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  1. Bored 1

    I read the debate about fuel efficient cars yesterday with some interest, and kept right out. No point upsetting those in denial of a fuel starved future, and then disabusing them with the laws of thermodynamics when they propose techno fixes. Watching the news on TV there was some equally related denial.

    The denial in question was a Federated Farmers man refusing to admit that the fertiliser run off and the dairy effluent run off had anything to do with polluted waterways and lakes. And Nick Smith sitting on tougher regulations for some reason that must have to do with mates and money. Meanwhile our environment degrades and dies. Well done Nick, well done Fed farmers, well done the petrochemical / fertiliser industry. You do our species proud (not)!

  2. Jenny 2

    Why are people homeless in Mana while state homes stand empty?

    Is National preparing to sell them off to private speculators?

    To hi-light this scandal, by-election outsider, Matt McCarten who is running on a social justice platform, has got unemployed volunteers to fix up an empty and neglected state house and put a local homeless Mana family in it.

    Reports are, that there are another 30 empty state houses in Mana in the same condition, while there are lots of local unemployed who could fix them, being kept idle.

    Housing New Zealand keep these houses empty, and the workmen who could fix them sitting idle on the dole, while other Mana families are homeless or living in overcrowded and unhealthy conditions.

    Is this fair?

    Is this just?

    What possible excuse will housing New Zealand or the government give to explain this away?

    Will any of the other election hopefuls join Matt in demanding that, every empty state house in Mana is immediately filled with a homeless family, and that Housing New Zealand do all the necessary repairs needed to bring them up to standard.

    TV3 News: McCarten takes over state house in by-election stunt.
    .

    • jcuknz 2.1

      Possibly because the houses were not really fit to live in and were awaiting renovation [Because some irresponsible bludger living on the State damaged them?].. that is the message I got from viewing the TV coverage. I agree that state houses should not be empty when there are homeless but how do you renovate when there are tenant living in the house?
      We also know that to avoid rorts we have to have three tenders for any job and likely those unemployed, if there are any skilled tradesmen unemployed what with the CHCH earthquake etc, are not in a position to put in a tender ….I don’t think you thought it through properly.
      Think of the howls of anger if HNZ put tenants into houses below standard .. I think they can’t win either way. And we know how hidebound public servants are with all the rules and regulations governing their actions … quite impossible to make decisions quickly … one of the facts of life.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        Chch are actively bypassing builders/construction workers from outside Chch/Southland.

        They also shouldn’t need to put in a tender – HNZ just needs to employ them directly and get them doing the work. Chances are that HNZ has enough ongoing work to make that cheaper than always having to go to tender.

  3. Logie97 3

    That nasty IRB has done it again. One of our “whiter than white” sportsmen who never infringe, never have the reputation of “team enforcer” has been accused of being “dirty” again. It’s just not fair. I don’t know why we bother to play England at rugby. We moan about the Northern Hemisphere officials every time we venture over there. Why don’t we just stay at home?

    Wait a minute, Tony Woodcock displayed the most appalling act of thuggery in a recent Tri-Nations test against Australia, and the local judiciary didn’t have the “balls” to cite let alone suspend him – that belief that it’s just the opposition who play dirty again…

    And while on the subject, watch Nonu receive the next citing – for not using arms in a tackle – you read it here first folks.

  4. jcuknz 4

    Is this an argument against National Standards? I don’t know enough to judge but bring it to your attention.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/education/10teacher.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a22

  5. Carol 5

    UK students took part in a major demonstration yesterday, protesting sharp increases in Uni tuition fees and cuts to education spending. Very good to see that people, especially young people, in the UK are rediscovering the UK tradition of protests:

    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/video-of-students-protests-in-london/

    There’s always the issue of the minority of protesters turning violent, and whether the media would have taken much notice without something dramatic & sensationalist. The violence was against property: the Tory Party headquarters.

