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Daily Review 15/11/2016

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  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    @McFlock
    Put this here because it was OT in thread.

    For example, I tend to suspect (I’m not sure, it just seems reasonable on the face of it) that supply of money has some input as to its value, for which some social credit type folks have suggested I’m basically following rogernomics, and we can print as much cash as we want (billions) with no impact on the exchange rate or inflation.

    It’s not just creation money though – you have to include it’s destruction. The cycle should go:

    Government >> economy >> government

    The money’s return to government is actually it’s destruction. Under those conditions then inflation can be minimal.

    As for the exchange value – that needs to be set by a formula (essentially imports/exports) rather than the wishful thinking of the speculators.

    • weka 1.1

      How is money going back to the government destruction?

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1

        Because when it’s returned to the government it’s matched against previous spending.

        Spend into the economy (+1)
        Return to government (-1)
        total = 0

        The government should actually run at a slight deficit to match population growth and the easy way to do that is a UBI.

        • pat 1.1.1.1

          spend into the economy(+1)
          return to government (-1)
          tax rate 100%
          spend available for provision 0
          output 0
          savings 0
          confidence 0

          exchange rate …..won’t matter as it won’t be wanted (or needed)

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.1

            Completely wrong.

            Spend available for provision of government services is the amount needed to provide those services – no more, no less.
            This spending then gets spent into the private sector causing multiplier effect (usually around 3 times).
            Overall tax @ 33% to have return to government balance.

            It would be government spending, including the UBI, that provides the entire money supply for the economy to work. This:

            1. Removes poverty
            2. Eliminates the business cycle
            3. and removes the need for infinite exponential growth on a finite world.

            • pat 1.1.1.1.1.1

              lol….so zero imports and zero savings …thats a realistic model…not

              • Draco T Bastard

                Why would there be zero imports/exports?

                And we don’t need savings. In fact, savings seem to be a large part of the problem with our present financial system.

                That said, there’s nothing stopping people from putting money in the bank. They just won’t get any interest on it.

                • pat

                  why?…because you claim a tax rate of 33% and a multiplier of 3 …that requires a zero savings and import rate

                  and we don’t need savings? would love to hear your explanation of how anyone is going to purchase anything that costs more than say a weeks “wages”( while eating and being housed)…and that also suggests all ownership will have be by the state for there will be no ability for private investment…and placing it in a bank (even at zero interest) still removes it from circulation and negatively impacts ME

                  but the best of all is how you propose to administer the inevitable demand for more. and the inflationary spiral that creates.?..even in a totally closed economy which while possible is extremely unlikely

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    why?…because you claim a tax rate of 33% and a multiplier of 3 …that requires a zero savings and import rate

                    You said that when you claimed it was 100% tax rate. Now that you’re informed that it’s actually 33% you’re saying the same thing.

                    Your maths is wrong.

                    $1 is spent into the economy
                    This produces $1 of economic value
                    $0.33 is taxed back out from that $1

                    Leaving $0.67 in the economy which goes round again to be taxed again

                    Meanwhile, the government has spent more into the economy

                    You need to think of the economy as a constant flow.

                    Money in >> stuff happens >> Money out >> Money in

                    It’s not Money in >> Money out and that’s it, nobodies got any money and nothing happened as you seem to think.

                    and we don’t need savings?

                    No we don’t. Savings aren’t needed to buy cars. It’s supposedly needed to make investments but it’s not needed for that either.

                    And, of course, people would still be able to put money aside to buy larger stuff.

                    but the best of all is how you propose to administer the inevitable demand for more.

                    And how did I propose to do that?

                    and the inflationary spiral that creates.?

                    There’s no inflationary spiral as the money is balanced. Unlike now where the money into the system isn’t balanced resulting in high house price inflation.

                    • pat

                      “You said that when you claimed it was 100% tax rate. Now that you’re informed that it’s actually 33% you’re saying the same thing.

                      Your maths is wrong.”

                      lol. nothing wrong with my basic arithmetic but does appear to be something wrong with your understanding of the multiplier effect which you cited..

                      .ME ratio= 1/ propensity to save, propensity to tax and propensity to import

                      so your example 3 = 1/ 0 + 0 .33 + 0 …. change any factor (imports or savings i.e.) and your multiplier will change.

                      will return to your other misconceptions when I have some time

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      your understanding of the multiplier effect which you cited..

                      Possible. The multiplier effect won’t be the same in a Sovereign Money financial system as in the current system.

                      I’m thinking that it would be more of a measure of how many transactions money will go through before it’s fully returned/destroyed. I was making an assumption, based upon the present multiplier usually being ~3, that it would be about the same.

                      Thinking about it some more that assumption is most likely low which means that the overall tax rate would be lower. Would probably need a FTT.

                    • pat

                      “No we don’t. Savings aren’t needed to buy cars. It’s supposedly needed to make investments but it’s not needed for that either.”

                      Didn’t mention cars, but if you maintain savings are not needed (though you then contradict yourself by stating monies can be put aside for larger stuff….otherwise known as savings) one can only assume that either the government will lend or gift monies for large purchases or that money itself will cease to be.

                      “And how did I propose to do that?”

                      you haven’t ….and that is the point.You have ignored the increasing demand by a society that only has to bring political pressure to obtain more or the same for less, how does your model propose to deal with that? This speaks to the inflationary spiral that would be created.

