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Daily Review 19/12/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:37 pm, December 19th, 2016 - 43 comments
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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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43 comments on “Daily Review 19/12/2016”

  1. Paul 1

    George Galloway interviews Peter Oborne on battle of Aleppo

  2. Paul 2

    George Galloway hammers Kristyan Benedict during interview on Syrian Civil War

  3. Rosemary McDonald 3


    “Paula Bennett says her appointment as Minister of Women ‘sends a message’

    Paula Bennett says she asked to be Minister for Women because it would show the Government was taking women’s rights seriously.

    Bennett, who was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister last week, was given the Women portfolio yesterday in Prime Minister Bill English’s first caucus reshuffle.

    “I like that it will be going to the most senior woman in Government and I think that sends a message that we do take it seriously,” she told the Herald.

    “I think that we’ve made incredible progress and I think that women are doing really well in most areas, there’s just still some others that we need to work on.””

    Paula needs to push the down button on her ego elevator, (“most senior woman in Government”…Hah! I may have just wet my pants laughing) breathe a bit of air that is less rarefied, take a big bite of reality and start again.

    Just on one issue close to my heart Paula, sweetie…Most family carers of adult disabled New Zealanders are WOMEN.

    Some of us (like myself) are on duty 24/7 and perform care tasks on a daily basis that the Providers won’t do and we are not paid a cent. We are beneficiaries, who are looking forward to a fucking miserable retirement as we have no savings.

    Other family carers are paid, but while on duty 24/7 are paid a maximum of 40 hours per week at the minimum wage and…are not allowed to do any other paid work.

    Come a long way? From a woman who voted for the PHDAct amendment in 2013 that even the United Nations has condemned as a breach of Human Rights.

    What are you on, Paula?

    • BM 3.1

      So why are some paid and others aren’t, what’s the criteria?

      • Sacha 3.1.1

        Being related. Seriously, it’s nutty from anywhere on the political spectrum. Govt will pay equitably for family carers via ACC but not MoH. Even changed the law under urgency so no further legal claims could be made.

        • Rosemary McDonald

          Thanks, Sacha…I ranted and ran. I don’t know why this sorry issue flew so far under the radar. Still having to explain, after all this time.

      • Rosemary McDonald 3.1.2

        What Sacha said….plus, BM, the Ministry of Health deliberately exaggerated how much it would cost to pay family carers. The ‘estimate’ the Misery took to the Human Rights Review Tribunal when this case was heard in 2008 to pay family carers of adult disabled family members was between $17 m and $590 m.

        This total misrepresentation of the costs of rectifying what was found to be discrimination was still being ‘quoted’ as fact even after the law was passed making the discrimination (retrospectively) legal in 2013.

        As a booby prize, The Miserly of Health invented the Funded Family Care scheme, paying parents only, and only for a maximum of 40 hours per week at minimum wage and no other paid work allowed. The arseholes budgeted for 1600 parent carers to be paid at any one time. The total uptake of FFC has been about 300…and many of those parent carers are not paid for 40 hours per week. Massive saving for the government.

        And…it is not just National to blame. Labour could have sorted this…and I’d personally like to find out why they chose not to.

        Neither Labour nor National ‘do’ disability at all well.

        Perfect, ‘normal’ people who accidentally foobar themselves are worthy of rights and entitlements under the very generous ACC system, and although there have been periods of famine for ACC…once your claim is accepted and you have a permanent need for care…you’re in. These are the ‘worthy’ disabled, unlike those born with their impairments, those who have a medical condition that causes impairment, or those like my man who stupidly broke his neck before ACC came in in 1974.

        Ironically, and not in a funny way, during the time the case was wending it’s way from the tribunal through to the Appeal Court (with our side winning all the way) it transpired that there had been numerous complaints made to the Misery of Health about seriously shitty care and abuse metered out to significantly disabled people in state funded residential care facilities…quite frequently the only other option on offer for those with high care needs. The Ministry of Health assiduously ignored most of these complaints until the media shone a bright spotlight on them.

    • michelle 3.2

      She ( Paula) is a spinner in other words she is a spin doctor she don’t need anyone to advise her she now does it all herself.

