Open mike 07/04/2015

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  1. b waghorn 1

    I inflicted a little piece of the paul henry show on my self this morning to see what it’s about.
    Hillary Barry lead a story about police station closures paul jumped in said we’re not going to blow that up they’ve opened some in the same period and quickly moved on to a anniversary story of of a celeb getting caught playing with him self .
    Quality reporting ??

    • Tracey 1.1

      I did not tune in. Won’t tune in. I no longer use tv to catch up with the morning news in NZ.

      • b waghorn 1.1.2

        With a bit of luck a lot of people will tune out of tv3 and henry will get the boot because like it or not the morning new s is were a lot of people find out what’s going on.

        • Paul 1.1.2.1

          Hoskings and Henry both on in morning.
          Says so much about who runs our country.

          • b waghorn 1.1.2.1.1

            Definitely a way to control the message having those two all over the place.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Controlling the message does seem to be the purpose of the MSM now.

              • Rodel

                Just a way of perpetuating the Henry and Hoskings delusions. (Theirs not ours).

        • tc 1.1.2.2

          And why henry’s been parked there so you’ve got 2 shills book ending the day with lickspittle rawdon earning his keep sucking up to key and his cronies over at TVNZ.

          • Paul 1.1.2.2.1

            Add in the shift rightwards on RNZ with Espiner’s bias showing through and the media shows as much diversity as it did in Germany in the 1930s or Russia in the 1950s

          • Paul 1.1.2.2.2

            Puff pieces like this in the Herald lauding a very average minister are part of the propaganda war being waged on us.
            Isaac Davison proves he is another owned member of the media by writing this nonsense about Lotu-Iiga.

            http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11428596

            • Skinny 1.1.2.2.2.1

              A particularly nasty shifty character is Lotu Iiga. I was not in the least bit surprised he was exposed in the book Dirty Politics.

              I once took exception to hearing him spinning crap campaigning for the South Auckland vote on Jackson & JT’s radio live show. He was talking about his Polynesian upbringing in South Auckland and how he still visits factories where his people ( his words) have worked 20 years plus, then he goes into some diatribe about a vote for him and National will improve their quality of living.

              At the time National had introduced nasty employment laws like the 90 day fire at will legislation etc. I called the show under my than handle of George and asked slippery Sam ” How do you look these 20 year + factory workers in the eye without feeling ashamed that you have sold them out, and you have the nerve to try suck Tory votes out of good working class people, your own people, your a disgrace to your race… ya sellout.”

              Slippery Sammy was lost for words trying to justify that question and Jacko & JT started giving him a strum up in agreement ‘how would a Nat vote improve their lot in life.’

              Interesting to note Lotu Iiga lives in Onehunga, I was staying with family in Epsom over the long weekend and on Sunday got my nephew to take me for a drive to the Royal Oak Pac n Slave. It was closed so he thought something in Onehunga maybe open, we drove there, I haven’t been there for years. What use to be a Polynesian hub, the main street shops have transformed to
              trendy caftes and shops, and the residents have changed too. Not too many of Totu Liga’s living in these streets, probably just how Sam likes it.

              • tc

                the snakey one also voted down the proposed loan sharking legislation then claimed it as his own idea at a mangakiekie meeting opposite the labour candidate who initially bought the voted down bill in.

                Beaumont just let the BS stand unchallenged, yes is very snakey and dodgy that smiley sam.

      • David H 1.1.3

        Same. Why they put him on in the AM is beyond me unless they want to see their ratings plummet. And the Airheads on TVNZ are almost as bad in their utter and complete servility to the TricKey one.

        • McFlock 1.1.3.1

          I don’t get why they keep giving him work. He sure can’t keep a show going. I suspect that they’ve got so much invested in him that his boss will also be gone when he finally loses his mediaworks contract for poor ratings.

      • mary_a 1.1.4

        Ditto here as well Tracey (1.1). I can live without inflicting that environmental pollutant on myself first thing in the morning!

