“Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job”

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, March 26th, 2018 - 32 comments
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Two short videos from yesterday’s March for Our Lives. The first is Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez. Stick with the bit in the middle, this is a woman holding the attention of hundreds of thousands of people.

The second is Naomi Wadler’s reminder that Black Lives Matter, that African Americans in particular have been at the forefront of the push for gun control for a long time, and that this goes beyond school shootings.

I’m not going to say much other than I find it incredibly exciting to imagine what these stunning women/girls will do over the course of their lives. Also, they understand the power of the vote. More than that will be needed but this is a generation of activists coming of age. All power to them.

 

photo from ABC news.

32 comments on ““Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job””

  1. Heather Grimwood 1

    To me, this march is the most momentous recent happening on our planet. It is hugely encouraging to this ageing activist to see the determination and vitality by such a mass of young folk ( and some not so young in support) as they progress their specific goal, part of the age-old problem that still confronts our world.
    May they go from strength to strength in safety.

  2. tracey 2

    I hope it maintains momentum. Prior attempts in the States recently have failed.

    Part of me worries that when women, and women of colour in particular lead like this , misogyny raises its head to silence them. I base this on history

    • Carolyn_Nth 2.1

      But women and people of colour keep rising, and rising again, and will do so until things really change for the better.

      Great to see the torch being picked up by young people.

    • Heather Grimwood 2.2

      That’s why I emphasised that they go in safety Tracey….physical and retributive.

  3. Macro 3

    Thanks for raising this horrendous issue weka, and the strong voice that is growing stronger by the day in the US demanding change. As the young people say – this movement will not die away – as the NRA hope it will. They are more empowered than I have seen from young people for a long long time. It brings back memories of the protest marches of the Vietnam War. This will not be a short term episode. Gun violence and its root causes are endemic in US culture. A very good graphic account of the issue with comparison with other countries (including NZ) is here:
    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts

    • tracey 3.1

      The NRA will do more than hope it will go away. History suggests they will put time money and resource into silencing it

    • Heather Grimwood 3.2

      to Macro at 3: The graph in the website you quoted above with its horrendously clear message should be spread widely, being absolutely clear to those of any age, language background, or reading ability. I have no doubt it will be.

  4. One Two 4

    ’11’ year old pushing gun reform…

    Leaving the numerology aside…

    It is neither prescient nor impressive that this ‘issue’ is the focus of the young people…understandable but nothing more than that…

    Silos and vaccumes create a controlled narrative…

  5. soddenleaf 5

    Why arent they removing reversing elected judges, sheriff’s, and going back to appointments in the US. Seems if you want to remove money from politics they should mean it. I believe in the right to bear arms, dont personally, but seems to me that the freedom of speach means losing the right to bear arms, the right to bodily integrity, the right to vote… …American are right to love freedom of speach, but not when that means they are killed, denied abortion access, crimilized and lose the vote, etc. Seems to mean all their freedom of speach is used by are those wanting to control others. The founding father foresaw this that’s why they implored only to establish a militia. A kid owning military grade weapons is not a militia, actually undermines the future ability to create one, since everyone will be worried that their neighbor goes rogue and starts shooting. yeah, the nra silence, do nothing approach undermines the right to bear arms.

  6. Exkiwiforces 6

    If these kids and their supporters keep this up and maintain the momentum this to protest. I feel that we will some meaningful firearm law reform in the US and what amazes me atm is the silence from the NRA, apart from their bullying attempts but can’t produce any real argument for against any firearm law reform in the US and its they are a possum frozen between headlights of a B Double truck who’s to about be roadkill.

    I say good luck to these kids and to their supporters for having the balls to stand up to their elected officials and the NRA for their inaction over the lack of any meaningful firearm law reform. As any change to the US and State Firearm laws is going to come from these kids.

    I’m a firearms user, qualified weapons trainer, shooting coach and range control officer/range safety supervisor for static and field firing up to crew served weapons. For me owning a firearm since the day I picked one up as a kid that is a privilege that society has given to me and it come with a number of responsibilities and is not some god given right.

    • McFlock 6.1

      I think the NRA are just hoping it’ll die down soon.
      I hope – and suspect – they’re very wrong.

