Dallas

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 pm, July 8th, 2016 - 105 comments
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Five law enforcement officers have been shot dead in Dallas, Texas. Three suspects have been captured and one suspect, holed up in a garage, has apparently just shot himself.

This is the worst day in the history of the city of Dallas since November 22, 1963.

The dead are working people, most probably union members, mortgage payers, parents; good people just like you and me. They were working to keep a peaceful demonstration safe. The didn’t deserve to die.

Philando Castile and Alton Sterling are no different. All seven killed in the last few days, and the many others unnewsworthy, died because of American gun culture.

The greatest terrorist threat to the United States of America is the National Rifle Association.

 

dallas

 

105 comments on “Dallas ”

  1. McFlock 1

    A tragic end to a demonstration that was supposed to preserve life.

  2. Sanctary 2

    This was no ordinary shooting. According to the press, three shooters took positions on rooftops to “triangulate” their gunfire. In other words, they set up a coordinated ambush, waited for police to enter the kill zone, then took them under a crossfire. I am worried this signals the appearance of a black anti-police militia movement, and possibility of white supremacist militias retaliating.

    If it does, then the USA has all the ingredients of a Northern Ireland style urban insurrection. A armed rebellion by a repressed minority (Catholic IRA / black militias), ultra-Nationalist terrorism (Unionist death squads / white hyper patriot militias) and a compromised local police force that lawlessly favours one side (RUC / US local police generally). Oh and throw in vicious race hate and Americas insane gun laws.

    If this is the start of a insurrection, I expect it will take federal intervention and marshal law to contain it.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Total of 11 police officers shot.

      The Independent (UK) says there were 4 snipers armed with rifles.

    • Colonial Viper 2.2

      A armed rebellion by a repressed minority (Catholic IRA / black militias)

      Black militia? Nah, far more likely to be a white supremacist independence group.

      • Scythe 2.2.1

        It was a black guy. That was obvious from the start, Tat.

        • Colonial Viper 2.2.1.1

          Firstly, the discussion was about an “armed rebellion” not about this incident.

          Secondly, don’t use my real life name, you git. Use my Standard handle Colonial Viper, or CV.

          Thirdly, I guessed the characteristics of the shooter last night before any details were released.

    • That future cannot be discounted – the powder is dry, this coordinated approach shown here by preliminary reports could be the spark.

    • AmaKiwi 2.4

      @ Sanctuary

      “the USA has all the ingredients of a Northern Ireland style urban insurrection”

      intensified by several million US Army trained professional killers returned from America’s decades of wars.

    • dukeofurl 2.5

      No there wasnt three shooters triangulating anything. There was only one.
      Naturally early reports are often confusing and contradictory, but this is an important detail that needs correction

  3. Greg 3

    Philando declared his permit legal concealed weapon,

    https://mylegalheat.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/concealed-carry-and-interacting-with-law-enforcement/

    so who drug tests law enforcement?

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      The fact that his girlfriend streamed his murder on Facebook provides an invaluable record for the court.

  4. Anne 4

    Fifty three years ago President Kennedy was gunned down in Downtown Dallas. The ‘sniper’ shot him from the third or fourth floor of a building. You have to wonder if the snipers on this occasion were conscious of the parallels when they committed the same act on the local cops.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      If there really were 4 co-ordinated shooters.

      They put their plan in place within 24 hours, because the protest march had been planned within that time, and they knew that there would be a strong police presence at that march.

      There are many implications from this.

  5. Tory 5

    If the NRA are to blame for the US gun violence then Gorden Ramsey must be to blame for all the US knife related violence.

  6. weka 6

    “died because of American gun culture”

    And because of racism. Framing this as an overriding issue with the NRA renders invisible the extent of the institutional racism at play.

    • ropata 6.1

      There are many factors at play but the one that stands out to me is the shameful poverty & inequality in the world’s richest nation.

      The wealthy have everything and the other 90% of Americans are left to rot.

