Dirty Politics done in the Netsafe style – part 2

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A letter from Netsafe asserts that the email from yesterday wasn’t a “notice of complaint” under the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015.

You could (and did) fool me. It had all of the provisions of one under section 24(2) listed below.

I’d say that if it waddles and quacks like a duck – then I and any reasonable person would suspect that it is a frigging duck and take steps to reduce the shit problem.

  • It notified me of a complaint under the HDCA just like s24 (2) of the act specifies
  • Had the wording “I’m emailing you on behalf of Netsafe about a complaint we have received” which reads exactly like a notice of a complaint.
  • Gave the same courses of action as s24(2) of the act
  • Gave the same time frame as s24(2) of the act.
  • Came on behalf of the authorised agent who can issue notices of complaint under s25(1) of the act.

If fact, it only lacked the information required under s24(3), the absence of which is what my post complained about.

Quite simply, as the authorised agent of the act, if they didn’t want it to be mistaken as a “notice of complaint”, then they needed to explicitly state that it was or was not a notice of complaint. Since they did not, as anyone with any even minimal legal training would have done, you have to assume the worst case.

Netsafe has also asserted that the email was private and shouldn’t have been published. In which case my question; is where did they request that in their email? For that matter they didn’t request that in their letter yesterday afternoon. In that latter instance, I’m going to be generous and not publish it.

But I consider that evaluating the performance of a tax paid organisation newly charged with assisting people on the net is pretty important in both political and net terms. Exposing the information that they appear to be using their position (even inadvertently) to try to censor information on a political blog site would have to be considered to be in the public interest, and a suitable topic for political debate.

It would be hard to be transparent in a public debate if you don’t publish the source documents. In this case I looked to see if there was anything that needed redacting, and found nothing. So what exactly is the ‘harm’ that Netsafe alleges could come to the unnamed and unknown complainant from releasing the email?

FFS: Netsafe is a statutory body under Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015. From memory the budget for getting that all set up in 2016/17 was $16.4 million dollars of taxpayer funds. So far all they have managed to do in this instance for their complainant or for me as a taxpayer and user of the internet so far is to waste both their and my time and resources.

That is because they aren’t dealing directly with either the case or the issues. What they are managing to do is to look like an organisation being used as a political cats paw in an election year. If they do this with the main opposition website, where exactly are they planning to stop interfering with the public discourse so essential to a working democracy?

I’m getting somewhat irritated with them. When exactly are they going to get off their arses and provide the information that we need to make a decision?

If Netsafe doesn’t like having their performance reviewed by the net and political debates, then all I can suggest that they lift their game to the point that they don’t irritate me. For their information, I really only seem to write posts when I am irritated. It causes me to make time for doing them.

40 comments on “Dirty Politics done in the Netsafe style – part 2”

  1. dukeofurl 1

    They seem to have picked pointers from their web pages on ‘fake invoice scams’
    http://www.netsafe.org.nz/fake-invoice-scam/
    ‘The scammer will send an invoice for goods or services you haven’t requested, or for a fake service such as a trade directory. This could be a printed invoice that looks legitimate, or even an email that looks as it’s come from a legitimate business insisting that you’ve ordered the goods or services.

    Often these scammers target the office administration or accounts functions of a business and will attempt to intimidate by threatening legal action. They may also request changes be made to the usual billing arrangements.

    All the signs for the unwary of something it isnt.

    I get the impression its 90% marketing with all its services outsourced and a few bods at an office block at 130 Broadway New market ( from whois)

    Strangely a company at L3, 130 Broadway is Hectors World Ltd who’s 100% shareholder is Netsafe ‘Incorporated’- whatever that means

  2. keepcalmcarryon 2

    ” Hi there
    In event bad public posting on your site “Daily blog” Netsayfe urgently require depost $500 US make benefit Nigeria, safe children”

    thank you
    Netsayfe”

  3. weka 3

    Christ. Ok, so it sounds like they send out a fairly generic letter by email initially on the basis of a complaint in the hope that the website admin will just take down the allegedly offensive piece rather than bother with all the hooha?

    btw, when you say letter do you mean they didn’t sent it by email this time but as hardcopy?

    • lprent 3.1

      …initially on the basis of a complaint in the hope that the website admin will just take down the allegedly offensive piece rather than bother with all the hooha?

