Open mike 11/10/2010

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  1. Bored 1

    Pushing the bounds of reality seems to be the norm this month: first we hear that the economists got it wrong with their predictions for “growth” (surprise surprise)….and this morning in Granny Herald we see that an Auckland developer is going to sink $125 million into a hole in the ground in Queenstown (ex Henderson the Chch bankrupt IRD wrangler).

    The gist of this rather fantastic attempt to go against the ebb and flow of todays econo / energy zeit geist is that it Gapes (the developer) has obvious faith that the future of Queenstown, tourism, holiday chalets, happy motoring and most of all retail therapy is here to stay. For this a further $125 million will be sunk into putting a mall onto top of a 1200 car hole in the middle of an alpine field. It raises a lot of questions, a few too many for me as to the economic and social sanity of our current “business” elite and the political structures that let them operate. What a way to start the week.

  2. Kia ora Standard readers

    After reading yesterday’s post and smhead’s principled arguments why I should disclose my real identity and given that commentators on other sites have accurately identified me and also given that I now hold an elected office I wish to formally confirm that I mickysavage am also Greg Presland.

    I am sure that the internet will now be scoured for information and comments to be used against me but hey that is politics.

    • Bored 2.1

      Micky you may be ****** to other people, but here in Blogland it would be nice if you remain the reliable lefty and considered contributer Mickysavage…..good luck and keep posting.

    • just saying 2.2

      Kia ora Greg/mickeysavage

      Hearty congratulations – keep up the good work 😀

      • pollywog 2.2.1

        awww…what a wannabe famous using your real name guy.

        …any relation to Elvis Presland ?

        On a related side note. I seem to be having trouble posting at the dim post

        I posted a comment that appeared then disappeared later when i checked and subsequent ones dont even show. Maybe my interwebz is on the dodge or i’m on his blacklist or whatever but it’d be nice to know either way.

        I’d hate to think i’m paranoid and got banned cos someone there is powertripping and doesn’t have the common decency to give warnings 🙂

        • pollywog 2.2.1.1

          hmmm….strange alright

          meanwhile, a post by another of my legion of nom de plumes using a proxy has been retrofitted in the timeline but my initial comment has not and it wasn’t nearly as bitchy as that ranapia guy’s

          go figure…

        • mickysavage 2.2.1.2

          Talofa PW

          …any relation to Elvis Presland ?

          Not that I know of but my sister had a cat called Elvis Presland once.

    • Carol 2.3

      Congratulations! Part of Future West! Yes! Glad to see the successes in getting elected on this ticket. And, this may seem a little premature, but in the run up to the next election, a word with futurewest about fielding a counsellor candidate for Whau would be good. I feel we have kind of been cut off from the rest of the west by Rodney’s gerrymandering. Glad that Catherine Farmer got elected to the Whau Board though, and hope she will be looking beyond Avondale to represent New Lynn.

      • Carol 2.3.1

        Whoops. Should be “councillor” candidate. I don’t expect free therapy from our elected representatives.

      • mickysavage 2.3.2

        Thanks Carol

        Futurewest wanted Ross Clow to run for us and discussions were pretty advanced. Ross thought his chances as an “independent” were better but he missed out. I think if he had run under the banner he would have made it.

        Really good about Catherine Farmer winning. She is principled and reliable, just what you want.

        • Carol 2.3.2.1

          Thnks for the Farmer recommendation. Yes, agree it would have been probably a better outcome if Ross Clow had been with future west. I only knew to vote for him after asking a question on the futurewest blog. Other voters probably wouldn’t have bothered to check the candidates out and just gone by the info in the vote pack booklet. Clow did pretty well, just not well enough.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.3.2.1.1

            Other voters probably wouldn’t have bothered to check the candidates out and just gone by the info in the vote pack booklet.

            That what most people will do and it’s irrational as we just don’t have enough information to make an informed decision. That’s one of the reasons why I like political parties – they tend to be known better than individuals.

