Campaigners against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations want the negotiating texts made public to help ensure the process fails, says Trade Minister Tim Groser.
Translation: "Explaining is losing."
And already, US Senate Leader Harry Reid has vetoed fast-tracking for the TPPA.
For lack of a better analogy, are Paddy Gower and John Armstrong the political journo equivalent of James McCullen Destro - an arms dealer who sells weapons to both sides of the same war?
Or East Coast Bays, come to that. For a seat Murray McCully held at the last election with a 14,000 majority and over 60% of the party vote, certain commentators seem obsessed with all kinds of bizarre shenanigans.
Indeed. Would Murray McCully really go that quietly as political pundits would have us believe? The Welly Central Nats never seemed to fully recover from Mark Thomas having the rug pulled out from under him by the top brass, and I'm pretty sure said pundits would have learnt that lesson by now.
Also, a note on the Sevens. I hate the sevens, I hate Wellington during the Sevens. It is absolutely not my thing. BUT! Lot’s of people love it, it’s a big crazy party and I think we need to do more to cater to the drunken mob as opposed to just complaining every year.
It's pretty telling that for the first time, the Sevens has not played to a full house. I wonder if the Sevens has become NZ's equivalent of the 'English Disease'. It sadly takes just a small bunch of yobbos to ruin everything for the rest of us. And when they do ruin it, they ruin it horribly. Even if the cops were issued spiked clubs and SMGs, it still wouldn't solve the problem.
As with the Listener article I linked to, there's quite possibly an undercurrent of chauvinist jingoism associated with bingeing. Since that article was published, the English Defence League has sprung up from the soccer hooligan movement.
That’s perfect. Reality television is sometimes referred to in the broadcast industry as “unscripted drama”, but it’s almost always dull, irritating and contrived in comparison to the drama that unfolds in a great sporting contest. And the characters usually suck.
Will reality TV ever jump the shark? Or is it too cheap to produce for it to happen? I’ve read somewhere that entire genres collapse under their own weight when they become dominated by deconstructions and merciless parodies – for disaster movies it was Airplane!, and for horror flicks it was the Scary Movie series. Reality TV has had Series 7: The Contenders, and Battle Royale, but they’ve remained cult hits for the most part. The Hunger Games deconstructs reality TV alright, but not enough to cause it to collapse.
As for the Sochi Winter Games, it’ll probably be best known for funny pictures of 4 toilets in the same room and glass cups full of unnaturally coloured water.
And in Wellington, for all her faults the Green-leaning Mayor Celia Wade-Brown seems to be the target of an active setting-up-to-fail campaign by the DomPost.
Every few editions, it's all about 'luddites' and 'council dithering' holding up the Basin Reserve Flyover, rubbishing much of Celia's public transit plans as 'unaffordable', and blaming the region's economic malaise on her despite the public sector austerities imposed by Central Govt.
Latest article is effectively implying that Mayor Celia was spiteful towards her former mayoral rival John Morrison and drove away an 'Indian business delegation', all because of a Council decision to reject a large subsidy for Morrison. There's a small mention of the old-money blue-rinser Jo Coughlan being involved in the rejection, but the tone of the article is obvious.
current govt is trying to exclude wheelchair access as a requirement of quake-strengthening work – to save building owners money.
And quite possibility ending up paying big later on, due to discrimination lawsuits. Seems how it rolls in litigation-happy America.
On the other hand, we've seen how acolytes of Disaster Capitalism can pull a karma Houdini when backed into a corner by litigation. Case in point? The Climate Science Coalition vs NIWA case.
If anything, David Clark's proposal to revoke Facebook's Internet access would probably have been redundant. FB is already showing signs of collapsing under its own weight.
Much as I favour an FTT, it really needs backing from at least one or more G8 nations to be meaningful.
It was interesting to run the Jonesy Awards on Twitter last year, in part for the reactions that it elicited from some journalists.
All it needs now is a bigger profile, if it's to be the Roger Award of NZ journalism.
relentless empty positivity
Putting on the Stepford smile, much?