Counting the cost – long time dying

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 6th, 2014 - 53 comments
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How much longer do we have to live with this”neoliberal” nightmare?!

It should have died with the global financial crisis, caused by the unfettered greed of the banksters, their enablers, and the socially callous. It promised so much – raise the life-enhancing boats for all – and delivered inequalities across the globe.  The rich are gorging on their unnecessary wealth of gated mansions, over-sized luxury yachts, status enhancing baubles, plastic sculptured bodies and minds, and their Hawaiian getaways: the hungry queue for scraps, and the homeless live in tents beside flood-prone rivers.

occupy-wall-street

This morning I caught a bit of a replay on Al Jazeera, of an episode in their “Meltdown” series.  The four part-er explored the causes and impacts of the global financial crisis of 2008: the men who crashed the world, and those who paid the price.

Today they aired part 3 “Paying the Price”

The episode showed the impact on people in different countries: the collapse of a government in Iceland; workers unions in France campaigning for workers’ rights; and middle class families in California who lost their homes and jobs.

In California, some people were living in tents, in exactly the same spot as the homeless of the 1930s depression.

What sort of society calls it self the home of the free and brave, claims super power status, advocates we all follow their model, while so many of their own live in poverty?

And our current government would like NZ to be more like them!

They claim they are working for Kiwis, to a brighter future.  Meanwhile they gradually and ruthlessly continuing to tighten the screws on those who already are looking towards the bleakest of futures.

Today, Auckland Action Against Poverty started its third Action Impact advocating for beneficiaries – in Mangere this time.

I have posted on the previous two Action Impacts:

First in Onehunga: “Advocacy action in precarious times” explains what the AAAP action impact is about.

AAAP Onehunga Dec 2012

The second was in New Lynn last year: “Tales from the precariat” includes some AAAP videos, telling of the hardships of many Kiwis.  I wrote:

They speak of people incorrectly/illegally having their benefits cut, leaving people struggling and hungry.

Today AAAP posted a video about the first day of their Mangere Impact:

Sue Bradford talks of dealing with someone who had no food in the house for days, and had sent her daughter to school with no food.

What the welfare reforms have meant over the last year has been that AAAP and other beneficiary groups have been very very busy trying to help people it impacts.  So many people are not being granted a benefit, or are having their benefits cut when they shouldn’t be or are on the wrong benefit.

The whole drive of Work and Income these days is to keep people of the benefit, or if they’re on it, to keep it as low as possible. And for many many people they simply do not have enough food to live on – enough to live on altogether from one week to he next.

The Mangere Action Impact is going for two more days: Wednesday and Thursday. Anyone can go and get support from advocates, to claim the benefits they are entitled to.

In this year’s elections:

The Greens have a raft of policies to bring about and maintain a fair society.

Labour have policies that focus on full employment and living wages, also aiming for a “fair and decent society”.

The Mana Party has a collection of policy statements, aiming to realise their founding principles:

to bring rangatiratanga to the poor, the powerless and the dispossessed.  It is they who carry the brunt of government by the rich and powerful for the rich and powerful.  We will lead the fight against welfare that punishes children, against greed that is rewarded by corporate payouts, against the damage to Papatūānku by pollution and oil drilling and against governments who fill the pockets of foreign companies at our expense. 

The Internet Party is developing policies to:

 to get an open, free, fair, connected and innovative society. 

Vote Left this election to change the government, a start building towards a fair society!

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53 comments on “Counting the cost – long time dying”

  1. Gosman 1

    I’m not sure anyone is advocating that New Zealand becomes more like the US. In fact there are huge market distortions in the US caused by government policies that NZ does not suffer from.

    • tricledrown 1.1

      Gosman your vague Generalization is pure obfuscation! we have been heading more towards the US model than say the Danish model which was was what we had before Rogernomics This Government has been quietly sneaking in more and more policy that has increased poverty in New Zealand once called Godzone land of Milk and Honey.
      Now its called the the land of which National is helping milking it of all its money.

