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Daily Review 11/10/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 11th, 2017 - 29 comments
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29 comments on “Daily Review 11/10/2017”

  1. greywarshark 1

    How do I find the story behind the image that you put up each night?

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Its a bit random. I could put up a description in the narration. This is of a recent protest in Spain.

      • greywarshark 1.1.1

        Thanks Micky. Just the place as a minimum would be good. This image is awful – like the robot kicking a butterfly. Spain catatonic v Catalonia or vice versa?

        • DSpare

          It is hard to know which reports are genuine and which are fabricated, particularly if you don’t know Spanish (which I don’t), let alone Catalan. This iNews piece is largely based on the work of; “Maldito Bulo” (“devil hoax”, maybe; “damned lies” would be the best translation), and does suggest that image checking is as important as fact checking in these “post-truth” days:

          Although the Spanish police did try to forcefully stop people voting, some of the viral images of injured people do not show injured Catalan citizens, but people injured in a miners’ protest in Madrid in 2012,

          Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/misinformation-shared-catalonia/

          That said, the fact that the proudly Francoist; “Falange Española‏ de las JONS” (the J stands for junta), were marching complete with their salutes against Catalonian independence is not fake news. But neither did they seem to be the organizers of the main demonstrations. Still they have not been disowned by them (at least not in any english translation I have read) , and as NRT points out (with links):

          While Spanish violence succeeded in keeping the turnout to only 43% (55% if the ballots they stole are considered), support for an independent republic was so overwhelming that it would have been a majority even at the turnout levels of a normal Catalan election.

          Since then, Spain has upped its campaign of violence, threatening to suspend Catalonia’s regional autonomy and torture and murder its president (just as they did to one of his predecessors).


          The best local parallel to Catalonia/ Spain would seem to be Papua/ Indonesia. Where likewise a choice between continued ethnic cleansing or some legal restraint was offered (though in Papua the; “Act of Free Choice” was much less democratic than the Spanish constitutional referendum). An important point is that the Spanish constitution has only existed for forty years and has already been amended twice, so it is as not as sacrosanct as the Spanish government are fronting.

        • mickysavage

          Thanks BM my mistake.

  2. JC 2

    “After seeing out another election at RNZ, news gathering boss and former political editor Brent Edwards has left after 16 years at the broadcaster. Mediawatch asks him why and how he sees the state of journalism today.” …


    • Anne 2.1

      And the following is the most important thing he had to say:

      The media could stop covering politics as a game. That would make a big difference,” he said.

      “People need to know behind the scene what is being done, but we get obsessed with the game and seeing elections as a horse race. I’m not sure that really serves our readers, viewers or listeners best, or provides the sort of journalism that sustains democracy,…”

      I don’t know how many other people have wondered why so many voters fell for the $11.7 billion fiscal hole lie and the income tax lies. Well, it seems National reinforced them by targeting specific groups with Face-Book messages repeating the lies to them. As someone who is not on Face-Book, I don’t know how they were able to select the groups they perceived as vulnerable and then send them personal messages, but I do know a couple of my young relatives were among them. They fell hook, line and sinker for them.

      • JC 2.1.1

        “There are three estates in Parliament but in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder there sits a Fourth Estate more important far than they all. It is not a figure of speech or witty saying, it is a literal fact, very momentous to us in these times.”

        – Edmund Burke in a parliamentary debate in 1787 on the opening up of press reporting of the British House of Commons.


      • John up North 2.1.2

        Facebook is a business —- fb users and their information is one of the products they sell for profit.

        Basically you tell fb the profile of the person/s you want to target, hand over your do$h and fb does the rest. They have lots of different algorithms to march through their database (our information, searches, likes, profile, page visits etc) and hey presto no need for a shotgun approach when you have a sniper that knows “plenty” about the target/s.

        • Anne

          Thanks for that JuN.
          On and off for years I was stalked by a jealous and insane person and – along with related unlawful acts – it left me wary of putting my name out there in any sort of public or semi-public arena. Hence I avoided Facebook and don’t understand how it works.

          Now we know where National was spending its many millions… an under the radar onslaught on Facebook. Time for a look at the electoral laws again!!

  3. Whispering Kate 3

    One thing I would like to know is this – when Winnie has finally made up his mind who he wishes to form a Government with – will we ever find out what his demands were and what the other partner has ceded to him – or will it be a business contract and kept confidential.

    Will we just have to sit back as voters and accept what it is but never know what has been agreed to. Is there a protocol for this or is the electorate just kept in the dark and not told what the terms were finally agreed upon.

    • tracey 3.1

      It will come out in time I think because of initiatives that get announced and how the voting goes in the house?

    • millsy 3.2

      We got full info on what Labour and NZF were going to do back in 1996 — so no reason why this is going to be any different.

  4. Anne 4

    This bloke seems to have ‘insider’ knowledge about what’s going on inside the negotiations:


  5. Ed 5

    Another ACT mouthpiece gets a platform for their toxic views.
    Prebble, Seymour, Franks, Hide and now Roy.

    0.5 % of the vote and a lot more than 0.5 % of the airtime.

    Still, I guess the 0.5% owns about 50% of the country’s wealth.


  6. Tomorrows a big day. Sort of . But I cant say why. Its a secret. And then the next day might be even bigger. But I cant say exactly why. But it might be the end of the line.

    Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line – YouTube

  7. adam 7

    No matter who wins, we will at least have a killing joke…

  8. millsy 8

    Winston will go with National. I

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