Open Mike 09/11/2016

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  1. nzsage 1

    I guess this is what we can expect from the TPPA,

    Democratically elected bodies unable to do what’s right for the community,

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37910431

  2. Ad 2

    If anyone thinks the National government has lost its’ touch, check out their media management.

    Last Friday, within just a few hours of the OAG issuing its Saudi sheep bribe decision, Murray McCully called a press conference before the parliamentary media had had time to read it, and he read out essentially the first paragraph or so of the AG’s statement, and then we’re all off to the All Blacks. Job done very neatly.

    Yesterday, the Department of Corrections released at 4.30pm a number of reports from months and years ago that it had been hanging on to, which showed how staff in jails had enabled prisoners to form contests in which they beat the living crap out of each other with no rules. 4.30pm of course is too late for the tv news, and largely too late for any radio news.

    And now, the morning after, we have the news-conquering US elections to smother what would otherwise be a series of Departmental sackings and Ministerial major inquiries. Open briefly for your minor democratic window, and slam hard shut.

    Whoever is running the plays inside Key’s office, they are still to be reckoned with.

    • tc 2.1

      Only works when the MSM play along and do not pursue the govt later on which we all know is what happens.

      A half decent MSM would make an even bigger deal of these issues due to the sneaky timing as they’d be waiting for these bad news dumps knowing the govt is trying to sweep them under the rug.

      Good journos take great pride in picking up such issues and serving it back up in prime time when pollies least expect it…..not here of course.

    • Garibaldi 2.2

      That’s for sure ad….. a very well oiled machine, and with the huge team of spin doctors they’ve got assembled we can only expect more bs .
      I understand a good proportion of these greasers are ex journos?

      • James 2.2.1

        And on the other side we have angry Andy attacking the media on tv (see news hub and tv1) and had how many press secretary’s leave ?

        Perhaps it’s not that national are so good – it’s just that an inept labour make them look that way.

        • Bearded Git 2.2.1.1

          @James…..How about talking about Labour’s policy for a change which helps NEET’s while National puts them on the scrap heap as lazy wasters.

          The whole National agenda (and their trolls on this site) is to deflect from talking about actual policies-the Standard bloggers should not buy into this.

          Talk policies; talk Labour/Green bloc.

        • Robert Guyton 2.2.1.2

          I don’t think that’s it at all, James. Garibaldi, tc and Ad have it right and your comment is wrong, your conclusion faulty. Added to that is your repeated and infantile use of name calling with Andrew Little; it just makes you sound very …young, and not in a “fresh, shows great promise for the future” way. You come across as lightweight and squabbley.

          • james 2.2.1.2.1

            Well Mr Guyton, Im shocked that you do not like infantile use of name calling. But Given on this blog Shonkey, Donkey, Nazts (or something like that), ponytail puller, are common usage and far worse comments are used frequently about National members, or supporters are rarely pulled up, and from memory never questioned by yourself as being infantile, its a little hypocritical of you to start now because its someone you get behind.

            And if Angry Andy dosnt want to be called that – perhaps he can take some coaching about how he comes across. It will probably do his blood pressure the world of good also.

            • Richard Rawshark 2.2.1.2.1.1

              this site needs an ignore feature..just saying

              so we can block james and chucky.. the other nats here are far more mature than these two.

              I state with total conviction that those two are not worthy of this site, because their contribution here is to bait people and make them angry..

              doubt me.. admin, check their posts times lines and what they posted to any topic..it’s always the same cut and paste of AL and baiting him and us.

              boot them off. or boot me off if i’m wrong, lied or discredited them in your eyes.

              .

