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Of course Judith should #DeleteTheTweet

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 9th, 2018 - 69 comments
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This should have been a relatively small story, a 6 hour wonder.  Some stirring among the twitterati, a bit of merriment on the left and that should be the end of it.

I covered the story three days ago on Monday of this week.  Judith was caught out tweeting a story from a fake website, one that runs such interesting stories as how the CIA had released evidence about the visit of extra terrestrials, how Katy Perry prefers human flesh to eat and how a teacher who had sexually abused a child was allowed to keep their teacher’s licence.  Real fake news clickbait stuff.  We all had a laugh and thought the story would move on.  After all who has not fallen for some sort of weird tale on the Internet and clicked when we shouldn’t have.

But Judith did not back down.  What should have been a “oops” and a bit of a laugh has now entered into the third day of the news cycle.

What is she doing?  Taking advice from Cameron Slater?

She tried to claim that elements of the story were correct.  Well there is a country called France and there are young people living there and they recently changed their laws regarding consent but after these facts the original story started to run out of them.

The “article” got off to a bad start because it claimed that the law change showed that France had given “in to pressure from an international network of liberal activists determined to normalise paedophilia and decriminalise sex with children across the world.”

The main stream media has made a decision to stand up against fake news.  Good on them.  After all the woman who says that this story is true but that Dirty Politics and negative news coverage about Oravida were false is just engaging in the random use of words that heretofore have had pretty settled meanings.

This is how twitter handled it.

https://twitter.com/acgeddis/status/1026662143402201089

And last night the Jesse Mulligan and the Project took up the cause:

This is what Newshub posted:

Fake news used to be fun. Remember how we laughed when we first heard about alternative facts?

But it stopped being so funny when we realised fake news creates real harm; it’s dangerous, it fuels hate, and can cause incredible damage.

Fake news makers are among the most sophisticated manipulators of emotion in the world.

They know that if someone reads or hears something they want to be true – things they’re scared of being true – they’ll often believe it if it feels true: Muslims are terrorists, vaccines cause autism, global warming is a hoax.

For the most part, it hasn’t affected us in New Zealand. Fake news has been something that pops up in the second half of a news bulletin or on the internet.

Then yesterday this happened.

Judith Collins tweeted a story claiming France had made it easier for adults to legally have sex with children – but that’s not true.What’s true is the opposite: France has passed a law that strengthens consent laws, not weakens them.

Judith’s story is made up – and made up by a website with a history of spreading fiction.

But when the media put it to Judith Collins that she was sharing fake news, she wouldn’t back down.

As far as we know, this is the first time a mainstream New Zealand politician has spread a false story in order to score points politically.

What does that tell you? It tells me that she’s learning; learning that in 2018 you don’t need to show people the truth – you just have to show them something that looks a bit like it.

So far, her fake news link has been retweeted over 50 times.

It might not seem like a big deal, but it undermines the facts. As one writer put it today, it “weaponises ignorance”.

When fake is given the same platform as fact, truth becomes a matter of opinion. You can disguise lies as reality and the facts lose any power they once had.

It starts with acts like this, and that’s why we’re calling Judith Collins out – we’re telling her to #deletethetweet.

Share the hashtag, speak truth to power, and give power to the truth.

And yet Judith’s tweet continues to occupy space on Twitter.

What is the game plan?  To look strong by not backing down?  To stir up people who are actually happy with this alternative reality being created by dubious parts of the internet?

And it makes Simon Bridges look totally powerless.  Maybe that is the intent.

Do us all a favour Judith, show us that National will not tolerate the use of fake news.  Delete the tweet.

69 comments on “Of course Judith should #DeleteTheTweet”

  1. Pete 1

    Judith Collins should leave the tweet up.

    In a sense, while it is doesn’t represent the death of her political career, it is like a tombstone. Let it stand as a hard symbol of her attitude and outlook. Somewhere down below decency is buried.

    • mpledger 1.1

      She might not be able to. If it’s part of her work then it’s meant to be kept and archived not deleted.

      She should definitely retract though.

  2. Robert Guyton 2

    How could the tweet be used to further Judith’s aims; that’s what her team will be working on now. From every fubar flows opportunity; that’s what Key taught.

  3. Doogs 3

    Great post Micky. I favour your last option about making Soimon look weak. However, it is rather a brutal and clumsy way to go. This woman who is 4th favourite for PM is a cunning and ruthless individual, all packaged in a smiling exterior who appears both thoughtful and whimsical by turn.

    She is, while appearing not to be, a very ambitious person who will undermine the current leader and make herself look the best and most obvious choice to succeed.

