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Daily review 19/01/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 19th, 2022 - 14 comments
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  1. Anne 1

    Further to yesterday’s Daily Review comments:

    How did this woman ever get to be a TV and radio host? She is completely off her trolley.

    A taste of what is in her latest rant:

    I do have something powerful to say William but since you were irresponsible enough to go to print with your government approved hit piece on me without waiting to talk to me, I will not be saying it to you….

    She goes on to say:

    "Of course, that would not fit with the current zeitgeist of your sorry Newshub outift which, through this covid propaganda-led nightmare, has appeared to be to seek to discredit any who hold deep concerns about this current government's very dubious and, to many Kiwis, dangerous policies."

    "Shameful man. Do your job with integrity. Investigate the PM's lies. Go out and find the stories at the hospitals and from the ambo drivers …the thousands of jab injured Kiwis …tell THOSE stories. ( My bold)

    Note: there were efforts to contact her yesterday but she never responded.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2022/01/covid-19-liz-gunn-goes-off-in-furious-rant-after-being-asked-for-evidence-of-children-collapsing-at-north-shore-vaccination-centre.html

    Btw, she is apparently linked to Steve Bannon’s “Counterspin Media”. Says it all.

    • Gezza 1.1

      Dunno. Maybe she’s developed an undiagnosed mental health problem. Seems to refuse to accept there’s plenty of evidence that no kids developed problems at the North Shore vaccination centre on the day she claims.

      I understand how some people have come to an anti-vax position & how they & others have concerns about the coercive nature of public health measures. But there are a tiny few who could well be suffering from undiagnosed paranoia or a psychosis of some kind. Conspiracy theorists often seem to have a few of them in their ranks.

      • Peter 1.1.1

        I think you got it. Behind the Herald wall today: "The sad spiral of Liz Gunn down the conspiracy rabbit hole:" Damien Venuto

        He ends by saying,"… it's also a reminder that you can't escape the frailty of the human condition – even when you've spent years in front of the camera."

        I get the 'down the rabbit hole' bit. It brings to mind the other animal adage – 'mad as a cut snake.'

      • Anker 1.1.2

        agree Geeza. That is a possibility about Liz Gunn, that she has a form of delusional disorder

    • DukeEll 1.2

      You think anyone who has a bad thought about the Labour Party and whatever ex student politician is leading it is a beer short of a six pack.

      I’ll agree with you about Liz Gunn though. Where tf do they get off hounding people who want to take a vaccine?As bad as the anti abortion lot parked up across the road from vulnerable women having to make choices so tough they can’t comprehend.

      • Anne 1.2.1

        Nope. The anti government line just happened to be part of the context of her rant. Did you read the entire piece? I'm on record here disagreeing with Labour or Labour politicians. Plenty of times over the past 10 years.

        I agree with your comparison with the anti-abortion crowd. Think you will find many of the anti-vaxxers are the same crowd who are anti abortion, anti-fluoridation along with several other antis I can't recall at this moment. Its been a hot day.

      • mauī 1.2.2

        Usually its not a great sign if you're about to do something in public and there's people parked up across the road protesting it.

        • McFlock 1.2.2.1

          Depends. If they're your employees, sure. If they're farmers, who knows. If they're whackos, you're probably ok.

        • DukeEll 1.2.2.2

          Maui are you against a womens right to choose how to live in their own body?

          • mauī 1.2.2.2.1

            I'm pro choice if you were wondering. The current situation we find ourselves in, re vaccination is anti choice.

            • weka 1.2.2.2.1.1

              people going to a clinic to vaccinate their kids

              women going to a clinic to have an abortion.

              Both situations are people trying to access medical care and protestors harassing them. Anti-abortion protests want abortion to stop. I've been assuming that the protests against kids being covid vaccinated has the political aim of stopping children from being vaccinated. This is very different from people protesting mandates or lockdowns.

  2. joe90 2

    Makes good TV, though.

    /

    Several police districts are planning to resume aerial search operations for cannabis, a year after top brass scrapped the annual eradication operation at a national level.

    […]

    “This recognises that districts are best placed to make these operational decisions, while continuing to work with the National Organised Crime Group to target both outdoor and indoor commercial cannabis growing.”

