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Open mike 12/08/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 12th, 2011 - 86 comments
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86 comments on “Open mike 12/08/2011”

  1. Herodotus 1

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/America:_Freedom_to_Fascism
    An interesting piece on tv I found channel surfing
    For a fatalist it is not great news, as those running The Fed Res

    • Bored 1.1

      Nice article, US appears to be one giant fraud. Have a gink at this

      http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-08-11/con-game

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Sadly the US main product these days is financial fraud.

        The equity, futures, commodities and bond markets are also completely manipulated with high speed computerised trading. Ordinary investors have no chance, those ‘markets’ are in reality now casinos where the house always wins and where the punter always loses.

        • freedom 1.1.1.1

          Their bank is the biggest fraud of all. The American public, and most of the World, largely believe it is a Federal Agency because they stuck the word in the title. When you get through the haze and actually make an American understand the Federal Reserve is an 100% private Institution that is not accountable to any of their Administration’s frameworks, the slow drawn horror that creeps over their faces becomes strangely exhilarating as you see how much potential there is for change. When you witness the moment that they understand every single dollar that has entered their economy since 1911 has been in the form of a loan, wow, step back and lock up the carving knives because baby is out for blood. Then if you throw the Tax issues on top and explain how there is no actual law requiring Americans to pay Income Tax, or that the entire take of Income Tax only services the interest on the debt and the principal loans still exist, it is a heartless person that won’t offer a hug.

        • aerobubble 1.1.1.2

          Key can hardly deny he doesn’t know how speculators make money.

          Yet as riots infect Britian partly due to the austerity measures, what is Key doing?

          Pushing austerity on benefitaries.

          Its like he worships Satan, that’s the only think I’ve got to explain it, he must just
          love sticking it into the poorest, most marginalized, push them into destitution.

          So here’s a question for the left, why have they yet found anyone who has lost the
          benefit and is now starving?

          And where did all the 7,000 go? australia? Why isn’t Labour making clear that’s
          what happened to them? Or were they claiming the benefit illegally?

          • seanmaitland 1.1.1.2.1

            I can tell you’ve never lived in another country or probably done any serious travel – comparing our situation to London is surely taking the piss. Its so different you couldn’t get much further apart unless you went to Africa.

            • freedom 1.1.1.2.1.1

              and something tells me with your $125k a year (prev comment by you on this site) you have very little experience of what the vast majority of New Zealanders are actually facing on a day to day basis

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2

        Financial scams, like Bernie Madoff’s multi-billion-dollar investment fraud, operate according to a similar pyramid structure.

        The whole of capitalism operates according to the the same structure and the same lie – work hard enough and you’ll become rich. The majority don’t become rich or even well off – the rich just get richer from everyone else’s hard work.

        • Herodotus 1.1.2.1

          Wifi all fixed !! Appologies for incoherent comments ;-) has anyone got s good read regarding the fed I have a few hours on s plane to fill. The little I have found out the more unbelievable it is !!!
          It appears to me that a few (w)bankers are running the world yet no-one is aware of this

  2. Herodotus 2

    Amazing what fate has in store the riots have changed travel plans especially when they are in the same area you are staying in. I was amazed or out of touch not to be informed of this. Just like the U.S it appears that no political party cares about the people this should be aired for all who view this site to open many one eyed contributors

    • Bored 2.1

      Too true. I have been watching and reading from all sides of the old left – right divide…one thing the ascerbic commentators all agree upon is that “finance” (Wall St, the City etc) are all out of control and an increasing danger and menace to our freedom, let alone our economies.

      • Herodotus 2.1.1

        Why is it that when the bankers make comment regarding govt policy we have to listen and obey, yet when banks fail we must do everything possable to protect and save them?
        Europe is being told to follow British austerity measures and on the U.k we will see these same austerity measures hopefully bring “relaxed” I only hope it is not only to reverse the planned reduction of frontline police by 20% or 16,000 on number. The current events make the U.S freedom to fascism more relevant.
        Ps how do you delete a comment by phone?

