Open Mike 05/05/2017

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  1. Graeme 1

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11848425

    The Herald is continuing it’s campaign on tourism funding, with todays online editorial. It’s pleasing to see this being made an issue and they are starting to get it, particularly around how the move to independent, self drive visitors deprive DOC of concession funds.

    The bit they are not getting is that the industry’s current issues are really around numbers and value, not really funding. We could have the same returns and profit from less, but higher value visitors. The highlights in the video are pretty much all high value events, nothing about cut price Chinese tours on the Sky City – Waitomo – Rotorua circuit or the Korean debacle in late 90’s.

    One thing that surprised me in their figures was the very high precentage of domestic travellers. Traditionally this has been around 50% depending on NZD value. Low NZD we holiday at home (and are better value to overseas visitors), high the opposite big time. This seems odd with a slightly high dollar from a tourist perspective (below 0.65 USD is the nice bit, first number 5 yeehaaa) and constrained discretionary spending in NZ. Also not what we are seeing over our counter, we would put it the other way around, 1/3 domestic at present. Maybe granny stuffed the figure up or there’s something odd being included in the domestic figures, but it undermines the case for government funding a bit.

    I won’t be able to reply until tonight, got to go out and work to keep the cashflow positive.

    • Rosemary McDonald 1.1

      “…particularly around how the move to independent, self drive visitors deprive DOC of concession funds.”

      Yes. It is most definitely the opinion of many overseas independent travelers that DOC camps are free. I have personally had many ‘conversations’ with members of this group who will wave their smart phone and insist the ‘app’ is right and the sign in the camp is wrong.

      Also, they are in communication with each other and exchange tips on the best camps to visit to avoid paying the fees, the camps with no ranger close to hand to collect fees and even the times that DOC staff usually visit particular camps. (Avoiding camp fees seems to be another one of those ‘fun’ activities to participate in…almost like a competition.)

      Some of the larger rental motorhome companies issue DOC Passes to their customers (at a similar price to what we members of the NZMCA pay) but I am not sure if this is compulsory. It should be, IMHO.

      Nightly camping fees have been raised in many basic campgrounds (DOC and Council owned) which has just about put this holiday option out of reach of Kiwi families.

      And onto domestic tourism….the NZMCA has just about doubled it’s membership in the past 10 years. We joined in 2007 and our number is 32000….we are seeing new vehicles with membership numbers in the 70000. In fact, with attrition, (older members falling off their perches etc) those of us lower than about 40000 are in the minority. I’d be lying if I said that the culture of the club had remained the same. There is much emphasis placed on how much members are spending in various regions to convince councils to be more welcoming, rather than us being seen as fellow Kiwis exploring other parts of the country.

      Lobbyists have asked the Government to impose a levy of $20 per head on tourists to help fund infrastructure, especially in regions of low population and rates base.

      Predictably this was rejected by Bennett and co.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/92187391/Southern-mayors-write-to-PM-calling-for-tourism-levy-to-help-with-campers

      • Graeme 1.1.1

        I don’t think Bennett will be able to pull off the Minister for Wicked with quite the finesse that Key showed. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out as the tourist numbers, and dollars slow down as the cycle goes off. Can see a few hissy fits coming up.

        Fortunately the vermin have sort of bypassed Queenstown this year, the council has been fairly staunch at moving them on, and the place is a bit expensive for them. There’s a designated site by the Shotover River but it mainly gets the more mature vanners. It’s right by the main road and shit ponds, which have just been done up and don’t always work right, so people only stay one night there. But there’s several MCA sites that are well used.

        Also seen MCA stickers on backpacker vans, really beat up old Hiaces, are these legit, or is someone taking the piss?

        • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.1.1

          “Also seen MCA stickers on backpacker vans, really beat up old Hiaces, are these legit, or is someone taking the piss?”