    This current incident, however, is quite a mis-step because most people are, thanks to Trump, aware of the ridiculousness of fake news and alternative facts. The minority who are not aware, the closed minded, shallow thinking, Trumpian style followers who see strength in this kind of rubbish are the dangerous ones. It does appear that the numbers of these trashy individuals is perhaps on the rise, I suspect largely due to the the ease of believing the simplicity of this fake news.

    You can see here how the cancer of Trumpism spreads beyond his borders.

    • Heather Grimwood 3.1

      It seems to me that fake news of insidious intent is very much aligned to slander if used directly against a person, but if as suggested above that Collin’s explicit example was to damage Bridges, then even more insidious.

    • Puckish Rogue 3.2

      ” all packaged in a smiling exterior who appears both thoughtful and whimsical by turn.”

      When you’re right you’re right, she is delightful

      • fender 3.2.1

        You’re sick, seek help.

        • Puckish Rogue 3.2.1.1

          If this is sickness then I don’t want to the cure

          • Kevin 3.2.1.1.1

            Sums you, and your motivations, up nicely PR.

            Power no matter the cost eh?

          • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1.2

            And that is a major problem in and of itself.

            A person supporting someone who has been purposefully wrong and, when having that pointed out to them, still wants to support them.

            Supporting liars into positions of power is detrimental to society.

            But I suppose you’ll be alright and that makes it all good right?

          • mac1 3.2.1.1.3

            Being a bit roguish there, Puck, but love conquers all.

            Though some would say that this heartfelt emotive outpouring of yours, “If this is sickness then I don’t want to the cure,” might be heading for addiction rather than love sickness.

            A strong cup of tea and a chat with an aunty will set you straight.

            • Puckish Rogue 3.2.1.1.3.1

              Might be a bit like this I think

              • mac1

                Or this.

                “I should have quit you long time ago
                Ohh yeah, long time ago
                I wouldn’t be here, my children
                Down on this killin’ floor.”

                Led Zeppelin “The Lemon Song” but don’t listen till the end, or it might re-ignite the fires………

                • Puckish Rogue

                  Or this

                  🙂

                  • mac1

                    I shall retire from this song-swapping with my final entry.

                    I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)
                    “Though folks with good intentions Tell me to save my tears
                    Well I’m so mad about her I can’t live without her
                    Never treats me sweet and gentle The way she should
                    I’ve got it bad And that ain’t good
                    My poor heart is so sentimental Not made of wood
                    I’ve got it so bad And that ain’t good”

                    Cheers PR

  4. Doogs 4

    You’re right Heather. But the way Collins has done it there is no direct connection between cause and effect. She thinks she’s been clever. Not so perhaps?

  5. Chris T 5

    I think everyone is just reading too much into it

    All we had in the news was the Canadians, and every media source gushing of Ardern & her baby.

    I think she just wanted some spot light.

    Wouldn’t surprise if it is the same with Marama and her “c” word thing

  6. Observer Tokoroa 6

    Doogs says: “She (Ms Collins) thinks she has been clever”.

    Could you ever give me an example of when she has been clever? Like she was made Minister of Police and immediately fobade them to investigate the rabid number of home burgularies that abound in the dark city of Auckland.

    She was forced to change her mind once that was discovered by the hapless Billy English. But of course her witless fan club Papkura, didn’t mind being burgled.

    As the Australians might say, our Judith is a Roo or two short in the top paddock. But could get a role as a dodgy Hyena. Whatever, Please keep her away from both Paris and Politics.

    She’s a Dumb Bum. At the grossly bottom end of the liability chain.

  7. Puckish Rogue 7

    Stay strong Jude, just like 2000 years (maybe) another person with the initials J.C. was brought down by lesser, jealous people so stick to your guns and the people will see this is just fake news led by a bias media 🙂

    • marty mars 7.1

      Pity she has no junkets to China you could help carry her husband’s bags.

      http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9818950/Judith-Collins-comes-clean-about-dinner

      • Puckish Rogue 7.1.1

        Always wanted to visit China…

        • mac1 7.1.1.1

          Well worth it. As a bearded taller man I was a visual attraction in myself, especially since i wore in the heat a red water-retaining neckerchief. The locals thought I’d been a member of the Communist Youth.

          But a great culture and country to visit. I sang solo by chance with an orchestra in a park (Doe a deer a female deer) and ball-room danced with Mrs Mac1 and 400 oldies in another park. Wonderful food-Beijing Duck- and amazing street life.

      • Visubversa 7.1.2

        He husband has been in Facebook trying to support her, and to smear Phil Goff at the same time with an old story from The Herald.

    • NZJester 7.2

      Are you referring to the radical leftist called Jesus Christ who strongly opposed those in power that mistreated the people and believed in sharing and caring and was crucified by those in power?

  8. Tricledrown 8

    PR she has already been resurrected a couple of times.