                      If what you have outlined here is a genuine model then you should at least be up front and admit the only way it would have a chance of successfully operate (at least briefly) would mean the end of private ownership, a completely closed economy that is likely to become increasingly unsophistocated and a totalitarian state that is mandated by the majority with no protection for dissenters….think we’ve seen where that leads..

        • McFlock 1.1.1.2

          So basically, you’re borrowing against the government’s income next year, as opposed to the government’s income this year. And if the money back doesn’t meet the money you’d spent, it’s inflationary.

          How is that different from the standard bonds the reserve bank lends to banks? I can see why “lending” it to central government for infrastructure development rather than just to inflate the banking sector, but what you describe still requires conventional, basic budgeting, not a currently untapped source of revenue.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.2.1

            So basically, you’re borrowing against the government’s income next year

            Nope.

            Government creates the money
            Spends it into the economy
            Taxes money back out of the economy (destroys money)

            No borrowing at all.

            The economy is a continuous cycle.

            And if the money back doesn’t meet the money you’d spent, it’s inflationary.

            Nope. Growing economy requires a growing volume of money. Of course, sovereign money can also be used to turn the economy into a Stable State Economy.

            How is that different from the standard bonds the reserve bank lends to banks?

            These would no longer exist. Banks would not be able to borrow from the RBNZ.
            Also, the government borrowing from the private sector would also not exist.

            but what you describe still requires conventional, basic budgeting, not a currently untapped source of revenue.

            I never called it income because it’s not income.

            It’s the base driver of the economy.

            • McFlock 1.1.1.2.1.1

              But you said that to maintain the overall level at zero change (to avoid inflation), the government had to “destroy” a dollar for every dollar it created.

              The money only does any good if the government spends it, gives it to other people. Pays a UBI, pays road workers, whatever.

              To get it back to destroy it, the government needs to levy a tax or gain profit from a transaction.

              You’re plugging extra money into the economy this year, but you need to avoid creating inflation by taking back a matching amount of money in taxes.

              Let’s say you have annual tax revenue of 100bil in a country with a gdp of 300bil. You want to buy everyone a UBIferrari, at an additional cost of 40bil, so you print the required cash. Next year you need to raise $140bil in taxes and destroy 40bil of it, and your gdp is 340bil, so you’ve got ~12% increase in gdp and cash supply while the invented cash is still in the economy.

              So you’re still left with government expenditure cuts or tax increases to maintain the monetary balance.

              • Draco T Bastard

                You want to buy everyone a UBIferrari, at an additional cost of 40bil, so you print the required cash.

                But the government doesn’t buy everyone a Ferrari now does it? Really, why would you come up with such a stupid example?

                What it does is spend money to provide government services (Police, justice, etc). and the UBI. These people now have money which they want to spend. They spend it into the private sector.

                As the money moves through the economy it’s taxed in various ways (returned to government). These taxes result in the money being destroyed.

                So you’re still left with government expenditure cuts or tax increases to maintain the monetary balance.

                Which bit about the government spending being balanced by taxes didn’t you understand?

                And, no, you wouldn’t have to cut government services – ever. In fact, doing so would probably cause a recession because the money that the government is spending is the full and total supply of money for the economy.

                I really can’t make it any simpler.

                Government creates money
                Government spends money into the economy via government services
                Government taxes money back out of the economy destroying the money

                • Clump_AKA Sam

                  It’s not necessarily to finance government spending but it is necessary to keep money circulating, other wise it goes stagnant and festers in speculative property prices.

                  If Graham Hart spent the amount of money McFlock suggests in what’s called the permanent money hypotheses Graham would explode in 20 secounds because of the heat generated from spending, so Graham simply can’t spend that amount of money, the role of taxation is to put it back into the hands of those who will spend.

                  Later curve: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/laffercurve.asp

                  Permanent money hypotheses: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/permanent-income-hypothesis.asp

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    It’s not necessarily to finance government spending but it is necessary to keep money circulating, other wise it goes stagnant and festers in speculative property prices.

                    Taxes?

                    • Clump_AKA Sam

                      Or stimulus from deficit spending, or even cutting corporate taxes can cause inflation, (at the risk of receiving a ban for mentioning Trumps name) Trumpism, there are so many ways to boost demand, my point is if MrFlock would try google first he wouldn’t come across as such an asshole

                • McFlock

                  I chose an absurd example (actually “UBIferrari”) because the what is irrelevant to the discussion: it could be a UBI, earthquake repairs, or a moonbase.

                  The fact is that you’re still tying government expenditure to government income. In a particularly inefficient way. Because, like most economic theories, your model is to simplistic.

                  You want to spend money now in order to tax it back later. But rather than doing it with bonds (and addidng a “debt servicing” line item to the annual budget that’s a small proportion of what you actually borrowed), by flooding the economy in new money you necessitate getting it back as soon as possible. The end sum might be zero, but in my example you’ve still increased the money supply by 40bil until you’ve taxed it back. And artificial boom/bust cycle.

                  And how would you tax it back – monthly or quarterly variations in PAYE? How would that effect folks’ wallets? Or annually bounce the tax rate 15% up or down depending on what you want to build this year? you reckon that’s electorally sustainable? Again, for simply the same result: government expenditure that’s constrained by government income.

