Open mike 04/04/2020

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  1. adam 1

    The virus may scear you – but capitalism's latest round of failure and ever growing monopolies should make you mad.

    • Ad 1.1

      Do you mean 'scare' or 'scar'?

      And by 'mad' to you mean insane, or angry?

      And which monopolies are you speaking of?

    • Stunned Mullet 1.2

      Which failures and monopolies are you thinking of in particular ?

      • adam 1.2.1

        Have you got your head in the clouds Stunned Mullet?

        No one is unemployed.

        There is no bailout

        Everything is fine

        • Stunned Mullet 1.2.1.1

          You must have misunderstood my question… or I misunderstood what you were trying to say.

          I thought there were some particular monopolies you were concerned about ?

          …and not sure how capitalism or indeed any particular 'ism' is to blame for the current crisis.

          • adam 1.2.1.1.1

            Nothing is wrong in Stunned Mullets world.

            I never pointed our particulars.

            You seem to be avoiding the economic crisis for some odd reason, you know 600 people lost their jobs today.

            That had nothing to do with the economic structure we live under ah Stunned Mullet??!?

  2. Reality 2

    A must read – Andrew Gunn’s brilliant satire on Mike Hosking in the Dominion Post. It’s worth reading over and over and over again. Andrew Gunn will not be on Hosking’s invitation to a barbecue at his mansion any time soon.

  3. ScottGN 3

    Probably show up on Stuff later.

    • Andre 4.1

      It's probably a good thing that Nostradumbass can't see far enough to realise he needs to not piss off the military. Especially if he's got any ideas of staying on after the voters reject him or he reaches the end of the time allowed by the constitution.

    • dv 4.2

      Yep and US has just passed 30k new cases today!!!

    • Treetop 4.3

      I would like to know who he did cc to on his email. Apparently it was a lot (over 10) he would have known his job was on the line and some people would not of wanted to make the hard call like he did.

      Not sure if Trump will want him charged with something. Hope that Captain Crozier does not lose his military severance.

  4. joe90 5

    Fighting for every life.

    /

    Everyone wants a hero in a time of crisis. But while Cuomo has certainly been willing to play the part (convincingly enough that a few folks even want him to run for president), what he’s done away from the cameras is telling: using $2/hour prison labor to rebottle hand sanitizer, refusing to release elderly and sick incarcerated persons from Riker’s Island, and slashing Medicaid rather than raising taxes on the 0.01 wealthiest New Yorkers. These aren’t the sorts of measures that would save lives in this crucial moment, and they certainly won’t prevent future crises from happening.

    But hey, the PowerPoints are great.

    https://www.theroot.com/andrew-cuomo-is-trash-1842641091?

    • millsy 5.1

      I believe that I pointed out Coumo's austerity policies not long after he was first elected as New York governor about a decade ago.

  5. Reality 6

    Bearded Git – not the same one. I don’t know if Andrew Gunn’s is on Stuff and I don’t know how to do a link.

    • JanM 6.1

      Just google it that's how I found it

    • No worries Reality-see above.

    • Incognito 6.3

      Hmmm, you have been commenting here for over 3 years.

      When you viewing the content that you’re citing/quoting, go to the address bar at the top and highlight the address (AKA URL, it usually starts with “https://***** “), copy it, and paste it into your comment.

  6. joe90 7

    Kinsley gaffe: when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ted2j6KxMf0

  7. Anthony Rimell 8

    A question: for a while there was talk of a UBI being introduced – even temporarily – to ease people through this crisis. That talk seems to have subsided.

    Setting aside whether people think it's a good or a bad idea, has anyone heard anything more on this? Or was it more of a twiteratti idea, floated by some and quickly lost sight of?

    • KJT 8.1

      It already has been to a large extent.

      To all the contractors sole traders, business employees and at risk people who cannot work at present.

    • lprent 8.2

      Nothing that I have seen. But I’d also say that there really isn’t and hasn’t been enough time to plan it even if it was on the table. To implement it would months if not years just in the software alone.

      For what it happening now, you’re limited to existing channels.

      • Poission 8.2.1

        To implement it would months if not years just in the software alone.

        Especially when software designers forget they have an edit function,to resolve mostly duplicated posts.

      • Craig H 8.2.2

        IRD could pay it easily – they already pay working for families, so they have the system for it

        • Janet 8.2.2.1

          Yep , where theres a will theres a way …. so it appears no will.

