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  1. Vaughan Little 1

    pebbles hooper shouldn’t lose her job at the herald. she fucked up, almost certainly realizes why her tweet was wrong, and should be given the space to grow and move on. generosity of spirit: you can’t have an open society without it.

    it’s clearly not conducive to a vibrant society to have people losing their jobs over single tweets. it’s necessary for especially young people to feel that they can put their ideas out there in faith that the worst thing that will happen is that they’ll be respectfully, or at the very least, briskly corrected.

    so here are some things to keep in mind when figuring out how to deal with someone when they say or do something egregious: how old are they? how can their life lived to date be used to interpret their comments/behaviour? (i.e., a scientist making arguably sexist comments in korea deserves a bit more respect if his career and other stuff he’s said show that he’s not a sexist monster) in similar vein, is this part of a pattern showing more serious problems?

    • whateva next? 1.1

      As I have just commented on the relevant thread, I have no particular issue with “Pebbles”, sadly there are plenty of likeminded “Pebbles” out there, but….to pay and broadcast her opinions ?????? Tells us alot about media.

    • b waghorn 1.2

      No they should sack her she’s 25 ,she is in a position of influence and she made it clear at the start of her tweet she new what she was doing was wrong and did it any way.

    • weka 1.3

      I would hazard a guess that the thing Pebbles has learnt in all this is to now express one’s fucked up perspectives in public. Except she probably doesn’t yet realise how fucked up her perspective is. It’s not like her apology acknowledged the problems with her thinking (she apologies for offending people, which just means she shouldn’t have said it outloud).

      You missed some pertinent things off the the list of things to keep in mind. Waghorn gets it: Pebbles is in a position of power and therefore is more accountable than if it were you or me.

      I don’t care if she loses her job or not, but I do care that The Herald takes some responsibility for its appalling contributions to culture. If they need to fire her to do that, then she can suck it up and take it as a learning experience. Given her world views already expressed in public, it’s hard to see how her staying on is going to be anything other than more of the same.

    • greywarshark 1.4

      I object to the scions of the wealthy condemning and sneering at the hoi polloi in a leading newspaper. And I don’t think your objective view is at all justified.

      It was a disgrace by the Herald to provide space for such subjective, bigoted stuff. I wouldn’t like them to give space to other sneering malign people like skinheads. She is in the same vein just from another wealth class. Leave her to join the internet set of self-centred malcontents and find a place there away from responsible media outlets.

    • If Pebbles Hooper loses her job it should be because she’s not a journalist, is not clever, insightful or witty. Her clumsily cruel tweet about Cindy George is evidence of that. But, if people push for Hooper to be sacked because of a tweet made in her own name, they risk legitimising the sacking of the likes of Scott McIntyre.

      “The insertion of the outrageous and shocking to leaven the usual fare of banal trivia is standard stuff for today’s gossip columnists – filling the void where intelligence, insight and wit ought to be – but the comment and the attitudes it betrayed went beyond even our modern pale. Whilst I, like a lot of others, condemn Hooper for being an air-headed, stony-hearted scribbler who thought it was acceptable to sharpen her claws on a dead woman, I reserve a greater opprobrium for those who encourage her view of herself as remarkable and entitled. “

      • Molly 1.5.1

        Agree, TeWhareWhero.

        Alongside Mike Hosking, Bob Jones, Deborah Hill-Cone etc, the Herald’s choice for opinion writers seems to reflect a certain propensity to encourage the voices of the ill-informed, illogical and illiterate. Any calls for Pebbles Hooper to be let go from the Herald, fit into the general call for better quality opinion and information from that publication.

        That perspective is true regardless of her personal tweet or not.

        I would prefer that people show their true thoughts (ill-considered) though they are – and calls for her firing for this reason – when her job is nothing to do with compassion, empathy or considered thinking – is inappropriate.

        Ask the Herald to stop using her because her regular columns contribute nothing to their publication or the public’s interest.