                  • Clump_AKA Sam

                    Read the theory again

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    You want to spend money now in order to tax it back later.

                    We’re not starting at zero. We already have the government taxing and spending.

                    But rather than doing it with bonds (and addidng a “debt servicing” line item to the annual budget that’s a small proportion of what you actually borrowed)

                    The government shouldn’t borrow money – ever. It has no need to as it can create money and not have interest charged on it. Just so long as it then destroys that money through taxation.

                    Why do people insist that the government has to pay interest on money?

                    The end sum might be zero, but in my example you’ve still increased the money supply by 40bil until you’ve taxed it back. And artificial boom/bust cycle.

                    And that is why your thinking fails. You think that the economy is static rather than a continuous flow.

                    Again, for simply the same result: government expenditure that’s constrained by government income.

                    Can you point me to where I said it would be otherwise?

                    What I said is that government spending through government services and the UBI should be the total money available to the economy. That this would stabilise the economy eliminating the ‘business cycle’ and poverty.

                    • McFlock

                      I don’t believe the economy is either static or a continuous flow.
                      I think there are lag times and elastic relationships throughout the economy, and my concern with your plan is that it causes a surge throughout the system, followed by a corresponding low pressure zone. And that causes more stress to individuals in the system, breaking some of them.

                      Whereas conventional tax/borrow and spend government policies don’t have that lag period where there’s a sudden boost in money supply on top of everything else.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      and my concern with your plan is that it causes a surge throughout the system, followed by a corresponding low pressure zone

                      But it doesn’t and that thinking is that of a static model.

                      Whereas conventional tax/borrow and spend government policies don’t have that lag period where there’s a sudden boost in money supply on top of everything else.

                      The sudden boost in money supply that we’re seeing now is from the private banks creating huge amounts of money in lending for houses and offshore buyers of our housing.

                    • McFlock

                      Well, perhaps there is some niche economic definition of “static” – but I meant it in the conventional meaning of lacking in movement, action or change. Which is impossible in a system that has pressure waves, which by definition are change. But either way, simply saying that the model is “widget” doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

                      How does one create cash and avoid inflation in the period between when government pays the people and when it taxes that amount back off them?

                      The current boost in money supply is intentional policy by the reserve bank which is using a blunt tool to face a complex problem: a largely stagnant economy with one single sector that’s massively overinflated in price due to long term supply shortfalls.

                      That is a separate issue to whether your concept of printing (then destroying) money adds any advantage over the current conventions of managing government accounts.

                    • Clump_AKA Sam

                      Bruh. Economics is uncertain

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      How does one create cash and avoid inflation in the period between when government pays the people and when it taxes that amount back off them?

                      See, you’re thinking that one thing happens and then the next thing happens at a later time when both will be happening simultaneously. The former is static model thinking.

                      The current boost in money supply is intentional policy by the reserve bank which is using a blunt tool to face a complex problem:

                      Actually, it’s been the intentional policy of the government for the last ~30 years who legislated what the RBNZ was going to do, gave it the tools to do that and removed capital movement restrictions.

                      That is a separate issue to whether your concept of printing (then destroying) money adds any advantage over the current conventions of managing government accounts.

                      Actually, it gives advantage to the entire economy and not just the governments books:

                      1. By removing the private banks ability to create money it stabilises the economy from that direction. No more banks creating huge amounts and then panicking and stopping creating any thus throwing the country into recession/depression
                      2. They’ll be no need to borrow offshore to utilise our own resources as they’ll be plenty of money available
                      3. By ensuring that there is a constant influx of money into the system via the UBI ensures that there will always be a demand for businesses to supply
                      4. The UBI will ensure that everyone who wants to will be able to get a good education
                      5. The UBI will allow people to be entrepreneurial by ensuring that they don’t drop into poverty if their idea fails
                      6. The removal of interest bearing debt from government removes the need for continued growth

                    • McFlock

                      See, you’re thinking that one thing happens and then the next thing happens at a later time when both will be happening simultaneously. The former is static model thinking.

                      It seems to me that you’re trying to have it both ways: you said “As the money moves through the economy it’s taxed in various ways (returned to government). “. That means there’s a lag between when the money is distributed and when the same amount of money is finally returned via taxes. If there’s a lag then there’s a period of substantially increased money supply. If there’s no lag, then you’re not “creating” money, you’re simply transferring tax revenue into expenditure in exactly the same way it’s currently done.

                      Actually, it [“printing (then destroying) money”-mcf] gives advantage to the entire economy and not just the governments books:

                      1. By removing the private banks ability to create money it stabilises the economy from that direction. No more banks creating huge amounts and then panicking and stopping creating any thus throwing the country into recession/depression

                      Yes and no. It bypasses the fractional reserve system (which is merely a multiplier of the OCR tool, not an integral part), but that doesn’t mean that the banks will contribute any less to boom and bust speculative cycles.

                      2. They’ll be no need to borrow offshore to utilise our own resources as they’ll be plenty of money available

                      Borrowing, either directly or by simply printing cash and borrowing that off future taxpayers, is a sign of insufficient taxation right now.

