Open Mike 06/06/2017

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  1. Andre 1

    Some of the reasons the US military consistently and strongly advises the US government to get serious about climate change. And gets ignored, just like any other experts giving advice to those that don’t want to hear it.

    https://www.vox.com/2017/6/5/15729426/paris-agreement-climate-change-military

    • One Two 1.1

      One of the most destructive industries/businesses in the history of our species, whose essence is to destroy ‘things’ using land, sea and air … offers advice of climate change…

      And you’ve posted the link, in support of that position…

      Didn’t think through this one either, did you!

      • Andre 1.1.1

        The ego self-interacts with sub-empirical spacetime events.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2

        It appears that you’re the one who isn’t thinking.

        One of the things that the military is worried about is that Climate Change will cause more wars and they don’t want that.

        • One Two 1.1.2.1

          They don’t want that’

          Don’t they…really..and how would you know?

          Some of your comments are in the right direction, but this is not one of them…and you have missed the point completely….

          The perverse use of an article in which one of the most polluting industry’s in human history, directly and indirectly responsible for greater environmental damage and destruction than any other…is ‘concerned’ about impacts climate change…

          You’d think the military should be concerned about the contribution they make to ‘climate change’…Andre couldn’t make that association in his desperation to poke sticks at Trump….

          Seems it went right by you, as well

          The levels are dropping, lower!

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.1.1

            Don’t they…really..and how would you know?

            Because they say so.

            You’d think the military should be concerned about the contribution they make to ‘climate change’

            Interestingly enough, the US military is <a href="http://grist.org/climate-energy/why-the-military-is-trying-to-reduce-its-fossil-fuel-use/"doing quite a bit about reducing their reliance upon fossil fuels.

            The perverse use of an article in which one of the most polluting industry’s in human history, directly and indirectly responsible for greater environmental damage and destruction than any other

            [citation needed]

            The military is one of those ‘necessary evils’ that we need. That said the US uses theirs to maintain control over the rest of the world rather than as simple defence. This makes their reasons for preventing Climate Change immoral as it’s just to help them maintain their global control but at least they’re saying that Climate Change is a major issues and are working to prevent it.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.2.1.1.1

              [citation needed]

              As is often the case, Wikipedia’s article is a good place to start.

              Whether or not you’ll find comparative data is another matter entirely. Considering the impact of fossil fuels upon foreign policy (and its wars) I don’t think it’s a a particularly bold statement.

              • garibaldi

                I think you are right One Too. It strikes me as another example of American Exceptualism. Even they can’t understand they are the biggest polluters , all they care about is Pax Americana, which means perpetual war.

            • marty mars 1.1.2.1.1.2

              Why would you trust or believe any military even around cc. They are big polluters, liars, uncaring, blissfully ignorant, living in denial even when the noises they make sound plausible – really, the military are EXACTLY like the rest of us.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Why would you trust them? Wrong question.

                There are other good reasons to at least be aware of their perspective, especially in regards to threat analysis. After all, getting that wrong can mean significant personal cost.

              • RedLogix

                Read the linked article marty. While I’m sure no-one here regards the US military as their favourite cuddle bunny, it isn’t reason to so lightly dismiss their strategic thinking.

                WW2 as been described by some as the First Great Petroleum War … so many crucial tactical moments pivoted on access to fuel. If Rommel had won that last crucial battle at Ruweisat Ridge and made it to Cairo, closed the Mediterranean, and captured the Saudi oil fields it’s hard to overstate the impact. Or if the American’s were not able to pump so much oil domestically. Or how the Japanese lost the Pacific because their navy never had enough bunker oil. Any student of the military understands this.

                Unnecessarily high and growing operational fuel demand increases mission risk

                Critical missions at fixed installations are at unacceptable risk from extended power loss

                So, too much liquid fuel needed in the field and too much reliance on unsteady power grids at the bases

                In other documents the US military has clearly signalled cc as a global destabilisation threat.

                So while it’s true they’re very much burdened into a legacy of gross over-dependence on oil, they’re not so stupid (as the rest of us are) to continue to deny how this potentially compromises their mission.

                • Im saying their thinking is based upon THEIR issues, agenda, objectives etc. So yes if fuel runs out, or a big storm occurs they won’t get to kill as many of the enemy as they want.

                  Amazing to me the ability of some to accept and bow down to authority just cos they are authorities. Humans are definately pack animals.

                  Oh and why do we need more evidence the shit has hit the fan. The military has bought all this up so they can maintain mission ability – the mission is what again?

                  • RedLogix

                    Yes that sums it up. As I said these guys aren’t cuddly bunnies.

