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Daily review 23/08/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:26 pm, August 23rd, 2019 - 43 comments
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Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

43 comments on “Daily review 23/08/2019 ”

  1. weka 3

    • Pat 3.1

      And the bulk of that work done by hand and in pretty good time….what went wrong with us?

      • weka 3.1.1

        I'd like to know that too, and whether it will stop us restoring those effective systems.

        • Sabine

          private transport, people telling us that we can be rich and that paying taxes for public infrastructure is for suckers ….err socialists or something something.

          but mainly, you too can own your car and feel like you are an important person.

  2. Incognito 4

    Encouraged by cheaper jet fuel, more airlines flying here, and the middle classes of China and India beginning to travel, there has been a 40 per cent growth in overseas visitors in the past five years, to 3.9 million a year at present. That's predicted to expand to 5.1 million by 2025.

    Nobody is suggesting the growth will stop there.

    Tourism is our biggest earner, reaping $39 billion last year ($16 billion from overseas tourists – 20 per cent of our exports – and $23 billion from Kiwis holidaying at home). There are more than 200,000 people directly employed in tourism, about 8 per cent of the workforce. It's unquestionably a cornerstone of the country's economy.


    Economic considerations always trump environmental concerns. If the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park had been a major or larger contributor to the national economy, I doubt the Rāhui would have come into force. Fortunately, a few wise people showed some fortitude and leadership and protected our national treasure.


    Eaqub is unequivocal we've learnt little from past economic booms. "I think tourism will be the next dairy, if we're not careful. There can be too much of a good thing, and dairy was exactly the same, and [we] got so besotted with the growth in revenue that we didn't think about the impact it actually made on local communities. I think we're making the same mistake with tourism."

    Indeed, it is all about high-volume low-value growth with the usual negative consequences for local communities and the environment.

    What really struck me was that not once in the whole long article climate change was mentioned. Surely, that is worthy of consideration and demands at least a strategic plan for action. However, it seems that both dairy and tourism in NZ can’t or don’t want to look past their pockets. And as always, this is where Government needs to take a (pro)active leadership role.

    • Pat 4.1

      "What really struck me was that not once in the whole long article climate change was mentioned."

      They cannot do more than pay lip service to CC as long as they continue to pursue growth (do a count on how often our 'climate conscious' Labour MPs cite growth, Parker particularly prolific)….the growth paradigm and addressing CC are in complete conflict.

      • Incognito 4.1.1

        I left it out of my comment but the words grow/growth appear 29 times; the word increase 10 times. Very crude, I know, bit also telling.

    • Sabine 4.2

      i was up in Akl for some medical treatment and stayed in hotel.

      according to the ads on tv one can fly to queenstown for 39$ and also feel like they are well to do and have a weekend of fun from all the hard work paying of the loans that pay for the cheap tickets for that weekend of fun.

      Climate Change? Does not exist. Here have a cheap loan, go to Queenstown or elsewhere and be rich, and never mind the big big fire over there.

    • Molly 4.3

      Just a quick note if anyone is up to submissions, any Aucklanders on here have till 6 September to comment on the eleven key moves in:

      Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Action Framework.

  3. Rapunzel 5

    Is it possible that they couldn't properly contemplate the future as we should be able to do now and that the consequences will arrive sooner or later, why wait till later? The future of work, how to get around and enjoy a life might come sooner if this is taken by voters and considered seriously.

    In some ways it appeals as something more adventurous than the daily grind many families are currently condemned to and inclusive in a way that has been lost.

  4. Robert Guyton 6

    “…the Makapansgat pebble, a two-million-year-old reddish-brown pebble described as “water worn” with “staring eyes.” In 1925, this pebble, a pebble with a face, was found outside the vicinity of extinct hominids, implying that it was carried a good distance, as one might carry a fairy tale, because in the pebble a human recognized something and so kept it and carried it.”

