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Nats’ adman an objectivist fruitloop

Written By: - Date published: 3:28 pm, September 7th, 2008 - 33 comments
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If you’ve caught yourself asking why the Nat’s billboards are so bad, then Jafa Pete has the answer. Their adman, Glenn Jameson, is an objectivist. For those of you not familiar with objectivism it’s kind of like a cross between neo-liberalism and Nietzschen fascism (as long as the Nietzsche is read without irony).

Here’s a choice quote from his rant about working for the Nats on solo passion:

In June this year Prime Minister Helen Clark issued a statement on the Mugabe regime in which she urged ‘the United Nations Security Council, regional organisations in Africa, and Zimbabwe’s neighbours to work for the holding of free and fair elections; and call on President Robert Mugabe to step down for the good of his country.’

That she said this without blushing demonstrates just how deep the corruption has seeped.

That’s right people, he thinks Helen Clark is Mugabe. I doubted the Nats would be employing anyone further right than “Iwi/Kiwi” Ansell. It seems I was wrong.

Anyone who has had the misfortune to have to deal with objectivists in their day to day lives will realise that one of their main traits is a desperately earnest belief they are smarter than everyone else which they express in a style that demonstrates the antithesis of this proposition. I guess that’s how “less bureaucrats” slipped through the net.

To be fair to the tories there must have been some vetting of Jameson’s ideas or it’s likely the first billboard would have been “say goodbye to Helen Clark, she’s worst than Hitler.”

I recommend you check out Jameson’s blog. There are some interesting views on ACT (they’re socialist nanny statists), Islam (moderates are more dangerous than terrorists) and of course Helen Clark.

Hat-tip JP

33 comments on “Nats’ adman an objectivist fruitloop”

  1. Tim Ellis 1

    Now this really is a low blow from me irish, and I’ll take the slap for being a troll when I say this, but since this is a fairly partisan rant from you I think it’s a fair cop.

    Lots of people have fruity ideas that are so far out of the mainstream view of the rest of New Zealand, yet otherwise seem quite capable of performing their job.

    Heavens, even our own Prime Minister has been known to have crazy, loopy ideas that stretch credibility, and defend them until the end. Why, just the other day she was saying she thought Winston Peters was an honourable man, whose word she trusted.

  2. haha, i just went to the guy’s blog and in the second post he writes: “Just announced on FOX, McCain has picked Sarah Palin as his running mate, the country’s first female candidate for VP.”

    um, Geraldine Ferraro? Beat Palin to it by 24 years http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geraldine_Ferraro

    based on that and the ‘less bureaucrats’ billboards, I’m guessing the guy makes a lot of mistakes and doesn’t bother much with checking for them.

  3. outofbed 3

    Well I for one am pleased they are using the “fruit loop” Glenn Jameson.
    I was kinda worried what the Nats were going to produce after the excellent campaign last time. But the latest Nats Billboards are too bad to be true. Do you think he is trying to sabotage the Nats campaign ?
    Also Chris Trotter said that the Green billboards were so good that
    they may add 2% to the Green Vote. I guess if that’s true the Nats ones should decrease their vote it by 2%

  4. IrishBill 4

    Tim, that’s not a low blow at all. When I started this post I considered whether or not it was fair to link Jameson’s loopy politics to his work and decided that, as he himself states he’s doing the work to “to help bring an end to the most corrupt government New Zealand has ever seen”, it was a fair call.

  5. bill brown 5

    I thought saying someone in parliament was an honourable member and taking their word was part of “the rules”.

    Isn’t it proper that the PM should follow them?

  6. Tim Ellis 6

    SP, in your last post about an hour ago, where you said that the Standard talks about the really substantial issues that really matter, are the personal views of party workers really very substantial? Does it actually matter what a party’s ad man thinks about Helen Clark? Isn’t it true that while some National Party supporters and activists think Helen Clark is evil incarnate, so do some Labour activists think in similar terms about John Key? And haven’t we seen vitriol from both sides about the various political leaders, from people who should know better?

    IrishBill: Tim, Steve doesn’t speak for me and we don’t have a hive mind. I think the fact that the Nat’s last two admen have been from the extreme right is an interesting fact and one that is salient to the current political discourse as it indicates just how far right National’s broad church runs. If you have any further comment on the uniformity of he standard’s approach I suggest you email us rather than try to take the issue up in our comments section.

  7. Felix 7

    Jameson’s blog.

    Wow.

    That’s all.

  8. I read “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” when I was about 14. The sex was hot and the images of these hyper-talented, benevolent, respectful super-beings were intriguing.

    But then I’d look at the world outside the window of my house and realise it was all fantasy and potentially dangerous fantasy. After all, these super-beings were touted as being the most worthy, hard-working, maximising their potential. Rand held that in a world ruled by merit they would be the elite and all others would be ranked according to their ability and the extent to which they maximised their potential.

