March for Science

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In the world of post-truth politics, science is under attack. The March for Science is an international movement to fight back:

The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.

It’s time to get off the sidelines and make a difference.

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.

The March for Science is a celebration of science. It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.

Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?

There is no Planet B. Join the #MarchForScience.

March for Science NZ is on Twitter, Facebook, and and the web:

Science, not silence

We, the people, march for science and knowledge to be reaffirmed as fundamental to the democratic decision making that supports society in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We add our voices to the chorus supporting US and international scientists who oppose recent political events that damage and undermine science and its use in the public interest.

We stand in solidarity with those academics, scientists, and public servants in Turkey and the US (and other places) whose expertise is questioned because it is politically expedient to do so.

We gather together, as citizens of the planet, to march on Earth Day, 22 April 2017, as planned changes to the management and storage of climate change data in the US, and attempts to silence scientists, have brought the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight.

Climate change, earthquake resilience and freshwater quality are only a few of the serious issues that depend on science and knowledge to protect the New Zealand public: it is not for scientists that we march, but to protect and insist on the ways in which science and knowledge are a shared human good. Scientists are often uncomfortable with making political protests, in the belief that scientific evidence should not be affected by political choices. There may be a range of policy positions and prioritisations that are rational responses to scientific data – for example the kinds of policy choices that will be necessary in formulating a global response to the problem of climate change. However: political decisions to ignore or undermine the provision of scientific data require a response.

We believe that the March for Science in New Zealand must be non-partisan. We welcome participants from, and supporters of, any political party in New Zealand – what we march for is the ability to make good, long-term policy through multi-lateral agreement, on the basis of respect for knowledge and evidence. To move towards this goal, we need to stand for the values of science – together. We wish to absolutely clear that the March is open to all who care about what science stands for – both nationally and internationally.

On this day we ask all political parties and employers of scientists and researchers to commit to honour the principles of scientific integrity.

The NZ events are:

Auckland
The Auckland March will take place in the afternoon of the 22 April, from the bottom of Queen St to the Albert Park Band Rotunda. More details TBC – please check the Facebook event!

Wellington
The Wellington March will end at … where else?  The Beehive.  Watch the Facebook event for more information.

palmerston north
Meeting 11 am, The Square – more details to come on the Facebook event page

Christchurch
The Christchurch March will be from 10 am, from outside the Canterbury Museum, down Worchester Street, to Cathedral Square. More on Facebook

dunedin
The Dunedin event will be at Otago Museum Reserve from 11am-2pm, with music, a science show, food, speakers and more! Check Facebook for more details of the programme.

queenstown
In Queenstown, there will be a distinctly Wakatipu event – stay tuned for updates.

Governments and vested interests can try and ignore facts, but it won’t end well. Facts will have the last laugh. Get along to an event near you if you can, and stand up for science!


Further coverage:
March for Science: Organisers look to the positive
NZ scientists: why we march this Saturday
Thousands to march for science on Saturday

https://twitter.com/ScienceMarch_NZ/status/852663983391637505

100 comments on “March for Science ”

  1. NZJester 1

    In the US Science is also under attack in some of their schools with Darwinism made illegal to teach in favor of creationism by schools and states under the thumb of right-wing Christians. Religious zealots have always tried to deny science. A lot of those same people that deny climate change also deny the theory of the evolution of species by natural selection.

    • saveNZ 1.1

      That is what happens with Charter schools!

      Coming to a NZ town near you with the Natz, along with alternative facts and statistics from housing to water quality!

