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Kill us now, or choose life.

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, August 23rd, 2019 - 27 comments
Categories: capitalism, climate change, disaster - Tags: , ,

Ten seconds of Peak Greenwash that have got me all ranty,

We will not be able to eat electric cars, or breathe them. This shit has to stop and it needs us to make it stop. Greenwashed BAU is a death trap.

All our efforts should be going into reducing all GHG emissions as much as possible as fast as possible, and protecting biodiversity as much as we can.

This excludes all the wasted embodied energy and materials that go into making retractable car chargers, because extracting those materials, processing them, building with them, cleaning up the waste produced through the whole lifetime of each charger, emits carbon and other GHGs, and destroys nature. We urgently need to use systems thinking, looking at cradle to grave of everything we do.

Someone has put a lot of thought in that retractable charging system. Forty percent of Brits live in streets with no off street car parking and therefore nowhere to charge their EVs at home. Here’s the problem though. We don’t have the time to use our rapidly shrinking carbon budget on technology that requires increasing complexity of industry and is coupled to increasing levels of consumption. Had we started transition when the need was first recognised in the 70s and 80s, we might have had a chance, but those days are long gone.

Repeat after me: all new cars need to be electric, we need to have far less cars than we do now.

We need to walk, bike, ride share, and use public transport as our primary response to the need to travel.

Our high tech industrial capacity needs to be reprioritised away from BAU lifestyles and into future proofing critical infrastructure. Humans can live without everyone having a personal car. We can’t live without good food supply chains or housing that withstands extreme weather events and sea level rise.

We need to share our carbon budget, technology, brain power and time with countries that are struggling to provide food, shelter, health and education to their people.  We need to stop running our societies as if there are no limits on nature. We need to stop pretending that we’re not in major overshoot in almost everything we do.

If this seems too hard to contemplate, consider that thousands of people have been thinking about this for a long time and many have been putting these things into practice. Much of what we need to do is already possible. Our biggest blocks currently are denial and fear.

If you want to act, join Extinction Rebellion, find your local Transition Town, seek out and support the progressive local body election candidates that already have a solid history of sustainability and resiliency work, garden, agitate, rebel. People who are doing those things are the ones that know what to do next.

Meadows, Meadows, Randers, and Behrens wrote The Limits to Growth in 1972. 

27 comments on “Kill us now, or choose life.”

  1. cleangreen 1

    Good article WEKA.

    It moved us to post this comment;

    I feel let down by Labour now as they came in brandishing the clean green banner to clean up our environment and save us from quote “our generations nucear moment”

    At least jacinda should be doing this here. ‘get rail moving in all our regions’ and why you ask” read this;

    “Report says tiny plastic particles are from clothing, tyres”

    Press release by Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre. 23rd August 2019.

    This report was released back in FEBRUARY 22, 2017 and that gave Labour adequate time to act after they became Government, so Jacinda “lets do this”.

    https://phys.org/news/2017-02-tiny-plastic-particles-tyres-clogging.html

    Quote; – “Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report”

    This report shows that tyre particulates are already found to be freely released in the tyre dust as we drive on our roads now.

    Then we are advised these plastic particles are then washed off our roads into our drains, streams, rivers, lakes and aquifers, and finally into our drinking water as we heard all last week over the press.

    So we road users are part of the problem now!

    Sorry but EV vehicles will still emit the same tyre dust toxins as regular gasoline vehicles do.
    So what do we do now?

    This new scientific German report https://www.sott.net/article/418585-Plastic-particles-falling-out-of-sky-with-snow-in-the-Arctic
    ‘Raining plastic’ – QUOTE “fragments of rubber tyres”, signals we need to move now.

    Tyre dust pollution was found by lead scientist, Dr Melanie Bergmann in the laboratory at Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven discovered far more contaminating particles than they’d expected.

    This clearly shows the gravity of the problems we have with too many oil based synthetic tyres used on our roads now.