            • prism 2.3.2.1.1.1

              I agree DTB the info on candidates is woeful for local body elections and I definitely do not want to see STV voting brought in as I found it hard enough to make a reasoned, informed decision reading about new people without having to carefully dot numbers giving rankings. I have noticed too when I have tried to find information about government members, there is often the barest minimum about them and their background and expertise if any.

              Thinking back to the local body election information on candidates booklet, I want to see a set of factual info as a basic, such as – my main occupation is…, while I have experience and interest in commercial recycling techniques, for how many years, my experience base includes management of a dairy, cafe, alcohol outlet, paint business, farming, youth sport coaching, education and children etc. I am interested in sport, learning Maori, building art and tourism links etc.

              Things like that after which they can waffle on for a prescribed length.

    • lprent 2.4

      Sorry about putting your name in the list of bloggers who got elected. I was aware that the connection had been made because of the stalkers.

      Do you know where/who that connection was made by originally? Because I suspect it would have required the complicity of someone running a site. You have been pretty good at separating yourself from your other self.

      • mickysavage 2.4.1

        No problems Lynne.

        Tim Ellis in a comment at Kiwiblog made the connection early this year. He compared a facebook comment that I made with a post that Micky made.

        Ever since then the secret was well and truly out of the bag. On my own website I had this weirdo try to post a comment every couple of days spelling my name in various unusual combinations.

        Keep up the good work.

        • deWithiel 2.4.1.1

          It was at least something that Future Whau has a voice in Catherine Farmer on the board. What I can’t get is the 2000 or so blank votes that were cast for the Auckland Council; an extraordinary number given the relatively small size of the vote. In saying that I have to say that Clow wasn’t known in Avondale and that seems to have been the killer. Name recognition is all that the Mangere Bridge resident Raffills has going for in Avondale; she didn’t do anything for the area when she was on the ACC other than ensuring that revenue was redirected at Crusty and Rusty projects further east and subsidising Christian youth prayer weekends out of SLIPs funding.

          • Carol 2.4.1.1.1

            I think it’s probably the lack of name recognition for many voters who don’t make the effort to research the candidates. That may have been compounded by confusions arising from the new ward, and people not being familiar with the history of candidates across the current city boundaries. Maybe it requires an even bigger effort to get people on the ground out in the Whau area to inform people about the candidates, to raise the level of name recognition?

          • Lindsey 2.4.1.1.2

            The Raffils name is only a flag of convenience, she has remarried but hangs on to her late husbands name for electoral purposes.
            Fortunately she is not bright enough to be a real right wing force on Council and with the drop in her majority a good campaign next time should see her gone.

        • lprent 2.4.1.2

          Ah – the eyes of the internet are many and very very persistent. That is why to maintain a clear pseudonym ‘personality’ you really have to stay completely in character.

          • pollywog 2.4.1.2.1

            Werd homeslice !!!

            …and heres one of my founding credos for a long since passed alias. Busta Nuttz.

            If wasn’t talking shit about you, we wouldn’t be talking ’bout you at all

    • Colonial Viper 2.5

      Here to support you man, congrats on your hard work and keep strong.

    • felix 2.6

      “I am sure that the internet will now be scoured for information and comments to be used against me”

      I can’t see that posing a problem for you micky, unless you’re about to undergo a sudden transformation and disavow all of your philosophy to date.

      Congratulations on the win too.

    • Pascal's bookie 2.7

      Congrats Mickey.

      I’d keep the pseud for continuuity sake, and if people use your comments agin ya then have a prepared comeback.

      The online world can be rough and tumble and when confronted online by our brothers and sisters across the aisle who say things like “x” and “y”, well, you have to stand up against that sort of thing. There’s no need to apologise for that. Context is everything.

