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How To Get There 3/3/19

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  1. Ant 1

    Alive today Karl Linnaeus (1707 -1778) would do well finding another name for earth’s top hominid, for what kind of wisdom would have Homo sapiens persisting in wholly unsustainable lifestyles and the slaughter of his own kind by the million?

    Yet amongst us are many who clearly are innately kind, empathic and caring – who could legitimately be named Homo miserator (compassionate man). To be sure many in this apparent category are driven by religious conviction and one could posit theirs is a mixture of caring and/or absurd expectation of heavenly reward.

    But not all; a host of potent lights have carried the impulse to serve, inspire and be kind through inner conviction rather than indoctrinated belief: Bertrand Russell (agnostic), Noam Chomsky (atheist), Waldo Emerson (pantheist/transcendentalist). Richard Dawkins (atheist) to name a few.

    Ethologists long ago showed it was possible to separate apparently identical species on the basis of behavioural differences. While I’m not suggesting Homo miserator’s genotype differs from that of H. sapiens it is tempting to push the parallel. At least within all of us lies the potential of a consciousness shift after which entirely empathic objectives become the motivator. Curious (is it not?) that St Paul referred to beings in this category as “new creatures.”

    But how to get there? Look no further than the words of our PM: “If I could distil it down into one concept that we are pursuing in New Zealand it is simple and it is this. Kindness.” And while One News hammers out all the current horrors with dismal predictability thousands of Kiwis work for voluntary causes each day.

    “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” scrawled Anne Herbert on a napkin in 1982. Today NZ is the only country to have a “random acts of kindness” day. Whilst nice, worthy and “feel good” the urgency of our time surely demands that “random” be replaced by consistent. Imagine if kindness became a national trait as urged by our leader.

    And here’s the thing; helping one’s own kind unconditionally sparks the light of kinship. From there the steps to alleviating the appalling mess we have gotten ourselves into become mobilized as fresh purpose crowds out the bondage of former preoccupations.

    • Incognito 1.1

      And here’s the thing; helping one’s own kind unconditionally sparks the light of kinship.

      Amen to that!

    • Ad 1.2

      ‘But how to get there? Look no further than the words of our PM: “If I could distil it down into one concept that we are pursuing in New Zealand it is simple and it is this. Kindness.” ‘

      You will not get there with kindness.
      Kindness is lovely but as Ardern is figuring out, it gets no nowhere in politics.
      It doesn’t even get you a second term. Even Jesus wasn’t particularly kind most of the time.

      You won’t get there by redefining the species.
      No one cares.

      You will get some way there if your volunteer work is more than ameliorating, and heads towards a full movement.

      You will get there by figuring what “there” is, and what “get” means.

      • RedLogix 1.2.1

        I don’t like Ant’s attempt to separate the human race into ‘good and bad people’.

        Certainly the left attracts people who are strong on empathy and openness to experience, but these are not specifically virtues in themselves. The left wing catastrophes of the 20th century demonstrate clearly what happens when these impulses drive to an extreme.

        Hell we see it here all the time, lefties who like to think of themselves as caring, empathetic, inclusive and good people … yelling abuse and relentlessly demonising other people who happen to come to the table with a slightly different alignment of values. This idea that ‘because my ideology is so virtuous it justifies any amount of vile behaviour on my part’ is incredibly common. And utterly wrong.

        At the heart of this debate is the idea of ‘unity within diversity’. It’s that very specific notion of ‘loving your enemy’, embracing their differences, understanding them and doing the hard work negotiating the consensus you can both live with.

        We either all ‘get there’, or none at all.

        • Muttonbird 1.2.1.1

          What’s your response to Hamish Price’s Momo tweet – cuddle him?

          • RedLogix 1.2.1.1.1

            It’s a good question.

            The key is understanding that people don’t have ideas; ideas have people. Or in other words, the art of separating the out what they are thinking at this moment, from who they are as an individual.

            Once you have that distinction clear you can respond robustly and forthrightly to the idea you disagree with, without de-humanising them as a person.

            But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Mathew 5:44

            If you attack the person inevitably you generate an emotional response that does two things, they will not listen to any argument you may have, and they will cling to their existing ideas even more firmly. It’s deeply counterproductive.

            At the same time it’s naive and simplistic to think you will get everyone to agree with you; that’s not how it works. What we can achieve is to get conversations to ‘converge’ on a common goal, reach an understanding of what is important to both parties and agree on a course of action.

            But common action is predicated on mutual trust; and trust is instantly eroded the moment we attack the person, not the idea.

            • Sam 1.2.1.1.1.1

              The correct response for some one with quite obvious mental health issues, I mean you just have to read this guys tweets to understand Payless isn’t just wanting to restrict immigration, he’s a huge germaphobe. He’s not just simply wanting to restrict immigration, he’s perfectly fine with people who look like him immigrating but when they deviate even a little bit then wholly shit it all comes out. The only way for use to cure this kind of delusion is to double down on public health funding not just domestically but internationally as well, or just in Oceania.

              • RedLogix

                One of our core emotional responses is disgust. It evolved to serve as a protection from disease and danger; all humans have this faculty in common.

                But we don’t all express or respond to the same things in the same way; nor are all of our responses rational. (For instance if you ask most people to swallow some phlegm or snot they’ve just coughed up, they’ll refuse even though it’s just come from within them.)

                These are deep subconscious reactions and vary considerably. While most left wing people are very open to new experience, and we like to consider this a virtue, it isn’t always. When a new experience, or new outsiders, turn out to be a threat of some kind (disease, aggression etc) we are the ones most likely to die first. Evolution selects against us in this context.

                At the same time, people who are very closed to new experience and prone to feel revulsion at strange things, will be more protected and safe. But over the long run this isn’t sustainable either; fully closed communities stagnate and become pathological. Evolution will select against them in that context.

                As a result humans have evolved a range of responses; each individual expressing their own unique pattern of open/closed according to their temperament and experience. Collectively this a very powerful tool and enables us to adapt very efficiently to a wide range of environmental challenges. It’s part of why we are such a dominant species.

                In my view, a closed or open temperament is a neutral; it’s neither innately good nor bad, but actually depends on the context. Of course there is nothing humans cannot take to some pathological extreme, and this guy whose tweets we’re talking about sounds like he’s gone too far and stepped outside the bounds of acceptable discourse.

