Daily review 14/08/2019

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  1. Robert Guyton 1

    Everybody has a porn-star name, Candy Floss!

    • Kat 1.1

      Hosk scratched the bare skin of his knee through the designer tear in his jeans, this time on the left leg, wafting down the last of the Dom Pérignon he turned to Hoots “is John meeting us at the Pluto airport….Nah replied Hoots, he’s back at Upper Harbour electorate overseeing the safe landing of Luxy, Candy Flosses replacement. Shit, exclaimed Hosk I just followed instructions and publicly commented the other day that Soimon was very prime ministerial”. Hoots looked out the window and as the landing pad drew closer he spotted a familiar figure in the lounge bar swigging from a bottle of Emersons.

  2. greywarshark 2

    Latest in the Brexit punch-up.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49336144   Brexit: Hammond [former Chancellor] says PM's demands 'wreck' chance of new deal

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/13/no-deal-brexit-would-be-a-betrayal-says-philip-hammond   The House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has said he will “fight with every breath in my body” to stop Boris Johnson from proroguing parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit without the consent of MPs.

    Bercow, who has previously said he did not believe it would be possible to suspend parliament to force through no deal, gave his strongest signal yet he was prepared to personally intervene to stop prorogation.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/13/court-hears-challenge-boris-johnson-no-deal-brexit     Hearing in Edinburgh to block suspension of parliament backed by more than 70 MPs

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/13/brexit-iran-huawei-what-john-boltons-interim-deals-could-cost      John Bolton, the national security adviser to Donald Trump and one of the pre-eminent advocates of “America first”, could not have been more solicitous to the Boris Johnson government – but his overtures may come with a sting in the tail for the UK.



    • Dukeofurl 2.1

      Bercow can huff and puff all he likes.

      Its the Queen who prorogues Parliament , on the advice of the PM.


      Australia now does it every year  over the summer break , where it was once rare, instead of adjournment. The reason the opposition controlled Senate comes back into session and makes things difficult for  the Government.

      Is the Guardian that stupid they print such rubbish from Hammond and  Bercow

      • McFlock 2.1.1


        400 years after MPs were sitting on the Speaker to keep Parliament in session, the PM might end up trying to pull the Speaker away from it.

        They've left it too late, anyway. The UK is fucked.

      • greywarshark 2.1.2

        Because they are reporting what these leaders in politics are saying which gives an idea that something is bubbling in the Brexit stew.    Are you so stupid that you don't understand that is the role of newspapers, to print real news of happenings, and not just ideological ideas or fake news.

        • Dukeofurl

          I pointed out how parliament works, shutting down the place is between the Queen and the PM.  Its buried in the  Guardian text too.  Its called hiding the meme. Disaster chaos in headlines is just a device to sell newspapers/clicks. No relation to reality.

          So its stupid to suggest Bercow , of all people can change this. Much more so than NZ , the Commons Speaker is impartial and must be more  than just seen that way.

          Openly acting against the Government of the day makes him worse than Trump in the context of british conventions.

          The Commons has rejected Mays deal. Unless the EU changes course the only available way is closing the door behind them.

    • greywarshark 2.2

      Note i have somehow got one or more of those dreaded &*($ etc into links.  So wipe it out if you want the link to work.

    • McFlock 3.1

      To be fair, Barclay apparently did exceptional work to fuck that sweet deal up. It was a multifaceted and dynamic clusterfuck, which was possibly a developmentally-delayed case of teenage rebellion.

  3. aj 4

    If anyone does bother watching TV1 or 3 news these days, you'll be missing a great documentary on AlJazeera. Growing Pains 

    The Ecological Cost of an Insatiable Economy. A look at the global and political obsession with economic growth and the ecological and humanitarian consequences.

    And if you flicked channels correctly 🙂 during the short newsbreak you'd have tripped across a self – deprecating american farmer telling a joke. "What do you call two farmers in a basement? A whine cellar.

    ( Sorry wink ! )

  4. ScottGN 5

    So Paula Bennett has said that running National’s campaign next year is a huge job and ‘something’s got to give’ so she can organise a six week election campaign and that’s why she’s moving from her electorate to a list only position.
    Someone please remind this woman that every single prime minister we’ve ever had has managed to be both an effective electorate MP and run the fucking country.
    Honestly how does National get away with peddling this bullshit?

