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Daily review 18/02/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, February 18th, 2019 - 62 comments
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62 comments on “Daily review 18/02/2019”

  1. CHCoff 1

    Migration as economic policy is a cop-out via abstract numbers economic ‘management’ to a society.

    https://www.msn.com/g00/en-nz/news/national/nz-population-on-course-to-reach-5-million-by-years-end/ar-BBTJhAy?li=BBSVtLJ&ocid=mailsignout&i10c.ua=2&i10c.encReferrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubXNuLmNvbS9lbi1uei8%2fb2NpZD1tYWlsc2lnbm91dCZpbnN0PTE%3d&i10c.dv=17

    Each state developing it’s own centre of gravity & culture is how to transcend ‘have’ & ‘have nots’ in external trade relations & sustainability – a real free market of regions.

    NZ1st!

  2. Bruce 2

    Does it have any kapok it it ?
    whats good for M&M , is good for you

  3. Cinny 3

    Re the Colmar Brunton Poll….. Suck on that sausage simon, lmao !!!

    1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll (1/3): LAB 45% (+2), NAT 42% (-4), GRN 6% (+1), NZF 3% (-1), MAO 1%, ACT 1%, TOP 1% #nzpol

    In the preferred prime minister polling, Ms Ardern has gone up five points as to 44 per cent.

    Simon Bridges’ position as leader remains under strain, dropping one point since November to just 6 per cent. That puts him equal with Judith Collins.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/exclusive-labour-jumps-ahead-national-ardern-support-surges-in-1-news-poll

    • marty mars 3.1

      He’ll have to go and get crasher collins assurance that she loves his leadership and will not be trying to stick the knife in. Meanwhile paula benefit smiles that scarey smile of hers…

      • Cinny 3.1.1

        ROFL !

        Neither of those ladies would attract more votes for the failing nat’s. Making it even more amusing.

      • Sacha 3.1.2

        Espiner hounded Bridges this morning on whether he had sought an assurance from Collins not to contest the leadership before the 2020 election – nothing but evasion ensued.

      • OnceWasTim 3.1.3

        Not to mention the scary oyes.
        Has there been a bit of botox seepage do you think?
        Source for the goose/sauce for the gander and all that – the things we’d otherwise not say.
        OK, I retract. Not Botox. Plasticine maybe? With a very heavy dose of Natchrill Glow

    • Anne 3.2

      I thought Mike Hosking said the Reid Research Poll last week was an “outlier”?

      Edit: Jacinda Ardern is on Q&A tonight at 9:30pm discussing the “China situation”.

    • Fireblade 3.3

      These Polls are getting predictable and boring.

      C’mon NZ National Party, pulya finger out, try harder! Go Simon!

    • ScottGN 3.4

      I wonder what diversionary stunt National will try and pull tomorrow in the wake of this poll?

  4. James 4

    Lol. Given tonight’s poll results. Great choice of pic.

  5. joe90 6

    China puts the needle in.

    • Sabine 6.1

      the butterfly sanctuary will be one of places and some of the critters to pay for it

      https://www.courthousenews.com/texas-butterfly-sanctuary-loses-challenge-to-border-wall/

      and this is why this planet will die. Because people have shits for brains, want to listen to people who have shits for brains so that they can feel ‘safe’. And everything they touch is turned in to shit. runny, orange, noxious shit.

      • I feel love 6.1.1

        Heartbreaking.

      • greywarshark 6.1.2

        What creepers do butterflys like? Grow creepers up the wall/fence – turn it into a living tourist attraction. Beautiful flowers all over the wall and swathes of butterflies flitting. It would be as grand as the Grand Canyon.

        Send a drone up with seeds of hardy creepers. They would persist despite herbicides.

        • Sabine 6.1.2.1

          nope this is a sanctuary not some lets grow monarch butterflies in the garden.

          this place is a bit more important than that. I also suggest you look at that river and realise that the border is in the middle of the Rio Grande River. Where do you think the wall is gonna go?

          • veutoviper 6.1.2.1.1

            I thought I had heard just last week that some other form of legal challenge against the encroachment on the butterfly sanctuary had been successful.

            Damn – which is me being very mild. If this sanctuary is lost, it will never be recovered and has repercussions worldwide.

            As for creepers etc … Let’s all sing Kumbaya or perhaps Onward Christian Soldiers while dancing the Conga.

