Open mike 08/09/2011

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  1. I really enjoyed reading the Herald this morning.

    Firstly there was a story about Tau Henare being involved in a road rage incident where he cut a car off and then proceeded to flip the bird to and abuse the upset victim who had tooted him because of his driving.

    He must have missed the Crosby Textor memo that said that National MPs should if at all possible not act like testosterone fuelled gits. 

    Then there was a story about how fellow pseudo westie Paula Bennett had been caught out lying, saying that Labour had not future funded a longitudinal study when budget documents showed that it clearly had.

    Are the wheels starting to fall off the westie tory effort?

    • felix 1.1

      West Side Tory was only ever a story. The end.

    • Blue 1.2

      What an embarrassment. Perhaps it should be a requirement for National ministers to not sound completely ignorant and thick.

      Witness the quote below:

      “Just of yesterday I got another request from them for another $5 million of taxpayers’ money. I’ve got to say nearly $26 million spent on a longitudinal study that sounds like they’ve kind of got their fair share to be honest.”

      She then tells them to seek private charity to continue their work:

      “They have a role to actually show the merits of the work they are doing, if it is as good as they keep telling us it is then they will actually have others that want to pay for some of kind of study.”

      I suppose we can all be glad that she doesn’t have the tertiary education or research, science and technology portfolios.

    • law 1.3

      that blimin tory rag huh Micky…. oh wait… it was good for you guys today, but still Murdoch must be lulling us all into a false sense of security

  2. I’ve often been puzzled by the Peter Dunne enigma.

    Dunne seems to achieve what most parties and politicians strive for. Better than a Harawira chorus?

    • felix 2.1

      “what most parties and politicians strive for”

      Sinecure?

      • higherstandard 2.1.1

        That plus a bigger than usual trough even by politicians standards – would be better to have him killed and replaced by his sentient hairpiece.

        • felix 2.1.1.1

          Yep, if we could teach his rug to yell “sensible” every 3 years we’d save quite bit of dosh there.

          • Tigger 2.1.1.1.1

            Hard working electorate MP? Ain’t seen him in our part of Ohariu nor did he manage to stop the huge motorway mess that now confronts those of us living in Korokoro.

            And can someone explain what was common sensual about Dunne voting down Civil Unions? Common sense says if a group has inequal rights and there is no compelling reason for that to continue then that should change. Dunne voted against them. That wasn’t common sense – it was bigotry.

            • NickS 2.1.1.1.1.1

              It’s because he stocks his sockpuppet-for-rent, I mean “party” with rent-a-Christian politicians in order to have at least some voter base, and oh lordy are they easy to wind up over littl’ things.

              Like extending human rights to teh gays.

    • I am often puzzled as well.  

      How can a politician who has flitted from side to side, who once had a minor party but managed to lose all his MPs, who has stuffed up so many policy reforms that he has handled and for whom the highlight of his political career was when a worm liked him saying “reasonable” continuously possibly still be in Parliament?

      Is it because of his coiffure? 

      • higherstandard 2.2.1

        MMP plus a somnolent electorate… bit like Jim Anderton really, although Pete D’s doo is more magnificent.

      • mikesh 2.2.2

        I think when the United Party was formed in the early nineties its aim was to be so centrist that it would constitute a credible partner for whichever of the major parties won an election. The trouble was it became so centrist that it ended up standing for virtually nothing. Nevertheless it seems to have been a successful strategy inasmuch as Dunne at least is still around, and it seems puzzling that Dunne has recently abandoned this strategy and thrown in his lot with National. One wonders if National has pressured him into adopting this stance.

    • kriswgtn 2.3

      jump ship,political parties on advice from his wig

      he is not an enigma

      how many parties he been in?

      Labour-10 yrs
      Future NZ-1 year- well done you
      United NZ-7 yrs
      United Future-9

      27 yrs- 4 parties in this time………….

      must be due for another jump- watch the wigggggg

      wheeeeee

      Someone who has been in Parliament since 1984 as nothing but a lifer @ the pig trough

      Achieve what?? he voted for the 90 day right to sack,has voted with National on so many bad legislation
      how is that achieving anything

    • felix 2.4

      I’m sure the Reverend “Shooter” Dunne feels a far greater sense of purpose now that he has the young Pete “Anakin” George on the team: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUCg7Oov88s

  3. Bill 3

    Not sure what to make of this.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/07/racial-harassment-charge-golliwog-window

    The same toys are (or recently were) for sale at Auckland airport. And yup, there is a context to this story from the UK that’s absent in the case of Auckland airport.

