Open mike 11/09/2010

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    • BLiP 1.1

      ring ring . . . ring ring . . . ring ring . . .

      “uh, hello . . .”

      “Bazzzzzzzaaah, sssup!”

      “who’s this”

      “its John, John from Nuh Zeeelun”

      “oh, hi John.”

      “Jez wanna say thanks. Thanks for sending out that chap and his kind words/

      “What chap is that?”

      “You know, Kurt, from the nuclear industry . . . the one that says we only need one nuclear station for the whole country”

      “No worries, John, gotta go”

      “the Hobbit says hello”

      “That’s good. Love to Bronagh. Really must be off”

      “We had an earthquake, you know, quite a big one”

      “Sorry to hear that. I sure you have it under control. Bye for now”

      “Yeah, it was a real shocker. Hey, did you hear about the weather in Bagdhad . . . shi’ite in the morning, sunni in the afternoon . . . hehehehe, good one, eh? Maurice told me that one . . . hello . . . hello”

    • Marty G 1.2

      What’s he going to say?

      Not something undiplomatic, eh?

      • Tigger 1.2.1

        Key is defined by what others think of him. He has no personality save what is constructed around him by others.

        He doesn’t take stands, he occupies ‘ground’ within which he can shift either left or right depending on poll results. He doesn’t have principles, he has slogans. He isn’t a leader, he’s an announcer (with the diction of a drunk).

        And by the way Kurt, Key can’t even remember where he stood on the 1981 Tour so don’t expect him to cough up any opinion on nuclear issues that dates back later than about 2003 and that doesn’t change to suit the audience. The idea of that man representing our nuclear-free country on stage is a monumental joke. Him getting kudos from it only proves to me that you need pride before a fall. Fall is coming JK.

        • luva 1.2.1.1

          See Tigger, I agree wth you to a large degree. I do not think Key makes decsions based on any strong principles or ideology. He is more pragmatic and follow public opinion.

          This runs in complete contrast with what some of our friends on the left say who firmly believe he is running a hard right agenda.

          How can the left have such differing views of a man who is in the news every night?

          • Tigger 1.2.1.1.1

            Pragmatic and mob rule aren’t the same thing. Tyranny by the majority, that’s what governs us now.

            • luva 1.2.1.1.1.1

              True

              But isnt that the consequence of living in a democracy. The minority will never agree with the majority who rule them

          • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1.2

            He is running a hard right agenda – it’s just hidden behind the appearance of listening to the public and taking it one cautious step at a time.

  1. The Chairman 2

    Capital & Coast District Health Board has been criticised by a Kapiti kaumatua for failing to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars earmarked for health
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/4114401/DHB-decision-disgraceful-says-iwi-elder

    • Descendant Of Smith 2.1

      “Board planning and funding director Sandra Williams said that, after taking legal advice, the board decided it would not try to retrieve the remaining $203,000 because it believed Hora Te Pai performed to contract. ”

      So a non-Maori firm who is contracted by the DHB and out of the profits made invests in property and whatever else they wish is OK?

      Apparently they provided the service and what they do with the profit is up to them isn’t it?

      If they provided the service they were contracted for then can’t they do what they like with the money? Do different rules apply to Maori organisations than Pakeha or corporate ones?
      Contracting out of home help to private firms is a good example – plenty of those companies have invested their profits in flash cars, property and so on.

      The real question surely is why if it took such a smaller amount than paid to deliver the service did the DHB pay so much?

      Do the DHB even have a clue whether the service was delivered and how do they know or not know?

      Do the qualifications and pay rates of the workers in these organisations even remotely match the expertise and pay rates of those public servants who used to provide the services i.e. less wages, less skilled people more profit – worse service?

      Is contracting this out even making a difference in actually improving Maori health?

      Has the organisation been set up as a trust? If so then the trust documents will clearly identify what the trust can use the funds for?

      Why do we have a profit making contracting out model anyway?

      • The Chairman 2.1.1

        Apparently the money was earmarked for health but spent elsewhere.

        Furthermore, an earlier report from the board said the runanga repeatedly failed to meet its obligations.

        It smells fishy.

        • Jenny 2.1.1.1

          That over $200,000 unaccounted for by Pakeha health providers is quickly forgiven and written off. Imagine the blaring headlines excoriating Maori if even half that amount was mislaid by a Maori health provider.

          When it comes to how our society looks after the ‘establishment’ and the ‘the rest’ – It’s been a week of double standards.

          captcha – “bizarre”

  2. Descendant Of Smith 3

    What in any sense does earmarked for health mean?

