Daily Review 22/03/2018

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34 comments on “Daily Review 22/03/2018”

  1. Brigid 1

    Date published: 5:30 pm, March 22nd, 2018 –
    The date in the heading could possibly be meant to be
    Daily Review 22/03/2018

    Rather than 21/03/18

    I think

    [Right you are. I put this post up. My bad … too busy … MS]

  2. In Vino 2

    Careful, you’ll get a 1 yr ban.

  3. Fireblade 3

    The days of the popular John Key led government are an increasingly distant memory. With more resignations from the old guard, the party looks unstable and voters will quickly forget the Key era.

    The new National line-up appears to be struggling at Parliament question time and don’t seem to be getting alot of possitive mainstream media coverage. The next few political polls will be interesting and if National continue to slide, they’re in big trouble. I believe Northcote may no longer a guaranteed safe seat for National, too much has changed.

    This is my opinion for others to consider. I’m sure many people will have a different view.

    • patricia bremner 3.1

      I agree Fireblade. No one thing takes National out of contention, but the behaviour of Key and the ineptitude of Coleman would be contributors. Slime and incompetence.

  4. cleangreen 4

    A picture of two grinning cheshire cats both on their way out.

    • mary_a 4.1

      @ Cleangreen (4) …the Kray twins came to mind for me. More for dishonourable deeds than anything else!

  5. Carolyn_Nth 5

    Uber self driving car crash – from the dash cam.

    The comments under the vid are mixed, but for myself, I’d rather have an attentive driver than trust the technology not to fail.

    • mpledger 5.1

      My first thought was where was all the street lighting?

      And then how come the person crossing didn’t see or hear the car? The person hit didn’t seem to know about the car at all.

      • Carolyn_Nth 5.1.1

        Is it an electric car? And are they pretty silent?

      • mpledger 5.1.2

        Apparently the light on the street is very different to what is seen in the dash cam footage.

        This is an alternative video of the road

        The accident happened around the 0:33 mark.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      That doesn’t tell us much. We need to see what the computer saw, i.e, there’s a reason why Google’s cars have a laser mounted on the top – even in pitch blackness they would have ‘seen’ the pedestrian.

  6. Pat 6

    An idea that deserves thought though perhaps some decades late…


    “This situation can’t endure for long – years, perhaps, but not decades. The future is radically unknowable: it could hold anything from an age of peaceful prosperity to a horrific mass-extinction event. The sheer breadth of possibility is disorienting and even stunning. But one thing can be said for sure: what can’t happen won’t happen. Since the current situation is unsustainable, things are certain to change.”

    • patricia bremner 6.1

      Pat, his comments struck me … “the web of life” and “looking for the meaning of life? It is learning to live sustainably in the biosphere” thanks. Thought provoking.

      • Pat 6.1.1

        The thing that struck me the most was his optimism….esp considering the Guardian has also been running a series on the forming megacities…he is undoubtably correct about the unsustainability however

  7. Andrea 7

    Anyone willing to take on Julie-Ann Genter about her racist, sexist, ageist comments? Wonder if she says such things to her dad and grand dad?

    • Carolyn_Nth 7.1

      Racism and sexism = prejudice +power.

      The power in company boards is mostly with an elite group of old white men. Why is there not more diversity? – happens to be there tends to be less power among the young, people of colour, and women.

      So Genter is talking about a power imbalance and is asking for change to more diversity.

      Our business sector ain’t doing so great for our economy right now, so change is needed.

      And there is just too much income and wealth inequality.

      And, ultimately that change would be better for our society.


      I’d say such things to my dad, and I did when I was young. We had political debates in our house.

      • Monty 7.1.1

        Wow harsh comments especially to such a young audience. I voted for her and party voted Greens I will again but think she went a little too far this time.

        I agree completely we need more diversity on boards but I personally think she went too far and I am mainly looking at the age comments.

        62 odd you can’t retire and get super so they are using their experience in a different and hopefully a positive wayDoes she want to throw out all those aged people once they hit a certain age.

        • weka

          I’m not that comfortable with the age thing either, she could have said older rather than old, a subtle but important difference. But I’m mindful that we are seeing the MSM reporting of what she said, not what she actually said.