      • dukeofurl 1.1.1

        I saw a TV program recently about ‘wild animals’, the usual sort of thing. But was talking changes in generations due ‘lamarckism’- the discredited alternative to darwinism.
        They didnt use that word, but suggested that certain desirable traits were ‘handed down from parent to offspring’
        Of course its random mutations that offspring have that are favoured for their species advantage. ( I hope I have that explanation right)

        • simbit 1.1.1.1

          Actually the most exciting thing in biological ‘inheritance’ is epigenetic transfer. Lamark was right, just didn’t know why…

          • dukeofurl 1.1.1.1.1

            Im surprised by that . This is way outside my basic knowledge so I looked up some reliable info.
            Seems Epigenetics means different things to different people
            https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4391566/
            ‘Understanding why some genes are turned on or off is certainly less mysterious now than when the field of epigenetics was born, largely because of the identification of regulatory gene–gene and gene–protein interactions. These findings go a long way to explain the changes in gene expression that Waddington termed epigenetics,…”

            • simbit 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Oh I’m not defending Lamarck, that was a little facetious of me. In my field (DRR and emergency management) we have been hearing evidence of intergenerational transfer of trauma. I’m outta NZ now but there was an article on earthquake babies who were in utero in 2011. Similar thing (but not claiming that is technically epigenetic transfer).

              • Incognito

                The Liggins Institute has been beating the drum for years now that what happens in the womb is a determining factor for the rest of your life, at least the first years of it.

                During early life, both in the womb and in the early years of postnatal development, the environment interacts with the genome to determine life-long disease risk. Understanding how the environment alters gene expression, for example through epigenetic modifications to the genome, could help us design interventions to decrease the risk of disease in later life.

                http://www.liggins.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/research-themes/determinants-of-a-healthy-life.html

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.2

            Epigentics is the way that the same gene responds to different environmental factors.

            • The New Student 1.1.1.1.2.1

              I must correct you slightly DTB: you are describing plain old gene regulation, which includes sequence-specific mechanisms of control. I was taught that epigenetics implies sequence-independent mechanisms of gene regulation. I say imply because “Some employ epigenetics to explain changes in gene expression, others use it to refer to transgenerational effects and/or inherited expression states” (Deans & Maggert, 2015)

              The genetic code of a given organism is a book, each gene has its own separate chapter. Limiting who has access to which chapter, and at what time they may access that chapter, even how much of that chapter may be accessed, is gene regulation. Some of these access mechanisms depend on the actual content of the chapter in question (sequence-dependent), while others do not (sequence-independent; epigenetic). All access mechanisms, sequence-dependent or otherwise, are influenced by environmental cues.

              While ‘epigenetics’ has unfortunately acquired buzzword status, It is great that this subject is being talked about so widely. It is up to the scientific community to get on with it and nail down some concrete definitions, so that both non- and scientists may be clearly informed, rather than confused. Not doing so does us all a bit of a disservice.

              BTW the cite is the link given by Duke of Earl, good read.

              This one is ok: opinionated, but a simple explanation referencing a critical analysis published in Cell: http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2014/03/end_the_hype_over_epigenetics__lamarckian_evolution.html

              • Incognito

                Epigenetics is very complex, hard to study, but immensely fascinating.

                For example, there are anti-cancer drugs that act at the epigenetic level by switching on genes that have been silenced through epigenetic changes such as DNA methylation – the drugs are DNA methylation inhibitors. The switch-on acts as a trigger on other genes and so on to kill the cancer cells.

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

          • Incognito 1.1.1.1.3

            If you have time on your hands, are truly interested, and have a scientific background:

            Lamarck rises from his grave: parental environment-induced epigenetic inheritance in model organisms and humans

            http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/brv.12322/full

      • tuppence shrewsbury 1.1.2

        Have you got a single shred of proof for that statement? has a single charter school in New Zealand taught creationism instead of darwinism? sounds

        We don’t have the same fundamental religious stupidity in New Zealand as the states does. There is a pragmatic streak far too common and wide in all New Zealanders for creationism to be accepted over darwinism. I’d believe that all humans aren’t created equal is taught in some schools in New Zealand however.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.2.1

          all humans aren’t created equal

          In a universe (such as this one) where your height, hair colour, and gender significantly affect your earning potential, manifestly, they are not.

