Daily review 28/04/2015

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83 comments on “Daily review 28/04/2015”

  1. rawshark-yeshe 1

    what is that image please ??

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Blue whale with a boat dwarfed by its size

    • Murray Rawshark 1.2

      Blue whales can be up to 30m long and can appear up to 33% bigger underwater, because of refraction. They also swim past the Maui gas fields and areas where Simon Bridges has decided sonic exploration can happen. Despite their colour, they are rumoured to not vote NAct.

  2. Wayne 2

    Great image, presumably a blue whale, and a big one at that.

    Have a read of Mathew Hooton in the NBR (24 April) on his speculation of Winston Peters ambition to be PM. It is pretty much my view and I was setting forth about it to closely connected political figures just before the article was published ( Ihad no knowledge of the article). From my investigations over the last few weeks it is a broader NZF goal.

    • felix 2.1

      Look Wayne, if you mean ‘David DP Farrar reckons we should spread fear of Winston among the left to destabilise the Green/Labour relationship’, then just say ‘David DP Farrar reckons we should spread fear of Winston among the left to destabilise the Green/Labour relationship.’

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1

        The “centre-right” has good reason to be concerned about Winston 😈

      • the pigman 2.1.2

        +101 (bonus point for nixing that one early).

        Dyslexic Wayne – do all your DP’ing before you get on the wines because your sentences quickly become incomprehensible as the evening draws on. Lucky for you that felix is sharp.

      • Wayne 2.1.3

        Nothing about spreading fear. More an observation of future coalition dynamics.

        Winston will want the deal from either side. If he does well in the provinces he could get more than a third of the votes of the two larger parties (ie 12% v 36%). That would give him real negotiating power.

        As I understand it NBR is paywalled.

        • b waghorn 2.1.3.1

          I would agree about Winston getting leverage out of the provinces northland has shown them another option.
          In the last week I’ve had one farmer admit that they do better under labour than the nats and I’ve heard another grumping about key letting nz get sold to offshore interests.
          There’s lots of votes ripe for the picking for any party that can see past the city limits. Mine included.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.3.1.1

            In the last week I’ve had one farmer admit that they do better under labour than the nats and I’ve heard another grumping about key letting nz get sold to offshore interests.

            Yep. That’d be right up Winston’s and NZ1sts alley.

        • felix 2.1.3.2

          If I explain why your observations are so irrelevant to coalition dynamics will you promise to go back to drinking and leave this thread alone?

          A National govt reliant on Winston’s good favour would be a vast improvement on the current mish-mash of one-man-bands and principle-free pretenders.

          A Labour/Green govt reliant on Winston would, likewise, be a vast improvement on the current mess.

          Of course a Labour/Green govt without Winston would be better still, but that’s for all intents impossible for the foreseeable future so not worth worrying about.

          There is really nothing much for the left to lose from Winston’s re-emergence that they weren’t going to lose anyway.

        • Tracey 2.1.3.3

          moved from your weeks of investigation to dynamic observations inside 35 minutes Wayne

      • Tracey 2.1.4

        lol

        or post the guts of your investigations

    • rawshark-yeshe 2.2

      can’t you post a link Wayne? blog manners and all that ….

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.3

      A political party has a goal of making its leader PM. This fact is so banal I wonder what Dr. Mapp’s agenda is in raising it.

    • McFlock 2.4

      I’ve also heard that David Seymour wants to be prime minister in 2017, utilising the legions of support he’ll have when finally he’s able to win an electorate all by himself, just like a big-boy politician.

      This is a tremendous danger to National, and I am sitting under my bridge feeling concerned, very concerned, that you guys just aren’t taking the ACT threat seriously enough…

      • felix 2.4.1

        😀

      • miravox 2.4.2

        I’m concerned that the National Party is so concerned about ACT’s concern about being PM that they ACT Party might, concerningly, extract some policy promises from the very concerned PM (I’m cynically laughing on the inside re Charter Schools etc).

        Just anticipating where this speculation goes. Tail wagging the dog and all that. Hmm – actually that sounds weird right now.

        • rawshark-yeshe 2.4.2.1

          has anyone asked David would-be-pm Seymour what he thinks about Pry Minister Key’s creepy unlawful behaviour ? In his electorate after all ?

          • miravox 2.4.2.1.1

            Interesting question there yeshe. I went and had a look at ACT’s press releases and there’s nothing there on hair-pulling.

