Open mike 14/06/2024

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  1. Bearded Git 1

    We are so lucky to have MMP in NZ. George Monbiot explains here that really only the Greens have effective social and climate-change friendly policies in the UK. But under the useless and long discredited FPP system still used in the UK the Greens will be lucky to get 4 seats out of 650 seats in the House of Commons in the upcoming election, meaning their effect on legislation is minimal.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jun/12/green-party-manifesto-labour-wealth-tax-public-services-keir-starmer

    Contrast this with MMP in NZ where the Greens 12.6 per cent vote gives them 15 seats out of 123.

  2. newsense 2

    Geez mate, I wanna find a reason to vote for you, but you sound more like a fixer for when the Nats drift back to the centre after they f- things than a Labour leader.

    I want a leader who stands in the house sure of Labour values and not appeasement of shirking and anti-science by this bunch of big business beneficiaries. Why are we subsidising landlords, tobacco companies and farmers who avoid climate responsibilities?

    While you remain unsure I can’t vote Labour.

    http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2024/06/hipkins-is-still-useless.html

  3. PsyclingLeft.Always 3

    In a speech to Local government New Zealand on Thursday night, Chris Bishop said he wanted government grant funding to become a last resort for councils.

    "And you've seen Simeon Brown recently launch the Pothole Prevention Fund because we've been underinvesting in maintenance on our roads, and the speech signals that we're looking at things like congestion pricing to make better use of the existing roads that we have around the country, and manage demand on our roads.

    "That's the point of the speech – to change some of the way we do things."

    Which would mean more user-pays.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/519513/we-can-t-buy-our-way-out-chris-bishop-on-infrastructure-funding-and-user-pays

    Finally ! So HEAVY trucks..and their also associated heavy trailers will be paying for the damage they actually cause ?

    Small rural town Ratepayers (and others) will be happy their streets/roads will be paid for by those who do the most damage !

    • Bill Drees 3.1

      It's chilling to be reminded that Simeon Brown has actual influence on policy.

    • gsays 3.2

      Rest assured it will users that don't have a lobby group that will be paying.

      The trucking industry is untouchable in this country.

  4. mikesh 5

    Using Chromium on a Raspberry Pi, and then on a tablet using Firefox, I have both times received a warning that the site is insecure, this site may be fake. Is this likely to be a scam.

    • lprent 5.1

      Fixed. Operator error complicated by sleeping in*.

      I left the cdn.thestandard.org.nz pointed to the cdn supplier after I'd changed it to use cdn2. Forgot to shift it back to the server.

      It broke the automatic generation of the SSL cert. Fixed it at the DNS and regenerated the certs. Should clear up after the caches expire.

      • Having fun being newly partially and probably temporarily retired. Kiwisaver landed in my account yesterday. Been having fun writing code without deadlines and taking time to examine language features. Up at 0430 for an idea. Back to bed at 0745. Up again at 1155. Hopefully I'll get a job shortly, hopefully before the first full payment of super on the 18th, but probably whenever National's artificially generated business confidence recession wanes a bit.
  5. Tony 6

    I got the same warning,

  6. gsays 7

    Some food for thought in this interview.

    Especially the more strident amongst us with a black and white view.

    I get the bully who harassed Maureen Pugh the other day may have been het up the government at large but he was definitely out if order

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018942676/does-new-zealand-have-a-global-responsibility-to-mine-more-locally

  7. SPC 8

    $50B to Ukraine from the interest on the frozen Russian money ($300B).

    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cllldqyg19ro

    • bwaghorn 8.1

      Why not just use the $300 billion?

      • SPC 8.1.1

        I suspect it is being left for claim of reparations – rebuild when there is peace.

      • Michael P 8.1.2

        The interest on the frozen assets is being used as collateral for the $50 billion in loans, they aren't just giving them the interest.

        If they just gave the interest (or the assets) to Ukraine that would be theft. Although I'm positive they will be drafting laws in the meantime that will eventually allow them to confiscate those assets.

