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Daily review 14/05/2019

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94 comments on “Daily review 14/05/2019”

  1. joe90 1

    Today, on TS.

     

    • gsays 1.1

      Hi Joe, alright, I will bite, please elucidate.

      Were you discombobulated by something on TS?

      Was it a day that comments or input were particularly challenging?

      Or is it a merely a word to increase our vocabulary?

      • joe90 1.1.1

        The pro-plague dog and pony show on OM.

        • One Two 1.1.1.1

          pro-plague

          Still name calling eh J90. You've said in comments that you're unhealthy. No need to wish to drag others down to your level.

          Vaccines, shed virus, maim and kill. That science is settled.

          If you read some of the links you could, if so inclined find a way to move on from the name calling, and just accept that you are unhealthy, and others are not responsible for yours, or any other human beings health.

          You should watch this Joe. Not throw insults and sulk.

          14m mark quote:

          That vaccine is actually killing children…it’s not just sort of a differential effect…it’s killing children …it’s not because it saves boys…the vaccine is killing children…

          • JohnSelway 1.1.1.1.1

            Vaccines, shed virus, maim and kill. That science is settled.

             

            Do you have any links to this 'settled science'?

          • joe90 1.1.1.1.2

            *yawn*

            • One Two 1.1.1.1.2.1

              What bored you?

              Was it the hundreds of thousands of children killed per year by vaccines in the African countries used for experiments

              Africans, many more female than males…killed by vaccines…millions of them…

              Does that bore you?

              Why?

        • gsays 1.1.1.2

          Ahhh.

          One persons pro plague is anothers scare mongering up profits to big pharma.

          I think it was on RNZ this morning, we were urged to get the flu jab.

           

          On the upside my vocab has increased with conglumrified.

           

          • JohnSelway 1.1.1.2.1

            I've never had a flu jab and never really had cause to get one.

            I think I have only really had the flu twice in my 38 years. I know it can only be twice because when you have you KNOW you have it

          • joe90 1.1.1.2.2

              In the many years since a childhood pertussis infection one of my brothers has endured respiratory problems, chest infections, pleurisy, pneumonia, courtesy of his chronic bronchiectasis. Influenza might well be the biggest threat to his life and every year I worry that this might be the winter.

            I'm grateful he has the opportunity to be vaccinated.

            • gsays 1.1.1.2.2.1

              That does sound a grim history for your brother.

              It is good he can get a flu jab.

               

            • One Two 1.1.1.2.2.2

              How many sad stories have you got to share about your family joe?

              Stories that apparently empower you to use bigoted insults towards others who have been damaged or killed by vaccines…or who just wish to exercise their right to bodily autonomy and to say no…or their parental right to say no for their children…

              I'm grateful he has the opportunity to be vaccinated.

              And that is well and good. Just leave it there when other people make a choice not to vaccinate themselves or their children…especially after a vaccine injury or death to their loved one...

              You should extend  concern for your bothers well being …outwards in a more positive way…eh Joe.

               

              • joe90

                For many families polio and pertussis were life changing events.

                But don't let that get in the way of your supercilious dog wanking

                • One Two

                  For many families polio and pertussis were life changing events.

                  Sure. and of so it is for all the mothers and parents of vaccine damaged and dead kids…

                  Why should your experiences enable you to be so callous towards others..

                  • joe90

                    Because pro-plague scum are a threat to the public health measures that put an end to most communicable diseases.

                    • One Two

                      But it has been proven , that they are not..

                      Why are you still pushing that total nonsense around?

                      Do you have developmental issues you might like to also share – that is an honest question?

                  • McFlock

                    Because we know polio and pertussis deaths actually do happen by the hundreds of thousands if left unchecked. Not your imaginary numbers.

                    • One Two

                      Because we know polio deaths…

                      490,000 Indians damaged by the polio vaccine though…in only one single part of one country…

                      and pertussis deaths …

                      How many…where are the numbers you're referring to?

                       

                      Not your imaginary numbers

                      • 490,000 Indian children
                      • hundreds of thousands of african children per year

                      You are so under informed…what is that prevents being able admit it, and just quietly step out of the discussion?

                       

                    • McFlock

                      You did say millions of African children per year.

                      How many children die in Africa each year?

                      Have fun looking that up. I'm amazed big pharma has gotten away with it for so long. 

                    • One Two []

                      Bit late for you is it…

                      Have a look at what I wrote and the link I posted to joe..

