Daily Review 30/03/2016

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  1. mickysavage 1

    So Hooton thinks that Labour pays a range of tweeters and bloggers. Anyone know where we can collect our cheques?

    https://twitter.com/MatthewHootonNZ/status/715022010372526082

    • BM 1.1

      Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

      • weka 1.1.1

        Which makes you either stupid or as disingenuous as Hooton. See if you can provide some evidence, otherwise you are just another sleazy RWNJ happy to tell lies for their own agenda.

        • BM 1.1.1.1

          Mathew Hooton is a very credible political commentator, he wouldn’t make these sort of allegations lightly.

          My comment though, is more of a gut instinct one and very rarely I’m I wrong.

          • weka 1.1.1.1.1

            ha ha ha ha ha, very funny. The absence of any evidence or even a half decent theory I’ll take to mean you are in the disingenuous shill camp.

          • Anne 1.1.1.1.2

            Mathew Hooton is a very credible political commentator, he wouldn’t make these sort of allegations lightly.

            Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha………………………………………….

            Matthew Hooton is a disingenuous spinner of tall stories and straight out lies!

            Edit: ooops weka got in first. She’s doing it to me all the time. 😈

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.3

            Mathew Hooton is a very credible political commentator

            No, really, he isn’t. And he pretty much proves that on a daily basis.

            The fact that you think he is just proves that you have no credibility either.

          • sabine 1.1.1.1.4

            bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

          • NZJester 1.1.1.1.5

            He makes those comments because he assumes Labour works behind the scenes just like National with their network of tame MSM getting kickbacks in the forms of gifts from their sponsors.
            He is forgetting that those on the left have principals, unlike those on the right!
            As for your gut, is is not that you are not wrong, it is that even when you are totally wrong you would never admit it to yourself. So in your eyes your gut has never steered you wrong!

            • Whispering Kate 1.1.1.1.5.1

              Hoots and his cohorts are shit scared.

              • Matthew Hooton

                Of what?

                • mpledger

                  Whatever DPF is polling.

                • Incognito

                  Of what all people are afraid of: being lonely and irrelevant.

                  You know what Matthew, I think you actually are an interesting person but you only show one side of your personality in public and here on TS. I have no idea what drives you and why you choose to portray yourself the way you do but it does antagonise many people. In fact, many seem to display some kind of MHDS. Is this what you choose?

          • Rosie 1.1.1.1.6

            “My comment though, is more of a gut instinct one and very rarely I’m I wrong.”

            Yes, humans are quite perceptive when things go wrong with their gut. Like, they know something is wrong with it. Maybe visit your Dr for a check up or try some probiotics in the mean time.

            Hope you feel better soon.

          • Murray Simmonds 1.1.1.1.7

            ” . . . more of a gut instinct one and very rarely I’m I wrong.”

            Except when you have your daily puke over the rest of us here.

      • Jenny 1.1.2

        Next thing you will be saying BM that I am getting paid to stay away.

    • weka 1.2

      And that’s what gives away National’s strategy. Both on the flag and on the UBI, their coordinated response is to lie over and over again, and trust enough people will reprint the lies until they become truthy.

      So, how does an opposition respond? Well it can’t stop National telling the lies, because Voltaire. And only the most boring and small-thinking oppositions say so little that there’s no opportunity for malignant mischief from their opponents.

      I think the opposition’s best option is to name the behaviour, over and over again. It works in parenting, and it works with this.

      They say sunlight is the best disinfectant. So when National infects our public conversation with lies and excuses, I’ll be here on Public Address providing a little ray of sun.

      http://publicaddress.net/polity/let-the-big-lies-flow/

      Hooton is shitstirring. Let’s just name it for what it is.

    • McFlock 1.3

      Looks like someone needs to meet some “social media guru” KPIs for a communications account.

      Nothing gets clicks, retweets and comments like blatant hypocrisy.

      • weka 1.3.1

        Mind you, it took him a whole day to come up with that after Little called him one of NZ’s most vicious shills yesterday.

