My morning thoughts on the night before

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, September 21st, 2014 - 34 comments
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It will take a flax roots, bottom-up, community-based movement to rebuild democracy and a fair, caring and sustainable society.

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The NACT, Whale Oil, Kiwiblog, Lusk, MSM-linked, two track strategy worked for the right.  It has been seeded in over a few years, and won’t be dismantled in a couple of months.

The attempts to mass mobilise disengaged voters doesn’t seem to have worked.

KDC’s top down, backed-with-money, short-term approach didn’t work.

I hope we will see the Mana movement get back to basics and continue to work in and with communities.

I was pleased to see the Greens pretty much held their vote. Last night Russel Norman tweeted.

We DO need, now more than ever, a new kind of, 21st century, strong, public service media: one that inter-links on and offline capabilities.

Last night’s TV coverage showed a lot that was wrong with our MSM coverage of politics. Helen kelly tweeted:

Maori TV had the best coverage, and didn’t follow the traditional masculine approach to politics.  They had a diversity of voices, and an in depth perspective on important issues.  They had women leading the coverage, where the other channels were very male dominated, apart from a token woman or two – and a token leftie or two?  In short, a very narrow range of perspectives.

Lisa Owen stands out as having real potential on TV3.

A movement and momentum for change does not happen overnight.  The inequality gap is out there as an important and urgent issue; ditto for poverty, the TPP, the over-reach of state surveillance agencies in the service of transnational corporates, the need for fairness at work, dirty politics, …. etc, etc.

I will be continuing to focus on the important of community-based values, initiatives and bottom-up processes.

Keep calm and stay on the left path.  Together we have strength.

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What Stephanie says about the people who need us to keep working for a better society: one that is governed of, by and for all the people..

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34 comments on “My morning thoughts on the night before”

  1. Jenny 1

    “Keep calm and stay on the left path. Together we have strength.”
    KAROL

    Yes the Left have taken a drubbing, but never mind, time to pick ourselves up off the floor, patch up our wound pride, dust ourselves off, cast around for our friends and allies, and re-enter the fray.

    Lots of work for us to do, no more time for the factional fighting that has proven so destructive for the Left.

    In the spirit of new badly needed Left Unity…..

    The Left opposition needs to start setting the agenda

    First up: Hone Harawira’s ‘Feed The Kids’ bill. This bill to address childhood poverty is still live on the floor of parliament and is likely to be one of the first things on the order paper.

    With the departure of Harawira from parliament, this bill will have to be lobbied and fought for by the other parties of the Left and Centre, NZ First, Labour, The Green and Maori Party, and if possible United Future.

    The government will counter that there is no money for such a program, however within a short time will announce New Zealand’s support for the endless war in the Middle East. The link needs to be made between the fact that there is never any shortage of money and treasure for war, but never any money to feed hungry children, or lift them out of poverty. On behalf of the 100,000 children that struggle to learn on an empty stomach, it is incumbent on Te Ururoa Flavell to pick up this dropped Taiaha, and spearhead this campaign in parliament.

    Second up:

    For the second time the government is again bailing out the technically insolvent Solid Energy, this week the government announced another $103million bail out on top of the $150million the government gave them last year.

    It is not often I agree with the Taxpayer’s Union, but I find myself agreeing with them this time, when the Executive Director of the TU, Jordan Williams says that all parties need to commit to abolishing New Zealand’s culture of corporate “Corporate Welfare”.

    But more than just being an act of corporate welfare this is also a chilling climate crime.

    Despite the huge continual endless bailing out of Solid Energy, the continuing stream of heartless redundancies of mine workers with little compensation, show that the time has well past for the government hear the call made by Gareth Hughes last year, that this money would be better spent paying for a just transition to jobs that don’t fry the planet.

    “Coal is not going to be the fuel of our future if we are to stabilise our climate.

    “New Zealanders and Solid Energy workers need a just transition into more sustainable jobs – jobs that don’t fry the planet.”
    Gareth Hughes October 1, 2013

    And on Thursday the government announced another $8million of the public’s money will be given to help make it easier for people to invest in oil and gas exploration. No doubt this other piece of corporate welfare will have been written at the behest of the fossil fuel industry, worried at the growing international fossil fuel divestment movement.

