Open mike 06/10/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 6th, 2010 - 43 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

Comment on whatever takes your fancy.

The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

43 comments on “Open mike 06/10/2010”

  1. Pascal's bookie 1

    Rmember when ACT took a very principled stand eventually on the Foreshore and Seabed throwing the rednecks under the bus and boldly standing up for the property rights of iwi after some lawyer reckoned iwi probably wouldn’t win in the the courts and some uncharitble bastards said their positioning was just more cynical bullshit?

    Good times, good times.

    • BLiP 1.1

      Speaking of the Ferengi, have you seen this ?

      Rory MacKinnon from the Media Darlings blog has caught Lindsay Perigo out with a whopper when the latter stated, in response to a Matt McCarten column, “I’ve known many Actors over the years, including the leads, and I can’t think of one, alas, who ‘worships at the altar of Ayn Rand.’ ” Rory has photographic evidence that the opposite is true and, what’s more, the Grand Nagus has not one but two copies of Atlas Shrugged in his “temple”.

      • Pascal's bookie 1.1.1

        Heh. Hoowoodagest?

        Speaking of Amphetamine Aynnie, have you read this review?

        http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/10/01/what-i-think-about-atlas-shrugged/

        • Olwyn 1.1.1.1

          A brilliant review! And the picture of Rodney with his library behind him, accompanying the Media Darlings piece, could almost serve as an illustration. The philosophical grounding of the yellow sports jacket and the fake tan.

      • The Voice of Reason 1.1.2

        Crikey! I feel slightly queasy seeing the book he’s closest to.

        • Kevin Welsh 1.1.2.1

          Maybe one is his own personal copy and the other is a ‘loaner’?

          You never know when someone is going to pop-in to your office and say, “Rodders, you don’t happen to have a spare copy of Atlas Shrugged lying around do you?”

  2. BLiP 2

    John Key said recently: “do I think New Zealand can catch up with Australia? Well, I think the answer is yes, but, to do that, you need to have good public policy”.

    With that in mind, contrast and compare .

    On the one hand, we have the John Key National Ltd™ government sheltering private companies from having to pay staff the minimum wage and, on the other, we have the Australian government over here on behalf or workers pursuing unpaid entitlements.

    When Key says “good public policy”, what, actually, does he mean?

  3. comedy 3

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4201898/Sikhs-outraged-at-alleged-voter-fraud-link

    “It will be an understatement that the community has been increasingly fearful of this group under investigation as they have not only been entrenching themselves in government departments but also criminalising members of our community through duping them into making false declarations in immigration applications.”

    Mr Singh said they had complained to Members of Parliament, cabinet ministers and government departments over the group.

    “Each time the community’s complaints were given superficial treatment.”

    • grumpy 3.1

      A bit naieve given the latest revelations and their political links. It would be interesting to know who they complained to and when.

  4. just saying 4

    Treasury’s plan to reform the welfare system.

    I’m not sure if the above link will work. It’s pasted from ‘Imperator Fish’ which has an interesting blog on the matter.

    Basically treasury is recommending further economic deprivation, and psychological terrorism for the most vulnerable members of our communities AND advocating the privatisation of most social services.

    • ianmac 4.1

      Wonder what selection criteria was used to bolster the Treasury consultants? Act, Brash, Business Round Table?

      • KJT 4.1.1

        Time treasury was sacked en-mass. Their advice for the last 40 ears has been totally predictable. If it is not working just do more of the same.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          Yep, that’s what I’ve been thinking for some time. They just can’t see what’s actually happening in the economy due to their delusional belief in the neo-liberal paradigm.

          • KJT 4.1.1.1.1

            I think partly that the Chicago School of economics was received dogma when most got their education. They have learnt so little economic history that they are unaware of any alternatives.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.1.1

              According to the universities – it’s still received dogma. They don’t teach anything else and even when they are teaching history they avoid the lessons to be learnt from it.

              All of our economists have been blinded by what they were taught at university.