        • lprent 8.2.2.2

          Not the same… And rather too simplistic.

          Working for families is specific to a group. It has rules and a database attached to implement it.

          What is the system for people who are not in working for families? Because WFF is a specific kind of tax code with a system and data store created specifically for the set of rules for that.

          Remember that working for families took more than a year to implement on the old computer, and anecdotally almost as long on the new system.

          They probably won’t have as much internal programming wiring to do. But they still have to get all of the other supporting systems in place. Then they have to load millions of data points into the system.

          Basically plan on it taking at least a year once the policy is laid down. To do anything less is essentially guaranteed to make it fail.

          Not to mention that there would have to be a pretty strong political debate. Personally I remain quite unconvinced that a UBI is a particularly good system for delivering any kind of useful outcome, and I have been reading about mutually contradictory versions here for a decade.

          Sounds more like a religious slogan than something that is implementable into something useful for the whole of our society.

          I’m also picking that the announcement of any specific UBI proposal will immediately trigger a war between the supporters of it because no proposal is going to satisfy any of its supporters. And that is before the skeptics get to look at it.

          • Craig H 8.2.2.2.1

            Supposedly START is faster to update than FIRST was, but a key difference here would be that the database is everyone or all natural persons, not an application process for a subset with specific criteria.

            Agree that long term UBI needs a different debate to a short term grant. Perhaps a simpler option then is to increase benefits and other support so unemployment doesn't hurt so much.

            Another option would be to hand out some one-off grants. That could be managed through income tax refunds – just make the minimum refund $1000, or $1000 for income < a figure TBD.

            • lprent 8.2.2.2.1.1

              Agree that long term UBI needs a different debate to a short term grant. Perhaps a simpler option then is to increase benefits and other support so unemployment doesn't hurt so much.

              That would be my pick – an existing channel.

              That could be managed through income tax refunds..

              That really isn't an existing channel.

              I haven't filed a income tax statement in more than two decades. I haven't needed to. PAYE, witholding taxes, and these days even the close balance between costs and revenue on my rented out apartment haven't required me to.

              Every 2-3 years I rough cut my possible tax return as an exercise and it winds up with trivial amounts that the government would have to return to me. I write it off as just another donation like – well – my taxes.

              It simply isn't even worth my time to calculate or dispute or even to try to figure out how to avoid with all of the aggravating fiddling. If I want to change tax systems, I'll usually just advocate for it rather than waste the tax departments time.

              While I'm sure that the IRD is aware of a few of my bank accounts, they have no idea of where to place refunds. They certainly don't have a tax refund process for a whole swath of people like me who are usually reasonably well paid, don't have significiant periods of unemployment, and who haven't felt that it is worth their time wrangling fewer taxes through refunds.

              There will also be a whole range of people who don’t file returns because their income is too low to make it worthwhile.

              Imagine having to try to build a refund system for what will be (conservatively) half of the working population who never file returns nor receive refunds.

              Kiwisaver would probably be a wider spread – but what good does sticking refunds in there do for the day-to-day.

              • Craig H

                As of last year, all taxpayers receive a personal tax summary (income statement is the legal term) if they are not IR3 filers, so the mechanism is there now to do that if government really wants to. If you didn't get a refund or a bill, either IRD don't have a current bank a/c (but Kiwisaver transfers from providers to IRD normally include a standard bank a/c number, so they might have that) or you owed them <$20 so it was written off automatically.

                Couple that with an advertising campaign, and it might work. Probably the easiest method would be to increase the Independent Earner Tax Credit since that already exists, so income parameters can be adjusted, rather than having to add something new to the system.

                Probably easier to just pay higher benefits/TAS though.

    • millsy 8.3

      Robertson said that it was being considered. I'm picking that we will hear more about it later on.

  8. Considering what I view as pointed minority faux outrage over example setting, bike rides, bubble bursting and not following advice, and noting the increase of insulting bad language being used here over the past week, like calling others wankers, twats and cunts, maybe a stronger adherence to the edict of be kinder to each other may be in order.

  9. Andre 11

    Profiles in Leadership. If a self-culling base is what you're after.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-coronavirus-social-distancing-golf_n_5e87c167c5b6cc1e47754e1a

  10. Bill 12

    Yeah…

    Her son, who lives in a flat with five others, has been self-isolating in a unit next door since he fell sick.