                That’s ok, we can make it clear his ideas are wrong and over the top, without necessarily turning him into an outcast as a human. We could have reason to be compassionate even.

                • Sam

                  I’d offer Payless a job cleaning up horse shit.

                • Sam

                  One of the ideas Payless tweets about is how brown people don’t nurture there children. How should brown people respond to such accusations when inside is a burning fire but if you think about it the right way to respond is to ask what is Payless doing it for, and he’s doing it for a simple reason because 270,000 kids are living in poverty. That is the result of very specific policy which is reported by The New Zealand Herald. There are certain policy that are driving people to suicide and well you can’t report that in the Herald so y’need cover so Payless will say alcoholism or some other thing he may have heard from Jordan Peterson or the YouTube/twitter, y’know the bastion of right wing science and intellectual masturbation. Once you understand that, then y’know how to deal with it.

                  • RedLogix

                    If there was a simple, uni-dimensional answer to that Sam, then smarter people than you or I, would have worked it out millennia ago.

                    But here we are it’s 2019 and we’re still grappling with all of this. And most of the reason why is that we keep yelling slogans and insults at each other, instead of listening.

                    The art of successful negotiation is to listen carefully for what is important to your opponent, and then find a way to give them a win, while maintaining what is important to you. This is basic, basic shit, and you have to get good at it if you are going to achieve ANY damn thing in life.

                    Try this, every time some says something which triggers an emotional response, ask yourself why. It will always be because they are saying something which expresses an underlying value structure in conflict with yours. Now realise that all of us have unique value structures, we share a great deal in common, but we place different weights on each component and order them differently. There is good reason for this.

                    But crucially understand that everyone will at some point say something you will react to. You cannot go through life being triggered by every damn stupid thing any random person says; it’s chaotic and ineffectual.

                    Instead look to understand their values, reflect what they are saying to win trust and connection, look to express what you want in terms of their framework in a manner that makes sense to them.

                    Build connections, establish trust, understand values and interests, agree on a mutual action. Get good at it, repeat on a larger scale.

                    • Sam

                      You can make a case for ideological possession but social science says to understand them transparently for what they are, I mean a real socialist nationalist culture which is hardline and dedicated to obscuring the most simple truths and there for are able to produce these things on the front page of The New Zealand Herald and well there is the world we are living in and if you can’t understand the emotional reaction then it’s understandable but it’s not the right one.

                    • RedLogix

                      Some of your opponents will be entrenched in extreme, radical positions that are not acceptable. They will be dangerous and difficult to deal with. It will take courage that most people will lack.

                      You defeat Nazi’s not by punching them (they will only take that as a licence to punch back harder); but by understanding their motives, exactly why they are wrong and fearlessly saying so to the best of your ability.

                      Also you will make mistakes, you will fuck up and sometimes it will cost you. There are no magical shortcuts here.

                    • Sam

                      Well Simon Bridges would just absolutely break your heart having him out on the world stage as a Prime Minister negotiating an FTA with the U.K, discussing climate change with Micronesia/Melanesia/Polonesia. Simon Bridges would absolutely break your heart with ideological nomes like Payless in his top pocket whispering sweet nothing out into the ether. And I congratulate Jacinda for doing a good Job on Bridges in The 2017 election. I am not a huge fan of conspiracy theories but you can see the argument.

                    • RedLogix

                      Sam,

                      When John Key was PM I didn’t waste one second being ‘broken hearted’ over it. The left lost the 2008 election because we were not good enough and we lost the trust of the middle voters, and Key did a better job of selling his brand.

                      It’s competence that wins elections, not mushy sentimentality.

                    • Sam

                      Would you agree that The Don, The Doland J Trump, Presedent Of The United States of America, would you agree that Trump is “component?” Perhaps Bashar Al Assade, would you agree that people like these are…, “competent?” These people also won free and fair elections. It takes a literal genius to be able to ignore the truth of the matter.

                    • RedLogix

                      Quit making excuses; Trump was the second most disliked candidate in all of US political history. Only the Dems decided to put up against him the most disliked candidate of them all.

                      You metaphorically had to be the village idiot to be beaten by Trump, but we managed this feat all the same ….

                    • KJT

                      We defeated the Nazi’s, by shooting the shit out of them. Sometimes it has to be, war.

                    • RedLogix

                      @ KJT

                      Yes, but war is the manifest, abject failure of politics, and the most avoidable accident of all.

                    • KJT

                      Agree with Churchill, jaw jaw is always better than war war.

                      There wasn’t much choice against the Nazi’s however.

                      A bit like your publican with the shotgun. Eh?

                    • Andre

                      Ahem.

                      Hillary was in fact only the second most disliked candidate of all time. She couldn’t even win that spot. Beaten to the all-time most disliked position by the Combover Con.

                      https://news.gallup.com/poll/197231/trump-clinton-finish-historically-poor-images.aspx

                      That Jabba the Drumpf now sits in the Oval Office and Hillary doesn’t is some combination of geographic weirdness in how those dislikes were distributed, and people putting on full hazmat suits and voting for someone they really disliked anyway.

                    • Sam

                      There’s a name for austerity in economic theory and the policies of reducing public health and education during a recession, it’s called “Herbert Hover Principles.” That’s what lead to the Great Depression. Every time the Herbert Principles are reinstated it leads to another recession on the advice of business interest. Austerity is an experiment to see if the kind of policies that have been a disaster in the past and will be a disaster again if The National Party of New Zealand are allowed to press go in there Education and Health policy agenda based on cutting taxes to the already wealthy and experiment on there low wage beneficiary subjects. Whether or not that should be allowed, and well that’s up to people who don’t really believe in Jacinda and her cabinet to respond. As far as education I mean you don’t have to believe me, teachers themselves will be telling everyone’s children how wonderful things are because they are responsible for there own curriculum so I don’t need to talk about them just pay my taxes and vote for the one that will meet education and health resources with demand the best, always better.

                  • greywarshark

                    I don’t follow twitter, too busy just looking up information trying to keep up with the world. Is this Payless something to do with shoes? What has brought him to the fore?

