Bye John!

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Remember this guy? John Key to leave Parliament in April

Mr Key will give his final speech to Parliament next week.

A by-election is not required if a vacancy occurs six months before the House rises for a general election. This year’s general election takes place on 23 September.

Labour Party MP David Cunliffe will also leave in April ensuring neither side of the House is disadvantaged by losing one vote.

I don’t know how poor Audrey Young is going to cope with the loss, but she needs to read up on Key’s supposed popularity. Key’s act was was well and truly blown, and he’s moving on without, I suspect, a backward glance, at a job that his heart was never really in.

78 comments on “Bye John!”

  1. lprent 1

    Ah. So now we know why the election is on that odd date of September 23rd.

    I wonder where he is off to..

    • BM 1.1

      Yep National and Labour did a deal so Key and Cunliffe could depart early.

      • Enough is Enough 1.1.1

        Yep to keep the balance of power the deal was done so that both sides would lose one vote each.

      • Ad 1.1.2

        I think you will find it was Williamson, but Williamson got bumped for Key.
        Traffic jam of rats on the gangplank.

      • lprent 1.1.3

        sarc on.

        Amazing David Cunliffe was the initiating party to this agreement. Perhaps you could inform us of the possible machinations that could have allowed David Cunliffe to lever National to set the election date based on his desire to depart?

        /sarc

        You really are a silly plonker. The deal would have been between Key and English. Cunliffe would have just been offered it to keep the house in balance – just as the article said.

      • Skinny 1.1.4

        The 1st of April would have been a far more suitable date given the tom fool antics John Key got up to.

        • John 1.1.4.1

          Too true. I wonder if Key will get his National party knighthood in the Queens birthday honours??? Still struggling to see how and when those less fortunate than the wealthy 1% will get their brighter future.

    • Off to the knackers yard I reckon.

      • DoublePlusGood 1.2.1

        Well, then we don’t have to pay him an average wage for doing nothing…

        • dukeofurl 1.2.1.1

          Once upon a time sitting MPs who contested general election who stood and lost were paid 3 months salary

          Now its all MPs while still an MP at the time the house is dissolved get the 3 months salary.

          So I suppose it saves us all 9 months salary for 2 Mps

    • lprent 1
      15 March 2017 at 12:31 pm
      Ah. So now we know why the election is on that odd date of September 23rd.

      I wonder where he is off to..

      ——————————————–

      San Quentin .

      Hes going to do a ‘ Royal ‘ and visit the prisoners.

      And lecture them about the joys of privatized prisons and fight clubs.

  2. We still have no reason why he left,

    • Natwatch 3.1

      There are various rumours that the reason will be forthcoming before the election.

    • Keith 3.2

      Yep, I was going to say the same.

      And I don’t think this money making wheeler dealer “just wanted to be a Prime Minister” as his Herald biographer John Roughan would like us to believe.

      • SpaceMonkey 3.2.1

        Anyone who has been exposed to the goings on in the City of London and Wall St and the types of people that thrive in that environment could see that John Key was a plant.

        You only have to look the number of ex-Goldman Sachs employees that litter very influential positions across Europe and the Americas to know that it’s all about money, power and ensuring crony-capitalism rocks on. And Key is great mates with Lloyd “I’m just doing God’s work” Blankfein – CEO of Goldman Sachs.

        Ev Gilbert (Travellerev) RIP may have been treated by some as a bit fringe but she was right on the money when it came to John Key. Her PDFs on John Key, wherever they are now, made for very interesting reading.

        • tuppence shrewsbury 3.2.1.1

          JK was voted in by a democratic process known as an election, you realise that don’t you?

          • SpaceMonkey 3.2.1.1.1

            I do… I didn’t say he wasn’t.

          • WILD KATIPO 3.2.1.1.2

            tuppence shrewsbury 3.2.1.1
            15 March 2017 at 2:13 pm
            JK was voted in by a democratic process known as an election, you realise that don’t you?

            ————————————————————

            Proves nothing. So was another little prick about 60 years ago.

            The problem is in lacking a strong opposition who can stop these sort of narcissist wankers in their tracks long before they can inflict any damage on the rest of us .

      • WILD KATIPO 3.2.2

        Plain facts are , National knew English didnt have a snowballs chance of applying the finishing touches to the Roger Douglas Years of Treason , … they needed someone with pizazz , someone who could think quickly on his feet and lie with a straight face before the cameras.

