How To Get There 26/5/19

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36 comments on “How To Get There 26/5/19”

  1. Robert Guyton 1

    We can change.

    Mia Sutherland is a student and the secretary of the School Strike 4 Climate NZ chapter. She is Stuff's guest editor during the student-led strike on May 24, 2019. This piece was commissioned for Stuff's Quick! Save the Planet project.

     

    Describe your feelings towards climate change in three words…

    SUTHERLAND: We can change.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/112939594/climate-change-using-poetry-to-shine-a-light-on-the-environment

    Walpert explained, by studying poetry, people are taught to think ecologically as opposed to linearly.

    "As much as we need information about climate change, I think we desperately need models for thinking like ecologists – in systems," he told Stuff.

    Here is Walpert's poem titled Spotless Crake:

    Consider

    a life of 

    introversion: 

    A raised word

    at dawn

    or dusk.

    Easy to remain in shadow.

    Some of us 

    might not be known at all

    if not for voice

    and our small hungers.

     

     

    • greywarshark 1.1

      I was looking at this poem last night! 

      If by Rudyard Kipling.   (If is a powerful tiny word, with possibilities and hope contained in two little letters.   If only is a combination full of regret, let's get behind 'if'!)

      IF  – Rudyard Kipling – 1st verse

      If you can keep your head when all about you   

          Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   

      If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

          But make allowance for their doubting too;   

      If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

          Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

      Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

          And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

      https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46473/if—

      (I would like to put up the whole poem but I can't change the line setting which seems set on double spacing.   Can someone advise how this can be changed at will.   The setting should not be for double spacing on the use of the enter button. The posts are not good for reading with white space occurring where it is not wanted and taking up too much space for paragraphed or short-line comments. lprent can we alter that instruction of the program?)

      • Drowsy M. Kram 1.1.1

        Hi Grey, I don't know how to paste text as single spaced, but if I hold the 'Shift' key down before I press 'Return/Enter', then that forces the new line to in without any (extra) space between lines.  If that works for you, then you would still have to delete the space (bringing both lines onto the same line), and then press'Shift'-'Return/Enter' to regenerate the new line without a space. Sorry if this description comes across as a bit garbled!

  2. Robert Guyton 2

    Nick Hunt

     "A central strand of the Dark Mountain Project is seeking writing and art that recognises, or perhaps remembers, that humans are not the centre of the universe, not the most important thing, but merely a small part of the whole – work that attempts to decentre itself from the human experience. The Overstory achieves this better than almost anything else I’ve read, and certainly anything that would normally find its way to the Man Booker shortlist. Is that what you saw yourself as doing when you started writing it? Decentring yourself from the human experience, and writing from outside that bubble? 

    Richard Powers

    Yes, that’s a marvellous place to start. At the heart of this book is a very simple idea, and it’s one that has been explored for some time by environmentalists and philosophers and scientists and political activists, and yet hasn’t quite seeped into the arts – and certainly not this most human-centric of arts, the commercial novel. The idea, quite plainly put, is that there is no separate thing called humanity, any more than there is a separate thing called nature."

    https://dark-mountain.net/older-than-writing/

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    Google employees on acid.

     

    "Michael Pollan has written 5 New York Times best sellers including Food Rules; In Defense of Food; and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. In this talk, he shares insights and answer questions about psychedelics based on research done for his book "How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence"."

     

    • vto 3.1

      I dont think we know much about the act of death… like the beauty of a wilting rose at the end of its bloom,..

      but so much more than that alone…. 

    • RedLogix 3.2

      Yes the potential for psychedelics to heal brain injury and trauma is intriguing. Quite a few people, even the unloved Mr Peterson, have been speaking to their potential recently. 

      They may even work to reverse or alter the course of age related brain dysfunction, strokes, dementia or even just the loss of memory and confusion that so often accompanies old age. 

      In general I'm not a fan of drugs, especially when they have addictive and destructive outcomes, but these seem to be in a different category. 