    Now, I had one of these as a kid. Never crossed my mind that it was a derogatory racial stereotype. But then, I was a kid and a whole host of concepts were unknown to me.

    Is it all down to a take on the old adage that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’? And if so, then what?

    I remember many years back referring to a particular woman (not vindictively) as ‘a bitch’. And I got hell visited on me. (The word ‘bitch’ didn’t have any baggage attached where I was from from; ‘cow’ did.)

    Anyway. ‘When in Rome…’ So I dropped my use of the word ‘bitch’ in certain circumstances…

    It’s early. First coffee not quite down, so i’m just going to throw this comment out ‘as is’. Make of it as you will…

    • Carol 3.1

      Gollywogs were prevalent when I was young, but in the 70s we (especially us teachers of young children) had it explained to us why they were an offensive stereotype for many black people. They represent black people as infantile, a little thick, subservient, funny fluffy black hair and facial features etc. Consequently they largely disappeared from the market.

      In the case you link to, it looks like the people in one house deliberately placed the gollywog in the window, where it could only be seen by the neighbours they were in dispute with – a deliberate slur.

      • prism 3.1.1

        @Carol – To protect white women from the slur of being thick brainless body-obssessed lightweights Barbie dolls should be banned in gollywogs are so offensive to all black people.

    • ianmac 3.2

      Yes Bill I was brought up with a “Golliwog” toy and loved the story of Little Black Sambo and that busy tiger. Still can’t see the offence but as you say “when in Rome…”

    • joe90 3.3

      Every time the ‘golliwog’ thing comes up I think of the awfully sad Blackface Montage from Spike Lee’s Bamboozled.

    • Kevin Welsh 3.4

      I bought a golliwog keyring on my last trip to Vanuatu from a local.

    • Vicky32 3.5

      Now, I had one of these as a kid. Never crossed my mind that it was a derogatory racial stereotype. But then, I was a kid and a whole host of concepts were unknown to me.

      I had a doll I called “Black Robyn”. She was – black, that is. There are pictures of me clutching Black Robyn as if she was a stuffed toy! I was 3 years old. I never gave her colour a thought – though I am sure there are people who would now call her ‘racist’ – as far as I can remember, she was a pink doll (to judge by facial features) that had been made with brown or black skin tones (I really don’t remember.)
      I didn’t care. My mother had very dark skin and black eyes. My father had very fair skin and blue eyes. It was just the way it was. Kids have to be taught “oh your toy is a symbol of oppression! Get rid of it!”

  4. Stop State Persecutions

    A day after the charges against Tiki Tane were amicably resolved, many of those charged after the Urewera raids of 15 October 2007, also found themselves free from further Police persecution… with a few notable exceptions; Tama Iti is still facing firearms charges despite them being weak and the continued backtracking making the crowns case look like a sick joke! What is clear after millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent is that the initial raids were completely unjustified and the Police have simply wasted time playing repress the natives instead of catching real criminals…

    • freedom 4.1

      If the organised criminal activity that now makes the bulk of the case, is serious enough to continue with after four years, it beggars belief that Tame Iti was allowed to travel overseas to attend a theatre performance. I do wonder how his alleged life in organised crime will go down with his Ak elite fanclub he has gathered around him the last ten years. Having a radical on their Gallery walls is one thing, will the same welcome be given a man charged with the offences of a common criminal?

      This case is now at a stage of desperation that exposes the illegitimacy of the initial charges and an apology is nowhere near as powerful as the egg congealing on the State’s face.

  5. AAMC 5

    Some vieweing to keep you from your work…

  6. Ianupnorth 7

    Just when you thought the UK government couldn’t get any more stupi
    http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/84160,news-comment,news-politics,economists-urge-george-osborne-to-drop-50p-tax-rate-asap