        This is the view of course if you look at the world with rose tints on. The other view is that not in a million years would the financial institutions that currently hold those assets give them up willingly. They won't even allow the interest to be used as collateral unless the loan is guaranteed by the US government.

        As usual with anything money related, the banks always win.

        • SPC 8.1.2.1

          The BBC article says that the interest itself is being used.

          Can you cite your source?

  8. SPC 9

    National has been reducing support to children with disability.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/disability-sector-appalled-by-sudden-restrictions-on-support-funding-it-makes-my-blood-boil/5XSXAWKARRGXZIJAS3K4XVV2MQ

    Also to state schools

    The disestablished roles included people involved in work that helps schools with children with disabilities and with projects such as free school lunches that tackle inequities for Māori and Pacific children.

    The proposed new structure did not appear to include any nutrition or food safety roles.

    The system delivery team charged with funding and supporting schools and early learning services would drop from 177 to 106 roles with some jobs moved to other divisions and only 30 occupied roles axed.

    In the learning support division, which supports children with disabilities, seven occupied and 11 vacant positions, most of them advisers, would be cut and two created

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/education-ministry-cuts-roles-supporting-disabled-kids-among-those-proposed-to-be-axed/6ES4IXUXUVEJ3PFOXDETR35PTI/

    However it is supporting (restoring) charter schools and boosting specialist schools

    The Government is increasing the number of specialist classrooms for students with additional needs.

    It's funding $89 million as part of this year's Budget towards redeveloping and increasing specialist facilities for students with high needs. Under the funding, three specialist schools in poor condition will be upgraded and 17 special classrooms on host school sites – aka satellite classrooms – will be added.

    Sommerville Special School's redevelopment will include 22 new teaching spaces with connecting walkways and canopies, more parking and fresh building and infrastructure to house the new co-funded hydrotherapy pools and equipment.

    "A report recently released by the Education Review Office (ERO) highlights that some of our most vulnerable learners are in classrooms that are in a terrible condition," Stanford said.

    "I was horrified to learn about the unacceptable state of specialist school property and the long wait lists of more than 650 children, following significant underinvestment in maintenance and growth."

    The Government will also include specialist schools and satellite classrooms in network planning for the first time.

    "A specialist schools work programme is also underway to ensure children get the critical services they need. This work is part of the Government's six education priorities to deliver a world-leading education system," Stanford said.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2024/06/government-to-improve-and-increase-number-of-specialist-classrooms.html

    This indicates a clear direction to move from state to either charter or specialist schools.

    • Michael P 9.1

      "The proposed new structure did not appear to include any nutrition or food safety roles."

      Hmmm, let's see…. Make sure the unprocessed food is good quality and includes protein, along with some fresh fruit and veges.

      Make sure that whoever is turning that unprocessed food into lunches (i.e making sandwiches and cutting the fruit / veges) wash their hands first.

      Problem solved. No need to create a multitude of unnecessary jobs and layers of bureaucracy.

      Children in the 60's, 70's and beyond managed to survive without all of these so called experts.

      • SPC 9.1.1

        No one to oversee the supply … parents can be trusted, locals can be but centralised suppliers … when there is no regulatory standard check?

        Replacing an $8 a hot meal with a $3 meal – a day old sandwich (centralised supply) and piece of fruit. Protein … and other nutrition? Trust David Seymour?

  9. adam 10

    Should we all freak out?

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/us-saudi-petrodollar-pact-ends-after-50-years/ar-BB1o29sn

    Probably a little.

    And no before anyone thinks the yen or the rupee is the replacement, it will not be.

    It's just that Saudi Arabia have let the 50 year deal slide.

    So they can sell oil in yen, pounds, euro's, rupee and dollars.

    • SPC 10.1

      The petrodollar agreement, formalized after the 1973 oil crisis, stipulated that Saudi Arabia would price its oil exports exclusively in U.S. dollars and invest its surplus oil revenues in U.S. Treasury bonds. In return, the U.S. provided military support and protection to the kingdom. This arrangement was a win-win situation for both; the U.S. gained a stable source of oil and a captive market for its debt, while Saudi Arabia secured its economic and overall security.

