Daily review 23/05/2019

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70 comments on “Daily review 23/05/2019”

  1. Ankerrawshark 1

    Absolutely marvellous  just seen Hannah Tāmaki of the coalition party.  More or less said about the new party “it’s exciting.  Imagine if colonel sanders had never tried we would never have had that delicious chicken.

    comedy gold!  

    • AB 1.1

      Yep – it's funny/ludicrous. But this potentially represents than National Party aligning with the most authoritarian and regressive elements in society. I wouldn't want to be in any cohort that's on the receiving end of their punitive delusions. .

    • SPC 1.2

      Our very own Waterford family bringing the Gilead project down under.

    • marty mars 1.3

      Love it – this election coming up is shaping up to be a monster – in a good way!!!

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 1.4

      …but Nek Minnit …Prime Minister TrumpTamaki!

  2. joe90 2

    Been a bad day for Donnie two scoops.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7Nt5XXXkAIHUuu.jpg:large

    • marty mars 2.1

      Unbelievable. For some reason this sprung to mind.

       

      The video is an amalgamation of fan submitted videos, entered as part of a competition to be included in the new promo video.



       

       

    • greywarshark 3.1

      A real bargaining chip then.

    • Exkiwiforces 3.2

      I have my bag of chips out atm watching Lynas Corporation jump up by 14% since Monday.

      In the short term I see this may be a problem for the US after the China has threaten to cut off the supply of rare earth minerals. The only other major supplier of rare earths outside of China is Lynas and before this threat from China IRT China's supply of Heavy and Light Rare Earths. Lynas is now looking to build another Rare Earth separation facility in a JV with Blue Line at their facility at Hondo in Texas.

      Disclaimer: I have shares in Lynas and two other major Lithium miners in Australia who are tried up Sth Korean, Jap, US auto and computer chip companies

      • Macro 3.2.1

        It's all the talk in WA at the moment too replacing the coal mining. wink

        • Exkiwiforces 3.2.1.1

          Some wag has called it the new "white gold" and its not only just in the WA where the major lithium and Rare Earth finds. But also in the NT, SA, the far Western states in QLD around the Isa and around the Hill and Cobar in Western NSW as there is a number of rock kickers kicker around atm. Then there is a mad rush a Nickel and Copper going on as well at the moment.

           

  3. James 4

    credit where credit is due – whoever painted that mural has some serious talent. 

  4. adam 5

    I see shit-lite is sticking with another austerity budget.

    Can they get any further right wing economically – they probably will when the majority of the so called left in this country can't even talk about left wing economics,  let alone debate it. 

    • Sam 5.1

      Yeah, well. There's been a couple of law changes, guns, benefit penalties, the Climate bill. So there's been some shifts in bureaucracy from piss poor interpretations of the social contract so that's a piss poor interpretation of the rights of New Zealand citizens. But some times you just got to clean them out from the top down and bring in new people as laws are change because old habits can die hard. Otherwise I'd like to see more state control really, and that dosnt necessarily mean bigger is better. WINZ staff need a good clean out, so to does Orange Children. But unless we have more democratised energy or "solar on your roof" then there's probably not a heck of a lot of ways to brake up the monopolies.

      • Exkiwiforces 5.1.1

        And the RNZAF needs new transport aircraft before 2025 as the first one will be grounded due to it running out of airfame hrs. As the last pack of muppets in 97-2001 or 2002 kicked the can down the rd yet again for some other silly muppet to sort out.

        The Pirates, the puss, jack tars need two new southern ocean OPV's as the current two OPV's are no longer fit for purpose for the southern ocean as one nearly sunk 12mths ago with almost a total loss of all hands including those on broad were Ronnie, Ms Sage and two of my cuzzie bro's 

      • Sam 5.1.2

        @EXKIWIFORCE

         

        Faark. I'm gob smacked. Almost sunk eh. Well I think Ron Marks is the right guy for the job right here right now. There is the Capability Plan that was supposed to be released end of last year and it's been sent back several times for revision so presumably it's sitting on Ron'z desk in preparation for the budget announcements latter on this month. He's been a busy lad going from defence meetings in Singapore, the Pacific, APEC, all the usually meet and greets so it will be on him to convert all that political capital into something that can coupe with Climate a Change. This we will need ships and planes, that means cash.

        Natural Resources are on the move so to are immigrants, as stocks dwindle from over consumption and foreign raiders, and as new stocks are found that can cause conflict. This we will need an army, airforce and navy.

        Cyber Sercurity is a nice to have when you've got ships of your own. This we don't need an army for, don't need the Greens okay neither.

