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Daily review 10/07/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, July 10th, 2019 - 39 comments
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39 comments on “Daily review 10/07/2019”

  1. Fireblade 1

    Like a fish out of water.

    • Cinny 1.1

      There he is…. was wondering where you were simon… on a wharf in a suit with a fake fish and some other fella. 

  2. mauī 2

    The odious Joe strikes again…



    • joe90 2.1

       As odious as someone who once authored rape porn, or opposed measures to crack down on pedophiles who travel overseas to prey on kids, or voted against outlawing some internet child porn?.

      • Morrissey 2.1.1

        Your partisan distortion of facts about Bernie Sanders is almost as sad as your desperate loyalty to tail-grabber Joe. 

  3. WeTheBleeple 3

    Thanks for the laugh maui @ 2.

    Here's some new satire:

    20% of the criminals sent back here from Australia have committed crimes in the first two years. Whereas our own two year recidivism rate is nearly 70%. We totally win.

    Some of these imports claim they've been treated unfairly. My thinking is, mate, at least you got a plane ticket. If you're a refugee they just take you to a beach in Northern territories. (gun cocks) "Alright, now fuck off home."

  4. marty mars 4

    Watch out some zealot may cut off the marlin penis.

  5. WeTheBleeple 5

    And here's The Hillbilly Moon Explosion. Reminds me of Nick Cave a bit.



  6. Ad 6

     

    Curious to see National's Conservation person Sandra Cowie supporting new national parks for both the Catlins and for the larger one proposed by the Federated Mountain Clubs in the Remarkables Range area. 

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1907/S00072/calls-for-national-park-growing.htm

    I'm all for it of course, so long as they are talking about an actual National Park not some watered down version. 

    And I would like to see this government generate a new National Park. Long overdue. 

  7. Robert Guyton 7

    Dammit! Missed him with my spike, but I'll get him with my tail!

  8. Morrissey 8

    Kamala Harris? No thanks. The world doesn't need another Obama.

    Imagine a debate where the moderators asked the likes of Kamala Harris:

    “What percentage of your money came from Wall Street?”

    “How much is your average donation?”

    “Have you ever taken oil, insurance, charter school money?”

    “What do you think about unions?”

    “What should the minimum wage be today?”

    • Gabby 8.1

      Welcome to America morpissey.

    • Wayne 8.2

      She looks pretty presidential to me. As soon as she declared I thought she would be the nominee. She has an impressive background, and has the natural authority required for the office.

      And if the Hard Left are against her, all the better. She is therefore likely to appeal to middle America.

      • Sam 8.2.1

        Meanwhile CNN & FOX has been trying to put Bernie outside the top 5 since 2016.

        You underestimate how war fatigued middle America is. Not gun shy, I'm talking about logistically. The Pentagon went from 8000 tanks to about 2000 today. They're about 20 years behind on maintenance, they lost a significant number of F22s to hurricane damage, hyper sonic missiles have rendered the US navy impotent. 

        It's quite sad actually watching the talking heads try and talk it all up.

        • Dennis Frank 8.2.1.1

          Interesting Sam.  So Trump is talking tough without getting sufficient govt funding to defense contractors to make America great again??  He's playing the perception game, assuming the media can't be bothered reporting the reality?

          • Sam 8.2.1.1.1

            Well Trump did get an extra 200 billion for the Pentagon but Y'know, money doesn't make people happy. Trump actually campaigned on ending Obamas stupid foreign policy and wars only for Trump to start his own proxy battles with North Korea, Iran, Venezuela.Its not just Trump though. There are many Hawks in Washington rattling the sabre. Afghanistan and Iraq was unique in that they folded very easily. North Korea, Iran and Venezuela won't fold. 