    Also of note is the use of digital communications to report on the protests: twitter, IPhones etc.

  6. joe90 6

    British intelligence officials say that there was no evidence to support Bush’s claim that the use of waterboarding had helped to foil terrorist plots but I wont be holding my breath waiting for another hearing by the US or a judge in The Hague issuing warrants. Pricks.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Obama remains a huge disappointment, and now with Congress hamstrung he has 2 years of paychecks to collect and then he’s out.

  7. Carol 7

    Kathryn Ryan is right now asking the Attorney General some tough questions about undemocratic practices by the government, as raised by the law society: ECAN, Earthquake enabling powers, Rugby World Cup enabling bill.

    • he sounded very petulant.

      • Carol 7.1.1

        Yes. There was a stage when he accused Ryan of just being nasty or something along those lines. But he was very defensive concerning what happens in caucus stays in caucus.

    • I heard it and this is one of the best interviews I have heard for a while.

      Ryan clearly needled Finlayson and he sounded really irritated by the end of it. He kept minimising the Law Society’s concern about the gradual increase in executive power.

      The part that really appeared to needle Finlayson was when she questioned him about the sacking of ECAN. He dismissed this by saying that everyone in Cantebury supported the Government’s action. Kathryn then tried to analyse this from a point of principle and suggested that the sacking of a democratically elected body was wrong unless the circumstances was extreme and that just because it was popular did not make it right. He was not willing or able to argue the principle.

      He resorted to cabinet collective responsibility to justify the decision. I suspect that he personally does not approve of the power grab.

      • Colonial Viper 7.2.1

        I wonder how Finalyson feels about selling out his professional integrity for $240K p.a.

      • Lats 7.2.2

        I live in Canterbury, and indeed worked at ECan for a few years a while back. I certainly did not, and still do not support the sacking of the ECan board. It was an appalling act of dictatorial authoritarianism.

        • Logie97 7.2.2.1

          Today it is revealed that our lakes and waterways are in a highly polluted state.
          ECAN has been disbanded and replaced by the very same polluters implicated in the report. As if Canterbury waterways had enough troubles, Smith and English Bros would appear to have just been given a freehand to foul them even more.

      • William Joyce 7.2.3

        I wonder, grudgingly giving Finlayson some benefit of the doubt, that he was being forced by cabinet responsibility, to defend these actions.
        Although defensive throughout the interview, he did seem to start to lose the plot only when being challenged about his own opinion and if he had expressed it to his fellow cabinet ministers.

        Perhaps he was being forced to defend actions insisted upon by currency traders, woodwork teachers, economics hobbyists and Fed Farmers stooges.

  8. john 9

    The current NeoLiberal mad Government in the UK: Why mad? They are privatizing everything under the Sun, they refuse to maintain the tax system and collect 10s of billions of pounds owed by Corporations who try every trick to avoid and evade what they owe. They lower and lower the Corporation tax rate. The current austerity measures are totally unnecessary, they are doing the Chicago School’s shock tactic for ideology reasons, Now students are protesting against being socially excluded from University education by the tripling of tuition fees to impossible to pay back levels. The UK is a NeoLiberal madhouse the result of sucking up to the Yanks for decades.This government has declared class war on its own people!Refer link:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1328385/Student-tuition-fee-protesters-smash-Millbank-Tory-HQ.html#comments

    • Carol 9.1

      Hmmm… the police say they didn’t predict that levels of violence. It seems the police have forgotten the past of London demos…. maybe lulled into a false sense of security in recent years?

      I have been on many protests in London, and it was a very frequent event for some protesters to push the police to confrontation. It was usually led by “anarchist” groups, such as Class War. To me it was totally predictable, and I could see when such a confrontation was building up and would get well out of the way. The police knew it was predictable too. There used to be a cat-and-mouse game between Class War and the police. I recall one massive demo (I think against the first Gulf War), when Class War were a little way behind us at the beginning of the demo. As we went through Trafalgar Square, a large contingent of police formed up alongside Class War, with a policeperson every yard or two.

