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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.

  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:

    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

          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:

    • 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.)

        • Carol

          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

          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

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

          • the pink postman

            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

          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

          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

    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

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    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 ...
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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