      • Robert Guyton 3.2.1

        I think so, RedLogix. Terrence McKenna takes the ideas a whole lot further and amongst his (self-described) rants, there are precious jewels.

        • RedLogix 3.2.1.1

          I recall a local study over a decade ago (sorry I've no idea how to link to it now) which concluded that in excess of 85% of our prison population had some form of brain injury, often resulting from concussion.

          Imagine the potential role psychedelics could play in rehabilitation. Imagine if we could halve recividism rates even. 

      • Incognito 3.2.2

        Is this tapping into, assisting, enhancing self-healing or is it replacing it?

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    How to get there; 

     

    "Instructions" by Neil Gaiman

     

    Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never

    saw before.

    Say "please" before you open the latch,

    go through,

    walk down the path.

    A red metal imp hangs from the green-painted

    front door,

    as a knocker,

    do not touch it; it will bite your fingers.

    Walk through the house. Take nothing. Eat

    nothing.

    However, if any creature tells you that it hungers,

    feed it.

    If it tells you that it is dirty,

    clean it.

    If it cries to you that it hurts,

    if you can,

    ease its pain.

     

    From the back garden you will be able to see the

    wild wood.

    The deep well you walk past leads to Winter's

    realm;

    there is another land at the bottom of it.

    If you turn around here,

    you can walk back, safely;

    you will lose no face. I will think no less of you.

     

    Once through the garden you will be in the

    wood.

    The trees are old. Eyes peer from the under-

    growth.

    Beneath a twisted oak sits an old woman. She

    may ask for something;

    give it to her. She

    will point the way to the castle.

    Inside it are three princesses.

    Do not trust the youngest. Walk on.

    In the clearing beyond the castle the twelve

    months sit about a fire,

    warming their feet, exchanging tales.

    They may do favors for you, if you are polite.

    You may pick strawberries in December's frost.

    Trust the wolves, but do not tell them where

    you are going.

    The river can be crossed by the ferry. The ferry-

    man will take you.

    (The answer to his question is this:

    If he hands the oar to his passenger, he will be free to

    leave the boat.

    Only tell him this from a safe distance.)

     

    If an eagle gives you a feather, keep it safe.

    Remember: that giants sleep too soundly; that

    witches are often betrayed by their appetites;

    dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always;

    hearts can be well-hidden,

    and you betray them with your tongue.

     

    Do not be jealous of your sister.

    Know that diamonds and roses

    are as uncomfortable when they tumble from

    one's lips as toads and frogs:

    colder, too, and sharper, and they cut.

    Remember your name.

    Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found.

    Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped

    to help you in their turn.

    Trust dreams.

    Trust your heart, and trust your story.

    When you come back, return the way you came.

    Favors will be returned, debts will be repaid.

    Do not forget your manners.

    Do not look back.

    Ride the wise eagle (you shall not fall).

    Ride the silver fish (you will not drown).

    Ride the grey wolf (hold tightly to his fur).

     

    There is a worm at the heart of the tower; that is

    why it will not stand.

     

    When you reach the little house, the place your

    journey started,

    you will recognize it, although it will seem

    much smaller than you remember.

    Walk up the path, and through the garden gate

    you never saw before but once.

    And then go home. Or make a home.

    And rest.

     

     

     

  5. I watched the introduction of the Zero Carbon bill into parliament on Tuesday. It received cross-party support, even from the National Party, but . . .!

     

    The ‘but’ meant that National, if ever in power again (God forbid) will do nothing.

     

    The best speaker by a country mile was Cloe  Swarbrick, but even she was restrained by the limitations of the legislation. As Russel Norman pointed out, the bill lacks any compulsion, it is merely ‘aspirational.’

     

    The whole issue is beyond tinkering; if we want to curb radical climate change, which could or would lead to human extinction, we have to be equally radical.

