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Clinton off the hook

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, July 6th, 2016 - 99 comments
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No doubt there will be a range of reaction to this news:

FBI rebukes Clinton but recommends ‘no charges’ in email investigation

The threat of criminal charges hanging over Hillary Clinton was finally lifted by the FBI on Tuesday – just hours before the presumptive Democratic nominee for president was due to begin campaigning with Barack Obama for the first time this election cycle.

At a press conference in Washington, FBI director James Comey announced the end of the year-long investigation into whether Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state warranted prosecution under laws designed to protect classified government data.

Though highly critical of the “extremely careless” way in which emails were handled, Comey said the FBI would not be recommending that prosecutors seek charges in the case. …

This was a major obstacle that could have derailed her. Clinton’s pre-ordained path to the Whitehouse just got a lot smoother.

99 comments on “Clinton off the hook”

  1. Kevin 1

    If anyone was in any doubt about how the rule of law is applied to those with wealth and power and those who do not, then here is your confirmation.

  2. whispering kate 2

    Anybody else in the US would be tried for treason and never see the light of day again. Why are we surprised, I am not. The FBI have been leaned on, obviously.

    • joe90 2.1

      Anybody else in the US would be tried for treason

      Yet Petraeus got the wet bus ticket for sharing not only classified but top secret information with his squeeze.
      /

      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/282639-fbi-says-petraeus-shared-top-secret-information-with-reporters

      • dukeofurl 2.1.1

        False. He was convicted of keeping classified information at home , after he should have returned it all.
        His ‘squeeze’ was a army reserve Lt Colonel, intelligence specialist, so she had a top secret classification herself.

        • joe90 2.1.1.1

          Petraeus arranged to plead guilty to a lesser charge – unauthorized removal and retention of classified material following his admitting to providing his highly classified journals to a mistress, Paula Broadwell.

          http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/15/spyfall/

          (edited)

          • dukeofurl 2.1.1.1.1

            It would be helpful if you read your link first- as it doesnt have him admitting providing his journals to Broadwell.
            As she too has a top secret clearance- what was your point again.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.2

          His ‘squeeze’ was a army reserve Lt Colonel, intelligence specialist, so she had a top secret classification herself.

          Not quite that simple.

          You may have the security clearance needed to be given official authority to access secret documents, but it is still a crime to access documents (or provide access) if you have no official authority to do so.

          TL/DR just because you have a security clearance doesn’t mean that you are automatically cleared for all projects and all documents.

          Basically, Patreaus had become a management problem for the White House, and they got him to pull his head in by charging him.

          And, they would have used the surveillance systems detailed by Snowden to retrospectively fish through his emails to find something that they could charge him with.

      • whispering kate 2.1.2

        You are correct Joe90 about Petraeus getting the wet bus ticket treatment, what I meant by “anybody else” is the ordinary people who have a conscience and whistle blow and commit other deeds which piss off the establishment, no difference really just one law for some and another law for others. Clinton being slack with her correspondence was enabling the disclosure of information to the “enemy”, just like a whistle blower discloses corruption about people in high places. Both serious but at opposite ends of the spectrum.

    • Phil 2.2

      Comey’s speech in the press conference very clearly laid out the case and pinned significant blame on lackadaisical culture within the State Department.

      If you want to treat this like a Rorschach inkblot and see what you want to see, that’s on you – not Clinton.

    • The Lone Haranguer 2.3

      And the FBI will lean back at the right and appropriate time. Well the right and appropriate time for them at least

      Do you really think that not derailing the future POTUS will come at no cost to Mrs President Clinton?

      For the next 4 years at least, the FBI can operate as they see best with budget increases as a matter of right, and immunity from any possible prosecution when they “push the boundaries”

      Its sad to say, but this is possibly the FBIs finest moment

      • dukeofurl 2.3.1

        Absurd. Clinton would appoint her own people to top FBI roles, so those currently there wont have any favours to call in.
        This is not like the Hoover era when he was untouchable. -45 years ago !