                    I got this vid link that says something about shoes. It also shows that people will pay more because of the brand – he put
                    $20 shoes in a fancy setting and was selling them for $100’s.
                    https://www.cbsnews.com/video/payless-tricks-social-media-influencers-to-pay-higher-shoe-prices-in-stunt/

                    • Sam

                      Marketing did a good job convincing stupid people to buy stuff wealthy people want them to buy.

            • Poission 1.2.1.1.1.2

              No the individual looks at the problem,and solves it by innovative means.

              One of the cleverest arguments I have seen is by a 10 yr old where the proposition changes under reciprocal translation (Double entendre).

              https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D0bcL-bWsAAn2vO.jpg:large

              • RedLogix

                Indeed all new ideas come from an individual spark of creativity; yet turning ideas into useful action demands some level of collective agreement and will.

                And that requires we build trust.

                Incidentally your link is an excellent example of how a change of perspective is such a powerful tool. It’s used very commonly in mathematics to progress problems that are otherwise too complex; and is a very good intellectual habit to develop.

        • greywarshark 1.2.1.2

          I preach on Sunday (and every other day) that what is needed is a duo team like Batman and Robin.The team is – Kindness-Practicality. Be as kind as is reasonable, but try not to go forward without thinking ‘Is there a better way, a good way of doing this’?

          There has to be some rain or pain in everyone’s life. ( And don’t we actually desire the rain at the moment.) But it is like going to the dentist and knowing something had to be done for your teeth – the dentist says it is small, you could probably cope without an injection of pain-killer. You make a decision as to how kind you think you have to be to yourself. It’s looking for the best thing to do in the present circumstances, and planning for good practices next time in a template for the future.

          I’m sick of the hard man approaches I often read here and in other places. It may be necessary to harden up, grow a pair, whatever. But once people grit their teeth and forge ahead without caring, it’s hard to soften up, The not caring becomes locked in. There is a fearing about attempting kindness, like a weakness that must be stamped out. But it actually is a perfect time for the use of another of our traits, and that is deviousness. Can we get what we think is necessary by going round the obstacle, or using it to advance our plans in a way that we hadn’t conceived before?

          Charging directly at the goal may not be the best way. Thinking about different techniques in asymmetrical fighting led to the guerilla method. Instead of forming a square and marching at the other side, the buggers ducked and dived from behind trees and were gone before everyone that hadn’t fallen down could fall in again. Malcolm Gladwell discussed winning as an apparent loser in his book David and Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.

        • greywarshark 1.2.1.3

          I’m a looming cloud here. But I am trying to listen to the scientists and those who would show us how to make the best of our time on earth as part of a community, one animal in a group that was built from the earth. As WH Auden put it, made of a mixture of Eros and dust.

          if we are kind and practical we will make our own and others’ lives better in the time we have personally and that the world allows us. To go out from life still trying for a personal nobility and intelligent kindness to all would be, should be our guiding hope. That’s what I think should be our aim and demeanour right to our end of intelligence.

          We won’t all get there RL. Only some. That has become clear with all the CC stuff coming forward. Also we had a period after WW2 when we could take a close look at how we were living and in an uncomprising and objective way, could have dragged out our wants and needs and plans for the future and aired them in sunlight..

          It’s no use doing all that hippy stuff that didn’t work then as guidance for society. It ended up in cults with some people playing the guitars and others doing all the work for board and lodging and a feeling of being part of a society, that they could try to exit but could never leave. Hippies often used drugs to take them away from dealing with present problems. Coming back and looking at the way we set harsh systems up is a chore. And so we put our thinking aside and follow others who often desire to dominate and don’t encourage individual thinking and learning.

          My observations of society now is that there are a lot of platitudes but the old class system is descending and in an effort to escape, in the classes below the top, they are fracturing off into different thinking groups, some sexual identity, and some sports-driven, some religious, and so on. But humanity seems bound to attack and divide into groups seeking to bind together and dominate and steal others commons, and so diminish their opportunities which are subsumed to the dominant group.

          That is why we must have kindness and practicality mixed. I have referred to The Day of the Triffids before. The male actor in that is presented with a disaster that has immobilised society and will result in mass starvation.
          There has to be triage; he tries to help where he can but limits himself as to what is sustainable and what not. He has to be cautious, he has to be wary, he has to have tools to hand, he has to have knowledge of how to use them,
          he must understand each situation he finds himself in.

          It is such a contrast as to how we don’t consider things in these days of looming misfortune. I look at my world and think all this cannot survive as it is, though if enough people set themselves a task to build a sustainable situation, some will. People ought to be seeking out similar others, who have similar values, and will discuss problems openly and know each others’ expectations and have commitment to the group, both giving and receiving. I
          have mentioned this to family but they are too embedded in the old values, the classy house, the lifestyle, the showy machinery, the tech, the expectation that the good life and someone will always be there for them.

          • Poission 1.2.1.3.1

            Also we had a period after WW2 when we could take a close look at how we were living

            The post war dream (roger waters)

            if it wasn’t for the nips
            Being so good at building ships
            The yards would still be open on the clyde
            And it can’t be much fun for them
            Beneath the rising sun
            With all their kids committing suicide

          • RedLogix 1.2.1.3.2

            No-one, least of all me, can predict the future; but we can all plan for it. Or perhaps to put it another way, plans are useless, but planning is everything. What we aim it is what we will most likely hit.

            Over many years I’ve embraced all of the gloomy, apocalyptic predictions you allude to; there is every rational reason to despair of how humans have so carelessly treated this beautiful planet. It’s not unthinkable to wish a mass die-off, a kind of Pyrrhic revenge on humanity for our callous, cavalier behaviour.

            Yet this cannot be accepted in any ethical sense; we must aim at something better than this. Why would anyone trust us otherwise?

            • greywarshark 1.2.1.3.2.1

              This is part of what I said as I looked at and around our looming problems.
              I think that is a reasonable way for good people to approach the future.

              if we are kind and practical we will make our own and others’ lives better in the time we have personally and that the world allows us. To go out from life still trying for a personal nobility and intelligent kindness to all would be, should be our guiding hope. That’s what I think should be our aim and demeanour right to our end of intelligence.

    • Jenny - How to get there? 1.3

      And the meek shall inherit the Earth

      • Andre 1.3.1

        …. if that’s OK with the rest of you.