    Even at 14 I knew that “merit” was in he eye of the beholder and Objectivism represented just one more scheme with the potential to allow the self-serving to ignore what anyone else wanted if they could and do as they pleased. Jungle law.

    Yet Objectivism seemed to be a reaction to socialism…..the whole “lights going out all over Europe” thing. But the only outcome I could see for Objectivism was a sort of fascism where your “betters” ruled you and had an absolute moral imperative to respect you…..but not to feed you.

    I thought about it for a while and reckoned the great sex was all that ever going to be worth anything. The rest of it was drivel.

    35 years later I have seen no reason to revisit that conclusion.

  9. Felix 9

    Tim, it speaks to the character and judgment of the Nats that they think Jameson is someone they should have on the team.

  10. Rex Widerstrom 10

    Tim, I usually find myself in broad agreement with you but I think you’ve missed the mark here. What you say is probably true of the vast majority of jobs, but not that of politician, advisor, or political ad man.

    In a position like that you don’t just get asked to carry out the instructions of others, you’re asked for input yourself. And depending upon the other people in the room, and the personality of the advisor, you can sometimes control the outcome. So in this case I think IrishBill’s linking of Jameson’s views and his paid work to be extremely germane.

    If indeed he thinks Act are wishy-washy socialists, it’s possible that outofbed is right – he’s (perhaps subconsciously) cutting the Nats off at the knees with these laughable billboards. Goodness knows what’s to come when other media are released!

    As I’ve argued before, I think the way Crosby-Textor are played up by many on the left as some sort of evil geniuses is wrong. Evil they may be, depending on your perspective, but genuiuses they most certainly are not. And the fact that National appears to be bleeding away its lead in the polls supports my argument.

    So, what I’d like to know is… someone hired Crosby-Textor. Someone hired Jameson. Who? No doubt Key approved them, but that’s too simple. He hasn’t been round in politics long enough to have the measure of these people – someone would have recommended them. Wonder if it’s the same person who’s leaking to Duncan Garner?

  11. Tim Ellis 11

    IB, yes it is an interesting issue generally, isn’t it? I put it to you that if loopy, extreme ideas and motivations were a main disqualification from political activism, then the ranks of supporters, activists, and even MPs from both political parties would be seriously depleted.

    Mike Williams, from all accounts, loathes the National Party with real intensity. Is it a major issue for me that he’s very tribal and no doubt has loopy ideas about National? No. That goes with the territory. He has a big role in Labour’s election strategy. Crosby Textor are probably pretty strongly motivated against socialism as well. A lot of union members, likewise.

    Just a couple of weeks ago I was having a chat with a senior Labour Party activist, who began saying some pretty horrible, and frankly defamatory things about John Key. I objected to what he was saying, and said I wasn’t interested in hearing it, any more than he would be interested in hearing disgusting things about Helen Clark.

    My point is, activists tend to be tribal. It’s part of the fun. Where would politics be without the tribalism and extreme behaviour from the likes of Trevor Mallard, Maurice Williamson and Sue Bradford, to name just a few?

  12. bill brown 12

    Tim,

    There’s a whole bunch of differences between being an activist in a party and being the party’s ad-man.

    I’m sure all parties have fruit-loops as members, however only one has this guy doing their publicity.

    Also Trevor Mallard, Maurice Williamson and Sue Bradford were all voted in by the electorate. This guy wasn’t.

  13. IrishBill 13

    Tim, your first point was that Jameson’s politics are separate from his job. Your second point was that they are integral to his job but so what?

    When I see someone shift their counter-argument that quickly I start to suspect they are simply being a contrarian.

    It should also be noted that the MPs you reference are all within the traditional NZ political spectrum. Your claim they are extreme doesn’t hold water.

  14. Tim Ellis 14

    Irish, those are interesting points and there are a couple of issues.

    The first question I would ask is, was this guy appointed because of his extreme personal views, or because National decided he was the most capable guy for the job? We’re talking about a paid professional here. If he doesn’t come up with the goods, then he gets sacked.

    The second issue is about the motivation of party activists. I think party activists tend to be motivated for reasons that are much more extreme than the ordinary public. Self-evidently they are obviously much more passionate about their causes than ordinary members of the public. That goes without saying.

    Thirdly, some of the campaign influencers throughout politics appear to be either passionate activists with strong views, pure professionals who are just there to do a job, or a mix of professionals with passionate views. That goes without saying also.

