he said Chorus also had to be held to account……”

        However …. “The chief executive of Chorus says the telecommunications company had no idea sub contractors were exploiting their employees working on the ultra fast broadband network.”


        Yer right….

        • OnceWasTim

          “Yer right” indeed.
          If that’s what the CEO is claiming, then she’s obviously not that in touch with many in the organisation, or perhaps there’s been filtering of information across ‘line management’.

          If some of the contractors such as copper cable jointers and maintenance of the existing copper network (not involved in the fibre roll out) were well aware of it and had made attempts to report it, you have to wonder the reasons why. And they’re more to do with the fact that this exploitation is SO widespread that putting a stop to it would likely affect fibre rollout targets.

          I’m very pleased to see that the people who have been busting their guts trying to do something about exploitation generally (such as unions, academia and advocates) are now being listened to. (I seem to remember Iain L-G himself had been mildly exploited by an employer after/or during uni years, though nothing LIKE what a lot of people have been going through – effectively being trapped in slavery

          And all that many who’ve been exploited want to do, is to get together enough money so that they can repay loans for shitty course fees, ‘buying jobs’, etc., and then get the hell out of here (NZ).

          Some have suggested a short term amnesty might be a good thing – sure as shit there’s be a lot more people coming forward

  3. Sacha 3

    Bryce Edwards: ‘Political Roundup: Could Simon Bridges really be rolled?’

  4. Ngungukai 4

    The Crime Syndicates must laugh when they come to NZ, NZ politican’s, police & immigration wouldn’t have a clue what some of these guys are up to, especially laundering illict funds through housing and commercial activity.

  5. joe90 5

    Surprise, surprise, wealthy rat runners prefer nationalists.

    Bolsonaro won the expat vote in every single US city where Brazilians vote. Some numbers ➡️Boston: Bolsonaro 80%, Ciro 7%New York: Bolsonaro 63%, Ciro 14%Miami: Bolsonaro 81%https://t.co/upRbgzlpDI— Rachel Glickhouse (@Riogringa) October 8, 2018

    On the wall of Jair Bolsonaro’s office in a modernist annex of Brazil’s Congress hang five faded black-and-white portraits. They are memoirs of a time many Brazilians would prefer to forget, when military generals ruled the country from 1964 until 1985 and the cost of insurrection was kidnap, torture and secret execution.

    Bolsonaro, the de facto front runner for the Brazilian presidential election that begins on Oct. 7, is the foremost apologist for that era. He has made a career eulogizing its abuses and–for a decade after the return of democracy in 1989–calling for its reinstatement. Today he is proud of his support of the regime he served as an army captain.


    • millsy 5.1

      Fortunately Bolsonaro has to win the run off at the end of the month. Precious time for a ‘grand coalition’ to get the PT candidate over the line.

      Gotta admire how the establishment pulled off this coup. Removing Rouseff and Lula from the picture on trumped up charges, clearing the way for this guy.

  6. Ed 6

    The brilliant George Galloway.
    Never miss his show.

    ‘It’s the open university of the airwaves. It’s George Galloway’s Mother of All Talk Shows.’

  7. Exkiwiforces 7

    While we having “How’s big my penis competition” over at the latest installment in “Name that Russia spook from GRU”.

    The Australia BOM has released an El Niño alert about half hr ago.


  8. Ngungukai 10

    Does Auckland opt for Heavy Rail through Manukau & Puhinui to the Auckland Airport or Light Rail with trams via Dominion Road and across the Manukau Harbour ?

    Most major cities worldwide use Heavy Rail to their main airports, Light Rail is practical for shifting passengers and domestic commuters, however to shift people quickly to the Airport with their baggage is not practical via Light Rail IMHO.

    Auckland Transport are confusing the two issues IMHO.

    Currently 35,000 people per day travel to and from the Auckland Airport, it is not practical and it will create major chaos in Auckland taking Light Rail down Dominion Road & across the Mangere Bridge to Auckland Airport, especially due the construction phase. Goff, Genter & Twyford need to rethink this decision.

    • OnceWasTim 10.1

      Yet another discussion on the Transport Blog with comments I find hard to disagree with. However, in the overall scheme of things, they seem somewhat Auckland-centric, which is understandable.
      Medium to long term, I don’t see why it’s a question of Light Rail versus Heavy Rail – the two are not mutually exclusive.
      The immediate problem though is within the Auckland area, so any solution such as Light Rail needs to be fast-tracked. (I don’t live in Auckland anymore and nor do I have ANY desire to)
      Medium to Longer term, we should be thinking about growth in the surrounding regions which Auckland Airport also serves, and not just as far as passengers go.
      That includes things like improving/resurrecting the Heavy Rail network including things already proposed such as Auckland – Hamilton/Rotorua/Te Puke/North Auckland commuter services
      AND its use for freight – including to/from the north (Winnie’s desires) as well as the use of the Freight hub in the Waikato. (Should Hamilton/Te Awamutu freight hub being developed suggest Hamilton airport be used for air freight.
      Then there’s coastal shipping to be considered in the mix.
      What I hope is that we don’t proceed with more short termism (such as flogging off potential heavy rail corridors as has been the practice all over NuZull in the past).
      Restoring Gisborne seems like a no-brainer. So does commuter rail improvements to Hamilton and the Bay of Plenty. (Right now for example, you could shove a station behind New World Te Puke and provide services to Tauranga and points in between, and I reckon there’d be sufficient demand).
      Good to see the proposed improvements to the Wellington Wairarapa link too.

      But in the meantime, let’s get on with the Light Rail option OR something similar.
      We all know there’s been years of buggerising around, short term thinking and neglect of public transport and it’s now biting us all in the bum – not just in Auckland

      • Exkiwiforces 10.1.1

        Agree with the bit of selling of disused Rail corridors, as it’s going to bite NZ in bum in coming future as the cost of POL goes up as NZ is at the end of the supply chain as a result of the Neo- Lib/ Con economic theory

      • RedLogix 10.1.2

        Good to see the proposed improvements to the Wellington Wairarapa link too.

        I used to call it the Hogswart Express; magic it it DID arrive on time.

        Seriously though in five years of regular patronage I had all manner of adventures; quite fun times looking back. And it’s a stunningly beautiful trip some days. The old DC and DFB locos with their old GE 2 stroke diesels made a wonderful soundtrack.

        Some of the DC’s were originally made in Melbourne around 1963 I think and I do know that if you looked carefully at the bogies under the modern looking carriages, they were made in South Korea in 50’s.

    • greywarshark 10.2

      More on –
      Julie Cooke was also concerned about light rail on Dominion Road.
      “I think Dominion Road has always had a special character that Auckland’s always been very proud of and I believe a light rail network down the centre will destroy Dominion Road and destroy the character,” Ms Cooke said.

      Mr Miller and Jon Reeves from the Public Transport Users Association established the group Straight To Airport Rapid Trains (START) in response to the light rail project.
      Mr Reeves told the meeting the heavy rail suggestion wasn’t necessarily the solution.
      “We aren’t saying we’ve got the solution, what we’re trying to do is reignite the debate publicly about what is best for the airport.”

      Mr Reeves said they had approached the Transport Minister Phil Twyford with their proposal, but did not receive a response.


      • OnceWasTim 10.2.1

        🙂 That’s about the last time I considered moving to Auckland @ Grey’
        And even now if I have to go overseas, I’ll opt for going via ChCh rather than Auckland.

        But at least Auckland doesn’t have Greater Wellington Regional Council ‘devising solutions going forward’

  9. RedLogix 11

    Pure totalitarian Orwellianism … but no-one seems to care:

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