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Open mike 03/07/2013

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  1. Jenny 1

    What will it take, to change the National Government/Labour Party consensus on climate change?

    A massive heatwave in the US, following, a similiar heatwave in Australia?

    Would a back, to back, drought in New Zealand this coming summer, shift our major political parties away from their current position of supporting more coal fields and oil wells?

    Would that be enough?

    Would it be enough, to make Federated Farmers demand that the government do something?

    Or, would it take more?

    Could our neighbor Australia, bear another unedurable climate induced heatwave disaster?

    Would that convince us?

    Maybe by some stroke of good luck, in the fickle nature of weather, the coming heatwaves and droughts might bypass us for one, or two seasons.

    Would that lead to complacency?

    Would that find us exporting millions of tonnes of coal, and drilling for oil out in the deep sea, when the climate crisis really hits?

    Will our political parties continue with politics 101, complacent and unruffled by the impending climate Holocaust?

    Next year, will climate change ever be raised to be debated as an election issue, between our major parties?

    Or even our minor ones?

    Will it be business as usual on the hustings?

    Will Jenny get sent to coventry for asking such questions?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1

      Nope, but she’ll probably lie about the reason for her ban.

    • johnm 1.2

      Hi Jenny
      I sincerely believe National and Labour don’t give a flying whatsit about climate change.

  2. Morrissey 2

    IT’S OFFICIAL: SATIRE IS NOW OFFICIALLY DEAD.

    Even more offensive than watching the bad method acting by Obama—that Hollywood-style battery of cameras underlines the crass “celebrity” nature of this event—is the sanctimonious little caption as he is led around the compound: “He was shown around by a former prisoner.” I would have imagined that that moment was the perfect time for a former prisoner of a brutal regime to confront the head of a stratospherically more brutal regime with an awkward question or three.

    For instance: “How DARE you come here and pretend to be inspired by the suffering and sacrifice of a political dissenter?” Or: “Can you do angry as well as you do solemn?” Or: “How do you sleep at night?”

    But it looks like, for some people in South Africa, the commitment to human rights ended about twenty years ago….

    Barack Obama ‘humbled’ by visit to Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island jail – video

    President Obama said he and his family were ‘deeply humbled’ by their visit to the Robben Island jail where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 years. Obama stood in silence for some moments in the cell where Mandela – who remains critically ill in hospital – was held. The US president wrote in the guestbook: ‘On behalf of our family, we’re deeply humbled to stand where men of such courage faced down injustice and refused to yield’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jul/01/barack-obama-nelson-mandela-robben-island-video

    • Te Reo Putake 2.1

      So no sense of perspective at all, Moz? No understanding of the symbolism of the first black leader of the US visiting the jail cell of the first black leader of South Africa?

      Quelle surprise.

      • Morrissey 2.1.1

        So no sense of perspective at all, Moz?

        The man presides over a vast gulag of illegal, secret dungeons and torture facilities; the man oversees and DEFENDS the use of drone strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Gaza, and Pakistan; the man pursues and harries political dissenters, journalists and truth-tellers with the malicious zeal of a Red Chinese prosecutor in the 1950s; the man visits a dying man who twenty years ago he would have denounced as a criminal and heaps empty platitudes on him.

        And you lack the common sense or decency to perceive the monstrous hypocrisy of this?

        Come on, Te Reo, stop kidding around.

        No understanding of the symbolism of the first black leader of the US visiting the jail cell of the first black leader of South Africa?

        Mandela’s family politely asked Obama not to visit Madiba. Massive protests greeted Obama when he landed in South Africa; law associations and union groups demanded that he be arrested as a war criminal when he landed, the same way another cynical violator of human rights, General Pinochet, was arrested in England.

        Of course, you choose to ignore all that, and go with the spin. I am not surprised one little bit, sadly.

        • Jimmie 2.1.1.1

          Ah but the point you are missing Morrissey is that from TRP’s perspective because Obama’s skin colour is a darker shade of pale he can do no wrong.

          Call it the ‘Hone’ complex.

          • Te Reo Putake 2.1.1.1.1

            Jimmie the Racist. Why is this not a surprise?

            • Rogue Trooper 2.1.1.1.1.1

              “… guess he ain’t never seen no n*88er on a horse before!” -Django unchained. ( a surprisingly thought-provoking movie).

            • Jimmie 2.1.1.1.1.2

              Nothing to do with racism – more to do with the one eyed leftist media for whom Obama can do no wrong. (Because he is Democrat & African American)

              He has carried on many of the policies which he criticized Bush for, has overseen a massive and uncontrolled increase in US foreign debt, has overseen 5 years of recession and turpid growth, not to mention using the IRS to persecute his political enemies, and has been given a free pass from a compliant media.

              Instead of treating his racial background as a side issue no the media have given him a free ride for many years despite showing many leadership flaws.

              And don’t get me started on the Nobel peace prize he won – I mean what did he do to deserve that?

              • Te Reo Putake

                Actually, Jimmie, you deciding that my perspective on Obama is based on skin colour is racist, given that you have not one iota of proof that it actually figures in my thinking at all.

                A simple apology and a promise to do better next time will suffice, ta.

                • Jimmie

                  Look at your comment above:

                  So no sense of perspective at all, Moz? No understanding of the symbolism of the first black leader of the US visiting the jail cell of the first black leader of South Africa?

                  When you called Obama the first black leader of the US you weren’t meaning his skin colour? Um hello you introduced skin colour into the thread and now you have been fisked for it – apologies the other way methinks.

                • Morrissey

                  Actually, Jimmie, you deciding that my perspective on Obama is based on skin colour is racist, given that you have not one iota of proof that it actually figures in my thinking at all.

                  Hmmm. At 6:31 a.m., exactly 11 hours and 46 minutes earlier, you lectured us all that, instead of being appalled by the callous hypocrisy of that publicity stunt, we should be filled with awe-struck wonder at “the symbolism of the first black leader of the US visiting the jail cell of the first black leader of South Africa.”

                  That seems to be an instruction to ignore the war crimes and focus on the positive. It’s the kind of vacuous crap I would expect from a PR flack; I would have thought you, as a loyal Labour Party man, had at least some commitment to human rights and justice.

                  Open mike 03/07/2013

                  • Te Reo Putake

                    “… you lectured us all that, instead of being appalled by the callous hypocrisy of that publicity stunt, we should be filled with awe-struck wonder …”

                    No I didn’t. You lie.

                    “I would have thought you, as a loyal Labour Party man, had at least some commitment to human rights and justice.”

                    I do, which is why your misunderstanding of the concept and associated hystrionics so often make me laugh.

                    • Morrissey

                      No I didn’t.

                      You are now denying your own words, in the very thread in which they appear. That’s brazen.

                      You lie.

                      No I don’t. Here are those words again: “No understanding of the symbolism of the first black leader of the US visiting the jail cell of the first black leader of South Africa?”