      Oil has diminished as a share of the world economy.

      That leaves open the issue of Treasury Bonds because of rising debt – currently 30 year home loans at 7%.

  10. It's 40 years today since a punch drunk (and actually drunk) Muldoon announced the snap election that led to the start of the silent coup by the Rogernomes and Ruthenomes. I've posted some relevant links and commentary here;

    https://mastodon.nzoss.nz/@strypey/112611354663649162

    I was a child in the 1980s and most people my age and younger have been swimming in the neoliberal kool-aid all our lives. It's essential to mark anniversaries like this and to point to rigorously researched documentation of what was changed, the claims about what the changes would achieve, and what actually happened.

    Classic example; the corporatisation and privatisation of intercity transport will lead to a thriving competitive market which will drive prices down and quality up. We now have a monopoly train company, 2 inter-island ferry services, only one of which can carry trains (and only one aging ferry in their fleet), and a virtual monopoly on intercity buses. Prices are astronomical – especially for trains – and whole regions not served by public transport at all (eg Westland and Buller).

    If anyone wants to help with research and writing for an website that exposes these political-economic realities, and debunks the corporatist kool-aid the current government are clearly still drinking, please reach out.

    • Anne 11.1

      1984 should be writ large on the NZ historical calendar of this country.

      I recently read some articles about the 1984 election and contrary to what is generally understood, Rogernomics was not a preordained political coup. In fact it started out as just a response to Muldoonism, but over time Roger Douglas and co. began to see it as a tool which they could use to alter the course of history. They believed for the better. They were mostly wrong.

      It should also be remembered that 1984 arguably saw the first terrorist act on NZ soil. I refer to the Trades Hall bombing in March. I have also been reading up on that affair and it looks to me like it was the work of a small group of people. They were not only ideologically opposed to Trade Unions. but they also had strong pro-nuclear sentiments. In other words, it was a political act. Unfortunately I can say no more than that at this time.

      • Belladonna 11.1.1

        Looks like there were a number of earlier violent acts of protest (terrorism) in NZ.

        https://teara.govt.nz/en/terrorism-and-counter-terrorism/page-1

        Not to mention the attempt to assassinate the Queen in 1981 – depends on whether you regard him as a lone nutter, or a political terrorist…..

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_John_Lewis

        Or the 1982 attempt to blow up the Wanganui computer – which was definitely a political act.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanganui_Computer_Centre_bombing

        • adam 11.1.1.1

          Or the 1982 attempt to blow up the Wanganui computer – which was definitely a political act.

          Totally disagree that it was an act of terrorism.

          Neil Roberts chose to walk away when he found out people were in the building and kill himself.

          To call Neil a terrorist is just Tory propaganda.

          • joe90 11.1.1.1.1

            Neil Roberts chose to walk away

            No he didn't. He tried to kill security workers.

            What was then the Federal Hotel at 2 Taupo Quay, 250m from 3 Park Place where Roberts detonated his IED, was a late-opener catering to shift workers.

            The explosion broke hotel windows and terrified hotel staff and patrons and others in the vicinity were traumatised by the sight of Roberts' body parts scattered around the area.

            • weka 11.1.1.1.1.1

              what's the evidence that he intended to kill security workers?

              • joe90

                Security were on the other side of that demolished door. When queried through the intercom, Roberts detonated his IED.

                • adam

                  Not what they told me. They told me he freaked out, that people were there. And walked away, then he blew up himself up. If he had done it at the door, there would have been deaths.

                  • joe90

                    It was a national data centre, not a fucking dairy, and it was designed to keep men with .303's and improvised explosive devices out.

        • weka 11.1.1.2

          I'm pretty sure there were terrorist acts during colonisation too.

          • alwyn 11.1.1.2.1

            I suppose you could class Hone Heke's cutting down flagpoles as being Terrorism couldn't you?