     

    • we have to recognise the capitalist model will just not deliver the goods. When I hear politicians talking about 2 or 3 per cent growth in this or that, I cringe. You simply cannot have infinite growth in a finite world. Even the term ‘sustainable growth’ is an oxymoron. So, we have to face it, the economy will suffer, will have to change, but as Cloe pointed out, you can’t view the economy in isolation, it is part of society and the environment.

     

    • the world probably has 4 or 5 billion people too many. We have to limit the birth rate – one woman, one child. The best way to do this is to turn reproduction entirely over to women (Mike Pence and Alfred Ngaro will have a fit). Male chastity and FLRs (Female Led Relationships) should be the future if we humans are to have any hope of avoiding a catastrophe. After all, males got us into this mess!

     

    Now that I’ve got the wishy-wishy ideas off my chest, more practical steps.

     

    • a) a ban, becoming effective say in 2022 to allow businesses some time to adjust,  on the import of second hand fossil fuel cars and heavy subsidies for electric vehicles. After all, if Norway, an oil producing country, can have 44% of new car sales electric, we should be able to do as well or better.

     

    • b) all public transport free and frequent, and as soon as possible, electric. Upgrade the rail network and penalise those who still choose to use their petrol or diesel cars.

     

    • c) impose severe limits on air travel. Perhaps endow every NZer with one (1) flight a year and set up a market for unwanted flights, so the poorer sections of society can trade their rights. Yes, Air New Zealand’s profits would nose dive but . . . (the bloody economy again!)

     

    • d) there shouldn’t be a house or dwelling built in this country that isn’t carbon neutral and which doesn’t contribute to the national electricity grid. Also have heavy government subsidies on solar panels as incentives to cut electricity bills.

     

    • e) impose severe limits on immigration. This would happen naturally as the economy shifts to a more subsistence model, but we have to recognise this country will be an attractive bolt-hole when ‘wet-bulb’ temperatures render the tropics uninhabitable.

     

    • f) I’m sorry, but it is patently ludicrous to exempt agriculture from any attempt to limit greenhouse gases. Agriculture will have to change, and will need assistance to make the necessary changes, but change will have to happen.

     

    We can no longer shrug our shoulders and point the finger at the USA or China.

    A lot of the more effective (and symbolic) things we could do would have little effect on the ‘economy.’ We (the human species, and every other species on earth) are in a race against time, a race we are currently in danger of losing. Then all the National ‘buts’ in the world will be of no use.

    • greywarshark 5.1

      Capitalists will not help, they will do things that will result in contracts, and to make sales, and they will encourage growth in those areas.    In the newspaper a well set-up chap called Kirk-Hope (great name!) who represents business in some way, announces that we need more foreign capital.    And so it goes as Kurt Vonnegut would say.

      He was good at irony.    May we be able to see things as he did, and carry on with a faint smile as to our ridiculous quest, but keep trying because in that there is honour and value and respect for others.   And may we be more successful than Monty Python's Black Knight refusing to acknowledge reality with 'It's just a scratch, a flesh wound'.

    • Janet 5.2

      AAH some nuts n bolts for a change.. and add to that … the government could act right now and regulate to stop the importation of poor quality products – the "planned obsolence" products and the $2 shop rubbish ……but no they pursue Free Trade agreements instead.

  6. greywarshark 6

    On Radionz – https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018696790/dr-oliver-scott-curry-kindness-causing-happiness

    Dr Oliver Scott Curry: Kindness causing happiness

    From Sunday Morning, 9:45 am today  Listen duration 10′ :10″

    Dr Oliver Scott Curry is the research director for Kindlab, at kindness.org online. He's also with the School of Anthropology at Oxford University where he led a team researching the impact of kindness, not just in terms of helping people but for the person being kind's overall well-being.

    They were asking whether being kinder could be a way to solve personal problems; how helping someone deal with their problems could in turn work for the person offering help. They analysed 27 experiments to come up with their final conclusions, and it's a fascinating read. Dr Curry speaks to Jim about the kindness and happiness links they uncovered, and why the little things can go a long way.

