Open mike 11/03/2013

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  1. Jenny 1

    http://www.thetorturewatch.com/index.html

    Did you know that the New Zealand secret police force, the SIS have an office in Suva?

    Did you know that the NZSIS have a working relationship with the security services of this regime?

    Did you know that the racist Fijian regime has just banned most political parties?

    Did you know that the racist Fijian regime has harsh anti-union laws?

    Do you know that New Zealanders are benefiting from the fascist terror visited on the Fijian people by the regime by enjoying cheap holidays there?

    So what can I do about it?

    If you need a holiday, ‘DON’T VISIT FASCIST FIJI’

    • millsy 1.1

      Its also worth mentioning that Commodore Banimarama was trained by the Pinochet regime as well, on the infamous Esmeralda….

  2. Jenny 2

    Still feeling outraged and powerless?

    Buy some chalk from your local $2 shop.

    In capital letters…..

    Write on the curb outside your nearest travel agent.

    “DON’T VISIT FASCIST FIJI”

  3. Morrissey 3

    http://venezuelanalysis.com/video/8132
    Death of a ‘Dictator’: Hugo Chavez and the Media
    by AL JAZEERA, March 9th 2013

    As Venezuelans mourn the death of President Hugo Chavez, there has been an understandable rush to deliver the final verdict on his record and legacy.

    As far as most mainstream western media outlets are concerned, the judgment is clear. His death marks the end of a revolution; he leaves behind a dangerously divided country and an economy in shambles. 

But how accurate is this picture?

    Joining Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, are guests: Charles Hardy,who has lived in Caracas for 28 years working with the country’s poorest residents as a Catholic priest; Rory Carroll, the author of Comandante: Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, and a correspondent with The Guardian newspaper; Steve Rendall, a senior analyst with Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting; and Alex Main, a senior associate at the centre for economic and policy research and a former consultant to the Venezuelan government.

    http://venezuelanalysis.com/video/8132

    • Bill 3.1

      Did Rory Carroll just get a bit of a kicking? I do believe he did…and deservedly so. What he and others of his ilk consistently overlook (and this is obviously aside from their more blatent bias and outright lying) is that corruption in Venezuela has and remains largely the preserve of the old reactionary bureaucracies and structures of power – structures that Chavez could have (some would argue should have) dismantled – but that he decided to counter by developing parallel institutions. The record is rife with manufactured crises coming off the back of the machinations of these actors (bureaucrats and business leaders who, it has to be said have an influence that penetrates the structures of law enforcement) who persist from the pre-Chavez era and who are in a position to disrupt production chains and distribution chains and stymie the democratic will of people whether those people be located in cooperatives or on re-distributed land.

      • Morrissey 3.1.1

        Did Rory Carroll just get a bit of a kicking?

        He certainly did. He was exposed as a fraud and a shill for the extreme right wing, a task he has assiduously carried out for seven long years.

        He has also been repeatedly used as the “South American correspondent?” on the otherwise excellent National Radio show This Way Up. A couple of years, I remonstrated with host Simon Morton about this; he did not even bother to reply.

    • Ugly Truth 3.2

      In their ‘look back’ at the life of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the BBC have been quick to rewrite the events of the 2002 coup.

      James Robbins summarised:

      In 2002 the whole country was embroiled in a general strike and Chavez was briefly pushed from office. But just two days later, after his supporters, mainly the poor, took to the streets, President Chavez was back in the palace.

      The events during which Hugo Chavez was ‘pushed from office’ were, contrary to Robbins’s claims, not the result of a general strike. Rather, the footage shown by the BBC was filmed during a violent coup attempted by opposition parties. The general strike occurred in December 2002, 7 months after the coup attempt, during which Chavez remained in office.

      http://www.newsunspun.org/eotn/bbc-misinforms-about-venezuelas-2002-opposition-coup

      The 2002 coup was arguably driven by US oil interests, as it occurred within days of the US oil supply being threatened by other countries.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/apr/21/usa.venezuela

  4. Ad 4

    Brownlee’s commentary on Auckland’s Central City Future Access should be out very soon. Expect something like:

    Agree with the concept, things are getting bad, but erm, need a different route, oh it all seems to expensive and too hard, call for another study, let’s keep thinking. (And so goes the history of Auckland, again).