                      • Hundreds of thousands per year…millions of them (total not pa)..

                      Death of any variety is not fun..

                      Whats with your commentary and calling events like death and vaccine damage fun..?

                      You are an apologist…worse than that you're an uninformed apologist…

                      Which means you don't care at all about the discussion you're involved with and you're engaging in bad faith.

                    • James []

                      God – you sound like Ed. 

                    • McFlock

                      How many hundred thousand? Because depending on the age definition of "children", you're still claiming about 1% (at a lower bound) of Africa's child mortality is due to experimentation of vaccines.

                      Which is a not-very-credible claim.

                      I’m off to bed.
                       

                  • The Al1en

                    Why should your experiences enable you to be so callous towards others..

                    Was it the hundreds of thousands of children killed per year by vaccines in the African countries used for experiments

                    Africans, many more female than males…killed by vaccines…millions of them

                    You've just thrown hundreds of thousands, and then millions of African kids under the hypocrisy bus, and try to smear joe90 with your own budget brand 'special' sauce.

                    Hypocrite 🙄

                    • McFlock

                      At rough math, one-two seems to be claiming that a double-digit percentage of all child deaths in Africa are caused by vaccine experimentation.

                      Which is a pretty bold claim.

                • gsays

                  @ joe. That is where your credibility just falls over.

                  You have your stories of your family and then put your repeated dog wanking epiphet after it, then its hard to have any empathy for you, let alone your arguement for vacination.  

                   

                  Surely, at least a canine is satisfied. 

              • marty mars

                hey one two you're coming across like a cartoon badguy – slimey insincerity and caustic vibe off your every comment – is that what you want? not cool dude.
                Fucken do that count to 10 (TEN) like I taught you – it WILL work. Come on you can do it just fucken try.

                • One Two

                  hey one two you're coming across like a cartoon badguy – slimey insincerity and caustic vibe off your every comment 

                  Nah bro…you're just looking for things which aren't there…why are you still trying to do that…

                  Have you not abused my comments enough in recent times…now your trying to paint yourself as something you most definitely are not…

                  You should really stop pretending to be able to read comments…and start asking your angry mates to stop hurling abusive insults….instead of popping up on mine…again…

                  not cool dude.

                  Jail jokes, are definitely not cool…bro.

                  Edit. I see you edited that comment…back to the bad language…and projected anger …again….

                  • marty mars

                    two bros eh one two, two? and somehow you're racism is okay? hard habit to break but your anger is destructive – it is NOT okay to be racist at any time one two anytime at all – ffs count to ten one two don't do it cos I say do it no do it for yourself one two do it for yourself lad

                    Edit. I see you edited that comment…back to the bad language…and projected anger …again….

                    • One Two

                      Why are you so desperate to project you anger issues into others?

                      Deliberately two bros…I call many people bro…they come from all around the world…and are all ethnic backgrounds…including tanagata whenua, pacifika, african american and many others…

                      It is very ugly for you to repeatedly cry racism at any opportunity…to other commentators here…

                      Speaks to who you are as a human being…

                    • marty mars

                      Why are you so desperate to project you anger issues into others?

                      You used the term 'bro' as a weapon against me, knowing I'm Māori . You're too weak to own up to your own weakness – bit of a dilemma eh noddy lol – don't worry I've dealt to dogshit racists for years and I don't forget that stuff mores the pity lol

                    • One Two []

                      You're like the boy who cried wolf…

                      knowing I'm a māori

                      know you're angry amd abusive through your comments…that's what I know…

                      And you're absolutely trying to bring non racism into your life…again..I suspect you're probably a racist..you push so hard and are so desperate…

                      As I said..you don't have a copyright on being a bro…so climb down from the soapbox and stop being such a mind slave..

                      I do not care one iota what ethnicity you identify as…that is your business…

                      And Ill use the word bro as and when I choose…

                    • The Al1en

                      I also believe it to be a form of targeted racism. I can't say I recall 12 calling anyone else on here bro, though of course, they are free to link and prove me incorrect.

                    • One Two []

                      Bro you believe whatever you like…

                      Trying to get in on martys intrepid search for racism..

                      Takes a disturbed mind to have a default mode which endlessly desires racism to feel self righteous…

                      Lower than that is the mind of someone who seeks to bandwagon as an uninvolved 3rd party…

                      Even lower again…the uninvolved band-wagoning 3rd party who is grandstanding …for some reason…that's you…bro.