    These scientific reports are finally making us face reality here to warn us all of very important issues’ – to serious to ignore now.

    We need to reduce our over-use of plastic tyres, and our first signal is to lower truck freight and car use now, by using public passenger rail and move at least half our freight movement onto rail.

    There are no tyres used on rail, as they use only “steel wheels on a steel track” – ‘making rail virtually the lowest emitter of plastics.’

    CEAC is advocating for this Government to use rail to lower freight truck tyre emissions for climate change and our NZ water quality.

  2. Robert Guyton 2

    Humanity's being meted-out a harsh lesson. The burning of the Amazon is just the felling of the Amazon sped-up; different mechanism, same end. The despair felt by the indigenous Amazonians must be profound. The legions of young people around the world who believe that Ayahuasca holds the solution to humanity's continuance will be plunging into depression with the news of the fires. Botanists and authors of  pharmacopoeia will be in despair at the losses evidenced by the burning; it's vandalism on a shocking scale, but few here in New Zealand will give it more than a passing look if indeed it appears on the news at all. The Canary Islands are burning too. I have plants from there: echiums in particular and feel thereby justified in professing the value of growing exotic plants here in New Zealand; I just with I had an Amazonian collection, aside from the few indoor-plants I've begun to collect. TheCanary Island report details a problem that interests me very much; the abandonment of land by people moving to the cities and the un-managed state that results, leading to susceptibility to fires spreading rapidly; when people lived here and there in the countryside, fires were far less damaging and more easily stopped. My personal vision for how humans can live harmoniously on the earth revolves around that model; we need to be everywhere that food can be grown in association with woodlands and forests, in communities of "scale", hamlets and villages, linked by walkable trails; a synthesis of hobbit-country and indigenous Amazonian habitat. Easy to criticise, I know, but in the absence of other's visions, I'm imagining along those lines. 

    In any case, here's the Canary Island article and a couple of paragraphs to illustrate what I'm talking about:

    "A major, out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 metres into the air on Monday (Tuesday NZT), forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9000 people, authorities said."

    "Wildfires are common in southern Europe during the parched summer months but changing lifestyles and the emptying out of rural areas have made woodlands more vulnerable, experts say.

    Gran Canaria emergency chief Frederico Grillo said recent blazes on the island are much worse now than when families worked in the countryside and kept the forests more orderly, private news agency Europa Press reported."

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/115124871/thousands-flee-from-monster-wildfire-on-spains-canary-islands

    • weka 2.1

      this makes a lot of sense to me. I feel similar about predator control in NZ. Allow people to live where there are issues and solve the problems from the ground up from people that care about where they live.

  3. WeTheBleeple 3

    Time to topple some towers.

  4. Stuart Munro. 4

    During the term of the previous government, the Selwyn river was dried up by excessive water drawing, and Lake Forsyth became a toxic cesspool. The change of government was supposed to change this kind of thing. No change is evident.

    • Alice Tectonite 4.1

      Lake Forsyth/Wairewa is a long running problem & has suffered from intermittent toxic algal blooms for over a century.

      Deforestation, increased sedimentation, phosphorus accumulation… plus being shallow (warms up easily, particularly when lake level is low).

      No quick fix either

      • Stuart Munro. 4.1.1

        From what I can tell there's no fix going in there at all.

        Doesn't seem outrageously complicated – some action is required to increase inflow, and to contain pollutant levels in contributing waterways. Over the last decade ECan has of course been operating contrary to its public role, but now that the corrupt appointees' days are numbered it's time to wind back some of their most egregious excesses.

        This is a nice finite restoration, convenient to major cities and transportation, if inaction is the best that can be managed there it's fair to say that there is no substantial effort being made on environmental restoration.

        • Sacha 4.1.1.1

          it's time to wind back some of their most egregious excesses

          Won't cancelling long-term consents require a law change that Winston First will never support? Bring on a Green-Lab coalition..