      • bwaghorn 1.3.2

        That saying was most likely made up by some plundering mongrel to give the meek hope while he pillaged them . The same can be said for charlatans selling Hope’s of a glorious afterlife.

      • Bazza64 1.3.3

        …. but not the mineral rights !

    • Gosman 1.4

      Except very few (if any) people carry out compasionate actions with no expectation of an upside for them.

      • WeTheBleeple 1.4.1

        I’m sorry you live in such a nasty social set Gosman. Maybe it is indicative of the need for change.

        Yesterday a neighbor gave me a lift home from a class. Expectation zero. Last week I watered a chaps garden as he was away. Expectation zero.

        Yesterday morning I spied a homeless man. I crossed the street to meet him, I made out to shake his hand and filled his hand with coins. Expectation, his day is improved.

        So, you might speak for yourselves, but don’t include me or my neighbors (in well to do Westmere where many vote right) in your cynical crap.

        And I’m PTSD. I see the world as hostile on default setting yet I’m surrounded by good people. What’s your excuse?

      • KJT 1.4.2

        Not my experience.

        But, I’ve noted that people tend to get treated, the same way they treat others.

      • RedLogix 1.4.3

        OK so Gosman has expressed a view of compassion that doesn’t sit well with the common view here. Most of us like to think of compassion as something open-ended, unconstrained and without conditions.

        But in my experience, neither is Gosman entirely wrong. It depends very much on exactly how we interpret the notion of an ‘upside’. And in the very broadest sense I agree with what he says; we do compassion because in some sense we believe it will reduce suffering and make the world a better place in general. And in some fashion, whether direct or indirect, we expect this will be of benefit to ourselves.

        Worth reading in this context is Kollberg’s idea of the Stages of Moral Development:

        https://www.simplypsychology.org/kohlberg.html

        It’s a complex and interesting story.

        • WeTheBleeple 1.4.3.1

          That was a good read. I really enjoyed the feedback the article gave the ideas as well. I think most psychologists talk absolute horseshit for a living. You seem smart enough to know, get to the top of any field, what have you got – people winging it. Making shit up and nobody to challenge it.

          For me, with kindness, it is this saying.

          ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’

          So my desire for a better world is an ulterior motive? A selfish gesture the giving of time/resources?

          I think these cynical shits will say anything to excuse themselves from participating in, rather than parasitising on, society.

          • RedLogix 1.4.3.1.1

            I think most psychologists talk absolute horseshit for a living.

            Well yes the further you move away from pure mathematics, the more likely it is you need to be a least a little skeptical of what is being said. But having said that, in the past few decades there has been a lot of fascinating research done which is not too well understood by the general public.

            At least part of Jordan Peterson’s popularity is that he’s done a good job of communicating his take on what some of this means. If he does nothing else but prompt people to be more curious about how our minds work, this will not be a bad thing.

            I think these cynical shits will say anything to excuse themselves from participating in, rather than parasitising on, society.

            Cynical shits are not confined to the right; they’re found everywhere.

        • patricia bremner 1.4.3.2

          Doing good deeds…The upside is you feel better about yourself.
          A great number of people feel unable to make meaningful change. The idea of brightening someone else’s day is a simple idea most can relate to, without expectations of a return.
          In my experience when help is offered and accepted two gain. The trick is to being open to offers of help and to accept being helped.
          Accepting help makes some feel vulnerable but those who offer help in such a way you feel you are helping them, have that special form of gracious kindness which never belittles.
          We seek these people out because they encourage our better selves and grow our feeling of usefulness. We feel content and uplifted in equal measure and ready to do more.
          I think our current PM is one of these people, and the reason she has the unwavering support from her team. She brings out the best in people she works with.
          Ant, your idea of our attitude to the natural world, so true, but I think of pets and how they enrich lives, and how the pet fits in with the household or owner. Cheers

          • Ant 1.4.3.2.1

            “In my experience when help is offered and accepted two gain. ”
            In my experience too. And I wholly agree with Robert’s kindness to all life forms on earth as well.

            • greywarshark 1.4.3.2.1.1

              I’d like to add to that – accepting help, a compliment, in a pleasant and gracious manner is a gift. We often are hard on ourselves or have spent too long amongst devious people. We get suspicious at a compliment automatically expecting that it’s a put-down or that we don’t deserve it really. So a quiet acknowledgement of thanks is something to practice. And sometimes it’s just being polite, as in when you feel superior to the speaker and their judgment.

          • KJT 1.4.3.2.2

            Agree totally.

          • Pat 1.4.3.2.3

            +1 (more)

        • greywarshark 1.4.3.3

          What is unattractive about miserable people like Gosman is that when a good action is mentioned they want to open it and inspect it. Mention that people can make a better society by doing things kindly and without payment, they must have it that there is a reward in the doing, and want to measure and weigh it. For every balloon blown up they have a pin. Every exhortation not to be self-centred, they wish to smear with something that smells a little pungent.

          One needs to be wary of what is said and promoted, but too much suspicion is shabby and takes wariness to an absurd level. Acknowledging people for doing something good encourages more selfless acts; the opposite stultifies good-natured gestures.

          • RedLogix 1.4.3.3.1

            is that when a good action is mentioned they want to open it and inspect it.

            Yeah I know what you mean. He’s a bit of a black hat; the kind of person who drives everyone nuts in any meeting by analysing in detail why any new idea cannot possibly work.

            Yet given that 99% of ‘new ideas’ are probably crap anyway, people like him do serve a useful purpose. You just have to relish those 1% of occasions when they’re proven spectacularly wrong 🙂

            • greywarshark 1.4.3.3.1.1

              But think of how many ideas don’t get mentioned because he is going to shred them. What’s the use people think. It is really important that he doesn’t criticise until his comments are asked for.l How can we ever develop a thinking society where keen, bold people speak up, and also the quieter ones can put their own point of view and have it included in the Minutes. Just about any time older people are asked for ideas they don’t have any. And that’s because the loudest mouth gets listened to, gets precedence.

              • RedLogix

                And that’s because the loudest mouth gets listened to, gets precedence.

                The first five years here in Aussie the electrical engineer I worked with was exactly like this. For quite I while I found him depressing, frustrating and embarrassing.