      Of course, I should add that under Thatcher, the police often seemed to deliberately provoke such violent confrontations. Then it made it possible for Thatcher to dismiss the protesters as thugs, and set on violence rather than a legitimate protest.

      • Vicky32 9.1.1

        I heard about all that on the radio this morning… It’s what we need here, but what we get is “baaaa”…
        (Except when it comes to cannabis, or so I heard on 3 News.)
        Deb

        • Carol 9.1.1.1

          Well, when the French protests were in full swing, I saw some comments in Britain, asking why Brits seemed to not have a protest tradition, and weren’t protesting against the “austerity” measures. Actually, they do. There also often seems to be a small minority of Brit activists who are prepared to push the boundaries of confrontation. I think some have the philosophy that state violence should be countered with violence.

          I must say, I’m a bit of a coward and always kept well away from such aggro. Is that a Kiwi thing? In London, I have saw a few people fairly close up with blood pouring out of their heads after being whacked by a police truncheon.

          But, I think Kiwi’s have been stirred to activism sometimes (eg 1981), and maybe it just needs the right trigger? And there were the fairness at work & anti- schedule 4 mining rallies recently. Maybe NZ activism could do with being a bit more imaginative, though? Like McCarten & Unite?

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.2

        The Bill in the UK have been fed a syrup of Islamic terrorists and chavs in the last 10 years. They have no idea how to respond to protestors who are their own sons and daughters, who are their own brothers and sisters. They’re mentally screwed, in other words.

        They lower and lower the Corporation tax rate. The current austerity measures are totally unnecessary, they are doing the Chicago School’s shock tactic for ideology reasons

        So, this is how it goes.

        1) The UK (could replace with Irish, Greek, Icelandic, French) govt bails out the private banking system using billions of tax payers monies and goes deep deep into debt. Massive deficit spending becomes the norm as the economy stumbles.

        2) In order to fund its daily operations, even as services for the many are cut to the bone (even though it was the FEW who inflicted all the financial damage), the govt has to find more money, and fast. Its options now are to borrow the money or to increase taxes on the rich and on the wealthy capital holders.

        3) Being Tories (in the UK), taxes on the wealthy, on the private banking system and on corporations ain’t going up. Not in a hundred years. So the govt has to borrow the monies to fund its daily operations.

        4) ***This is the important step.*** WHO is the Government going to borrow the money that it needs from? Yep, you got it, those very same wealthy asset holders, the private banking system, the large corporations.

        – Now think about this: given a choice between being TAXED by the Govt, END OF STORY, and having the Govt come to you cap in hand to ask for a LOAN, from which you will be paid back IN FULL WITH INTEREST, I wonder what the wealthy capitalists will push for? 🙄

        5) However, a lot of times the huge amount of money that the govt will need will only be able to be provided by another, very cash rich country. Say, China/Japan/Russia.

        6) So what ends up happening? The Government borrows from these nations, and to pay them back and ends up acting as ***their tax collectors*** taking money from ordinary old you and ordinary old me, on behalf of the Chinese, Japanese and Russian Governments.

        So on the behalf of these foreign powers, and also the wealthy asset holding and banking classes, I would like to THANK ALL OF YOU for being so co-operative, caring and understanding 😈 😈 😈

        • Carol 9.1.2.1

          I agree on your points 1-6, CV. But really, I don’t know about the UK police going soft on their own. They can’t have forgotten how to deal with unruly protesters so soon. And back then, in the 80s & early 90s, was when the IRA were blowing up buildings in London & other big cities. The IRA was the great scurge of the right & the MSM then. But still the police had no compunction about slamming a few of “their own” in demos, like the poll tax rioters etc.

          I can’t help but wonder if it was the old story of allowing a bit of violence to happen in order to discredit the protestors.