                      3. By ensuring that there is a constant influx of money into the system via the UBI ensures that there will always be a demand for businesses to supply

                      That is a benefit of a UBI in particular, but yes does apply to other government expenditure if it’s done wisely. IMO most importantly the government expenditure needs to go into the regions so it can flow back into the urban centres then the corporates, rather than just swilling around a few key CBDs.

                      4. The UBI will ensure that everyone who wants to will be able to get a good education

                      Nah. That’s what the education system is for.

                      5. The UBI will allow people to be entrepreneurial by ensuring that they don’t drop into poverty if their idea fails

                      Fair enough, but this isn’t about the benefits of a UBI, it’s about how some UBI proponents intend to pay for it.

                      6. The removal of interest bearing debt from government removes the need for continued growth

                      but printing money simply substitutes interest payments for boosts to inflation. Growth is therefore still necessary.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      That means there’s a lag between when the money is distributed and when the same amount of money is finally returned via taxes. If there’s a lag then there’s a period of substantially increased money supply.

                      Nope because the taxes would go up at the same time that spending goes up. If spending doesn’t go up then taxes don’t go up.

                      And we’re not starting at a zero point. We already have a monetary flow. There’d be a transition period when inflation may be a little higher than normal but I doubt if it would last long.

                      It bypasses the fractional reserve system (which is merely a multiplier of the OCR tool, not an integral part), but that doesn’t mean that the banks will contribute any less to boom and bust speculative cycles.

                      Yeah, actually, it does:
                      1. The banks will no longer be able to leverage minimal funds into massive loans. They’re strictly limited to what they have on deposit for on-lending and the people who so deposited it won’t be able to spend it either thus removing that piece of leveraging as well
                      2. If a few people lose their money from speculation so what? The constant flow of money from the government will ensure that loss with have minimal feed on effects. Mostly, the banks won’t suddenly stop creating money and throwing us all into recession as happened in the GFC

                      Borrowing, either directly or by simply printing cash and borrowing that off future taxpayers

                      Creating money which is then spent directly into the economy producing economic activity now is not borrowing.

                      Nah. That’s what the education system is for

                      People need to be able to afford to go and get that education and that’s what the UBI will do.

                      but printing money simply substitutes interest payments for boosts to inflation.

                      But creating money doesn’t automatically translate into inflation – as the vast printing of money around the world after the GFC proved.

                    • McFlock

                      Nope because the taxes would go up at the same time that spending goes up. If spending doesn’t go up then taxes don’t go up.

                      So how does that differ with what blinglish currently does every year?

                      And we’re not starting at a zero point. We already have a monetary flow. There’d be a transition period when inflation may be a little higher than normal but I doubt if it would last long.

                      Ok, so there will be inflation, now we’re just quibbling over how large and sustained it will be.

                      It bypasses the fractional reserve system (which is merely a multiplier of the OCR tool, not an integral part), but that doesn’t mean that the banks will contribute any less to boom and bust speculative cycles.

                      Yeah, actually, it does:
                      1. The banks will no longer be able to leverage minimal funds into massive loans. They’re strictly limited to what they have on deposit for on-lending and the people who so deposited it won’t be able to spend it either thus removing that piece of leveraging as well
                      2. If a few people lose their money from speculation so what? The constant flow of money from the government will ensure that loss with have minimal feed on effects. Mostly, the banks won’t suddenly stop creating money and throwing us all into recession as happened in the GFC

                      It wasn’t the creation of money that created the GFC, it was the outright frauds that were committed with that money, that then made the banks terrified of lending money to each other in order to settle daily debts and tallies. They created a pyramid of bad loan packages, then as soon as the music stopped playing all the bankers dropped those hot potatoes so they wouldn’t get caught with their pants down (abuse of allegorical language intentional 🙂 ).

                      Creating money which is then spent directly into the economy producing economic activity now is not borrowing.

                      It is if taxpayers have to make it up, even in the near-immediate future.

                      but printing money simply substitutes interest payments for boosts to inflation.

                      But creating money doesn’t automatically translate into inflation – as the vast printing of money around the world after the GFC proved.

                      Well, yes it does. That’s why they did it: boost GDP with the corresponding effect on inflation. Because they were at extreme risk of deflation and depression.

                    • Clump_AKA Sam

                      Maybe if we take a step back because interest rates set the rate at which you can borrow from the reserve bank but they are apart of the cost when settling transactions between different banks, and banks hang on to reserve in case the housing sector has a massive run on for cash, and they never pass on full rate cuts. But if you take interest away banks themselves still have guides to take on crises, and that’s just in case there’s a fiscal demand for cash.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      So how does that differ with what blinglish currently does every year?

                      The current system actually borrows the money at interest. The government borrows from private banks which create the money at the time. The addition of interest means that it can never be fully paid back which means we have an expanding monetary base.

                      Never mind the fact that the private banks also create money when they make a loan to private individuals as well.

                      Sovereign Money gets rid of that. It has the continuous creation and destruction of money needed to keep the economy moving but it doesn’t have the interest component that forces growth. A stable state economy would work.

                      They created a pyramid of bad loan packages, then as soon as the music stopped playing all the bankers dropped those hot potatoes so they wouldn’t get caught with their pants down (abuse of allegorical language intentional 🙂 ).