          In a universe (such as this one) where your educational potential depends upon your parents’ income, manifestly, they are not.

          Perhaps you are referring to some as yet non-existent Utopia.

          • tuppence shrewsbury 1.1.2.1.1

            ah the words of a short, fat ugly man. taking your anger out on the keyboard again in a fit of rage that the world has dealt you and unfair hand?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Since you asked, no, I’m quite content with my personal situation.

              It seems to me that my rebuttal has upset you and now you are lashing out, attacking me, because you haven’t got an argument.

              You could have said that despite accidents of birth, people are equal before the law, for example, but no, you decided to throw a tanty instead 🙂

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      Religious zealots have always tried to deny science.

      Actually, in their early years both Xianity and Islam were both in the forefront of scientific discovery. It has only been in the last few centuries that that has reversed to the point where they’re now denying the conclusions of science. This is because science, as it developed, pretty much proved a lot of their basic assumptions wrong.

      • DoublePlusGood 1.2.1

        Well, they’ve also been on the forefront of opposing science, as Bruno and Galileo attest to.

      • NZJester 1.2.2

        Well I did say “Religious zealots” and not Christians or Muslim in my statement as there is a lot of difference between a True Christian or Muslim and Zealot who claims to be Christian or Muslim. Some of those right-wing so-called Christians in the US are terrorists, bigots or Nazis hiding behind a false claim to be Christian. They search the religious texts for the slightest thing they can claim is a reason to discriminate, while ignoring the vast amount of information saying why you should not discriminate. They forgive people in their circle for adultery, spouse abuse, sexually abusing children and committing murder but say it is totally unforgivable for people to be gay.

  2. Stunned mullet 2

    I wonder if there’ll be a looney counter protest from the climate change deniers, anti fluoridation nutters and the anti immunization whoopsees ?

    • gsays 2.2

      It’s funny you should say that, when reading the post, my first thought was some scientists have been pioneers in post truth behaviour.

    • One Two 2.3

      I suspect you know little to nothing about the three subjects you used as a prop, to illustrate the level you’re at…

      Looney, deniers, nutters

      That’s your level!

      • stunned mullet 2.3.1

        I suspect you interfere with goats.

        • McFlock 2.3.1.1

          That’s just operating at a higher level, you lack the cognizance to understand…

      • Draco T Bastard 2.3.2

        No, that would be the level of the nutters as in the fact that they really don’t know what they’re talking about.

    • tuppence shrewsbury 2.4

      Most people who believe that humans are not the sole cause of climate change would refuse to be associated the anti fluoride and anti vaxx bunch. Those two causes practise science akin to creationism.

      Debating the cause of climate change doesn’t make people nuts or wrong, just sceptical of being told about “consensus”. It’s not the same as incontrovertible facts.

  3. saveNZ 3

    It’s the manipulation of Science (often by governments and corporations) that needs to come under scrutiny.

    • dukeofurl 3.1

      I remember well from one of my classes at a 3rd year level at university, the Professor was adamant a particular textbook was ‘wrong’ on some item. Recent lectures could be saying ‘both were wrong ‘?

      Scientists will often disagree on many things but saveNZ is right when there is outright manipulation by government of science.

      Nick Smiths travesty of truth over the swim- able/wade-able rivers was the most recent example

    • simbit 3.2

      Anyone remember Peter Gluckman finding cold and flu medicine- the stuff that actually worked (ie with the pseudoephedrine) – should be banned as it was a precursor to methamphetamine? I mean he was right but sheez, didn’t stop the manufacturing of P and the average citizen loses a good medicine.

      • Andre 3.2.1

        However it did improve quality of life and workplace safety for pharmacists who no longer had to deal with lowlifes trying to get pseudoephedrine by any means.

        That full legalisation of all psychoactive substances is a much better way to tackle that problem is a whole separate argument.

        • simbit 3.2.1.1

          While I’d hesitate to label pseudoephedrine hunters ‘lowlifes’ – poor people in a bad situation – by that argument we should get rid of bar sales so barstaff aren’t subject to abuse.