  5. felixviper 5

    Interesting choice of words from Corin Dann at about 1:20

    There’s no doubt about it, David Cunliffe has been weakened by that debacle at the end of the year, at the end of last year where he pushed for the coup – didn’t really happen

    http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/political-week-video-5364513

    I for one commend Mr Dann for making it clear when he’s reporting on a fictional story. 😉

    • Socialist Paddy 5.1

      But … but … but

      Trevor said it was happening and he was tweeting about it even before it occurred so it must be true.

    • tc 5.2

      The hollowmen smile everytime this does the rounds by their media muppetts.

      Speaking of muppetts ‘media watch’ on RNZ yesterday dissected the TV3 Anna Guy love in nicely with one Patrick Gower playing his part in carping on about something else that never happened when he tweeted that she’d be stating who she thought Scotts killer was.

      Gower’s getting really good at making stuff up.

      Ratings fodder using the death of someone for your own promotional ends…classy.

    • Rogue Trooper 5.3

      more premature ejaculation

    • Morrissey 5.4

      Corin Dann is just not up to the job he is supposed to be doing. Am I the only one who thinks he lacks the wherewithal to report coherently and intelligently on politics?

      • muzza 5.4.1

        Come on Mozza, you know full well why those seen and heard in the media, are there!

        Like a puppet on a string – Its the editors and producers who really need to be worked over!

  6. Skinny 6

    Listening to RNZ this morning angered me to hear Kiwi Rail’s General Manager appear to lie about the Kaimai tunnel near gassing of workers. I’ve copied the link from the Union spokesperson which gives a better idea of what happened. How the hell can the Manager involved ‘do the investigation.’ talk about a cover up!  When will these Bosses take Health & Safety seriously? 

    Link; http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/130123/union-slates-kiwirail-over-worker-safety
     

    • joe90 6.1

      Talking to a union member during the weekend and was told that the contractors were engaged by management despite an agreement that where in house staff are available no outside labour will be employed.

      • Skinny 6.1.1

        Sounds about right- get in non union contract labour not use to tunnel working conditions, unlike the rail workers that usually do the work and would be fully trained and experienced in tunnel work. Probably find that Manager got in the contractors trying to save money?

        • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1

          Save the organisation money, load costs and risks on to the wider community.

  7. johnm 7

    The NeoLiberal scourge affecting Western Australia now.

    “Social crisis to intensify after Western Australian election”

    “As Western Australians vote in today’s state election, the corporate elite has made it plain that the next government, whether Liberal or Labor, must move far more ruthlessly to cut social spending and drive down wages and conditions.

    During the election campaign two global rating agencies, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, put WA’s AAA credit rating on a “negative outlook,” warning of downgrades unless public spending was slashed. In other words, austerity has been placed at the top of the agenda in the so-called mining boom state.”

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/03/09/wain-m09.html

  8. geoff 8

    It’s not only Labour rank & file that have been let down by their caucus, National’s core isn’t happy with the direction their party has gone:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/8404797/How-well-is-New-Zealand-working

    So we have National abandoning the principles of its primary supporters so it can maintain a centrist, populist appearance. They can afford to do this because their party faithful really don’t have an alternative party to vote for (ACT is dead). Labour, like cargo-cultists, blindly mimic what National has done in the vain hope that centrist popularity must surely come their way soon. In reality, they’re just losing votes to the Greens, Mana, Maori & NZF and even National.

    Labour hasn’t realised that centrist voters are mostly politically ignorant followers of trends. If Labour had a leader who could articulate a convincing political vision then their popularity would rise and the centrist voters (let’s call them what they are, sheep) would flood across to Labour.

    David Shearer and his advisors are not the poeple to do this. For all his good qualities, he is not, and never will be, a politician. I think I could forgive his poor public speaking skills if he had politicial vision, but he does not. He is not the person for the job.

    • tc 8.1

      Yes I think you’ll find in looking after the 1% NACT are effectively leaving the bulk of NZ out of their carve up.

      If only we had an effective opposition, it’s litlle wonder apathy was the biggest non turnout in 2011.

      a.k.a. the death of the middle class, climb up quickly or get sucked down.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      In reality, they’re just losing votes to the Greens, Mana, Maori & NZF and even National.

      All good except the latter two parties. As I’ve said before, the faster that Labour becomes a minor party the batter.

