Hollow Man v Shallow Man

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 14th, 2007 - 61 comments
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Nicky Hager’s book, The Hollow Men in many respects contains no great revelation to those who have witnessed National Party politicians’ behaviour over the years.

The major differentiator between Labour and National has always been that Labour is an inclusive party with fundamental values based on supporting a greater number of people. National on the other hand champions the ideal of the individual, sometimes at the expense of the community, which is why they’re always happy to sell off the assets belonging to all New Zealanders, to a few wealthy New Zealanders.

Of course the problem for National is that, in order to get elected, they need to pretend to support the interests of the majority, which is entirely the point of The Hollow Men. Don Brash deeply-held beliefs were incongruent with what he was saying to the electorate and he ended up looking silly – the ultimate Hollow Man.

So what’s the difference with John Key? Well the answer is probably not much, and quite a lot. He’s very like Brash because there is plenty of evidence to show, in his past statements that he would be very much in favour of selling many public assets – as just one example. But I believe that the difference is in how he delivers the message. Key has no difficulty in holding one view and presenting an entirely different line. The Standard is full of examples and I believe, as the campaign unfolds towards 2008, many more will become apparent.

It could be argued that at least Brash held some principles and values, which in the end tripped him up. Key on the other hand appears to have no such difficulty.

It would seem that THE HOLLOW MAN
has been replaced by THE SHALLOW MAN.

Don Brash HOLLOW MANJohn Key Shallow Man

61 comments on “Hollow Man v Shallow Man”

  1. Lee C 1

    Ok you win. The Standard is obviously not for me. This is my final post.

    Fare ye well.

  2. Z K Muggletonspofin 2

    I hate sad goodbyes. How will we know when you come back under a new name?

  3. Tane and Sam reckon they’re pretty good at working out IP addresses!

    Hey Lee C – they do seem to be one-trick ponies here eh – all they ever talk about is John Key and the EB!

  4. it’s always such a sweet sorrow

  5. Robinsod 5

    Tane and Sam reckon they’re pretty good at working out IP addresses!

    What on earth are you talking about?

  6. Z K Muggletonspofin 6

    Please, the anonymity of the internet is an individual’s choice and is liberating for many. People have, up-until-now, had limited means of expressing themselves and we should welcome and support the opportunity the web gives us all to do that. No amount of bluff about IP addresses should scare people into believing it will be otherwise.

    Keep the debates going I say and let’s make it safe for everyone to have their say without fear.

  7. Sam Dixon 7

    What the hell is Inv2 talking about?

    I’ve never talked about anyone’s IP addresses. I believe its Farrar who’s threatening to release people’s IPs, a predictiably depsearte reaction to having his back to the wall since The Standard ahs come along..

  8. Sam Dixon 8

    I was just looking at the Colmar Brunton poll report on One News. As anyone who follows the polls knows, CB always leans right, about 5% compared to other polls but what I found odd was One News saying “The trend shows National is maintaining a clear and consistent lead”. The previous CB poll was in May.
    Comparision

    Party Oct May
    National 49% 56%
    Labour 37% 31%
    Green 6% 6%
    The Maori Party 3% 3%
    NZ First 2% 3%
    United Future NZ 1% 1%

    Seems like a 6% shift to Labour since the last poll, hardly a consistant lead.

  9. amk 9

    Please, the anonymity of the internet is an individual’s choice and is liberating for many.

    Fair enough. However that observation would carry more weight if the standard :-

    (a) Published a privacy statement and;

    (b) Disclosed how the standard is funded (ie how much money come from the labour party, and/or originates from the labour party and anonymised via third parties, and;

    (c) Published a names, posting aliases & email of people who have access to IP addresses of posters here.

    That should clarify things nicely 🙂

  10. Nice try Sam – the last Colmar Brunton poll from TVNZ was actually in September (16th to be exact) and these were the results; National 49%; Labour 39%; Greens 5%; NZ First/Maori Party 3%. Tonight’s result National 49% (no change, after a supposedly “shit” month; Labour 37% (down 2, after supposedly having battered Key and National from here to Kingdom come); Greens 6% (up 1); Maori Party 3% (no change); NZ First 2% (down 1, and in danger of vanishing!)

    Oh, you didn’t mention preferred PM: Clark 33% (no change); Key 33% (up 2 – again, after a supposedly “shit” month!)

    Sam, if you’re going to quote statistics, please make sure you are using the right ones – we wouldn’t want anyone to think you were trying to distort opinion now, would we. Thought not (with apologies to sonic)!

  11. amk 11

    Sam, if you’re looking for consistency might be wiser to go back over the last few poll results.

