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Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, November 17th, 2013 - 55 comments
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My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere (no linkwhoring).  This week: science vs the internet, the UK public is wrong about everything, Russell Brand, feminism and austerity from a golden throne.

The magazine Popular Science has shut comments on its website after scientific studies showed they were bad for science. A fractious minority of commenters with personal insults makes readers take the downsides rather than the upsides. Something to think about for all of us in our tone of writing…

Staying with Science, and that most political of science topics, climate change: a look at computer geek and hockey stick creator Michael Mann and how politics came to him. It’s still personal even though there’s now a whole hockey team. And could even Carl Sagan have saved climate science from partisanship?

The BBC looks at how we can save the planet with Share Tactics.

The Independent in the Uk reveal that the British public is wrong about almost everything.

Benefit fraud: the public think that £24 of every £100 of benefits is fraudulently claimed. Official estimates are that just 70 pence in every £100 is fraudulent – so the public conception is out by a factor of 34. [...]

Among the other surprising figures are that 26 per cent of people think foreign aid is in the top three items the Government spends money on (it actually makes up just 1.1 per cent of expenditure), and that 29 per cent of people think more is spent on Jobseekers’ Allowance than pensions.   In fact we spend 15 times more on pensions – £4.9 billion on JSA vs £74.2 billion on pensions.

The public’s opinions also differ vastly from the facts on immigration, ethnicity and crime. Who’s to blame? The media and politicians.

The Guardian have a great piece from Russell Brand in the wake of his “don’t vote” Newsnight interview:

When I was poor and I complained about inequality people said I was bitter, now I’m rich and I complain about inequality they say I’m a hypocrite. I’m beginning to think they just don’t want inequality on the agenda because it is a real problem that needs to be addressed.

He sees the political parties in the UK as interchangeable: “Whatever party they claim to represent in the day, at night they show their true colours and all go to the same party.” And wants revolution.

Which one can understand when you see David Cameron preaching austerity from a golden throne.

And the British State, despite multiple scandals on everything from undercover policing to GCHQ, still trying to spy on those who ask questions of it.

A good worker should blame his tools: not only have wages not remotely kept up with productivity improvements in the last 30 years, the blame for most poor productivity should go on the lack of capital investment, not on labour. Employers need to look at themselves, not blame their workers.

Whilst employers are looking at themselves, they may also want to look at Helen Kelly’s excellent speech to the Labour Party Conference.

While we have continuing fall-out around the so-called “Roast Busters” gang, the BBC looks at a study reported as showing that 1 in 4 Asian men admit to rape. It’s probably an overstatement, but the facts are still scary enough.

Meanwhile our own stuff looked at how women are made over – into disney princesses and into magazine covers. They also mentioned Swedish cinemas starting to use the Bechdel feminist test for film ratings.

google, twitter, yahoo lobbying against usa: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/11/nsa-bills-google-facebook-yahoo-twitter-lobbying

From smbc:

infographics

Bonus links: rewriting the rules of Chess to get fewer draws. How our brain creates personality. Nazi legacy for our medical knowledge. Valuing the polymath in the age of specialists.

 

55 comments on “Sunday Reading”

  1. Adrian 1

    Not exactly reading but I was privledged to talk to the grandmother of the bride at a wedding yesterday. I was congratulating her on a fabulous little speech, on marriage of course , she had only just lost her husband a few months ago after 64 years of marriage and her mind and speech were as sharp as a tack. Most fascinating was her telling me about being flown with her children on a TEAL Solent flying boat in 1950, Auckland to Suva and onwards on a copra boat to Tarawa to join her husband who was a meteorologist up there. Apparently the Solents weighed 34 tons and took one and a half minutes to get off the water. She said the whole time that was happening she was terrified as there was so much spray she thought that they had gone underwater.
    Now that’s history.
    And the marriage advice by the way, as she reminded her grand-daughter and new husband. ” It’s a marriage, not a takeover!”.
    She is 90 today. Happy Birthday to an amazing woman.

    • Anne 1.1

      Did the lady’s husband perchance work at the now defunct Auckland Weather Office Adrian? Many of my former colleagues from the 70s and 80s (senior to me of course) began their meteorological careers during WW2, and had fascinating stories to tell of their adventures in the Pacific arena during the war years. I can think of several I once knew that it could have been…

      They were good people and they didn’t have over inflated opinions of themselves like some of their later contemporaries.

    • Murray Olsen 1.2

      The Solent had a lot more power than the Sunderland, which had real trouble getting off smooth water. Sometimes they’d get a boat to go out and make a few waves, which would give them a bit of help to get unstuck. I would have loved to go round the Pacific on a flying boat, but not in the cyclone season.