                    • The Al1en

                      I can see why you're fighting so hard against the accusation, but it looks like you have no defence, here.

                      In your attempt to bait and attack MM, you let your racist cat out of the bag. I, like many others, think that bag should have long been tossed into a canal.

                      Shame on you, 12.

                    • One Two []

                      Nope. Just pointing out your 3rd party band wagon rasism grandstanding…

                      All very low rent..you try to be clever…overly so…it reeks through your confused commentary…

                      Which condition did you say it was..spectrum?

                    • The Al1en

                      Which condition did you say it was..spectrum?

                       
                      First it's racism, now you're weaponising autism.

                      Good job in completely destroying any remaining credibility, and all within half an hour.
                      Yep, you’re really as sharp as you believe 😆

                    • One Two []

                      I like to be sure those I engage with are doing so in good faith…

                      Also I observe the type of engagement to see if the subject matter could be harmful to the receiver…if I get an indication then I'll stop replying…

                      You're an interesting case.. having not changed styles since before you disappeared…

                      Your style is all over the place in an inarticulat, almost manic manner…hence the question..

                      Marty is an angry abusive with a long history of crying racism at any moment…

                      You seen similar, in that you're bouncing around trying to find shelter of a sort..comfort in something…Which is why your grandstanding marty bandwagon show is so obvious…

                      Takes a disturbed mind to provide an echo on a someone else's fake racism callouts..

                      A disturbed mind…

                       

                    • The Al1en

                      That doesn't cut the mustard.

                      You've been caught red handed being racist and belittling autism.

                      For one who argues against vaccinations partly because they, according to you cause spectrum disorders, shows exactly where your head is in the game.

                      You're as genuine as a $10 rolex.

                      Best you take your vegan dog out to shit on your unmowed lawns before heading off to bed to sleep it off.

                      You never could best me in a debate. No need to think you can now, especially when you're bang to rights.

                      You're only saving grace is this is very late and tomorrow everyone will move on to the next days bullshit-a-go-round, but we'll always know, won't we, eh? 😉

                      😆

                    • One Two []

                      You could never best me in a debate..

                      Just did.

                    • Tuppence Shrewsbury []

                      but wees poo, you didn’t beat anyone.

                       

                      i followed you original link. The one you posted way up above. It’s a boring narrative from an anthropologist. Not someone who should be the sole authority on whether vaccines cause harm. Despite his claims of meeting a guy who supports his observations. 

                      There weren’t “hundreds and thousands” of deaths claimed either? So wees poos, how did that verifiably bullshit claim climb to millions? Extrapolating conclusions from an incomplete and / or unverifiable data set is the cardinal sin of statistics and refutes all arguments made off of it. 

                       

                • gsays

                  So what do you make of joes last missive marty?

                  • marty mars

                    good stuff – one two is a poorly constructed yet well executed parody of an utter wanker.

                    • gsays

                      rightio then.

                      FWIW I have found the links from 1 2 a little more enlightening than what the nay-sayers have offered.

                      bedtime for me.

                      te po pai.

          • Sacha 1.1.1.2.3

            "I think it was on RNZ this morning, we were urged to get the flu jab."

            Oh, is that what prompted the circus.

            • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.1.2.3.1

              You can do better than that Sacha…it was higherstandard that pulled the pin…/open-mike-14-05-2019/#comment-1616524

               

              • Sacha

                Busy day. I generally react poorly to stuff that is conveyed with conspiracy language and tactics, even though as you know I am not blind to the weaknesses of current knowledge and systems.

                • One Two

                  I generally react poorly to stuff that is conveyed with conspiracy language and tactics,

                  Sort yourself out then and stop making excuses. I said that to you just the other day…

                   

                  • Sacha

                    You could always stop sounding like burning jet fuel and behaving like a sealion.

            • gsays 1.1.1.2.3.2

              Not me sacha, I had just checked out the furore after (now regrettably) engaging with joe.

              One thing I notice through these diatribes is no-one has negated Rosemary's observation of the placenta/breast feeding observation regarding pertussis.

              Lots of nasty name calling though.

              • McFlock

                Bit harsh to give women pertussis to immunise any prospective issue, though. 

                No idea about how true it is (especially the "naturally" bit). It just seems to me that the implementation of that treatment might be problematic.

              • Drowsy M. Kram

                Rosemary’s posting (on today’s OM @22.3) of Prof. Christine Stabell Benn’s TEDx talk on the unrecognised effects of attenuated live vaccines was a real eye opener for me.

