Open Mike 14/05/2017

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  1. Karen 1

    Bloody hell, the Nats are really showing what a nasty, vindictive, uncaring party they are.

    Their attitude to social support services sounds like Mafia style bully tactics (that’s a nice charity you have there…)

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/05/13/27104/national-unleashes-housing-man-against-the-doubters

    • What the fuck?

      [Alfred Ngaro] suggested Labour list candidate Willie Jackson could expect to lose Government support for his Manukau Urban Māori Authority interest in a second charter school, and its Whānau Ora contract should he “bag us” on the campaign trail.

      “We are not happy about people taking with one hand and throwing with the other,” Ngaro said.

      This prick thinks it’s his party’s money that his government spends! Vote National and join the Third World quicker, folks!

      • weka 1.1.1

        They’re a bunch of promo-fascists emboldened by Tr*mp. Not to worry though, there’s not real difference between National and Labour.

        • Bill 1.1.1.1

          There are differences in how to proceed from a commonly held ideological basis.

          In some ways that amounts to asking whether the toxic pill be taken orally or as a suppository. Vivre la difference! No doubt one is more unpleasant than the other – maybe even vastly so in the short term- but it hardly amounts to having a deep and meaningful choice, does it?

          • weka 1.1.1.1.1

            sure and I agree with the general sentiment, but running that line in this kind of debate makes invisible the very real differences between the two parties. As bad as Labour are in terms of supporting the status quo neoliberally, I still think that they wouldn’t be doing the range and number and kind of attacks on democracy that National have done in the past 9 years. The reason that matters is that if we were say to attempt to transition to a social democracy, it’s so much harder to do that when people are fearful and have lost another layer of agency. And of course it’s open to capture by whatever proto-fascists/authoritarians are lurking on the left.

            National did this shit in the 90s too, shutting down the academics who were speaking out against Rogernmonics. It’s why the MSM can run a debate about whether Mike Joy is an extremist whose science therefore can’t be trusted. As well as making structural chances (e.g. via legislation) around this stuff, National are also actively engaged in social engineering so that over time all this shit becomes normal. They’re experts at it, Labour don’t consider it necessary or ethical as far as I can see so there is no ‘commonly held ideological basis’ in this instance.

            I don’t have a problem with pointing to the commonly held ideologies, but I do have a problem with the meme being used liberally where its not accurate or warranted.

            • Bill 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Remarking that both National and Labour share a commitment to liberal capitalist ideology is an observation, not a sentiment.

              On ‘attacking democracy’, well, I had a wee ponder about that one. So putting aside abuses of parliamentary processes (the Beehive hardly being an alter of democracy) the two ‘biggies’ that came to mind were CERA and supercities. There are other things (Canterbury Water?), but Labour’s positioning on two major political attempts to undermine whatever democracy we have, is surely instructive.

              Labour endorsed CERA. (I remember being more than just a little pissed at that)

              And Labour didn’t offer any principled objection to the creation of supercities. All it objected to were some of the ‘hows’. As Labour’s own web-page states – “He (Phil Twyford) led Labour’s campaign against the way National set up the Auckland super city…”

              And Labour didn’t exactly offer up any principled opposition to a Wellington supercity either…

              On shutting down academics and other dissident voices, well…Mike Joy obviously. But neither do I remember Labour effusively encouraging people to listen to Nicky Hager when he published “Seeds of Distrust” which, for those who’ve forgotten, was about dodgy government processes and decision making under a Labour admin.

              That aside, there’s an entire gamut of institutions geared to shutting down dissent or pushing it to the margins. No NZ government that comes to mind has ever challenged that culture. (When was the last time a NZ government lauded a Jane Kelsey for instance?)

              This current Labour Party is no vehicle for social democracy. Hell, even their half-hearted internal attempt at democracy is well and truly ended. There will be no move towards a ‘one member one vote’ for leadership. The election of David Cunliffe has told them all they need to know on that front. Caucus will be keeping a tight rein on party decisions from now on. The example of Corbyn only strengthens the resolve to resist ‘the unwashed’ and Clinton’s democrats putting paid to Sanders shows that it can be done.

              Social democracy is enjoying the light of day in Scotland only because the Scottish Labour Party has basically been obliterated. In France, social democracy may see the light of day, but only because the traditional parties of the left and right (who will both offer support to Macron) are on the edge of a fall. (The upcoming National Assembly elections are going to be interesting on that front).

              Meanwhile, if all we have in NZ is the ‘better of two evils’, then the least we can do for ourselves is understand those evils and not kid ourselves that one or the other contains seeds of goodness.

          • North 1.1.1.1.2

            Right you are Bill….support the greater of evils.

            • Bill 1.1.1.1.2.1

              Are you claiming that’s what I support doing? How does recognisiing Labour’s liberal foundations become “support the greater of evils”?

