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English in denial on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, March 18th, 2013 - 171 comments
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Corin Dann interviewed Bill English very well on climate change and the drought yesterday on Q+A. It was clear that English has his head in the dust. Despite claiming that the government is leading on climate change, English would barely let the ‘cc’ words pass his lips and referred ‘dry cycles’, as if climate change is just temporary, so not really worth worrying about.

If this is leadership, god help us.

171 comments on “English in denial on climate change”

  1. fender 2

    “It was clear that English has his head in the dust.”

    It was clear that English has a head full of dust…..FIFY

    • Andre 2.1

      He is such a plonker poor old Billy. Bob Dylan would put it into words better than i.

      • fender 2.1.1

        Chorus from “Idiot Wind” comes to mind:

        “Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth,
        Blowing down the back roads headin’ south,
        Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
        You’re an idiot, BILL.
        It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.”

      • UpandComer 2.1.2

        ‘Lol’. He is transparently smarter/wealthier/more respected/successful/cooler and noteworthy then you. God I can’t wait to see him debate whoever the Greens/Labour vomit up in the finance leaders debates.

        • Murray Olsen 2.1.2.1

          Will he tell us how successful he was with Solid Energy? Or is that question too hard for you? Bill English cool? I almost feel sorry for you.

    • Tim 2.2

      Similar thoughts, as in : “It was clear that English…” cetra…
      John Key and Mr Joyce must have very dusty arses.

  2. joe90 3

    With Obama signalling a new policy direction I expect Bill will get an elbow from our sycophant in chief.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-15/obama-will-use-nixon-era-law-to-fight-climate-change.html

    • ghostrider888 3.1

      “these NEPA reviews don’t mandate a specific course of action” ; gonna slow their economy down though :)

  3. Nick K 4

    La Nina is not climate change. It’s part of a broader weather pattern that causes droughts and have occurred as far back as 1904-1905.

  4. Dv 5

    Does L Nina cause the extreme weather events in the US, Australia, UK etc?

    • Poission 5.1

      The enso complex the southern oscillation is a dynamic system ie internal to the climate sysrtem,it is a random system with no preferred periodicity, and a nice example of both synchronization and self organization .

      The largest examples of catastrophic influences by the system such as el nino were in the 17th and 18 th centuries.

  5. corin dann was particularly good..i hope we see more of that..

    ..(english seemed quite shocked at danns refusal to just nod along to/with the spin ..

    ..his lizard eyes widened..then narrowed..)

    ..dann had hints of that tenacity/doggedness/efficient-bullshit-detectors early on..and then was emasculated by compering the breakfast variety show..(as nutritious as coco-pops..!..)

    ..good to see he/dann has returned to real journalism..

    ..phillip ure..

    • Nick K 6.1

      The spin that La Nina causes droughts? That’s not spin.

      • Macro 6.1.1

        Actually Nick the fact is that the El Nino phase of the ENSO is the period when drought is most likely. During El Nino the Pacific (-the oceans are currently gaining heat at the rate of 3 – 4 Hiroshima Bombs per second) begins to release the heat stored in the La Nina phase. -The fact that we have had serious drought in a La Nina phase indicates that we are heading for serious trouble when the Pacific begins to enter a El Nino. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Ocean temperatures around Australia reached record levels – that and the jet streams are now almost static in their patterns – causing some regions to become predominantly High Pressure Zones.

  6. andyS 7

    So what do you suggest?
    Bill English should have spent an hour prattling on about Climate Change and how we need to “take action” and other empty platitudes?

    Doesn’t seem to have worked so far. Most people dialed out of this a long time ago

    • One Tāne Huna 7.1

      Says who? Last time I checked you’re an authority on precisely nothing at all.

  7. rich the other 8

    ONE DEGREE in 100 years , and no change in the last16 years why would the GOVT or anyone panic.
    If change is occuring we have plenty of time to manage it.

    I thought the comedy part of Q&A was a real laugh , it had me in fits rolling on the carpet.
    The old girl from the greens was halarious,
    Quote” coal is a sunset industry”
    only to be told that India has 600 MILLION people without electricity and that over the next 30 years coal fired generation is being established to provide the essential in life.
    China has a similar problem.
    If coal is dying out its going to be a very slow death.

    Rember PEAK OIL the greens were on about a while ago , well it seems that since we started using oil we have consumed about 1.5 TRILLION barrels and guess what ,
    we have about 6 TRILLION barrels left ,around about 250 years worth, so much for oil running out.