                Interesting to investigate the epidemiology of online vax 'debates' and how they mutate/degenerate into slagging matches.  Might be a thesis in it  smiley

                https://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/summer_research/309/

                https://carolinaseveriche.me/misinformation-the-anti-vax-movement-and-health-outcomes/

                When Did Anti-Vax Start?

                The anti-vax movement started in the 18th century when Reverend Edmund Massey in England called the vaccines “diabolical operations” in his 1772 sermon. He described vaccination as an attempt to oppose God’s punishments upon man for his sins.

                The Anti-vaccination Movement: A Regression in Modern Medicine
                https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6122668/

                • One Two

                  Perhaps instead of using pejorative smears and linking to a study which could be viewed as <em>inflammatory…</em>

                  Perhaps invest some online time into researching the tactics which the vaccine industry and regulators/authorities/academia (also the industry) perform to distort the entirity of a discussion…

                  In fact the spin put on it since Jenner is nothing short of transparent…

                  The emperor has no cloths.

                  Do better than using insulting tropes Drowsy…you're better than that…I reckon…

                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    Did you view Prof./Dr Benn's TEDx talk that Rosemary posted?

                    Open mike 14/05/2019

                    Prof. Benn says that the medical establishment are largely ignoring (inconvenient) findings on the unrecognised/unexpected (non-specific) effects (both beneficial and harmful) of vaccines.  She thinks that "the main reason for this is the polarised vaccine debate."

                    She also says this (a direct quote from her TEDx talk, @13:30):

                    "This makes vaccines the largest untapped resource for improving health globally."

                    That’s a clear message. Please, don't shoot the messenger.

                    • One Two

                      I posted on Badim months ago, Drowsy…

                      But I'm talking about your final link and use of the smear AV…

                      Politely suggest you leave use of that label to the less capable of mind around here..

                      You don't need to lower yourself to that level…

                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      I admire the passion and energy with which you present your cause, but think your views are wrong.

                      I respectfully ask that you address this direct quote (@13:30):

                      "This makes vaccines the largest untapped resource for improving health globally."

                      If you choose to dismiss Prof. Benn's research because of that quote, then (IMHO) that is your loss, much as it is the loss of the medical establishment.

                • Kevin

                  Antivax is great until the chickens come home to roost…

                  Auckland couple Ian and Linda Williams thought they had made an informed decision against immunising their three children because of concerns over adverse reactions.

                  https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10860122

                  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/09/well/oregon-child-tetanus-vaccine.html

                  https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/jan/10/the-forgotten-story-of-di-jones-footballers-died-tetanus

    • BM 2.1

      As much as I'd prefer Collins as Leader over Bridges, the die is set, Bridges is leading National into 2020.

      If Bridges is rolled this side of the election it will be like Labour 2008 -2017, his supporters will undermine Collins or whoever becomes the leader and guarantee an electoral loss and the policial death of whoever replaced him.

      National will lose with Bridges in charge that's pretty much a certainty unless Bridges stands aside voluntarily, which is hardly likely, it makes little sense for Collins to overthrow Bridges and assume the leadership.

      Unless Ardern does something incredibly stupid like threatening to ban facebook then 2020 is in the bag.

    • Gabby 2.2

      If the question is 'what's even worse?'

  2. joe90 3

    TFW you think the kid's are okay and then realise some of those kids are the target audience for shit like this, and they're lapping it up.

     

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/josephbernstein/youtubes-newest-far-right-foul-mouthed-red-pilling-star-is

  3. Dennis Frank 4

    Richard Harman discusses Winston's attempt to win farmer support:  http://politik.co.nz/en/content/Environment/1561/Peters-trying-to-avoid-being-stranded-on-climate-change-Winston-Peters-NZ-First-Zero-Carbon-Bill-methane-targets.htm

    "Peters may find he doesn’t get much a reception from dairy farmers on that unless he can deliver on the growing demand for a debate on the use of genetically edited ryegrass which has been developed by AgResearch but which cannot be planted outside the laboratory in New Zealand because of anti-genetic modification legislation."

    "The Prime Minister’s former Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, has called for a debate on this and has said he doubts agriculture will be economically viable if it is to meet the methane targets with access to genetically edited grass.  But when the Prime Minister was asked last week whether there was a case to admit the use of the ryegrass she didn’t directly address the question."

    I guess that's due to her science advisor not yet having briefed her on the issue.  I suspect she may since have requested that briefing!!