    Aug-06 45% 43%
    Sep-06 49% 38%
    Oct-06 49% 36%
    Feb-07 46% 39%
    Mar-07 49% 39%
    May-07 56% 31%

    I think most readers here would be of the opinion that National has held a comfortable lead.

  12. Sam Dixon 12

    amk – what funding does a blog need? retarded.

    not everyone has the option to use their real identities on politically activ online fora… there are a lot of jobs where expressing views contrary to the organisations’ line, or any at all can have negative consequences.

    I find the righties’ pathetic interest with The Standard posters’ identities facsinating. You guys must really have them worried. The comments have certianly taken off in the alst few days, and I’ve seen some media coverage too. Would be interesting to know how your traffic compares to Farrar’s.

  13. Ross Miller 13

    Well Done Sam … playing the stats to suit yourself. Fact – National 12% over Labour at a time when you and others were predicting a a seismic shift to Labour and John Key level with ‘Helen the Cold’ with all her advantages. Guess she as a ‘Leaguee’ was in the stands today to give the Kiwis her support muich as she did with the ABs and the Black Boat. Bit like Typhoid Mary eh.

    And all this coupled with Labours drubbing at the local bofy elections. If Labours ‘best’ the ex MP for Hamilton East and current List MP ‘thicky’ Yates, can’t win a seat in her old constituency then you guys are really in deep doggie do.

  14. amk 14

    sam, i’m just asking for a fully disclosure statement. it’s quite a normal thing. what are you getting so worked up about? i’m sure there’s nothing to hide.

  15. Sam Dixon said “there are a lot of jobs where expressing views contrary to the organisations’ line, or any at all can have negative consequences.”

    Can’t argue with you on that one Sam – I mean, just look at Madeleine Setchell – shafted by Benson-Pope for having a partner who worked for the Nats. I’m sure you were really uncomforatble about the former Minister’s role in that debacle, weren’t you Sam!

  16. Robinsod 16

    Yo IV2 – seeing as we’re now playing the cross posting game (and what’s that about? you pop over here yell “boo” an then rush back to Mr Farrar to tell him what a good boy you’ve been? Does he give you like a pat on the head or a bikkie or something) I noticed you posted this: Lee C – I know how you feel – after your “farewell” post, I have accused them of being one-trick ponies, being obsessed with Key and the EB. They also didn’t take too kindly to my suggestion that Tane etc had bragged about being able to work out IP addresses but yet you failed to mention it’s just shit you made up and now you’re carefully avoiding answering my question which was What on earth are you talking about?

    Now be a good little boy and tell us where Tane and/or Sam have talked about IP addresses (if it makes you feel any bigger I’m pretty sure DPF is reading this – he might even give you an extra rub on your belly). Chump.

  17. gobsmacked 17

    To stay on thread topic, a more interesting comparison is with the Colmar Brunton poll almost a year ago, the last one before Don Brash stepped down. Back then the parties were:

    National 49%
    Labour 36%

    So Key has spent the year dumping – or hiding – National’s policies under Brash, and has gained no votes.

  18. Robinsod 18

    Oh and ak – I heard the funding for the standard comes from the Greens’ leaders slush fund and everyone at standard HQ posts while drinking 18 year old single malt whiskey and smoking (organic) Cuban cigars. To think your hard-earned taxes go toward that! I’d write an angry letter to my MP about this travesty if I was you. No even better start a protest website! I hear Whale’s keen if you need a hand with it (just don’t expect any media coverage…)

  19. Sam Dixon 19

    amk – i’m worked up about the bullshit from Farrar and his groupies over the last few weeks – as the nat’s policies have been made to look stupid and only in the intersts of the weathy few they’ve started to call me a ‘Labour professional blogger’ (which I guess is testament to the quality of my comments but laughable all the same), who the Standard posters are, made up all these conspiracy theories… its just dumb. a dumb, pathetic attempt to deflect from the fact that National still has the same dumb, elitist policies it always did by attacking those who show them for what they are.

    as for the polls – all the polls have shown a rise for National in the first half of the year, if we shift CB 5% to the left it tracks with the other polls, its always about 5% to the right (its polls just before the election were well out to the right too) – so we have CB showing the same rise for National in the first half of the year, then a big gap and now we have a poll showing a 6% shift back to the left.

    Personally, I wish we would have a decent polling organisation put out a poll soon covering the period since Nat’s policies came out (the Roy Morgan poll didn’t cover that period). CB ought to be ashamed to constantly be so out of whack with the others, they’re a joke among professionals I’ve worked with who monitor polls. I think polls will show National in the lead over Labour but at 44 vs 40%, add the Greens, you’ve got advantage left just like before Brash’s resignation.