    • logie97 2.2

      Now if you could put that in English Herodotus… have you been taking lessons from Joky Hen? He has a wonderful command of the mother tongue as well.

      • Herodotus 2.2.1

        The wireless keeps dropping out and I was under the impression that the comment was deleted so please ignore my response !!!! ;-)

  3. Kiwi’s in Lala land,

    It must be something in the air because reality doesn’t come into it. While the world is collapsing New Zealanders have the highest economic confidence in seven months. Unbelievable!

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      That just means they think things can’t possibly get worse than they already are. It’s not actually a ringing endorsement.

      • freedom 3.1.1

        but it is yet another poll, published in a newspaper that neglects to mention how the information was gathered, a practice that is starting to piss me off. Isn’t there some regulation or a law somewhere that deals with this jejune propoganda, if not , why not? * shakes fist in indignation *

        • Ianupnorth 3.1.1.1

          Does that not send a real message that our education sector has created a bunch of sponges who absorb rather than question the information in front of them?

          • freedom 3.1.1.1.1

            yup, dey are edukated in gud skools and no wun kan say dey are stoopid kos Mr Keys says we are all brite asperatunol citycins with promis and opotoonites

            • Ianupnorth 3.1.1.1.1.1

              All except those at Kings College, etc. because they are guaranteed good jobs by virtue of being at a posh school.

              • freedom

                like a PM’s daughter who ‘won’ a scholarship year in France to study Fashion Design.
                Still gets my ire up that the trip was awarded to her and not a kid who actually needs the opportunity. Like most of the games that are played today, it just oooozes bullshit

                Not saying she was not qualified for the trip ( fashion images released notwithstanding)
                but children of the PM should not be eligible as it can never be seen as impartial. And before anyone plays the pollies kids are off limits card, John has dealt his kids in a dozen times.

      • Puddleglum 3.1.2

        Yes, that could explain the rest of the results:

        Of the 1,048 people surveyed, a net 21 per cent said they were worse off than a year ago, a deterioration from last month’s 14 per cent who felt worse off. Still, a net 27 per cent expect to be better off in a year’s time, compared to 24 per cent seeing better times ahead in last month’s survey.
        A net 2 per cent of respondents said they think economic conditions will deteriorate over the coming 12 months, an improvement from a net 8 per cent who were gloomy on the general outlook in July

        More people now feel that they are worse off than they were a year ago yet fewer think they will be worse off a year’s hence (than in the last month’s survey). It seems that people are hanging onto the claims (from commentators?) that things are/will be getting better, even though they have personally experienced things getting harder up till now. 

        • Vicky32 3.1.2.1

          More people now feel that they are worse off than they were a year ago yet fewer think they will be worse off a year’s hence (than in the last month’s survey). It seems that people are hanging onto the claims (from commentators?) that things are/will be getting better, even though they have personally experienced things getting harder up till now.

          I am reminded of the (incompetent) couple who ran the serviced offices where I worked – until the collapse of the company I worked for coincided more or less exactly with the election of NACT – and who said, zombie-like, in reponse to my question as to why they’d voted for NACT “Time for a change!” (with high-rising terminal, and dead eyes… :D ) Ron’n’Del I call them, middle-aged to elderly conservatives. I often wonder how they like the ‘change’ they voted for?

    • The Voice of Reason 3.2

      And it simply reflects the fact that the high kiwi dollar makes it a good time to consider making a major home purchase. Note the ‘consider’, it doesn’t actually mean people will purchase anything, just that they recognise the opportunity.

  4. Bored 4

    Pom pollies in Lala land….

    Apparently there are plans to cut the Met Police force by 16000, the same number on the streets during the riots. This from the BBC….

    Senior government sources say the Treasury will not reopen negotiations on the spending review.

    And Home Secretary Theresa May has repeated her belief that police budgets can be reduced without damaging their ability to do their jobs.

    But the Home Office said the reductions in the police budget were manageable.