    Fourthly, which is the issue that Rex pointed out and bill brown pointed out I think, about who is accountable for those views. That’s my point exactly. I don’t care what the personal views of activists or advisors or campaign influencers are. In my view that is a sideshow. It is the political leaders themselves who choose to accept or decline advice. Those political leaders take responsibility for the advice they take on. Even Helen Clark said a while ago, that she is the Labour Party’s chief strategist. If I’m not wrong, what she’s saying is that the buck stops with her. That’s what leadership is about.

    So I guess what I’m saying is that all political parties have advisers, activists, and strategists with strong views. Which views are taken on and are adopted as strategy is something the political leadership should be held accountable for.

  15. I suggest people also check out Jameson’s personal profile page on the ad agency website. There he lists his special talent as: “Finding the truth amongst the bullshit.’

    Couldn’t make it up, could you?

    Tim, You are correct about party activists being more extreme in their views (amongst other things) than the ordinary “punter”. But that is not what we are talking about here. We are talking about people who think that ACT are socialist!

  16. Tim Ellis 16

    JP, that is interesting. Like I say, I think that goes for all parties. Just recently I heard a Green Party activist, who is also a ministerial adviser to the Minister for the Environment, describe Labour’s environmental policy as inadequate and too beholden to economic interests, in a public forum. I would have thought that his professional role would exclude him from making those sorts of comments.

    Don’t get me wrong. I think that Jameson is entitled to his personal views, all he likes. He’s also entitled to hold a professional position as an ad-man. I think it creates problems when he’s expressing public views in a public forum that are contrary to National’s position, while he’s advising National on strategy.

    But I don’t know what the point of this particular objection is. From all reports, National’s billboards strategy is far more moderate, and far less divisive, than the billboard strategy from 2005. It appears to me that despite Glenn Jameson perhaps having more extreme private views than John Ansell, he appears to have less influence on National’s campaign strategy now, than Ansell had in 2005. Or perhaps it says that irrespective of people’s personal views, National pays its campaign professionals to do their professional jobs, and the political leadership takes responsibility for what that strategy should be.

  17. bill brown 17

    I don’t think their billboards are supposed to be more moderate, but they suck so much you can get past their mediocrity.

  18. Dan 18

    When you put together Australian Crosby Textor, British Tory private jet visitor, a tendency to be obsequious to Christian extremists, atendency to go wherever Dubya wants, and now the hiring of such extreme nutters on the right, is it any wonder that the moderate true-blue NZ Nats of the Holyoake style are leaking policies all over the place.
    The problem Key has in not declaring his hand early is that every right wing zealot thinks the Yellow Brick Road has arrived.

    Sorry guys, you are history. Take advantage of the cheap fares to Australia, or even further if you can.

  19. gobsmacked 19

    I’m guessing that National’s advertising maestro will be kept well away from their post-election negotiations with the Maori Party.

    Extracts from Glenn Jameson’s feedback, on Willie Jackson’s “Eye to Eye” website, commenting on Te Reo:

    Objectively speaking, Maori is, outside of their own communities, schools and Maori TV, completely and utterly useless. And these brown clowns want to make it compulsory?! … The moral inversion these debates create is sickening, with brown-nosing dimwits like Linda Ross-Smith bleating on about the “bigotry displayed by your two pakeha guests.” The only racists in that room, Hone, were the “Mordi” on the geographical and political left of that panel, who insist on shoving ethnic-based policies — which are by their very nature racist — down our throats.

    Now that’s what you call off-message!

  20. Lew 20

    I think this is a sauce for the goose sort of thing. If Helen Clark’s selection of and defence of Winston Peters as Foreign Minister reflects poorly upon her and Labour (and it does), and if it’s ok for Trevor Loudon to call attention to Andrew Geddis’ communist affiliations in and possibly after university, linking them to a supposed conspiracy to stack the electoral reform deck in favour of the left (and it is), then there’s no smear at all in bringing up National’s adman’s political-philosophical opinions (freely and publicly admitted) as an indication of the sort of conceptual and talent pool from which they’re drawing inspiration. Like it or not, the people with whom political parties and public figures associate do cast a reflection upon them – though I certainly think it’s easy to make too much of this.

    Seems to be a shallower pool than I first thought.

    Anyone with a SOLO account want to ask him whether `less’ was intentional or not?

    L

  21. Phil 21

    The advertising industry is full of stange individuals with extreemist ideals. It seems dangerous territory to start digging into the personal lives and beliefs of the Nat’s (or indeed any other party’s) advertisers.

    In effect, you are implying that one cannot separate their personal view from their professional occupation.

  22. forgetaboutthelastone 22

    “solo passion” – nice euphemism for “wanker”.

  23. Pascal's bookie 23

    “In effect, you are implying that one cannot separate their personal view from their professional occupation.”

    Fair enough, but isn’t that inseparability business the whole point of objectivism?

    A either equals A’ or it doesn’t Phil.