        • Crashcart 2.3.1.1

          Or… did a bunch of senior FBI personnel just secure their futures under the new President Clinton?

  3. Greg 3

    Its now a U.S precedented justifiable defense of any crime committed,
    jee wizz officer, i didnt mean to do it, you have to let me go now,

    the elite and rich in the U.S, dont do jail time for drugs,
    they do rehab,

    and who owns the rehab clinics??

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      For the vast majority of crimes, intent has always been required.

      There was a case where a porn director was charged with making and distributing child porn because an actress was underage. Turns out she purposefully lied about her age. Porn director was cleared of charges, because they had no intent of making child porn.

      Now, I think it can sometimes be murky in many cases to judge intent, and I’m sure there are people who didn’t have intent to commit a crime but were charged and convicted anyway. But that doesn’t mean that the principal is wrong.

      • Greg 3.1.1

        i was just making a quip about British law, which is based on precedent of previous similar cases,
        American law isnt 🙂

        i didnt mean to drive drunk wont get you off it, would it,

  4. dukeofurl 4

    FBI directors quote

    “Separately, it is important to say something about the marking of classified information. Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information.’

    Bore markings !! Doesnt even say contained the words TOP SECRET, just ‘markings’ which could be anything.
    This correlates that most of the secrets came form public sources, Al jazerra , NY Times, etc

    http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/statement-by-fbi-director-james-b.-comey-on-the-investigation-of-secretary-hillary-clintons-use-of-a-personal-e-mail-system

    • One Two 4.1

      Quite the vociferous defender of the clan

      This matter is small beer when considered against the decades of Clinton Crime

      Imagine just how dirty it is behind the curtain if the puppets the public believe are in charge are any measure

      The stench is overwhelming from Bill and Hillary

    • Crashcart 4.2

      Markings is a technical term for the fact a document has a specific classification marked on them. So he is saying a very small percentage were actually clearly marked as classified information. The opposite of what you imply.

      You are correct that it could be that someone stamped “Secret” on an Al Jazerra report. That doesn’t change the requirement for handling it correctly once it is marked.

      • dukeofurl 4.2.1

        Just the opposite.

        The markings are just as likely to NOT say top Secret, otherwise they would say so.

        Heres an example, both of information that is widely known and is Top secret and people say was one of Clintons ‘secrets’

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/top-pakistani-leaders-secretly-backed-cia-drone-campaign-secret-documents-show/2013/10/23/15e6b0d8-3beb-11e3-b6a9-da62c264f40e_story.html

        “Markings on the documents indicate that many of them were prepared by the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center specifically to be shared with Pakistan’s government..”

        ‘markings’ in this case could be who created the information, could be the people who its sent to in email chain. Who knows, but they definitely dont say ‘marked top secret’

        • Crashacart 4.2.1.1

          Sorry do you have experience dealing with classifications? I do. When you are talking about documents classification and markings, you are specifically talking about a marking on the document that would say what the classification is. Often this includes what organisation has classified it.

          Nothing in your link disagree with that. The origins of the document do not change the way in which it is to be handled once it is classified. As I have said previously, if an organisation accidentally stamped your mums cake recipe top secret it has to be logged and then if they want to destroy it they have to go through a proper process. They also have to track its location.

          If any normal member of one of these organisation was carless with the handling of a marked classified document (irrespective of it contents) they would lose their security clearance and this more often than not is a death sentence for their career.

          • dukeofurl 4.2.1.1.1

            Clinton has said that none of her emails were marked top secret at the time.
            FBI statement corroborated that by using vague term ‘markings’ , if they were “marked top secret” ( or higher) they would have said so

  5. Chooky 5

    The FBI may have let her off the hook …but will Americans vote for her?…She is considered to be “Extremely Careless” if not “Supremely Reckless”…Is this to be recommended in a President of USA?