      That would be my bet. Of course on this site they will run into my carefully tuned technical (and political) paranoia that treats every unexplained event as being a unexplained and unexpected bug that needs to be fixed.

      It is a very bad tactic to use unexpected and ill-defined event on any system operator (or programmer) because they tend to get irritated and start with massive escalation. I have been known to stop whole countries accessing this site when I get unexplained traffic from widespread botnets for instance.

      Netsafe sent a email with a PDF inside.

  4. ianmac 4

    Such a “complaint” is a bit weird. Especially since it was pretty much old news.

  5. McFlock 5

    So let me get this straight:

    it wasn’t a notice of complaint, it was just a social email telling you about a complaint and asking you to advise them what you’d done about the complaint within 48hrs (same timeframe for response under 24(2) of the HDCA), and suggesting court action if netsafe can’t resolve the dispute, but you’re a moron for thinking it was a “notice of complaint”?

    This gets better and better.

  6. Ad 6

    Impressive that an enforcement agency would write to a powerful political website in election year and expect any privacy at all.

    LPrent if you give us their email address we can let them know our views. 😉

    • McFlock 6.1

      lol that’s a tory dirty trick. Let’s just sit back and watch the spectacle 🙂

    • lprent 6.2

      I think we can avoid the spam. Someone over there has read the last post, so I’d guess that they are probably getting the point.

  7. Skeptic 7

    Hey LPRENT, from the comments above and from what I’ve read about phishing and scamming/spamming, I’d say you’ve been spammed with a trogan or something similar. It might pay you to do a quick back-up them lodge a formal complaint yourself reporting possible computer fraud to Netsafe – but not the one you’ve been spammed from – and the DIA – get their’s direct from their website. This certainly seems more than a bit suspicious that you’ve been contacted out of the blue with no reasonable explanation or “probable cause”. If it is the real netsafe, then you’ve put them on notice that they’ll be investigated and will have to reveal all details – if it isn’t then you’ve helped shut down a particularly nasty piece of work.

    • lprent 7.1

      Nope. This is legitimate (apart from the facebook link).

      I took the precaution of establishing what were the correct email domains for Netsafe last year.

      I back traced and had a discussion with their email server about validation codes before I responded.

  8. keepcalmcarryon 8

    Yeah sorry, was just away sending my credit card details to apple again, they keep losing it and emailing me. Once Crown Prince Fayed pays up the inheritance Ill be able to downlaod some more music. Where was i?
    Oh yeah, The above correspondence from netsafe would have been straight in the bin at my place, Ive never had anything official starting “hi there” and ending on a first name basis. Notwithstanding facebook link to herbal supplements.
    Properly dodgy, wouldnt have looked at it twice, but then we wouldnt all be here talking i suppose!

    • lprent 8.1

      The spam gateways on my mail system are somewhat paranoid. That is because I have been continuously feeding them spam to learn from since 1990. Basically when I get better anti-spam programs, I give them the entire contents of several decades of accumulated spam to chew on.

      So I read everything that gets past it.

  9. One Anonymous Bloke 9

    I’m curious as to whether their claim of privacy would stand up even if stated explicitly.

    Where does a government funded body get off trying to act in secret in a situation like this?

    I find their behaviour to be bullying and offensive. Maybe I’ll send them an abusive communication saying so.

    • Tui 9.1

      +100 OAB!!!

    • Richard@Downsouth 9.2

      According to several sites I viewed (consumer.org.nz, privacy.org.nz and cab.org.nz) it says that The Privacy Act 1993 deals with the collection and disclosure of personal information… seeing as Netsafe is not a person, but an organisation, I doubt that would be covered…

      It seems to me (I may be wrong), that this is most relevant:

      “The Privacy Act controls how ‘agencies’ collect, use, disclose, store and give access to ‘personal information’. ” (privacy.org.nz)

      I suggest someone else may be better informed

      • lprent 9.2.1

        Yep. But that is almost entirely about information collected for one purpose being used for a completely different purpose.

        Even at a narrow possible interpretation of the email request in this case on the post in question, I am dealing with a email directed to the operators of this site and asking to be sent to the author(s) on that post.

        The post in question had at least 50 individuals contributing to it.

        Just in the post itself, there was at least Stephanie, Whaledump2 (tweet), Cameron Slater, Jordan Williams, Helen Kelly (tweet), and Jared Savage / Bernard Orsman / Lincoln Tan (ODT quotation).

