Open mike 10/04/2015

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64 comments on “Open mike 10/04/2015”

  1. Ed 1

    A few minutes ago, petition collection relating to Campbell Live showed:
    Action Station 22529
    Toko 1104
    change.org 8430

    with all of them changing as people wake and sign

    I like Grant Robertson’s comment that it does show the need for better public broadcasting.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 1.1

      C’mon now. They aren’t going to cut the show just tweak it.

      I particularly enjoy hearing about people who are struggling and supporting them with a small donation. The feel good sensation is well worth the average ten bucks I pay. Perhaps they will bring in an App that allows viewers to donate to causes : )

  2. Ann Johns 2

    When Steven Joyce handed over $43 million of OUR taxpayer money to Mediaworks he knew he had a great future in bullying and threatening ahead of him. This has his spiteful hand all over it.

    • Roflcopter 2.1

      Which they paid back…. with interest… so where’s the leverage again?

      • Colonial Rawshark 2.1.1

        A multi-million dollar favour given requires that just as large a favour be returned. Even you should understand that.

        • Skinny 2.1.1.1

          He who (Dirty Joyce) pays the piper calls the tune.

          Good to see ya back cobbah!

          • Colonial Rawshark 2.1.1.1.1

            Chur for that dude. I felt like I had given Murray Rawshark decent acknowledgement, and look forward to his imminent return to TS.

  3. AsleepWhileWalking 3

    Hard to believe there are over 100,000 people watching Seven Sharp every night. Guess the dumbing down of the population is working.

    • Paul 3.1

      George Carlin sums it up perfectly.

      “This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders.”

    • scotty 3.2

      TVNZ is somewhat immune from the general drift away from conventional TV formats.
      Their viewers tend to be older(less likely to source material online) who are very set in their ways –

      Paul Holmes found this out when he moved to Prime.
      Holmes viewer stats were massive -but they didn’t follow him to Prime.

      Hoskings benefits hugely from the fact that these people will not change channels- no matter what.
      The same applies to the ZB network

  4. Lena Fisher 4

    May be time for everyone to boycott .Seven Sharp

    • Molly 4.1

      … what is Seven Sharp? 🙂

      • Kevin 4.1.1

        A vehicle for the continual self promotion of loud-mouth, opinionated and complete tool Mike Hosking.

        I actually sat down and watched it last night so I could at least have an opinion and spent most of my time shaking my head.

        For starters: The set layout – an offset curve with Hosking on the left, nicely positioned so that the camera angle always has him slightly in front of his co-host. Can’t have the midget star on an equal footing with a mere female after all.

        Sound – not sure if it is intentional but Hoskings microphone seems louder than his co-host.

        Content: Not a patch on Campbell Live although the story on the paraplegic motorcyclist was interesting. The only content I could remember seeing this morning.

        • Ffloyd 4.1.1.1

          Is he sitting on a cushion? Pippa is quite tall. If she is still the one doing it.

  5. DH 5

    This David Farrar character must have a second life as a comedian;

    Bryce Edwards: Is the media turning on John Key?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11430113

    What can you do but laugh at the sheer absurdity of someone claiming John Roughan is 67% against National.

  6. Tautoko Mangō Mata 6

    Ecoterrorists invited into NZ by the National Government!
    Namely CHEVRON.

    The Government announced 15 new oil and gas permits in its block offer today, with Chevron NZ Exploration being awarded three offshore licences for the Pegasus Basin in a joint venture with Statoil.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/business/chevron-gets-nz-oil-and-gas-exploration-permit-2014120913#ixzz3WqNF46HY

    And here is the evidence that Chevron cannot be trusted.

    “Chevron Whistleblower Leaks ‘Smoking Gun’ in Case of Ecuadorian Oil Spill
    Videos sent to Amazon Watch described as ‘a true treasure trove of Chevron misdeeds and corporate malfeasance”

    In what is being described as “smoking gun evidence” of Chevron’s complete guilt and corruption in the case of an oil spill in the Ecuadorian Amazon, internal videos leaked to an environmental watchdog show company technicians finding and then mocking the extensive oil contamination in areas that the oil giant told courts had been restored.
    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/04/08/chevron-whistleblower-leaks-smoking-gun-case-ecuadorian-oil-spill

    And here is a link to the Chevron Tapes

    So I want to ask Simon Bridges ” What assurances have been given to you by these oil companies regarding consideration for the environment and, in the light of the information just exposed, what possible credence can you give to the integrity and honesty of these assurances?

  7. Whateva next? 7

    Still wondering if this is Joyce’s revenge for Northland? As with Seven sharp , the opening show of Henry was graced with his majestyJohn Key’s presence. As people saying, one of the last MSM programmes that ENCOURAGES us to think and be conscious of others.(do people of Christchurch ever get a mention on nice, safe, easy, bland, facile, vacuous Seven sharp?)
    Are we now just sheep being herded through a series of opening and closing gates……and Dogs?

