Black is White. Up is Down.

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, April 17th, 2017 - 133 comments
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A little under two weeks ago every major news outlet fell over themselves to report on allegations of a chemical attack in Syria that had killed scores of people.

Yesterday our time, over one hundred people, including scores of children, were killed when buses carrying Syrian refugees were bombed. There have been a few sidebar stories that I’ve seen in western newspapers. But no headlines. No cries of indignation. No demands that ‘something must be done’.

Worse than that, what reporting there has been, has been completely misleading and/or utterly dishonest.

In the Guardian, we were told that the buses were carrying residents from government held areas. This was and is completely untrue. That article has yet to be updated or corrected. Essentially readers are being invited to conclude or suspect against reality, that Syrian government forces targeted a convoy of buses packed with women and children who felt antipathy towards the Syrian government. Hell, even the Daily Mail was more accurate (at least in its headline), even it did use the tragedy to segue back to Khan Shaykhun and more condemnation of Syria’s government.

Today’s sidebar story on the atrocity in The Guardian leads with the same bare faced lie or, if you want to cut them some slack, the same misleading or inaccurate statement. It reads – “Nearly 70 children were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria a monitoring group has said.” (my emphasis)

Here’s my question. If media give a crap about Syrian people, then why isn’t the bombing of the bus convoy waiting to enter into Aleppo getting similar levels of coverage to the supposed sarin attack? And why are very basic facts being twisted or omitted?

(I say “supposed” in relation to the sarin attack advisedly, because that story seems to be tattering and shredding as time passes – a quick post on that will be going up later today or tomorrow)

Meanwhile, here’s the only decent report I found yesterday on the deliberate targeting of that bus convoy.


A little bit of searching will produce translated interviews from non-western news sources with women from that convoy that were conducted at an Aleppo hospital. Those women tell how they were kept in the buses for two days and not allowed to exit at all, meaning among other things, that children had to piss their pants. One woman recounted how crisps were thrown on the floor and young children who hadn’t eaten and who had no concept of humiliation, were invited to eat the crisps from the floor of the bus.

Now, I don’t expect any such interviews to be aired on western news media. They have a narrative to sell. And it seems that ordinary people only count insofar as they and their suffering serve to further that narrative.

But perhaps I’m being too harsh. I understand that maybe it was just unfortunate that the western media news cycle had turned and was somewhat obsessed with nuclear matters yesterday – what with them getting all wide eyed and arm wavy over a nuclear test. Y’know, like when they reported disapprovingly of that successful test for an ‘upgraded nuclear weapon’ by the US yesterday? Oh – hang on, that was the other nuclear related test – not the bad one…

And so it goes.

133 comments on “Black is White. Up is Down. ”

  1. ropata 1

    Jimmy Dore excoriates the US media regularly. Here’s his take on the MOAB in Afghanistan and the MSM jizzing themselves over bombing innocents

    • Bill 1.1

      Definitely one of his more passionate and on point broadcasts Ropata. Thanks for the link.

      At 10min 05 sec

      “You’re jumping off point should be the media and the government are fucking lying. That’s your starting point. Not that they’re telling the truth until someone proves them wrong. The starting point is that the government and the media are lying about the war;about bombing; about everything foreign policy related. They’re lying. That should be your jumping off point”


      Thankfully, ever more people are coming to that conclusion. And some (like Jimmy Dore) actually have some penetration.

  2. weka 2

    Nearly 70 children were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitoring group has said.

    Saturday’s blast hit a convoy carrying residents from the northern towns of Fuaa and Kafraya as they waited at a transit point in rebel-held Rashidin, west of Aleppo.

    • Bill 2.1

      Towns besieged byor surrounded by rebels (or whatever other term one prefers for those groupings) would have been a clear and unambiguous statement.

      The language used is (at best) unnecessarily (deliberately?) confusing and misleading and “the northern towns of Fuaa and Kafraya ” means nothing to anyone not familiar with Syrian geography or occupied/unoccupied areas within Syria.

      To talk of a ‘government held town’ suggests that those living there and not favourably disposed to the Syrian government are being given passage to a non-government area – as happened in Aleppo and Homs etc.

      • Poission 2.1.1

        For government held towns,read Shiite enclaves. For rebel held towns read Sunni enclaves.

        The security for the former evacuation was under Ahrar al-Sham an Salafist group( funded and supplied by Turkey and Saudi).

        Security for the latter was by Hezbollah (funded by Iran)

        A better analysis is here.

      • weka 2.1.2

        I doubt that it’s deliberate so much as a result of inherent Western bias and the structure of Western journalism. I also think it’s relevant that the first paragraph is referencing its source as a monitoring group. In that sense it’s not the Guardian that is saying it but people who are closer. I can see a range of possibilities including the piece being cobbled together from various sources by someone who was not an investigative journalist (note, no journalist name on it).

        I can’t make sense of what they’re saying about whether the town the people were leaving was rebel held or govt held. I can’t tell from the post either.

        In terms of the lack of MSM coverage, I’d compare it not only to the gas thing but to bombings in the West. Apparently it’s not newsworthy if a bus load of women and kids get blown up in a war zone, although if the war zone was in the West obviously it would be.

        • Bill

          Just back from a long day. couldn’t quite understand your comment until I checked the links I’d provided. The first one (that goes to yesterdays Open Mike) was actually meant to go to the link contained in that comment from yesterday.

          Emma Graham-Harrison and Damien Gayle wrote the piece that should have been directly linked to.

          I’ve updated the links in the post.

          • weka

            Sorry, that doesn’t make it any clearer. Where the towns govt held or not?

            • Bill

              The towns are not held by any opposition. But they are surrounded and isolated by various opposition forces. So yes, we can say they are held by the government.

              But the real problem with the terminology is that until now, it has been headchoppers, their families and fellow travellers that have been getting on buses and heading out of government held cities/areas under ‘safe passage’ guarantees given by the Syrian government. (eg – eastern Aleppo and Homs and other places)

              So when a piece is written that somewhat confusingly refers to a government held town (rather than a town under rebel siege) , the initial assumption is that ‘non-government’ types are leaving. And when we are told, without much in the way of clarity being offered, that those people have been attacked and killed, then the assumption casual readers will make is that anti-government peeps have been targeted and killed. This is strengthened by the fact that media accurately report that the buses were in rebel held areas.

              I do believe it’s a deliberate case of terminology being employed to muddy waters. There is no compelling reason why “from towns under rebel siege” could not have been used.

              If you can be arsed to re-read the pieces and swap out “government held towns” for that phrase, I’m picking the picture would be clearer.

  3. garibaldi 3

    Congratulations Bill. I admire the effort you are putting in to try to get to the truth. As sure as day follows night we cannot believe all the crap emanating from the West .
    We must also realize it is hard to know just what is going down on either side, though it is very clear that ‘our’ side is utterly hypocritical and mostly wrong in its reporting.

  4. WC1 4

    Gulf of Tonkin, weapons of mass descruction give the US a lack of credibility. How many children are killed by war and famine on a daily basis? But they are ignored and based on shonky evidence the US responds to one reported incident.

  5. james 5

    Those women tell how they were kept in the buses for two days and not allowed to exit at all

    Was this after the bombing?

    • adam 6.1

      Did you read any of these tinfoilhat? Obviously not – as you are trying to score points again.

      The independent piece does exactly what Bill put up in the post, as does the LA times piece.

      If you going for point scoring, you might want to get your facts right at the very least. Or read what was said before going off half-cocked.

  6. Ross 7

    An alleged suicide bomber versus an alleged chemical attack by the State. I’m obviously missing something.

  7. McFlock 8

    Oh come on – you respond to the passive voice in MSM by linking to RT, which repeats the “moderate rebels” line until even their Damascus source has to call it bullshit?

    And yes, chemical weapons get more press. That’s because they suck worse than the n-th suicide bombing in the middle east, and also send a more explicit message.

    • adam 8.2

      Have you given up on people McFlock? Because it reads like it when you rank deaths, actually it’s quite vulgar.

      I thought the point of the post was quite clear, the media does this vulgarity already – especially if it does not fit the official narrative.

      • McFlock 8.2.1

        You might say I’ve given up on one or two.

        News. What’s new. That’s generally what gets reported.

        But if you also want to argue an equivalence between conventional explosives that happen to be targeted at civilians and designing, building, stockpiling and using weapons that are primarily and almost exclusively effective against the most vulnerable civilians, well – good luck with that.

        • adam

          I’d argue purely and simply we should condemn any act which targets civilians. Rather than make some sort of hierarchy about it.

          • McFlock

            So the degree of premeditation required isn’t a factor?

            • adam

              You want to make it one?

              • McFlock

                it is for most crimes. Why not this one?

                • adam

                  So what does that have to do with reporting it?

                  • McFlock

                    relative column inches

                    • adam

                      So you are back to a hierarchy of death as your line.

                      So who gets to chose this more worthy death thing then?

                    • McFlock

                      It’s not a hierarchy of death, it’s a hierarchy of news. What’s new.

                      As for who chooses, you do. We all do. Otherwise you’d be talking just as much about the most recent suicide bombing in Kabul.

                    • adam

                      “We all do”

                      Really, Ummm OK. So I own the press now.

                    • McFlock

                      The media you consume. The comments you make. You choose those. It’s all a big pot. If it’s clickbait, you see more of it.

                    • adam

                      You really have no idea how propaganda works do you?

                    • Bill

                      Of course it’s all consumer power Adam!

                      And next up. Save the world. Buy recycled loo paper. Buy low energy light bulbs. Buy low pressure shower heads. Buy, buy buy!!

                      And just keep buying and don’t fucking dare pop out a question or two about any systemic nature of power or the relationships between centres of systemic power… all the power you ever need worry your head about is in your back pocket.

            • Spikeyboy

              Holding victims in a bus for 2 days prior seems to be a large amount of premeditation…

              • McFlock

                Really? Of what?

