Open mike 14/03/2011

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  1. joe90 1

    A series of mouse-over before and after pics and the aftermath from The Big Picture…and a man rescued at sea.

  2. Bob Stanforth 2

    So, Goofy says he’s joking about lining looters up against a wall – really? Didnt sound like a joke to me. Anything to say, anyone? Other than NRTurn who has the courage of his convictions to call it, anyone?

    Nah, didnt think so. Pathetic. Without morality, all of you.

    • felix 2.1

      What, apart from all these comments the other day? http://thestandard.org.nz/building-our-future/#comment-306790

      Bother to check ANYTHING before you type, Bob? Nah, didn’t think so.

    • Memo from Crosby Textor

      To all available wingnuts

      Guys we are running into problems.

      The New Zealand population is realising very quickly that the current strategy of giving tax cuts to the very wealthy and crossing our fingers and hoping that somehow economic uplift will happen at the same time is not working. Ordinary Kiwis are concluding that there is absolutely no link between the two, and that by giving Key et al a huge tax cut all that has happened is that the poor receive less and essential Government services are cut.

      So we want you to troll the internet for comments by Goff. Any comment is fine and it does not matter how informal the chat was when it occurred. For instance if he expresses exasperation at looters on Student Radio apply a bit of spin and claim that he is advocating the compulsory shooting of looters, litterers and loafers without trial.

      Keep repeating it for as long as possible. We need to give coverage to the Government so that it can continuing pillaging New Zealand while people's attention is diverted.

      • felix 2.2.1

        Doesn’t really matter what the setting is though mickey, Goff fucked up. What he said was fucking disgusting and he deserves to be called out for it.

        • Luva 2.2.1.1

          Well said felix

          • vto 2.2.1.1.1

            Disgusting to even joke about.

            The police giving looters the bash is also disgusting and I can’t believe that politicians are making jokes about it and turning a blind eye to it.

            Sure, lots of the public are like “yeah, give ’em the bash, bloody deserve it the creeps taking advantage like that.”

            So does that mean that this vigilante action by police can continue post-earthquake or perhps in other parts of NZ??????? After all, the crims looting are doing NO MORE than what they always do, which is take advantage of people. It is simply the sheer number of people that have been affected and the drama of earthquake (fuck, anove aftershock just then. quick and silentish) that seems to allow people to turn a blind eye to this injustice.

            So when we next get burgled I am going to ask the NZ Police and Army if they can give the suspect the bash.

            Key has okayed it by turning a blind eye. Goff has okayed it by his joke. The public has okayed it by the general blind eye. And the police have okayed it by doing it.

            Btw, the feeling in town is that it is the Aussie police bringing their style of policing to town that is causing this… Probably not true but we are using it as the excuse anyway. ha ha. Blame the aussies.

      • Armchair Critic 2.2.2

        A bit of personal responsibility would go down well here, mickey. If Mr Goff had engaged his brain before his mouth then the comments would not be there for wingnuts to repeat endlessly.
        All he needed to do was not talk about shooting looters. How difficult is that? Even I can do it, and I’m just some pseudononymous liberal commenting on a blog, not the leader of the opposition.
        I still want to know why I should vote Labour, and “they aren’t National” is no longer good enough.

    • Well Bob I did. All over the place, including here, Kiwiblog and Public Address. And since you’ve given me an opening to do so, I’d just like to say how gratified I was to see that those on the left can put aside blind ideological loyalty and call someone a twat when they so richly deserve to be (well, with the exception of micky…) whereas the majority on the right can’t even bring themselves to acknowledge Sarah Palin is several rounds short of a full bandolier.

      However, when it comes to another inciter of violence and hatred I’ve taken it upon myself to go considerably further and lay a complaint with the police.

      Meanwhile, you have…?

      • mickysavage 2.3.1

        I believe Rex that my comments can be describe as minimising rather than excusing …

      • vto 2.3.2

        Well done Rex.

        While normally finding Laws a painful boring but harmless twat that column made me think he has a serious screw loose. He should not be near such a platform because he has stepped into the realm of dangerous.

        Keep at it and let us know the outcome.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    Rodney confirmed at ACT’s conference that he remains one of the supreme ‘joe hunts’ of the NZ political scene. “Lets go mining, again” has gotta be right up there with his “No maori seats on SuperCity” as a vote grabber.