    • Puckish Rogue 7.1

      No its because the viewing figures are going backwards and the show is probably losing money

      • Lanthanide 7.1.1

        I find all of this conspiracy theorising about the government influencing the removal of CL rather childish.

        • Roflcopter 7.1.1.1

          Yup, it’s hilarious to watch.

          If people are voting with their remotes, by going elsewhere, it sends a strong message to CL that it no longer has any relevance to the lives of those that switched.

          Campbell Live used to be quite reasonable to watch in the early days.

        • Colonial Rawshark 7.1.1.2

          I find all of this conspiracy theorising about the government influencing the removal of CL rather childish.

          Then you are welcome to develop and share more “mature” criticisms that you consider more befitting to your sensibilities. Meanwhile, if it stinks like manure, then there is every chance that it is manure.

        • whateva next? 7.1.1.3

          “You might very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment.”

  8. Pasupial 8

    2 days remaining until the scheduled return of; the last of the Rawsharkans.

    • Chooky 8.1

      +100 Parsupal…me old mate…look forward to pu returning and mr…only if they feel so inclined

  9. logie97 9

    It may have been mentioned elsewhere but it appears as though “Dirty Politics” has arrived as being mainstream “quotable”. The characters identified are going to, at last, perhaps have to do some explaining. The names of Rich/Slater/Graham for starters

    John Drinnan in his piece today … (See section “Overegged”)
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11430252

    • logie97 10.1

      Richie Benaud, Brian Johnson, John Arlott, Jim Laker, Allan McGilvray. They created images with their well chosen words. When commentators were commentators and had something of value to say. When they were commenting on the television they didn’t describe to the viewer what the viewer could plainly see. They added their analysis of offscreen events and anecdotes. Oh for the return to such class and quality.

    • tinfoilhat 10.2

      Wonderful cricketer, broadcaster and gentleman, will be sadly missed by those of us who despair and the crass loudmouths we have to suffer on tv broadcasts these days.

      A glimpse of him for those who haven’t come across him commentating before.

      • millsy 10.2.1

        He was also a staunch advocate for sports such as cricket to be broadcast on free-to-air TV.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.3

      Just saw the tv3 news story on this guy. He was a great example of someone who didn’t do manual labour his entire life and thus didn’t need to retire. He worked until 2013.

      I suspect that MPs are working on the principle that because they can work until they’re 70+ that everyone can and thus that raising the retirement age doesn’t hurt anyone. Those who do do manual labour type work their entire lives are pretty much fucked by the time that they’re 60. That hasn’t changed at all.

      • Scotty 10.3.1

        When a man such as Richie Benaud dies, the decent thing to do is acknowledge the great service he has given to his particular field of endeavour and to so many people, without indulging in petty political point scoring on completely unrelated matters. A much loved and respected man has passed away and will be sadly missed throughout the cricketing world and beyond. His contribution in that world is without equal. I have much enjoyed his commentary over many years.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.3.1.1

          1. Before today I didn’t even know who the fuck he was. I suspect that applies to the majority of people
          2. It’s not petty nor is it unrelated – wouldn’t be a good example if it was
          3. Life is political and not being able to talk about it because it’s ‘indecent’ is what’s causing the degradation of our society
          4. I still don’t give a fuck who he was. I don’t believe in heroes.

          • Scotty 10.3.1.1.1

            How very sad. A society with nothing and no-one to look up to is a society without hope or aspiration.

            • Draco T Bastard 10.3.1.1.1.1

              Got plenty to dream about and reach for. The existence or not of particular people, no matter how respected, doesn’t change that.

  10. Scintilla 11

    How about Mike Hosking and all those who want to recreate society into a libertarian Nirvana, where they can live as they please and never see a peasant again, go and settle on one of these.

    Seasteading

    What a happy island it would be!

    • Paul 11.1

      Somalia would be a nicer placer.
      Let’s see what a success of life Henry, Hosking, Weldon and Key would make if they had no help along the way as in NZ.

    • Scintilla 11.2

      How about Mike Hosking and all those who want to recreate society into a libertarian Nirvana, where they can live as they please and never see a peasant again, go and settle on one of these.

      Seasteading

      What a happy island it would be!

      Sorry that link does not work, try this: http://www.seasteading.org/

      • joe90 11.2.1

        Ayn Rand, Patri Friedman and Peter Thiel walk into a bar. Because there are no regulations the barman serves them ethanol. They die.

      • Draco T Bastard 11.2.2

        Repaired original link

        We should encourage these people who don’t like taxes or government to do this and then, once they’ve gone, ban offshore ownership. I suspect that they’d quickly learn that being ‘special’ doesn’t feed them, clothe them or keep them healthy.