                You know how I eventually learned to deal with it? One day it occurred to me that he was in fact my best ally. When I knew I had to go up against him I made sure I had my shit together; stuck to the top two or three facts that I knew I was solid on … and took it to him. I learned to back myself, but without attacking him. I learned to listen to exactly what he was saying, and respond to exactly that without any diversions or distractions.

                The moment I did that something astonishing would happen; he would turn around and back me! And when our Tech Director saw us both reach consensus on something we could live with … he’d sign off on it every-time.

          • patricia bremner 1.4.3.3.2

            Greywarshark, Perhaps sadly they don’t believe in altruism?

        • Robert Guyton 1.4.3.4

          “Most of us like to think of compassion as something open-ended, unconstrained and without conditions.”
          I don’t. Unconditional love doesn’t require you to behave as if there are no boundaries or consequences, it just asks that you don’t condemn; it’s not your responsibility; the wide world will do the judging and sentencing as it will.
          Those who exhibit behaviours that can be considered kinder than usual draw the criticism from those less kind, of being weak, flakey, foolish, whatever and in some instances that is true, but real kindness is none of those things, Imo. Kindness is the state where you are he, she and them and they you, so treating that throng with kindness is like looking in the mirror and truthfully assessing your appearance, dispassionately and sharing those observations freely, if asked 🙂 It’s all about kind, kinder, kin, akin.

      • Incognito 1.4.4

        I highly recommend self-flagellation.

        If you fail to nurture a baby, it’ll die. Unconditional love.

        If you fail to treat a sick person, they’ll die. Unconditional love.

        If we fail to look after one another, we’ll die. Unconditional love.

        If you fail to breath, you’ll die. Innate and instinct and controlled by the so-called autonomic nervous system.

        It has been said that we have forgotten who we are that we have lost our ways. Maybe because we started to worship Mammon, who knows. If so, we may not need to learn new things but simply remember who we are …

        Some say that kindness and kinship won’t get us there. To these people I’d say that without these companions and guides our life/evolutionary journey may well reach a dead-end.

        Are compassionate people better people? No, I don’t think so but they sure as hell will have a more interesting journey and make more friends along the way.

        Are they “new creatures”? Is a butterfly a different creature from a caterpillar? Which one is “better”? Their DNA is identical yet they look different …

        Our psychological/spiritual nature is not static; it has evolved and still is evolving. Perhaps compassionate people have undergone a psychological/spiritual transformation that others haven’t yet …

        • RedLogix 1.4.4.1

          Are compassionate people better people? No, I don’t think so but they sure as hell will have a more interesting journey and make more friends along the way.

          Maybe, but disagreeable (the opposite of compassionate) people will also have their own vital journey. They will often be the ones who are entrusted with high levels of responsibility because they are capable of dispassionately making the difficult decisions necessary in such roles.

          We are a mosaic species, it’s the diversity of our temperaments, experiences and interests that when woven into a collective whole that makes us strong.

          Consider two brothers; one is adventurous, curious and exploratory; the other more cautious, conservative and stable. It’s easy to imagine how their relationship could be soured by their differences. Yet let us imagine them both understanding and valuing the other’s strengths; the adventurous one bringing new ideas and opportunities to the table, while the cautious one tries them out, detemines the good ideas from the bad, and turns them into productive systems.

          As a team both are playing to each others strengths, while protecting each other’s weaknesses. Together their diversity is now a great deal stronger than each on their own. (Incidentally as I write this I’m very much reminded of the two brothers who have made Whittakers Chocolates such a successful business. I met them years back, and it’s exactly this team dynamic which works so well for them. )

          Now imagine if the naturally progressive and conservative people in society collectively found a way to transcend their historic antagonism, re-built trust and began to act in this constructive mode. How much stronger, healthier would we be; what problems could we not solve?

          • Incognito 1.4.4.1.1

            I don’t disagree with what you wrote but please let me explain myself a little better, if I can, and expand on my comment – one thought leads to another.

            I agree that each of us is on a journey, a personal one, and that no journey is better or worse or less or more than another.

            Yes, we are a species, and as a species we are also on a journey, a collective one. Our individual journeys indeed are interwoven with the collective one. This won’t go down with many, but I’m starting to think that the collective journey is the one that matters but is also vitally dependent on the individual ones. I can’t really explain it (better).

            You said (it) @ 1.2.1:

            We either all ‘get there’, or none at all.

            Teamwork, collaboration, collegiality, complementarity are all important but I think there’s something special about compassion, and love, that sets it apart from the more ‘mundane’ attitudes towards others.

            Fact is that people who practice compassion use different parts of their brain. This has been scientifically demonstrated. That’s not to say that teamwork, for example, doesn’t have its own reward system in the brain but I’m not aware of it. So, physiologically, compassion is different.

            Lastly, compassion has a transformative power that other human ‘skills’ lack. So, compassion is key.

            • RedLogix 1.4.4.1.1.1

              Yes. That’s definitely on a good track; yet I’d respectfully suggest it omits the vital complement to compassion, that is justice.

              As lefties compassion is in many ways the easy one for us to grapple with. It’s closely allied with empathy and openness, and it associated with warm fuzzy emotions we can readily experience. It is everything you say on it’s behalf.

              Justice on the other hand is a much cooler, cerebral creature. It’s much harder to experience in a positive sense, although we all understand how it feels when we’re cheated or not dealt with fairly. It embraces ideas around even-handedness (dealing with like cases similarly), fairness (reciprocity and trustworthiness) and punishment (balancing of the karma and shaming).

              These two qualities stand in tension with each other; yet we seem to need both to operate effectively in order to maintain cohesive and healthy societies. It’s my sense that compassion is the more personal, individual concern, while justice is more naturally located in our hierarchical institutions.

              Yet far too often we seem to invert this; as individuals we’re quick to judge others, while expecting our institutions to dole out compassion on our collective behalf. This I suggest muddles things.

              Politically we should therefore be wary of demanding too much empathy and compassion from our governments; they are first and foremost rule driven structures that depend on a chain of constitution and firm precedent to derive their legitimacy. More than anything else the core idea that all citizens stand equal before the law, demands of our institutions even-handedness, due process and clear cut probity. They live and die by the letter of the law, and it’s agreed meaning. Justice opens the door to trust and order, it maintains the complex exchanges and trades of our economic and social life in balance. Without it we tumble into chaos.

