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Daily Review 16/12/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 16th, 2016 - 18 comments
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Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standardistas 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 …

18 comments on “Daily Review 16/12/2016 ”

  1. Muttonbird 2

    The tittle-ogler, Paul Henry quit today and there wasn’t shortage of bubblegum media coverage of the event.

    Work colleagues crying, not because of Paul Henry but because their jobs are now at risk.

    One of the media pieces was about Henry’s greatest regret. It was that he once felt he condoned camping. The rest of his typical rant was about how terrible camping was.


    Normal stupidity from him there, but it got me thinking how this attitude contrasted with his supposedly genuine line about ‘living in paradise’, ‘coming to you from paradise’, make every day a wonderful day in paradise’, etc.

    This contrast sums up the man. That he claims NZ as paradise for the purposes of being upbeat and positive for his show but then belittles the very method which many low income New Zealanders enjoy that very paradise.

    With this contradiction Henry admits New Zealand is paradise only if you can afford it, but is ‘hideous’ if you can’t.

    Today is a great day for New Zealand because his divisive voice and the voice of the other master of division, John Key, will no longer be heard.

    • Paul 2.1

      Still Henry managed to get an interview with Paula Bennett, while John Campbell has found her impossible to get hold of.
      The benefits of sucking up to power.

      • Muttonbird 2.1.1

        It’s going to be very difficult for the National party to get positive pieces in the media next year. Garner will be told to be kind to them but he will also have to create tension so expect some fireworks.

        • WILD KATIPO

          I feel sorry for David Farrar…. trying to plug holes in the dike , stamp out fires and trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear with this B grade material he now has to work with….

          Long hours,


          No time off ,

          High staff turnover due to disillusionment ,

          Having to constantly cover for managerial stuff ups…

          Say ,… doesn’t that sound a lot like the conditions of so many of us who have to live in the real world and suffer the consequences of this far right wing neo liberal junta?

          • Muttonbird

            God knows who got close enough to [r0b: deleted – agree with DC below – family have no place in our squabbles]

            It will also mean the ability to continue his life’s work, to oppose Labour’s progressive policy, might be hampered somewhat. Having said that I’m sure he will just regurgitate slug-boy’s hysteria and call it his own.

            • WILD KATIPO

              is the middle name Netanyahu and Likud by any chance?

              • Muttonbird

                Don’t know. He won’t want to be bringing home a muslim guy (or girl) when he’s older though.

            • David Cunliffe

              Muttonbird how about playing the ball not the man and not the man’s partner and baby. Yes Mr Farrar is working for the dark side, but he is good at his job and respected by many. Unless we take seriously our opponents – instead of trolling little kids – we will sadly be in opposition for a while yet. Hands off his family please.

              • Fair comment David ,… but just remember this ,…

                ” but he is good at his job and respected by many. ”

                Respected by who ?… the same sort of people that write up the legislation locking in the poor to live in bloody cars and have children of poorer family’s die in moldy , shitty , damp state houses? – the same sort of people who happily give their own kids holidays overseas and expensive gifts ?

                The same sort of people who think its ok to pay the working bloody poor a shit pittance that is their excuse for a wage? – a weekly wage they would never dream about getting paid and is only about the same amount many of them pay for a good night out?

                The same sort of people who think its ok to have zero contracts for the peasants while they busy themselves selling off our scant remaining state assets?

                Fair enough you made that comment about not bringing Farrars family into it , mate … but apart from that , – you should clarify just ‘ who ‘ these people are that have a lot of respect for Farrar and the type of social conditions and policy’s he knowingly was backing and working towards all during Keys tenure.

                Oh yes, … hes good at his job alright, … its pretty easy to lurk in the background and never have to take the heat OR the responsibility for the destructive social policy’s brought about in the last 8 years . Policy’s such as nearly affected this country’s sovereignty if the TTPA had been rammed through.

                And locked New Zealanders out of the housing market.

                Pike River is yet to be sorted.

                Christchurch was a Brownlee balls up.

                We wont even start on retrospective legislation that undermined the actors union – and thus working people – for Warner Brothers or the legislation to give the state more surveillance powers to spy on its own citizens.

                Several days ago I posted here some choice comments from some of his posters regarding Peters going in with the mines rescue team – there seems to not have been much moderation on those comments and furthermore Farrar was posting on that same article actively himself.