      • Gosman 1.1.1

        Umm… I think you might be a tad confused over Denmark. The economy is rated higher in the index of economic freedoms than the US and is only a few places below NZ http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking. Additionally it has a very flexible labour market where people can be hired or fired at will (none of this only 90 days business). It is coupled with strong support for the unemployed it must be stated but overall it seems to be even more pro business than what we have here.

    • tricledrown 1.2

      Gosman Their is a huge distortion in your comment designed to deceive!
      Child poverty we are only second from the bottom of the OECD just ahead of the US Gosman!
      That will create a huge distortion in the amount of taxes you will have to pay as only 5% of those born into poverty get out of poverty the cost to healthcare lack of income means others have to pay more,our economy is weakened by having so many low and no income earners!
      while you distort the facts the reality is we need to invest in our future income earners to make sure we have a strong economy.
      Their are going to be less income earners as we have a rapidly ageing population and we need to make sure those income earners are well educated in good health and able to earn a lot more than the minimum wage or welfare.
      Doing nothing or very little ie band-aid very small band-aid policies like National does is consigning as many as 750,000 people of the next generation to low incomes or no incomes.
      how do i get that number of people simple their are 260,000 children now living in poverty over one generation ie 20 years that adds up to said figure.
      New Zealand can’t afford to waste this talent by leaving young New Zealanders to fail we never used to be like that .
      Ask Brain Fade Key he can’t remember that we paid his rescue him from poverty his mum got a widows pension a state house he got free healthcare and education even though his mum couldn’t afford those things!

      • Gosman 1.2.1

        NZ child poverty rates are not the second worst in the OECD. Have a look at this report from UNICEF (Thyat well known front for promoting Right wing viewpoints) http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/rc11_eng.pdf. NZ is in the middle of the pack on the child poverty rankings not too dissimilar to Australia and the UK and a very long way away fron the US.

        • tricledrown 1.2.1.1

          Gosman the latest figures from the OECD rate us as one of the worst in the OECD.TV3 News
          Haven’t opened UNICEF figures but imagine they refer back to last census.

          • tricledrown 1.2.1.1.1

            TV3 that bastion of right wingnuts which favours National as Steven Joyce has strong connections and may still have share,s I think you better bail out gosman!

          • Gosman 1.2.1.1.2

            Poverty rates haven’t changed much in the last 20 odd years, However if you have a link to the TV3 article which claims we have some of the worst in the OECD then post it please.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 1.2.1.1.2.1

              The last twenty odd years you say?

              By an amazing coincidence that appears to be roughly the time frame during which the failed policies were implemented.

              By another amazing coincidence, poverty rates grew in tandem with the failed policies. That’s how we know they failed: the evidence is in. We told you so.

              • Gosman

                Yes, the intiial impact of the reforms was to sharply increase levels of relative poverty and inequality. However this was a world wide trend and not one developed nation I know of has reversed this regardless of their political bent. Of course Venezuela has had some luck in this area but they also have some rather unpleasent side effects as well.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      I’m not sure anyone is advocating that New Zealand becomes more like the US.

      National and Act are along with UF and the Māori Party. We know this because they keep bringing in policies that started in the US and have been proven a failure there.

  2. Jenny Kirk 2

    Thanks Karol. Good post. And yes – its very tiring …. this neo-liberal nightmare has been going on far too long. I’m just hoping we can call come together in sufficient numbers to make an impact this election.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    Excellent video, good on Sue and long time advocate Paul Blair, shameful that a govt dept has to be dragged kicking to provide its own services somewhat properly.

    The definition of services I guess has definitely changed though since Paula Rebstock’s ‘War on the poor’ was instituted and benefit categories collapsed down, so that virtually anyone with a pulse is now a jobseeker.

    Given that the Household Labour Force Survey has shown for sometime that there are more unemployed out there than there are in receipt of a UB (jobseeker support) the degeneration of WINZ into an even more sadistic barrier system has to be considered.