      As for firearms themselves, I have a real love of the evolution and engineering of them. They’re a wonderful mix of precision three-dimensional (4d, really) engineering matching up with tolerances for very harsh environments. Some of my favourite youtube channels are the ones that go into the workings or history of them, rather than just the bangbang vids. Then you get into the math around long range shooting…

      But almost everything after the advent of smokeless powder is primarily most useful for killing people. Unless hunters need a “mad minute” for something, of course.

      • Exkiwiforces 6.1.1

        I think the NRA has miss the train to Nelson on this and if these kids can maintain the momentum on this one. The NRA will be waiting at the platform for the next camel train to Timbuktu for a very long time as the NRA have no response or counter argument to these kids atm and I don’t think they ever will.

        I fully agree will your second comment love’m or hate’m they wonderful bits of engineering and to I like watching old fashion bespoke gunsmiths like Holland and Holland of London or the research of ballistics. I’ve got a couple mates in our SF unit who are sniper qualified apart being Joint Terminal Air Controllers qual as well and they were saying they now shot from the reverse side of hills etc, we always knew this could be done in theory and they are actually do it for real.

        It just shows you just how money is spent on the science and the art of killing instead of something more worthy like clean water or housing etc so some bloke or female can shot a .300, .308 or .50cal from the reverse side of a hill.

        • McFlock 6.1.1.1

          Sniping as indirect fire? Gosh.

          And it’s odd where the videos go – I also do a bit of decorative craftwork on the side, and one of the firearms channels actually had a full video on how damascene inlay was done on antique firearms. Actually added something to my “to do” list for a workshop session.

          • Exkiwiforces 6.1.1.1.1

            Yes indirect sniping who would’ve thought of that 30yrs ago that we now have the capability to over a hill! They would’ve been saying don’t be daff son it’s not possible to shoot over hill.

            There is a village up in the back blocks of Pakistan where the local gunsmiths make copies of almost every known firearm to man and their workmanship is to a standard that would the famous gunsmiths of London like Holland and Holland a run for their money. As one of my mates from down Sth was in one weapon intelligent teams said you couldn’t impossibly tell which one was real or copied they were that good unless you knew what you were looking for. He’s more of a gun nut than I am and he said you would’ve been impressed at the quality of workmanship.

            Come to think about, I believe old mate Palin from Monty Python pop into the Village on one his visits to the Hindu Kush.

            • joe90 6.1.1.1.1.1

              a village up in the back blocks of Pakistan

              Home of the Khyber Pass copy.

              • ExKiwiforces

                Yeah that’s the place and I actually thought it was wee bit further Nth of the Khyber Pass as there is few lesser known passes further nth into the Gan.

    • One Two 6.2

      According to the Constitution it is ‘a right’…

      Because you or anyone else belives otherwise is irrelevant..

      Maybe the kids (or the adults who are responsible for them) could protest about the weapons manufacturers, the war machine, the failed healthcare system and connection between mental health, pills and mass shootings…

      Those who wish to address the symptoms are as much a part of the problem…

      What would ‘meaningful reform’ look like to you?

      Your comments are a knowledgeable read, which is why I am asking…

      • McFlock 6.2.1

        The constitutional interpretation has changed over the years. So change the constitution. As Jim Jeffires put it, it’s in the fucking name:second amendment.

      • ExKiwiforces 6.2.2

        To answer your question is very hard one? Having talked a number of American’s over the last years as most of them that I have met do own a number of firearms of all sorts.

        These people are very proud of their constitution and what it stands for, even then a very few of them do believe that the 2nd amendment wording needs to change to reflect modern day American values. As everyone agrees that to change the 2nd amendment wording will require the Pollies to have some very big set balls to force it through and the back lash from almost every quarter of US society would be up in arms in more ways than one.

        Most them really fear the introduction of UK, Australian style firearm laws and again Pollies to have some very big set balls to force it through and the back lash from almost every quarter of US society would be up in arms in more ways than one.

        I asked them what about New Zealand’s Firearms Act, “but isn’t the NZ a part of Australia they say” Lol. First of all New Zealand independent country for starters, but once I explained that and the NZ firearms Act to them and how its meant to work. Almost all of them thing a NZ style of Firearms Act may work in the US? But the big question remains is the NRA, the various states with USA and the small minority who are anti government (the alt right and the alt left) but pro constitutional of 1st, 2nd 3rd amendments etc. etc.