    TWENTY economists have urged the Chancellor to drop the 50 per cent tax rate for incomes over £150,000 in order to help boost economic growth. Their appeal, in the form of a letter to the Financial Times, comes the morning after Chancellor George Osborne used a speech in the City to signal he will have to downgrade the government’s already gloomy growth forecast when he makes his autumn statement in November.
    The 50p tax rate is ‘damaging’
    “Britain’s 50p income tax is doing lasting damage to the UK economy”, write the economists, who include former members of the monetary policy committee, Dr DeAnne Julius and Sushil Wadhwani. They say the tax “gives the UK one of the highest personal tax regimes in the industrialised world, making it less competitive internationally and making us less attractive as a destination for both foreign investment and talented workers.”
    Furthermore, the 50p rate “is often portrayed as a justified tax on the rich, but the economic damage it causes means that it is against the interests even of ordinary workers who don’t pay it.”
    Actually, Osborne ‘wants to drop it’
    “The question is not so much whether to get rid of it but how to get rid of it”, says BBC political correspondent Norman Smith. Osborne has already indicated that he sees the tax as temporary, but “the problem is not just selling such a policy to the electorate – remember all that rhetoric about those with the broadest shoulders bearing the heaviest burden – but also squaring such a move with the Lib Dems”.

    So all good, the rich can get richer (again)
    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Haha more (legalised) looting of the society by the rich

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Just more proof that the economists either a) have NFI WTF they’re talking about or b) that they’re in the pay of those who would benefit from having the top tax rate dropped.

      • AAMC 7.2.1

        Well, given that Tony Blair is the Godfather of one of Rupert Murdoch s children, I’d go with option B.

  7. Rijab 8

    Check out Lauren Brazier’s attempt to positively spin VSM …

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10750101

    Comments appear to be pretty supportive, I suppose you’d expect that from young ACT members who’d rather tell everyone else what to do than actually get on and study themselves.

    • Jum 8.1

      Rijab,

      I have a few questions.

      1. Are those people still in the Student Union when there is an opt out clause?

      2. What will happen to the Student Association assets? If land and buildings are in jeopardy of being sold, guess who will make a mint out of them. The parents of Act students…?

      3. Is this coalition government forcing through this VSM Bill, that wasn’t really required as people could opt out of student membership, so that at election time the student body will be as dumbed down politically speaking as the mainstream of New Zealand voters are?

      I can’t understand why the students haven’t marched previously if having this membership was so unwanted.

      Intelligent students would have picked up by now that their costs will increase not reduce with the closing down of compulsory membership and the university administration, which is already under the onslaught and nearing control by this government via Steven Joyce (to sell places to overseas students at the disadvantage of New Zealand students, and destroy the academic mana of the staff) will then manipulate the reducing government funding towards their pyramid building not the students or staff excellence.

      What happens to Craccum? That magazine had a place for all opinions and previously featured the columns of Gareth Hughes of Greens and Roger Douglas of Act. Does it fold? Does the University administration now control the content of it? That alone would be the destruction of student democracy. Yet nobody cares that when this legislation is signed off this government has effectively closed down the freedom of students to get support as one of the clauses will prevent the student Association from contacting students.

      The University students of every country are often the only people who are interested in keeping governments to account. John Key’s smile seems to have captured the brains of most other voters in New Zealand (at least the rightwing polls tell us so) so that our entire future as a sovereign government is at risk after this election if Key gets in.

      Without the questioning of government by a strong association of students there really is little left of intelligent debate here. The media have seen to that.

      The people who are allowing this to happen are you and me. Why aren’t we marching on behalf of students? The destruction of their freedom will be the reduction in our influence on what government does. Remember that.

  8. Sanctuary 9

    From this year’s World Economic Forum global competitiveness report:

    http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GlobalCompetitivenessReport_2010-11.pdf

    “…New Zealand (23rd) posts a performance largely in line with last year. The country possesses some of the best-functioning institutions in the world, ranking 3rd, behind only Singapore and Hong Kong in this pillar. Specifically, it ranks 4th for the quality of public institutions while it retains its leadership in the private institutions component. Overall, the environment is extremely conducive to business, supported by efficient goods (7th) and labor markets (12th) and by one of the soundest banking systems in the world (2nd).Notwithstanding the relatively small size of its domestic and export markets (60th), the area with the most room for improvement remains infrastructure (37th)…”

    So we have a government hell-bent on destroying the 4th best public service in the world, and a business elite that constantly whines about red tape and labour laws, despite having an “extremely conductive” business environmnet and the 12th most efficient labour market in the world.

    Oh for a media that actually read reports like this one…

  9. Jum 10

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1109/S00094/cost-in-abortion-case-could-prevent-unwanted-pregnancies.htm

    All to take control over women’s bodies. Yes, good point; who IS paying for all that court action?