          But yes, a revamp of legislation on things that make you hmmmm is needed.

  4. Bill 4

    Get the profit motive completely removed from funding considerations and burn down any and all who would gag those seeking to pass on scientific knowledge, or who would seek to diminish or confuse the message from science and scientists by trundling out any thoroughly dishonest and politically motivated concept of ‘balance’.

    • weka 4.1

      There goes most medical research. But then given how much medical research is now corrupted we could probably do a with a big drop in quantity if it meant an improvement in quality.

      • Bill 4.1.1

        That’s faulty logic. Not having profit as a determinant factor for funding does not mean that funding doesn’t go to potentially profitable research.

        I also think you’d have to explain what you mean by ‘corrupted’. I suspect you’re confusing the unscientific use of scientific data or method (by business, or corporates or who-ever) with scientific data.

        Scientific findings can be wrong and can be disproved or improved upon – it’s kind of what ‘scientific endeavour’ is all about.

        Mis-using scientific findings or misapplying a scientific method is a completely different kettle of fish that’s driven, not by a quest for knowledge or understanding, but (often) a quest for profit or influence. (A lot of the pseudo -scientific shite to do with diet or drugs, to pick two examples, falls under the mis-use category)

        • weka 4.1.1.1

          “I also think you’d have to explain what you mean by ‘corrupted’. I suspect you’re confusing the unscientific use of scientific data or method (by business, or corporates or who-ever) with scientific data.”

          Nope. It’s a very well known phenomena that medical science is rife with corruption at the researcher and peer review level. Some might object to that particular descriptor, but ‘fake science’ is an actual thing. I’ll post examples when I get a moment.

          “Not having profit as a determinant factor for funding does not mean that funding doesn’t go to potentially profitable research.”

          Not sure what you mean there. Profit is the major determiner of the quantity of medical research. If you mean that the govt or NGOs could fund more research than they already do and that could then be used to generate monetary profit, I’m not sure what the point is. I’m using the word profit here to mean excess wealth for the sake of accumulating wealth.

          • Grafton Gully 4.1.1.1.1

            The Cochrane Collaboration does not use “fake science”.

            http://www.cochrane.org/

          • Incognito 4.1.1.1.2

            I’m most interested in your examples.

          • AB 4.1.1.1.3

            I’m assuming Weka you mean the influence of pharma industry money in determining what research gets done, how trials are designed and how the results get reported. Agree with that, but I do think that we should distinguish the clinical trial methodology itself from its corrupt application.
            The methodology itself is very useful.

            • weka 4.1.1.1.3.1

              I agree, although if the methodology is able to be corrupted in this way, then there is something seriously wrong with the culture and probably the methodology. I’d have less of a problem if people stopped holding it up as the gold standard and instead saw it as one of a range of tools that is useful or not depending on how it is used. Then we can look at which research is valid and which isn’t instead of having to wade through so much denial about the problems.

              • Incognito

                Medical research is not simply running trials. For example, check out the research funded by the Auckland Medical Research Foundation:

                http://www.medicalresearch.org.nz/

                Please show some evidence that pharma industry money determines what research gets done here in New Zealand and why this is problematic.

                • weka

                  I haven’t said that medical research is only running trials. Nor have I made any claims about NZ.

                  • Incognito

                    Then please explain yourself better. You made some statements such as “It’s a very well known phenomena that medical science is rife with corruption” and “but ‘fake science’ is an actual thing”.

                    You also said “I’m using the word profit here to mean excess wealth for the sake of accumulating wealth”. If this doesn’t imply pharma industry I don’t know what it does imply.

                    AB connected this to running trials with pharma influence and you agreed, or should I say you didn’t disagree.

                    I am asking you and AB for clarification and the promised examples and how this is relevant to the situation here in New Zealand. I think these are perfectly legitimate questions given what you have said so far particularly today.