        John Key was the obvious choice.

        A pro free market , pro Obama , Milton Freidman disciple whose game plan included not only to do the smaller local deconstructions of the NZ welfare state , – but also to tie us up forever in a difficult to extract economic / military so called ‘ Free Trade Deal ‘ called the TTPA.

        No one seriously considered either Brexit or Trump.

        Now then , … about that wee small matter of Pike River…..

  3. Andre 4

    Will no-one think of the Hosk? The wounds from Ponytail’s resignation must have just started to heal, and this will re-open them.

    • lprent 4.1

      Just let the ignorant shithead suffer…

      • WILD KATIPO 4.1.1

        lprent 4.1
        15 March 2017 at 1:22 pm
        Just let the ignorant shithead suffer…

        ———————————————————–

        Hes had to downgrade to a family car.

        Someone claimed they saw him walking to a bus stop,… but , you know how wild rumors spread so easily… dont think its true myself…

  4. saveNZ 5

    John Key will get $51,725 from taxpayers each year until he dies. And a car too. And domestic travel. https://t.co/R5hhFPT26H

    Shocking – maybe if politicians relied on the pension like everyone else then they would be more interested in preserving the welfare state and be more in touch with reality!

    Even worse when you look at MP’s like Mark Mitchell and the dubious way he and Slater duped the MSM and his own National rivals to get a lucrative MP job… what a great investment (sarc). Now he’s in charge of Security – how fucked up is that!

    God Knows why Key was so keen to throw in his multi million benefits as a financial trader to slum it as a politician (sarc)… maybe the future will let that be known…

    Time to end parliamentary and post parliamentary perks! And raise the standard of integrity of politicians to have some sort of basic humanitarian ability, not be known as an ex mercenary or smiling assassin.

    • james 5.1

      How do you feel about Helen Clarke receiving it ? Still shocking?

      • Sabine 5.1.1

        yes.

        no perks before they retire, if they need money they can earn a living like the rest of us.

      • roy cartland 5.1.2

        Of course it is! It’s a disgraceful waste and should be done away with, especially since every PM has been equipped to pay for themselves.

        If we axed it tomorrow, would we get kids not ‘choosing’ to be PM?

      • WILD KATIPO 5.1.3

        Not as shocked as when China ( our biggest Free Trade Deal partner to date ) and a few other friendly Island nations complained about Keys out – of – control GSCB surveillance on behalf of Obama for the 5 eyes club …
        ———————————————————-
        james 3.1.1
        15 March 2017 at 1:28 pm
        I predict it will be about as helpful to the left as the “Moment of truth” was last election.
        ———————————————————-
        Kind of cancels the insinuations you made about Mr Kim Dotcom by showing Key to be a total lying little fucker , now doesn’t it.

      • Kevin 5.1.4

        There should be no perks after any politician leaves.

        It is public service. If they do not like, or understand what that mean,s then they should not be standing for office.

        They are well compensated and taken care of as elected officials. No need for that to carry on after.

      • Doogs 5.1.5

        Yes . . . definitely. Super is means tested. I work part time and don’t get it all. The $51,725 should also be means tested – on a sliding scale so if you’ve got $50M it goes to zero.

    • Kevin 5.2

      Maybe he can donate the perks like he did with his salary…

    • Sanctuary 5.3

      Be careful what you wish for. In New Zealand, members of Parliament got a honorarium of £105 from 1871, and in 1892 (one year before universal sufferage!) the payment was set at £240, considered sufficient to enable working men to stand for Parliament. Before the introduction of pay, lack of means of support was a considerable impediment to working class people being elected. NZ was way, way ahead of the UK in this regard, where the in 1910 the law lords banned trade unions from funding the 42 Labour party MPs – effectively, stripping them of the ability to represent their constituents. Only in 1911 did Lloyd George introduce pay ofr MPs, allowing the Labour members to take their seats free of financial stress.

      In other words, attacking MPs pay and perks has to be done carefully, because if they were not paid, only the rich could afford to stand to be elected.

      • Except the pay and perks need to be sufficient to get people through their careers inside Parliament. There’s no reason to pay them anything after they leave, or provide any perks. They should save for their retirement like regular people do, by putting aside some of their salary.

        And being an MP nowadays is so far separated from the reality you were describing that the Green Party actually titches back a portion of their MP’s salaries to fund the Party itself, doing basically the reverse of what the early UK Labour Party was doing.