    This highlites the thinking of the greens , they are POISON BEWARE.

    • rich the other 8.1

      Sorry I forgot “THE OTHER on post.

      [lprent: No problem. fixed. ]

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      ONE DEGREE in 100 years , and no change in the last16 years why would the GOVT or anyone panic.

      And 4 degrees by end of this century.

      If change is occuring we have plenty of time to manage it.

      Oh, it’s occurring and we don’t have time to manage it especially considering the fact that the politicians, especially those on the right, are trying hard to ignore it.

      we have about 6 TRILLION barrels left ,around about 250 years worth, so much for oil running out.

      Peak Oil isn’t about running out of oil but about when production peaks – which happened for conventional oil about 2k5/6. Which means that, from here on out, oil gets more expensive – exactly as predicted.

      Tell me, did you notice that oil is no longer priced at $10/bbl?

    • andyS 8.3

      Also, Germany is building 24 new coal fired power stations over the next few years.

    • Tiresias 8.4

      “If change is occuring we have plenty of time to manage it.”

      If it was a smooth continuum which responded predictably and smoothly to varying factors you might have a point. On the other hand if it’s prone to tipping points – particularly ones with run-away effects such as the collapse of the North Atlantic conveyor* – you’re talking self-delusional rubbish.

      *http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2004/05mar_arctic

  8. BM 9

    The left has fucked the whole climate change movement
    Climate change is now seen as a vehicle to push socialist policy, not saving the planet.

    • One Tāne Huna 9.1

      You fuckwits have denied it for so long and now you’re bleating because the left has a cogent policy response? What a pathetic whining spectacle you are.

      • BM 9.1.1

        Should have kept politics out of it, no one gives a shit any more.
        If it happens, it happens.

        • One Tāne Huna 9.1.1.1

          You mendacious wretch, the only people politicising it are right wing gimps like you.

      • UpandComer 9.1.2

        Maybe people just want the claims to be commensurate with the actual science. If you’re going to slaughter most of the cows as if that’s going to stop everyone in China/India/Africa wanting a Buick, then at least don’t exaggerate or pontificate. Remember global cooling? Because Carbon dioxide levels were too low? The world was going to end by 1986? Maybe Bill is just being reasonable before we all go and throw acid at a fishing ship

        • One Tāne Huna 9.1.2.1

          Hey, cretin, your “global cooling” fantasy is utterly destroyed right here in this very thread. Perhaps you should read before you type, no?

    • andyS 9.2

      Yes I would agree with that

      • One Tāne Huna 9.2.1

        Two fuckwits whining in unison.

        • andyS 9.2.1.1

          Your comment is particularly apposite to this discussion.
          Any serious discussion of climate change is responded by abusive and intolerant remarks

          It is hardly surprising no one is listening or the remotest bit interested in you.

        • grumpy 9.2.1.2

          Three. Even the IPCC has stepped back from it’s previous predictions.

          The science is settled, AGW is dead…….

          • One Tāne Huna 9.2.1.2.1

            Really?

            No.

            the IPCC surface temperature projections have been exceptionally accurate (although they have under-predicted many other climate variables, such as Arctic sea ice extent decline and sea level rise).

            Nothing like a wingnut for stupid wishful thinking.

    • fender 9.3

      I’ve often speculated that BM stands for Bloody Moron. Today it was confirmed to be so.

  9. grumpy 10

    Not even the Aussies are buying this rubbish. AGW is dead, changing the name to Climate Change to have a dollar each way is also dead. No warming for 15 years and only 1 degree in the last century!

    http://joannenova.com.au/2013/03/hottest-summer-record-in-australia-not-even-close-says-uah-satellite-data/

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/our-hottest-summer-on-land-and-sea/story-e6frg6nf-1226595952853

      THE summer of 2012-13 was not only Australia’s hottest on land — our seas were also warmer than ever.

      It seems that reality disagrees with you.

        • NickS 10.1.1.1

          :roll:

          Oh joy, another idiot who can’t sanity-check their source. Try again when they bother submitting it to peer review for a climatology journal, because from memory Whitehouse fails hard at time series stats. And really, 60+ pages to do something that should only take 12 at most due to it being time series stats? + that quote at the start is so totes screaming out desperation and persecution complex.

          (Please feed Nick with sleep/chocolate to initiate sufficient motivation to begin full, double fisted fisking)

          Also:
          http://weltanschuuang.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/two-views-on-global-warming-standstill.html

          • andyS 10.1.1.1.1

            OK Nick, get back to us when you have fisted this article.