                    • weka

                      I’m thinking about doing a post on it, so I have something I can refer back to. But honestly, the problems with medical science are so well known and written about by medical science writers that I’m reluctant to start dropping links to someone who appears to not be even aware of the problem. Yes my language is blunt and it’s possible someone may want to pull me up on that, but the basic premises are not in dispute.

                      Of course big pharma influences what research gets down. Drug research in particular is expensive and big pharma exist because of that. I’m not even sure why I would need to back that up.

                      “and the promised examples and how this is relevant to the situation here in New Zealand.”

                      Who has said anything about NZ other than you?

                    • The New Student

                      RetractionWatch is always an interesting read:
                      http://retractionwatch.com/

                    • weka

                      that will shatter a few illusions.

                  • Incognito

                    Sorry weka, I probably come across as an ignorant belligerent fool but all I am asking is for you to support your claims and use less sloppy imprecise language. You also seem to be rather convinced (!) of your own ideas on medical research, etc., so I look forward to your post on it. If you like I am happy to assist by proofreading, for example.

                    You said @ 4.1.1.1 “I’ll post examples when I get a moment”. These are the examples I have repeatedly asked for and they remain elusive but it can wait till your post.

                    Yes, it was me who asked for the New Zealand context, if possible. If you cannot provide a local context that’s fine too but since we live in this country you could make it more relevant for the Kiwis who read TS.

                    Retraction Watch is awesome reading but is perhaps not quite what you think. If you read their first post you’ll be better informed; they are no corruption hunters as such:

                    Retractions are born of many mothers. Fraud is the most titillating reason, and mercifully the most rare, but when it happens the results can be devastating.

                    First, science takes justifiable pride in the fact that it is self-correcting — most of the time. Usually, that just means more or better data, not fraud or mistakes that would require a retraction.

                    If highlighting retractions will give journalists more tools to uncover fraud and misuse of funds, we’re happy to help.[all bolds are mine]

                    http://retractionwatch.com/2010/08/03/why-write-a-blog-about-retractions/

  5. Excellent. Hopefully the take-up will extend far enough for the Green Party to become willing to listen to scientists about genetic engineering. It would be a shame to swap out a science-hostile National government for a Labour/Green one with its own science-hostile features.

    • One Two 5.1

      Should they ‘listen’ to the scientists on the payroll and research funding ‘grants’ from Monsanto, Syngenta et al?

      Those ‘scientists’ ?

      Likey to be the same ‘scientists’ who have duped the likes of yourself, because you know…’the science’ and stuff!

      • stunned mullet 5.1.1

        There are clearly various levels of evidence varying from very large data set peer reviewed findings of significance down to the ravings or persons like yourself and Colonic Viper on the interwebs.

      • Psycho Milt 5.1.2

        Should they ‘listen’ to the scientists on the payroll and research funding ‘grants’ from Monsanto, Syngenta et al?

        If the research stacks up. However, most of the NZ scientists they should listen to about genetic engineering are working for publicly funded research institutes and universities, which shouldn’t be a problem.

        • gsays 5.1.2.1

          Hi PM,
          The scientists that have you believing this?

          “The dairy cows don’t have to be – glyphosate is a herbicide, it has very low toxicity as far as animals are concerned. The water table isn’t likely to be affected either. Which is why it’s a common practice.”

          • Psycho Milt 5.1.2.1.1

            Toxicity isn’t a matter of belief, it’s measurable and is measured.

            • simbit 5.1.2.1.1.1

              It was Paracelsus – a habitual pisshead according to Wikipedia – who gave us insight into what toxicity is (ie dose-dependent), it is subjective by which I mean different genomes of the same species will have different tolerance. I’d imagine different ecosystems will have different tolerance to, say, Roundup.

