Open mike 11/01/2016

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  1. savenz 1

    http://www.salon.com/2016/01/09/oil_money_politics_and_evil_our_leading_middle_east_ally_is_the_worst_country_imaginable/

    “Oil, money, politics and evil: Our leading Middle East ally is the worst country imaginable
    America’s BFF relationship with the corrupt, vicious and oil-rich Saudi despots might be our worst mistake of all”

    “Trump was asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this week how he would play the worsening standoff between Iran and Saudi Arabia. “I would back Saudi Arabia, but you know what? We’re a debtor nation. They’ve got nothing but money,” the Donald told Mika Brzezinski and her co-host, noted Saudi shill Joe Scarborough. “I wouldn’t back them for nothing. I would say: You’ve got to pay. We’re going to help you. You gotta pay. You gotta pay.”

  2. savenz 2

    USA waking up to how Charter schools are destroying their kids education…. pity the memo never got sent to our government, but I guess we are ‘an emerging market’ for the frauds, including privatising the school land and having the tax payer pay for it twice while transferring public land into private hands…

    http://www.salon.com/2016/01/09/were_onto_the_phony_education_reformers_charter_school_charlatans_and_faux_reformers_take_it_on_the_chin/

    • mpledger 2.1

      The article is a great read all around but one key paragraph that sets up my (second) largest objection to charter schools is this…
      “More recently, Florida press outlets reported the state has given about $70 million to charter schools that later closed and returned virtually none of the money to taxpayers. While the state is able to recover computers and other equipment these schools purchased with taxpayer money, the far more substantial costs for purchasing and improving property and making lease payments stays in private pockets after the schools close.”
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      This was well known problem way before charter schools opened in NZ and yet the exact same thing happened here with that school up north – the Dept of Ed is finding it impossible to get the money back that the school spent on farm land.

      My largest objection is that these schools close willy-nilly leaving kids in the lurch, often during the school year. Then, because of the effect it was having on kids to close schools underneath them the powers that be stop looking for signs that charter schools are performing badly.

      • savenz 2.1.1

        +1 mpledger

      • Smilin 2.1.2

        Yeah well only the blind and stupid cant see or know what a cash cow looks like
        Sadly education isn’t what it used to be thanks to the odious faculty of economics what a crock of shit

    • repateet 2.2

      The blogging world will be going crazy as the charter school PR machine via David Farrar and Whale Oil are into this story boots and all.

      Then again, maybe not. Some kid somewhere will walk out of a charter school with a smile on her face happy the school day is over and the ideologues will be scrambling over themselves for the best headline – “Astonishing achievement at school,” “Charter school scores sensationally” or whatever.

      David Farrar and Mrs Whale Oil will be too busy fervently reporting on that to worry about reality.

    • fisiani 2.3

      What has that article to do with the excellent partnership schools in NZ?

  3. Sabine 3

    an interesting post from Digby about TransCanada suing the United States under NAFTA for $15 billion and why for 15$ billion and not 3$ billion

    http://digbysblog.blogspot.co.nz/2016/01/oh-but-poor-people-by-bloggersrus.html

    I especially like this part 🙂 – Luckily as we are assured by our Resident National Government supporters this can;t happen here cause it ain’t Nafta we are signing, its the TPPA that the National Government will sign on our ‘behalf’.

    Quote: AMYGOODMAN: Lori, can you explain why they’re asking $15 billion?

    LORI WALLACH:: So, this is a question a lot of folks asked me yesterday: “Well, wait a minute, this is supposed to”—everyone who’s read the newspaper. “This is a $3 billion pipeline. How the heck can they be asking for $15 billion from us taxpayers?” And the answer is, under the outrageous investor-state system, not only can a foreign corporation get all these special rights—go around our courts, go around our laws and demand compensation—but they don’t just get money for what they’ve spent on a project, they get to get compensated for expected future profits. Yep, they are calculating—and the brief goes through this—what they think they would have made in the future for the lifetime of the pipeline had it been allowed. And that’s what we taxpayers are supposed to give them, because we had a democratic decision of our government that their commercial project wasn’t in the national interest. That’s the $15 billion. Quote End.

    But then the question is, could this happen to us? Veolia (which is working in NZ) has started procedings against the Egypt Government last year when the Eqypt Government dared to raise the minimum wage.
    http://aftinet.org.au/cms/veolia-vs-egypt-workers-2014
    Quote: “The company is using the ISDS provisions in an investment treaty between France and Egypt.

    The case is still in progress, but is yet another example of the dangers of including investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)”. Quote End

    I am sure we will again be told that this can;t be happen here, cause we are special, and oh look over there an All Black and a flag and a US Preznit n stuff.

    and last a good read as to why a special court for foreign investors may have no place in trade agreements. I am sure our resident National Government Supporters have wisdom to share as to why foreign investors should be able to sue our Government be they National led or otherwise.
    http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2013/11/special-courts-for-foreign-investors-have-no-place-in-trade-deals/
    and then this https://www.iisd.org/itn/2015/02/17/political-change-vs-legal-stability-problems-arising-from-the-application-of-investment-treaties-in-transitions-from-authoritarian-rule/

    and this is also a nice read for those that read 🙂 https://www.iisd.org/itn/2015/02/17/political-change-vs-legal-stability-problems-arising-from-the-application-of-investment-treaties-in-transitions-from-authoritarian-rule/

    other then that, its a lovely day so enjoy it 🙂

  4. Penny Bright 4

    Seen this?

    How effectively ‘censored’ has been THIS speech by US Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Saunders?

    http://www.nationofchange.org/news/2016/01/08/the-most-important-campaign-speech-bernie-on-the-banks/

    “Within the first 100 days of my administration, I will require the secretary of the Treasury Department to establish a ‘Too-Big-to Fail’ list of commercial banks, shadow banks and insurance companies whose failure would pose a catastrophic risk to the United States economy without a taxpayer bailout,” says Sanders.