    • greywarshark 5.2

      They may be trying to have their cake and eat it.   By not bringing in the slight relaxation in budget limits until next year they please the austerity masters, keep the economy stable which is necessary as you know the RW are watching Labour Co. like a kea and will dive down an peck its liver when the slightest advantage, and offer some hope for jam tomorrow.   I'll put my order in now in case there isn't enough for latecomers;  I think I'll go for raspberry.

      • Sam 5.2.1

        What? No. You can't let these economic nobodies run the place. Public life isn't like private life because for a few calories of effort over here in government can cause major change over there. But in private life it's the other way around. You give up your comforts for public life not to rest on it.

        Labour, NZFirst and The Greens still have billions in infrastructure spending to budget for and R&D funding to go after 2 years in government and a lot of fortune tellers will be keen to see the devilery end of this governments policies sooner rather than later. Treez and houses, need more. 

  5. Kat 6

    Jacinda Ardern's performance as PM has certainly shut those "little girl" detractors up. They are all very quiet now. The coalition's actions are seeing the broken pieces of Key's smoke and mirrors "blighted future" jigsaw puzzle of nine years of neglect exposed for the con job it was. The National party are visibly edgy and reeling from not being able to land any more"big hits" on the govt. The tactics of trying to discredit every other minister and get them to resign is backfiring in a swirl of gotcha politics blow-back. The house today was comical and now National faces a developing nightmare script with the formation of nut job political party's akin to a Quentin Tarantino movie.

     

  6. joe90 7

    Ding dong…

    The Times newspaper reported that May would name a date for her departure on Friday. May will remain as prime minister while her successor is elected in a two-stage process, the newspaper said.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu/may-expected-to-announce-on-friday-that-she-will-quit-the-times-idUKKCN1ST0E2?rpc=401&

  7. Herodotus 9

    If ever our Minister of Education needs to find some additional money and pay teachers appropiately.

    So our teachers do not earn enough to qualify for the skilled migrant category. He should resign as he has NO IDEA.

    https://www.times.co.nz/news/teachers-residency-rejected-due-to-low-pay/

    To qualify for residency under the skilled migrant category you need to earn at least $25 per hour, a total of $52,000 per year based on 40 hour working week.

    After some research she discovered that according to the Novopay salary assessment, teachers are only contracted to work 25 hours per week which brings their hourly pay to around $36 per hour. Wonder how many teachers react to that ONLY 25 hours a week. A family member does that each week from home after hours. 

  8. Cinny 10

    Interesting meeting with the principal and deputy about Miss 14's bullying problem.

    …'I noticed a number of email addresses  you sent your email to regarding Miss 14's bullying problem..'   Yes.

    'Did the chair of the BOT reply?'..  Yes, rather promptly.

    'What did they say?'  They were very helpful and supportive about the situation.

    'They've asked for a report on our meeting, no need for you to do it, I can take care of that'…. Ok.

    'So you don't need to contact them again on this matter, instead you can deal directly with myself.'  I see.

    I found that interesting… sure the principal is a lovely person and told me everything a parent would want to hear…. but dang that part was a wtf moment for sure.

    On the upside, am thrilled the media are continuing to highlight bullying, somethings got to change, the conversation is getting out there, long may that continue.  

    Keep the dialogue going please media.

  9. francesca 11

    I might have known it 

    Another abstention at the UN 

    So much for backing the "rules based order"

    Easy to see whose rules we obey

    http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-uk-has-no-friends-left.html

    But interesting to see that despite weeks of energetic lobbying the majority of UN nations backed the ruling from the International Court of Justice

    Signals the fraying of US/UK power

     

     

  10. joe90 12

    Pacific music awards live-stream.

  11. McFlock 13

    So here's an interesting thing on Newsroom arguing that milkshakes do the same thing as hate speech. No, not bringing the boys to the yard, but silencing people:

    Milkshakes stop people from doing what they want to do. Hate speech effectively does the same, producing a climate of fear and intimidation in which people do not speak as freely as they might otherwise like to.

    I believe the author has fundamentally missed the problem with hate speech: the problem isn't just how it makes the victims feel, the problem is that it empowers bigots and encourages further, physical, and lethal violence.

    The intended audience of hate speech isn't the marginalised community, it is other bigots.

    The intended audience of milkshake-throwers are people who might be fooled into approving of the lactose-recipient. The waste of food is regrettable, but the absurdity of using food is funny. It doesn't encourage escalation, punches are not so funny (although we should punch nazis). Knives and bullets aren't funny at all. But eggs and milk and flour are inherently absurd. Like dildo baggins. That was fucking hilarious. Escalating that to a brick would have destroyed the entire principle of the act.

    Whereas hate speech is always just a step intended to lead somewhere badly.

    • joe90 13.1

      RW protester – I will stop at nothing to fully eradicate them all.