                      …your misunderstanding of the concept and associated hystrionics [sic] so often make me laugh.

                      Again, in this very thread, you move from simply defending a murderous hypocrite to defending some of the very murders that he oversees. But I’ll step back here and let you explain in more detail your stated enthusiasm for the “useful tool” of remote-controlled drone strikes.

                      http://www.policymic.com/articles/16949/predator-drone-strikes-50-civilians-are-killed-for-every-1-terrorist-and-the-cia-only-wants-to-up-drone-warfare

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      The only useful tool here is the well known drone, M. Breen of Northcote. And that usefulness is somewhat diminished by his continued lies and misrepresentations.

        • Te Reo Putake 2.1.1.2

          There’s no hypocrisy in supporting drone strikes, Moz. Drones are a useful tool for eliminating identified enemies and a lot less dangerous for civilians because of their relative accuracy (compared to B52’s carpet bombing SE Asia for example).

          Obama didn’t visit Mandela; you seem to have got that wrong. Same with the massive protests that didn’t actually happen. And there is no reasonable comparison between Pinochet and Obama. You’re a fool for thinking there is.

          • Populuxe1 2.1.1.2.1

            Pretty sure Obama didn’t drop dissidents from helicopters into the sea for one thing

          • Murray Olsen 2.1.1.2.2

            Drones allow people to be murdered at the whim of the US President. Anyone murdered is automatically considered a terrorist unless they can prove otherwise. They broaden acts of extra-judicial killing and make them much easier to carry out without any scrutiny or body bags. I can see quite a few reasonable comparisons between this and what Pinochet did.

          • Morrissey 2.1.1.2.3

            … there is no reasonable comparison between Pinochet and Obama. You’re a fool for thinking there is.

            I never said there was. That would be misleading, and unfair—to Pinochet.

            • Te Reo Putake 2.1.1.2.3.1

              You’re a dimwit and an arsehole Morrissey. Grow up.

              • Professor Longhair

                One “Te Reo Putake” turned several hues of purple and then committed the following lines to posterity….

                “You’re a dimwit and an arsehole Morrissey. Grow up.”

                I put it to you, ladies and gentlemen, that that is perhaps the most abject signifier of defeat to be seen on this forum in a long, long time.

                • Te Reo Putake

                  Yep, really nailed the git, thanks for the encouragment, jazzbo.

                  • Morrissey

                    You’ve linked to a Victor Jara tribute. That’s ironic, given that you would undoubtedly have repeated the brutal lies told about him forty years ago by the same people whose lies you have been repeating on this mostly excellent forum.

                    Victor Jara despised hypocrites, I think you should know.

              • Morrissey

                You’re a dimwit and an arsehole Morrissey. Grow up.

                Translation: “I got nuthin’.”

      • Populuxe1 2.1.2

        I would have thought it was obvious to anyone who cared to think about experiencing prejudice and overcomming inherently institutionalised racism, but I’m not sure Morrissey is particularly good at checking his white privilege.

    • Huginn 2.2

      Really? on the other hand, the POTUS could have popped in and written something more like this in the guest book:

      ‘Hey Nelson, I’m sorry that you spent nearly 28 years in jail because the CIA told the South African authorities where they could find you. You can rest assured that it won’t happen again . . . . at least not to you.’

  3. Morrissey 3

    Young Republican rally: Spinechilling
    July 3, 2013

    Note the grinning, dopey doppelganger behind the speaker’s right shoulder….

  4. Ad 4

    Just in case Mayor Brown and his Council don’t see the point of Brownlee and Bridges hooking Christchurch City Council onto the boning room chain, it’s spelled out line this:

    “this is what you will get unless you do things our way and to our timetable.”

    A great precursor to the full meeting of most of the senior Cabinet members with Auckland Council on July 16th, the Unitary Plan draft, and anyone wanting to apply for the new CE of Auckland’s job.

    Point made, Minister, point made.

    • Rosetinted 4.1

      Ad
      The government is prepared to use a fan when throwing around its preshus policies which will spearhead the Advance of NZ. So spreading the effluent from the north to the south, and not forgetting other compass points is the intention.

      The Christchurch debacle around planning and permits appears to thicken as it is revealed at last that (put planning control council acronym here) has found that buildings that don’t meet criteria have been issued with permits, or something. I’m not sure just what or how many but I don’t feel too worried and crushed by my lack of knowledge about this because nobody appears to know what they are doing anyway.

      And all the time, the point remains that this is not a normal building and planning situation, and imposing the requirement for fast issue of All building permits or whatever, is unwise at the least and probably a stupid, irresponsible and wilfully neglectful decision by politicians who will later slide away from the consequences. And they should be tracked down and put in stocks with free supplies of rotten tomatoes when there are consequences, dragged there kicking and screaming.
      Let them have a share in the distress of people trying to deal with the messes they have made.

      • Rogue Trooper 4.1.1

        apparently consents issued by CCC over years,have got be gone over again by accredited assessors.

        In a similar flight-plan, the government’s light regulation of airline pricing (fixing) is predicted to lead to less bookings according to one industry commentator.

      • Chooky 4.1.2

        Maybe it is not a question of quality of buildings ( ie the quality of Council consents and planning) so much as stability of the land underneath Christchurch …….and this could be a huge imponderable.

        Has anyone done a study/ a count of perfectly well engineered modern buildings in Christchurch which are now facing demolition or extremely expensive structural engineering because the ground underneath has slumped or flooded or both?

      • Rogue Trooper 4.1.3

        Tony Marryat takes ‘leave’ over consents.
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10894535

  5. Jenny 5

    Under the guise of Nationalism and unity, the Egyptian military are preparing to take power in Egypt.

    Many of the millions of people who have protested against the Morsi regime seem to have faith in the military to side with the revolution.

    But is this the reality?

    Will the people of Egypt be betrayed by the Egyptian army?

    From stuff.co.nz

    World powers are looking on anxiously, including the United States, which has long funded the Egyptian army as a key component in the security of Washington’s ally Israel.

    General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has spoken with his Egyptian counterpart, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, although it was unclear what was said.

    President Barack Obama has urged Mursi and his rivals to compromise. But Washington has also defended the legitimacy of Mursi’s election. It is unclear how far the Egyptian military has informed, or coordinated with, its US sponsors.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/8867733/Army-ultimatum-for-Egypt-president

    Like most revolutionary situations, every thing is extremely fluid, and the final outcome is unclear.

    It is possible that the army may side with the people. (I think this outcome is unlikely. Though in history, Venezuela being a notable example, this has occurred).

    But even if the army don’t side with the people. Because of the massive size and power of the uprising, and its wide popularity, the army may not be in any position to order its soldiers to openly attack the revolutionaries.