                It probably provided opportunity for the bombers, but was that intentional, or just an indication of the difficulties organising exchanges and logistics in a civil war?

                • Bill

                  You think the car bomber just jumped into a car that happened to be full of explosives, turned the ignition key and Boom!?

                  ffs – get your fucking brain down off the coat hook by the door Mcflock.

                  A headchopper had to drive through headchopper territory and headchopper check points….unless you want to suggest that the Syrian Arab Army is into suicide bombing now.

                  And you sit and exclaim I just have no freaking idea what you’re on about over a post that’s decrying muddled reportage on a huge civilian catastrophe carried out by a headchopper.

                  • McFlock

                    Oh ffs yourself.

                    You think it was some big fucking conspiracy where the same people holding the buses up for whatever fucking nominal reason or excuse did so explicitly because it took them two days to fill a car with artillery shells and find some mook to blow himself up?

                    Here’s another scenario for you: There’s a holdup in the exchange between the dominant rebel group in the area and the syrian government forces. Quibbling over numbers, or just a logistics issue. Whatever. This bad planning sits everyone up for two days. Local cell of another rebel group that hates both the dominant rebel group (and assad) sees the convoy held up and therefore the cell takes the opportunity to sow more chaos discord and death. Who the fuck knows.

                    And no, I have no freaking idea what you’re on about when you decry “muddled reportage” then hold up a piece of self-contradictory bullshit as the “only decent report” you could find. No fucking idea at all.

                    • Bill

                      No. I don’t think there was a conspiracy? Where you getting that from?

                      You were wanking about pre-mediation and lack of and other vile measures of what would make a death a ‘worthy’ death.

                      And I simply point out that thought went into loading a truck/van and driving said truck/van to a designated target.

                      Where’s the self-contradiction in the RT report? You haven’t mentioned any such thing thus far. Given that you already spouted outright lies about the content, I’m asking you to outline it please. Oh. And found anything more informative yet that you’d like to share?

                    • McFlock

                      1: we’re now in the subthread where spikeyboy said that the 2 day delay was premeditation.

                      2: worthy? Where did I say that? Newsworthy, maybe. The premeditation required to pack a car with explosives that might have been used against combatants is one thing. Making chemical weapons, which are most and almost exclusively effective against small, non-combatant people, stockpiling them, loading them, and dropping them – that’s another level of premeditation that begins at the very start of the weapon design phase. Major difference there.

                      3: Yeah I did: here.

                      4: more informative links: anywhere other than RT, because most news services try, on some level, to be accurate. RT’s relationship with the truth is purely coincidental – case in point, its sat photo of a plane shooting down mh17.

                    • Bill

                      Is there any oxygen available when you’re that deep in the propaganda quagmire McFlock?

                      On your number 3. – There’s no self contradiction there at all. None. The anchor asked a question around responsibility. Now this goes back to the quagmire and maybe the lack of oxygen, because anyone with half an ounce of awareness already knows that “supposed moderate rebels” is a term used by those who know full well there are no moderate rebels (not for a long time now), and that the only supposedly moderates are those headchoppers that western governments give military, financial and logistical support to (e.g. – White Helmets, al-Nusra, Jaysh al-Fattah, Ahrar al-Sham and others under the Jabhat al-Islamiyah umbrella)

                      Fuck. That’s not at all hard to bend your head around, is it?

                      On your number 4. So you’ve got nothing at all to link to or share.

                      On number 2. This might come across as a bit oblique for your oxygen starved brain. But if you can entertain the notion that a government that is winning a war would launch a pointless chemical weapons attack against civilians for no gain whatsoever, than you must also entertain the notion that a group of headchoppers desperate for respite and increased support who have always echoed the lines of western hawks would also perpetrate a chemical attack – and for a multitude of potential and obvious gains.

                      But you can’t/won’t do that, will you?

                    • McFlock

                      3 The anchor asked the question well after the blame in the report had been pointed at the supposed moderates. The answer was no it probably wasn’t them. That’s a contradiction.

                      4 except the reports you hate because they don’t fit your own monologue. Gotta love your headchopper leitmotif though. Really lets you turn off your brain. Shit, otherwise you’d have to accept that the war isn’t just “assad vs headchoppers”, it’s “Assad vs kurds vs other kurds vs ISIS vs Yazidis vs half a dozen other groups with different agendas and levels of brutality and local connections”.

                      2: “Winning”. lol. “no gain whatsoever” except the effect on the rest of the civilians. Did consider it, considered it probably bullshit. Mostly because without a decent delivery system, its as likely to be as shit against your own crowd as it is the others.

                    • Bill

                      Oh, you and I both know damned fine well that various headchoppers are backed by various foreign governments…who go to some lengths to convince ‘us’ that their headchoppers aren’t like the other headchoppers and in fact, aren’t headchoppers.

                      But I’d bet that between us, we couldn’t name three non-government factions (so not umbrella labels that groups might swear allegiance to), who claim to fighting in the name of Islam – so not Kurds or Rojavans or Yazidis and others – and who are involved in Syria who aren’t headchoppers.

                      The only delivery system required for two pipe bombs – one packed with a chemical and the other with explosives to rupture the one packed with chemicals – is a pair of legs and two arms to place the fucking things.

                      And that according to (relinking) Theodore A. Postol Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy Massachusetts Institute of Technology – so, y’know, no slouch or armchair wallah – is how that piece of metal in the crater was delivered because it could not have been delivered from the air. (It’s all to do with how it has ruptured)

                    • McFlock

                      Oh, but blaming rebels for something must therefore tar those two and the non-Islamic groups you made with the headchopping brush. Such muddled reporting is misleading 🙄

                      Whereas Hezbollah obviously immediately suspend their headchopping tendencies when they fight for Assad.

                      As for your link, it wouldn’t be the first scribd dump that was bullshit. I have no idea whether it is or not. But I’m pretty damned sure it was trawled up by someone looking to suit their personal narrative. Not that it actually contradicts my statement “Mostly because without a decent delivery system, its as likely to be as shit against your own crowd as it is the others

                    • Spikeyboy

                      Have you ever heard of Occams razor? One assumption. Head choppers are people haters. This is borne out by any cursory look at their video or propaganda. Easily believable that they would consider waylaying a busful of civillians, hold them for two days and organize a bombing to send a message to other locals. Your story above requires many more hypotheses and assumptions and is far more a ‘conspiracy’ story

                    • McFlock

                      Spikeyboy, the thing about Occam’s razor is that it involves not adding information that we do not know exists, rather than deliberately omitting information: in this case the factional nature of Assad’s opposition.

                      If the same group that delayed the convoy wanted to attack the convoy, why wait two days? Your razor needs to add information as well as remove it

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      Still less convoluted than your scenario. More to the point of this thread is the following article in the Independent

                    • McFlock

                      You’ve got a funny idea of “less convoluted”. Where’s the benefit in the delay?

                      As to your article, I quite like Fisk. But he misses a brutal fact – chemical weapons are news. Suicide bombers aren’t, even if they kill more people.

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      To do this terrible deed you need 2 parts – the victims and the bomber. Neither one is super easy especially if you want to select the victims. The suicide bomber has to be psychologically prepared. Even people as heavily indictrinated as these people are, are still people subject to doubts and insecurities. When the victims are random (though the physical buildings or place may be fixed) you dont get to see the delays caused by psychology. People arent robots even though it may suit the establushment to say that these people are. You cant set a suicide bomber loose until you are absolutely sure that they will go through with the deed. A two day delay due to psychological commitment ‘problems’ is quite a likely thing to happen

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      On the subject of sarin gas attacks this is looking to everyone now as more WMD type lies.

                    • McFlock

                      Oh great. Now you’re adding cold feet for the bomber in order to make your scenario match the facts.

                      And your definition of “everyone” also leaves much to be desired.

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      You have obviously never been anywhere outside your comfort zone McF. Very certain about everything on how the world works. Your right I guess and pretty easy ftom safe nz too…

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      Sorry I meant everyone who is prepared to take all official stories with a grain of salt and memories of all the previous lies to drag us into more war and wait until people actually trained in the type of necessary analysis get to pick over the war hawks version.

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      A suicide bomber is a pretty stuffed up person but not nearly as reprehensible as the people who take their grief and anger and mold and shape it to suit their nasty plans. Not just once but over and over with greater and greater efficiency using broken and defeated people to further their bloodlust. Sorry you dont get it McF but lack of empathy will do that to a person and is quite a strong trait in white folk. Just witness the rape and pillage unleashed on the world by white folk. And yes sometimes those broken people manage to claw through the fog in their brain and hesitate in the face of what they are about to do. You wouldnt know about that McF because youve never been wrong always certain and owing nothing to anyone your own man so to speak. Well good on you and good luck

                    • McFlock

                      …or you’re just an illogical nutbar who can’t form a coherent argument and therefore has to make up some apparently race-based scenario about gullibility.

                      I’ve been wrong lots of times, and I’ve been around. The thing is, the folks who demonstrated how I was wrong didn’t have to build me up into some sort of always-thinks-I’m-right, never-tested, empathy-deficient fool to do so. They just had to be able to state their case logically and reasonably.

                      And actually, I’m a pretty cynical guy. To the degree that I don’t take someone’s word for it just because their adamant claim matches my personal narrative.