  2. wyndham 2

    Comment from Colin James this am. in relation to Key sending Kiwis to Iraq. Sums up the total shambles well don’t TS readers think ? !

    “The war we are about to join is sectarian: Muslim v Muslim v Muslim. Shiite Iran is helping run the war against the Sunni Islamic State. That embarrasses Iran-phobic United States though last week it initialled a deal with Iran to contain Iran’s nuclear ambition. Sunni Saudi Arabia deplores the Sunni Islamic State, backs Egypt’s crackdown on the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and leads a coalition backing Sunnis fighting Iran-backed Shiites in Yemen.
    Confused? So are policymakers in Washington and elsewhere. The complexity is mind-boggling. And intervention in the war(s) is predicated on bolstering a so-called state or a potential state. “In many years working in the region, I have never seen such a distance between statements and fact,” the International Crisis Group’s Peter Harling told the New York Times.”

  3. CnrJoe 3

    Everyone watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – youtube. Edward Snowden and Dick pics. It’s a game changer.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1

      Thanks Joe.

    • Sanctuary 3.2

      New Zealand DESPERATELY needs political satire. Does anyone really think pompous right wing blowhards Paul Henry or Mike Hoskings or the near parody news that TVNZ dishes up every night would survive the sort of merciless mocking they would get from the Daily Show?

      And that is why we’ll never get it.

    • Bearded Git 3.3

      @CnrJoe
      Brilliant thanks for that. The “dick” example was a clever metaphor to explain how so much info is being grabbed by the NSA through so many methods. Superb.

  4. Atiawa 4

    NZ$ almost hits parity with Aussie $. Things just got worse for NZ manufacturers exporting to Australia.
    Great interview this morning with Andrew Little on NACT radio with Espiner.
    A weak Aussie economy is not good news for NZ, and lowering NZ bank interest rates simply fuels the Auckland housing market.
    Little was all over the subject matter, telling Espiner to listen.

    • The Chairman 4.1

      It wasn’t that great an interview.

      Little failed to put forward a well explained solution to convince listeners Labour is a viable alternative.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20173722

    • Ovid 4.2

      Reserve Bank of Australia opted to keep rates at 2.25% today. The NZ$ immediately fell by a cent.

    • Rodel 4.3

      It was a good interview with good, down to earth responses from Little. Liked his grasp of the issue and telling Esp to ‘listen’ and ‘try to understand’ without resorting to Key’s arrogance.

      • The Chairman 4.3.1

        Except Little missed an opportunity to explain his broader mandate solution, thus present Labour as a viable alternative.

        I’m highlighting this not to mock him, but in the hope he will up his game.

        Little left listeners with more questions than answers.

        For example, how will broadening the Reserve Bank Act mandate correct a strengthening NZ dollar resulting from a weakening Australian economy?

        Will this broader mandate result in lower interest rates or higher interest rates?

        And how will lowering interest rates (if this is what he was implying) avert the negative impact of lower interest rates on the property sector?

  5. Paul 5

    In the business section of the Herald.
    Two important news stories that will have a major impact on the world.
    1. China’s economy is slowing
    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11428198
    2. Middle East wars are driving up oil prices.
    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11428552

    2015 crash is not far away.

  6. tracey 6

    One of the arguments some people make to attack beneficiaries is that if they can’t afford children they shouldn’t have them,

    I have been recently reading some tales about the new child maintenance provisions. One thing that pops up is the complaint that the new partner’s child is NOT taken into account when assessing the payment for the biological child.

    Now, if the new partner had the child when you met him/her; or you both have an additional child, knowing you have another child from a previous relationship to care for, isn’t the bene bashing meme applicable here? Or even more so? More so because many beneficiaries had their children before the job loss, or the accident, or the illness.

    I acted in a maintenance case many years ago involving the owner of a very large construction firm and devout 7th day Adventist.

