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Daily Review 18/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, April 18th, 2016 - 32 comments
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  1. joe90 1

    The haves are getting their way with Brazil’s lower house voting to impeach Dilma Rousseff.

    “The people who are against this government are elite people who not are accustomed to taking of their own house,” said Camila Hochman Mendez, 34, a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. “They can no longer afford to hire domestic servants who live in their houses and work in a state of semi-slavery.”


    Protest against president again features nearly all-white upper-middle class displays of racism, desire to protect status and putting ‘have nots’ back in their place


    The meme’s relevance was brought home in yesterday’s protest when a photographer captured a scene that portrayed the meme almost perfectly! White upper-middle class couple, black nanny, twin babies in a baby stroller. Nothing wrong with that, right? I mean, at least she’s got a job! Other photos also hint at the reality of race in Brazil. The overwhelming whiteness of the crowds. The ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ division of the country. More blackface and the added ‘bonus’ of making a mockery of lynchings, not funny considering the ongoing Brazilian obsession with both! The calls for the end affirmative action and social welfare policies such as Bolsa Família that have made a university education attainable for thousands of Afro-Brazilians and helped lift millions out of abject poverty respectively (1).


  2. millsy 2

    An open question to the commenter “International Rescue”.

    Do you support the americanisation of our health system.

    Regretting the refusal to cut funding to our health system implies a ‘yes’ answer.

  3. Shifty 3

    That list of JK lies needs to be updated with working links. Sorry to nitpick

  4. Sabine 4

    chur bro


    “In response to one question from a Chinese shipping magnate, Key downplayed New Zealand skepticism from some quarters, over Chinese investment.

    “Firstly, you are welcome in New Zealand from an investment perspective. There will always be people in any country that are fearful of foreign investment and New Zealand, like any country, has those people and they will express that view.

    “But we in New Zealand will take that view from a Government perspective, that we’re a fast-growing economy, we want to to develop great international relationship and we also want to have a higher standard of living. We fundamentally don’t have enough private-sector capital of our own to fund that growth.”

    He acknowledged the process that the Overseas Investment Office follows could be streamlined further, for a faster decisions over major foreign investment proposals.”

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      We fundamentally don’t have enough private-sector capital of our own to fund that growth

      That’s an outright lie. We actually do have enough and have no need of foreign investment.

      Really, why would we need foreign money to use our own resources? When looked at logically the idea that we need foreign investment fails at all points.

      What we need to be doing so as not to turn NZers into serfs for rich foreigners is to ban offshore ownership completely.

    • Thom Pietersen 4.2

      That is plain deranged… how are we ever going to have local capital for investment when we have indebted at least 2 generations to paying off land debt because this is the exact same investment vehicle offered to a majority of Chinese investors.

      John Key is actually real-world retarded. Bet the fucker used to cheat at Monopoly.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1

        John Key is actually real-world retarded.

        No he’s not. He’s quite happy selling NZers off as serfs to people with lots of money.

        • Thom Pietersen

          Err yup, not well phrased – OK just a Monopoly cheat and a… well you know.

  5. Ovid 5

    Australia is likely to go to the polls in a double dissolution election on 2 July.


  6. Dale 7

    Will Andrew Little now sack Matt Mcarton? He looks very foolish atacking National over tax dodgers when he employs a self confessed tax thief in his office.

    [RL: If I had spotted this sooner it would have been deleted. But it has some responses and it says more about the author than anything else. If Dale wants to make an recrudescent idiot of himself I’ll give him his rope. Last warning; next time you’re out of here.]

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      Why? It was all sorted out a long time ago to everyone’s satisfaction.

      The problem we have now is the National Party putting in place laws that help actual tax dodgers.

      And I believe that you’re now in for an instant delete.

    • mickysavage 7.2

      Can’t the right send better wing nuts over?

      • weka 7.2.1

        lol, Dale’s comment was of such a low standard I struggled to think of anything to say so gave up.

  7. Draco T Bastard 8

    Sex superbug becoming immune to antibiotics

    But the spread of this “super” sexually transmitted disease is further evidence of the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bugs. For decades, antibiotics have been so overused by GPs and hospital staff that the bacteria have evolved to become resistant.

    The really silly thing about this was that bugs becoming immune to anti-biotics was known about in the bloody 1970s. The time to restrict prescription drug use was then but, instead, we got over-use.