          • Colonial Viper 9.1.2.1.1

            Agreed, it won’t take much for the old Bill to be back.

          • the pink postman 9.1.2.1.2

            Unfortunatly the police seem to attract many right-wingers and a fair share of racist types. In the blackshirt marches in the 1930s in East End of London who do you think went home with busted heads . Well it wasn’t Mosley’ s gang it was the poor Jews and Left -Wingers who were protesting. Have a look at any film available on strikes . Its the picket line people who get whacked with the truncheons not the creeps who cross the picket line. Im afraid its something Lefties have to live with .

    • Bored 9.2

      When you declare class war you can expect that, as in any war, there will be casualties.

      • john 9.2.1

        Hi Bored
        The main casualties here will be able bright students from poorer backgrounds who will be excluded from University education for the reason that won’t have a hope of paying back 9000pounds yearly tuition fees hoisted up from 3000 !

        • Bored 9.2.1.1

          At the risk of being cynical here might I suggest these same bright students will see that even with the debt there will be no jobs a a result (nor instead of)..they will end up being the bright cadres of the revolution. Idle hands as they say.

    • john 9.3

      Clegg, Avast me Harties!, He and Labour bailed out the bankers whose casino bets went wrong with billions and billions of pounds,otherwise civilisation would have come to an end! What a joke,Why should ordinary people pay for their failed greed schemes? Short answer they shouldn’t:
      Some opinions from British people themselves:

      “David Cameron urges China to embrace democracy
      5 hours later Millbank Towers Tory HQ is wrecked
      Perhaps people in his own country acted on his words and are no longer going to allow their country to be run by Corrupt Governments/Bankers/Corporate Big Business who do not pay the correct UK tax and Rich Tax Avoiders
      Didn’t see that one coming did you Dave ?

      This is what happens when a government goes back on its promises and a generation of young people don’t fancy being saddled with 50-70K of debt + interest to get a poxy degree. They also don’t like the social-engineering manipulation behind the scenes which has meant that you can’t get a job slinging burgers without one. Some might call it supply and demand, meaning that degrees are devalued, others might say its a rigged system designed to keep people in poverty. Bloody good luck to them, I thought students had become a load of tossers since the 60’s, now they are waking up again. And it’s not some despot in Nicaragua nobody has ever heard of who’s the target of their ire – its all about the crap they are being told to swallow right here, at home, by a load of dishonest and corrupt sleeze-bags.

      The more David Cameron talks of democracy, the more we must count his and Clegg’s pre-election promises and post-election lies.
      How much more violence to our education system will we tolerate in the name of free market ideology?

      Blame Cameron & Clegg for acting like dictators and thinking they can just decree without consultation.
      Cameron didn’t win an election. Clegg didn’t win an election.
      They ignore consensus politics but substitute it with glib phrases such as
      “We Are All In It Together” & “Tough But Fair”
      that everyone knows are lies.

      Clegg lied and lied again to the students. What else did he expect would happen?
      He may have contempt for democracy but he doesn’t crack a whip and everyone jumps. Someone should tell Commandant Clegg that this isn’t Nazi Germany.
      If you’re a student, and did NOTHING to cause the financial crisis, you’ll pay through the nose for an education.
      If you’re unemployed, and did NOTHING to cause the financial crisis, you’ll work for nothing for your benefits or starve.
      If you’re a banker, who CAUSED the financial crisis —– well, how much do you want, old boy? NO, NO NEED TO DO ANYTHING FOR IT, JUST REMEMBER THE PARTY AT THE NEXT ELECTION.