    Unable to impose their will on the ground, reactionary pro-Western military leaders may be trying to subvert the revolution by claiming to be its champions. Their aim; to consolidate their power, until they are in a position to betray the revolution. This too has happened before. The ultimate result of the latter outcome, will be that once the army has consolidated its power and politically disarmed the revolution, a mass suppression and possibly even liquidation of the revolutionaries will begin. Personally I can’t see how this can happen either.

    • Rogue Trooper 5.1

      Morsi is the first elected leader of Egypt in 5000 years apparently; despite this, poverty, unemployment, inflation and debt have continued to increase.

  6. felix 6

    Does parliamentary urgency have the effect of cancelling/postponing today’s security & intelligence select committee hearing?

    If not, where/when is the live stream at?

    • karol 6.1

      3 News said they’ll be streaming it live. Dotcom expected to front around 5pm.

    • Pascal's bookie 6.2

      TV3 said yesterday they’d be live streaming it, and folks were reckoning that it’s not a ‘select’ committee as such, so it should be going ahead

    • felix 6.3

      Thank you both muchly.

  7. Auckland Council is proposing to make begging illegal.

    This has shades of John Banks Auckland City’s approach. Back in 2008 his Council passed a bylaw that made it illegal to beg. Beggars were required to apply for a licence before they were permitted to beg. Someone found begging without a permit could be required to leave the area. Failure to do so would constitute an offence punishable a fine of up to $20,000. Imagine what you would have to do to enforce it. Take away their blanket?

    That particular piece of madness was the brainchild of Paul Goldsmith. He seemed to be particularly upset that the homeless were making Auckland look messy, and he proposed changes to the New Zealand Bill of Rights so that police officers could pick people up and move them on.

    That Council budgeted $220,000 for security guards to move the homeless on. That sum could have been used to provide many homeless with shelter. It is not as if there had been an explosion in the numbers of homeless living on the streets at the time and it was estimated then that there were no more than 100 people living rough.

    The report is at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10894464

    • Bill 7.1

      And that’s on top of the similar bullshit happening in Wellington….ban begging and install collection boxes or some such that will divert money to charities.

      From the link – “Walking by or dropping a coin in a cup is not a humane way to deal with the problem.”

      If my memory serves me correctly, a coin or a note dropped on the pavement or in my hat was viewed positively; as something – how might I say? – humane.

      On the other hand, being denied access to the means for food if ‘less than enthusiastic’ about being herded or directed to charities or such like – many of which had stringent and dehumanising restrictions/procedures set around their ‘charity’…well, that’s kind of up there on the inhumane stakes.

      Social wage anybody? Make begging actually disappear?

      • risildo 7.1.1

        Palmerston North has also been using the Police to move beggars on…

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.2

        Social wage anybody? Make begging actually disappear?

        Yep, if people actually had enough then there would be no need of begging.

        That said, you’d probably still see some begging for the same reason that you still see e-mail scams – it’s a good money spinner.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 7.2

      I presume those wanting to beg have to produce ID before obtaining the permit. No mention that there are a variety of people who can’t actually prove who they are (eg. grew up in one of NZ’s cults who never registered their birth) and therefore will never be able to either apply for a government benefit until they can prove who they are or…apply for said permit.

      And why are all these homeless the responsibility of charities? Isn’t that in itself a little unfair, especially in such a tight funding environment and with little if any local government support?

      • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1

        And why are all these homeless the responsibility of charities?

        Because if the government can point to charities doing it then they will be able to cut down government welfare and then be able to cut taxes for the rich.

    • Rosetinted 7.3

      I couldn’t remember who Paul Goldsmith was. Looked up wikipedia. Quelle surprise again.
      PAUL GOLDSMITH List MP based in Epsom
      http://www.paulgoldsmith.co.nz/‎
      I’m not surprised, since it confirms that New Zealand is on the right track. Our growth is amongst the best in the OECD, unemployment is falling, real wages are …

      Doesn’t he just sound like a heartless, selfish, money-loving, uncaring, classist, callous narcissistic p..k. A person who would allow begging if they had a permit, which they would be unlikely to be granted and which would cost money that needy people wouldn’t have! WTF. The backstory is that gangs or such are thought to be setting up beggars as an income stream. So therefore, react but do nothing to help about the need, just act to stop the pimping effect.

      • Bill 7.3.1

        When everything you own is what you are carrying on you…
        When you don’t know where, if or what you will eat today…
        When you have no idea where you will sleep tonight…
        When you use public toilets for washing…
        When you don’t have the means to cook anything
        When you fear the effects of any illness because it will fuck you by a level of magnitudes…
        When you have to steal life’s necessities out of sheer need…
        When idiots believe you to be a closet millionaire (“The backstory is that gangs or such are thought to be setting up beggars as an income stream.”)…
        When the fine lines between disapproval, antipathy and outright violence follow you…
        When it rains or is cold…
        When you are bound in a web of countless ‘catch 22’s’ that put all social welfare out of reach…

        …a ‘crackdown’ rolls over the horizon.

    • Rogue Trooper 7.4

      “Auckland has begun to treat beggars like dogs”- Cathy Casey.

  8. This academic James Veitch has a strange world view. He denies that the law is being changed but agrees that the law is being “regularized”.

    When asked if the GCSB has been acting beyond the law he said that the GCSB had equipment and expertise that should be used. WTF?? Just because it is able to do something means that the law should allow it to do this?

    And security cameras on Courtney Place is justification for increased surveillance.

    I am sure that the heads of the KGB, the NSA and the Stazi would all agree with his approach. It seems to be that the security apparatus should have as much power as it needs to do its job, or at least its perception of what its job is.

    • Pascal's bookie 8.1

      If you want dancing on the head of the pin you are counting the angels on, ask a religious studies prof. I guess.

    • framu 8.2

      His critical thinking and logic is pathetic.

      His whole argument seems to boil down to “well they were doing it already so its not giving them new powers”

      never mind that what they were doing already was found to be illegal.

      never mind that the discovery of illegal practices by the GCSB is the whole reason this debate is now happening

      hes playing an agenda via semantics – something that key excels in.

      • felix 8.2.1

        I can already dig up my neighbour’s flower bed. I’ve got a shovel! Making it legal won’t give me any new powers.

        • framu 8.2.1.1

          well when you put it like that 🙂

        • Rosetinted 8.2.1.2

          felix
          Hey where do you live? I want to keep an eye on you. Even though I don’t have a flower bed.

          Now I think of it, you doing something with a shovel would be an improvement on what passes for my garden. Welcome friend!

          Reminds me of the joke in Porridge with Ronnie whatisname. He was in stir, and wanted his front garden dug over for his spring vegetable planting. Put in a letter to his wife to make sure that she didn’t go near the front garden with a spade. As he was supposed to have loot hidden for afters, the police took an interest in this garden, with helpful effect. Shows lateral thinking wot!

