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Open mike 29/09/2012

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131 comments on “Open mike 29/09/2012”

  1. T 1

    Samuel L Jackson’s expletive-laden election ad. I wonder if NZ would benefit from such an approach next election..

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/sep/28/samuel-l-jackson-obama-video

  2. LynW 2

    All lined up! Well I never!

    Key needs to tighten up political oversight Fran O’Sullivan
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10837235

    One more episode of official incompetence Paul Holmes
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10837238

    Fortune’s favourite comes unstuck John Armstrong
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10837232

    Dotcom Diary: A story of Keystone’s Cops Paul Thomas
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10837269

  3. deuto 3

    And the mud gets murkier – do we now have one agency bagging another – thereby deflecting from Key.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7745445/Police-had-queried-if-spying-was-illegal

    Police officers told the Government’s spies in February that surveillance of Kim Dotcom may have been illegal.

    But after its legal department reviewed the case, the Government Communications Security Bureau concluded their actions were legitimate.
    ….

    Inquiries by The Dominion Post have revealed police first raised the problem with GCSB agents at a meeting on February 16. Mr Key said this week GCSB became aware of the law-breaking about a fortnight ago.

    Officially a debrief on Operation Debut, which had culminated in a raid on Dotcom’s mansion on January 20, it is understood the February meeting was a “back-slapping” exercise, with a Power Point presentation.

    The potential problem and the subsequent legal review was not disclosed to Mr Key, who was unaware of the GCSB’s involvement in the high-profile case until last week.

    I had a Tui moment when reading the last sentence quoted above.

    • karol 3.1

      And good on the Greens for keeping the heat on the police. Looks like the police are covering their a*ses.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 3.2

      Evidently, the Prime Minister’s “control” of this organisation is not in any way equivalent to the “control” a pilot has over an aircraft. Or an adult their car.

      When police believe someone has broken the law, what is their usual practice?

      If this shiny brand new narrative is correct, the GCSB’s legal department decided the surveillance wasn’t illegal. Did they talk to the Director about it? Did they tell the cops?

      In what sense is Key in “control”?

    • deuto 3.3

      And Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s take on the GCSB fiasco – headed “Former PM aghast Key left out of spy loop”

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10837316

      Sir Geoffrey Palmer says GCSB should have told its political master of Dotcom mission right from the start

      Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer says he is astonished John Key was not told about the foreign intelligence agency’s involvement in the Dotcom case much earlier.

      Sir Geoffrey said Mr Key should have been told from the start.

      “I would have thought if the GCSB was using its sophisticated surveillance methods in a situation like this, it would be prudent to tell the minister. I don’t understand that at all.

      “In my experience with them, they were meticulous in consulting ministers when they needed, and should have.”

      And further down in the same article

      Mr Key also defended the police over another legal misstep in the case – the search warrants that Chief High Court Judge Helen Winkelmann found were illegal.

      The Prime Minister said describing that as a bungle by police was “a bit harsh” because it was a matter of differing legal interpretation.

      Bold is mine – is Key now questioning Winkelmann’s ruling? Dangerous ground for a member of the Executive (a PM) to query/comment on a Judicial ruling, IMO.

      • Tiger Mountain 3.3.1

        The history of some recent PMs is they seemed to enjoy the ruling class inner circle’s attention and inclusion in ‘cloak and dagger’ briefings. Key may just, and only just, have done enough backside covering to wriggle out of this one.

        But many more kiwis will now greet ShonKey’s utterances with a “Tui” response. The Blinglish certificate will probably rev up the succession plans of the other National factions too.

      • Poission 3.3.2

        Palmer is on the nation this morning to discuss the GCSB

      • Draco T Bastard 3.3.3

        is Key now questioning Winkelmann’s ruling?

        Key will question and cast doubt upon anything that doesn’t suit his narrative. We saw that in the British interview about just how dirty NZ really is and I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen both him and other NACT ministers use the same or similar language elsewhere.

    • freedom 3.4

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVc29bYIvCM
      Confusion in his eyes that says it all.
      Key’s lost control.
      And he’s clinging to the nearest passer by,
      Key’s lost control.

      And he gave away the secrets of his past,
      And said I’ve lost control again,
      And a voice that told him when and where to act,
      Key said I’ve lost control again.

      And he turned around and took me by the hand and said,
      I’ve lost control again.
      And how I’ll never know just why or understand,
      Key said I’ve lost control again.

      And he screamed out kicking on his side and said,
      I’ve lost control again.
      And seized up on the floor, I thought he’d die.
      Key said I’ve lost control.

      He’s lost control again.
      Key’s lost control.
      He’s lost control again.
      Key’s lost control.

      Well I had to phone a friend to state my case,
      And say he’s lost control again.
      And he showed up all the errors and mistakes,
      And said I’ve lost control again.

