Open mike 09/11/2014

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57 comments on “Open mike 09/11/2014”

  1. North 1

    WTF ???

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11355618

    Reminds me of a story about Pat Lam (Samoa coach/captain?) in a tournament here in NZ.
    Manu Samoa travel from the airport over the Harbour Bridge to a budget hotel in Devonport. Other national teams go to salubrious accommodations in the CBD. Lam gets off the bus, inspects, gets back on the bus and tells his team they’re not staying there.

    Apocryphal ? I don’t know but if it’s not then League in it’s management of the current Four Nations has surely surpassed Union’s gold-standard in gratuitous insult. No wonder my Samoan mates complain bitterly that ‘star-farming’ Polynesia gets ripped-off. In fact I’ve just now spoken to one such – his lament – “Same old same old…….”

  2. Morrissey 2

    Poppy Bullshit a problem in England….
    http://noglory.org/index.php/articles/363-this-year-s-poppy-appeal-song-is-a-disgrace-and-should-be-withdrawn

    Poppy Bullshit also a problem in New Zealand….
    PEACE POPPY
    Date Posted: April 16, 2014
    https://www.rsa.org.nz/blog/donmciver/peacepoppy

    I have been concerned to find that an organization is conducting a White Poppy campaign on or around the RSA Poppy Day. There is little doubt that they are piggy backing both on the poppy and on Anzac Commemorations. I believe that they say they are collecting for peace but I have some difficulty with the suggestion that the iconic red poppy does not do that anyway.

    The Flanders Poppy is one of the best known and most iconic lapel brands in New Zealand and the Commonwealth. Its immediate purpose is to show gratitude for donations made to the support and well being of veterans, service people and their families. Its origin lies in the red poppies which appeared in the mud and gore of those battlefields at Flanders after the guns had stopped firing. They are a powerful representation of the return to peace and the stability after those tumultuous years of conflict.

    Today the red poppy is more than just a small token of thanks from the RSA. It represents the gratitude we feel for all servicemen and women, in all conflicts, who agreed to put their lives in harm’s way because their country asked it of them. It represents their deep desire to contribute to world peace and stability when our nation had concluded that this could only be achieved through opposing forces for evil or disharmony. It represents the sacrifice they and their families made.

    In my view there is no more powerful single image of our nation’s thirst for peace. The Red Poppy is the peace poppy.

    DON McIVER
    National President, RSA
    https://www.rsa.org.nz/blog/donmciver/peacepoppy

    • chris73 2.1

      I have no problems with the White Poppy just choose a different day…Armistice Day seems a more natural day for them and they’d probably raise more money

      • Morrissey 2.1.1

        You’re objecting to the White Poppy campaign because you’ve heard the RSA objecting to it. The RSA has little or no right to make moral judgements. It still has not apologised for runing poems in its magazine in PRAISE of the murderers and cowards in the Anzac Mounted Rifles, who in December 1918, rounded up more than one hundred boys and men in the Palestinian village of Surafend, then methodically clubbed them to death…..
        http://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog?topic_id=1115959

        • chris73 2.1.1.1

          I beg your pardon? Who do you think you are to tell me where I get my objections from? You know nothing of my background nor my families and my opinions are my own.

          The reason you’re objecting to Don McIver is because you’re naive and ignorant

          • Morrissey 2.1.1.1.1

            I beg your pardon? Who do you think you are to tell me where I get my objections from? You know nothing of my background nor my families and my opinions are my own.

            Which just happen to match, word for word, what the RSA has said ad nauseam since the White Poppy campaign began.

            The reason you’re objecting to Don McIver is because you’re naive and ignorant

            No, I object to Don McIver because his comments on this matter have been ignorant and hypocritical, and also because he heads the RSA, an organization which has yet to apologize for its printing of doggerel verse praising the rounding up and clubbing to death by Anzac Light Horse “soldiers” of more than one hundred boys and men in the village of Surafend.

  3. mickysavage 3

    Gah on Q&A the commentators have passed comment on how Key’s handling of Pike River was well weighted as was his handling of the contribution to the ISIS war. The comment was made that he had done just enough to be seen to be doing his bit while not enough to put soldiers in the firing line. They also said that the debate about what we are doing off shore will die down.

    Please media. Tell us what is going on. Do not tell us what to think.

    • Paul 3.1

      The NZ media is simply a propaganda tool.

    • tc 3.2

      Ain’t gonna happen so work with the new paradigm

    • North 3.3

      How is it that Groser’s Q & A interviewer can blithely question Groser in these terms……”But Mr Groser isn’t it in YOUR interests……..” ?

      For God’s Sake ! What are, and how can Groser’s individual interests be legitimately pursued in this context ? He constantly assures us it is ‘steady as she goes…..’ and that the National Party is directed to working in New Zealand’s interests which might even require that the TPPA never results. ‘Steady as she goes…..trust us we’re acting in YOUR interests.’