    • r0b 2.8

      Bravo Greg, and all the very best for your new job! Hope you won’t stop commenting her as mickysavage – we’d miss him hugely if he was gone…

    • BLiP 2.9

      Kia kaha Greg – congratulations! I sincerely hope we don’t those the mickeysavage aspect of your personality from The Standard but, yep, you’re right: the Tories are hurt and wounded and will be looking for anything to smear the opposition. Dot your “i”s and cross your “t”s. Best of luck and remember – SuperCity be fucked – this is BROWN TOWN : )

    • Armchair Critic 2.10

      Firstly, congratulations Greg.
      Secondly, I think I worked out who you (in all likelihood) were when you either commented on (here) or posted on (at waitakerenews) your submission to a select committee (on something to do with the Waitakere Ranges?) and there was a link to the submission, which had your name on it. I had always assumed everyone knew who you are.

  3. comedy 4

    My prediction was October for when the world would double dip and turn to shit …….

    “Currency wars loom as finance talks fail”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10679592

    Could be time to hunker down for a while.

    • Pascal's bookie 4.1

      I reckon that stuffs a bit of a sideshow. Google combinations of ‘foreclosure crisis scandal fraud florida ‘for the current big.

      No one knows who owns the mortgages and the banks have been buying forged documentation to secure foreclosures. Now some attornies general are on the case and it’s all about to go kablooie. If the banks can’t prove who owns the mortgages, and they’ve collatorised and leveraged those mortgages into trillions in debt, 2008 was a fucking picnic.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        Agreed. The billion dollar bailouts with tax payers’ money has simply allowed the capitalist game of musical chairs to go one more round. Lots of sore bums coming once the music stops.

        And in NZ – we’re still at >300 mortgagee sales per month, with no sign of the seasonal spring real estate resurgence.

        Unless you are in the building trade in Christchurch, the economy is still looking grim with price increases and income falls.

        • Bored 4.1.1.1

          The financial crisis is actually the “real show” whilst we all look at the bullshit surrounding Jonkey, henry and the other pile of worthless egomaniacs littering our myopic polity. One part of the article I liked was “A lack of growth accompanied by high unemployment is having consequences,” Zoellick said. “There is a danger that countries will turn inward and, as a result, international co-operation falters. This could be dangerous.”

          What in effect the tea leaf readers (economists) are worried about is that “international co-operation” (i.e unfettered financial movement and free trade), from which the imperium of the G7 take their profits will be cut off at the knees by local national restrictions and financial sovereignty. The world is changing and there is nothing short of force that the neo lib / cons can do to prevent it.

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.1

            And the reason for that change is the same that which caused the change in the 1930s – the financial system has collapsed. People are beginning to question why CEOs are paid hundreds of times more than them when they don’t do hundreds of times more work or produce more value. The speculation in CDSs and CDOs has people questioning the validity of the banking/finance sector and these questions are being answered and the answers are completely against neo-liberalism as it’s complete BS. The BERL report on making trains proves that.

            Over the last few decades, with increasing productivity, we should have been working less and less but instead we’ve been working more and more and, for most of us, going backwards financially. Only the few have been getting richer and it is increasingly becoming obvious that they do so at our expense.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.1

              People are beginning to question why CEOs are paid hundreds of times more than them when they don’t do hundreds of times more work or produce more value.

              Realistically these CEOs often destroy value, by the billion dollar denomination, and they still get paid their millions. (On top of which governments kindly give them tax cuts).

          • prism 4.1.1.1.2

            This is a flow of consciousness attempt! Gee I’m a Paul Henry fan and I think that everyone has been so mean to him and everything. And Bored when you say myopic polity and worthless egomaniacs what does that all mean? Paul is such a a good guy, he’s really funny and he’s got the right name to be a celebrity I mean look at Paul Holmes, he is one too. Everyone knows that TV One really likes all us young people from 15 to 35, and they know what makes us laugh and show us stuff that we want to go out and buy. We want good times not like all those stuffy old people who sneer and criticise Paul’s light-hearted jokes at people who have no sense of humour at all.

            Phil Wallington said it all this a.m. he used the words “Crass and Vulgar” plus some other uncomplimentary terms. Couldn’t get over Paul Norris reminding us of how talented Paul is as an interviewer presenter whatever. (Paul Norris BA, MA, Dip Management Tutor Broadcasting School … in September 1996, after working for many years as a television journalist and executive. …) Has this guy got any basic standards of behaviour and quality? If Paul can be good then it’s all the more egregious that he would put out all this dick.ead s..it. Can I say that? Incidentally why are so many Paul’s in this comment? Aren’t there any other names out there? Like Woldegrave or Marmaduke?