              It’s complicated. Science is a constellation of methods for unpacking complexity. And science is a social activity. I’ve met lots of scientists, hell, I’M a scientist. We’re just people. I’m sure Shakespeare sez it better somewhere…

              • I guess “measurable” makes it sound more precise than it is, but even blunt-instrument stuff like LD50 is a measurement. And Roundup especially has had the shit measured out of it, because hippies.

                • Incognito

                  Strictly speaking, LD50 is not measured but calculated/estimated from empirical data.

                  Many so-called ‘measurements’ are actually derived from actual empirical data. For example, take speed; you cannot measure speed as such but you can measure distance travelled per given time and divide the two. Heisenberg had something interesting to say about that 😉

                  All measurements come with measurement errors and these propagate into derived ‘measures’ and so on.

                  • Andre

                    Oh Christ, a metrology pedant.

                    • Incognito

                      And your point is Andre? Ironic that you have call upon JC. I presume you’re not marching today.

                    • Andre

                      If I’ve ever had a more painfully boring task than shepherding a product through OIML certification, I’ve successfully suppressed the memory.

                      Facebook sez the Auckland march has been cancelled.

                    • Incognito

                      I can honestly say I have never had to experience what you had to with metrology but I am still puzzled why you called me names. Never mind, let’s move on, shall we?

                      I did not know you’re based in Auckland, did I?

        • KJT 5.1.2.2

          Psychic. Are you aware of how science funding works in New Zealand, these days?
          Yet another right wing fuckup.

          • Psycho Milt 5.1.2.2.1

            I am aware of how science funding works in NZ, yes. And y’all are illustrating my point nicely – science denial is rife on both the left and the right, and involves pretty much the same tactics.

            • KJT 5.1.2.2.1.1

              You will be aware then, that funding depends on the perceived value of future commercial applications. I.E. “If it don’t make money”, it is not funded.

              • Sometimes that’s the main criterion, yes. Sometimes it isn’t a criterion at all, especially in the universities. And that’s true of science as a whole, not just genetic engineering. You did notice the OP was about a march in support of science, right? The march is in response to politicians rejecting science that doesn’t suit their agenda – which side of that fight do you want to be on?

    • KJT 5.2

      Some of us look at who funds and controls the research, as well as the conclusions.
      Admittedly, that is difficult when so much is paywalled in journals.

      • McFlock 5.2.1

        Could maybe go old school and visit a library?

      • Incognito 5.2.2

        Please enlighten us as to what some of us have concluded.

        • KJT 5.2.2.1

          That who pays for research, the size and design of the study, sample size and per-conceptions need to be taken into account, when assessing the accuracy of reported results.

          For example, a sample of 100 saying coffee is bad for you, funded by a tea company, is much less likely to be unbiased and accurate, than something like the Dunedin longitudinal study.

          Unfortunately, the general public doesn’t have easy access to the journal articles that detail this information. (though, they should have as so much is State funded). They are forced to rely on “Journalists”, and web sites, who are often profoundly ignorant, about the science they are reporting.

          Research on GMO’s is mostly funded by companies who stand to benefit from it.
          A cautionary approach, as the Greens advocate, is totally sensible in the light of our incomplete knowledge.

          Different from the right wings persistence with an economic and social approach, which has failed in the real world for over 30 years, to deliver the claimed results.
          That is truly ignoring evidence!

          • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.2.1.1

            That who pays for research, the size and design of the study, sample size and per-conceptions need to be taken into account, when assessing the accuracy of reported results.

            And? If there’s one thing that anti-vaxxers (or say, Rodney Hide) teach us it’s that individuals are very very shit at assessing the accuracy of available science.

            On the one hand you’ve the conflicts of interest inherent in the funding model, and on the other, the conflicts of interest inherent in wishful reckons (often inspired by people who want to sell you a book, or a seat at one of eg: Mr. Andrew Wakefield’s speaking engagements).

            Academic papers routinely list the authors’ potential conflicts of interest. Wishful dupes, not so much.

          • Psycho Milt 5.2.2.1.2

            Research on GMO’s is mostly funded by companies who stand to benefit from it.