    He prepared spreadsheets of his expenses pre separation (he, wife two teenage girls in private school) and post separation. His calculations in the spreadsheets indicated he was arguing his living expenses as a single man had gone up 2/3 compared to the 4 person household. On this point alone he looked foolish and duplicitous and ended up with a Court Award for maintenance against him far higher than we had been prepared to pay during negotiated settlement discussions the day before.

    He also now wanted his daughters out of their school and into public school and no after school activities.

    I noted with interest a few years ago when he sold his share how many millions it went for.

    Of course there are people genuinely struggling under the new system. It is a forumla so it will have flaws. How many stories are the papers/media discussing of where payments have reduced?

    • Molly 6.1

      Hi Tracey,

      I live in a fairly affluent area, and know of a couple of cases where the ownership of a business has allowed non-custodial fathers to reduce their child support payments.

      In one case, the business is owned jointly with the new wife, but she owns the majority of the shares. He is paid a low wage, and it is this wage that is used to determine his child support payments. The business is partly run from home so quite a few utility bills, maintenance and capital works have been run through the business accounts. The children from the second marriage all attend private schools and extended overseas trips for the family are the norm.

      However, those who work for wages don’t have this method of minimising their taxed income, and so the system works disproportionately.

      I have only met one business owner, who when his relationship dissolved, worked with his ex-partner to determine a reasonable rate of child support. He paid this directly to his ex-partner, and this went on until the child was grown. (The amount paid was more than she would have got using income support.)

      • Tracey 6.1.1

        Thanks for sharing. I never understand why a parent begrudges their own child a decent upbringing…

    • RedBaronCV 6.2

      The one in the herald this morning was deeply flawed. Where income drops suddenly there is a clear provision to tell the IRD and have the support payments dropped, information which a simple call to the IRD by the journalist would have elicted – but hey why let the facts get in the way of the prejudices.

      As to the self employed / wealthy hiding money in Trusts and companies to avoid Child support. This is endemic and the child support amendments were originally going to include this type of income which would also mean that income is the same as that taken to account for WFF benefits etc. However, guess what, the last set of IRD amendments drops this provision because of course wealthy males are the NAct support base and us peasants (taxpayers) need to support their kids.

      And just as an aside – while negotiated payments at a higher rate can give the illusion of a better outcome they are not actually enforceable meaning the payer can use the threat of witholding to make the caregivers life a misery. It can be a powerful weapon of control.

      • Molly 6.2.1

        I understand your comment about negotiated payments, but the two people involved handled their breakup well and were considering the child more than each other. A good starting point.

        It also avoided the requirement for the mother to go to income support and deal with the system, which would be a positive outcome for many.

  7. Hami Shearlie 7

    Hosking AND Henry every morning now? Now I know how Victor Meldrew felt – “Oh, GODDDDD”!!!!

  8. Pasupial 8

    5 days remaining until the scheduled return of the Rawshark 2.

  9. John Key says GCSB does not spy on New Zealanders and here is why that is a great big lie!

  10. Sanctuary 10

    The media reporting of the NZ dollar near parity with the Australian dollar is an interesting insight into the values of the people who decide what is news. It is being presented as some sort of triumph for the mangerialist and technocratic ruling elite, because it makes their cheap holidays and cheap imports even cheaper.

    The wider debate about our export performance and loss of competitiveness in our largest export market and it’s impact on thousands of blue collar and menial jobs doesn’t even enter into the discussion. In fact as I speak Kathryn Ryan is having an adoring interview with yet another aging white male of the Douglas era, lauding his impact and generally being very chummy with someone from her own class.

    There is a reason unemployment and poverty are not an issue in NZ. And that is because two thirds of the population no longer care about another third, and the media reflects the values and informs the prejudices of that two thirds.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      And that is because two thirds of the population no longer care about another third, and the media reflects the values and informs the prejudices of that two thirds.

      You got the numbers around the wrong way. It’s the top 1/3rd don’t care about the bottom 2/3rds and the MSM reflect the values of that 1/3rd.

      EDIT: This applies.

    • James Thrace 10.2

      Oh look, the little sheep out there in punterland don’t give a flying figs leaf about the structural deficiencies that New Zealand has ignored for the past thirty years.