    Police target large-scale commercial growers who supply gangs which then sell cannabis into communities for profit, the spokeswoman said.

    “Drugs are known drivers of crime and revenue streams for organised crime groups. Police’s focus is to reduce the impacts of drug use and organised crime in our communities by stopping this supply.”

    Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick, who advocated for the legalisation of cannabis, told Stuff it was “hugely disappointing” that police had decided to return to the “wasteful and ineffective operations”.

    She said outdoor grows tended to be the realm of medicinal cannabis producers, or “green fairies”.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/127541318/police-to-resume-aerial-cannabis-operations-a-year-after-national-operation-was-canned

  3. Dennis Frank 3

    I've been allergic to dumb words since I was a kid so I was biased against the notion that a bobo was something significant & passed over the book 20 years ago. A mistake!

    Bobo is a portmanteau word used to describe the socio-economic bourgeois-bohemian group in France, the French analogue to the English notion of the "champagne socialist". The term is used extensively in Paris, France, where it originates. The geographer Christophe Guilluy has used the term to describe France's elite class, who he accuses of being responsible for many of France's current problems.

    The term was introduced into the English language by the cultural commentator David Brooks to describe the 1990s descendants of the yuppies in the book Bobos in Paradise (2000). Brooks describes Bobos as "highly educated folk who have one foot in the bohemian world of creativity and another foot in the bourgeois realm of ambition and worldly success".

    Bugger! I'm one of them. Have long been so. Fortunately I have an escape clause: nobody has ever applied this framing to Aotearoa.

    Anyway, Brooks has done a retrospective along the lines of what went wrong…

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/09/blame-the-bobos-creative-class/619492/

    He thoughtfully points us to several books by other authors examining similar cultural contexts to give heft to his analysis. Quotes one of these here:

    The 50 largest metro areas around the world house 7 percent of the world’s population but generate 40 percent of global wealth. Just six metro areas—the San Francisco Bay Area; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; San Diego; and London—attract nearly half the high-tech venture capital in the world.

    This has also created gaping inequalities within cities, as high housing prices push middle- and lower-class people out. “Over the past decade and a half,” Florida wrote, “nine in ten US metropolitan areas have seen their middle classes shrink. As the middle has been hollowed out, neighborhoods across America are dividing into large areas of concentrated disadvantage and much smaller areas of concentrated affluence.” The large American metro areas most segregated by occupation, he found, are San Jose, San Francisco, Washington, Austin, L.A., and New York.

    Third, we’ve come to dominate left-wing parties around the world that were formerly vehicles for the working class. We’ve pulled these parties further left on cultural issues (prizing cosmopolitanism and questions of identity) while watering down or reversing traditional Democratic positions on trade and unions. As creative-class people enter left-leaning parties, working-class people tend to leave.

    Around 1990, nearly a third of Labour members of the British Parliament were from working-class backgrounds; from 2010 to 2015, the proportion wasn’t even one in 10.

    In 2020, Joe Biden won just 500 or so counties—but together they account for 71 percent of American economic activity, according to the Brookings Institution. Donald Trump won more than 2,500 counties that together generate only 29 percent of that activity.

    An analysis by Brookings and The Wall Street Journal found that just 13 years ago, Democratic and Republican areas were at near parity on prosperity and income measures. Now they are divergent and getting more so. If Republicans and Democrats talk as though they are living in different realities, it’s because they are.

    Members of the creative class see their career as the defining feature of their identity, and place a high value on intelligence. Usage of the word smart increased fourfold in The New York Times from 1980 to 2000, according to Michael Sandel’s recent book, The Tyranny of Merit—and by 2018 usage had nearly doubled again.

    In The Great Class Shift, Thibault Muzergues argues that the creative class has disrupted politics across the Western world. In nation after nation, the rise of the educated metro elite has led the working class to rebel against them.

    RIP Karl Marx? No, he'll be spinning. No rest until someone updates his class system framing & makes it fit for purpose again…

  4. joe90 4

    Rapid tests – why, when, and how accurate are they.

    The US government is dishing tens of millions out, too.

    https://www.covidtests.gov/

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