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      More evidence against the msm and Washington version of events for the chemical attack on Syria
                      Which I found in this well researched piece
                      Open your eyes and ears or be led by Trump et al by the nose

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      You invoke logic as though its some kind of magic bullet. Logic is just a branch of philosophy. I prefer my philosophy embedded in story as with Dostoevsky or Camus. You may think that intellect and emotion/sensation should be seperated. I don’t.
                      Any system is built from axioms. These are basic assumptions that are not provable from within the system. Euclidian geometry has ‘parallel lines never meet’ as an axiom. Non Euclidian geometry doesnt have this axiom and the world doesnt fall down. It becomes deeper and richer. But someone operating in Euclidian geometry will think a person operating in non Euclidian geometry is an illogical nutbar. So be it.
                      You scoff at the idea of a suicide bomber getting cold feet with such venom that I can only conclude that you consider all suicide bombers to be biological robots. By this I mean that once programmed wether by some other or by self the program is irreversible and only a force external to the bomber can stop the attainment of their goal.
                      You may believe that all people are biological robots or just some or that people can be made into biological robots or some variation in between. This is one of the axioms in your world view. You cant prove it to be true. You just believe it to be so.
                      I dont believe that any people are biological robots nor that they can be made to be biological robots. This is one of my axioms. In my system, for any action by a person there is always a freedom space where the action can be altered. This means that a suicide bomber can fail to complete their task due to external and internal forces.
                      In both systems, if enough bombers are sent out some will fail. The difference is that in my system some will fail through internal forces. In this system that is a certainty. The only thing open to debate is the frequency.

                    • More evidence against the msm and Washington version of events for the chemical attack on Syria

                      You seem to have a very broad definition of “evidence.” Most of those two articles are about why it was wrong for Trump to damage a Syrian air force base (presumably written for those who don’t find “illegal” sufficient). The only “evidence” presented against the MSM’s reporting of the sarin attack is claims that the people of Khan Sheikun are very bad people, and might well have been able to manufacture crude chemical weapons.

                      For the case against Assad, we have eye witness accounts of the gas attack arising from an air strike, data showing an air strike was carried out, the reports of Medicins sans Frontieres staff who treated victims of the attack and, not least, the journalist who visited Khan Sheikhoun a couple of days later and found no evidence of a rebel chemical factory. For the case against Assad’s opponents, we have your and Bill’s steadfast refusal to believe anything reported in mainstream media and various and various dubious claims about how Assad’s opponents might have done it to make him look bad.

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      Perhaps you should read with a less jaundiced eye. The Huff Post article did not say that the people of Khan Sheikhoun are very bad people. It said that the people that have taken over Khan Sheikhoun are very bad people in much the same way as you would say the Assad government are very bad people. The people that have taken over Khan Sheikhoun are affiliated to the organisation that collapsed the twin towers among other horrendous events. Yet you say we can believe nothing of what the Russians and Syrians have to say and must instead believe every piece of documentary evidence supplied by people affiliated to the twin towers act of terrorism? Above you imply that photographic and video can not have science applied to them. What are they then? The word of god perhaps. If this is the evidence supplied it must stand up to scrutiny. You pretend concern about the plight of Palestinians. Do you think that this type of evidence would be helpful to their cause. Of course not!! Their evidence must and does stand up to the most and detailed analysis. Photos not compatible with science! What bollocks

                    • McFlock

                      Spikeyboy, take a deep breath and stop rambling.

                      Try addressing the points that were raised.

                      Yet you say we can believe nothing of what the Russians and Syrians have to say and must instead believe every piece of documentary evidence supplied by people affiliated to the twin towers act of terrorism

                      No, I don’t think anybody said that: just that the Russians are highly unreliable and the story of the “very bad people affiliated to AQ” is consistent with the story of MSF and other folks, but the Russian and Syrian stories… not so much.

                      Above you imply that photographic and video can not have science applied to them.

                      Don’t be an idiot, nobody said that. But if you must know, I think that the science that was “applied to them” involved a massive amount of margin for error and guesstimation that was not reflected in the supplied documentation.

                      Not unreasonable amounts of error and estimation in any one instance, but error multiplies. If the shadow length is off or the lat is off or the shadow angle is off – all by small amounts from the low-def clips – then if the wind was slightly off and the dispersion calculations were off or maybe the sarin was an older batch or less effective for some other reason, then the entire “oooo he couldn’t have standed there without protection and lived” argument falls down.

                      As for the rest of your comment, take a fucking breath and try to focus.

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      If MSF treated patients 100km from the attack site how exactly do they corroborate eyewitness accounts? No one is denying a chemical attack took place. Inly the official story of how.
                      From the New York Times

                      A 14-year-old resident of the attacked town, Mariam Abu Khalil, said she had left home for her examination on the Quran — scheduled for early morning because fewer bombings were expected then — when the attack took place. On the way, she saw an aircraft drop a bomb on a one-story building a few dozen yards away. In a telephone interview Tuesday night, she described an explosion like a yellow mushroom cloud that stung her eyes. “It was like a winter fog,” she said.

                      Consistent with a non sarin nuerotoxin plus chlorine from a bombed wharehouse as described by Russia/Syria.

                      So MSF corroborating not so much and the other folk you mention wouldnt be the white helmets and Al Queda affiliates by chance?

                    • McFlock

                      Them, plus a journalist I’m unfamiliar with so taken with caution, and of course the results of lab tests and autopsies done by various investigators.

                      In a telephone interview Tuesday night, she described an explosion like a yellow mushroom cloud that stung her eyes. “It was like a winter fog,” she said.

                      Consistent with a non sarin nuerotoxin plus chlorine from a bombed wharehouse as described by Russia/Syria.

                      You’re a wee bit messy with which bits are NYT and which bits are you shilling your blinkered support, but actually no it’s not “consistent”.

                      Firstly, if the Syrian aircraft dropped a bomb that landed on a building “a few dozen yards away”, that’s pretty bloody close for even a teeny bomb.

                      Secondly, if it was a weapons depot, there might also have been secondary explosions cause by weapons stored there which anyone just yards from the scene would have noticed, no? Even if the sarin was being stored pre-mixed and ready for use.

                      Thirdly: MSF:

                      Eight people who were examined by MSF staff displayed symptoms consistent with exposure to an agent such as sarin gas or similar compounds,

                      the exact opposite of what you just wrote, from the horse’s mouth.

                      Fourthly: Turkish autopsies say sarin.

                      Fifthly: OPCW also says sarin, again the exact opposite of your “non sarin nuerotoxin” claim.

                      So, who am I going to believe is most likely to be accurate: the dictator who claims it wasn’t him, the other dictator’s compulsively-lying media channel, or everyone else?

                    • Spikeyboy []

                      Non of what you say is evidence of who done what only what was done

                      The journalist you are unfamiliar with is from the guardian and he was miraculously able to get his story from officials of ahra al sham a terrorist group affiliated to isis/al queda..

                      Actually yes consistant and at least not schilling for 9/11 terrorists

                      And yes msf treated many people that had been exposed to a neuro toxin at a hospital 100km from the attack site because isis groups wont allow them to work in their territory – only the white helmets

                      If sarin then isis/al queda affiliated groups have access to sarin as demonstrated by Seymour Hirsch.

                      Very loose meaning of everyone. Terrorist propaganda mostly. Video and photos supplied by white helmets and isis affiliated groups to get a result in a war that was going badly for them. They did 9/11 and you still think they are not capable of this. Youre a weird person

                    • Bill

                      Obviously no building was hit by any chemical bomb. We know this because the White House has released a report where they are adamant and confident that a crater in the road (photos of which we have all seen) is not only the point of impact, but also has not been tampered with.

                      So the MSF report would be wrong.

                      Oh. And then there’s the expert opinion from MiT that the debris of the supposed missile indicates that it is impossible for that projectile to have been delivered from the air.

                      So no warehouse and no air-strike. But (to quote) a “sarin like substance”. Now that narrows it down to just about anything that someone might consider “sarin like” – including any chemical agent that might be packed into a container.

                      Samples of sarin are kind of “ten a penny’ in the ME and the UN has rightly, previously discounted all samples where the provenance of any sample cannot be guaranteed.

                      Various witnesses have reported the smell. Sarin has no odour. People messing around at an impact site with next to no protection only a few hours after impact not experiencing adverse reactions, suggests (if the White House claims about the impact site are to be believed) that no sarin was present.

                      Multiple measurements and calculations from shadow angles diminish errors.

                      Wind speed and directions are taken from the same source as those used by the UN in previous investigations.

                      Funny how no-one interviewed any survivors from the houses that would have been in the path of the plume. Funny how so many young, fit men were filmed at that White Helmet facility…all those houses with only young men and children in them and all taken to a White Helmet facility to be strewn around…

                      But meanwhile, here’s some direct reporting from people affected by terror events that “no-one” wants to hear about.


                    • McFlock

                      Hey, msf didn’t say the airstrike hit a building. Spikeyboys post did. Easy enough to be “dozens of yards away” and confuse something hitting a building across the way with something that hit the road behind the building.

                      As for postol’s analysis, he didn’t say it was impossible to be the result of an airstrike. That’s over-egging it. He did argue that the supposed impact site was tampered with, and much of that relies on specific timing and, more importantly sequencing, of the pictures he chooses to show. Basically, he’s doing what you’re arguing the media shouldn’t: he’s basing all his supposition upon a few pictures, rather than looking to other sources. Sure, that’s all he has available – for example he wouldn’t know if any of the responders at the scene were contaminated as he supposes, or how potent the sarin batch was, or whether they’d really thought about hazards or chain of evidence before rushing to dig shit up, or whatever.

                      I have a bit of time for him, but I think he’s running too far on the thin amount of material he has access to. And he obviously has a bee in his bonnet about once burned, twice shy with WMD claims – fair enough, too. But it doesn’t add to his credibility.

                    • Bill

                      “It’s important to be clear about what I’m saying,” he (Postol) told AlterNet. “I’m saying that a so-called White House intelligence report issued on April 11 is totally inconsistent with the claims it’s making. I’m not so much saying that I know what happened, because actually I don’t. What I do know is that this report was, to be blunt, fabricated without the intelligence methodologies that it claims to have used. Because I have data that I have been poring over… for example, there’s video data of this crater that they allege was the source of an air attack, an air munitions. It was not an air munition. You could see that very easily.”


                    • McFlock

                      A comment that doesn’t match the report that is linked to in that article.