                      The entire banking sector is a Ponzi Scheme – see above – which is why it fell over.

                      Well, yes it does. That’s why they did it: boost GDP with the corresponding effect on inflation. Because they were at extreme risk of deflation and depression.

                      No it doesn’t.

                      Yes, that is one of the reasons why they printed so much money but the inflation didn’t actually eventuate. The other reason, and probably the main one, that they printed so much was to prop up the banks. If the Ponzi Scheme that the private banks run collapsed the way it should have then, yes, we would have been in a depression.

                      Of course, the best thing that they could have done to prevent a depression is implement a UBI and let the banks collapse. Instead they gave it all to the banks which then kept it instead of loaning it out for productive activity.

                      A UBI would have prevented a recession, kept local businesses going and allowed the market to correct for the banks fraudulent activities.

                    • McFlock

                      The addition of interest means that it can never be fully paid back which means we have an expanding monetary base.

                      Bullshit. Of course it can be paid off, with interest.

                      And the “sovereign debt” equivalent of interest is the systemic costs of the inflation it creates, even temporarily.

                      Yes, that is one of the reasons why they printed so much money but the inflation didn’t actually eventuate.

                      or it did eventuate and without it the world would have gone into a deflationary spiral.

                      The other reason, and probably the main one, that they printed so much was to prop up the banks. If the Ponzi Scheme that the private banks run collapsed the way it should have then, yes, we would have been in a depression.

                      agreed.

                      Of course, the best thing that they could have done to prevent a depression is implement a UBI and let the banks collapse. Instead they gave it all to the banks which then kept it instead of loaning it out for productive activity.

                      Nah. The best thing they could have done was buy all the bad loans at crap market rates and renegotiate sustainable repayment terms for the borrowers, thereby starting one of the biggest state housing programmes in decades if not history.

    • ropata 1.2

      Profit gouging (especially by multinationals, e.g. bank interest) is also destruction of money, if there’s a weak tax regime (or tax haven) and no reciprocal investment back into NZ

      Similarly, GST & income tax is a highly regressive drag on the economy and devalues the work of the many, whereas the top few % rich in assets pay relatively no tax. In fact, because of the property bubble there are thousands of lucky/privileged/entitled Aucklanders whose net tax is probably less than zero.

      On Planet Key, the wealthy pay no tax, and the poor get taxed on all income over $1

  2. Muttonbird 2

    On Planet Key a severely unstable man is stopped by police after stalking a couple armed with a knife. They let him go to kill the very next day.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11748624

    On the same Planet Key a journalist has his home ransacked by police after highlighting government corruption.

    • BM 2.1

      More public service incompetence, the sooner we privatize everything, the better.

      • Muttonbird 2.1.1

        Blame the workers. First port of call when something goes wrong.

        • Gangnam Style 2.1.1.1

          Same with privatisation, offset the blame, a whole bunch of people with their hands in the air singing ‘It wasn’t me’ til you get to the poor shmo on minimum wage at the bottom of the ladder ‘It’s all his fault!’.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2

        He says after fight clubs and death have been found in privatised prisons – due to the lack of standards in the privatised prisons.

      • adam 2.1.3

        Predictable response, sad, but predictable…

        More of this national government and there worshipers failing to take any responsibility for anything the have wreaked over the last 8 years of office.

      • ropata 2.1.4

        Nothing to do with chronic lack of resourcing in Police and cutting mental health services so that Bill English can put some nice numbers in a fucking spreadsheet…

  3. Muttonbird 3

    If you are brave enough, this is Watkins’ fluff piece on Key. No analysis of the situation, just a gentle combing of John Key’s hair.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/86503566/a-warning-to-expect-the-worst

  4. Muttonbird 4

    Then, if you really want to be sick in your mouth, watch this pan and scan drivel to dramatic orchestral music from the Horrid.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11748647

    This is awful broadcasting. And this is what the Horrid want to do with the NZOA funding changes. They want to contest for public funding to produce this kind of crap.

  5. Anne 5

    Brave enough to tell the truth. Good on you Jeremy Corbyn.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/donald-trump-lastest-news-jeremy-corbyn-grow-up-us-immigration-mexico-andrew-marr-a7414576.html

    There’s no dedicated post today so put it here.

  6. ianmac 7

    Ha ha. I was lucky enough just now to watch the super big Moon-rise at about 68degrees from North in Blenheim. A lovely golden colour and just huge. Don’t think I will be around to see the next one.

    • Muttonbird 7.1

      This was my take on the super moon. It was last month though at moon-set facing east from the base of Mt Wellington where I live.

      View post on imgur.com

      I’m calling it “night flight”.

    • ropata 7.2

      Nice one, weather in Auckland has been too crap for the last couple of days, I’ve seen nothing but grey

    • Ovid 7.3

      I do hope you have at least another 18 years in you. The full moon will be even closer on 26 November 2034. And there’s a total solar eclipse directly over the South Island in 2028 to tide you over.

    • mac1 7.4

      Oh ianmac saw the same moon at the same time from the same place! Next one in November 2034.

      We’ll both be around to see that one, yeah?