      • ropata 5.3.2

        Well said Sanctuary, and the other problem with skimping on MPs benefits is that they will be more susceptible or reliant upon offers from vested interests after their term in Parliament. We can’t have it both ways. To keep the influence of lobbyists at bay we MUST pay our pollies well.

        • Thinkerr 5.3.2.1

          I was thinking the same thing a couple weeks ago when I read the Herald article about National Gen X MPs being ok about Blinguish’s proposed retirement age change.

          Why would you, when you bask on far more than the state pension and it kicks in far earlier?

  5. greywarshark 6

    I think Key’s heart was in the job as PM. He just wasn’t working for the citizens as a whole, just the smaller percentage that had cleared a path to the Golden Temple of Doom. So bye you adventuring Indiana Key. Watch out or you might get eaten by crocodiles or something nasty happen to you. You can’t afford to turn your back on the company you keep.

  6. Tiger Mountain 7

    so;
    our glorious pony pulling, shower weeing, poor bashing, housing bubble enabling, NGO strangling, night school zapping, state house selling, infrastructure plundering, Tax Haven creating, 5 Eyes snooping, tax cut borrowing, and misogynist, dear leader has left the building!!

    • Sabine 7.1

      open the windows, let in the sun and rejoice.

    • mary_a 7.2

      @ Tiger Mountain (7) … yep slithering away out the door, like the filthy venomous serpent he is!

      Anyone else leaving so suddenly from such a high ranking position would be hounded by msm, with some sticky questions being asked, along with some very serious investigative journalism being undertaken. But not so for this squalid little reptilian traitor. Oh no, he’s allowed to leave without challenge from media.

      Wonder why that was?

      What was the deal there?

      • Anne 7.2.1

        What was the deal there?

        He’s promised them free wine bottles from his “I know nuffink about it – behind a Trust wall” vineyard every Xmas for the next 20 years?

      • Tiger Mountain 7.2.2

        very few world leaders sitting in a comfortable position like Key have left to “spend more time with the missus”

        there are many rumours and it will take some time perhaps for the truth to emerge, there was allegedly some unpleasantness in Northland relating to his personal team that would not look good, but my pick is something relating to 5 Eyes now that Peter Thiel has been outed as way more than a random rich guy, who was travelling in that CIA plane on Wellington tarmac at the time of the Warners/Hobbit affair?

        but some will say take him at his word, it is the simplest explanation, except that Mr Key was talking mere weeks before in the media about a 4th term!

        • Anne 7.2.2.1

          …but my pick is something relating to 5 Eyes now that Peter Thiel has been outed as way more than a random rich guy, who was travelling in that CIA plane on Wellington tarmac at the time of the Warners/Hobbit affair?

          Ahaa!!! Thank-you T.M. for that timely bit of information. And what about the hush hush dinner date with Warner Bros. – and others – in Los Angeles in 2012? You know, the one wot caused him to skip the funeral service for the three fallen soldiers. I wonder if Peter Thiel was also a guest?

    • Tiger Mountain (7)

      Was the slimy little shit pushed or did he jump?

  7. SpaceMonkey 8

    Finally! These tears I’m crying are from the years of frustration that it took so long!! Good job he’s going. It is obscene he will still qualify for $50K+ a year.

    • Its obscene we do not have impeachment laws or we could have had gotten rid of the creep years ago. Only problem being… he still would have been the bludging 1% er sponging off the tax payers dollar every year in Mt Eden.

      Maybe the little shithead could have payed for his stay inside like any good ‘ personal responsibility ‘ neo liberal by indulging in a few fight club activity’s himself . With him as one of the champ fighters.

      Cant see him being that effective in paying his way using that method though…. like any bully… he would only be any good against people who cant fight back.

      • SpaceMonkey 8.1.1

        Impeachment laws and economic treason as a crime… that would’ve been enough. But then we’d have to clean out the entire NZ banking and insurance sectors for consistency…

  8. McFlock 9

    Much as I dislike him, John Key must be credited with having a skill unique amongst all preceding Prime Ministers, including Helen Clark.
    How else can you describe someone who was in a job for 8 years and still looks like a fucking petulant dilettante?

    • SpaceMonkey 9.1

      I agree he was a slick salesman… but that doesn’t mean he was good for NZ and he will never be a statesman.

      • McFlock 9.1.1

        😉
        I didn’t say he was a slick salesman (would you have bought a car off him?)

