Open mike 09/03/2015

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101 comments on “Open mike 09/03/2015”

  1. dv 1

    Does anyone know how the Nats copyright case is progressing?

  2. Whateva next? 2

    Am I getting old and cynical, or is interviewing Mr. Dotcom in connection with surveillance issues going to simply ignite the usual allergic response from the public? Rather than an intelligent debate about an extremely pressing issue affecting our freedom to think for ourselves, let alone democratic government.

    • wyndham 2.1

      It is all part of the chickens and roosts scenario. KDCom was prominent in the spying revelations – – – sure he messed up and as well as being vilified by Key, his information had to get past a hostile and extremely biased MSM.

      As always with Key, when confronted by a difficult situation, he chooses the ad hominem path and revels in the unpleasantness. KDCom, Hager, Norman, Little; it’s all the same to Key. There’s a difference between constructive discussion with opponents and the nastiness that Key portrays.

      If ever I heard a lying dissembler, it was Key on Morning Report today. Incredible.

    • Hami Shearlie 2.2

      The interesting bit was when Dotcom revealed that the email from Warner Bros was not a document he had in the first instance – he saw it first in the Herald – so why did the Herald keep silent when the media were hounding Dotcom for releasing the email without the header info which could trace where it came from? And, letting everyone believe that Dotcom was presenting a false document? Why don’t the Herald release the FULL email so people can judge its authenticity for themselves?

      • Skinny 2.2.1

        Not part of the script of picking winners, nobbling Dotcom was. Nice start to week Key gets a strum up on RNZ.

    • Tracey 2.3

      It is to remind NZers that they can trust Mr Key

  3. amirite 3

    Slippery again avoids giving assurance NZers not caught in eavesdropping

    • gsays 3.1

      thanx amirite, what an example for us to follow by our dear leader.
      can you imagine being stopped by the constabulary and behaving like that.
      “well it depends on what you mean by show you my licence’
      “i dont even have a clue what you mean by what is your name”
      “that is a random definition of having a warrant of fitness”

      i would expect a better performance from a 5yr old with choc icing on the fingers and cake crumbs down their front.

    • Rodel 3.2

      Sorry I tried to listen but after 1 minute the critique centre in my brain cut out. Had to abort the interview.

    • Murray Rawshark 3.3

      FJK has an amazing ability to convince run of the mill Kiwis that he’s on their side against FJK. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  4. Arthur 4

    Oh dear, the PM has learned a new word.

    • weka 4.1

      what is it?

    • veutoviper 4.2

      From time to time he introduces a new word into his vocabulary – and then does it to death…. !

      But have to share this – for a laugh. Hitting the nail on the head is definitely not his strong point!

    • veutoviper 4.3

      From time to time he introduces a new word into his vocabulary – and then does it to death…. !

      But have to share this – for a laugh. Hitting the nail on the head is definitely not his strong point!

      • veutoviper 4.3.1

        Ooops – only hit the submit button once, but it popped up three times and was only able to delete one. Has been happening a lot recently but previously reply has come up twice with the ability to delete one.

        • lprent

          The machine is running faster so you got three rather then the previous two. The problem originates with the browser hitting the ‘submit’ multiple times.

          Most likely at the server you hit a cached copy of the previous database query on a different instance so the de-duping didn’t work. The “you’ve already said that” didn’t show…

          What I need to do is to fix the client side so that the send is turned off as soon as the first first submit is started.

          • veutoviper

            Thanks for the explanation; my comment was not intended as a criticism etc, but as an explanation of why there were two comments the same.

            And a belated thanks for all your work to recover TS the other day and maintaining the site on an ongoing basis. JUST watch your health ….

            Edit – success! Only one this time.

  5. Whateva next? 5

    Full marks to Willow Jean for her stamina during interview on Morning Report.
    Her responses were calm and relevant in the face of growing frustration from Ferguson, desperate for that magical soundbite, similar to watching Q&A yesterday with Little.
    Amazed that media’s neediness is so blatant these days.

    • Chch_chiquita 5.1

      Watching Q&A I thought Andrew Little was very patient repeating the answer to the same question. At a certain point I thought, oh, come on, just tell her like you tell a child – ‘asked and answered’ now move on.