            • Robert Guyton 2.2.1.2.1.2

              James. This is a Left wing blog. If ” Shonkey, Donkey, Nazts (or something like that), ponytail puller…” etc upset you, you are able to cease your visiting to what you know will be a site that’s less-than-appreciative of the Government. To justify your own name calling by squealing, “but they started it!!!” further cements the impression you give of being a “youngster” in your mode of expression. You go on to advise Andrew Little on what to do if he “dosnt (sic) want to be called that” showing me you aren’t reading for meaning before you respond. Andrew’s not asking you to use a more mature form of communication, I am. It’s me who “dosnt (sic) want you to call him that here, because it’s dull, small-minded, feeble, petty and reflects poorly on you. k?

              • james

                RG,

                “Added to that is your repeated and infantile use of name calling with Andrew Little; it just makes you sound very …young, and not in a “fresh, shows great promise for the future” way. You come across as lightweight and squabbley.”

                So what you are saying that its infantile and comes across as lightweight as squabbley because Im saying it about Andrew Little on a left wing blog.

                But if I use the same terms (or similar) about someone of the right its OK and would be considered a mature form of communication?

                You can see how stupid that comes across right?

                If name calling is bad – then its bad. You shouldnt get to choose just because of someones political point of view.

                Even the labout party principles include: Equality in human rights regardless of race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religious faith, political belief or disability.

                ** Note to mod – not saying this is a labour party blog etc – but saying that the labour party have this as a princible as little (the subject of this conversation) is the leader.

                Do you disagree with this?

                Should we just remove political belief – or would you prefer we took our some of the others as well – you know sex, sexual orientation?

          • Invisible Axe 2.2.1.2.2

            “You come across as lightweight and squabbley.” Ouch!

          • Puckish Rogue 2.2.1.2.3

            “Added to that is your repeated and infantile use of name calling with Andrew Little; it just makes you sound very …young, and not in a “fresh, shows great promise for the future” way. You come across as lightweight and squabbley.”

            I’m glad you bought this up because I agree with you so I expect you’ll take to task people who are disrespectful to our democratically elected leader as well?

            (Don’t worry I’m not really expecting you to :-))

            • Robert Guyton 2.2.1.2.3.1

              Pucky! At last, the chance of a deal between you and me! I’ll speak sternly to anyone I see calling Key, “ponyboy” or whatever, if you’ll commit to never again reminding us of your certainty about the results of the coming election.
              Deal?

              • Puckish Rogue

                Does this mean I have to preface everything with “in my opinion” or something similar and what if someone straight out asks me?

                • No. It means stop your endless repetition of the meme you are trying to embed here for the purpose of disheartening lefty readers. You know what I mean.

                  • Puckish Rogue

                    See I don’t think that’s a fair deal, on a political site you want me to stop saying I think National will win in 2017 whereas all you want to do is basically be polite to people

                    • weka

                      Sounds so innocent doesn’t it. ‘I just want to be able to say who I think will win the next election’. Never mind the totally trolly way that you do it PR.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      Can’t fight the ban hammer in bold so I won’t even try 🙂

                    • stigie

                      Freedom of speech is being shut down PR, they just don’t like it up em..?

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      I was actually trying to be amusing, in that I was suggesting Roberts offer was a bad deal kind of thing

                      It didn’t quite work like I thought it would…I should have added a smiley face 🙂

        • reason 2.2.1.3

          The NZ media are either extremely useless or extremely biased James …. probably a bit of both.

          How else do you explain the fact the John Keys millionaires GFC bailout was never reported in any of our media ????????

          I’ve still to find out how many millions he was gifted by the American taxpayers….

          When he was saved from his losses for being a useless greed driven investor ……

          Perhaps you could help me James? …… the answer will be found once we know how many Merrill Lynch shares he had as it was falling into bankruptcy …..

          Or in how many Bank of America shares he has now …. as his bailout charity came in the form of a share swap gift ….. when worthless Merrill ones were swapped for Bank of America ones.

          How may millions in charity did our millionaire merchant banker PM take from ordinary and poor people in the U.s.a ????

          I’d like to find out and our news media seemed to have a blackout on the story …. providing zero information.