  4. greywarbler 4

    Breaking news another drop in milk prices by 8% – there is a big season planned for next year which looks as if it is going into an oversupplied market. It present is at a price that covers cost and next year there will likely be a deficit and resulting debnt. 50% of dairy farms owned by 10% of farmers I thinnk I heard. Maybe this will end the neo lib nightmare- Tighten belts. Get Nats out and make Labour work do restitution work community service for their crime of introducing it!
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon
    09:05 Economic impact of plunge in global dairy price
    Overnight, dairy prices dropped 8.4 percent at the Global Dairy Trade auction. This follows a fall of almost 9 percent a fortnight ago. Economists believe Fonterra will further cut its payout to farmers – it currently stands at 6 dollars per kilo of milk solids, already down from an earlier forecast of 7 dollars. Prices are now 41 percent lower than in February,

    ANZ Rural economist Con Williams, and Jacqueline Rowarth, Professor of Agribusiness at Waikato University.

  5. Tracey 5

    The thing is that we are told we have a “rockstar” economy right now. We are told that the economy has been growing. Both of these things we are told are necessary for wages and living standards to grow and yet 12,000 health workers have been offered a 0.7% pay rise.

  6. tricledrown 6

    Tracy the rockstar economy is floundering on the rocks dairy prices take another dive8% down overnight

  7. Tom Jackson 7

    I’m not entirely convinced by it, but this essay by David Graeber is worth reading on the topic, if you haven’t seen it already.

    http://www.thebaffler.com/salvos/a-practical-utopians-guide-to-the-coming-collapse

  8. Ennui 8

    Karol, just to put a dampener on all this, don’t expect that getting rid of neo-liberalism will resolve any of the big picture issues. Neo-liberalism does not have exclusive domain over:
    * climate change or resource plundering.
    * financial overshoot and failure.
    * economic growth.
    *peak resource (oil / coal etc) use and availability.

    To mistake the big picture issues with the cosmetic layer of neo-liberalism will not help resolve those issues in the slightest. N-Lism is merely an extension of humanities greed and willful myopia.

    • Coffee Connoisseur 8.1

      +1

    • karol 8.2

      Oh, I agree, that the underlying capitalist ethos is the bigger problem. But there is a pressing need to turn away from this all-pervasive and socially destructive neoliberal narrative, MO, and organisation of politics. We need to start turning the ship around for any major change to happen.

      • Ennui 8.2.1

        K, I have pondered what “system” or “ism” could possibly change around humans innate exploitative tendencies. Turning the ship around to any other of the above may have some benefits but will it save us from ourselves? I realise that this is a very bleak position to take, and has a brutal finality in that we are no other than creatures who rely upon ecosystems to support us, we dont stand outside of this. We are a species alongside every other species, subject to the same dictates of our environment.

        All that when we though that we were special, that we could tame nature with our technology and cleverness. Go to other planets,spawn across the universe, defeat death.

        To be more positive, you are correct that we need to at-least make our collision with reality slightly more comfortable. Ending neo liberalism is a good first step.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1.1

          I have pondered what “system” or “ism” could possibly change around humans innate exploitative tendencies.

          What ever makes you think that they’re innate?

  9. distrurbed 9

    Tracy, Gosman.

    “12,000 health workers have been offered a 0.7% pay rise”

    Yes and yesterday in a new TV3 poll on “should we sell our farms to foreigners’ 94% of the 16 000 folks polled said NO, and National will not listen.

    We have now 25% of all farmland in NZ owned by foreign interests, thanks to the million hectare’s National has allowed sold in the last few years.

    How much is enough Key/Joyce? We will become tenants in our own land with your actions remember this!

    They will sell anything and the smashing this economy like a bull in a china shop as we speak.

    This morning Winston revelled another big farm has been sold to foreign interests just north of Gisborne.

    Gosman Now do you see your bull in the China shop?

    • Gosman 9.1

      Where is the source for your claim that 25% of all farmland in NZ is now owned by foreign interests? I would think that if that was accurate (which I stongly suspect it is not) then the opposition parties would be making more noise about it than they are.