      Probably some gung-ho dickheads who listen to too much Alex Jones / Glenn Beck or other preachers of hate and fear

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        uh, i can tell already that you’re wrong

      • weka 6.1.2

        We don’t know who killed the police. We do know who killed Castile and Sterling. Whatever else is going on (and I agree poverty is a huge issue in the US), there is racism here, of magnitude.

      • Liberal Realist 6.1.3

        The bottom line is that racism is the root cause of white cop shoots unarmed (or in this recent case, declared/permitted) black male. What else can you call it?

        IMO this is institutional racism (even on the part of black cops) that has existed since the abolition of slavery. The US fought a bloody fucking civil war because half the country wanted to retain slavery FFS!

        White cop instinctively perceives black male to be armed and dangerous therefore shoots first and doesn’t ask questions, content in the knowledge that they’re very likely to be let off the hook with a wet bus ticket. The state lines up an all white or mostly white grand jury who throws the case or recommends minimal penalty. This is yet another example of institutional racism, it’s wrapped into the cultural fabric of the US.

        With regard to gun culture the view of many American’s I know is that they wish to bare arms because they fear their government, not their peers. On some levels I can understand this given the US government is the most murderous the world has ever seen and, if in its best interests, wouldn’t hesitate to put down its own citizens with lethal force. In fact it already has, via drone strikes abroad.

    • “And because of racism. Framing this as an overriding issue with the NRA renders invisible the extent of the institutional racism at play.”

      You’re right about the possible influence of prejudice, weka. However, I did put a link in the post that touches on that issue.

      http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-map-us-police-killings

    • Peter Swift 6.3

      “And because of racism.”

      There appears to be some truth to that.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36745862 – Gunman wanted to kill whites.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11671436 – Dallas shooting: Suspect ‘wanted to kill white officers’

      • marty mars 6.3.1

        Read the stats on this area Peter – the truth is pretty obvious

        • Colonial Viper 6.3.1.1

          They use the poverty draft to get Blacks to fight their empire’s foreign wars. Now there are hundreds of thousands of these used up military trained men and women back on the mainland.

          I am interested to know whether the collaborators the authorities captured were also military.

        • Peter Swift 6.3.1.3

          The stats ‘on this’ are as reported in the links.
          Black shooter reported to have said he wanted to kill whites.
          That truth is really obvious.

          On this point alone there is no wriggle room.
          It sadly is what it is.

          • marty mars 6.3.1.3.1

            And that is racism to you Peter – rightttttt

            • Peter Swift 6.3.1.3.1.1

              How can it not be when an attacker targets one based solely on their race.
              That’d surely be a textbook definition of racism.

              I don’t get what your ulterior motive is or what point you are back handedly trying to make.

              • What race is white?

                I suppose I have a view of racism that includes the power dynamic.

                • Peter Swift

                  If it’s a discussion on the wider aspects of what constitutes racism, then go ahead and start a topic. I reckon it could even be guest post.
                  As both of us are anti racist, I’m sure we’ll have much to agree on.

                  In this instance, as a response to ‘racism is involved’, I agree, statements alleging the targeting of whites is fair evidence of that.

                  As for what race is white, well, that’s a little secondary school reasoning to take seriously, but if your inclined, how about you define it while you also tell us what race is black?

                  • Peter it was you who imo misconstrued (deliberately or mistakenly only you know) what weka’s point was that you responded to initially.

                    weka – “And because of racism. Framing this as an overriding issue with the NRA renders invisible the extent of the institutional racism at play.”

                    peter – “There appears to be some truth to that.” and gave 2 examples where, as you state later are, “statements alleging the targeting of whites is fair evidence of that.”

                    I don’t think you are discussing in good faith. You think a gunman killing white people and saying they are going to kill more is an example of institutional racism? – do you even know what the term means? You devalue the whole discussion with attempted smartarse distractions peter – I thought you had a bit more in you than that.

                    • weka

                      +1. It would be nice if people would actually put some effort into their arguments instead of just the smartarsery.

                    • Peter Swift

                      “Peter it was you who imo misconstrued (deliberately or mistakenly only you know) what weka’s point was that you responded to initially.”

