Open mike 12/10/2010

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  1. Bored 1

    One idiot down, now for the other side of the coin, get rid of the other twerp (Goff).

    • Bored 1.1

      Just to follow up on the above call to axe Goff, I noticed Pundit advertised in the above banner, clicked on it and got onto this http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/second-year-blues-%E2%80%93-a-failure-of-governance as it says a report card. One blogger said of it in February that Hager should republish in a year. He got it right in Feb, more correct today. The Nats have a total talent bypass, and Labour are too frightenned to challenge an intellectualy lightweight Right.

      • The Chairman 1.1.1

        Hager hit the nail on the head.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2

        They represent National’s traditional role of providing policies that suit their various big business allies. There is also a small number of ministers working away competently on their portfolios, doing their best to help run the country, but they are unfortunately a minority. Meanwhile, the ministerial offices have hired in a clutch of Young National types as political advisers, people brought up on slogans and sneering attack politics but not on seriously addressing issues.

        That, is a scary report. As for suiting Big Business, from what I’m seeing, it really does look like National are actually stomping on small businesses, trying to get them out of the market. This makes sense, in a nasty way, as more competition lowers profits.

        • KJT 1.1.2.1

          Yeah. It puzzles me when I hear at Chamber of Commerce meetings. “Vote NACT. They are for business” from small business people who are getting screwed over by NACT.

      • ianmac 1.1.3

        Jonathon Devine said in the comments on Hager’s Feb post:”Try republishing this in a year – you may find that your predictions have proved true. In the meantime, you might like to sigh a breath of relief that this government hasn’t done much of anything yet.”
        Not a year yet since, but resonating now in October just the same.

    • Zeebop 1.2

      Carter says he wasn’t told. But I heard his partner was on the local constituency committee.
      I’m surprised that the National Committee would not have told the local board.
      If his partner isn’t talking to him then surely how is that worthy as headline news?

      Carter pretty much set the pace, and timing of his own downfall. Goff has yet to
      shine, but technically Goff just needs Key to declare an election date. All this
      hot air is the old adage, no such thing as bad publicity. Goff being around in a
      years time, and the memory of everyone saying he should have gone will
      actually strengthen him as a survivor.

  2. The Chairman 2

    It’s rather pointless rebuilding/repairing someone’s home if it can’t be reinsured.

    There are concerns that property values on some homes in affected areas could slump, even if they can be repaired.

    “The Government’s responsibility via EQC is to restore people’s positions to the situation they were in prior to the earthquake. Inevitably, if there are changes in property values that’s not something the Government, by and large, can be held accountable for.”

    Key acknowledged there may be some problems for householders on remediated land getting insurance cover.

    “The concern would be if the land was repaired, and the building was able to be rebuilt, but then the insurers would say `look, we are not going to insure that property’ then that would essentially make that property worthless for most New Zealanders who need to carry insurance for good reason.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4221076/Quake-hit-house-owners-face-loss

    • Zeebop 2.1

      Yeah, I was wondering why National govt was so up beat about land being able to be built on.
      Come’s with no guarentee it seems, that the work done will be of equal or better quality than
      the homes before.
      It all comes from allow Leaky homes saga to run and run, and not blame National for
      their gross failure of governance.

      • Zeebop 2.1.1

        Would a builder risk rebuilding if they could be sued for building on inadequate foundations?

  3. Draco T Bastard 3

    IPv6 survey shows vital messages not getting through

    InternetNZ CEO Vikram Kumar says the protocol and addressing scheme for the internet will be an opportunity for businesses to make use of new technologies but the recent survey shows that message is not getting through and they still see IPv6 adoption primarily as a cost.

    That sounds like a typical NZ managers response: Everything is a cost, not an opportunity.

    • Bored 3.1

      Stuff the technology Draco, I have been working in it for 30 years and guess what? The technology is truly wonderful BUT not doing anything different, just differently. And its a complexity trap.

      Your comment is correct in that managers worldwide see everything in the current context, all cost. They have merely been caught in a complexity trap of doing what they always did with more automated tools. My observation…dont expect change from such a regimented system.