            Not in this country it ain’t. To the extent that it happens at all, due to fervent opposition from renowned irrationalists like Steffan Browning, it’s carried out almost entirely by public institutions.

          • Incognito 5.2.2.1.3

            Hi KJT,

            Thanks for your reply; I was not expecting one TBH.

            Acknowledging where the funding came from and declaring potential conflicts of interest do not, by themselves, make a published study more or less biased or accurate. It is simply a signal for editors, reviewers, and all the readers that there may have been other factors that may have influenced parts of the published study and/or that there may have been bias that has not been appropriately controlled and adjusted for.

            Most self-respecting and reputable scientific journals have it as mandatory policy to acknowledge funding source(s) and declare potential conflicts of interest. In addition, they often demand an author contribution, e.g. who did what for the study.

            Access to scientific articles has been a huge problem also for academic institutions because of the very expensive subscriptions. As you correctly point out this is indefensible given that much of the research is funded through Public Good funds, i.e. (in)directly by the Taxpayers.

            There certainly have been actions to address this, e.g. PubMed Central https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ and you may want to read their FAQ, especially this one https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/about/faq/#q17

            And then there’s Open Access https://sparcopen.org/open-access/

            So, it is not all bad but there is always room for improvement! The scientific publishers have a lot to answer for and arguably they wield as much if not more power than pharma industry on what studies get undertaken and published, etc. The publishers also have a role to play in the quality control of the published work; a role they have been somewhat reluctant to accept.

            Lastly, your statement about GMOs with regard to the funders is misguided, especially in New Zealand. GMOs have become a major tool and model in biomedical research and this is clearly not “mostly funded by companies who stand to benefit from it”. Most likely you have something more specific in mind but you should articulate this with more precise language rather than using hand waving statements that obfuscate issues.

  6. One Anonymous Bloke 6

    I’d prefer scientists figured out how to destroy right wing behaviour rather than marching in protest of it.

  7. Augustus 7

    Some are trying

    Edit: Meant as a reply to 6

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      Lucky individuals get lucky. Meanwhile, right wing behaviour costs lives.

      • BM 7.1.1

        You’re such an old bore.

        I do wonder if you’re not a bot though, a serious amount of repetition in your postings.

        Blah blah something about the amygdala, end, repeat.

      • Johan 7.1.2

        Yes indeed, there must be some medication for all these RWNJ with their reptilian brains. A good dose should to shrink this overly active greed center to normal.

  8. timeforacupoftea 8

    More likely a activist march for public purse, suck on gov’t tit, meanwhile our children starve and no warm dry night shelter.

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    15 hours ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy
    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    15 hours ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)
    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    18 hours ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19
    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    21 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    24 hours ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024
    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 day ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure
    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Tobacco First
    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.
    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024
    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    2 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.
    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    2 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.
    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    2 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again
    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?
    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    2 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network
    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!
    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat
    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Some changes are coming
    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • About fucking time
    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking
    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.
    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?
    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.
    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent
    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac
    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation
    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...
    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz
    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    4 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again
    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister
    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    4 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.
    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16
    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16
    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother
    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?
    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    5 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)
    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1
    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor
    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15
    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ
    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    6 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Questions from God
    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence
    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    7 days ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Women in Space.
    Count downThree twoI wonderIf I'll ever see you againI'm 'bout to take offI'm leaving youBut maybeI'll see you around somewhere some placeI just need some spaceA brief reminder that if you’re a Gold Card holder you can subscribe to Nick’s Kōrero for 20% off. You’re also welcome to use this ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Dems need to ask the right question about Biden as his age now defines the campaign
    Midway through the news conference that many American political commentators had built up as critical to Joe Biden’s re-election chances, the US president said European leaders are not asking him not to run for a second term, “they’re saying you gotta win”.The problem for Biden and his advisors is that ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    7 days ago

  • Update on global IT outage
    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership
    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns
    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'
    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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