    • Chuck 1.4

      I think Matthew Hooton is just having a little bit of fun…everyone knows the Labour party is flat broke.

      • pat 1.4.1

        ‘I think Matthew Hooton is just having a little bit of fun’….you may be right, but he won’t utter a public comment that hasn’t been paid for.

    • gsays 1.5

      “So Hooton thinks that Labour pays a range of tweeters and bloggers.”

      so is hooten an amateur or an enthusiastic hobbyist?

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 1.6

      Well, obviously, they’re not going to pay you, Micky.

    • Gabby 1.7

      Wonder if Hootie Blowhard knows who’s been threatening Ministers at convenient times.

    • pat 1.8

      I suspect he’s basing that on his own experience.

      • Gangnam Style 1.8.1

        Agree with Pat, he knows the Nats do it so Hooton is trying to tar Labour with the same brush. I guess the barrage Audrey got the other day has got the righties worried.

    • Rosie 1.9

      Ahhhh! It’s all so clear to me now. Those email requests I receive from the NZLP for donations are too fund an army of bloggers and tweeters. Here’s me thinking thinking they need donations to fund the work of the party. Well, I never.

  2. dv 2

    Who paid Jason Ede

  3. weka 3

    Righteous anger.

    A Dozen Reasons Sanders Voters Are Justifiably Angry at the Media

    Clinton supporters and many self-professed “neutral” journalists sagely inform the rest of us that this anger is little more than sour grapes or denial-stage grief; it’s the numbers that matter — they say — and if only Sanders supporters cared about hard data in the same way that Clinton supporters and (say) “neutral” bloggers for The Washington Post do, or even the editors at The New York Times, everyone would just calm down and accept the incipient inevitability of the ugliest and least substantive general-election campaign in the history of the United States: Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton.

    The thing is, I’m a hard-data guy myself. Always have been. And so are many of the Sanders supporters I know and interact with daily. What’s actually making them angry right now is not that Hillary Clinton yesterday termed Bernie Sanders “the latest flavor of the month” on union issues — when Sanders had already been a pro-union progressive for a decade by the time Hillary eased herself out of being a proud Goldwater Republican in the late 1960s — nor is it that the candidate they support faces a truly monumental task in trying to become the Democratic candidate for President.

    What Sanders supporters are angry about is hard data.

    And not just any hard data, but hard data supplied by irrefutably objective sources and challenged as to its validity by absolutely no one.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-abramson/20-reasons-sanders-voters-are-justifiably-angry_b_9544744.html

  4. Huginn 4

    Testing for methamphetamine contamination – there’s buckets of money being made and there’s a ton of bullshit going down

    How toxic is ‘toxic’? Cleaning up residences contaminated by meth is fraught with flaws | Deseret News http://desne.ws/OfbhZm

    • gsays 4.1

      i agree huginn, i smell a rat.

      a few ex cops perfed out of the service and hopping on this
      scare-the-horses-gravy-train.
      i heard an item on rnz this am. hnz had “been shown” that smoking p in a house causes contamination.
      shown by whom?

      • Gangnam Style 4.1.1

        1 in 10 houses apparently, ha! Yeah right, HNZ are very gullible & spendthrift!

      • Huginn 4.1.2

        Interesting how the scope has crept from meth labs to meth use.

        Has anyone produced any scientific support?

        • Olwyn 4.1.2.1

          Russell Brown put this up on Public Address, and apparently news hub covered it: http://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2016/03/24/meth-contaminated-homes-whats-the-risk-expert-reaction/
          This is Brown’s article in which it was linked: http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/media-take-crime-and-punishment/

          • Editractor 4.1.2.1.1

            I just came across this Science Media Centre link and was happy to see it. I know someone who had a positive test on a house they were buying and was very suspicious of the testing process. Besides scientific evidence on the actual toxicity of methamphetamine residue, I’d be interested to know what procedures the testing companies use to take and test samples, especially to prevent cross-contamination. As the linked article points out, there are no testing standards in NZ, so the system is ripe for incompetence and abuse.