      Second observation, better to do something simple, grow some edible plants incase the complex system falls over.

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        As some criticism on IPv6, I saw a proposal to instead increase the address-space on IPv4 from 32 bits to 64 bits, and do it in a seamless way so that all existing routers could still handle the new packet format until transition was complete. Seems like a much better approach than dual-stack that we’ve got now, with IPv6 having many many fiddly new features that don’t add much value, let alone the crazily long addresses that are not human-friendly.

        • Bored 3.1.1.1

          Seems to me short term that IPV6 is only required if the current ABC ranges run out (which could happen if we try and give every device in the world a unique identifier). Operationally the interim step (extended V4) as suggested is a pain in the proverbial, it breaks the “do it once and do it properly rule”. Using NAT with a currently valid IP address ranges (A,B,C) seems to be what the address starved Netizens get by doing. Dual stacks a pain, and often not supported, it will be a while before that changes. Then there is the issue of telcos having IPV6 compliant networks, another world of pain.

          But as above, it keeps us employed doing the same thing differently.

  4. BLiP 4

    Well done National Ltd™ – one city in ruins, one city in revolt, another stewing with indecision. Nero twiddled his thumbs, John Key just giggles.

  5. gobsmacked 5

    Shame on you, John Key. Shame on you.

    NZPA reports:

    “New Zealand’s opposition MPs have congratulated the Chinese winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, but Prime Minister John Key is not keen to talk about it.

    Liu Xiaobo, 54, was awarded the prize on Friday. He is serving 11 years in jail for campaigning for democratic transformation of China’s one-party state.

    He told his wife, Liu Xia, he dedicated the award to the people killed in the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in central Beijing.

    Mr Liu’s prize was applauded in the United States and Europe and US President Barack Obama called for his release.

    Labour’s spokeswoman for foreign affairs and trade, Maryan Street, and Green MP Keith Locke have offered Mr Liu their congratulations.

    Ms Street called on China to release Mr Liu as a demonstration of its progress in areas of human rights.

    “We applaud China for the huge leaps forward it has taken in recent years in advancing the social and economic conditions of its people, but we would also encourage China to make similar progress towards respect for human rights and democracy.”

    Human rights and democracy were important parts of Labour’s dialogue with China, she said.

    Mr Locke said New Zealand should advocate for Mr Liu’s release.

    “It is wrong for Mr Liu to be in prison simply for promoting the sort of democracy all New Zealanders take for granted.”

    Mr Key said yesterday he would not comment about Mr Liu until he received more advice.

    “I’m not aware of why he’s in jail and it’s not appropriate for me to comment on what is appropriate in terms of other countries putting people in those facilities.”

    ****

    Not appropriate? Governments do it all the time. Even Murray McCully has done it (heard of Fiji, John?).

    Give your friend Barack a call. He’ll explain it to you.

    • hateatea 5.1

      His silence on this is deplorable, if predictable. I am actually annoyed that our Prime Minister puts ‘free trade’ with China ahead of honouring a man who has sacrificed his freedom for his principles. But then, it is unclear to me whether or not John Key has any principles that he would sacrifice to defend

      captcha: games (what Key is playing – with us as the pawns)

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Jonkey is more concerned with kowtowing to the big money than human rights.

      …it is unclear to me whether or not John Key has any principles that he would sacrifice to defend

      He doesn’t. All he’s concerned about is people with money and those people being in control of everyone else.

    • Jim MacDonald 5.3

      Just read on newsroom.co.nz that Key’s Govt will offer congratulations. Is this real spine?
      Or a temporary/momentary transplantation?

    • freedom 5.4

      to be fair to our relaxed leader, he waited for the paperwork!

      talk about last out of the gate, and he still managed to say the minimum (bordering on nothing)

      • Jim MacDonald 5.4.1

        ‘Vacuous’ is the most fitting word.
        Acknowledgment: thanks to Gordon Campbell’s piece which I read today.

