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Daily review 21/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 21st, 2015 - 18 comments
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18 comments on “Daily review 21/04/2015 ”

  1. higherstandard 2

    parp !

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 3

    …the canton system needs to spread farther?

    It needs to spread. For the people living in the region, the other forms of life and for even the land to be more secure this system needs to spread to incorporate a wide area.

    -In Mr. Abdullah Öcalan’s Newroz message there was a lot of stress laid on the Middle East. How do you evaluate this message?

    If we solve the problem in Turkey it can be a model of Syria, Iraq and even other regions. This is to say that before us there is the war model and the model of oppression and hegemony…and there is Öcalan’s model by which all peoples of the region would have every right to express their own identities.

    Is it just a Utopian fantasy as well as being an effective pragmatic response to Daesh and the Opthalmologist?

    Let’s put pressure on Turkey to embrace, and come to terms with Kurdish ambitions. My emphases.

  3. Lanthanide 4

    Ad that played on a radio station in Malaysia, advertising apartment investments in Auckland.

    I’m just going to transcribe the whole thing here:

    …people in New Zealand, to give you around half their weekly wages. Now if you happen to own an apartment in Auckland New Zealand, the high rent returns, other people’s money – around half a week’s pay for most people, could be paid to you as rent every week.

    Now many people invest in Auckland because of the high demand for rents, there’s no stamp duty, no land tax, and within New Zealand, generally no capital gains tax either. It’s an investors dream, and very affordable.

    New apartments in the centre of Auckland can be purchased for as little as $390,000, that’s right, $390,000, and with as little as $2,000 initial deposit, you can secure one today, for yourself as an investment.

    If the idea of having people in New Zealand going to work for you, giving you hundreds of dollars a week, paying for your apartment appeals to you – and I’m sure it does – then call 6238 0118 to find out how it’s done. that number again, 6238 0118 call now.”

    Hopefully the facebook link here works for others:

    I should think it would be difficult for the government to continue to deny overseas investment is driving up house prices in Auckland with this sort of advertisement going out on public radio in foreign countries.

    • mickysavage 4.1

      Thanks Lanth.

      Why there should be a residency requirement for local house/apartment purchases …

      • Lanthanide 4.1.1

        In Australia, they restrict non-resident purchases to new construction only, which makes perfect sense.

    • Colonial Rawshark 4.2

      Thanks Lanth. Thank goodness the foreigners get it even though our politicians keep acting stupid.

      and with as little as $2,000 initial deposit,

      Young Kiwi first home buyers are screwed.

    • Murray Rawshark 4.3

      The argument could be made that they are helping Kiwis who need to rent housing and we’re lucky they’re willing to invest. No doubt FJK will make it.

    • BLiP 4.4

      Ahhh . . . just the thing I’ve been looking for from a reliable link. You win ten internets.

  4. swordfish 5

    Smart money’s on Ed Miliband becoming British PM in a few weeks time. Current polling (over last few days) suggests anything from a 3 point Labour lead to a 4 point Tory lead, but a clear majority of polls over the last fortnight say it’s neck-and-neck with only a percentage point or two between them.

    Crucially, though, the arithmetic works against the Tories. The various seat forecast models all suggest that there’s likely to be an anti-Tory majority in the HoC even if the Conservatives beat Labour by up to 3 percentage points. Only the most optimistic (and unlikely) of scenarios (from a Tory point of view) would have Cameron cobbling together a working majority.

    The Tories only hope may be to collapse the Ukip vote (a disproportionate number of whom are 2010 Tories) but that seems unlikely.

    And all this despite the fact that Labour’s lost its Scottish heartland over the last 5 years and conspicuously failed to attract 2010 Tory voters.

    • mickysavage 5.1

      I think the SNP factor is really important. Labour lost perhaps 3% of the vote (worth on a proportionate basis 19 seats) but the SNP may pick up 53 seats. This is Epsom on steroids. Of course Labour needs to do the deal and cancel Trident (please, please, please) and be less austerity minded.

      Basically as long as Labour can responsibly deal with the Scots then there should be a solid progressive majority. Lefties should rejoice …

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      Have you seen 538’s UK election model? http://fivethirtyeight.com/interactives/uk-general-election-predictions/

      Basically shows a hung parliament if Labour can’t form a coalition with SNP (and I heard recent comments saying that they would not form a coalition – obviously pre-election speak trying to prop up the Labour vote).

  5. BLiP 6

    Who wants to bet a $100 donation to Wikileaks that The John Key and Tony Abbott Colonial Puppet Show turns up in Iraq on ANZAC Day , or the next day?

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