                    But the interesting thing here is that when you look at outfits like big insurers and the military whose operations are grounded in very hard reality … all the politicized climate denying bullshit melts away very quickly.

                    • Yep and I agee we need to keep an eye on what they think and another eye on why they are saying what they are saying in the way that are saying it.

                • Macro

                  As an ex-military officer I concur with the sentiments expressed above. We have an on-going military situation in Syria which many have indicated is a result of the drought of 2006 onwards. The drought http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-h-gleick/water-and-conflict-in-syr_b_5404774.html (the worst in recorded history) lead to a severe shortage of grain in the region, with a resultant spike in food prices. The failure of the Assard Govt to respond to this crisis ended in the resultant civil conflict. Syria could be said to be one of the first Climate Wars. So to is the continual war in South Sudan. Both these areas are highly succeptable to climate change in a rapidly warming world.
                  That is one reason for military to be concerned wrt to AGW.
                  Another – from a Naval perspective – is Sea Level Rise. Naval ports and harbours (as are all ports world wide), are going to be serverly affected by SLR by the end of this century with the resulting loss of extensive infrastructure and damage caused by storm surges.

              • greywarshark

                The military are exactly like the rest of us, only more so – with the worst aspects written larger.

          • McFlock 1.1.2.1.2

            The unexplainable fascinates infinite genes

      • Grafton Gully 1.1.3

        Yes, wars have encouraged destructive technologies.

        http://science.howstuffworks.com/war-drive-technological-advancement.htm

    • exkiwiforces 1.2

      Yes Andre, you are right most western military forces are now factoring climate change in our strategic and tactical planning. I discussed this with Weka sometime ago in one of Weka posts.

  2. weka 2

    Anyone know why most U.K. Election poll reporting leaves out the SNP?

    • Craig H 2.1

      I think because outside Scotland they have no impact.

      • weka 2.1.1

        But they’re a potential coalition or C and S partner for Labour, so being able to count all the seats is crucial.

  3. 808state 3

    A lot of that actually applies to the Globalist media machine’s onslaught against Trump.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1

      Nope. In fact it applies to all sources all the time. Thanks for displaying your bias though.

      • 808state 3.1.1

        Of course you have no bias do you?

        I merely pointed out the Globalist media beat up of a nationalist politician. Why does that make you so angry?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1.1

          Of course I have bias, you silly person. Everyone does. That being so, I’m not particularly “angry” about it.

          This “Globalist” (with a capital ‘G’) media you speak of, do they have anything to do with the UN, and its plan to take away your guns? Or is it George Soros? I get so confused. Where do HAARP fit in?

  4. Carolyn_nth 4

    New series of investigations by RNZ journos on (pros and cons of) how Key/Nats’ government has shaped NZ. Today’s installment is on tourism:

    “Brighter Future? Does tourism trump taonga?”

    Basically, the answer is that the industry has increased tourism numbers, brought in more bizniz, but the downside is a threat to, and disregard of the consequences for the environment.

    • saveNZ 4.1

      In short maximise short term dollars and bring in mostly minimum wages workers to satisfy the tourist demand, while polluting and degrading the environment for local communities and future generations…. and that’s not even touching the other issues of bottling water and selling land that was formerly used as parks, reserves and environmental areas, to put up more houses, more people, more cars, more pollution and higher prices, higher rates to pay for the infrastructure as the ponzi scheme continues….

      I’m for tourism, but tourism designed around preserving the environment and creating satisfying local jobs for local people, sharing the experience of pure nature with tourists… not the other way around…

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      You can see the attraction that tourism holds for National. It’s cheap, easy to understand and the major costs can be put upon the taxpayers all of which makes it a nice earner for the owners who won’t have to do anything such as researching and developing new products.

      Unfortunately, they didn’t really think about what the added numbers meant in terms of infrastructure and so didn’t plan it at all. We’re now seeing what happens when you follow National’s lack of planning and foresight.

      • AB 4.2.1

        The short-termism is also apparent in the implicit CC denial in the push to expand tourism. If/When tourists have to pay the real cost of their CO2 emissions – would they travel all this way and back?
        CC is likely to create a pincer movement that will greatly damage mass tourism – on one hand the need to reduce CO2 emissions will make discretionary travel very expensive, and on the other, CC itself will wreck some of the scenic landscapes people are coming to see.

        • AB 4.2.1.1

          A third factor may be that larger, more frequent and more violent storms will produce enough accidents to make people feel that conventional passenger aircraft are not safe enough.

          • saveNZ 4.2.1.1.1

            all good points. The problem in NZ that Natz in particular have caused is that much of our economy is based around short term and changing industries…. a quick look in the future would have foreseen having an economy around cows, tourism and construction is not lasting….. diversification was badly needed a decade ago.