                      In the report he makes a reasonable guess as to the dispersion device (assuming the collapsed pipe is the actual dispersion device), and follows that with the comment

                      If this is in fact the mechanism used to disperse the sarin, this indicates that the sarin tube was placed on the ground by individuals on the ground and not dropped from an airplane.

                      So if his guess is wrong, then his conclusion based on that guess is unreliable. To then make the categorical claim you quoted, which is inconsistent with his own report, is quite literally making a claim that he failed to back up.

                    • Bill

                      His appraisal is of the White House Report and for the sake of that appraisal he ‘allows’ that the White House Report is accurate.

                      The WHR insists that is the site and it has not been tampered with. If that is the case, then the piece of metal is the delivery mechanism and due to the way it is ruptured, it could not have come from the air. It was placed there and ruptured by an external force exploding it inwards.

                      And if the WHR is wrong, then what was the justification for launching umpteen cruise missiles?

                      Which path you want to journey down on that one ?

                      He states that the device could not have come from the air due to how it has ruptured. He then offers up a scenario for how it could have come to be ruptured in the way it is. It’s only the second part he’s “guessing” at – not the first.

                    • McFlock

                      He posits one possible configuration, and from that assumes that it could not have been air-delivered.

                      Of course, what if the dispersal device was that configuration with a simple impact fuse? Bomb breaks up in the msec before the fuse goes bang, and what he’s actually looking at is the result of how it was arranged at the moment of detonation.

                      And then he might be completely wrong, and the tube was simple debris on the road before the bomb struck and not even related to the device at all.

                      And, of course, he’s basing his 122mm proportion on… what? What reference item in the photo can give a measurement that precise?

                    • Bill


                      He states that due to how the cannister has been crushed in from the outside, that it could not have been delivered by air. He’s an expert on this shit with a reputation to uphold. So I would really very much doubt if he’d throw that on the line ‘just because’.

                      And I haven’t seen one other person from that field contradict his assertion or call it into question, which, given that it’s getting a fair amount of oxygen on ye olde web…

                      Meantime, if this is just a ‘debating sport’ you want to win, then please do it elsewhere or on a different topic. I’ve no interest in that kind of shit with a topic like this where, at least for me, the object is to try to move towards the truth of a matter as opposed to accruing jousting points.

                      The White House Report is a report that does not stand up. At least some of the reasons it does not stand up have been explained and stated.

                      And it’s fucking serious on a few levels.

                      Now, if all you want to do is wave your arms in an exercise of nay saying and petty debate point scoring where you have absolutely nothing of substance to back your position, then like I say, please do it on a different topic.

                    • McFlock

                      The altmedia side of the interwebz.

                      Yeah, I might call it a day if you’re resting on an academic’s desire to protect his reputation. Can’t help thinking what you’d say if his assessment didn’t agree with your preconceptions.

                    • Bill

                      Znet and truth dig (to name two sites that have carried this) are both reputable. And then there’s the posting of his raw report on scrbled (or whatever) that you jumped up and suggested was fake straight off the bat.

                      I’m saying he wouldn’t trash his reputation. It’s not under attack and therefor needing to be protected.

                      Yes, i couldn’t see any rationale for the Syrian government to launch a chemical attack. I read all of the ‘reasonings’ in case I was missing something but not one that I read stacked up or made much sense.

                      And yes, I took into account past allegations of terrorists using chemicals in Syria and past allegations made against the government. I read quite a lot on that front – UN reports etc.

                      I also considered the fact that all of the information that was coming through the msm was sourced from terrorist quarters (White Helmets and a UK doctor previously charged with kidnapping journalists)

                      And I did wonder at the head of the White Helmets, who does not speak english, having a thorough opinion piece in The Guardian on the day after the supposed attack; on a Guardian journalist writing a few days after the attack as ‘the first western journalist on the scene’ when western journalists, for good reasons such as kidnapping and beheadings, simply do not normally go to non-government areas.

                      Then there was Postols take down of the White House Report, Swedish Doctors for Human Rights reports on the White Helmets either killing babies on video or using dead babies as props in videos in relation to another supposed chemical attack – and my utter puzzlement as to why people could consider that the Syrian government might do this “just because”, yet couldn’t bring themselves to wonder if known (and often foreign) headchoppers and kidnappers running on sectarianism might do it…and for obvious benefit.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    “Muddled reportage…”

                    “Perhaps I’m being too harsh…”

                    No shit. Reporters are not paragons of intelligence and understanding with unlimited budgets and no time constraints.

                    RT, being (among other things) a propaganda arm of the Kremlin, has a clear editorial bias, so it’s little surprise that they present a relatively consistent narrative.

                    Compare the years of painstaking enquiry it took to establish the facts of Operation Burnham with day-to-day war reportage.

                    Looks like SNAFU from here.

                    • Bill

                      It’s pretty easy to opt for simple and clear terminology. And there’s a reason why clear and simple terminology wouldn’t be used and a reason why fuck all coverage would be given to this event.

                      See the link to the Fisk piece I provided below for a less media-centric analysis that sigposts the exact same set of conclusions.

                      edit – just realised I’m going to have to spell this one out. It’s all an integral part of the propaganda that would have us see things through the simple binary lens that always had Assad and Syria as “bad” and western backed headchoppers as “good”…so the media dutifully minimises any coverage of anything that might run counter to that simple picture, at the same time as it would and will maximise coverage of anything that feeds that simple picture.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Binary narratives are stupid and wrong.

                      Thing is, in ignoring the constraints I mentioned above, the whole “MSM as dutiful agents of the state” narrative looks quite binary from here.

                      As Lao Tsu said, in times of war, horses bear soldiers through the fields. In times of peace, horses bear horseshit through the fields.

                      Edit: to spell it out, the media are the horses.

                    • Bill

                      We agree that binary narratives are usually stupid and wrong. What’s msm feeding us when it comes to Syria?

                      But this next bit – are you seriously suggesting that in pointing to a relationship between msm and the state, and the general nature of that relationship, that that’s an act of pushing a binary narrative (and therefore “stupid and wrong”)?

                      If that’s what you’re saying, is that any less absurd than accusing someone who might point to the relationship between a police force and a state of “being stupid and wrong” on the grounds they’re pushing a binary narrative?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      What’s msm feeding us when it comes to Syria?

                      That’s my point: the media isn’t “feeding” us anything we choose not to eat. The general sense is confusing, consisting of multiple and sometimes contradictory accounts, just like any set of witness statements ever, hence my reference to SNAFU.

                      By contrast, I suspect RT‘s narrative of being overly consistent.

    • Bill 8.3

      Did you actually view the rt link McFlock?

      The anchor used the term ‘moderate rebels’ on precisely zero occasions

      He did use the term “supposed moderate rebels” once (the reasonable implication being that anyone who deliberately targets bus loads of civilians is anything but moderate).

      We then have Lizzie Phelan who does not once refer to either ‘moderate rebels’ or ‘supposed moderate rebels’.

      There is some short footage from December when buses were set ablaze by what the anchor refers to as ‘extremists’.

      When he comes to the Damascus interview he asks if it’s plausible to slate the attack back to moderate rebels as some reports are doing. The reply is that the reports are unreliable for stated reasons (eg – fake twitter accounts) and that blame can’t be laid until more is known or someone claims responsibility.

      Next question points out that many FSA rebels are reportedly dead. FSA , as you know, are touted as moderates by western sources. I guess the anchor is pointing out it’s highly unlikely that FSA would kill FSA. (Interesting and somewhat revealing analysis of them by Alaa Ibrahim though, eh?)

      Then I guess you missed the bit where the anchor accuses the Russian Embassy in the UK of ‘jumping the gun’? When was the last time you heard a western news anchor do any such thing in relation to a western government making accusations?

      I’d be willing to bet you can’t find a more informative and balanced report from yesterday than the one provided in the post. If you can, I’d genuinely love to see it.

      • McFlock 8.3.1

        Yeah I watched it.

        “informative” and “balanced” seem to be highly subjective terms.

        Basically, for someone who seems to be outraged by the passive voice, relying on “supposed” as if it fundamentally changes the nature of that bullshit points to some pretty large motes in your eye as well as mine.

        • Bill

          Maybe you need to explain what you mean by ‘passive voice’ and relate it back to a post about deliberately chosen (and predictable) msm priorities…and the concomitant mis-reporting and muddling that accompanies stories that must be covered in some fashion or another, but that would upset the dominant narrative if they were to receive much more than a passing mention?

          Informative and balanced are relative rather than subjective btw.

          • McFlock

            The towns were besieged. Passive.
            As opposed to XXX besieged the towns. Active.

            • Bill

              The towns were besieged – not very informative.
              XXX besieged the towns – informative.

              By your reckoning, the sentence “The towns were besieged by xxx” would be passive and something I’d be (in your words) “outraged” by. Which I wouldn’t be.

              It’s the deliberate(?) and unnecessary use of phrases that are both confusing and convoluted that’s the issue. People have to work to get an accurate picture of what’s going on. And given that most people give a newspaper article a ‘once over’ and walk away with impressions….

              • McFlock

                what, you mean like having to get almost halfway through a report to find that the “supposed” (by whom?) perpetrators are unlikely to be the ones responsible?

                  • McFlock

                    but most people would have changed channel well before that correction, even if they placed any trust in that network in the first place.

                    • Bill

                      I already said that wasn’t what I meant….not by this post and not by any comment I’ve made in this thread beneath the post.

                      I’m going away now having reflected on the fact you’ve lied in your comments, been pulled up on them, hop, skipped and jumped to wherever to throw up whatever other piece of nonsense by way of avoiding engagement on any points raised.

                      I’ve checked. You haven’t responded directly to one fucking thing that’s been written in response to assertions you’ve made. Not one.

                      I’d call it trolling, but I sense there’s something a bit more desperate going on.


                    • McFlock

                      Well, I guess I just have no freaking idea what you’re on about then.

  8. Tamati Tautuhi 9

    MSM can not be trusted it is all orchestrated lies to suit the narrative coming out of the USA and the brotherhood NWO.