    • RedBaronCV 8.3

      And Stevie Joyce’s response is to say that the PM is in Mexico working on theTPP as if that is going to help the economy. Should we distract Key with another sombrero to wear.

  9. Adrian 9

    Clare Trevett has at last nailed Key, in Chile she has called him ” all gumboots and no cow”. Brilliant, even if it’s stolen from Texas.

    • bad12 9.1

      Things might get a little frosty round the Cabinet table for the Slippery little Shyster upon His return to NZ,

      Egotistically bagging the whole National Government Cabinet should have gone down really well among His colleagues in Wellington, although the allusion to the serious lack of intellect the present Cabinet are as a group inflicted with is in my opinion one of Slippery’s more truthful public utterances which are few and far between…

      • fenderviper 9.1.1

        For the first time ever I actually felt a smidgen of respect for Keys new-found honesty when he admitted that the dropkick MP for Otaki Nathan Guy was an example of the talent in his Govt., as the dropkick Guy put his hand on an electric fence.

        They sure as hell need an intellectual boost but I doubt electric shock treatment will make much difference, but it’s worth a try, just crank up the voltage I say!

        • Rogue Trooper 9.1.1.1

          couldn’t have happened to a more apt Guy (have you ever listened to him talk, Wow, just Wow!)

    • tc 9.2

      Watch her go straight back to fawning mode, predictable as night follows day otherwise she misses out on the junkets.

      • rosy 9.2.1

        hmmm Maybe that explains this piece:

        The promise was a cornerstone of National’s election platform but Mr Key was clearly close to losing his rag when it seemed his insistence that the pledge would be honoured wasn’t enough to stop the questions.

        After accusing reporters of playing games, he flew out to South America and seemed much happier trying on sombreros and drumming up support for New Zealand’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

        Meanwhile, ministers’ offices – with some notable exceptions, including Bill English, Steven Joyce and Paula Bennett – increasingly hide behind press releases, as the bunker mentality takes root. Even Mr Key’s chief press secretary, Kevin Taylor, circled the wagons some time ago. Mr Taylor’s main contact with major media outlets these days is to fire off missives from deep within the Beehive when he takes criticism of the Government personally.

        Did Tracy Watkins miss out on the South America trip? Key might have some making up to do.

  10. joe90 10

    A former Massey Energy operating officer has dumped on his boss so I wonder what the odds are on Whittall fingering John Dow for his role in the Pike River deaths.

    .http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/03/08/don-blankenship-dark-lord-coal-country-implicated-upper-big-branch-mine-explosion-deaths

    • Rogue Trooper 10.1

      Pr 13:7 One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 😉

  11. captain hook 12

    nearly fell off the floor when I read the dom post saturday supplement about farrar and slater whining about trolls.
    the writer obviously came down in the last shower from j-skool or had orders to whitewash them.
    those two used to be the biggest trolls on trade me opinions when the morgans were in control and they seemed to have free reign to malign curse and swear at anyone they disagreed with and to have their opposition removed.
    farrar called himself ‘feeder’ and slater used several non de plumes.
    now they seem to think they have some sort of status that elevates them above the crap that they are engaged in still and neither of them mentioned that anyone that disagrees on their own for want of a better word publications is removed asap.
    fair is foul and in this case foul is fair.
    dont let them get away with it.

    • @ Captain Hook
      +1

    • fenderviper 12.2

      +1 Captain Hook.

      Yes I too nearly collapsed in laughter when I saw that while visiting the folks on Sat. Nowadays I avoid the Dom Post but always have a flick through when visiting them, often just to point out the propaganda being employed in an attempt to get the old boy to end his subscription, but the silly old fella loves his paper and doesn’t seem to care what rubbish is dished up to him, sad really.

  12. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 13

    McCoskerie doing that annoying thing people on the left usually do:

    http://bobmccoskrie.com/?p=7298

    Step 1: Claim something (anything, in this case, the right to a mother and a father) to be a right.

    Step 2: Complain that your rights are being taken from you.

  13. prism 14

    GF.. Seems like your biscuits have gone soft if you think Bob McWhatsname has anything to do with the left.

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 14.1

      Where did I claim that?

      PS: see how the reply function works?