      But he expressed himself in many different ways,
      Until he lost control again.
      And walked upon the edge of no escape,
      And laughed I’ve lost control.

      He’s lost control again.
      Key’s lost control.
      Key’s lost control again.

      -my most sincere apologies to Ian Curtis and the lads

      • North 3.4.1

        Freedom……..brilliant, brilliant, brilliant !

        A thousand scourges upon the hypocrite dissembler, the gutless thing to whom power, however taken and maintained, is all.

        “Responsibility……..higher standards” – a sick joke !

      • Jokerman 3.4.2

        Excellent. “..they walked in line…they walked in line..they walked in line…”

        Another ” Atrocity Exhibition”

    • Dv 3.5

      The thing that struck me was that the spies GOT Bill to sign the certificate while Key was away.
      I got the distinct feeling of butt covering and don’t tell the ‘boss”.

      Can anyone explain how they could be confused about the immigration law?
      The other interesting fact is the spies got a legal opinion, so this was all a ‘simple mistake’ as implied by Key.

      It was all very deliberate.

      • Colonial Viper 3.5.1

        The GCSB is likely to have very direct and independent access to Immigration databases and the exact immigration/citizenship status of individuals in this country.

        They will have this because they will not want to tip off normal police and immigration channels every time they do a background on a target or are interested in surveilling a suspect, and because in some cases time is of the essence and you don’t want to be constrained by an outside bureaucracy turning their wheels.

      • BloodyOrphan 3.5.2

        Well I guess the real question is ….
        “Who instigated the investigation and why?”

        Those cats where trying to do a job, the real mistake was John Key using it to grandstand.
        He shouldn’t have told them to investigate a NZ resident in the first place.

        Furthermore those good men are the ones most likely to stand there and take it on the chin, that is what they do.

        Think about it …
        “Would Dotcom have discussed residency with those politicians?”
        And would that be blanked out of certain documents perhaps?

    • mike 3.6

      Ha! The police bite back.

      “Inquiries by The Dominion Post have revealed police first raised the problem with GCSB agents at a meeting on February 16. Mr Key said this week GCSB became aware of the law-breaking about a fortnight ago.”

      Please explain.

  4. karol 4

    Chris Hipkins: doing a very good job on relentlessly rattling Parata’s cage:

    http://www.labour.org.nz/news/key-and-parata-at-odds-over-schools

    “John Key and Hekia Parata are continuing the ongoing fiasco that is the Canterbury schools plan. Yesterday John Key assured Cantabrians that changes will be made to the closure plans, yet today Hekia Parata sent letters to schools formally commencing the process to close or merge them.

    “Schools have been given until 7 December to provide feedback on proposals for closures and mergers, the first two weeks of that time will be school holidays and for senior students, exams will dominate the rest of the school year.

    “John Key is out there trying to tell Cantabrians that the consultation process is a genuine one, yet his Minister of forging ahead with the legal process to implement decisions that appear to have already been made.

    • ScottGN 4.1

      Hipkins is doing a great job, he totally owned Parata in The House the other day. And I reckon of all the issues gifted to the Opposition in the last little while it’s Hekia’s train wreck stewardship of the Education Portfolio that could do most to undermine Key’s re-election chances in 2014.

  5. Netanyahu thinks we should bomb Iran and here is why

    • Netanyahu should be in prison he’s a phsycopathic terrororist who is the leader of a country.
      He’s no different from Assad in Syria if all he can talk about is WAR, freakin moron.
      Imagine if that CRAZY Fuckwit had yellowcake on his piece of dirt.

    • OneTrack 5.3

      Nothing should be done until an Iranian nuke goes off over Tel Aviv. And then we can wring our hands a bit to make it look like we “care” but say it was Israel’s fault anyway because they didnt let themselves be pushed into the sea by the arabs whenever they have been attacked in the past. And America supported them. And everybody supported by the US must be “bad” by definition.

      And it’s not like Ahmadinejad has actually promised he will destroy Israel. Oh wait….

      • BloodyOrphan 5.3.1

        Destroy the Zionist regime not Israel
        It’s separatism they (Iran) have a problem with.
        They’d never instigate anything, they are civilised.
        Israel is trying, but doesn’t have a Historical precedent to work with, hence Zionists.

      • BloodyOrphan 5.3.2

        In the name of peace means something to both parties, but where from here?

        They worry that the local populus will hold fear in their hearts if they aren’t percieved as strong.

        Neither side truly wants war, yet their words deny that fact.
        It’s almost “classical” in it’s current form, they need to play chess for it somehow.
        A formal “Togetherness” day maybe, or a great minds share a panel/expand some thought TV show, or a sporting challenge that can bring the two peoples closer in their hearts perhaps.