      LW protester – I will milkshake/egg them.

      Ivory tower denizen – Oh noes, they're the same.

    • Macro 13.2

      The intended audience of hate speech isn't the marginalised community, it is other bigots.

      QFT

      Unfortunately too many people fail to see this, thereby confusing all forms of protest as the same. They are not. 

      • Sam 13.2.1

        Real freedom is being able to do what we think is right. Freedom is meaningless without a moral code.

        So if you're white and say nigger then it's a cultural norm no mater which country you're in that people around you will frown on you.

        Hiring white only will get you fined and frowns.

        Material support or actively engaging in brutality will get you arrested.

        But as I say nasty words will just get you nasty frowns.

    • Sacha 13.3

      Why milkshaking works: https://newrepublic.com/article/153959/milkshaking-nigel-farage-effective

      What these critiques misunderstand is why milkshaking is so potent against Farage and his brethren: It humiliates them.

      Nothing animates the far right or shapes its worldview quite so much as the desire to humiliate others—and the fear of being humiliated themselves. It’s why alt-right trolls, projecting their own sexual insecurities, enjoy calling their opponents “cucks.”

      It’s why they rally around blustery authoritarian figures like Donald Trump who cast themselves as beyond embarrassment, shame, or ridicule. They brandish humiliation like a weapon while craving release from it.

    • Incognito 13.4

      I have a different take on that article, which was quite good, I thought.

      I don’t think the author was trying to demonstrate equivalence at all. He started off arguing that there is a resemblance, a similarity, if you like, between hate speech and throwing a milk shake. The resemblance is in one of the possible consequences.

      He then tried to develop the milkshake into a more powerful metaphor:

      The point is that the stain of the milkshake gives us a chance to see the invisible stigma created by hate speech. So, if we can see the harm in a milkshake, why can’t we see the harm in hate speech? [my italics]

      I don’t think for one moment that he was suggesting that the harms are equal.

      The key is in his second-to-last sentence:

      But seriously, hate speech means that women, people from racial minorities, or with disabilities, or from LGBTQ communities are being “milkshaked” all of the time. [my italics]

      • McFlock 13.4.1

        Fair comment, to a degree, but the article still ignores the elephant that the right wing want to keep invisible.

        I think that about the biggest lie against regulating hate speech is that it's only being suggested because the people on the brunt of it are offended, or scared, or intimidated.

        The "snowflake" argument.

        Hate speech needs to be regulated because the people on the brunt of it end up getting murdered.

         

      • Sam 13.4.2

        The problem with the woke isn't that police require resource A or that criminal offence B needs to be increased in order to police the community. It's that Mc Trash reckons nasty words are killing people. 

        That's a dumbass interpretation to make. Hopefully sane people will just ignore his ignorant ramblings as if to say LGBT or who ever can't speak up and stand up for themselves in a free society so it all needs to be policed with the power of the state.

        This kind of political correctness is indeed fascism masked by politeness.

        To eradicate parts of our society McTrash can't handel out of a perceived need to cleanse the social conscious of sin, is a disservice not only to those who fought, bled, and died against the tide of abjectly maddened polities, but a disservice to those who will and do fight against these structures–here and elsewhere. This white-washing of things done in the past will only allow them to be facilitated again down the road, as once you destroy a peoples' history, it inevitably sets up a paradigm of resurgence and cyclical reoccurrence. Now the rise in the culture wars is facilitating a Christian reaction from Trump to Putin, Turkey to China and now Brian Tamaki and Alfred Ngaro against the "oppressor classes."

        • Gabby 13.4.2.1

          Is that the official cuck view sambam?

          [Please stop the deliberate and pointless provocation and personal insults. I left a similar moderation note for you just 3 days ago here and you have run out of warnings – Incognito]

          • Sam 13.4.2.1.1

            Fuck off Gabby

          • Incognito 13.4.2.1.2

            See my Moderation note @ 8:43 AM.

          • greywarshark 13.4.2.1.3

            Gabby    You only encourage him and your satirical style takes a nose dive.   Please stay giving us the essence of your measured thinking.

            • Sam 13.4.2.1.3.1

              We don’t understand most things. Not in the way we will understand them in the future if we continue to approach them with a beginners mind. 

              • greywarshark

                Sam  Why don't you ponce off and pontificate somewhere else?

                • Sam

                  You're out the gate. So you aren't going to defend yourself or your comments and just baselessly talk shit?  Get it in. I'll rubbish any of your economic theories, want to come at me with feelings? I'll rubbish those too. It's quite simple. The social contract puts human rights above animals so it's illegal to send humans to slaughtered houses but it's cool to send animals to slaughtered houses for food. But if you are mean to animals, even say nasty words to them then that might get the err of society in which case that would be immoral. But the case for humans to have free speech is much higher than animals as the social contract implies and again, rubbishing your [deleted] arguments. 