            Also tourism is changing about being a unique experience, just as the Natz are trying to commercialise it for short term profit (and not even profit much of the time) and going in the opposite direction.

            If Natz were not so bad, you could laugh at them. Their obsession with oil exploration in the time of peak oil and sustainable energy, giving away water rights when water is predicted to be one of the most precious resources, have a low wage economy when countries like Norway do the opposite and invest in their countries future, importing young people apparently for our aging population crisis, but then allowing the aged parents to come too and get full welfare within a few years, investing in motorways when you have little public transport….

          • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1.2

            Passenger aircraft already fly well above any storms. Stronger and more violent storms are more likely to affect sea-going luxury passenger liners.

            • McFlock 4.2.1.1.2.1

              we don’t expect passengers to parachute in, do we?

              • Draco T Bastard

                No but then planes also have about an hour of spare flight time in case of storms so that they can also land outside of a storm’s radius.

                • McFlock

                  Which raises the question of just how large storm radii, or how clustered, they can get in a +2degree climate.

                  And of course the risk isn’t really the chances of a divert, it’s the chances of a pilot or controller incorrectly deciding the line of “too tough to land or take off”. Which causes a lot of air accidents.

  5. Tautoko Mangō Mata 5

    A good long read from Chris Hedges on mass culture and herd mentality.
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/05/antonio-gramsci-and-battle-against-fascism

    • Tautoko, Tautoko Manga Mata 🙂
      That’s an excellent article you’ve recommended, thanks. I found this paragraph:

      “As these lies become transparent we are thrown into what Gramsci calls an interregnum—a time when the reigning ideology has lost efficacy but has yet to be replaced by a new one. “The crisis consists,” Gramsci wrote, “precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born, [and] in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” Hence political mutations such as Donald Trump, or in Gramsci’s time Mussolini.”

      Interregnum. Interesting.

      • Karen 5.1.1

        Robert – you may find this book of essays interesting as well. It was edited by the wonderful Morgan Godfrey and published last year.

        http://bwb.co.nz/books/interregnum

      • roadrage 5.1.2

        Market forces take effect on an ideology. A use by date exists. Idealogy creates behaviours that amass waste, create reluctance to change, invite entrepreours to game, thus the potancy, force for good, orginial goals of the ideology is undermine. So how ironic that a ideology of pro-market forces should be undermined by market forces. Climate change, debt, social maliase, inevitable really that a creed of ignoring govt would pile up more fiscal, environmental, social waste so quickly and so hard to ignore.

        The neo-libs were right, market forces would ridicule them into oblivion.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Revolutionary policy for Gramsci did not come from above but from below. It was organic. And the failure, in his eyes, of revolutionary elites is that they were often as dictatorial and disconnected from workers as capitalist elites. The masses had to be integrated into the structures of power to create a new form of mass politics—hence his insistence that all people are intellectuals capable of autonomous and independent thought. A democracy is only possible when all of its citizens understand the machinery of power and have a role in the exercising of power.

      And hence my insistence that the policies that parliament work on should be voted upon by the people first, that businesses become cooperatives that aren’t owned by anyone and that all the resources of the national territory are owned by the people.

      The people need to have power and not individuals.

    • Incognito 5.3

      An excellent article, thank you.

      It repeats the familiar theme of the absolute requirement for independent autonomic critical thinking and awareness to safeguard society against evil forces (i.e. from our fellow humans). A theme that is also reminiscent of Hannah Arendt who argued that political action must be rooted in proper thinking and judgement.

      What also caught my eye was in one of the comments:

      People act from emotion not intellect, as those who control society have learned so well.

      I’ve heard this assertion many times, often in the context of politics and how people tend to vote and for whom.

      I think it needs a minor ‘adjustment’ to:

      People react from emotion and act from intellect

      To be wholly human means that emotion and intellect work in concert and complement each other. And only then can we accomplish what Gramsci and Arendt envisioned and have a chance of freeing of the shackles imposed upon us by others and ‘normative’ society and thus ultimately by ourselves.

  6. saveNZ 6

    How to counter terrorism…

    Canadians carry out acts of kindness to honor victim of London Bridge attack
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/05/london-bridge-attack-christine-archibald-canada

  7. greywarshark 7

    Menstrual bleeding may have to be treated as a disability to get fair treatment for girl pupils with early age onset at 10, perhaps just a suitable receptacle for used product. The cost of the products is also beyond poor students’ parents budgets and some teachers are funding needy students who would otherwise stay home because being blood stained is so noticeable and embarrassing.