    “The pebble is interesting in that it was found some distance from any possible natural source, associated with the bones of Australopithecus africanus in a cave in Makapansgat, South Africa.[1] Though it is definitely not a manufactured object, it has been suggested that some australopithecine might have recognized it as a symbolic face, in possibly the earliest example of symbolic thinking or aesthetic sense in the human heritage, and brought the pebble back to the cave. This would make it a candidate for the oldest known manuport.[2]

    In archaeology and anthropology, a manuport is a natural object which has been moved from its original context by human agency but otherwise remains unmodified.[1] The word derives from the Latin words manus, meaning "hand" and portare, meaning "to carry".

    Examples include stones or shells moved from coastal or riverine areas or pebbles found in alien geological contexts. Some have been attributed to pre-human hominines applying significance to pleasingly shaped natural objects such as the Makapansgat pebble, as well as to later societies.

    The appearance of the first manuport, the Makapansgat pebble with distinctive "staring eyes" markings and facial features deposited by hominid in a dolerite cave in Makapansgat, South Africa, may date as early as 3,000,000 BC. [2]

  5. In Vino 7

    Manuport… After seeing the way kids cling to them, I thought 'manuport' might be a superior name for mobile phones..

    But they rarely leave them anywhere.

  6. vto 8

    The Danes should have offered Greenland in exchange for Texas. They a bit slow

  7. Exkiwiforces 10

    Look at this monster brewing in the Antarctic, wouldn’t want to be a floating in a tin can in the Southern Ocean or closer to Oz and NZ when this weather system hits in 1 to 2 wks time.


    • Poission 10.1

      It is appearing in the forecast models,observations are only a few degrees.

  8. Well ya' know… I was inspired by some of Winston Churchill's legendary drinking exploit's, – particularly the penchant for certain Brandies, Scotch and Pol Rogers champagne's, developed through his journalistic and future military exploits in Africa…very English dontcha know….esp in his advancing years … to which I don't hold it against him as an elder statesman…

    Yet with all boozing aside and the voluminous amounts consumed…lets see it for what it was….

    The Epic Drinking Regimen Of Prime Minister Winston Churchill

    https://allthatsinteresting.com › winston-churchill-drinking

    The 'Winston hours' reckoned by White House staff to which Roosevelt's hours would increase to 10 hours sleep a day for up to 3 days in a row…. which was the 'recovery ' time for Roosevelt after a visit from the British PM's … we see now the hard drinking style of the English PM…

    But HERE … is another of the hero's of the early Labour campaigners…

    One by the name of Bessie Braddock…

    I think this warrants attention…

    And although the witticism's between Churchill and Braddock were legendary,… after reading of Braddock (and even Lady Astor) ,… I'm inclined to be more supportive of her…( even though I find myself strangely Churchillian in many respects)

    Read about this woman… it is worth the time.

    Have a read of what she stood for…

    Bessie Braddock – Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Bessie_Braddock

    Now if you recall… the exchange between Lady Astor / Bessie Braddock was similar…

    Bessie Braddock to Churchill “Winston, your drunk!” Churchill: “Bessie, you are ugly, and tomorrow morning I shall be sober”

    Now we do not know if it was Lady Astor or Bessie Braddock, but either way it was a horrific response, – perhaps born out of historical sexist context and politicization of the times,… yet either way ,… can we imagine that today ?!!?

    The woman in question is unclear, but some believe it was the Conservative Lady Astor

    Churchill’s alleged response?

    “My dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.”

    Now while both female political representatives had the heart and soul of the nation at heart ( more or less ) , they were not perfect. Especially Lady Astor with her decidedly anti Semitic views…

    But this Bessie Braddock,… warrants a closer looking into…

    She seems to me… to be the backbone and heartbeat of a nation.

    Winston Churchill aside.

    • And just to f@ck with your minds even further… lets look at this for some even more interesting topics…

      Tongue in cheek,… of course,… or is it?

      Remember,… NZ had Moehau Man,… like Australia had Yowies.. and the elders from so many Maori tribes mentioned them as fact… what is there to fear than fear itself… after so many baffling disappearances of people in NZ in such places as the Waitakere Ranges? Lets remember David Paulides Missing 411… and reconsider…

      A closer look at – Guy Chases Bigfoot In The Woods

  9. vto 12

    so the older white male is often referred to as stale. and pale.

    that is offensive

    imagine if other identities were often referred to as something like smelly. or red or yellow.

    oh wait, I got it

    we are back in the fifties again

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