              By contrast without compassion we fall into tyranny. The nature of compassion demands from each of us to first be kind to ourselves, understanding our weaknesses and failures, doing the hard work to overcome them. Only then can we truly be of use to others, only then can we move beyond a useless, maudlin sentiment to acting effectively and wisely to help others. As any professional will tell you, helping other people is an extremely difficult task; misguided efforts will almost always make matters worse.

              But what we almost all can do, with little chance of harm, is to encourage each other. We’re all broken, deficient or damaged in some way; yet with just some courage, and some discipline, we can find a path to healing and redemption if we have safe shoulders to lean upon.

              I’m not entirely satisfied with this contribution, it’s too abbreviated and lacks nuance. But it will have to do for now …

              • Incognito

                Thanks again. You packed quite a bit in your comment and I would like to let it sink in first before I follow up. One word appeared almost instantly: forgiveness.

            • Robert Guyton 1.4.4.1.1.2

              Incognito said:
              “I don’t disagree with what you wrote but please let me explain myself a little better, if I can, and expand on my comment – one thought leads to another.”
              Seems to me the kindest possible approach to conversation and remarkable to read on a blog, where examples of disfunctional responses abound. Thanks, Incognito, for modelling such kindness.

              • Incognito

                Way too much credit; I’m merely modelling the change I want to be and it is a work in progress.

                But I take it as a compliment nevertheless, thank you Robert 😉

      • bwaghorn 1.4.5

        Of course the upside could be as simple as feeling good for being kind .

  2. Robert Guyton 2

    Ant, yours is a wonderful, world-changing contribution and I thank you for it. If nothing else is ever written on this “how to get there” topic, instead your words taken on board by every reader, our mission will be accomplished. If I could add something, I’d ask that the kindness you write of should be extended, not only to every other human, but also every non-human being and those, by my reckon, are legion and ubiquitous.

    • Heather Grimwood 2.1

      A wonderful read on this glorious morning….the golden rule embodied, embellished, and written to and for a universal readership in superbly crafted way for our times and its problems.

  3. Jenny - How to get there? 3

    How to get there?

    How to turn back climate change?

    Collective political action, over individual consumerist response.

    In a New York Times opinion piece David Wallace-Wells, author of the forthcoming book “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.” in a slightly differently framing, of the question, “How can we get there?” Wallace-Wells asks, “What can we do?”

    And gives us his answer.

    So what can we do? And by the way, who’s “we”? The size of the threat from climate change means that organization is necessary at every level — communities, states, nations and international agreements that coordinate action among them. But most of us don’t live in the halls of the United Nations or the boardrooms in which the Paris climate agreement was negotiated.

    Instead we live in a consumer culture that tells us we can make our political mark on the world through where we shop, what we wear, how we eat. This is how we get things like The Lancet’s recent dietary recommendations for those who want to eat to mitigate climate change — less meat for some, more vegetables — or suggestions like those published in The Washington Post, around the time of New Year’s resolutions. For instance: “Be smart about your air-conditioner.”

    But conscious consumption is a cop-out, a neoliberal diversion from collective action, which is what is necessary. People should try to live by their own values, about climate as with everything else, but the effects of individual lifestyle choices are ultimately trivial compared with what politics can achieve.

    …….politics is called a “moral multiplier.” It is also an exit from the personal, emotional burden of climate change and from what can feel like hypocrisy about living in the world as it is and simultaneously worrying about its future.

    ……we shouldn’t ask anyone — and certainly not everyone — to manage his or her own carbon footprint before we even really try to enact laws and policies that would reduce all of our emissions.

    That is the purpose of politics: that we can be and do better together than we might manage as individuals.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/opinion/sunday/fear-panic-climate-change-warming.html?fbclid=IwAR3VxYdolDwexOmTzKx6FLqF3kS2-8_PFIV-O3by6N7r3NnkjYYNmikYwmE

  4. greywarshark 4

    One improvement we can make is to make more things for NZs who will pay more for them and buy less.

    This is what we need a lot of to have a happy working country. Audio on this link.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/two-cents-worth/story/2018684646/refashioning-new-zealand-s-rag-trade

    An engineering company is ready to employ Maori and Pasifika but they are not available with skills required. They have 70% NZ pakeha graduates.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/383827/engineering-company-s-graduate-recruits-mostly-pakeha

    So let’s help Maori get the education they need, Maori don’t hate the idea of charter schools, they see they have a place if run well. Maori with aptitude could go to a school with others intending to have a career. Make it a good education that suits Maori and with tikanga. I believe that a lot of Maori disadvantage in education levels comes from a dumbing down through peer pressure. Someone aiming higher than the others is regarded as a smarty-pants. This would cut through that. The methods would have to be better than at that older Maori colleges that seemed to have disappointing results and had violent episodes erupt too often.

  5. KJT 5

    http://canadiancor.com/scientists-dont-know/

    “I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that”.

    Selfishness, greed and apathy.

    • greywarshark 5.1

      Link from the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome. Does everyone know about it? It has been going for many decades.

    • RedLogix 5.2

      And we scientists don’t know how to do that”.

      Well of course not, science is the domain of observable facts; while the transformation of the human heart is the about values, inspiration and connection.

      How about reframing these three words:

      Selfishness. Instead how about viewing this as responsibility, the act of people looking after themselves and taking care of their own needs as best they can. Now expand this idea to widen their definition of ‘needs’ to include the environment and the wider planet.

      Greed. Instead we can frame this as aspiration, the desire of people to excel and succeed. Expand the definition of success from the narrowly material, to include virtue, competency and a sense of recognition and place within community.

      Apathy. Tell people they’re apathetic and their brain will guarantee you more of the same. Counter this with connection, prove to them in small ways that they can have control over their lives, and together communities will generate huge meaningful change.

      This is just my poor, off the cuff attempt, but can you not see the difference? One approach closes off the conversation, and leads nowhere. The other expands it, inviting people to make their contribution and find their own place within it.

      • Sam 5.2.1

        Every Captian needs a Spook. Although The Original Star Trek series in fiction, it helps illustrate how stoicism and logic go hand in hand with wisdom to reduce self deception and bullshit. Climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge humanity will face and yes, self deception and bullshit is very high.