          • Stuart Munro. 4.1.1.1.1

            I'm not sure Winston will die in a ditch for every dirty deal ECan did – some maybe. He likes a common sense argument; I doubt he'd swallow the line that Forsyth must be left toxic.

        • Alice Tectonite 4.1.1.2

          "From what I can tell there's no fix going in there at all."

          More regular flushing of the lake helps and has led to some improvement (but is easily undone by drought). Has been more frequent since the construction of the outlet canal made it easier to open the lake to the sea (much shorter cut through gravel).

          The whole "its all down to the Ecan dictatorship & can all be fixed easily" approach is simplistic.

          The phosphorous is mostly coming from the rock (& soil derived from it). So geology (old basalt lava). Main problem is sedimentation from increased erosion since clearing forest cover. Controlling erosion is likely the most effective long term solution. But then there is all the sediment that is already in the system… years worth of problems there.

          All very well saying increased inflow – but from where? Not a particularly large catchment, no intensive irrigation schemes like on the plains. 
          In a drought the water level falls with stream flow reduction (water keeps seeping through the shingle spit even if the outlet is not artificially open, so can't maintain higher lake levels). Increased inflows in drought probably means piping it in from the plains (where water is already over extracted).

          Stock deaths etc: not a new problem, reports of that in the 1960s. Also old newspaper reports of low lake levels & "slime" (i.e toxic algal bloom) killing fish in the early 1900s. More searching would no doubt turn up more examples. 

          The Ecan dictatorship was merely the latest outfit to oversee the problem & sure didn't do much, but then neither did its democratic predecessors. The problems are much longer running than single government cycles (as are solutions).

          And climate change won't help things either: Canterbury is likely to get more hot & dry (stronger west/northwest flow -> more down slope warming, greater rain shadow, etc).

          So as not to sound completely defeatist I would suggest:

          • retiring farm land at head of lake that is subject to regular flooding – plant it up as wetlands
          • buffer up all the main stream banks with fenced planting (reduced bank erosion, shades water when mature (cooler lake inflow))
          • possibly more forests (but that may increase wildfire risk depending on species (eg Port Hills Fire)) 
          • cutting back on the fert
          • regularly check all septic tank systems (cut back on overflows that are nutrient rich)
          • continue periodic flushing of the lake as levels allow
          • not expecting results quickly.
          • Stuart Munro. 4.1.1.2.1

            The do nothing and expect no results quickly is the simplistic approach.

            Comfortable fictions about phosphate origins and reliance on force majeure for flushing to solve anthropogenic problems – it's like nothing ought to be done in respect of any environmental issue.

            NZ needs to develop the skillsets of addressing such problems – and the greatest obstacle is the prevailing do nothing attitude. But she'll be right – someone else will fix it – let the whole world burn.

             

            • Alice Tectonite 4.1.1.2.1.1

              So what do you suggest? Since you think my suggestions are worthless and useless and amount to nothing. It seems that it is you in favour of doing nothing…

              Where do you suggest the increased inflow comes from? 

              So according to you erosion has nothing to do with sedimentation and reducing will have no impact …

              • Stuart Munro.

                "So according to you erosion has nothing to do with sedimentation and reducing will have no impact …"

                Putting words in my mouth won't fix the lake. 
                 
                As I said before – more inflow, less nutrients. These can be achieved in a number of ways.

                • Alice Tectonite

                  That statement follows from you dismissing everything I said as "nothing" & "fictions".

                  Things that are irrelevant nothings (apparently):

                  • land use change reducing erosion (riverside planting, forests on slopes) reducing sedimentation (also reduces background phosphate levels)
                  • cutting back on fert (reducing additional phosphate)
                  • making sure private sewerage systems function properly (reducing additional phosphate + other nutrients)
                  • wetland vegetation around lake margins helping take up of nutrients already in the system

                  So I repeat: what do you suggest instead? Particularly in the line of quick easy solutions.

                  • Stuart Munro.

                    The assertion that the principal source of phosphates eutrophying Forsyth is erosion is frightfully convenient for those seeking to deflect enquiry from intensification.

