Irritated and up early

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 pm, August 14th, 2014 - 72 comments
Categories: Steven Joyce - Tags: , ,

Dolphin Over World 2010I’ve been getting irritated about some of the comments in the media by ignorant fools1 about The Standard and its authors. So I’ve changed a long standing policy about talking to the media whilst this continues. I answered Chris Bramwell from RNZ  today after they pestered mickysavage2.

Lynn Prentice runs The Standard – a left-wing blog often accused of being a mouthpiece of the Labour Party.

He says bloggers on the site get their information almost entirely from public sources, library research, or their own knowledge from being in political parties for decades.

“It is completely obvious in the posts where the information comes from because we always either link to it or state how we acquired it. We don’t have a “tipline” of ministers dishing the dirt on enemies.

“To be complicit in that kind of sock-puppetry requires the kind of compliant deference to authority that comes naturally to people on the right.”

Mr Prentice says the accusations by the National Party that The Standard is ghost written by Labour staffers is “bullshit”.

The idea of being the “mouthpiece of the Labour Party” is a rather amusing.  One day some reporters should get some Labour party MPs drunk and ask them what they really think about this site.

I’ll be talking to Morning Report tomorrow morning before I go to work. Hopefully they won’t run too late. I’m already behind on my workload. But I’m only halfway through “Dirty Politics”, so don’t get too disturbed if I sound irritable… I may be even more short of sleep.


 

In other news, the site has been running really really well under load for the last few days.

We’re just exceeding 37 thousand page views by humans for the day. In  a large part this was due to rocky’s post on that nasty publicity campaign about breast feeding. Looking at the profile of the lurkers, I’d say that the post went viral amongst women in NZ well outside of the usual bloggers.

The record set in 2012-09-04 for page views will finally be exceeded.  That was a programming error from facebook causing a page view every time someone saw a link to the site (it read the excerpt). It is nice to know we can exceed it without naturally – unlike the artificial supports that Cameron so clearly needs to assuage his daddy complex.


 

For the techheads, the site is currently running at my apartment. It is on the 8 core AMD backup server with a nice quiet water cooler using the newly installed fibre link. I’ll be testing the transfer to and from the offshore

It only took a year for fibre to arrive in my apartment after they finished installing it in the road outside. That is because Steven Joyce is a sloppy and rather useless negotiator and didn’t think to establish how to provide fibre into apartment buildings when he did the contract with Chorus.

Thanks for the assistance of Voyager for finally managing to make it happen. And that was a spontaneous and unpaid for in any way unpaid testimonial.

 


 

  1. Steven Joyce on Morning Report and the obsessively self-aggrandizing commenter Pete George come to mind as being particularly ignorant about the blogging world and its participants.
  2. There are two people you can contact about The Standard. Me or Mike Smith. It is inadvisable to try pester other authors.

 

72 comments on “Irritated and up early”

  1. Weepus beard 1

    “To be complicit in that kind of sock-puppetry requires the kind of compliant deference to authority that comes naturally to people on the right.”

    Enjoyed that bit, thanks LP. Wish I had a copy of the book.

  2. Pete 2

    Well done, Lynn. I think you know better than most the place of the major blogs as opinion shapers in the New Zealand political sphere. They are are the left hand side of the bell-curve when it comes to the diffusion of innovations model. Things get tweeted, Facebooked, picked up by the MSM and consensus around a narrative builds. If the first tiny snowflakes are befouled, then the whole snowball ends up dirty.

  3. Tamati 3

    It would be a lot easier if you all just used your names….

    [lprent: For whom? Cameron Slater has already had one attempt to attack my job because he knew my name. ]

    • weka 3.1

      no, really, it wouldn’t. For a start, some people wouldn’t be able to post or comment at all.

      • Tamati 3.1.1

        Maybe some people would choose not to post, but putting names to every post would put an end to the rumour that left wing staffers post on the site.

