How To Get There 1/9/19

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26 comments on “How To Get There 1/9/19”

  1. Robert Guyton 1

    So, about Greta…

    “Is there something big going on here? This one kid immediately got twenty supporters who now sit next to her. This one kid created numerous news stories in national newspapers and on TV. This one kid has received thousands of messages of love and support on social media…. Movements by young people, such as Jaime Margolin’s #ThisIsZeroHour that #WeDontHaveTime interviewed earlier, speaks with a much needed urgency that grown-ups should pay attention to…” [Emphasis in original]

    Yes – there was, and still is, something going on.

    It’s called marketing and branding.

    “Yesterday I sat completely by myself, today there is one other here too. There are none [that] I know.” — Greta Thunberg, August 21, 2018,  Nyheter newspaper, Sweden [Translation via Google]

    The “one kid immediately got twenty supporters” – from a Swedish network for sustainable business. What is going on – is the launch of a global campaign to usher in a required consensus for the Paris Agreement, the New Green Deal and all climate related policies and legislation written by the power elite – for the power elite. This is necessary in order to unlock the trillions of dollars in funding by way of massive public demand.

    These agreements and policies include carbon capture storage (CCS), enhanced oil recovery (EOR), bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), rapid total decarbonization, payments for ecosystem services (referred to as “natural capital”), nuclear energy and fission, and a host of other “solutions” that are hostile to an already devastated planet. What is going on – is a rebooting of a stagnant capitalist economy, that needs new markets – new growth – in order to save itself. What is being created is a  mechanism to unlock approximately 90 trillion dollars for new investments and infrastructure. What is going on is the creation of, and investment in, perhaps the biggest behavioural change experiment yet attempted, global in scale. And what are the deciding factors in what behaviours global society should adhere to? And more importantly, who decides? This is a rhetorical question as we know full well the answer: the same Western white male saviours and the capitalist economic system they have implemented globally that has been the cause of our planetary ecological nightmare. This crisis continues unabated as they appoint themselves (yet again) as the saviours for all humanity – a recurring problem for centuries."

    Makes me think, this. Does it make you think also?

    http://www.theartofannihilation.com/the-manufacturing-of-greta-thunberg-for-consent-the-political-economy-of-the-non-profit-industrial-complex/?fbclid=IwAR3zAZsIMAdSFRvETR6TDDjJdojznZ67PxpV2jb2LBM68N5vi6GFlyLnU-E

  2. Its a long read Robert, and I'm just starting, but was struck with this , right at the start …apropos of the new hashtag call to arms ..#We Don't Have Time

    "We don’t have time to stop imperialist wars – wars being the greatest contributor to climate change and environmental degradation by far – but we must do so. "

    I am really struck by the absence of anti militarism in most of the climate catastrophe debates.In fact often there is a call to beef up the military.

    And the further commodification /financialisation of the natural world is a worry.Its a kind of realpolitik I suppose, giving up on the possibility of real and radical change in our way of being in the world, and cravenly accepting  that our only incentive to change will be money.

    Farrrrk!

    I'll keep reading, 

     

     

    • Dukeofurl 2.1

      "wars being the greatest contributor to climate change and environmental degradation by far"

      So you have walked the shattered fields of the Somme  and the Normandy beaches, and Warsaw  after the massive destruction.

       

      • greywarshark 2.1.1

        DukeofUrl comes up with a sneer.    Like a weed in the vegetable garden.  May I always be one of the humble vegetables that have a use, rather than a quick, alert weed rising and crowding out potential useful growth.

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    Farrrk, indeed, francesca.

    The thought that industry will only cease it's destructive activity when it has a replacement ready to go, is not a new one, nor a difficult one to believe.

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    Discovering the world of mycorrhizal fungi and the networking services they provide for trees was an exciting step in my understanding (such as it is) of forests and the marvellous, complex beings they seem to be, but only yesterday did I unearth this new "chapter" of the story:

    https://www.forestfloornarrative.com/blog/2019/6/21/marasmioid-rhizomorphs-enhance-bird-fitness?fbclid=IwAR3x7TNLXYH6ZCWBVDSCVkGh25lbjBuUd82Pts-sAVSaWDlk35CVB5DMtk8

    Just wonderful, in my view!

    • weka 4.1

      Reading now. Fungi catching leaves and twigs as they fall from above!

      • weka 4.1.1

        that was a lovely read. What are you thinking about rhizomorphs in NZ? I'm wondering now if some things I've seen in the bush that I assumed were plant parts were actually fungal.

    • Dukeofurl 5.1

      Hahaha… the things MPs will do for photo opportunities…..but not during the 3 weeks of the prorogation that meant they werent in Westminister anyway…its still  summer after all

       

  5. Robert Guyton 6

    It's a very lovely day today and I suspect most HTGT contributors, being keen gardenerssmiley are outside, scratching around in the warming spring-soil. I'm in and out, enjoying the garden but writing about it also, for my up-coming column of Get Growing.