      To say she cares about women and Maori yet she has been kicking both groups in the guts with her policies her and her mate bill with his bullshert investment approach.

  4. b waghorn 4


    you know it’s bad for the nats when a stooge like soper is ripping into the new leader

    • BM 4.1

      I always thought Soper was a friend of the left.?

      • b waghorn 4.1.1

        i hadn’t noticed , he seemed to be on the bash the opposition bandwagon from what i’ve read of his.

        • BM

          I just remember reading Kiwiblog and they all moaning about him been a lefty wanker, etc.

          Maybe the press these days are a bit like the WWE, good guy one minute, heel the next? depending on what side of the fence you sit on,obviously.

          • mickysavage

            Soper left? You have to be joking.

            • BM

              Honestly, the guy’s got to be a raging left winger, he wouldn’t have his current wife if he wasn’t.

              • Once was and others etc

                Gawd BM – what’s your criteria from being from the left? Maybe that they once voted Labour?
                He’s about as ‘left’ as Ralston, or Fran Wilde!
                I don’t think politics enter into reasons for the relationship between Soper and Chukles.

              • Chris

                I don’t think his wife cares too much about politics. She’s spent most of her life just looking for something to say, and be paid for it, of course.

              • Paul

                In BM’s mind, the National Party is left wing.

          • Sacha

            Redbaiter and chums reckon everybody is a socialist, for your benchmarking. 🙂

          • b waghorn

            ”I just remember reading Kiwiblog and they all moaning about him been a lefty wanker, etc.”
            They like collins and brash over there don’t they? it wouldn’t be hard to be left of those orrible fuckers

          • framu

            “I just remember reading Kiwiblog and they all moaning about him been a lefty wanker, etc”

            well that seals it then.

      • rob 4.1.2

        You really (seriously) are deluded!

      • mauī 4.1.3

        Yes and Newstalk is run by a communist collective.

      • “I always thought Soper was a friend of the left.?”

        So completely wrong, BM and begs the question what else you “always thought” and how completely wrong that’s sure to be.

        • Whispering Kate

          Soper is just in a big shitty because he feels he has been taken for a ride by the wee man who has cut and run. Soper thought the sun shone out of his behind. Now he is ripping into National as payback because he feels such a bloody fool. I think there may be many Nats who feel just plain silly and embarrassed at the degree of adoration they gave the wee man – and what did they get – a betrayal and abandonment – Soper is one of them.

  5. Steve 5

    Housing crisis in Auckland Worsens. PM Bill English abolishes position of Housing Minister as latest figures show growing housing disaster in Auckland with only two thirds of the homes required being consented

    • Red 5.1

      30000 consents for new houses, 10,000 in Akl, prices stabilising, the market is responding

      • Chris 5.1.1

        The “market” is constantly “responding”. So fucking what? Record low home ownership. People sleeping in cars. Charities run off their feet. Government continuing to pull out of core social service provision. But hey! The market is responding!

        • adam

          Come on Chris, don’t kick a far right ideology when he’s down. Hug him a little, and whilst you are patting him on his head – remind him even hard core libtards like ayn rand lived in public housing.

      • Paul 5.1.2

        Too little, too late…

      • Pat 5.1.3

        you got a link to those awesome stats?

      • ropata 5.1.4

        haven’t you heard? there was a global financial crisis that debunked your blind faith in the “market”

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Aging Is Reversible—at Least in Human Cells and Live Mice

    New research suggests it is possible to slow or even reverse aging, at least in mice, by undoing changes in gene activity—the same kinds of changes that are caused by decades of life in humans.

    By tweaking genes that turn adult cells back into embryoniclike ones, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies reversed the aging of mouse and human cells in vitro, extended the life of a mouse with an accelerated-aging condition and successfully promoted recovery from an injury in a middle-aged mouse, according to a study published Thursday in Cell.

    It’s one of those things that I’m in two minds of.

    1. Yes, I’d like to live longer
    2. I’m absolutely terrified about what it could do to the human population growth
    3. I can definitely see this as being a class thing where only the rich will get it

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