          • felix 8.2.1.2.1

            Heh I remember that one too. Also heard about some people up north who got the police to spray a large area of gorse by throwing heaps of cannabis seeds into it and reporting that they’d discovered someone’s plants on their land.

        • weka 8.2.1.3

          Speaking of gardening, they should apply the whole “they were already doing it so it’s not giving them new powers to make it legal” thing to growing cannabis.

      • Ugly Truth 8.2.2

        The civil system is built on semantic games aka words of art. Words of art like appear, person, and vehicle are major parts of the machinery of control. The words are systematically misinterpreted as being matters of fact when they are judicially interpreted as matters of law. This means that the system can effectively introduce arguments which are cloaked by legalese.

        For example: it is a matter of fact that a person can look like a human being, but an appearance as a person under the act is a matter of law. The matter of fact is based on concrete physical characteristics, by the matter of law is based on intangibles like rights and obligations.

    • felix 8.3

      “When asked if the GCSB has been acting beyond the law he said that the GCSB had equipment and expertise that should be used.”

      Might have to get him to opine on the legality of the Automatic-Random-Destruction-Flamethowing-Robotic-Chainsaw-Decapitation-Machine I’m building and testing on the front lawn.

      • framu 8.3.1

        is that a kick starter thing?

        • felix 8.3.1.1

          At the moment I’m crash-starting it on the road outside the primary school, but eventually I’ll build an electrical ignition system that can be triggered remotely. You don’t want to be anywhere near this thing when it fires up, it’s fucking deadly.

          • framu 8.3.1.1.1

            ha ha – were totally talking two different things 🙂

            but would love to see you crash start such a machine

            • felix 8.3.1.1.1.1

              lolz no I’m not seeking any kickstarter funding.

              I’m funding development myself by cooking meth, which I understand to be lawful as I already have the power to do it.

              • framu

                that would be ‘super powers’, surely

                which would make it ‘super legal’

                theres not a judge in the land who could touch you

          • Te Reo Putake 8.3.1.1.2

            Ha ha ha! If I’d been drinking coffee I would have ruined another keyboard 😉

      • mickysavage 8.3.2

        Hehe.

        It is a classic example of the search for media balance. It just goes how insane the argument is if Mr Veitch and his view is all that they can find advocating for an increase in GCSB’s power.

    • Rosetinted 8.4

      See Karol’s post – John Key’s disdain for democracy
      And I’ve put some detail about Jim Veitch and his views in a comment there.

  9. Adrian 9

    Wrong Vietch, I know, but throwing people down stairs to be made legal because they’ve been doing all day, ref!

    • mac1 9.1

      They think that’s what ‘de-escalation’ means.

    • Rosetinted 9.2

      The humour is as painful as being thrown or perhaps just pushed down stairs. Are you thinking of that political action by He Who Must Not be Named in Christchurch some years back?

      • mac1 9.2.1

        Both.

        “To gerrymanhandle’ where a politician takes over a political entity by force as in ChCh and threatened in Auckland has now been coined to reflect that action of HWMNBN in Christchurch, and the older ‘gerrymander’ where electorates are shaped to fit desirable demographics for the incumbent.

        De-escalation is to stairs what defenestration is to windows.

  10. Bill 10

    The Guardian is reporting that Eva Morales’ plane has been diverted to Austria due to a suspicion that Edward Snowdon is aboard.

    I can’t escape the feeling that the US is fucking this up in a major way. They haven’t been able to demonise him. And the public is generally supportive/sympathetic towards him and his actions. Yet, instead of quietly ‘allowing’ him to disappear, the Obama administration seems hell bent on possibly lighting the ‘blue touch paper’ of public opinion/anger by arresting and prosecuting him.

    • Bill 10.1

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/03/edward-snowden-asylum-live

      The plane carrying Bolivian president Evo Morales from Russia has been rerouted to Austria, following suspicions that the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was onboard, leading to a major diplomatic incident.

      Bolivian foreign minister David Choquehuanca said that French and Portugese authorities refused to allow the plane to fly through their airspace. He added that rumours Snowden was onboard were unfounded.

      “We don’t know who invented this lie. We want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President Evo Morales,” Choquehuanca told the Associated Press.

      • Te Reo Putake 10.1.1

        This is getting weird, Bill. If this puts the aircraft at risk, then it could be a major international incident.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          It’s more than weird, it’s getting sinister.

          A couple of days ago, politicians all throughout the EU were absolutely livid at revelations that the USA had been spying on not just them, but all of their citizens as well.

          Today, the governments of Spain, France, Portugal and Italy deny overflight rights to Morales’ official government jet, forcing his jet to emergency land in Austria, simply because the US was suspicious that Snowden was on the flight.

          Also, Germany – the main target of US espionage in Europe – has turned down an asylum request by Snowden.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.2

          So get this TRP:

          VIENNA (Reuters) – Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Wednesday he was awaiting Spanish permission to fly home through its airspace after he refused Madrid’s request to inspect his plane following its diversion to Vienna.

          So get this: Spain denies overflight permission to Morales, a sovereign leader with diplomatic immunity and a plane which is considered Bolivian territory. Morales turns around and lands his jet in Austria.

          Spain then asks Morales for permission for them to inspect the plane while it is in Austria, based on US suspicions that Snowden is onboard.

          It doesn’t get more fucked up and weird than this.

    • joe90 10.2

      Morales in Vienna but not Snowdon.

      VIENNA — Bolivian President Evo Morales is at Vienna airport, but fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is not on board his plane, an Austrian foreign ministry official confirmed early Wednesday.

  11. felix 11

    Who was the tory-boy who just finished speaking in parliament who thinks murderers are a bunch of “ratbags and rascals”?

    Either Jamie Double-Barrell-Name or Paul Foster-Private-School.

    • weka 12.1

      Me too.

      Shearer’s caucus agreed that it was a good job, and rewarded him this morning by giving him his 11th gold star sticker. Shearer has been told that every time he does a good thing, he’ll receive another gold star, and if he can get to 20 before September, “nothing bad will happen.”

      It shouldn’t be funny, but what else is there to do now except laugh.

  12. karol 13

    My response as a sometime passenger on Auckland’s buses, to the idea that passengers should always have small change:

    I’m not a f**king banker!

    Why are there not change machines available, if the drivers can’t cope with notes? Even if I have smallish change most times, some times it’s just not possible. And the bank machines give out $20, sometimes $50 notes. There’s not always somewhere near by to change the notes when ruihing to catch a bus.

    Where are we supposed to get all this small change from?

    • felix 13.1

      We’re not supposed to get small change. We’re supposed to get rfid chips implanted in our bodies.

    • Rosetinted 13.2

      karol
      Inefficient money tokens. You must comply. You must comply. The Luggage in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books was actually a prototype public transport vehicle powered by people who didn’t have the right change.