    …the comments and tweets would suggest NOT!…some want Comey to resign…and others have been critical of Attorney General Loretta Lynch

    ‘Clinton hid thousands of emails, put classified data on her server, but shouldn’t be charged – FBI’

    https://www.rt.com/usa/349560-fbi-director-clinton-probe/

    …”The FBI also found “several thousand” work-related emails that had been deleted over the years. Three of those were classified at the time. However, the bureau concluded that none of them were intentionally deleted to hide information, Comey said.

    Though he said that Clinton’s lawyers “cleaned” the devices used to host the email servers in a way that precluded further forensic discovery before turning them over to the bureau, the FBI is confident “there was no intentional misconduct,” according to Comey…

    ‘Bill Clinton’s secret meeting with Loretta Lynch sparks suspicions over Hillary email scandal’

    https://www.rt.com/usa/349029-clinton-lynch-airplane-meeting/

    …”Lynch was appointed US attorney for New York’s Eastern District by Bill Clinton in 1999, and was made attorney general under Barack Obama in 2014…

    • Compared to the alternative, Clinton is a safe pair of hands. She is going to win the Presidency.

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        Love it. Using National Party memes. “Safe pair of hands” indeed. As long as you’re not a civilian in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Venezuela etc. that is.

        I’m still predicting an easy win for Trump despite the help that Clinton has got from the FBI going easy on her national security felonies.

        Her mishandling of classified documents have allowed foreign hackers access to documents which concern national security.

        • Chooky 5.1.1.1

          hopefully people will vote on the content of those emails…

        • te reo putake 5.1.1.2

          That tenner’s still up for grabs if you want to put your money where your mouth is CV 😉

          Shall we make it really interesting? $10 in the Clare Curren re-election fund when Trump loses?

          • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.1.2.1

            Nah, if you really want it to be interesting you’ll have to agree to donate to a suitable anti-vax/truther/mens’ rights group in the event that the ridiculous loser wins.

            • te reo putake 5.1.1.2.1.1

              I’m happy to take the minor risk of making a donation to any worthy cause CV puts up, OAB. Even in a year where the pollsters have been wrong on just about everything, I don’t see any hope for Trump when he can’t even get traction amongst the Republicans and there is a libertarian candidate creaming 5-10% of his potential vote as well. It’s over.

        • dukeofurl 5.1.1.3

          national security, top secret…. you rattle that off like you work for Dick Cheney!

          the truth is different.

          “At the center of that argument, the officials said, is a “top secret” program of the Central Intelligence Agency that is anything but secret. It is the agency’s long effort to track and kill suspected terrorists overseas with armed drones, which has been the subject of international debates, numerous newspaper articles, television programs and entire books.

          The Obama administration’s decision to keep most internal discussions about that program — including all information about C.I.A. drone strikes in Pakistan — classified at the “top secret” level has now become a political liability for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign.
          “emails are included in seven distinct chains that comprise forwarded messages and replies, and in most cases involved discussions of the C.I.A. drone program, government officials said”

          http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/06/us/politics/agencies-battle-over-what-is-top-secret-in-hillary-clintons-emails.html

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.1.4

          Oh noes, national security!

          What a good thing none of her emails reveal the truthiness about chemtrails. That would have been embarrassing for the deep state.

          Luckily, truther fuckwits can console themselves that she’s playing a cunning double game.

          Eh CV.

          • One Two 5.1.1.4.1

            Labeling others is a fuckwit move

            Fear is a powerful emotion

            • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.1.4.1.1

              Leaving aside the Stalinist tactic of pretending I can’t handle the truth because I’m afraid, how do you account for the lack of corroborating evidence for truther dogma in all these secret emails that we are now privy to?

              Surely the only explanation must be that the material released by Wikileaks, Clinton’s emails, etc, are smokescreens, and there is a layer of secrecy underneath that where all the real truthiness is kept.

              That must be it, eh.

      • Chooky 5.1.2

        “safe pair of hands”!? ( you have to be joking!)