    The Green caucus will be thrilled at the prospect of having to munch on a genetically-modified dead rat.  Or maybe they will draw the line over it.  If so, how can they do so without triggering an early election?  Genuine question.  I hope they reject the fundamentalist GE stance.  Farmers need incentives to play ball.

    • Robert Guyton 4.1

      Another sparklingly clever technology from the field of science will save us all, Dennis?

  4. gsays 5

    I am curious, is FB the only forum, cyber wise, for a community to organise around?

    I have not and will not have a bar of Zuckerburgs dalliance, but it is clear I am in a small minority.

    TS is great in that a conversation can be had, there is no advertising and tolerance of dickheads isn't too great.

    I am also aware that this just doesn't 'happen'. There is a lot of work in moderation, authors and the computer jiggery pokery.

    What other mediums are there?

     

    • Anne 5.1

      I have not and will not have a bar of Zuckerburgs dalliance, but it is clear I am in a small minority.

      I'm part of that minority. Might be more of us than you realise. The problem is, they're making life difficult for us FB abstainers because just about every cyber outlet is going FB these days and leaving us behind. 

      • Drowsy M. Kram 5.1.1

        "You don't miss what you never had." – I for one am quite happy to be left behind (and ‘alone’), thank-you very much!

        Who needs Facebook when you’ve got ‘The Standard‘. [No thunderbolt as yet.]

        • gsays 5.1.1.1

          Hmm, not sure if this is the place to enthuse about low and slow smoking/bbq… unless it was limited to free range mushrooms.

          • Drowsy M. Kram 5.1.1.1.1

            Not making the connection, but it's late & I'm dim(mer). Ah, I see (thanks Google!)

            My ‘thunderbolt’ reference was to a hypothetical Zuckerbolt – should have said.

            • gsays 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Avoiding upsetting vegans/vegetarians, (he said quietly, as he was supposed to be going to sleep).

      • greywarshark 5.1.2

        Yes facebook is being adopted as the default for quick contact.   It feels like early days when Microsoft ruled the waves, and government bought into it wholesale.

      • mary_a 5.1.3

        @ Anne (5.1) …  Particularly agree with your final paragraph.

        I'm a non FB user as well and I know plenty more non users of the medium. I value my privacy too much to feel the need to share my personal details with all and sundry. 

        I enjoy keeping up to date with alternative news sites, such as TS TDB and the like. Much more informative. Personally I'd rather be informed than influenced. 

        • Anne 5.1.3.1

          @ mary_a
          I'm not au fait with the workings of FB, but it seems to me that it would be reasonably easy to break into a site and harass a person for political or personal reasons. Having had the misfortune to be targeted in such a way more than once, I'm not going to put myself  in a position where somebody can do it to me again.

  5. greywarshark 6

    Survey on disabled housing – Auckland… Have you seen this Rosemary.   It might be good to get your oar in.   And anyone with disabled access, issues.

    Auckland Disability Law

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2019/05/14/research-opportunity-share-your-housing-experiences-auckland-disability-law/

    • Rosemary McDonald 6.1

      We'll have a look tomorrow, maybe even participate in a survey.  Jaded folk that we are…pretty sure these questions have been asked in years past, and still it is not mandatory to future proof all state/social housing.  We have finally cleared away twenty years of grot and got our accessible family home ready to be sold.  Scouted around a number of agents and settled on the one who wasn't shy about putting 'wheelchair access' in the marketing blurbs. You'd be surprised how many agents think having an accessible house is a turn off to buyers. Luckily we have the Bus to live in if the house sells, as there's bugger all in the way of accessible housing out there!

      • greywarshark 6.1.1

        Rosemary and partner – you are bold adventurers.   Hope the sale brings in good money.    I hope you will be able to park the bus in places where you find compatible  people that will be good friends.

        • Rosemary McDonald 6.1.1.1

          We're not selling the house to make good money…we're selling it because it is too big now the kids have grown and flown and we simply can't afford to keep it.

          We will park the Bus in places where we can meet people who won't call me a lying nutter. 

          • greywarshark 6.1.1.1.1

            Ooh cool, take it sweet Rosemary.    Get away from those people they are hurting you.    Let us know how you get on and what good things have happened lately, we mustn't let the negative settle on us.

  6. adam 7

    Bloody nora, trump and co go from crazy to utterly nuts. 

     



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    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    3 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contemptuous
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    5 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    7 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
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    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
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    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    3 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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