    • Populuxe1 13.3

      What’s the point? Frequent bus users get a bus card and the over 65s have a gold card. Cash is being phased out completely. If you use a bus so infrequently that you pay in cash, you’ve obviously got every opportunity to be prepared rather than make life difficult for the bus driver and his passengers. Hell, for a twenty you could probably take a cab.

      • felix 13.3.1

        Yeah, god forbid anyone should just want to take a bus without checking with Populuxe first.

        • Populuxe1 13.3.1.1

          Feckless, why should other users be inconvenienced and bus drivers held up at gun/knife point because you refuse to do your bit for an efficient public transport system? Seems to me you are making this much more about you than I am about me.

      • Rogue Trooper 13.3.2

        Elenchus Pop, elenchus.

      • McFlock 13.3.3

        If I took a dunedin bus every day, I’d pay a grand a year yo get to work.
        My scooter is about $600/year or less (probably including depreciation – in the region of $5 or $10/week fuel).

        I have a full card wallet (nothing fun – discount cards, IDs, licence, door passes, etc), and use the bus only one day a week and on occasion on the weekends. The last thing I need is another card that saves me feck all.

        • Populuxe1 13.3.3.1

          In Christchurch the card saves me hella money – it actually gets cheaper the more times a week you use it.

          • McFlock 13.3.3.1.1

            IIRC the dunedin gocard saves a flat 10% or so.

            Still much cheaper to use private transport, which is just dumb.

        • NickS 13.3.3.2

          Or just bike 😛

          (if you can)

          Though I hear dunner’s is a bit interesting to bike around.

          Anyhow, my push bike only costs about $140/year roughly, taking into account parts costs for new gear clusters, wheels etc.

      • karol 13.3.4

        Oh, pop, you are soooo out of touch. There are various kinds of unforeseen situations. And even trying to conserve cash at other times, I don’t always have the cash. It’s the exception rather than the rule, but it happens on occasions.

        I have an Auckland train Hop card. I can’t use it on a bus in Auckland right now.

        Taxi? Right, and the change from that?

        • Populuxe1 13.3.4.1

          The Auckland system is a mess, but that’s Argumentum ad Jaffarium. Busses in Auckland are cheaper than Christchurch from my experience of having used both fairly frequently. It’s Auckland – how likely are you to be able to find somewhere nearby to buy some chewing gum and get change? If things are that tight, you might want to consider a bicycle.

          • karol 13.3.4.1.1

            Thank you. I have a permanent injury that prevents me riding a bicycle.

            Last Sunday, I was waiting for a bus outside New Lynn transport centre (my car is currently off the road). The Mall shops opposite were closed at that time. A guy was going around asking all the other people waiting for buses for change of a $20.00 note – no luck. There was nowhere for him to get change at that time, except possibly an after hours pharmacy nearby – though they must get sick of being asked for change..

            He looked totally despondent.

            Get a clue about what you are talking about.

            • Populuxe1 13.3.4.1.1.1

              Gosh, you mean that public systems don’t always favour individual circumstances?! Well knock me down with a feather!

              • McFlock

                but they should at least make a reasonable go at it.

                Otherwise you have an “efficient” public transport system that runs perfectly – but has few or no passengers.

                I can give you a myriad of examples of public transport that runs to the system’s convenience, not the citizens’ convenience. Sadly, all of them from Dunedin.

                • karol

                  Exactly, McF. At the moment, there’s not enough focus on providing Auckland’s public transport for the people, in an integrated and effective way.

                  I actually think the bus drivers can be very helpful. But the whole system needs to be improved – including integrated ticketing, more reliable timetabling etc.

                  But, also, there needs to be machines to deal with coins/notes for those that need them. There is that provision for people taking trains – plenty of machines at train stations, and they take cards or cash.

                  • Populuxe1

                    Timetables are probably less useful than smartphone apps and the electronic systems also widely available at bus stops. As for the ticketing machines – yes it works for trains where you have fewer stops and these in large and secure stations, but it would be very expensive to install these anywhere other than bus exchanges and transport nodes – they would be vulnerable to theft, vandalism, and what exactly do you do if THEY don’t have enough change?

                    • McFlock

                      No more vulnerable than an ATM.

                      And if they have not enough change, they cancel the transaction, return the funds, and send a maintenance call to the operators. Or give the customer the option of adding an amount to a new concession card, if needs be.

                      Sorted.

                      Somehow I think you’re looking for reasons to settle for a crap system,

                    • McFlock

                      No more vulnerable than an ATM.

                      And if they have not enough change, they cancel the transaction, return the funds, and send a maintenance call to the operators. Or give the customer the option of adding an amount to a new concession card, if needs be.

                      Sorted.

                      Somehow I think you’re looking for reasons to settle for a crap system, though.

                      damn, sorry – double post

                    • karol

                      Actually, I was thinking of the electronic systems at the bus stops as much as anything. And the timetables on MAXX online that I usually check before travelling. they are pretty unreliable.

                      Did you see the TV3 News report on these systems in Auckland? – last week, I think. Buses that are listed as coming in 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, then disappearing off the board and the bus never appearing. They 3 News experience is pretty much what I have experienced frequently. “Ghost buses” 3 News called some of them.

                    • Populuxe1

                      The last time I checked, ATM’s are either inside shopping centres, petrol stations, in their own secure annex accessed by swipe card, or built into the exterior wall of a bank – perchance these might have rather better security than your average bus stop?

                    • karol

                      I wasn’t thinking about ticket machines at bus stops, but at transport centres, Malls, etc.

                      Like New Lynn transport centre. Plenty of secure places for them. Till, with buses, I suspect there will always be a need for the cash option, though it could be minimised greatly.

                      Maybe also small cash-taking machines on buses. Easier on the drivers. Mind you, any machine needs to be well maintained. On my weekend bus, the driver was held up at several stops by a malfunctioning ticket dispenser.

                      And I’ve been in the queue at Britomart when people have been complaining about malfunctioning Hop cards.

                      PS: not everyone has a smart phone, etc. Sounds like a very middle-class perspective.

                    • Populuxe1

                      I don’t have a smartphone either, but neither am I going to get all huffy and snotty and pretend that doesn’t put me in a minority or make me special

                    • McFlock

                      actually, I know of one that was built into theexternal wall of a menswear shop, and at least two in external walls of a student centre. Not to mention one next to a liquor store I encountered in Wellington.

              • Rosetinted

                Any bold hero willing to step up to this challenge?

      • karol 13.3.5

        PS; Cash means no-one can spy on what I’m doing. I know…. nothing to hide, nothing to fear.

        I actually prefer cash to cards a lot of the time.