            I’ve also always thought I’d be much more concerned about the precursors and solvents used to make P than P itself. I was studying during the time homebake was popular and during a theft of the uni labs someone dropped a winchester of pyridine in the stairwell. It has to be one of the worst things I have ever smelt and although they closed the stairwell off for decontamination, the labs themselves stayed open.

    • Anno1701 4.2

      considering meth is made with various household chemicals, id be VERY surprised at the veracity of those tests and that they arent just picking up the residue from the last time you used some cleaning products

      Reagent tests ( which i believe the DIY tests are) are renowned for giving false positives

      and of course there is the direct conflict of interest when the firm doing the testing are also offering to do the cleanup …

      Its a giant rort based on the UN-founded fear of the “Meth -menace”

      it makes me laugh when media call it the “scourge” of our society , they need to stop trying to anthropomorphize an inert substance into some kind of rapacious beast…

  5. b waghorn 5

    They just ran a story on 3 news showing the meals being served up to patients in Dunedin , what a miserable shitty country this place has become, cheers national for the brighter future, fuckers!!!

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    I doubt that the intellectual and political left believe in any witchdoctory like “spiritual transformation.”

    • BM 6.1

      Do you do spiritual transformation CV?

      • maui 6.1.1

        It was only a matter of time until you started asking for help.

        • BM 6.1.1.1

          I did some spiritual test a while back and got a zero.
          If I was being honest, my spirituality could probably do with a bit of work, would more mung beans help?

          • Li 6.1.1.1.1

            there are only 3 things you really gotta do to be spiritual and mung beans aint neither of them.

            love all people, serve all people & remember God.

            altho ‘being spiritual’ is kinda redundant cos spirituality is just about being with nothing else added on. it’s neat tho.

            • BM 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Sounds a bit tedious to be honest.

              If I had to do the religious thing, I’d be a Catholic, turn up every Sunday or so, do a few hail marys and you’re good to go for another week.

          • Anno1701 6.1.1.1.2

            “would more mung beans help?”

            i suggest a medium to strong dose of LSD for some introspection

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.2

        Well, the scientist Gus Speth considers it a must for living and survival.

    • Stuart Munro 6.2

      Cultural though is achievable. Adam Smith’s Moral Sentiments laid out a progressive morality for the Victorian era – this is what the Right lacks – they think it is acceptable to have a lying government. Politics doesn’t require lying:
      A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. ~William Blake

    • Li 6.3

      You should pick up, The Politics of Meaning by Michael Lerner. He’s a really cool progressive spiritual guy.
      Here’s a short article written by him that gives a bit of an indicative on what he’s about,

      http://www.salon.com/2016/03/04/this_speech_could_reignite_bernie_sanders_heres_the_argument_he_needs_to_make_about_capitalism/

      he’s real accepting of atheists and all that too, so even if you’re not a fan of mung beans like BM, he’s a fan of you!

      • RedLogix 6.3.1

        Yes.

        No wonder, then, that so many people feel lonely and scared. They see themselves as surrounded by people who have internalized the “look out for number one” ethos of the capitalist marketplace. Many notice these same attitudes in friends, even in one’s spouse. Some report that their children have picked up these same values and look at their parent with a “what have you done for me lately” attitude. So increasing numbers of people feel afraid not only because there is no effective societal mechanism to protect them should they be out of money or in need of too-expensive-to-afford health care and pharmaceuticals, but also because they fear that no one will really be there for them when they are most vulnerable and in need of caring from others, Of course these dynamics play out differently depending on one’s own circumstances, but they are prevalent enough to make many people feel bad about themselves and worried about the enduring quality of their most important relationships.

        Which also explains why so many people either self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, or their mental health crumbles under the stress of this constant anxiety.

  7. Anne 7

    Does anyone know what’s happening with a certain court trial which is supposed to have begun this week?

  8. Anne 8

    oooh look pandas!! Aren’t they just the cutest. I could look at pandas all day…

    http://photobucket.com/images/panda

  9. Li 9

    SO i’ve noticed there’s a few islamaphobes on this site lmao

    • BM 9.1

      Like who?