                      No, I agreed racism did play a part in this shooting. That is a fact. A be all and end all to the point answered. What’s in your head is superfluous.

                      “I don’t think you are discussing in good faith. You think a gunman killing white people and saying they are going to kill more is an example of institutional racism?”

                      If you wish to start a topic on institutionalised racism, go ahead and we’ll agree on many issues.

                      I never mentioned or responded to institutionalised racism in any post here. I did however post links where one gunman is reported to have said he was out to kill whites and white officers. Which is of course not institutionalised, but still extreme racism.

                      “You devalue the whole discussion with attempted smartarse distractions”

                      Nothing smart arse in anything I’ve written here. I mean I haven’t played games like you have and written banalities like what is white race? You clearly have an agenda yet you won’t state what it is. It’s like you’re just waiting for someone to fall on the wrong side of the debate or make an errant remark so you can jump in and call them a racist. Is that what you are doing?

                      “I thought you had a bit more in you than that.”

                      And now you know there’s more than you can safely handle by playing childish games.
                      So say what you want to say, why you are saying it and what relevance it has to me.
                      I’m more than happy to answer your points, but enough of the dirty innuendo stuff wimps play. 🙂

                    • “I never mentioned institutionalised racism in any post here.”

                      no you just responded to a comment that was all about institutional racism. Didn’t you read the comment you responded to? I think you did and then decided to show what a funny wit you are – pity it all backfired.

                    • Peter Swift

                      “so it was ignorance

                      “I never mentioned institutionalised racism in any post here.”

                      no you just responded to a comment that was all about institutional racism. Didn’t you read the comment you responded to? I think you did and then decided to show what a funny wit you are – pity it all backfired.”

                      Again, I responded to the statement that racism was involved in these shootings.
                      If I’m asked ‘Is there institutionalised racism in the US police force’, I’d say probably definitely given the evidence. But that wasn’t what I addressed so you’ll have to live with it.

                      Backfired, funny wit, lol, “what is white race?” I rest my case, kid. 🙂

                    • Peter you seem to be struggling

                      weka – “And because of racism. Framing this as an overriding issue with the NRA renders invisible the extent of the institutional racism at play.”

                      peter – “There appears to be some truth to that.” and gave 2 examples where, as you state later are, “statements alleging the targeting of whites is fair evidence of that.”

                      see?

                      I think I’ll leave it there – I make it a point to try not to engage with those who aren’t up to it – sorry for taking up your time.

                    • Peter Swift

                      http://thestandard.org.nz/dallas/#comment-1200699

                      My reply clearly states a response only to the line “And because of racism”

                      Why be so disingenuous to attribute my post to mean something else based on what I didn’t respond to?
                      Bad form there, it has to be said.

                      Seems the only struggle is for you to eek out a foothold on credibility island. Frame it however you see fit, but you don’t hold the moral high ground over me here.
                      What you do or don’t do as a result is your own personal responsibility, kiddo.

                      Enjoy that silence lol

          • mauī 6.3.1.3.2

            This is after two defenceless black people are shot dead by authorities, and is followed by widespread protest against such killings. The shooter was at one such protest. Its amazing what you can come up with though when you drop all context…

  7. Muttonbird 7

    It’s a revolution in bites. With guns.

    A revolution like 1789 or 1917 played out in America today would be very, very ugly.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Hmmmm those revolutions (and/or their immediate aftermaths) were pretty ugly in of themselves.

  8. Colonial Viper 8

    I reckon that these guys are former military.

  9. joe90 9

    America’s newest millionaire.

  10. Ovid 10

    It’s my belief that 2016 is shaping up to be as pivotal a year as 1968.

  11. Ovid 11

    President Obama’s remarks

  12. Chris 12

    “The dead are working people, most probably union members, mortgage payers, parents; good people just like you and me.”

    But some of them like pulling their guns out and shooting at the unemployed, often disenfranchised, renters and homeless, sons and daughters; good people just like you and me.”

  13. leftie 13

    “The report that the suspect killed himself is not accurate. He is deceased because of the detonation of the bomb.”