              • Bored

                I have felt the “Invisible hand”, it thwopped me round the back of the neck in the form of price increases. I think it might better be taught as a cautionary fairy tale to keep the kids in line.

              • grumpy

                Sadly true Draco, “in my day” at Canterbury we had a much wider range of exposure with guys like Wolfgang Rosenberg, Alf Brownlee, Tan, Hampton, Rayner etc. I swear some of these guys changed their politics from time to time just for the sake of arguing.
                It was always said that for stage III, the questions were the same each year but the answers changed depending on who was doing the marking.

    • BLiP 4.2

      And now we know why National Ltd™ are hiring so many “consultants” at Treasury – so they can hide behind the bureaucrats while foisting their own agenda upon the nation. Classic, Crosby/Textor template politics for blurring accountability and TINA – “well, look, the experts said so, and they should know”.

  5. prism 5

    Lindsay Mitchell this morning announced the answer to putting these pesky ‘unemployed’ women, who keep behaving biologically (having babies) without permission or sanction or a stable man as father, to work as carers for old people. Neat, two expensive social difficulties ruling each other out.

    Could instead have hostels catering particularly for younger women who would live there with their babies who would have a good creche provided. And their mothers would be able to study, learn baby care, learn life skills, be nurtured as young people with the important future of growing happy, strong-minded and capable children, plan a future and might then decide they would like to be carers, out of the choices available to them.

    As for the payments for IHC sleeping over. In yesterday’s Open Mike comments giving actual experience of the work were really eye opening. See 10 Hateatea, Bored and Vicky32
    I looked at google for more info on the two companies – On TVNZ site “Idea Services and Timata Hou are wholly-owned subsidiaries of IHC New Zealand and registered charities funded by the health and social development ministries.”

    ODT report Otago Daily Times report
    Idea cares for almost 5000 people, of whom 3000 are in residential care. Timata Hou, a residential rehabilitation service, cares for 67 people.
    Last July, a benchmark Employment Court ruling found against IHC, which had opposed paying for sleep-over hours. Instead of a shift allowance of about $30 staff would get at least the minimum hourly wage.
    The Health Ministry said that last year it funded $378m of community residential disability contracts. Sleepovers were estimated to cost between $400m and $500m in five years of back pay for all providers — there are about 100 caring for 7000 people.

    Interested in the job? – This is an advert which shows they are looking for people with integrity, intelligence, commitment, energy, etc. They ask “If you are interested in this challenging but rewarding role”…(just not financially). And employees will receive insurance cover after two years (yet one worker I read about talked about getting a black eye from some deranged patient, who didn’t ask whether she was covered by insurance before popping her one in the face).

    MYJOBSPACE.CO.NZ
    Community Support Worker
    IDEA Services provides support services for people with intellectual disabilities, so they can live, work and enjoy life as part of the community. We are an organisation of integrity and held in high regard by our communities.

    We are looking for permanent Residential Community Support Workers in the Nelson area and casual/releif staff for the Marlborough area. You need to have a full driver’s licence and be willing to work flexible hours, as well as a commitment to supporting people with an intellectual disability.
    We are looking for people who:
    • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Can work weekends, evenings and sleepovers.
    • Can demonstrate an understanding of community involvement.
    • Can work as part of a team.
    • Are legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

    We offer:
    • Flexible working hours.
    • Comprehensive training aimed at developing skills, knowledge and experience.
    • Employee insurance policy for all staff after two years service.
    • Part-time and casual positions.

    • Bored 5.1

      The real working conditions of lower paid NZers is of real concern to me, as pressure comes onto profitability employers ask for more time for less dollars and trim conditions, including as you note things that cause danger to employees (as you say black eyes from deranged patients). Its a recipe for disaster. IMHO bodies such as IHC who care for some of the least able and most vulnerable members of our society should be treated as the jewels in the crown of a caring community. How we treat these people is a measure of us as a society. And their workforce should be looked after as such. As we know IHC struggles for funds, they need help from above, not just from their workers. Ryall in his drive to cut out costs across all of health has totally missed the point, delivery comes first. Its what we do as a society for “us”.