            In the meantime, we’ll assume it is wrong because of the author’s affiliations.
            If it is not an Approved Source ™ it is wrong. That’s how climate science ™ works.

            • One Tāne Huna 10.1.1.1.1.1

              You can’t even understand (or summarise) Nick’s argument, so how you expect to be able to follow science? Wingnut fail.

            • NickS 10.1.1.1.1.2

              :roll:

              Or it could be that peer review is a rather good filter for removing crap, it doesn’t work all the time and the big journals have a habit over-hyping stuff, but it still fucking works.

              And frankly, if someone has a history of being wrong on a topic, then it’s usually highly probable inference that what they say about that topic now and in the future will also be wrong. Like say Ken Ham on evolution, and Ken Ring on anything to do with the weather and earthquakes.

              It does help too if you actually grasp how science works.

              • andyS

                So if peer review is a good filter for science, how did Marcott et al get accepted for publication?

                It has been widely shredded from multiple directions.

                The same could be said of Gergis et al,

                • One Tāne Huna

                  Can’t find any paper by Marcott et al. Scholar asks “Did you mean: Marcotte et al?” Spelling fail? Illiterate dupe?

                  So what were the criticisms of A probabilistic functional network of yeast genes? I’m sure it’s fascinazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

                  • Macro

                    I think this is what andy is rabbitting on about
                    http://klimaatverandering.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/shakun_marcott_hadcrut4_a1b.png
                    He doesn’t like it because it replicates the work of Mann whom he HATES – why – because of course Mann et al show that we really are having an effecton climate in a big way and that – andy for whatever reason has to deny.

                    • andyS

                      It replicates a similar piece of junk science, if that’s what you mean.
                      The critiques of this paper are so damning it must be a candidate for withdrawal from publication, just like Gergis et al.

                    • Macro

                      “The critiques of this paper are so damning it must be a candidate for withdrawal from publication” lol
                      Like the Greenland ice temps for instance? :) Idiot!That “critique” is so flawed it leaks like a sieve.
                      I told you to stay away from Watts – he is damaging what ever rational functionality you have left

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      AndyS, please tell me you aren’t relying on Watts! Surely Macro is being uncharitable, isn’t he? “BEST” find another echo chamber, eh :lol:

                    • andyS

                      Would someone please show me where I referenced Watts?

                      This piece of “science” by Marcott et al has been comprehensively rubbished by Steve McIntyre, suyts space, Judith Curry and many others.

                      Even Skeptical Science won’t touch it with a bargepole

                    • Macro

                      McIntyre! Curry! OMG! I’m quaking in my boots! If you think those charlatans represent good science you a very very sadly mistaken.
                      McIntyre can’t figure out the difference between 2 and 49!
                      http://www.skepticalscience.com/1934-hottest-year-on-record.htm
                      As for madam Curry – well I guess she has to make a name for herself – someone who really hasn’t a clue.
                      http://www.skepticalscience.com/loehle-scafetta-60-year-cycle.htm

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      How touching. A long discussion of the Marcott paper at guess where.

                      I shouldn’t read it if I were you though – your sacred cows come in for a fair amount of ridicule and contempt. Almost as much as that earned by Andy Scrase. Now there’s a credibility-free zone if ever there was one.

                  • jaymam

                    Google for “Marcott et al”
                    About 99,800 results
                    Obviously you need to use the quote signs.
                    Glad I could help.

                    P.S. Marcott et al 2013 will shortly be withdrawn from Science magazine for being a fabrication.

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      Says who? Please tell me you aren’t taking Watts’ word for it. McIntyre? When the paper isn’t withdrawn will you feel like a dupe, or a tool?

                    • NickS

                      When the paper isn’t withdrawn will you feel like a dupe, or a tool?

                      He wont feel a thing, thanks to denial-o-googles. Making inconvenient facts invisible since forever!*

                      @jaymam – So where exactly are the letters to Science then critiquing Marcott et al 2013? Oh right, McIntyre etc only do science-by-blog as they usually get papers rejected by journals that cover climate science due to being utterly wrongzors. In fact they have such a long history of getting things completely wrong, there’s really no reason to pay attention to them except for amusement/head-desking at their latest line of bullshit

                      /yawn

                      Anyhow, here’s the point where the local fauna @realclimate discuss Marcott et al: http://www.realclimate.org/?comments_popup=14729#comment-323859
                      _____________________
                      *note – use of this product will not prevent you from dying of treatable diseases that you don’t believe in, nor prevent you from being imprisoned for tax fraud

                    • jaymam

                      Since there is no Reply button for One Tāne Huna (why not?) I’ll have to reply here.