    • The Voice of Reason 3.1

      They may have lost David Garrett, but the madness remains:

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4761685/Shoot-the-natives-ACT-conference-told

      • Bored 3.1.1

        Serious journalism is not meant to be as funny as this. if it wasnt so sad it would be hilarious.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2


        ACT: The racist party

        Contrary to that report, the suggestion was not met with groans – but laughter [audio; starts at 2:25].

        Hmmm, seems that the MSM has been caught lying to defend and protect a bunch of RWNJs.

    • Pete 3.2

      I’d thought that Act has already lost it, but they seem determined to make sure they’re not found again.

      • Pascal's bookie 3.2.1

        And yet the PM is apparently sttill keen on throwing them a lifeline in Epsom. Which is funny in any number of respects.

        Firstly, the PM rejects Winston because of the ‘games’ involved in being in govt with him. And yet he is quite prepared to not only put up with all sorts of nonsense from ACT but also to game the system in order to see that they survive.

        Secondly, both ACT and National like to say that they are in favour of a rules based market approach. That things should survive on their merits, and yet ACT needs a little preferential help to get them over the surviving line.

        Thirdly, much of John Key’s political persona is based around his image of pragmatic centrism. A large part of this is his rejection of Douglas, the sidelining of Brash’s expensive reports, and the open mockery he directs their way. Why then, if all this is a genuine reflection of what he thinks, would he intrigue to keep a party in parliament knowing that he will ally with them and have to take on some of their ideas?

    • ianmac 3.3

      But wait a minute. Act has a very low poll rating. They just need a lift in support. Get it from mainstream? No. Not from you and not me. But appeal to the racists, pro-mining group, low tax etc and they might just get 2-4% lift and they care not what we think.

      • Pete 3.3.1

        I can only presume they are targetting a specific demographic, it looks like they have given up on 10% aspirations, anything will do if it clings them in. I prefer an idealogical Act rather than this sort of soliciting.

      • Jim Nald 3.3.2

        ACT: spill-over signs of the radicalisation of Nat rats. And mutual cannibalisation.
        *While one leader unveils the Twitch of the Death Nerves at his party conference, an ex-leader exhumes himself and talks of Strange Fruit. (In the meantime, a seriously able candidate has buried his strong chances for leadership.)

        The Nat-ACT alliance looks uglier with Rodney Hide and Don Brash making the call to act up now. It’s a rat-eat-rat coalition. Simon Power: sympathies and sorry to see you go.

        Next show: How can John Key shore up support for ACT? What would he pretend to do?

        *Wikipedia may assist

  4. The Economic Illiteracy Support Group 4

    I see the Nats have been lying through their teeth about the Trans Pacific Partnership (again): http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/son-of-acta-meet-the-next-secret-copyright-treaty.ars

    • Bored 4.1

      Pretty bloody scary stuff: how the Courts might proceed on this would be fairly instructive.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      We really need to drop out of the TPPA talks. It won’t good for us.

      • Deadly_NZ 4.2.1

        The NATS don’t care if it’s good for us. As long as it is profitable for them, a free reign to plunder and pillage would suit them just fine. And you can just see Smile and Wave, waving goodbye to the country he bankrupted and sold down the river.

        • Colonial Viper 4.2.1.1

          Someone should clue the old fashioned National voting true conservatives onto this. Consternation will abound.

          Further, WTF is Labour’s policy on the TPPA?.

          • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1.1

            Labour has remained remarkably silent on it even though significant evidence has come out to show that we will be worse off if it’s signed. Of course, a lot of that evidence also applies to the FTAs that they negotiated and so they’re probably feeling embarrassed.

  5. just saying 5

    Was at a gardening workshop yesterday, and was surpised to learn that a diet of potatoes and kale grown in cold-winter areas*, covers every food group other than B12. By themselves, they can keep people reasonably healthy for six months.

    You’d need a lot of space to grow enough spuds for that long.

    Pretty much everyone I know is thinking about how to survive catastrophic events. ‘Course people would, but it’s also that deeper set-in unease with the new uncertainties of the global finacial meltdown, increaingly undeniable “peak” problems, and everyday life in ‘the great recession’. People seem rattled in a way I haven’t seen before. Preparing for very gim times ahead.

    Makes people politically unpredictable.

    *apparently kale draws vast nutrients when it gets very cold and gets sweeter at the same time.

    • just saying 5.1

      Damn,
      Sorry mods the above was supposed to be in ‘open-mike’.