      • Lats 5.1.1

        I agree wholeheartedly Bored. The way recent governments have systematically eroded mental health services in this country borders on criminal negligence. Many of these people are fragile and need support, dumping them in flats in the community is not the best way to manage their needs. Properly resourced and funded mental health support would reap considerable benefits not only to the individuals concerned, but also to society as a whole.

    • hateatea 5.2

      Headlines and articles like this would lead you to believe that it is the greedy workers who are at fault
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch/4200679/Ruling-sends-IHC-bodies-broke

      The reality is that some workers would only receive 2 or 3 hours at $12.50 plus the $34 as anything after 10pm and before 7am is ‘sleepover’. That some clients would not be asleep for all of that time (or even any of that time) seems not to occur to the bean counters who thought up this particular condition of employment.

      I was also concerned about this suggestion:
      “However, there are other ways that we would certainly have to look at how we provide that community care and that may mean revisiting the number of people in homes, where the homes are located and having awake staff at night travelling between homes.”

      What happens of there is an incident while the awake staff are on their ‘travels’? The reality of life for some of Idea’s clients seem unknown to people who make suggestions like this.

      In my personal experience, not only are many of Idea’s employees underpaid, they also are poorly prepared for what may be experienced by them when working with clients. Training seemed to be more of a myth than a reality although, to be fair, this seems to be a widespread problem with carers including some rest home workers.

      Generally , I believe that the very young, the elderly, those who need the greatest care in our society through no fault of their own, are often offered the cheapest available care not the best possible care.

      May those who cut service, drive down wages and conditions for carers and generally devalue the work of those who do the caring, mostly women, often desperate for flexible working hours to fit around children, other dependents or just plain desperate, need the help of carers for themselves or those they love. Of course, they probably earn six figure salaries, have lots of insurance and assets and therefore can ‘buy the best’. Spare a thought for those elderly parents who are worried about the long term care of their severely intellectually / physically disabled off spring after they die or unable to advocate for them.

      A society should be judged by how they treat the least of their citizens not by how many millionaires or billionaires there are

      Gosh, I have become quite angry all over again just remembering

      captcha: economys

  6. SHG 6

    So in the past day or so I count six articles on the Standard expressing outrage regarding something controversial said by a controversial media performer who gets paid to be controversial, and yet nothing regarding a concerted attempt to pervert our electoral process in South Auckland.

    Priorities.

    • lprent 6.1

      …and yet nothing regarding a concerted attempt to pervert our electoral process in South Auckland.

      We write about structural electoral fraud all of the time. The ‘blind’ donation trusts, transparency of politicians assets, enrollment periods, advertising limits, etc etc are structural issues.

      But this isn’t structural – it is just some individuals acting like idiots. It is simply a matter for electoral officials, the police, and the courts to deal with under existing legal structures.

      Face it SHG, your real issue is that you are more tuned to the gossip columns than you are to anything real. I suspect your main interest in Paul Henry would be gossip about his sex life than the way he insulted 100’s or thousands of kiwis. We don’t write posts on that either. You’re just shallow….

      • SHG 6.1.1

        Hey, I’m not the one who’s turned this blog into “ALL HENRY ALL THE TIME” in the past few days.

  7. randal 7

    well after all the hoohah where are the posts about the rise in gst.
    the bus to town has just gone up by 50c.
    by the time I go to town and come home there isnt even enough left over for a pie let alone a bottle of coke out of ten bucks!

  8. randal 8

    my apologies for the diversity of my opinion this morning but I have to say that after studying taoism in the sixties my desire for goods went out the window but what I really care about now is noise.
    time for the nats to do something about the rugged individuals who are free to go from A to A in the weekends and also feel free to make as much noise as they like as they liberate themselves round the towns in their un muffled hardly davidsons.
    there used to be laws about noise and keeping the peace but they seem to have all disappeared in the maelstrom of personal choice.
    time for a change.