    "Gather pussy-willow and decorate your living spaces with it while you can! It’s a spring-thing, pussy-willow; the furry catkins of many willow species; usually the smaller ones, are the “pussies” and very appealing they are too, arranged along the stems that can be collected at this time of the year. My favourite pussies grow on the stems of the violet willow and are surely the whitest of all the pussies and contrast beautifully with the dark violet of the stems. Other pussies are bigger, but none as vivid. The secret of keeping pussies sound and un-blown, is to display them in a vase that has no water at all in it; if the willow stems are watered, the pussies continue to develop and “blow-out”, passing through their bee-attracting, stamens-and-stigmas-on-display stage and fall apart all over the dining room table, making a mess.  Have your children or grand-children collect them with you; they’ll remember the experience forever."

    • RosieLee 6.1

      But can you eat them?

      • greywarshark 6.1.1

        Those purple willows sound attractive.   I have never seen any that could be called purple.   I suppose they would be too big for a backyard.   Do you sell cuttings of them?

        • Robert Guyton 6.1.1.1

          "The violet willow, Salix. daphnoides forms an initially upright, later spreading tree. The young shoots are dark purple with a silvery bloom in winter. Silky, grey catkins up to 4cm long are produced in late winter/early spring"

          The pussies are really stunning! The tree, like any willow, is easily managed by coppicing; the problems come when they are left un-attended-to, like any willow (bar the weeping willow, which needs nothing done to it). 

          I don't sell them, but I'll see what I can do for you 🙂

  6. greywarshark 7

    Thinking about our future as people and how we will process ourselves and our thoughts.

    Jim Mora on this morning with bits about baby's names and the psychological effect of the choice.   A comment on how good it is for family life and happiness to have Dad’s leave from their jobs for a period legislated for. Then a discussion on suicide in NZ and our statistics being high and so on.    I have thought that he would tend to dumb down the content for Sunday morning to suit the culture of middle-class Mums.   Heaven prevent them from hearing something outside their preferred bath of consumer materialistic guff.  

    There is a feeling of Brave New World about this suicide discussion.   The denizens of the in-society gathering around an interesting problem, looking at it, discussing it, and wondering what danger it may present to their children.   It can be described as a negative result from grappling with existential matters that can't be compassed in the minds of vulnerable youngsters and middle-aged.   They have given up trying to cope, or had a Road to Damascus shock which has exposed the ignored cracks in our societal simulation.   This is of some concern to us, as to the gathered crowds come to watch John the Savage in Brave New World whipping himself in self-abnegation.

    The government of Brave New World retains control by making its citizens so happy and superficially fulfilled that they don't care about their personal freedom. In Brave New World the consequences of state control are a loss of dignity, morals, values, and emotions—in short, a loss of humanity.     This from Sparknotes on google.

    In these excerpts from the end of the book John the Savage discusses the methods with the Controller and rejects his few options.

    BRAVE NEW WORLD  by Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
    https://www.huxley.net/bnw/seventeen.html
    https://www.huxley.net/bnw/eighteen.html

    This from Margaret Atwood – comment encompassing Brave New World and Orwell's 1984 is very insightful, with black humour.  (From 2007.)
    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/nov/17/classics.margaretatwood

    • Drowsy M. Kram 7.1

      "When Nikki Mandow made a podcast about whether growth is good – she didn't expect to start an international incident.

      But Kate Raworth issued a challenge and Arthur Grimes accepted… so we sat back and enjoyed the fireworks."

      https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/two-cents-worth/story/2018710893/the-economic-heavyweight-bout-of-the-year

      This has probably already been posted elsewhere on The Standard, but I've just listened to the debate on this afternoon's RNZ programme, and really enjoyed it.

      By the end Grimes, for all his progressive posturing, had been reduced to scaremonging ("authoritarian", "standard of living") to make his case for BAU with tweaks.

      Being wedded to growth is essentially little different to being wedded to a neverending rise in the standard of living.  Of course most of the world's population is in need of improved standards of living – in places that need is acute/desperate.

      In NZ, however, that need is not so acute for a sizeable proportion of the population.  I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want.  I can fly around the globe whenever I want (and to pretty much wherever I might want to go.)  And that's great.  But it would not be a catastrophe (for me) if that were to change.

      IMHO, the focus should be on what we genuinely need, not on what we want.  Scaremongering about the possibility that future generations might have a lower standard of living doesn't cut it.  More people, finite resources – something has to give, and that's not up to ‘us’.  What’s up to us is how it gives.

      https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/

      http://www.thestandard.org.nz/is-there-a-middle-ground-on-climate-change/#comment-1615768

      http://www.thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-15-03-2019/#comment-1594729

      http://www.thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-14-03-2019/#comment-1594186

      • greywarshark 7.1.1

        Drowsy M Kram

        I agree with your thinking about the standard of living of ordinary people in NZ.    Staying with relatives recently it occurred to me that they had conditions above those of medieval kings and queens, and of course they could not fly overseas in mere hours.