    • Chuck 2.3

      Saudi Sheep has been all over the news since last Friday. Problem is the opposition went all in on the bribery aspect of it, which the AG found no case to answer. That blunted the ability of the opposition to make anything out of…

      Kelvin Davis went all in on Private Jail contractors being at fault for fight clubs. Now it has been shown that Union staffed prisons are no different, it is embarrassing for Davis and the Union.

      Will be interesting to see how Davis / Labour decide to react to this. Its now not so easy to just blame Private contractors.

      • Puckish Rogue 2.3.1

        I think the Saudi deal was an absolute clusterf**k and McCully should be gone but, unfortunately, I don’t think its an issue the public cares all that much for so National won’t get much of a hit against it

        • Robert Guyton 2.3.1.1

          Hey again, Pucky. What’s your opinion about Key’s statements about the importance of what McCully did? He seems to be saying that it’s nothing to be concerned about (the bribery, misleading Parliament etc.) because a trade deal with the Saudi’s is now more likely. Do you support that view? Do you think such behaviour is acceptable, as Key is claiming?

          • Puckish Rogue 2.3.1.1.1

            No I don’t but its not enough to get me to change my vote as the good National have done still outweighs the bad

            • Robert Guyton 2.3.1.1.1.1

              Good answer, Mr Puck, ” the good National have done still outweighs the bad” is central to your support, I recognise and that you don’t support Key’s behaviour and claims (at times) is a nice, honest statement from you. I notice you are careful, still, not to use Key’s name or describe any detail at all about what he does, but that’s your “quarantining” way, annoying to people who would like to have a more in depth discussion with you, but you’ve got it down pat, so no hope of progress there. Do you get the incongruity of your forcing discussion on aspects people here don’t want to discuss by employing your trollish techniques, contrasted with your own, “I’m not interested in discussing that” close down when someone might like to tease out a Key-centred issue? Just wonderin’…

              • Puckish Rogue

                Honestly you’re giving me much more credit for being duplicitous then I really deserve

                No I don’t but its not enough to get me to change my vote as the good John Key has done still outweighs the bad, however John Key has let down his supporters quite badly over this and should have publicly dismissed McCully

                Better?

        • Chuck 2.3.1.2

          “I think the Saudi deal was an absolute clusterf**k and McCully should be gone”

          Agree totally PR.

          I think McCully won’t be around for too much longer anyhow…

  3. Puckish Rogue 3

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11744186

    How can someone so talented be so…dumb

    Fans hate on Daniel Cormier for being boring in the ring but by all accounts hes a good guy outside of the ring whereas the fans all love Jon Jones but outside the ring hes a complete douche

  4. Morrissey 4

    Susie Ferguson is still hopelessly, embarrassingly inept
    RNZ National, Wednesday 9 November 2016, 8:55 a.m.

    Radio hosts can be categorized, sort of. There’s crass: Mike Hosking, Paul Henry, Willy and JT. There’s ignorant: Hosking, Leighton Smith, Larry “Lackwit” Williams. There’s nasty: Hosking, Leighton Smith, Larry “Lackwit” Williams, Kerre McIvor, Jim Mora. There’s plain crazy: Leighton Smith.

    And then there’s…Susie Ferguson. She’s in a class of her own. This morning she interviewed a correspondent in Ireland about the homecoming of the Irish rugby team, which beat the All Blacks in Chicago on Sunday morning (NZ time). It was a great game, no doubt about it. But it was a FRIENDLY match. It wasn’t the Rugby World Cup, it wasn’t the Six Nations, it wasn’t the Triple Crown. It was a friendly. So, while every Irish fan is no doubt delighted, none of them would be so deluded as to go totally over the top celebrating a win, no matter how splendid, in what was merely a friendly match.

    Surely not. Surely….

    SUSIE FERGUSON: [deadly serious] There’s not even going to be a PARADE for them in Dublin?!?!?!?

    For some earlier Susie Ferguson performances, click here….