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.3

        Nothing should be done until an Iranian nuke goes off over Tel Aviv.

        Please remember it is Israel who has the unregistered nukes. And, only one country in the world has used nukes on a civilian population.

      • BloodyOrphan 5.3.4

        Absolutely, Bloody Well said M8! :-)
        Keeping them honest is paramount.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.3.5

        What a surprise, an ignoramus stating things that have been disproved.

        The Proof:

        The full quote translated directly to English:

        “The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”

        Word by word translation:

        Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods (Jerusalem) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).

        So, no, neither Ahmadinejad nor Iran has said that they will attack Israel.

      • Vicky32 5.3.6

        And it’s not like Ahmadinejad has actually promised he will destroy Israel. Oh wait….

        Ma dai! I had assumed that by now, everyone knew about the false translation of Ahmadinejad’s words….

  6. muzza 6

    Why didn’t CNN’s international arm air its own documentary on Bahrain’s Arab Spring repression?

    In late March 2011, as the Arab Spring was spreading, CNN sent a four-person crew to Bahrain to produce a one-hour documentary on the use of internet technologies and social media by democracy activists in the region. Featuring on-air investigative correspondent Amber Lyon, the CNN team had a very eventful eight-day stay in that small, US-backed kingdom.

    It is CNN International that is, by far, the most-watched English-speaking news outlet in the Middle East. By refusing to broadcast “iRevolution”, the network’s executives ensured it was never seen on television by Bahrainis or anyone else in the region.

    Yeah, thats the stuff, don’t hassle the dictatorships that you “support”

    • Jokerman 6.1

      EXODUS-Tradesmen and Tradeswomen Diaspora

      ol’ FOX aye, Blown Away (man ends own life on film, on screen)

      speaking of screen,
      FreeView- Taxpayers Fund 15M of Opiates

      maybe they could school ol’ Heckya Piranha down at King Salmon?

  7. Poission 7

    The Tea-leaf Paradox is by a number of commentators described as Einsteins best paper here it describes the inverse response by an action (stirring ) for the migration of the tea-leafs to the centre and bottom of the teacup ( by frictional dissipation )

    The tea leaf paradox describes a phenomenon where tea leaves in a cup of tea migrate to the center and bottom of the cup after being stirred rather than being forced to the edges of the cup, as would be expected from a spiral centrifugal force.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_leaf_paradox

    Or as Einstein suggested .

    Hence in the case depicted in Fig. 2 the erosion is necessarily stronger on the right side than on the left.

    http://people.ucalgary.ca/~kmuldrew/river.html

    As they cannot override the Laws of Physics,the change is coming or as someone suggested (a quote I cant find) John you cant stop spring by cutting down the flowers.

  8. marsman 8

    A very good article on Stuff Nation written by a reader. It has a prominent headline on the page so hopefully will get a fair bit of exposure.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/7741651/Less-beneficiary-bashing-more-compassion-needed

  9. Jokerman 9

    The Nation-

    Colin James-devolved style of P.Mship not helpful with LESS CAPABLE ministers
    -international press-“just the facts make us look like Hillbillies” pa..

    Shearer-started well, plateaued, then a small climb (nice tie)

    to the Fair(not)fax dogs-foreign investment is ALREADY POLITICISED, fools

    Martha Nussbaum in “Poetic Justice”on why Judges should read novels.

    Pray God us keep
    From Single vision and Newton’s sleep!-William Blake

    God lives where we let Him in.-Rabbi Menahem Mendel of Kotzk

    • ianmac 9.1

      I watched the entire The Nation for the first time. A very interesting program with succinct telling commentary from Geof Palmer, Colin James, and David Shearer. Worth watching but why the hell isn’t this in Prime time?

      Geof Palmer said of the GCSB that they inform the PM of significant actions and especially any that would likely become contentious. (Me: Was Key informed during those 15 briefing meetings this year? Can Key deny being informed? Yes because the GCSB cannot possibly publicly refute his assertion.)

      The interviewers with Mr Shearer asked searching questions and I think David gave as good as he got. David came across as thoughtful rather than glib. A good platform.

      • ianmac 9.1.1

        Just noticed in the Herald:

        “Sir Geoffrey Palmer says GCSB should have told its political master of Dotcom mission right from the start.

        Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer says he is astonished John Key was not told about the foreign intelligence agency’s involvement in the Dotcom case much earlier……..
        …In my experience with them, they were meticulous in consulting ministers when they needed, and should have.”

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10837316

        • BloodyOrphan 9.1.1.1

          I’m sure they were trying to help as well, it was an obvious thing, many would have seen it’s downfall coming.
          It was announced by John Key himself on the Herald, that he was in charge.
          L8r he called for more involvement, and all of a sudden Dotcom happened.
          The chain of events is fairly obvious, he was covering his buttocks, but wanted Dotcom investigated.
          Just a Cowboy with power when it comes down to it.