        [lprent: The authors aren’t and the comments are checked for IPs. Read the policy and the about. Banned for 6 weeks for stupidity. ]

        • weka 3.1.1.1

          No, it wouldn’t. If John Smith puts up a post, how do you know who John Smith is? What you are really asking for is people’s real life identities. That’s not how the blogosphere works, for very good reasons.

          • Tamati 3.1.1.1.1

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            • McFlock 3.1.1.1.1.1

              It may discourage some people to post, but real journalism includes putting your name to your work.

              Because “staff reporter” is “putting your name to your work” /sarc

            • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.1.2

              Why are you talking about “real journalism”? Do you even know what “real journalism” is? Did anyone commenting on The Standard suggest or imply they were doing journalism?

            • mickysavage 3.1.1.1.1.3

              After what we have seen about the right’s modus operandii in Dirty Politics do you blame people for wanting to keep their identities secret?

        • McFlock 3.1.1.2

          because there are no rumours Ede and Lusk post on Slater’s site under his name?

          • Tamati 3.1.1.2.1

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            • McFlock 3.1.1.2.1.1

              Slater? But according to rumour, he didn’t write it. Just publishes it.
              Like the trustees of The Standard Trust. Who are as identifiable and contactable as slater.

            • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.2.1.2

              Hey Tamati, why are the editorials in the New Zealand Herald anonymous?

            • weka 3.1.1.2.1.3

              “He’s still putting his name to it. Taking some degree of responsibility.”

              Out of curiosity Tamati, why are you not using your real life name/ID? How do we know you are not part of Slater/Key’s attack team or work for Crosby Textor?

    • Hanswurst 3.2

      Another problem with that is that Slater puts his name to his blog, but at least some of what goes out under his name would appear not to have been written by him. Such use of real names as pseudonyms seriously undermines the perennial cries to blog under real names.

      • weka 3.2.1

        +1. It’s better to judge a blog on content and whether the authors act with integrity.

        • karol 3.2.1.1

          Exactly. There is no need to know the offline names of authors, when the posts can be critiqued solely on the content: the strength of the sources used, and the logic or the arguments.

          Nothing else is needed.

          But then again, these days, the MO of the right is to focus on the politics of personality, and to try not to engage with the substance of policies, values and arguments.

      • Tamati 3.2.2

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        • Hanswurst 3.2.2.1

          By calling for people to put a real name to their posts, but suggesting no way of verifying whether the person named is writing or simply facilitating, that’s effectively what you’re doing.

        • vto 3.2.2.2

          Tamati, there is a reason that voting is not public.

          An understanding of the reason/s behind this base foundation stone of our system is necessary before any commentary such as yours above has any value.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.3

      I do put my real name to my posts and comments. It’s not my given name nor my legal name but it is my real name, the one chosen by me.

  4. AmaKiwi 4

    After 6 years we should all recognize Key’s diversionary tactics. Key dismisses and ignores the factual accusations. With a boyish smile, he assassinates the character of his accusers. “I’m just a nice, ordinary guy. Go after the bullies who are trying to beat me up.”

    Keep focused on the the claims in the book. If Key cannot disprove them with hard evidence, what should be the consequences for Key, Collins, and National?

    It is irrelevant who runs or feeds The Standard because The Standard is not accused of high crimes and misdemeanors.

    John Key is.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      +1

      It is irrelevant who runs or feeds The Standard because The Standard is not accused of high crimes and misdemeanors.

      John Key is.

      QFT

  5. Ad 5

    You’re a top man Lyn.
    Go hard this morning.

  6. Kia kaha lprent – god, when pete george is the go to guy for answers you know the questions are fucked.

    Go The Standard writers and commenters!!!

  7. karol 7

    Thanks, Lynn, for the very apt post and for talking to RNZ and calling out the smoke and mirrors being used against left bloggers.

  8. RedBaronCV 8

    Well I’m just an ordinary person who uses public sources and nobody is paying moi

    • lprent 8.1

      I think that is the point isn’t it. Cameron Slater and David Farrar run it at a different level. As political operatives.