  6. gobsmacked 6

    Gordon Campbell has an excellent piece on this.

    New Zealand’s day of shame …

    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2010/10/12/gordon-campbell-keys-backbone-problem-with-china/

    The news media are starting to pick this up. There MUST be questions in Parliament this afternoon.

    • nzfp 6.1

      Liu Xiabo should decline the prize (like the Vietnamese Le Duc Tho did). Look at who he has to share a wall with:

      2009 – Barak Obama
      2007 – IPCC and Al Gore
      1994 – Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin.
      1978 – Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat, Menachem Begin
      1973 – Henry A Kissinger, Le Duc Tho (Declined the prize)
      1919 – Thomas Woodrow Wilson

    • ianmac 6.2

      The Greens are asking one in Question 12 today.
      Good column by Campbell.

      • Jim MacDonald 6.2.1

        Ah, just saw the earlier posted comments after I sent off my one above.
        Read Campbell and, yes, on international affairs and diplomatic matters, Nats have a stunning predilection to be vacuous or to make mincemeat out of their words :-0

  7. freedom 7

    Am i the only one who thinks this smells a little funny, especially the return to form for Kerry’s statements, gone are the soft lines of the previous few days

  8. The Chairman 8

    Clearing house to access to Reserve Bank funds

    NZX would be treated as “systemically important financial infrastructure” giving it recourse to emergency funding from the Reserve Bank if required, to help maintain financial stability.

    Yesterday’s agreement follows a recommendation from the Capital Markets Development Taskforce in December.

    NZX chief executive Mark Weldon said the agreement was a vote of confidence in a co-operative approach to settlement systems.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/4220610/Clearing-house-to-access-to-Reserve-Bank-funds

    Isn’t Weldon a member of the Market Development Taskforce?

    • freedom 8.1

      It’s all O.K. people. That is just weapons maintenance for the coming currency war

      (IMF chants)
      Here comes the Bancor

      -gottta give Keynes credit for a catchy name

  9. Joe Bloggs 9

    speaking of the global warming con that’s been foisted upon us, I was interested to read of Harold Lewis’s resignation from the American Physical Society.

    http://thegwpf.org/ipcc-news/1670-hal-lewis-my-resignation-from-the-american-physical-society.html

    Amongst other things he highlights the money-making machine that global warming studies have become for the major reseach institutes and he comments that

    It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS [the American Physical Society] before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.

    Damn but that’s a poke in the eye for the warmists

    • mcflock 9.1

      not really. He doesn’t actually deny global warming exists. Just pulls the old “no idea as to cause, no idea as to consequences” routine.

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504383_162-5933353-504383.html

      Although this guy is quite scathing:

      http://davidappell.blogspot.com/2010/10/hal-lewiss-temper-tantrum.html

      • walt 9.1.1

        And what do his peers think of this 87 year old’s assertions?

        The President of the APS, Professor Curt Callan, said: “The use of the word ‘scam’ is ridiculous. To dismiss the work of large numbers of honest, hard-working scientists as a scam is just silly.”

      • nzfp 9.1.2

        Just pulls the old “no idea as to cause, no idea as to consequences” routine

        No he didn’t – he was scathing about the amount of external capital that he felt corrupted the science to find a pre-determined conclusion. Specifically:

        the money flood has become the raison d’être of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.

        It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave

        A conclusion which – by the way – makes no difference to the fact that human activity is still detrimental to the biosphere.

        The problem is when the conclusion – whether contrived or scientifically determined – is used to sell the wrong solution.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2.1

          Um, it does take money, in today’s economy, to do research. Global climate change happens to be a rather extreme threat to humanity and the globe and so, predictably, more money is thrown at it. It is not the raison d’être for the research, merely the needed resources for the research to happen.

          • nzfp 9.1.2.1.1

            Of course global climate change is a threat, the question between the “Deniers” and “Proponents” is whether or not there is an anthropogenic warming. Other threats to our society include extreme poverty, starvation and war – but I don’t see a Bullet tax or Greed tax or even any funding for reasearch on these topics. I would argue that IMF structural reforms have killed more people in Africa alone then climate change.

