web analytics

Daily Review 25/01/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 25th, 2019 - 23 comments
Categories: Daily review - Tags:

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 …

23 comments on “Daily Review 25/01/2019 ”

  1. Drowsy M. Kram 1

    On 23 January 2019, Judith Collins said that the Minister of Housing and Urban Development (Twyford) had “been in the job 18 months“.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/380728/collins-calls-for-twyford-to-lose-housing-portfolio

    The coalition government, however, was formed on 26 October 2017, slightly less than 15 months ago. Incredible Crusher can’t help spinning, even when there’s no need.

    https://times-age.co.nz/big-small-community/

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Why do facts matter?

      • Drowsy M. Kram 1.1.1

        A brief presentation in support of ‘Facts matter’ – https://goo.gl/B6XZZW

        http://www.factcheck.org – any similar websites based in NZ or Australia?

        • Dennis Frank 1.1.1.1

          Facts are a matter of opinion. Most people think it’s a fact that the sun rises in the morning. Students of physics learn that ain’t no fact: what is happening is that the world is turning, the horizon drops down in the east and reveals the sun.

          Physics graduates have assimilated the theory of relativity, so they know the real fact is that the sun is not as stationary as the physics student believes it is, since all motion is relative to one’s frame of reference, and scientific hubris drives graduates towards the god’s-eye view. That ultimate fact is that there is no ultimate frame of reference anywhere…

          • Incognito 1.1.1.1.1

            Beam me up, Scotty. I can’t, Captain!

          • Drowsy M. Kram 1.1.1.1.2

            DF, is your ultimate fact a matter of opinion?

            Trust no one.

          • McFlock 1.1.1.1.3

            Nah, bollocks.
            The physics student knows the observation that the common person is describing. The physics grad knows the same for the physics student.

            Now, their models for understanding a phenomenon might differ in complexity, but pretty much everyone knows that if they walk off a vertical, tall cliff with rocks at the base, they’re in for a very bad day.

          • In Vino 1.1.1.1.4

            “Facts are a matter of opinion” That is an opinion, and not a very helpful one. I tend to be more pragmatic and accept facts like sunrise, sunset until evidence changes. Despite the fact that you have ‘no ultimate frame of reference anywhere’, I suspect you live day to day just as I do.
            Edit – You have collected some great responses with that one!

            • Dennis Frank 1.1.1.1.4.1

              Yes, I have the same user-friendly take as you, personally. Nonetheless, what physicists are prone to identify as fact is as I described it. Not to suggest they all agree – quite the contrary. They’ve been arguing about it for a century…

          • Phil 1.1.1.1.5

            Special relativity is irrelevant to day/night as rotation is not relative. The Earth spinning on its axis is not the same as the universe spinning about the same axis in the other direction for many reasons including that the latter would require (not so) distant objects to be travelling faster than light which special relativity forbids.

      • greywarshark 1.1.2

        Facts to National are when things look ‘pretty’ right. And that could be enough for a judicious opinion worth having, if the judge had an appropriate level of experience, probity and judgment. With the level of RW politicians not having a good standard to copy as their criteria from Labour, who knows when they will reach bottom when presenting their ‘facts’.

    • patricia bremner 1.2

      WHY THE SURPRISE… she couldn’t get police stats right either. Or wouldn’t ..take your pick lol

  2. Pat 2

    “It never rains but it pours,” said Prof Dave Reay, at the University of Edinburgh. “Our own CO2 emissions are still increasing, and now the world’s natural carbon sinks are set for a bad year too. We know these sinks have been mopping up around half of all our emissions to date. We can only hope their faltering in 2019 is just a short-term blip, as without their help any chance of a safer climate future will turn to dust.”

    Nothing else can be expected with a growth agenda.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/25/worrying-rise-in-global-co2-forecast-for-2019

  3. RedLogix 4

    I’ve spent the past two hours watching this. Very, very impressive and thought provoking. An intelligent and profound synthesis of both our history and possible future:

    • mickysavage 4.1

      Put it up as a post!

      • RedLogix 4.1.1

        Jeremey Rifkin covers off most of the themes I’ve been tinkering with here for some time now.

        I’m certain there are detailed debates we could have on some of his details; but his big picture aligns with both my professional experience. For instance the IOT is a real thing our big vendors are running with right now.

        And after a decade here at TS for over a decade, I realise I’m no longer captured by the politics of the Second Industrial Revolution, capitalism and socialism. These are behind us; not lost, but no longer the central question.

        • Poission 4.1.1.1

          It was covered initially by the book the third wave (alven toffler ) which became (after its initial banning ) the highest seller behind the official speeches in China in the early 80’s.

          The transformation is in Tofflers book powershift in the control of information by the elites, and information entropy by large (spurious) data dumps.

          Voltaire bastards describes the fictions postulated by the IYI elites (in detail)

          and Harari details current and emergent problems in 21 lessons for the 21st century (as david hilbert shaped the world of mathematics with his problems for the 20th century)

          In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power. Censorship works not by blocking the flow of information, but rather by flooding people with disinformation and distractions. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century cuts through these muddy waters and confronts some of the most urgent questions on today’s global agenda.

          https://www.ynharari.com/book/21-lessons/

        • WeTheBleeple 4.1.1.2

          This is such good material. Thanks for posting it. I’d love to see it as a standalone post and resultant discussion of some of it.

  4. Draco T Bastard 5

    Drinking water study raises health concerns for New Zealanders

    Last year, a Danish study reported a link between nitrate in drinking water and the risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer. This finding could have important implications for New Zealanders.

    New Zealand has one of the highest bowel cancer rates in the world. Recent data show also that drinking water supplies in some parts of New Zealand have nitrate levels more than three times higher than the threshold level for colorectal cancer risk identified in the Danish study.

    This study and other research raise an important question about the contribution nitrate exposure through drinking water may be making to New Zealand’s high rates of bowel cancer.

    Nitrate fertiliser is added to pasture and crops to accelerate plant growth. Much of it enters waterways either directly with rain and irrigation or through animal urine.

    Can we change the way we farm yet so as to stop poisoning our waterways?

    • Gabby 5.1

      We can apologise to the noble farming fraternity for allowing our weak cancer prone bowels to obstruct their selfless endeavours. We should probably find a way to transfer more tax revenue to them as well. That would ease their hurty feewings.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago