Open Mike 03/05/2017

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  1. Andre 1

    Real journalists are too professional to respond when the Chump throws schoolboy insults in their face. Stephen Colbert is not a journalist…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stephen-colbert-donald-trump_us_5907f22fe4b05c397681d231?section=us_comedy

  2. Gosman 2

    The sort of leftist thinking I see here every day from the likes of Draco and others.

    http://www.herald.co.zw/si-64-boosts-job-creation-bimha/

    I especially like the quote abiut digitalisation creating 4 milluon jobs in the broadcasting sector. That reminds me of Draco’s brilliant ideas of where new jobs in NZ could come from.

    • Johan 2.1

      Gosman is it too early for you to post something sensible or is the above comment typical of all your comments?

  3. Jacob 3

    I’ll just leave this here….

    Scroll down to comment by “Winston_Key”

    Land of the Wrong White Clowns – Anger, apathy and anti-intellectualism in NZ from newzealand

  4. Carolyn_nth 4

    Breaking from various MSM twitter accounts: Fairfax-NZME merger declined. Thank goodness.

    Edit: Commerce Commission press release:

    “Having reviewed all the evidence, our primary concerns remain that this merger would be likely to reduce both the quality of news produced and the diversity of voices (plurality) available for New Zealanders to consume. Competition between NZME and Fairfax leads them to produce higher quality content than would otherwise exist with the merger. This competition incentivises investment in editorial resources, motivates journalists and editors in their day-to-day work and acts as a safeguard to plurality.

    “In our view, the merged entity’s competitors would not be able to constrain it in any real way from making cost-cutting decisions that reduce quality and plurality. The extent of internal plurality is also discretionary on the part of the media owner and we do not regard promises to maintain current levels as a sufficient safeguard on future editorial decisions.

    “While we cannot weigh in dollar terms the net benefits against the detrimental societal impacts we expect to see, in our assessment this is not a finely balanced decision. We decline to grant authorisation.”

    And there needs to be changes to the Commerce Act, still. Media is not just about commerce, it’s about the public interest and the media’s role in democratic processes, access to information important for society, etc.

    • gsays 4.1

      Excellent news.
      It was surprising it got this far.

      • Tamati Tautuhi 4.1.1

        The Commerce Commission is part of the NZ Old Boys Network and basically rubber stamps everything ?

        • greywarshark 4.1.1.1

          Newspapers may be just fish and chip wrappers of a sort, but, only after they have been read, after they have revealed whatever, and what’s more after the option of the item being torn or cut out and kept for easy archiving and hands-on reference.

          Carolyn-nth
          And there needs to be changes to the Commerce Act, still. Media is not just about commerce, it’s about the public interest and the media’s role in democratic processes, access to information important for society, etc.

          I agree wholeheartedly

          • Rosemary McDonald 4.1.1.1.1

            “Newspapers may be just fish and chip wrappers…”

            Sadly, hardly ever these days. I used to view reading the paper around the grease spots as a bonus to the enclosed culinary delights.

            The demise of the newspaper chip wrapper is probably as much to do with some wonky food safety rule as it is the lower sales of newspapers…although most going tabloid size may be also a factor.

            The last takeaways we got wrapped in the news was a a Chinese language publication….

    • Ad 4.2

      LPrent I would be interested to hear you view as to whether this decision will seriously weaken the viability of the NZ MSM, or whether overall it will encourage smaller ventures like Scoop and indeed this website to increase their impact?

      Also, do you see the decline of the public need for news being siphoned off onto Twitter commentary – particularly with the rise of it as a dominant commentary platform for the US President?

      • tc 4.2.1

        public broadcasting enshirned into legislation is the only way to ensure quality objective material.

        These are 2 private entities attempting to maintain returns by slashing jobs and costs rather than invest in their output quality. Voda/sky is the same situation.

        • Ad 4.2.1.1

          A small part of the problem.

          Major problem is cohorts under 40 don’t engage with the news.

          And those remaining that do, do so not by reading but via clips of less than 2 mins.

          • greywarshark 4.2.1.1.1

            There are more of us over 40! If we can hold onto what is important in the society, it gives the youngsters a chance to grow up and become wiser citizens, who are always in a minority, hopefully a large one.

        • greywarshark 4.2.1.2

          Maintaining returns? Fairfax bought TradeMe and I thought was getting good returns from its advertising revenue but then sold it.

          This example of irrational and erratic behaviour by oligarchs like Gina R and her cohorts is why we should have newspapers owned by the irrational citizenry, probably a a Trust, and at least we balance each other out in our own country!

  5. Tamati Tautuhi 5

    Gosman are you on a full time wage with either National or the ACT Party ?

    Your comments appear to be deliberate attempts to divert rational discussion on the TDB I suggest you look up Kiwiblog or Whaleoil Websites you would be far better suited to making valuable contributions to those websites/blogsites rather than bothering people on the TDB especially this early in the day.

    • BM 5.1

      Gosman has been posting here for a very long time

      So long, in fact, iprent honoured him by creating this rule.

      The Gosman (hypocrisy) ruling.

      People using a pseudonym to comment who then claim that other people commenting/posting anonymously (or any words construed to mean that) will have their own comments treated as being anonymous. Since this site does not allow anonymous comments, they will receive an immediate long ban.

      Policy

      • ianmac 5.1.1

        As Brian Easton says, “There is a well-established research finding of ³group polarisation²: when like-minded people get together, and speak and listen only to one another,…”
        We have to be aware that this could apply to us. So I quite like the “different” viewpoint offered by some commentators here. Know what our enemies are thinking.

        • BM 5.1.1.1

          It’s why I like to read different views.

          Very easy to end up getting tunnel visioned if you only surround yourself with similar people who share similar views.

          Know what our enemies are thinking

          I’m not a great fan of that sort of baby boomer thinking, I don’t consider anyone here as my enemy, maybe some a bit extreme and fruitcakey but certainly not an enemy.

          • mac1 5.1.1.1.1

            BM, what is ‘baby boomer thinking’? How is “know what our enemies are thinking” an example of this, whatever it is?

          • ianmac 5.1.1.1.2

            Enemy in the sense that if you vote for the other side you are the enemy. Does the National Party see Andrew Little as an enemy? Think so or they would not send in their proxies to “bring him down”.
            I think that I am too old to be a Baby Boomer.

          • RedLogix 5.1.1.1.3

            @BM

            Every now and then you post something I agree with 100%.

        • r0b 5.1.1.2

          Quite agree. Right wingers are a valuable resource!

          • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.2.1

            Yep, helps me clarify my own thoughts through more reading and research.
            Or, as Douglas Adams put it:

            “There really wasn’t a lot this machine could do that you couldn’t do yourself in half the time with a lot less trouble,” said Richard, “but it was, on the other hand, very good at being a slow and dim — witted pupil.”
                  Reg looked at him quizzically.
                  “I had no idea they were supposed to be in short supply,” he said. “I could hit a dozen with a bread roll from where I’m sitting.”
                  “I’m sure. But look at it this way. What really is the point of trying to teach anything to anybody?”
                  This question seemed to provoke a murmur of sympathetic approval from up and down the table.
                  Richard continued, “What I mean is that if you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else. That forces you to sort it out in your own mind. And the more slow and dim-witted your pupil, the more you have to break things down into more and more simple ideas. And that’s really the essence of programming. By the time you’ve sorted out a complicated idea into little steps that even a stupid machine can deal with, you’ve certainly learned something about it yourself. The teacher usually learns more than the pupil. Isn’t that true?”

            They’re still wrong but you can’t have everything.

            • greywarshark 5.1.1.2.1.1

              When you say ‘they’re’ you aren’t meaning Richard et al DTB? I guess you mean all the festering, feisty, fulminating RWs with their slabs of intellect that they keep chucking at us. Sort of like schoolkids with defensive positions on the playground throwing things at each other and TS is our playground!

            • McFlock 5.1.1.2.1.2

              When programmers (and allied trades) get into a shit-loop, there’s a procedure called the “rubber duckie step” to kick yourself out of the fixation before bothering anyone else with it:

              You have a rubber duckie on your desk.
              You explain to the rubber duckie how to do what you’re doing.
              The act of explanation often identifies exactly where your shit-loop begins.
              You continue on your way.

    • Gosman 5.2

      Ummm… this is The Standard not TDB.

      • Ad 5.2.1

        Stick with it Gosman you stop the echo chamber.

        • greywarshark 5.2.1.1

          Yes Gosman you perform a useful purpose so that Ad can measure himself against you and know when he is leaning too far right and might fall over!

      • Tamati Tautuhi 5.2.2

        Technical error but shows you are on the ball this morning.

  6. ianmac 6

    “NZME and Fairfax merger declined by Commerce Commission today.”

    Our very good provincial paper is owned by Fairfax. From 1st May the paper is printing local news and only publishing on Mon. Wed. Friday. For 2 weeks we are getting the Press for Tue. Thursday. Fairfax has upped the online/email delivery of its news.
    Interesting to see how that pans out especially when the new subs for the Express/Press are published? Pay more for less?

  7. AsleepWhileWalking 7

    Housing bubble (Canadian version) is popping.
    A prelude of what is to come to NZ.

    http://www.caseyresearch.com/articles/the-cancer-thats-spreading-across-canada

  8. AsleepWhileWalking 8

    Fun fact of the day: The SWIFT system that banks use to transfer money runs on Windows Vista. This from Simon Black who discovered just how archaic the banking system is when he started his own bank.

    “When my bank received its SWIFT code, we were told that we had to have a computer running Vista in the office in order to connect to SWIFT.

    It was such an absurd exercise to find an obsolete computer running an obsolete operating system to connect to the supposedly most advanced and important international payment network in the world.

    Unsurprisingly, SWIFT has been hacked numerous times, both by the NSA as well as private hackers who have stolen a great deal of money from their victims.

    Last year a bunch of hackers famously penetrated the SWIFT network and stole over $100 million from the Bangladesh central bank.

    And that was nowhere near an isolated incident.

    This is the big hidden secret of banking: despite the shiny veneer of online banking, the institutions that literally control your money are run on outdated, inefficient, obsolete technology.”

    https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/i-never-knew-how-screwed-up-global-banking-was-until-i-started-my-own-bank-21494/

    • AsleepWhileWalking 8.1

      What does RealMe run on? Personally I’ve never trusted having all my info in one place. For a fuddy duddy like myself it just seems to borrow trouble so I’ve avoided it thus far.

      • The Weatherman 8.1.1

        Apache server linked to .a bunch of Windows machines that haven’t been patched in yonks.

    • Rosemary McDonald 8.2

      “…an obsolete computer running an obsolete operating system…”

      Hey! The laptop I am using runs (very well) on Vista.

      However, for the right number of $$$, I may be willing to put sentiment aside and help this guy out.

    • saveNZ 8.3

      +1 – not just banks, insurance and a lot of big companies. Apparently one ginormous insurance company was shopping around to upgrade it’s legacy but it was so old and risky that nobody would take it on. It was such a joke someone just put on a cartoon with ‘you’re fucked’.

      Behind the glossy real estate of most big firms, the actual transaction sides which is run by IT, is often in a dire state. Or it’s still on paper records like old man Hubbard who bought down South Canterbury Finance.

  9. greywarshark 9

    Australians commitments of cordiality and co-operation are not worth the sand they are written on.

  10. Takere 10

    The Greens have sold out their members/followers by supporting Nick Smith & his Pt England Development Enabling Bill where any public park, reserve, National Parkland & DoC managed land is up for sale to the highest bidder!
    Marama & Metira have traded-in their Environmental & Conservation Credibility to chase the Maori vote by supporting a treaty settlement thats not a Treaty Settlement with a private entity called the Ngati Paoa iwi Trust Board.
    Chris Finlayson has bank rolled this trust with only 2 board members for the past 6 years, with $33m of tax payers money.
    When I’ve questioned him about the probity of the cuzzies negotiating & these kinds of deals masquerading as a “Settlement”, he just ignores the issue and says he is comfortable with “it”?

    Its great Labour (Phil T. & Peeni Henare, Priyanca ) came out and changed their position & opposed the bill as well as NZF. But the biggest WTF moment was with the Greens? A No Brainer?! WTF!
    Anyway, I meet with Marama a few times and gave her an insight of the shenanigans the cuzzies are up too. Not interested! So I told her, when this turns to custard as it is about too because there are 3 boards, two negotiators, 4 mandates & 3 deeds in play … an implosion is inevitable. The NPiTB has keep no minutes and record of major transactions & have not presented Audited Financial Accounts for 6 years! All of this (risk) is on the taxpayer(s).
    I did say that I’d make sure that there will be plenty of shit going around after the implosion and any party on the wrong side of this Bill, I’ll be sending plenty of it their way! This was all before RM’s polling came out last week. Greens -1.5%. Not claiming all of it but for the last 4 months of campaigning, I’ll take 0.5%! Haha!

    So I’d appreciate it if you good folks get this out there into the public area … am doing it too myself at local meetings in GI/Pt England, twitter, social media, marae too.

    It is a National issue when your local park & reserves can be confiscated by the Crown. Sound familiar?

    The Bill needs killing & the Greens as well as anymore progress with the Ngati Paoa iwi Trust Boards negotiations. They’ve gone rogue, off the reservation and not listening to the iwi.

    • saveNZ 10.1

      scary stuff. What the fuck is happening to the Greens??? At a time when everyone wants to vote Green too.

      Firstly public parks, reserves, National Parkland & DoC land should not be for sale. Secondary, if it was it should be for the community interest NOT for the highest price.

      A lot of residential land is being sold to residents offshore. My neighbour although probably the nicest neighbour we had, is a permanent resident of China and the house is sitting empty for months, my aunt was saying that their neighbour’s from Japan bought their house next door, went back to Japan and they haven’t seen them since.

      There is a moral issue about keeping land and housing available for those living and working in this country, first. surely??? This highest bidder debate has consequences for the local community. Meanwhile we keep making more houses to be sold offshore and everyones rights have been taken away at a local council level to keep up with the monopoly board real estate sell offs.

      The idea of greater taxes, isn’t popular when you are competing with off shore middle class who don’t earn or pay any income taxes in NZ but as a local you are expected to pay more taxes and have higher mortgages and higher interest rates to stem the gap of offshore land ownerships – oh and expect lower services, longer for retirement, longer health waiting lists, more ‘donations’ to support schools. Mow your own berms…

      Just because our governments signed our rights to control land away in free trade agreements for magic beans, does not make it right. And the government needs to reverse it. It’s gone too far.

  11. Something those of you not listening to RNZ may have missed-
    Yesterday Peters laid down on Checkpoint a bottom line that he won’t go into coalition with any party that doesn’t allow re-entry into the Pike River mine. Given that National are opposed but Labour and the Greens are onboard with re-entry, this is a pretty clear declaration that Peters is leaning towards dealing with Labour and the Greens, but is keeping his options slightly open in case he manages to force the government into a u-turn on this issue.

    Basically, if all three parties can hold onto or increase their vote share, we have ourselves a change of government.

    • Takere 11.1

      If there is a threat of another National Government been put back into Office … it’ll be the Green’s that’ll do that! Selling out their Environment & Conservation credibility by supporting Nick Smiths Pt England Bill for the Crown to be able to confiscate any land, council, private & be able to revoke the Reservation Status too … smells of desperation by the Greens(already) to get into “Government!”
      They’ve also picked up the habit of backing corruption too. Enabling a rogue iwi trust to pretend they’re negotiating a genuine Treaty Settlement when its not & Finlayson especially get the taxpayer to underwrite more than $38m+ on “tick” without any Audited Financial Accounts for 6 years!

      So, this is why I’m confident that if the Greens are in a position to cut NZF’s lunch & Labours too, they return a national led Government!

      Don’t let this happen.

      • …the Greens are explicitly against another National government, but they are pragmatic in which bills they support, and sometimes that means voting for things you don’t entirely like to meet a greater goal, like with Labour’s ETS. I’d have to look more into their reasons for supporting the Point England bill to comment about whether they make sense to me, but I am a member of the Greens and the only real ideological concern I have as one is the small faction of the party that has pseudoscientific beliefs about health, and the larger faction that comes to the correct conclusion about the inadvisability of genetic engineering but for the wrong reason. (it’s largely a marketing problem for NZ to engage in GE farming, as GE techniques are likely only marginally more dangerous than selective breeding, which isn’t to say there’s no danger, but it’s likely of things like the forthcoming extinction of bananas rather than of sudden ecological imbalance)

        The Greens have already committed to changing the government, and I don’t see the membership ever supporting National except in extraordinary circumstances, like say, National had a legitimate plan to do dramatically more on climate change than Labour, which I don’t think will practically ever happen. I suppose you could argue that support of this particular bill could somehow increase support for National, but I doubt if it’s as flawed as you say, really the practical effect is that it will shift a few votes to any parties that don’t vote for it, or if it passes unanimously, it’ll discourage voters who really cared about the bill.

        I’ll look into the Point England Bill though, seeing as your comments do suggest it would violate Green values to support it, and have a word with the relevant MP if it concerns me. You should definitely send off an email (I think it would be best sent to Catherine Delahunty as Te Tiriti spokesperson) to let her know of your reasons for opposing the bill, as the Greens are very concerned with honouring the principle of treaty partnership in good faith.

  12. joe90 12

    Huuuge….

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  • 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    6 days ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    6 days ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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