  7. One Two 8

    The picture header is in poor taste

  8. joe90 9

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    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    16 hours ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 day ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 days ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    2 days ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 days ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 days ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    2 days ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
    3 days ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
    Barbados is planning to remove the queen as head of state and become a republic in time for the 55th anniversary of its independence in 2021: Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. [...] Reading ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    4 days ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
    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 What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    4 days ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
    On “In Defense of Looting” Matt Taibibi takes an entertaining look at this generation of woke activists and how they compare with Abbie Hoffman the iconic anti-Vietnam war counter-culture figure of the 1960s On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Carbon prices must rise
    When Parliament introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme, it was worried that carbon prices might get too high. So it introduced a "fixed price option", allowing polluters to pay the government $25 in the place of surrendering credits. The result was predictable: after we were thrown out of international carbon markets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosure
    The government will finally be requiring large New Zealand companies to disclose their climate change risks: New Zealand finance companies will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. The policy will force around 200 large financial organisations in New Zealand to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Tackling the hard issues – trust and relationships
    By Claire Grant, Genomics Aotearoa Communications Manager Community consultation is becoming an increasingly important aspect of research programmes in New Zealand, and with that comes the art of relationship building. Engagement between scientists and user-groups is certainly nothing new. But as stakeholder involvement becomes more of a requirement for science, ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    5 days ago
  • Equality Network – September Newsletter
    Read the Equality Network newsletter here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Left’s Lost Allies.
    Rebels In A Wrong Cause: The truly frightening thing about Jami-Lee Ross’s and Billy Te Kahika’s success in persuading thousands of New Zealanders that Covid-19 is just another trick, just another way of stealing away their power, is realising just how many of them once marched at the Left’s side. ...
    5 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Low-Hanging Fruit
    In a couple of months, the 53rd Parliament will meet in Wellington, and approximately 120 MPs will be sworn in, many of them for the first time.They will all have political goals, some aligning with their party platforms, some not, some complex, and some simple, but they will gain one ...
    5 days ago
  • Closing the Gap thinks that Labour’s proposal to raise the top tax rate is great but………
    Media Statement For Immediate Release 10th September 2020 The income and wealth inequality lobby group, “Closing the Gap” thinks the Labour proposal a great start says Peter Malcolm, a spokesperson for the group. But they need to be aware of what many of the rich do and of what do ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: No nonsense
    ACT is pushing a "no-nonsense climate change plan". What does it involve? Repealing the Zero Carbon Act and Emissions Trading Scheme, reversing the fossil-fuel exploration ban, and allowing mining on conservation land. In other words, repealing any policy which might actually reduce emissions. Which is the very definition of nonsensical. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • My Climate Story: Coming full Circle
    This blog post is a follow up to my recap of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training I recently participated in. One of the exercises we were asked to complete was to write about our respective "Climate Story". This is a slightly updated version to the one I had submitted during ...
    5 days ago
  • A bill to criminalise wage theft
    Wage theft is a problem in New Zealand, with a widespread practice of forcing employees to work without pay, and regular cases of underpayment and exploitation. One reason why its such a widespread problem is impunity: rather than a crime, wage theft is merely a tort, dealt with by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: What the voting age debate tells us about our disconnected political media
    New Zealand’s media and online politics often reflect the values of liberal and progressive agendas. According to Liam Hehir, the current proposals to lower the voting age to 16 years – which the media overwhelming supports – is indicative of a wider mismatch with society, which is not good for ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Why Pay Taxes?
    My wife and I, through a combination of good luck and good management, have managed to retire in comfortable circumstances. We celebrate our good fortune by making relatively small but regular donations to a range of good causes – to rescue services like the rescue helicopters, St John’s Ambulance and ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • Now everyone’s a statistician. Here’s what armchair COVID experts are getting wrong
    Jacques Raubenheimer, University of Sydney If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on social media, especially if we don’t have the right context. For instance, we may cherry pick statistics supporting our viewpoint and ignore statistics showing we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • More timid bullshit from Labour
    Over the weekend, Labour released its welfare policy: an increase in benefit abatement thresholds. And that's it. Faced with clear evidence of ongoing hardship among beneficiaries and a call from its on Welfare Expert Advisory Group to raise core benefits by between 12 percent and 47 percent, Labour's response is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Police Kill as Part of their Social Function
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (Bogota; 09/11/2020) The murder of Javier Ordoñez in the neighbourhood of Villa Luz in Bogotá, Colombia at the hands of two policemen brings to the fore the issue of police violence and its function in society. First of all we should be clear that we are ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #37
    Story of the Week... La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS...  Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... Humans exploiting and destroying nature on unprecedented scale – report Animal populations have plunged an average of 68% ...
    6 days ago
  • The 2019 measles epidemic in Samoa