        It would have been at a good level, if we had not abandoned the lower income, unskilled and semi-skilled to have really low wages, taken away their jobs in favour of importing cheap cars and exporting huge amounts of milk powder.

        NZ boosted the economy by using our housing in order to attract investment to the country which was ersatz export takings, so as to balance the insatiable desire for goods from overseas which were offered for all to buy and which created selling consumer goods as an ersatz industry. 

        So retailing revenue  replaced manufacturing small goods revenue with the money that employed people would have invested in buying a home until rents went so high because of the incomers being used to fund the education industry, and the house-selling industry.   

        Everything has been bled from the lower income of NZ citizens.    Don Brash wanted houses to be regarded as part of the investment industry and we were to be charged unrealised-profit tax so that we would have predatory government pecking at us in all areas of our lives. 

        The low income strata are the ones to worry about dropping standards of living because they are already being hit hard.   And their plight can't be ignored any more;  the mini-plagues are starting up to trouble us, after the warning signs and requests for help have been pushed aside for so long.   Bad water with E coli in Havelock North, and elsewhere is reminiscent of the cholera outbreaks around the world, and in 1800's London which our early colonials escaped from to come to the Eden of New Zealand.

         

  7. greywarshark 8

    The plastic keeps churning out and the work of the humble, noble cleaners around the edges of bodies of water are getting weary of being the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff!   

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2019/aug/29/plastic-pollution-im-giving-up-you-probably-should-too-video

    What about an enterprising action group devoted to practical, engineered innovations, looking for disruptive systems, requesting an appointment with Graeme Hart.   He is a NZr with Australian heft who is a packaging mogul.   Perhaps he would help by starting new businesses, using new organic methods that will spread fast round the world.   He could get fast into the business and get a good foothold in this type of packaging.  It is a needed basic when there is transfer of any product.  

    It could be a goal to eliminate more than half of the troubling stuff coming through now.    Say starting in two years, aiming to achieve that lessening by half in four years, so six years which would be about as fast as is possible I would imagine.  

    And also having businesses sweeping the seas with nets and making useful stuff from the salt-washed detritus netted.    There are less fish to catch because of the plastic.    Let us use the fishing companies to catch plastic and rescue fish caught up in their nets, and also catch and remove the other floating nets that are so deadly.   Governments would pay fishing companies for their catches, and they would have certain boats devoted to that 'catch' and 'haul'.   

     

  8. greywarshark 9

    Radionz on aspects of building how-tos – housing

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018711435/bill-mckay-tips-when-building

    Bill McKay – Tips when building

    From Nine To Noon, 11:50 am on 2 September 2019 Listen duration 9′ :02″

    Bill McKay talks to Lynn about how people can help themselves better when building new or doing alterations: we can be our own worst enemies. Before dreaming or designing, see what's possible: From Council: LIM or PIM: zoning, soil conditions, floodplain, plumbing and drainage. But don't rely on those, get whole Property File. Get designer to analyse. CT: Easements, covenants. Get lawyer or designer to analyse. Check CT boundaries against reality. Fences, hedges aren't always on boundaries. Use land surveyors.

  9. greywarshark 10

    Jill Abigail MP has entered the lists by protesting the Greens policy of accepting the desires of newly gendered people as paramount over those who stay as born and wish to retain their gendered rights and services.

    This article on Jill and her partner indicates the wide experience and education they have had.    They are dedicated to green practices and the environment and people whose opinion encompasses consideration of a wide understanding of society and the environment.   They are among the people with the traits and knowledge who should be regarded as mentors for younger people today.

    http://otakimail.co.nz/focus-on-jill-abigail-and-joy-anderton/

    • solkta 10.1

      Why have you put this in "How to get there"?

      Why do you describe Jill Abigail as an "MP"?

      What is it that you are trying to say?

      • greywarshark 10.1.1

        I am mistaken about Jill Abigail – I thought she was an MP but she is just a long-time Green Party member.   I should have read this article about the matter.

        https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/09/greens-magazine-article-by-jill-abigail-causes-controversy-over-gender-identity-comments.html

        I think this matter is important to NZ now and in the future if we are to move forward in a united and co-operative fashion.     Respect for each other means people claiming new rights do not just walk over old ones, and try to take away basic conditions that are cherished by others.

        I am also saying that Jill is a thoughtful person in so many ways that her opinion should count for a lot in consideration of the shape of our future lives.   This is both in society and the environment.

  10. greywarshark 11

    How can we be happy in our difficult times?  Breath work.   You are kidding!

    Ted talk – this guy might be onto something.

    Breathe to Heal | Max Strom

  11. greywarshark 12

    This old guy is really kindly and thinks he should give us some ideas that he has come to believe from experience and he thinks these things should be taken on to help with our future.

    The Art of Being a Couple | Theodore Zeldin  17 mins

    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FJ5gAN5TK8

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    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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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