            • Ad 11.1.1.2.1.1

              Our truest and greatest terrorist was Te Rauparaha, a true raping, slaving mass murderer.

              Maybe Te Atiawa don't feel that way but the entire South Island iwi do.

        • Anne 11.1.1.3

          From Britannica:

          Terrorism, the calculated use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective. Terrorism has been practiced by political organizations with both rightist and leftist objectives, by nationalistic and religious groups, by revolutionaries, and even by state institutions such as armies, intelligence services, and police.

          https://www.britannica.com/topic/terrorism

          Granted, that is wide ranging. However I think most people recognise it as being politically and/or ideologically motivated acts of violence.

          However that wasn't the purpose of my comment @ 11.1. It was to point out that 1984 should go down as a pivotal year in NZ history.

          • Belladonna 11.1.1.3.1

            Granted, that is wide ranging. However I think most people recognise it as being politically and/or ideologically motivated acts of violence.

            All of which had happened in NZ well before the 1984 Trades Union bombing.

            You pivoted from the OP point of the transformational 1984 election to associate it with the "first terrorist act on NZ soil"

            It should also be remembered that 1984 arguably saw the first terrorist act on NZ soil. I refer to the Trades Hall bombing in March.

            You were wrong.

            • Anne 11.1.1.3.1.1

              Why do you always have to take an adversarial approach to anything certain people may say here?

              I should not have to point out the reason I used the word "arguably" in my original comment. It should be obvious. "NZ's first terrorist act" was a common description in the years following the incident, but there is some disagreement about that. Fair enough.

              I gather you do not agree 1984 was an historically important “pivotal” year for NZ. 🙄

              Edit: Oh and I did no such “pivot”. That was your chosen negative interpretation. You are wrong. I was extending the reason why I believe 1984 was such an important year and the fallout continues.

              • Belladonna

                So – let's hear your argument. Why do you think that the TU bombing was the first act of terrorism on NZ soil? What was significantly different about it to the other 'arguably' terrorist acts which preceded it?

                I think that 1984 was an incredibly important year, politically – and was the beginning of a massive and far-reaching change to the fabric of NZ society. That seems entirely uncontroversial. Zip to do with terrorism, however.

      • Michael P 11.1.2

        "1984 arguably saw the first terrorist act on NZ soil. .."

        So what would you call the bombing of the Wanganui computer center in 1982? Or the 1975 intended bombing of the Indian consulate by the Ananda Marga group? Or the 2 Hare Krishna people who died when the bomb they were going to attack a meatworks with exploded prematurely? Or the numerous reported and kept hush hush acts of political violence during the Springbok tour in 1981, such as the fact that five bombs at various locations exploded, four undetonated improvised explosive devices were located, and multiple bomb-threats were made against various locations.

        "they also had strong pro-nuclear sentiments.."

        What evidence do you have for that and why would a pro nuclear stance be a contributing factor in planting a bomb at a union hall? Also, were unions in 1984 anti nuclear ? (keeping in mind that back then union members were not only working class but the unions themselves were almost entirely staffed and run by the working class.)

        The so called evidence released in I think 2018 or 2019 included a comment / statement that the suitcase in question was lined with pages 9.10.19 and 20 of the June 18, 1977 evening post. These exact pages were found to be missing from the same edition of the newspaper found during a police search of the house of the main suspect.

        Add to that the facts that the suspect was a loaner and a hoarder with expertise in explosives, a violent past, a history of redundancies and was 'thought' to be anti union.

        Plus Components similar to those used in the construction of the bomb were also found at his house.

        That's pretty strong circumstantial evidence.

        Then again you only really need to think a bit about the facts that in terms of 'homemade' bombs, this was pretty sophisticated (mercury switch, etc). The bomb was left outside George Thompson's print room. Thompson was heavily involved in the motor industry struggles against the government. The case remains unsolved despite the discovered evidence, the high profile, the rewards offered, etc, which would indicate blind luck on behalf of a lone bomber or more likely some involvement of the intelligence services or some other shadowy government entity.