        Then there were 82 comments by a lot of people.

        That isn’t exactly a request for a private conversation.

        If you took an even narrower interpretation based on the authors of the specific material mentioned in the post, then I’d have simply forwarded the request to Cameron Slater and Jordan Williams as they wrote the offending material, and possibly whoever redacted the original dump.

    • lprent 9.3

      I’m curious as to whether their claim of privacy would stand up even if stated explicitly.

      Unless covered explicitly by legislation, it won’t if it is legitimately released by one of the parties to it. There are all sorts of provisos to that, but most of them are related to trust relationships eg between employer and employee, doctor and patient, etc. In NZ most of those are defined by legislation.

      None of them apply in this instance. About the only legislation that could cover it is under the privacy act or the HDCA. However they haven’t provided me with information that would trigger those. Probably why they went for the blanket ‘harm’.

      That means that effectively the only Act that would have an impact is the BORA (ie Bill of Rights Act) which would point a path of transparency.

      Where does a government funded body get off trying to act in secret in a situation like this?

      There are some legitimate reasons for Netsafe to apply it. For instance if it was a 15yo trying to get naked pictures of herself off the net.

      However if they did wish to apply for those kinds of cover, then they would have told me what they were. Having been around networks for a very long time on many sides of it, I can tell you that almost every legitimate request framed like that to a sysop will be acted on. However it requires some detail about what and why, because sysops are usually kind of suspicious.

      The only times that I have ever seen issues with that is when legal teams get involved and revert to extreme caution about liabilities.

      That talking about the operations of an organisation might cause ‘harm’ to the complainant is quite insufficient. It looks rather more like the usual 3rd party privacy figleaf used by the political PR idiots to prevent discussion political sensitivities. Like a political journalist, for political bloggers the figleaf defense is absolutely characteristic of something very dirty to hide.

      In this case I suspect just some simple political naivety and that they haven’t read Dirty Politics

  10. HDCAFriendlyTroll 10

    HDCA Act s24(5):

    “An online content host must not disclose any personal information about the complainant or author under privacy principle 11(e)(iv) in section 6 of the Privacy Act 1993, except by order of a District Court Judge or a High Court Judge made on an application under this subsection.”

    • lprent 10.1

      You are on a ban, but I pulled this out of spam to answer.

      The point about the post(s) is that :-

      1. I don’t know who the complainant is. If Netsafe had told me that, then I could have made a decision about what the site would do with the specified material that Netsafe told me was a problem for the unknown complainant. It is really hard to offer up personal information for someone that you don’t know.

      2. I (and for that matter everyone) have written about the participants referenced in specified material. However none of us have given out any personal details except those already in the public domain as specified under privacy principle 11(b) in section 6 of the Privacy Act 1993. Perhaps if you used your brain you could have spent 2 minutes to look that up rather than being a complete lazy dickhead.

      3. I offered opinions about who the complainant might be based on pure logic. But I doubt that you could understand that concept of logic, so we will leave that alone and not humiliate you further.

      4. The personal information being offered up appears to be from Jordan Williams to Cameron Slater. It is in the redacted part of the image, so we aren’t publishing it. It also relates to the nurse in question. Perhaps she should have a go at Jordan Williams for giving it and/or Cameron Slater for holding it so that it got released after rawshark stole it.

      I could go on. But I guess that you are a bit too much of a troll to understand any more subtle points.

  11. A letter from Netsafe asserts that the email from yesterday wasn’t a “notice of complaint” under the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015.

    What was it then? Idle chat? Just making conversation? They have to spend the day doing something, I suppose, but this seems an unusually belligerent way of filling in the non-breaks part of the day.

  12. adam 12

    If this was not so annoying, it be really funny. It feels a bit like a scene from the film ‘Brazil’.

    That said, the one thing I’ve noticed over the time of this government, is that they hiring more idiots, and nincompoops in government department these days. And they get superior on you when you question their idiocy, mind you, they are quite slow to get offended, must be somthing to do with their thickness.

    There was not a snowballs chance in hell this was ever going to work, because you only need to have half a brain to work for the government – and that is on a good day.

    This government is good for one thing, and that is wreaking. They don’t care if people are involved, they will wreak, and wreak, and wreak.

    Well I hope all the people who support national have to deal with the government soon, because this is what happens when you let the Kakistocracy have power.