      [lprent: is now. ]

    • nzP 5.2

      Growing Kale for the first time this year. As you say, it’s supposed to do everything, in a nutritional sense … even “fight cancer”. So I’m guessing it tastes like shyte, but luckily the wife saved a 1930’s cookbook given her by her grandmother (A Scot) which has a number of interesting recipes that use it. Unfortunately, potatoes generally give me trouble, but will make an exception for Colcannon. Vege gardening’s the perfect balance of effort/reward and doesn’t need to take up all that much time. While a bloke is waiting for his kale and kohlrabi’s, there’s still plenty of time to engage in all manner stupidity if he feels his inner Maggie Barry getting away on him.

      • just saying 5.2.1

        time to engage in all manner stupidity if he feels his inner Maggie Barry getting away on him.

        Getting your groove on with the hats?

        I’m growing for the first time too, and haven’t even tasted it, but apparently the tips are good in salads, and cooked it’s often mixed, funnily enough, with mashed spuds, in Japan.

  6. ianmac 6

    How dumb is this? But Labour leader Phil Goff is already ruling Mr Harawira out as a coalition partner.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10712242

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Oh WTF, seriously.

      These big fraking parties trying to corral the voters into voting for them, FFS.

      Mr Harawira said he doubted Mr Goff would hold his resolve if Labour found itself in a position to govern.

      “I absolutely guarantee you that if I form a new party and we have the seats to make a difference, he’ll be ringing me as fast as he possibly can.”

      Although Hone seems to know where it is at.

  7. todd 7

    Fukushima Meltdown Update.

    http://thejackalman.blogspot.com/2011/03/fukushima-nuclear-power-plant-update.html

    Officials say radiation may already have been released from the Fukushim 1 Nuclear Reactor incident. Japan’s US envoy on Saturday acknowledged there had been a “partial melt” of a fuel rod at the quake-hit plant.

  8. Bored 8

    Todd, meltdowns are not good news. The map needs questioning, 750 RADs is lethal.

  9. joe90 9

    Half asleep this morning when I posted before work so a repost below, in the correct thread.

    A series of mouse-over before and after pics and the aftermath from The Big Picture…and a man rescued at sea.

    • ianmac 9.1

      Joe. Thanks. Imagine the size of the rebuilding program! I cannot.
      I wonder how buildings coped in the non-tsunami areas?

  10. joe90 10

    Another teahadist arrested for the fire bombing of a planned parenthood clinic.
    Also, a history of violence.

  11. JohnDee 11

    Was down at the bottom (Auckland) of town yesterday and drove around the new events centre which is due to be open about August and thought what the hell is Smile & Wave thinking with “Party Central”
    Then event centre and surrounding wharf are ideal, is already being build and is not going to waste another several million dollars to recreate.
    To me, the Events Centre would be ideal.

  12. vto 12

    I mentioned this in another post..

    Perhaps a game for the Friday afternoon threads is to guess how many people will leave Christchurch for the 20 March date.

    From what I can tell in our circles, probably 60-70% are leaving for a few days. So a starter for ten – Between 20,000 and 50,000 city-wide.

    • Pete 12.1

      That’s sad, all because of a lunar ding-a-ling.

      I know, people will say “why take the chance”. But there’s virtually as much chance of a major shake any other day.

      • vto 12.1.1

        Pete, the “lunar ding-a-ling” as you so dismissively put it, has been followed for years and years and years by one of the more successful farmers I know, and also by one of the better skifield operators I know. They listen to him because he has proved himself to them. Time and again.

        Call it ding-a-ling if you like but you go against reality for many today and against the history of manwomankind in basing much of life around the phases of the moon.

        • Pete 12.1.1.1

          vto – it’s accepted the moon may have an affect on earthquake occurrence – but it is impossible to predict where, when or how big to any useful degree of accuracy. He’s a ding-a-ling becasue he claims credit for “predictions” he thinks he gets right, but most of which he gets wrong.

          There is as much chance of their being a calamity anywhere else in the South Island and much of the North Island on any given day. I guess you could go to Aus, but watch out for snakes, floods and bushfires – if the plane manages to get there (if you got to the airport safely in the first place).

          • nzP 12.1.1.1.1

            If you regularly visit metservice weather forecasting:

            http://metservice.com/towns-cities/auckland

            as I do, you’ll know they’ve been pushing the arrival of five days of rain out for the past month. It’s called a forecast – much like a prediction. Sometimes even up to the minute data has the wind 30 knots too low. Sometimes the wind is 180 degrees out. They have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and are incredibly scientific about it all. People delay trips, plantings, painting, concreting and building projects on this information – any activity you care to mention. False predictions cost time and money to many.

