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Daily Review 25/09/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, September 25th, 2015 - 45 comments
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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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45 comments on “Daily Review 25/09/2015 ”

  1. weka 1

    ha ha, great photo!

  2. b waghorn 2

    When there are two people and one of them has left,who has left?
    The person who is left or the person who has left?

  3. Draco T Bastard 3

    American drug company, Alexion, is suing Canada for trying to lower the price of Soliris.

    Nobody is questioning the effectiveness of Soliris. In fact, the pill is very effective in treating the two diseases. What people are questioning is the price of the pill. A 1-year prescription on average costs $700,000 in Canada, while averaging around $669,000. In the UK it is a bit cheaper, only running £340,200, which is equivalent to $569,000 in the US.

    Last year, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence questioned Alexion about the price of the pill. The question from NICE to Alexion was quite blunt, “Is the preferred ‘total cost’ reasonable in the context of R&D and manufacturing costs for this technology?”

    Suffice to say that the drug company is trying to counter sue so as to protect their super-profits.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    The Corbyn earthquake – how Labour was shaken to its foundations

    Above all, it is a story of the decline of New Labour, a once-triumphant movement whose leaders and ideas had fallen out of fashion. This was a contest rich with factional squabbling, individual errors and missteps, and rising panic among the establishment – but its greatest theme was the failure of Labour’s elite to realise that the party’s base, after five years of opposition, would respond to electoral defeat with defiance.

    That is what was happening in NZ Labour at the election of David Cunliffe to leader. Unfortunately, the ABCs were still ascendant in power and managed to white-ant him successfully.

    • Bill 4.1

      Ain’t defiance though Draco. It’s hope. And the difference between Corbyn and Cunliffe is that Corbyn stands solid on the ground he stands on. Cunliffe (though I backed him in the NZ scenario) was/is groundless….he only offered the hope of a vain preacher rather than the hope that comes from centred and solid individuals.

      • Jenny Kirk 4.1.1

        And that, Bill, is what Andrew Little offers – the hope from a centred and solid person, comfortable in his own skin.

        • Bill

          No. He has no solid, uncompromising, connected and principled ground, the likes of a Corbyn or a Sturgeon has….no cause. He’s spent his life compromising, ducking and diving and winning small victories against the tide. Laudable but…

    • swordfish 4.2

      Not just the party base of UK Labour but also many former Green voters.

      Around the time that voting closed, YouGov polled Labour’s leadership “Selectorate” (all those entitled to vote in the leadership contest) and found that it included 40,000 people who had voted Green at the May Election. 92% of them chose Corbyn.

      Corbyn would still have won the leadership race pretty comfortably had the selectorate been restricted entirely to people who had voted Labour at the last Election but, without these former Greens, his victory wouldn’t have been quite as emphatic.


  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    UK Chancellor George Osborne is praised by Chinese state media for focusing on business ahead of human rights…

    I assume that John Key and National will be getting such praise in the not too distant future.

  6. adam 6

    Interesting that everyone got shitty about Kill the PM song. This tune from @peace is more revolutionary in scope. We live in a very fubar country.


  7. Tautoko Mangō Mata 7

    More woes for the car industry and further evidence of the moral bankruptcy of some corporations who are pushing for these trade agreements.

    “Fearing Blow to Corporate Trade Deal, Auto Industry Buried Car Safety Report”

    “For fear of sabotaging the corporate-friendly TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the U.S. and European Union, the car industry buried a report showing major discrepancies between the safety records of U.S. and EU vehicles, according to exclusive reporting in The Independent on Wednesday.

    Citing a leaked version of the analysis (pdf), which has since been “quietly posted on the University of Michigan’s website,” reporter Paul Gallagher wrote:

    The major study was commissioned by the car industry to show that existing EU and U.S. safety standards were broadly similar.

    But the research actually established that American models are much less safe when it comes to front-side collisions, a common cause of accidents that often result in serious injuries.

    The findings were never submitted – or publicly announced – by the industry bodies that funded the study.”


    • Thom Pietersen 7.1

      This is not uncommon between different jurisdictions, local testing standards tend to have lobbyists from local manufacturers. Locally statistics come into play – less emphasis may be put on ‘tee bone’ collisions in the US due to statistical crash analysis due to freeway driving. Many of these ‘local’ inferior products will not be for global sale. Take for example Land Rover Defenders – no air bags, crumple zones, roll over protection etc. Only just about to be discontinued due to stricter EU commercial vehicle rules. So two way street.

      The big car companies, GM, Ford, Toyota, VW, Daimler, Fiat/Chysler etc. etc. now work off global platforms – as little as 2 to 5 for one vehicle type (say medium to large sedans), these are tested to various NCAP standards in various territories for high volume models (lets be honest these are the only ones that make sense selling overseas from the manufacturing point).

      It’s not a major concern – more a media beat up. Fiat Chrysler for example, sells a much bigger range of Jeeps in NZ than they used to – fact is many are based on Euro platforms.

      A bigger concern in NZ, is the influx of Chinese vehicles, which are generally based on ‘last’ generation platforms and safety standards (some from the 90’s). We in NZ are open to this type of vehicle, either from China or global manufacturers selling 2nd tier product manufactured in Asia. Think of all those new cheap builders utes – they are shit for a new car.

  8. Tory 8

    No comments regarding the slug and his extradition trial for a week, has the principal funder of the political left fallen out with his comrades?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1

      When there’s something to chew over we’ll chew it over. Will you manage to find something substantive to say though, airbag?

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      has the principal funder of the political left fallen out with his comrades?

      So, money is bad when it funds the left but is Ok when it buys RWNJs direct access to ministers through the Cabinet Club?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2.1

        Hey that’s not a bad idea: surely there’s a way to crowd-fund a seat at Cabinet Club, and then broadcast live (discreetly of course) 😈

    • Kevin 9.1

      Heartbreaking story for anyone who is a parent. Foster care should not be in any way connected to a ‘for profit’ corporation. Their needs and a babies needs are mutually exclusive.

  9. Don't worry.Be happy 10

    So the Nats want to ram through the gob smacking ghastly prospect of multinationals raising our foster kids…for profit. What does that make them? Baby farmers?

  10. One Anonymous Bloke 11

    Trench warfare in Farqîn.

    …the construction of trenches in certain neighborhoods and allowed the people there to feel safer, saying “there is no security of life in places where there are no trenches. In this situation the trenches increase security” and thereby stressing the role of self-defense in self-government.

    While daesh respond to our military interventions with a vile pogrom, the Kurds have responded with courage and a seemingly unshakable faith in co-operation and democracy. And Turkey is bombing them, and trying to hide it in attacks on daesh.


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