      New Zealand does have the ability to be self sufficient. It is the globalisation of our industry that has caused us to become serfs in our own land.

      I spent the Easter reading Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, given that it is a bible of sorts for ACT-olytes and some in the National Party.
      I struggled. I made it about 1/3rd of the way in before giving up in disgust and wondering why people simply don’t see what is so bad about government owning key infrastructure and ensuring the viability of long term assets – rail, hydro, thermal, and housing, not to mention our own land.

      This government truly has pulled the wool over peoples eyes, largely helped by a complicit media. It’s a shame our own Commerce Commission don’t take a stick to the cosy duopoly of newspapers (NZME/APN and Fairfax) and break it up. There are a myriad of ways in which smaller independent newspapers would be able to survive, as long as there were controls in place to ensure that the private printing press owners (largely APN/Fairfax) don’t jack up the prices to make it uneconomic for independent regional newspapers to print their own dailies. Afterall, printing is no longer the laborious time consuming process it once was.

      Bill Sutch’s own excellent book – Takeover New Zealand – outlined several ways within which NZ could become self sufficient and sustaining. It should be required reading as many of the principles he espoused are just as relevant today. The list of brands he outlines in his book would have been consolidated further into one of the 6 major multinationals that pervade every corner of the globe.

      But no. the sheeple of New Zealand don’t want to think about this. All they see is “dollar parity” and wonder why Just Jeans are selling things at $120 NZD but the price tag shows that its also $90AUD. Why isn’t it $90 NZD too if the dollar is the same?

      The great lord Consumerism, has everyone by the short’n’curlies.

    • Ergo Robertina 10.3

      Agreed. The most surreal moment for me was NZ Herald quoting a self help/relationships psychologist:
      ”Psychologist Chris Skellet said it was promising to see “one more index of disparity dissolve between the two countries”.
      “It’s important that we assume equivalence between us rather than adopt a one up/one down perspective,” he said.
      “No matter how Australians regard us, we need to adopt an unrelenting attitude of equality and respect towards our neighbours.” ENDS
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11428614

      Like Skellett, I’m no expert on currencies, but this is such patent rubbish.
      It’s not an index of disparity in the sense that achieving ‘equivalence’ will make parts of our economy weaker and thus increase inequalities.
      More broadly this approach to framing economics with pop psychology reminds me of Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World which identified how happiness psychology and the self help phenomenon mirrored the mass redundancies and off-shoring in the 1970s to 1990s. The idea that the answer lies within you, rather than in questioning the system.

      • The Murphey 10.3.1

        Standouts from the article

        1. Tellingly the ‘soothing gentle opinions’ of Chris Skellett were the first quotes in the article

        Rather transparent having that commentary atop other quotes which when read through them are hollow distraction deflection which should ring alarm bells to any thinking individual

        2. There is literally nothing of substance in the article which was written by an author who has no history writing on financial matters for NZH

        Morgan Tait – Morgan Tait is the NZ Herald’s police reporter

  11. Philip Ferguson 11

    The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its allies play the key role in saving the lives of tens of thousands of Yazidis who faced being butchered at the hands of IS. The PKK’s forces have also played a major role in halting IS advances and, in some notable instances, hurling the reactionaries back.

    Yet the secular-progressive PKK is designated a ‘terrorist’ organisation in many western countries, including NZ. So much for John Key’s claim to be supporting progressive, secular values in the region. (And in stark contrast for his friendly attitude to the ‘royal’ religious dictatorship in Saudi Arabia.)

    It’s important that progressives in NZ not only oppose further NZ military involvement but that we demand the PKK be taken off the ‘terrorist’ list and that people here be allowed to support the PKK, including raising funds for it.

    If the western powers were interested in any progressive outcome in the region, they’d just hand over their weaponry to the PKK and their allies and leave.

    We’ve stuck up an important article on the PKK and the Kurdish cause. See: http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article3695

    This article, which also looks at how progressives in Germany are defying the ban on the PKK by fund-raising for it, needs as wide circulation as possible.