          Hah! We can be a snobby bunch, us indigenous motorhomers. My man and I gad about in a 20 odd year old converted Bus, so we tend to have a little more in common with the budget vanners than the well financed Boomer Brigade in their slab sided, characterless mobile tupperware containers. ( I did admit to snobbery. 🙂 )

          Yes. Due to the negative attention from council staff, MCA members and the general public…some of the budget overseas travelers are making the effort to upgrade their wheely home to Certified Self Contained standard. One of the easiest ways of achieving this is to fork over the $$$ and join the NZMCA. The club has member CSC officers who not only check and certify vehicles but will offer (usually free) advice on achieving self containment standard. Making a vehicle CSC is easier and cheaper than you’d think….just requires a tad of ingenuity and a genuine desire to do the right thing environmentally and socially.

          We had a young UK couple rock up to our place a while back (we have a member only parkover) in such a beat up old Nissan…proudly flying the red wings and a CSC warrant card on the windscreen. (NB The blue CSC stickers mean NOTHING…always check for the warrant card.) Anyway, to my shame I kinda gave these kids a bit of the third degree…spent a lovely evening with them talking over the politics of everything (including free and not free camping!) and exchanging journey tales.

          They tried to avoid the crowds of young (mostly German) school leavers who congregate in their hoards in all the popular spots. And they agreed there should be a surcharge/levy to help fund vital infrastructure.

          They also commented on how folk make assumptions about their characters based on what kind of camper they have….

          • Graeme 1.1.1.1.1

            Thanks for that Rosemary, i couldn’t figure out what was going on with them. The ones I’ve seen have been a bit more on to it than the typical German schoolie, like no rubbish in the gutter and don’t turn up down my driveway trying to tell me it’s a legal road ’cause it’s on google maps, despite the gate and private road sign. Some of them need a lesson about living in a civil society and I wonder what has happened to Europe.

            Bonus question. What happens when the young UK couple sell their van at hte end of their trip? Does the MCA membership and certification transfer to the new owners, or do they have to re-certify?

            • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.1.1.1.1

              “Bonus question. What happens when the young UK couple sell their van at hte end of their trip? Does the MCA membership and certification transfer to the new owners, or do they have to re-certify?”

              The CSC warrant is valid for three years…then a recheck needs to be done.

              If they sell the van they must remove the “wings” and their current membership card from the van…this is one of those hard and fast rules of the club and we are led to believe that failure to do this results in wrath of god type punishment. Breach of club rules allowing non financial members access to ‘our’ parkover properties and other membership perks.

              In reality, many vans both grand and humble ,are sold with ‘wings’ (and membership no.) attached and folk have been known to cash in on the remainder of the membership. So far, the gods have smote no one…so I guess its not such a big deal after all…

              The club is encouraging these young travelers to become CSC and join up…much to the discombobulation of our more conventional member!
              We have MCA owned or leased properties all over the country and we pay about $3 per night to parkover. If a few of the young ones are parking with us…its one or two less pissing off the natives.

  2. Ad 2

    With National signalling tax threshold increases and Working for Families changes, they are truly stealing a major plank the Opposition would have had open to them.

    • The Chairman 2.1

      That’s another problem with Labour not formulating policy. It allows National the opportunity to fill that void. Leaving Labour looking rather vacant when asked what will they do differently.

      It’s extremely difficult to challenge the Government and muster voter support when one can’t offer an alternative.

  3. james 3

    Hooton is saying that Labour are on 28% in the latest UMR poll (down 2%).

    https://twitter.com/MatthewHootonNZ/status/860037948573601792

    Cannot imaging many in Labour being happy with that.

    • Johan 3.1

      Who gives a hoot about this ACT minnow.

      • James 3.1.1

        I was looking at the figure – not worrying about the messenger.

        • McFlock 3.1.1.1

          Thanks for your concern.

          Meanwhile, the nat trend decline seems to be pretty consistent. And, of course, last time around Labour had a pretty steep slump from January 2014 – that seems to be missing this time. Maybe it’s just late. Maybe it’s a solid foundation for the campaign…

          • james 3.1.1.1.1

            Im not concerned.

            Agree – Nat trend is not as good as I would like by any show. But if National should be concerned about that – then Labour should be absolutely shitting their pants at 28%

            Ironically at this time before the last election the poll results were

            45.5 Nats 30.5 Labour 13.5 Greens

            National went up.
            Labour dropped – a lot.
            Greens dropped.