    • Bill 9.1

      It’s not orchestrated so much as the result of simple blind adherence to a political paradigm. That’s why msm can be free – because they will always walk in step and stay well within ‘acceptable’ bounds.

      There is no NWO and no ‘globalists’ (unless you have a thing for extreme right wing nuttery)

  9. David Mac 10

    The circular arguments of conspiracy theorists frustrate me, I steer clear. I know little about explosives but can’t help but think that there is something odd about the reports around this bus attack. It appears about 5 buses all carry similar damage, their sides blown away, some with holes in the roofs. The camera panned to a shallow crater beside the row of damaged buses, I assume it was where the car bomb went bang.

    Wouldn’t the damage radiate out? The bus closest to the crater a real mess and then moving away from the epicenter, the damage diminishing. But the damaged buses all appear to be carrying similar damage.

    Searching for the truth in war…Ha. At least with a haystack you know the needle is in there somewhere.

  10. So what did the Rev Ian Paisley have to say ?

    Fook what he had to say !!!

    Arrrrrh !!! – wrong war , wrong time , – same old thing !!!

    Saints preserve us all !!!

  11. David Mac 12

    In retrospect, a bus that caught fire inside could be much more damaged than one that didn’t closer to the explosion.

  12. Here’s my question. If media give a crap about Syrian people, then why isn’t the bombing of the bus convoy waiting to enter into Aleppo getting similar levels of coverage to the supposed sarin attack?

    Two reasons, neither of which are difficult to figure out for yourself:
    1. Suicide car bomb attacks are just about everyday occurrences in places where Muslims are in conflict, so the news value is relatively lower than for a sarin gas attack, which has a really high news value.

    2. The perpetrators of the attack and their motives are obscure. If it was clear that a government was responsible for this attack, you’d see blanket coverage and a parade of leaders and diplomats expressing outrage, regardless of the lesser news value of a car bomb attack. No government involved = just another obscure but murderous dispute among Muslims.

    And why are very basic facts being twisted or omitted?

    If they are, it’s because journalists get things wrong, especially when they’re relying on other people for their info. If you’ve ever seen media reporting on something you know a lot about, you’ll be familiar with it. There’s nothing about the Syria conflict that changes that.

    • Bill 13.1

      When journalists get things wrong, they correct their honest mistakes. When journalists act as stenographers, that’s really not so much the case (for obvious reasons).

      But all I really have to say in response is that perhaps you and McFlock should catch up for a beer over this and revel in your shared misanthropy.

      • Psycho Milt 13.1.1

        Like I said, if you’ve seen reporting on something you have some expertise in, you’ll see plenty that’s not quite right but isn’t worth correcting. In the article you link to, the journos write that the attack took place in a rebel-held area, ie this is a failure of the rebel forces, not the regime. It also says:

        Residents of rebel-held towns waiting in buses in government territory said they were terrified they could face reprisal attacks.

        Which makes it pretty clear the government is not being accused of carrying out this attack.

        From my cursory reading of Guardian reports on this attack, it looks like most likely Da’esh have taken the opportunity to attack people from one of the branches of Islam Da’esh doesn’t like (there are plenty of them), and rebel fighters were also killed. Nowhere have I noticed attempts to mislead me into thinking the regime was involved.

    • reason 13.2

      Thanks for the racist explanation Psycho ……… how very british .

      Western governments murderous actions towards Muslims , ie Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya …………. and Syria has been based on lies and misinformation …… to back up the Muslim racist view that they are rag head suicide bombers.

      The common denominator in the civilian bloodbaths in the above mentioned countries is western interference and western arms ……….

      If the media reported that instead of being cheerleaders for war criminals ….. there would be a lot less misery in the middle east.

      Our reporting is mainly western war propaganda …… which is the reason why most people are confused about …. or do not care …. about the genocides we partake in.

      Its the Muslims fault you see ………………………

      • Psycho Milt 13.2.1

        PhilU……. is that you……

        It’s not racist…….. to refer to suicide car bombings as a feature of Muslim conflicts……….

        Any racist assumptions about Muslims being raghead suicide bombers who are collectively to blame for something are entirely your own …………….

        • reason

          Huge truck and car bombs are being made and used in Syria and Iraq ….

          “The United States via its Central Intelligence Agency is still delivering thousands of tons of additional weapons to al-Qaeda and others in Syria.” ….

          “The British military information service Janes found the transport solicitation for the shipment on the U.S. government website Janes writes:

          The FBO has released two solicitations in recent months looking for shipping companies to transport explosive material from Eastern Europe to the Jordanian port of Aqaba on behalf of the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command.

          Released on 3 November 2015, the first solicitation sought a contractor to ship 81 containers of cargo that included explosive material from Constanta in Bulgaria to Aqaba. ” ….

          “U.S. and Turkey supported “rebels” took part in the recent attack on Tal al-Eis against Syrian government forces which was launched with three suicide bombs by al-Qaeda in Syria. ”

          And lets not forget the ‘ratline’ for weapons liberated from Libya ….. to kill and destroy in Syria.

          • Psycho Milt

            I expect everyone who troubled themselves to read the OP is aware that conflicts in the Middle East involve few locally-manufactured weapons. If the OP was on that subject, your comments might have a little more relevance than the “none” they’re achieving at the moment.

            • reason

              Seeing as the thread is about media disinformation in regards to war and conflict ……. presenting information that is censored and generally withheld… helps highlight the scope of it.

              The second link I posted is especially relevant to your rabid ( pro war ) posts..

              Apart from the ‘ratline’ of weapons from Libya fueling the war and arming Al-quada …. ….. it deals with their access to nerve gas

              Its by Seymor Hersh…… who revealed the My Lai slaughter and rape spree by u.s forces in Vietnam …. and the following cover up.

              I’d take his credibility over yours …..

              There was hundreds of operations like My Lai …..

              War is ugly and cruel so it relies on propaganda which dehumanizes the enemy …. so its alright to kill them.

              The results are consistent …


              “Muslims do not hate us for our freedoms …. they hate us for our policy’s”

              Like arming , training and funding ……… and encouraging to the tune of $Billions$ …. radical extremism.

              A production line ………….. of suicide bomber s

              A lot of dead three year olds and other innocents ……

              Relevant …. but not to you

              • stunned mullet

                Hi Phil

                I have missed your musings over the last many months, hope you are well.

                • reason

                  Hi cock …. Your off topic… wrong… and a dick pic.

                  Back on topic I’ll quote some Robert Fisk ……. He’s not dishonest and has regard for the victims of these unnecessary wars …

                  “There’s no doubting the flagrant, deliberate, vile cruelty of Saturday’s attack. The suicide bomber approached the refugee buses with a cartload of children’s cookies and potato chips – approaching, I might add, a population of fleeing Shia civilians who had been starving under siege by the anti-Assad rebels (some of whom, of course, were armed by us). Yet they didn’t count. Their “beautiful little babies” – I quote Trump on the earlier gas victims – didn’t stir us to anger.” ……

                  “For what we want right now is to blame the “evil”, “animal”, “brutal”, etc, Bashar al-Assad who was first “suspected” to have carried out the 4 April gas attack (I quote The Wall Street Journal, no less) and then accused by the entire West of total and deliberate responsibility of the gas massacre…”

                  “Even the leftist but hardly pro-Syrian Israeli writer Uri Avneri – briefly, in his life, a detective – has asked why Assad should commit such a crime when his army and its allies were winning the war in Syria, when such an attack would gravely embarrass the Russian government and military, and when it would change the softening western attitude towards him back towards open support for regime change.”

                  “We cried over and lamented and even went to war for those “beautiful little babies” whom we believed to be Sunni victims of the Assad government. But when Shia babies of equal humanity were blasted to pieces this weekend, Trump could not care less. And the mothering spirit of Ivanka and Federica simply dried up.

                  And we claim that Middle East violence has nothing to do with us.”


                  “3000 tons” …. “81 containers of cargo that included explosive material” ….. and thats just a small small portion of the Freedom and democracy sent to ‘help’ Syria …………

                  Nazi type of help ……… Black is white

                  • stunned mullet

                    Apologies… mistake your usage of ellipsis is very ‘phil like’.

                    ….and it’s you’re… eh

                    …. a pity….eh

                    …I was curious how Phil’s menagerie was after the loss of his dear old friend last year…

                    • reason

                      You should apologies for talking troll shit on a thread about misinformation …. specifically regarding the

                      ” suicide bombing of a convoy of civilian refugees outside Aleppo killed 126 Syrians, more than 80 of them children ”

                      are you sick … eh
                      have no shame … eh
                      racist ….. eh

                      Have some peace propaganda …..

  13. Antoine 14

    Speaking as an outsider, you lot are collectively weird about Syria

    • ropata 14.1

      Reporting war crimes and MSM failures is “weird” to you? Would it matter more if a bomb went off in your neighbourhood?

      • Antoine 14.1.1

        It’s the way you (collectively) discuss it that is weird

          • Antoine

            It doesn’t feel like it’s really about Syria any more; rather, about a few posters’ egos… (those that haven’t been banned yet…)


            • marty mars

              Of course it is about ego – 99% of the posters are really just pushing the propaganda that fits their personal narrative. It is always like this cos this is the human condition and life as we know it.

  14. reason 15

    What is weird Antoine is your indifference to fellow innocent humans having their lives and families destroyed ….. with huge amounts of suffering, refuges …. and other terrible things.

    Like the possibility of nuclear war.

    Now, back on topic ………

    The problem with the lies and propaganda we receive through the media ……….. is that our history becomes based on lies …………

    This was driven home to me when reading Moana Jacksons excellent writing regarding, ……. “the Crown’s recent undertaking to “commemorate” the 19th century wars when it wrested so much land from Māori and assumed a sovereignty that was never agreed.”

    These wars of confiscation …. as I’d describe them ….. and the following dispossession …. have a familiar propaganda to them.