    Which all goes to show how out of touch our political leadership really is. And the money men are wagging the dog again.

    • felix 4.1

      But it’s ok Bored, ‘cos they’re going to ban the wearing of masks and give themselves the power to shut down facebook and twitter whenever they like.

      So don’t worry about the cuts, they’re still building an effective police state.

      • Bored 4.1.1

        LOL Heard one gent interviewed after he as bailed for rioting comment “I was just getting my own bankers bonus”…says it all about the top down state of lawlessness in the UK..

        • travellerev 4.1.1.1

          A link to that please. pretty please with a cherry on top

        • felix 4.1.1.2

          Indeed.

          It seems to me that if politicians who create these conditions of powerlessness and hopelessness in the population while simultaneously handing over trillions to the bankers can’t be charged with inciting riots, then the charge might as well be removed from the statutes.

          • Morrissey 4.1.1.2.1

            …if politicians who create these conditions … can’t be charged with inciting riots, then the charge might as well be removed from the statutes.

            Good luck with that! However, I do think there is a chance that some of these politicians (from David Cameron on down) will be in serious trouble soon, when the inquiry into the Newscorpse phone hacking and bribery scandal really gets under weigh.

            I believe that Cameron has perjured himself, and I’m sure they’ll go after Blair as well. That’s assuming they’re serious, of course.

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.2.2

            Statutes are there to keep the commoners in check, not the elite.

            e.g. as far as I know despite a probable >1M fraudulent subprime loans in the US, where most of the frauds have been perpetrated by the lenders, there has not been a single imprisonment.

            Neither have there been any imprisonments of credit rating agency executives who were shown to have given toxic subprime mortgage backed securities “AAA” ratings when they had never even looked at the paperwork backing the actual mortgages.

            The US financial system is a corrupt joke; the MSM is feeding us stories about a pretend fair and free market that does not exist.

      • freedom 4.1.2

        Putting the burgeoning Police State aside for a moment. Do these people even listen to what they say, or read what is written about what they said?
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/5434148/Facial-recognition-in-use-after-British-riots

        In paragraph six they reference an older article discussing the sources of image used in Facial Recognition Software. In the very next paragraph there is the most incredulous statement suggesting the only people to be identified by the technology are already criminals.

        A few paragraphs later they say how they are using the technology sparingly and releasing images to the public is the preferred option. They then say they have released a few dozen images. Ok, so how is it that as of last night over 750 arrests had been made?

        To finish your snack there is a small cherry on top when the representative from the Olympic Planning Committee is spoken to. This person says they are considering using Facial Recognition in the Olympics. Five years ago they made a documentary on the planning of the Olympics and the technology was to be one of the foundations of the security measures.

        you just gotta love their fundamental belif that the public are as thick as they are

        • Bill 4.1.2.1

          Assuming that the police have a number of people who they regularily ‘keep an eye on’ as it were. And given the CCTV coverage, then by backtracking individuals from their home address to a riot situation via CCTV footage might not be that difficult in somme cases.

          As for police cuts. Cameron has said the army would be considered in future. Meanwhile the establishment left are calling for the police cuts to be reversed. And they will be.

          Finally. Is there any focus on the oppressive police culture/ actions? Any questioning of the endless searches etc, etc, etc and the effect that has on people? Na. Course not.

          Them kids is criminals is all. Them kids is sick. Them kids need more discipline.

          • freedom 4.1.2.1.1

            on BBC radio they were hammering the ‘blame the parents who didn’t teach right from wrong’ as the one and only reason for the criminality. There was a certain volatility to their delivery that for a moment i thought O’Reilly and Hannity were guest hosting

            p.s. still no CCTV footage of the Mark Duggan shooting though. Amazing how these cameras only capture criminal acts

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.2.1.1.1

              p.s. still no CCTV footage of the Mark Duggan shooting though. Amazing how these cameras only capture criminal acts

              Oh…ru saying that the police may not have been performing a criminal act in that shootoing? :P

    • Lanthanide 4.2

      Police are effectively a legalised gang of thugs.

