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Daily review 13/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 pm, May 13th, 2015 - 28 comments
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Protest I am mad as hell

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28 comments on “Daily review 13/05/2015 ”

    • jenny kirk 1.1

      Jeepers ! its never-ending …….
      Looks like North & South is essential reading this weekend – thanks for the tip,MS.

    • whateva next? 1.2

      Fear?, as Nicky’s book begins discussing why no-one stood up to attacks, smearing…..these people have shown a callous disregard for anyone other than their own, don’t bleed in front of sharks.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      The more I see shit like that the more I believe that lobbying and business donations to political parties needs to be banned outright. If we don’t then the corporations will keep buying out our democracy through, As Peter Dunne put it, willing buyers and willing sellers.

      • Tracey 1.3.1

        But Dr Mapp says they have no impact on politicians.

      • AmaKiwi 1.3.2

        @ Draco

        It would be so simple to do. Place a donation limit per person and require every political donation be recorded with the IRD number of the donor.

  1. b waghorn 2

    Interesting story on 3 news about people wanting to farm rhinos to harvest the horn which would lead to more rhinos and hopefully less poaching.
    Not sure how my heading dog would get on mustering them but it sounds like a good plan to me.

  2. Tony P 3

    With one statement Parata demeans all woman in the teaching profession and insults all teachers.


    • Hateatea 3.1

      She couldn’t do worse if she tried. I truly despair. Has she even considered rates of pay as one of the recruitment problems? Of course, anyone who is only in it for the money would be no loss to the profession anyway but people still need to be able to pay the bills and see some prospects of recognition by the employer of the quality of work being performed and the burden of ever increasing demands created by the bureaucrats at the Minister’s request.

    • mickysavage 3.2


      Just wow.

      I must tell my teacher wife and my teacher trainee son.

      • In Vino 3.2.1

        Cheer up.

        Coming from her, it is a compliment.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.2.2

        I’m pretty sure that my now ex-teacher sister is glad she got out. Feel sorry for my niece who just got capped with a degree in teaching.

        • Tracey

          My dearest friend left 18 years ago after 27 years… she has never been happier or relaxed. Which is sad on one hand because she was a marvellous teacher and mentor to the younger and new staff. BUT younger and new staff are cheaper than experienced staff.

    • AmaKiwi 3.3

      @ Tony P

      “Education Minister Hekia Parata told a Te Awamutu audience yesterday that if teaching was a “higher-performing profession” it would attract more men.”

      If politics was a higher-performing profession we wouldn’t be ashamed of Members of Parliament . . . like Parata.

  3. repateet 4

    My flag, which carried some of the key design elements, was rejected from consideration. A simple, strong design, easily recognisable and in any circumstances most apt.

    • ianmac 4.1

      Wonder that Creepy Key doesn’t grab it as a sign of his wild wish for lifelong fame.

      • repateet 4.1.1

        He doesn’t need a visual representation of the “lying key”, he just is.

    • jenny kirk 4.2

      As you say, most apt. How very odd that the panel didn’t accept it (sarc) I think its wonderful !

  4. miravox 5

    I like the pic of Charlotte Church today and was impressed with the reply to her detractors regarding her involvement with protesting austerity measures.

    Personally, I feel I haven’t done enough, and I’m going to change that.

    …As for … denigrating me as a “champagne socialist”, I have to say I’m more of a prosecco girl, myself. I was born in a working-class family who have for generations been active in political protest. I was nine years old when I was first taken to a demonstration by my mother, who at the time was working as a housing officer for Cardiff council. That was three years before my career as a singer began. I have earned a lot of money from creating music, but I’ve stayed in Cardiff, where my family are, where the people I grew up with are, where my roots are. I could have sacked them all off and moved to LA. I could have made a lot more money by investing in arms and oil, rather than ethically. I could have voted Tory….

    • Tracey 5.1

      Rich people who care about others not in their own income group? What a bitch!

      • miravox 5.1.1

        I know! I mean, despite her prodigious talent and loadsamoney, imagine wanting other people to have a decent life. Unlike other ‘self-mades’ maybe she even wants a ladder or two to remain!

  5. adam 6

    Anyone else remeber Gossy banning on about a toilet paper shortage in Venezuela the last few weeks?

    Venezuela has anti gouging laws, and the supermarkets were a bit pissed off they could not rip people off like they have been for the last 50 odd years. So the supermarket chains stopped import it (bog paper) and other essential goods to damage the government. So this is market forces gossy – deliberately not importing essential goods and creating shortages to score a political point? And you wonder why us on the left think your approach to economics is retarded. To choice to deliberately hurt people and their livelihoods to make a buck – seems like scum economics to me.

    Guess what – the government has pushed back – notice how the right wing press present this.


    Oh and the real good news for Venezuela, oil is going back up in price.

    So Gossy economic terrorism is alive and well in the hands of the right – good to see a hard assed lefty stood up to them ah.

  6. Draco T Bastard 7

    Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

    Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

    The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

    Otherwise known as conservatives, Tories and National/Act Party supporters.

    • ianmac 7.1

      And these Fact-resistent humans are noted for their fixed humourless smirks and relentless battering of teachers and beneficiaries, and hair fetishes. Yuck!

  7. RedLogix 8

    “By contrast, last year we scrapped the carbon tax, we scrapped the mining tax, this year … there’s a 1.5% tax cut for incorporated small business. There’s a 5% tax discount for unincorporated small business. There’s instant asset write-off for all small business.

    “As far as I am concerned, every Coalition budget should be a tax-cutting budget because we think … the more of your money that stays in your pockets the better for everyone because no one knows how to spend money wisely better than the people who made it.

    “No one knows better how to spend money wisely than the people who earned it the first place. By the sweat of their brow. By the ingenuity of their minds. It belongs to the people who made it. It doesn’t belong to the stealthy tax grabbers opposite … the tax grabbers who come in in the middle of the night.”

    No – not a libertarian nutjob – the Prime Minister of Australia speaking to yesterday’s Federal Budget.

    I guess the one thing you can say about Aussies is that you are rarely left wondering where you stand with them or what they are thinking.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      No – not a libertarian nutjob – the Prime Minister of Australia speaking to yesterday’s Federal Budget.

      Just because he’s the PM of Australia doesn’t preclude him from being a Libertarian nutjob (which evidence indicates that he is).

  8. Draco T Bastard 9

    And it’s looking more than likely that we’ll be having an El Niño this year:

    The latest climate predictions indicated a solid chance – around 70 per cent – that El Niño conditions would continue through the southern winter and spring.

    So it means that, if you’re a farmer, you’re fucked for the next year or two. Lower payouts from Fonterra due to the lowering demand for milk solids and a serious decrease in productivity.

    • Maui 9.1

      Me thinks we’ve got an interesting year of weather ahead. But it’s just weather, we can’t do anything about the weather and no one believes in climate change anymore anyway… Buckle up and enjoy the news reports that deny all knowledge of human involvement in what’s happening.

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