    This subsidy of the oil company investors using tax payers money is an open slap in the face to the international divestment campaign.

    Business As Usual needs to be opposed

    As John Key declares, “Business As Usual”.
    In response, the combined Left need to make a big showing at the march for the climate in Auckland today. The New Zealand March For Climate is held being in conjunction with similar marches being held in 88 other countries.

    Details Here

    On Monday, the world leaders conference on climate change is being held in New York, unfortunately for us, New Zealand will be embarrassed before the world by being represented at this conference by the National Government.

    The point needs to be made, (here and in New York), that by massively subsidising the coal industry and actively opposing the international divestment movement, New Zealand, from being a world leader on environmental and peace issues, has on climate change, become a world scab for the fossil fuel industry.

  2. ianmac 2

    +1 Karol. Appreciate your tireless work.

  3. Disturbed 3

    Hi Karol,
    Eveready bunny keeps on going.

    They can take my possessions but not my soul.

  4. Reddelusion 4

    Karol you just don’t get it

    It’s not the MSM, it’s not the kiwi voter

    It’s kiwi don’t do old style socialism, it simply does not have a track record and has been totally discredited

    That’s not saying the problems the left and the greens espouse are not real but the way you approach it, your solutions, how you sell them, the lefts holier than though attitude” that only they care”, the hyper bole, the identity politics, the paternal approach to pacific voters, the hate, etc I could go on and on. The lefts problem are within, thats where you need to explore not looking for external reasons for this crushing message kiwi voters communicated to the left last night. Community based politics is all good and well but the silent majority and solutions are not based in these organisation, it simply more of the same

    • karol 4.1

      So many words. So little substance.

      The community based actions do get results. It takes time to build from such flax roots.

      Think Mana movement and the Glen Innes housing protests; Auckland Action Against Poverty and its work with beneficiaries; environmental activism around clean beaches, and anti-mining, etc; anti-TPP protests, Unite, Union activism (eg safety at work in industries like forestry) etc, etc.

      My post is as much about what the left is/can do, as it is about criticising the powerful forces of the right.

      Paternalistic? Flax roots campaigns are about the opposite. And the only demographic where Labour made gains last night was with the Maori-Pasifika vote.

    • Vaughan Little 4.2

      Actually it was socialistic (inasmuch as heavily unionised, heavily redistributive) economies that faced down communist dictatorships in the 20th century.

      Now the track record of the wall street enablers on the other hand…

  5. Potato 5

    I couldn’t agree more and might I add… the successes that we have doing good in our communities must be seen to be in spite of national policy rather than because of it.

  6. JRT 6

    I totally agree, change is going to have to come from grass roots. There is no other option really, the MSM are owned by the corporations and corruption appears to be endemic in government so the voting system may well be corrupted too. Pinning all our hopes on a vote once every three years isn’t going to create the decent society we want.

  7. johnm 7

    IMHO. Privilege, 20% own 70% of all NZ’s wealth,plus the next 20% too , is so entrenched and associated with National this may be the end of NZ’s ability to change tack for an inclusive decent society including the damage the right wing has done and continues to do dating back to the coup detat of Rogernomics. The disenfranchised economically also don’t vote which plays in nicely with the right’s attitude. Types like Paul Henry who complain why is his vote no more significant than a no hoper on the benefit? Greed and self interest have changed us into a miserable money grubbing bunch, the successful one’s worshiping their money trader idol Goldman Sach’s apprentice Key. So much could be done for poorer NZ, a financial transactions tax, a capital gains tax, building more public housing, but no we’ll continue sucking the poison of elitism and its idol, as he runs up astronomical debt plus interest owed to foreign banks and degrades the tax wealth of NZ with tax cuts to those already well orf. He will not intervene to end child poverty something easily done but has no will but rather rubs shoulders with the likes of Slater. Key is basically just a financial playboy.