            But lets not call out the obvious baromic ding-a-lings. Lets have a go at guy who doesn’t have anywhere near the financial resource and market influence as Metservice, uses a different method, and who on average, has greater accuracy.

            • Pete 12.1.1.1.1.1

              and who on average, has greater accuracy.

              Anything to back up that statement?

              I regularly visit Metservice (most days and often more than once a day) and find them quite accurate short range, sort of reasonable considering the variables more than a few days away – not if/when it will rain specifically (although often they close to the mark with that too), but general temperature range, likelihood of rain, timing of weather changes. I apply local knowledge and observations to expert data and forecasts.

              I have occasionally checked out Ken Ring’s weather forecasts and found them to be nowhere near accurate, sometimes the opposite of what is happening.

              I have read technical info on earthquakes in New Zealand and have a basic understanding of our situation. I have seen what scientists say about predictions here and it sounds feasible, makes sense.

              I have read quite a bit from Ken Ring’s website and although he uses smatterings of scientific knowledge it is mostly laughably naive nonsense. Sad that he is able to influence other naive people.

            • Pete 12.1.1.1.1.2

              I saw one very fundamental flaw in predicting the weather from the moon cycles – if the moon predicts an anticyclone, where will that be in the world? The whole world is never an anticyclone, it varies a lot in many localities.

              You couldn’t predict a southerly change on a specifc day in a specific location, there is no way the moon could have location accuracy.

              You may be able to predict calmer weather or more volatile weather situations over a wide area, but not what it will at any given time. Day by day weather maps by the moon are nonsensical.

              Ring claims accuracy, eg to help you plan your wedding day. But he is often so vague that it’s hard for him to be wrong except half the time (as per earthquakes).
              Look at his New Year forecast for here:

              Dunedin: doesn’t clear for more than a few days until 15 February – 6 March

              Wow, I think he was right, up until Feb 15. But wrong since then.

            • KJT 12.1.1.1.1.3

              The met service actually has been rather good at what is coming generally.
              Most of the differences can be shown as local effects which do not invalidate the forecast.
              Anyone whose livelihood depends on the weather knows, for example, that 30 knots from the North around Cook Strait means 45 knots WNW at Karori rock. SW rain in Whangarei means rain over the SW of the city and fine at Whangarei heads.

              Rings site is pseudo-scientific nonsense. May as well use Astrology.

          • KJT 12.1.1.1.2

            If the moon did have the amount of effect that Ring claims we would have earthquakes every full moon.

            • nzP 12.1.1.1.2.1

              Third party surveys place his predictions at 85% – 91% and this is what he advertises. He does not offer certainty. No point conversing with those who hold tightly to their ignorance. If you knew anything about Lunar theory method you wouldn’t say “every full moon”. Full moon has little to do with it, in itself. But hey, you must know. I guess mathematics is a pseudo-science to you? Oh well. And it’s ok to apply local observations to metservice forecasts, but not Lunar theory. I see a pattern forming here – moan and gloat. Have fun chatting to yourself.

              • Pete

                Third party surveys place his predictions at 85% – 91% and this is what he advertises.

                It depends on what it is measured against. A google search on his website finds 0 hits on “survey”.

                What about this from Ring:

                So if a forecast says rain for Auckland but it only rains in Huntly, 60 miles away, given the tools available it is as close as one can reasonably get, and should therefore be considered a successful forecast.

                Most weather readings, averages etc are taken at airports. Airports are usually windier, which the planes need to be able to take off with, and then land again safely, and being windier are therefore drier places than hills or nearby towns. Unless your location is at or near the airport the forecast may be at least slightly (and possibly way) out.

                We should not expect too much. As good and effective as any method is, it is our responsibility to also plan for alternative outcomes.

                100% accuracy on the last paragraph. But no accuracy claimed here:

                So, in both the NZ and Aust Almanacs we managed to get the two cyclonic systems for March, although timing slightly out and location of them in reverse a bit. We remind readers that the 2010 almanacs were written two years ago, to comply with publishers’ timetables, and we will not ever be 100% accurate because the method is best suited to describe general trends, so 3-4 day windows is the best we can hope for.

                Doesn’t sound like 85% – 91% to me.

                I guess mathematics is a pseudo-science to you?

                Depends on how it’s applied.