            You know as well as I that a change in the economic system would result in a decrease in energy consumption – there goes peak oil – and waste – there goes pollution – almost immediately. Just a side effect of monetary reform alone would result in environmental changes orders of magnitude greater then any patch (read ETS) in our current system. Another side effect would be no more third world debt leading to starvation.

            Which begs the questions – why is Al Gore so concerned with C02 levels instead of Debt levels? Why is there a C02 tax instead of a Credit tax (on banks)? Why are there Carbon Trading schemes instead of fair and equitable taxation?

            Who controls the debate and what is the solution they are selling?

            • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2.1.1.1

              A change to a sustainable economic system is about the only way to prevent the damage that our economic system is presently doing to the ecology. It would probably even remove war as a major threat. This doesn’t remove the fact that it still takes money to do the research which was the specific point I was addressing.

              Peak Oil will still be there – it would just last a hell of a lot longer and agree that the IMF structural reforms have probably killed more people than a hell of a lot of things but climate change will kill a hell of a lot more in the long run. The IMF dictated reforms can be changed before then if the local governments tell them fuck off.

              but I don’t see a Bullet tax or Greed tax or even any funding for reasearch on these topics.

              And you know as well as I do that that’s because the Greedy Bastards with Guns own the friggen government 😛

      • nzfp 9.1.3

        And to think that the IPCC and Al Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize for promoting a carbon trading scheme which did NOTHING to prevent the BP Gulf of Mexico spill or the tailings dam disaster in Hungary while transferring Billions in wealth from ordinary Europeans into the back pockets of Goldman Sachs, Blood and Gore and all the other commodities and futures traders who started betting on (c.f. Catholic Indulgences) permissions to pollute – carbon credits.

        Wrong solution. Wrong problem.

      • lprent 9.1.4

        Yep – another old physicist talking about something he doesn’t understand.

        You can see the idiots simply don’t have any idea when they talk about the local “little ice age” so beloved of people who haven’t bothered to read an science outside of their own myopic focus in many decades (and which never happened worldwide). These are the type of fools who would confuse a little area around the Atlantic with the whole world, or weather with climate…

        • nzfp 9.1.4.1

          OK,
          So what’s your solution LP? Cos Al Gores Carbon Indulgences ain’t cutting it!
          You’ve used a bunch of fallacies in this paragraph which makes me want to get into it – but it’s a waste of time and doesn’t solve the problem.

          So seriously – what do you propose? Also – just as import – how do you get the proposition to the rest of the nation?

          I can see how you’ve started that by setting up and maintaining this site – but what about the rest of the average Joes?

          • lprent 9.1.4.1.1

            I’d go for a straight and slowly increasing tariff (say automatically stepping up every 2-3 years) on hydrocarbons both at the border and as it comes out of the ground. In other words in exactly the same way that we treat tobacco and alcohol. Similarly I

            A simple price signal is the most effective signal there is to shift behavior. I’d put the raised money directly into a fund to pay for tax rebates and grants on general R&D.

            • KJT 9.1.4.1.1.1

              One proposal I liked was for a carbon tax which is then evenly distributed amongst tax payers. Though even better, I think, would be carbon taxes used to fund the development of clean technology, sustainable energy and resource use reduction. These are the types of PPP’s we should be supporting. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/4179680/US-govt-funds-NZ-wave-prototype

              ETS are just another money go around for the finance people to clip the ticket.
              Resulting in nonsense like old growth forests being felled to be replaced by “Kyoto forests”.

    • nzfp 9.2

      Who cares if it exists or doesn’t exist,
      It doesn’t mean that we can relax our behaviour with regard to environmental responsibility.

      Supporting or Denying human caused global warming makes zero difference to what happened in Hungary and the Gulf of Mexico.

      Both of these events are a result of an economic system that forces growth at any expense.

      An ETS tax would not stop corporate malfeaseance – but a fundamental change in economics would.

      The argument is a distraction from finding a long lasting socially responsible solution.

