Daily review 27/03/2019

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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 …

37 comments on “Daily review 27/03/2019”

  1. A 1

    Major NZ advertisers ask FB for changes to the livestreaming platform or a
    complete suspension of livestreaming. They are calling on the international
    advertising community to join its boycott of Facebook advertising.


    • James 1.1

      I’d bet the majority of them will be back regardless of what Facebook do.

      Their bottom line will be more important than their virtue signalling.

  2. joe90 2

    Nixon released edited transcripts of the White House tapes.

    Didn’t work out too flash for him.

    Attorney General William Barr will send the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation to the White House before the public sees it, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday.

    Graham said Barr told him he would send the report to the White House first in case it wants to claim executive privilege over any parts.

    Mueller’s full report is likely to contain crucial details about the motivations behind the myriad contacts and meetings President Donald Trump’s associates had with Russians, as well as Trump’s repeated deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Trump’s defence lawyers have previously said they want a chance to review and “correct” the Mueller report before it’s made public.


  3. joe90 3

    The Allman Brothers Band began rehearsals fifty years ago today.

    • Dennis Frank 3.1

      Coincidentally my Allman Bros compilation has been playing from the SD drive in my Outlander the past few days. Mitsubishi put in the best hifi sound I’ve yet encountered in car audio. Always a superb aural experience…

  4. Johnr 4

    What’s the chances of we at TS using a different terminology to “white supremist” to me it implies an acceptance of supremacy.
    If we can change the description here, who knows, perhaps we can influence others also.
    I personally prefer to describe them as “fascist faction”. What ya,reckon ??

  5. Bruce 5

    I like the pic was my suggestion years ago when they had kids going to school hungry. The council pulled the trees we planted. So simple but who makes money discard idea.

    • JanM 5.1

      I’ll always remember when, in the 70s a friend of mine suggested at a Ponsonby Community Committee meeting that we plant fruit trees on the streets. A middle aged matron announced firmly that we couldn’t do that because the children would eat the fruit! Stunned silence – lol

      • Andre 5.1.1

        In the 70s, said matron may have spoken unintended wisdom – the fruit may have contained significant amounts of the lead that was put in the petrol back then.

        • Dennis Frank

          A reasonable concern. Valid in respect of lead in soot particles adhering to the skin of apples, from vehicle exhausts.

          In 1979 I produced a survey of lead pollution in Auckland city for the Environmental Laboratory of the Health Department. Testing of carrots grown in gardens adjacent to house walls painted with leaded paint showed the intake was sufficiently minimal compared to soil lead content to suggest no valid reason for concern. The carrot skin seemed to operate as impermeable to lead molecules, or the lead remained bound to soil, or both. If kids washed the apples before eating, they’d likely be safe. Kids don’t!

          Roadside distance profiling showed that lead from exhausts mostly collected in the gutter. I was instructed to sample there plus various distances from a busy road through farm land up to 100m, and graph the results that came back from the testing. There was a spectacular drop-off with distance. Therefore the low-hanging fruit are the ones most likely to be toxic. What kids grab.

    • Molly 5.2

      Auckland Transport is quite unequivocal about the planting of fruit trees on the berms. (that they no longer maintain BTW.)

      The planting of fruit trees and vegetables is not permitted. Neither is the planting of any noxious or invasive species or any plant which has hard, sharp or pointed leaves or thorns.
      Any planting shall not be edible or grown for sale.

      Time for some guerilla gardening for the forward thinkers…

  6. WeTheBleeple 6

    Reasons I’ve heard for not planting fruit (and nuts) on berms.


    Mess on pavements.

    Attracts rodents.


    Reasons I think they’re not saying:

    BAU doesn’t like people not buying fruit that’s been on a world tour sponsored by oil before being packaged in plastic and driven around your town.

    Big local growers can twist arms to ensure the apples kids eat come from them. For a price.

    Because business interests override the common good.

    Had a great peach season and now the feijoas are coming in. Macadamias are starting to drop and bananas ripening. So much basil.

    Macadamia and basil pesto. Go trees!

    • Robert Guyton 6.1

      I met a guy, an old guy, who sneaked into the Red Zone in Christchurch and planted 1000 nectarine stones…
      Do it anyway (that’s my advice) 🙂

      • arkie 6.1.1

        Guerrilla gardening:

        In 1978 in downtown Wellington New Zealand artist Barry Thomas, in collaboration with Chris Lipscombe, Hugh Walton and others, planted 180 cabbages “on the demolished Duke of Edinburgh/Roxy Theatre site in the centre of Wellington. This cabbage patch, planted in such a way as to spell the word CABBAGE immediately captured the imagination of both the media and the public and engendered a flurry of other activities on the site, culminating in a week-long festival… when the cabbages were ceremonially harvested.” [29] While a work of conceptual sculpture, this intervention is also an early example of guerrilla gardening in New Zealand. Thomas’ work remained for six months, “astonishingly unvandalised, as a living, breathing sculpture in the heart of the city.”

      • Pingau 6.1.2

        There are quite a few fruit trees in the red zone that locals and foragers collect from. It’s one of the many wonderful things about the river corridor aka the red zone. The walnuts are just coming in now and there are still pears and apples to be had. Looking forward to the figs and feijoas!!

  7. Dennis Frank 8

    Greens getting irritated with Labour foot-dragging. Not yet sufficiently to accuse Labour of mere virtue-signalling – kinda just firing a warning shot across their bow. Not the Greens in parliament either – they could be the next target – it’s the wild lot out there in the hinterland…

  8. A 9

    Wellington should lead the way with a fruit tree trial as part of community preparedness. Hell of a lot easier to have them here than bring them in after a disaster.

    Unfortunately theft happened in the middle of the night, and I doubt we will see more fruit trees in the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington. They weren’t even ripe but such is the sense of scarcity in our community that unripe free apples are better than no apples at all.


  9. adam 10

    “Capitalism’s grow-or-die imperative stands radically at odds with ecology’s imperative of interdependence and limit. The two imperatives can no longer coexist with each other; nor can any society founded on the myth that they can be reconciled hope to survive. Either we will establish an ecological society or society will go under for everyone, irrespective of his or her status.” ~ Ursula K Leguin

  10. I thought of fruit trees in public when I was a kid,… then I stopped and thought,… all the money to prune and train em, then the obligatory spraying for pests which would affect orchards…

    Mind you ,… it would provide employment .

    But there’d still be a lot of waste on the ground,… oh well..

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