Nick Smith becomes Minister of Government Information

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 24th, 2017 - 62 comments
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Following his outstanding success in determining that rivers that were previously unswimmable will no longer be unswimmable as long as no more than one out of 20 people who swim in them do not develop gut wrenching sicknesses, Bill English has decided to make his mate Nick Smith Minister of Information for this Government.  And there is a lot of work to do.  Government plans include these definition changes:

  • Homelessness will henceforth mean that people living in cars or under bridges are not homeless.  At least they have a roof over their heads.  Expected reduction 72%.
  • Child poverty, even though the Government has no official measure of child poverty, will now mean that if a child receives 50% of their daily nutritional needs they will not be considered to be poor.  Suddenly there are only 100,000 kids living in poverty.  Woo Hoo!
  • The Government is confident that cows will only produce half of the amount of methane that they have produced to date.  Suddenly the COP21 targets have been met.  It is a win win!  We no longer need to buy fraudulent Ukranian carbon credits!

Typical National.  Thinking that you can change a standard and then claim that you will achieve the same thing that the opposition is committed to.  Do you think the New Zealand electorate is that stupid?

This is Goebbels level propaganda.  How dumb do they think we are?

Twitter has some very caustic responses …

62 comments on “Nick Smith becomes Minister of Government Information”

  1. saveNZ 1

    The sad thing is you can’t even work out if this is sarcasm… because the Natz have become so fraudulent with the facts and the media so accepting of it…

    • tc 1.1

      Thats because its not the media as we used to know it.

      The MSM is mostly an extension of govt PR and spin being owned and controlled by wealthy elite (murdoch, stokes etc) and the banks.

      • AmaKiwi 1.1.1

        tc – “The MSM is mostly an extension of govt PR and spin”

        The MSM headline should have been, “Government moves goal post. Magic! Smith claims polluted water is instantly safe.”

      • bwaghorn 1.1.2

        A lot of reporters get hired by political parties to be their spin doctors , so one could say that their time in the msm is just an interview for the real gravy train job in politics. gutless shits the lot of them

        • Really? 1.1.2.1

          The MSM role is to report what people/ministers are saying etc. – i.e. the news of the day. I would prefer this unfiltered so you can make up your own mind on how it effects you. Editorials, opinion pieces, invited commentaries etc. can provide some influence/ideas around the issue but a news reports purpose is to report on the happenings of the day – warts and all. If Nick Smith really wants to put this tripe out there then I would prefer to see it out there in the MSM unfiltered, unedited and not in a soundbite so I can make a decision if I think it is a good decision for the country and vote/act accordingly. And to be fair to MSM, the dom post has said it is a good “political” move (and it is unless you really watch politics and know this is a charade – it’s a terrible environmental move and a disgrace) where the Press (I think) has called them on it and highlighted a puddle being acceptable to swim in. The point is, I think the MSM are doing their job, but don’t confuse editorials etc. that have opinion with more generalized reporting of what a minister says (bullsh*t or otherwise) – that’s their job and it’s our decision to decide our own opinion on the news and act accordingly.

    • aerobubble 1.2

      Dairy expansion will take until 2040 to adjust its practices, Councils will take until 2040 to upgrade its effluent outputs. All Smith said, badly, was not on his watch, he wont make polluters pay, and in his old dotage have a laugh that we wer suckered into a policy that everyone involved will be long gone from power. A real policy would be a graduated scale of higher standards coupled with fines for non compliance. What we got is a advert, dont turnup for swimming till 2040, and then, the fivers will only be good as Europes, which has had hudrends of years of pollution.

      Bad for tourism, bad for swimmers, good for dirty councils and dirty farming.

  2. Keith 2

    They got away with wiping half a percent of the truly unemployed off the stats because there were not using Newspapers, faxes and telegraphs to look for work.

    • saveNZ 2.1

      They also force the unemployed onto courses they are not interested in doing most of the time, and have to get student loans and go into debt for, to force them off the unemployment stats.

  3. yes good post – these lies must be combated and they are being as the twiters are showing.

    my goddess are these gnats like smith so self centred and money hungry that they cannot see the truth – without water that we can drink we die. If the rivers and aquifers are polluted we don’t get water to drink and we die.