    Phil

  12. KJS0ne 12

    http://i.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/67623849/south-taranaki-father-alan-lyall-left-to-live-on-47-a-week?cid=facebook.post.67623849

    Really breaks ones heart to see this shit happening in a country with so much wealth. National’s calculated dismantling of our safety nets is so callous, and this is the result. I bet he isn’t the only one in this situation in light of changes that have come in to child support after April 1st.

    • weka 12.1

      So much wrong with that situation (payments based on previous years earnings ffs).

      Beyond that, the whole child support system is deeply flawed. For the child whose parents separate, if one parent goes on a benefit, the other parent pays child support to the state, not to the family that is raising the child. How stupid is that?

    • RedBaronCV 12.2

      The one in the herald this morning was deeply flawed. Where income drops suddenly there is a clear provision to tell the IRD and have the support payments dropped, information which a simple call to the IRD by the journalist would have elicted – but hey why let the facts get in the way of the a good beat up

      Sorry for repeating myself. he should be paying about $12 a week

  13. Draco T Bastard 13

    Ultra-fast charging aluminum battery offers safe alternative to conventional batteries

    “We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames,” said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford. “Our new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it.”

    Aluminium is also one of the most abundant metals in the Earth’s Crust. Even NZ has a fairly significant deposit of it.

  14. freedom 14

    A well-buried opinion piece in the Herald seems to be discussing something very important but this is the first item I have seen referencing the topic, so not sure if it is just some legal jargon that amounts to very little, or it is in fact representing a massive shift in the foundations of our justice system?

    “Parliament seems about to drop New Zealand’s commitment to the rule of law and parliamentary sovereignty from the act underpinning the judicial branch in New Zealand. That really is quite odd.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11428565

    it goes on –
    ” The seven-page majority report back from the current Justice Committee contained no explanation for dropping New Zealand’s commitment to these constitutional fundamentals. ”

    “The minister speaking for the Minister of Justice in the second reading debate said that the provisions, being constitutional in nature, were out of place in the new bill; their place would be in the Constitution Act. Now, if Parliament were simultaneously amending the Constitution Act to include the provisions, New Zealanders might rest. It is not though.”

    Would the legal minds out there please educate the rest of us as to what the proposed changes represent and what, if any, are the real world implications of this change?

  15. Penny Bright 15

    FYI

    Tim Groser, Minister of Trade is having a meeting (with whom exactly?), TODAY Monday 7 April 2015, at 2.45pm, at 135 Albert Street, at the Mayor’s Office.

    (The Mayor’s Office has shifted from the Auckland Town Hall)
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    7 April 2015

    Len Brown
    Auckland Council Mayor

    Dear Len,

    As someone who has attended TPPA meetings in Auckland, as a registered ‘Stakeholder’ both in 2010 and 2012, I request to attend the meeting to be held today, at 2.45pm in the Auckland Mayoral Office (Auckland Town Hall), with the NZ Minister of Trade, Tim Groser.

    Please be reminded that as an ‘anti-corruption / anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’, and 2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate, I am totally opposed to any steps that would increase corporate control over New Zealand.

    Signing the TPPA, in my considered opinion, would do just that.

    I am concerned that attempts may be made to undermine the following resolution of Auckland Council, made on 6 December 2012:

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/aboutcouncil/committees/regionaldevelopmentoperationscommittee/meetings/regionaldevelopmentandoperationscommin20121206.pdf

    _______________________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright

  16. infused 16

    Carrying on from the Bit Coin discussion… anyone who suggests it needs their head looked at. The scam continues.

    http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/04/bitcoin-foundation-is-effectively-bankrupt-board-member-says/

  17. NZSage 17

    Henry bombed in Australia in a very short time. It will be the same here once the audiences tire of him…and they will.

    Of course he’s more likely to be the maker of his own demise as sooner or later he’s sure to spout an outrageous Clarksonesque comment.

    How many of those can Mediaworks take or afford?