        I said he had a unique skill. That skill was to sit in a job for longer than most people do these days, and still look like he wasn’t trying, wasn’t interested, didn’t really care, and would piss off as soon as something more interesting or with a longer pony tail came along.

        It takes a special fuckwit to manage that these days, let alone in one of the top jobs in the country.

  9. Tophat 10

    He’s playing absolute havoc with my KDS recovery. I get a couple of months of derangeless behavior and the prick rears his ugly boat race once again!
    Could he just fuck off already! :))

  10. AB 11

    Never heard of him. What did he do?

  11. Cinny 12

    Your children need parenting John, they are screaming out for attention, your son wants to be Bieber and your daughter seems to be obsessed with porn.

    Kids come first John and I’m thrilled mine will never ever have your hands fondling their hair.

    Pig of a man, resigning for family reasons? SPOTLIGHT? Nuff said.

    • John Key ponytail pulling bully: New Zealand Prime … – YouTube
      Video for video of john key pulling ponytails you tube▶ 1:42

    • mary_a 12.2

      @ Cinny (12) … it was only a couple of weeks ago the NZH had an article that the porn obsessed daughter was asking for crowdfunding to fund a movie she wants to make in the US!! WTF!!!!!

      Surely daddykins could have coughed up with a few million or so to help girly out to get her name in lights on his beloved Hollywood circuit!

  12. Greg 13

    It’s been truly a lost decade he hasn’t left New Zealand in a better condition so many promises turned out to be total lies at least the captain of the titanic went down with the ship not key . He has abandoned his government /people to the mercy of the mob

    • Rats DO have an innate sense of personal survival at the expense of all else.

      Hence the term…. ‘ like rats off a sinking ship ‘ .

    • whateva next? 15.1

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the IMF job, even though he couldn’t possibly say that .

  13. Whispering Kate 16

    As for the $51,725, a car and domestic travel for life, my partner has just said the entire parliament is just a racketeering institution, all as bad as each other who collude to keep their perks so who needs a government, we may as well just do it for ourselves for the use they are. I would be interested also to know what Helen Clarke enjoys per annum gratis the NZ taxpayer – what a lot of fools we are to expect our Parliament to be there for what it should be – civil society, all the institutions that hold a society together, health, defence, policing, welfare for the needy, what a hollow sham that is – we need an upper house and quickly because at this rate we will be a dictatorship led by banksters, financiers and the World Bank. Even our precious life giving water is being sold from under our feet and do we care – hell no, of course don’t.

    We have lost our courage and respect, once upon a time there would be rebellion and people fighting for the love of their country, now we just sit back, watch crap on TV or social media and couldn’t give a shit what happens. We may as well build motorways over our returned servicemen’s cemeteries for all we care, nobody has learned from their sacrifices – its heartbreaking how venal and shallow we have all become.

    • – we need an upper house and quickly because at this rate we will be a dictatorship led by banksters, financiers and the World Bank. Even our precious life giving water is being sold from under our feet and do we care – hell no, of course don’t.
      ————————————————————————————————————————-

      “While Australia had the better approach, consistent and steady reform over time, it stopped 10 years ago,” English said.”They were better at it. Now they are not, while we are getting better at it.”

      English also cited New Zealand’s “more coherent” political system as an advantage. It avoids the complications of federalism.

      – Bill English.

      2011.

      It’s time to take on the Aussies, says English – The New Zealand Herald
      m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10718151

      Finance Minister Bill English has come under fire for saying low wages in New Zealand help it compete with neighbouring Australia.

      “Well, it’s a way of competing, isn’t it? I mean, if we want to grow this economy, we need the capital – more capital per worker – and we’re competing for people as well,” he said.

      Low wages ‘advantage’ for NZ – English | Stuff.co.nz
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4869938/Low-wages-advantage-for-NZ-English

      (Nice housing crisis and cheap immigrant labour source you got there , Bill – we love the low wages , slave conditions and family’s sleeping in cars while working two jobs as well… hell ! – it took you since 2011 to get it just how you wanted it , but hey ! – good things take time , right? )

      And though this is a post about the odious Key leaving, both Bill and John worked the relay team that has made us a lesser country for it.

  14. Red Hand 17

    Filmed in their Wellington house with the expansive uninterrupted view, other people remotely distant.

    Bronagh says to the camera, and John home from a squash game after a hard day’s currency trading, “did you win”.