    “Within one year, my administration will break these institutions up so that they no longer pose a grave threat to the economy as authorized under Section 121 of the Dodd-Frank Act.”

    “Greed is not good,” proclaimed Sanders, riffing on Gordon Gekko’s famous pronouncement in the movie “Wall Street,” just miles from that financial center.

    “In fact, the greed of Wall Street and corporate America is destroying the fabric of our nation. And here is a New Year’s Resolution that I will keep if elected president. If you do not end your greed, we will end it for you.”

    The bold speech addressed a topic that should be the main focus of debate, particularly during the race for the presidency.

    The 2008 financial crash caused a recession which is wiping out $6 to $36 trillion from America’s economy.

    Yet the talk received scant media coverage. It’s hard to attribute this to recent high-visibility events. Bernie is routinely blacked out of the media.

    Yet since colleges, Congress, liberal think tanks, the mainstream media, and both parties embrace financial donors, even while failing to investigate causes of the crash or working to prevent the next one, his message is all the more potent.

    …..”

    Penny Bright
    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

  5. Wairua 5

    John Key is using his acquaintance with Obama to endnote his term in office with a view to a global role.

    Geopolitically, it makes some sense. We are in the Asia-Pacific and during WWII US Marines camped around Wellington and the Kapiti Coast after Pearl Harbour to defend against potential invasion because the NZ army was in the Middle East and Japanese intentions were unknown.

    We are still in the Pacific and our cognitive structures are still largely in the northern hemisphere. But this is not WWII, and Obama has competing priorities,

    As a Hawai’ian he probably has some interest in Aotearoa, but as US president his horizons are broader- Key has more to gain from a visit by his golfing buddie than does Obama. It is a long way to go .. for what ? I can’t see it. This is more about Obama playing Key than the other way around.

    As a school kid I stood on the street as LBJ walked past to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph. He had been one of the marines camped around Wellington during WWII and flew in after a trip to Vietnam. Obama does not have that motivation.

    Stranger things have happened. It would be interesting to see a powerful Black American confront Maoritanga in a challenge during a welcoming ceremony. TV networks would love it – but how many people watch TV these days ?

    John Key would inevitably make something of it – possibly call a snap election. Can you see the eyes light up among the ‘National’ party ?

  6. joe90 6

    German has a made up word that suits – scheinselbständigkeit.

    Apploitation in a city of instaserfs

    How the “sharing economy” has turned San Francisco into a dystopia for the working class

    […]

    Oh, Canada! I’m writing you from Berkeley, California to warn you about this thing called “the sharing economy.” Since no one is really sharing anything, many of us prefer the term “the exploitation economy,” but due to its prevalence many in the Bay Area simply think of it as “the economy.” Whatever you want to call it, the basic idea is that customers can outsource all the work or chores they don’t want to do to somebody else in their area.

    You can be chauffeured around the city while somebody picks up and launders your dirty underwear. You can have groceries delivered to your door and your bathroom given that deep clean that you don’t have time to do yourself. The best part is you can do it all on your phone! Sharing economy companies promise their customers all the luxuries of the rich and famous—and they can do that by taking advantage of the system and, in some cases, bending or simply avoiding labour laws.

    https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/apploitation-city-instaserfs

    previously on TS – the sharing economy

    • ropata 6.1

      Apps that facilitate unlawful behaviour – breaking labour laws, untaxed cash jobs, unqualified taxi services – should simply be outlawed.

      But “we would like to see wages drop” says the moneyed elite.
      Now SFO is completely unaffordable for everyone else.

  7. greywarshark 7

    A thought for the future. It could be that comments could be limited to 6 in the morning and 6 in afternoon/evening. There would be a counter – it would limit the promiscuous wasps that feed on the honey dew here (poetic and green as well!) and their mad desire to swamp the blog with their futile, malign comments. More than a dozen a day and they could keep good commenters away, and they bring a pall of bitchines and nonsense with them. It would limit the exponential growth of the site that doesn’t need numbers as it has proved itself as valued and a great success.
    edited

    • b waghorn 7.1

      To troll or not to troll that is the question.
      One mans troll is another mans soothsayer.
      How do you choose who goes on this restricted counter,as the standard is at its best when the truly clever ones here get going.??

      • greywarshark 7.1.1

        Well this way the individual would be working to put out their best points. It wouldn’t do to waste too many of the six for a half day on trading insults with trolls.

        The trolls could do what they always do and then they would be cut off after the sixth, They might manage to restrain themselves as well. The whole tone of the blog would rise a notch, and no-one would be stopped, though some might save some points and put them into one longer one. Now and then there is a really meaty thread. I don’t know about that. It could be that someone might appeal to the moderator of the day to start a post so that they could go off Open Mike and argue on another thread which would be under moderation.

    • alwyn 7.2

      It would probably make people think a little bit more before putting in a comment, but would it apply universally?
      For example a commenter whose pseudonym happens to start with “grey” had 11 yesterday afternoon, following on from 5 in the morning. Would they be chopped of in their prime? The later ones were the most interesting.

      The only real problem I can see would be if someone’s comment drew a lot of reactions, or questions. It would prevent replies and rejoinder’s being possible in a timely manner. After 6 you would have to come back tomorrow.

      On the other hand there are commenters whose only contribution seems to be expressions such as “lies” or “you are a liar” who wouldn’t be missed.

    • weka 7.3

      Humourous idea grey. I can’t imagine it ever being implemented, but it would be a very interesting experiment.

      Something we could do though, is to get a handful or two of us together who commit to not engaging in the macho/bitchy shit, and not feeding the trolls, and instead talk to each other with a focus on good communication, respect and constructive politics.

      Lately I’ve been feeling like the place is just a bitchfest between regulars, and I get sucked into that too easily. But I suspect the readership reflects something quite different (would love to see the stats on the Helen Kelly’s post from the other day).