      • Arfamo 14.1.1

        That’s true. You didn’t claim that McCoskrie is a lefty. You just made a statement about what you reckon people on the left do. Then in the next couple of sentences you made two more statements about what McCoskrie said that did not actually follow the first statement, but it looked like they did. So it conveyed a completely misleading impression. Something that Winston Peters and people on the right often do.

      • blue leopard 14.1.2

        “seems like your biscuits have gone soft”
        LOL

  14. Rogue Trooper 15

    It was 4300 people tested positive for drugs at work in 2012 (mainly pot yet opiates appear to be on the up)

    re the CC (ropata) read that the contribution of voluntary time and effort by their members is down.
    (did you know that a pelican scoops up 10 litres of water when in a feeding dive?; watching the coordination of flocks of birds flying in protective harmony from bald eagles promotes lamentation for our species, however, a misanthropist no more… 😉 )

    another Weil, Simone
    -pupil of radical individualist philosopher Alain
    -platonic (yuck) mystical anarcho-syndicalist ideals
    -converted
    -eccentric
    -Interpreted Catholic forms / main themes, God, creation, death, Redemption… through the concepts of ancient Greek phil., emphasizing the impersonal and contemplative. However, first, and foremost,
    a Political Activist

    RNZ- Car Parks in Auck and Well. to receive a $1500 / year carpark tax increase.

    40 more years to decommission Fukishima (pray there are no more Large seismic events) ; 300 000 people still in temporary shelter.

    Abelard- a”nominalist”; universals are utterances (voces)
    -on freedom and divine providence? not merely our acts, but our free acts, which we are free to avoid.

    abandonment (absence of any sources of ethical authority, ie, our freakin govt.) is only a prelude to the recognition that ethical values can be grounded from within a reflective understanding of the conditions under which individuals can attain authenticity in their lives. Thus, the conception of abandonment is essentially an existentialist dramatization of Kant’s rejection of heteronomous conceptions of value in favour of the autonomy of good will.

    For a Kantian moralist, moral maturity crucially involves the recognition of autonomy. Heteronomy, in any form, entails that we are passive under some command or impulsion which we do not, can not initiate.

    UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concerns over NZ / Aotearoa
    -absence of a strategy to address racial hatred on the internet Cam
    -over-representation of Maori and pasifika communities in the criminal justice system

    Joris de Bres- ” Treaty process has a long way to go… (racism based on fear and ignorance)

    FIANZ president, Dr. Anwar-ul Ghani- “RADIO TALKBACK reveals the ugly side of kiwi society in terms of racial prejudice.” Good on ya’ Jocks, keep up the valuable work!

    B http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pataphysics oops, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baudrillard
    B http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourdieu

    (not a cloud in the sky O’Hare today)

  15. Jenny 16

    Very good news. For the first time, in a very long time, the two words climate change are mentioned on the Green Party home page.

    In a headline that reads almost as an admission of their own behaviour:

    Frog writes:

    Climate change – two dirty little words nobody wants to mention…..

    As well as the condemnatory headline, the post by frog ends with this quote:

    ……The country needs to start preparing for climate change, the effects are hitting now and we’re not ready because this National Government has its head in the sand.

    There’s going to be plenty of that around at this rate.

    http://www.greens.org.nz/node/30811

    Let us pray that frog is wrong. And that the Green Party becomes the one leading the charge to pull their head out of the sand of climate change ignoring.
    May the Green Party be the first major political party to pull their head out of the sand on climate change. May the Green Party vow to make climate change an electoral issue in 2014. Becoming outspoken on this global menace, the Green Party by bringing this issue into the public arena will force the rest of the parliamentary parties to break their silence and have to state their position on this global menace.

  16. Jenny 17

    Very good news. For the first time, in a very long time, the two words climate change are mentioned on the Green Party home page.

    In a headline that reads almost as an admission of their own behaviour:

    Frog writes:

    Climate change – two dirty little words nobody wants to mention…..

    As well as the condemnatory headline, the post by frog ends with this quote:

    ……The country needs to start preparing for climate change, the effects are hitting now and we’re not ready because this National Government has its head in the sand.

    There’s going to be plenty of that around at this rate.

    The last sentence by frog “There’s going to be plenty of this around”, by not omitting the Green Party from this accusation, is an almost open admission that the Green Party along with all the others has its head in the sand over climate change.