        I believe that some version of NZ Firearms Act would still persevere their 2nd amendment with having to change it? It would reduce the number of mass shootings because of the way the NZ firearms act have been written and that the NZ Police haven’t really inforce the firearms act even then it only to suit them when they want to. If the NZ Police do not enforce the NZ Firearms Act and if they did enforce the act as it has been written then the shooting at Hastings would’ve never had happen in the first place or they may’ve had adopted different Course of Action prior to visiting old mate.

        At the end of the day the their Pollies have to grow a set of very large balls to take on the NRA and even a bigger to take on the who are anti government (the alt right and the alt left) but pro constitutional of 1st, 2nd 3rd amendments etc. etc. Its going to take a lot of courage, but these kids and their supporters are showing the way for the Pollies in the US atm.

        • One Two 6.2.2.1

          Thanks for the response exkf…

          IMO focussing on one component of the ‘problem’ is large part of a wider problem…

          It’s too simplistic to be credible…(not suggesting that’s yourself)

          What is your position/opinion on weapons manufacturers/dealers and the war machine?

          Do you feel they should ‘stay in business’with a monopoly on weapons’ possession and death?

          Pharmaceutical and chemical industry?

          • ExKiwiforces 6.2.2.1.1

            My apologies for not returning to your questions, As I’ve been a little busy on other stuff and I had a rather interesting email/ letter about RNZAF re-forming a Unit that was disbanding in the 91’s under National which was a so called cost-saving and which in part leaded to the closing of RNZAF Base Wigram my local airbase as a kid. (There is going to something released soon on this and the P3 replacement in the next 2-3wks. Some stuff is already in the public thanks to us eagled eyed plane spotters).

            Anyway I’ll try to answer you questions as best as I can.

            Yes there is some big issues IRT US Firearms ownership and the way the Laws are administered at state level. In some state they very strict and others pretty dammed loose when you compare it the Canada, UK, Oz and NZ Firearms Law.

            The NRA has fuel the Firearm sales in the US with Lobbying at State and Federal level IRT to the US constitution to a point where every pollie is almost shit scare to stand up to them. This in turn has fed the Firearms manufacturing into overdrive because any Tom, Dick and Harry can almost buy a Firearm with very little oversight at their local Walmart (I now believe Walmart or someone similar has pulled the pin on over the counter sales) , corner shop etc. Most over the counter sales are at gun shops or gun shows with little or no oversight.

            There is a big market for select fire firearms in the US and almost over 90% are not for hunting, but home defence, the alt Right/ alt Left are forming their own Militia’s, god bothering crackpots, those who are scared of the UN/ Feds aka big government and or the world is going to end in some way.

            There is some light at the end of the tunnel as we all know that the Yanks love to sue any Tom, Dick and Harry atm. This approach is starting pay dividends as one of the USA’s oldest Arms and Ammo manufactures has just filed Chap 11 Bankruptcy which is an interesting read as why they have gone tits up.
            http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-28/america-oldest-gunmaker-remington-files-for-bankruptcy/9595622

            Since the day man and women pick a weapon of some sorts and started to beat the shit out of each other, there is always going to be the need and unfouturely firearms are rather effective at this doing this. Yes there should restrictions on the selling of Select Fire Firearms, but I owned a few of them: I had a SKS 10 and later a 7 shot semi auto for hunting mainly mob animals Goats, Wallabies and pigs, had a SLR, M14 and a L4 Bren Gun for service match shooting. But my prefer firearm of choice is the .308, .300 10 shot bolt action, .30-30 lever action or the .45 rifle with a silencer as I can do more damage with these instead of a Select Fire weapon.

            There is always going to be a demand weather it through having strict oversight or through the black-market. Just have a look at the arms industry itself with end user certificates or UN Arms embargos over the years at where some of this stuff ends up??? Its like the war on drugs in other words its the free market gone bonkers and who ends up footing the Bill???

            Pharmaceutical and chemical industry I really don’t a view on this, but all I can say as long we don’t go down the US route IRT Pharmaceutical and chemical industry as there has to be strict controls on this and If you have been to states then you would why especially if you have gone off the beating track like I do.

            Further reading I suggest these two books for starters “On Killing, The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society” and the other “On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace” both by Lt Col Dave Grossman both books have excellent references for further reading and I use these for training/ training management, those in metal health use his books for dealing PTSD and how a mass murder/ Killer works.