      • Li 9.1.1

        to be clear, on this site meaning commentors not article writers.
        Some guy called Jamie. His stuff was beyond crazy man.
        Find his posts on that Lahore Bombing comment thread, real bizzare-o stuff.

        • Muttonbird 9.1.1.1

          BM is a right winger and therefore by definition an islamophobe.

          • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.1.1

            Wahabi/Salafist Islam has little place in a tolerant, diverse world.

            • RedLogix 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Materialism is a condition which is an inability to see the inner realities of things.

              This is why atheism is perhaps preferable to fundamentalism. They both suffer the same condition. But the atheist stands outside of religion looking in and has perhaps a chance of one day glimpsing it’s hidden mystery, while the fundamentalist stands inside what they loudly call faith, but it will be forever concealed from them.

              Treating religion literally, the fundamentalists unmovable position, is the total denial of it’s innately non-material, evanescent nature. The door is forever shut to them.

              Once this distinction is clear in the mind, many confusions are cleared up.

              • Colonial Viper

                I’d say that agnosticism is preferable to both atheism and religious fundamentalism.

                That’s an approach which truly leaves the mental and spiritual door open.

                In addition, fundamentalist atheism is not an unknown phenomena.

              • weka

                Then there are the fundamentalist atheists 😉

              • ropata

                Nice binary extremes you have laid out RL, it expresses the characteristic “all or nothing” thinking of both “hard-core” atheists and “fundamentalist” religionists.

                Agree with CV’s comment about agnosticism… similar applies from the side of religious faith. Despite fundies yelling about it there’s no need to interpret all of the Bible literally… it is possible to appreciate both Scripture and Science (but you’ll never please the extremists out there)

          • weka 9.1.1.1.2

            “BM is a right winger and therefore by definition an islamophobe.”

            No bigotry there then 😉

  10. NZJester 10

    Are National about to look into partly selling NZ Post and Kiwibank now?
    Is this NZ herald article one of the first shots in a wave of articles to try and soften us up for such a thing?
    “Liam Dann ‘s Opinion – Business editor of the NZ Herald”
    Liam Dann: Time to sell Kiwibank and NZ Post
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11614062
    They have already cut back a lot of NZ post services that have meant some people have had to look to their competition to get the level of service they used to get.
    Instead of improving services to keep exiting customers and win back old ones, the management at NZ Post seamed to have been trying to run down its services and loose customers so that the government can easily make a case to get rid of it.
    As for Kiwibank, its selling point is that it is fully NZ owned to differentiate it from the other banks, a partial sell off or full sell off of it will remove that main selling point of the bank. It was created to stop money flowing out of New Zealand.

    • Rosie 10.1

      “Instead of improving services to keep exiting customers and win back old ones, the management at NZ Post seamed to have been trying to run down its services and loose customers so that the government can easily make a case to get rid of it.”

      Yep. A friend of mine at the Postal Workers Union believes that’s EXACTLY what they have been trying to do.

      I did hear on RNZ this arvo that Bill English says they have no intention of selling Kiwibank………………but you know how these guys lie and deceive. …….

      • ianmac 10.1.1

        English was asked specifically at Question Time today if NZ Post would be sold. He said a definite “No.” And “No” to Kiwibank.

        • Gangnam Style 10.1.1.1

          Contract negotiations between the unions & NZ Post management are on at the moment. Sticking point is they want posties working 4 days a week 10-12 hour days riding the little golfcarts. Management have done no 10-12 hour trials of posties delivering mail in said golfcarts, also bearing in mind posties are paid for volume so everything is based on ‘guestimates’ & averages, so 10-12 hours of work based on the Postie Pay Mail/’guess volume’ is totally untested.

          “The thing about post services is that they suffer from economies of scale. Basically, it works as a commercial enterprise if everyone and their dog is sending mail. ” – absolutely! No commercial company is going to buy NZ Post, they even sold most of the buildings so don’t even have assets for some wide boy fund manager types to come strip.

