Daily review 13/05/2019

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  1. From Farrar's post on Ardern:

    It dawned on me that rather than this being the PM telling us what she is doing, she was genuinely engaging with those in the room for their ideas about various issues and complexities. She was very much over the detail of what is a very complex landscape which is an intersection of Internet architecture, free speech issues, social media companies, behavioural incentives and issues of market dominance.

    I’ve observed various Prime Ministers for over thirty years. The Prime Minister in that meeting was highly impressive – one of the best performances I have seen. I don’t mean just on empathy (always a strength) but on policy, on strategy, on tactics. She is obviously highly involved in the Christchurch Call, not just fronting it. She is driving it.

    The combination of her mastery of detail, her actively seeking opinions and taking her own notes, her lack of staff in the room, and also the total lack of barriers between the PM and participants (all sitting around in a circle) made everyone in that room feel they were genuinely being useful, and this wasn’t just tick the box consultation. 

    It's worth reading.

    https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2019/05/why_national_shouldnt_fall_into_labours_trap_of_under-estimating_the_prime_minister_of_the_day.html

    • Robert Guyton 1.1

      There's something really special happening with and through our Prime Minister, Pete.

      Can you feel it?

    • Sacha 1.2

      "It's worth reading"

      Agreed. Just not the comments. 🙂

  2. Jilly Bee 2

    Wow, an interesting take by Simon Bridges.  Why wasn't he challenged on why the last National-led government (here's looking at you Peter Dunne) let the ghastly stuff, stupidly referred to as Synthetic Cannabis onto the market place.  Short memories eh.   https://www.nzherald.co.nz/national-video/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503075&gal_cid=1503075&gallery_id=206785

    • mac1 2.1

      He wasn't challenged because that seemed like a video made by his MP Mark Mitchell and there wasn't a reporter in sight, or in hearing. Why is it on a Herald site is another question, Does the Herald run party-produced videos? The video states at the end that it was a video made by one Mark Mitchell.

      • greywarshark 2.1.1

        He wasn't acting as an MP when Mark Mitchell made the video!

        • mac1 2.1.1.1

          Nor was Bridges acting as party leader! Seating all carefully arranged for the video, a right set up.

           

      • Rapunzel 2.1.2

        While not entirely sure if it is the same one there is/was a Herald photographer called "Mark Mitchell" (not that uncommon a name) who may have moved on to covering events on "video" it confused me a couple of times in the past, I think in this instance but I could easily be wrong but if it was attributed by name I doubt even the National Party would want it specified that "their" Mark Mitchell was the news source.

        • mac1 2.1.2.1

          Rapunzel, you are right. Googling brings him up as an award-winning Herald photographer and videographer. So I jumped to false conclusions.

           

          • greywarshark 2.1.2.1.1

            Trivia.   I thought I'd have a look at the 'Top Names' in the this list from USA.   Mark is not amongst the most popular names for males it's down the list.    At present James is top, closely followed by John, Robert and Michael.  

            For females Mary is way ahead of Patricia, Jennifer, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara.

            (Simon wasn't even on the list –  neither was Luke which I quite like.)

  3. greywarshark 3

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/389125/almost-half-of-crime-experienced-by-4-percent-of-new-zealanders

    …These show 29 percent of people were victims of crime, with 4 percent experiencing 47 per cent of the total 1.7 million offences. Two percent of New Zealanders suffered 40 percent of crime, while 71 percent experienced no crime.

    The reasons some people experienced more crime varied, Ministry of Justice chief executive Andrew Kibblewhite said.

    "There are some signposts in here, there are the issues around where discrimination might occur, there are issues around deprivation and you get more crime in areas of deprivation so that will narrow you down," Mr Kibblewhite said.

  4. McFlock 4

    Sweden's reopened the rape investigation of Assange.

    Statute of limitations expires in August 2020.

  5. greywarshark 5

    This has probably been up before but it is good to regularly repeat it. One thing is that the stock have to be put in after the rainy season and the grass has grown and the grass gets trodden, wee’d and defecated on, and the grass becomes a mulch, traps the moisture and the dung is trodden in. The soil holds the water, the grasses keep the soil cooler, growth occurs.

    Allan Savory   How to Green the World's Deserts  2013 –

    This is approximately what has been in his address – better check to see if I've got it right.

    Allan Savory
    …We were wrong to believe that the world is flat.   We are wrong to believe that desertification is caused by livestock, overgrazing the plants, leaving the soil bare and giving off methane.    Almost everybody Knows That!

    Savory recommended after study that elephants were overstocked.  To ensure that there was a sustainable food level 40,000 elephants were shot. He is now deeply sad at this as the land is not in better condition.  Must stop evaporation!

    In Africa fire is used on 1 billion hectares a year, and that releases carbon to the atmosphere.   1 hectare of burnt grassland releases the equivalent of damaging pollutants equal to that from 6,000 cars.

    So no desertification, how to achieve. Fire is not good though has been standard practice.    One option is to use livestock bunched and moving as a proxy for the old time moving herds.   It is complex, and ancient times developed deserts and modern systems also.    So grazing must be planned.  One area has resulted in a 400% increase in cattle….  

  6. greywarshark 6

    Allan Savory   How to Green the World's Deserts  2013 –

    This is approximately what has been in his address – better check to see if I've got it right.

    …We were wrong to believe that the world is flat.   We are wrong to believe that desertification is caused by livestock, overgrazing the plants, leaving the soil bare and giving off methane.    Almost everybody Knows That!

    Savory recommended after study that elephants were overstocked.  To ensure that there was a sustainable food level 40,000 elephants were shot. He is now deeply sad at this as the land is not in better condition.  Must stop evaporation!

    In Africa fire is used on 1 billion hectares a year, and that releases carbon to the atmosphere.   1 hectare of burnt grassland releases the equivalent of damaging pollutants equal to that from 6,000 cars.

    So no fire, results in desertification   One option is to use livestock bunched and moving as a proxy for the old time moving herds.   It is complex, and ancient times developed deserts and modern systems also.    So grazing must be planned, it must be a holistic set-up.  One area has resulted in a 400% increase in cattle.  

  7. greywarshark 7

    Here is a 47min documentary where previously separate villages came together to provide the size of the herd that they can use to fertilise vegetable growing ground where the cattle are kept for about 4 nights in a portable kraal.   And then they will go to another area for another village doing the same so all benefit.

    The people are very happy after agreeing to trial what is a new system to them. The villages can feed their famioy from their own provision the whole year, not just the 4 months as before. It’s called the Africa Centre for Holistic Management. Now the Savorys (Savory Institute) have set up a similar in Boulder Colorado and many other places.

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