  11. Philip Ferguson 12

    James Heartfield is one of Britain’s leading public intellectuals, although not well-known here.

    One of his smaller works is on Postmodernism and the ‘Death of the Subject, which he allowed us to put up on Redline in full a couple of years ago.

    he tide has gone out somewhat on postmodernism, but there may still be people who are interested:
    https://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/postmodernism-and-the-death-of-the-subject/

    Phil

  12. Paul 13

    Hidden in the business section of the Herald online, an admission that our economy is not rock star. That surplus so many fools believed in is not going to happen.

    ‘Weak inflation dims prospects of surplus.
    ‘The Crown accounts turned to a deficit of $269 million, on an operating balance before gains and losses (Obegal) basis, in the eight months ended Feb. 28..’

    Bill English always has an excuse.
    And it is always him that delivers the bad news.
    Key has almost disappeared from sight.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11430648

  13. Paul 14

    I know phil would post this.

    ‘Cannabis can help slow cancer growth – research
    Israeli scientists have found that cannabis can help slow the growth of some cancerous tumours, according to the preliminary results of new research.
    Already known for its therapeutic effects on several diseases, researchers at the Technion Institute in Haifa decided to consider whether the plant, in all its forms, could have counteractive properties as well, Haaretz reported on Thursday.
    Initial findings show potential for effectiveness in brain tumours and breast cancer, while scientists are still investigating other types.’

    Another case for decriminalizing it.
    And, at the same time, we should be hammering alcohol…our most damaging drug.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11430641

  14. Clemgeopin 15

    I don’t think I did too badly on my prediction of Winston Peter’s win.

    On the eve of the election on 27 March, I predicted the following result
    here on the Open mike:

    “Now, today, on the eve of the election day, on 27 March at 9:33pm, I am guessing:

    Winston = 59%
    Osborne =32%
    WJ Prime =08%

    Total Valid Votes 28, 000”

    —————–

    The actual final results are as follows:

    * Winston=16,089=54.5%
    * Osborne=11,648=39.4%
    * WJ Prime=1,380=4.7%

    Total Valid Votes 30,047
    ———————–

    • McFlock 15.1

      Ah, but when he announced his candidacy did you also say that Winston had zero chance of being elected? If not, you’re more in touch with at least the voters in Northland than John Key was 🙂

    • Clemgeopin 15.2

      Here is the link for my changing predictions over time!

      Open mike 27/03/2015

      • McFlock 15.2.1

        lol so you are a better weathervane than dunnokeyo… Still, I’m sure he found a dozen political commentators who said his man was a shoe-in.

        • Clemgeopin 15.2.1.1

          No, one swallow doesn’t make a summer! I am no weather vane. My general election prediction was way out!

  15. Worth a read this

    Studies of Americans’ unconscious beliefs shows that most people — white and black — think black people are dangerous and both average folks and police are quicker to shoot black than white people.

    Where does the cognitive belief that black people are dangerous come from?

    http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2015/04/09/racial-bias-and-media-coverage-of-violent-crime/

  16. Molly 17

    Herald editor Tim Murphy steps down. Unlikely to be an improvement on content and standards, but worth watching to see how this changes the spin.

  17. Penny Bright 18

    FYI.

    I intend to make some HARD points about ‘Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) at the upcoming Auckland Council Controlled Governance and Monitoring Committee meeting Tuesday 14 April.
    ____________________________________________________________

    10 April 2015

    Request for speaking rights at the Auckland Council CCO Governance and Monitoring Committee to be held on Tuesday 14 April 2015 April 2015:

    My subject matter will be:

    1) A reminder that the underpinning legislation which outlines the aims and objectives of CCOs, is the Local Government Act 2002:

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2002/0084/latest/DLM171881.html

    59Principal objective of council-controlled organisation

    (1)The principal objective of a council-controlled organisation is to—
    (a)achieve the objectives of its shareholders, both commercial and non-commercial, as specified in the statement of intent; and
    (b)be a good employer; and

    (c)exhibit a sense of social and environmental responsibility by having regard to the interests of the community in which it operates and by endeavouring to accommodate or encourage these when able to do so; and

    (d)if the council-controlled organisation is a council-controlled trading organisation, conduct its affairs in accordance with sound business practice.

    (2)In subsection (1)(b), good employer has the same meaning as in clause 36 of Schedule 7

    (My underlining)

    2) A formal request for a ‘progress report’ on information about awarded contracts being made available for public scrutiny on the front pages of Auckland Council, and all substantive Auckland Council CCO websites.

    a) For Auckland Transport to include ALL contracts awarded, including those under $50,000.

    https://at.govt.nz/about-us/procurement/awarded-contracts/

    AWARDED CONTRACTS:

    Auckland Transport is committed to ensuring its procurement activities are undertaken in an ethical and transparent manner.