  6. les 6

    at least Espiner is asking the right questions,not that John Spy appears to comprehend them!

    • Reality 6.1

      A Kiwi Blogger is complaining about left wing RNZ Guyon being so mean to PM. Chuckle time.

  7. Loved watching the finals on Māori TV yesterday – so great.

    Te Matatini 2015 – First Place Winners: Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau a Apanui.

    • weka 7.1

      cheers marty. I was watching some of the coverage online last night but wasn’t sure which was the best place to start (there’s a lot of video there!).

      • Hateatea 7.1.1

        If you have limited time, choose the performances of Te Materae i o Rehu, Te Whanau a Apanui, Opotiki mai Tawhiti, Waihirere, Whangara mai Tawhiti and Te Iti Kahurangi. Also very good was Waka Huia. All of those were on finals day.

        Of course, there were some excellent performances in the heats from roopu who never made it to the finals but were nevertheless very entertaining.

        • weka

          thanks Hateatea, I’ll do that. (It’s more an issue of limited data, so will have to figure out how much watching an hour of streaming will use)

        • Murray Rawshark

          Te Whanau a Apanui also do great work against drilling and mining. Elvis Teddy is from there.

    • Hateatea 7.2

      I was there for a while on Thursday, Marty and watched the other three days on Maori Television. Absolutely magic.

      Maori Television proving themselves yet again as experts at getting television where the people are 🙂

  8. adam 8

    Some things to think about as we are a heavily farmed country.

    And – just a wow moment over the weekend. Who would have thought the bastion of the “Aussie bloke”, would have done this. My team Fremantle are in the game – so feel good news for me. I remember living in Western Australia through the 90’s, and being gay was a criminal offence.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      Ever since enclosures and colonialism began turning farming into capitalist agriculture around the world,

      Would be interesting to know what dates that they put upon that considering that our property laws are almost fully lifted from Ancient Rome. There’s been some adjustments but not that many and it still protects the rich rather than producing what society needs.

      • adam 8.1.1

        I agree Draco T Bastard, what I think they we point at was an exaltation of capitalism via enclosures and colonialism.

        Couple it with this and I think the argument gets stronger

        • weka

          Do we have any long term, modern examples of equitable land/resource management?

          • adam

            Thought this was a good start


            Also like this group


            • weka

              Ah, thanks, but I meant legally and structurally as alternatives to the capitalist, colonising systems (most of the permaculture type initiatives are working within fairly conventional land ownership models). So I was wondering about other cultures and countries and if anyone is doing this well. Will have a think on this today.

              I’m also thinking about traditional systems that Māori used where I think hapū had responsibility for areas where they lived and the resources were shared collectively. I don’t know a lot about it, but it strikes me that the belonging to a place and being responsible for it is a crucial aspect that is missing in our current systems.

      • Jo 8.1.2

        Jim Crace’s ‘Harvest’ was short-listed for the 2013 Booker Prize. A beautifully written and very dark novel set in a tiny medieval English hamlet . From one review: ‘ ‘Harvest’ is … a mesmerising slow-burner of a novel, both a paean to a lost way of life and a timeless cautionary fable.’

  9. Penny Bright 9

    Anyone else hear John Key interviewed on Radio Live this morning?

    He had his ‘squeaky’ voice – the one that shows (in my opinion) that at the beginning of the day, he is anything but ‘relaxed’ and ‘comfortable’ about Winston Peters impending victory, in taking Northland off National?

    Had Winston Peters not stood in Northland, and if Winston Peters was not leading in (most of) the polls – would Simon Bridges now be making an a announcement this morning about roading in Northland – just before Winston Peters makes an announcement on Northland infrastructure?

    If this is the effect Winston Peters can have on Northland NOW – how effective for Northland is he going to be when storms home on 28 March 2015 and becomes their MP?

    Penny Bright

    • Clemgeopin 9.1

      Well said. I agree.