              Explain.

    • Rosemary McDonald 1.2

      “When they are interviewing people who have not got a Housing NZ home, this is the question they should ask: How many homes have been made available to you? Did you decline? ”

      Alfred can go do some research/interrogations in Tauranga….

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/92453252/life-outside-8mile

      (good work by Shand btw.)

      Here’s our brighter fucking future….dum dum dum dum…..

    • Muttonbird 1.3

      Wow. He reminds me of Mussolini.

    • Barfly 1.4

      If this was an action by a Labour led government the MSM it would be “front page” news it would lead the “6 oclock ” news segments the howls of the MSM would be deafening – “censorship” fascism” “is this Zimbabwe” …but it’s a National led government so “peep?”

    • Election year and they have unleashed the hounds. As a strategy you can see the logic – push back, insult, divert, Chuck a dead cat,attack, pretend, get hurt, attack, dead cat, cry about some group you can’t stand, attack, divert … and it shows their dismal lack of caring for the homeless. At least scum DO something – these politicians are the scum that scum call the scum that they have!

  2. Ed 2

    National’s New Zealand.

    Homeless and desperate.
    And living in a tent and a trailer park.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/92453252/life-outside-8mile

  3. Ed 3

    Is Heather du Plessis Allen ignorant, a tool of the establishment or biased?
    I say all three.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11854545

    • Barfly 3.1

      +1

    • Ad 3.2

      In the 1930s and 40s Auckland City Council built inner city flats for exactly the purpose Heather describes.

      She also wants developers to be forced to build good rental housing in the city centre as per Sydney.

      Heather is dead right.

      • Ed 3.2.1

        The policies enacted by 1930s Michael Savage government compares somewhat favourably with the neoliberal policies followed by Key and English and so slavishly supported by Soper and du Plessis.

    • rob 3.3

      I agree, just another nasty vile rwnj.I suppose her way was shack up with an elderly home owner.

    • Bill 3.4

      You wanna explain why you thinks she’s an ignorant, biased tool of the establishment on the basis of that piece Ed?

      Recognising that many, many people will now never be able to afford a home in central Auckland, and then suggesting that a way be found to provide rental properties seems sensible to me.

      Maybe you don’t like she’s pointed out that despite of a huge percentage of people being unable to afford homes 15 years ago, we didn’t have this hullabaloo back then? I disagree with her reasoning around that and put it down to kiwi speculators being pissed at competition on ‘their patch’, but hey.

      • Ed 3.4.1

        I have regrettably read and heard the opinions of both Soper and du Plessis too many times.

        du Plessis has never concerned herself with the poor and homeless. While John Campbell looked at housing on checkpoint and on Campbell Live, her focus has never been on challenging the powerful.

    • Red Hand 3.5

      She’s frightened. They are out there in growing numbers and the double barrel surname syndrome will naturally be selected out.

  4. mauī 4

    A terrible story:

    Daughter Elizabeth took her own life in February.

    “She had lived in about eight, 10 motels all over South Auckland. The last motel she was in she was told by Work and Income that they weren’t about to help her with another motel, that she will be homeless, and her daughter will be homeless, which really, really stressed her,” Mrs Kiel said.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/watch-we-shouldnt-in-position-grandparents-and-nine-grandchildren-forced-live-motel

    • Barfly 4.1

      “Daughter Elizabeth took her own life in February”

      Effectively murdered by state indifference/policy

      • saveNZ 4.1.1

        @ Maui, Shocking story.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2

        +1

        Exactly and the government should be held accountable for it.

        • Red 4.1.2.1

          Just a small point re accountability and its all the state fault

          The family was evicted from their Housing New Zealand home where they had lived for 16 years, for anti-social behav

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2.1.1

            Except that Elizabeth was living by herself and not part of the family group (which probably contributed to her suicide).

            And if people are acting ‘anti-social’ then we need to find a way to help them and not push them further outside as this government does as that will result in even worse behaviour.

            Considering the conditions that they were in I doubt it was ‘antisocial’ but the direct results of this governments social policies.

          • gsays 4.1.2.1.2

            Hi red,
            after eviction, where did the family live?

          • mauī 4.1.2.1.3

            Doesn’t add up, a pair of grandparents and 9 young kids who don’t look to be even teenagers are evicted due to an “allegation” of anti social behaviour. We have no detail on the behaviour or the families side of the story.

            On the other hand we know HNZ has been clearing out hundreds of tenants across NZ over recent years to make way for property developers. Could this eviction tie in with that?

    • So awful the deep desperation many people are surviving within. Meanwhile down the road the politicians who could do something are indifferent and deliberately obstructuve towards solutions that are needed today.

    • mary_a 4.3

      @ maui (4) … Absolutely dreadful. Such a very sad outcome. Hard to believe this is NZ.