        "..it was a political act…"

        Yep, that's what terrorism is.

        (Although terrorists usually publicize their involvement by claiming responsibility, to publicize their political argument and make people aware of their side of the argument. which of course didn't happen in this case.)

        "Unfortunately I can say no more than that at this time."

        Why not? I hope that if you have any further evidence or any evidence that points to perpetrator(s) other than the main suspect that you are discussing it with the police???

    • gsays 11.2

      Thanks for the reminder.

      The ripples from this failed experiment are wreaking havoc to this day.

      Welfare for working people, the dismantling of unions, the rise and rise of strangers raising our young and caring for our elderly, never seen before inequality can all be laid at neo-liberalism's door.

    • Ad 11.3

      Presumably you've seen the Toby Manhire series which commemorates precisely this.

      Personally I think Muldoon is more to blame than either Lange or Douglas.

      Muldoon kept us inside a statist cage for too long, refused to devalue the dollar, only very grudgingly handed over power after the election, and pushed Treasury and the new government into unnecessary crisis in its first months.

  11. Descendant Of Smith 12

    A simple summary of privitisation issues.

    https://weownit.org.uk/privatisation

    A nice meta analysis. I've always liked this comment in it.

    Overall, private ownership offers more incentives for cost reduction, but these incentives can induce quality erosion. Ensuring quality under privatization requires increased oversight, which can blur the line between public and private ownership (Guttman, 2000; Bozeman, 1987). As the difference between public and private ownership disappears, the potential for cost savings from private ownership may disappear as well.

    http://www.ub.edu/graap/JPAM_BFW.pdf

    And of course the post-Soviet Union period had some interesting issues.

    What was revealing was how many of these emissaries of the capitalist way seemed to believe the myth that all that was good in the British and American economies had been constructed by the free market. They seemed to believe, or talked, made speeches, wrote papers as if they believed, that the entire structure of their own wealthy modern societies – the roads, the electricity grids, the railways, the water and sewage systems, the universal postal services, the telecoms networks, housing, education and health care – had been brought into being by individual entrepreneurs driven by desire for gain, with the occasional lump of charity thrown in, and that a bloated, parasitical state had come shambling onto the scene, seizing assets and demanding free stuff for its shirker buddies.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/22/sale-of-century-privatisation-scam

    Nothing I read in the last twenty years says it gave us the promised improvements.

    • Michael P 12.1

      Plus even if all of the so called benefits actually happened (which they didn't and never do), would the dollar amount consumers from these 'benefits' plus the amout received from the sale be more than the value of the publicly owned assets which were sold? (including future projected returns / appreciation for the public if assets kept)

  12. Drowsy M. Kram 13

    Several global warming models predict 1.5˚C of above pre-industrial temperatures by 2030, and +2˚C by 2050 – think positive.

    https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-what-record-global-heat-means-for-breaching-the-1-5c-warming-limit/

    Florida flooding puts DeSantis' delusional climate agenda in focus
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    Why Dutton is restoking the climate wars: politics with Amy Remeikis – video [14 June 2024]
    The Australian climate wars appear to be back, with Peter Dutton leading the charge. The opposition leader told News Corp he would not support the nationally legislated 2030 emissions reduction target, triggering accusations he would put Australia in breach of the landmark Paris climate agreement. So what's the play? According to political reporter Amy Remeikis, it has a lot do with 'distraction' and an upcoming election.

    Meanwhile, our CoC govt is doing all it can to meet commitments to the Paris climate agreement NZ signed in 2016. "It’s a case of slower to go faster", apparently.

    https://www.climatecommission.govt.nz/get-involved/exploring-the-issues/the-2050-target/

    Turbulent, distracting times ahead – keep your seat belt fastened, if you can afford one.

    The ‘flickering’ of Earth systems is warning us: act now, or see our already degraded paradise lost [31 Oct 2023]
    In the 2030s, 40s or 50s, when the climate crisis has manifested itself in global catastrophe, some wretched politician will be running round in circles whimpering: “Nobody told us it would be this bad.

