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Daily review 28/03/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 28th, 2022 - 42 comments
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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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42 comments on “Daily review 28/03/2022 ”

  1. Ad 1

    Huge congratulations to Jane Campion for her Best Director win.

    Good on so many levels.

  2. georgecom 2

    I recalled this morning one of the best quips ever delivered on the Standard. It relates back to round 2012 or thereabouts, with a scandal involving Rachael Pullar and Nick Smith . Someone adroitly pointed out how 2 pullars were involved. Rachael Pullar and Nick pullar.

  3. Ad 3

    The slap was what most guys would have wanted to do.

    • weka 3.1

      fortunately most guys wouldn't

    • left for dead 3.2

      Your catholicism shows up in your sexest statement here,hang your head in shame.!!

      • Incognito 3.2.1

        Irony much?

        • left for dead

          Much irony,their,fixed that statement for you.If I failed to take your meaning,please do spell that out.

          • Incognito

            Do you think a man who slaps another man in the face for alleged sexist comments about his wife (and/or daughter?) is a sexist?

            Do you think someone who allegedly approves of and/or admirers that slap is a sexist?

            Do you think insulting somebody else’s religion or religious convictions is in any anyway helpful in calling out their alleged sexist comment? Why the need to pull religion into it other than to hit out?

            • left for dead

              1/ yes

              2/ yes

              3/yes. Theirs hundreds of years of sexism in that and other religions,this chap Advantage does the same most days of the week here on TS,or is it he's an untouchable,but unlike a leper for argument sake,(a sad infliction)I've had to wad though to much diatribe before I figured out his hypocrisy and misogyny wasn't an online show,that's all.

              • Incognito

                Ok, thanks for answering those questions.

                Your third answer is problematic for me as Moderator here on TS. Ad is a regular contributor here as commenter and as Author. As such, we don’t condone personal attacks and insults aimed at him. However, this doesn’t make him “untouchable”, which is a ludicrous statement because it is demonstrably not true that anybody here is untouchable.

                Whether you dislike or disagree with his comments and/or Posts is not the issue. The issue is that you made it personal by lashing out with a low and discriminatory comment about his personal faith. The issue is also that you took the opportunity to lash out for much more than his one single comment about that slap at the Oscars. If you want to wage a war at any individual here on TS you’ll run into one major unmovable obstacle and you won’t like it. You can address the content and substance of comments here any time and as much as you like, but not use personal attacks as your weapon of choice. I’m doing you a courtesy by giving you this advice. Please take it on board.

  4. Dennis Frank 4

    Just to follow up on the Herald report posted this afternoon by the Alien…

    In the annals of Soviet military history, Russia’s 4th Guards tank division is legendary, its reputation forged at Stalingrad and in the liberation of Poland from the Nazis.

    On Saturday, it was routed in Trostyanets, a town 350 kilometres due east of Kyiv. If evidence was needed that Vladimir Putin’s invasion was faltering, the images of burnt out howitzers and tanks of the elite division will surely shake the resolve, even among the Kremlin’s most loyal supporters. https://www.afr.com/world/europe/zelensky-accuses-west-of-cowardice-20220328-p5a8gd

    You can read the full report there at the live Ukraine war update page at the Financial Review – scan down to almost half-way to spot it

    The original report used by the Telegraph seems to have been sourced from this global news site: https://newsrme.com/en/about-us

    I discovered that by googling the logo that shows up on this two minute spoken report of the elimination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCyUJEsAwKU

    Warning: loud irrelevant piano music has been added to the audio, presumably to deter anyone with good taste…

    • alwyn 4.1

      "its reputation forged at Stalingrad and in the liberation of Poland from the Nazis.".

      I find the comment about the "liberation" of Poland offensive. In 1939 Poland was overrun from the west by Germany and from the east by the USSR. They country was then occupied by both the invaders. Who was worst was debatable but many Poles would have, as some Poles who were there at the time have told me, chosen the USSR as the worst.

      Regardless, the "liberation" of Poland was merely the replacement of one set of occupiers by another, who they didn't get rid of for another 45 years. "Liberation" my a**s.

      • Gypsy 4.1.1

        Well said. I spent some time in Poland (and other parts of Eastern Europe) a few years ago, and I was struck by the keen sense of history of the Polish people. I got the feeling they would not react well to anyone else trying to 'liberate' them.

    • joe90 4.2

      liberation of Poland from the Nazis.

      Liberation my arse. It was the fourth Soviet invasion of Poland.

  5. Dennis Frank 5

    Guardian reports about why that immense Russian tank convoy headed for the capital of Ukraine ground to a halt a couple of weeks ago:

    One week into its invasion of Ukraine, Russia massed a 40-mile mechanised column in order to mount an overwhelming attack on Kyiv from the north.

    But the convoy of armoured vehicles and supply trucks ground to a halt within days, and the offensive failed, in significant part because of a series of night ambushes carried out by a team of 30 Ukrainian special forces and drone operators on quad bikes, according to a Ukrainian commander.