    To her shock, none of his flatmates were required to be tested as no one had shown any flu-like symptoms, she said.

    "I was just surprised [that's the advice] when he's been living with them all this time and especially when they keep saying: 'Test, test, test'.

    But you know what?

    "There is no point testing people who don't have symptoms, who are unlikely to have the illness." – David Clark.

    • Andre 12.1

      It appears the tests have a problem with producing a lot of false negatives. Possibly especially among the asymptomatic. So while they are still resource constrained and not yet even testing all those presenting with symptoms, it's easy to see how it's not considered worthwhile testing those without symptoms.

      Conventional diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus may give false-negative results about 30% of the time, meaning people with an active COVID-19 infection still test negative for the disease, according to news reports.

      In one scenario, the initial swab sample may not always collect enough genetic material to provide an accurate test. This problem may arise more often in patients who do not show many symptoms at the time of their test, the Globe reported. In addition, the standard nasopharyngeal swab, wherein a long instrument is wriggled and rotated to the very back of the nasal cavity, can be both difficult for clinicians to perform and uncomfortable for patients to endure, Krumholz wrote.

      https://www.livescience.com/covid19-coronavirus-tests-false-negatives.html

      https://www.businessinsider.com.au/false-negative-coronavirus-test-accuracy-rates-worry-experts-report-2020-4?r=US&IR=T

      • Bill 12.1.1

        Yup. The tests developed in Germany ain't flash on the false negative front. But they're 100% accurate on the positive result side.

        By the reasoning you present, then trace, track and test ain't gonna happen, and if there's no testing, then Shelter in Place ain't going to have the desired outcome and we'll wind up in the same place as we would have with a Social Distancing strategy. (ie – ~ 70% infection rate)

        • McFlock 12.1.1.1

          So the question comes down to whether people who are asymptomatic but worried are more likely to adequately self isolate than 30% who are asymptomatic but infected and received an all-clear.

          • bill 12.1.1.1.1

            I believe the result of a negative is relayed as "not found" (some such wording at any rate) – this from a friend who was tested. So not an unequivocal "all clear".

            • McFlock 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Point still stands.

              False negatives are a problem for screening tests because people treat it like an all-clear. False positives are a problem for diagnostic tests because they result in unnecessary treatment.

              • bill

                No. My friend isn't treating it as an "all clear". And there are no false positives with the tests being used that were developed in Germany.

                • McFlock

                  Copy that. Your friend is typical of literally every person ever tested, therefore you must be correct. Yay.

                  And there are very few tests with zero false positives. I'm sure you checked out the ROC charts on the German test before making that claim, though, so yay for you again.

                  • bill

                    I couldn't say whether they are typical or atypical. I can only relay their reaction to being given a test result that was worded in such a way as to preserved a measure of uncertainty in their mind.

                    On the German test, I'm simply repeating what Michael Osterholm (infectious disease epidemiologist, regents professor, and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. ) has said regards its sensitivity – given his field of expertise I thought it reasonable enough to take him at his word, but hey…

                    • McFlock

                      So your anecdata is irrelevant.

                      As for your comment about the German test, what was the good professor's exact comment? ISTR Roche was touting 95% accuracy, not perfection. Or was Osterholm talking about some other German-developed testing protocol?

          • weka 12.1.1.1.2

            So the question comes down to whether people who are asymptomatic but worried are more likely to adequately self isolate than 30% who are asymptomatic but infected and received an all-clear.

            The bit I think is lacking is that people living in the same house should be physically distancing within the household if one of them has tested positive. But I don't think that is what is happening? It's a problem if any of them are going out to work.

            • McFlock 12.1.1.1.2.1

              I think there are guides on physically distancing from flatmates etc, but yeah – if someone in your house is infected, probably don't go to work would be my thinking. No matter what you do, you could well end up infecting other essential workers.

      • McFlock 12.1.2

        Screening test vs diagnostic test.

        Which also explains why the govt was saying they have sufficient tests, but people are complaining they didn't get tested.

  11. observer 13

    Evidence that the lockdown is working:

    1) As per the latest Bloomfield Briefing, the curve is flattening. Very early signs, but that's what we're aiming for, and it's starting to happen.

    2) The Spin-Off reports on our reduced contact

    Well done New Zealand. Let's keep it up.

  12. Peter 14

    A depiction of a silly person showing their economic model doesn't work. It works how it's supposed to work, how the market has determined it works.