    I have had a gutsful of smith and his gnat lies and bullshit – it is time to take back our country from these scum.

    So labour and greens lets see you lot come through with policy, with ideas and practical steps we can take today. Tomorrow is going to be too late. We are waiting for leadership, for action for someone to awaken the slumbering idiotic giant called the nzpublicmiddlewhatever.

    Step up and fucken inspire us to action please. and if not we will do it anyway…

    • Chch_chiquita 3.1

      What more inspiration do Labour and the Green need to have apart from saying our rivers are polluted and the government is not doing a thing about it? honestly, what do people want them to do apart from announcing (again) they will change it? If people are not inspired to go out and protest I don’t know what will inspire them.

      • marty mars 3.1.1

        I think they could do a hell of a lot more if they want to get people motivated and engaged. They need more than musty words and dusty tomes – they need theatre and theatrics – they need to throw dirty water around and make the gnats look like idiots and they need to stand loud and proud on what they will do to sort this mess out – have they done that? nah not in my view

        • JC 3.1.1.1

          Water Thieves!!

          Marty, sorry about the advertising, (The only quick reference I could find), a book that resounded with me several years ago that recounts the politics, and issues of water in Canterbury… Sam McMahon attempted to engage and motivate people to engage! Using some, and many more of the theatrics you suggest…

          WECAN became the acronym even….

          Sadly to no avail as the democratically voted ECAN was disempowered! and a Commissioner, and cronies, put in place to oversee the allocation of water in Canterbury! What a Fuck up!

          Distinctive smell that Nick has his fingers all over that! Along with other Nats!

          http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Water-Thieves-Sam-Mahon/9781877361517

          Resist!

      • Leftie 3.1.2

        Well said Chch_chiquita.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      my goddess are these gnats like smith so self centred and money hungry that they cannot see the truth – without water that we can drink we die.

      It’s not that they cannot see it but that they refuse to see it. If they saw it then they’d have to accept that they’re the cause and are guilty of massive ethical corruption and that would go against how they see themselves.

  4. Pete 4

    In explaining that some move is reasonable and give it a stamp of acceptability, the Natz so many times say, “People aren’t silly.”

    And they think we’re that stupid that we accept this latest bullshit?

    • tc 4.1

      Its worked before; ‘the brighter future ‘, cycleways, pike river, tax cuts being fiscally neutral, labour does DP too, shonkys list of porkys etc etc.

      So yes they do expect this new bs to do the business for them and who can blame them as the electorate has shown bs and deception are winning strategies.

    • michelle 4.2

      some NZers are stupid and silly mainly the ones that keep voting for the gnats bah !

    • Andrea 4.3

      Q E D

      Or – we really ARE ‘that stupid’.

  5. Nick 5

    The bullshit we are being asked to accept is floating down 2 rivers….one is NZ’s actual rivers and the other is flowing from the Beehive, what fkd up human beings these Natz are.

  6. Sutton's li'l helper 6

    The thing is they have gotten away with this shit for years and no one cared, kicking people off benefit and claiming unemployment had dropped, kicking people off waiting lists for surgery and claiming they were completing more. It seems this one was a step to far though, even their pet pooch Gower attacked them

  7. roy cartland 7

    Well, ‘swimmable’ even at the best definition is still pathetic. ‘Drinkable’ is a slightly better standard, though even an adult human can tolerate more toxicity than many fish and eco-systems.

    https://waterqualitynz.info/

    The only respectable goal should be ‘pristine’ (or indeed 100% pure), and ANY industry that threatens this dismantled and abolished.

  8. slumbergod 8

    Minister of Propaganda. How very Nazi of them. Just want we have come to expect from those despicable sociopaths.

  9. Cinny 9

    Will all citizens be issued with The National Party Thesaurus of Propaganda?

    Or is that book only available to members of the outgoing government.?

  10. ianmac 10

    So. Nick Smith is the first Official Minister of Un-Truth. (Not a liar you understand. Just an Un-Truther.)

  11. greywarshark 11

    Think water problems, think Forest and Bird post below also! It’s a col (and wet) war out there and we are foot soldiers battling at the grassroots most of the time.