    Chief Brown said the suspect was upset about Black Lives Matter and wanted to kill white police officers.

    “The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people the suspect said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

    DALLAS SHOOTINGS: Snipers kill five police officers in ‘deadliest day for law enforcement since 9/11’

    <a href="https://nz.news.yahoo.com/world/a/32013707/dallas-shooting-one-officer-dead-three-injured-during-protest-over-fatal-black-shootings/#page1

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      The police sent in a remote controlled bomb to kill the suspect with.

      That’s a paramilitary tactic.

      • te reo putake 13.1.1

        It was a SWAT team that ended the standoff, CV. Their job is to use paramilitary tactics in situations like these. The exploding robot is an interesting variant, kinda like a slow motion drone strike.

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1

          Glad you agree with me that paramilitary tactics were used here, TRP. However, SWAT teams are still police units, not murder teams.

          You do bring up the important point of how the method they used to kill the perp was similar to a drone strike.

          Of course, when you think about it, a remote controlled ground vehicle is a drone just as much as a remote controlled air vehicle.

          • te reo putake 13.1.1.1.1

            Clearly, it wasn’t murder. Lawful killing is probably a more accurate phrase. They were authorised to use deadly force, so their actions were acceptable in law.

            It was a shame the murderer couldn’t be taken alive, because it might have been useful to get to explore his motivations, but I seriously doubt many Americans are going to be bothered about his demise.

            • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1.1.1

              Your usual croc tears, TRP.

              • Say what? I’m not shedding any tears for the killer, CV. Sorry if the facts are difficult for you to comprehend, but my comments in this sub thread are entirely reasonable.

      • chris73 13.1.2

        Good. The less danger to other police the better.

  14. Jenny 14

    “Real America is coming after you”

    Blood soaked, violent, imperialist, racist, vengeful.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/joe-walsh-war-obama-black-lives-matter-dallas-article-1.2703883

  15. Jenny 15

    [The link is to an interview with ex cop from Baltimore. Jenny, and others, can you please put a brief intro to links like that, thanks. TRP]

  16. weka 16

    Is there any confirmation yet that there was more than one shooter?

    • dukeofurl 16.1

      Yes , its one lone gunman

      “Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that the suspect killed by the police, identified as Micah Johnson, 25, appeared to be the sole gunman and to have no links with any international terrorist organizations.”

    • mauī 16.2

      I think at the start they were saying 4 snipers shooting from roofs and the police weren’t sure where the firing was coming from. Heard someone on the news say that the noise was amplified in that downtown area maybe making it sound like more people shooting. Looks like they think it was one shooter now.

      • Colonial Viper 16.2.1

        and they say that guy was just a carpenter in the corp of engineers.

  17. chris73 17

    Heres some stats from:

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database

    Total black deaths so far this year: 137 of 569
    Total white deaths so far this year: 279 of 569

    Black and unarmed counts for 24 of 569
    White and unarmed counts for 42 of 569

    • Editractor 17.1

      Why show the “Total” stats when the “Per million” stats clearly show that blacks are killed by police at a rate more than twice as high as whites when you take population size into account?

      Per million black: 3.25
      Per million white: 1.41

      • chris73 17.1.1

        Because I don’t think race is as big a factor as the media are making it, I think its economic factors that are more important

        • weka 17.1.1.1

          And economic factors disproportionately affect African Americans, which brings us back to institutional racism.

          • chris73 17.1.1.1.1

            I disagree, I don’t think its deliberate racism

            • weka 17.1.1.1.1.1

              Do you know what institutional racism is?

              • Poission

                One of the witnesses to the 1968 Kerner report was Dr Kenneth Clark on the recurrence problem.

                I read that report. . . of the 1919 riot in Chicago, and it is as if I were reading the report of the investigating committee on the Harlem riot of ’35, the report of the investigating committee on the Harlem riot of ’43, the report of the McCone Commission on the Watts riot.