    Compare and contrast ….. “The renaming began with the “Māori Wars”, as if Māori were the belligerents and the colonisers were the aggrieved. Māori were described as “rebels” or mocked on memorials to those who upheld “law and order” against the forces of “fanaticism and barbarism”. The fanatics and barbarians were the “non-friendly” Māori who opposed the Crown, of course, and the “law and order” was the authority the Crown wished to impose by destroying the law and order implicit in tino rangatiratanga.’

    modern renaming examples…. operation “enduring freedom” …”humanitarian bombing ….. and destabilisation programs followed by massively supported proxy wars described as civil wars…..

    These following quotes could just as well apply to modern Muslims and our wars against some of them….

    “It did not suit the colonisers’ interests to question the unjustness of the wars, or the grievances they caused to iwi and hapū in terms of human suffering and the confiscation of millions of acres of land.” ………..

    “Instead, truth and history were collapsed into a self-proclaimed innocence in which the takeover of the Māori world eventually became a takeover of historical memory.” ……..

    “the stories of the war were consciously redefined in a way which flew in the face of Māori political and social realities.” …..

    Instead of learning from history ….if its propaganda based….. we just repeat its wrongs.

  15. Incognito 16

    Hi Bill, I know you’ve already clocked off for the night.

    I hope you’re not going to take this the wrong way but I often struggle with following and understanding your writings; it is bloody hard work sometimes and I can never be sure that I have the right end of the stick. My impression is that I am not alone in this and that would be a real shame because you never write (about) trivial stuff but sometimes it tends to get ‘lost in translation’ if you know what I mean. HTH.

    • Bill 16.1

      Through a different and narrower angle, Robert Fisk has eloquently covered what I was trying to signpost through my focus on deliberately muddled and noticeably muted media coverage of this massacre.

      Here’s the link to his piece in The Independent.

  16. “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” — William Casey, CIA Director, 1981

  17. adam 18

    Bill, I have one of those thoughts on waking.

    The real kicker about this story, if Assad and co are gassing people, why would hundreds of women and children want to move to the areas controlled by him, if he was going to kill them?

    • Bill 18.1

      What about asking, in all of that footage on a gas attack and its aftermath – where are the women? Do Syrian mothers just take off and leave their children to it? I’m being fucking serious here. Of all the people being stripped down, washed down, carted off….I didn’t see any women. And yet, shouldn’t they have accounted for about half of the affected adults? Actually, probably over half given the number of children and going on the assumption that young children tend to hang close to their mothers.

      And yes. All these people in Syria seeking refuge in government areas , be that Western Aleppo in the case where the headchoppers were ruling the roost in eastern districts…what are they thinking!

      Don’t they know they will be (according to western media) sluaghtered wholesale? Still waiting for that footage from eastern Aleppo to be aired – the footage of the slaughter carried out by the Syrian Arab Army that we were assured was on the cards. I guess it just must be too gruesome to broadcast /sarc

  18. tinfoilhat 19

    I believe most of the reports suggested that a large number of women were amongst the dead.

    I’m not sure what you’re trying to suggest ?

    • Bill 19.1

      I’m ‘suggesting’ nothing.

      I’m stating what I’ve seen (or more accurately, failed to see) when viewing White Helmet videos from Khan Sheikhoun.

      Maybe you have an explanation as to why (ostensibly) half of the adult victims – women –
      are just no-where to be seen?

      • tinfoilhat 19.1.1

        Hi Bill

        i’m assuming that with all the reports agreeing that there were a number of women killed in the attack that it is an accurate report and if it was inaccurate I would think that one or more of the media outlets or online reporters would have said so, I’m certainly not going to search through videos and pictures of the dead and dying to prove or disprove your assertion.

      • marty mars 19.1.2

        I think you are crossing a line – there could be lots of reasons other than your fucked up version, for instance religious. Your bias has distorted your thinking imo.

        • adam

          But and here it really does get sick marty mars, the western media have shown us photos of dead women and children in the bus bombing.

        • Bill

          What ‘version’!? What fucking line?

          I’m stating honestly what I’ve seen (or noticeably not seen) from what has been presented in the form of White Helmet videos that went fucking viral.

          Children being washed down. Men being washed down. Children being filmed in various states and situations. Men being filmed in various states and situations.

          No women that I noticed. And certainly not anything like half of those adults being filmed/videoed.