      • greywarshark 7.3.1

        weka
        Good ideas. I already give little attention to trolls and even the regulars I pick and choose who I read. There are some who never fail to write something that adds to my internal library, and some are humorous too. I do weaken sometimes and make disparaging remarks. Utterly futile of course. They have no shame, or objectivity. But I don’t see my idea as humorous, rather it would be practical. I have heard that some blogs do have a limit on individual comments.

        • lprent 7.3.1.1

          I have heard that some blogs do have a limit on individual comments.

          I keep thinking about doing a rationing system. However I think that the current way that we limit meaningless waffling is so much more effective, and usually a pleasure to do as well.

      • lprent 7.3.2

        But I suspect the readership reflects something quite different (would love to see the stats on the Helen Kelly’s post from the other day).

        I hope you like numbers…

        Quite different audiences to the comments. It is pretty easy to read, especially in a low month like over xmas (makes for an abnormal pattern, but one that highlights what happens).

        Click for a large display

        Compare the percentages / times against the averages at the top and against each other. You’ll notice the topics in the top ten have a particular type of focus.

        The main things to note are:

        * Unique page views are “Unique Pageviews is the number of sessions during which the specified page was viewed at least once. A unique pageview is counted for each page URL + page Title combination.”
        * Page views vs Unique Page views – which gives you an idea of how much thrashing there is by the same people on a page – mostly thrashing is caused by commenters.
        * Avg Time – are people actually reading the comments? Again, commenters tend to raise that
        * Entrances/exits direct to the page is a pretty good indicator about social media effects. High entrances/exits indicates a strong social media content, low commenters

        It is pretty easy to see the pages that the commenters are dominant on, and which pages have social media reading them.

        But it becomes clearer when I split into new vs returning

  8. seeker 8

    @fisiani11.41am comment 5.1

    Honest John Fisiani????? Watch this 2013 3 min link and tell me you can still call key honest:

    PM John Key grilled on Fletcher’s GCSB appointment.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/national/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503075&gal_cid=1503075&gallery_id=131968

    (I thought I had pushed the reply button to fisiani’s comment, but was so concentrating on posting a link for the first time on
    this irritating little machine that I realised I was way of course and could not get back.)

    • Puckish Rogue 8.1

      I agree, he’ll only stay on until the 2017 election but unfortunately for the left in NZ he’ll stay on until the 2017 election 🙂

      • Paul 8.1.1

        We have a choice.
        We can allow these rwnj trolls to derail these threads or we can ignore them.

        • seeker 8.1.1.1

          Paul this is the first time I have been able to offer this link showing key lying to fisiani, and I really want fisiani to watch it and hopefully tell me what she/he thinks. So please don’t derail this thread and look at the clip yourself if poss.

        • Puckish Rogue 8.1.1.2

          Reading the comments on this particular thread Paul you are the troll

          • seeker 8.1.1.2.1

            First time I tend to agree with you Puckish Rogue @1.01pm. And I still haven’t heard fisiani’s response to the link I posted @ commemt 8. Perhaps you and alwyn could view the link and tell me if it backs up fisiani’s ‘honest john’ claim.

            I have given up on Paul on this thread, as I am sure he has missed the point.

            • Puckish Rogue 8.1.1.2.1.1

              Ok so here goes.

              I think all politicians lie or they “misspeak” whatever you want to call it so in comparison to you or I yes John Key is a liar

              But that’s not comparing apples with apples so the question needs to be is how honest John Key is in comparison to the other leaders of NZ

              • Draco T Bastard

                Ah, but should politicians be allowed to lie or should they be held accountable and jailed when they do?

                And John Key isn’t ‘misspeaking’ but is outright lying as you well know.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  Its trite but every three years we get to hold them to account, maybe not as well as some would like, and judge them for their sins (perceived and real)

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Its trite but every three years we get to hold them to account

                    No we don’t. We have a limited ability to not vote for them. I’d rather have a law that say, unequivocally, that an MP lying results in them going to jail. Same with fraud, rorting (Blinglish’s actions with his house), and corruption.

                    John Key should have been in jail before 2008 because of his actions regarding his Transrail shares.

                    • McFlock

                      lol, I’d forgotten about hm “forgetting” about his tranzrail shares.

                      Then there’s his “blind” trust and the bottles of wine…

                    • Sacha

                      “that an MP lying results in them going to jail”

                      Would be amazing, but given who makes our laws it seems vanishingly unlikely to ever happen. We need to somehow make character a strong part of how people decide on who represents us.

              • seeker

                @PuckishR@1.28pm
                Thanks for having ‘a go’ . But of ‘all politicians” key is the worst or is it the best? But then who would want to be the best at lying, unless they couldn’t care a less, and I’m afraid john key is exactly this type of person ,as I tried to show in that clip.
                I tend to aim for the politicians who I think have the greatest integrity and substance when I vote regardless of which party. All National mps (and I have thought about them and observed them often in parliament) are sadly lacking in truth and most appear to be disingenuous poseurs and are all too often try to emulate their mendacious leader, in my opinion.

      • b waghorn 8.1.2

        They let you out?
        I’d settle for key here till 2017 then a left government. It would be better than one of collins or bennet getting a stint in charge.

        • Puckish Rogue 8.1.2.1

          Time off for good behaviour, I think Key will retire 4 elections not out and not bother going for a fifth

          I’m at a loss to think who’ll take over, I thought it might have been Collins but now I’m leaning towards Bennet

          • fisiani 8.1.2.1.1

            I’ll give you an inside tip. The next leader and PM in 2026 will be Chris Bishop, the MP who has made Trevor Mallard a lame duck in the Hutt.

            • Puckish Rogue 8.1.2.1.1.1

              Well that’s a big call, we’ll see how that plays out but he better win an electorate seat at some point because if you can’t convince an electorate to vote for you how can you expect a country?