  24. Matthew Pilott 24

    Does anyone remember that Jameson fella who came on here a while ago? He sure was a libertarian type. Just wondering…

  25. Their adman, Glenn Jameson, is an Objectivist. For those of you not familiar with Objectivism it’s kind of like a cross between neo-liberalism and Nietzschean fascism…”

    Actually, I’d just call Objectivism common sense on steroids. See.

    And I wouldn’t call Jameson an Objectivist. Just an arsehole with bad grammar.

  26. Tane 26

    I hear Cresswell’s been angry ever since Jameson crossed over from the Judean People’s Front to the People’s Front of Judea. 🙂

  27. Lew 27

    Ah, the Objectivist Wars come to The Standard. It’s like deja vu all over again: Official Objectivist Schism form letter.

    L

  28. Felix 28

    “common sense on steroids”

    If by that you mean…

    “common sense blown out of all proportion by artificial devices until it doesn’t resemble common sense at all”

    …then it’s actually a pretty good metaphor.

  29. Ruth 29

    This is a bit of a dog whistle Irish Bill…the vast majority of people don’t know who Ayn Rand is, and they care even less. And they wouldn’t know Glenn Jameson if they ran over him.

    Politics has long been an option for career advancement. I do not see why Jameson, or anyone for that matter, should have to pass an Ideological Purity Test.

  30. IrishBill 30

    Ruth, explain to me where I’ve claimed National shouldn’t employ Jameson because of his nutty politics and I may give your comment some credence. Otherwise I’ll assume you’ve either misinterpreted my post or you are deliberately setting up a strawman argument.

  31. Tim Ellis 31

    Tane said:

    I hear Cresswell’s been angry ever since Jameson crossed over from the Judean People’s Front to the People’s Front of Judea.

    It does puzzle me, the strange goings on in small parties. I gave up on the kiwiblog comments section when I saw a couple of Act party supporters agonising over who would be number 12 on their party list.

  32. See, the thing I can’t work out is how that quote makes him an Objectivist rather than just a guy with gratuitous powers of self-delusion regarding his own greatness..

    Kinda like Rand seems, from what little I know of her – Randian Objectivism just takes philosophical objectivism (the fairly common sense belief that there’s a reality external to our minds that we’re experiencing semi-accurately through our senses)**, then races screaming of a cliff with it (somehow taking it to imply that we should then be empowered to do whatever we want in a laissez-faire utopia).

    It seems to me that many seriously nutty philosophies come when someone takes simple, commonly held beliefs, then grafts their own particular piece of crazy on top and claims it to be a special philosophy that is both provable, insightful, and unique. So, apparently you’re meant to capitalize Rand’s version, cos it’s extra special..

    Fruitloops.

    I like plain old philosophical objectivism – it pisses me off that Rand co-opted it. Persuasion through obfuscation! Yay!

    * Philosophical objectivism, to some extent, underlies an awful lot of discourse – you can’t really take learning, knowledge gathering or discourse seriously without at least some flavour of it – for example, the scientific method is learning about _something_ through observing it – the existence of that something is generally presumed necessary. Of course, then relativism gets in the way, and you can start arguing about how many somethings there are, and whether they are subjectively experienced, but that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

  33. Krupps 33

    Jameson is probably fleeing the Libertarianz before their spokesperson, the utterly reprehensible Elijah Lineberry, destroys his reputation as well. This election will be entertaining for all the wrong reasons.

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

  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
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    1 week ago
  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
    Kia ora koutou katoa I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders today to give you as much certainty and clarity as we can as we fight Covid-19. Over the past few weeks, the world has changed. And it has changed very quickly. In February it would have seemed unimaginable to ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
    New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the commitment. “This is an important collective response, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
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    1 week ago
  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
    Travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travelers came into force from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).  All airlines were informed of these restrictions before they came into force. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says “The transit of passengers between Australia and New Zealand has been agreed upon and ...
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    1 week ago
  • $100 million to redeploy workers
    The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today. Phil Twyford ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • More support for wood processing
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Following earlier announcements today of a regional support package for Tairāwhiti, Minister Jones has also announced a ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Govt steps in to protect Air New Zealand
    The Coalition Government has stepped in to protect Air New Zealand with a significant financial deal that protects essential routes and allows the company to keep operating. The Government and Air New Zealand have agreed a debt funding agreement through commercial 24-month loan facilities of up to $900 million*. The ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Stronger border measures to protect NZers from COVID-19
    The Government has taken further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively stopping all people from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm today, except for returning New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.  New Zealanders’ partners, legal guardians or any dependent children travelling with ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Action on indoor gatherings and events to protect public health
    The Government has reinforced its commitment to protecting the health of New Zealanders from COVID-19 through the cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people.  “Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our number one priority, and that means we need to reduce the risks associated with large gatherings,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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