                    Certainly some planting should be undertaken to control erosion, but it should also be done more broadly to rebuild the hydrology. And if existing streams are showing nutrient levels – and it really doesn't take much to create blooms – then some kind of biofilter planting needs to happen also. Intensive farming without water treatment is undesirable.

                    Algal blooms often occur in low oxygen environments, and further deoxygenate the water, depleting the diversity of zooplanktons that have some balancing effect on the algae. So something in the way of aerating devices is desirable – wind or solar pumps with venturi sprays or the like.

                    It's typically a 20 to 30 year window for hydrological planting to generate significant improvements – northern hemisphere forestry figures so it may be possible to do better with local growth rates.

                    Other possible sources of fresh water may need to be considered – membrane desalination is to be avoided due to toxic brine output, but saltwater greenhouses have proven economically viable in Australia, and produce a modest surplus of fresh water. There is flat land near the lake and near the sea suitable for such use.

                    The toxic algae are typically cyanobacteria, it should be possible to suppress their growth by growing and harvesting competing non-toxic water weed, which might find a use as fodder or as a compost base.

                     

                     

                     

          • marty mars 4.1.1.2.2

            Some reasonable points in there. Waiwera is important for so many reasons – some background

            Wairewa means water lifted up. Te Roto o Wairewa was the last lake to be dug out by the legendary Rākaihautū. On completion, he thrust his famous kō (digging stick) into Horomaka Banks Peninsula) forming Tuhiraki (Mt Bossu), this act constituted the lifting up.

            Traditionally, Māori have sole eel fishing rights on this lake.

            One of two customary Lakes in NZ

            Today the lake is land locked and is significantly shallower as a result of the conversion of the landscape to pastureland and a subsequent reduction in its water retaining capacity. Similar problems have developed at nearby Waihora.

            In the past, Wairewa provided a rich supply of tuna to Māori communities who did not have their own sources. The harvesting and preparation of tuna at Wairewa continues today though numbers are greatly reduced.

            …The Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998 has seen the recognition of Ngāi Tahu’s mana in relation to Wairewa and guaranteed tribal involvement in the future management of the site. The rehabilitation of Te Roto o Wairewa is a major focus for the Wairewa Rūnanga today.

            https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/ti-kouka-whenua/wairewa/

            I can attest to the dedication of the Rūnanga in wanting Waiwera to once again become the clean and fresh food basket for the people – the mana of Waiwera is important for all Ngāi Tahu as well as all the people of this land. No one there is not thinking of how to improve it.

  5. WeTheBleeple 5

    Governments are gearing up – not to fight climate change – but to fight climate activism. They'll use their considerable powers to deny progress and ultimately destroy civilisation. They'll pit armies against populace, full scale revolution is almost a given.

    Sensibly they could stop being capitalist/neolib/fascist/totalitarian scumbags but they will not. Cowardice has them frozen in place, but they will not save their own bacon as they are too stupid to see the only way forward is to move on climate change right now.

    Soy is destroying the Amazon. Trumps trade/tariff war is raising demand as silos of grain rot in the US. Corporate interests are buying up millions of acres and burning them for cropland to feed China's pigs. There is no reasoning with these people, but they must be stopped.

    • Robert Guyton 5.1

      Been this way for 10 000 years. 

      Revolutions haven't even slowed its progress.

      It's a virus spreading across the petri-dish that is our planet.

      It's our culture.

  6. Sabine 6

    Maybe we simply need to realise that we are all dead men/women walking. All of us are closer to death then we were ever to life 🙂 

    and maybe if we were to stop being so afraid of death we could finally start living. 

    But until then we will shop, eat crap food, wear slave labour clothes, live in rubbish housing, drive single occupancy trucks, and expect our kids to do more than we ever did with less – cause when we are done ain't nothing left over for them. 

    this fire is the direct result of someone stating that the forest needs to go in order to make money and profit. Sometimes the people that we elect really are the fuckwits that they seem to be. And maybe voting for someone cause he is gonna put all those 'others' in their god given places is not hte best choice. 

