Posts by izogi

  • Speaker: Too much to swallow on the TPP, in reply to Alfie,

    How many tens of millions did this government spend to secure the presidency of the Security Council? McCully has stated that he wants to solve the middle-east crisis during his whole one month tenure. Maybe in his spare time he’ll find a cure for the common cold and come up with a solution to climate change.

    Yesterday Tracy Watkins wrote a very congratulatory piece about McCully, during which she more or less expressed how much of an instinctively awesome negotiator he is, using the recent MH-17 stuff as an example whilst managing to quietly dance around the point that he’d really been completely ineffective in his role there. Not his own fault, of course, as probably nobody else could have done any better (which may be the truth), but naturally the main thing is that he’s still optimistic things will somehow work out… because they always do, or something like that.

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  • Speaker: Too much to swallow on the TPP, in reply to Roger Lacey,

    You're probably right, and yet this is still a government which seems to be good at severely mis-reading public opinion, then caving last minute based on polls of public opinion, adopting 65% of opposition policy and dressing it up as if it's always been government policy. Therefore I still have some hope.

    But not much hope.

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  • Speaker: Too much to swallow on the TPP, in reply to Alfie,

    Yes it’s good and I don’t personally think there’s necessarily been a lack of MSM journos being concerned about the TPPA. But at the same time it’s getting hidden and obscured behind the magazine-style priorities, as if those who manage and design the pages don’t trust their own journalists to come up with good material. There’s some major stuff happening that’ll impact everyone for a long time, but it’s being tucked away as if it won’t interest anyone.

    On Andrew Hoggard involvement, it’s good to hear that he’s also concerned, but it’s also still frustrating that representatives from a supposedly benefiting industry get to observe whilst those of us who are likely having our rights and benefits traded away in exchange are being locked out. Andrew Hoggard might give some insight on the benefits (or lack of them) for Dairy, but somehow I doubt he’ll keep us informed of everything being traded away elsewhere, either because he’s not being told or because it’s not in his industry’s commercial interests to inform everyone of that.

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  • Speaker: Too much to swallow on the TPP, in reply to chris,

    Sounds about right, the local weekly arrived yesterday, front page headline: Treated effluent gets the taste test

    This morning I listened to some great coverage of the ongoing TPPA stuff from Morning Report. Then I loaded up Stuff to see a top page magazine opinion about some guy and his pig in a Vodafone ad. Not far off yesterday afternoon’s engrossing front page newswire article about some random 911 operator in New Mexico who told a US caller to solve a problem themselves.

    TPPA coverage? Sure, but you have to scroll down and pretend you’re interested in the Business section.

    No wonder the government doesn’t seem concerned about political ripples..

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  • Speaker: Too much to swallow on the TPP, in reply to chris,

    Given the arbitrariness of Stuff.co.nz moderation, there’s very little that can be extrapolated from such a limited number of voices

    I'm also skeptical given how many times I've seem completely polarised discussions on Stuff, only to be followed by a discussion polarised the opposite way just a day later.

    I think the government must be hoping that this outrage being expressed is restricted to the internet and upper-class-political minority, and that there are swathes of voters out there who simply don't care because they have more immediate problems, and so on. That's a story of the entire election last year.

    If and when consequences of the TPPA become more immediate problems for individuals (can't parallel import, can't get medication, etc), then maybe voters will start caring, if blame is appropriately placed, even though it'll be too late to make a difference. The likes of Tim Groser and John Key probably anticipate they'll be retired from public life and long gone by the time that happens.

    What happens if Cabinet signs the deal but parliament fails to follow through? Does it potentially subject New Zealand to humongous penalties?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 568 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Too much to swallow on the TPP, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    There is of course an alternative. Raise taxes so that New Zealanders as a country can pay US Pharma companies.

    Or just make Fonterra pay directly from all the extra profit it’ll supposedly be getting at the expense of most of the rest of us.

    Heh.

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  • Speaker: Too much to swallow on the TPP, in reply to Alfie,

    Pure Yes Minister – apart from the fact that it’s not funny.

    Here it is in glorious televisual action. Some of the MPs in the background, behind Steven Joyce, were certainly laughing.

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  • Speaker: Too much to swallow on the TPP, in reply to Sacha,

    Longer patent periods mean more NZ Health funding going into big pharma’s pockets.

    That's okay! It's only "a little bit longer".

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  • Speaker: Too much to swallow on the TPP, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    And while your noting history maybe you should highlight Labour’s role in starting this debacle and tell us why we should think the same people who started us down the road to the TPP should now be trusted to stop it.

    I've seen comments from various places that the TPPA wouldn't be nearly so freaky if it weren't for the imposition of the USA which, at least according to a random person who edited Wikipedia, only started getting involved near the end of Labour's reign and prior to which the TPPA was much smaller.

    Is this a reasonable claim that it's mostly incompatible demands by the USA which are the problem?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 568 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Political palatability and…, in reply to David MacGregor,

    Though, perhaps that analogy collapses in that at least homeopathy is harmless superstition and its infliction causes little real harm to its victims.

    Not entirely when considering that homeopathy can lure people away from other treatments which might actually make a measurable and significant difference.

    I think homeopathy bothers me less, though, if only because I'm more familiar with people inflicting it upon themselves instead of others. But that complaint will slide past anyone who's already arguing it's their fundamental right to decide what's best for their kids.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 568 posts Report Reply

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