  2. greywarbler 2

    Interesting smorgasbord Bunji. The Swedish Bechdel test -
    To get an “A” rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

    “The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, all Star Wars movies, The Social Network, Pulp Fiction and all but one of the Harry Potter movies fail this test,” said Ellen Tejle, the director of Bio Rio, an art-house movie theater in Stockholm’s trendy Sodermalm district.

  3. Rogue Trooper 4

    Martin Seligman, on Happiness

  4. Draco T Bastard 5

    From the article on polymaths:

    Of course, the rest of us are very adept at pretending to be specialists. We doctor our CVs to make it look as if all we ever wanted to do was sell mobile homes or Nespresso machines. It’s common sense, isn’t it, to try to create the impression that we are entirely focused on the job we want?

    Was on a phone interview the other week and the person doing the interviewing kept mentioning my career as if it was a given and every time she did I kept wanting to say: I don’t have a career, I’ve never had a career and never will have. I’m not that boring.

    What we’ve actually been seeing over the last few centuries and especially over the last three decades is the march to conformity. And it’s a conformity enforced by the rich and powerful – the employers.

    • Rogue Trooper 5.1

      “It gives me great pleasure to see the stubborness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed” – Albert Einstein :-P

    • TheContrarian 5.2

      “I don’t have a career, I’ve never had a career and never will have. I’m not that boring.”

      That great Draco, fantastic for you.

      I have a career, I like my career and my life is anything but boring.
      Once again you paint everything black and white with your broad brush.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1

        You didn’t read the article did you?

        • TheContrarian 5.2.1.1

          I’m responding directly to your comments about A) a career being ‘boring’ or making a person boring and B) that employers are the ‘rich and powerful’ and want everyone to conform.

          • felix 5.2.1.1.1

            That’s the most boring comment you’ve ever written.

          • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.1.2

            You didn’t do B) at all. In fact, all you did was say that your life wasn’t boring.

            • TheContrarian 5.2.1.1.2.1

              “Once again you paint everything black and white with your broad brush.”

              In reference to your comment that employers are the ‘rich and powerful’ and want everyone to conform.

              Sorry I wasn’t clearer,

              • felix

                I must say I admire your steadfast and unwavering rejection of any and all contrarian viewpoints.

                • TheContrarian

                  Yes but it is contrary to Draco.

                  Hugs and kisses – signed Anon.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    You’ve contradicted me – all you’ve ever done is make asinine remarks that follow neither logic nor evidence.

                    • TheContrarian

                      How ironic you speak about evidence given our latest little back and forth. You know, when you cited an admitted supposition as conclusive evidence of something can never know. Ho ho ho….

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      I used evidence – the evidence of what was happening before the sale of Telecom. And, in all of that, you still failed to address my logic. You just kept going round and round in circles. In fact, your last comment in that was almost identical to the first one.

                      Again, it seems that we’ve come to the end of this conversation due to your inability to actually carry a conversation.

                      EDIT: First part of my previous comment should read: You’ve never contradicted…

                    • TheContrarian

                      “And, in all of that, you still failed to address my logic”

                      I did that multiple times. A supposition cannot, by definition, be conclusive proof. It isn’t my inability to have conversation – it’s your inability to actually accept you have no conclusive proof, you have a supposition and that’s that.

                      Your logic is flawed. You ignore all other outcomes and assume the outcome you have supposed to be the only other option. That is a logical fallacy.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      must have been a crossed party-line :-D

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      I did that multiple times.

                      No, you didn’t. Not once have you ever addressed the logic that I used. You just said that I didn’t have conclusive proof which I agreed with.

                    • TheContrarian

                      Jesus fucking Christ…

                      Your logic was flawed in that A) You cited a supposition as a proof and B) your supposition was based upon on the assumption there was only two possible outcomes. Therefor C) it is irrelevant what logic you used to get there because it complete supposition with no predictive power based entirely on the fallacy that there are only two outcomes.

                      Fucking hell – it’s like talking to a creationist.

                    • TheContrarian

                      And another fucking thing – all I was trying to make you see was that it wasn’t a conclusive proof and you should stop addressing it as such. So now that you have said so you can stop fucking saying it is and we can get on with our lives.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      The logic is relevant because it is indicative of the dead-weight loss of profit.

                      B) your supposition was based upon on the assumption there was only two possible outcomes.

                      No it wasn’t. It was, and is, based upon the assumption that Telecom would continue as it was prior to the sale with all the surplus ($17b) going into the network. And, yes, there are only two possible outcomes.

                      Nothing you’ve said has applied to that logic.