                      “Says who?”
                      How about Nick Stokes. If you don’t know who he is, you are not doing enough reading to comment on climate.

                      http://moyhu.blogspot.co.nz/2013/03/next-stage-of-marcott-et-al-study.html

                      [lprent: The usual reason will be that the comments are indented by 10 - which is the limit. Then it stops putting in a reply button. ]

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      I note Nick Stokes’ article fails to mention any withdrawal. I note his (Stokes’) errors are highlighted in the comments.

                    • NickS

                      lolwut?

                      Read both his posts on Marcott et al 2013, both are about how the proxy data is weighted and the subsequent effects this then has on the temperature reconstruction. Amusingly enough, his analysis mostly matches Marcott et al’s reconstruction, so how exactly Nick Stoke’s posts invalidate Marcott et al is somewhat beyond my ability* to work out.

                      And even in the first post he doesn’t slam Marcott et al, he’s just trying to understand their analysis methodology…

                      Ah, so, maybe you should read that post?
                      _________________________________
                      *slightly impaired, ‘NickS needs sleep, 2 day hell-tramp damage too, so theory of mind systems pooped

                    • jaymam

                      “One Tāne Huna … I note Nick Stokes’ article fails to mention any withdrawal.”

                      But he says “I tried first using the published dates, and got a fairly unsurprising result, similar to the paper, except that it lacked a recent spike visible there.”

                      i.e. no recent spike means no hockey stick, therefore the main impact of the paper is discredited by Nick Stokes, who is a supporter of AGW. Is he the same person as NickS?

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      Jaymam, are you blind? Every single one of Stokes’ “new” plots shows a “hockey stick” spike.

                      So does the BEST study.

                      So does Wahl & Ammann 2007.

                      So does Huang 2000.

                      So does Smith 2006.

                      So does Oerlemans 2005.

                      And so, of course does Mann et al 1999.

                      You aren’t very good at this, are you?

                      Claiming that Marcott will be withdrawn from Science, then linking to an article that more-or-less validates Marcott. Pathetic.

                    • jaymam

                      “One Tāne Huna … Jaymam, are you blind? Every single one of Stokes’ “new” plots shows a “hockey stick” spike.”

                      On Stokes’s stupid webpage, all the graphs are chopped off on the right, so no spikes were visible. However the “spikes” are merely an artifact from poor processing. NONE of the original individual data had hockey sticks.
                      I repeat what he says on his website “I tried first using the published dates, and got a fairly unsurprising result, similar to the paper, except that it lacked a recent spike visible there.”
                      I’ll give up trying to reply when there is no reply button.

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      Jaymam, you poor intewebz n00b, right click, then open the image in a new tab. The spikes are all there. But as BEST etc. amply demonstrate, if there’s no hockey stick in Stokes’ analysis, then his analysis is wrong, because everything from the instrumental temperature record to stalagmites to boreholes agree with Mann, and none of your delusional denials will change that.

                      The problem here is that you don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.

                • NickS

                  :roll:

                  it doesn’t work all the time

                  Learn2read

                  And Marcott?: http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2013/03/11/a-reconstruction-of-regional-and-global-temperature-for-the-past-11300-years/
                  -read the comment thread for key information.

                  Paper: content.csbs.utah.edu/~mli/Economics 7004/Marcott_Global Temperature Reconstructed.pdf

      • grumpy 10.1.2

        Read the link above, completely discredits your journo fan bois…….

        • One Tāne Huna 10.1.2.1

          Then read this one, and realise that you’ve been getting your “science” from politicians.

          Nigel Lawson? Pfft.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.2.2

          An ACC denial website as your source? yeah, no.

          • grumpy 10.1.2.2.1

            A warmist scaremonger website as your source? yeah, no.

            • One Tāne Huna 10.1.2.2.1.1

              “We are certainly not taking a critical stance on the basic science of the greenhouse effect or the fact that CO2 emissions in the atmosphere are having an effect on the climate.”

