Daily Review 22/08/2017

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42 comments on “Daily Review 22/08/2017”

  1. weka 1

    “Sharon Murdoch‏ @domesticanimal

    Like lipstick on a pig. Some #TOP make-up advice. Unused #cartoon.”

  2. Ad 2

    TOP is inching into consistent publicity.
    Vital oxygen in this last 5 weeks.

    4% is possible. Even …..

    ….. NZ may need to get ready for TOP in parliament.

  3. Tamati Tautuhi 3

    He’s learn’t a lot from following the Trump Circus, the next 4 weeks are going to be very entertaining if the American Election was any thing to go by, the Kat Killer is winding things up big time.

    • Carolyn_nth 3.1

      I’d rather just ignore the guy. Our democracy could do without such big ego, shock jock attention getters.

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    “MVernon Small
    Just for the record I checked back on The Opportunities Party result in the UMR Research poll last weekend – the one that was reported as having TOPs at 4 per cent. I was assured it was in fact 3.5%. So I guess people were doing a spot of Swedish rounding. You might even say, putting a spot of lipstick on it.”

    Kia hiwa ra kia hiwa ra e hoa ma!

  5. repateet 5

    Do we have a CEO for NZ, a President or is it a dictatorship? I heard in the background P Gower ask “What is Arden’s agenda?” as if she has the ideas, she makes the plans up and whatever happens is her agenda. I thought we had political parties who formulated agendas.

    • Carolyn_nth 5.1

      Ardern did say on RNZ this morning that she was going to take a slightly different position from Little on CGT – ie not rule it out in her 1st term in government.

      So, presumably, she takes the party advice, and makes some decisions of her own – our her immediate team does.

  6. Robert Guyton 6

    “The Prime Minister was interviewed by an NZME panel this morning. Among other things, he declined to rule out Winston Peters as Minister of Finance, despite saying “we certainly wouldn’t want Mr. Peters near monetary policy.”

    • Macro 6.1

      Well Robert – Bill should know! After all he has been M of F for since ever, and he didn’t seem to worry too much about such techo stuff as “monetary policy”! Good grief – what is it anyway? The punters don’t know – so as Alfred E Neuman so famously said “What me worry”. Most important thing to remember is lining one’s pockets.

  7. microbeads

    “The Beat the Microbead campaign website lists all microbead-containing products still available in New Zealand. Popular scrubs, shower gels and buffing creams by Clearasil, Elizabeth Arden, Natio, Sisley and Shiseido are among them.

    Microbeads are eaten by marine life and often cause death, and according to campaigners they are making their way onto our plates too.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/95986449/microbead-products-that-are-still-available-in-nz

    http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/ProductTable.php?colour=2&country=NZ&language=EN

    Yep you will have no pimples and you get to eat some in your fish with dinner. But don’t stop using them yet please the cosmetic companies won’t make as much profit boo hoo
    /sarc

    • Carolyn_nth 7.1

      I’m trying to lessen the plastic in my life – lunch paper and paper bags for my sandwiches. Looking for strong brown paper bags for small amounts of rubbish. Do the plastic compostable bags actually decompose? And why are there ones smaller than the small size.

      Using home made honey + squeezed lemon for face wash – but why does cheaper honey only come in plastic containers these days?

      • lunch paper and paper bags for my sandwiches.

        I use a reusable plastic container that just needs a washout and, when it reaches the end of its life, can be recycled. IMO, this is more likely to keep the trees growing than using paper.

        See, the problem isn’t the plastic so much but how we dispose of it.

        Do the plastic compostable bags actually decompose?

        Probably not and the damage that they do before hand means that they should simply be banned anyway,

      • weka 7.1.3

        “Do the plastic compostable bags actually decompose?”

        It depends. Most of the ones available are degradable not biodegradable. This means that the plastic will break down into tiny pieces but you couldn’t for instance put it in your compost bin and expect it to break down like paper does. Afaik it can’t be recycled with ordinary plastics either.

        Best way to deal with plastic pollution is to stop using it as much as possible. Second best is reusable plastic that can also be recycled. Most of my plastic comes from packaging, I don’t buy plastic bags but repurpose ones that have come from something else.

        • Carolyn_nth 7.1.3.1

          Actually, the bags I bought yesterday from the organic shop, says they have no plastic in them and are made from corn starch – claim to be compostable domestically or commercially.

          • weka 7.1.3.1.1

            yeah that might be right. Lots of bioplastic needs a commercial composter, but there are some around that can be done at home. Worth experimenting to see what they mean. Did they use the word ‘compostable’?

            • Carolyn_nth 7.1.3.1.1.1

              Yes – says compostable, commercial and domestic. I haver read online they can damage the environment in other ways e.g. acidity.

    • Ad 7.2

      I swear by Dr Hauschka and Aesop if you’re looking for source reliability.

    • It’s only laws that we’ve agreed to that are stopping sooner ban of them.

      I’m more concerned with the idiots who thought putting them in facial cleansers would be a good idea.

  8. gsays 8

    I must admit feeling a little disgusted listening to the news and checkpoint today from my sickbed (pesky kids and their lurgee).

    Stephen Joyce waggling tax cuts, while DHBs are underfunded to the tune of 100s of million$, mental health sector screaming for more money, and vital services having their funding removed.

    Meanwhile in a rape trial, harrowing stories from inside a double bunked prison. Partly to do with Ms Collins and her desire to not spend money.
    But, you know.. surplus…

    We need to be rid of this mob in September.

  9. adam 9

    It’s been a while in the making, but the right in the USA are now in open warfare with themselves.

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/08/steve-bannon-readies-his-revenge

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people.