    Gabrielle Po-Ching In November 1918, the cargo and passenger ship Talune travelled to Apia, Samoa from Auckland, carrying a number of passengers who had pneumonic influenza. From these passengers stemmed the biggest pandemic Samoa had ever seen. With around 8,500 deaths, over 20% of the country’s population at the ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Shifting all Isolation/Quarantine Facilities to a Single Air Force Base: The Need for a Critical Ana...
    Prof Nick Wilson*, Prof Michael Baker In this blog the arguments for and against shifting all COVID-19 related isolation/quarantine facilities to a single air force base at Ōhakea are considered. The main advantage would be a reduction in the risk of border control failures, which can potentially involve outbreaks ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • The difference between Green and Labour: a tale of two Finance Ministers
    So the Greens co-leader James Shaw recently made a mistake. In his role as Associate Finance Minister approving funding for “shovel-ready” projects, he fought hard for a private “Green school” to get funding to expand their buildings and, therefore, their student capacity. There are many problems with what he did: ...
    Cut your hairBy calebmorgan
    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – The missing election policy on free dental visits
    Over the last three years there have been growing calls for the government to provide dental services under the health system – universal free dental care. This is because at the moment there’s an anomaly in which teeth are regarded as different from the rest of the body which means ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #37
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 6, 2020 through Sat, Sep 12, 2020 Editor's Choice With California ablaze, Newsom blasts Trump administration for failing to fight climate change Trinity River Conservation Camp crew members drown ...
    7 days ago
  • Letter to the Editor
    Dear Sir, As we head into the run up to the upcoming election I feel it is my duty to draw your attention to the lack of fun we are currently forced to ensure by the Adern regime. In their efforts to keep the nation’s essential workers, health compromised people, ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    1 week ago
  • Participating in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training
    It finally happened: about 13 years after first watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT) in 2007 when it became available in Germany, I recently completed the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training! Participating in this particular training had been on my to-do list for quite some time but it ...
    1 week ago
  • Dysfunctional Design
    Windows 95 is famous for requiring the shutting down the system by clicking ‘start, like stopping your car by turning the ignition key on. Why are so many interfaces so user-unfriendly? The Covid app to register your entering premises can be so clumsy. Sometimes I have signed in, sat down ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Josh Van Veen: Can we trust the polls?
    Is the 2020 election result really the foregone conclusion that the polls and commentators are suggesting? Josh Van Veen suggests otherwise, pointing to some of the shortcomings of opinion polling, which could ready some politicians to say “bugger the pollsters” on election night.   In November 1993, opinion polls foretold ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • The UK wants climate action
    Back in 2019, six select committees of the UK Parliament established a Citizen's Assembly to investigate how to respond to climate change. The Assembly's deliberations were forced online by the pandemic, but it has finally reported back, and overwhelmingly supports strong action: Taxes that increase as people fly further ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • In the US, the End of Days.
    I am feeling a bit impish today and so for no particular reason I thought I would share this thought, which I first posted over on twitter: “Hurricanes, wildfires, floods, heatwaves, street protests, armed vigilante militias, a lethal pandemic and a corrupt authoritarian using the federal government for partisan and ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Government too slow in deploying military to assist with Covid-19 response, former defence minister ...
    Wayne Mapp (Photo: Tsmith.nz via Wikimedia) A former Minister of Defence says the government was too slow to involve the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in New Zealand’s response to Covid-19. But Wayne Mapp, a National MP from 1996-2011 who served as Minister of Defence for three ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • Underwhelming
    Transport is our second biggest polluter after agriculture, making up 17% of our national emissions. Cars and trucks emit 15 million tons of CO2 every year. So, if we're serious about tackling climate change, we need to eliminate this entirely. Public transport and better urban design will be a key ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Five things we know about COVID-19, and five we don’t
    Five things we’ve learnt 1. We know where the virus ultimately came from We know that the virus originally came from bats, and most probably a species of horseshoe bat in South East Asia. However, the spike protein in SARS-CoV-2, which allows the virus to attach to cells and infect ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Stewardship land is conservation land
    The Greens' greatest disappointment while in government this term has been the failure to implement a ban on mining on conservation land. Promised by Jacinda Ardern immediately after gaining power, it had long been assumed that the problem was NZ First (who have a long history of environmental vandalism). But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The price of Green co-operation just went up
    If they get into Parliament, everyone expects the Greens to form a coalition with Labour. But James Shaw has said that that might not be the case, and that they might instead choose to sit on the cross-benches: The Greens are prepared to forego a coalition or confidence and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Swimming with whales: you must know the risks and when it’s best to keep your distance
    Chantal Denise Pagel, Auckland University of Technology; Mark Orams, Auckland University of Technology, and Michael Lueck, Auckland University of Technology Three people were injured last month in separate humpback whale encounters off the Western Australia coast. The incidents happened during snorkelling tours on Ningaloo Reef when swimmers came too close ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Driving Out The Money-Changers Of Reactionary Christianity.
    Den Of Thieves: They describe themselves, and the money-making rackets they dignify with the name of church, “Christian”, but these ravening wolves are no such thing. The essence of the Christian faith is the giving of love – not the taking of money. It is about opening oneself to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Could academic streaming in New Zealand schools be on the way out? The evidence suggests it should b...