    The drone operators were drawn from an air reconnaissance unit, Aerorozvidka, which began eight years ago as a group of volunteer IT specialists and hobbyists designing their own machines and has evolved into an essential element in Ukraine’s successful David-and-Goliath resistance.

    The unit’s commander, Lt Col Yaroslav Honchar, gave an account of the ambush near the town of Ivankiv that helped stop the vast, lumbering Russian offensive in its tracks. He said the Ukrainian fighters on quad bikes were able to approach the advancing Russian column at night by riding through the forest on either side of the road leading south towards Kyiv from the direction of Chernobyl.

    The Ukrainian soldiers were equipped with night vision goggles, sniper rifles, remotely detonated mines, drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras and others capable of dropping small 1.5kg bombs.

    “This one little unit in the night destroyed two or three vehicles at the head of this convoy, and after that it was stuck. They stayed there two more nights, and [destroyed] many vehicles,” Honchar said.


  6. tsmithfield 6

    Flying a Russian helicopter in Ukraine must be a terrifying prospect given the effectiveness of stinger missiles and the like that the Ukranians possess, as this video shows:

    • joe90 6.1

      Being in Ukraine is a terrifying prospect.

      • Peter 6.1.1

        Having watched the video of Mariupol I'd be really upset to hear that any leading political leader would suggest that whoever is responsible for the destruction should lose their job.

        Maybe any political leader who suggests whoever is responsible for the chaos should lose their job, should instead lose their own job.

        Now, let's talk about sanity.

      • tsmithfield 6.1.2

        And these are the Russian speaking people he came to "liberate".

    • Blazer 6.2

      U.S co.Lockheed makes the attack helicopters…and U.S joint venture Raytheon/Lockheed make the missiles to …shoot them ..down..business is great…the s/p and divys are fantastic.

      All done in the best…possible…taste!blush

      • McFlock 6.2.1

        U.S co.Lockheed makes the attack helicopters

        so… footage looks odd to me for some reason, can't find it anywhere else.

        But regardless of whether the footage is ARMA3/Squads or genuine footage of some helicopter variant out of the Kamov helicopter factories getting absolutely mothered by Ukrainian MANPADS, claiming that Lockheed makes kamov helicopters for the Russian military is a very special claim indeed.

        • Blazer

          Except I have not made that claim.

          What I said is accurate and easily verified.

          • McFlock

            U.S co.Lockheed makes the attack helicopters…and U.S joint venture Raytheon/Lockheed make the missiles to …shoot them ..down..

            "the" attack helicopters.

            In reply to a video where russian helicopters are allegedly shot down.

            I merely made the error of giving you the credit that your comment bore some relevance to the comment to which it was a reply.

            • Blazer

              It does.

              Not sure of the type of helicopter in the vid,nor are you by the sound of it,but I know Zelensky was requesting stingers,and the Taleban,loved using them too.

              My comment was perhaps too subtle…a co makes helicopters and also the missiles to…destroy them.

              • McFlock

                I'm not sure the video is real. But I doubt the Russians are flying too many american military helicopters, if it is.

                Lots of companies make lots of things. That's irrelevant to whether the life of a Russian helicopter pilot is destined to be long and fruitful, though.

                • Blazer

                  You may find the comment replied to, mentions 'stingers',and therefore my comment is indeed ………relevant.

                  • McFlock

                    I'm not sure you know what that word means.

                    • Blazer

                      No surprise there!

                      You are 'not sure' about lots…

                      ''I'm not sure the video is real.'


                      I'm not sure you know what that word means.'laugh

                    • McFlock

                      The world is an uncertain place, made only more uncertain by the existence of those who would mislead and those who aren't as smart as they think they are.

    • Blade 6.3

      One thing is becoming obvious – tanks and helicopters are more vulnerable to attack and destruction during modern warfare.

      Here's one reason why. This beast of a plane could have halted Russia's advancement into the Ukraine.

      • McFlock 6.3.1

        clickbait article – a few upgrades, but nothing like the thumbnail. Mostly just rehashing A10 porn.

        USAF is probably still trying to kill the A10 by claiming the F35 is just as good or better at lobbing 500lb bombs. Fair call on that, but it's too fragile and expensive to do anything other than lob bombs from high up, and uses a huge amount of fuel to stay on call in the area so it can lob bombs when needed.

        • Blade

          That's true about the thumb nail. But the Warthog has spoken for itself. It is the most feared plane for ground attack. And the clip shows one of the upgrades is new missiles for dog fights, or avoiding such. Given the hog is no speed king, this is an important upgrade.

          The air force has accepted these upgrades as acceptable and its planned service life is expected to be extended to 2035.

          • McFlock

            Only because the USAF were tugged on the leash by congress and senate. They're doing the minimum possible, after hoping the wing issue would solve the problem for them.

            The A10 is approaching 50 years old. It's not just the wings that are an issue, and the advantage the F35 has is integrated sensors and its avionics.