            However, this could be a bargaining chip that a concerned Nat could live with (with a bit of arm-twisting /sarc)

            ACT Leader David Seymour is proposing a programme of one per cent per year reductions in the company tax rate.

            Company tax would drop by a percentage point each year for eight years, to a target of 20%.

            It’s headline is “ACT’s plan to boost wages”

            No end of laughs with this lot.

            • Incognito 2.4.2.1.1.1

              You won’t find these three words in ACT’s press releases either: Jamie-Whyte-incest.

            • Tracey 2.4.2.1.1.2

              the party of the real world has been doing a lit review of research into company tax

          • Tracey 2.4.2.1.2

            he is fighting the injustice of a gate at mt eden…

    • Clemgeopin 2.5

      Wayne, have you made any comments yet about Key’s hair touching/pulling/assaulting creepy behaviour? If not, why not? If yes, sorry I must have missed it.
      Do you approve his conduct or condemn it?

  3. Adrian 3

    It’s bothered me that the emphasis is pretty much all on Keys treatment on Amanda Bailey and overlooking the very sinister fondling and ” grooming” of young girls hair.
    Baileys treatment was appalling but she did have a little more age and experience to fall back on, not so the younger girls.
    Ironicly it was arch excusist Hooten in a throwaway line on 9 to 12 that reminded me of that strange habit of Keys of turning up at certain girls schools to be mobbed by the ( non-voting ) students.
    Don’t recall him at many boys schools.
    Were these visits at Keys instigation? If so the implications are really,really sinister.

    • swordfish 3.1

      Gotta be very careful about making those sorts of allegations, unless you have strong evidence. False accusations surrounding anything that approaches paedophilia / hebephilia are not only unethical in themselves but also, of course, risk a severe backlash from voters.

      There are various innocent explanations for Key’s behaviour in regard to the younger girls’ ponytails. Danyl at The Dim Post, for example, argues:

      “…but that doesn’t make it a sexual fetish. Key is also a dad and I really feel like he’s interacting with these girls and women on that level, not as the bizarre fledgling pedophile serial killer he’s now regarded as…it seems like the kind of physical contact fathers have with their daughters. Dad stuff…It’s not trivial, but it is less serious than all the ugly rhetoric about sexual assault that people are throwing around.”

      Below the post, at comment 40, Danyl then quotes from a 2011 Claire Trevett article:
      “Key’s other technique is touch. He has patted his way around the country – tickling toddlers’ stomachs, chucking chins, ruffling hair, rubbing women on the upper arm and patting shoulders, clasping men’s arms…It appears casual, but is too frequent and too obvious to be anything but deliberate. This prime ministerial laying on of hands is something he did not do in 2008. It is aimed at reinforcing a personal connection.”

      Danyl then concludes:
      So it’ calculated. It’s something he’s told to do. And, on the campaign trail he makes these physical connections with hundreds of people a day. So when you’re looking at footage of him touching lots of young girls’ hair, you’re looking at footage selected from thousands of hours of campaign footage of Key touching countless people.”

      Doesn’t mean Danyl’s right (I’d say certainly not in regard to Amanda Bailey) but we shouldn’t automatically ignore innocent explanations (in regards to the girls) for mere political expediency. When I look at that footage, sometimes, yeah, I think it’s genuinely creepy, sometimes I – a bit like Danyl – I think it’s Key trying to impress mother and father voters by playing ‘Father of the Nation’.

      https://dimpost.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/good-grief-3/

      • felix 3.1.1

        Good points.

      • emergency mike 3.1.2

        I thought about this too swordfish. Aside from the fact that going overboard on the ‘creepy/sicko/perv/fetish’ angle could backfire, Key’s touchy casual guy often seems quite calculated and deliberate. It’s just that it doesn’t come naturally to him, so it looks awkward. It’s an act.

        It could be that that the waitress incident is partly a function, as Hooton was saying on the radio, of Key, having played the part publicly for so long, losing touching with the fact that the touchy photo-op time Key is not how normal people behave in everyday social interactions. But of course that alone isn’t sufficient to explain it. The bullying display of power over others aspect is impossible to ignore.

        He knows what he did was legally wrong, but I don’t think he understands why it’s morally wrong. Understanding that would require the ability to empathize. He refused to acknowledge the power imbalance to Gower, and repeated his ‘good relationship banter’ lines. I.e. she misunderstood, she took offense, and he apologized (sort of) for causing offense.

