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18 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  November 10, 2017

    TPP has reportedly been agreed to in principle, and is due to be signed tomorrow (Friday).

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Trump-s-Asian-visit/11-nations-agree-in-principle-on-TPP-Pacific-trade-deal

    Hmmm…. wonder if Jacinda got her concessions. If she signs this without any substantial changes this could be the first big loss for her.

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      Easy. Aussie PM was putty in her hands.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  November 10, 2017

        He absolutely was – in a “we’ll do what we want to do and you’ll suck it up” kind of way.

  2. Corky

     /  November 10, 2017

    Apparently she will sign. As Mikey said this morning, this government is shaping up to be one with ‘window dressing’ policies’. Policies at odds with the rhetoric spoken during the election.

    Shane Jones also helped perceptions of this coalition government being full of wind, during debate time yesterday.

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      From the tuakana (a linguist) yesterday:

      Watching Parliament repeat on TV? Never liked him but Shane Jones giving excellent peroration old skool

      No idea what he means.

      • Missy

         /  November 10, 2017

        Don’t really know but I have the following suggestions:

        1. the end of Jones’ speech was an excellent example of being old fashioned.
        2. Or it was an excellent end to his speech in an old fashioned way.
        3. Or the end of Jones’ speech was excellent in a good old days way.

        • Gezza

           /  November 10, 2017

          peroration
          pɛrəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/Submit
          noun
          the concluding part of a speech, typically intended to inspire enthusiasm in the audience.
          “he again invoked the theme in an emotional peroration”
          synonyms: closing remarks, conclusion, ending, close, final section, summation, summing-up, recapitulation, reiteration;

          I just looked it up. He does this sort of thing. I told him a month ago I don’t have the time to waste querying his obscure ones. He gets one shot & if it’s not clear then I just ignore it like Corky does all my posts.

        • Corky

           /  November 10, 2017

          I was more interested in the etymology of ”slimshady.”

          • High Flying Duck

             /  November 10, 2017

            In case you’re serious…

          • High Flying Duck

             /  November 10, 2017

            It was a reasonably funny dig at the campaign ad song debacle.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  November 10, 2017

        Shane Jones has always been a good speaker, but he has very rarely actually said anything.

        • Corky

           /  November 10, 2017

          Too true, High Flyer. Look, I like the guy. But he’s a pompous waffling dude who gets lost down the side streets of his own greatness. In fact I know a few people like that. It seems to be catching on in the modern age.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  November 10, 2017

            We he certainly took “love thyself” seriously while on ministerial business!

  3. Gezza

     /  November 10, 2017

    Currently screening reasonably regularly on Aljaz tv, Freeview Channel 31:

    Hate in Trump’s America
    Fault Lines examines the rise of hate in the United States and the toll it is taking on communities across the country.
    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2017/10/hate-trump-america-171031080947571.html

    • Corky

       /  November 10, 2017

      Ah, fame and wealth give you far more opportunities to be ‘naughty.’ Oophs, I had better amend that- ‘affords you more opportunities to be creepy and sexually abuse people…especially if you are a white male.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  November 10, 2017

        Of course multitudes of “ordinary” people are accused of somethings as well – they just don’t make the papers.
        You have to wonder why people with so much to lose behave in such ways though.
        Is it power leading to corruption, or corrupt people seeking power…?