    The attached lists detail all of the contracts awarded in the previous six months that are valued over $50,000.00. Details include:

    the contract number,
    the contract name,
    the supplier, and the
    award value.

    View the latest awarded contracts list (PDF 65KB)
    Disclaimer: we endeavour to list all contracts awarded above the value of $50,000.00 in the previous six months. Whilst all possible care and effort has been taken to ensure accuracy in this list, we accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions. Accordingly, this list should be used for reference only.

    ________________________________________________________

    3) The requirement for Auckland Council CCOs which are ‘Public Benefit Entities’, (including Auckland Council Investments Ltd ( ACIL), to act as such.

    It is my considered opinion that ACIL’s stated ‘commercial focus’ , as outlined in the 2014 – 2017 Statement of Intent, conflicts with its function as a Public Benefit Entity.

    The role of a Public Benefit Entity (PBE) is clearly outlined as follows:

    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/guidance/reporting/accounting/pbe

    “reporting entities whose primary objective is to provide goods or services for community or social benefit and where any equity has been provided with a view to supporting that primary objective rather than for a financial return to equity holders”.
    (My bolding)
    _____________________________________________________________

    AUCKLAND COUNCIL INVESTMENTS LTD 2014 – 2017 STATEMENT OF INTENT:

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/representativesbodies/CCO/Documents/acilstatementofintent20142017.pdf

    1. INTRODUCTION Auckland Council Investments Limited (ACIL) owns Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL), Auckland Film Studios Limited (AFSL), a large equity holding in Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL); and manages the diversified financial assets portfolio (DFAP) on behalf of the Auckland Council (Council).

    The purpose of ACIL is to support the Council’s vision and to bring a strong commercial focus to the ownership and management of the Council’s investments in POAL, AIAL, AFSL and the DFAP and to provide an efficient structure for the ownership of these assets.

    Sound commercial governance of these assets, within the parameters set by the Council (while acknowledging that the Council/ACIL will be in a position of some influence, but not control, of AIAL), is important.

    ACIL’s role is to endeavour to maximise their contribution to the Auckland economy and provide substantial financial returns, which are financially sustainable in the long term, to the Council.
    _______________________________________________

    2. STRATEGIC DIRECTION AND STRUCTURE ACIL holds equity interests in POAL, AIAL, AFSL and manages the DFAP for the longterm benefit of the region.

    These assets contribute to the council’s delivery of Auckland Plan outcomes by:

     Playing an important role in the delivery of the following specific outcomes:

    o An Auckland of prosperity and opportunity (POAL, AFSL and AIAL) o A well-connected and accessible Auckland (POAL and AIAL)

     Influencing the delivery of other Auckland Plan outcomes (such as those associated with transformation of the Auckland Waterfront)

     Providing the Council with a financial return, which is a source of funding for Council activities and investments ACIL acknowledges that it is Auckland Council’s role is to set the overall strategy and determine the outcomes ACIL are to deliver.

    ACIL will strive to deliver the set outcomes effectively and efficiently and provide value for money to the Auckland ratepayers.

    ACIL will continue to focus on working collaboratively across the council group to deliver Council’s strategies.

    ACIL recognizes that working together is particularly important as the group moves from a focus on strategy, policy and plan development, to accelerated implementation and delivery
    _______________________________________________________

    3. NATURE AND SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES This SOI covers ACIL and its subsidiaries. ACIL is a Public Benefit Entity for financial reporting purposes as it manages key strategic assets of the Council for the long term economic benefit of the Auckland region.
    ________________________________________________________

    3) ACIL / Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) in my view, the arguable ‘conflict of interest’ of POAL CEO Tony Gibson, effectively working in the best interests of shipping companies, for whom he used to work.

    http://www.poal.co.nz/about_us/management.htm

    Tony Gibson
    Chief Executive Officer

    Tony joined Ports of Auckland as Chief Executive Officer in early 2011.
    He joined the Company with 30 years experience in shipping and logistics, first with Seabridge in Wellington, and then with Nedlloyd and P&O Nedlloyd.
    He has worked in various roles in Africa, Asia and Europe, including as European Director of Customer Operations, Rotterdam, before being appointed Managing Director, New Zealand and Pacific Islands in 2002.
    Following a take-over by Maersk, Tony served as Managing Director of Maersk, New Zealand for three years. Most recently he has pursued his own business interests as a director and then Chairman of ERoad, a road-user charge solution provider. In 2008 he was appointed by the Minister of Transport to the Road User Review Group.

    ___________________________

    Penny Bright

  18. lprent 19

    If anyone has been having problems getting pages today, blame it on some concentrated robots..

    It was a bit noisy, so I eliminated two of the three holes they were coming through.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    4 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    4 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    5 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    6 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    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
    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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