  9. Te Reo Putake 9

    Nice work on the radio, Lynn. Precise and to the point. While the questions were a bit wooden and old hat (why are TS authors anonymous? etc.) you did a great job of answering in a way that will make sense to listeners.

    While I know Pete George will hate to hear me say it, I thought his effort yesterday wasn’t too bad, either. Dully MOR, of course, but that’s why they picked him to be interviewed. He also did a good job of explaining how NZ political blogs work when they don’t operate as a clearing house for National Party smear and innuendo.

  10. lprent 10

    OK?

    Ah taxi. More coffee and off to work.

    • vto 10.1

      Good work mr prent… keep it up

    • karol 10.2

      Very well said. Good you got in the point about anonymous Herald editorial writers.

      It’s here.

      [audio src="http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20140815-0816-left_wing_bloggers_defend_their_own_work-048.mp3" /]

      • TeWhareWhero 10.2.1

        Ditto

      • adam 10.2.2

        Thanks for putting that up Karol, and well done Iprent. I think you said exactly why I like this site – If you had the time, you could have said the lefties on this site butt heads a bit – but that’s not really news.

      • crocodill 10.2.3

        So his one point was, what if someone sends something to the shadowy figures at The Standard that’s damaging to the National Party… what will they do? Really?

  11. Bearded Git 11

    I spend many wonderful hours wasting my life reading The Standard. Long may it continue!

    • Chooky 11.1

      ..me too…in fact it had become a bit of an addiction until recently when the computer connections broke down and I had to go cold turkey…the newspaper often remains unfurled encased in its plastic, until it is given the biff into the fire

    • Kiwiri 11.2

      I spend many hours of my wasteful life improving my mental health thanks to The Wonderful Standard. Long may it continue, way after I have shuffled or shuttled off my mortal coil.

      Brilliant interview there, Lyn 🙂

  12. vto 12

    Guyon Espiner was a bit pushy asking for identities of people here….. perhaps his postings on here could be exposed….. methinks I know what his pseudonynm is ……. (and fwiw it is always a worthy read)

    • karol 12.1

      Speculating on pseudonyms? Not TS policy.

    • Blue 12.2

      Espiner came off as a moron. ‘The Standard is the left equivalent of Whale Oil is it?’ Like, WTF? Then asking ‘Who is Rocky?’ when this information is well known already. These media people are such muppets. No research, no idea, not even basically competent.

  13. ianmac 13

    Good to hear Lynn on Morning Report. Leading the way in giving short sharp answers. Some MPs could learn from Lynn!

    • grumpystilskin 13.1

      I think the final sentence in the interview summed it up and confused the hell out of espiner : “we’re not there to make news, we’re there to write opinion.”

  14. greywarbler 14

    Great effort Lynn to get the site throbbing happily at this sharp point in time.

  15. Lanthanide 15

    There was a comment left here from someone who said they were Blondie from Whale’s blog a long time ago, and that they know for a fact that other people wrote stuff that was published under Slater’s name, and that slater boasted about it.

    They also said that the emails leaked and everything in the book reflects with exactly what they know to have been going on with Whaleoil, and they hope heads roll.

    The comment seems to have been deleted, but I caught it before it was.

    • karol 15.1

      It was probably trashed for a reason – into defamation territory without any publicly available supporting evidence?

      • Lanthanide 15.1.1

        Didn’t look defamatory to me. I think the author just decided better of it. Unfortunately for them, they published it on a public website and I saw it…

  16. Rodel 16

    LPrent
    Good interview on RNZ this morning. Notice how Espiner finished the interview limply with tail between his legs.
    Brooking no nonsense you sounded a bit like a cross between David Cunliffe and Winston Peters.
    Well done and thanks.

  17. infused 17

    “It only took a year for fibre to arrive in my apartment after they finished installing it in the road outside. That is because Steven Joyce is a sloppy and rather useless negotiator and didn’t think to establish how to provide fibre into apartment buildings when he did the contract with Chorus.”

    Please lprent. Do elaborate.

  18. Lucy 18

    Would be interesting to know sales # for “Dirty Politics” as opposed to John Roughan’s puff book “John Key” maybe that’s why Key so miffed!