      • tricledrown 9.1.1

        Gosman disturbed could be referring to non listed corporate owned farms who’s ownership can be hidden because it may be majority NZ owned. but as far as publicly listed farms that figure is only around 2.5%

        • Gosman 9.1.1.1

          So only arounf 2.5 % of farms. Slightly different figure from 25%. Also how has this figure changed over the past 5 to 10 years?

          • Tiger Mountain 9.1.1.1.1

            From CAFCA (Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa)
            http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/index.html

            In 2012, the OIO approved the sale of 43,080 hectares of freehold rural land and 8,554 hectares of leases and other interests in land to foreigners. About 10,000 hectares of the freehold land and almost all the leases and other interests in land were from one foreign investor to another.

            In the decade 2003 to 2012, the average was 133,942 hectares of freehold and 60,435 hectares of leases and other interests in land approved for sale. Statistics on sales of land to overseas interests are poorly recorded and incomplete.

            Our best estimate is that in 2011 at least 8.7 percent of New Zealand farmland including forestry, or 1.3 million hectares, is foreign-owned or controlled and it could have reached 10 percent.

            –Overseas Investment Commission and Overseas Investment Office.
            “Overseas Ownership Of Land: Far Greater Than The 1% The PM Claims”, by Bill Rosenberghttp://www.converge.org.nz/watchdog/29/02.htm

            • Gosman 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Now we have another figure of a best guess of 8.7% of farmland AND forestry land is owned by overseas interests. Any more estimates or best guesses?

    • Coffee Connoisseur 9.2

      Disturbed – where did you get the figure of 25% from? I’d like to use that elsewhere, it would be very useful. Thanks

  10. Coffee Connoisseur 10

    It will probably continue for as long as the neolib ideology holds the centre ground in NZ and it is likely to continue to do that for as long as it continues to work for National and for as long as the left continues to only be able to offer an alternative based on further redistribution of wealth. People are struggling as it is and the thought of having more money taken from them to give to others doesn’t sit well with them.
    Want to change things..? Figure out how to frame your message into something that will resonate with the majority of voters. Employ change management principles of Problem, Reaction, Solution.
    The lefts problem is that someone in Mangere not having enough food is not really a pain point for them and it won’t be until they themselves are in that position.

    • SpaceMonkey 10.1

      Neoliberalism will only hold the centre ground in NZ for as long as the banksters are calling the shots, and we have have one of them as our Prime Minister (effectively making NZ a kleptocratic technocracy) who’s doing excellent work for them.

      To see what awaits any left-leaning Government that advocates moving away from neoliberalism, one only has to look at the actions of the bankster elite in 2008. They held a proverbial gun to the head of the US government, using Lehman Brothers as the example (and the banksters let Lehman fail) of what would happen to them all, and the entire global economy, if they didn’t get their $700 billion bailout.

      The banksters could crash the NZ economy tomorrow, if they wanted. No politician wants that on their hands, so the economic model will only change with financial and commercial collapse. That is just a matter of time now as the QE being undertaken by various central banks around the world only delays and amplifies what is inevitable.

    • karol 10.2

      Employ change management principles of Problem, Reaction, Solution.

      Unfortunately that is the language and MO of neoliberalism – managerialist politics.

      It is more important to change the over-arching narrative – as explained in Monbiot’s article, linked by johnm below.

      “Neoliberalism” is a discourse that has come to infiltrate all areas of life. It is evident throughout politics, the news media, popular culture, the education system The narrative includes individualism, the market (and business) knows best, “what’s in it for me?”, etc, etc.

      The Left needs to present develop and circulate a different narrative – one that comes from the flax roots, and the heart. it’s about “we’re all in this together”, society works best when it works for all of us.

      Focusing only on pain points for the middle/conservative section of society, will continue to support the me-centred neoliberal narrative. Those in poverty, and on benefits, will continue to be seen as sub-human; “not like us”. Part of changing the narrative is to talk about those on low incomes as fully human – part of our society – and in need of our support when things are not working well for them.