            • Bored 4.1.1.1.2.1

              Man oh man Prism! A new career beckons with the MSM for you. Hope you get the exit interview on National Radio with Paul whatever his name is (I forget now, who was it this time, some cheeky darky)?

        • The Chairman 4.1.1.2

          The main beneficiary of low rates is not the economy at large but the financial sector itself.

          Banks have kept borrowing costs high while slashing interest rates paid to savers.

          In the U.S., average interest on savings deposits, money-market funds, and CDs first dipped below 1 percent in July, less than what savers lose to inflation.

          Because most banks have also hiked fees, some savers are now, in effect, paying banks to keep their money.

          Borrowers are no better off.

          According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, average mortgage rates have barely budged since the Federal Reserve lowered its funds rate from 5.25 percent in 2007 to the 0.25 percent in effect since 2008; the 6.1 percent average rate on all outstanding mortgages in the second quarter this year (compared with 6.4 percent in 2007) gave banks the highest margin since at least the 1980s.

          Though rates for new mortgages look low, banks have slapped higher fees on new loans as well and have made it harder for homeowners to refinance at a lower rate.

          In Europe, bank lending is also only slowly winding its way into the economy.

          The return of most banks to vast profits has only been possible because of artificially low interest rates and other help from policy-makers

          http://tinyurl.com/2caa924

          Why would policy-makers help the banks at the expense of the larger economy?

          It couldn’t have anything to do with insufficient political structures?

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.2.1

            Why would policy-makers help the banks at the expense of the larger economy?

            Because they’re owned by the banksters.

            It couldn’t have anything to do with insufficient political structures?

            Insufficient transparency. When everyone can see what’s going on it’s more difficult to hide the fraud and vested interests.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said a successful resolution of the currency dispute with China would require a cooling of over-heated rhetoric about currency wars. “In a war, there is always a loser and in this situation there must not be a loser,” she said.

      She obviously doesn’t understand capitalism where there are winners and losers. That’s the whole point of the capitalist system and something that needs to be changed. It would be nice, as well as necessary, if we could get it so that there was no losers but we won’t be able to do that unless we get rid of capitalism.

      • prism 4.2.1

        Seems to me the French government sees itself as left and socialist but can change quickly and carry out the gypsy clearing.

  4. Sanctuary 5

    Question:

    Now Paul Henry has gone, does John Key have a weekly interview with any media outlet at all apart from the Monday post cabinet news conference?

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      He’s going to keep interviewing on breakfast for the next wee while. Be interesting to see how he ducks out of it, now that Henry (his old buddy) is gone. The new year is a good excuse to curtail the interviews, but that’s a little way aways yet (unless they go on ‘early’ holiday).

      captcha: season

    • Bored 5.2

      He can go on This is Your Life again like last night….actually The Mad Butcher showed true humility, what a great bloke, he can come to my bbq anyday. Thanks Peter for your generosity and kindness.

      • ianmac 5.2.1

        Key couldn’t resist doing a little politicking while smarming his way into the great Sir Peter’s show.

  5. The Chairman 6

    The Left gets what they voted for?

    Mr Brown takes over the new greater Auckland, including $30 billion in assets, on November 1.

    Mr Brown said his focus is on uniting Auckland – and reassuring people about the changes ahead.

    Though Mr Brown is from a Labour background he said he did not expect to be at odds with the National-led central Government.

    Key says he doesn’t find Brown overly left-wing.

    Mr Key said he had worked with Mr Brown in the past and found him “approachable and quite constructive”.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/local-elections-2010/4216806/Sort-out-Auckland-PM-urges-super-city-winner

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/local-elections-2010/4217368/Lets-get-down-to-work-Brown

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      Better a centrist than a crazy right-wing nutjob like Banks.

      captcha: considered

      • The Chairman 6.1.1

        Indeed.

