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Daily Review 11/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 11th, 2017 - 57 comments
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Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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57 comments on “Daily Review 11/05/2017”

  1. The decrypter 1

    Tempted.-heading.

    • These days, whenever I hear Paula Bennett’s voice, I’m reminded of the music of Steely Dan.
      Disconcerting…

    • Some consider cars to be sex toys. Chester, by driving his at a woman, confuses the issue and the roles of those involved.

    • The decrypter 1.3

      Be brave decrypter, be brave.– Any way, wonder how cinny is getting on these days, been a while.

    • Cinny 1.4

      Way tempting, especially with the aggressive manner in which the article has been cropped.

      • The decrypter 1.4.1

        Why – oh if its not Cinny,– well I never.– some body a while ago mentioned you, and up you popped . Things are getting a bit heated further down ,–I’m hiding back up here. James was down there somewhere probably amongst it? Great drying weather up here in the north . looked up cropped —
        [in case I weakened} Seems like you could have been trying to steer me towards say paulas leopard tops.–Awake up to your tricks. He he

  2. ianmac 2

    A bizarre defence, surely!

  3. james 3

    Ugh – I hate it when I agree with the greens. Hope that this gets drawn and is successful.

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/05/medicinal-marijuana-bill-in-the-ballot.html

    Personally I was against it until I read the stuff from Helen Kelly, whilst I did not agree with a lot of her views, this is one area where she changed my views, sadly under tragic circumstances.

    • mickysavage 3.1

      It is the curse of left wing ideas. They tend to be bitterly opposed by right wingers until eventually they realise the idea is good and then change occurs.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1

        Nope, they don’t “realise” it. They have good ideas forced upon them, generation after generation, and still they cling to authority and lies.

        • mickysavage 3.1.1.1

          They sometimes get there eventually. Like Auckland’s City Rail Link. Shame it took six years more than it should have.

          • DoublePlusGood 3.1.1.1.1

            I believe ‘six’ should be ‘fourty-five’ in your sentence there. A little bird told me…

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2

      Everything else you believe is bullshit too.

      • The decrypter 3.2.1

        Bit tough OIA. I once voted, of all things, for the Values party.

    • Cinny 3.3

      Good to hear James.

    • Muttonbird 3.4

      And there it is again.

      A RWNJ simply cannot mention Helen Kelly without stating they they don’t agree with her views. Disagreement with her views is constantly at the forefront of their morally corrupt thinking, even after her death.

      • Alan 3.4.1

        “morally corrupt thinking’, ffs you sound stupid

        [Can’t you do better than this? Argue the point otherwise your ability to comment will be limited – MS]

        • Muttonbird 3.4.1.1

          Great contribution. Must have been a big effort.

          RWNJs are not interested in community wellbeing and ideas which benefit a whole society. They are only interested in themselves as individuals. It’s socially and morally corrupt.

          • Alan 3.4.1.1.1

            that is the worst generalisation I have read on this site, you do your cause no good whatsoever by making such sweeping,inaccurate comments.

            • Muttonbird 3.4.1.1.1.1

              It is a very accurate observation in my opinion. RWNJs all think like this to a greater or lesser extent. That society and community aren’t really things to be nurtured or protected or managed in any way and that individuals’ independent self-centred decisions will benefit all eventually. They deny increasing inequality and believe the powerful and able are voluntarily benevolent enough to paper over the cracks without having an agreement between all people about what the future should look like.

              I remember you, Alan. You’re the one who wanted people to think Andrew Little and Jacinda Ardern were a romantic item.

              • Alan

                you need to get out more

                [You need to learn how to argue persuasively. Last warning – MS]

                • Muttonbird

                  And you need to put more effort into your comments. I think you’ve had one two warnings already. Don’t expect another.

                  What about telling the forum how RWNJs like yourself are very invested in the health of society top to bottom? How about even explaining how RWNJ amateur property investors help stable, healthy communities through house flipping, and their inherent distrust of tenants?

                  Just a couple of ideas to get you started.

                  • Alan

                    I am very interested in the health of society, i fully subscribe to providing a hand up to those in need.

                    • Ed

                      So you are appalled by the levels of inequality in the country?
                      So you are appalled by the levels of homelessness in the country?
                      So you are appalled by the state of the health system in the country?

            • McFlock 3.4.1.1.1.2

              Thanks for your concern about our cause.

              Muttonbird’s comment didn’t seem to be too far off the mark to me, but whatevs. It’s not like you neglected to provide a list of selfless tories that proves how inaccurate MB was /sarc

              But really, the worst generalisation on this site? Ever? That’s a big call, dude. I mean, people have picked up bans for anti-semitism or saying protestors should be shot. Even the list that didn’t pick up a ban has some bold positions, like the rich are all a blight on society or all imports should be banned. Aren’t you being just a wee bit precious?

              • Alan

                MBs assertion that only the left has a heart is whats precious – utter delusion

                • mickysavage

                  Back it up. Provide proof and arguments. Go on, knock yourself out.