  19. Dumrse 19

    I’m not sure I understand how Steven Joyce would get involved in running fibre into MDU’s let alone his own frekin house. Stay focused, you know what your leader said.

  20. Anne 20

    I’ve had enough of this media obsession with pseudonyms on The Standard. So here is one of my real life experiences as a long standing supporter of the Labour Party and a former public servant. There is a chance I will identify myself to some people currently reading this blog-site but I no longer care – another story.

    In the mid to late 1980s, during the term of the 4th Labour government, I became the target of accusations that I was secretly supplying that government with information about the NZ Meteorological Service where I worked. It came from a section of the management and despite my denials (in fact I had dropped out of politics 2 or 3 years earlier to concentrate on my career) the rumours, innuendo and general undermining of my work continued. In the end, I sought and was given a transfer to the Met Office on the RNZAF base at Whenuapai. At first everything went well but with the arrival of a new office manager – a former American Marine officer – everything changed and I became the target of constant surveillance and other nefarious activities beyond the office and severe bullying behaviour inside the office. In short, I was being terrorised. It reached it’s peak at the time of the out-break of the first Iraq War in 1991, and I later discovered that was no coincidence – also another story. I was forced to resign from the Met Service after 24 years of loyal service.

    My crime was: I had been an active member of the Labour Party and knew some of the leading players of the day. The fact I no longer had any contact with any of them was either ignored or disbelieved.

    While my experience may have been an extreme case, this is the reason why so many people on the Left of the political spectrum feel they have to safe-guard their identity. The Right are dirty, vindictive players as Nicky Hagar has shown… they will go to inordinate lengths to destroy the lives and/or careers of anyone they perceive to be an enemy.

    I hope Guyon Espiner reads this. He just might become a little better informed!

    • pauagirl1 20.1

      wow that unbelievable (for that to happen) ..but i do believe you:)

      • Macro 20.1.1

        I can well believe that Anne. I do hope that, like Jim, you have been able to blossom further in your career after moving on from the “strait-jacket” of public met. work.
        Jim is able to speak out now far more forcibly regarding AGW than he was previously.

    • greywarbler 20.2

      @ Anne 10.06
      You always have something interesting to say. This was sad. I remember thinking that Jim Salinger’s treatment was weird and couldn’t understand it. The management there was prompted by commercial directives to punish Jim who gave some product away. Do you think Anne that there was a profit concern, or divided loyalties, Met first and government a hostile other?

      Even in something like the weather! And why would an American Marine be promoted into a government service here. Have they got sleepers round the country ready to take control if necessary I wonder. Military meetings and joint practices, raids on native people’s lands for practice, odd and unsettling.

      • Anne 20.2.1

        @ greywarbler

        Jim Salinger spoke his mind without prior permission. That was a crime worthy almost of imprisonment in the competitive world of the weather and climate sciences.

        The American was married to a New Zealander. Bear in mind that the atmosphere between the Reagan administration and the 4th Labour government was on a knife edge over NZ’s anti-nuclear stance. It had nothing to do with me, but given the paranoia over that piece of legislation… the fact I had been an active member of the Labour Party was enough to turn me into an ‘enemy’ in the eyes of some very stupid people.

        Btw, I discovered years later that a former associate had been spreading lies and smears over a long period which would not have helped. Shades of Slater in female form.

        The point I’m making is those on the Left are the ones who always get targeted by the right-wing establishment mindset, and that’s why many feel they have to take precautions like pseudonyms rather than their real names.

        • Anne 20.2.1.1

          Oops it wasn’t the Reagan Admin. It was Geoge Bush Senior’s lot.

          • Chooky 20.2.1.1.1

            @ Anne…It sounds like a book there….how about you write it?….’Fear and Loathing in the Public Service’ ! ( title? …lol).