      I am sure the voters from all sides of the political arena, including from National, will clearly see and laugh at National’s electorally expedient manipulations now. But if Key and Bridges will finally try to do something for Northland, that is good. They can’t fool most people any more. But if this magnanimous desperate gesture will impress many voters, if any, is a moot point the answer to which will be clear on Saturday, 28 March by 9 pm.

      It would be great if any of our magnificent on-to-it TV channels will broadcast live or at least on line as it will be a widely watched if aired.

      • Pascals bookie 9.1.1

        Peters easy line:

        “if this is what they do when I run, imagine what I can get you as your MP”

    • Tracey 9.2

      you mean other than those who posted about it an hour before you posted this?

    • Tracey 9.3

      he is squeaky at the beginning of the day cos his newly learned lines overnight are, well, new. By the end of the day he is repeating them with all the aplomb of a practised liar.

      • ma rohemo 9.3.1

        Our Primed Minister

        • Colonial Rawshark

          Primed Mincer

          • mac1

            Is that the prime mincer who delivers fresh pork into Northland pork barrels by promising ten new bridges, or whatever.

            This scheme has not been so well thought through, as Simon Bridges and candidate Osbourne allege. It is shown to be an election bribe judging by the wide variance of cost for the bridges.

            The cost would be “between $32-69 million”, they say.

            If this has been part of the process and not a late addition into the pork barrel, surely costings would be more closely known, rather than be presented with a margin of over 200%.

            Northland voters are on a winner here. They get all these by-election promises at pork-barrel rates from the prime mincer, and then can turn around and vote for a non-National candidate, to show they cannot be bought, and that they despise the inference that they can- and then, still get the barrel’s contents all rolled out.

            I wonder if other rural National MPs might see the way to getting infrastructure work done in their electorates. Just resign and have a by-election. Best work they all could do!

            They could start with the one-way Hurunui bridge on SH1 down our way……..
            Stuart Smith, are you there?

    • Chooky 9.4

      +100 Penny….the Nacts really are scared of Winston, especially John Key…and he was also scared of Hone Harawira

  10. Philip Ferguson 10

    Veteran activist Don Franks on the left and Winston Peters’ Northland run:

    And another veteran activist, Daphna Whitmore, looks at how ungrateful to the forces of the left – socialists, women’s liberation activists, trade unionists – right-wing women are. Without the left, the doors of opportunity would never have been opened to them.

    And on the subject of hypocrites, the bosses are pretty quick to drop their “you can’t buck the market” mantra when ‘the market’ doesn’t work the way they want it to:


  11. The Lone Haranguer 11

    In 2015, is “opposition politics” and Labour politics” the same thing.

    Was reading the posts around Northland and Peters (complete with a bunch of insiders bitching at each other over stuff only they understand) and wondered if good “opposition politics” – the nod to Labour supporters to vote for NZF to undermine the Govt – was in Labours best interests.

    And assuming it was, then why, nearly 20 years after we got MMP, is it that Her Majestys opposition has a front bench all from the major opposition party? Why arent those who oppose the Govt of the day having a joint opposition front bench (a Govt in waiting so to speak).

    Or is it truly every (wo)man for himself in between elections?

    • Pascals bookie 11.1

      A coalition opposition? What would be the point?

    • Clemgeopin 11.2

      Have you ever attended a wedding? The Bride and Bridegroom parties sit in separate groups.

      After the marriage is consummated, they mingle. Some of them may even get into the cabinet and mingle some more.

      • Colonial Rawshark 11.2.1

        Have you ever attended a wedding? The Bride and Bridegroom parties sit in separate groups. After the marriage is consummated, they mingle.

        Eh? Pop out the back after signing the register for a quickee? Will the photographer be there?

    • Skinny 11.3

      Looking at your good question perhaps this will happen, there is no getting around to govern under MMP you need to be in a coalition. Between some people within opposition party’s there is a consensus that we need a handful of sound, exact policies where voters can vote confidently knowing the party’s are on the same page.

      An opposition cross party’s front bench with key portfolios spokepeople should strengthen public perception.
      Scrapping it out fighting for the same pool of voters is the problem.

      * apologies re. little tiff. I will put my hand up to that. Issues resolved.