        • Populuxe1 13.3.5.1

          If you are seriously that paranoid, I’m surprised you aren’t worried the government aren’t tracking you by the metal strip in your twenty dollar note FFS

      • lprent 13.3.6

        I’d guess you really don’t know Auckland? Or that you never use public transport around the city…

        I take the bus (uses either a Hop card or Snapper card), sometimes the train (uses AT Hop card), sometime the ferry when heading to devonport (AT Hop). Some of the many bus lines take Hop and others take Snapper. There is currently one bus line (Urban Express) that takes AT Hop. I’ve given up even bothering to try to figure out which bus lines take what are which.. And I’ve used all three modes of transport over the last couple of weeks

        So you can see that at present I’d have to carry cash on 3 different cards. Moreover the Hop and Snapper cards I cannot top up on the net because the silly fools tried to retail the cards rather than figuring out how to make them useful for commuters. I have to find one of the rare dairies that actually knows how to use their machines. At present it is a hell of a lot easier to carry cash.

        This is what is known as “Steven Joyce efficiency” named after the fuckwit minister who made it happen by screwing up a perfectly good integrated ticketing plan for his wellington mates at Infratil so they could recover their investment on Snapper…

        Taxi’s? Hah – I guess you live in some minor provincial town probably like Wellington :twisted:. Ummm in fact any other town in NZ is less than third of Auckland’s population.

        Twenty dollars will usually take me from home to work at rush hour. That is from Grey Lynn to the Bridge (at the other end of Ponsonby). If I wanted to head out to New Lynn way where Karol haunts, then it’d be closer to $50 one way. The airport is closer at something like $70 in rush hour.

        Basically if you don’t know what you’re talking about for Auckland public transport, then why didn’t you just listen rather than writing like a hick?

        • Populuxe1 13.3.6.1

          Hick? Seriously? How about you stop writing like such a fucking JAFA. Three quarters ofthe population don’t live in Auckland and can seem to get their public transport systems to work just fine. Auckland system is fucked up – that’s seriously Auckland’s problem and nothing to do with the efficiency in the rest of the country or busses in general. Argumentum ad fucking Aucklandium – but excuse me, I have to retire to my cabin in the fucking woods now.

          • Draco T Bastard 13.3.6.1.1

            Auckland system is fucked up – that’s seriously Auckland’s problem and nothing to do with the efficiency in the rest of the country or busses in general.

            There’s a few aspects to Auckland’s PT:
            1.) We built roads rather than PT over the last 5 or 6 decades thus making our PT not very good
            2.) Steven Joyce demanded that the Snapper card be accepted on buses. It then turned out that the Snapper card wasn’t compatible and couldn’t be made compatible, as promised, with the AT Hop card that Auckland Transport was rolling out
            3.) We have private companies competing to provide the buses

            All of this has resulted in a mishmash of partly done BS. It would actually be quite easy to fix – full council monopoly – but that happens to be illegal.

            • Populuxe1 13.3.6.1.1.1

              Ok cool. Thank you for your thoughtful response, Draco. I agree with you that there should be a nationalised card system tied to the Eftpos system – that would seem eminently sensible and preferable to a council monopoly. The system as it stands is a mishmash of bullshit, but not beyond repair. Fundementally I think the card system is superior to farting around with cash for many reasons including security and efficiency.

          • lprent 13.3.6.1.2

            How about you stop writing like such a fucking JAFA.

            I am a JAFA – hell I was born here which makes me a something of a rarity in Auckland. Sure I’ve lived for years in other cities and towns around the rest of NZ. More than enough to know that the rest of NZ has no understanding of the problems with the continuous growth in a larger city.

            Three quarters ofthe population don’t live in Auckland and can seem to get their public transport systems to work just fine.

            Nope. You are quite quite out of date.. The census is going to be interesting

            Population of Auckland 1.377 million (Jun 2011) 31.3%
            Population of Christchurch 363,200 (2012) 8.2%
            Population of Wellington 395,600 (2012) 9.0%
            Population of NZ 4.405 million (2011)

            Small population centres don’t usually have the morons from the National government attempting to screw up the transports systems like Auckland does. Basically if the National governments would fuck off and leave the transport taxes here then we’d sort it out. In the meantime we have morons like Steve Joyce and Nick Smith jerking off.

        • Draco T Bastard 13.3.6.2

          So you can see that at present I’d have to carry cash on 3 different cards.

          That is a problem and one that should never have happened – the government should have set the standards for the cards for the cards a long time ago to ensure compatibility. It really is open standards that allow innovation. Closed standards prevent it.

    • weka 13.4

      A $20 note seems reasonable, a $100 note not so reasonable.

      I’m guessing there is also a security issue for bus drivers carrying too much change.

      • karol 13.4.1

        I’ve had drivers complain about a $20.00 note, and not have enough change from my fare.

        • weka 13.4.1.1

          Maybe they’d had lots of twenties that day. I can see how it would be a logistical nightmare getting lots of bigger notes on a busy run. Easier for drivers to criticise passengers than the companies they work for too.

          On the other hand, you’d think bus companies would want to encourage passengers.

    • Draco T Bastard 13.5

      I recall when the idiots tried to demand exact change and that was back in the days when people could be expected to actually carry cash.

      They need to run out the AT Hop card nationally ASAP. Making it part of the EFT-POS system would be good and having the government buy out the banks as part of that would be even better.

  13. joe90 14

    This isn’t going to end very well.

    @daliaziad

    See in this photo, the supporters of #Morsi who are killing protesters in Bein Elsarayat now carrying Al-Qaeda flag!
    http://www.masrawy.com/news/Egypt/Politics/2013/July/3/5665044.aspx

    • Bill 14.1

      That going to be an Al Qaeda that the US arms, or an Al Qaeda that the US bombs? Decisions, decisions…

  14. bad12 15

    Strike 2, well known recidivist Crim Arthur Taylor has taken it to Judith Collins (again) in the High Court at Auckland over the illegal banning of tobacco products in New Zealand prisons,

    Having been spanked previously by the High Court for what they say is an illegal ban Colin’s has rushed through an amendment to Legislation which she claimed legitimized the actions of the Crown,

    Justice Brewer in the High court at Auckland today disagreed terming the rushed amendment also illegal,

    Wonder what it will take for Collins to get the message, more burning jails perhaps, when the State cannot stop itself from behaving illegally in it’s behavior towards those it incarcerates on behalf of the community how can anyone, State and Community alike hope that these inmates once released will have the slightest respect for the law over and above what has been shown by Judith Collins,

    Kudo’s and a nod to the good legal skills of Arthur who in all His years serving time has made it as difficult as humanly possible for the forces of the State to keep Him locked up with ease, had anyone all those years ago taken the slightest bit of notice of the intelligence of this kid born on the wrong side of the social divide they would have directed Taylor’s obvious talents and nose for injustice into serving the law instead of breaking too many of them to count…

    • Rosetinted 15.1

      Arthur Taylor has very effectively said ‘Screw you’. Fascinating isn’t it how cigarettes are the addiction du jour. I think because the crims get pleasure from smoking, rather than concern for their health, creates the hysteria in the minds of the RWNJs.. (Same disapproval was shown about beneficiaries buying chocolate biscuits.) So exterminate – exterminate these foul sticks.