    Somewhere down the line when she finds it's not working in the way she wants it to be working she's demanding it change to operate in a different way. Of course in the current awful situation no-one's going to tell her to get off the grass especially the guy she's interviewing. She doesn't get it and even if she were told she probably still wouldn't get it.

    For his trouble of doing what life has taught him to do, make money, he's called a traitor. Apparently though patriotism is a big thing, the most important thing. How did that go for career civil servants in the impeachment thing when patriotism had them coming forward looking after their country? This silly woman was probably calling them traitors too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Wi4yWltXs

    They don't want globalisation, they want to be self-sufficient. They want American companies operating off-shore making millions through cheap labour and also want to export stuff to other countries. Why don't they put a wall around the whole place? That'll stop masks escaping.

  13. Good to know Bill Maher will be back on screen tonight (our time).

    Looks like a good remote panel line up.

    Guests will include Willie Nelson, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, author Max Brooks, Seth MacFarlane and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

    • McFlock 15.1

      Never been one for Bill Maher. But it has been interesting watching chat shows without the studio audience, and the subtle changes to delivery that entails. The Daily Show is doing some interesting stuff, and John Oliver is largely doing the usual lol.

  14. adam 16

    Just remember when you buy from Amazon they get to do this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyLT_NUFJN8&ab_channel=TheJimmyDoreShow

  15. Incognito 19

    Within their bubbles near Christchurch, Sullivan and a colleague have noticed less road kill, evidence of a reduced impact by humans on animals.

    Coronavirus: What's happening to NZ wildlife when humans locked down

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/120759079/coronavirus-whats-happening-to-nz-wildlife-when-humans-locked-down

    • Koff 19.1

      Not sure what 'NZ widlife' could be road kill, except possibly kiwi in parts of Northland where the numbers have increased with effective predator control recently. The only roadkill on NZ roads are introduced mammals like possums, rabbits and hedgehogs. That means they are probably surviving more and with probably next to no predator control being done, could be an environmental disaster in the making. Noticed the seagulls were looking hungry up at Waitangi the last week with no tourists chucking them chips or sandwichs to eat. The one place that will definitely benefit by hugely reduced traffic will be in Oz where some roads are normally splattered by dead wombats, wallabies, echidnas etc.!

      • Incognito 19.1.1

        You didn’t read the link, did you?

        • Koff 19.1.1.1

          Yes,I did. It's somewhat of a hodgepodge of an article, but the general message is that nature is getting a bit of a reprieve in may places in varied ways, even the climate. NZ's a bit of a outlier because of the pressure from non-native species. I would have thought that marine life generally will benefit from far fewer amateur fishers and boaties out on the water.

          • Incognito 19.1.1.1.1

            Ok, I couldn’t quite tell from your previous comment @ 19.1 if you had read it.

            For example, the opening paragraph of the article is:

            Scientists are expecting subtle changes in New Zealand wildlife behaviour during these extraordinary times but are frustrated that fieldwork is banned and they can only observe within their bubbles. [my italics]

            See the connection to what I quoted @ 19?

            In national parks and other conservation areas, human presence is usually low, not including the Great Walks and the like. But 1080 operations have reportedly ceased and there will be knock-on effects from this.

            This relates to the “predator control” and the “environmental disaster in the making” in NZ that you mentioned @ 19.1.

            The piece also touches on the balance between native and non-native species here in NZ in the last two paragraphs.

            Taken together, it is a large-scale ‘experiment’ without observers in the field. I think this could be a missed opportunity to learn from because the ‘experiment’ will hopefully be short-lived.

  16. RedLogix 20

    Having spoken to the culpability of the CCP frequently, I'm going to balance the books with Joe Rogan talking with Eric Weinstein on what is happening in the USA. I've started the link at 14:22 and the next 40 min is probably the guts of it:

    https://youtu.be/wf0_nMaQ6tA?t=852

  17. Anne 21

    It is high time the rest of the western world got together and stood up to this f*****g fascist bully president and his team of thugs:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-52161995

    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has started the ball rolling by threatening the current American Administration with threats of his own. [see link]

  18. A 22

    Grateful here in NZ small businesses actually got the govt subsidies. This didn't happen in the US for the most part which all but guarantees widespread failures.

    We don't know how lucky we are.

    Does the disclosure of what companies received money breach privacy?