      What do they think is going to happen we we’ve seen these riots with these police doing the direct job of controlling them? In a few month, these thousands of police may not have a job any more…

      • Ianupnorth 4.2.1

        Every other public sector has been hammered, now it is their turn; should have stuck to proper policing rather than flying around in choppers chasing minor car thief’s, etc. How about nailing some of the fraudulent bankers?

  5. logie97 5

    Cullen Fund. Nats want to invest in SOE’s. Great. Build the publicly owned business up further with public money and then eventually sell it off completely …

  6. tc 6

    Notice the nats are making out like the great protectors with this PR about getting tough on loan sharks…….a private member bill they voted down with ACT last year from memory. Great to have the MSM in your pocket when you turn another parties idea into your own after destroying it in parliament.

  7. Colonial Viper 7

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    http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2011/08/T082211.jpg

    Look at the matching outfit. Beautiful in so many ways.

  8. rd 8

    I notice that ANZ are advertising home loans for holidays, renovations, kids etc.
    So back to the future!!!

  9. Morrissey 9

    Silencing dissent on the BBC and Fox News

    First, the impatient handling of Darcus Howe, a West Indian writer and broadcaster. Note how belittling and condescending the BBC host is…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biJgILxGK0o&feature=topvideos_news

    Next, watch how a befuddled Fox News host cuts off an American girl and her aunt who contradict official lies about the South Ossetia conflict in 2008…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fBGtXS66VM

  10. Morrissey 10

    Charlie Brooker on the American News Media. Funny

    You may occasionally wonder why our right wing friends like Pete (“Garth”) George are so unbalanced and unhinged. Well, consider what they watch every day…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aEk864YrKw&feature=related

  11. freedom 11

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/5434635/Kids-for-cash-judge-gets-28-years-jail

    Today is a good day for thousands of families in America as this scum is finally jailed. He still has an appeals process but at least that will be occuring whilst he is behind bars. Sure it will most likely be one of the white collar country clubs and he will not be in general population as law enforcement personnel and officers of the court rarely are, but at least he will get a small taste of the horror and hardship he has caused so many.

    If you want a really harrowing weekend look into this guy’s history and consider what the ramifications are if we continue to privatise our prisons and youth assistance programmes.

    • Vicky32 11.1

      Today is a good day for thousands of families in America as this scum is finally jailed

      Bizarrely, this guy was fictionalised in the TV series ‘Cold Case’ in an episode from (I think) 2009, where he was made out to be innocent – the real villain being his sister who had tricked him! (In American cop shows, the villain is almost always a foreigner or a woman…) 
      I assume that many if not most Americans (and probably NZers) who’ve seen that episode will assume the story’s wholly fictional..,

  12. Ianupnorth 12

    I see Mr. Key hasn’t quite got round to understanding the need for quality early childhood education
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10744548
    Maybe it is going to be an election carrot?

    • freedom 12.1

      “and we understand how popular it is with parents”
      Mr Key is an idiot, it is not a nice to have, it is a cornerstone of this Nation’s relationship to our childrens’ education. Perhaps if he had raised his children in NZ and not America, Europe or whatever other Bankers’enclave he cowered in, his attitude to people in general would be more compassionate.

    • seanmaitland 12.2

      All you need is kindergarten – ECE is a load of bollocks – it does not get any better results, and is simply an expensive childcare program.

      I grew up in the 80s without ECE and I’m extremely successful in my career – ECE wouldn’t have made a grain of sand’s worth of difference to how I turned out.

      • freedom 12.2.1

        and every child has the exact same circumstances as every other child right sean? and your life is the eact same life every other person wants to live? ECE allows an option. Are you aware of that word, it resembles another word we apply when promoting independant thought, choice. These are not words that just fill space in a dictionary.

        p.s. sean, if they hack at ECE, they will be cutting kindergarten funding also. hell they already removed almost all support for Plunkett’s phone lines and services. there is a trend here, apparently your narrow view of what a society should aspire to probably missed it.