            There would be many on the Left who would have similar experiences…people with great ability and integrity ( Sutch) , who could have made New Zealand a great and egalitarian country!….but were thwarted by secret covert surveillance , innuendo…and covertly had their careers undermined, lives made miserable and potential shredded…(.similar to what happened under J. Edgar Hoover in the USA)

            …it is time the books were opened and the lid taken off …this is why the Labour/ Left coalition must get in and reveal which New Zealanders have been illegitimately spied on….what the GCSB is up to….which politicians have been using it for their own ends

            …otherwise we risk a totalitarian right wing police state ….and one which is puppet to overseas puppet masters and vested private non New Zealand economic and business interests….our sovereignty gone

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Edgar_Hoover

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi

            • Anne 20.2.1.1.1.1

              @ Chooky
              It went much further than the Public Service. I went to the police several times over specific incidents and in 1993 I requested their assistance to get to the bottom of the entire matter. Surprise, surprise… they didn’t want to know about it. In the end I conducted my own “investigation” but it was to take me a further few years before I discovered the identity of the person who had been making the false allegations, and was almost certainly involved in the criminal aspects of the story. I was too scared to go back to the police with my findings because of their negative and unfriendly attitude during my earlier approaches.

              That was the most hurtful part of the entire saga. As a decent and law abiding NZer, I was entitled to have been taken seriously and a proper police investigation undertaken. I got nothing. They were presumably put off by the political connotations that were involved. While I accept there are many good men and women in the NZ Police, as a collective law enforcement agency I now have nothing but contempt for them. They totally failed me and I have no doubt they failed others who went through similar experiences.

              This is why I respond passionately to any stories that surface about politically motivated criminal activity… particularly against ordinary folk who have no protection against the perpetrators. And when the likes of those arrogant bullies like Mike Hosking, Bill Ralston, Duncan Garner, the awful Leighton Smith and of course Slater (to name just a few) sneer and jeer at the victims and targets as if they are the guilty parties, then it makes me feel very angry indeed.

              • Chooky

                @ Anne…sounds like you went through the mill alright ….but you are a fighter and you are strong and articulate ….Sutch was just one of many downed …and it needs to be seen in context of the paranoia of the times ( shades of cold war and J.Edgar Hoover..it needs to be put in an international right wing political and economic context)

                …I definitely think there is a book in this..(there must be many public servants like you who were sullied by covert secret agendas)

                ….maybe a book working in conjunction with the PSA, who would have tabs on what was/is going on…also the Labour Party and other Left Parties would know a thing or two about dirty tricks and covert action

                ….there needs to be an open fight back imo

            • greywarbler 20.2.1.1.1.2

              Anne co-author with Nicky Hager – ghost writer? Would he be interested?

              The DomPost ought to be – still publishing stuff about Sutch. It wouldn’t be hard to get a bad name in paranoid NZ in Muldoon’s time. I think he was trying to find out the sort of stuff that Edward Snowden has released. He had a wide understanding of world trade and economies. But the nasty little bumblers would not want to know.

              The minds of farmers and their offspring getting into gummint wouldn’t be large enough to be aware of the range of issues we faced. But like now they would get brownie points for bagging a real Spy, who could be giving away information about planned moves to destabilise the world – sort of like now. It was nuclear time and cold war time and Tom Lehrer time – Youtube We will all Go Together When we Go.

              There is a madness that rises and blocks a clear view of the world and its people and there is no room for love and concern for others, or just putting up with the other difficult buggers, as long as they don’t do everyone out of their needs and rights. We must stop the megalomaniac and his/her varroa mites from rising and smarming their way into power.

              Personally I like the idea of massed male choirs competing for days with score cards kept by many nations, and then the winner would have first speech at the negotiations. And the UN would check there were no behind the scenes maneouvres while people were distracted. We are so cunning we’re always thinking of sneaky ways to get advantage. We’re so sharp I wouldn’t be surprised if a cut your own throat machine hasn’t been patented. The guillotine actually was Frances advance into humane judicial killing, quick effective, needed in the USA now. Where is Madame Lefarge when you need her?

              This has been a stream of consciousness message brought to you from I don’t know where or what I am channelling!

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    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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    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 ...
    7 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • 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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