Open mike 10/03/2012

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  1. Big respect to Councillor Cathy Casey who recently tried to get the Auckland Council to discuss POAL but was eventually booted out of the meeting because of her attempts.

    There is a meeting of the Accountability and Performance committee where Richard Northey has placed the issue on the agenda.  This meeting is vital.  With enough councillors insisting on POAL engaging in good faith bargaining Len may be steeled up to do something.  The agenda is here.

    Some of the councillors are staunch, Casey, Coney, Hulse, Northey, Walker, Filipana amongst them. Some are totally anti no matter what.  Penrose, Wood, Raffles, Webster included.

    A few are waverers and pressure could work.  These include Anae, Walker, and Gouldie.  Contact your local councillor.  Let them know what you feel about the issue. 

  2. Prob already put up by mickey but jeepers I had a laugh looking at some of these photos – good humour.

    http://www.facebook.com/johnkeylooksatthings

    I wonder tho – if you live by the sword, you die by the sword and I’m sure all sides have some photos best left hidden. Taking the piss out of key is the smart idea because it gets to the heart of his insecurities, his needing to be liked.

  3. Descendant Of Smith 3

    Surely it’s time the council did something about renting out crap homes and if not them the all powerful CERA.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6553330/Top-dollar-asked-for-slum-flats

    The racism isn’t surprising either.

    Favourite landlord / rental manager trick is to park around the corner from the house and arrange to meet the person and when they drive up ring them on their cellphone if they are Maori and to say it’s been let. If it’s someone who is pakeha then then drive over to meet them.

    When my Maori staff get told that the flat they apply for has just this minute been rented I get my pakeha staff to ring up and gee it’s still available.
    Short sharp experience on discrimination in this country.
     
     

    • just saying 4.1

      Highly recommended. Thanks for posting that link ULS

      Really sad to be watching the slow but inexorable death of the Labour/social democratic movements.
      Can’t seem to look away, or just accept the reality and watch the process with detached curiosity.
      Being angry at the sell-outs and the betrayers is probably a huge waste of energy, and a distraction from getting on with the things that can be changed, truth be told.

      I’m also chilled at times by cheer-leaders of the woo-hoo-At- Last-The Revolution-Is-Finally-Coming brigade, because the ‘collateral damage’ of what will most likely happen will also be widespread, brutal and visited first and worst, on the most vulnerable. Acting as though these ‘little people’ don’t matter because the end will jusitify the means, and that the increasing suffering and oppression of the many should be celebarated as the lead-up to something glorious, seems to share a little too much with the right-wing mind-set for my liking.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      +1

      Labour will continue to cave in to the capitalists and the rich and NZ will continue to go backwards losing all the advances that Labour have made in their history.

      • Bill 4.2.1

        Hmm. Not sure what it means to say Labour will lose any advances. Labour has only been a convenient platform for political careerists for quite some time now. And they will find another convenient platform by and by.

        But yes, we look likely to lose a lot of the advances we made and yes, the Labour Party was the mechanism that made some of those advances possible.

  4. rosy 5

    Has Paula Bennett lost the plot completely?
    For parents on social security benefits who are required to find work…

    Options include improving the timing and location of the before and after-school Oscar (out-of-school care and recreation) programme.

    “I propose refocusing the Oscar funding system in order to target specific locations and settings to fill these service gaps,” Ms Bennett said.

    That included areas where low-income parents needed affordable out-of-school care to allow them to work.

    “We will consider home-based care, or babysitting networks, which are more responsive for care outside standard hours and are able to cater for smaller groups of children.”

    Ms Bennett said formal early childcare education was not always the best way for children to be looked after.

    “I agree that we need more childcare centres in the right place so that we are particularly giving access to those that don’t have it now.” In some smaller communities, centres were not viable, she said.

    “We just constantly have this, that only fully qualified people can look after children and it’s not the reality of what happens for families on a day-to-day basis.

    “Parents aren’t always fully qualified, neither are grandparents.”

    The Government was still grappling with how it could help fund more informal childcare, Ms Bennett said.