        For examples guys can desire going on a diet and losing weight but that comes with to monsters in the testicles and stomach namely appetites. How does a man truely turn something off that has been apart of him since birth, it’s almost impossible. So we construct these moralising behaviours so if I run I can eat 2kgs of vegetarian food instead of a 300 grams of steak. Depending on your mood and attitude it’s always good to have logic and qualitative and quantitive analysis.

        • Robert Guyton 5.2.1.1

          Moralising for the sake of controlling behaviour isn’t something an individual should have to do alone. Codes of behaviour are best forged by communities particular to space and time. Stories, told and retold by members of those communities are the best method of keeping all aware of the mutually agreed standards of behaviour.
          Where does such a system operate nowadays? Psychotic behaviours by individuals and communities; nations even, across the globe indicate that the system I’ve described is broken, but all things can be repaired.

          • Sacha 5.2.1.1.1

            “Codes of behaviour are best forged by communities particular to space and time.”

            That works for homogeneous groups; not so much if you are a minority. These days people who are part of disadvantaged groups are deriving strength from connecting across time and space, all around the world. Could help power our shared future.

            • Sam 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Personally I tend to believe that an agricultural society intolerant of change is unable to produce an industrial revolution capable of producing enough guns for a Mad Max gun culture that effects schools and minorities disproportionally and any attempt to claim that a society with out any decent domestic gun smithing can produce a mad max gun culture is smoking the electric puha real hard.

      • greywarshark 5.2.2

        In looking at those three things much of the good that is to be gained is from thinking about how people can do better for themselves, in the environment and in the community. The idea of community seems to be that is self supporting; that the individual can tap into it and get a place within. But that is too a large extent what the thinking is now. We need something more.

        Being able to be part of the community, give and take, move in and out is what is needed. And the opportunity to meet and discuss and ask for policies to be considered and implemented is necessary. Participatory involvement, having some ideas, not leaving all to authority and then wanting individual needs met is how it is now with representative democracy, that has led to apathy.

        Taking community out to others who haven’t the means or the knack of self–advancement is what is needed. And they should be able to choose what help they receive, apart from mandatory health check-ups and so on. What is needed is to look outwards – to be strong in community – and keep building the community that allows individual satisfaction, yet being with other people, all having a place that fits their wishes at their level of affordability.

      • Stuart Munro 5.2.3

        Scientists might know more about these things than they think, if they check the literature. Ben Franklin and friends reckoned they could synthesize the moral content of multiple world religions down to the maxim, “Be just, and good”. Adam Smith’s identification of sensibility, a means of perceiving others and the effects of our own actions on others, drove much of enlightenment thought in England back before post-modernism laid waste to the intellectual landscape.

        And the likes of E O Wilson in our own time have sociobiological researches that validate a prosocial approach to human problems that would render the dark Platonism of Strauss or of our trolls obsolete, were it not obsolete from its inception.

        • greywarshark 5.2.3.1

          Interesting that E O Wilson is known for his study of ants. I was gobsmacked by their inbuilt systems that enable them to flourish. I can understand why he thought they were worthy of study when I saw this Brazilian story.
          https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2095335/Underground-ant-city-Brazil-rivals-Great-Wall-China-labyrinth-highways.html

          We are so combative amongst ourselves I guess because we are capable of thinking of many possibilities and then fight about which one wins. We can trade in ephemera while ants deal with practical matters.

          Do ants dream? Margaret Mahy wrote a story about a keen little ant Mona Minim – she was so imaginative and her actors usually managed to come out on top of problems.
          https://www.artybees.co.nz/frame-janet-and-elliot-david/mona-minim-and-smell-sun

          I looked up Wilson’s theory on altruism relating to kin selection from 1975 (actually Hamilton’s), and then came across his disavowal of it in 2004. What he then said about altruism was basically the saying ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.

          The alternative theory holds that the origins of altruism and teamwork have nothing to do with kinship or the degree of relatedness between individuals.

          The key, Wilson said, is the group: Under certain circumstances, groups of cooperators can out-compete groups of non-cooperators, thereby ensuring that their genes — including the ones that predispose them to cooperation — are handed down to future generations.

          This so-called group selection, Wilson insists, is what forms the evolutionary basis for a variety of advanced social behaviors linked to altruism, teamwork, and tribalism — a position that other scientists have taken over the years, but which historically has been considered, in Wilson’s own word, “heresy.”
          https://evolutionnews.org/2011/05/eo_wilson_disavows_his_own_kin/

          I guess that my point – about finding other people who want to live in a good way and be committed to each other, being honest about doubts and faults, not cutting off other similarly committed at the knees, is the way forward. And it can be good fun working together – you just have to keep checking what your purpose is and your mission, goals and actual practices are.

          • Stuart Munro. 5.2.3.1.1

            Yes, I think that this group cooperation was in fact a character of preDouglas NZ society, and preventing the formation of such an active consensus is the raison d’etre of negative forces like our trolls. Something Popper was trying to tell us in The Open Society and its Enemies.

            E O Wilson is also one side in an ongoing debate with the execrable Richard Dawkins, who, without so much as a shred of research evidence came up with the polar opposite of Wilson’s sociobiological stance, which may be inferred quite readily from his notoriously illogical The Selfish Gene, which Stove discusses here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/841182/posts

            The ‘hard man’ Darwinism of Dawkins is neither Darwinist (it was Huxley’s) nor does it reflect animal behavior. Like our own Gosman, albeit much more literately, Dawkins was never a biologist at all – merely a polemicist recycling long abandoned ideas which flatter the self-styled elite.

  6. greywarshark 6

    Your comments are so interesting Stuart Munro – opening up new vistas and understandings that I find real, helpful, and enlightening. More than ever we need to find our firm path of reasoning and imagining to tread in NZ; we don’t want to stray aside and end up in bubbling boiling pools with our goose cooked. Mixed metaphors there! Thanks.

    • Stuart Munro. 6.1

      It’s kind of you to say so, really I’ve just been fortunate enough to have a few good students, who made me work through some of this stuff 🙂 .

      • greywarshark 6.1.1

        To paraphrase a saw about women and education – ‘Educate a blogger and you educate the (sentient) world.’