    Is there a clause in the contract that says the organisation is not allowed to make a profit? That if it does so the profit must be returned?

    The DHB provides the funding the organisation spends it.

    It’s no more fishy than a child care centre buying a new building from their profit. While people may believe outcomes were not achieved the legal advice is that they were. While many locals believe that the money invested in the shonky business enterprises was wrong and that nepotism and self indulgence was rife and the money could have better been used to improve even further Maori Health unless their trust documents or contracts restrict them from doing so they can do what they like – that’s just what lots of companies / organisations who take government funding do.

    It’s the model that’s wrong not the behaviour of those getting the funding – as long as a lawyer decides they met their outcomes they are just behaving like many other organisations whether Maori or not.

    It’s a model that drives down the costs to the workers and creates profit out of providing services where their was none (profit) before.

    If the DHB is unhappy with the service they simply have to stop funding them and either provide the service themselves or pay someone else.

    The difficulty in some areas, particularly rural, the public system has been destroyed and there ain’t’ much to choose from.

    Taumarunui is a good example where Waikato don’t care less – in fact many patients going to Waikato get greeted with ” What are you still living in that dump for?” and the local providers have semi and unskilled staff providing services they don’t fully understand.

    They used to have a good hospital.

    It just irks me that it’s so easy to attack the Maori organisations when the model itself is flawed and those organisations are behaving no different to many others or simply lack the support and real monitoring and mentoring from the funding provider to improve.

    Somewhere tucked away in the Treasury guidelines is a clear direction that when funding goes from government departments to third parties it’s not enough to hand over the money and then leave them to it and then moan later if outcomes are not achieved. The agency funding is still responsible for ensuring that the organisation can manage financially and deliver the services. This includes helping them and proving support when things start going awry. Not whinging at the end.

    • The Chairman 3.1

      Earmarked for health sounds as if public funding that was allocated for health services (and not private profit) was spent elsewhere.

      • jcuknz 3.1.1

        If you are going to use private services then you must expect that a proportion will be raked off as profit … that is the difference between public and private service … if private service doesn’t make a profit what is the point of them doing it. Private service MAY be more efficient but not always as NACT would have us believe. It is up to the controlling authority to ensure that the privates perform the service properly and don’t rake of an unduly large profit for the work performed. It is essentially a core function of privates to make as much out of the situation as possible, apart from a few altruistic individuals … it also applies in public services except the profits show themselves in other ways such as flash offices, conferences at expensive resorts, and other perks ….it is human nature I’m afraid.

    • The Chairman 3.2

      Just to clarify, race has nothing to do with this.

      My concerns are with the public expenditure and the message being sent.

      A flawed funding model is more susceptible to unscrupulous behavior.

      Some of the misused funding had been repaid, but the board decided it would not try to retrieve the remainder with the board saying the contracts were concluded satisfactorily, but an earlier report from the board said the runanga repeatedly failed to meet its obligations and demanded all the money be returned?

      We have a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers being described as an audit that the report’s authors deny, which the board used to revise its figures?

      Taxpayer funding meant for health going into other accounts or failed ventures?

      Accusation of a cover-up?

      It sure smells fishy.

  3. joe bloggs 4

    Interesting … more evidence emerges that John Key may not be the Devil after all.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4119569/Key-shows-no-sign-of-shaky-hands

    Looks like his ‘hard right’ agenda is resonating out there in reality-land

    • ianmac 4.1

      Yes Joe. Well spotted. There is a “but” in Tracey’s column however. While The PM and team have been appearing in many places on the ground and saying all the right things, there is a an aftermath. If there are many, especially the poor, who end up worse off in spite of the positive talk, then the goodwill will shrink. For example many are now accutely aware of the importance of clean water, and recent moves to increase dairying (ECan etc) will cause many to respond accordingly. Wait for the other shoe to drop, or the tap to stop flowing.

      • Tigger 4.1.1

        Where are the jobs? No good steering us through a recession if the recovery is in the crapper? And judging the quake at this point is a joke – the rest test on that will come with time. What i read here is that Key didn’t cry in a heap when faced with hardships and should get a medal. Bull.

  4. john 5

    Sorry to be momentous, but we live in momentous times! Here is an article about the end of the Oil Age and we are now in transition to eventually a post fossil fuels civilization! The era of the Growth Fiesta is over, we are in the Century of contraction and coping with the hangover of the 20th Century’s growth Party,which I certainly enjoyed as well!
    http://www.countercurrents.org/whipple090910.htm
    That’s why I argue we need a tight cohesive society where everyone is treated decently but everyone must pull their weight.Among other things that means doing away with large wealth and income differences so that we all feel we’re in this together:-not having one class exploiting another.