      There is a cyclical pattern to be observed here. In my short lecture on addictions – I note first that in the USA they banned alcohol because you shouldn’t have it if you wanted to be healthy, happy and wise and pure in mind and body. People found that a bit dull and wearying so they changed the prohibition to marijuana because there was no money in it for the rich folks and mainly the black folks used it, and it might inflame them and heaven knows what that would lead to and lynching was now frowned on. Then banning marijuana caught on because there is value in having proscriptive laws for things that the toffy nosed are unlikely to want or use, it just marks so clearly the boundary between the better people and the rest. And NZ is part of this authoritarian, proscriptive law persuasion. Fall for it every time.

      Cigarettes Are Bad for you (except they may have an ameliorating effect if you get Behcets disease. I just throw that in as I came accidentally on it the other day and want to completely confuse my already confusing discussion.) So is banning something that people have built up an addiction to. (Remember in the war (probably at least two) the forces were issued with cigarettes. They probably fought with three cigarettes burning at the one time, didn’t care at all whether they burnt a hole in their trousers with ash.)

      People in general are prone to addictions of different sorts – what to ban next? I know what – ban addictions.

      • bad12 15.1.1

        Lolz, as a matter of interest, or not, Arthur Taylor is not a smoker of tobacco products and never has been,

        His actions in the High Court with regards to the prison smoking ban are purely ‘socialist’ in that they were taken on behalf of the inmate population who are addicts of that particular product,

        The interesting aspect of the anti-tobacco hysteria industry is that claiming half of tobacco users will be killed by the product via heart disease and cancers is to ignore what kills half the population who have never breathed a whiff of the demonized weed which also just happens to be heart disease and cancers,

        What evil caused such maladies in the non-smoking population, too much fresh air perhaps…

        • Populuxe1 15.1.1.1

          Same goes for mental health facilities – you can’t help or rehabilitate people if they are in withdrawl and hate your guts

          • Bill 15.1.1.1.1

            That mad buggers from southern states you’re referring to there, aye?

        • Tim 15.1.1.2

          When this diverts to the MSM, whatsay they get a pop-up criminologist to comment. (perhaps someone with the initials G.N.)

          … or maybe there’s another one on their list of experts

        • weka 15.1.1.3

          The interesting aspect of the anti-tobacco hysteria industry is that claiming half of tobacco users will be killed by the product via heart disease and cancers is to ignore what kills half the population who have never breathed a whiff of the demonized weed which also just happens to be heart disease and cancers,

          So? Heart disease and cancer have multiple causation and contributory factors. That’s not being ignored, it’s just irrelevant to the smoking reduction policy. And in case you hadn’t noticed, they’re also going after other causes of heart disease.

          • bad12 15.1.1.3.1

            What your really saying is that they have been telling us all LIES about tobacco usage’s link to cancers and heart disease for quite some time,

            Cancer in it’s various forms and heart disease will kill at least half of those who have never used tobacco products so it’s pretty f**king obvious that it will also kill half of those who use tobacco products,

            What is irrelevant is the linkage of tobacco as a cause of heart disease and cancers as the statistics show that half of those who do use tobacco products would still die of heart disease or cancer even if they had never used the product,

            50% of those who smoke will die of heart disease or cancer,

            50% of those who do not smoke will die of heart disease or cancer,

            Hardly the scare story the anti-tobacco hysterics claim right, which is why they LIE with the omission of all the facts…

            • NickS 15.1.1.3.1.1

              🙄

              🙄

              🙄

              Note – cancer is not just one disease it’s a cluster of sometimes very genetically different diseases concerning over-proliferation of cells in the body, for which a small, but significant number of fairly nasty, treatment resistant strains are strongly correlated and have mostly understood molecular bio causal links to smoking.

              Turns out, sucking fairly potent oxidants (and mutagens, aromatic rings ftw!) into your mouth and respiratory system selects for cell lines with high copy numbers or expression of anti-oxidant proteins. Which gets in the way of the primary, oxidant release triggered cell death program, and so increases the chances of cell lines becoming tumorous and potentially cancerous. Not to mention, it kind of blocks our anti-cancer treatments, which rely on causing massive oxidation damage to kill cancerous cell lines… (source)

              So, how about you bother to go read the medical literature and bone up on basic epidemiology of cancer and heart disease in relation to smoking, instead of mouthing off ignorant bullshit? It’s only a bit of hard thinking about linkages, basic statistical thinking and mostly accessible readings. Nothing that anyone with internet access couldn’t do, made easier by tons of accessible info dumps in the form of wikipedia and science blogs.

            • weka 15.1.1.3.1.2

              “50% of those who smoke will die of heart disease or cancer,

              50% of those who do not smoke will die of heart disease or cancer,”

              bad12, can you please link to the references for that statement? I’d like to address your points and it will be easier if I know the fuller context of that statement.

              • McFlock

                Actually, not too far off.
                It’s the fact that half of smokers die on average 20-odd years before non-smokers that I believe ASH & co have an issue with.

    • Murray Olsen 15.2

      It says a lot for the calibre of NAct ministers when a self-taught crim can be all over her in court. It’s pretty obvious that her main interest is in discipline and punishment, rather than law or justice. What’s frightening is that this interest in discipline and punishment is also shared by so many of our population.

      • RedBaronCV 15.2.1

        Probably being funded by some US group that provides private prisons because they don’t want to see their client base dying off too young – there’s money in keeping those oldies locked up.

  15. Rogue Trooper 16

    ” a psychotic is a guy who just found out what is going on”.- William S. Burroughs.

    -US / Euro spying may lead to suspension of progress on Trans-Atlantic Partnership.
    -“the factional difficulties in the Labour caucus are complex”.- Chris Trotter. (looking older Chris, hope you are keeping in good health)
    -New Zealand’s expanding petroleum industry was discussed on RNZ Insight.
    -Ka Wha Whai Tonu Matou, Rosetinted, Ka Wha Whai Tonu Matou. The Constitution ‘conversation’ appears likely to be heavily influenced by the representative conservative values of both primary parties, consider corporate Iwi and consolidated hapu. (It was Labour that was elected in Ikaroa- Rawhiti.). It is important where one lives and votes.

    The seeds and offshoots of the IGT debate were considered by David Thomson in “Selfish Generations? : The Ageing of New Zealands Welfare State.” (welcome to the retirement home).

    Werner Gitt , an interesting process, although ‘young-earth creationism’ seems a bit unrealistic in view of the evidence.

    The US is certainly a Police State; an abundance of internal and external terrorist enemies / opponents.
    What price “Liberty”?

    Heard that ‘nice man’ Mora attempt to re-frame poverty the other afternoon, reading out some listeners small-minded contribution -” let’s re-define a ‘low-income’ as the outcome of poverty; that there will only be a a place for the ‘learning-disabled’, the mentally ill, addicted (and other disadvantaged) when there is a greater availability of low-skilled jobs”- Barbara Walker. sigh.