    David Pomeroy, University of Canterbury; Kay-Lee Jones, University of Canterbury; Mahdis Azarmandi, University of Canterbury, and Sara Tolbert, University of Canterbury Academic streaming in New Zealand schools is still common, but according to recent reports it is also discriminatory and racist. Also known as tracking, setting and ability grouping, streaming ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A Time To Begin Again.
    A New Holy-Day: Perhaps, by accepting this gift of Matariki from the first arrivals in Aotearoa, we late arrivals, shorn of our ancestors’ outlandish fleeces, can draw strength from the accumulated human wisdom of our adopted home. Perhaps, by celebrating Matariki, we can learn to take ownership of our colonial ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s tax trauma victims and how they might help the Greens
    If there was any doubt left, we can surely call it now. Time and date. End of. Finito. Perhaps you thought you saw a flickering eyelid or a finger move? You were wrong. Labour has given up on tax reform for the foreseeable future. One of the key remaining left/right ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – Labour gives up on tax transformation
    Will the rich get richer under Labour’s latest tax policy? Based on the analysis in reaction to yesterday’s announcement, the answer would seem to be yes. The consensus from commentators is that inequality and severe economic problems will remain unchanged or even be made worse by Labour’s new policy. Although ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Labour on energy: Business as usual
    Labour has released its energy policy, and its basicly business as usual: bring forward the 100% renewable target to 2030, build pumped storage if the business case stacks up, restore the thermal ban and clean car standard (but not the feebate scheme), and spread a bit of money around to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Overshoot
    California is burning down again. In Oregon, the city of Medford - a town the size of Palmerston North - has had to be evacuated due to the fires. In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Rene has become the earliest "R"-storm to form since records began, beating the previous record by ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Says it all
    What's wrong with Labour? The end of yesterday's RNZ health debate says it all: Do you have private health insurance? Reti: "I do." Hipkins: "Yes, I do." Hipkins is Minister of Health. But it turns out that he won't be waiting in the queue with the rest ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Secret Lives of Lakes
    McKayla Holloway The helicopter carries a team of four Lakes380 scientists and me; we hug the Gneiss rock walls that tower over Lake Manapouri. It’s arguably one of New Zealand’s most well-known lakes – made famous by the ‘Save Manapouri’ campaign of the 1970s. My chest is drawn back into ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Winning Joke: Why The Traditional Left Will Just Have To Live With Rainy-Day Robertson’s Disappoin...
    Rainy-Day Man: Is Labour’s tax policy a disappointment? Of course it is! But it’s the best the Traditional Left is going to get. Why? because Labour’s pollsters are telling them that upwards of 200,000 women over the age of 45 years have shifted their allegiance from National to Labour. (Where else, ...
    1 week ago
  • The Adventures of Annalax: Volume VIII
    When we last left our intrepid Drow Rogue, he was sitting in a tavern with his companions, only for a crazy Paladin to burst in, and start screaming about the Naga. It soon turned out that ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #36, 2020
    Slight tweak to New Research Articles in NR are categorized by domain, roughly. This introduces the problem of items that don't neatly fit in one slot, or that have significance in more than one discipline (happily becoming more frequent as the powerful multiplier of interdisciplinary cooperation is tapped more frequently). ...
    1 week ago
  • Pressing the pause button after an adverse event happens to a vaccine trial participant
    Today AstraZeneca pushed the pause button on its late-stage trials of a COVID-19 vaccine. A clinical trial participant has experienced a serious health event and an investigation is underway to determine the cause. What does it mean? A cautious approach – trials can halt to assess safety data With over ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • ‘Compassionate conservation’: just because we love invasive animals, doesn’t mean we should pr...
    Kaya Klop-Toker, University of Newcastle; Alex Callen, University of Newcastle; Andrea Griffin, University of Newcastle; Matt Hayward, University of Newcastle, and Robert Scanlon, University of Newcastle On an island off the Queensland coast, a battle is brewing over the fate of a small population of goats. The battle positions the ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Is Euthanasia a health priority for New Zealand at present?
    Dr Ben Gray* This blog discusses what will be needed to operationalise the End of Life Choice Act in the event that it is approved at referendum. It argues that this will take significant resources. Judging by the experience in Oregon it is likely that this may only benefit ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Tuhia ki te rangi: a new space for student science communication
    Nau mai, haere mai – welcome to our newest addition to Sciblogs: Tuhia ki te rangi. Over the eleven years Sciblogs has been operating, the face of science communication has changed dramatically. Where a decade ago there was a burgeoning number of scientists and other experts looking to stretch their ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    1 week ago
  • If not now, when?
    I'm grappling with my sheer fucking anger over Labour's pathetic tax policy. Yes, it utterly contradicts their pretence of being a "centre-left" party and shows that they have no interest whatsoever in fixing any of the problems facing New Zealand. Yes, its self-inflicted helplessness, which will allow them to cry ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • TikTok suicide video: it’s time platforms collaborated to limit disturbing content
    Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, Queensland University of Technology and D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye, Queensland University of Technology A disturbing video purporting to show a suicide is reportedly doing the rounds on the popular short video app TikTok, reigniting debate about what social media platforms are doing to limit circulation of troubling material. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Is that it?
    Labour announced its tax policy today: a new top tax rate of 39% on income over $180,000. And that's it. No intermediate rate between the current top rate of 33% at $70,000 and the new one. No land tax. No wealth tax. Nothing (in fact worse than nothing, because they ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Methane is short-lived in the atmosphere but leaves long-term damage
    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 Methane is a shorter-lived greenhouse gas – why do we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Community Values
    Most mornings, when we’re at home, my wife and I will have coffee on our deck. I am the barista of the household and I make the coffee, the way we like it, on our espresso machine. This winter we have sat with our coffee, day after day, in glorious ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
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