  5. john 6

    Here’s a link showing the Irish protesting against the War Criminal Tony Blair. Of course the Irish have been on the receiving end of Brit War Crimes during their long and bitter history till Independence. He was on Close Up the other night saying Saddam had to be removed due to WMD(A Lie) even though UN Weapons Inspectors has certified Iraq free of the same and none were found afterwards. International Law is crystal clear,The Nuremburg declaration, He continues to swan around while Bush skulks in his Crawford ranch.The end of the Oil Age coming up plus sucking up to Israel are the real reasons for this War Crime causing the deaths of over 1,000,000 Iraqis.

    • john 6.1

      I really don’t have anything else to say about this sickening spectacle — which is being compounded in Britain, where I live, by the sight today of Tony Blair’s murder-tainted mug plastered on the front of the main newspapers, as he makes the rounds pushing his new book, doling out “exclusive interviews” full of crocodile tears for the soldiers he had murdered in the war crime he committed and the “great suffering” of the Iraqi people which, goodness gracious, he never foresaw and feels, gosh, really bad about. All this laced with venomous comments about his former colleagues — those who, like Gordon Brown, sold their souls to advance Blair’s vision of aggressive war abroad and corporate rapine at home — along with, of course, earnest protestations of his God-directed good intentions, and his unwavering belief that killing a million innocent human beings in Iraq was “the right thing to do.” Pol Pot could not have been more blindly self-righteous than this wretched moral cretin.

      I will say again what I have said here many, many times before: What quadrant of hell is hot enough for such men?

      Words might fail me, but wise man William Blum has a few that put the “end of combat operations in Iraq” in their proper perspective. Let’s give him the last word here [the ellipses are in the original text]:

      No American should be allowed to forget that the nation of Iraq, the society of Iraq, has been destroyed, ruined, a failed state. The Americans, beginning 1991, bombed for 12 years, with one excuse or another; then invaded, then occupied, overthrew the government, killed wantonly, tortured … the people of that unhappy land have lost everything — their homes, their schools, their electricity, their clean water, their environment, their neighborhoods, their mosques, their archaeology, their jobs, their careers, their professionals, their state-run enterprises, their physical health, their mental health, their health care, their welfare state, their women’s rights, their religious tolerance, their safety, their security, their children, their parents, their past, their present, their future, their lives … More than half the population either dead, wounded, traumatized, in prison, internally displaced, or in foreign exile … The air, soil, water, blood and genes drenched with depleted uranium … the most awful birth defects … unexploded cluster bombs lie in wait for children to pick them up … an army of young Islamic men went to Iraq to fight the American invaders; they left the country more militant, hardened by war, to spread across the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia … a river of blood runs alongside the Euphrates and Tigris … through a country that may never be put back together again.

      • prism 6.1.1

        John – Put your sunglasses on and get some fresh air now. Looking too closely and for too long without relief at the background to man-made disasters is like looking at the sun, bad for the eyes and the brain and it can lead to depression..

        • john 6.1.1.1

          Hi prism! It’s true a Buddhist insight is : If we truly felt and understood the suffering that’s in the World we would die from grief, otherwise we’d become Jesus figures. I agree to survive and stay psychologically and emotionally healthy we have to ignore and isolate ourselves from the suffering of creation, and there is nothing wrong with that because we have the imperative: we must survive. We also have the imperative to be real which counters: Face reality if you partake of the suffering of others you are actually strangely more alive! But then you must do something to help relieve and cure that suffering otherwise one is not truly decent and Humane.The latter attitude leads to self sacrifice to remedy the ills of this Planet.Yes we must retreat and then return to in kiwi style really do something concrete and real to reduce the misery that’s out there.

    • john 6.2

      The UK’s democratic rule of law is phony in respect to crimes of its leaders: Tony Blair should have been taken to Court( Treasonous betrayal of his own people’s right to reasoned and truthful choice) for the deliberate misleading,indeed outright lying,to the UK Parliament as to the justification for invading Iraq.He treated the British Parliament and People with supreme contempt and pimped their right to choose Peace or War for subservience to a Foreign Power,The US.
      http://maxkeiser.com/2010/09/09/keiser-report-teaser-911-insiders-escaping-extradition/

      • john 6.2.1

        Is the UK State worthy of respect it’s just a bitch to the American shit scene?! Really the UK is rubbish americanised trash!