      It’s appalling that the interviewer seems to allow of and be ‘relaxed’ more or less with the fact of individual interest. That of course is the foundation on which the neuter MSM routinely predicates its examination and reporting of the political process. Who best plays the ‘game’ so to speak. It remains extremely alarming nevertheless.

  4. Ad 4

    English utterly unconvincing on National Radio this morning about state housing.
    There was never any sense he gave a damn about families needing a house – it was policy tinkering language.

    • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 4.1

      A good chunk of Double Dipton’s Karori house is from the state’s purse. Good for him for getting his share of state housing. Can we all haz some.

    • tc 4.2

      Bill has never been convincing.

      Since 2002 and the knives from key etc he comes across like a corporate cull consultant yawning his way through another restructure.

      He makes sure him and his own do very nicely and soon as they lose he will shoot through.

  5. Rodel 5

    Quote from Ali Ikram ‏

    ‘Who will be the one to tell the PM the All Blacks are all members of a union and get a mandatory 10 minute break every 40 minutes?’

    A bit like us:

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Pregnant, and No Civil Rights

    Such laws are increasingly being used as the basis for arresting women who have no intention of ending a pregnancy and for preventing women from making their own decisions about how they will give birth.

    How does this play out? Based on the belief that he had an obligation to give a fetus a chance for life, a judge in Washington, D.C., ordered a critically ill 27-year-old woman who was 26 weeks pregnant to undergo a cesarean section, which he understood might kill her. Neither the woman nor her baby survived.

    I doubt if the judge was then booked for murder.

    Thing is, these same things will happen in NZ if we keep going down the same RWNJ path that National has us on.

    • weka 6.1

      Thanks, that’s some serious shit. And yesterday we had that discussion about foetal alcohol syndrome in NZ, with the implication of criminal liability for women that drink during pregnancy.

      There’s a couple of other things here. One is that the historical high caesarian rate in the US is partly a consequence of their mix of litigation culture with medical practitioner entitlement i.e. obstetricians needing to perform caesarians in case something goes wrong with the labour and they get sued. Women have been forced into birth surgery for reasons other than foetus rights.

      The abortion issue and the litigation/medico-entitlement issue overlap and highlight that gains that women have made are allowed gains and can be taken away again (ditto other people too). We don’t have human rights. This is why so called identity politics are so crucial. The dynamics reported in the article aren’t a result of an unfair economic system. Ending capitalism won’t change the inherent moral imperative that says women don’t have sovereignty over their bodies. As long as the patriarchy/kyriarchy/domination system prevails at the expense of egalitarianism, there will always be a battle to stop women’s politics and needs being subsumed for the greater good of the culture (be it foetal rights, or left wing agendas).

  7. Chooky 7

    Those who deny Climate Change and their use of the media…..is the feature of Colin Peacocks Media Watch

    …and Mathew Hooton the right wing spinner and expert on Ninetonoon, arch critic of the Greens and who advocates the Greens joining with Nactional !…..receives a mention! ( OMG!…would he rewrite Green policy to deny Climate Change?…his nerve knows no bounds!)

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20156538

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/20156538/mediawatch-for-9-november-2014

    Mediawatch for 9 November 2014 ( 30′ )
    09:09 A conversation that wound up climate change campaigners and skeptics – and other contrary climate claims in the media; the complex deals done to get local shows on commercial TV; one man’s mission to revive a long-lost quiz.

    Wallace Chapman runs a great programme. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday

  8. chris73 8

    http://www.prosperity.com/#!/ranking

    The 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index ranks 142 nations on their “wealth and wellbeing” in eight categories, including health, education, safety and security, and economy.

    – This is what you get after six years of National, shocking eh

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1

      “Data” from a right wing think tank lie factory supports right wing politics. Are you the Legatum Institute’s pimp?

      • chris73 8.1.1

        Yep keep telling yourself that also the polls don’t matter either 🙂

        • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1.1.1

          Right wing lie factory succeeds in manipulating public opinion after spending millions of dollars on lies. Are you their cheerleader as well as their pimp?

          • chris73 8.1.1.1.1

            Let me put it this way: National can put through whatever bill or law it wants whereas parties on the left can’t

            Its really that simple and nothing else matters

            • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Keep telling yourself that.

              • chris73

                Hows Metireas bill going?

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  It’s going to demonstrate what a pack of murderous low life scum you are.

                  • chris73

                    Actually its going to prove that being power is better then being out of power but I wouldn’t worry it as Keys going to do something about it which will be a lot more successful then some half-cocked rubbish thought up by Hone and carried on by the Greens

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Key is going to fail (in fact he isn’t even going to try), then lie about the statistics, and you will help him kill more children.

                    • chris73

                      So how did throwing out mindless, over the top statements help the left this election

                      Lets see Labour had its worst result in over 90 years and the Greens went backwards

                      I’m surprised you didn’t finish off with a stanza or two of The Red Flag though in Labours case they may want to change it to The White Flag

                      🙂

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      And I’m not surprised that you are ignoring the list of deaths from preventable poverty related diseases.