      • ianmac 9.2.1

        Exactly. Even if Global Warming was not so, and even if not man-made it would still be worth it to tidy up mans’ mess. We cannot continue to consume.

        • nzfp 9.2.1.1

          Yes – you are 100% correct, it’s time to put the argument away and solve the problem.

          We already know what the problem is – there are many here who have varying solutions to the problem – I would argue that any one of them would probably be a lot better then what we have now!

          One of the reasons I try very hard not to get into this debate anymore.

        • freedom 9.2.1.2

          yes let’s fix the problem. Grow Hemp forests for wood, building products, paper and packaging. Plant Hemp plantations for medicine, plant Hemp plantations for plastics, plant Hemp plantations for fabric

          and basically plant Hemp plantations for the complete replacement of the petrochemical industry

          It is not rocket science it is simply a lack of will fostered by greed and duplicity

      • Draco T Bastard 9.2.2

        I’d agree with that.

      • KJT 9.2.3

        Maritime NZ have a road show going around the country with a proposal to make things cheaper for the offshore oil drilling industry. Current requirements for STCW/SOLAS certification for crews and the vessel on oil rig tenders may be relaxed to allow inshore qualifications up to the new within 200 miles of the coast “Near sheltered waters limit”. About the same as allowing someone with 200 hours in a Cessna to drive a jumbo jet.
        I.E. Off the East Coast or in the Great South Basin.

        Oil rig tenders are supposed to be the stand by vessels for rescue and firefighting for the rigs.

        STCW is the minimum requirement for international vessels. It is already compromised by ship owner interests. Attempts to relax requirements below this level are not going to increase the safety of offshore drilling.

        Especially in light of the Coastguard findings in the US that lack of knowledge of stability in ship and rig firefighting at the scene may have contributed to the Transocean rig sinking.

        I think this shows the Governments real level of commitment to environmental safety.

  10. comedy 10

    Not politics, the economy or anything like that but what a wonderful yarn.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10679994

  11. KJT 11

    http://msn.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10680029

    Can anyone tell me if this is just code for. “We will cut funding to ITO’s to fund University places”.

    • hateatea 11.1

      That was what I took from the announcement. After all, why would we need carpenters, electricians, plumbers and mechanics. Another plonker

  12. gobsmacked 12

    Better news from the latest poll: Labour 36.5%, Greens 8%.

    http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2010/4586/

    Looks like the “earthquake effect” has faded, so what else have National got? Spiders?

    • The Voice of Reason 12.1

      Labour’s best poll result in years! 36.5% plus the Greens steady on 8% and Act flatlining. The good news just doesn’t stop coming for the left this week!

      captcha: fate

      • gobsmacked 12.1.1

        ACT’s support (already tiny) has now disintegrated, in both the polls this week (Morgan and TV3).

        So, the pressure goes on Key to dump Rodney Hide and win back Epsom. Cue the next round of ACT in-fighting …

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          I had understood that NAT love to set election dates in the coldest, wettest month of the year to drive turnout down.

      • lprent 12.1.2

        Yeah the good thing about this poll is that there is a consistent rise showing in Labours polling, and National is slowly but surely dropping. I think that is going to be the pattern for the rest of this year and for next year. Personally I don’t think that there will be a early election. That requires a bloody good excuse with the disintegration of a required coalition party and a fractured working majority. Otherwise voters will penalize the government for being dragged out to vote in the miserable winter weather. Not to mention the expense and hurried campaign. For all of the disruption in Act, I don’t think that they or whatever they split into will stop supporting National and the Maori party is rather committed to the coalition at this point through lack of any effective results.

        Act is falling away (hardly surprising). The Maori party vote is more problematic since their MP’s depend entirely on seats. I’d love to see some polling in those seats because I suspect that there is probably some movement in their weaker MP’s support downwards. NZF is still fluctuating up and down just over the margin of error – but I’d never discount Winston (damnit). The Greens have always had this nasty issue that their polling usually overstates their election day support

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  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    4 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    4 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    5 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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