        • Ianupnorth 12.2.1.1

          Sean, Kindergartens have had their funding slashed and have been accused by the government of having lots of money in the bank they should spend fixing their premises and investing in early childhood education (because then the Govt. could get out of doing that for them).
          The other day I heard a radio story about Point Chevallier Kindy, it is being evicted off the primary school grounds because the school needs to expand; the Ministry of Education refused to make the school two storey (too expensive), and because of the new classes the planning laws state they need more car parks, so the kindy must move.
          The kindy in question should be accepting kids at their third birthday, but in reality the average age of entry is 3 yrs 11 months, they are at capacity (190) and have 260 on a waiting list. Auckland City are unable to provide any land for relocating the kindy, so it will close.
          BTW, in the 80’s when you grew up many mothers didn’t go back to work; mothers are now being told to find work or lose benefits. You cannot work unless you have adequate child care. many families are now spread across the country, so the traditional auntie, grandma, etc support is long gone.

          • Vicky32 12.2.1.1.1

            The other day I heard a radio story about Point Chevallier Kindy, it is being evicted off the primary school grounds because the school needs to expand; the Ministry of Education refused to make the school two storey (too expensive), and because of the new classes the planning laws state they need more car parks, so the kindy must move.

            In the best example of clustering I’ve ever known in my life, Clive just had a promo for their story on exactly that this very moment…
            Because I didn’t want  leave a fatherless child with Aspergers in day care which I would have had to do if I was working, I was on a DPB and I took my son to a parent co-operative pre-school, and then kindy when he was 3 – for his socialisation, and I am very glad I was able to do so! If all else had been equal, I would have been glad to have ECE for him (if I had worked – which I would have done, if I wasn’t a solo parent.)

          • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1.2

            BTW, in the 80′s when you grew up many mothers didn’t go back to work; mothers are now being told to find work or lose benefits.

            You can’t seriously expect Sean Maitland to think beyond the two dimensions of his narrow-ass own precious life can you?

      • Akldnut 12.2.2

        “I grew up in the 80s without ECE and I’m extremely successful in my career”

        Your success appears only to be exceeded by your narcissism – blowhard (mind you we only have your word for that)

        ECE wouldn’t have made a grain of sand’s worth of difference to how I turned out.

        It may have made you more empathetic toward others and less of a bragger.

  13. freedom 13

    more reationary ignorance from a National MP
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10463579
    you gotta laugh, it got all the way to her writing a letter to the associate health minister ffs
    or were they hoping to catch out Mr Anderton?

    • Vicky32 13.1

      you gotta laugh, it got all the way to her writing a letter to the associate health minister ffs
      or were they hoping to catch out Mr Anderton?

      What an utter moron! (I love the way she spelled touché, as well! :) ) That email was first seen by me back in the 90s, forwarded by a Libertarian, as a dig against Greens – and it’s glaringly obvious to anyone with an intermediate school education what di-hydrogen monoxide is!

  14. jackal 14

    Sorry I’m Black

    A veritable library has been written about what possible causes could have led to the British riots, so what I’m blogging about shouldn’t be new to those keeping their finger on the pulse. There’s no doubt that various ingredients have amalgamated to form a disastrous recipe of violence, and in my opinion there’s two main factors involved; poverty and racism…

  15. We have problems of our own.

    Remember Cherie Kurarangi Sweeney? She talked to police about the death of a Ngaruawahia baby and was called a nark. She stood up to that abuse and has continued campaigning for kids and against abuse.

    She is organising “This memorial for our children who have died at the hands of someone who was supposed to be caring for them is simple, it does not cost BUT it will have huge impact.”

    “STOP the Deaths from Child Abuse! NOW!” (Cherie’s Facebook event page).

    Good to see people who are prepared to step up and do something about problems. Cherie deserves a heap of praise and support.

    • freedom 15.1

      So you are strongly supportive of her cause Pete, great to see.