    • Tracey 11.4

      National has already corralled the left into a “coaltion” through his repeated memes. Seperate identities are crucial and does not preclude working together.

      • Colonial Rawshark 11.4.1

        Then there needs to be clear examples visible to the electorate that the Opposition parties can indeed work together on specific issues. 1/2 year into this term already and examples are coming up short.

  12. The Lone Haranguer 12

    Now you may be 100% right there Pascals Bookie, but isnt the nod to Peters, a coalition opposition move?

    Im struggling to see why the incumbent opposition parties are expected to act independently (and largely acrimoniously too for that matter) in a FPP mindset for 2 years and 10 months, and then are expected to work collegially in the buildup to an election to get rid of the incumbent government.

    • Pascals bookie 12.1

      The ‘nod’ seems pretty weak to me.

      he hasn’t endorsed Peters at all. It’s more a straight description of reality. Prime is fine candidate in a solid blue seat. If she is going to get in, it will be off the list. All he has said that I’ve seen is that it’s up to the voters and he isn’t going to play the game of saying Prime will win.

      The pundits hyperventilating about this being like Epsom are just fucking idiots.

  13. lprent 13

    One of the things I managed to get to whilst repairing the server over the weekend was to finally get the dratted php5-fpm server system going on ubuntu 14.04. I have had several cracks at it previously, usually with the result that the system runs slower.

    For the techheads, it turns out that fastcgi isn’t available as a deb since ubuntu 13.x. When I upgraded to 14.04 it removed my old mod fastcgi.

    A new install Ubuntu 14.10 apache2 on the other system happily ran proxy-fcgi with php5-fpm, but my upgraded 14.04 server did not.

    The reason is that after the upgrade, apache2 on ubuntu 14.04 was defaulting to apache2 mpm-prefork rather than mpm-event.

    apt-get remove apache2-mpm-prefork
    apt-get install apache2-mpm-event php5-fpm
    a2enmod proxy-fcgi

    The usual magic in the virtual site conf file to divert php

    ProxyPassMatch ^/(.*\.php(/.*)?)$ fcgi://$1

    and then restart

    service apache2 restart

    And we were running happily on php-fpm.

    Most of the pages on the net assume a clean setup of ubuntu 14.04 rather than an upgrade. It may be that your upgraded version is running mpm-worker. I have no idea what happens then.

    I’ll leave this here for the search engines.

    • adam 13.1

      I had Firefox requesting I send you messages all weekend long Iprent. I did not, as why do you need an email to tell you what you were doing anyway.

      Thanks for all the back end work – running well on Chrome, Firefox, Opera and IE this morning.

    • Tracey 13.2

      top work skipper

    • CnrJoe 13.3

      straight over my head. But muchos muchos gracias for what you do lp

  14. greywarshark 14

    Simon Bridges couldn’t overlook the first new idea he has had for how long?, when he saw his name under the star on his door at his electorate office. Bridges, that’s the thing? There you are you thought I was just a pretty face.

    (Apologies to Simon if he isn’t as simple as I infer, and is the exception to the UNACT rule.)

    • Murray Rawshark 14.1

      I think that was an unnecessary apology. His pretty face will fade with time, but so will his intellect. His eagerness to please his superiors makes him a Teina Pora in a suit and tie.

      • North 14.1.1

        He’s a piss-arse little ex-Crown prosecutor. By and large they are a ‘type’ to which I add there are some (but not many) real and delightful people so vocated. In contrast to that distinct minority, how else would you expect the low-rent Simon to be ? It’s all about low-rent Simon. Always was. Not into your Teina reference there MR. Teina’s a decent person cruelly wronged.

        • Murray Rawshark

          The police were able to frame Teina Pora because the foetal alcohol syndrome had stopped parts of his thinking developing. He was incredibly eager to please the detectives and gave them the answers he thought they wanted to hear. I think much the same eagerness to please saw Bridges rise through the ranks of NAct.