      • Poission 9.1.2

        I thought this was a good piece for TV3 where the issues can be more broadly discussed,as posed trying to overfit the issues to a 90″ sound bite.

        Shearer framed or outlined the issues relatively well,and did not rise to the logical fallacy of the “markets” are pricing the $ correctly. ( and which is a faith based entity )

        DS correctly identified that there needs to be a mixed model ( both fiscal and monetary) to correct the asymmetry that prevails in the economy at present.

    • millsy 9.2

      Did DS give anything away as to Labour Party policies, or the direction in which he is willing to take the party?

      • OneTrack 9.2.1

        No he didn’t. It doesn’t look like they have decided their policies yet. Must be still running focus groups.

        Also Rachel let him off a few times when he wouldn’t answer the question that was asked. I couldn’t tell whether he didn’t know the answers, didn’t want to give the answers or had been told that he wasn’t allowed to talk about anything that wasn’t on his prepared script. But she will get her invitation to the xmas bbq for sure.

  10. Treetop 10

    At times like this the privy council is surely missed.

    The only way that Key can now get caught in the headlights is for someone from the GCSB to whistleblow that Key knew more e.g. was informed about GCSB spying on Dotcom since February 2012.

    Someone from the police could whistleblow as well. Marshall only has a three year appointment and once again he is being asked to investigate strong connections to Key which can prove that Key is involved.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      WTF has the Privy Council got to do with that?

      • Treetop 10.1.1

        So you have complete faith in the NZ judicial system.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          Its been pretty damn fine this year. Not perfect. But better than the US or British judiciary by far.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.2

          More faith than in the Privy Council and why shouldn’t I? NZers are just as capable as the British.

          • Treetop 10.1.1.2.1

            “NZers are just as capable as the British”

            Were it not for the Privy Council, Bain would not have had his convictions quashed.

            • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.2.1.1

              Really? So you know what the Supreme Court would have ruled if it had gone there instead?

              Wow, a real live Nostradamus.

              • Treetop

                When it comes to checks and balances I would have more faith in the Privy Council (if available) that the Supreme Court. The Bain case was not tested in the Supreme Court so the outcome is unknown.

                The police have no respect for Cheif Justice Elias’s authority. It is nearly five years since Patrick O’ Brien wrote to her about commiting multiple perjury and NOTHING substantial has occurred and probably will not.

  11. ianmac 11

    The appearance of “The Media” with Russel Brown on TV3 was pretty good too. National Standards. Mr Keith Ng has previously criticised Fairfax and the Herald for their publication of National Standards and this was a chance for Mr Ng to explain why the data is so dodgy, or ropey as the PM calls it. Unfortunately he was shouted down by Hartevelt and simultaneously by the man from the Herald. Wonder why they did not want Mr Ng to explain why it is a farce?
    Watch it if you can.

  12. weka 12

    The following was on NRT yesterday. I wonder if someone at The Standard could do a regular, or semi-regular round up of these issues like r0b does with Poverty Watch. Maybe Democracy Watch (dot.com, CERA, ECAN, Bennett/prviacy etc)? So much is being done by NACT, and with such spin, that too many NZers don’t realise we are losing rights all over the place.

    (sorry for the bold, can’t get TS formatting to work properly)

    The Ombudsman’s Office released its annual report [PDF] yesterday, which strongly criticisedthe government for its attitude to the law:

    The Ombudsman’s Office has warned of “highly dangerous” moves by the Government to keep information secret by drafting laws to avoid the Official Information Act.

    Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem says she is concerned at the increasing number of officials in government agencies who fail to understand the constitutional importance of the legislation.

    She pointed to several “reprehensible” attempts in the past year by officials to disallow Official Information Act requests for drafts of legislation, in particular on partial state asset sales, charter schools and changes to mining permits.

    “I think it’s the beginning of something that’s highly dangerous,” she told the Herald.

    This is extremely strong language for an Ombudsman, and it suggests that the problem is serious. After thirty years of growing transparency, the government is trying to roll back the Act – and officials are taking their lead. Its not something we should let them get away with. 

     
    http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/international-right-to-know-day.html 

  13. captain hook 13

    they never were businessmen.
    just a collection of inheritors and grabbers out for anything they can get.

  14. captain hook 14

    and has Len Brown fired the POAL managment yet?

    • Te Reo Putake 14.1

      T :roll:

    • Hey try this ….

      “Hey LEN BROWN Have you sacked the mangement of POAL yet M8!”

      I had to add the yet, damn ur repetitive M8!

      • Te Reo Putake 14.2.1

        Repetitive and stupid. Brown can’t sack the board, it’s not within his powers. But Captain Hook knows that and is just trolling.