    The improvements to OSCAR are on the money. But it’s one thing having unqualified parents and grandparents minding toddlers, but people with no vested interest in the children and have no trust relationship with parents have no place looking after children in an unsupervised relationship?

    I don’t think this fits at all well with the aim to reduce NZs appalling child abuse statistics. This is a tragedy waiting to happen if parents are forced to leave children with unfamiliar, unsupervised/unreferenced, unqualified care-givers.

    • prism 5.1

      @rosy
      Warehouse the children that”s the idea. The Simpsons had a good episode where Maggie was sent to the Ayn Rand Kindergarten School for independent toddlers or something. They managed to make it amusing when Maggie raided the locker where all the dummies were locked away as encouraging neediness for unsatisfactory artificial supports which should be eliminated as early as possible. The dummies are distributed quick-smart and when the wardress/matron enters the open play area, there are rows of contented babies and the sound of mass sucking. I wonder if we could get Domestic Poorer Bennefit, onto a coming Simpson program?

      I have seen some unpleasant video clips of the neglect that little children in some USA child centres have been subjected to. The thing is that the right wing don’t always like their own children, and feel aggrieved at having to consider the welfare of other people’s.

      • Vicky32 5.1.1

        Warehouse the children that”s the idea

        It’s only going to get worse now that there is not a minimum number of staff at centres who have to be trained. I still receive dozens of job alerts for ECE positions, but now, most of them are for casual relievers. (I loathe other peoples’ children, that’s just me, I am not an RWNJ, but I wonder how many untrained centre staff secretly feel the same, but as they need a job, and who doesn’t, they’ll do the job?)
        Is it really all about any more than changing disposable nappies anyway? I didn’t work until my son was 9, but I took him to playcentre and kindergarten, where he was educated properly in a way appropriate to his development.
        Sandra Coney once said, and I agree with her, that in the 1960s, mothers  were not allowed to work, (with some exceptions) – and then, from the 1990s, mothers were/are not allowed not to work! (Even if they have good reason to not want to/be able, such as being a single parent, or the mother of a child with issues/disabilities.)

  5. http://whoar.co.nz/2012/lsd-may-aid-alcoholism-treatment/

    (ed:..i have written previously of living in a squat of four terrace houses in (then an inner-city slum) sydney in the seventies..

    ..and of a squat-mate..one who was a.w.o.l. from the air force..

    ..who went on a mission to cure alcoholics with acid..

    ..so at various time on arrival home you were greeted by him and some random (often smelly) street-alcoholic..tripping off their little nuts..

    ..it would seem he was on to something..that airforce-a.w.o.l.-squat-mate..)

    phil-at-whoar.

  6. Dv 7

    I thoght this was a very pertinent comment from gordon Campbell at Scoop

    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/03/09/gordon-campbell-on-defences-failed-civilianisation/

    One of the tried and true maxims of management is that business hates uncertainty – because, don’t you know, business can’t be done in a climate where the rules keep on changing, and where CEOs lack a firm foundation on which to base their decisions.
    Somehow, this wisdom is rarely extended to the work force, who – evidently – are expected to become ever more productive in a climate of total insecurity, where the rules and their roles keep on being changed, where their jobs and career paths are constantly being restructured and where casualisation and contracting out ensures there is little capacity to make any reliable plans for the future. CEOs, it seems, require certainty – but everyone else is expected to thrive on its exact opposite.

    • KJT 7.1

      CEO’s require lots of money to motivate them to do their jobs.
       
      Everyone else just needs to do it for love!

  7. idlegus 8

    Here http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Court-Crafar-decision-not-embarrassing—Williamson/tabid/506/articleID/26078/Default.aspx (4 mins in) Maurice Williamson says he rejected Kim Dotcoms aplication to buy the Chrisco mansion (I’m not just a rubber stamp), yet here http://www.3news.co.nz/Kim-Dotcom-and-the-Govt-Minister-who-said-NO/tabid/311/articleID/245892/ we find that Maurice Williamson actually approved it, & it was Simon Power that rejected the aplication.