        • Macro 6.2.2.2

          Here is wording of the 2nd Amendment

          “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

          If we look at the history surrounding this, it is clear that the intention of the amendment was to ensure that a effective militia was maintained and the right for men (it was only men in those days who were allowed to join the militia) to keep and bear arms was within the gambit of an active and well regulated militia. It says nothing about sport, hunting, collection, or personal security. For instance in 1939 sawn off shot guns were banned in the US. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Congress could ban sawed-off shotguns because that weapon was of no use in a well-regulated militia, making it clear that the right to bear arms was inseparable from the role of a militia.
          In recent times (from around the 1970’s) the NRA has changed the debate to one of the right for individuals to bear arms irrespective of whether that person is part of a militia (now days the National Guard) or not. They have effectively reinterpreted the 2nd Amendment for their own purpose which is contrary to its initial intention – which was very similar to the concept of privilege you espoused at the end of your opening comment.
          For instance -What the NRA doesn’t like to admit is that guns were regulated in early America. People deemed untrustworthy — such as British loyalists unwilling to swear an oath to the new nation — were disarmed. The sale of guns to Native Americans was outlawed. Boston made it illegal to store a loaded firearm in any home or warehouse. Some states conducted door-to-door registration surveys so the militia could “impress” those weapons if necessary. Men had to attend musters where their guns would be inspected by the government.

          • ExKiwiforces 6.2.2.2.1

            Yes, the facts have been so twisted over the years at I fear from my informal chats with my US counterparts really don’t have a clue on what they talk about because the 2nd Amendment has been lost in translation over the years.

            We need to understand that when the 2nd Amendment was written every male was running around with muskets and not Select Fire weapons Firearms as we have today. Also the Regular US Army back then was rather small and more of a Cadre Force to provide training to the “Militia” which all changed after the War of 1812 which almost ended badly for the young USA which decide to invade Canada while the Brits were giving old Boney a thrashing.

            Which is why i’m partly against a written constitution because of US one hasn’t been updated over the years to reflect modern values etc and I prefer the setup with the GG having its reserve powers to keep the pollies in check.

  7. mary_a 7

    This is indeed an amazing protest movement, one which should be applauded for its sheer guts in challenging the NRA. Even more so that its birth began through the hurt and pain suffered by far too many youth, who survived mass school shootings, having the misfortune to witness their friends and fellow students die in violent circumstances.

    May this collective protest movement gain strength and momentum, hopefully without violence. However this is the USA …. a place where access to guns is easily available it seems, in particular to mentally unstable Americans, another point on its own which needs addressing.

    • Exkiwiforces 7.1

      Yes, that’s key for these kids if they want meaningful change to the US/ State firearms law is to maintain the momentum if they want to achieve their endstate and if they lose it the NRA will be all over them like a bunch of angry hornets as you have poke their nest with a stick. It won’t be nice feeling btw.

  8. Jenny 8

    BLM vs. NRA

    The Black Lives Matter movement slammed the National Rifle Association on Friday after the group filed a lawsuit against the Florida legislation that would raise the age to buy rifles to 21.

    The civil rights organization retweeted the Associated Press and called the NRA a terrorist organization.

    The NRA’s decision to file the lawsuit comes after Florida Governor Rick Scott signed off on the Senate Bill 7026 in the wake of the Parkland school shooting when a 19-year-old entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 rifle and killed 17 people.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/black-lives-matter-calls-nra-a-terrorist-organization/ar-BBK5wdw

  9. Macro 9

    Weka – you missed this one:
    Martin Luther Kings 9 yr old Granddaughter leads the crowd in the chant:
    “Spread the word! Have you heard! We, are going to be, a great generation”
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2018/mar/24/martin-luther-king-jrs-granddaughter-9-leads-chants-at-anti-gun-rally-video
    Also the editorial in the guardian:

    Yesterday, we Parkland students made history. And we’re not going anywhere

    by a student editor from Parkland. Amazing stuff.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/25/marjory-stoneman-douglas-high-school-parkland-students

  10. Wei 10

    Really, are there not a lot more important things to worry about around the world than Americans killing one another?

    Why do we give a shit so much —is it because they are still primarily a white country?

    And these ‘liberals’ are no better than the ‘conservatives’ – the democrats are just as vicious in their imperialism, if not more, than the republicans

    I’m all for the US destroying itself – it will be fantastic for the rest of the world, and save the rest of the world the hard work of ridding itself of this global parasite.

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    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
    6 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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?
    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

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