              Benny Peiser, director of the GWPF

              Oops. Your “source” confirms the science. Wingnut fail. :lol:

            • NickS 10.1.2.2.1.2

              learn-2-googlescholar-n00b

              Oh right, actual science is totes too “hard” for you to understand. Especially when you have no understanding of how science works and instead rely on naive social-trust based network weighting for information checking.

              If you were a teenager, it’d be cute, but since you’re not, it’s just pathetic.

              So Learn-2-science-n00b

    • Murray Olsen 10.2

      The Aussies, via Murdoch and the fossil fuel oligarchs, are buying a lot of rubbish. If they buy enough to vote Abbott in, they’ll be paying for it for years. Now please go back to jerking off to your autographed picture of Monckton.

  10. Mark 11

    It seems that the only people still believing in catastrophic AGW are the same ones happy to hand over economic sovereignty to the UN (based on self serving IPCC scare mongers) whilst condemning TPPA for the same reasons.. hilarious…

    Maybe taxing the rich pricks would fix it..

    • One Tāne Huna 11.1

      It seems that weasel words demonstrate bad faith, stupidity, or both

      • Mark 11.1.1

        When you have no credible response, get personal, insult.. Standard tactics.. no?

        • One Tāne Huna 11.1.1.1

          When you start your drivel with “it seems” what is there to respond to?

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.2

          You didn’t make a credible argument in the first place.

        • muzza 11.1.1.3

          Mark you have hit on an interesting observation, one which you can see from OTHs response, is relevant!

          Climate change is happening, but not only for the reasons those here, who think they *have it under control* are prepared to entertain!

          Its like trying to discuss ways to address inequality in NZ, without wanting to address the monetary supply problem first, because monetary supply influences every conversation which might require a policy, or solution, and as such its not possible to arrive at optimal policy or solutions, because people are not addressing the full information set!

          Geo-engineering is happening, been going on for decades, actually it began almost 100 years ago, (don’t ask for further links, go find them yourselves)

          Not considering GE in a discussion around CC, AGW, GW, polluting the planet to death (whatever its being called this week), is a fatally flawed exercise, because again like the monetary supply analogy, people are not discussing the problems with a full information set!

          • One Tāne Huna 11.1.1.3.1

            There you go dupe. Project Onan’s team leader believes in you :lol:

            • muzza 11.1.1.3.1.1

              No, I said Mark had *hit on an interesting, relevant observation*, in observing, that there is little difference between the *pushers* of the IPCC and the *pushers* of the TPPA cart.

              Other than the way most here choose to latch onto their respective products, of course!

              Both are selling the same product, in case you can’t work it out for yourself!

              • One Tāne Huna

                I can understand your drivel, but that doesn’t make it any more compelling, or credible, or anything other than tiresome and cretinous.

  11. One Tāne Huna 12

    Meanwhile, in the real world, the evidence keeps on piling up. It’s all a bit complicated for wingnut minds. Better go back to The Daily Fail.

  12. Mark 13

    Yeah, I remember a whole lot of apparently overwhelming evidence for catastrophic cooling back in the 70’s. Must have been sorted by all the hot air spouted by lefties when blogs were invented..

    • One Tāne Huna 13.1

      Bollocks. You’ve been duped. Again. Another wingnut fail :lol:

      • NickS 13.1.1

        +1

        basic historiography isn’t that hard people, so stop fucking it up.

      • Mark 13.1.2

        …desperately links to similarly ideologically tainted comments.. cannot formulate or forward own arguments due to fear of failure or humiliation.. was this in your School Report? Or maybe it said “shows good understanding of historic class struggle, however unable to easily adapt to reality, will be a willing mouthpiece with little potential for personal success and requires lots of State support” :)

        • One Tāne Huna 13.1.2.1

          No. I’ve demonstrated that your comment at 13 is based on lies, linked to proof that they are lies. I’m prepared to offer you some charity, and assume that you have been duped, rather than that you are a deliberate and cynical liar. The next time, dupe I won’t be so charitable.

        • NickS 13.1.2.2

          :roll:

          This is teh internets n00b, we link in order to not waste time or repeat what someone else has already written and assume others are capable of at least reading the fucking links.

          • Mark 13.1.2.2.1

            I disagree.. you link to either other posts/comments from similarly delusional people here or elsewhere on the web. When that fails you insult those with opposing views, backed by as much “evidence” as you. Intellect fail…

            • One Tāne Huna 13.1.2.2.1.1

              Keep on failing, dupe.

            • NickS 13.1.2.2.1.2

              /smugface

              Daaaawwww

              It’s so cute when they try and sound intellectual.