            If things played out in a similar fashion – Labour could end up being worse this election than last.

            • McFlock 3.1.1.1.1.1

              last time, the Labour swoon started in January. It would be well evident by now if you could reasonably expect a repeat performance. But it’s pretty constant, despite a bullshit defamation trial in that period.

              Oh, Labour could go down to 11%. Or double-dipton might lead the nats to a stunning defeat (he’s got form). The trends don’t suggest either yet, except that nat support is slowly sliding ever since the dilletante fucked off – and the pressure isn’t even on, yet.

              Nobody should be shitting themselves at this stage. The campaign has barely begun. But nor should tsetse-tory flies be “messaging” about individual margin of error poll results and expecting anything other than scorn.

        • Johan 3.1.1.2

          James, you need to learn how to join the dots.

          • james 3.1.1.2.1

            Or you need to stop linking dots that are unrelated.

            Given the assumption that it is true – my comment “imaging (not) many in Labour being happy with that.” is perfectly reasonable.

            Or have Labour supporters expectations sunk so low that they think this is a good result?

            • McFlock 3.1.1.2.1.1

              James, you well know that Labour only needs to be in the mid to high thirties in September to have a realistic shot at government.

              one datapoint at 28% doesn’t really matter a damn. 20% would be disconcerting, although likely an outlier/polling fuckup. 26-28% for the fifth poll in a row would be very concerning. 28% by itself is a dust particle.

              • james

                Its not “one data point” of course.

                And you are right – mid to high thirties would give Labor a good shot.

                So using Loads and loads of datapoints (from the link you provided) – lets see how many data points put labour in this range …34 – 36 being mid 30’s 37-39 being high 30’s shall we?

                Labour reached the mid 30’s exactly zero times in every publicly released poll. But hey, thats only datapoints going back to the 2014 election.

                So lets go back further …there were a few mid (even high) 30;s results back in 2013.

                So far from being an outliner or a dust particle, it is the long established polling norm for Labour. There is not a single data point (that I can see anyway) that points to Labour being in the mid to high thirties.

                • McFlock

                  Sigh.

                  1: yes, a single datapoint is the subject of the tweet you magnanimously brought to our attention.
                  2: Indeed, Labour did not win last election. But nor has it started plummenting this time around the way it did last time, and nor has national been gaining support.
                  3: when you look at the trends, 28% is the outlier on the polling “norm” for Labour. 32%, or only a couple of points off government, is the other side of that field. I mean, I respect your desire to sow alarm and despondency, but you guys are the ones who really need all the votes you can get. And you’re losing them.

                  • james

                    “3: when you look at the trends, 28% is the outlier on the polling “norm” for Labour. 32%, or only a couple of points off government, is the other side of that field. I mean, I respect your desire to sow alarm and despondency, but you guys are the ones who really need all the votes you can get. And you’re losing them.”

                    Really – because if we look at the trend of all polls for 2017 – Labour adv 28.97 , so 28 is hardly an outliner on polling.

                    As for 32% being the other side of that field – you have to go way back to September of last year to pull that outliner.

        • North 3.1.1.3

          Yeah……’not-boverred-James’ but certainly gladhanding yourself…….as always.

  4. AsleepWhileWalking 4

    Clearly universal income will not work.

    What NZ should do is encourage adaptation into AI. The idea of jobs for everyone is outdated….we need to look at income for everyone, generated not by UBI but each individual and their associated tech.

    • AB 4.1

      “Each individual and their associated tech”
      What does that mean?
      If someone has no ‘tech’ what happens to them.
      Oh and I’d add that many of the IT people Ive worked with are some of the most uneducated and one-dimensional I’ve met.

  5. saveNZ 5

    More bad news. On top of the PSA virus, the Kauri virus and now this….

    There used to be proper protections at the border in NZ to safe guard NZ from these risks. Now like everything else – lost in the pursuit of a short term dollar.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11850757

    • McFlock 5.1

      Hopefully the fungus is contained to that nursery. Fingers crossed

    • james 5.2

      Thats not good news. Hope that they get this localized and sorted as quick as possible.