          As for Teina Pora being decent, maybe he is now. I find it hard to regard telling lies about five other men in a bid to get reward money and get himself out of trouble with them to be a wee bit on the nose. I don’t think a decent person does that, but that doesn’t take one iota of blame and revulsion away from what ngati poaka did. If anything, it makes it worse because they took full advantage of his deficiencies, probably knowing all along that he was just making stuff up.

          He should be compensated not because he was a decent person, but because the state acted in an appalling manner. Sometimes there are no good guys in a story, although I have a huge amount of respect for the Burdett family who wanted Pora freed and know that justice means something different to revenge.

  15. greywarshark 15

    Here is a real skilled workman hero, with high achievement in his valuable specialty equal with Hillary’s achievement, to put on any new banknote. David Fagan.

    Fagan, 53, holds five world championship titles, seven world team titles and has 632 open-class wins under his belt.
    The farmer from Te Kuiti has won the Golden Shears competition a record 16 times and has said that is probably what he will be remembered for.

    New era dawns for Golden Shears ( 3′ 27″ )
    08:53 It’s called the wimbledon of shearing, and on Saturday night the Golden Shears entered a new era, with the retirement of past winner David Fagan, and its first ever international winner.

    Golden Shears Title won – 16 times between 1986 and 2015, now 53 years old.
    “The big focus will be David Fagan of course, he’s announced recently that he’s retiring at the end of the season, so this will be his last Golden Shears. He’s won the title 16 times, the first time he won it was back in 1986 and here we are almost 30 years later, he’s now the favourite to win it again.

    “He’s actually won 12 finals at provincial shows around the country so far this season, in fact he’s won seven on the trot, just right up to the last weekend in which he completed a treble at Taumaranui and Apiti up in Manawatu there and Pahiatua on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that’s the first time that’s been done for 18 years and of course he was the last one that achieved that.”

    Let’s hold more contests where workpeople can match their skills and win prizes and acclaim. Let’s bring making things and manual skilled labour back into the hallowed limelight where it should be and must be, when the frivolous butterflies of technology find they can’t eat, dress, have friendship, camaraderie, care for themselves, even experience love, by relying on machines.

  16. Chooky 16

    The Returned Service Association wants the New Zealand Flag to stay as is….and so does Winnie…John Key is disrespectful …..and NO credibility …and no mana to change NZ’s flag

    John Key plans to spend 26 million dollars on persuading New Zealanders to change their flag….where is his mandate for this?…

    • greywarshark 16.1

      @ Chooky
      Yes where is the mandate for yek and henchpeople to spend on a change of flag when so much else is to be done? And who considered it was democracy for gummint of today to choose for decades to come, to pick out a few flag designs and present them to the people?

      The people should be able to have a great time designing their own with a time limit and a final group of about six which would be published in the Sunday newspapers and the Listener. Young college students, old college students could have a special section in this and put in short one-page summaries of the use of flags, what ours means to them, and the value of flags as symbols and disposable protest icons.

      Judging to bring down the options to say six would involve a wide panel including people who are in graphics, people who understand flag design where less means more, artists, Maori, Anne Salmond and Jane Kelsey and other political intelligentsia. That would be enjoyable and it could fill the time till the next election. Every time there was something sensitive an update on the progress of flag decision could be trotted out.

  17. b waghorn 17
    $600+ a day to rich dick heads while they consider flag options , you’ve got to be joking

    • tc 17.1

      Cheap diversion at the taxpayers expense in NACTs eyes.

    • Colonial Rawshark 17.2

      Don’t forget the flights, buffet lunch and drinks at the end of a hard days deliberations.

    • rod 17.3

      @ b waghorn I expect they were all shoulder tapped by the one man band,
      Nice work if you can get it, as the song goes.

    • Murray Rawshark 17.4

      Once again, Labour nominated people for this troughing exercise. NZ First stayed out of it on principle. Disappointed in the Greens as well. Why participate in FJK’s games?

      • b waghorn 17.4.1

        This is the sort of thing that causes people to opt out of politics and why people have no respect for government. Some people work there arses off all week and have to try and survive in a city on that amount of money ffs .

    • RedBaronCV 17.5

      I really don’t understand why anyone would want this one no matter what they are paid. It’s a loser. Nobody is going to like you for what you do. And it all looks very expensive compared to putting flags up on a website so the really interested could have a quick vote to pick the front runners. Very yesterday.