  20. burt 20

    amk

    I think if the EFB is passed the operators of this blog will either need to fall silent or have a full public disclosure including their real names and residential addresses.

    I wonder how they will feel about that?

  21. Robinsod 21

    Burt! Take! your! Ritalin! (Jesus – it’s like explaining stuff to a turnip)

  22. dearest inventory 2 and amk.

    here is my disclosure statement just for you. but the irony being…my week old blog is only at about 240 hits so far so you rightie orcs don’t have your knickers in a twist about it like you do with the standard and therefore won’t give a fuck.

    my blog is funded by the small collection of veges i sell at the local farmers market. generally i think they’re just crazy hippies that buy them so the commercial act of selling doesn’t feel as dirty. my internet connection is provided by the vast left wing conspiracy and i also collect the dole to buy my computer and of course feed my p-habit.

    my final comment in the way of disclosure statement goes something like this…ahahahaha you are so fucking freaked by the standard all you can do is harass them to release their identity. why on gods green earth would they do that? so you can send d4j round there to freak them out a bit? so you can find out their female and call them lesbians? so you can hire lynton crosby to make up some bollocks about refugees throwing babies off a boat to win a federal election?

    some people on kiwiblogblog have been feeling bad for fighting a bit dirty. i’ll start caring about that when the righties stop being dirty. when you give a fork about gaining power to help people and strengthen the fortunes of all new zealanders then i will worry about telling you who i am and not being mean about the ingrown horns on your forehead. until then run back home to your lame little glee dance about banksie and just watch as key hubris’s his way to defeat (ooo hubris as a verb noooooice)

  23. amk 23

    beanie, quite funny. well done. all i asked about was a privacy/disclosure/posting policy. quite normal stuff really. wouldn’t you have expected the standard folks to provide one?

  24. burt 24

    The Standard, lowering the standard, while lowering the standard of lower the standard.

  25. burt 25

    chomp chomp Ritalin, I’ll be nice now, just for you Robinsod.

    Ummm, Robbing-Sod is that you Dr. Cullen?

  26. it is bean or perhaps beany if, and only if, you are the sprouty. i don’t think we are that close.

    as for your question hmmm let me think…i have no expectations of a blog on the internet to do anything in particular. it is their choice cos…oddly enough…it is their blog. i think it is normal to not enter someone else’s blog and just harass them but that is not something you obviously consider as normal..so that is cool. i also think it is normal for people to not make misogynist comments about women but over on kiwiblog they don’t agree. http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/10/recovering-2.html#comment-352511 and you know what? it is their blog so that is cool.
    does that clarify things nicely? it is cool if it doesn’t

  27. “Ummm, Robbing-Sod is that you Dr. Cullen?”

    Obviously that ritalin’s taking a while to kick in. BTW – D4J are you know posting under the alias “burt” now?

  28. Robinsod 28

    Hello? IV2 Hello? Um, I don’t want to be pushy but can you like answer my question about the IP addresses soon?

  29. burt 29

    Hello roger.

    I didn’t say femmnazi once, come on be fair.

    Did like your post

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/10/kiwis_lead_the_world.html#comment-352146

    It’s unusual that I agree with you and I’m also picking I won’t very often over here. One of the things I guess I liked about that post was it didn’t have one mention of Labour or National or the words Good or Bad.

  30. illuminatedtiger 30

    John Key the flip flopper, the flim flamming matchstick man. Real politicians have a spine unlike Key.

  31. amk 31

    bean – sorry if you feel harassed, that’s not my intention at all. if the standard wants to keep it’s policy stuff private then who am i to complain.

    as for clairty, no – not much of that here and i suspect none will be forthcomong. so it will have to be cool 🙂

  32. burt 32

    rOb

    Could any links to Labour be stronger than Kiwiblog’s links to National?

    Who knows, are they less disclosed – yes. I think the point that their links may not be as strong (or may be stronger) has zero relevance to the fact one has a reasonable disclosure and the other hasn’t.

    I actually don’t care, the EFB will sort it all out. But please don’t confuse degree of funding or alignment with disclosure or non disclosure.

  33. Robinsod 33

    Burt – you’re a hell of a one to be talking about confusing one thing with another and for someone who “actually” doesn’t care (as opposed to pretending to not care?) you seem to bang on about it about it a lot but I guess that’s the line Farrar’s programmed you with. I’m glad you agree with me about the fact it’s the debate that counts now I’m just waiting for you to “actually” debate.