  19. A 23

    World count of approximately 10,000,000 cases by mid April. We are blessed to have a government that acted comparatively early, although there is a desperate need for harsh consequences.

    • Treetop 23.1

      I am trying to not look forward more than a day about the distress Covid-19 is causing. Some governments are just not prepared. The situation has become cruel in Ecuador, dead left out in the street and dead in the homes. I knew this would occur in countries with few resources.

      Yes NZ is blessed.

  20. Ovid 24

    Sir Keir Starmer has been elected as leader of the British Labour Party. Good luck to him, hopefully they can rebuild for the 2024 election.

    • millsy 24.1

      I personally would have chosen Nandy. Maybe next time.

      Already those who rage-quit the party when Corbyn was leader are starting to come crawling back, expecting to just pick up where they left off in 2015.

    • greywarshark 25.1

      I just remembered your good links ecomaori and I will remember to keep checking to see what music you have heard lately. So I hope you will keep putting it up. Thanks. Kia ora ongoing.

      You are reporting positives – gives me a lift, so thanks for telling about the good.

  21. Eco Maori 26

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    There are idiots everywhere.

    Good on that teacher helping people out during these times.

    The Internet is a great way for people to carry on making money.

    Ka kite Ano

  22. Eco Maori 27

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    I think that the road sight in Te Taitokerau should be examined by archaeological people before any roads are built. Why are they doing that while the lock down is in place Shady.

    I think that the parents should not stress to much if there tamariki are not receiving education resources.

    Ka kite Ano

  23. Eco Maori 28

    Kia Ora The Am Show.

    Water problems in Auckland That's part of global warming predictions.

    If a business person was running the country he would have waited till the Rinos had run Aotearoa over before making big moves that has big financial effects there way of thinking is money before humanity.

    You can't help but try and politicise the virus issue. We have to put people's lives first.

    Ka kite Ano.

  24. Eco Maori 29

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    Its impossible to keep everyone happy during the virus isolation times.

    Hope no one is lost in the Cyclone in Vanuatu.

    Ka kite Ano

  25. Eco Maori 30

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    Cool that Iwi checking to make sure there Kaumatua are OK during there weeks of isolation.

    Good move starting up there own online Kai delivery service.

    I say our government is handling this virus situation well.

    Ka kite Ano.

  26. Eco Maori 31

    Kia Ora The Am Show.

    Aotearoa is lucky that we are a food produceing nation we can feed our Tangata.

    What I can believe that you are a cracked record.

    Ka kite Ano.

  27. Eco Maori 32

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    Its cool weather these days .

    There will be unscrupulous people ripping off people and the government . Kia Kaha.

    Ka kite Ano.

  28. Eco Maori 33

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    Someone ripping off the pepe things from a kohanga reo is not on.

    Condolences to Jimmy's whanau for their loss.

    Ka kite Ano

  29. Eco Maori 34

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    I think it's great that The Warehouse is going to donate Easter eggs to familys.

    Cool that councils are helping feed their poor people we no who to thank for that phenomenon.

    That's the way turn all those logs into timber and other stuff to create local employment just don't ruin our environment in the process.

    Ka kite Ano P. S The gloves will come off after isolation

  30. Eco Maori 35

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    That's good two new channels and laptops being sent out to teach our students and tamariki.

    Ka kite Ano

  31. Eco Maori 36

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    Our government is doing it best to carry on our youth education during isolation.

    Its good to see Kiwis working in the horticultural industry like they use to 20 years ago.

    A 3rd of Kiwis in Australia could be in harder times kia kaha Whanau.

    Ka kite Ano

  32. Eco Maori 37

    Kia Ora The Am Show.

    Hope no lives are lost in Fiji from the Cyclone hitting them.

    I remember that incident well it was on the news as well on The Crowd goes wild.

    I enjoyed living in my off grid camp till I was under arm bowled by you know who.

    😇

    Ka kite Ano

  33. Eco Maori 38

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    That's is cool everyone person coming into Aotearoa is going into quarantine.

    We know who caused the EQC mess.

    I don't think 4 week of UN attended of a golf course will ruin it.???. in Autumn /winter

    Ka kite Ano

  34. Eco Maori 39

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    Condolences to Huirangi whanau for their loss.

    Plenty of vegetables growing on Turanga Nui A Kiwa whenua.

    Ka pai to the Iwi koha kia to te tangata.