              Especially more so since Mark thinks anyone who accepts the science on climate change is “delusional”, showing a fundamental failure on his own part to understand science101, sanity-check his own assumptions and actually bother doing some basic research. i.e. many secondary sources will usually link to primary science literature or data records and if need be provide rational for data analysis methodology.

              Thus this leads to networks of information sources and arguments that need to be checked and weighed objectively, or if one knows they lack the necessary background to grasp whatever information, check the fucking experts. Failure to do so is usually due to individuals relying on binary narratives, giving similar weighting to both sides “importance”, rather than looking at the body of evidence. Or the age old stupid habit of a-priori assumptions that are inflexible, with biblical creationists being the perfect example.

    • bad12 13.2

      Lolz, are you not PG by another name back here too shy to use your ‘other’ handle…

      [lprent: see http://thestandard.org.nz/the-difference/#comment-606776 ]

    • Murray Olsen 13.3

      Mark, if you can remember a whole lot of apparently overwhelming evidence, you should be able to give us a source for it. Can you please share that with us? Or if sharing offends your Randian purity, feel free to charge for it.

  13. Mark 14

    But I’m interested in your whakapapa.. or are you just a house honky desperate for a bit of brown in you?

    • One Tāne Huna 14.1

      Not just a dupe, but a racist dupe, then. Classy.

      • Mark 14.1.1

        Classy, pull the racist card.. let me rephrase that that then for you.. are you a house-nigger?

        • One Tāne Huna 14.1.1.1

          Are you a childish dupe? I note you failed to answer my 13.1.2.1, and went straight to an ad hominem approach.

          Was it too hard for you? Or did the humiliation of being shown up as a dupe push some buttons?

          • Mark 14.1.1.1.1

            Your 13.1.2.1 referring to my 13.. when you said it was all lies I assumed that finally you got it and were referring to IPCC.. no such luck I guess as we can call you many things, but not clever. So how about that whakapapa?…or is that you Hans?

            • One Tāne Huna 14.1.1.1.1.1

              As my link clearly demonstrates, there were far more papers concerning the Greenhouse Effect in the ’70’s than any discussing global cooling. The next time you repeat the lie, please remember the humiliation of being exposed as a dupe and have a little sob.

              I’m sure your ancestors had better ethics, but perhaps they were dupes too.

        • bad12 14.1.1.2

          Lolz, PG you naughty little child stop trying to inflame the conversation with such rude references…

          [lprent: see http://thestandard.org.nz/the-difference/#comment-606776 ]

  14. Mark 16

    DTB, please don’t confuse what is a good read with that which opens your eyes and challenges you. It is an essential read for those that have been duped, or are here duping..

    • One Tāne Huna 16.1

      Ooh, you learned a new word. Polly wanna cracker? :lol:

    • Draco T Bastard 16.2

      A good read as far as science goes comes from the scientists – not the delusional people denying what the scientists are saying.

      • muzza 16.2.1

        Bullshit – Scientists are as corruptable and controllable as any other group on earth B!

        Simple as that!

        • One Tāne Huna 16.2.1.1

          *corruptible.

          I figure if it’s going to feature so large in your fantasy life you might as well learn to spell it.

          • muzza 16.2.1.1.1

            So you don’t argue the statement is correct then – Hard to argue it really given how things look to be playing out.

            My interest lies in what the response is going to be once it comes out into the light, if that’s even possible with control over the media, huge influence over universities, and funding streams all stitched up!

            Makes me wonder what all the genuine *dupes* you refer to, believe their life is going to be worth when TSHTF. When I use the tern *dupes* I mean the likes of the tv, radio, politicians et al, who god knows how/why felt like playing along with all this, making crazy statements, corrupt policy, finger poiting, diversion, deflection, and straight up lies!,

            All to protect what, what is it they’re protecting, because they must be into some real life crazy, if they believe their actions will not catch up with them., the same as the decisions/outputs of their actions, will catch up with the rest of us!

            Just keep correcting typo’s, and writing insults online, that will help, greatly, on ya!

            • One Tāne Huna 16.2.1.1.1.1

              :roll:

              Project Onan coming along nicely is it? Do you honestly think I’m going to waste my time arguing with the embodiment of insincerity?

              • muzza

                Even if you wish with every ounce of your being, that I was going to be way off the mark, I won’t be, and its not even because I do anything more than pay attention Bloke, and am not too scared to stick my head up!