                • McFlock

                  Case for the prosecution: our child poverty rates.
                  Case for the defense: “utter delusion”.

                • Ed

                  Yes denying there’s a housing crisis shows real heart.
                  Underfunding mental health services shows real heart.
                  Underfunding our hospitals shows real heart.

                  This extreme right wing government is so full of heart.

      • james 3.4.2

        And there you go again. I think what I said regarding Helen Kelly was very respectful.

        Yes – my views differ greatly from her on almost everything, but I can also point out where she has caused me to change my views (one that I disagreed with to start).

        But – hey you want to make it a pissing match and make it insults to people who simply disagree with you politically.

        I think your behaviour is way more ‘morally corrupt’ than what I said.

        • mickysavage 3.4.2.1

          Im pleased that you have stated your respect for Helen. Muttonbird expressed the frustration of many of us that people like Helen accurately analyse the issues and the solutions from an early stage, get opposed by conservatives, and then eventually, way too late, their ideas become mainstream.

        • Muttonbird 3.4.2.2

          Lol. The first thing you said was ‘I hate the Greens but here’s one thing…’
          The second thing you said was ‘I disagree with Helen Kelly on everything but here’s one thing…’

          I just pointed out that for you the hate for the Greens and the disagreement with HK is more important to you than their progressive ideas.

          How about next time you just say what a good idea it was instead of saying first how much you dislike the person with the idea?

          • James 3.4.2.2.1

            Actually why don’t you learn to read. I never said I hated the greens as you say.

            I said I hate agreeing with them.

            pathetic attempt at starting a false narrative.

            • Draco T Bastard 3.4.2.2.1.1

              I said I hate agreeing with them.

              Which, in context, means that you hate the Greens.

  4. You were against it?
    Why, pray tell?
    Pleased, btw, that you support it now.

    • The decrypter 4.1

      Good on you james, at least you’re an honest tory . Not one eyed like Smith and co. Two sides to everything I always say.

    • james 4.2

      – Yes,
      – Because I am pretty much against all drugs.
      – Because – because Reading the Helen Kelly story, I can see the difference it made to somebody who desperately needed it, and how it was (simply put) wrong and inhumane to not make something available to somebody in need.

      • mpledger 4.2.1

        Do you drink alcohol?

        • James 4.2.1.1

          Very rarely. And when I do very little.

          • gsays 4.2.1.1.1

            Hi James, well done on yr contribution to this thread.
            I would like to know why you are against all drugs.
            Cheers.

        • Sabine 4.2.1.2

          he states,

          Because I am pretty much against all drugs. @ James

          so i think we can safely assume that he is not against the drugs that he takes, be that alcohol or heavy duty pain killer that his doctor prescribes for back pain or headaches. just to name two of the legal drugs.

          But hey, if you are dying he is generous enough to let you have what ever gets you through the day. He is generous.

          • James 4.2.1.2.1

            It takes a bitter person to try and turn what I said into a personal attack.

            It’s quite a laugh that you even try to make pissing comments at or about me when my views have changed and actually agree with you.

            Here I am saying I hope the greens bill gets drawn – and I’m a prick.

            some of you are so bitter and twisted it’s laughable.

            • Sabine 4.2.1.2.1.1

              its not a personal attack.

              you stated…… a. you hate to disagree with the Greens on that,

              but in saying that, many many people other then the Greens have argued for years now to make medicinal mj legal. So frankly you used your comment for a cheap shot against the Greens, as if agreeing with the greens would give you the hives. Are you a bitter fellow?

              you stated…..b. that you disagree literally with everything Helen Kelly stood by, but in reading her history you would have given her the right to use medicinal MJ. That is mighty generous of you, is it not?

              you then state that you are against almost all the drugs there are, to which I simply state that i assume these to be all the illegal drugs that you are against, but would possibly be ok with Alcohol or legal pain killers (and i am sure on occasion you have used alcohol and pain killers as most of us have).
              Nothing bitter about that. Just an observation that i think might even be accurate.

              What is bitter about your comment is that you need to make sure we all know that you ‘hate to agree with the Greens’ and that ‘you disagree with literally everything Helen Kelly stood for”.

              Which has got nothing to do with anything, as the debate about medicinal MJ has been going on now for years, and Helen Kelly very much like many others is just the latest to have been vocal about the fact that a. our procedures are not adequate to deal with end of life pain care, b. that someone is criminalizing him/herself in order to procure Helen Kelly and others with a pain medication that works for them, and that c. if we were to look at amending our current laws we could a. clear out our prisons of inhabitants, b. create a cash crop, c. create jobs, d. create tax revenue.

              You could just have stated that you agreed with making medicinal MJ available to those that get relieve from it. Full stop. And maybe now you would be bathing in love instead of the cynicism that you yourself use.

            • Robert Guyton 4.2.1.2.1.2

              James: “Here I am saying I hope the greens bill gets drawn – and I’m a prick.”