  8. Yoyo 8

    It will take a flax roots, bottom-up, community-based movement to rebuild democracy and a fair, caring and sustainable society.

    Yes. That’s why people voted National. They care, and they won’t make us bankrupt. Yay.

    • shona 8.1

      Less people votednational than in the last election.( over 48000 less) we are over a$80 billion in debt thanks to Key’s borrowing to fund tax cuts for the rich. Key inherited $ 10 billion in government debt. He has turned that into over $80 billion and robbed the Christchurch rebuild fund to show a surplus on the books which will never eventuate. Can you read statistics? Can you read at all? Can you understand a statement of performance. Key is liar and thoroughly corrupt. Bill English is a thief and a lousy incompetent accountant. National voters are morons.

      • johnm 8.1.1

        Shona
        +100%

      • Yoyo 8.1.2

        Yes. Have been an accountant at one point, so not completely unable to read a balance sheet :-). I think we’ll agree to disagree.

        Specifically, what has Bill English stolen (you call him a thief) and what has Key done that is corrupt?

        • shona 8.1.2.1

          Bill English claimed over $400,00 in accommodation costs over a period of years in parliament for by insisting he was a resident of Dipton. a place he hadn’t lived in for more than 20 years. Then introduced retrospective legislation ably assisted by Key and the Speaker at the time( Lockwood I think) to cover his arse and make his claims legal. Read Dirty Politics and ponder the relationship between Key’s myriad of spin doctors on the top floor of the Beehive and his responsibility for their brief. Where is Jason Ede????
          Key allowed a head of staff to sign off on an OIA request regarding the SIS. Only the head of the SIS can ok such a request. Key has broken the law as head of the SIS.
          Read Blip’s list of Key’s lies on this site. Inform yourself you paid troll and fuck off.
          Read the Werewolf site and Campbell’s 10 valid reasons for not electing a National government this time. What it will do to our country ( even if you can’t give a fuck about the people) natural resources when squandered never come back. And we are all poorer. Money doesn’t solve everything.

        • johnm 8.1.2.2

          Hi YOYO

          Key is rotten with the worship of mammon! Following is an expose of the man narrated by Vinny Eastwood.

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

      • JRT 8.1.3

        Cunliffe made some bad mistakes in the debates by not hammering home the fact that National are not good financial managers, and have left the country in a worse state than when they took over. I like DC as a person, and I think he is the best that Labour have, but I think his political instincts are not as good as they need to be. Hopefully he can get together a team that will help him get the right messages across in the right way. I thought he lost the last debate, he came across as a little too heavy handed, needs to find a way of appearing strong without crossing the line to what some people perceive as arrogance.

        • Chris 8.1.3.1

          The left is also unbelievably stupid when it comes to strategy. They actively go out to destroy a party that will provide extra support to form a government, and in so doing throw away the opportunity to oust a party that gives support to key and his henchman. We deserve what happened last night. We’re too stupid to manage anything better.

      • aerobubble 8.1.4

        Yes. And why, where was, Labour. Day one after the tax cut for the wealthiest.
        If took Parker five years to say that 40% of the value of the tax cut went to the top 10%. But worse, nobody in Labour has dared say the obvious, that Key’s tax cut moved the burden of taxation on to the lower and middle income earners of NZ, and couple with a tax rise, rise in govt debt, and spending drop, all handed a huge 40% to the top 10%. During a NZ recession and a global GFC, Key raided middle and lower NZ. And not one Labour MP dared say it.

    • ploompi 8.2

      They’re already bankrupting us

    • weka 8.3

      “Yes. That’s why people voted National. They care, and they won’t make us bankrupt. Yay.”

      ‘Us’ being the 20% who don’t give a shit about the rest.

  9. Treetop 9

    MMP was the loser.

    Graig played “Million Dollar Minute” and Hone was tarnished by “Million Dollar Minute”.

    Labour did well in the Maori seats because the Maori vote was split between Mana Internet party and the Maori party.

    Peter’s lost due to Graig taking some of New Zealand First party vote.