      • Coffee Connoisseur 10.2.1

        Karol
        You do not focus only on the pain point. Thats not what I said at all. Right now you want people to change. Unfortunately for them as an individual, they have no reason too. You need to give them a personal reason too and by personal I mean something an idea whatever that makes their current position a lot less comfortable than it is now.
        It must be factual. It is bringing something to their attention they haven’t considered or had the time to think about.
        Right wingers have this sorted and its easy. Vote left and you’ll pay more in tax. Ouch don’t want to vote left then.
        You need to find something that impacts the middle class (and upper for that matter) that would make them uncomfortable in their own life if they were to vote Right.
        They then react
        You have the solution.

        It doesn’t matter one little bit that it is used by neolibs. Neolibs use it because it works. It changes human behaviour. This is used in business every single day and if you can’t grasp this concept and use it well then chances are you are not going to get the outcomes you want. If you can live with that keep dismissing it.
        (consider for a second that I am giving you this information and the changes I want to make in the world go far beyond what you are wanting to see).

        • karol 10.2.1.1

          CC, you’re still not getting it. Business and the neoliberals treat people as individuals and focus on their “personal” motivations.

          Humans a social beings. People do tend to follow the dominant ways of doing things, and adopt the dominant values – it’s called “socialisation”.

          The neoliberals have changed society by implementing their values from above, using those sort of manipulative methods. It’s an MO that is done by people in positions of power, treating people as passive and manipulative. That way will never bring about true democracy.

          You are advocating manipulating people in ways that some in positions of power decide is best for them.

          For the left, the best counter is to work with communities, to change all those narratives in ways that works for all through democratic processes.

          • Coffee Connoissuer 10.2.1.1.1

            Its not me that doesn’t get it Karol.
            Heres a novel idea. Why don’t you simply try using the truth to create or highlight pain points for people.
            Deception usually gets found out for what it is. Truth on the other hand is far more effective. Coupled with the right mechanism to get people thinking and you have the catalyst for change.

            • Draco T Bastard 10.2.1.1.1.1

              Its not me that doesn’t get it.

              I can assure you that it’s you that doesn’t get it.

              • Coffee Connoissuer

                Care to elaborate DTB I’m all ears – your remark in that fashion …very troll like not your usual style.
                But I guess that since I don’t in your opinion and you all therefore must, I guess we’ll see the left in power and poverty and war eradicated along with all the other problems solved too.
                Fantastic! Can’t wait and now knowing you have it all in hand I’ll just sit back and relax. Big thumbs up and all that.

                • karol

                  Well, CC. I’ve made the argument. You haven’t responded to it, but keep repeating your argument to use top-down, manipulative, management strategies – and then talk about letting the truth come to the fore…… except only in the narrowly defined, individualistically-focused way that you choose.

                  Why not encourage the development of a different narrative that people within communities decide on through democratic debate and collaborative engagement? Why not focus on the ways society can work for us all?

  11. disturbed 11

    Coffee Connoisseur – “Employ change management principles of Problem, Reaction, Solution.”

    By then nothing will be left for us to fight for as they will have it all sold.

    You hark on about getting the message out there, it isn’t that simple when those rich pricks all run the media!

    We cannot get a fair shake of the stick when it comes to being able to “frame your message into something that will resonate with the majority of voters”

    We now have the Neo liberals running the entire media of this country don’t you see?

    I have pointed out preciously that Joyce has the media by the neck as he has interests there and now yesterday appointed Mark Weldon as Boss of Media Works so that was our last “Impartial media, TV3 Nats call Left wing leaning”

    As Government has recently taken control and screens all NZTV reporters Columnists and Journalists now.

    Read all about there policy borrowed from Joseph Goebbels.
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/…locaust/goebbels.html

    We now have a dictatorship so do you advocate we begin another protest or riot? How long before they use the police before we are stopped, so where are we headed? Give us your view after reading Goebbels.

    • Gosman 11.1

      Your supporting evidence for your belief that Government has recently taken control and screens all NZTV reporters Columnists and Journalists now is a link (which doesn’t seem to work) to something about Goebbel’s is it? Not entirely persuassive there.