    Amazingly this normal bodily process is not accepted by society or schools. Now it has become something public and a talking point instead of something private, the embarrassment needs to be pushed aside and action taken to assist these young girls entering womanhood.

    The trend in western countries I think, is that onset will be at an earlier age than previously. Of course NZ has no information gathering about this, we don’t want to know about things apart from financial matters pertaining to the wealthy, their profit and investments.

  8. One Anonymous Bloke 8

    It’s official, The Intercept must be working for the fake news media! Bigly!

    Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election…

  9. Treetop 9

    This caught my attention this morning on RNZ. Abe Gray president of the ALCP is resigning to join the Opportunities Party.

    Not sure how many from the ALCP will follow him.

    Were Morgan to get over 5% this could be interesting.

    How many votes from ALCP or current or new voters could vote for Morgan’s party?

    How many votes does Morgan need to get to reach 5%?

    • bwaghorn 9.1

      100,000 votes i believe give or take

        • bwaghorn 9.1.1.1

          whats top polling like? a lot of what he says i get, but with my voting record he probably doesn’t want my vote i seem to back losers every time.

          • weka 9.1.1.1.1

            best I’ve seen was 2% but that didn’t take into account margin of error. Myself, I think it’s going to waste important left wing votes. Not that cannabis people haven’t done that before. FFS, the Greens have a good cannabis policy.

            TOP has good ideas, and their policies look good on the surface, but scratch the surface and what I find is an economist’s view of the world. They’re getting too many things wrong in the detail.

            edit, sorry, should have said that I think most polls are showing TOP under 1%

    • Bill 9.2

      My understanding was that ‘The Green Party’ originally courted the legalise vote because that was the 5% dealt with.

      TOPs are apparently polling at 2% – which considering there is no campaign underway yet and they have no history…

      As for supposed ‘wasted votes’. If everyone always operated by that yard-stick, nothing new would ever arise in the parliamentary system we have. Ever. However, ‘wasted’ votes pushing a party to 4.8% (say) sends a clear signal to all those who baulked that yes, they did actually have an option – and that they unfortunately chose to forego it “this time around”.

      • DoublePlusGood 9.2.1

        It also sends the message that having a 5% threshold is a stupid, undemocratic idea.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.1

          Curtailing democracy is why we have a 5% threshold.

          Politicians and capitalists really don’t like it when the ‘common’ people have a say in their own governance.

          • Bill 9.2.1.1.1

            Agree with both comments that the 5% should be dog tucker. Apart from anything else it would end the nonsense of people voting for “a lesser” because they fear that their 1/2 500 000th of a say in matters will be reduced to 1/∞.

          • Treetop 9.2.1.1.2

            MMP is much better than first past the post, more interesting as well.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.1.2.1

              True but our MMP can be improved and become even more democratic simply by removal of the threshold.

              • greywarshark

                Threshhold i like, it provides some moderation against rampant democracy just as moderation does here. Everything needs some balance and I want some protection against the tunnel visioned, the narrow obssessives, the nutty dreamers, the ones who never reflect or look for their own faulty thinking and results – keep the threshhold, alter it around the edges perhaps reducing it to 4% only.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  We need to make mistakes to learn from them. The threshold prevents that from happening and it also prevents us from changing a system that doesn’t actually work.

                  We have a system that propagates failure because it prevents us making the mistakes we need to grow and find solutions.

                  • greywarshark

                    DTB
                    I am so impressed with your unshakeable belief in humanity and how well it will manage when it just gets the right system. You are a sentinel of fine human thought and goodwill. And I am sincere and probably embarrass you. But when you talk about threshholds being a barrier to learning, I think that there is a limit to what we want to learn now, and we have heaps we don’t face, so don’t deluge us with more, we’ll collapse and turn away, lose our mojos. Face it we people don’t learn from our mistakes, or the lesson doesn’t last beyond a few generations and then only if it is dished out regularly and rigidly along with the morning porridge.

                    We haven’t time to live through the evolution of any new great idea for humanity that requires us to rely on it and abandon every old sensible practice we have organised for ourselves. The bloody little backstabbers who come along with better ideas to replace existing ones are willing to abandon the work done on building a good-enough system, in favour of some super-duper one they are over-confident about – they give me the shits. Most of them will drift away as it fails to work and provide the needed outcomes, and only one determined old shit will continue, bemoaning that if only something different had been done then… Think of Roger Douglas, perfect example.

                    Work with what we have, tweak it so it flies in a reasonable stable way, and guard it against the revolutionaries who have a better idea that is being formulated as we speak. And watch your back – all workers for society aren’t the same, and don’t assume you know the pretensions of others and they are good, and check your own for practicality and principle. Be ready to control yourself and think around the situation when there might be need to abandon principles in emergencies.