  12. NZJester 12

    I wonder if we need to try the Spanish experiment here in New Zealand. After a lot of testing the Spanish scientists have concluded a good way to reduce methane emissions without compromising the taste of the milk is to give cows 25 grams-per-day of onion extract. Apparently, more than that and most people could taste the onion in the milk.

    Onions Could Stop Cows From Farting The Planet To Death
    DNews – Published on Feb 1, 2017

  13. JC 13

    “Nick turned to me … he kind of looked around, as if seeking a quiver full of arrows, and he said to me, ‘Sam, there’s absolutely nothing you could possibly do that could hurt my feelings’.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/89037999/artist-to-make-giant-sculpture-of-nick-smith-doing-a-poo-to-protest-waterways-pollution

    or /the-shameless-nick-smith/

  14. Wayne 14

    At least James Shaw on his RNZ interview is more honest than this entire post (actually vastly more so), which deliberately misrepresents what the policy is.
    Because it is such an egregious misrepresentation there is no point in the govt having much of a dialogue with many of the groups represented here. What would be the point? There simply not even the slightest attempt at a considered discussion.
    So The Standard (and its supporters) can scream at the govt. The govt simply will not bother trying to influence anyone here, it will focus entirely in reaching the middle.
    Now of course I suppose The Standard in its own way is trying to do the same by seeking to entirely discredit the govt with the middle.
    The net result is that on everything it is all conducted as a political war, with neither side actually wanting dialogue.
    I appreciate that I am using The Standard as a representative of the Left which is probably wrong.
    The Water Forum is the body which is does try and bridge differences between the different interests but you would never know that from here.
    It’s all war. With the election still 7 moths away, things look they are going to get very fevered on this site. I wonder when National will described as neo-nazis as a routine insult.

    • McFlock 14.1

      So they’re absolutely not widening the definition of “swimmable” and then using that as the benchmark for their 90%-by-2040 target?

    • Book a tour with Wayne and Nicks ” House boat tours on the Ganges river.”

      • Wayne 14.2.1

        the decrypter

        As I thought, a fact free comment.

        As you suggest, it is surely blindingly obvious that the perfidious National plan is to make New Zealand rivers the worst in the world. Pity it has been sprung so soon.

      • Andrea 14.2.2

        On some stretches they could nearly walk on ‘water’…

    • lprent 14.3

      One of the problems is who the Minster is. I’m afraid after observing Nick Smith for quite a while, I assume he is lying because he opens his mouth.

      Now before you ask, I don’t react this way with most of the National ministers. But the problem with Nick Smith is that as far as I can see, he :-

      1. Lies poorly with numbers. The ACC bullshit being a classic example. Almost everything that he does in conservation

      2. Sprouts bullshit that tries to stop having to deal with issues. The nonexistent Auckland housing sites being a classic example – there was all this public land just waiting for development. 2 years later it turns out there never was. And any Aucklander who looked at what he was knew that there wasn’t. Meanwhile the government was offering Auckland loans for the current rate payers to pay to clean up the government’s lack of effort in controlling nett migration.

      I don’t think that I am alone with this attitude. Nick Smith simply lacks any credibility. With that as a starting point, most people just look for what he is concealing.

      In this case, over the decades and especially in the last 8 years water quality outside of a few iwi controlled areas (like the Taupo and Rotorua lakes) has deteriorated massively. The areas where National was most heavily involved in water, like their sacking of the board at ECAN, have had a massive deterioration.

      This latest round just seems like it is to help the polluters not have to pay to reduce their polluting. All I see from this set of statements is that this government doesn’t intent to change that. As usual Nick Smith prefers to just change the numbers for allow poorer quality and call it better and all fixed.

      basically it is just complete bullshit. So why are you trying to equate this government with thie complete screwup of a minister?

      • Wayne 14.3.1

        Iprent,

        As I am sure you know, Dr Nick Smith is one of the most scientifically literate members of parliament. He has a PhD in engineering. Many of his portfolio responsibilities over the years have been in the environmental realm. He has deep knowledge in this area accumulated not just in university but in his particular political specialisations.

        Which is why he has spent so much time today explaining the scientific basis of the water quality measures, looking beyond the headlines and actually setting out the reasoning behind the policy and how it will work.

        So rather than you just saying “liar, liar, pants on fire”, it would make some sense to actually listen and analyse what he is saying, and then critique it on that basis.