    • mauī 5.3

      No point in worrying about it, it was always going to happen as its been blown over from aussie.

      What’s interesting though is the panic from the people making money from things like manuka. Not much talk of what these species mean to kiwis outside of an economic point of view however.

      • james 5.3.1

        “Not much talk of what these species mean to kiwis outside of an economic point of view however”

        You are of course right to a point – but I do believe that the Bio protection departments truly do try and protect all our species – not just the ones generating a $. But if they have to prioritize (and this is where your point is accurate again), Im guessing they will pick the species with the greater economic impact.

  6. adam 6

    So people are going to argue over polls, and ignore North Korea and the saber rattling by trump and co.

    Like polls actually matter tomorrow, or maybe it will take to the next day.

    In the mean time, North Korea knows not to bow to the USA in anyway – remember Gaddafi he ended up being kill by a mob, and his country now in a long protracted civil war with head coppers of the same ilk as in Syria. What a Joy.

    So missile tests over the last week , and is it just me or the U.S. 7th Fleet Conducting Joint Exercises With Japan, South Korea seem perpetual at this point? So we have North Korea run by an unstable collective being put through the wringer – yeah that sort of politics has been a winning formula in the past.

  7. Morrissey 7

    What’s Greek for Judas?

    The Greek “leftist” government votes against a resolution that condemns Israeli violations in the Occupied Palestinian territory….

    http://normanfinkelstein.com/2017/05/04/whats-greek-for-judas/

  8. Morrissey 8

    Trump is a pile of filth, but his predecessor
    wasn’t exactly a moral paragon either

    http://normanfinkelstein.com/2017/05/03/stupefying-narcissist-you-heard-it-here-first/

  9. rhinocrates 9

    Some pragmatic tips on how the left can make progress in the polls.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/why-cant-the-left-win/522102/

    Plus video:

    Precis:

    The Limits of Opprobrium and Stigma – sanctimonious finger-wagging wins no friends. Referring to Lincoln, the writer suggests proving that you sincerely have the concerns of your audience at heart. Empathise with those who have turned to your opponents.

    Forget What Is “Normal” or what “should be”, leading to:

    Stop Rejecting the Ordinary Work of Politics – get off your high horse, do the tedious but real work

    Call Out Hate, Not Faux Pas – nitpicking and language policing neither reduces hate (the opposite in fact) nor gains allies from across the divide

    Make Organizing About Effectiveness and Winning – the best organizing is that which achieves ends in the real world, not that which most defers to or elevates the traumatized

    Participate in Local Politics – self-explanatory

    The Perils of Privilege – The privilege framing, with its focus on unearned advantage rather than unjust disadvantage, doesn’t fit with situations where even the “privileged” person is still quite screwed. Arguably, the Democrats lost the white working class over this and critiques of privilege can seem particularly offensive coming from people who are themselves privileged. Joe Biden has recently pointed out that they can gain by attacking the abuse of power.

    Quote from the video:

    “One reason it’s so hard to reach across the ideological divide is that people tend to present their arguments in a way that appeals to the ethics of their own side, rather than that of their opponents,”

  10. North 10

    Strangely…….and thankfully it’s previously unseen from you Morrissey, you really do scrape the bottom of the barrel in 8 above. Being a pile of filth with a long history of it, and failing to present as a paragon of virtue sometime in life are mutually exclusive. If not God protect us all. Go grab a pussy if you can take time out from inane, ‘tut tut tut’ gossiping. Bit stunned actually. Not at all like the Morrissey I’ve seen.

    • Morrissey 10.1

      Sorry to upset you, North. Like you, I realize that Obama’s personal life is far, far superior to the present incumbent’s. However, I think we need to avoid falling into the trap of retrospective hagiography of the Hopey-Changey regime.

  11. JC 11

    Donkey Deep! “To quote Winston” (and Carol Rose), the mother of one of the Pike River 29 and took notes of all the meetings in the months following the disaster, says families were never shown footage of men in the drift.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201842837/pike-river-families-never-shown-video-of-men-in-drift-mother-says

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    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    6 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    7 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    7 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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