                    There is so much PC talk as people shrink from looking at our present, and want the future to remain hazy where all problems will have been solved. You know, in 2080 when our pollution targets will all have been met and so on.

                • Bill

                  Essentially you’re just saying you don’t trust people to choose decent representatives. Don’t get me wrong, I detest representative ‘democracy’ because it’s a sham.

                  But there are degrees of undemocratic, and the 5% threshold reduces even the small degree of democracy that can be said to exist in a representative system.

      • Treetop 9.2.2

        Graig nearly got 5% in 2011.

    • The Chairman 9.3

      Shame he didn’t opt to support the Greens and urge his members to follow him.

  10. greywarshark 10

    I have concern about the frequent absence of thought about job creation and training and skill education in serving life purpose when discussing need for better social conditions for the future.

    People kept isolated in poverty, with no job to fit themselves into society and fill their days, no wages, having to ask for extra when specially needy but probably denied, or even not able to be heard, never having much, with no future achievable goals, and getting anything mainly through theft – these will become a permanent sub-culture.

    This rash of thefts will be the norm for all except the gated communities.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/92465179/students-restaurant-patrons-and-church-parishioners-hit-by-west-christchurch-breakins

    • bwaghorn 10.1

      any one who doesn’t grasp that a government has to actively make work (more now than ever ) is a fool who shouldn’t be in politics.

      • greywarshark 10.1.1

        But people who have sucked into their pores the propaganda that business has to be the innovator find it hard to shake that off.

  11. 808state 11

    More propaganda from the Globalists.

    I almost feel embarassed for Hillary when she narrates a story where blame lands everywhere except on her poor performance and the fact everyone hates her.

    The Dems could have run with almost any other candidate and won, but no they had to go with their Globalist political dynasty heiress.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    [lprent: I meant to do this earlier, but got distracted by site issues. This comment was in a post that didn’t refer to Hillary Clinton at all. Your comment was the first comment and caused a major diversion away from the topic of the post. As you probably intended.

    Just as you’d done earlier /open-mike-06062017/#comment-1337108

    There is a rule against that and since you ignored my wee warning… Well I really like to train social fucktards (like you) about why that rule is there. Now you have to read instead of writing for a while. Watch the careful social behaviour that doesn’t step past moderators tolerances. And if you don’t like it, well just read the last paragraph of the about.

    Banned for 4 weeks.

    Read the policy about diverting from the author’s topic. ]

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1

      Ok then.

      So The Intercept is working for Hillary? It sounds to me as though she’s controlling the Russians too 🙄

    • dukeofurl 11.2

      Except Clinton didnt say ‘blame lies elsewhere’- FAKE NEWS ALERT

      ““I take absolute personal responsibility,” Clinton said of her November defeat during a sit-down with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at an event titled Women for Women International in New York. “I was the candidate, I was the person who was on the ballot. I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had.”
      Did we make mistakes? Oh course we did. Did I make mistakes? Oh my gosh, yes.”

      Everybody hates her? Is that why she got got 3.5 million more primary votes than Sanders and almost 3 mill more votes than Trump ( but not in all the right places)

      Could we just let it go that YOU hate her, not the american voters for whom you speak

      • mauī 11.2.1

        Yeah total personal responsibility 🙄

        I’m reminded of that sign that comes up during the classic Airplane movie “Unbelievable Bullshit”

        • marty mars 11.2.1.1

          Why do you even care what she does or doesn’t say? Seriously what’s the point?

          • adam 11.2.1.1.1

            Yeap she’s yesterdays news, move on people.

          • mauī 11.2.1.1.2

            Why do I care? No idea why I should care about a major so called good political figure throwing out a big barrel of porkies. If you’re on the good side shouldn’t you be expecting rationality and integrity from your politicians, and from all the good media too? Or do you let it slide by because they’re against the most evil Trump/Russia and anything goes to stop the evil doers.

      • adam 11.2.2

        Can we stop with the whole popular vote thing, it’s bloody useless and pointless bringing it up.

        For the last 200 years the Democratic party knows how the election is won, and what it needs to be done to win it via the Electoral College system.

        If you don’t understand how it works – here is an introduction.

        https://www.britannica.com/topic/electoral-college

        • McFlock 11.2.2.1

          When people stop saying things like “everyone hates her” despite the objective evidence to the contrary, then I’m sure people will stop bringing up reality.

          • adam 11.2.2.1.1

            That is a equally silly statement as well – “everyone hates her”. But the other about the popular vote, is quite daft, and reaks of desperation.