              • Ad

                Bit of an own goal there.
                * Most of Labour
                * All of Greens
                * Most of NZFirst

                • alwyn

                  I presume, given what you are saying about the three parties, you are talking about the percentage of the party MPs who are on the list.
                  In fact you should select out National, rather than Labour as being unable to win electorate seats.
                  15.6% of the Labour MPs are from the list.
                  A much higher 32.2% of the National ones are.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  How is that an own goal?

                  On second reading I may not have written it as well as I could have, what I meant to say was if you want to lead the country and convince the country to vote for you then you should be able to win an electorate seat, by all means take a list seat later but wait until you’ve won a seat first

                  So the Greens aren’t capable of the running the country and Andrew Little won’t lead Labour to victory in 2017

                  • b waghorn

                    I actually think the pm shouldn’t have or relinquish their seat on winning power. I can’t imagine a pm having much time for electorate issues.

      • Jones 8.1.3

        I think the state of the global economy this year and how it impacts on NZ (and it will), will be the determiner of what John Key does. He’s a fair-weather politician and if the global economy plays out like I suspect it will over the next 12 months, there is a chance John Key will bail and leave the next election to someone else.

    • fisiani 8.2

      Of course he is honest. He is the most trusted pm in our history.

      • Paul 8.2.1

        dnftt

      • seeker 8.2.2

        fisiani did you not see ‘honest john’ lying on the link I gave you on comment 8 @12.07pm.

        Honestly!

        • fisiani 8.2.2.1

          Care to point out any lie by Honest John. I watched the clip. Never heard a lie. Do you actually understand what the word ‘lie’ means?

      • b waghorn 8.2.3

        That’s a big call I hope you’ve got some links coming to prove it !

        • Puckish Rogue 8.2.3.1

          I’d say John Key is as honest as any other political leader 🙂

          • McFlock 8.2.3.1.1

            You would say that, because you’re only as honest as John Key.

            Which is not honest in the slightest.

            • Puckish Rogue 8.2.3.1.1.1

              I’ll have you know I’m quite honest, probably why I couldn’t run for any for of political office 🙂

              • McFlock

                With honesty like yours, you could run for act or the nats. But most of the left wing parties demand that what their representatives say has at least some positive relationship with the truth.

                But arguing that every politician is a lying scumbag like dunnokeyo is part of the way you bastards get into government with the support of only a third of registered voters – if you convince a million opponents that the opposition are just as untrustworthy as the government , you alienate opposing voters from the entire system.

                It’s cynical, corrupt and morally bankrupt, but then that’s typical tory behaviour.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  “But most of the left wing parties demand that what their representatives say has at least some positive relationship with the truth.”

                  Yeah naah

                  If I recall correctly it was the left pushing MMP yet its the right that’s won more

                  If Labour keep putting up leaders like Goff, Shearer, Cunliffe and Little instead of leaders like Clark and Lange then of course the right are going to keep on winning

                  • Lanthanide

                    “If I recall correctly it was the left pushing MMP yet its the right that’s won more”

                    It is currently tied 3 to Labour, 3 to National.

                    • McFlock

                      96, 2008, 2011, 2014 to the nats
                      99, 2002, 2005 to the leftish.

                    • alwyn

                      Sorry Lanthanide but you are forgetting the first MMP election in 1996.
                      It is currently Nat-led 4 (96, 08, 11 and 14) to Lab-led 3 (99, 02 and 05)
                      Of course in reality New Zealand lost in 96 and 05. Anyone who lets Winston anywhere near power isn’t fit to be in office.

                    • Lanthanide

                      Ah, I missed ’96.

                    • alwyn

                      This is a reply to McFlock’s 2.35 post

                      I don’t plan to try and compile a complete list of Helen Clarke’s misleading statements.
                      In terms of whether a statement is a “lie” I tend to use the Chambers Dictionary definition which is “a false statement made with the intention of deceiving”. I think the three examples I have given for Helen Clark fall into that definition.

                      I had a look at Blip’s magnum opus. I have chosen a couple at random to see what he was about. I don’t think the ones I looked at fall into the category of lies.

                      The first was, number 17, that “New Zealand was one of the very few countries in the world that was settled peacefully”
                      What Key said was that ” In my view New Zealand was one of the very few countries in the world that were settled peacefully.” The words “In my view” make it clear that was only his opinion.
                      Even this blog distinguishes between saying something is your opinion, when no source is required and saying something is a fact when you must justify the claim.
                      Was that a lie? His view is arguably wrong but (in my view) you can’t say it was a lie.

                      The second was number 24 where Blip says Key was lying and he says the lie was “The Greens are responsible for the rise in income inequality within New Zealand”
                      This gives as justification a statement by Brent Edwards that the Greens were not in Government. That is, in fact, something I have pointed out on another post and have been roundly abused for saying so. Both te reo uptake and swordfish seemed to think, in the TPPA agreement post, that they should be considered as part of the 2002 Government.
                      However back to the point. What Key actually said was
                      “In the period between 1999 and 2005, if my memory serves me correctly, the then Labour Government did that with the support in various forms of the Green Party, and so I say to Russel Norman ‘yes, he should apologise to New Zealand for his failure in that time’.””
                      That doesn’t make any claim that the Green Party were part of the Government. It says they supported the Government which is clearly true. Again I can’t agree that his statement is a lie.

                      That is a very selective list. I really can’t be bothered looking at them all

                      I really don’t want to argue that Key never lies. He is a politician and nearly all politicians lie if the feel the need. They aren’t successful if they don’t. However Key is very smart and he may leave you THINKING he said something that he didn’t.
                      If one is going to attack him you have to be realistic and limit the use of the word “lie” to things that really qualify. Using it only as an abusive term for an opinion you disagree with is silly.

                      ps. Sorry for the length of this. I couldn’t see how to get my point across in less words.
                      Damn. I must have picked the wrong “reply” tag.