  9. Anne 9

    Judith Collins herself is all fake and it is probably the reason why she won’t back down. She sees nothing wrong in spreading fake news. Earlier this year when she emerged dressed in fluffy pink with a new soft and beguiling hair-do (too beguiling for some – read Puckish Rogue 😉 ), I was on the brink of being fooled into thinking she was a changed person. Don’t worry, it was brief. Sanity prevailed.

    Thanks mickey for highlighting this issue. As you say its no longer funny. What we have seen in the past week or so in NZ is a good example of what happens when individuals use the rallying cry of “free speech” to spread dangerously false memes and indulge in barely disguised hate speech. It’s a world-wide problem and there is potential for terrible consequences if it continues.

    I think the media – everywhere – face the biggest challenge of their existence. They must stand up and counter the fake stuff in the strongest terms possible. It may be the only way to ultimately win against the evil forces that currently hold sway… particularly in America. I hope they’re up for it.

    • Puckish Rogue 9.1

      “Earlier this year when she emerged dressed in fluffy pink with a new soft and beguiling hair-do”

      Well thats just plain wrong, it suggests her previous hair style wasn’t already beguiling

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2

      I think the media – everywhere – face the biggest challenge of their existence. They must stand up and counter the fake stuff in the strongest terms possible. It may be the only way to ultimately win against the evil forces that currently hold sway… particularly in America. I hope they’re up for it.

      Unfortunately, the MSM are owned by the evil forces.

      • Anne 9.2.1

        True, some of them. But not all of them.

      • Sabine 9.2.2

        and also the reader of such news should actually just engage their brains.

        I am so over the constant whinging of the press.
        they are all owned by someone, they are all expected to make money, they all to some extend peddle bullshit to entice clicks, and they all to some extend report the news, and yes the news they report is biased in regards to where they stand politically. However political bias does not make news fake.

        It is up to the reader to actually engage their brains, Judith Collins is just one of those that did not, ask themselves is what i read outlandish or not? Should i read another new source to see what they say etc. etc.

        Engage your brain. And you might find that it is not that hard to find news.

  10. Sabine 10

    but should she #deleteyouraccount?

    and this is the hope of the no mates party?

    .

  11. Observer Tokoroa 11

    True News ?

    Yes Tricledrown – you wicked man – she has been resurrected a couple of times. Fact

    Lol lol

  12. JanM 12

    Well, maybe we do need to have a stint of someone as appalling as her being PM for a term – apart from those of us who are dedicated sado-masochists, it should give even the most dedicated right wing nitwit pause for thought

  13. the other pat 13

    jeez….give it no attention and it will get no traction!!……otherwise everyone with an account start doing it back at her or confiscate her phone and give her her favorite broom back!!

  14. Ken 14

    It can’t be too long before she becomes fake leader of our fake opposition.

  15. [ ” As far as we know, this is the first time a mainstream New Zealand politician has spread a false story in order to score points politically ” ].

    No its not.

    John Key did it all the time. A classic example being the lies and ‘fake news’ about the Cortex and XKEYSCORE surveillance programs. He was caught out and found lying about it.

    If that isn’t fake , what is?

  16. Gabby 16

    Surely Big Judee has the right to lie through her satanic eyebrows? She’s a lawyer isn’t she?

  17. greywarshark 17

    9.8.2018
    Then yesterday this happened.

    Judith Collins tweeted a story claiming France had made it easier for adults to legally have sex with children – but that’s not true.What’s true is the opposite: France has passed a law that strengthens consent laws, not weakens them.
    So far, her fake news link has been retweeted over 50 times.

    It might not seem like a big deal, but it undermines the facts. As one writer put it today, it “weaponises ignorance”.

    Pardon me but it is a big deal. It made a salacious claim, that was manifesstly untrue, against another country. That country is a large country, it is one of the big 5? with vetos in the UN, it is one of the big guys in the EU. We need to get on with countries in the EU like France, and trade is a major consideration. Also we need to respect all countries that seem civilised and even those we don’t agree with andI I draw attention to the spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada and recall a matter of a mob of sheep and a mopping up operation by National recently, which cost us.

    This is not personally decent or nationally diplomatic behaviour by a NZ politician; less of a joker than a wild card. It makes her and the National Party look like hicks and more than a little grubby.

    • greywarshark 17.1

      And the worst term of all for a middle class aspirational business woman – she is ‘unprofessional’, as well as being gauche.