          • Gabby 13.4.2.1.4

            This would be the 'don't cross Jasimonatthew, he'll just spew even more bile, let him be his poisonous self' approach?

            • McFlock 13.4.2.1.4.1

              Sam's a dick.

              I like to read your comments.

              Sam will self-ban some time.

              I'd prefer it if you were still able to comment when that happens 🙂

               

              • Incognito

                Generally speaking, people don’t get banned without ample prior warning and explanation as to what choices they have in order to improve their behaviour. It helps to read and understand the site’s policy 🙂

                Commenters usually don’t stray by themselves but they often receive ‘a little help from their friends’, e.g. pointless provocation, little jabs, ‘mild’ personal abuse, etc.

                Any corrective measures by Moderators should (IMO) reflect the negative behavioural  act or pattern they are aimed at and initially bans can be short and sharp but can also rapidly escalate to long or even permanent bans. Different Moderators deal with issues differently and as they see fit – we all have our idiosyncrasies. So, don’t count on a short ban for a seemingly minor ‘offence’ or on a ban at all. Sometimes auto-moderation is used but this requires much more Moderator’s time and inhibits the flow of the comments.

                Is there anything that is not clear in the above? Please ask 😉

                • McFlock

                  Yeah, there's usually a lot of warning, in general.

                  One thing I have noticed is that occasionally someone just spits the dummy and keeps going like the energiser bunny, not letting something go or deciding a mod note was unjust and ending up outright abusing the mods.

                  Which is fine if they're a general dick, but sometimes it's just screaming that a normally-regular someone is at the end of their tether, probably with absolutely nothing to do with the TS thread they're dropping the bomb on. Those ones get me down a bit.

                  • Incognito

                    Yeah, I know what you mean (I think) and trust me, it gets me down too, especially after a long day when I just want to read the TS and relax a little.

                    I’m learning that as a Moderator you need to have a much thicker skin than as an Author, which is thicker again than a regular commenter’s skin.

                    I don’t want to come down on somebody like a ton of bricks because they may be going through a rough patch or something that I/we don’t necessarily know about. However, if they become a nuisance to others it is sometimes better for that person and for the site in general to give them time-out, i.e. a short period to cool down before it becomes too bad (damage control). Most recipients respond reasonable well to this, I’m glad to say.

                    Some commenters keep harping back to stuff that was said ages ago, as if they keep a tally of all the ‘bad experiences’ here on TS and they can’t or don’t want to let go of things. I feel sad when I see that.

                    You may have noticed that I’m flexing my Moderator muscles a wee bit more often but I’m still a lousy Moderator and I learn as I go. So far, so good 😉

      • Gabby 13.4.3

        Sort of disappeared up his/her own arse there.

  12. joe90 14

    Thread.

    https://tttthreads.com/thread/1131257328798507008.html

  13. joe90 15

    An Estonian social media ad about the perils of the far-right.

    A recent social media initiative called Kõigi Eesti has seen a blossoming of the movement's logo, appearing on individual social media accounts.

    Kõigi Eesti sprang up on Sunday, 17 March, and at the time of writing has over 26,000 ''likes'' on its Facebook page, and a similar number of ''followers''

    Kõigi Eesti, literally ''Everyone's Estonia'', also has a Twitter hashtag, rendered into English as ''My Estonia too'', and into Russian as well. However, it is its logo, an outline of a white heart, used as a sticker on individual Facebook profile pictures, which has raised most awareness, according to a report on ETV's Aktuaalne kaamera current affairs show on Tuesday.

    https://news.err.ee/922982/koigi-eesti-movement-launched-by-concerned-residents

    • Drowsy M. Kram 15.1

      Thanks Joe – effective messaging.  What would Bishop and Pastor Tamaki make of it?

    • greywarshark 15.2

      Estonia – has a very very low debt to GDP rate.  How do they manage that?

  14. joe90 16

    Oh boy…

    Julian Assange's belongings from his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London will be handed over to US prosecutors, WikiLeaks has claimed. Ecuadorian officials are said to be travelling to London to allow US prosecutors to 'help themselves' to the items, which include legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment

    https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6038758723001

    • greywarshark 16.1

      What are the Ecuadorians getting out of that?   A nice old Stealth bomber or one tonne of IEDs partly used?    Or trips to Disneyland – Korbachev? wanted to see that when there was a thaw in relations.

      • McFlock 16.1.1

        ISTR a coincidental IMF loan and a trade deal – this is all probably part of the same package.

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    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contempt
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
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    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
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    6 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
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    6 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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