    • she is just ironing the landing-pad for luxton…

      • Rapunzel 5.1.1

        But how would that work, Bridges couldn't even work things smoothly out with Lee Ross with Bennett's help. If he mumbles and bumbles now imagine what state he would be in with Luxton the elephant in the room and staring over his shoulder.

        • phillip ure

          luxton will roll him 5-6 months before the election…will be sold to voters as 'new broom'…

          • Rapunzel

            That'd be interesting because Bridges will fight tooth and claw, he's invested his all in this and won't go quietly. My reckon is regardless that more of their current MPs won't be standing and they will suffer at least another term on the opposition benches as their shallow nature becomes too much for even the media to keep on ignoring.

            • greywarshark

              Bridges will do as he is told.   He has been allowed to be Shadow PM, Opposition Leader on a grace-and-favour basis.   He has had great profile for himself, and might even recognise he has been promoted beyond his ability (though I doubt if he would accept that).  

              'It has been an honour to serve the National Party' and he will step down gracefully.    And expect a 'goodie' bag of a nice little number where he can shine with other bright Gnat luminaries.   Sort of like a moth to a light bulb.

          • Wayne

            You must mean 2023. Luxon won't be in Parliament before 2020.

    • Graeme 5.2

      So Paula's gets the sideways hospital pass and told to go forth and multiply.

      Wonder when the past form that was alluded to in the last election campaign comes tumbling out. 

  5. i just finished reading 'chaos – charles manson,the cia and the secret history of the sixties ' by tom o'neill..

    this guy spent 20 yrs down the wormhole that is the manson case..

    and suffice to say – the story you have heard to date – the helter skelter one – is complete and utter bullshit..

    the truth is even more weird..

    ..and this is a great example of investigative reporting..

    i highly recommend this (just published) book…

  6. joe90 7


  7. marty mars 8

    unfuckingbelievable – sometimes I really wonder – who allowed this shit to happen – are corrections compromised?

    The Corrections minister says the Christchurch mosque attacks accused should not have been allowed to send a letter to a supporter from his prison cell.

    The supporter, based in Russia, posted a copy of the letter on an alt-right website, which has been verified as authentic by Corrections.

    The terror accused, a 28-year-old Australian man, is charged with 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder, and one count of engaging in a terrorist act after the shootings at two Christchurch mosques on March 15.

    The man is being held in isolation in a high-security wing of Auckland Prison at Paremoremo.


    • joe90 8.1

        – are corrections compromised?

      With an 88 tat.

    • Muttonbird 8.2

      The head of Corrections has to go.

      There has never been and will never be as high a profile case as this in NZ so even if our laws do allow for the sending and receiving of mail at the very least the minister should have been consulted.

      • greywarshark 8.2.1

        Makes us look like fools.   “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

        • Puckish Rogue

          Without knowing the details (and I absolutely know nothing about it) I can say that this was not a problem at the lowest end of Corrections (my end) because I know I wouldn't do anything with this guy without running it up the chain of command first

      • marty mars 8.2.2

        yep – some people have let the whole country down and dishonored the victims of this white supremacist murderer

        Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted something went wrong in allowing the Christchurch mosque attacks accused to send a "hateful" letter to a supporter from his prison cell. 

        Speaking from Tuvalu, Ardern said we "should have been prepared" for this type of issue and it "just should not have happened". 

        She said changes would be implemented and the Corrections minister would look into "whether or not our law is fit for purpose" in dealing with a "terrorist who is seeking to share hateful views and find platforms to share those views". 

        "Every New Zealander would have an expectation that this individual should not be able to share his hateful message from behind prison doors," the prime minister said.


    • McFlock 8.3

      I'm glad the impulse is to allow communication rather than err on the side of holding prisoners incommunicado, so I wouldn't come down on corrections like a tonne of bricks. They do need to sort out the system of handling this guy, though. Without prejudging the case, I suspect they'll be holding him for a very long time.

    • Pat 8.4

      keep it up…at some point no one will be willing to do anything

  8. joe90 9

    Oh noes, not muh' bibles…

    • greywarshark 9.1

      Why don't they print their own bibles.   If you look inside new bibles they are probably trademarked to a USA firm.   It is how business-like churches and the religious over there now are that they do a deal to get cheaper Bibles. 

  9. joe90 10

    Space rock and be done with it, I reckon.


  10. how blindingly good is this..?  joni mitchell in 1970

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