        • prism 6.2.1.1

          John There was an LP written by Leslie Bricusse et al about Britain and politicians called How to Win an Election or not Lose by Very Much. Think it had the Goons doing it.

          There was a good sketch with an old UK politician mulling over the relationship with his USA counterpart and how he kept sending over large envelopes marked Confidential Nuclear Detergent (Deterrent). The old guy didn’t know what it was about, decided he wasn’t interested and gave all the stuff to some Russian johnny he knew who wanted the stamps for his collection. It was a very funny dig at old guard pollies in the UK trying to keep up with the USA and its ploys.

  6. nzfp 7

    Can someone please explain to me what Afghanistan had to do with the attacks on the WTC on 9/11/2001?

    Especially considering it was the justification for the US to invade and consequently we have lost a New Zealand son in the NATO war.

    If Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11 then someone in our government and in NATO needs to answer for the death of one of our soliders!

  7. The rock has a steal a slogan contest and promises cash if you vote. One of the slogans is: Never trust a ticking Arab. Apart from the utter racist stupidity I thought it would pay to remind people that today we remember the victims of the events on 9/11. Today being the 9th anniversary of that fateful day. The events of that day making it perfectly acceptable for a NZ radio station to paint more then a billion people with the same racist brush. A bit like saying that since the Jews crucified Christ therefore it’s OK to kill Jews, and argument used for centuries, not by Arabs by the way but by Christians.

    Who are those victims? About 3000 people died on that day and among them was a New Zealander, in the aftermath more than a million Iraqis were killed, more than four million were displaced. Hundreds of thousand Afghanis were killed both countries were polluted with DU and 70.000 heroes and first responders are ill and dying of the toxins they breathed and swallowed that day and in the days that followed. More than half a million people exposed to the dust in New York are described as ticking time bombs with regards to their health and did I mention that none of those people including the heroes of that day can count on any financial aid with regards to their healthcare?

    All of this based on a very badly thought out official Conspiracy theory telling us that 19 Saudi Arab young men on the orders from an old Saudi man living in a cave in Afghanistan hijacked four planes one of which crashed and two of which crashed into the twin towers of the WTC collapsing three huge sky scrapers as a result and last but not least one plane allegedly crashed into the Pentagon after almost impossible manoeuvres.

    Here are some links to make it easier to understand why ticking people in general should be distrusted and why it is still important to have a full and independent investigation into what really happened that day.

  8. Mac1 9

    A small group of young German men, on the orders of a deranged Austrian war veteran living in a mountain eyrie, on the night of 31 August 1939 dressed in Polish uniforms and seized a radio station, broadcasting a short anti-German message in Polish, making the attack and the broadcast look like the work of anti-German Polish saboteurs. They left a German Silesian dressed to look like a saboteur, killed by lethal injection, given gunshot wounds, at the scene.

    How WWII started. Truth can be stranger than conspiracy theory, FWIW.

    • Locus 9.1

      Thanks for that. I’m amazed that I didn’t know that, despite having been bombarded by dozens of British TV documentaries about WW2. I haven’t researched what you said but I’m willing to believe it 🙂
      Conspiracies are fun though. And it’s so easy for conspiracy theorists to invent something highly improbable as an explanation, by drawing attention to the fact that there isn’t tangible evidence for every single aspect of the highly probable. Isn’t it funny that conspiracy theorists believe every notion and bizarre idea that other conspiracy theorists come up with?
      And if you want to doubt a conspiracy theory because you think it’s wacky? The conspiracy theorists have the perfect answer: you are just another poor deluded fool who is being conned by those all-powerful clandestine forces that really run the world.

      • Mac1 9.1.1

        Now that the point is made, here’s a reference. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleiwitz_incident

        The Germans needed a casus belli to attack Poland. A bit like the Vietnam war needed Tonkin Bay, and Bush and Blair needed WMD.

      • travellerev 9.1.2

        Hi locus,

        I whole heartedly agree with you. In this case millions of people believed without a shred of proof while the two towers still stood burning that 19 young Saudis got a hold of four planes with box cutters because an old man who needed dialysis living in a cave in Afghanistan told them to and while they had only a few hours of flying lessons were able to fly huge Boeings on improbable courses, manoeuvring at impossible speed. And when they flew two planes into the twin towers three buildings collapsed in free fall speed (6.5, 10 and 11 seconds) making demolition experts obsolete and suspending the laws of nature.

