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Daily review 16/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 16th, 2015 - 35 comments
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simon bridges john keyDaily review is also your post.

This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

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  1. Colonial Rawshark 1

    Meet the 21 year old feminist who attacked ECB chief Mario Draghi

    (Don’t worry he only had confetti thrown at him)


    She criticized the ECB for believing itself to be “master of the universe”, warning that “you will hear our outcries louder, brighter, inside and outside your halls, everywhere, and you shall deserve no rest”. She nicknamed the letters “papillons”, in reference to the messages distributed by French resistance fighters during the Second World War. Papillon is French for butterfly.

    As can be read in her manifesto (below) she said: “I do not expect this illegitimate institution to hear my voice, neither to understand my message.” Making reference to her “butterflies” she continued: “Today I’m just a butterfly sending you a sentence, but be afraid more are coming.” The activist was dragged from the ECB’s press room and taken to a police station in Frankfurt. She claims she was held for around two-and-a-half hours before being released without charge.

    This is her manifesto which she threw at Draghi while dumping confetti on him:

    A closer read:

    We own our own lives –

    and in the face of the overwhelmingly powerful external
    environment of the ECB’s monetary police,
    sometimes it’s hard to remember.

    We own our own lives –
    and they’re not the chips in the ECB’s gambling game,
    not to be played with, not to be sold, not to be devastated.

    We own our own lives!
    -will be the outcry of those who face repression,
    when we begin to see our poverty not as personal defeat or unchangeable destiny.

    master of the universe,
    I come to remind you that there is no god,
    but there are people, behind those lives,
    and if you rule instead of serving,
    you will hear our outcries louder, brighter, inside and outside your halls, everywhere, and you shall deserve no rest

  2. mickysavage 2

    Kia ora from Bali where the weather is warm, the local people are friendly and intelligent although poor, the country has a new social democratic leader (Jodo Widodo) who believes in improved health and education and even public transport and the local Bintang beer is cool and refreshing!

    It is interesting to see from afar the implosion of Key’s Government. I really think they have reached that terminal stage where everything they do turns to crap.

    • the pigman 2.1

      Isn’t Joko Widodo the guy currently trying to stamp his authority through increasing drug executions?

      Methinks this is a model that Little need not try to emulate. :p

      Make sure to keep an eye on your luggage! We don’t need our own Schapellesavage.

      • mickysavage 2.1.1

        Not sure TP. He was only elected last July and it would not be easy to swing public opinion around on this issue. Indonesians are very pleasant but very conservative on some issues.

        Some basic info on Widodo is at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joko_Widodo

        I don’t boogie board so I should be OK 🙂

      • Murray Rawshark 2.1.2

        That’s my understanding. He’s far less likely to commute sentences than the last bloke.

    • Sans Cle 2.2

      The fact that Key got through that last week prior to the election (Sept 2014), and managed to get back into government, despite that train wreck week for the National Party has made me rethink the concept of resilience. Despite all the incriminating evidence, Key sticks his head in the sand until things blow over, then comes out defensive (Attacking Labour’s housing policy is his argument du jour). It has worked so well for him in the past…..not sure if now is any different.

  3. Adrian 3

    The wheels really are falling off.
    My boy just showed me some video ( on his phone ) from Stuff. Key visiting somewhere meeting the locals, in the doorway of a shop a young couple , mock surprise, 3-way handshake, grip and greet move on to next place, what appears to be a garage, fuck me, the same couple , in the same blue uniforms no less pretending to be yokels.
    Boy said they’re Young Nats.
    Three things.
    1, Do they just not care anymore.
    2, How fucking stupid do they think we are?
    3, Can’t they even find two people who actually want to shake his greasy little paw?
    Make that 4, Are they shit-scared now of meeting un-vetted real pissed off people?
    Sorry can’t link ( i’m a techo idiot ) but it’s on Stuff website today.

  4. b waghorn 4

    Found this in the herald .
    “”The deportation inquiry – which could see Dotcom returned to Finland or Germany”

  5. amirite 5

    Bad luck or no coincidence? Unite Union’s office has been broken into, equipment stolen and smashed. It’s not in the news, only on Joe Carolan’s Facebook page.

    • Sans Cle 5.1

      Unbelievable! Was this reported anywhere, or have we reached such a low point in this Orwellian NZ? Thanks for the link. Really hard to believe that this is NZ!

    • Anne 5.2

      No coincidence mate. In the mid 1990s both Labour and the Alliance parties in Auckland Central had break-ins. The ACT candidate for Ak. Central was one, Rodney Hide. Not alleging he was implicated, but there’s more than an even chance a group of ACT people knew something about it.

      Back in the 1970s and early 1980s several well known Labour activists in Auckland had their homes broken into and papers stolen or rifled through.

      From memory David Cunliffe had his computer hard-drive stolen a few years ago.

      This is how right wing a******s operate. My pick is that it was a paid job to “teach those Unite Union types a lesson” and also to identify the personnel involved for future harassment?

      Whatever, they needn’t bother to go to the police. Nothing will happen. Unless of course a hapless journo inadvertently leaves a microphone on John Key’s table. Then the police will be in boots n’ all.

      • whateva next? 5.2.1

        Let alone acceptance of Ede helping himself to Labour membership details from their computer in parliament, apparently they were begging for it!

    • Murray Rawshark 5.3

      Forty years ago I would have put the odds at 99% opportunistic burglary and 1% political. Now I’d say 40% opportunistic and 60% political. I don’t really know if I’ve learned more or if our beloved right wing has got dirtier.

      • Sacha 5.3.1

        Not a pleasant realisation, eh.

      • aspasia 5.3.2

        Anne is right MR. In the couple of years leading up to the 1981 election there was a spate of break-ins which looked politically targeted…including a couple at the Labour Party regional office (in the days when in was owned by the Party and housed 5-6 staff). The Right has always played dirty when necessary.

      • Karen 5.3.3

        In the Herald this morning Mike Treen said they were also broken into the last time they protested outside McDonalds , but he was trying to keep his conspiracy theories under control.
        The theft of the computer from Cunliffe’s office a few years ago was one of the reasons he had no record of the Donghua Liu letter.

        • Pasupial


          I can’t find that Herald article under either; Politics, or Crime, searching; Unite breakin, doesn’t get me anything either. Have you got a link, or is it only in the physical paper and not online?

      • Anne 5.3.4

        Forty years ago I would have put the odds at 99% opportunistic burglar…

        Not at all Murray Rawshark. These were individuals holding down quite sensitive positions within the Auckland Labour region. It was way too much of a coincidence. It was a time of considerable political upheaval with Muldoon coming to power and a variety of other mysterious incidents… all designed to bring Labour leaders into disrepute. A 1970s/80s version of DP.

        I could tell you about one off-shore intelligence agency that was operating big time in NZ in the 1970s/80s – ASIS. And you can be sure it wasn’t the only one.

        • Murray Rawshark

          I was writing about my thoughts about what happened and how they have changed. I was not saying that these were opportunistic burglaries 40 years ago. Do I express myself in an absolutely confusing manner or something? Aspasia also seems to have misunderstood what I wrote.

  6. adam 6

    In case you have not seen it the last few weeks across the ditch have been – we interesting.

    Good to see Mr Clark and Mr Dawe take on one vexing issue – tax.

    I’ll put them in order oldest to newest.

    and this is great – just really awesome.

    • Hateatea 6.1

      Absolutely classic. I wish John Clarke would come home and take his wit to our lot. I remember with great fondness his many appearances on Country Calendar and Buck House.

      Thank you, adam, for those links.

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