      Apart from enjoying the powerful symbolism offered by a soft toy at a war memorial, you and others will naturally be calling for increases in funding for Women’s Refuge, or at least demanding the recent cuts get reversed? You will no doubt be asking the Government increases DPB to stay in line with inflation and put all Housing NZ tenancies back into a rent controlled environment. You will of course be marching on Parliament showing that the Government must restrict the sale of Alcohol and ask that all existing licencees be put on a probationary caution leading to loss of licence and or property in compensation, if any of their product is found in possession of an intoxicated person who is later convicted for violence against children? You will naturally be asking for massive increases in Education spending and most importantly you will be wanting an immediate and comprehensive programme for those accused and/or convicted of violence to undergo Literacy and Anger mangement courses.

      Or will you just be pressing like on a FaceBook page?

      • Pete George 15.1.1

        Are you doing all that? I agree with most of what you’ve listed, to a degree at least. The standout that I wouldn’t support as you state is “You will naturally be asking for massive increases in Education spending “. There’s obvious limits to money and I prefer smarter targeting anyway.

        I won’t just be “pressing like on a FaceBook page”. On this I have been spreading the word, as I did on here. And I have volunteered to help coordinate with Cherie’s memorial down here.

        I get more involved in things – for example a couple of years ago I wrote an anti abuse song and performed with a band playing it in a White Ribbon concert.

        What point were you trying to make?

        • freedom 15.1.1.1

          i do all i can when i can Pete, and as resources improve i will be doing a lot more.

          But you considered and defended your efforts, on this topic and raised others that you have had concern on. For me that is all the build up to the election is about. Getting people to think and react. Right , Left, Fascist or Friendly. I am hungry to have people honest and if that means the occassional prodding with a sharp stick on a sensitive issue , i will prod. I think you get where i am coming from Pete and i would not be at all surprised that we would share some interesting dialogues over a couple of brews if the opportunity ever arose. Have a good weekend and let’s hope the kids do too.

        • freedom 15.1.1.2

          i have replied Pete but it is moderation? i am guessing for use of the F word that labels certain political views of right leaning individuals, computers are not very good at defining context yet

          [lprent: Yes it was. Not sure why it got put there. But it is better have auto-moderation than not. The alternatives would be to hold all comments for human scans (ie for a couple of hours). Or to let all messages through - which in the light of this statement on the dashboard

          Akismet has protected your site from 101,167 spam comments already.
          There's nothing in your spam queue at the moment.

          5,800 spam comments have been automatically discarded by Conditional CAPTCHA.

          I'm not going to do... ]

          • freedom 15.1.1.2.1

            mmmmmmmm auto-moderation,
            has such a calming ring to it, wonder if it could be applied to that long room over by the Beehive
            thanks for the note lprent :)

        • Morrissey 15.1.1.3

          What point were you trying to make?

          I think it was clear to everyone but you what point he was trying to make: you are a hypocrite, and (even worse) a confused hypocrite.

  16. Ianupnorth 16

    Any want a laugh; the grossly deluded Mr. Brash in full effect!
     
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10744607

  17. Draco T Bastard 17

    Generation F*cked
    How Britain is Eating Its Young

    “The reason our children’s lives are the worst among economically advanced countries is because we are a poor version of the USA,” he said. “So the USA comes second from bottom and we follow behind. The age of neo-liberalism, even with the human face that New Labour has given it, cannot stem the tide of the social recession capitalism creates.”

    Survey proves that the more free-market a society is the worse off it’s children are.

    • Ianupnorth 17.1

      But Draco, no point in telling the right, they don’t believe it, they would rather do a green paper and listen to the views of Bob McCroskie, because he knows better!

  18. joe90 18

    Scientific American: Government Fracking Panel Calls for Environmental Impact Study

    From increased greenhouse gas emissions to water contamination, hydraulic fracturing to free natural gas poses a range of environmental challenges.