                    • swordfish

                      @ alwyn

                      Your memory’s failing you a little, alwyn.

                      Could you link to where I’ve ever suggested the Greens were part of the 2002-05 Clark Govt ?

                      Also … Helen Clark, not Clarke

                    • alwyn

                      You didn’t say that about the 2002 Government did you Swordfish? You really only said it about 1999-2002 (when it can be considered true) and 2005-2008 (not the case), when you said it was the situation although Jeanette denied it.
                      As for “Clarke” Gosh, everybody! Swordfish has noted that I put Clark in one place and Clarke in another.
                      He (she) can get a new job as a proof reader. Might do better than as a political commentator.
                      No doubt she (he) has never made a typing error in his (her) life.
                      Now do you have anything significant about what I did have to say?
                      Should I assume that if you can only point out a typo you can’t actually find anything wrong with the comments I have made?

                    • McFlock

                      Alwyn, the issue is not that key never lies or that clark never lies.

                      The issue is that Key lies more often and worse than any other politician you care to mention.

                      You cherry-picked a couple of blip’s list items that might be debatable as to intent to mislead.
                      Well, what about blaming Labour for the limo trade-ups when it was his signature on the contract to upgrade? What about the tranzrail shares he forgot he owned? Giving away bottles of wine he pretends he doesn’t know he owns? Claiming to not remember how an old school friend became the only person interviewed for the GCSB job? The changing stories on how often he was in contact with slater? His reporting of his apology to the waitress being accepted with no problem, vs her account of his “apology”?

                      And that’s beyond his tendency to leave grieving people with the impression he made strong assurances to do “whatever it takes” or get their sons and husbands back, assurances he never follows through on. He says whatever is convenient at the time, and never has any intention to either follow through on commitments or ensure that his reporting of events bears any relationship to the truth.

                      Clark had the painting (didn’t key do that too?), the car trip, and Doone. You’re welcome to mention any others.

                  • McFlock

                    Your comment says nothing to compare the well-documented lies of Key with any comments by any Labour party leaders past or present.

                    The worst one about Clark was a fecking charity painting. Key lied about how an old school tie got a phone call to be offered a job as head of a government department, and recent loser-actoid whyte plagiarised himself only the other day.

                    • alwyn

                      That was a pretty trivial example by Helen.
                      The worst was the false stories she was passing on to the Herald about the then Police Commissioner Peter Doone. Quite why she wanted to get him out was never clear but she certainly set out to destroy him.
                      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10122718
                      Other things that seemed odd about her actions were denying that she even realised that he motorcade was speeding when travelling to Christchurch, and trying to claim that it was Henare who attacked her mate Mallard instead of the real way round.

                      Incidentally you do seem to have a strange view of what is plagiarism. By your definition every single politician is guilty of it during a campaign when they give their standard speech.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      If you think Labour leaders haven’t lied (or misspoke or not told the whole story) then more fool you but my main point was that the leaders Labour have been putting up recently are unelectable and it must be especially galling when compared to former leaders of a not-too-distant past

                    • McFlock

                      pr – I’ve not said Labour leaders are perfect. Simply that key is on a completely new level of lying compared to anyone Labour’s had as leader.

                      Alwyn – if you posted a full list of clark’s lies, I doubt it would be even a quarter the length of blip’s list, and a tenth as serious. I’d be interested in a genuine comparison. Many of key’s lies involve outright corruption, in my opinion.

                      I love that you can’t tell the difference between a political stump speech and offering cut&paste material to a publisher as a new work. Besides, even when they recycle “ad libs” they risk getting called out on it (e.g. McCain using the same joke about not being recognised at [insert local airport here] having at least a half dozen televised examples over the years being put into a montage by the Daily Show). The prepared speeches are understood to be taling points strung together, these days. If you say to a publication “I have written this opinion piece you can sell for money”, it should be original or at least acknowledged that it was published elsewhere. Interestingly, if it was published in the UK, does that mean that Whyte violated the copyright of the original publisher? Might do…

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      McFlock – I suspect that part of the reason Keys lies are more well known then Clarks lies is that general internet use and blogging was certainly less widespread in Clarks time then it is today (I might be wrong about this of course)

                      So at the time Clark said a howler it was harder to look up and view it and then post about it whereas today its so much easier (which is a good thing I might add)

                      Sort of like how a politician used to be able to say one thing at an old persons home then another at uni then another at a business meeting

                    • McFlock

                      well, that’s bollocks because a) people remembered what they had been promised; b) many people were part of multiple groups; and c)we had actual journalosts who went to all the events and compared barefaced lies.

                      Oh, and d) the internet existed before John key, kiwiblog has been going since 2003, well enough to cover Clark.

                      and e) what about all the labour leaders since clark, well into the internet era?

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      well, that’s bollocks because a) people remembered what they had been promised;

                      – Sometimes but people also have sort memories at times

                      b) many people were part of multiple groups; and c)we had actual journalists who went to all the events and compared barefaced lies.

                      – I’m not convinced of journalists neutrality now or then, far too many family links or marriages

                      Oh, and d) the internet existed before John key, kiwiblog has been going since 2003, well enough to cover Clark.

                      – Yeah but I’m talking general public and before blogs started shaping the political landscape

                      and e) what about all the labour leaders since clark, well into the internet era?

                      – No one cares about them because they didn’t become the leader of the country

                    • McFlock

                      hey, journos have always had bias, but there used to be more of them to do their job. And “changing the political landscape” is one thing, but I would have expected kiwiblog to obsessively track the litany of fibs that you think clark told – or at the very least, just made some up.

                      So according to you, all politicians tell outright lies, but people are too stupid or their memory is too mercurial for them to care. And nobody cares about second place. You really do have a shitty opinion of human beings – maybe if you stopped looking in the mirror your morale would improve.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      hey, journos have always had bias, but there used to be more of them to do their job. And “changing the political landscape” is one thing, but I would have expected kiwiblog to obsessively track the litany of fibs that you think clark told – or at the very least, just made some up.