    • Tiger Mountain 14.3

      @ Cap’n Hook–14
      Hey, he is not “Red Len”, if he was he could appeal to residents and ratepayers with the left pro worker arguments some have made at the Standard and elsewhere and try and force them all to resign. But technically he can’t and more importantly he won’t because “Lenslide” has been substantially captured by business. Plus he is eating a regular helping of Wellington s**t sandwiches in the vain hope his transport vision may sneak through if he plays nice.

      Doesn’t work, the right wing fleas play for keeps unlike misguided social democrats.

    • tc 14.4

      Can Len sack the board? Did rortney and shonkey give allow him that ability….

    • tc 14.5

      Can Len sack the board? Did rortney and shonkey allow him that ability….

    • OneTrack 14.6

      But he cant do that. He still needs more money for his plans and he has put the rates up as much as he can for the monent. He wants to leave a “legacy” for future generations saying Len was here.

  15. prism 15

    Kim Hill quoting Al Gore on preparing for environmental and economical change “What do we do to prevent people going direct from denial to despair”. What a telling slogan.

    This interview from Radionz is stuff for all those likely to be alive in about 15 years – I will be on my way out but could die happier knowing that a large group of intelligent, thoughtful, pragmatic and practical people had formed a definite bloc to see that we transitioned into the new aware simpler no-growth community with local core and focus and well-informed about the rest of the world.

    On Radionz this morning listen audio in about an hour
    11:05 Richard Heinberg
    Richard Heinberg is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. He is the author of ten books, most recently The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality (New Society, ISBN: 9780865716957). He is visiting New Zealand for presentations in Auckland (30 September, University of Auckland Business School), Hamilton (1 October, Hamilton City Council Lounge) and Tauranga (1 October, Baycourt Exhibition Hall).

    • muzza 15.2

      No one should quote Al Gore when citing anything to do with the environment Prism, (Kim Hill is not all that clued up, and easily “star struck”, and actually does not understand simple concepts), the man has no credibility, and no interest other than furthuring an agenda many want to believe either does not exist, or includes them!

      http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/27/as-un-opens-its-general-assembly-session-it-is-already-thinking-up-new-global/

      Yeah it all sounds great at face value, you gotta save all those poor people, but really thats not happening is it or it would have by now, and the funds which are lent by nations, borrowed from the same “institutions” who manage and control the UN,, and its NGO offshoots, its a dirty little loop, which people like to pretend does not exist. Borrow to “save the less off”. from , run yourself into debt, then we can use our “global banking arms” to come bail you out, but we will take your resources, and your sovereignty as well.

      When the nations who are supposed to give funds to the less off, are disintegrating themselves onto basket cases, one has to question the altruistic sincerity of the UN, IMF, WB, WTO, UNESCO etc

      Hey but “we” will BS people into thinking that we can tax the billionaires, even though “we” are the billionaires, and our wealth is untouchable, because, well “we say it is”, and we make the rules up, and its all “off-shore” and/or in the ground. But we will let the people think we are going after the uber rich on their behalf, when actually we are going after “the people”, and their countries too!

      Carry on!

      • prism 15.2.1

        muzza – Don’t put me off your comment by dissing a good point because you think the person who made it was flawed. Al Gore has apparently got under the skin of some people like scabies. But that remark I quoted stands on its own as being what all people of good will would wish. Stop being so doctrinaire.

        There’s too much time put into mocking and dissing by some commenters. More time should go into finding things that can be agreed with, and then questioning how they could be implemented querying the validity of the rest. I have a rant now and then myself but it isn’t a useful exercise except for me. When someone attempts to think about a problem we shouldn’t be too quick in jumping on their ideas and muddying them. There is wasted time in scorning their attempts to reach some reasoned opinion that would improve the situation.

        • weka 15.2.1.1

          :-)

          Having a listen now. 

        • muzza 15.2.1.2

          muzza – Don’t put me off your comment by dissing a good point because you think the person who made it was flawed. Al Gore has apparently got under the skin of some people like scabies. But that remark I quoted stands on its own as being what all people of good will would wish. Stop being so doctrinaire.

          Prism, it was not personal, so don’t idly threaten to take it in that direction!

          The quote while fine at face value, is carried and delivered from a platform which exudes nothing but bad energy, and comes from a place of overwhelming negativity. Why do you think people are turned off by it, en masse! Once that issue is reversed, and the platform, altruistic, honest and with integrity, watch people engage voluntarily, en masse. Only then will the outcomes that you and I would both like to see, become free from the shrouded lies, delivered by forked tongues!