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    6 days ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    7 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    7 days ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    7 days ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    1 week ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    1 week ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    1 week ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
    Our Good Fortune: Precisely because she has never been an ideologue (she calls herself a “pragmatic idealist”) Jacinda Ardern has a political nimbleness and spontaneity which, when infused with her exceptional emotional intelligence, produces spectacular demonstrations of leadership. Jacinda's empathic political personality contrasts sharply with the less-than-sunny ways of her ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
    2 weeks ago
  • 68-51
    The Abortion Legislation Bill has just passed its third reading, 68-51. NZ First MPs bailed because their referendum amendment didn't pass, but there were plenty of MPs to provide a majority without them. The bill is a long way from perfect - most significantly, it subjects pregnant people who need ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The ‘herd immunity’ route to fighting coronavirus is unethical and potentially dangerous
    As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone – trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. Herd immunity means letting a large number of people catch a disease, and hence develop immunity to it, to stop the virus spreading. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • The Air New Zealand bailout
    Stuff reports that the government is going to have to throw $2 - 3 billion at Air new Zealand to get it through the pandemic. Good. While international routes are basicly closed, Air New Zealand is a strategic asset which is vital to our tourism industry, not to mentioning airfreight. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why NZ’s tough coronavirus travel rules are crucial to protecting lives at home and across the Pac...
    New Zealand’s border restrictions will come with significant job and business losses in the tourism sector, both at home and in the Pacific. But the new travel rules are absolutely necessary to protect the health of New Zealanders and people right across Pacific Islands, because New Zealand is a gateway ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The tiniest of teeth
    Back in early 2018, as a shoddy legal tactic to try and avoid the prisoner voting ban being formally declared inconsistent with the BORA by the Supreme Court, Justice Minister Andrew Little floated the idea of greater legal protection for human rights. When the Supreme Court case didn't go the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • One simple, common factor to success against COVID-19
    Professor Philip Hill and Associate Professor James Ussher Most infectious diseases have an Achilles heel, the secret is to find it. The question is if we don’t have a drug or a vaccine for COVID-19, is there something else we can do to beat it? Some people estimate that, without ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • National should isolate Simon Bridges
    The Coalition Governments $12.1 billion economic package to help combat the financial effects of COVID-19 was generally well received across the board, even amongst many business leaders who would normally be critical of a Labour led Government.However there was one glaringly obvious exception, Simon Bridges. The so-called leader of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How testing for Covid-19 works
    With confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand up to 12, many influential people are writing open letters and opinion pieces and doing press conferences asking why we aren’t pulling out all the stops and testing thousands of people a day like they are in South Korea. The thing is, ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 weeks ago
  • The COVID-19 package and the limits of capitalism
    by Daphna Whitmore The willingness to put human life before business shows that sometimes capitalism is capable of suspending its relentless drive for profit. For a short time it can behave differently. Flatten the curve is the public health message since COVID-19 suddenly overwhelmed the hospital system in northern Italy. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: COVID-19 Alert Level 4
    The COVID-19 situation in New Zealand is moving fast - and to avoid what we've seen overseas - the Government's response must be to move fast too. We're committed to keeping New Zealanders safe and well-informed every step of the way. ...
    2 days ago
  • SPEECH: Green Party Co-leader James Shaw – Ministerial statement on State of National Emergency an...
    Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  The scale of what we face right now is unlike anything we have ever seen before. Overcoming it is our common purpose. ...
    5 days ago
  • Winston Peters urging New Zealanders overseas to stay put
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters is encouraging New Zealanders overseas to stay where they are amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are reaching a point where the best option for most New Zealanders offshore is to shelter in place, by preparing to safely stay where they are.” "This includes following the instructions ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealanders overseas encouraged to shelter in place
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters is encouraging the tens of thousands of New Zealanders travelling overseas to consider sheltering in place, in light of COVID-19.  “Since 18 March, we have been warning New Zealanders offshore that the window for flying ...
    6 days ago
  • Ground-breaking abortion law passes, giving NZers compassionate healthcare
    Ground-breaking law has passed that will decriminalise abortion and ensure women and pregnant people seeking abortions have compassionate healthcare. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Package supports Kiwis to put collective health first
    The Green Party says that the measures announced by the Government today will help families and businesses to prioritise our collective health and wellbeing in the response to COVID-19. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters: COVID-19 rescue package ‘more significant’ than any worldwide
    As New Zealanders brace for a global downturn due to Covid-19, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says his Coalition Government’s rescue package "more significant" than any other he's seen around the world. The Coalition is to reveal a multi-billion-dollar stimulus plan on Tuesday afternoon designed to cushion the economic blow ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Our response to COVID-19
    We know some people are feeling anxious about COVID-19. While the situation is serious, New Zealand has a world-class health system and we’re well-prepared to keep New Zealanders safe. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Demerit Points System’ will address youth crime
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill drawn from the ballot today seeks to overhaul the youth justice system by instigating a system of demerit points for offences committed by young offenders. “The ‘Youth Justice Demerit Point System’ will put an end to ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Investment in kingfish farming
    Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $6 million in a land-based aquaculture pilot to see whether yellowtail kingfish can be commercially farmed in Northland, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. A recirculating land-based aquaculture system will be built and operated ...
    3 weeks ago
  • 1BT grants for Northland planting
    Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Forestry Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced two One Billion Trees programme grants of more than $1.18 million to help hapu and iwi in Northland restore whenua and moana. “Many communities around Aotearoa have benefited from One Billion Trees funding since the programme was launched ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand reaffirms support for Flight MH17 judicial process
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahead of the start of the criminal trial in the Netherlands on 9 March, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has reaffirmed the need to establish truth, accountability and justice for the downing of Flight MH17 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF investment in green hydrogen
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister The Government is investing $19.9 million through the Provincial Growth Fund in a game-changing hydrogen energy facility in South Taranaki, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The development of alternative energy initiatives like this one is vital for the Taranaki region’s economy. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Coronavirus support for Pacific
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Minister for Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand is partnering with countries in the Pacific to ensure they are prepared for, and able to respond to the global threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19). “There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Green Party passes landmark law to ensure deaf and disabled voices heard equally in democracy
    Chlöe Swarbrick's Members Bill to support disabled general election candidates has passed into law. ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
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  • Covid-19: Total tops 450
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