        …it is what the emails say that is most damning of Clinton..ie how she operates immorally outside the ‘democratic’ government……not the fact that she tried to amateurishly hide them …

        https://news.vice.com/article/libyan-oil-gold-and-qaddafi-the-strange-email-sidney-blumenthal-sent-hillary-clinton-in-2011

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-kovalik/clinton-emails-on-libya-e_b_9054182.html

        http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/14/exposing-the-libyan-agenda-a-closer-look-at-hillarys-emails/

        • te reo putake 5.1.2.1

          It’s already yesterday’s news, chooky. The Republicans have lost the Presidency. The only question left unanswered is how much damage Trump does them in the Senate, House of Reps and whatever State elections are up at the same time. A Democrat President and a majority in both houses would be good news for the majority of Americans and, by extension, the rest of the world.

          • Lanthanide 5.1.2.1.1

            It’s highly unlikely the democrats will get the house back, unless Clinton wins by a landslide (double digits).

      • Peter Swift 5.1.3

        Of course she’ll win over Trump. A poll today giving her an 11% lead. I can’t see how being cleared by the FBI will damage her numbers down the line.

        What also is clear is how CV has been pushed into a marginalised position by his idealogical perseverance to Rasputin, head thunder cat.
        How any supposed left winger can bat for Trump, a racist, misogynist, billionaire 1 percenter is beyond me.
        Good job he’s out of labour politics. Can you imagine the negative headlines – Labour ppc supports trumps wall etc.

        • te reo putake 5.1.3.1

          CV’s not a left winger, by his own admission. He seems pretty confused about what he actually believes in, but we know from other admissions it’s not women, workers, the aged or anyone who asks him for practical alternatives.

          The irony of it is that he was almost the archetypal modern Labour candidate, ticking most of the minority representation boxes in one handy package. It’s just that he was no bloody good. Which happens of course. Many are called, few are chosen.

          Having said that, kudos to CV for having given it a go. It takes a lot of guts and hard work to stand in any seat, let alone a blue ribbon Tory electorate. So that can never be taken away from him and it’s to his credit that he tried his best.

          And, as I’ve suggested in earlier posts, this may not be his last crack at a political seat. ACT and other right wing minority parties would welcome someone with his experience and misanthropic ideas with open arms. It’s just a matter of time and timing, I expect.

          • Peter Swift 5.1.3.1.1

            If I run and lost a 100m race against Usain Bolt, that wouldn’t make me a brave loser, just a loser with a bit of name recognition for a while at least, so let’s not get too romantic over having a go.

            I don’t know what politics, from a NZ viewpoint, would champion Trump and Farage, like CV has.
            Who or what ever they are, they certainly can’t be left of centre.

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.3.1.1.1

              What does it matter to a political astroturfer like you? Come up with your clever lines and repeat them as often as you like.

              • Peter Swift

                Cat calls from CV. Now there’s a surprise. lol
                Doesn’t change a thing though, you’re still an affront to left wing politics if you advocate for Trump.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Hi Peter Swift,

                  The Left/Right divide belongs in the 20th century, like you.

            • marty mars 5.1.3.1.1.2

              yes peter but you haven’t run any race have you? so you don’t really have a clue do you?

              cv has said he is not left – ho hum back to the events of the day

              • Peter Swift

                How would you know? I’m guaranteed anonymity as a poster.

                Anyway, events of the day, go for it.

                • question marks denote questions

                  and I’m not really interested anyway – you could say the same for cv if you weren’t interested couldn’t you? if you weren’t interested that is…

                  • Peter Swift

                    But I am interested in CV and his backing of a racist, misogynist one percenter billionaire.

                    You shooting from the cover of “question marks denote questions”, not so much.

                    • You’ve had the answer – he isn’t left. Somehow you still seem a little fixated – wonder why – I hope it isn’t because you are a bully peter – that wouldn’t be nice.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I hope it isn’t because you are a bully peter – that wouldn’t be nice.

                      Both Peter Swift and TRP have this in common at their core.