    Ka kite Ano

  35. Eco Maori 40

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    It would be good to find symptoms to aid in early detection of the virus.

    That's good online church services you can reach a lot of people online.

    Ka kite Ano.

  36. Eco Maori 41

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    5G protest I was baffled when I found out that some people believe that 5G caused the virus how can A radio wave influence A biological virus.??????.

    Ka kite Ano

  37. Eco Maori 42

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    Yes we are mear mortals on the Mother Earth.

    Aotearoa is lucky of our location in the middle of the Pacific.

    Awsome our government sending supplies and helping to Vanuatu.

    Ka kite Ano.

  38. Eco Maori 43

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    Its good to see our Kaumatua being given groceries during isolation.

    Ka kite Ano

  39. Eco Maori 44

    Kia Ora Newshub.

    Yes our mokopuna enjoyed their Easter.

    That's is awesome those Kiwis being aloud to come home into quarantine.

    Ka kite Ano

  40. Eco Maori 45

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News.

    Good on the Cook Islands government for supporting that golden oldies Netball team.

    That's is cool neighbours meeting each other and keeping safe inside there isolation bubble in Rotorua.

    Great seeing the regions with a lot tangata whenua getting tested for the virus.

    Now is a good time to use the Internet to teach Te reo Maori. Kia kaha Te reo Maori.