                      – He hasn’t collated them so I can’t be arsed going through all of his old posts

                      So according to you, all politicians tell outright lies, but people are too stupid or their memory is too mercurial for them to care. And nobody cares about second place.

                      – Think how many times a party (National or Labour) has mentioned bottom lines yet somehow there always seems to be a back track or a flip flop or even just making promises they know they’ll never have to keep and yet we, the public, keep on electing them

                      You really do have a shitty opinion of human beings – maybe if you stopped looking in the mirror your morale would improve.

                      – Looking in the mirror with my shirt off always improves my morale

                    • McFlock

                      Again, I’m not arguing that all politicians are perfect.

                      I’m saying that the quality and quantity of dunnokeyo’s lies are a new low. This isn’t just “flip-flop” accusations, but an organised and concerted abuse of process, from the OIA to the Speaker to the appointment of state services staff to outright lying to parliament to employing people like Ede in his office to slandering detained people and the opposition in one fell swoop.

                    • Expat

                      McFlock

                      +1

                      Every time he opens his mouth(JK), there’s a lot of people who cringe, I personally find he insults peoples intelligence.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  It’s cynical, corrupt and morally bankrupt, but then that’s typical tory behaviour.

                  QFT

      • reason 8.2.4

        A Herald poll only showed about 10% of respondents believed what John key said….

        He’s popular among people who believe owning a house should earn you more money than working ………….. They will excuse any lies he tells.

        its called Bent key Syndrome

        [lprent: You should see what we call Flamers. Flamewar starters aren’t appreciated around here – read our policy.

        If you want to assert a fact like a Herald poll, then you should link to supporting article(s) or say exactly where to find it. To do otherwise means that everyone will assume that you just made it up. That includes moderators. If we think that you’re starting a flamewar deliberately or even inadvertently using unsubstantiated assertions of fact, then we’re liable to revoke your ability to comment here.

        This is your warning. ]

        • fisiani 8.2.4.1

          care to link to that shonky poll……

        • seeker 8.2.4.2

          @reason@1.15pm
          Please view the link I posted on commemt 8. It is the only clip I know where Key lies and is caught out by the reporters (not that they do much about it.)
          It backs everything you say and I wanted people like fisiani etc who state that key is honest to see the evidence that he is not honest for themselves.

        • reason 8.2.4.3

          My apologies for not backing up with a link and I did do a quick search for the poll in question…. but after not finding it quickly I just posted up my memories of it which were …………

          The poll was a dodgy Herald readers one and it was in relation to the revelation that our GCSB was spying on our pacific Island neighbors.

          The skewered Herald poll gave readers three options to vote on regarding this spying on the pacific islands ……

          A) This is what spy agencies do and its ok
          B) I do not believe it
          C) Its outrageous

          The poll was skewered in relation to the options supporting or opposing the spying and even with the design bias that vote was fairly evenly split from memory.

          But with the ” I do not believe it” option ……………..

          John Key has consistently smeared Nicky Hager dating back from the Hollow Men National/Exclusive Brethren illegal electioneering that Key was involved with.

          Regarding the GCSB pacific Island spying revelation John Key said: …. ” Earlier, Prime Minister John Key urged New Zealanders to dismiss claims about spying on foreign allies, saying he can “guarantee” they will be wrong.” http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/66944644/Nicky-Hager-Kiwis-will-be-shocked-by-spy-claims

          “I’m not going to critique your stolen emails and misinformation,” he told reporters.
          “There’s a history of fizzers when it comes to Nicky Hager, Greenwald and Snowden. I’m sorry these guys get it wrong.” http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/66944644/Nicky-Hager-Kiwis-will-be-shocked-by-spy-claims

          So the “I do not believe it” option was for those who believed what John Key was saying at the time ………….. and they were about 10% from memory.

          I found it interesting at the time because even the people who approved the spying and who probably supported National clearly did not believe what Key was saying.

          • reason 8.2.4.3.1

            The poll seems to have been taken down but I found a reference to it in the Herald: …..

            “An online unscientific Herald poll of up to 11,600 people showed more than 50 per cent of people said they were “fine with it”. Some 42 per cent replied to say they were “incensed – this is unacceptable”. Six per cent did not believe the claims were true.” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11412551

            My memory was a little faulty and only 6% believed John Keys statements and position that Hagars claims were wrong and not to believe him.

            My false equivalence example showing the Heralds pro National bias in the poll questions was not exact either ……………. The two options the Herald gave readers to vote on if they believed Hagars information were: “fine with it” or”incensed – this is unacceptable”.

            An honest poll would have asked “it’s alright to do this” versus “its wrong to do this”, or “we should spy on them” versus ” we should not spy on them”.

            My conclusion is the only thing believable from that Herald Poll was that 6% believed John Key versus 96% believed Hager.

            If the opposition got it together they would wipe out National at election time …..just like they did in Northland.

            Also If Northland knowledge spreads nationally I can only see Keys popularity decline accelerating ……. Keys support and promotion of sabin in the months prior to his resignation from parliament seems quite extraordinary.

      • swordfish 8.2.5

        @ fisi “Of course he (Key) is honest. He is the most trusted PM in our history.”

        3 News Reid Research/TNS Polls
        Honesty Ratings
        Key 41% (late 2013)
        Clark 61% (early 2003)

        (Note: I don’t have any post-2013 stats, but after the Dirty Politics scandal, I’d assume Key’s honesty ratings are relatively unlikely to have risen).

        Fairfax-Ipsos August 2013
        Leader Trust
        Fully believe John Key ? Yes 24%, No 59%

        3 News Reid Research July 2013
        52% believe Dotcom
        34% believe Key’s denials

        You were saying ???

        Open mike 10/01/2016

    • Paul 8.3

      We have a choice.
      We can allow these rwnj trolls to derail these threads or we can ignore them.