  7. greywarshark 7

    Things getting better.

    In the Defence Forces for people who are different – transgender, homosexual, or not willing to attack other people in a violent homosexual way!   They have changed the way they treat their men; and women too?

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/audio/2018696447/has-the-nz-military-shaken-off-its-anti-lgbtqi-history

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018696520/i-just-shut-up-man-says-he-was-raped-in-nz-army-in-1970s

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/audio/2018696447/has-the-nz-military-shaken-off-its-anti-lgbtqi-history

     

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018696789/jimmy-barnes-the-best-is-yet-to-come
    An individual who had a sad childhood and been able to resolve the worst of his memories and seen musician friends commit suicide because they couldn't.

    Jimmy Barnes: "The best is yet to come."

    From Sunday Morning, 10:06 am today  Listen duration 42′ :33″

    Legendary Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes is back with another new album, My Criminal Record due out on May 31st. He's also going to be on this side of the Tasman in September performing three dates of his Shutting Down Your Town tour. He joins Jim in the studio to talk about his career, his demons, his talent and why he believes after four decades of making music he believes the best of Jimmy Barnes is yet to come.

  8. greywarshark 8

    26 May 2019 at 11:44 am

    What it's like to take 14 days there and 14 days back when choosing to not fly from UK to China and back.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018696783/dr-roger-tyers-the-no-fly-journey-from-england-to-china

    Dr Roger Tyers: The no-fly journey from England to China   From Sunday Morning, 8:38 am today  Listen duration 17′ :18″

    Dr Roger Tyers is an environmental sociologist at the University of Southampton who's just made a remarkable no-fly journey from Southampton to Beijing. Dr Tyers speaks to Jim about why he has shunned air travel and what he's hoping to achieve along the way. 

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday     Dr Roger Tyers is an environmental sociologist at the University of Southampton who's in China to research attitudes to the environment, the climate emergency and personal responsibility. He felt that given the subject matter he would be a bit of a hypocrite to be flying to Beijing so instead undertook the journey overland by train. It's took him months to plan the trip, but he is part of a world-wide growing movement of people shunning air travel to reduce their carbon footprint. Some campaigners say no flying is as important as reducing plastic and eating less meat. Dr Tyers speaks to Jim about his journey and the challenges he's faced.

  9. Observer Tokoroa 9

    The Future of Travel

    I can see no need for people to travel from one country to another. Nor from one place to another.

    The Digital Camera will give a far better view of what is where, at better depth, and with greater closeups. The world will be held within our mind. Any one part of it available instanly, via our digital scans.

    We will know Criminal from Saint.  The former being vaporised and disposed of, The Latter being part of a universal School of Wisdom.

    The Weather will declared Safe or not Safe.  The Population numbers suited or not suited.

    Health Services will be given to all those who practice good living.  For Obesity, Gluttony, and Narcissims, Alcoholism will be unaccepted,  Drugs, Oils and such appalimg things as Diesel which are deadly Carcinogens, will be eradicted.

    Violence, even at a low level, will be Vaporised instantly.  Dishonesty and Laziness will be treated the same way.

    All of this because our wonderful Planet is too valuable to be destroyed by Idiots of any kind. 

    The wealthy and the aristocracy, and the War Mongrels (such as Donald Trump) will be vaporised. Everyone will be obliged to live as wonderful Humans – not as the savages they currently are. There is no space for Gluttons on Planet Earth.

    The NOW young Gerneration is Global – they will get to see the real New World. 

     

     

     

     

    • greywarshark 9.1

      You seem to have lost it Observer Tokoroa.   But then did you ever have it?