          There’s too much time put into mocking and dissing by some commenter’s. More time should go into finding things that can be agreed with, and then questioning how they could be implemented querying the validity of the rest. I have a rant now and then myself but it isn’t a useful exercise except for me. When someone attempts to think about a problem we shouldn’t be too quick in jumping on their ideas and muddying them. There is wasted time in scorning their attempts to reach some reasoned opinion that would improve the situation.

          You read my posts, so you will know that I have offered many suggestions on various topics, which I imagine scare the shit out of most people, probably because they realise that the suggestions, along with the repeated messages about them needing to get of their arses and engage if they want actual change, is the only real answer!

          Wasted time but more importantly, energy, is people not comprehending the playing field they are currently stuck on, and so the self important yet over cranially challenged like Kim Hill, who continue to use the corrupted vehicles like Al Gore, is to be ignorant to the core of the reasons why people are “turned off like scabies”.

          The solutions lie inside ourselves, and will NEVER be delivered with positive outcomes for humanity through mediums we accept as our “options”, by those peddled to us as “saviours”

          • prism 15.2.1.2.1

            muzza

            Prism, it was not personal, so don’t idly threaten to take it in that direction!

            Why so aggressive when someone makes a point? You seem to care about society’s direction but are quick to find fault with others that differ from you so you come across as self-righeous and arrogant. I think it casts a shadow on your work.

            And I’ll say no more on this. Pointless arguments over style are a waste of time, and trivialise the import of the blog.

            • muzza 15.2.1.2.1.1

              Why so aggressive when someone makes a point? You seem to care about society’s direction but are quick to find fault with others that differ from you so you come across as self-righeous and arrogant. I think it casts a shadow on your work.

              Prism – You ask a question, then make more personal accusations, followed by saying you want no more to do with it., a classic hit and run….

              Not quite sure who you are finding disagreement with though, I was certainly not disagreeing with you. If my explanations were not to your liking, fair enough. Remember that reading digital text is flawed with all kinds of assumptions Prism,. Your interpretation of my comments are not how they were intended, such as it is when there is not visual or audible signals involved!

              And I’ll say no more on this. Pointless arguments over style area waste of time, and trivialise the import of the blog

              While this is an excellent blog, I agree, I would not consider it to be as important as many on here want to believe it is. Those same people have the collective capabilities to make it incredibly important IMO, but that has not happened yet!

              Should TS become an important catalyst in “real life”, then it will require signifigantly more physical action from those who want to believe that sitting back and typing on a blog will result in meaningful change. Should that physical involvement not eventuate, then IMO those same people are actually contributing more to the downfall than they want to admit, or understand!

              No hard feelings intended, or taken Prism – I respect your comments

      • ianmac 15.2.2

        I think the new French President has just (today) announced a plan to tax at 75% the Super-rich French folk. Pretty brave as the very rich have very clever people to design the process to avoid paying tax altogether.
        But if it works imagine if taxing the very rich became the norm around the world! NZ? Yeah right!

        • millsy 15.2.2.1

          I read somewhere that he watered it down…

          • Colonial Viper 15.2.2.1.1

            I haven’t seen that anywhere. However the super-rich tax rate of 75% is only expected to affect two thousand people anyway. I’m not sure why France is even bothering. Their new tax rate of 45% affecting those earning over Euro 150K pa is the one which is going to raise a lot of money.

            • ianmac 15.2.2.1.1.1

              I heard that on a news report on National Radio (?) this morning. They were talking about billions of Euros. Will try and find it.

            • Jim Nald 15.2.2.1.1.2

              hmm …..

              http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/sep/28/eurozone-crisis-france-budget-spain-banks#block-50657792c0e3eab0be4929c8

              New tax rises worth €10bn for “wealthy households”…and €10bn on big businesses

              • €4bn will be raised by cutting corporate tax relief on interest payments

              • €2bn will be raised from French households through a new tax on share dividends

              • A marginal tax rate will be created, at 45%, tipped to raise €320m

              • A new ‘exceptional’ 75% tax rate for highest incomes, tipped to raise €210m

              • Lowering the threshold for France’s wealth tax, tipped to raise €1bn

              and
              http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/14/france-supertax-patriotism-brain-drain?INTCMP=SRCH

              Hollande has also warned that households will have to come up with an extra €10bn to help bring down the country’s public deficit. ….

              As well as the new 75% tax, a 45% band is to be introduced on incomes over €150,000 a year (up from 41%) and households will be limited to a maximum €10,000 savings on tax reduction schemes (down from €18,000).

              France is also looking to beef up its “wealth tax”, imposed on households with assets worth more than €1.3m including their main home. The threshold for inheritance tax has already been lowered from €150,000 to €100,000, a move expected to raise around €2.5bn by 2014, and there are moves afoot to raise the rate of capital gains tax.

              Even low earners will pay more income tax after the household allowance (the same as the personal allowance, only applied to families not individuals) is reduced from €2,336 to €2,000 a year.