                I must again in candor say to you members of this Commission–it is a kind of Alice in Wonderland–with the same moving picture re-shown over and over again, the same analysis, the same recommendations, and the same inaction.

                http://faculty.washington.edu/qtaylor/documents_us/Kerner%20Report.htm

                Interesting arguments in the reports recommendations against a heavily militarized police force.

  18. One Two 18

    Slogans such as ‘gun culture’ are for shallow thinkers

    Such events in the USA are not a surprise and were ‘predicted’ many years ago

  19. joe90 19

    Waiting….

    Eric Boehlert
    ‏@EricBoehlert

    Dallas gunman described as ““gentle loner” yet? that’s how NYT described gunman who shot up Planned Parenthood;

    https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/751504958831276032

  20. joe90 20

    Wonder if a black guy would make it to court after pulling a gun on a crowd.

    Nah, he’d be dead.

    Michael Strickland, the 36-year-old man accused of pulling a gun on Don’t Shoot PDX protesters marching outside Portland’s Justice Center, had a round in the chamber of the loaded handgun he swept in front of the crowd and five other magazines of ammunition on him Thursday night, according to court records.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/07/man_accused_of_pulling_gun_on.html

    earlier report

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/07/dont_shoot_pdx_protesting_poli.html

  21. joe90 21

    The wingnuts are waking up.

    .
    In the era of Facebook Live and smart phones, it’s hard to come to any conclusion other than the fact that police brutality toward African-Americans is a pervasive problem that has been going on for generations. Seriously, absent video proof, how many innocent African-Americans have been beaten or killed over the last hundred years by the police—with little or no media coverage or scrutiny?

    […]

    It would be hard to overestimate the impact that smart phone cameras have had on forcing us to grapple with the fact that this is, in fact, a very real (and all-too-common) problem. The streaming video of the aftermath of the killing of Philando Castile appears to be the latest tragic example. (Note: We still don’t know exactly what happened, so I’m going to withhold judgment on this specific incident—but the video evidence we’ve all seen does not look good for the police.)

    And if there’s any good to come from this horrible trend, it may be that the scales are coming off the eyes of a lot of well meaning, if naive, white Americans. My hope is that this will change public opinion to the point that we can change public policy.

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/08/a-confession/

    .
    I think the evidence would show that the vast majority of police do their jobs with the greatest professionalism possible. I don’t think that’s a sufficient answer to the reality of lingering mistrust between police and minority communities, especially in certain areas of the country. And the proliferation of cell phone video recording has really confirmed (in their minds) something they have long anecdotally believed or been taught – that police often interact with minority communities in different ways than they do with the white community.

    And here’s the most important part: when they do so, they never or almost never face punishment.

    […]

    The most important safety valve to prevent violence like we saw in Dallas last night is the belief that when officers do go off the rails, the legal system will punish them accordingly. If minority communities (and everyone else, for that matter) believed that, resort to reprisal killings would be either non existent or far less frequent.

    But they don’t, and there’s good reason for that. And that is because a huge, overwhelming segment of America does not really give a damn what cops do in the course of maintaining order because they assume (probably correctly) that abuse at the hands of police will never happen to them. As long as the cops keep people away from my door, they have my blessing handling “the thugs” in whatever way they see fit.

    I see the attitude all the time even in the comments to the stories I write here at RedState.

    http://www.redstate.com/leon_h_wolf/2016/07/08/uncomfortable-reason-came-dallas-yesterday/

  22. Chris 22

    “The dead are working people, most probably union members, mortgage payers, parents; good people just like you and me.”

    This needs to go in the Life in New Zealand section of the the Listener.

  23. Byd0nz 23

    Americans killing Americans, cant be that bad eh

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  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
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  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Cancer
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
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  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
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  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
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  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
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    7 days ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
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  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
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  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
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  • You do have the power to change things
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  • Dissecting Tickled
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  • What China wants from NZ business
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  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
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  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
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  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
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  • All good, still
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
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    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Rage Bait!
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 weeks ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
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    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 weeks ago
  • The Real Thing
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
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    5 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
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    6 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
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    1 week ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
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    1 week ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
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