        I think he really doesn’t get it. He’s clueless. And that’s the creepy part.

        • Tracey 3.1.2.1

          +1 @ unable to empathize. he sees everything entirely from his own world view. something many of his supporters share.

      • Murray Rawshark 3.1.3

        Not convinced, swordy. A pat on the upper back is just tactile, or even a pat on the upper arm. Fondling hair is not what you do to with other people’s children. Even if Crosby Textor have instructed him to touch people at every opportunity, there are innocent ways of doing it. What he does is bad touching.

        • Tracey 3.1.3.1

          my abuser… white male over 60… used to cut my hair as a favour to my mum. to help save money. he would always cut my brothers hair first leaving me in the garage alone wiyh him. am not saying Key is an abuser.just telling my story.

        • Molly 3.1.3.2

          Agree. The sustained act of pulling the hair of Amanda Bailey puts this firmly in the unacceptable and illegal field.

          Bringing that knowledge into context with the touching of young girls hair on the campaign trail, does not fit the criteria of just “coached personal touching” – if that is what he has been doing.

          In addition, as a NZer it is culturally inappropriate for many in our Māori and Pasifika cultures to touch someone’s head. It would surprise me if a PR specialist in NZ politics did not know that, and if they had proposed physical contact, they surely would have specified this prohibition.

      • Tracey 3.1.4

        thanks for this. and to be clear to those about to use this article as a way to wave it all away. it is wrong. to touch anyone in such a personal way without permission. his PR gurus are probably male and/or over 55…

  4. ScottGN 4

    Plus ça change and all that. Simon Collins in the Herald reports that vouchers for social services are back. Here we go again.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11439734

  5. James Thrace 5

    Ive been realising lately that the terminology of “right wing” and “left wing” has really only entered public consciousness since 2006 onwards. I can’t find any earlier examples where it was used en masse to categorise political leanings. Prior to 2006 it was typically “socialist” or “capitalist”. Therefore, my mind wanders down the path of wondering whether the terms RIGHT and LEFT have formulated as a tool to give over to people gravitating towards those political parties labelled as “right” because they can’t be wrong if they’re right, right? Afterall, being left is wrong when you could be right.

    • Foreign waka 5.1

      Just came home after a long work day, reading this. Oh joy I still can lough. Thanks 🙂

    • felix 5.2

      Are you shitting me James?

      • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1

        Framing the issues: UC Berkeley professor George Lakoff tells how conservatives use language to dominate politics

        With Republicans controlling the Senate, the House, and the White House and enjoying a large margin of victory for California Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s clear that the Democratic Party is in crisis. George Lakoff, a UC Berkeley professor of linguistics and cognitive science, thinks he knows why. Conservatives have spent decades defining their ideas, carefully choosing the language with which to present them, and building an infrastructure to communicate them, says Lakoff.

        The work has paid off: by dictating the terms of national debate, conservatives have put progressives firmly on the defensive.

        It may not be as simple as James put it but the right-wing have been manipulating the language for decades and it’s paying off for them. It doesn’t help when people say that they aren’t doing that when it’s actually fairly obvious that they are.

        • felix 5.2.1.1

          No doubt they are. I just remember issues being discussed in terms of a left/right divide going back a few decades before James says it was a thing.

          Springbok tour for one.

    • I think the far more interesting shift in the political lexicon is from socialist vs. Tory/capitalist to liberal vs conservative.

      The latter is the American version of ‘left’ and ‘right’ rather than the former British/European version.

      The terms ‘left’ and ‘right’ go back a very long way (French Parliament). The Wikipedia entry on it is useful enough.

      I remember seeing Bill Rowling describe himself as a socialist (specifically a ‘Christian socialist’) in an interview before the 1975 election – the last time a New Zealand Labour Party leader has called themselves a socialist as far as I’m aware.

      • Olwyn 5.3.1

        The shift to liberal versus conservative is a telling one. Anything actually resembling socialism would now require a major paradigm shift – our current system simply cannot accommodate it and is designed to make sure it cannot get a foothold. What’s more, the liberal side of the new political axis tends to be legalistic more than liberating, while the conservative side is rather rapacious and averse to conserving anything.