              • ianmac

                Good stuff Jim. I had just caught the edge of it on the radio but thanks for the full report.

              • muzza

                Good stuff Jim…

                Won’t make much of a dent in the Fench debt though, which is heading towards about 2tn euros.

                Then again , most taxes only go to service the interest payable, which must be reaching the critial stages by now!

        • Poission 15.2.2.2

          In the NZ case you do not have to increase the tax so as in France,you can change the asymmetry in the tax system ,such as property.

          As most property purchases under 10 mil do not require OIO approval, non residents are competing with NZ’s for property ownership, the bigger bank ac will win.

          What useful benefit for NZ a non resident provides for owning residential property here it is difficult to ascertain. the Non resident has a benefit in a nontaxable capital gain ,which it is difficult to obtain in most jurisdictions. I hardly see this as a”productive investment”

          Tax tourists we do not need.

        • muzza 15.2.2.3

          http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/25/un-assembly-hollande-idUSL5E8KP9Z220120925

          UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The United Nations must immediately provide protection to areas liberated by rebels in Syria, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday, adding that President Bashar al-Assad’s government has no future on the international stage.

          In his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Hollande also warned Iran that France would not tolerate Tehran continuing to flaunt its international obligations and threatening the stability of the region.

          “The Syrian regime … has no future among us,” Hollande said. “Without any delay, I call upon the United Nations to provide immediately to the Syrian people all the support it asks of us and to protect liberated zones.”

          So I’m going with , Hollande is heading down the expected path, vis a vis, the comments above to the UN. The chance of his 75% tax coming to a meaningful outcome for “average France”, more or less zero!

  16. Dv 16

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/schools/7745922/Reports-will-get-better

    Education Minister Hekia Parata has vowed that national standards reporting will get “better and better” after schools’ data was published on an Education Ministry website.

    We are addressing the concern that national standards data shouldn’t be considered on its own, so on our site it makes that caveat.”

    HOW is the data going to get better and better.

    NO moderation!!!

  17. Who would fly in an aeroplane with a pilot who refuses read his/her instruments and ignores instructions from the air traffic controllers?
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/national-and-due-diligence.html

  18. Te Reo Putake 18

    Reasons to be cheerful No94:
     
    A pompous right wing racist on a vanity blog has just referred to me as The Standard’s taniwha. The clueless git thinks that’s an insult, ho ho!

    • lprent 18.1

      :) PG? He does seem to be taking this whole banned thing rather badly. And I’d noticed that he seems to dislike you almost as much as he whines about me. Quite interesting obsessional pattern.

      You notice that he never ever looks at his own behavior. Just doesn’t consider that other people have the right to judge him would be my guess. Or he is incapable of sufficient imagination to see himself as others see him

    • tc 18.2

      Been busy, how long is PG’s ban for? The sites so much better for it as he was like junk mail….volumous and irrelevant.

      I thought the tolerance shown speaks volumes for TS as an oasis of free speech amongst so much low brow talk back centric crap that passes for journalism these days.

      • lprent 18.2.1

        Permanent. http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-13082012/#comment-506586

        We tolerate a lot in terms of opinion. But the people who work with content and tech on the site run it. Suggestions are welcome and they do get discussed around the email backend. But repeated backseat driving of telling us what the site should be for and how we shold run it is unwelcome, ineffectual, and simply stupidly ignorant. Having to repeat the warnings about it wastes time – something we are always short on. That is why it is in the policy as a self-martyrdom.

        Trying to dress it up the way PG did to attempt to bypass the wording of the policy just irritates me because it is really really dumb. I only look at intentions and his were pretty plain to anyone who’d watched people playing politics in decades in a party, not to mention innumerable businesses.

        • BloodyOrphan 18.2.1.1

          Link Needs a Page Number?

          • Draco T Bastard 18.2.1.1.1

            Yep, it’s here.

            • BloodyOrphan 18.2.1.1.1.1

              Onya, Thanks M8!
              Wow he got wound up didn’t he?.
              Sounds like “Spoken Words” he was living by at the time, trying to steer “Lefties” away I’d guess.

          • lprent 18.2.1.1.2

            Damn. Another good theory dead. I didn’t think it did. Adding it to the fix list. I have a fix for the almost everything to do wih pagination except the links in the comments box on the left. Problem is that page numbers in links are not permalinks.

            After we started getting posts with 200+ comments, the server loads started getting pretty high. So I paged them at 35 toplevel comments per page. Now I have a permanent link issue on fast running posts.

            DtB linked it above.

            • BloodyOrphan 18.2.1.1.2.1

              Bummer, could break all the links after time :-(

              • lprent

                There is a close off of comments on posts after 30 days.

                • But if they grow fast enough? and you do have links in other places.
                  Only mention it cause I’ve noticed it before.