  18. JustMe 18

    If Judith Collins doesn’t delete the tweet then that is proof she is arrogant. Well done Judith Collins. Keep up perpetuating the arrogance that is so riddling and decaying rapidly the NZ National Party. Your excellent work in destroying the NZ National Party is going along nicely.
    Well done Simon Bridges for showing the apathy and gutlessness that you as a Leader of the Opposition shows to ALL NZers. Your excellent work in destroying the NZ National is also going along very nicely.
    However lets acknowledge that politicians the world over resort to ‘fake news’ just to gain attention especially from an easy to manipulate media(like say the NZ Herald).
    One only needs to look at John Key and Bill English whilst they were in government to see the holders of the Fake News accolades. Lets call these accolades the “Golden Idiot Awards”.
    John Key used ‘fake news’ in his pre-election promises eg ‘we will get the boys(the Pike River 29 victims)out’. There is also the fake news of the Meth-myth(again perpetuated by the previous National government).
    Fake News may as well be referred to ‘Lies that Politicians eg Judith Collins; resort to just to draw attention to a matter that doesn’t really exist but it makes them(the politician concerned)look oh so smart and attention seeking”.

  19. Lol !- there’s a few Nat / ACT type characters who I just cant seem to totally dislike because they seem like caricatures to me of sorts…

    And that’s bumbling , academic Don Brash and grumpy stroppy Judith Collins. 🙂

    Brash had his turn and it all turned to custard, – but if Judith got in , – it’d be an outrageous , … almost surreal time of govt strife, acrimony and vociferous opinions.

    The bombast would be palpable !

    Better cancel that thought,… but it would be fun for a small while.

  20. JustMe 20

    Here is something. More than 30 years on from the Rainbow Warrior sinking by French agents from the DGSE it looks like Judith Collins wants to make NZ look like the laughing stock of the world.
    Why does Collins wants to start based on a fictitious and quite obviously proven to be totally wrong argument towards the current government in attempt to incur the wrath of France?
    What is she wanting to achieve???!!!
    Because, as it turns out to be, she has made herself look like an arrogant twit and the NZ National Party to be equally arrogant in her and their(Nationals)actions to date.
    The lack of voice by Bridges shows him as being a weakling. The fact a National MP like Collins is prepared to use a fictitious posting shows how desperate National have become just to gain ‘brownie/Bridges/Collins points. It’s also a pure reflection that National are now grasping at straws in attempt to get attention. If anyone wants to believe their codswallop then you may as well confirm yourselves are being National Party followers of stupidity through and through.
    Lets face it but National do not really have much going for it in the credibility stats. They have MPS harping on more so on matters going on in France than is what is actually happening right now, today and every day of the week here in NZ and in their very electorates.
    So whilst Judith Collins tries to throw a speck into Jacinda’s eye she does not look at the log in her very eye. And that is a pure reflection of arrogance and the fact National don’t have anything to be credit worthy of when it comes to ordinary NZers on low incomes.
    Lets not forget Bill English claimed low income NZers were ‘living beyond their means’. This coming from the very National MP who had no remorse or hesitation to DOUBLE DIPPING at NZ taxpayers expense because it suited him.

    • ” The lack of voice by Bridges shows him as being a weakling”

      I think it shows that Bridges is the pupil and Collins is the mentor.

      The rest of your post was excellent.

  21. peterlepaysan 21

    As I recall the tweet Collins was suggesting that Jacinda should be doing something about the dreadful state of affairs in France.

    Pourquoi?

    No other government leader was invited to intervene, only the one who had recently given birth to a baby daughter.

    Bored, ignored and the media all over Simon? What is a girl to do?

    What is the word for a female dog?

  22. Chris T 22

    As an aside, that Project program has turned awful

  23. Ross 23

    They know that if someone reads or hears something they want to be true – things they’re scared of being true – they’ll often believe it if it feels true: Muslims are terrorists, vaccines cause autism, global warming is a hoax.

    They want to be true but are scared of being true? A contradiction right there.

    In regards to vaccines and autism, we know that various medical experts – ie, doctors – said that Hannah Poling acquired autism as a result of being vaccinated. Her family will be paid millions in ongoing compensation. That’s real money, not fake money.

    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/court-awards-over-20-million-for-vaccine-caused-autism-102981579.html

    And you have a senior health official in the US saying that there may be a secondary link between some vaccines and autism.

    https://sharylattkisson.com/2015/01/25/cdc-possibility-that-vaccines-rarely-trigger-autism/#audio

    And there are other cases.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/post2468343_b_2468343.html

    Newshub may be a fake news site….

    • Hannah Poling has autism like symptoms, not autism. She was harmed by receiving a series of shots all at once, instead of them being spread over time. She was awarded damages for the process, not the vaccines.

      Vaccines do not cause autism.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    4 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    5 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    5 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    6 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    7 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    7 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    2 weeks ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
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    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
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    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
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    1 week 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. ...
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    1 week 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 ...
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    1 week 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 ...
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    2 weeks 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, ...
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    2 weeks 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 ...
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    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
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    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
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    2 weeks 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 ...
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    2 weeks 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 ...
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    2 weeks 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 ...
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