    • prism 8.1

      Yet one can be spoken too severely by police for tooting a couple of times at a friend. I guess it is all personal choice nowadays even in the case of police. Once we stopped making public drunkenness a misdemeanour we opened the way for the yobbos who live in the NOW and don’t give a F.K to let it all hang out.

      antispam vacation – time for one perhaps.

    • Vicky32 8.2

      I certainly agree with you about the noise, randal! 🙂
      Deb

  9. nzfp 9

    Hey KJT, Draco and Bored,
    KJT’s comment “the Chicago School of economics was received dogma”

    There is soo much irony in that comment!

    Before 1860 except for 21 state colleges and a few other exceptions – colleges in America were primarily religious institutions:
    49x Presbyterian (Calvinist)
    34x Methodist
    29x Baptist
    21x Congregationalist (Calvinist)
    14x Catholic
    05x Lutheran

    What is notable is that most of the religious colleges advocated against public credit in the form of Greenbacks and instead supported Gold bugs and private banking interests.

    Another irony is that throughout antiquity (from the Sumerian empire through the Babylonians, Greeks and Romans) the Temples maintained monetary power and performed similar functions to modern banks.

    Have you ever wondered why soo many classical Bank buildings look like temples?

    • prism 9.1

      Hah nzfp I see it all now. Remember that time when Blackadder was made Archbishop of Canterbury and he, for the church and someone on the private make, surrounded a dying man of estate enticing him to slide his piece of the pie their way. I think Blackadder won on the promise of heavenly delights rather than hellish dolour, a piquant extra inducement for a real estate speculator.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2

      The churches have been directed/owned by the rich since time immemorial or, if the rich had temporarily failed, took their place. After the fall of the Roman Empire the Xian church forged a document saying that the emperor gave all of Europe to the church. I assume that the “gentry” went along with it because it benefited them.

      No, I’m not surprised to hear that the churches are corrupt.

      • joe90 9.2.1

        Prosperity gospel is alive and well with the majority of American christians infected.

        For most professing believers if God is love He must promise to minimize my struggles and maximize my pleasure,” he lamented. Many believe it’s their spiritual birthright to experience comfort and prosperity and that it’s God divine obligation to provide it.

  10. Draco T Bastard 11

    Google Invokes History of Java, Responds to Oracle Lawsuit

    The Rise of Mobile, The Rise of Mobile Lawsuits

    Of course, Oracle v Google is far from being the only lawsuit in the mobile industry right now. As the graphic from the Guardian below demonstrates, the battle for control of the growing mobile market isn’t just a matter of building the best product. In some cases, the strategy seems to include building a strong team of patent attorneys.

    We do not have a “free-market”.

  11. Colonial Viper 12

    I see that Bernard Hickey is still on a burn. Good on him. Seems he has been thinking through the flaws of NZ’s reverence for the Chicago School free market temple for a while.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10678518

    The version of the free market we had wasn’t really free or perfect. All it delivered was instability and debt.

    Here’s what I mean.

    New Zealand’s per-capita GDP is still at 2004 levels despite the addition of NZ$97.5 billion in extra foreign debt since then. We actually shed jobs in exporting over the last decade.

    Our current (lack of) rules on capital flows, foreign debt and investment policies created a situation where we sent a cumulative NZ$96.3 billion out of New Zealand over the last 5 years in the form of interest payments on foreign debt and dividend payments to foreign investors.

    We were essentially borrowing money and selling assets to pay the interest on the money we already owed.

  12. john 13

    Great rant by Gerald Celente about the money and power junkies who have brought ruin to the NeoLiberal disaster zone of America. We have them here giving tax cuts to the rich ( Definition of rich: I don’t need more money I have enough!Give some to the poorer needier people instead for Pete’s sake!) on borrowed interest bearing money while the economy is stalled.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 hour ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    5 hours ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 hours ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    16 hours ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    16 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    24 hours ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    2 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
  • 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
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

No feed items found.