    The Auckland council has given ground to some of the NIMBY’s and lowered height limits in some areas on the UP.

    re IANZ and CCC, IANZ say it’s a matter of technical competence, Key says it’s a a matter of time , with developers being held up. Wonder what influence insurers are bringing to bear.
    The P0lice believe that early bar closing (in Christchurch) could be the most significant Public order initiative in a decade.

    Dunne, ‘defends democracy’ now, being on the receiving end of his e-mails read without consent.

    The Nats sure are feeding a lot of Bills through under urgency; did you know it has taken three years for the The Companies and Limited Partnerships Amendment Bill to come to reading since Power first got approval from cabinet. Guess if businesses were smoking cigarettes in their tax-havens, progress might have been hastier.

    Poor old Owen Glenn- guilty, “no contest”. “Abuse thrives in the lack of transparency”_Neville Robertson.

    What has happened to Dr Pita (take this taiaha from my cold dead hands) Sharples?-“need to clean us up or we’re down the tubes”, yet “been hearing discontent from the grass-roots since January”.Hone contends that there is bitterness among some maori about the path Sharples took the party down.

    Australian pollie receives typical Ocker abuse for taking oath of office on the Quran.
    (wait ’til the Islamic unrest does roll out on their shores).

    Get some Ultra-Fast Fibre in your diet, you are only as young as you think, “Dont Date Robots”.

    -the Residium.

    Check out the Sustainable Vehicle (electric) supplied to Kapiti Council for rubbish collection.

  16. yeshe 17

    Metiria Turei battled it out, and won, against Speaker David Carter this afternoon. She was brave and formidable .. and Carter is a seriously unimpressive and clearly not non-partisan.

    Congratulations, Metiria and the Greens … will post a link unless someone can find it first. Do try to see it.

  17. Rogue Trooper 18

    Louis Althusser (1918-1990).” The most influential Marxist philosopher in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He produced a novel form of Marxism by attempting to integrate into it the dominant ideas of structuralism, in sharp contrast to the Hegelian and humanist interpretations of Marx that had gained prominence in the two decades following the second World War.

    The ‘later’ Marx, according to Althusser, had inaugurated a new type of philosophy which underlay his social scientific analysis. This dialectical materialism was above all, a theory of knowledge. In distinctly neo-Kantian vein, Althusser saw the task of philosophy as the creation of concepts which were a pre-condition for knowledge (though, I wouldn’t include Russell’s ‘logical atomisms’). He insisted on the strict separation of the object of thought from the real object. Knowledge working on it’s own object was a specific form of practice, of which Marxist philosophy was the theory.

    When applied to society, the result of this epistemology was the ‘science’ of historical materialism. Each of the instances of society- economics, politics, ideology- was a structure united within a structure of structures. The complex and uneven relationship of the instances to each other was called by Althusser a ‘conjuncture’. Every conjuncture was said to be ‘overdetermined’ in that each of the levels contributed to determining the structure as well as being determined by it: determination was always complex. This structured causality resulted in a reading of history as process without subject- as opposed to the tendency of , for example, Sartre or the early Marx to see human beings as the active subjects of the historical process.

    Althusser’s account of Marx. in particular the concept of the problematic and it’s insistence on the relative autonomy of the sciences, was a good antidote both to all types of reductionism and to extreme forms of Hegelian Marxism.

    It does, however contain weaknesses, which Louis re-emphasized by revealing the superficiality of his approach in his autobiography.
    -It’s status as a reinterpretation of what Marx actually said is dubious; since any recourse to a real object is ruled out, it is difficult to establish what the criterion of scientificity could be.
    -Since the science of dialectical materialism is cut off from the social formation, Althusser fails to provide a satisfactory account of the relation of theory to practice.

    Yep.

    • Rosetinted 18.1

      Rogue T
      You sure know how to stretch a reader’s mind. Probably into next week. It’s an antidote to the interchange of – The polls are looking better, no they aren’t. Yes.. if you take in the co-efficient of the matrix, and allow for the symbolic effect of the GFC hegemony and other acronyms. Well that is obviously just wishful thinking and totally off…

    • NickS 18.2

      Personally – Marx and Engels analysis failed because it didn’t have access to the statistical tools needed to sanity check economic systems. Pretty close to the mark though, but there’s still an annoying habit by some readers to take it all as writ in stone. Despite numerous scholars and practical implementations of communism showing that Marxism and spawn had high mutability and poor fits to some human systems.

      (note – this unit’s encounters with Marx et al are mostly surface material, didn’t really encounter it within areas of study, not even in philosophy of science)

      Bloody interesting stuff though 😛

  18. Rogue Trooper 19

    Sam Judd on NIMBYism

    • weka 19.1

      hmmmm, yeah, nah. Most people I know opposed to deep sea oil drilling around NZ would be more than happy to transition to non-fossil fuels now. And if the hippies didn’t drive to protests, there wouldn’t be any (some even ride a bike or ride share). He’s trying to make a valid point, but he doesn’t do it in a very useful way and he too often focussed on the wrong targets. Gotta provide some solutions if you want the masses to change. Having a go at them for being hypocrites doesn’t work (we’re all hypocrites when it comes to the environment).

  19. Winston Smith 20

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/8870253/Living-wage-more-costly-than-expected

    Oops a diasy, still thats what happens when you borrow Labours calculator…

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      Why are you supporting a measure which will increase thefts, home invasions and burglaries?

      You righties are really stupid on this shit.

      • NickS 21.1.1

        Main effect would be to make it more difficult to track them actually, as people on the run from the law (that get caught) make use of their bank account…

        Plus the costs (work hours, stuff ups) of doing this probably out weighs any benefit.

        • Colonial Viper 21.1.1.1

          Hmmmm doesn’t seem to stop proposals for car park and ipad taxes…

    • Draco T Bastard 21.2

      Taxpayers overwhelmingly say they don’t want to fund people to actively avoid the Police…mz bennett

      Strange, I don’t recall being asked.

  20. Most boring speech ever, heck you guys thought he would go after key, didnt quite happen huh.

    Sorry guys, maybe next time.

  21. The GCSB was around in helen clark’s day? anyone complain then?

  22. yeshe 24

    Oh dear .. the mic was live when it picked up what seemed to be John Banks saying to Slippery Key ” If we had given him ( as in Kim Dotcom) any more time, it would have ended in abuse”. ( Or was it Tony Ryall ?)

    If anyone doubted how slippery Slippery is, trhen please listen to this committee hearing. I love that Mr Dotcom challenged Key eye-to-eye on his lying … we owe a lot to this brilliant German Kiwi resident. Thank you, thank you for exposing these inequities in the GCSB.

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  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    18 hours ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    2 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    3 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    5 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the 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. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    3 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
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  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
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