    Oh and IV2 – you’re happy to double post shit here and on the Nat’s blog but when oh when are you going to answer my IP question? (it is the web after all – that does mean an auditable trail) Perhaps I’ll go ask on your blog, I get the feeling it could do with the hit.

  34. burt 34

    Robinsod

    Burt – you’re a hell of a one to be talking about confusing one thing with another and for someone who “actually” doesn’t care

    Have you got a link to explain what you are accusing me off ?

  35. Robinsod 35

    Yes Burt – I’m accusing you of being thick. For example you claim in this comment ( http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=467#comment-1026 ) that I agree teachers would be paid more by private schools immediately after I clearly explained exactly the opposite to you in this comment: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=467#comment-1019

    That’s just one example. I could give you more but honestly I can’t be arsed. Now take your Ritalin and fuck off back to Kiwiblog like a good boy and have a whine about how mean I’ve been to you.

  36. r0b 36

    Ho Bean – nice posts! I’m one of your 240 hits, and I’ll visit again. “Toys and candy” – very good.

    So, The Standard attracting some attention. Good. We have long needed something to balance the National Party blog.

    I don’t care who runs The Standard, as long as it is run well. It doesn’t exaclty hide its agenda. What do the individuals matter? Could any links to Labour be stronger than Kiwiblog’s links to National?

  37. amk 37

    Real politicians have a spine

    I’d say that several hundred million years from now descendents of Helen will only just be evolving spines. No wait… that can’t happen.

  38. Robinsod 38

    amk – That’s all you’ve got? I thought you right wing weirdos didn’t even believe in evolution. And your grade is… D- must try harder.

  39. burt 39

    Robinsod

    One where I misread your comment “and that means teachers will not be paid any better” as incorrect, yes I was wrong in saying you said they would be – sorry.

    However, they are. Teachers are paid better in private schools. Good teachers will always be in demand and surely incentive to keep good teachers should be available. So once again, why wouldn’t state subsidies of private schools work? Just a little bit like the ‘integrated’ schools are today under Labour.

  40. weeeell it depends what grading technique you are using. i favour the marking ‘sandwich’ one nice, one ‘could improve’, and one nice to end. so here goes….

    amk- Your comment represents a clear understanding of the current Prime Minister’s lack of offspring, biological or otherwise. It does however demonstrate that you are slightly infantile in your critique as you feel a humans lack of offspring is a valid attack, perhaps if you tried gathering some close friends around you and discussing the triumph of The Standard over right-wing dumb-arses you may discover a better critique to level; lesbian? ugly? There does seem to be a genuine attempt to engage with others though and this must be commended.

    there…how was that?

  41. Robinsod 41

    Burt just read the argument I made on that thread. Maybe now the Ritalin’s kicked in you’ll get it.

  42. Robinsod 42

    Bean – you truely are lovely.

  43. r0b 43

    Burt – “reasonable disclosure” is an interesing term. Both sites tell us exactly as much as they want to tell us. Why not judge each on its merits?

  44. Nih 44

    Could any links to Labour be stronger than Kiwiblog’s links to National?

    I predict if farrar has any understanding of social interactions beyond his obsession with politics he’ll sense impending doom for any hopes he had of linking with National as anything other than an unsolicited supporter. His blog is a fucking embarrassment.

  45. Tane & Robinson/sod (never sure which) – I’m still here – have tried to find my source, can’t, so as an Honourable Member would do in the House, I withdraw and apologise. Trust honour is satisfied.

  46. Whoops, add Sam D to that )-:

  47. Robinsod 47

    IV2 – No worries (Robinsod has no honour – you may have guess that already). Just outta interest where do you stand on Farrar’s threats about outing commenters?

  48. Not especially comfortable – that could be construed be a violation of free speech! The beauty of the internet is the opportunity to comment freely and fully without one’s identity being compromised. DPF’s “threat” should only be invoked in the most extreme circumstance.

  49. amk 49

    there.how was that? Bean – ‘how was that’ … well the term over-reaction springs to mind. my post was intended to be humourous. you responded with heavy artillery. odd.

    D- must try harder Robinson – will do.

  50. Ross Miller 50

    Didn’t the original ‘Standard’ go belly up through lack of reader support? Seems this Blog is headed the same way with the small number of regular (Labour syncophant) posters talking to themselves in ever decreasing circles.

    No humour; no vision and no future. Just like the poodles that characterise Labour’s support parties in parliament. Dog tucker all.