                Ignoring, or pretending to ignore as much of what I post as possible, does not make it go away, or less real, so come on, put your smarts to good use, and get active, I reckon you have lots to offer!

                Insincere /snort – My goodness you’re really not very good at this online evaluation thingy eh!

  15. For those interested in a factual approach, NZ climate scientists talking about their work in this new film: http://thiniceclimate.org/.

  16. vto 18

    It would be well worthwhile if the climate changed so that summer was 6 months and each of autumn, winter and spring 2 months.

  17. One Tāne Huna 19

    As for Double Dipton, it looks like he’s pushing the “there’s nothing we can do about it” line as hard as he can. Wouldn’t want the cockies getting the idea that their bought and paid for politicians have betrayed them now, would we?

    • dumrse 19.1

      Is that just like your Union Organisation that masquerades as a Labour Party ?

    • UpandComer 19.2

      Well, first of all what makes you think that NZ killing off a quarter of it’s dairy herd and replacing MFAT, Treasury and MED with Greenpeace is going to make all those people opposite to you in outlook, intelligence and work-ethic in China/India and Africa suddenly be happy to sacrifice a future mercedes for the great white morange One Tane Huna? That one thousandth of one percentage point difference is going to make a massive practical difference. Similarly I think you’ll find they are ‘doing something about it’, they just aren’t going to impoverish the nation for benefit of the befuddled weed addled conscience of the great white morange.

      • One Tāne Huna 19.2.1

        Hey, dipshit, what the fuck are you blithering about? Nothing I wrote, that’s for sure.

  18. Murray Olsen 20

    There is nothing funnier or more nauseating in this world than apologists for fossil fuels claiming to have scientific credibility. Those who denied the health problems of tobacco have found a new stage, but are reading from the same playbook. The only scumbags that I have seen come close are those who claim that the US government sets up school shootings and uses actors as grieving parents in order to take their guns off them. The world has gone mad, and the sooner those who hate scientists so much stop using technology developed because of scientific research, the better. At least it’d keep them off the internet.

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      Our entire civilisation breathes fossil fuels like it’s oxygen to an athlete.

      The Government needs to be putting $5B to $10B per annum towards infrastructure and societal changes for a fossil fuel free future, and to do so consistently for the next 20 years.

      There is no way under our current political and economic system, nor the leadership they create, that this will occur.

      We should rail against English. But it makes no difference. The game changer is not likely to be found in either National or Labour. Mainstream political parties by definition, are only interested in representing what they believe to be the status quo. And currently the status quo that one barrel of oil generates about $1500 in GDP (at a guess) is more powerful than just about any other narrative out there.

      • Murray Olsen 20.1.1

        Hard to argue with that, especially when each barrel of oil also happens to generate Megabytes of ludicrous anti-science ravings by those wedded to the status quo. The only change I’d make to your post would be to swap “steroids” for “oxygen”. Oxygen is natural.

        • Colonial Viper 20.1.1.1

          I figure that there ain’t nothing more natural than a lump of anthracite…

          • Murray Olsen 20.1.1.1.1

            A lump of anthracite as a natural remedy for climate deniers? Applied appropriately, I can see the advantages.

  19. [deleted]

    [lprent: Violated the privacy policy. You don't out commentators unless you can put to something where they have explicitly outed themselves on the net. Most of the "outings" have about as much truth in them as a Whaleoil's making bullshit about our authors over the years - most of them are just outright lies. So we simply don't tolerate them without credible backing from the person themselves. ]

  20. grumpy 22

    …only getting worse for the warmist alarmists.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/03/the-hockey-stick-broken-again.php

    [lprent: Aside from treating research from what? 25 years ago as if it is an article of faith, your recent comments look like you're a fire-and-forget link-whoring troll. Don't just link without explanation. Explain why you think it is relevant. Argue your case. So others can tell you why not. If you keep just plastering our site, then you will lose the ability to do so.

    You used to be able to argue - have you lost that skill? ]

    • One Tāne Huna 22.1

      Which hockey stick?

      This one?

      Or this one?

      Or this one?

      Or this one?

      Get a life, loser.

      • ghostrider888 22.1.1

        you are the Bomb Tane

      • grumpy 22.1.2

        Looks like pretty comprehensive allegations of fraud in that link.

        Anyway, as a previous comment said, the far left have destroyed whatever credibility the warmists ever had. It’s all about income protection for vested “scientific” interests and redistribution of wealth for the rebadged far left as “Green”.