        However, it’s clear the Left have been short-changed. Picking the better of two evils is not the best way to vote. It always ends in discontent.

        It’s a real pity more of the Left couldn’t see through his Sideshow Bob act (campaign) and have the courage to vote in real change.

    • lprent 6.2

      The problem is that most of that $30 billion in assets is under the control of the misnamed “council controlled organisations”, where they are pretty much out of the control of the councils (and largely under the control of Mark Ford).

  6. john 8

    The American NeoLiberal disaster continues: The Public or Common good continues to be destroyed while Corporate profiteers continue to party. Last September 159,000 Public sector jobs disappeared: These are good jobs like Teachers with Union rights and benefits. Obaaamaaa the Corporate sheep owned by the same trumpets 69,000 private sector jobs created such as dishwashers and the like! The US disaster of Corporate/Government fascism continues (what ordinary Americans need and want doesn’t count) .
    Refer link: http://www.countercurrents.org/cooke101010.htm

    • john 8.1

      The law locks up the hapless felon
      Who steals the goose from off the common,
      But lets the greater felon loose
      Who steals the common from the goose.
      Anonymous, England, 1821

      How the common good is stolen from the people

      • prism 8.1.1

        Good one john. Seems what goes around comes around or something like that. We are stuck in the loop of a vicious circle with the same base or simplistic ideas, strategies and desires repeating past debacles. It is a continuing struggle to change patterns. Perhaps we need a workshop with Edward de Bonos hats or the like to find new approaches.

      • john 8.1.2

        US NeoLiberalism: Profit before any social consideration.No Investment in the commons. Privatisation of everything: In short what shonkey and Wodney want to happen here even further has turned the US into a 3rd World country. Keep sucking Kiwis!Tax cuts until we are a disintigrated society of profit grubbers!
        http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_6437.shtml

    • prism 8.2

      We don’t hear about ordinary thinking USA’s much. What stays in my mind is the mindless drivel about guns, and the right of every American (in USA) to carry one, and I think that includes concealed. weaponry.

      No-one ever comments on the way this indicates a breakdown in civil society and trust and respect for others. These were all things that I learned that USA stood for when I was being fed baby food. As an adult I have learned that I have to chew bigger items, but the truth about the USA and its lack of integrity is hard to swallow.

      • Bored 8.2.1

        I can be very brutal with regard to the USA as an economic political imperial entity. Interestingly the Americans I have met throughtout my life have generally with a few exceptions been thoroughly decent and generous to a fault. Seems quite schizophrenic but who knows?

        • nzfp 8.2.1.1

          Interestingly the Americans I have met throughtout my life have generally with a few exceptions been thoroughly decent and generous to a fault. Seems quite schizophrenic but who knows?

          I believe that this is because there is a huge difference between the American people – there aspirations and desires – and the regime that claims to represent their [The Banks , Military, Media, Big Pharma and other Corporations] interests.

  7. Draco T Bastard 10

    Searching for accountability

    A string of shootings by British troops in a non-combat zone resulting in scores of dead civilians; a highway rampage by US troops; a deaf boy shot at when orders barked at him did not illicit a response; a previously unknown US special forces unit reporting directly to the White House, as well as a ‘capture kill’ list with which they operated, and their botched up missions that resulted in scores of casualties, including the deaths of children at an Islamic school.

    The largest leak of classified military documents in US history revealed these incidents and many more. Nevertheless, the Afghan war logs published by Wikileaks on July 25 prompted no official apology or investigation into their contents.

    Instead, they were swiftly downplayed by the White House and Pentagon, with Barack Obama, the US president, telling a press conference that “these documents do not reveal any issues that have not already informed our public debate on Afghanistan”.

    The more leaks the better. That way we would have accountability of our, and our allies, actions in the war zone.

    Of course, it would be better if we didn’t have to rely upon leaks.

  8. Draco T Bastard 11

    Laws ignores PM’s apology call

    Prime Minister John Key has called for Michael Laws to apologise after calling Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand fat, but Laws says Mr Key should stop being so PC.