        After all part of your reputation is based on not just being a shill for whatever argument the left is making, but providing a reasoned analysis of the issue.

        • lprent 14.3.1.1

          Basically it doesn’t matter how deep someone’s education is if they keep making the same types of mistakes over and over again. As you are probably aware, science is all about reproducing results. That is why people who do science and engineering (I mostly do the latter these days) and for that matter accountants are generally skeptics about what anyone says. They look for results and numbers rather than bullshit.

          It is hard to judge Nick Smith as being anything except a purveyor of bullshit. He has a pretty good track record of making claims with numbers, ‘science’, and predictions and all of those things proving to be false over time.

        • Draco T Bastard 14.3.1.2

          As I am sure you know, Dr Nick Smith is one of the most scientifically literate members of parliament.

          If he had even the slightest scientific capability he wouldn’t be in National.

          • Wayne 14.3.1.2.1

            Usual ridiculous prejudice.

            • marty mars 14.3.1.2.1.1

              If they seriously understood science they’d be working their guts out mitigating the effects of climate change happening today, or at least helping people (they supposedly represent) to get ready for the changing world – like protecting water for instance. Instead they fiddle and laugh at those concerned – ignorance is not an excuse.

            • Draco T Bastard 14.3.1.2.1.2

              No, just observed reality over the last couple of decades.

              National’s anti-science position is just another aspect of the fact that they have to lie – reality is never the way they want it to be.

          • greywarshark 14.3.1.2.2

            Yes doesn’t say much for the rest of the National co-hearties. And engineering, what branch exactly – there are many, any uni graduate should know that. I think it is civil engineering, perhaps he is hoping to use his knowledge as a bridge over troubled waters! That’s a good one I reckon.

            We could spend 10 seconds reflecting quietly on how few politicians have ever studied political theory and social policy and passed suitable papers before they applied to stand for parliament with their varied and erratic accumulated wisdom and act on the behalf of the people in all their needs and requirements, both physical and their living, thinking and cultural needs,

            It’s lucky Wikipedia isn’t run by NZs or we wouldn’t have access to much hard fact that is now available. On Nick Smith:

            His father was born in New South Wales and came to New Zealand to start a contracting business, building drains and bridges….His father and two brothers all own independent construction crane hire businesses.[4]

            Smith was educated at Rangiora High School and the University of Canterbury where he achieved 1st Class Honours in Civil Engineering, was an AFS Scholar to the U.S. and eventually gained a PhD with a thesis on New Zealand landslides.[5]

            Before entering parliament, he worked as an engineer for the Rangiora County Council, and as director of his family construction company. He also served on the Rangiora District Council, unsuccessfully standing while still at secondary school in 1983, and successfully standing again in 1986 aged 21

            Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 14.3.1.3

          one of the most scientifically literate members of parliament. He has a PhD in engineering.

          😆

          As a lawyer, I doubt you get the joke.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.4

      Dialogue“, National Party style.

      Also see: ECAN.

      This must be some strange new definition of “dialogue” we weren’t previously aware of.

    • Wayne 14.5

      I also wonder if the fact that this election is contestable is making the Left more desperate, and therefore more likely to demonise everything that National does.

      My recollection of 2008 is that it felt like Labour had reached its natural end, which seemed to be recognised by Labour, and Helen Clark in particular. Thus the election was conducted in quite a civil manner. The fact that John Key and Helen Clark had joined together on a common platform (a joint press conference in fact) on the smacking bill seemed to take the heat out of the election campaign itself.

      In contrast this election, with the Left facing the prospect of actually loosing a fourth election, is already making it much more shrill (at least on this site).

      In a different way the same happened in 2014 with Nicky Hagar and the Kim Dotcom party, though in that case the effect was to drive up Nationals support. One lesson of 2014 is that if the opposition election rhetoric becomes too extreme, then the incumbent might benefit.

      But in post Trump politics who knows? He certainly showed that virtually no allegation was too preposterous to make. Will New Zealanders accept that sort of campaigning is the new normal?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 14.5.1

        One lesson from 2014 is that the National Party tells lies about its opposition, tarring Labour and the Greens with the Dotcom brush, for example. Or Donghua Liu.

        How “desperate” do you have to be to employ Cameron Slater?