    • infused 17.1

      I doubt it. The show was hardly pushed in Aussie.

      He’s quite liked here. I missed today’s show, but might watch it tonight.

      • Tracey 17.1.1

        Watch it with your wife and daughters so they can witness the sexist ridiculing, internalise it and feel just a little bit “less than” they did before they watched him..

  18. Penny Bright 18

    Some interesting developments following the tipoff about the meeting today held at the Auckland Mayoral Office (135 Albert St), with Minister of Trade Tim Groser, apparently about the TPPA and Local Government?

    From what I managed to find out, this meeting was organised by the Auckland Mayoral Office, and it appears that Auckland Council elected representatives were not notified, not invited and apparently had no knowledge of WHAT was being discussed.

    Why the secrecy?

    WHY was this meeting with Minister of Trade Tim Groser organised by the Auckland Mayoral Office

    WHO was invited ?

    WHAT was discussed ?

    Penny Bright

  19. Draco T Bastard 19

    March Madness

    How much will the TPP cost NZ? Millions? Billions?

  20. the pigman 20

    Slater is pimping for Crusher again. Afraid I can’t provide a donotlink but you can observe the train wreck here:

    Here is a donotlink version

    He uses Vance’s bizarre piece yesterday as a launching pad to twist the knife further into Joyce/Bennett. I wonder who the lucky Labour staffers were who got to have Paula sit on their knees 😀

    He promises an entire series of posts debunking Vance’s analysis.

    He claims inside knowledge of the “democratic” national party leadership selection process by disregarding the Brash/Key sleazy motel leadership deal.

    Make no mistake, this is Crusher in full utu mode. And she’s going to bring the whole house of cards down with her.

    • Anne 20.1

      She personally treats staff and backbenchers like scum, rather than leaving her staff to treat them like scum as Joyce does. She is fond of a drink and is known to get very familiar with much younger men or do the rounds with donors sitting on all their knees, or worse all of that with Labour staffers. The tally of Paula supporters on the backbench is even lower than the tally for supporters for Joyce.

      Oooh… I do like a bit of gossy – especially when its about someone I can’t stand. 😈

      • the pigman 20.1.1

        It’s a pretty vivid picture he paints of Our Paula. Can’t you just imagine it though?

        I’m gonna dedicate myself to #crusherwatch for the next wee while as blubbermeister continues on his campaign against Key’s cohorts. Unfortunately, it gives failoil its much-needed Japan-based web traffic. I do enjoy how his articles are all interspersed with large banners for HOT JAPANESE SINGLES IN YOUR AREA, though. It fits.

  21. joe90 21

    Diane Ravitch

    (pasted the lot)

    A mom in Tennesse asks the fundamental questions:

    “Why can’t all private industry contracted by the public education system be supportive to make public education better? We should be pursuing ways to create partnerships and increasing teacher quality, not creating hourly teacher tracks, devaluing university study, pushing hostile takeover strategies through charters, vouchers and for-profit charter schemes.

    “By law we must educate children.

    “Public education is not the post office with Fed_Ex and UPS and Amazon as its competition. I’m not forced by law to use the post office. And post office outcomes are not slanted by poverty of the customers they serve. Education is influenced by a child’s mindset to learn (ELL, disabled, just having a bad day). We are bettering lives with education. It should be our NASA.

    “Business models discount the human and the need for childhood stability. When a parent is sick, when a child moves, things can disrupt a child’s learning. The public education system should be the safe haven. Something to count on. Your community should be there to back you up when everything else falls apart. We cannot reduce education to numbers and a free-for-all with choice. Education is the prime example of a government service that must work. Just like the military, roads, or police and fire.

    “We are being held hostage by test scores. Our society is being scammed into thinking we don’t need this vital government service. And there are a lot of really smart people with their heads in the sand afraid of being politically active.”

    http://dianeravitch.net/2015/04/04/tennessee-mom-why-the-scam-that-devalues-public-schools/

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  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    2 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • 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
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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
    4 days 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 ...
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago

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