                Here’s just a few prize gems from that so – called ‘ middle of the road ‘ site.

                New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has offered himself to be the first to re-enter the Pike River mine where 29 miners perished in 2010.

                Peters told families gathered at Parliament today that he’s read the safety reports and he’s willing to go in.

                I say we accept the offer and then seal the mine.

                Seal him in? That’s outrageous! No, I reckon we should just send him off with a pack of Benson & Hedges and a lighter…

                I agree, along with the pack of Benson & Hedges and a lighter, he should really go in with a cut lunch just in case it takes a while !~

                What a fuckwit Winston first is showing himself to be. Let him be the first, closely followed by Bernie Monk, Angry little, Material Turei and any one else wanting to jump on the bandwagon.

                It’s safe don’t you know.

                Save money on installing the seal and just jamb the material girl halfway down the drift?

                Good cost saving measures Holy. I like it.

                Winston has only got one ball.
                Chuckies are very very small, but
                Poor Bernie and Angry have no balls at all ……..

                If David Farrar had any social conscience at all he wouldn’t have let those comments pass muster on his own web site. Nor would he have supported and actively worked towards so many of the destructive policy’s that have been enacted under this govt.

                He might have some ‘ respect ‘ among the Wellington beltway crowd – but out here in the real world the man and his mission and his behind the scenes activity has been responsible for a lot things that have affected the lower and working classes lives .

                None of it positive.

  2. Paul 3

    It was bizarre to watch Samantha Power at the UN conveniently forget to mention all the massacres done in America’s name

    So there was Samantha Power doing her “shame” bit in the UN. “Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin, that just creeps you out a little bit?”, America’s ambassador to the UN asked the Russians and Syrians and Iranians. She spoke of Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica “and, now, Aleppo”.

    Odd, that. For when Samantha talked about “barbarism against civilians” in Aleppo, I remembered climbing over the dead Palestinian civilians massacred at the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in Beirut in 1982, slaughtered by Israel’s Lebanese militia friends while the Israeli army – Washington’s most powerful ally in the Middle East – watched. But Samantha didn’t mention them. Not enough dead Palestinians, perhaps? Only 1,700 killed, including women and children. Halabja was up to 5,000 dead. But Sabra and Chatila certainly “creeped me out” at the time.

    And then I recalled the monstrous American invasion of Iraq. Perhaps half a million dead. It’s one of the statistics for Rwanda’s dead. Certainly far more than Srebrenica’s 9,000 dead. And I can tell you that Iraq’s half million dead “creeped me out” rather a lot, not to mention the torture and murders in the CIA’s interrogation centres in Afghanistan as well as in Iraq. It also “creeped me out” to learn that the US president used to send innocent prisoners off to be interrogated in… Assad’s Syria! Yes, they were sent by Washington to be questioned in what Samantha now calls Syria’s “Gulags”.

    Funny old world. Samantha, God bless her, didn’t mention Gaza, where quite a lot of Palestinian children have been killed by the Israelis. Nor Yemen, where America’s head-chopping allies are now dissing the Shiites and have killed almost 4,000 civilians. Nor the mass killings by Isis in Mosul. Nor – most oddly of all – did Samantha mention 9/11. Here, surely, was an international crime against humanity worthy of mention in Samantha’s roll call of shame. 3,996 innocent dead. A must-be, you’d think, for throwing at the Syrians and the Russkis and the Iranians./blockquote>

    For more, click below.

    It was bizarre to watch Samantha Power at the UN conveniently forget to mention all the massacres done in America’s name

  3. Paul 4

    John Campbell shone the spotlight today on the failure of the government’s housing programme in New Lynn.

    • Muttonbird 4.1

      I read somewhere just 7000 dwellings were built this year when we know 13000 are required just to keep up.

      Dr Nick’s eye must be wandering even further under the weight these broken promises.

  4. Love to know what the quip was. so many options .

    • b waghorn 5.1

      all meat is touched only with the tongs

      • WILD KATIPO 5.1.1

        Standard operating procedure’s due to Health and Safety regulations…

        I wonder who will cop the blame if someone contracts salmonella ?

        Better form an entity real quick !

        Wouldn’t change a thing – its not a political decision to make !

  5. Muttonbird 6

    Barry Soper? Perhaps not as I think he’s older than 75.


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