  6. McFlock 6

    bloody good picture, too

  7. James Thrace 7

    Not at all. MSM in NZ have only really hammered home those two political differentiations since 2006. Right about the time Crosby Textor started advising National and FJK became national party leader. Given how few kiwis seriously think about politics, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the “right” terminology has slowly and insidiously been ingrained into daily consciousness. How else to explain the ongoing popularity of the “right wing” when it’s plainly abundant NZ has no capacity to absorb such wanton capitalist desires, and socialism works far better for smaller populations.

    • felix 7.1

      Wow.

      Sorry but I just can’t take this seriously. I have been familiar with those terms since my childhood in the 70s.

    • Hateatea 7.2

      I can remember it in the late 1950’s. Maybe it depends on how political your parents were?

    • swordfish 7.3

      Madness, James. Those terms have been in use for a very long time.

      • Atiawa 7.3.1

        A political party named “National” is helpful.Kirk was always mindful of the National party brand and how the electorate could be drawn to the patriotic connotations of it.

  8. ropata 8

    Treason Part 1: Casino Capitalism
    Adam Smith branded those who pocketed the nation’s rents as “The Public Enemy”. But today, governments celebrate the privatisation of the income that we all help to create. The result, reports Fred Harrison in Part 1 of The Treason Trilogy, is a house of cards built on debt. He forecasts the next property boom/bust, and accuses politicians of betraying their duty of care to their people.

    [lprent: Freaking odd. First I couldn’t embed a youtube this morning in a post without immense pissing about. This evening you can do them in comments. I can’t win..

    So far the wordpress 4.2 release is proving to be a real pain. IfI’d paid for it, I’d be complaining. Since I didn’t, I might have to go and start irritating the clowns removing and inserting features into the core.

    Especially when they are bugs. This only works if the URL is on the last line and there is no end of line.

    You can use it for the moment. I will donate a months holiday to the first person to misuse it.]

    • les 8.1

      thanks for that video ropata…quite coincidental that Baltimore features so prominently…Bernard Hickey advocates a land tax,and the commentators on this vid endorse it, as the answer to a more equable and fairer taxation system.One that rewards productivity as opposed to speculation.

      • ropata 8.1.1

        You’re welcome. Sadly, history shows that these kind of laws will probably only be implemented by a mass uprising, and will be rolled back in another generation as new elites take power

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    Nonviolence as Compliance

    When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is “correct” or “wise,” any more than a forest fire can be “correct” or “wise.” Wisdom isn’t the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the rioters themselves.

    The police initiated violent oppression over an extended time and are now surprised by the violent reaction. Thus they call for non-violence just not from their own people but from the people they have been oppressing. This is, of course, a sham – they themselves won’t stop their violence.

    The people are now reacting to that violent oppression and the forces who initiated that violence and excused it are going to get pounded. This is the normal path for oppressive regimes.

  10. Weepus beard 10

    Stuff is such a damaging website. The reader comment section is nothing but (for all intents and purposes) an anonymous right wing ideology marketing vehicle.

    This, from some property speculating bitch pretending to be on the side of the ever increasing lot of tenants, while remorselessly attacking the idea of a rental property WOF.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/do-we-need-a-rental-warrant-of-fitness/11639021/Tenants-have-the-right-to-choose-where-they-live

    Kareena Lundy is a real estate agent, private investigator, and founder of http://www.landlordassistnz.co.nz which is a tenant vetting service for landlords.

    A bit of research illustrates how firmly Kareena Lundy is in the camp of the runaway property speculator and the lazy slumlord but Stuff.co.nz does not at any point cite the affiliations of their “reader commentators”

    These articles are free infomercials for those who use them and Stuff could care less.

    • I knew this day would come, so I’ve been boycotting them for twenty years.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      Not really surprised. Back when I was a manager there we were encouraged to discourage any attempts to have a union start and then, while claiming to be the best employer in the country, they consistently exploited the employees.

      Glad I left the place.

  11. veutoviper 12

    How to win friends and influence people ….. NOT

    Has John Key given up?

    It seems that the NZ press – particularly those accompanying Key on his Middle East trade mission – are seething about being left out of the loop. Key did not bother to let them know that NZ troops bound for Iraq were in Dubai when they were there. They found out by reading the local newspapers!

    • veutoviper 12.1

      And another earlier one from Gower. LOL!