        The “science” is over and the bullshit will just quietly fade away like Y2K

        • ghostrider888 22.1.2.1

          pray, do you honestly believe climate change is not afoot

          • Grumpy 22.1.2.1.1

            Who cares, it’s become a political bandwagon for the left. As such it has no credibility.

            • Colonial Viper 22.1.2.1.1.1

              Yep. The moment the Green Party started harping on about the sun rising in the East, the concept lost all credibility and it promptly failed to do so.

            • felixviper 22.1.2.1.1.2

              lolz

        • One Tāne Huna 22.1.2.2

          Fraud at Berkeley?

          “Richard Muller is leading a group of physicists, statisticians, and climatologists to re-estimate the yearly global average temperature, from which we can say such things like this year was warmer than last but not warmer than three years ago. Muller’s project is a good idea, and his named team are certainly up to it.”

          Anthony Watts (before Muller and his team produced the “wrong” results and Watts packed a little tanty.)

          More evidence just keeps piling up, as pointed out up thread. Sea ice extent in the Arctic, ice mass loss in the Antarctic, permafrost in Siberia, melting clathrates, drought, floods, heat waves, glaciers, migration patterns, species coverage.

          Meanwhile, all you’ve got is the same tired old bullshit, and Mann’s hockey stick has withstood every witless challenge. Not that you’d have a clue about that.

          Ask a sparky what happens when a dipole encounters a magnetic field sometime, and then get a life, loser.

        • One Tāne Huna 22.1.2.3

          Pay attention now, Grumpy:

          Macro linked this up-thread but obviously you aren’t here to read. For those who think that maybe there’s something in the so-called allegations of “fraud”, read the link and the ensuing commentary.

          …the Nature paper was clearly based on Chapter 4 from the thesis, and it makes sense to have done so. Of course there were similarities. The question Watts posed was why was that particular change (adding the recent temperature record) made to the paper when it was not the original thesis, and the answer is clearly that it was not necessary given the objective of the original project.

          That’s all that matters here. Watt’s inane query was “I wonder why the difference” and the answer is “because it was irrelevant to the purpose of the original thesis.”

          That’s all.

          “Therefore it is intirely(sic) reasonable to ask about differences between them.”

          No, it’s not. The reasons for the differences are obvious, and the reasons for pursuing it further are obvious as well – to stir up false controversy and to cast doubt upon the motivations and methods of Marcott. That’s all this is, is a Watts/McIntyre denial hatchet-job, and it has no foundation whatsoever.

          My emphasis.

          OK Grumpy you can go back to sleep now.

        • Pascal's bookie 22.1.2.4

          It’s all about income protection for vested “scientific” interests

          OH SHIT! He’s rumbled the gig peeps. time to fess up.

          Here’s how it goes down.

          Whenever someone graduates their bachelors degree in climate science and applies to do post grad, they get taken aside and told that from here on in they have to fudge their data. Everyone agrees to this in the hope of sometime getting a job in the future. Everyone. All of them. Not one of them says anything, not even those who don’t get jobs, or those who drop out. In fact most of those who don’t get jobs are actually hired by the UN and they live under a mountain somewhere and they are the ones who make up all the numbers and send them out to all the officially working climate scientists who cut and paste them into ‘their’ papers. One time an oil exec offered a scientist twice the money to start doing real science but he just laughed and stroked his cat and said not likely mate you don’t know how powerful these neckbeards are ice cores don’t talk to me about ice cores he said and then he said I’ve said too much and if that doesn’t prove it then what does eh what does. But that’s just the tip of the surface.

        • Cedric Katesby 22.1.2.5

          Science denial is science denial is science denial. Only the labels change. It’s a ritual dance as old as the hills.
          Behold…

          It’s all about income protection for vested “scientific” interests and redistribution of wealth for the rebadged far left as “Green”.

          Claim CA321.1:
          “The conclusions of scientists are motivated by scientists’ pay; they cannot be considered objective.”

          The “science” is over and the bullshit will just quietly fade away like Y2K

          Claim CA110:
          Evolution is a theory in crisis; it will soon be widely rejected.

  21. JonL 23

    Will someone please give the “Global warming is a myth and conspiracy” trolls new “facts” they can trot out – the old discredited ones do get rather wearisome on hearing them for the 300th time!
    This thread is why I normally stay away from climate change “discussions” – it always seems to bring out the worst in everyone…….

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    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here… NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reportsNew Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
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