                    • yeah they may indeed be bullies – I don’t mind their criticism of you cv because not very many, if any, of your views align with mine and I do think you go on a lot about shit you really have just seen on youtube (for example) – but that is par for the course and who really cares and that is no reason for others to bully you imo

                      so I defend your right to post shit here, there and everywhere and I fight against bullies whoever they are

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Chris Hedges, Dmitry Orlov, James Michael Greer, James Hansen and Abby Martin are all on YouTube.

                      I encourage everyone here to go check out some of their work there.

                    • what JMG youtubes have you seen? Wouldn’t mind watching some of them.

                    • Peter Swift

                      I’m laughing at being called a bully. Seriously, if that’s the best defence you have, then it’s a sad day for the hard done by put upon. lol
                      You have read some of the insults cv has sent my way for daring to raise issues with his doctrine?

                      Attempts at framing are one thing, but surely it’s got to be backed up with more than just being hurt over being disagreed with or having your opinions and motives come under scrutiny. It’s a little bit wimpy, tell the truth.

                      Anyway, as it’s a deliberate smoke screen and diversionary tactic, let’s regain some focus and prepare for next time.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Hi MM,

                      I’m a fan of Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity website and podcasts. And one of the best interviews that he has done in the last year is with JMG:

                    • thanks cv

                      and thanks to you too Peter – I’ve enjoyed your wordplay and comments – and no I haven’t read all of the lines cv has used against you – you do seem well able to combat that methinks 🙂

              • Sanctary

                I have never lost an election, and I have had several right from a local committee to a union rep. I tell you that based on his online presence, IMHO CV is completely unsuitable for any elected role. Being elected to lead working people is a deeply humbling privilege, yet all I see is a self absorbed ego.

                • Colonial Viper

                  You’ve never lost an election? Well done you. Having said that, your vote counts the same as any one elses.

                  • Greg

                    thats all we have really, isnt it, and the elite spend a lot of money trying to get it,

                    lifes about moving forward,
                    why do so many National politicians just dig holes for us,

            • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.3.1.1.3

              As a Green voter of no more political affiliation that that, I think it is to the NZLP’s everlasting shame that they would select a petty-bourgeois truther to contest any electorate, no matter how unwinnable.

              • Peter Swift

                Like someone didn’t do their homework or were totally misled pre selection.
                Bet they don’t do that again.

                • Or he was a different person back then. As I said earlier, it’s to CV’s credit that he gave it a shot. His current anti-left position is sad and entirely indefensible for someone writing on a labour movement blog, but it’s where he’s at right now. I’ve seen similar conversions from left to right before and from far nastier people than CV. At some point the penny will drop for him and he will embrace a party that better suits his attitudes. That doesn’t make him a bad person IMHO.

                  But at the moment he’s focussed on doing as much damage as possible to the left using the platform afforded to him, which is not so much his problem as an indictment on those in control of the Standard. As I pointed out on the Broken post, TS is not democratic, nor particularly focussed on left wing thought. It should be both and the lack of diversity in the commenters suggests that TS is the weaker for not getting a grip on the problem.

                  • and quite a few say if you went the place would be better off because your style puts people off (too many links to put here for the evidence) and is an affront for some too, even hard core lefties – hell even your name is an affront to me voicey 🙂

                  • Colonial Viper

                    TRP, a pro-establishment loyalist to the last. Sorry mate, but I’m not going to be yet another one of The Standard’s long time commentators that you get rid of. Despite your two or three attempts so far.

                    As for the left, you may have been, a long time ago. But you got grey, comfortable and middle class, and now all you do is support pro-status quo establishment loyalists like yourself.

                    • Nah, sorry mate, but you know nothing about me and you are very, very wrong. Which is not unusual for you, of course.

                      I’m very much of the left, and live my life on socialist principles. My political and economic viewpoint is Marxist, but I work within this system because I recognise we are not in revolutionary times. So, my working days are spent doing my best to see that working people get a fair crack. You’ve never lifted a finger to help anyone other than yourself, apparently, and you make your money scamming the foolish. We’re world’s apart, CV.