            Lets never forget she lost, and lost to on of the most despise politician in history.

            • McFlock 11.2.2.1.1.1

              No, there’s a difference between refuting stupid claims (like calling Trump “one of the most despised politicians in history”) and gnashing one’s teeth in despair. If you want to talk about American democracy, then the example of the Electoral College overruling the popular vote is relevant. If you want to say Clinton was universally hated, then the popular vote is also relevant.

              But it wasn’t even the clintonists who raised her name in this thread. Maybe it’s sanders or trump supporters with buyers’ remorse who should learn to gtf over it.

              • Bill

                How’s about you address the person you’re addressing by the things the person you’re addressing has said or claimed, as opposed to what others aside from the person you’re addressing has said or claimed?

                Because otherwise, it’s just ‘picking fights’ for the hell of it. Which is boring.

                • McFlock

                  I did. 808 made a claim about Clinton, I pointed out how it was factually incorrect, then Adam came in asking people to stop pointing out reality, so I responded to that request by saying why my comment was relevant rather than any “desperation”.

                  seems logical to me.

          • swordfish 11.2.2.1.2

            _____________________________________________________________________________

            McFlock

            “When people stop saying things like “everyone hates her” despite the objective evidence to the contrary, then I’m sure people will stop bringing up reality.”.

            ____________________________________________________________________________

            Not necessarily “hated” but by no means popular – even less so, it seems, than the Trumpet

            Washington Post-ABC News Poll (April 17-20 2017)

            Suggests Hillary Clinton would not win a rematch with Donald Trump.

            Trump leading 43 to 40 percent on the question of who voters would pick if the election were held today.

            96 percent of those who voted for Trump would do so again. Among Clinton voters, 85 percent said they would stand by their decision – with most of those who would not saying they’d either go with a third-party candidate or not vote at all.

            Suffolk University poll (March 2017)

            As Hillary Clinton makes her reemergence with a speech at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Wednesday night, a new poll shows her with her worst image numbers ever. The Suffolk University poll shows that just 35 percent of registered voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton, compared with 55 percent who have an unfavorable one.

            The decline is due to both Democrats and independents apparently souring on Clinton. While 88 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of independents liked Clinton in October, today those numbers are 74 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

            None of which is to say that she can’t right the ship. But for now, Clinton is a uniquely unpopular figure in American politics – more uniquely unpopular, it seems, than the uniquely unpopular figure to whom she lost.

            • McFlock 11.2.2.1.2.1

              Is that result really surprising? Trump’s been president with daily coverage for for 5 months – a shitty president, but that still counts for something. Clinton hasn’t been doing a damned thing to raise her profile or defend herself in that time. Do you think trump would be anything more than a half-remembered joke if the outcome were reversed?

              As 808 shows, memories about politics are often fleeting.

      • 808state 11.2.3

        Your heroine is delusional:

        “Hillary Clinton: ‘I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that’s not why I lost'”

        http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/31/hillary-clinton-speaks-at-code-conference-on-the-information-war.html

        ” Is that why she got got 3.5 million more primary votes than Sanders ”

        #FAKE CAMPAIGN

        She got more votes because she had her underlings at the DNC sabotaging Sanders – do you not remember the DNC president quitting and slithering over to war hawk Hillary’s campaign when Wikileaks exposed the DNC backstabbing?

        Bernie supporters HATE her. They aren’t stupid.

        “almost 3 mill more votes than Trump ( but not in all the right places)”

        LOL, how does that make her not hated?

        Could we just let it go that YOU just cant see what a failed politician Hillary is, but the US voters can?

        • McFlock 11.2.3.1

          Could we just let it go that YOU just cant see what a failed politician Hillary is, but the US voters can?

          Except the majority of US voters, who voted for her.

          • 808state 11.2.3.1.1

            Your heroine had the entire state apparatus including the Media Party (#Fake News) trying to haul her rotten carcass across the finish line first. And failed spectacularly because she was such a hated figure.

            You have to remember the US voters are corralled into a #Fake choice between two carefully screened globalist loyalists. Except this time it went terribly terribly wrong, lol.

            So bragging about Hillary’s hollow “popular” vote is as delusional as her own inability to take any responsibility for her catastrophic failure.

            If you believe that your idol has been some how “cheated” of the presidency then maybe you better go brush up on the humanist political philosophy underpinning the concept of democracy – you demonstrate a poor grasp of this subject.

            • McFlock 11.2.3.1.1.1

              Dude, I’ve never called her my heroine, I don’t believe that I’ve even gone so far to say she was “cheated” out of the presidency (although I have pointed out an inconsistency in the processes of a supposedly democratic nation, but hey, the UK is FPP, too). Those are your fixations.