            • Dennis Frank 8.2.1.1.1.1

              Beneath the Trump bluster there's often an establishment solidarity position, so we can't dismiss it as mere posturing.  Establishment strategy is pressure application, with the expectation that those countries eventually yield or compromise, right?  I expect Venezuela to eventually yield due to supposed/real assistance from Russia & China being insufficient.  Trump has done well in playing the rebel while simultaneously representing the establishment.  People see the side that suits their prejudice…

              • Sam

                No I think the Russia foreign policy tool the S-300/400 intergrated air defence system is an equal to US foreign policy. I just think that we are dealing with the institution when decisions that are made carry over from president to president. War isn't just state vs state in nice easy to see uniforms anymore. There's trade wars, financial wars, social media wars. We've got billion dollar CIA trolls, GCSB troll, Australian ASIO trolls, Russian trolls. This hybrid warfare blends state and society to get around the rules of war. It's empire building with out the standing armies. Our own Pacific reset uses foreign aid, infrastructure loans and military support to expand our own governments influence. So anyone who is ignorant of the obvious is a no chance of becoming prez really.

                • Dennis Frank

                  Yes, good point.  Play the old geopolitical game using nationalism to manipulate mass perceptions, while simultaneously using realpolitik as you describe – on the basis of the deep context.  Trump gets that.  Will there be a similarly competent Democrat opponent?  Someone who can demonstrate leadership while resonating with the political centre and grasping the deep context.

                  • Sam

                    I'm a Tulsi Gabbard fan. She's a serving memeber of the Army, got 80% of the vote in her constituent. Although she's in the smaller Hawaia district but 80% is still 80%. I think she can beat Trump. I don't think the DNC will give her a nomination.

                    • Dennis Frank

                      Noted.  I'd pick Jerry Brown.  Despite three prior tilts at the windmill, his track record of success as governor is too good to ignore.  The DNC ought to send him a downloaded print copy of the Lord Kitchener poster from WWI, full-sized, and ask him to hang it on his bedroom wall and meditate on it.  They should attach a note saying "Hint! Hint!" or, since advertising theory requires triplicate to be effective, "Hint! Hint! Hint!"  But George Clooney would be a better bet to beat Trump…

      • Morrissey 8.2.2

        Anyone with an I.Q. above room temperature will be aware that when an ex-National Party cabinet member and crony of John "Dirty Politics" Key throws around terms like "the Hard Left", he is not trying to engage in a rational exchange of ideas. The purpose of such prejudicial and partisan language is to muddy the waters and stymie any discussion. 

        The candidates that the likes of Wayne Mapp sneer at as "Hard Left" are advocating policies that the vast majority of Americans support: free and universal health care, free college tuition, effective and cheap public transport, housing for all Americans not just the rich, decent wages for the people who actually work, control of the financial sector, and a massive de-escalation of military engagements and provocations around the world. 

  9. joe90 9

    So, before the post-brexit UK takes control as global Britain, they're sending their man to grovel at the daughter wife's feet.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/uk-minister-to-apologise-to-ivanka-trump-for-diplomat-s-memos-1.3950085

    • Gabby 9.1

      They should be clamping the yankistani embassy's entire fleet of vehicles wherever they park outside the grounds.

    • joe90 9.2

      The maga brexit nexus, again.

       

       

      So the content matters less than the fact of the leak. Someone – maybe a civil servant, maybe a minister – seems to be after the ambassador, Kim Darroch. The contents were leaked to Isabel Oakeshott, the journalist who acts as the de-facto communications office of Aaron Banks, Nigel Farage's donor. The Brexit party leader quickly popped up to demand Darroch be sacked. And their Leave.EU outfit then stepped up to launch its campaign to make sure Farage replaced him. Incredible timing.

      Darroch is facing the usual fate of the non-believers, those have not achieved full Brexit transcendance and therefore must be ejected from their position before they can keep asking critical questions.

      But the story also shows something else: When you scratch at the surface of this movement for total British sovereignty, you quite often find servility to the US lying underneath.

       

      https://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2019/07/08/trump-ambassador-revelations-brexiters-reveal-the-trump-love

      edit: and Farage has his job

      • Incognito 9.2.1

        Darroch has resigned.

        • Dennis Frank 9.2.1.1

          Well I hope the tories look after him.  He's done nothing wrong.  They could suggest he work towards a career in politics, where the art of diplomacy always helps!  Someone honest enough to speak truth to power is a real asset.

  10. joe90 11

    Skynet 2.0

    • Dennis Frank 11.1

      Far out, I like the imagery.  War clouds gather over the USA, eh?  Silicon valley doves morph into hawks as soon as the money talks…

  11. happynz 12

    Congratulations to the Black Caps! 

     

    What a nail-biter that was.

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