    • Robert Guyton 9.2

      Those are fascinating predictions, Observer Tokoroa! You've certainly identified some areas we humans need to address and change our behaviour around; I especially liked your "there is no space for Gluttons on Planet Earth."; gluttony, gastronomic and materially acquisitive, is at the core of our problem; Mammon's in the driver's seat presently and not slowing noticeably. I'd modify your: "Health Services will be given to all those who practice good living" to "Health will be given to all those who practice good living" and I do question your promotion of "vaporising" as a method for changing human behavioursmiley

  10. Observer Tokoroa 10

    Dear Mr Greywarshark

    Do you think you could try and get a bit up to date- and put your little homilies away.

    You are drenched in the past good man. Clearly you do not want any change in our suffering Planet.

    Well, you are not alone in that, But I have to tell you the new Generation is sick of your wars Mr Warshark.  They are also sick of your little fairy tales. 

    They want their Planet  – Earth – cared for by persons who treasure it.  Not by war mongerers such as yourself Mr GreyWARshark.

    For once, you must abuse yourself – and not me! old man.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  11. Observer Tokoroa 11

    To:  Robert Guyton

    Thank you for your comments on my bare bone piece concerning the Future of Planet Earth.

    Not all that long ago, a genius named Marconi rigged up an extensive and patterned Antenna, thereby making communication between Ireland and New York a reality.

    Digital Technology now is more than capable of beaming all the neccessary binaries and factors world wide – to establish present day visual Communication.  With great clarity and fidelity and at relatively low cost.

    As to my Vaporise vagabonds.  The Leaders of the World appear to be of very low IQ. And whereas some of them are not fully corrupt, quite a number are totally willing to start and cause wars of all kinds, as well as nuclear destruction. Damage that lasts Thousands upon Thousands of Years.

    War is their God.  Threat is their Lust. They have to be withdrawn into places where they can no longer function as idiots.

    Each school Day –  and each Corporate Day – should begin and end with a Statement such as " I am a Living Being on Planet Earth.  I Promise to Protect every Living Thing that I can. So that Earth may Prosper.  I will treat Health and Safety as personal responsibilities. I will treat my neighbour as myself. For the sake of Earth."

    Addendum

    May I add, the Soap Opera "Coronation Street" is beamed endlessly. As best I know, it requires no Aeroplanes to fly the Sky to deliver itself.  I do not know what the Program is about. but it must be pretty good. It has been running 58 odd years. It's a Reality.

     

     

     

  12. Robert Guyton 12

    Observer Tokoroa; if Coronation Street represents our culture accurately, then we are in dire straits indeed! Weighed down by stupid is a poor place to be and extracting ourselves from that our greatest challenge; how to get there, how to get there?

    I suspect that fighting the worshippers of the god of war will not end well, fighting being their area of expertise.; planning to vaporise seems a ploy from their play-book rather than ours. What have we got, us peace-lovers, that's effective in changing minds?

  13. Stuart Munro. 13

    Quail, brief mortals!

    Now you're probably thinking that should be 'Cower', and you'd be right if I were Pratchett writing about Death. Unaddressed climactic events are certainly coming for us, and some of the palliatives for it are small steps we can reasonably take at the household level. Quail are one of these.

    Of the early domestications of food species, the chicken is probably number three after emmer wheat and the dairy culture that characterised the Beaker Folk. They recognised they'd found something extraordinary over 2000 years ago, https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/egypt-egg-ovens, a bird that reliably laid eggs pretty much every day, so long as they were not allowed to brood them.

    Quail, it turns out, are another species that do this, there's a relation to daylight length which in electric times presents no difficulty. So why do quail represent an improvement on chickens? Well, they're smaller. They're quiet (roosters being one reason bylaws forbade keeping chooks in Christchurch). And they don't require a great deal of space – something the size of a large rabbit cage is not, for half a dozen quail, an oppression of battery chook proportions.

    Government have, of course, failed to recognise and foster the potential of backyard aquaculture, but thus far at least quail have evaded their pernicious and perennially inept control. They might suit you.