    Open mike 18/11/2015

  5. Puckish Rogue 6

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11744535

    “It did conclude there was a fight club operated at Mt Eden Corrections Facility (MECF) – and also found evidence to support prisoners’ claims that fight clubs were being “similarly operated” at Northern Region Corrections Facility and Rimutaka Prison, both run by Corrections.”

    This is disgraceful and I fully expect Kelvin Davis to take corrections to task over this

    • Gangnam Style 6.1

      I am sure he will? Why wouldn’t he? Oh, your comment was dishonest bad faith & for trolling purposes, & there I was thinking you actually cared about the prisoners, d’oh! (seriously who gives a fuck if they private or state run, ‘fight clubs’ are shite & hopefully the minister responsible will take responsibility & resign, yeah right! Lets blame Labour instead!).

      • Puckish Rogue 6.1.1

        I’m not blaming Labour, I’m pointing out that Kelvin Davis doesn’t care about prisoners either and was merely using it a club for attacking National with (which is fine, hes in opposition so hes gotta do what hes gotta do)

        But where is everyone one else that was saying how bad Serco is and how prisons should be run by corrections because they’re so much better, where are they now?

      • Chuck 6.1.2

        Davis used the fight club at Mt Eden to highlight that is what happens when the Government use a Private Contractor like Serco to run a prison, and that type of behaviour would not of happened / and or would have been stopped very quickly in a Union staffed prison.

        It seems Kelvin Davis was wrong.

  6. Penny Bright 7

    Keeping the pressure on – in between elections …..

    Speaking rights granted for Penny Bright ‘Anti-privatisation / anti-corruption Public Watchdog’.

    Extraordinary Auckland Council Governing Body meeting ‘Public Forum’.

    WHEN: Thursday 10 November 2016
    TIME: 9.30am
    WHERE: Auckland Town Hall

    _________________________________

    8 November 2016

    ‘Open Letter’ / Request from ‘Anti-privatisation / anti-corruption Public Watchdog’ Penny Bright, for speaking rights under ‘Public Forum’ at the Extraordinary Meeting of Auckland Council Governing Body, 10 November 2016.

    Dear Mayor Phil Goff,

    My intended subject matter, is the need for statutory compliance by Auckland Council elected representatives and staff, regarding the ‘Rule of Law’ which pertains to transparency in the spending of public monies, particularly on public services currently provided by private sector consultants and contractors.

    In particular, the Public Records Act 2005, and the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009.

    Given that I have been successful in obtaining a Local Government And Environment Select Committee Report, regarding my concerns on the current lack of transparency particularly with Auckland Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) with their spending, I look forward to the opportunity to formally (and briefly) share with this new 2016 Auckland Council, my constructive recommendations for a positive path forward.

    In essence, how can you have genuine transparency and accountability without full and accurate public records, available for public scrutiny?

    How can you act in a fiscally prudent way, which enables genuine ‘cost-effectiveness’ in the spending of public monies, unless you first know exactly where the ‘costs’ fall?

    How can you start preparing any future Auckland Council planning without first having this vital information on Auckland Council and Auckland Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) spending?

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

  7. Richard Rawshark 8

    http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/costs-awarded-to-prisoner-held-in-jail-for-too-long/ar-AAk46Kt?li=BBqdk7Q&ocid=iehp

    Didn’t the National party specifically Judith say this was NOT going to happen..

    so adamantly..

    is this the kind of lie we can add to the Key National crimes of lying list.

    So cunning she is, how did she manage to get that decision to fall on election day where it would go..un-noticed.

  8. Red 9

    One thing some hard lefty and Greenlabour sychophsnts on this site can take from US election is stop blaming the media (msm backed Hillary all the way) and big money does not win elections ( Clinton outspent trump by a mile ) , I guess you Can still hold on to voters are stupid

  9. weka 10

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    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
    7 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    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.
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    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?
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    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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