  7. RedLogix 7

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    • Francesca 7.1

      Very effective propaganda Red, reminiscent , probably deliberate, of second world war caricatures of villainy.Mainly to rally and fortify the British public

      But where is the serious diplomacy we now need if we are to avoid a short WW3 culminating in the end of history(which does not resemble Fukuyama's)

      I think the Russian invasion, which is having terrible impacts on the civilian population , as all wars do, is the end result of years of non diplomacy.I'm sorry, I know you feel the US has overall been a force for good in the world, but I feel , their unipolar supremacy has been at the expense of any true development of diplomacy.After all, why bother with it if your military and economic power is unrivalled?I think Lavrov is a skilled and erudite diplomat, crucial for instance in getting the Obama era JCPOA agreement over the line, but he's had no similar counterpart in the US or UK to deal with , and forget about the Europeans

      Every time I hear Biden call Putin or some other world leader not to Washington’s liking a name out of the American inventory of epithets, it is a reminder of how grotesquely U.S. “statecraft” has been infantilized. We cannot be surprised. How much distance is there between the infantilization of the American public and the infantilization of our post–2001 excuse for diplomacy? Again, I see none.

      Diplomacy, not too much to say, is destined to be an essential skill in the century now swiftly taking shape around us. Every time Biden or another American “leader” hurls one of their playground insults at the leader of another nation, Putin being the Beelzebub du jour, they are reminding us: There will be no diplomacy in the way these people represent America abroad. They have no idea how to conduct it in Washington. Power and coercion are all they know.


      • RedLogix 7.1.1

        You have allowed your anti-American bias to run too far – your moral compass has flipped off it's pivot. Whatever charm, erudition or strongman energy he projects, he is a despot. And one with a long track record of brutal suppression of his opponents that the West has largely turned a blind eye to until now it is too late.

        Or as one ex-Navy veteran said to me recently – a leopard never changes its spots, although it may have rolled in the mud. He is a psychopath with nuclear weapons. The late Chris Hitchens understood Putin years ago.

        • Francesca

          He also understood and defended the US attack on Iraq, not sure I would take his views on Putin as anything more than his personal view.You can agree with it or not.

          My post was about the need for diplomacy in the world.

          You're just doubling down and paraphrasing the foolish remarks of Biden , which is a surprise to me, I consider you to be a fair and thoughtful commentator, not given to the conventional groupthink we see so often .I do understand the distress seeing the effects of war close up, a rarity in the case of American wars, or Israeli attacks on the Gaza for instance.Who could not hate this war and wish it was over .

          Blustering and hatred and vilification of a leader is not going to cut the mustard, we need serious diplomacy

          • RedLogix

            Let me try to downsize the problem to something that might be less abstract. A local gang in your town have determined that having a law abiding neighbour next door is threatening to their security and ability to be as obnoxious as they please.

            So they invade their neighbour, and burn, rape and murder their way through the place in defiance of every norm of human decency.

            Would you propose that the police open a 'diplomatic dialog' with the gang leader?

          • Stuart Munro

            My post was about the need for diplomacy in the world.

            So – as Russia's losses mount, suddenly diplomacy is their aim/was always their aim. Had they succeeded in their decapitation attempt, all the West's diplomatic overtures would have gone for naught – as did their considerable efforts prior to the invasion. All their entreaties fell on deaf ears. But since it turns out that Putin does respect Mr Stick, why would anyone offer him the carrots he turned his nose up at.

            I'm very happy for there to be a diplomatic solution – given that Russia pays reparations. The owners of the $10 billion worth of confiscated aircraft probably want some kind of recompense also.

            • RedLogix

              Exactly – better put than I managed. Too many people who cannot tell the difference between diplomacy and appeasement.

      • Poission 7.1.2

        Putin being the Beelzebub du jour,

        In “Marfa Posadnitsa,"' ( and the Novograd problem)

        It’s not a monk conversing with the Lord in his retreat — It is the Moscow Tsar calling out to the Antichrist: 0 Beelzebub, my heart, I’m deep in trouble, Novgorod the free won’t kiss my boot! . . . And the Tsar speaks thus to his beloved wife: There will be a great feast with rivers of red brew! 1 have sent matchmakers to the discourteous clans, There is a bed awaiting them in the dark ravine!

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  • Government partners with Toitū Tairāwhiti to deliver up to 150 new homes for whānau
    Up to 150 new homes will be built for whānau who need them most thanks to a new partnership between the Government and Toitū Tairāwhiti, Minister of Housing Hon Dr Megan Woods and Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) Peeni Henare have announced. Minister Henare and Toitū Tairāwhiti gathered in ...
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  • New sanctions target disinformation and malicious cyber actors
    As part of the Government’s ongoing response to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced new sanctions targeting disinformation and those responsible for cyber attacks on Ukraine. “Aotearoa New Zealand continues to unequivocally condemn Russia’s unjustified and illegal attack on Ukraine,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “President Putin’s propaganda machine is in ...
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  • Government bolsters protection for whistleblowers
    Significant improvements are being made in New Zealand workplaces to better protect whistleblowers, Minister for the Public Service Chris Hipkins said today. “The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022 replaces the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. It is more people-focused and will make the rules easier to access, understand, and ...
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