            • veutoviper 6.1.2.1.1.1

              Had not seen Macro’s comment when I wrote the above but see that Macro also thinks the Butterfly Centre may not yet be lost.

      • Macro 6.1.3

        Not so fast Sabine. The actual bill for the financing specifically states that the monies set aside for the “secure fencing” shall not be spent on certain specified locations – including the Butterfly Centre, Wildlife reserves, and an historic chapel.
        https://talk.whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/uploads/default/original/2X/6/6416982e9f01541a9ecc2a519db30be16949b59b.jpg
        (Sorry as this is a jpg can’t copy and paste the actual wording) – but if go to the link you will see there that the Butterfly Centre is clearly identified as a no go area.
        However having said that – this Bill does not stop Trump still bulldozing through the Centre if he can get his funding from other sources – ie his “Emergency” – but that has a long way to go as there are many legal challenges already lined up to stop that course of action.

        • Sabine 6.1.3.1

          nope, sadly the courts have decided so far against the sanctuary and it appears that they are ‘creating’ facts on the ground.
          if you read the article you will understand that bulldozers arrived i think two weeks ago, that they already prevent the owners from claiming ownership with the police literally trespassing the owners etc .

          there was a comment that is attributed for not confirmed to Karl Rove that describes this scenario:

          The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ […] ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do’.[3]

          The source of the quotation was later identified as Bush’s senior advisor Karl Rove,[4] although Rove has denied saying it.[5]

          again, that is not the question, where will the fence really go, the border is in the middle of the river. Just asking.

          • Macro 6.1.3.1.1

            Yes I read the articles and as far as the courts are concerned there is nothing to stop the work going ahead. But there will be no funding for that unless Trump can swing it through his “Emergency”. The Act for funding was only passed last week so the contractors will be holding fire one would hope until they had confidence they would be getting paid.

            From the Butterfly Website

            The National Butterfly Center is home to more than 100 wild butterfly species, a number of which are considered threatened or endangered.

            Accompanying a motion for an injunction Monday, the executive director of the butterfly association said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have made it impossible for visitors to access the 70 percent of the center south of the levee.

            Marianna Trevino Wright said border agents, Texas state troopers, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officers, and employees of a government contracted construction firm called SLSCO Ltd. have all entered the butterfly preserve without permission.

            The Customs and Border Protection agency has made plans to build a “reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee,” and “18 feet tall steel bollards” on top of the concrete wall. This installation will involve clearing the vegetation that makes up butterflies’ natural habitat.

            https://www.courthousenews.com/texas-butterfly-sanctuary-loses-challenge-to-border-wall/

    • Sacha 6.2

      If it was made from Chinese rather than US steel, they might not mind so much. 🙂

  6. Cinny 7

    If you didn’t catch it this morning, Chloe Swarbrick absolutely owned duncan garner, re the cannabis debate.

    She’s a future leader, have been tremendously impressed by her. Well done Chloe.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/02/cannabis-clash-chloe-swarbrick-takes-on-duncan-garner.html

    • Red Blooded One 7.1

      Agreed. Chloe was calm, on point and informative. Duncan was desperate and floundering. I don’t know which way I would want to vote yet but it wont be based on fear and petulance from Duncan.

      • Cinny 7.1.1

        Fun fact… the AM show actively promotes alcohol, usually on a Friday morning.

        Wonder if that has anything to do with his cannabis narrow mindedness/that networks narrow mindedness.

        Mediaworks actively promotes alcohol on some of their afternoon radio show as well.

        Wonder if any liquor supplies pay that network to have their drinks promoted?

    • veutoviper 7.2

      Thanks for that, Cinny. I don’t watch the AM show and would otherwise have missed it. Chloe did splendidly against the odds with Garner treating her like a little girl who did not know what she was talking about, talking over her and ignoring her responses etc. Chloe has integrity, knows her stuff and is definitely a future leader provided she is given the chance. On this subject she is top notch and left Garner for dead.

    • ianmac 7.3

      She was and is amazingly credible. Made Duncan look and sound a trifle stodgy. Good link Cinny thanks.

  7. Stuart Munro 8

    RIP Bruno Gantz

  8. joe90 9

    FFS, cat.

    • Andre 9.1

      A while back I took a long overland trip through Africa. At one of the campgrounds the owner had rescued three cheetah cubs from a bushfire nearly a year previously that were tame enough to interact with campers.