                • aj

                  Go and get one of his almanacs and test his predictions/opinions for yourselves. Daily. Try to be objective as possible. I think you’ll find his predictions are based around the climatology of any given area. Ie any fool could score 75% correct in a part of the country where it rains only one day in four, by scattering rain predictions at random over 90 days through a year.
                  I did this a few years ago, for a year in a place that has rainfall 1 in three days and his predictions were just a touch over 50% right. Worse than random forecasting. And given his qualifiers – complete twaddle. You’d be a complete fool if you relied on his forecasts and put money on the line, like contractors, event organisers, etc do.

      • Deadly_NZ 12.1.2

        And if he is right then you are the Ding A ling!!!!

        • Pete 12.1.2.1

          But he sets himself up to always be right. This time he’s saying a big quake could happen on more than half the days in March, but most likely it won’t.

          That could be likened to me predicting that you might post something sensible on odd days of the month, but most likely you won’t.

  13. lprent 13

    Because we’ve been talking about nuclear reactors today, has everyone looked at the natural fission reactors in Gabon 2 billion years ago. Because of the oxidation of Uranium after the atmosphere got significiant levels of O2, the concentrations of enriched yellowcake started a natural reactor.

  14. Jim Nald 14

    What happens to the price of milk after Elections 2011 ….. , errr, ….. after the end of this year?

    Hoping it will go down? (It’s milk, not a Tui billboard.)

    • ianmac 14.1

      The problem will be left in Labour’s hands Jim. 🙂 Fonterra and Supermarkets will have to make up for lost sales by doubling the price of milk.

  15. I see the religious nuts are out in force ,Their latest rage is that the two earthquakes are a warning from God . where do these awful fanatics come from ?

    • ianmac 15.1

      I believe that some religious signboards in Auckland and Wellington say that “21 May for the World to end.” So not long now folks. Just be patient. Confess now of course before it is too late. Coverting any asses lately?

      • KJT 15.1.1

        The world is ending because priests have disobeyed the commandment to “Go forth and multiply” and follow unnatural perversions, like celibacy!.

      • Colonial Viper 15.1.2

        Did they say what year?

        • KJT 15.1.2.1

          No,but I understand it will be on the 4th of July.

        • ianmac 15.1.2.2

          Yes This year. 21 May. Something to do with a Bible calculation and X number of days which works out to be – 21 May 2011.

          • Colonial Viper 15.1.2.2.1

            The billboard crew will probably be thinking that Japan is a little warm up for the main event.

      • Akldnut 15.1.3

        Q.Coverting any asses lately? ahaaa a question for Shonkey. A. Liz Hurleys got a fine one!
        Jessica Alba’s is in line for the coverting award from him as well. LOL

        • Mac1 15.1.3.1

          Covert/covet. Ass/arse. Meaning/schmeaning. Who cares. The world is ending on March 20 and I have all these fine wines to drink!

          Tonight, it’s been crayfish and a 13 year old Framingham riesling. Rapture!

          • Colonial Viper 15.1.3.1.1

            Rapture? Why are you still here on Earth posting on The Standard then? 😛

            • Mac1 15.1.3.1.1.1

              I got left behind……. with all the wine cellars.

              Joe Bageant, in “Deer Hunting with Jesus”, in my last night’s reading, wrote about coming home as a child born into a fundamentalist family and finding his house deserted. He thought the family had been “raptured up,” an abandonment experience not uncommon in the US.

              There is one serious point to his work about opposing the fundamentalist Right which is important for those of us on the Left ( and who are still left on earth 🙂 ) and I quote (p192) – “they came to power primarily through elections and can be dealt with in the same way: “Anyone who wishes to displace them needs to become more engaged in electoral politics than just watching it on television. You need to become engaged and bring your friends. And your family.””

              Anti-spam “everyone”!

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    Another Inside Job

    What the film didn’t point out, however, is that the crisis has spawned a whole new set of abuses, many of them illegal as well as immoral. And leading political figures are, at long last, showing some outrage. Unfortunately, this outrage is directed, not at banking abuses, but at those trying to hold banks accountable for these abuses.

    All of which goes to confirm that the rich are different from you and me: when they break the law, it’s the prosecutors who find themselves on trial.

    Our banking system is inherently corrupt and the people at the top of that system are trying their hardest to maintain that corrupt system.

    • Colonial Viper 16.1

      Their own rulers are undermining the very foundations that the greatness of 20th century America was built upon.

      It reminds me of teenagers given reign over their parents expensively built and hard earned mansion while mum and dad are away. Breaking expensive things for a bit of fun, giving valuables away to random mates and holding big parties which will wreck the place. And all of which will in the end, somehow, have no real consequences they think.