                      And I know I can walk into any smoko room in the country and feel at ease, at home and with my equals. You’ll never know that feeling.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Don’t get defensive TRP. I don’t mind you sailing in and out of work places while acting like you care.

                      And although you do have a strong sense of arrogance, apparently you don’t have telepathy.

                    • Weak. Get back to me when you make a difference, poseur. Some of us have work to do.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      TRP – and the fact that you cannot see that this is exactly a revolutionary time marks you as a blind, complacent, over watered Marxist.

                      But in honesty I cannot expect more from you – you are a loyal backer of the status quo.

                    • LOL. They’re ain’t no revolution going on, pal. Just a tightening of capital’s grip. You should try reading some Marx, you’d be less likely to make mistakes like that.

                      This is a pretty good primer:

                    • Chooky

                      Go CV!!!…this site would be the lesser without you…you are more intelligent than all your detractors put together

                      i don’t always agree with you but you always have something worthwhile to say and worth thinking about

                      ….and the Labour Party imo is not a real Left party…it is a neolib party ..so criticisms from those wedded to that party are sus imo

                      Mana/internet is a real Left party…and Labour by standing Kelvin Davis shot the Left in the foot and lost the Election to jonkey nact

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Chooky – much obliged. It’s high time to move on from the Left vs Right ideas of the early 20th century.

                  • left for dead

                    I’ll play mother/father. If you don’t like it here, trp.FUCK OFF. 👿

                    as you are aware, people are sick of your self appointed bile.

                    read; the policy and about would you.

                    • Nice try, though a little passive/aggressive 😉

                    • left for dead

                      get it right, it’s micro aggression son.

                      edit: no reply button for trp.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      TRP acts as if people cannot see him for who he is. Honestly, he is a Marxist deep inside who truly prefers Corbyn and Sanders in his heart of hearts. LOL!

                      I hope he gets the high place on the Labour list that he wants.

          • Colonial Viper 5.1.3.1.2

            Gawd TRP, a jug full of back handed insults and back handed compliments all in one go.

            Anyways, time to go back to watching UK Labour self destruct and all its over privileged white collar MPs try and knife their socialist Leader Jeremy Corbyn in the back.(Yes, TRP cry your croc tears from him, that would be appropriate now).

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.3.2

          Easy Trump victory over Clinton. Just saying. The US public can see once more that the FBI is a compromised, political organisation.

          Use all the usual left wing bleeding heart liberal lines against Trump, but he’s against free trade deals, he’s against the TPP and he’s against Clinton’s neocon foreign military adventures.

          • Peter Swift 5.1.3.2.1

            Sure, puss puss, sure. lol

          • dukeofurl 5.1.3.2.2

            Say what ?
            “CLINTON: I voted for a multinational trade agreement, but I opposed CAFTA because I did not believe it was in the best interests of the workers of America. I did hope that the TPP, negotiated by this administration, I was holding out hope that it would be the kind of trade agreement that I was looking for. Once I saw the outcome, I opposed it. I have a very clear view. We have to trade with the rest of the world. We are 5 percent of the world’s population. We have to trade with the other 95 percent. And trade has to be reciprocal. That’s the way the global economy works. But we have failed to provide the basic safety net support that American workers need in order to be able to compete and win in the global economy.”

            ” Take the trade deal. I did say, when I was secretary of state, three years ago, that I hoped it would be the gold standard. It was just finally negotiated last week, and in looking at it, it didn’t meet my standards. My standards for more new, good jobs for Americans, for raising wages for Americans. ”

            Lets just say in Mae Wests words – She drifted.

            • Colonial Viper 5.1.3.2.2.1

              Young Republican Killary never drifted anywhere except further and further into the arms of the bankster establishment and military industrial surveillance complex.

              • DS

                Yeah, that would be why she actively campaigned for George McGovern in 1972.