    • Coffee Connoisseur 11.2

      Disturbed – never said it would be easy but…. I love the saying that if nothing changes then nothing changes.
      If you want a change from the existing system you have to destroy the idea that it is a system that works.
      You have to destroy the idea that government works in its current format and that peoples votes can actually make a difference.
      But for many, you haven’t come to (and may not ever) that conclusion despite the fact that it is true.
      Don’t make excuses about the media being owned. The MSM has never been more untrusted by the general populace.
      You need to first determine what is important to people. You then need to frame how the system fails to deliver this for the majority and how if we remain on the path that we are on that it will only get worse.
      You need to employ solid but easy to understand un refutable arguments to support your position.
      You need to get more organised. (think blogs and social media not protests – this is a battle for peoples minds) in my view the left doesnt have a blog or equivalent that has the ability to capture peoples imagination and to achieve the goals you have this is needed.
      There are networks/groups in every country in the world that want to change it. Use them but first formulate and be clear on your message, your vision.
      You need to determine who to target with this message.
      You need to give them an alternative that they can believe in
      More importantly you need to give them a vision of a future that they can view as their vision. Something that they can buy into. Something that they will own in their own mind as their future. Something that they will fight for.
      The fight that you want to win will not require you to control the MSM. In fact the MSM has already lost control.
      You need to understand the issues not only those on the left of the political spectrum but the issues of those on the right.
      You need to provide a solution and a vision that caters for both. (this is easier than it sounds once you understand what both want. What their pain points are).
      You need to show them how the current offerrings are unable to provide them what they want (at least not more than temporarily).
      Like most though engaged in the political system you’ll need to come to that realisation yourself first.
      For most who are engaged that will be the hardest part to come to terms with.
      Many never will. Many will wste much of their lives fighting for things that the system is simply not able to deliver in its current format.

      Whether you think you have the ability to change the world or that you don’t… you will be right no matter which option you choose.

  12. johnm 12

    “Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

    The self-serving con of neoliberalism is that it has eroded the human values the market was supposed to emancipate ” By George Monbiot

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/05/neoliberalism-mental-health-rich-poverty-economy

    • disturbed 12.1

      Good one Johnm,
      Excellent summary and understanding of where we have gone to.

      With the benefit of age I and all those of our war born generation have seen, now greed and selfishness goes now before all else.

      We are headed for a big bang and so sorry to witness it in my 70yrs of global living. No sense of doing the right thing any more I am afraid.

  13. tricledrown 13

    Gosman Public servants right across all ministries including broadcasting no doubt have been told bullied in some cases not to release information that shows the govt in a bad light .
    Tony Ryall in health Steven Joyce and Hekia Parata have all issued warnings that anyone doing so will be in danger of loosing their jobs!
    that includes being involved in political parties which really means left leaning political parties because their are not many well paid public servants these days !
    Joyce has cut funding to researchers who show the govt’s policies on poverty and health outcomes are failing!

    • Gosman 13.1

      Ahhh…. so not only is the Media somehow managed and controlled by the government but the supposedly independent public service has been so thoroughly corrupted that it no longer performs it function but does the bidding of the National party. Seems like you lefties are really up against it.

  14. disturbed 14

    Coffee Connoisseur
    Gagged media.

    Yesterday – Mark Weldon has just been made boss of Media Works,

    You know the one that Joyce founded as Radio Works and merged to make MediaWorks right?

    Now we have TV3 as the only reasonable level media left wing Gassman calls them.

    Sorry CC you are way behind us, unless you have been leading the charge on issues in a community NGO for 15yrs in NZ.

    We have for 15 years been out there doing exactly what you said but like I said the media has now gone all spooky as though they don’t want us and other local groups to contribute much any more.

    Why do you think we came here?

    Give it a try by attacking the Neo liberal system and shonkey/Joyce clique and you will find out for your self.

    Gassman always loves to attack everyone guess its his Nat’s job.
    He cant search for Joseph Goebbels? there are six at least referenced articles of his history in the third Reich from 1933, he is useless.