  17. logie97 17

    Farrar keeps getting it wrong – he is not having a good day on the Mora’s panel today. Apart from stating the blindingly obvious as fact, on other occasions he has voiced his argument but the invited experts have basically contradicted him.

    The man is a waste of space.

    • Lanthanide 17.1

      Care to let us know what they were talking about?

      • logie97 17.1.1

        …one was sharing his knowledge of earthquakes – he suggested a particular measure of magnitude as a certainty, but the expert said such predictions are nonsense.
        Couldn’t listen beyond half way through the programme sorry – you could check out RNZ’s site.

  18. MrSmith 18

    An interesting article on why we shouldn’t go where Wonkey and his mates are taking us. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,739082,00.html

  19. Pascal's bookie 19

    I/S has put up the recording of the shoot the natives outburst from the ACT rally. Groans of disapproval sez stuff. They must have sitting a wee way away from wherever the mike was.

    http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2011/03/act-racist-party.html

    • Rob 19.1

      To be fair, the audio illustrates an immediate reaction of laughter followed a second or two later by some groans. Thus anybody can put whatever spin they like on it.

      To me, it just indicates some people agreed with the sentiment while others did not. It doesn’t matter, come 27 November ACT will be dead.

      • felix 19.1.1

        The best possible spin you can put on this is that not everyone laughed and that many were disappointed by the remark.

        But a whole bunch of them still did laugh and there’s no getting around that. That’s the sound of a room with quite a few racists in it there, buddy.

        One question though: Were the laughs and groans from different people? Or was this the sound of a bunch of racists being racist in private and suddenly realising they were actually being racist in public, and catching themselves?

  20. Draco T Bastard 20

    We wish.

  21. Draco T Bastard 21

    Harawira party Maori-focused

    The chances of a broad-based Left-wing party rising from the ashes of Hone Harawira’s meltdown with the Maori Party have been dashed after he made it clear that any group he led would have to be Maori-focused.

    Hone’s racism destroys any chance of another left wing party. Pretty much destroys his chance of doing anything at all in parliament as well as none of the other parties will have anything to do with him.

    • Deadly_NZ 21.1

      If he had stood up for All the poor, or less well off that were being ripped off by this Government he would have got somewhere. But with his Maori only party he will quickly become irrelevant and thats a pity because he could have put the boot into the NACTS and a lot of people would have listened me included. But now he just becomes background noise.

  22. Rosy 22

    I’m not sure that whoever leaked this is doing themselves any favours.
    Aljazeera live blog
    “Sources inside Libya’s Interim National Council have told Al Jazeera that they received promises from the US, France, and UK that they will agree on a no-fly zone in the first UN Security Council meeting.”
    Captcha: annoy – yep. Certainly will.

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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    16 hours ago
  • YVONNE VAN DONGEN: So proud
    Ratepayers might well ask why they are subsidising people who peddle the lie that it is possible to be born in the wrong body and people can change sex. The preponderance of events advertising as ‘queer’ is a gender ideology red flag. Yvonne Van Dongen writes –  It ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    16 hours ago
  • S&P slams new Govt's council finance vacuum
    Wellington Water workers attempt to resolve a burst water main. Councils are facing continuing uncertainty over how to pay to repair and expand infrastructure. The Wellington Regional Council was one of those downgraded. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the outlooks for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    19 hours ago
  • Grant Robertson Resigns.
    Yesterday the man that I admire most in NZ politics called time.Around the middle of yesterday news began to filter out. People were posting unconfirmed reports that Grant Robertson was taking a new role as Vice-Chancellor at Otago Uni. Within an hour it became clear that he was indeed retiring ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    21 hours ago
  • Auckland’s City Rail Link will fail immediately… in the best possible way
    This post was originally published on Linked In by Nicolas Reid. It is republished here with permission. Here’s the thing: the City Rail Link is almost certainly going to be overcapacity from day one, with crowding on the trains at peak times. In the simple terms of popular transport ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    22 hours ago
  • You can’t always get what you want
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    24 hours ago
  • At a glance – Was Greenland really green in the past?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 day ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Then why did she do it?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    2 days ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 days ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    2 days ago
  • The promise of passive house design
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    2 days ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    3 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    3 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    5 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
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    6 days ago
  • Dig this
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
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    6 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    7 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    7 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    7 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    7 days ago
  • Drawn
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    1 week ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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