        I mean how gullible do you have to be to believe this crap. Eh?

        But I’m sure you’re smarter then that. You waited until scientific and criminal investigations by independent well funded researchers was done before you formed your opinion. Yep, I’m sure you did.

        • nzfp 9.1.2.1

          Hey travellerev,
          Are you talking about the same “19 young Saudis [that] got a hold of four planes with box cutters” about whom Robert S. Mueller III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation made the following statements during an address to the Commonwealth Club of California
          San Francisco, CA on April 19, 2002
          ?

          […] The hijackers also left no paper trail. In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of paper – either here in the U.S. or in the treasure trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere – that mentioned any aspect of the September 11th plot. […]

          To paraphrase Mueller – there is no evidence linking the hijackers to the 9/11 plot. More importantly there is ZERO evidence linking Afghanistan to 9/11. So why did our son [our – collectively all NZr’s] die in Afghanistan?!? Someone in the National Government – McCully, Key – needs to be accountable for that and needs to explain it to the rest of us – especially to the family of our boy.

          RedLogix is right – forget about the consipiracy theories – just concentrate on the facts.

        • nzfp 9.1.2.2

          Hey guys, considering that Robert S. Mueller, Director of the FBI stated that the F.B.I had “[…] not uncovered a single piece of paper – either [here] in the U.S. or in the treasure trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere – that mentioned any aspect of the September 11th plot […]” how is it that all of the U.S. corporate media knew as soon as the first building was hit that it was 19 Arab hijackers following the orders of Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan that did 9/11? If the F.B.I could not find any evidence linking Afghanistan to 9/11 by April 2002 how did the media know on the day [9/11 2001] that Osama did it with the complicity of the Taliban in Afghanistan? How did they know but the F.B.I could not find any evidence? How did they know?

    • RedLogix 9.2

      The phenomonon of ‘conspiracy theories’ is fraught with complication. Of course there are conspiracies Tonto. Whenever two or more people plot in private it’s a conspiracy.

      Whenever the public version of events seems incomplete or unsatisfying for any reason, there is the entirely reasonable suspicion that there is a private version of events, as yet unknown, that will fill the missing links or provide a more fulfilling narrative.

      Sometimes events just unfold is such a tragi-comic sequence of blunders that the human mind rebels; we ask ourselves, surely such incompetence was not just indistinguishable from maliciousness, it had to be orchestrated by some malevolent actor?

      Sometimes the pattern recognition machine in our head (the same one that sees a spooky sentience in the captcha word) will derive meanings from a chaos of events … meanings that are not real, but feel very real all the same.

      And the professional machievellian actor will know well how to exploit all these psychological loopholes, by creating a smoke-screen for his actions, re-directing attention as would any stage magician, with his own campaign of misinformation.

      Even the sceptic falls into the trap of projecting from assumptions about everyday experiences; he assumes that just because in the normal run of events secrets are very hard to keep, that this must always be true. Forgetting that the whole purpose of some organisations is to act secretly. It’s indeed what they do best, and that us ordinary people would never so much as guess what they know and do.

      And some people just like using the term ‘conspiracy theory’ as a lazy term of abuse.

      My conclusion, be very careful before investing too much into any ‘conspiracy theory’. But neither is it wise to close all doors forever. There is still plenty most of us haven’t even imagined yet.

      • Locus 9.2.1

        Agreed. The important thing is to keep doubting and keep questioning, and the best questions require CTs to be the simplest and most convincing explanation . “Favour the simplest explanation that fits the known evidence.” And, tend towards believing “the more convincing dramatic backdrop to the events in question.”
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/2006/08/on_internet_conspiracy_theories.html

        • rosy 9.2.1.1

          …. and then be willing to move with the evidence as it is confirmed, or sideways as further evidence emerges. But it’s gotta be evidence either way, not cobbling together lots of unrelated bits and pieces and drawing a target around them and saying bullseye!.

  9. outofbed 10

    Early Christmas for supermarkets
    Xmas shopping in September wtf?

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      Xmas has, apparently, always been about celebrating God. It’s just a question of which god. A couple of thousand years ago before the rise of Christianity a few pagan gods were celebrated then came the rise of Christianity and the worship of Christ and giving and now we have the rise of Mammon and the worship of greed and taking.

      • pollywog 10.1.1

        …and now we have the rise of Mammon and the worship of greed and taking.

        let’s not forget Moloch and the sacrificing of our childrens long term future for present short term gain…

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    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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    4 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    5 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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