    • Michael P 13.1

      "Several global warming models predict 1.5˚C of above pre-industrial temperatures by 2030, and +2˚C by 2050 "

      Have any global warming models been correct in their predictions up until now?

      • Drowsy M. Kram 13.1.1

        In recent decades human activities have resulted in a significant imbalance between the energy spaceship Earth absorbs from the sun, and the energy it loses to space. This imbalance is causing spaceship Earth to heat up.

        New Delhi records highest-ever temperature of 52.3C as north India swelters [29 May 2024]

        Have any global warming models been correct in their predictions up until now?

        Equilibrium global warming including slow feedbacks for today’s human-made greenhouse gas (GHG) climate forcing (4.1 W/m2) is 10°C, reduced to 8°C by today’s aerosols

        … models are useful and even necessary for analysis of the complex climate system, but sometimes the models contain hocus-pocus. As we mention in our current paper, they can assume, in effect, that “a miracle will occur.” So, the models need to be continually checked against the real world.

        Our research is focused on real world data and comparison with models, with the hope of gaining insights about how the climate system works and where the real world is headed.

        https://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2023/CommittedWarming.25May2023.pdf

        In 2012, NASA scientists reported that to stop global warming atmospheric CO2 concentration would have to be reduced to 350 ppm or less, assuming all other climate forcings were fixed. As of 2020, atmospheric CO2 reached 415 ppm and all long-lived greenhouse gases exceeded a 500 ppm CO2-equivalent concentration due to continued growth in human emissions.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_energy_budget

        14 June 2024 atmospheric CO2 is 427.53 ppmovershoot lifestyles are addictive.

        What’s to blame for collapse? [27 March 2024]
        Dave: Hi Jem. You’ve got a new book out – Breaking Together, and you’ve changed your position slightly haven’t you – you’re saying that collapse is a process not an event, and that it’s more than inevitable – it’s already underway.

        Jem: Yes. It’s been 5 years since the Deep Adaptation paper, since when I’ve discovered it’s much worse than I thought. In the majority of countries we looked at, quality of life indicators have been falling since 2015. That can be related to the underlying systems – energy, food, biosphere, economy, money, climate. Then the question is: ‘what to do about it?’ (and ‘what not to do about it?’).

        … there’s a chapter in the book on the money system, and how it enslaves us to a particular way of being in the world. We’ve all grown up with it, and so been manipulated and coerced into a destructive approach to life. We don’t know what it would be like to live free of that – how much we could be cooperating with each other, rather than harming each other and nature.

        With each of these framings — collapse, catastrophe, extinction – people describe different degrees of certainty. Different people speak of a scenario being possible, probable or inevitable. In my conversations with both professionals in sustainability or climate, and others not directly involved, I have found that people choose a scenario and a probability depending not on what the data and its analysis might suggest, but what they are choosing to live with as a story about this topic. That parallels findings in psychology that none of us are purely logic machines but relate information into stories about how things relate and why. None of us are immune to that process. Currently, I have chosen to interpret the information as indicating inevitable collapse, probable catastrophe and possible extinction.

        My own conclusion that it is too late to prevent a breakdown in modern civilization in most countries within our lifetimes is not purely based on an assessment of climate science. It's based on my view of society, politics, economics from having worked on probably 25 countries across five continents, worked in the intergovernmental sector of the U.N., been part of the World Economic Forum, working in senior management in environmental groups, being on boards of investment funds.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jem_Bendell

        Let's just hope that Hansen, Bendell and other meddling scientists are very wrong.

        https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/04/more-than-1000-climate-scientists-urge-public-to-become-activists

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    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    2 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    2 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    2 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    3 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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    4 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    5 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    6 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    6 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Questions from God

    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
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  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?

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    1 week ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Women in Space.

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  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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    11 hours ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    17 hours ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    1 day ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

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    1 day ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
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    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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    3 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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    3 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

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