Daily Review 09/06/2017

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14 comments on “Daily Review 09/06/2017”

  1. adam 1

    Do you remember when the banks got fined for manipulation in the currency market?


    Well it seems that those financial institutions – the banks – can’t help themselves.


    One thing I love about capitalism in this form, it eats itself and steals our tax dollars. And it just can’t help itself.

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    Now, if you know a bit about the history of the term Politically Correct then you will recognise its original meaning here:

    Not all that different, Yglesias adds, to the standard role played by state propaganda under authoritarian regimes : “Regimes often propound nonsense more to enforce expectations on their citizens than because they are expecting anyone to actually believe it.” Everyone in America – James Comey included – just better get with the new programme. Even if, or especially if – it is pure bullshit.

    • Don’t get your point sorry.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        My point is that Trump and the Republicans are acting in exactly the same way as the old USSR Politburo.

        • marty mars

          What does that have to do with the term politically correct?

          • Draco T Bastard

            The Unlikely Origins Of The Phrase ‘Politically Correct’

            According to the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Kremlin advisers were the first to widely use the term. They did so without a trace of irony. Calling someone “politically correct” in Soviet Russia meant they toed the party line. A PC Kremlin insider was one who could reflect what Moscow was thinking—exactly the sort of person who would go far.

            Early-to-mid 20th century

            In the early-to-mid 20th century, the phrase “politically correct” was associated with the dogmatic application of Stalinist doctrine, debated between Communist Party members and American Socialists. This usage referred to the Communist party line, which provided “correct” positions on many political matters.

            The party line is espoused by Trump and the Republicans and the politically correct people follow along.

  3. JO 3

    Before he retired, George Lakoff was the Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.


    ‘A technique for learning how to think and what to say is taking the Public’s Viewpoint on every issue. What would increase the public’s wellbeing?
    Shift the frame: always say “protections” instead of “regulations.” “Protections” is a more simple and accurate description.’

    Shift. The. Frame.
    It could be worth applying this simple technique in our own small corner this year. when various people are pronouncing about, let’s say, food safety, irrigation projects, building consents, water quality, fishing quota…

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    1600 deaths attributed to cold houses each winter in New Zealand

    In some cases, the houses of the 48% of Kiwis who are shivering are extremely cold. Research published in 2010 by the Building Research Association (Branz) found that the average evening temperature of New Zealand living rooms during the winter was 17.8°C – below the World Health Organisation’s recommended minimum of 18°C. But some were a chilly 10°C.

    This year, Branz found that almost a third of rental houses feel damp, compared with just 11% of owner-occupied houses.

    Damp houses are much harder to heat than dry ones and the health consequences of cold, damp houses are well known.

    Wonder what would happen if we made a law that said that any rental property that was below standard would be torn down and rebuilt by the government at the owners expense.

    It would certainly go a long way to replacing houses that are past their use-by date.

  5. newsense 5

    who in the current Labour lot is a convinction politician, not a careerist?

    Sue Moroney is the one who comes to mind.
    Not much to be gained by comparing Labour in the UK and Labour in NZ. They are such different beasts now.

    The closest to Corbyn we have was someone like Rod Donald. The old Greens were too unelectable for our parliament.

    • Ed 5.1


    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      who in the current Labour lot is a convinction politician, not a careerist?

      Pretty much all of them.

      Blinglish, on the other hand, is a career politician as his only conviction is to himself as shown by his rorting of the housing allowance. Actually, that pretty much describes all of National’s MPs.

  6. Muttonbird 6

    Who would have thought when Crosby-Textor spoke of ‘Strong and Stable’ in UK politics they were referring to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour who, in contrast to the Tories, seem to be having no leadership issues whatsoever…

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