      And what a weird mix of people – mainly you seem to have to have a name someone will recognise but artistic or visual skills, a sense of history, nah.

      • McFlock 17.5.1

        cash. Probably a gong for all your “hard work”. And people will forget about it after a few years.

      • vto 17.5.2

        Yep, the first three listed comprise a reality tv producer, an internet businessman, and an ad agency boss…….

        did john key select these people?

  18. felix 18, march 6:

    Key, who will campaign in Northland tomorrow, said he would make three visits to the electorate.

    “That’s a bit more than I normally would in a by-election,” he said.

    John Key on tvnz, march 7:

    I’m going to be here three times in this election campaign. I am in every by-election

    From one day to the next. FFS.

    • Tracey 18.1

      but he is not a liar

      • rod 18.1.1

        John Key is not a liar, he just tells lies and believes them himself.

      • Murray Rawshark 18.1.2

        What does “not a liar” even mean? How can he possibly be a liar when truth is a dynamic process? I suspect you’re a leftie pinko who never has anything nice to say about our leader. How can we expect him to make a critique of his position without stating every possible position as factual? That might be your truth, but he has others. etc…..

        • McFlock

          He doesn’t do it, every politician does it, at the end of the day it’s “pretty legal”, [shrug] what eva…

        • RedBaronCV

          Loved your comment, reminds me of a dog scratching it’s fleas. Wherever the dog is looking is where the flea used to be.

  19. felix 19

    Here’s a funny thing. As noted above, John Key will be making three visits to Northland during the campaign, but none of them will be in the crucial last week. According to Mike Williams he will be overseas, I presume he has an important baseball game to attend or some such.

    I’d have thought he’d want to be there. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that a “prominent NZer” is having their name suppression lifted on the 15th.

    • Murray Rawshark 19.1

      There is no evidence that the case in question has anything to do with either Northland or FJK. It’s been suppressed.

  20. Macro 20

    Nursery Rhyme for Northland…

    “John leads us a merry dance
    Gives “Mild Amusement”* not a glance.
    Conflicts of Interest are such a breeze
    When Judy goes for Tea and cheese.”

    * Rhymes with 😉

  21. Tautoko Mangō Mata 22

    John Key argues that mass collection of data is not the same as mass surveillance.
    Surely this can only be true if the data is not mined.
    IMHO if the collected data is mined, then surely this constitutes mass surveillance,

    “The purpose of XKeyscore is to allow analysts to search the metadata as well as the content of emails and other internet activity, such as browser history, even when there is no known email account (a “selector” in NSA parlance) associated with the individual being targeted.”

    All the collected data is available to be searched in this fashion therefore this is mass surveillance.

    Resign, Mr Key!

  22. greywarshark 23

    I mentioned earlier a NZ hero David Fagan, top shearer.

    But just listening to Bryan Crump on Radionz interview scientist – a woman who knows about polio and mentioned Henrietta Lacks, an unsung philanthropist to us all.

  23. North 24

    FFS ! Audrey Young fancies she’s on the ramparts does she ?

    Still……there does seem to be a ‘trending’ bizo happening. Is it too much to anticipate that TheGodKey will yield to TheYobKey ?

    They’re all however still largely a “digrace” the likes of.

  24. A bloke in Florida has solved the climate change and global warming problem. They should probably make him Governor.

  25. logie97 26

    Key is really dancing on a pin head now with trying to make the distinction of surveillance and collection. Never mind what a lawyer might interpret what he says. What did Key mean himself?

    Does anyone have the on-record statements of this duplicitous individual (apart from Blips exhaustive list of lies).
    It’s about time the journalists called him now.
    His “price of being a member of club” when he spelt out the 5eyes members and then within weeks says he meant to say all contributing nations. It is no longer good enough for the media to let him go on this.
    And a good one to start would be Hooten. Remember his stance at election time. Where is Hooton now. Surely he has had enough.

  26. joe90 27

    Things in the world are complicated but geeze wayne…..

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    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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, ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    7 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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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