              I just point out when your hatred of clinton oversteps reality into comments about how “everyone hates her”. Classic projection. YOU hate her, fine, but tens of millions voted for her, and surely even a zealot like you would concede that it’s likely a chunk of those people liked her.

              Why do I think your delusion is a big deal? Because it is a dodge. It means that people didn’t vote for trump, they just got given a horrible choice between trump and clinton, and bernie would have vanquished the trump dragon because his heart is pure.

              The fact is bernie lost fairly.
              Clinton lost fairly.
              Trump won because he was the loudest voice in the chaotic start to an imperfect system, Fox loved him, and that gave him a certain cache amongst obsessive idiots, and normal people in politics didn’t know how to deal with someone who can insult the grieving parents of a dead US soldier, have multiple sexual assault allegations against him, and still go up in the polls.

      • D'Esterre 11.2.4

        Dukeofurl: “Everybody hates her? Is that why she got got 3.5 million more primary votes than Sanders and almost 3 mill more votes than Trump ( but not in all the right places)”

        Oh yeah, lots of Americans just LOVE Clinton, don’t they? It was the blogosphere, and comments thereon, prior to the US election that first alerted me to the possibility that Clinton might just lose.

        Saw this comment online a little while ago: ‘The thinking people in USA KNOW Russia had nothing to do with our elections! We hated Clinton and would have voted for an alligator if that was the only opponent to Clinton!” Ha! Think that alligator coulda been a contender…..

        With regard to the popular vote, that’s not how elections are won in the US. As Clinton ought to have known. It didn’t matter a good goddamn how big a share of the popular vote she got: she needed the EC votes to win.That’s how the system works there; she and her team were evidently too incompetent to figure that out.

        • 808state 11.2.4.1

          “It didn’t matter a good goddamn how big a share of the popular vote she got”

          There is a graphic showing where Hillary won the popular vote across the USA. She only secured major urban centers with large populations of blacks, latinos and white hipster/cosmopolitan types. The vast swathe of “fly over country” was lost to Trump.

          And the whole point of the Electoral College is to counter balance the urban population.

          But if you run a campaign relying on Mylie Cyrus and Katie Perry beseeching unemployed Illinois steel workers to vote for you, its going to end badly.

    • dv 11.3

      So why have the FBI arrested the leaker 808?

  12. heman 12

    @weka

    re point england reserve/development enabling bill
    Can I republish an article that appears in the Te Awa, which appeared in a green party magazine, but not online. The authours have given me their permission and at the very least would like to raise awareness on this issue.

    Or should I just post it all in the comments?

    It would be great if you would allow it as a guest post.tks

  13. logie97 13

    Amongst those receiving public acclaim I see a category … a Queen’s honour (knighthood) for services to my community.
    Apparently opening a “healthy” American Burger chain in my community is a virtue.

  14. joe90 14

    Good.

    Imam Abdullah Hasan
    8 hrs ·

    Over 130 Imams & Religious Leaders from diverse backgrounds refuse to perform the funeral prayer for London attackers in an unprecedented move

    5 June 2017

    Imams and religious leaders from across the country and a range of schools of thought have come together to issue a public statement condemning the recent terror attack in London and conveying their pain at the suffering of the victims and their families.

    In an unprecedented move, they have not only refused to perform the traditional Islamic prayer for the terrorist – a ritual that is normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions – but also have called on others to do the same. They said:

    “Consequently, and in light of other such ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam, we will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer over the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege. This is because such indefensible actions are completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam.”

    For the full statement and list of signatories, see below.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      An interesting statement. They’ve just declared that terrorists aren’t Islamic.

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 14.2

      This is what needs to happen
      plus
      let us see CHRISTIAN leaders denouncing the making and SALE OF ARMS (conveniently called DEFENCE).
      What is Christ-like about this? How can a good Christian reconcile the $110bn arms deal to Saudi Arabia who won’t be using these arms in their own country.
      In UK the police are trying to find the bomb-maker for a terrorist incident.
      USA and UK ARE also Bomb-makers!

  15. dukeofurl 15

    Shouldn’t that be the “Performance artist known as Jonathan Pie”

    Unfortunately some dont see it as only parody/satire

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

  16. greywarshark 17

    NZ business and how it is treated by the business-friendly Gnashional government.

    Rod Oram referred to the government undercutting NZ businesses that had been asked to develop forward-thinking plans by going to Amazon which is likely to be setting up a South Pacific office in Australia.