    25% farmland gone.

    As for the facts over 20% of our farmland has now gone to Foreigner’s.

    1 million was given the nod by Nats in a short few years the Campbell live show last night said.

    Before then we were told by Sunday Star Times that another almost one million also went to Foreigners prior to this.

    Yes some were foreign institutional and bank deals.

    Add those together. 2 million.

    Then add the large farm that Winston just found out about yesterday another large dairy,sheep farm north of Gisborne was sold secretly.

    He has vowed to stop it he said on the news yesterday.

    In the Campbell live show last night it all came out there, we have just over 8 million hectares of high productivity farmland and now 2 million hectares has gone to foreigner’s. Do the math.
    I sent the whole facts docs and all to a Journalist group to research further and cover pre election. Done my bit.

    • Gosman 14.1

      You were asked to back up your claim of 25% of NZ farmland in overseas ownership but have not done so. You are merely pulling more unsubstantiated figures from the air and expect them to be taken at face value. Perhaps you can reference another Nazi so we can somehow deduce from that the answer to an entirely unrelated matter.

    • Coffee Connoissuer 14.2

      I’d love to reply point by point.
      You have the right information.
      The way you frame the message is what is letting you down.
      So is the delivery mechanisms you are using.
      example protest – politicians response… simply wait it out. They will return to their homes and everything returns to normal.
      To achieve the goals you want you need a much longer term strategy. The people you have in the hot seats can’t think much beyond a 3 year election cycle. Whilst they continue to think this way you will continue to fail more than you succeed in getting the change you want.
      How you want to deliver (fund) the change you want is also pretty much the equivalent to a giant anchor holding you back.

  15. feijoa 15

    LOVED those pots and pans

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

    Even when outcomes are based on talent and hard work, they don’t stay that way for long. Once the first generation of liberated entrepreneurs has made its money, the initial meritocracy is replaced by a new elite, which insulates its children from competition by inheritance and the best education money can buy. Where market fundamentalism has been most fiercely applied – in countries like the US and UK – social mobility has greatly declined.

    You know, I think we should stop calling it neo-liberalism and start calling it what it is – neo-feudalism.

  17. averyold pakeha 17

    Key is yor classic financier promising a pot o gold out of someone elses pocket but when it comes to his lot they go for the political jugular and get elected so that they can cover their tracks behind a smokescreen of publicity and propaganda and never have to pay a thing because they have always got someone else to blame for the mess that is the world o finance
    Banks are thieves the stock markets a rout money is hardly worth the paper its printed on and the world is 90% man made junk and waste
    All one can really hope is that you are still entitled to sanity after the mad men are finished

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  • Who Will Be Fed Next To The Hungry Gods Of Politics?
    Before Jacingrant There Was Gracinda: Grant Robertson and his 2014 running mate, Jacinda Ardern. She stood at his side: loyal and obliging, as she had ever been. The media dubbed this duo “Gracinda” – a sort of political “Brangelina”. The other young people who worked alongside Robertson were also ambitious ...
    3 hours ago
  • Simon Bridges: the 15 March Christchurch massacre and winning at any cost
    . . Just when you thought Simon Bridges couldn’t sink any lower – he has. After the March 15th  Christchurch terror attack, the (current) Leader of the National Party issued strong committments to support urgently needed gun law reform; “We will be ready and prepared to be constructive and to ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • Only the least intelligent students, with bad parents, will attend the nonsense climate strike
    We all know that bad parents simply don’t care about their children’s education. Most truants have loser parents, and grow up to be involved with crime, or in low paid employment usually like their parents. The nonsense so-called “climate strike” coming up will be attended mostly by the least intelligent ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Professional Internet Trolls being used to push manmade climate change lies
    Is the terrorist Organisation Greenpeace and the loony Green parties around the World hiring professional internet trolls? I have noticed a trend lately where if you post research, news articles or even comments that show the manmade climate change scam to be just that, you are immediately attacked, often within ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Strike!
    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    2 days ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    4 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    6 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    6 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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