    • weka 8.1

      We’ve also known for thousands of years that herbal medicines are effective against many bacterial infections. Why aren’t we using them as well/instead of? Because big pharma can’t patent them and thus can’t make enough money from them, and because many scientists and doctors have prejudices against alternative medicine that stops them from seeing what works. Public health officials too.

      • Lanthanide 8.1.1

        Also because they’re not anywhere near as effective as actual medicine.

        • weka

          By ‘actual medicine’ do you mean that antibiotics that don’t work any more?

          If we were any kind of sane we would have been treating routine infections with plant medicines and related medicines (eg honey), and we would have kept the antibiotics for life threatening conditions and surgery. Giving antibiotics for things like sore throats and worse, for colds, is one of the best examples of how truly stupid the practice of science can be.

          • Lanthanide

            “By ‘actual medicine’ do you mean that antibiotics that don’t work any more?”

            Last time I went to the doctor and was proscribed antibiotics, it worked quite well to heal me of my sickness.

            I’m glad I didn’t have to rely on ‘folk remedies’ to try and solve it, since the illness I had, if untreated, can result in serious complications; even death.

            • Rodel

              L…… I tend to agree with you but I think you mean ‘prescribed’. Proscribe has a very different meaning. (Spelling/grammar pedant I know).

              Friend of mine was prescribed months of herbal tea by a naturopath type for cancer instead of early orthodox treatment..He died.

              • weka

                You want to trade stories on how many people get damaged by mainstream medical treatments? My point is we can use the best of both. Prejudice prevents us from doing that, and stupidity means that antibiotics lasted about 50 years.

                • McFlock

                  Using the past tense doesn’t make it true.

                  But yes, there is room to use “the best” of both, as long as that quality is demonstrable. Leeches or honey to treat injuries, for example, or brass/copper door fittings to reduce hospital-related infections.

                  But “the best” needs to be demonstrable, otherwise it might be doing more harm than good.

                  • weka

                    I agree McFlock. My point would be that prejudice prevents good investigation of what the best practice is.

                    It’s not just the hippies talking about the end of the age of antibiotics. Go look it up, it’s pretty mainstream understanding now. We’ve passed peak antibiotics. Doesn’t mean that they don’t still work, but the problems of resistance are snowballing now. We have squandered an incredible opportunity in such a short space of time.

                    • McFlock

                      I suspect one issue is that phrases like “the end of the age of antibiotics” and “peak antibiotics” are more about panic than assessment and minimisation of the problem, and this induces scepticism in people who are in a position to fund resource-expensive investigation. So those resources get diverted to treatments with higher evidence of biological plausibility.

            • weka

              “Last time I went to the doctor and was proscribed antibiotics, it worked quite well to heal me of my sickness.”

              Sure, and there are plenty of people that use herbs successfully too. What you seem to be missing is that we are approaching the end of the age of antibiotics. Educate yourself, because there will come a time when they just won’t work, even for you.

              “I’m glad I didn’t have to rely on ‘folk remedies’ to try and solve it, since the illness I had, if untreated, can result in serious complications; even death.”

              Reread what I said. Antibiotics should have been kept for life threatening conditions. I suspect that you have no idea of the efficacy of herbal medicines, and that your prejudice is what gets in the way of understanding how they work and in what situations they are useful. Don’t worry, within our lifetimes we will have it sorted. Lots of unnecessary suffering in the meantime though.

              • Lanthanide

                You seem to be saying that herbal medicines are just as effective, or maybe even more effective, than actual medicine.

                But somehow, in our profit-driven capitalist world, *nobody* has turned this into a successful business venture.

                For example, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who are all about solving the health problems of 3rd world countries and have as much money as you could want to throw at a problem like this, haven’t bothered to invest in these herbal remedies on a large scale and bring them to people who are otherwise too poor to afford actual medicine.

                This really sounds like wishful thinking mixed in with some conspiracy theories about “big pharma”.

        • Draco T Bastard

          There’s a reason why ‘biologics’ are big money to big Pharma.

    • AmaKiwi 8.2

      Human overuse pales in comparison to agricultural abuse.

      Some animal feeds are laced with antibiotics the way junk foods are laced with sugar.

  8. Draco T Bastard 9


    As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce.
    ― Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

    We see this happening now in NZ with both foreign and local rentier capitalists.

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