    So, we have the PM now standing up against racist comments (probably due to all the bad publicity over his lack of action on PH) and the bigot Lhaws saying that the PM should stop being so PC…

    • BLiP 11.1

      Such are the lofty heights of intellectual wisdom and public discourse does John Key display.

      Never mind that his bankster mate, Crosby/Textor groomed, Millenium appointed CCO cockwombles have had their PPP wet dreams dashed, no worry even about unemployment, crime, forced mortgagee sales, business collapse, and earthquake shock doctine attacks on civil liberties and the processing of law . . . no, not all. It seems the level of national debate as being driven by John Key is to get dissed by a reject-mayor/talk-back host bozo from the provinces.

  9. freedom 12

    No disrespect to all who have served
    but I am continuously agape at the
    war crazy funding priorities of this Government

  10. Adders 13

    Quite right, freedom.

    3.85 million for trinkets but there’s no money to give teachers a cost of living pay increase.

    But, according to John Key, ”This is a fantastic way to give our servicemen and women the recognition they deserve.”

    No it’s not. It’s a pathetic sop.

    You can’t spend medals.

    And a medal worth 24 bucks (delivered) just for turning up to work for three years devalues the whole medal concept.

  11. Carol 14

    Duncan Garner talked up the result of the latest poll, spinning it shows key and NACT are still in favour after the GST rise, while he says Goff and Labour don’t seem to be increasing that much on NACT. But the poll shows Nats down a smidgen, Key up a bit, Goff and Labour up a couple of points. But, I think Garner also said that Key got a bit of Quake boost. Garner claims that the local government shift to the left is not happening with national politics:

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Voters-weigh-in-on-GST-increase—poll/tabid/419/articleID/180826/Default.aspx

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Voters-weigh-in-on-GST-increase—poll/tabid/370/articleID/180826/Default.aspx

  12. joe90 15

    Spread doubt and claim it’s too soon to take action. ‘Science as the Enemy’.

    A handful of US scientists have made names for themselves by casting doubt on global warming research. In the past, the same people have also downplayed the dangers of passive smoking, acid rain and the ozone hole. In all cases, the tactics are the same: Spread doubt and claim it’s too soon to take action.

    and

  13. nzfp 16

    Australian Economist “Steve Keen” was invited to speak at the “6th annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference” at the University Center, in Chicago, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2010 hosted by Stephen Zarlenga of the “American Monetary Institute (AMI)” and author of “The Lost Science of Money: The Mythology of Money – the Story of Power”.

    Steve Keen gave a speech title “why a credit money system doesn’t have to crash, and why it always does” where he asserts that:

    […] the issue to me is not how money is created, but how it is used. If it’s used to finance productive investment, then generally speaking all will be well; but if it’s used to finance speculation on asset prices, then it will lead to financial crises (though not necessarily as severe as the one we’re experiencing now).

    […]

    Bankers especially might not like this analogy, but it’s apt: banks are effectively debt pushers, and trying to control bank lending at the source is like trying to control the spread of illegal drugs by directly controlling the drug pushers. […]

    Keen goes on to demonstrate the cause and effect of the current Global Financial Crisis (GFC) using computer models for macroeconomics and then compares the results to the current GFC (called the Great Recession) as well as the Great Depression.

    Keen shows that the current GFC was wholly predictable.

    Keen’s entire presentation is available to view on his website in shockwave flash format, as well as an audio only format. I highly recommend Keens presentation as well as those by Professor Michael Hudson and Kaoru Yamaguchi.

    Links:

    Steve Keens Posting with Links
    Steve Keen (Video Shockwave Flash)
    Steve Keen (Audio Only)

    A mujst for people who want to know what happened, why it happened and how much longer before it is over…

  14. prism 17

    There is a discussion on equality between Bryan Crump and Neville Bennet economist who has been looking at the growth of inequality throughout the world.
    Now on RadNZ.

  15. Lazy Susan 18

    Congratulations to Llaws, Henry and Key for your outstanding contributions to New Zealand Tourism

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    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 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 ...
    3 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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 ...
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    1 week 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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