    Let us pray that frog is wrong. And that there is not “going to be plenty of this around”, ANYMORE. Let us hope that we will witness the Green Party become the political party leading the charge to pull their head out of the sand of climate change ignoring.

    May the Green Party be the first major political party to pull their head out of the sand on climate change.
    May the Green Party vow to make climate change an electoral issue in 2014.
    May the Green party by being outspoken on this global menace bring this issue into the public arena.
    May the Green Party by being openly outspoken on climate change, challenge the rest of the parliamentary parties to break their silence on this global menace and state their relative positions on climate change so that they are judged by the voting public.

    • muzza 17.1

      Geo-Engineering,

      Maybe stop playing with the environment first, then it might be possible to understand what its actually doing.

      Where do the greens stand on that issue Jenny?

      • Jenny 17.1.1

        I don’t understand your question, muzza. And maybe you should address it to the Green Party.

        But I would try and be a bit clearer first.

      • muzza 17.2.1

        The only trails were left by jets which did not show up as civilian, commercial or private traffic. This conclusion isn’t open to debate, and it isn’t a theory – it is a fact which can be verified by anyone with an iPhone and at least one eye, and the ability to tilt the head skyward

        Basically this – There are a few different plane finder type apps, flight radar24 being another. The same commercial planes show up on all the software I use, but the same plane also do NOT show up when I am watching, and filming them over AKL, 5 times sice May 2011. Living on the flight paths helps check the function of the apps, they work just as well in NZ, as they do in Europe and the USA.

        People want to get up in arms about CC, well you same people should be looking very closely into what is going on with geo-engineering, because the two will be linked, and if you want to fight for your family, friends etc futures I would advise getting very interested in whats going on over your heads!

        • muzza 17.2.1.1

          No edit function – Should read 5 times since May 2012.

        • One Tāne Huna 17.2.1.2

          Do you wear your anorak when you go plane-spotting, Muzza?

          • muzza 17.2.1.2.1

            Hello Bloke, how you doing today…

            Would it reassure you in being able to dismiss the topic, if I answered yes?

            • One Tāne Huna 17.2.1.2.1.1

              Dismiss the topic? Nope.

              Reject the notion that your amateur plane spotting is somehow relevant or useful? Yep.

              • muzza

                Reject the notion that your amateur plane spotting is somehow relevant or useful? Yep.

                Whatever helps you feel you have a grip is your choice Bloke, just remember that I’m one person of many, and that number is steadily increasing, along with the admissions of what is going on, as the covering up becomes increasingly absurd!

                Also, as a personal tip to assist you, with what is no doubt a difficult navigation of lifes journey, try accepting there are people who know/understand/experienced more than your have in some aspects of life, the same way that you will know/understand/experience more on some matters, than others.

                Obvious, but important, you can do it.

                • bad12

                  Whatever these ‘trails’ are they are certainly not your average garden variety jet exhaust trails,

                  i live above Wellington airport and the difference between the two forms of ‘trail’ is stark,

                  ‘Normal’ jet exhaust trails stay ‘up’ in the sky for a while befor dissipating, the ‘other’ form of trail i have witnessed from high flying jets,( 2 at once over Wellington a couple of summers ago), quite rapidly sink down through any clouds around toward the Earth…

    • bad12 17.3

      But, but, but, you got the Emissions Trading Scheme from the last Labour Government supported by the Greens,

      The voting public were lead to believe that the ETS would fix ‘climate change’…

  17. McFlock 18

    Somewhat intrigued by this carpark tax. Does that mean cabinet ministers will pay tax on their protection details, govt limos and whatever the rate is when their driver illegally parks the limo while the minister gets a haircut?

  18. Colonial Viper 19

    Oil production after Hugo Chavez

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/9880

    He said that there are 150 different clusters of oil wells in the Belt, but the goal in the next six years is to increase that number to 500. Before the nationalization of the Belt, there were just 37 clusters.

    The clusters are comprised of 24 separate oil wells, each of which extract around 1,200 barrels per day. At these facilities, hydrocarbons are extracted using 45-meter drills purchased in Venezuela and assembled in Venezuela.

    “All this has been nationalized, which before was the property of multinationals, and production has also been increased,” the president said. He recalled that before the government took control of the Belt, there were just 2,800 wells, while now there are more than 4,000.</blockquote.

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     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 ...
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    7 days ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    7 days ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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