  14. greywarshark 14

    George Washington Carver (1860s–1943) was an American agricultural scientist and inventor. Born into slavery in Diamond, Missouri, he was raised by his master Moses Carver after being emancipated, having been separated from his parents as an infant during a kidnapping incident. After college, Carver became a professor at Tuskegee Institute, where he developed techniques to improve soils depleted by repeated plantings of cotton. He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes, as a source of their own food and to improve their quality of life.

    Carver spent years developing and promoting products made from peanuts, although none became commercially successful. Apart from his work to improve the lives of farmers, he was also a leader in promoting environmentalism. Carver received numerous honors for his work…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Carver

  15. greywarshark 15

    On Trade Me:    Start price $25 auction finishes Sun 2/6.

    Wetland Restoration Handbook for NZ Freshwater Systems
    https://www.trademe.co.nz/books/nonfiction/flora-fauna/listing-2164331245.htm?rsqid=ca55f01c5c9c4b50982bbf8c58a4c1cd-001
    Edited by Monica Peters and Beverley Clarkson

  16. greywarshark 16

    Thinking of the way forward with employment and how many people are underemployed and in multiple jobs that have to be juggled and so on.  It seems that a responsible government needs to set up a PersonPower work force that trains people who are available to work in teams for certain periods on certain projects, perhaps through local Councils, and on orchards and seasonal jobs etc.

    I found a report drawn up for MSD in 1995 which did some thinking and would be worth studying for learnings!

    TACKLING UNEMPLOYMENT; THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO

    https://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/…work/…/spj6-tackling-unemployment.doc

    Any moves to help young people obtain skills and training and giving work on projects should be done well, with responsibility to a high standard, with a long-term effect in mind and a very adequate budget.   The experience of the Cave Creek disaster is an awful example of how careless government causes lives.

    National in 1995 was well into its neo liberal agenda with business boasting about its skill and experience and not needing endless government regulation checks.  It was the early innocent days of the new economic approach of Jim Bolger's government.  The Cave Creek disaster arose from a project that was a half-hearted attempt by government to boost training and employment and do projects.   It put students onto some seemingly straightforward work to someone at a desk.   But the job was far too demanding and skilled and responsible workers were needed and apparently in short supply.

    There was a sad result of 14 people killed when it later collapsed.   Fourteen young people who deserved a good start in life, and a long one.   This is about it.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_Creek_disaster

    A survivor felt guilty and had to seek help to recover years later. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10115932
    The commission of inquiry into the cause of the April 1995 tragedy found that the platform was poorly designed and built by unqualified staff but that no individual DoC officers should be blamed.

    The tragedy resulted from combined systemic failure against a background of underfunding.

    Aucklander Graeme Hunt, who wrote a book about the disaster, said he had not heard any allegation that the platform fell due to students shaking the structure.

    "It's a misplaced guilt – the platform could have fallen at any time.

    "There was no question in my mind that it was unstable from the day it was built, whether someone had shaken it or not."

    https://nzhistory.govt.nz/page/cave-creek-disaster

    https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/cave-creek-1998

    https://westcoast.recollect.co.nz/nodes/view/633

  17. greywarshark 17

    I remembered the Mayors' Task Force for Jobs to help with youth employment.

    This is something being done at the moment.

    http://www.mayorstaskforceforjobs.co.nz/  Waitaki & Waimate Work Ready Passport

    The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs is supportive of the Work Ready Passport and would love to see more Council’s throughout New Zealand supported to create their own local Passports, in support with their local community.

  18. greywarshark 18

    Sea level rises.   A map showing coast lines at different levels.   The scientist says that the rate of the melting of ice is faster than anticipated and it could be considerable.

    http://hot-topic.co.nz/the-encroaching-sea-new-nz-sea-level-rise-maps/

  19. greywarshark 19

    Climate change effects – Being smoked out of your home area.

    Open mike 31/05/2019


    31 May 2019 at 10:52 am #7.1

    See Sacha

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    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    4 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    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
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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