    Ka kite Ano

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  • The Hoon around the week to April 12
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above features co-hosts Bernard Hickey and Peter Bale, along with regular guests Robert Patman on Gaza and AUKUS II, Merja Myllylahti on AUT’s trust in news report, Awhi’s Holly Bennett on a watered-down voluntary code for lobbyists, plus special guest Patrick Gower ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    22 hours ago
  • A Dead Internet?
    Hi,Four years ago I wrote about a train engineer who derailed his train near the port in Los Angeles.He was attempting to slam thousands of tonnes of screaming metal into a docked Navy hospital ship, because he thought it was involved in some shady government conspiracy theory. He thought it ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    23 hours ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-April-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    23 hours ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-April-2024
    Welcome back to another Friday. Here’s some articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Wednesday Matt looked at the latest with the Airport to Botany project. On Thursday Matt covered the revelation that Auckland Transport have to subsidise towing illegally parked cars. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    23 hours ago
  • Antarctic heat spike shocks climate scientists
    A ‘Regime Shift’ could raise sea levels sooner than anticipated. Has a tipping point been triggered in the Antarctic? Photo: Juan Barreto/Getty Images TL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above that was recorded yesterday afternoon between and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    24 hours ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #15 2024
    Open access notables Global carbon emissions in 2023, Liu et al., Nature Reviews Earth & Environment Annual global CO2 emissions dropped markedly in 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, decreasing by 5.8% relative to 2019 (ref. 1). There were hopes that green economic stimulus packages during the COVD crisis might mark the beginning ...
    1 day ago
  • Everything will be just fine
    In our earlier days of national self-loathing, we made a special place for the attitude derided as she’ll be right.You don't hear many people younger than age Boomer using that particular expression these days. But that doesn’t mean there are not younger people in possession of such an attitude.The likes of ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Farmers and landlords are given news intended to lift their confidence – but the media must muse o...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • National’s war on renters
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Drawn
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • At last some science
    Ele Ludemann writes – Is getting rid of plastic really good for the environment? Substituting plastics with alternative materials is likely to result in increased GHG emissions, according to research from the University of Sheffield. The study by Dr. Fanran Meng from Sheffield’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Something important: the curious death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • The day the TV media died…
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • What's the point in Melissa Lee?
    While making coffee this morning I listened to Paddy Gower from Newshub being interviewed on RNZ. It was painful listening. His hurt and love for that organisation, its closure confirmed yesterday, quite evident.As we do when something really matters, he hasn’t giving up hope. Paddy talked about the taonga that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Thursday, April 11
    TL;DR: Here’s the 10 news and other links elsewhere that stood out for me over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Photo by Iva Rajović on UnsplashMust-read: As more than half of the nation’s investigative journalists are sacked, Newsroom’s Tim Murphy shows what it takes to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Winston Peters’ Pathetic Speech At The UN
    Good grief, Winston Peters. Tens of thousands of Gazans have been slaughtered, two million are on the brink of starvation and what does our Foreign Minister choose to talk about at the UN? The 75 year old issue of whether the five permanent members should continue to have veto powers ...
    2 days ago
  • Subsidising illegal parking
    Hopefully finally over his obsession with raised crossings, the Herald’s Bernard Orsman has found something to actually be outraged at. Auckland ratepayers are subsidising the cost of towing, storing and releasing cars across the city to the tune of $15 million over five years. Under a quirk in the law, ...
    2 days ago
  • When 'going for growth' actually means saying no to new social homes
    TL;DR: These six things stood out to me over the last day in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy, as of 7:06 am on Thursday, April 11:The Government has refused a community housing provider’s plea for funding to help build 42 apartments in Hamilton because it said a $100 million fund was used ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • https://www.politik.co.nz/?p=12733
    As the public sector redundancies rolled on, with the Department of Conservation saying yesterday it was cutting 130 positions, a Select Committee got an insight into the complexities and challenges of cutting the Government’s workforce. Immigration New Zealand chiefs along with their Minister, Erica Stanford, appeared before Parliament’s Education and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's six-stack of substacks at 6:06 pm on Wednesday, April 10
    TL;DR: Six substacks that stood out to me in the last day:Explaining is winning for journalists wanting to regain trust, writes is his excellent substack. from highlights Aotearoa-NZ’s greenwashing problem in this weekly substack. writes about salt via his substack titled: The Second Soul, Part I ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • EGU2024 – Picking and chosing sessions to attend virtually
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    3 days ago
  • But here's my point about the large irony in what Luxon is saying
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Govt gives farmers something to talk about (regarding environmental issues) at those woolshed meetin...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Climate change violates human rights
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Which govt departments have grown the most?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Something Important: The Curious Death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement.
    The Hope That Failed: The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something ...
    3 days ago
  • Cow Farts and Cancer Sticks.
    What do you do if you’re a new government minister and the science is in. All of the evidence and facts are clear, but they’re not to your liking? They’re inconsistent with your policy positions and/or your spending priorities.Well, first off you could just stand back and watch as the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What’s happening with Airport to Botany
    One of the few public transport projects the current government have said they support is the Airport to Botany project (A2B) and it’s one we haven’t covered in a while so worth looking at where things are at. A business case for the project was completed in 2021 before being ...
    3 days ago
  • Bishop more popular than Luxon in Curia poll
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Silmarillion Fan Poetry: A Collection (2022-2024)
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    3 days ago
  • At a glance – The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is not causing global warming
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    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Dead on target
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The PM sets nine policy targets- and in case you missed the truancy one, Seymour has provided some...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Unwelcome advice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • In a structural deficit, the only real tax cut is a spending cut
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • A Return to Kindness?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Back to the future, with a 2032 deadline
    Aiming to look visionary and focused, Luxon has announced nine targets to improve measures for education, health, crime and climate emissions - but the reality is only one target is well above pre-Covid levels. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Grifters, Bigots & Booling With the Dawgs
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Goldsmith spots a cost-saver in his Justice domain – let’s further erode our right (under Magna ...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Is Global Warming Speeding Up?