  7. Geez,.. its a political hot potato in the Amazon,… the farmers, Bolsonaro and his business fetish .. and USA ties, loggers and miners,… I can see why some dirt farmers and logging company's over there do it… but ultimately they are supporting western capitalist ideology. Particularly that of the cancerous neo liberal variety.

    But will anybody think of the trees ? 

    What about the trees ?!!?

    What about the wildlife and the massive ecosystem it supports ?!!?

    What about tribes who still live there? – do they want their homelands burnt down FFS???

    Bloody hell , Y'all !!!!

    It should rankle anyone who doesn't like brick and mortar and straight lines and gleaming stainless and wall to wall glass . The next time you see a family of Pukeko's meander across your lawn as of a morning in suburbia,.. just remember they have a home too. And it aint in your damn double garage !!! And just like the family of Pukeko's who used to grace my lawn and respond back when I chatted to them have gone in the last 2 years ( I fear the worst , – suburbia, I hate it ! ),.. once those huge forests are gone its pretty much kaput.

    Now I'm not a greenie, and I'm not so sure I'm a real climate change believer myself,… not really taking on board all the wild and fantasical claims that have been levelled over the last 20 years,… and I have some good reasons for that,… but I do find myself  naturally allied in an oblique sort of way with that movement, – within reason. 

    Environmentalists, bushmen , those who work land in an observant ans sensible way and those brought up in those environs… tend to see a common merging of the minds in some matters.

    No wonder the Aliens give us wide birth and don't disclose themselves !!!

    Third stone from the sun- Jimy Hendrix ( Reverse) – YouTube

    Oh , and in case you think I'm being tongue in cheek and taking the piss ( I am in a way)

    Here's Nick Pope, former MoD for Britain , who was charged to investigate strange phenomena … and if someone not from here wants those Pukeko's alive as pets and can treat them and our forests better than we do ? .. well hey !

    Whats our legacy really going to be?

    Nick Pope on UFO sightings, the Navy and Pentagon | New York Post

  8. johnm 8

    Scientists Have Been Underestimating the Pace of Climate Change

    A book entitled Discerning Experts explains why—and what can be done about it

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/scientists-have-been-underestimating-the-pace-of-climate-change/

  9. Aint gonna end that way, Johmn…

    It wont be climate change that'll do us in, though that will exacerbate it. Famine will be a symptom ,… but this vid below is what will end our days.

    The United west under a central global governmental and economic order against Russia and the Arab states, – and finally , China coming in from the east. Its all there in the Book of Revalation's. Thousands of years before the nuclear age.

     

    Atomic Bomb explosion – Close Up – YouTube

  10. johnm 10

    [deleted]

    https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=Y9MQGRI8N48&t=129s

    [johnm, stop spamming.

    Also, if you are cutting and pasting from off site you HAVE to make it clear which parts of your comments are a quote. There are lots of ways to do that.

    You’ve been warned about both these issues before and ffs, you’re only just back from your last ban.

    We’re now into wasting moderator time territory. I’m dumping your other comments here into trash, because I don’t want to spend time reviewing them or editing.

    You’re now in premod and you’ll be there until I see obvious change in your behaviour. If you return to spamming and plagariasing expect a long ban. If you respond badly to this moderation, or ignore it, expect a long ban – weka]

    • Robert Guyton 10.1

      Johnm – watching Roger Hedges once is enough, surely! His message is crystal clear.

      Why on earth would you want us to repeat the experience and why are you punishing yourself with repeated viewings?

    • weka 10.2

      johnm, mod note for  you above.

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    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
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    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
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    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
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    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    10 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
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    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
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    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
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    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
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    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
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    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
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    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
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    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
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    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
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    3 weeks ago

  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
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    32 mins ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Resource management reform options released
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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    1 day ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
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  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
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  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
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  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
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