    The federal government should begin a major effort to measure greenhouse gas emissions tied to the nation’s booming natural gas industry, a Department of Energy advisory panel said today in a series of proposals on air and water quality issues.

    The seven-member advisory panel under Energy Secretary Steven Chu released its first report outlining steps that regulators and companies drilling in vast U.S. shale gas reservoirs should take to avoid significant environmental damage and assuage public concern.

    “There are serious environmental impacts underlying these concerns and these adverse environmental impacts need to be prevented, reduced and, where possible, eliminated as soon as possible,” says the report. “Absent effective control, public opposition will grow, thus putting continued production at risk.”.

  19. Ianupnorth 19

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get weirder…
    http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/82963,people,news,team-america-fags-alec-baldwin-and-matt-damon-have-designs-on-us-politics-michael-moore
     

    Team America FAGs have designs on US politics

    In their 2004 film Team America, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, mercilessly mocked the political aspirations of the liberal Hollywood establishment by inventing a fake organisation for bleeding-heart actors called FAG (the Film Actors Guild), which counted the likes of Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore and Matt Damonin its number.

    Seven years later it seems as though they picked their targets well. This week, Baldwin announced that he wanted to become mayor of New York and Moore said that he would like to see Damon become president of the US.

     

  20. Joe Bloggs 20

    Amidst today’s court lists, is yet another grindingly poor, socially deprived rioter, lashing out in rage and despair, ground down by powerlessness and hopelessness:

    Among the accused was Laura John­son, 19, daugh­ter of a suc­cess­ful com­pany direc­tor. She lives in a detached con­verted farm­house in Kent, with exten­sive grounds and a ten­nis court. She is an Eng­lish and Ital­ian under­grad­u­ate at Exeter.

    Before that, she attended St Olave’s Gram­mar, the fourth-best state school in the coun­try, where she stud­ied A-levels in French, Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture, geog­ra­phy and clas­si­cal civil­i­sa­tion. On Wednes­day, at High­bury, she was accused of loot­ing the Cur­rys super­store, in Charl­ton, of elec­tri­cal goods worth £5000 ($7800).

    Wish I were that deprived…

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      NZ high society kids end up trashed, killing themselves, and dealing drugs. Your point? Bad parenting and other shit happens at every strata of society. But those coming from well to do families have a far better chance of picking themselves up.

      For starters, I bet you that “Laura” got highly paid legal representation and a lighter sentence/no conviction as a result, then most of the other kids left to rot in the same circumstance.

  21. jackal 21

    Asshole of the Week Award – Kate Wilkinson

    Yesterday Kate Wilkinson failed to answer a question as Minister of Labour, which also related to her roll as Associate Minister of Immigration, because the question was directed to her as Minister of Labour. Wilkinson declined to answer the question concerning relevant and required information to do with her portfolios because of a technicality. What a complete mind fuck!

    • freedom 21.1

      Is that not the type of situation that we need a player in the house to provide allowance for a question to be re-tasked to the appropriate hat the particular big head was not wearing at the time of their purposeful obfuscation? You know someone who keeps things on track and makes sure the intent of the parliamentary debate is just and accurate. We could call them, ahh and remember this is just off the top off my head, we could call them The Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

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    Friday Fun with Photos #12

    United Future leader and Associate Minister for Health Peter Dunne said he had smoked cannabis “a couple of times” as a student in the 1970s…

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    That little penis Patrick Gower is creaming his jeans about Key’s up-coming attack on solo mothers – he calls it “helping them”… (He was given what he calls a ‘sneak preview)…
    Also, Petulant Bean whining that she’s a good feminist… WTF? I notice she shows the same flat vowels as Key… has she always spoken like her beloved leader?

  24. KJT 24

    “Is it surprising that after decades of selfishness, meanness, unpunished theft and blatant tax dodging from the top, that those at the bottom follow the example.

    You ruin, destroy and steal everything from people, including any hope for a better future. Then you are surprised they turn as mean and self centred as you”.

    http://kjt-kt.blogspot.com/2011/08/on-riots.html

    “Where England goes, we will follow”..