        • NZJester 10.1.1.2

          Remember when National said they would not increase Taxes and then claimed GST was not a tax when they increased it even though the T part of the name stands for Tax.
          They cleverly moved the bulk of the tax burden to the poor by their tricky little move with the PAYE and GST swap.

      • greywarshark 10.1.2

        So you said that Mr English and now you say something different. Well that was then, this is now, it’s a different day. The black humour of an Alzheimers sufferer – every day I look in the mirror, and meet someone new. Applies to politicians and their promises and statements.

    • Jenny Kirk 10.2

      I think they might be “kite flying” to see if such an idea would be acceptable, or not .

    • Draco T Bastard 10.3

      They have already cut back a lot of NZ post services that have meant some people have had to look to their competition to get the level of service they used to get.

      The thing about post services is that they suffer from economies of scale. Basically, it works as a commercial enterprise if everyone and their dog is sending mail. With the advent of the internet and email very few people send letters any more and so the scale is gone which means that it can no longer operate as a commercial operation. The private operators will find the same thing. In fact, this is why post services around the world have always been government operations. It needs everybody to pay a little bit to keep it going so that the few people who use have access to it.

      The same applies, in one form or another, to all the other monopolies that the governments have sold off over the last three decades.

      That said, NZ Post has been moving into other services such as their service that allows you to send registered letters digitally.

      As for Kiwibank, its selling point is that it is fully NZ owned to differentiate it from the other banks, a partial sell off or full sell off of it will remove that main selling point of the bank.

      That was the reason why I was with Orcon – and then the state broadcasting giant sold it. Unfortunately, I had nowhere else to go that was state owned.

  11. Jenny Kirk 11

    Debating whether Northland should continue to have any sort of rail network – next Monday 4 April 6.30pm Forum North, Whangarei.

    Please pass on to anyone you know who lives in this region.

    Speakers include – * NZF Leader & MP Winston Peters. * National MP Shane Reti
    * Labour MP Kelvin Davis * Greens Transport MP Julie Anne Genter.
    * Better Public Transport Jon Reeves * Kiwi Rail Dave Gordon.
    * RMTU General Secretary Wayne Butson. * Northland Businessman Wayne Brown.

    Doors open 5.30pm Live Legendary Blues Band till start time of 6.30pm

  12. Jenny 12

    “Tuvalu is on the frontlines of climate change. Its people are living climate change on a daily basis, having to adapt and strengthen their resilience. Climate change is a significant factor that impacts on Tuvalu’s growing population, polluting its ground water supplies, and making it virtually impossible to build infrastructure that can withstand the changing face of nature – strong winds, king tides, etc.. The sad factor is that Tuvalu doesn’t contribute to the pollution of our atmosphere, it is industrial nations that are the main polluters yet Tuvalu and its people suffer as a consequence”
    SU’A WILLIAM SIO MP
    27/3/16

    Message from Su’a William Sio on his personal facebook page, writing from Tuvalu on the witness of the “Labour Caucus Climate Change Taskforce” tour of the frontline climate change states of Tuvalu and Kiribati.

    In the face of almost total media silence, SWS has been posting the progress of the Climate Change Taskforce on his personal facebook page.

    So far the only public media outlet that has agreed to give any current coverage of the “Labour Caucus Climate Taskforce” mission to Tuvalu and Kiribati is the Daily Blog.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/

    It is my opinion that climate change will be the defining issue of our age. Those that actively ignore climate change will inevitably find themselves running to catch up.

    • Anno1701 12.1

      Ive spent a fair amount of time in Tuvalu for work, its a very beautiful place/culture, but also a very sad place….

      Its hard to watch peoples home & lives get inundated with water regularly , especially when you turn around and realise they really have no choice, there is nowhere else to go/ no hills to run to when those big waves/high tides come !

  13. Ovid 13

    RIP Ronnie Corbett

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    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    4 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    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
    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
    6 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
    6 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
    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
    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
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    6 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    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
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    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

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