    • Clemgeopin 12.2

      Patrick Gower’s tweet:

      In the ongoing PR debacle of the Iraq deployment, John Key tells Dubai journo our troops are there – keeps it secret from NZ media.— Patrick Gower (@patrickgowernz) April 28, 2015

      Key is getting not just creepy but dumb it seems!

      Now await the spin, explanation and cover up that will follow.

      It is well known that it is often the cover up that does more damage.

      • idlegus 12.2.1

        nz journos are so used to being handed a press release, maybe while they are over there they should be doing some … ummm, whats the word i’m looking for? oh yes, JOURNALISM! do some digging, ask some questions, say ‘no’ to the free bottles of wine ya lazy bastards. imo this latest kerfuffle (which isn’t anywhere on the nz web news sites this morning, except the herald tells us that john key is still ever so popular, nzrs love having a hair pulling pm) proves how useless & under served we are by our own media. for shame, go back to pr guys.

  12. rawshark-yeshe 13

    I wouldn’t have thought a wise man would deliberately wish to inflame his media pack quite so much at this very specific point .. much too casual for me 🙂

    • veutoviper 13.1

      Lost the plot – or given up? I roared with laughter when I found these tweets. Time to go to bed on a high. And have you seen the submissive Bronagh coming off the plane in Saudia Arabia?

      http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/john-key-lands-in-saudi-arabia-amid-yemen-bombing-2015042818

      And Paddy’s latest – https://twitter.com/patrickgowernz/status/592985276990926849

      And Michelle Boag landing in Saudia Arabia via Barry Soper – OMG!

      • rawshark-yeshe 13.1.1

        What a family contrast from Bronagh to her daughter’s ‘art’ exhibition in Paris !!! No wonder she looks so very, very miserable. I feel sad for her.

        And pardon, but why is Boag there ????

        • veutoviper 13.1.1.1

          Boag is apparently representing the New Zealand Middle East Business Council, one of her many “hats”.

          Re Bronagh, I agree. She hasn’t seemed that happy on this trip from the few photos etc I have seen of her at Gallipoli etc. Mustn’t mention the other female Key/Lazar or we might incur the SR (there is only one view allowed – mine) wrath ……

          [lprent: My wrath and just about every other moderators as well.

          We have had a general policy forever that excludes politicians kids and family from debate unless a clear public interest can be shown. At this point I can’t see one in either of Bronagh and John Key’s kids. Nor can Stephanie or any other author who has looked at it so far.

          We’ll let it ride a bit when it is ‘news’ as raised by the gossip rag – The NZ Herald and therefore sort of in the public interest. But if we feel that it exceeds the limits of public interest or if the commenting heads off as if they were politicians (ie as kids and family aren’t part of the Lange vs Atkinson decision), then we quell it. Some in a more kindly fashion than others.

          You should be thankful that I don’t have much time to moderate at present. I tend towards the draconian solutions when I feel that comments overstepped the bounds when it comes to families. From what I have seen Stephanie and probably others headed off my darker sword with a set of warnings.

          But never fear. I also have some pretty draconian responses to people making snide comments about moderators as well. I’d suggest that if you want to find out what they are, then make them after this warning. ]

          • cogito 13.1.1.1.1

            On the matter of the Middle East, I posted the following in the Saudi thread, but I was so surprised by what Key was quoted as saying that I’ll repost it here too.

            Judge for yourselves….

            From The Arab News (Saudi Newspaper)

            Visit of New Zealand PM to cement ties
            http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/737521

            Key is quoted as saying:

            “New Zealand stands ready to reinvigorate the Middle East peace process,” he said.
            As New Zealand prepares for its presidency of the UN Security Council in July, it must set an example by focusing particularly on regional turmoil that has hampered peace and security of the Middle East, including the Gulf states….”

            Hard to believe……

          • rawshark-yeshe 13.1.1.1.2

            Poor Bronagh, so sad. And I think it is valid to mention Bronagh’s daughter in this instance. Bronagh would have been arrested if she chose to carry with her to Saudi Arabia a copy of the flyer for her daughter’s Paris exhibition.

            That’s how thin the ice is in Saudi Arabia. Things melt when least expected.

  13. adam 14

    Did this poll appear here for discussion? I missed this email, and just opened it tonight. Interesting results. All around surveillance and how people feel about it.

    https://horizonpoll.co.nz/page/400/surveillance

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    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    2 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 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
    3 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
    4 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 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 ...
    4 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    4 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    4 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 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
    5 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    5 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    6 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago

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