        Defend her right to publicly say what she is feeling – and then have to defend it – when the public reacts.

      • Tracey 1.5.2


    • Tracey 1.6

      it’s also a sign of

      1. no training for the job code of ethics either in existence or learned/taught
      3. hiring people based on who their parents are rather than their actually ability
      4. having a job based on gossip

    • Charles 2.1

      Have you read his full speech? What a twisted manipulated mysogynist prejudiced sanctimonious untrue load of evil crap.

      Higher thinkers like to say evil doesn’t exist, that it’s just a person seperated from their soul; that, underneath, they’re just human and don’t know what they’re doing – like children picking their noses till it bleeds. I guess it’s to avoid seperating a person from their humanity, and encouraging the descent into the kind of political eradication programs that no one needs to repeat.

      But when you see it in action, hear it spelled out, the lies, the deliberate attempt to inflict pain, to destroy other people and the environment they live in, and the glee and satisfaction it gives the person who understands the ridiculously small material return for the effort, it’s really hard not to point and say, “Look, that’s evil right there…. right…. fucking… there.”

      Bill English knows what he’s doing and why. Using every capability of his adult intellect, he freely admits it. I dont suggest we line them up and shoot them; hang them from a telegraph wire or any other historically effective method; but it’s evil none-the-less. They should be nowhere near a position to influence policy. And if Australian business leaders sat there and lapped it up: Fuck the concerns and whinging of businesses. Fuck the whole economic attitude.

      “The public think we know, or at least they think we’ve got good intentions.”

      …with regard to “social investment in society’s problems” instead of government intervention, or in his case, government exacerbation*. He intends to do that with many things. A method he calls “radical incrementalism” or somesuch – excusing the fact most of his support that he intends to “take along with him” have a abhorence of radicalism of any kind. Greenpeace are “radicals” they shrill – look at the signs they have, too loud, too forceful, too much action!

      The public thinks they know, he says, they think they know, but my god they do not. All they know is what keeps them seeing whatever it is that makes them feel secure in their own minds: The Pebbles Hooper Effect…

      *He’s so smug about it, he contradicts himself, saying his government is so caring, so full of good intention, that they raised benefit levels – the first time in forty years (not that they actually did) – but soon says it’s the wrong thing to do, something they won’t be doing again. So which is it, Bill? Good intention is bad, or hidden bad intention is good; or perhaps hidden bad intention is good until such time as deceptively good intention can be replaced by entirely evil intent? Evil uses good, against itself.

      His ideal is that the Rogernomic “Make changes so fast that by the time anyone finds out what you’re up to, it’s already done…” was good for the eighties, but now he’d like to do the same, but slower, to suit the times. I’d call his views “radical excrementalism.”

      • TE 2.1.1

        +^^^^ in infinity Charles your comment is so correct. I would like to print it out and paste it on my wall. So the friends and family can see that there are people out there that know the real meaning of evil.

  2. Adrian 3

    Is it deliberate bullshit, stupidity or laziness or most likely all three.
    Key on MR asked about the possibility of recession and amongst other industries “going well” cited wine. Of course because he doesn’t “own” a wine company he wouldn’t know that this years crop is down 30+ %, that’s $500 million of exports returns alone, plus we’ll need to import more crap to make up the local consumption shortfall.

  3. ianmac 4

    Funny how National claims the success of the economy is due to their clever stewardship, but any downturn is not their fault as it is world events outside their control. Like pride of a child’s success but disowning the child’s downfall.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      That seems to always be the way with the right-wing. They take responsibility for the good times even if they had nothing to do with it (which they usually didn’t as their policies do the exact opposite) and blame someone else for the bad times despite it being their policies that brought them about.

      The right-wing never, ever take responsibility for their actions.

  4. Morrissey 5

    Qatari dictatorship’s channel praises “Russia’s bloggers risking all for free speech.”
    Al Jazeera, 10:35 a.m., Monday 6 July 2015

    After the News, full of doom-laden English “reporters” snarling out dire warnings about Greece’s future now that they have been foolish enough to actually exercise their democratic rights, the newsreader says: “Next, Witness looks at Russia’s online bloggers who are risking all for free speech.”

