Posts by Neil

  • Hard News: Trump 2018, in reply to Prudence,

    I’ve seen similar claims that there is no moderate Palestinian opposition to Israeli occupation.

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018,

    One the common smear tactics used against Hillary Clinton was blasting the internet with out of context photos of her at a social event with someone unpleasant.

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I sure as hell can’t guess what he’d do.

    There’s still some checks and balances though - lots of golf courses in South Korea Trump won’t want obliterated.

    He comes across more venal than psychopathic but the risk of disaster via misadventure looks high.

    I think a big danger is Iran going the way of Syria with the US incapacitated by Trump.

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018,

    Russsian State propaganda is doing its best to discredit the current opposition protests in Iran. Their line is much the same as what was used in Syria - there is no moderate opposition and it’s all instigated by the US.

    They would, and did, say much the same if Obama was in office but Trump really has squandered a great deal of moral authority making such allegations harder to counter. Tragically it will most likely be non-Americans that pay the highest price for his narcissism.

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018, in reply to Russell C,

    What struck me was the speed and manner with which the Putin propaganda machine reacted to this. Feeding directly into the alt world memes of how it’s all really the fault of liberals. They clearly keep a close watch on that sector of US political opinion and play into with considerable skill.

    RT backing up the nonsense of

    The irony of Bannon’s newfound acceptance by Russia-obsessed liberals is not lost on all commentators.

    with two tweets from Greenwald is classic.

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018,

    You’re missing the most important aspect of the story - how this reflects so badly on Trump’s liberal opponents.

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  • Hard News: Harkanwal Singh: What really…,

    Foreign investment is one of the main drivers of the current boom in Auckland apartment construction which has made things a lot easier financially for first home buyers.

    That foreign investment has helped create the social environment where apartment living is seen as good lifestyle choice and has also driven a review of body corporate management – something badly needed as NZers do not have an extensive history of being a part of that management and there are lots of pitfalls for the unwary.

    Labour and NZF chose to tell a story of foreigners and speculators stealing our homes when reality is far more complicated. There are indeed problems with the building industry and blaming others is the last thing a responsible government should be doing. It was after all kiwis that created the leaky building debacle (more accurately the compliance debacle) – the full consequences of which we have as yet only seen a glimpse.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election,

    The defense of Peters - he’s not as bad as Trump because he doesn’t believe what he says he’s only xenophobic for votes - isn’t a particularly great defense.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election,

    I wonder if anyone else in NZF apart from Peters knew at the time of negotiations of this planned legal action. How many feel somewhat duped at the moment.

    Certainly if Ardern or English had known they would have treated Peters’ negotiation positions differently.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election,

    Peters’ ability to act on his personal grudges turns out to be the big election winner.

    He never intended to go with National and a big reason wasn’t concern for NZ’s future but his grudges.

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