                  • lprent

                    It is a problem that has shown up over the last year when the numbers of comments abruptly jumped pre and post election. Had to paginate the comments to stop trashing on the server.

                    I have done some work on it and fed some fixes back. But I’ve been constrained for time by release dates at work for taking time off. Need about 4 days to solve it in all cases. The pagination is a display implementation issue – it shouldn’t be showing on links at all.

                    But the hooks and filters have to be coded carefully in the plugins.

      • Vicky32 18.2.2

        I thought the tolerance shown speaks volumes for TS as an oasis of free speech

        Yer having a laugh, right?

    • Morrissey 18.3

      Reasons to be cheerful No94:

      Private Eye allusion noted.

  19. quartz 19

    Cameron Slater and his rightwing friends have lost it after dad4justice made an off-colour comment on Cameron’s post about his mum dying.

    And yet only a few years ago Cameron wrote post after post mocking the death of Folole Muliaga and her sons’ sorrow.

    • lprent 19.1

      I remember those posts. That was the woman who died after the power got cut off and her medial equipment failed with it. That was horrible, and having an arsehole like Camerson gloating on it would have made it worse.

      Cameron is rather known for considering that there would be two standards of justice and fairness. One for him and his mates, and the other for the plebs. For some reason he never seems to think anyone else has feeling apart from people like himself. 

      Bit of a primadonna aristocrat brat verging on sociopath in his thinking.  Personally I lean to the latter interpretation.

  20. Tony P 20

    Why am I having trouble with TS using Chrome? Getting this message when trying to move from one post to the next.

    This webpage has a redirect loop
    The webpage at http://thestandard.org.nz/why-the-left-still-needs-feminism/ has resulted in too many redirects. Clearing your cookies for this site or allowing third-party cookies may fix the problem. If not, it is possibly a server configuration issue and not a problem with your computer.

    Have to keep clearing my browsing data to get anywhere.
    Works ok in IE.

    [lprent: There is nothing on the page. Just tried here on iOS and Linux with chrome. Suggest a uninstall and reinstall of chrome. ]

  21. xtasy 21

    Do not forget that there will be a “Day of Action” against the proposed welfare reforms and further marginalisation and disempowerment of benefit dependent people on 05 October 2012.

    Activities like pickets are planned in various centres.

    Those living in Auckland may inform themselves about this, but a main one appears to be planned to take place in Henderson at midday next Friday.

    See this alternative blogsite for some info:
    http://waitemataunite.blogspot.co.nz/

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    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
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  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
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  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
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  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
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  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
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  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
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  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
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  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
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  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
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  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
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  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
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  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
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  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
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  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
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  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
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  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
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  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
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  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
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  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
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  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
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  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
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  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
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  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
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  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
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  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
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  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
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  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
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  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
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  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
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  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
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  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
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  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
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  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
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  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
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  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
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  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
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  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
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  • The Warehouse & Noel Leeming Praised for Principled Stand
    Family First NZ is congratulating The Warehouse and Noel Leeming for reinforcing their ‘family-friendly values’ by removing R18 games and DVD’s from its shelves, and is calling on other retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith...
    Scoop politics
  • PM’s Post-Cab on Iain Rennie, China and the Smith Inquiry
    In a press conference held today in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key answered questions regarding Iain Rennie’s potential resignation, the independent inquiry into the Smith/Traynor escape, and recent trade deals with China....
    Scoop politics
  • Safety Week 2014 focused on a safe summer
    ACC’s annual Safety Week kicks off today. With summer just around the corner, Safety Week this year is focusing on keeping safe when playing sport, enjoying recreational activities or drinking alcohol....
    Scoop politics
  • Safety focus during motorcycle month
    As the Central District Police annual Month of Motorcycles campaign cruises into its second week, the results so far have been positive with many motorcyclists playing their part to keep our roads safe....
    Scoop politics
  • Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST
    Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST The Sensible Sentencing Trust is slamming a decision which may acquit a Whakatane offender of serious dangerous driving charges....
    Scoop politics
  • Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons
    Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK...
    Scoop politics
  • Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media
    Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media to say “no” to domestic violence Everyone has the right to feel safe at home. Many do not. One in three partnered New Zealand women report having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner...
    Scoop politics
  • Smoke Alarms in Rental properties
    TPA says recent calls for mandatory smoke alarm installations in rental properties is an opportunity for all parties to come together to improve the safety and quality of rental housing....
    Scoop politics
  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation...
    Scoop politics
  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
    Scoop politics
  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
    Scoop politics
  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
    Scoop politics
  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
    Scoop politics
  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
    Scoop politics
  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
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  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
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  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
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  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
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  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
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  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
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  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
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  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
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  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
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  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
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  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
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