      One of them came up to me looking for pats so I started with a rub behind the ears, and I nearly shat when it suddenly started purring so loud it sounded like my diesel Landrover idling.

      Later on I was giving one a head rub and it clearly wanted some action on its cheeks, like a housecat. So like a good slave I obliged, and it suddenly flicked its head around and gave my hand a solid nip then let go and started licking it, just like some housecats. It was quite the sensation seeing my hand firmly held by teeth the size of baby carrots and knowing I was just a feline mood swing from losing it, then getting it licked by a tongue rougher than 40grit.

  9. Incognito 10

    Weehooh! Captain Simon on the Bridge. Here is your Captain speaking. I am your Captain because I wear the Captain’s uniform and sit in the Captain’s chair and I had a sizzler this morning, for breakfast. I will lead you to where no sane man has boldly gone before. I will steer you to where there is no life, as we know it. Sulu, set course to quadrant zero-zero-zero in the Negative Territory of the Galaxy. Make it so! Paula, beam me up, my poll is sliding. Ms Collins, stop commenting that it is illogical but fascinating …

  10. The UK Labour about to have it’s biggest split in 30 years. Only 5 MP’s so far, but there may be more in coming days.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/feb/18/several-labour-mps-set-to-quit-the-party-politics-live

    • Ad 11.1

      Presumably a new party about to form.

      Everyone ready for Bring Back Blair, or somesuch?

      • te reo putake 11.1.1

        Crikey, lets hope Mr Tony doesn’t offer his services! I presume it’ll be an anti-Brexit party. Likely to attract some support from those in Labour who are sick of Corbyn’s lack of leadership on the matter. I think one or two are also miffed at the anti-Semitism displayed by some activists in recent times, so itching for an opportunity to leave.

    • Macro 11.2

      It’s been festering for a while hasn’t it.
      The lack of direction from the leadership hasn’t helped – but as the Northern Irish Border says: “I’m not in favour of Brexit – but I do admire its ability to divide a country”. It’s divided the UK not only on party lines but with parties as well. The Tories have their own divisions.
      What a pot mess.

    • Exkiwiforces 11.3

      There was a write up this mornings Oz paper about, but I give it a quick glance at and thinking it was some Torie hack it job? Must go back and give it a good read after dinner before 4Corners starts to tonight about some dodgy Chinese dealings in Oz about recovering stolen Chinese money.

      Must be something in the wind if the Oz and Guardian are mentioning it as old mate from Labor i believe is a closet Brexit supporter and most of Labour MPs are dirty sum bag remainders.

    • joe90 11.4

      • Exkiwiforces 11.4.1

        It well be interesting if Hilary Benn, Owen Smith and Ed Miliband is in the breakaway party?

      • The Al1en 11.4.3

        I guess that’s what it would be like if the ultra left infiltrated labour here, pushing their extremism to the fore and making the party unelectable, except I’m sure there would be a lot more than seven leavers.

        What these sort of people seem to forget is that while they may have manipulated local constituency offices, they don’t have the will of the people on their side.
        Case in point point labour UK, who against a most divided tory party aren’t even close to forming a government on current polling figures, or in NZ, where the radical left don’t even make 1%.
        It doesn’t matter that you think you’re right and everyone else is wrong, but if you can’t win the people, you just can’t win.

        • Drowsy M. Kram 11.4.3.1

          If only we could ‘win’ more time.

          A timeline of Earth’s average temperature since the last ice age glaciation
          https://xkcd.com/1732/

          • Chris T 11.4.3.1.1

            Cool image, but I am pretty sure Stonehenge is older than the Pyramids

            • Drowsy M. Kram 11.4.3.1.1.1

              The earliest known Egyptian pyramids are found at Saqqara, northwest of Memphis. The earliest among these is the Pyramid of Djoser, which was built c. 2630–2610 BC during the Third Dynasty.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_pyramids

              While the Stonehenge site was used for ceremonial purposes as early as 3000 BC, construction of the Stonehenge monument (phase 3), as we know it today, began around 2600 BC, and continued for a few centuries. So “Stonehenge Completed” some time between 2350 and 2200 BC (as indicated in the cartoon) might not be so far from the truth.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonehenge#Stonehenge_3_I_(c._2600_BC)

              Let’s call it a draw.

              • Chris T

                Agree

                Think it has always been a bit of a “same time”, but she is a bit of a pissing contest, between countries.

                Bit like the who has the steepest road, or windiest city on steroids lol

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