    My only hope is the that warfare will spill to here. If you look you can see the cracks, losing the election like they are going to – may just make it break out into the open.

    Rumor I heard today. Many inside national are not happy with the deputy leader of national. That her being M.I.A, and not liked by the electorate is showing up in internal polling.

  10. In Vino 10

    Amusing sideline.. Came back inside from frost-protecting my car, and 7 Sharp were doing a literacy test. Didn’t switch instantly to another channel, because I am a language teacher. 3rd question – 3 sentences (participants asked to find the one with the mistake). I happened to look from bottom up. 3rd sentence wrong because of extra unneeded speech marks at very end. 1st sentence wrong because of missing full stop. Only one sentence was meant to be wrong. Only 2nd sentence was correct. D’uh? 2 wrong sentences??
    People asked picked the missing full stop (wow!!) in 1st sentence, but the extra unneeded speech marks on 3rd sentence went unnoticed. Probably because they read from top down.
    Bloody 7Blunt are incapable of making a decent literacy test! 2 of those sentences were wrong. The third sentence clearly has incorrect speech marks at the very end.
    7Sharp cannot even make up a simple literacy test correctly..
    Does that tell us something about them?
    (I switched to another channel straight afterwards, but when I started writing this I went online to check the replay. All true.)
    The illiterate presuming to judge the semi-literate?
    Just re-checked – the question is “Which of these sentences is wrong?” Singular. 2 of them are.
    7 Sharp literacy? Yeah, right.

  11. interesting polls on Māori TV – a red wash they say – I still like my ‘red election’ line better 🙂 but I’m going to let it go now…

    “Māori Television’s first election poll reveals Jacinda Ardern soaring ahead as the preferred Prime Minister with Māori voters.

    The poll was taken 1 August – 17 August 2017, after Ardern was made leader of Labour.

    It places Ardern well ahead with 42.2% support among the seven Māori electorates as preferred Prime Minister. ”

    “The poll, conducted by Reid Research, sampled more than 1354 voters in the seven Māori electorates.”

    http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/first-maori-election-poll-reveals-red-wash

    This momentum cannot be countered imo

    • Craig H 11.1

      Nice results for Labour there. The 17.5% for the Maori Party equates to 1.21% of all votes based on the electoral roll as at 31 July. Add in some general roll votes as well and Flavell retaining, and that should be at least 2 seats again.

      • marty mars 11.1.1

        I think The Māori Party must be scared of the Labour surge – they’d be fools not to be. I think it will take a hell of a lot for them to retain any Māori seats – I am unsure if I’m happy or sad about that. On one hand as a supporter of that Party and a voter for them initially I had so much hope for their mahi – and it just hasn’t happened and their governance with the gnats – so ugly, so not tika imo – and I still can’t smile about the Labour Māori MP’s – probably never be able to. So go or stay Māori Party – both options are disappointing to me.

        • lprent 11.1.1.1

          Hey Marty, there is a third alternative – drop off the Māori roll next census 😈

          Ok, now that we have caused the shock of an even more unpalatable option. That hopefully induced a shift in your sense of scale.

          Basically if you want to retain the Maori seats, then I suspect you’ll have to keep working on the parties who present viable candidates and keep its roll numbers up. Pretty much just MP, Lab, NZF , and Mana. Only two of which have sitting members.

          The Māori party’s only really effective feature as far as I can see (I have always been somewhat sceptical about them) was that it did cause upwards shifts over the last decade and bit in the levels of voters in that roll. Hard to tell because of that missed census.

          But what has been interesting politically in recent years has been the levels of increasing cohesion in the Māori Labour MPs.

          But really the issue is how much do you support the separate roll? Personally I think it is a good idea – probably just needs work to stop electing some rather boring conservatives.

          • marty mars 11.1.1.1.1

            ha – yep I’ve thought and are thinking about it – it took a lot to change to that roll – I had to really decide that that was the best way to show my support for it and those seats.

            I had a two tick plan for the Greens – may still even give the two to them.

            Like many – some thinking to do.

            May be some big changes in a few parties after this election so best to sit and wait methinks…

            reminds me of this poem I wrote

            “Little eyes

            I am examined
            little eyes watch
            as I remember
            an untidy day
            closer to a settled
            bird with spear
            coiled and club,
            always club.
            I am examined”

            • lprent 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Fortunately with MMP the electoral seats are of less importance.

              But I’d still like to have some occupational electorate rolls. A geek roll for instance..

              • Andre

                I’d just like the threshold for party representation to be reduced to 0.8% or so. Then we could get a geek party in parliament, along with a whole bunch of other fringe types whose voices still deserve to be heard.

              • Imagine the arguments to get on those rolls – ok then PROVE you’re a geek cos you don’t look like one – wheres your pen protector for instance?

  12. peterlepaysan 12

    Just to annoy everyone, a month or so out from the election my guess is a labour/green/top coalition ahead of a nactpeters one.

    • Anne 12.1

      Actually after watching the debate on Maori television that combination could work out quite well. I think….

    • mikesh 12.2

      With his PhD in Economics, Morgan would probably be by far and away parliament´s best qualified person for the Finance role. Streets ahead of that silly old duffer, Grant Robertson.

  13. patricia bremner 13

    Tonight I went on Tamati Coffey’s Facebook page, and watched a video of Stewart Nash making an announcement re the use of wood as a sustainable material.
    A new centre will be established in ROTORUA on the old F.R.I. site.
    Such excellent news for the region.

    • Eco maori 13.1

      I don’t think that the jobs will go to the people that need the jobs the most. Like the people in Ford block

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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