      I get the distinct feeling that this was inevitable. The Gulf War protests, then the election debacle, wherein millions of people voted to keep the Tories out, only to find their vote had been purloined to usher them in; these were the signposts along the way. It’s all very well supporting lawful protest, but increasingly people are waking up to the dismal truth that lawful protests, however widespread, are treated with total disdain by whichever government happens to be in charge at the time. Lawful protest, in actuality, has been used as a convenient pressure vent for social unease – we see people carrying placards and switchover to watch X Factor.
      Now I don’t want to see people getting hurt, but people will, and if this is the price that has to be paid in order to oust this most undemocratic of governments, then so be it. As for criminal damage to Tory HQ, well I say fair enough – given the social damage the coalition has planned for this country in order to appease their pals in high finance, it’s the merest drop in a large and heaving ocean.

      Millbank Protesters Statement

      ‎”We stand against the cuts, in solidarity with all the poor, elderly, disabled and working people affected. We are against all cuts and the marketisation of education. We are occupying the roof of Tory HQ to show we are against the Tory system of attacking the poor and helping the rich. This is only the beginning.”

      Sounds good to me.”

      • Colonial Viper 9.3.1

        Time to pull out a copy of “V for Vandetta” methinks.

        If you haven’t watched it yet I can highly recommend it.

        • The Voice of Reason 9.3.1.1

          I’ve got the comics, CV, even better. Mint cond. if anyone wants to make an offer!

      • Carol 9.3.2

        Yes, this is when we see the Lib Dem’s mistake in going into a full coalition with the Tories, finally exposed. It’s all blowing up in Clegg’s face. How did the election numbers fall again? I think maybe the Conservatives and Lib Dems went into a coalition with a First Passed The Post mentality. They didn’t really honour what the electorate voted for. They wanted a change from Labour & Brown, but many voted Lib Dem to keep the Tories from getting the majority.

        Now it looks like the Lib Dems are fracturing, with some of their MPs going to vote against the government.

        • Reminds me of the Maori Party debacle does it not. Very similar. The Libs whose natural coalition partner is Labour ,warts and all betrayed their supporters ,now its the begining of the end. The Maori Party also betrayed their supporters who thought they would go with Labour now they are splilt in two and fighting each other. Both these parties deserve to disappear at the next elections ,hopefully before!

  9. Pascal's bookie 10

    QOTD: kid lucky to have an awesome mum edtion.

    “He rocked that wig”

    • Lanthanide 10.1

      One of my favourite episodes of Freaks and Geeks is the halloween one, where the nerdy tall one dressed up as the Bionic Woman.

  10. Draco T Bastard 12

    Report: Global Warming Issue From 2 Or 3 Years Ago May Still Be Problem

    WASHINGTON—According to a report released this week by the Center for Global Development, climate change, the popular mid-2000s issue that raised awareness of the fact that the earth’s continuous rise in temperature will have catastrophic ecological effects, has apparently not been resolved, and may still be a problem.

    😆

    • Rosy 12.1

      Quick off the mark aren’t they? I like this bit:. “But then the debates over Social Security reform and the World Trade Center mosque came up..” Sooo much more important to worry about a mosque being buit a couple of blocks away from the World Trade Centre.

  11. I urge everyone to go and see the film “Dagenham” . What a great film and what an achievment for the truly working class. The girls(not my words) were brave and set an example to most of us. The film is a must for workers . Im hoping some of the bludgers who do not join their union but accept the benefits see it .It should be compulsory at all high schools,

  12. grumpy 14

    And on NewstalkZB, Chris Carter has outed Trevor Mallard as one of his fellow “17 plotters” against Our Phil.

  13. Draco T Bastard 15

    McCully gives RWC ceremony contracts to Aussies http://bit.ly/NBRpaidWC

    Behind the paywall so you can’t read it unless you subscribe but it appears that the NACT government, so concerned with closing the wage gap with Australia lowering wages, have given jobs to the Australians.

  14. aj 16

    Laurence O’Donnell of MSNBC: – a defense of socialism. Skewers Glenn Beck and Fox Tv

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/40100812#40100812

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    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    5 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    6 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    6 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    6 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    7 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
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    6 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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    6 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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    7 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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    7 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
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    7 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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    7 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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    1 week ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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