  10. freedom 11

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/5587220/Defence-Force-rushes-back-for-World-Cup
    the headline is more honest than the content for a change,
    as we know it is to make sure VIPs get to the trough on time.
    I wonder why they even mention the RWC in this story,
    it buys no favours and exposes them to suspicion

    • Campbell Larsen 11.1

      At least the govt is not bringing the aussie cops back over here for another installment of the “World Police” the softening up exercise – I suppose I would have been a bit too much like admitting NZ couldn’t handle the event on it’s own.
      The article is pretty much still framing the inclusion of the defense force as a ‘natural’ part of civilian management – even if they mention a civil defense emergency you can bet that going by the quality of intel that the SIS seem to rely on that what they really fear is a sleeper cell of Al-Qaeda armed with vuvuzelas clad in matching non sponsor branded clothing upsetting the orgy of nationalism meets consumerism with a blokey backdrop that we must endure for the next few weeks.

  11. Ianupnorth 12

    John Key’s New Zealand
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10750312

    A young mother and her baby facing a cold night with nowhere to stay in Gisborne turned to a real estate agency for rescue, after three social service agencies were unable to help.
    The plight of the 20-year-old woman and her four-month-old baby has highlighted the lack of emergency housing in the Gisborne area.

    and from the real estate agent who managed to home her

    “I’m looking at this girl with her four-month-old baby and thinking, `what is happening in this country?’ Is it really possible that there is more support for a penguin than for a mother and her child here in New Zealand? What happens to people like this?”

    and just to prove it isn’t an isolated incident

    Salvation Army community ministries co-ordinator Bev Hauiti said the mother received food parcel assistance from them the next day.
    She also confirmed a lack of emergency housing in Gisborne.
    “A lady came in with three children and they had been sleeping on the beach.”

     
    Don’t remember stories like this during Helen Clark’s time in charge….
     

    • Vicky32 12.1

      Don’t remember stories like this during Helen Clark’s time in charge….

      Me neither! Poor woman… poor women!

      • marsman 12.1.1

        @ Vicky. Me neither! Poor NZ!

      • millsy 12.1.2

        This case is depressing, but to think that scenarios like this didn’t happen under Labour is very, very naive. Because they did. I personally know of a couple of instances.

        Though I can see this happening more as landlords hike their rents further and further and the state housing stock shrinks.

  12. Jum 13

    ‘…ground to a halt yesterday after a national strike was called to protest against austerity measures being forced through Parliament to placate the markets…’

    Yeah, it’s Italy, don’t panic…..yet.

  13. freedom 14

    Ten years on, and in a little over eight hours theTruth will be investigated properly for the first time
    torontohearings.org

    • MrSmith 14.1

      and the result will be the same as when any people take on city hall years later , a huge waste of money with everyone except the butler declared innocent! Unfortunately he (the Butler) is now conveniently Dead.

  14. Anders Breivik – a nice piece pointing out his links – scary stuff!
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/07/anders-breivik-hate-manifesto

  15. freedom 17

    Streaming live right now

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thetorontohearings

    9:00 – 9:30 Moderators: Opening Remarks
    9:30 – 9:45 James Gourley: Introduction to the Hearings and the Panel
    9:45 – 10:15 Lorie Van Auken (Video): Statement by a Jersey Widow
    10:30 – 12:00 Lance deHaven-Smith: 9/11 & State Crimes Against Democracy
    1:00 – 2:30 David Ray Griffin: Inadequacies of the 9/11 Commission’s Report
    2:45 – 4:15 Kevin Ryan: Inadequacies of the Reports by the National
    Institute of Standards and Technology
    4:15 – 5:00 Audience Question and Answer

    • freedom 17.1

      sorrry, here are the NZ times for the events for today
      01:00 Moderators: Opening Remarks
      01:30 -01:45 James Gourley: Introduction to the Hearings and the Panel
      01:45-02:15 Lorie Van Auken (Video): Statement by a Jersey Widow
      02:30-04:00 Lance deHaven-Smith: 9/11 & State Crimes Against Democracy
      05:00-06:30 David Ray Griffin: Inadequacies of the 9/11 Commission’s Report
      06:30-08:30Kevin Ryan: Inadequacies of the Reports by the National
      Institute of Standards and Technology
      08:15-09:00 Audience Question and Answer

  16. The fact is that National Standards are based on a lie and their very existence is based on more lies. As this house of cards continues to grow in this fashion every step or level brings us closer to collapse.
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.com/2011/09/legal-temporarily-trumps-ethical-in.html

  17. freedom 19

    David Ray Griffin speaking right now
    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thetorontohearings

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  • 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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
    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
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    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
  • 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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