                      “Mortality with a social gradient” the professionals call it.

                      When you’re not denying it you’re busy telling everyone it’s the deceased’s fault.

                    • chris73

                      Keys track record is success whereas Hones is failure and the Greens well 25 years and still not in government says it all

                      So like crime, unemployment, the economy Key will make significant improvements here and the left can…well the lefts irrelevant at the moment so it doesn’t really matter what the left do

                      🙂

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      There are plenty of things the Left can do, Treasury benches or not.

                      Meanwhile, don’t forget what Dirty John said about arrogance, chump.

                    • chris73

                      There are plenty of things the Left can do, Treasury benches or not.

                      – Like what? A protest no one cares about or going on strike which most people view as an inconvenience

                      Meanwhile, don’t forget what Dirty John said about arrogance, chump

                      – Good thing hes the leader then isn’t it…well not so good for left of course

                      🙂

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      So how did throwing out mindless, over the top statements help the left this election

                      Well, Key’s and the right-wing’s use of them successfully kept the Left out of government.

                      So like crime, unemployment, the economy Key will make significant improvements here

                      Only if you consider having more of them an improvement.

                    • chris73

                      Well Draco myself and over million voters are going to have to disagree with you on this

                    • felix

                      Can someone please remind me what function is served by allowing right-wing fuckwits to spout National Party propaganda all over what is supposed to be a left-wing blog?

                    • weka

                      @ felix.

                      Completely. Fucking. Agree.

                • Paul

                  Ignore the tr***

            • framu 8.1.1.1.1.2

              “National can put through whatever bill or law it wants whereas parties on the left can’t”

              and right there is where you dishonestly shift the goalposts

              you started with dodgy stats, moved to popularity and now your starting in with house majorities.

    • Paul 8.2

      Google Legatum
      They are based in Dubai.
      I think you know this.

  9. One Anonymous Bloke 9

    Andrea Vance isn’t mincing her words.

    Key wasn’t “lying” in the strict sense of the word when he revealed to reporters on Wednesday that nine passports were revoked. (Back in February he told a press conference that the documents of fewer than ten people have been cancelled since authorities were granted the power back in 2005.) But he deliberately implied they were wannabe Kiwi jihadis….The threat level was publicly raised, for added theatre…Scaremongering, twisting the facts…

  10. A voter 10

    Here s a laugh
    ISIS was a model of a Morris car back in the 60s
    I know totally of no value in its current context on the news
    But you just never know when every thing is important with meta data collection
    Maybe its just something Key has a private bit of madness about in his own guilt of how he describes his childhood in the 60s and tells all those lies about being poor when everyone knows it different and now all his money is up for scrutiny in ANY conflicts of interest as a public official ,when he is doing the will of Britain the US etc
    Like maintaining Rio Tinto in NZ for Britain when economically its a dead loss for NZ
    GET MY DRIFT

  11. Potato 11

    This little piece from Malaysia links recent changes to their labour laws to readiness for the TPPA.

    http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=390982:msia-land-of-the-working-dead?-signing-tppa-will-further-erode-workers-rights-psm&Itemid=2#axzz3IWkp9SgP

    After reading Mr Grosers comments this morning, I am so tempted to add a disclaimer…’ the names and places have been changed to protect the guilty’.

  12. Paul 12

    Felix above
    “Can someone please remind me what function is served by allowing right-wing fuckwits to spout National Party propaganda all over what is supposed to be a left-wing blog?”

    +100
    It’s all done to derail conversations.
    If I want to hear rwnjs, there are plenty of other places to turn to…………
    And it turns people off this site.
    Well me anyway.

  13. North 13

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11354344

    And the modern day slaver will ensure the utility of the ‘business tool’ of modern day slavery by refusing to employ anyone who can’t show experience of modern day slavery.

    The script written by Crosby Textor of course. “Very well young man…….welcome to the team, as of tomorrow. Your unspecified pay starts in six months. Completely voluntary of course. ACT Corporation is a fervent believer in freedom of choice…….oh by the way, tomorrow bring in confirmation of your self-funded public liability cover, there’s a good chap.”

    Far fetched ? Yeah. The risk of imminent mortality for the slaver far too high. I mean who could blame the slave ?

  14. factchecker4all 15

    “There are things like the Len Brown affair…”

    You’re joking right ?

    ……and as for the dirty politics book the most astute overview IMO was this piece in the herald.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11323792

    • Murray Rawshark 15.1

      I’ve seen better. That piece is trying to say Hager was wrong in what he did, and that Gusher Collins (for example) was just trash talking to impress her buddy Slug Boy. That might be OK except that she gave him names of people to trash. It should be the job of the GCSB to intercept communications between conspirators against our democracy. Why didn’t they intercept these? Or if they did, why wasn’t Key informed? Or if he was,……..? Nah mate, Rawshark was our last line of defence.

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    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
    7 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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