  51. Robinsod 51

    Yo – Ross. You’re probably right, perhaps if the standard brought a demerit point system in it’d grow a bit faster. Oh and if it’s so lame what are you doing posting here – perhaps you should fuck off back to the nat’s blog. You do seem to be in need of a tory support group (circlejerk?) at the moment…

    Tane and/or Base – any chance you can give us an idea of how many hits/what kind of growth the Standard is running at?

  52. Z K Muggletonspofin 52

    Since I started this debate, it may be time to attempt to bring the thread back to my original point the about ‘SHALLOW MAN.’

    There’s no denying it, National has been doing well in the polls, but as some commentors have observed, be very careful about the meaning of the polls this far out from an election – a week in politics is a long time!

    My SHALLOW MAN post observes that in our current society there are many winners who have nothing to contribute. Paris Hilton comes to mind. This dumbing-down and ‘style-over-substance’ thing is the result of a world flooded with choice in all spheres. It’s wonderful in technology, communications, home appliances and popular culture. But an empty head, telegenic smile and policy-wrapped-in-sugar will not do when it comes to our political leaders.

  53. r0b 53

    No humour; no vision and no future

    Gee – I guess you’re right. I guess I should head on over to the National Party blog for a much higher level of intellectual stimulation and rational debate. Plus there’s the added bonus of their exciting new demerit point system to enjoy!.

    No but seriously, The Standard is what it is, a welcome addition to the Kiwi blogging world. If you choose to stay here, I hope you’ll contribute to sensible debate – lead by example!

  54. Ross Miller 54

    r0b Happy to contribute to sensible debate and in that vein perhaps you might enlighten us with the rational behind the “smart’ sanction that saw the soccer game beteeen Fiji and the AWs canned with the ONLY looser being Soccer NZ and the NZ Soccer public. Fiji won big time with the game now to be played at a neutral venue (assuming of course that FIFA doesn’t just award ther game to Fiji outright).

    And while you’re scrambling over that you might just comment on why the Fiji 7s Rugby team wasn’t banned from the Wellington leg of the IRB 7s earlier this year with at least two members of that team serving in the military (as opposed to the Soccer goalkeeper being engaged to a daughter of someone serving in the military)

    THe H word comes to mind along with a certain propensity to bully …. but then again Labour and Winston are well versed in those two attributes.

  55. Tane 55

    Ross, you’re off-message! You guys are backing Winston, remember?
    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/10/im_backing_winston.html

  56. Tane – if you read the comments, I think you’ll find that more disagree with Farrar than agree.

  57. Tane 57

    Yeah, I was taking the piss bro. I tend to think that if you’re going to enforce sanctions then you should enforce them properly. If that means a few guys can’t kick a ball around a field then that’s the price you pay for a principled foreign policy.

  58. r0b 58

    This dumbing-down and ‘style-over-substance’ thing is the result of a world flooded with choice in all spheres.

    I agree that excess choice is part of the effect that creates false celebrity. The financial imperitives driving the media are also part of the problem – the media creates false celebrities because that’s what sells. Why are we the public so interested in false celebrities? There I think we sail into very complex issues. Oh well, false celebrities do no real harm – as long as we don’t elect them to public office.

  59. r0b 59

    Hi Ross. “Happy to contribute to sensible debate” – me too, but I reserve the right to pick my debates. About sport I know nothing and care less. Re the Fiji soccer matter, I guess I would agree with DBF (for a change) on his front page: “On the issue of the ban on the Fijian soccer player, I’m with Winston and the Government. For sanctions to work, they have to be effective and wide ranging.”

    As to the Rugby team, I know nothing about it. I guess somewhere between then and now, the government decided to get stricter about sanctions. Pretty dull explanation really.

  60. Ross Miller 60

    Tane …. fascinating your comment about me being off message when you are happy to accept drival from Sam D trying to skewer the CB poll result. Perhaps it is worth repeating for Sam that the poll saw Labour’s share decrease by 2% while National remaind the same.

    And really I thought my posting was completely ‘on topic’.
    Hollow/Shallow Man = Labour’s Hollow/Shallow sanctions policy with NZ the big (and only looser).

    Luv too your comment about a ‘principled foreign policy’.
    China; nuclear power and a Chinese warship currently visting NZ. Putting aside the question of human right abuses in that country do you really think they would tell us if they had nuclear weapons on board. Pigs fly.

  61. Tane 61

    Ross, I didn’t mean you’re off-topic. We’re not too strict about that here. I said you were off-message. That is, you’re not following the party-line properly. It was a joke, but as I say, it’s never as funny when you have to explain it.

    As for Chinese war ships I agree – we shouldn’t be playing war toys with a regime that supports genocide. I don’t see how I’m being unprincipled.

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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    3 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    4 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    4 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    5 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    5 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
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