    The program is called “RUSSIA’S ONLINE WAVEMAKERS“, and the opening scenes are underscored by low, minatory electronic music that you’d expect in a horror movie. So far, it’s all flagrant anti-Russian propaganda.

    Which would be fine, except for the fact that I have yet to see a single documentary about the American bloggers who are risking all for free speech. And if, by chance, the Qatari dictatorship’s channel does do such a program, I doubt that they would dare to score it with such ominous and crude mood music.

  5. Draco T Bastard 6

    The Supreme Pointlessness of Drug Testing at Work

    This industry has relied on superficially intuitive arguments for drug testing: It’ll make employees use drugs less often and it’ll ensure a more efficient workplace. But those arguments have some significant holes.

    And what’s our govt doing? Oh, That’s right – more drug testing.

    IMO, the only time people should be tested fro drugs, including alcohol, is when they’re obviously impaired or when an accident occurs that could have been the result of impairment.

    • McFlock 6.1

      Part of the problem is that alcohol levels are an impairment proxy, but there’s no such evidentiary base for things like marijuana or even fatigue. It’s just an employer-wank.

      A five minute, non-invasive test for impairment (reaction time, precision, fixation, etc) before operating dangerous machinery would do more for workplace safety than surprise piss tests ever would. Hell, the standard US field sobriety test (walking in a straight line toe-to-toe, arms out, while reciting the alphabet backwards sort of thing) would be a start.

      • Molly 6.1.1

        Agree. Especially in terms of THC, which can be picked up seven weeks after use – well after the time of impairment.

  6. Morrissey 7

    Is someone as stupid as this fit to comment on the intelligence of anyone else?

    Denise L’estrange-Corbet’s daughter Pebbles Hooper recently tweeted the following:

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I’ll get major slack for this, but leaving a car running inside a closed garage while you’re kids are in the house is natural selection

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    The spelling and punctuation errors are Pebbles Hooper’s.

    • Puckish Rogue 7.1

      She represents the difference between making your own way (me) and living off your parents (her)

      • McFlock 7.1.1

        Making your own way?

        I’ll assume that you paid for 100% of your education, had no subsidies from middle-class or upper-income parents, and had absolutely no good luck completely beyond your control, then. You are a true master of the universe.

        • Charles

          He represents the difference between waiting for parents to conceive (him) and truely self-made men, who do not wait for chance, and conceive themselves (me). I will not abide utero… uterusrian… womberarian… damn it I will not abide bludgers of the womb!

          Now if you will excuse me I have a universe to run.

  7. Heartbleeding Liberal 8

    Paula Bennett considers money that a emotionally vulnerable woman sent to a scammer overseas qualifies as a loan and therefore an asset thus allowing her benefit entitlement to be reduced. Some legal eagle might have a shot at a successful judicial review of this decision.

    • weka 8.1

      A review within the dept should do it. It looks to me like she’s declared the money as a loan or gift and that’s why they’ve counted it as an asset (you can’t give away money when on a benefit if you want additional support*). However, it’s probably a discretionary decision, which means the decision could be reversed.

      *there are a lot of rules like this that many on benefits would be aware of. Am thinking of the woman on the DPB in Nelson who was getting financial help from her mother. WINZ wanted to count it as income and thus use it as part of assessing her benefit (i.e. pay less benefit). The onus should be on the department to be up front about these things.

    • Naki man 8.2

      Its her husband I feel sorry for. It would be bad enough to find out that your wife was having an 18 month long online relationship with another man. The fact that she gave this sleaze ball $41k of their money is really rubbing the shit in.