                    • TheContrarian

                      It is indicative of the dead weight of profit in the scenario you have decided is the only scenario. Jesus man, you are committing even more logical errors. You are pretth much saying – The scenario I have decided is the only conclusion predicts that my scenario is the only conclusion.

                      Followed up with: no my conclusion wasn’t based on only two possible outcomes but there are only two possible outcomes.

                      Fact remains Draco – you can’t have a conclusive proof based on your supposition. There are no two ways about it. Secondly – you did say there were only two possible outcomes to which I provided several other outcomes that you dismissed out of hand.

                      Christ man, get your shit together.

                  • felix

                    Actually your boring comments are largely irrelevant in the context of what Draco wrote.

                  • Rogue Trooper

                    all started out so lovey-dovey…

              • Draco T Bastard

                Go to a WINZ “course” and they will tell you that you need to conform to get the job. You have to be dressed as they want you to dress, not have any visible tattoos, be enthusiastic about the company and have all the right qualifications and experience (even for entry level jobs). None of these are optional.

                So, is it black and white? Yeah, pretty much but it’s not my broad brush doing the painting.

                • TheContrarian

                  So dressing smartly, being keen on the job and having the experience/qualifications for a particular position is a bad thing?

                  Do you reckon a person rocking up to a job interview in shorts and jandals while not giving a fuck about the job and having no experience or desire to be experienced should be as considered for the role as someone who actually takes the effort to dress appropriately and sharply, is excited about the role and/or business and has a qualification in the industry?

                  • felix

                    That’s a nice dichotomy. Pity it’s a false one.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Nothing wrong with shorts and jandals in the correct circumstances. As an old mentor once told me: It doesn’t matter what you turn up in just so long as they’re clean. But that was 20+ years ago and he was the type of employer who would have bought the new employee a suit if it was required for the job.
                    I didn’t say anything about giving a fuck about the job or the area of work.
                    Qualifications? Well, that’s what on the job training is for.
                    Generally, entry level doesn’t have experience so why do people now demand it for such roles?

                    All you’ve done is reinforce the conformity.

                    • TheContrarian

                      It isn’t a matter of conformity Draco. If there is one role open at an accountancy firm (just for example) and you roll in with no accountancy experience or enthusiasm for the role but someone who has enthusiasm and demonstrates they have sort to understand what accountancy requires through either higher education, internships or other such avenues who do you think will be hired?

                      “Qualifications? Well, that’s what on the job training is for.”
                      Yeah maybe however we live in a world where many people might apply for a single job some of which will have better skills.

                      The world we are in has social conventions that apply. I’m sorry you find it unnecessary.

                    • karol

                      As an old mentor once told me: It doesn’t matter what you turn up in just so long as they’re clean. But that was 20+ years ago

                      Ah… so much easier for some men.

                      20+ years back, I used to be told – you need to wear a dress. And that usually meant a very nice and reasonably fashionable sort of dress.

                    • felix

                      “If there is one role open at an accountancy firm (just for example) and you roll in with no accountancy experience or enthusiasm for the role but someone who has enthusiasm and demonstrates they have sort to understand what accountancy requires through either higher education, internships or other such avenues who do you think will be hired?”

                      You really are stuck on that false dichotomy. Which you invented. And which is irrelevant to what Draco wrote.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      What he writes never does.

                  • Murray Olsen

                    Apart from the lack of experience, that sounds like how I got my job. Well, I was also asked if I wanted it, I didn’t rock up to an interview, but I was wearing shorts and jandals. I was smoking and half way drunk as well. The guys in suits hadn’t impressed.

    • Rogue Trooper 6.1

      “Giving style to one’s character- a great and rare art! It is exercised by those who see all the strengths and weaknesses of their own natures and then comprehend them in an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason and even weakness [ infants ] delights the eye”.
      -Friedrich Nietzsche 8-)

  5. Draco T Bastard 7

    Federal Reserve Whistleblower Tells America The REAL Reason For Quantitative Easing

    I can only say: I’m sorry, America. As a former Federal Reserve official, I was responsible for executing the centerpiece program of the Fed’s first plunge into the bond-buying experiment known as quantitative easing. The central bank continues to spin QE as a tool for helping Main Street. But I’ve come to recognize the program for what it really is: the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time.

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    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
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    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says."Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths
    Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “There is no such thing as a surgical strike...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    The Government's latest snub of scientific evidence - this time about its failure to address childhood obesity - is another example of National's reliance on 'tobacco science' to justify its denial agenda, the Green Party said today. An Auckland University...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Paying patients to go away not a solution
    A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Common sense a better response
    The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.   National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Labour sends condolences to families of MH17
    ...
    Labour | 17-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07