                (If we’re going after Hillary for her Republican family, where does that leave Helen Clark, daughter of National-voting Waikato farmers?).

                • Colonial Viper

                  Firstly Helen Clark was a centrist PM through and through. Tough on beneficiaries, greenlit prisons, closed down schools.

                  Those people who think that the rot set into the country only from 2009 onwards are kidding themselves.

                  If you were earning $60K pa in 2008 there was already no way you could afford to buy a house in Auckland.

                  As for Killary. Her track record in power speaks for itself.

  6. adam 6

    Funny, I think Clinton may have won the battle – but she how many self hits did she get in with it. It was quite sad really.

    Some interesting stuff in this dump from wikileaks but nothing damning. It appears there will be more dumps at a later date.

    https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/?q=iraq%7Cbaghdad%7Cbasra%7Cmosoul&mfrom&mto&title&notitle&date_from&date_to&nofrom&noto&count=50&sort=0

  7. Chooky 7

    Democracy or Oligarchy?

    Glenn Greenwald on the issue:

    ‘Washington Has Been Obsessed With Punishing Secrecy Violations – until Hillary ‘Clinton

    https://theintercept.com/2016/07/05/washington-has-been-obsessed-with-punishing-secrecy-violations-until-hillary-clinton/

  8. Andre 8

    Wonder if this explains the enthusiasm some people here have for the crude approximation of an orange howler monkey with an unkempt roadkill hamster on its head?

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/07/vladimir_putin_has_a_plan_for_destroying_the_west_and_it_looks_a_lot_like.html

  9. Andre 9

    Well, the Republican call for new investigations took several hours longer to come out than I thought it would.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republicans-fbi-investigation-hillary-clinton_us_577c6466e4b09b4c43c18c22?section=

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      “Well, the Republican call for new investigations took several hours longer to come out than I thought it would.”

      I suspect they were trying to find out through their own network what was actually behind the decision to give Hillary the equivalent of diversion for a national security crime.

  10. Colonial Viper 10

    Here are a partial list of felonies that Obama has just helped nullify for the war criminal Hillary Clinton:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-05/clinton-case-obama-administration-nullifies-6-criminal-laws

    18 U.S. Code § 2232 — Destruction or removal of property to prevent seizure

    18 U.S. Code § 1512 — Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant

    18 U.S. Code § 1519 — Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy

    18 U.S. Code § 2071 — Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

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  • The biggest challenge for a generation ahead – covid-19. Defeat and Recovery
    Last month I wrote my blog on covid-19 pointing out the in our pre Alert Level 4 days that a subject no one had heard here months ago was now dominating the media. An amazing feature of this crisis is how quickly it has swept every other issue aside worldwide. ...
    PunditBy Wyatt Creech
    5 hours ago
  • Testing for COVID-19 in NZ to Achieve the Elimination Goal
    Nick Wilson,1 Ayesha Verrall,1,2 Len Cook,3 Alistair Gray,3 Amanda Kvalsvig,1 Michael Baker,1 (1epidemiologists, 2infectious disease physician, 3statisticians) In this blog, we raise ideas for how New Zealand might optimise testing to both identify cases in the community as part of the COVID-19 elimination strategy, and to confirm when the virus ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 hours ago
  • Should we all be wearing face masks to prevent Covid-19 spread?
    Maybe you’ve seen the graph that says those countries where everyone wears a mask are the ones that have managed to keep Covid-19 under control? The first thing to say about that claim is that those countries also did lots of other things, too – they acted fast, with intense ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 hours ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    8 hours ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
    The Treaty on Open Skies is one of the most effective mechanisms for preventing war curently in force. By letting countries make surveillance flights over each others' territory, it eliminates fears that they are secretly preparing for war. So naturally, the US is planning to withdraw from it: The Trump ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    9 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    9 hours ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    9 hours ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    12 hours ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    12 hours ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    12 hours ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    2 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    4 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    4 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    4 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    4 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    4 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    4 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    5 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    5 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    6 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    6 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago

  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
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