    Act is sterile without coat tailing.

    United Future is a one man independent which could go either way.

    A year as leader was not long enough for Cunliffe, more focus had to be on the centre voter. Raising NZ Super to 67 also contributed.

  10. Macro 10

    Fiji voted in a dictator, Scotland voted “No” after centuries of struggle to be freed from England, and NZ voted in a known liar and despot who will punish the poor and middle class, impoverish even further the 20% of NZ kids who through no fault of theirs go to school hungry, render our rivers and lakes unusable, and take no action on climate change ensuring that future generations will be have to deal with catastrophe after catastrophe.

    We surely live in the Age of STUPID.

    🙁

    • Yep. It’s amazing the knots that commentators will tie themselves into to avoid the obvious truth that the demos is full of boofheads.

      As for Christchurch, here’s hoping another earthquake flattens the place. They need to be taught a lesson.

      • karol 10.1.1

        Seriously? That’s an awful thing to write.

        A lot of the people most damaged by the quakes have probably already left.

      • The Lone Haranguer 10.1.2

        Tom Jackson,

        I laugh in your face. I would like to think this was your humourless attempt at satire, but I suspect you woke up this morning all bitter and twisted, and that the voters of Christchurch choices actually offend you.

        Well suck it up buttercup.

        There are a whole bunch to the left who woke up this morning, wiped the dust off their clothing from the beating they took last night, and said, “okay we have 1000 days to win the hearts and minds of the voters for next time.”

        Those are the folk who will make the difference.

  11. It will take a flax roots, bottom-up, community-based movement to rebuild democracy and a fair, caring and sustainable society.

    Not. Going. To. Happen.

    Stop deluding yourself. The left weren’t particularly strong this time, but were largely done in by a media campaign against them that lasted over a year, and which we now know involved journalists colluding with political parties and bloggers. It’s all very well to talk about new media institutions being needed, but in the real world, there is effectively zero prospect of that.

    Until Labour reverts to being some Blairist party acceptable to big business, those with the ability to do so will continue to make sure that Labour doesn’t get elected.

    You just need to get real. Colin Crouch was right. If anything is going to help regular people, it’s not going to be democracy, which is hopelessly compromised. By all means continue to waste your time trying.

    • karol 11.1

      A Blairite style victory is no help to the least well off, and the ultimate good of society. It just creates a nominally “left wing” government, that is a place holder until the next right wing government gets in and shifts the culture and politics further to the right again.

      • Karen 11.1.1

        Absolutely correct, Karol.

        Blairites (e.g. Pagani, Cosgrove and Shearer) are already at work claiming Labour’s poor election results were because it had moved leftward. If they get their way, NZ will be shifted further to the right at every subsequent election.

      • Chris 11.1.2

        Precisely.

      • The Lone Haranguer 11.1.3

        I can see what you are saying Karol, but wheres the circuit breaker that will change this. Even Key is talking about no right turn and claiming more of the centre.

        Even the Greens are trying to look a bit centre-ist, and Winston isnt planning to give up that area either, so wheres the room there for Labour?

        • Chris 11.1.3.1

          Key’s always talked about things moderate centrist but the reality is he’s lying hard right right filth. ACT’s job is to make him look moderate therefore acceptable.

      • Craig H 11.1.4

        Sure, but to do anything, you have to get elected. Not being in power means doing very little. That might be a seriously unpleasant dead rat of a message to have to swallow, but far more good can actually be done by getting into power as a CENTRE-left coalition and then incrementally moving left, than by arguing on the outside as a centre-LEFT coalition and never getting elected (and I say that as a Leftie who would love to see a Greens-Labour coalition).

  12. fambo 12

    On the bright side, a lot of National voters are going to be rewarded by losing their right to tea breaks at work. I will as well but at least I will know I wasn’t fool enough to vote for that. So a big hardy ha ha.

    • karol 12.1

      I have a sneaking suspicion that my managers will allow us to keep our teabreaks. They never cut them back from 15-10 minutes. They reckon we need the breaks.

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    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    7 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    1 week ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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