    Yes he had and has and will always win and win and win, always.

  15. Tanz 18

    The MSM make him sound like he’s fantastic. They are not balanced,he’s always had an easy run. Why don’t they ask the tough questions of him? Money talks…and houses have never ever cost so much…

  16. infused 19

    I like how the 51k was put in there. lprent post this?

    im sure labour will get into govt some day

  17. ropata 20

    https://jobloggz.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/has-nz-been-left-with-a-financial-t-rex/

    So what has John Key done in the three terms he’s been in?

    He raised GST to 15%, turned NZ into a tax haven for the one percent, sold NZ land to overseas investors thereby pricing our children out of the domestic housing market, signed NZ up to the TPP, sold state houses – which forced vulnerable NZ families into living in cars, and under his watch New Zealand’s gross debt has soared to a whopping half trillion dollars.

    That’s what we know he’s done. So what’s happening behind the scenes that we don’t know about?

    How about New Zealand’s exposure to derivatives? Does the average Kiwi know the country’s balance sheet now has a derivatives exposure of $180b? That is rather a lot of those “financial weapons of mass destruction”.

    That’s what you get when you elect a banker for Prime Minister. He’s done really well for the one percent.

    • greywarshark 20.1

      You are so restrained ropata. You resisted putting wanker and have raised the tone of the bog thereby. I have just lowered it again, sorry. It was irresistible after reading your concise pile of crimes against NZ. What an indictment on Gnashonall and all who sail in the plonker party.

  18. mosa 21

    “Bye John”

    No….he will always be with us as an example of what happens when a PM who had such huge political capital , popularity and influence and could have achieved real positive change for kiwis , a real lasting meaningful legacy that when asked people would remember because it has a direct positive influence on their lives, but no there is nothing of note at all….nothing.

    It was always about the money and control and the fear of what he did and what he had to hide that he just could not stop once to tell the truth.

    So fearful of losing that control that he would personally authorise the destruction of his opponents from his very own office and a huge army of willing volunteers to help with the deception, the NZ media who obliged fearful of the release of dirt that he had on a lot of them and many others.

    The New Zealanders ( the man and woman on the street ) who voted for this man on the promise of a brighter future three times in a row are still waiting and always will be because he was never going to deliver something better…that’s not what John Key ever intended, all he wanted was a blank cheque and they gave him one.. postdated.

  19. Once was Tim now no longer 22

    Bye John is right!
    Even the overseas ‘3rd World’ main stream media is monitoring our former Dear Leader and his minions – ours just clutch their pearls and balls and can’t seem to cope (going forward).

    I’m not a betting person – but I’ll make an exception:
    Any revelations about Bye Bye John won’t come from NZ journalistic endeavour, but from overseas interests that have been allowed to do the leg work (and believe me! they’re busily at it)

    How embarrasssing! This nation that punches above its weight, this nation of egalitarian values that regularly ranks amongst the Whurl’s least corrupt, this 100% pure nation with now 3rd World water (shift the goal posts if you wish), ……

    Even the 3rd World’s main stream media now has renewed interest in things (such as the Panama Papers)
    The Ken Whitneys
    Blackstones
    SO SO many others

    Meanwhile … The Block, The Batchelor, The bullshit.
    How fucking suphustikaydid.
    Michelle Boag and the arch protector of the left Broin and darling wife Judy, worse still their enabler – Jum ‘The Panel’ Mora and delightful subway woif.

    Christ we’ve become a comfy, selfish, bubble-infected little nation-state ripping off its subjects whilst riding on a wave of history