        How “desperate” do you have to be to trade campylobacter infections for campaign contributions?

      • greywarshark 14.5.2

        Wayne
        You sound like one of the cowpokes sitting on a stockyard fence chewing a blade of grass and passing judgment on the bloodstock milling around. Interesting pastime to while away these months till the election being all objective about the worth of the various performers. Have fun. It certainly makes TS more interesting with you around.

      • Draco T Bastard 14.5.3

        Trump used a slightly more extreme version of National’s usual tactics of lying, lying some more and denigrating the opposition.

    • Chris 14.6

      That’s the trouble with RWNJs – they expect people to just roll over and accept what ever shit’s dished out. And when people don’t they’re labelled lunatics.

  15. Leftie 16

    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ”

    Albert Einstein

    https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/alberteins133991.html

  16. Leftie 17

    Here’s an idea, sack Nick Smith and his cohorts in crime, by changing the government.

    • Draco T Bastard 17.1

      What we really need to do is to bill them for the clean up.

      The state of our environment is due to their actions and thus they should be happy to take responsibility for it – after all, they’re the party of personal responsibility.

  17. Andrea 18

    A target date of 2040?

    There was an Earth Summit in 1992 – reduce emissions, etc.

    Twenty five years of ‘let’s make money (from saving the planet)’ Carbon trading. Joke. And the numbers/events keep on climbing. Fail…

    And now 2040 for clean up the waters?

    Are we NUTS?! Most humans don’t/can’t do ‘long-term’. Governments can’t even stick to an annual budget. If something more vote-catching comes up – a Dieu with this silly project.

    Doubt me? When is our charming stand-in Prime Minister going to reinstate the government’s super fund contributions?

    So trusting. So gullible. So wedded to justifying the inexcusable.

    Some things require true conservatism – and water, air, and viable soils are three of them. Tangible, measurable progress by 2020 – whoever gets in.

  18. JustMe 19

    I tried, with much cringing and grimacing, to watch Nick Smith ‘justify’ the amount of water one would/could drink before ‘becoming ill’ when asked a valid question by Jack Tame on this mornings’ Breakfast show. What a twat Smith is coming across more so than ever before. How can anyone take such an idiot seriously anymore???!!!!!

    I get the impression Nick Smith firmly believes he holds the monopoly on intelligence. But he comes across more as an embarrassement to the National government with each incompetent answer he has for every valid question.

    Hands up for those who wish Nick Smith would drink something else other than alcohol or paint thinner for a change? Perhaps he may then have more intelligent answers than trying to appear such a know-it-all.

    Remember this is the same Nick Smith who took journalists around Auckland in attempt to show areas were houses could be built. One area of potential housing was a traffic roundabout.

    BIll English has made Nick Smith the Minister of Propaganda. Sounds more like English is turning NZ into a Nazi country with a paint thinner swiller as its representative/spokesperson.

    Way to go National. Show how much out of touch with reality you are and you will defnitely be in Opposition after 23.9.2017.

  19. Foreign waka 20

    It is sad that there is so much politics, personal and otherwise played rather than to face a very serious predicament.
    NZ is now caught in an unwinnable situation. Economically, it cant survive without those large herds of cows and ecologically it slowly kills itself from the inside out. The world watches how a shortsighted financial plan looks like when played out to its fullest.
    On one hand the drinking water is being pumped out of the aquifer at a rate that is nothing short of breath taking and in a not too distant future the water will be gone (similar like Florida) and a brackish soup will be left behind. No charge.
    And on the other, the dairy cattle herd of about 6.5 million create a some serious run off into the water ways and one can actually see the damage. Once the contamination reaches that stage, the problem has gone way out of hand.
    The overseas press is already writing about it – all of Europe gets to read what the issues are and those who came here and experienced the malaise are spreading the word fast. Once a tourist – god forbid – swims in one of these E coli rivers or lakes and gets seriously sick, it will be difficult for Mr Smith to wriggle his way out of that.
    Greed, gets them every time.

    • Draco T Bastard 20.1

      Economically, it cant survive without those large herds of cows and ecologically it slowly kills itself from the inside out.

      Wrong.

      Economically, it can survive without those cows.
      Financially it can’t survive without them.

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  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago

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