  8. Tracey 9

    Did anyone read Ms Collins ill researched PR release for Zespri in the SST? If you know some facts it reads like a fluff piece for Zespri

    I say ill researched cos she was lauding Zespri for moving quickly on PSA and introducing a new higher yield strand of gold kiwifruit… but she omitted that this amazing breakthrough kiwifruit has a very short shelf life,,, and is going “off” on the way to its exports destinations…

    I know 3 kiwifruit growers, all hit by PSA, who dug up and the replaced with the new strain, only to find that it just won’t last after seperation from the vine.

  9. TE 10

    In 2009 Sinister for Biosecurity David Carter cut 60 border jobs.
    with National party making cuts to our bio security budget

    Biosecurity failures since…
    tomato/potato psyllid
    hadda beetle
    willow aphid
    eucalyptus beetle
    quava moth
    varroa bee mite
    and the killer of a horticultural industry
    Queensland fruit fly
    and many more

    Under Nationals watch PSA was welcomed into NZ
    Was that so we would welcome GE GMO with open arms?
    How dumb does judy think we are?
    Judith Collins been making up shit since forever

    Early 2003 when we were the world largest and best producers of kiwifruit
    vines were cut and sent to Italy to grow there
    the contracted pruners had to sign a contract stating they would not tell their unsuspecting work mates that soon they would be out of a job,
    not to tell anyone or they would get the sack and maybe taken to court.

    Who wants to buy cold stored 6month old kiwifruit when we can have it *fresh* on our shelves from Italy.
    That bit of skulldugery cost NZ dearly and most of the orchard owners who were in the syndicate of the new Italian order were also Zespri decision makers.
    Did you forget that bit of the kiwifruit saga judy?

    • repateet 10.1

      Do you reckon ex-Sinister Carter might slip an extra line into the daily prayer begging pardon for his cock-ups?

  10. McFlock 11

    Oh look, the cops can’t be trusted.

    Apparently the promised not to use any of the information gleaned when they raided Hager’s home (re: the dirty politics hacking) while the search was being challenged in court, but still shared a person’s name with an officer conducting another investigation.

    • Anne 11.1

      Beat me to it McFlock. My intro. was going to be… How can we trust the police.

      What about the person whose name appeared in a Hagar document? On the basis of that mention they conducted an investigation into him/her. I hope Hagar has informed the person concerned so that they can take appropriate action.

    • ianmac 11.2

      Raises the question of just what they were attempting to achieve. Evidence of the hacker or anyone of interest perhaps politically?

      • McFlock 11.2.1

        Well, going fishing on the off chance that after publishing he hadn’t cleaned up a note saying “Rawshark is Andrew Little, all the HD recordings I made of our meetings are at” would be the excuse.

        But such a search might also shed light on who he’s speaking to and the progress of his current projects, too.

  11. Vaughan Little 12

    can’t attach this comment to the top thread cos I’m using my phone… this’ll be the last thing I say on the topic today: “I believe in freedom of speech, right up to the point where you say the wrong thing, in which case you’re fired.”

    the focus needs to be on character, not words. character comes through in patterns of behaviour and speech over time. I hate a culture in.which so much stock is put by single comments without setting context.

    “she’s in a position of power” and so are the myriad people who contribute to social media mass-tantrums about he said she said. my old dad said, give them enough rope.and they’ll hang themselves. pebbles and her generation are either gonna hang themselves or find their feet. again, generosity of spirit is a foundation of open society. I’m repeating myself a bit,but I’m repeating stuff that the “off with her head” crowd didn’t address in their replies…

    • Charles 12.1

      The character, words, patterns, speech and behaviour were put into context, repeatedly, by the “off with her head crowd”. That’s how they arrived at “off with her head”. They weren’t “single comments”. Where was Pebble’s generosity of spirit? So did she contribute to an open society with her words, or closed, cold, isolated one? And more importantly where is Bam Bam?

      It’s ok bro, you support people with power ragging on those without. Why do you have to try to convinvce us it’s ok for you to have an opinion? Only thing that matters is that you’re ok with it. If your conscience is ok with it, everything ok. You’re ok, I’m ok. Everybody Okay.

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  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    7 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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