      [lprent: OpenMike was added into the posts because then moderators don’t have to monitor it for derailing and diversion. It also removed the necessity excuse for derailing and diversion in author written posts. ]

      • alwyn 8.3.1

        Given that this is Open Mike and the purpose is given at the top as being
        “For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.”,
        it is difficult to see how anything can be classed as “derailing” the thread.
        You’ll just have to ignore it. That is also better for your blood pressure.

        • lprent 8.3.1.1

          Open Mike … it is difficult to see how anything can be classed as “derailing” the thread.
          You’ll just have to ignore it. That is also better for your blood pressure.

          Sound advice.

      • seeker 8.3.2

        Paul you have got the wrong end of the stick in this case and I think you may have wasted my huge effort to post visual evidence that what fisiami keeps saying about ‘john’s honesty’ is untrue. I had hoped to silence fisiani with the truth, backed by actual visual evidence, thus making it unnecessary to have to feed fisiani and like minded people again.

        Please have a look at the clip on comment 8… it’s a cracker.

    • seeker 8.4

      @fisiani@1.21pm
      Thanks for watching the clip. Can’t believe you did not notice him saying first one thing then another then the other again. All said in a similar ‘thiis is the truth ‘ voice, even though he’d contradicted himself twice . Even he got lost and didn’t appear to know what ‘truth’ he was telling. I think, unless one is a little deluded, that this clip shows a man telling untruths, which leaves me not knowing which of his assertions were either true or untrue. I do not listen to him anymore like you, apparently.
      In my case it’s because I can’t bear to listen to lies, whereas in your case you can’t bear to see or hear the truth it seems.

      • fisiani 8.4.1

        Ah I get it now. If Honest John says it might rain tomorrow and it turns out fine then thats what s called a lie. If he works all day long for NZ then some would call him liar for not putting in a 16 hour day or claiming bizarrely that he works for another country. How desperate and despairing.

        • seeker 8.4.1.1

          “None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.” Matthew Henry 1662-1714.

          ‘those that will not see’ even if it is stuck under their nose on a walking, talking video clip in 2016

  9. greywarshark 9

    Looking at geonet and there seems to be a swarm (think thats the term) of quakes in the eastern and southern North Is. I counted 27 at about level 2 registered as unnoticeable, since midnight last night – Sunday. The last two are bigger registering light at 4.3 at 59km near Murupara, and 3.5 at 21km near Dannevirke, both in last half hour.

    • greywarshark 9.1

      Well it doesn’t pay to quote geonet till the figures settle down. The Dannevirke shake is registered now as 1.8 not 3.5 – unnoticeable not light, and the one at Murupara is now noted as east of Rotorua at 4.6 at 142 km not 59 km, and is described weak.

      Since then there have been another three tiny quakes around middle NZ.

  10. Tautoko Mangō Mata 10

    Joseph Stilglitz on the TPP:

    Those seeking closer economic integration have a special responsibility to be strong advocates of global governance reforms: if authority over domestic policies is ceded to supranational bodies, then the drafting, implementation, and enforcement of the rules and regulations has to be particularly sensitive to democratic concerns.

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/10/in-2016-better-trade-agreements-trans-pacific-partnership

  11. cogito 11

    Loved this story in The Guardian:

    “Briton told horse penis remark ‘could have led to war’ between Kyrgyzstan and UK

    Michael McFeat, now deported from Kyrgyzstan, says police told him sausage comparison could have sparked conflict”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/10/britons-horse-penis-remark-could-have-led-to-war-between-kyrgyzstan-and-uk

    As casus belli go it’s pretty original but at least the Kyrgyz have some pride, whereas in NZ we have been on the receiving end of a dick for s-e-v-e-n years and there are those who still haven’t had enough.

  12. joe90 12

    heh, not terrorists cosplaying fantasists act out.

    The president in the story is never named, though it does mention people wanting to “cling to their God and guns” — a reference to a comment Obama made in 2008.

    Eventually in the book, a rogue Department of Homeland Security agent forces people at gunpoint to give up their firearms. When one man resists, an agent shoots him in the head.

    The heroes of the story refuse to surrender their guns, and consequently are able to kill the neighbors and government agents who come to take their supplies by force. The book goes into great detail about the protagonists’ arsenal, which includes an array of pistols, AR-15 rifles, and other guns — all of which are pivotal to their triumph.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimdalrympleii/oregon-militia-members-post-apocalyptic-book-bears-striking#.diG7MdxlgP

      • Puckish Rogue 13.1.1

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/06/cologne-attacks-mayor-women-keep-men-arms-length-germany

        If what the media are saying is true (that’s a big if) then Germany (and other European countries) have some major issues to sort out

        I’m inclined to keep the total of asylum seekers to 750 per year

        • cogito 13.1.1.1

          There are so many issues here, involving both asylum seekers and other migrants. Better safe than sorry would be my line.

          • Puckish Rogue 13.1.1.1.1

            We have enough problems with crime (especially sexual violence) that we don’t need to import more but as long as we stick to strict screening processes, keep it to 750 per year and provide on going support we should be able to avoid the mistakes of Europe

            • reason 13.1.1.1.1.1

              We have disgraceful levels of violence and sexual crimes in New Zealand …… and a LARGE proportion is the result of Alcohol abuse …………

              No doubt this govt will dog whistle about potential refugee criminals.

              While roastbusters walk free ……… and it remains open slather for the booze pushers.

              It would be very very easy to lower New Zealand rates of sexual offending and violence ………………

              National chose not to do so…… and built a big expensive private prison instead ……

              • Puckish Rogue

                I’m sorry but by the reports coming through from Germany is that you have hundreds (in which case it might even be thousands if you believe most attacks aren’t reported) of women attacked and there are suggestions its coordinated (which I’d have thought is even more chilling) between different cities

                That is a completely different kettle of fish then what happens in NZ and if we can stop it from happening here by limiting the people doing it actually coming here then that is a good thing

                • reason

                  Your definitely right about it being a different Kettle of fish ….. When it comes to our sexual and violence crimes the Government is complicit in our high rates……. and our world famous ‘Roastbusters’ did not even get prosecuted.