    • Ed 12.1

      What a load of crap. You are conflating our National party cabinet with government – the two are (thankfully) different. The issue of this thread apart, I don’t see wholesale errors from Netsafe’, indeed I see little from them at all. But your argument reads like the start of one of those sayings about the best thing we can do about government is get it small enough to drown in a bathtub. Lets not go down that stupid path more than the current pollies are already doing.

      • adam 12.1.1

        My guess is you have very little to do with government departments.

        I’m for no government, not small government.

        Next time put up an argument, or at least something to argue with, rather than a bunch of boorish assumptions.

        • Tui 12.1.1.1

          ~ tui

        • weka 12.1.1.2

          I can’t think of any culture that has had no governance structure. Can you?

          There are huge problems in the public sector now, but that’s a different thing than saying that anyone who works there has half a brain. I’ve known good people and bad people and those in between who’ve been civil servants.

          In terms of netsafe, afaik they’re not a govt department, and the issues seem to be both regulatory and within the organisation.

  13. Bill 13

    …as anyone with any even minimal legal training would have done, you have to assume the worst case

    Surely it depends what approach is more advantageous in the circumstances (allowing for wriggle room, plausible deniability etc)?

    Smartly playing stupid can go a long way and save a lot of time/energy.

    • lprent 13.1

      A philosophy that the National ministers brains lean to (ie their OR advisors)

      • Bill 13.1.1

        It’s not a philosophy Lynn. It’s an approach that avoids climbing the fucking wall.

        If the claim is that there has been a punch, then unless the claim explicitly alleges that a death has occurred as a result (ie – the worst possible case), then assume (with caveats) that the punch in question is merely about someone harmlessly punching the air.

  14. reason 14

    In Lprents “Dirty Politics done in the Netssafe style” (part one) …..I linked to good reporting which exposed the political deciet, the mainstream media spreading of this deciet ….

    with resulting emotional blackmail and pro Govt manipulation …..

    “Ultimately, only five Members of Parliament (out of 120) voted against the HDC – a landslide victory for its promoters.” … ( judith aka queen of dirty politics)

    Suzie Dawson was the reporters name and full credit to her for actually investigating and then reporting the truth ….instead of spreading misleading pro Govt fake news.

    she did a good job … unlike The Herald and other main media who were spreading misinformation . https://www.spinbin.co.nz/grotesque-hypocrisies-behind-new-zealands-anti-troll-legislation/

    Context …… : “The ex-Minister of Police and Justice, who resigned in 2014 due to close ties with an “attack blogger” who was “mercilessly attacking opponents” is the same who in April 2013 had been promoting her anti-cyber bullying legislation.” …

    It was drafted in April of 2013 and the Roastbusters scandal did not emerge until November 2013.”

    “Despite this, the Roastbusters scandal was used as direct and deliberate justification for the passage of the anti-Troll bill over … https://nzfvc.org.nz/news/harmful-digital-communications-bill-passes-second-reading

    & over http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/debates/debates/51HansD_20150324_00000024/harmful-digital-communications-bill-%E2%80%94-referral-to-justice

    & over http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11157392

    https://www.national.org.nz/news/news/media-releases/detail/2015/03/24/cyberbullies-one-step-closer-to-being-held-to-account

    “From official Parliament websites and press releases, to the National Party website, to a slew of media and NGO websites, the Roastbusters scandal was referenced time and time again as being the catalyst for the bill.”

    *************************************************************************

    In practice: … here we are in 2017 with teenage boys encouraging rape and starting to go all roastbustery on the net ………… with not a mention of HDCA doing anything…. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/90165634/investigation-launched-over-rape-comments-made-on-facebook-by-wellington-college-students

    Surprised ?

    Meanwhile sleazy people with close past associations to Judith Collins and the Nacts are trying to use Judiths new law to gag the truth being posted about them on ‘The Standard’ …. which shows them as sleazy by their own words and actions .

    Not to mention the Hassling of Lprent and wasting his time in a process…which they can not follow correctly.

    Some big Judith built Loopholes you could drive a whale through are being tested out …

    The ones behind her original intent ….. and achieved through such cynical dishonesty.

  15. mickysavage 15

    I wonder if Bomber received a similar email …

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    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 ...
    5 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...
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    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
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    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
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    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
    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?
    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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