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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    5 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    5 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    5 days ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    6 days ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    6 days ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    7 days ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    7 days ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Guardian: Poll shows DISASTER for Corbyn and the End of Times
    The Guardian - ever eager to forewarn of doom and disaster on the left - are leading with a new poll from Opinium, which puts the Conservatives 15% clear of Labour.Con 38% +2Lab 23% -1Lib Dem 15% -5Brexit 12% +1Green 4% +2This isn't good news, and it would be very ...
    1 week ago
  • How prostitution became the world’s most modern profession
    Being and Being Bought (Spinifex Press, 2013) by Kajsa Ekis Ekman  A synopsis and commentary of Chapters 1-2 by Daphna Whitmore Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book She opens the discussion with a definition of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Clever legal fellow on Scottish challenge to Brexit
    I make no claims to having much legal knowledge,  so I defer to those trained in this area.I am very much enjoying this twitter stream from m'learned friend in Edinburgh, deciphering the legal arguments around the Scottish court challenge to Boris Johnson, based on the charmingly obscure principle of Nobile ...
    2 weeks ago
  • An Open Letter From Closed Minds.
    Ivory Folly? The University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, upheld the right of the radical nationalist group, Action Zealandia to exercise their freedom of speech – not matter how distasteful that speech might be. A wiser community of students and scholars would have nodded their agreement and moved on. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Extinction Rebellion members want to “eat babies”
    If you are not convinced terrorist Organisation ‘Extinction Rebellion’ is very, very dangerous – watch this video at one of their recent meetings. Not only is this obviously mentally ill Woman begging the other terrorists to promote killing and “eating” babies and children, if you watch carefully other members nod ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 weeks ago
  • The government needs to tell people about the OIA
    The Ombudsman has been surveying people about their knowledge of the OIA and the right to information. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that widespread:The Chief Ombudsman says too many New Zealanders were in the dark over their right to access official information. Peter Boshier said an independent survey released yesterday on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Join the rebellion
    In the wake of last Friday's climate strike, Peter McKenzie had an article in The Spinoff about protest strategies. The school strike movement is "polite" and cooperates with those in power because that's its kaupapa - its led by schoolkids who understandably don't want to risk arrest. But there's more ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Jermey Corbyn, I don’t like GNU (sorry)
    So, the latest ruminations on the gnews from Westminster (Again, sorry; I'll stop making that pun right now).  This follows on from, and likely repeats bits of, my last post, on the suggestion that a Government of National Unity (GNU) should be set up and then oversee a referendum before ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • About time
    New Zealand likes to think of itself as not a racist country (despite being founded on the racist dispossession and subjugation of Maori). But for years, we've had a racist refugee policy, which basicly excludes refugees from Africa and the Middle East unless they already have relatives here. Now, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Legal Beagle: Vexation, or Something Too Long for Twitter
    Several people have asked me whether a particular repeat litigant could be declared a vexatious litigant, in light of their recent decision to appeal an adverse High Court ruling. My nascent tweet thread was getting ridiculously long, so it became this blog post instead.The short answer is: no. The particular ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Zealandia’s Lost Boys.
    Appealing To The Past: Action Zealandia, like so many of the organisations springing up on the far-Right, across what they call the “Anglosphere”, is born out of the profound confusion over what a man is supposed to be in the twenty-first century and, more importantly, what he is supposed to do.THE STATUE OF ...
    2 weeks ago
  • British trade union and political activists defend women’s right to speak, organise
      The attempts of anti-democratic transactivists to (often violently) disrupt women’s rights organising is largely ignored by those sections of the left most prone to misogyny and authoritarianism in New Zealand.  In Britain, however, scores of trade union and left activists added their names to a letter in July, defending ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Turning their back on justice
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill. The Bill would establish an independent, quasi-judicial body to investigate and review potential miscarriages of justice, and refer them back to the Court of appeal if required. It would be a vital backstop to our judiciary, help ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Further details of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit to New Zealand
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed further details on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand next month. Their Royal Highnesses will visit New Zealand from 17-23 November – their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. They arrive in Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • O’Connor in Thailand to push for RCEP deal
    Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages. “The RCEP Agreement would anchor New Zealand in a regional agreement that covers 16 countries, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Young Pacific people can access earning and learning opportunities in Hawke’s Bay, Otago and South...
    Pacific young people living in the Hawke’s Bay, Southland and Otago regions will have access to support services that have proved successful in helping young people find new earning and learning opportunities. “Tupu Aotearoa is about changing Pacific young peoples’ lives. Our young people are talented, they are smart, they ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Protecting wellbeing – ACC HQSC Trauma Forum
    Introduction As the Minister for ACC I thank you all for the work that you do supporting New Zealanders in their literally most vulnerable moments. From those who hold people’s lives in their hands, to the people who research technique, technology and trends, your work is highly valued. A special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ economy in good shape – notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch
    Notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch – Wednesday 9 October 2019 Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work
    Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare say this year’s World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the Government’s work on mental health is so important. “This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cultural Ministers Meeting
    Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni will represent the government at Australia’s Meeting of Cultural Ministers in Adelaide this week. “This year’s meeting is special because New Zealand is expected to become an International Member of the Meeting of Cultural Ministers at this Australian forum,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “The meeting is an opportunity to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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