    Tues 6 June Business commentator Rod Oram
    Rod talks to Lynn Freeman about the severe lack of international carbon credits will require a big revamp of our Emissions Trading, the government signs up Amazon for a big cloud computing deal, to the great disappointment of NZ suppliers, and Spark drops plans for a venture capital fund with other major corporates.

    business economy
    about 1 hour ago
    Business commentator Rod Oram
    From Nine To Noon, about 1 hour ago
    Listen duration 14′ :32″
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201846456/business-commentator-rod-oram

  17. joe90 18

    The US could well be using their Saudi proxies to undermine a Qatari regime that’s on speaking terms with Iran.

    Note from the author: Events have happened faster than I imagined when I wrote this last week. Six Arab states have now cut diplomatic relations with Qatar. Its land borders with Saudi Arabia are closed and 85 percent of its imports are cut. A full siege is in place. This is no longer​ a “spat”. It is looking as if the object of this pre-planned campaign is regime change in Qatar.

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/why-saudi-rulers-need-foreign-approval-621030574

  18. JC 19

    It would appear that Stephen Joyce is has become Associate Minister of Conservation by default..

    “The Department of Conservation is being accused of failing in its conservation role after it made a neutral submission on a proposed West Coast coal mine.”

    “DOC said both it and MBIE had an interest in the proposal and there was a cabinet directive to submit together when this occurred, which often resulted in a neutral submission.

    Forest and Bird said the department seemed to have abdicated its advocacy role.
    And pointed out the submission suggested minimising the damage to conservation values, yet DOC’s own experts said the site was of high value and was significant.

    “The function of the department is to advocate for the protection, not advocate for the minimisation of the destruction”.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/332357/doc-issues-ambivalent-coal-mine-submission

  19. adam 20

    A Stephen Fry, missed his wit on QI. This is nice piece from him, came up again when I opened YouTube – so thought would shear…

  20. greywarshark 21

    Electricity – minigrids – development.
    https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/mini-grids-africa-electrification-by-strive-masiyiwa-and-richard-branson-2017-06

    And remember we are basically a developing country relying on commodity farming, tourism, and overseas companies buying up special resources and anything clever we achieve.

  21. greywarshark 22

    Prescription to break the economic slowdown – raide the minimum wage. It uses what economic tools are left. What a good idea.

    https://www.project-syndicate.org/onpoint/escaping-the-wage-trap-by-bill-emmott-2017-05

    Japan famously had an “income-doubling” plan in the 1960s. With that successful example in mind, why not introduce a “minimum wage doubling” plan, to be carried out over a period of years, thus giving business the chance to adjust?

    as Keynes famously said, when the facts change, I change my mind.
    The main reason governments are leery of intervening in labor markets is bad memories of failed wage and price controls during the high-inflation 1970s. But a second, more current, reason is that businesses everywhere lobby them to keep out, arguing that competitiveness depends on cheap labor.

    But it’s time to ignore the lobbies and take courage. Sometimes, raising the minimum wage really would risk killing employment. But today that looks unlikely, at least in countries where unemployment rates are now low. And we need more investment in new technology to raise productivity, not less. Raising minimum wages would help stimulate that investment, while boosting consumer demand.

    • Draco T Bastard 22.1

      as Keynes famously said, when the facts change, I change my mind.

      Ah, but do facts change?
      Or is it that we find out that what we thought was true was actually wrong?

      And we need more investment in new technology to raise productivity, not less. Raising minimum wages would help stimulate that investment, while boosting consumer demand.

      That’s what penal rates are for. Instead of having the same people work more and more it encourages a) employment of more people and b) investment in new technology to boost productivity. The latter also being helped by depreciation rules.

  22. ianmac 23

    “Lady Bronagh?” Sorry Bronagh that title is reserved for female members of the British Aristocracy who inherit the title.
    Bronagh will be “Bronagh, Lady Key”
    (Thanks Ruth Gardener, Ch Ch.)

  23. Draco T Bastard 24

    The tale of the dictator’s daughter and her prince

    Adult children of authoritarians are useful in three ways: first, they tend to be trustworthy confidants in regimes rife with paranoia, as corrupt authoritarian states usually are. Second, they are excellent vessels for laundering money, creating enough distance that assets stolen from the state are harder to track. Third, they tend to have a warmer public profile which offsets the brutality of the dictator by distracting the population with pictures of their happy families or glamorous lifestyle.

    Remind anyone of a particular NZ family?

  24. greywarshark 26

    Something good to hear and see.
    If you like Don McLean singing Vincent watch this youtube which is presented with a
    backdrop of Van Gogh’s paintings – a beautifully presented video which honours the painter and the writer and singer well.

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  • 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
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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