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    5 days ago
  • Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister!
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • There’s gold – or rather, energy without carbon – in that rock, but Jones reminds us of the Tr...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Bad faith from National
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Israel’s murderous use of AI in Gaza
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    Gordon CampbellBy ScoopEditor
    5 days ago
  • Total Eclipse of the Mind.
    All that you touch And all that you seeAll that you taste All you feelAnd all that you love And all that you hateAll you distrust All you saveEarly tomorrow morning as the sun is rising in Aotearoa many people across North America, from Mexico to Canada, will be losing ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • So why do that degree… here?
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The hunt is on for an asterix for farm emissions
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, Japan and the Philippines. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to April 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to April 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is scheduled to hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4 pm today. The Climate Commission will publish advice to the Government this evening.Parliament is sitting from Question Time at 2pm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, March 31, 2024 thru Sat, April 6, 2024. Story of the week Proxy measurement via Facebook "engagement" suggests a widely welcoming audience for Prof. Andrew Dessler's The Climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Their Money or Your Life.
    Brooke van Velden appeared this morning on Q&A, presumably paying homage to Margaret Thatcher. The robotic one had come in an 80s pink, shoulder-padded jacket, much favoured by the likes of Thatcher or Hosking. She also brought the spirit of Margaret, seemingly occupying her previously vacant soul compartment.Jack asked for ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Truth pulls its boots on
    It's a lot easier to pull off a lie if people don't know much about what you're lying about.Sometimes, watching Christopher Luxon, you get the impression he doesn't know all that much about it, either.​​ That's the charitable interpretation. The other is that he knows full well.He was on the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Those of a certain vintage in this country will recognise that as a paraphrasing of the much celebrated Paul Holmes sign-off from his nightly current affairs show, yes, he of the “cheekie darkie” comment infamy (that one aimed at then-UN Chief Kofi Annan, and if unfamiliar with what followed in ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Are You Missing Kindness Yet?
    In my last newsletter I asked how is Luxon this out of touch? Many of you, quite wisely, don’t do the Twitter thing so I thought I’d share a few of the comments from the cross section of humanity that you encounter there.The comment from Clandesdiner@boglyboohoo, not sure if that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How NZ and Taiwan differ in disaster preparedness
    Peter Dunne writes –  Taiwan and New Zealand are two small island states with much in common. Both are vibrant, independent democracies, living in the shadow of an overbearing neighbour. (Admittedly, Taiwan’s overbearing neighbour has far more aggressive tendencies than our at-times overbearing neighbour!) There is a strong ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Bryce Edwards writes – Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Nearly a month of it
    Hello! There has not been an omnibus for about three weeks because covid and bereavement got in the way.Here’s what you may have missed if you’re not a daily reader.Life’s Little Victories - I think I’ve dodged COVIDTwo Bar Blues - I haven’t Relentlessly Negative - Things seem to be ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Coastal court action flies under the radar
    Graham Adams says NZ’s coastline may end up under iwi control. Former Attorney-General and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson is known for his forthright and sometimes combative language. In 2022, in discussing opposition to co-governance, he referred to “the sour right” and “the KKK brigade”. Last week, in ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    1 week ago
  • Does a Fiscal Debt Target Make Sense?
    Do we treat the government finances with the common sense that household’s manage theirs?It is a commonly held view that we should treat the government as if it is a prudent household. We don’t when it comes to its debt. Currently the government says it wants to constrain its net ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely connected with. As Oceans and Fisheries ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Spite destroys success
    The clean car discount was a real policy success in pushing electrification of transport. It worked so well that EV adoption was running five years ahead of the Climate Commission's targets, giving us a real shot at decarbonising light transport. National killed it out of pure spite. And as expected, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
    Hundreds of people in little over a week have turned out in Northland to hear Regional Development Minister Shane Jones speak about plans for boosting the regional economy through infrastructure. About 200 people from the infrastructure and associated sectors attended an event headlined by Mr Jones in Whangarei today. Last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has today thanked outgoing Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora Chair Dame Karen Poutasi for her service on the Board.   “Dame Karen tendered her resignation as Chair and as a member of the Board today,” says Dr Reti.  “I have asked her to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
    The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled their proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves for Winter
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour has announced that Medsafe has approved 11 cold and flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Pharmaceutical suppliers have indicated they may be able to supply the first products in June. “This is much earlier than the original expectation of medicines being available by 2025. The Government recognised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • NZ and the US: an ever closer partnership
    New Zealand and the United States have recommitted to their strategic partnership in Washington DC today, pledging to work ever more closely together in support of shared values and interests, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “The strategic environment that New Zealand and the United States face is considerably more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Joint US and NZ declaration
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ and US to undertake further practical Pacific cooperation
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further New Zealand cooperation with the United States in the Pacific Islands region through $16.4 million in funding for initiatives in digital connectivity and oceans and fisheries research.   “New Zealand can achieve more in the Pacific if we work together more urgently and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government redress for Te Korowai o Wainuiārua
    The Government is continuing the bipartisan effort to restore its relationship with iwi as the Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Claims Settlement Bill passed its first reading in Parliament today, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith. “Historical grievances of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua relate to 19th century warfare, land purchased or taken ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Focus on outstanding minerals permit applications
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Applications open for NZ-Ireland Research Call
    The New Zealand and Irish governments have today announced that applications for the 2024 New Zealand-Ireland Joint Research Call on Agriculture and Climate Change are now open. This is the third research call in the three-year Joint Research Initiative pilot launched in 2022 by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ireland’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tenancy rules changes to improve rental market
    The coalition Government has today announced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to encourage landlords back to the rental property market, says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The previous Government waged a war on landlords. Many landlords told us this caused them to exit the rental market altogether. It caused worse ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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