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    Alan Bollard, formerly Treasury Secretary, Reserve Bank Governor and Chairman of APEC, has written an insightful book exploring command vs demand approaches to the economy. The Cold War included a conflict about ideas; many were economic. Alan Bollard’s latest book Economists in the Cold War focuses on the contribution of ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    24 hours ago
  • Willis fails a taxing app-titude test but govt supporters will cheer moves on Te Pukenga and the Hum...
    Buzz from the Beehive The Minister of Defence has returned from Noumea to announce New Zealand will host next year’s South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting and (wearing another ministerial hat) to condemn malicious cyber activity conducted by the Russian Government. A bigger cheer from people who voted for the Luxon ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • ELIZABETH RATA: In defence of the liberal university and against indigenisation
    The suppression of individual thought in our universities spills over into society, threatening free speech everywhere. Elizabeth Rata writes –  Indigenising New Zealand’s universities is well underway, presumably with the agreement of University Councils and despite the absence of public discussion. Indigenising, under the broader umbrella of decolonisation, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the skewed media coverage of Gaza
    Now that he’s back as Foreign Minister, maybe Winston Peters should start reading the MFAT website. If he did, Peters would find MFAT celebrating the 25th anniversary of how New Zealand alerted the rest of the world to the genocide developing in Rwanda. Quote: New Zealand played an important role ...
    1 day ago
  • “Your Circus, Your Clowns.”
    It must have been a hard first couple of weeks for National voters, since the coalition was announced. Seeing their party make so many concessions to New Zealand First and ACT that there seems little remains of their own policies, other than the dwindling dream of tax cuts and the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Weekly Roundup 8-December-2023
    It’s Friday again and Christmas is fast approaching. Here’s some of the stories that caught our attention. This week in Greater Auckland On Tuesday Matt covered some of the recent talk around the costs, benefits and challenges with the City Rail Link. On Thursday Matt looked at how ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 day ago
  • End-of-week escapism
    Amsterdam to Hong Kong William McCartney16,000 kilometres41 days18 trains13 countries11 currencies6 long-distance taxis4 taxi apps4 buses3 sim cards2 ferries1 tram0 medical events (surprisingly)Episode 4Whether the Sofia-Istanbul Express really qualifies to be called an express is debatable, but it’s another one of those likeably old and slow trains tha… ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Dec 8
    Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro arrives for the State Opening of Parliament (Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)TL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s political economy that we wrote and spoke about via The Kākā and elsewhere for paying subscribers in the last week included:New Finance Minister Nicola Willis set herself a ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Witchcraft Laws: 1840/1858-1961/1962
    Sometimes one gets morbidly curious about the oddities of one’s own legal system. Sometimes one writes entire essays on New Zealand’s experience with Blasphemous Libel: And sometimes one follows up the exact historical status of witchcraft law in New Zealand. As one does, of course. ...
    2 days ago
  • No surprises
    Don’t expect any fiscal shocks or surprises when the books are opened on December 20 with the unveiling of the Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU). That was the message yesterday from Westpac in an economic commentary. But the bank’s analysis did not include any changes to capital ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #49 2023
    113 articles in 48 journals by 674 contributing authors Physical science of climate change, effects Diversity of Lagged Relationships in Global Means of Surface Temperatures and Radiative Budgets for CMIP6 piControl Simulations, Tsuchida et al., Journal of Climate 10.1175/jcli-d-23-0045.1 Do abrupt cryosphere events in High Mountain Asia indicate earlier tipping ...
    2 days ago
  • Phone calls at Kia Kaha primary
    It is quiet reading time in Room 13! It is so quiet you can hear the Tui outside. It is so quiet you can hear the Fulton Hogan crew.It is so quiet you can hear old Mr Grant and old Mr Bradbury standing by the roadworks and counting the conesand going on ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • A question of confidence is raised by the Minister of Police, but he had to be questioned by RNZ to ...
    It looks like the new ministerial press secretaries have quickly learned the art of camouflaging exactly what their ministers are saying – or, at least, of keeping the hard news  out of the headlines and/or the opening sentences of the statements they post on the home page of the governments ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Xmas  good  cheer  for the dairy industry  as Fonterra lifts its forecast
    The big dairy co-op Fonterra  had  some Christmas  cheer to offer  its farmers this week, increasing its forecast farmgate milk price and earnings guidance for  the year after what it calls a strong start to the year. The forecast  midpoint for the 2023/24 season is up 25cs to $7.50 per ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • MICHAEL BASSETT: Modern Maori myths
    Michael Bassett writes – Many of the comments about the Coalition’s determination to wind back the dramatic Maorification of New Zealand of the last three years would have you believe the new government is engaged in a full-scale attack on Maori. In reality, all that is happening ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Dreams of eternal sunshine at a spotless COP28
    Mary Robinson asked Al Jaber a series of very simple, direct and highly pertinent questions and he responded with a high-octane public meltdown. Photos: Getty Images / montage: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR The hygiene effects of direct sunshine are making some inroads, perhaps for the very first time, on the normalised ‘deficit ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: Oh, the irony
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – Appointed by new Labour PM Jacinda Ardern in 2018, Cindy Kiro headed the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) tasked with reviewing and recommending reforms to the welfare system. Kiro had been Children’s Commissioner during Helen Clark’s Labour government but returned to academia subsequently. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Transport Agencies don’t want Harbour Tunnels
    It seems even our transport agencies don’t want Labour’s harbour crossing plans. In August the previous government and Waka Kotahi announced their absurd preferred option the new harbour crossing that at the time was estimated to cost $35-45 billion. It included both road tunnels and a wiggly light rail tunnel ...
    2 days ago
  • Webworm Presents: Jurassic Park on 35mm
    Hi,Paying Webworm members such as yourself keep this thing running, so as 2023 draws to close, I wanted to do two things to say a giant, loud “THANKS”. Firstly — I’m giving away 10 Mister Organ blu-rays in New Zealand, and another 10 in America. More details down below.Secondly — ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • The Prime Minister's Dream.
    Yesterday saw the State Opening of Parliament, the Speech from the Throne, and then Prime Minister Christopher Luxon’s dream for Aotearoa in his first address. But first the pomp and ceremony, the arrival of the Governor General.Dame Cindy Kiro arrived on the forecourt outside of parliament to a Māori welcome. ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • National’s new MP; the proud part-Maori boy raised in a state house
    Probably not since 1975 have we seen a government take office up against such a wall of protest and complaint. That was highlighted yesterday, the day that the new Parliament was sworn in, with news that King Tuheitia has called a national hui for late January to develop a ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Battlefield Earth – How War Fuels Climate Catastrophe
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). War, conflict and climate change are tearing apart lives across the world. But these aren't separate harms - they're intricately connected. ...
    3 days ago
  • They do not speak for us, and they do not speak for the future
    These dire woeful and intolerant people have been so determinedly going about their small and petulant business, it’s hard to keep up. At the end of the new government’s first woeful week, Audrey Young took the time to count off its various acts of denigration of Te Ao Māori:Review the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Another attack on te reo
    The new white supremacist government made attacking te reo a key part of its platform, promising to rename government agencies and force them to "communicate primarily in English" (which they already do). But today they've gone further, by trying to cut the pay of public servants who speak te reo: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • For the record, the Beehive buzz can now be regarded as “official”
    Buzz from the Beehive The biggest buzz we bring you from the Beehive today is that the government’s official website is up and going after being out of action for more than a week. The latest press statement came  from  Education Minister  Eric Stanford, who seized on the 2022 PISA ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Failed again
    There was another ETS auction this morning. and like all the other ones this year, it failed to clear - meaning that 23 million tons of carbon (15 million ordinary units plus 8 million in the cost containment reserve) went up in smoke. Or rather, they didn't. Being unsold at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Government’s Assault On Maori
    This isn’t news, but the National-led coalition is mounting a sustained assault on Treaty rights and obligations. Even so, Christopher Luxon has described yesterday’s nationwide protests by Maori as “pretty unfair.” Poor thing. In the NZ Herald, Audrey Young has compiled a useful list of the many, many ways that ...
    3 days ago
  • Rising costs hit farmers hard, but  there’s more  positive news  for  them this  week 
    New Zealand’s dairy industry, the mainstay of the country’s export trade, has  been under  pressure  from rising  costs. Down on the  farm, this  has  been  hitting  hard. But there  was more positive news this week,  first   from the latest Fonterra GDT auction where  prices  rose,  and  then from  a  report ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    3 days ago
  • ROB MacCULLOCH:  Newshub and NZ Herald report misleading garbage about ACT’s van Veldon not follo...
    Rob MacCulloch writes –  In their rush to discredit the new government (which our MainStream Media regard as illegitimate and having no right to enact the democratic will of voters) the NZ Herald and Newshub are arguing ACT’s Deputy Leader Brooke van Veldon is not following Treasury advice ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Top 10 for Wednesday, December 6
    Even many young people who smoke support smokefree policies, fitting in with previous research showing the large majority of people who smoke regret starting and most want to quit. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere on the morning of Wednesday, December ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Eleven years of work.
    Well it didn’t take six months, but the leaks have begun. Yes the good ship Coalition has inadvertently released a confidential cabinet paper into the public domain, discussing their axing of Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs).Oops.Just when you were admiring how smoothly things were going for the new government, they’ve had ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Why we're missing out on sharply lower inflation
    A wave of new and higher fees, rates and charges will ripple out over the economy in the next 18 months as mayors, councillors, heads of department and price-setters for utilities such as gas, electricity, water and parking ramp up charges. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Just when most ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How Did We Get Here?
    Hi,Kiwis — keep the evening of December 22nd free. I have a meetup planned, and will send out an invite over the next day or so. This sounds sort of crazy to write, but today will be Tony Stamp’s final Totally Normal column of 2023. Somehow we’ve made it to ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Has the greenhouse effect been falsified?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealaders  have  high expectations of  new  government:  now let’s see if it can deliver?
    The electorate has high expectations of the  new  government.  The question is: can  it  deliver?    Some  might  say  the  signs are not  promising. Protestors   are  already marching in the streets. The  new  Prime Minister has had  little experience of managing  very diverse politicians  in coalition. The economy he  ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    4 days ago
  • You won't believe some of the numbers you have to pull when you're a Finance Minister
    Nicola of Marsden:Yo, normies! We will fix your cost of living worries by giving you a tax cut of 150 dollars. 150! Cash money! Vote National.Various people who can read and count:Actually that's 150 over a fortnight. Not a week, which is how you usually express these things.And actually, it looks ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Pushback
    When this government came to power, it did so on an explicitly white supremacist platform. Undermining the Waitangi Tribunal, removing Māori representation in local government, over-riding the courts which had tried to make their foreshore and seabed legislation work, eradicating te reo from public life, and ultimately trying to repudiate ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Defence ministerial meeting meant Collins missed the Maori Party’s mischief-making capers in Parli...
    Buzz from the Beehive Maybe this is not the best time for our Minister of Defence to have gone overseas. Not when the Maori Party is inviting (or should that be inciting?) its followers to join a revolution in a post which promoted its protest plans with a picture of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Threats of war have been followed by an invitation to join the revolution – now let’s see how th...
     A Maori Party post on Instagram invited party followers to ….  Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti, Join the REVOLUTION! & make a stand!  Nationwide Action Day, All details in tiles swipe to see locations.  • This is our 1st hit out and tomorrow Tuesday the 5th is the opening ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Top 10 for Tuesday, December 4
    The RBNZ governor is citing high net migration and profit-led inflation as factors in the bank’s hawkish stance. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere on the morning of Tuesday, December 5, including:Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr says high net migration and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Nicola Willis' 'show me the money' moment
    Willis has accused labour of “economic vandalism’, while Robertson described her comments as a “desperate diversion from somebody who can't make their tax package add up”. There will now be an intense focus on December 20 to see whether her hyperbole is backed up by true surprises. Photo montage: Lynn ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • CRL costs money but also provides huge benefits
    The City Rail Link has been in the headlines a bit recently so I thought I’d look at some of them. First up, yesterday the NZ Herald ran this piece about the ongoing costs of the CRL. Auckland ratepayers will be saddled with an estimated bill of $220 million each ...
    4 days ago
  • And I don't want the world to see us.
    Is this the most shambolic government in the history of New Zealand? Given that parliament hasn’t even opened they’ve managed quite a list of achievements to date.The Smokefree debacle trading lives for tax cuts, the Trumpian claims of bribery in the Media, an International award for indifference, and today the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Cooking the books
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis late yesterday stopped only slightly short of accusing her predecessor Grant Robertson of cooking the books. She complained that the Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU), due to be made public on December 20, would show “fiscal cliffs” that would amount to “billions of ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Most people don’t realize how much progress we’ve made on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections The year was 2015. ‘Uptown Funk’ with Bruno Mars was at the top of the music charts. Jurassic World was the most popular new movie in theaters. And decades of futility in international climate negotiations was about to come to an end in ...