              QFT

  5. Muttonbird 5

    Wow. MSD either has no control of its regional managers or an unofficial directive was issued by one particular regional manager which MSD would have not wanted to be known.

    In both cases the current government has no idea what its ministry is doing, or (and I suspect this is the case) that simply don’t care because there are no votes in it for them.

    The poster known as Alan would applaud this as good politics, of course.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201843510/emergency-housing-providers-instructed-not-to-talk-to-media

    • weka 5.1

      Interesting. I heard a bit of this on the radio earlier but didn’t catch the whole thing, just the bit about NGO staff feeling intimated by being told not to talk to the media. And I thought that makes total sense, this is National.

      • Rosemary McDonald 5.1.1

        Sadly, also Labour.

        http://www.communityresearch.org.nz/research/fears-constraints-and-contracts-the-democratic-reality-for-new-zealands-community-and-voluntary-sector/

        “Fears, constraints, and contracts: The democratic reality for New Zealand’s community and voluntary sector
        The important role of community and voluntary sector organisations to democratic debate and policy development is widely acknowledged by governments, academics, and the sector itself. However, our survey of 153 NZ community and voluntary sector groups shows that democratic engagement has been constrained under both Labour-led and National-led governments in the last decade. The ‘contract’ environment dominating funding for social service providers; a lack of understanding and appreciation of those who work in the sector; and, disparaging remarks and treatment of ‘dissenters’ by political elite were major factors constraining democratic debate in NZ.

        Citation: Grey S. and Sedgwick C. (2013)”

        The paper itself is well worth a read.

        Answered more than a few questions I had after futilely seeking support from NGOs and Advocacy groups over certain disability/carer issues.

  6. mauī 6

    On Tv3’s the Project tonight Minister Paula was the guest. She was questioned by ordinary citizens about being able to afford housing in queenstown if you’re on $15 an hour and feeding kids in schools as one of the other guests was doing it. Should have seen the evils she briefly gave after the shouldnt the gov be feeding kids question.

  7. Muttonbird 7

    Hmmkay. After being accused of promoting property porn stories in an attempt to prop up the government’s narrative that there is no housing crisis, the MSM have dig up this guy who bought a house in Masterton for 190K. Excuse me? How is this non-story relevant to young Auckland families, also on minimum wage, facing a deposit of 190K if they are lucky?

    It seems Stuff just dug up the cheapest house in one of the most remote towns in the country in order to push Bill English’s agenda.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/92430862/homeowner-at-19-mortgage-almost-paid-off-at-24

    • Ed 7.1

      More fake news from the corporate mainstream media.
      Muppets and puppets.

    • McFlock 7.2

      Yeah but look at the funny thing about the deposit – I mentioned this this afternoon.

      He says he haggled the price down 20k and “He was able to use the difference as the effective deposit for the loan.”. So… wtf does that even mean? He had a mortgage for 190k but flipped the 20k back to the bank thus making the 10% deposit? And of course this was all five years ago. The same house today is probably 250k lol.

    • aerobubble 7.3

      Aussie visionary builds tree house to show kiwis yes they can build higher than one story. Kiwi land owner wad so incensed he got the chainsaw out. Wandeing round i see new builds but they are all one story high, even when set in suburds with two story homes. It should be, in a functioning market, an incentive to build up to the limit. But our market isn’t functioning, a third of Nat MP are housing investors. Thats the consequence of having so few MPs, they can align easily behind a rort to our economy.

  8. JC 8

    More GPs needed!

    “50 new doctors were needed to allow primary care to keep up with the demands posed by a growing population.

    College of General Practitioners chair Tim Malloy said most GPs were aged 50 or older, and many intended to retire within the decade.

    He said many felt burnt out, but were increasingly busy managing populations boosted by 70,000 immigrants.

    Urgent action was required, he said”…

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/330602/labour-would-spend-$43m-on-mental-health-teams

  9. Chris 9

    You know the left’s fucked when you’ve got Labour MPs saying “MPs who have some money to invest are just making the most sensible investments they can.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/92480280/politicians-putting-money-into-property-because-of-incentives

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
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  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
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  • Faafoi should be fired
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
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  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
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  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
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  • Generalist to specialist
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  • A “coincidence”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
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  • Climate Change: Alignment
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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  • More bad faith
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
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    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
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  • Loosening the purse strings
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Maori voice to help shape tertiary education
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    33 mins ago
  • Courthouse redesign a model for the future
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government enables early access to 5G spectrum
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Record export highs picked for primary sector
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    1 day ago
  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
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  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
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  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
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  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
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    2 days ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
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  • Building a platform for the future of rail
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  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
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  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
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  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
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    3 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
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  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
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  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
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  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
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    3 days ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
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  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
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  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
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  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
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  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
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  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
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  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
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  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
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  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
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  • New direction for criminal justice reform
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  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
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  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
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  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
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  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
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  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
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  • DART Buoys Announcement
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