  8. johnm 10

    JAPANESE WHALERS HEAD HOME WITH ONLY A THIRD OF THEIR ILLEGAL QUOTA. VICTORY FOR THE DEDICATED PEOPLE OF SEASHEPHERD.

    Seashepherd shows that people of true integrity and courage can do amazing things. Our Cowardly governments down under are quite literally incapable of doing any hard ball diplomacy with the Japs on this issue.

    link: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/03/08/the-whalers-head-home-1352

    link: http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201203/3449811.htm?desktop

    Also those who support the Japs in their killing like Michael Laws (Whales are just the same as cows,(animals we eat) then why the fuss? And those Kiwis wrapped by the might is right drug who thought the deliberate sinking of the Ady Gil was just dandy like Rugby, the big boy rolled the smaller-Hang your heads in shame. Real Men have done it!

    [lprent: SHOUTING again! I reduced them to a better size. I’m getting tired of warning. ]

    • Vicky32 10.1

      Seashepherd shows that people of true integrity and courage can do amazing things

      I heard that on the radio on Friday, and my thought was “they’re idiots”. Green Day sprang to mind, as I heard this heavy American voice gloating about disrupting whaling.
      IMO, animals are infinitely less important than people. Sea Shepherd evidently doesn’t agree. 🙁

  9. Campbell Larsen 11

    “An 0800 Government – requiring state tenants and beneficiaries to use the internet, call centres and smartphones to make appointments – is a ticking time bomb of bad news.”

    h/t Vernon Small

    • RedBaron 11.1

      Pity Vernon didn’t say a bit more.

      1. Who in their right mind thinks that internet connections, computers and smartphones are rife amongst state tenants and beneficiaries . The costs of set up and remainng connected would be beyond the financial resources of most in this group.

      2. If they have a phone at all it’s likely to be prepaid and possibly shared. Hanging on for a call centre to answer eats up funds – can’t see too many of these phones being on the unlimited plans.

      3. Many would have difficulty affording the bus fare to the local library if it has internet – never mind the joy of catching the bus backwards and forwards with small children – as they do remote question and answer.

      What they are really saying is that they don’t want people to access the services at all.

      Shades of the budget airline that dealt with its huge wad of complaints by closing the complaints centre….

  10. lprent 12

    Bloody hell. I just looked at the front page. The top 3 posts have hands in the front page image and so does the front page bananna ad.



    Oh well trivia over. Back to working on this plugin.

  11. Good on ya Iceland!! Now go after your Banksters.
    More countries should follow in your footsteps.
     

    Former PM, Geir Haarde, whose trial began this week, could face up to two years in jail if convicted over country’s 2008 economic collapse. – The Guardian

     

  12. Doug 15

    Marsman

    NZ Herald.
    Despite the numbers, former left wing MP Willie Jackson described the turnout as “disappointing”

  13. M 16

    ‘Most human beings waft about with the tides of time as passengers; spectators watching events unfold from the sidelines. Those who swim against the currents, or who attempt to change their flow altogether, are usually rare and confounding to the masses. Therefore, that which the masses consider extremism is often merely that which they consider far outside what they have grown accustomed.

    Frankly, history has proven over and over again that the majority is usually wrong about most things. Groups and collectives do not create, or discover, or advance humanity. Only individuals are capable of this. All great concepts begin as seeds within independent people, and then spread like wildfire as they educate others. A society that strives for artificial normality and collectivist harmonization is a society on the verge of chaos and death. Only free hearts and minds give man hope of survival.’

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-how-become-american-extremist-style

    Interesting article and not just for Americans.

  14. Don 17

    One thing that is great about US politics is that if the Presidency is corrupt it can be impeached ie all those responsible together
    A law like that in NZ and we could have this treasonous lot out by the end of the year

    What right have they got to lie about what they have planned for this country and call it governing the country .
    Most of this govt has done sfa to prove they have the ability and integrity to rule us

    OH YEAH OUST THE LOT OF THEM BEFORE THEY DO ANY MORE DAMAGE

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  • 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 ...
    2 weeks 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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