    5 days ago
  • Of Parliamentary Oaths and Clive Boonham
    As a heads-up, I am not one of those people who stay awake at night thinking about weird Culture War nonsense. At least so far as the current Maori/Constitutional arrangements go. In fact, I actually consider it the least important issue facing the day to day lives of New ...
    5 days ago
  • Bearing True Allegiance?
    Strong Words: “We do not consent, we do not surrender, we do not cede, we do not submit; we, the indigenous, are rising. We do not buy into the colonial fictions this House is built upon. Te Pāti Māori pledges allegiance to our mokopuna, our whenua, and Te Tiriti o ...
    5 days ago
  • You cannot be serious
    Some days it feels like the only thing to say is: Seriously? No, really. Seriously?OneSomeone has used their health department access to share data about vaccinations and patients, and inform the world that New Zealanders have been dying in their hundreds of thousands from the evil vaccine. This of course is pure ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • A promise kept: govt pulls the plug on Lake Onslow scheme – but this saving of $16bn is denounced...
    Buzz from the Beehive After $21.8 million was spent on investigations, the plug has been pulled on the Lake Onslow pumped-hydro electricity scheme, The scheme –  that technically could have solved New Zealand’s looming energy shortage, according to its champions – was a key part of the defeated Labour government’s ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: The Maori Party and Oath of Allegiance
    If those elected to the Māori Seats refuse to take them, then what possible reason could the country have for retaining them?   Chris Trotter writes – Christmas is fast approaching, which, as it does every year, means gearing up for an abstruse general knowledge question. “Who was ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON:  Forward to 2017
    The coalition party agreements are mainly about returning to 2017 when National lost power. They show commonalities but also some serious divergencies. Brian Easton writes The two coalition agreements – one National and ACT, the other National and New Zealand First – are more than policy documents. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Fossils
    When the new government promised to allow new offshore oil and gas exploration, they were warned that there would be international criticism and reputational damage. Naturally, they arrogantly denied any possibility that that would happen. And then they finally turned up at COP, to criticism from Palau, and a "fossil ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    Geoffrey Miller writes – New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the government’s smokefree laws debacle
    The most charitable explanation for National’s behaviour over the smokefree legislation is that they have dutifully fulfilled the wishes of the Big Tobacco lobby and then cast around – incompetently, as it turns out – for excuses that might sell this health policy U-turn to the public. The less charitable ...
    5 days ago
  • Top 10 links at 10 am for Monday, December 4
    As Deb Te Kawa writes in an op-ed, the new Government seems to have immediately bought itself fights with just about everyone. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere as of 10 am on Monday December 4, including:Palau’s President ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Be Honest.
    Let’s begin today by thinking about job interviews.During my career in Software Development I must have interviewed hundreds of people, hired at least a hundred, but few stick in the memory.I remember one guy who was so laid back he was practically horizontal, leaning back in his chair until his ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he left off. Peters sought to align ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • Auckland rail tunnel the world’s most expensive
    Auckland’s city rail link is the most expensive rail project in the world per km, and the CRL boss has described the cost of infrastructure construction in Aotearoa as a crisis. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The 3.5 km City Rail Link (CRL) tunnel under Auckland’s CBD has cost ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • First big test coming
    The first big test of the new Government’s approach to Treaty matters is likely to be seen in the return of the Resource Management Act. RMA Minister Chris Bishop has confirmed that he intends to introduce legislation to repeal Labour’s recently passed Natural and Built Environments Act and its ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • The Song of Saqua: Volume III
    Time to revisit something I haven’t covered in a while: the D&D campaign, with Saqua the aquatic half-vampire. Last seen in July: The delay is understandable, once one realises that the interim saw our DM come down with a life-threatening medical situation. They have since survived to make ...
    6 days ago
  • Chris Bishop: Smokin’
    Yes. Correct. It was an election result. And now we are the elected government. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    6 days ago
  • 2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #48
    A chronological listing of news and opinion articles posted on the Skeptical Science  Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Nov 26, 2023 thru Dec 2, 2023. Story of the Week CO2 readings from Mauna Loa show failure to combat climate change Daily atmospheric carbon dioxide data from Hawaiian volcano more ...
    6 days ago
  • Affirmative Action.
    Affirmative Action was a key theme at this election, although I don’t recall anyone using those particular words during the campaign.They’re positive words, and the way the topic was talked about was anything but. It certainly wasn’t a campaign of saying that Affirmative Action was a good thing, but that, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • 100 days of something
    It was at the end of the Foxton straights, at the end of 1978, at 100km/h, that someone tried to grab me from behind on my Yamaha.They seemed to be yanking my backpack. My first thought was outrage. My second was: but how? Where have they come from? And my ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Look who’s stepped up to champion Winston
    There’s no news to be gleaned from the government’s official website today  – it contains nothing more than the message about the site being under maintenance. The time this maintenance job is taking and the costs being incurred have us musing on the government’s commitment to an assault on inflation. ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • What's The Story?
    Don’t you sometimes wish they’d just tell the truth? No matter how abhorrent or ugly, just straight up tell us the truth?C’mon guys, what you’re doing is bad enough anyway, pretending you’re not is only adding insult to injury.Instead of all this bollocks about the Smokefree changes being to do ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The longest of weeks
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday Under New Management Week in review, quiz style1. Which of these best describes Aotearoa?a. Progressive nation, proud of its egalitarian spirit and belief in a fair go b. Best little country on the planet c. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Suggested sessions of EGU24 to submit abstracts to
    Like earlier this year, members from our team will be involved with next year's General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). The conference will take place on premise in Vienna as well as online from April 14 to 19, 2024. The session catalog has been available since November 1 ...
    1 week ago
  • Under New Management
    1. Which of these best describes Aotearoa?a. Progressive nation, proud of its egalitarian spirit and belief in a fair go b. Best little country on the planet c. Under New Management 2. Which of these best describes the 100 days of action announced this week by the new government?a. Petulantb. Simplistic and wrongheaded c. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • While we wait patiently, our new Minister of Education is up and going with a 100-day action plan
    Sorry to say, the government’s official website is still out of action. When Point of Order paid its daily visit, the message was the same as it has been for the past week: Site under maintenance is currently under maintenance. We will be back shortly. Thank you for your ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • DAVID FARRAR: Hysterical bullshit
    Radio NZ reports: Te Pāti Māori’s co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has accused the new government of “deliberate .. systemic genocide” over its policies to roll back the smokefree policy and the Māori Health Authority. The left love hysterical language. If you oppose racial quotas in laws, you are a racist. And now if you sack ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • Ministers visit Hawke’s Bay to grasp recovery needs
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon joined Cyclone Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell and Transport and Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, to meet leaders of cyclone and flood-affected regions in the Hawke’s Bay. The visit reinforced the coalition Government’s commitment to support the region and better understand its ongoing requirements, Mr Mitchell says.  ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity
    New Zealand has joined the UK and other partners in condemning malicious cyber activity conducted by the Russian Government, Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau Judith Collins says. The statement follows the UK’s attribution today of malicious cyber activity impacting its domestic democratic institutions and processes, as well ...
    1 day ago
  • Disestablishment of Te Pūkenga begins
    The Government has begun the process of disestablishing Te Pūkenga as part of its 100-day plan, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills Penny Simmonds says.  “I have started putting that plan into action and have met with the chair and chief Executive of Te Pūkenga to advise them of my ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend COP28 in Dubai
    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will be leaving for Dubai today to attend COP28, the 28th annual UN climate summit, this week. Simon Watts says he will push for accelerated action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, deliver New Zealand’s national statement and connect with partner countries, private sector leaders ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to host 2024 Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins yesterday announced New Zealand will host next year’s South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting (SPDMM). “Having just returned from this year’s meeting in Nouméa, I witnessed first-hand the value of meeting with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security and defence matters. I welcome the opportunity to ...
    2 days ago
  • Study shows need to remove distractions in class
    The Government is committed to lifting school achievement in the basics and that starts with removing distractions so young people can focus on their learning, Education Minister Erica Stanford says.   The 2022 PISA results released this week found that Kiwi kids ranked 5th in the world for being distracted ...
    2 days ago
  • Minister sets expectations of Commissioner
    Today I met with Police Commissioner Andrew Coster to set out my expectations, which he has agreed to, says Police Minister Mark Mitchell. Under section 16(1) of the Policing Act 2008, the Minister can expect the Police Commissioner to deliver on the Government’s direction and priorities, as now outlined in ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand needs a strong and stable ETS
    New Zealand needs a strong and stable Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that is well placed for the future, after emission units failed to sell for the fourth and final auction of the year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says.  At today’s auction, 15 million New Zealand units (NZUs) – each ...
    3 days ago
  • PISA results show urgent need to teach the basics
    With 2022 PISA results showing a decline in achievement, Education Minister Erica Stanford is confident that the Coalition Government’s 100-day plan for education will improve outcomes for Kiwi kids.  The 2022 PISA results show a significant decline in the performance of 15-year-old students in maths compared to 2018 and confirms ...
    4 days ago
  • Collins leaves for Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins today departed for New Caledonia to attend the 8th annual South Pacific Defence Ministers’ meeting (SPDMM). “This meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security matters and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Pacific,” Judith Collins says. ...
    5 days ago
  • Working for Families gets cost of living boost
    Putting more money in the pockets of hard-working families is a priority of this Coalition Government, starting with an increase to Working for Families, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “We are starting our 100-day plan with a laser focus on bringing down the cost of living, because that is what ...
    5 days ago
  • Post-Cabinet press conference
    Most weeks, following Cabinet, the Prime Minister holds a press conference for members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. This page contains the transcripts from those press conferences, which are supplied by Hansard to the Office of the Prime Minister. It is important to note that the transcripts have not been edited ...
    5 days ago
  • Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme scrapped
    The Government has axed the $16 billion Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme championed by the previous government, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “This hugely wasteful project was pouring money down the drain at a time when we need to be reining in spending and focussing on rebuilding the economy and ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ welcomes further pause in fighting in Gaza
    New Zealand welcomes the further one-day extension of the pause in fighting, which will allow the delivery of more urgently-needed humanitarian aid into Gaza and the release of more hostages, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said. “The human cost of the conflict is horrific, and New Zealand wants to see the violence ...
    1 week ago
  • Condolences on passing of Henry Kissinger
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today expressed on behalf of the New Zealand Government his condolences to the family of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has passed away at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut. “While opinions on his legacy are varied, Secretary Kissinger was ...
    1 week ago
  • Backing our kids to learn the basics
    Every child deserves a world-leading education, and the Coalition Government is making that a priority as part of its 100-day plan. Education Minister Erica Stanford says that will start with banning cellphone use at school and ensuring all primary students spend one hour on reading, writing, and maths each day. ...
    1 week ago
  • US Business Summit Speech – Regional stability through trade
    I would like to begin by echoing the Prime Minister’s thanks to the organisers of this Summit, Fran O’Sullivan and the Auckland Business Chamber.  I want to also acknowledge the many leading exporters, sector representatives, diplomats, and other leaders we have joining us in the room. In particular, I would like ...
    1 week ago
  • Keynote Address to the United States Business Summit, Auckland
    Good morning. Thank you, Rosemary, for your warm introduction, and to Fran and Simon for this opportunity to make some brief comments about New Zealand’s relationship with the United States.  This is also a chance to acknowledge my colleague, Minister for Trade Todd McClay, Ambassador Tom Udall, Secretary of Foreign ...
    1 week ago
  • India New Zealand Business Council Speech, India as a Strategic Priority
    Good morning, tēnā koutou and namaskar. Many thanks, Michael, for your warm welcome. I would like to acknowledge the work of the India New Zealand Business Council in facilitating today’s event and for the Council’s broader work in supporting a coordinated approach for lifting New Zealand-India relations. I want to also ...
    1 week ago
  • Coalition Government unveils 100-day plan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has laid out the Coalition Government’s plan for its first 100 days from today. “The last few years have been incredibly tough for so many New Zealanders. People have put their trust in National, ACT and NZ First to steer them towards a better, more prosperous ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand welcomes European Parliament vote on the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement
    A significant milestone in ratifying the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was reached last night, with 524 of the 705 member European Parliament voting in favour to approve the agreement. “I’m delighted to hear of the successful vote to approve the NZ-EU FTA in the European Parliament overnight. This is ...
    2 weeks ago

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