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    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • 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
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Invercargill
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Invercargill on Friday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Public now needs to have its say over new tolls
    “I welcome the likes of new tolls and fuel taxes going out for public consultation after these matters have been talked about for 20 years. However the timing is not ideal as it comes on top of the likes of...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis to fight back against TPPA ‘corporate trap’
    New Zealanders in at least sixteen different locations around the country are organising for an International Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on 8 November, co-ordinated by It's Our Future NZ. This is part of an international...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes NZ First MP’s Resignation
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming NZ First MP, Clayton Mitchell’s resignation from the Tauranga City Council, despite Party Leader Winston Peters' public comments in July that Mr Mitchell would do both jobs if elected to Parliament. The Union's...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Stopping unnecessary roading projects solution to transport
    Today Auckland Council released the Funding Auckland’s Transport Future report which claims Aucklanders need to choose higher rates, petrol taxes or tolls to pay for future transport projects, when the real issue is the prioritisation of unnecessary...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Fixing Auckland’s transport
    Today marks a critical step in the most important funding debate Auckland has ever had: whether or not Aucklanders are willing to pay for the transport system this city desperately needs to keep it moving, says Mayor Len Brown....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • The New Zealand Gazette Moves into the Digital Age
    On Monday 20 October, the New Zealand Gazette was published completely online bringing to a close 173 years as a purely printed publication. First published in 1841 as the official government newspaper, the Gazette website gazette.govt.nz , replaces...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • International report shows NZ struggling with child poverty
    A report by UNICEF International shows that child poverty rates in New Zealand have scarcely changed since 2008 – this stands in contrast to a number of other countries that managed to significantly reduce child poverty in this time, including...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Dunedin
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Dunedin on Thursday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF Report a Waste of Paper
    In response to the hysteria coming from the far left, Josh Forman of slightlyleftofcentre.co.nz writes the following:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Press Council opens doors to digital media
    The New Zealand Press Council, the body which handles complaints against newspapers and magazines and their websites, is offering associate membership status to news and commentary-oriented digital media including bloggers....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Tolls Should Be for New Roads, Not Old Ones
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council for wanting to introduce a motorist tax under the guise of ‘tolls’. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Media freedom in West Papua: Protest at Indonesian embassy
    Today, Wednesday 29 October, there will be a peaceful protest at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington to call on new Indonesian President Joko Widodo to honour his election promise to ensure greater media freedom in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Lack of leadership blamed for decline in Gender Equity
    BPW NZ challenges NZ’s lack of leadership with the decline in Gender Equity Ranking...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Richard Falk visit to NZ
    Professor Richard Falk, who recently completed a six-year term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, will deliver a public lecture in Dunedin on Monday 10 November....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Apprehension for meat workers as employment law bill passes
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill today will send a wave of apprehension through the workers in the NZ meat industry says the Meat Workers Union....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • “Yes to Children, No to Poverty” Says Commissioner
    Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills will describe impacts of poverty on children, with a focus on local solutions at the Tū Kaha biennial conference for Māori health for the central region DHBs at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre in Hastings...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF report card highlights need for action
    Unicef’s child poverty report released today shows that New Zealand needs to be more proactive in pursuing policies to protect our most vulnerable members of society....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Children of the Recession: NZ’s shame
    Children of the Recession : NZ’s shame Media release Wednesday 29 October 2014 “It is to New Zealand’s deepest shame that the latest Unicef report on children living in poverty ranks us 16th out of 41 developed countries. “Every day...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF cautions NZ child poverty rates are “stagnating”
    An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • TPP Too Important for Compromised Finish
    The New Zealand dairy industry is urging Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners not to compromise on the quality of the deal to get it done quickly....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Nelson
    Labour leadership candidates in Nelson The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Nelson on Tuesday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • History is made. Equal pay not just legal but possible!
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota on their historic win. Today the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from Kristine’s employer; opening the way for...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
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