          She has been pulled up a few times recently for how she frames things. It wouldn’t surprise me if this was another. But I do think that older white men should be stepping out of those roles and sharing power with others.

          “62 odd you can’t retire and get super so they are using their experience in a different and hopefully a positive wayDoes she want to throw out all those aged people once they hit a certain age.”

          What about the women of that age who’ve been earning less all their lives? 😉

          • Monty

            Really interesting question you pose.

            Do you force their companies to retrospectively equalise pay.

            I would prefer to see policies in place that ensure other generations don’t face similar issues.

            To be the devils advocate and using my wife as an example. She earns more then me with her profession. She choose to stay home and be a mother for our two kids. We debated this at length as financially we would be better off if I had been the stay home dad.

            She wanted to be a mother and can I say what an amazing Mum she is.

            She has returned to work now and her peer (male) is earning more from 3 years of pay rises that she didn’t get. He was working and she was at home they do the same job. Her company which she a director has to disclose those situations due to their constitution.

            So the question is here she was away due to her choice for 3 years and not earning for the company should the company be forced to equalise pay. It’s a question I would be interested in debating.

            As her view is it’s fair and I disagree.

            • Draco T Bastard

              If she’d doing the same job at the same capacity then she should be paid the same.

              Experience counts but being away from work doesn’t mean that experience hasn’t been gained.

            • mikes

              If they do the same job and perform equally well and work the same hours, etc, etc then they should be paid the same. I can’t see why they wouldn’t be actually…

        • Draco T Bastard

          62 odd you can’t retire and get super so they are using their experience in a different and hopefully a positive way

          What if those older people, instead of being on boards and holding us back, were in training institutions passing on their experience?

          • JohnSelway

            I came into a bit of money recently from an inheritance and from selling a property I owned which I am thinking of using as capital to start a business along these lines actually.

      • Venezia 7.1.2

        Go Julie Anne Genter! She is only saying what has always been the case. If it gives old white men the nudge, then so be it. We need more diversity on company boards.

      • Gabby 7.1.3

        Middle aged stale flat white women should check their own privilege though shouldn’t they Karoraina.

    • Carolyn_Nth 7.2

      And reading the comments under the article, I think NZ is in need of better political and civics education.

      Institutional sexism

      Institutional racism

  8. joe90 8

    Interesting piece.

    There are plenty of different ideas for how to make the world more democratic, to ensure that people’s lives aren’t being controlled by mysterious private or state forces that they have no control over. Socialists have a variety of proposals for economic democracy, such as the Universal Basic Income, worker cooperatives, and mandating profit-sharing. But the democratic principle isn’t just about economics. It’s also what turns socialists into feminists and anti-racists. Sexism and racism are outside forces that are acting on people against their will, making their lives more difficult on account of demographic characteristics that they cannot choose. The principle “everyone should have the most fulfilling possible life” means that women shouldn’t be harassed at work, transgender teens shouldn’t be bullied, and people of color shouldn’t face unique structural disadvantages.


  9. Brigid 9

    I don’t know why women who aim to change the status quo should always ‘fly right’ / be politically correct, when it has never served them well in the past.

    Did Gandhi really achieve much with his pacifism? Certainly pacifism was not what changed the politics of South Africa.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1

      Thus far, India has had a much better post-colonial experience than South Africa, and that’s putting it mildly. Whether Ghandi can claim the credit for that is another matter.

  10. Anne 10

    The NZ Defence Service has been told it has to release the details of it’s contractual arrangements with Palantir, the intelligence gathering data base company owned by none other than our very own ‘citizen’, Peter Thiel. Should be quite interesting in light of what we have learned about Cambridge Analytica,


    This month the firm [Palantir] won a billion-dollar contract to provide software to the United States Army, and the company has in recent years sought to expand its client base beyond the western military and spy community to include police forces, immigration enforcement agencies and Wall Street.

    Now we know why Thiel was sucking up to Donald Trump.

  11. Philg 11

    Thanks Anne,
    That’s amazing. Some investigative journalism from the Herald. Wow! Good job Mat Nippert.

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