                  National might get the world thinking that we are like …….Muslims!!!, gasp, shock, horror.

                  I’m sure the German police will be looking to prosecute the criminals involved ………. also the fact that some of the woman victims involved may have been drinking or even using other drugs will not be held or used against them…… unlike here.

                  The number of family violence, child abuse , sexual violence and street attacks involving Alcohol would dwarf any scary Refugee/Muslim threat for New Zealand by a magnitude of thousands …….

                  Demonizing whole races or in this case refugees as rapists or criminals is usually done for political reasons.

                  Treat the offenders as criminals………… not the race.

        • Sabine 13.1.1.2

          funny, it appears that on new years eve in NZ at a location near the or around “the Mount” a bunch of several hundreds drunk young man of various back grounds and religions attacked and harrased young females. I think there even was a bit of a brouhahah on FB and it made it into the news.
          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/75607653/police-condemn-facebook-comments-on-mount-maunganui-new-years-eve-page

          You think that NZ may have a problem at hand?

          it also seems that these attacks have also happened in Austria, Switzerland and Helisnki.

          so maybe the world has an issue with people that think its ok to assault women.

          http://www.novinite.com/articles/172556/After+Germany+and+Austria,+Finland+Also+Reports+Assaults+on+Women+on+New+Year%E2%80%99s+Eve

          It might have been just sexually frustrated man letting go of a bit of steam, being boys n all that, and luckily no one had to bend over for a bit of soap.
          And yes, the Mayor of Koeln had only this to say after the assaults; Women need to learn how to protect themselves by keeping strangers at arms lenght.

          I think this attitude is mainly the problem the world.

          • Puckish Rogue 13.1.1.2.1

            Fortunately it doesn’t appear to be in the same league (not that it excuses what happened of course) as what happened in Europe but in this instance we need to make sure that it doesn’t happen here

            “Women need to learn how to protect themselves by keeping strangers at arms length”

            – Men need to be taught to not assault, harass or rape women but…I can’t even comprehend the thought process that goes through a guys mind when they do that

            • Sabine 13.1.1.2.1.1

              if it makes you feel better, it was said by a women.
              Bigotry is gender neutral.

            • maui 13.1.1.2.1.2

              Men need to be taught to not assault, harass or rape women but..

              A little difficult when our so called male “heroes” in our culture treat women like objects/things. Case in point John Key and the harassment of a waitress, Chris Gayle treating a female interviewer like shit, and Roger Sutton. On the whole our culture has been relaxed about these incidents, even endorsing the behaviour and blaming the victim.

  13. Penny Bright 14

    Or alternatively Lifeline. It always helps to talk. At Lifeline, we’re here to listen. Auckland 09 5222 999 or NZ 0800 543 354. Psychological and emotional distress caused by thread jackers – it’s not your fault. Don’t suffer – reach out for support now.

    JE SUIS ROSE HAMID!

    Good on her.

    “Hamid, and a few other protesters with her, also wore yellow Jewish stars of David marked “Muslim” to recall the forced identification markers under Nazi Germany.”
    _______________________________________________________

    Muslim woman thrown out of Trump rally (Al Jazeera)

    Rose Hamid says she went to the rally in silent protest to show Trump supporters what a Muslim looks like.

    09 Jan 2016 11:46 GMT | Politics, US & Canada, United States

    Trump has come under fire from the public and politicians for repeated comments made that allegedly stoke fear of Muslims [Reuters]

    A 56-year-old Muslim American woman was thrown out of a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump following a silent protest.

    Rose Hamid was forcibly removed by security guards from the hall in South Carolina on Friday, after standing up in the crowd while wearing a shirt saying: “Salam. I come in peace.”

    Hamid, and a few other protesters with her, also wore yellow Jewish stars of David marked “Muslim” to recall the forced identification markers under Nazi Germany.

    Video footage aired on CNN of the moment when Hamid was being escorted out, shows many Trump supporters shouting at her.

    Hamid, who works as a flight attendant, told CNN that some shouted questions at her such as “Do you have a bomb? Do you have a bomb?”

    But according to Hamid, her silent protest of the “hateful rhetoric” found in Trump’s camp is mainly an element existing within the “crowd mentality”, as opposed to personal beliefs held by most Republicans.

    “This demonstrates how when you start dehumanising the other it can turn people into very hateful, ugly people,” Hamid told CNN.

    “I have the sincere belief that if people get to know each other one-on-one, that they’ll stop being afraid of each other.”

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a press statement calling on Trump to offer a public apology for the action.

    “The image of a Muslim woman being abused and ejected from a political rally sends a chilling message to American Muslims and to all those who value our nation’s traditions of religious diversity and civic participation,” Nihad Awad, CAIR national executive director, said.

    Following the ejection of Hamid, Trump reportedly told the crowd of supporters at the campaign rally: “There is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred.”

    Trump has come under fire from the public and politicians for repeated comments seen as planting fear of Muslims, including that they should carry specific identification cards and that mosques should be closed.
    ________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright
    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

  14. sabine 16

    hmmm so if i am an aspiring footy star i get to punch people in the had and its all good.
    sweet as bro. But hey, its ‘disapointing’ but as long as he wins games and the boys drink beer and cheer, its all good. 🙂

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/75763198/Hurricanes-boss-says-young-rugby-player-Teariki-Ben-Nicholas-assault-disappointing

  15. b waghorn 17

    http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/75747087/Helen-Kelly-wants-referendum-on-legalising-cannabis-at-the-next-election
    They have a pop poll running on this story. One of the options is winning by a country mile.!

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  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    5 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 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
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

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