      RIP Elizabeth.

  5. saveNZ 5

    On UK Labour

    7 ‘radical’ policies in the draft Labour manifesto that are totally normal in other countries

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/7-radical-policies-draft-labour-10401191

    • ianmac 5.1

      Looking good saveNZ. Surely this will resonate with Wage and Salary earners.

      • Bill 5.1.1

        Well…the Guardian’s reporting it (buried in one of their pieces) as “more popular than Miliband, but..” .
        Or – “Tories lead by 15 points despite Labour gains”. And then there’s all the shite around that idiot of a deputy purportedly saying he’s campaigning to stop a landslide (ie – to lose).

        And who was the idiot conceding the policies were good and then waxing about policy being irrelevant?! Or the other one suggesting that reading policies was akin to getting down on nettles. Oh. And then there’s the claim that a ‘progressive alliance’ wouldn’t stop the Tories anyway.

        There’s four weeks to go, yes? Okay.

        The Optimist in me says UK Labour pulls it off and governs alongside the SNP and others (Plaid and Greens) on an issue by issue basis.
        The Realist says they come close.
        The Pessimist says May waltzes in.

        And for France (first round on same day)…La France insoumise (Melenchon) records by far and away the largest gains in the National Assembly, Macron has to scrape support from already discredited quarters (the old parties of the left and right) and on a really good day becomes what Le Pen was guaranteed to be – a lame duck president.

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    A growing number of people think their job is useless. Time to rethink the meaning of work

    Our definition of work, however, is incredibly narrow. Only the work that generates money is allowed to count toward GDP. Little wonder, then, that we have organized education around feeding as many people as possible in bite-size flexible parcels into the employment establishment. Yet what happens when a growing proportion of people deemed successful by the measure of our knowledge economy say their work is pointless?

    A question that needs to be addressed as capitalism sinks us ever further into poverty and BS jobs.

    • Incognito 6.1

      I agree, but this question cannot be left to politicians (and economists!) alone. In fact, they cannot address this question for each and all of us. What they can and must do is leading the debate, i.e. show leadership; not to make the decisions for us or on our so-called behalf (‘mandate’ BS and patronising ‘we-know-best’ crap) … That said, if we cannot be bothered to engage (with politicians and the political process) we cannot put (all) the blame on (the) politicians.

    • Bill 6.2

      Simple rule of thumb.

      If what you’re doing isn’t contributing to the well-being of people around you – ie, to society, then it’s a heap of crap.

      So crap is (to take from the link) “..the growing armies of consultants, bankers, tax advisors, managers, and others who earn their money in strategic trans-sector peer-to-peer meetings to brainstorm the value-add on co-creation in the network society. Or something to that effect.”

      I’d add politicians, lawyers, accountants, middle management, lower management and upper management. Hm. Probably more than a few retail workers and service industry employees (and all of their bosses of course).

      But far too many would peer through their walls of comfortable conformity and struggle and exclaim “Eek! Freedom!” and scrabble that crumbling brick back into place.

  7. Incognito 7

    On Sciblogs a handy piece by Grant Jacobs “Getting scientific research papers without paying”.

    http://sciblogs.co.nz/code-for-life/2017/05/02/paywall-scientific-papers-without-paying/

    • Andre 8.1

      Taken in isolation, that’s scary stuff. You can bet there’s been a hell of a lot of changes to prevent that happening again.

      But the big picture reality is the flesh-and-blood pilots have a much worse record for scaring, maiming and killing their passengers. And that’s just the outright suicidal ones, let alone all the simple human errors.

      • greywarshark 8.1.1

        I see the stats show that crashes have gone down so that looks good.

        It might be the best thing to do to allow manual overrides if there are requests from pilot and co-pilot.

  8. The past is important for the lessons of the past, the experiences of the past and the knowledge gained from the past – all so we can make a future.

    “On a recent night in Dublin, Ireland, veteran civil-rights campaigner Bernadette Devlin McAliskey addressed a conference commemorating the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Gernika – the small Basque town also known by its Spanish name, Guernica – during the Spanish Civil War.”

    “Our simplistic historic understanding of fascism needs to be challenged,” warns McAliskey, “fascism is not German, it’s not the Nazism of the Second World War … it starts in the heads of individuals with the idea that what keeps you disadvantaged is that some lesser breed has taken what belongs to you.”

    So what is it that allows a human being to engage in the mass destruction of their fellow and sister human beings? And there is only one thing – you can put in a lot of ingredients – but there is only one thing that allows it to happen. At the point in which it is happening the perpetrator does not believe that their victims are entitled to the status of human beings. You couldn’t do it otherwise, you couldn’t do it and go home and not go insane, you couldn’t do it and go home and live with the demons of it for the rest of your life. Unless you can persuade yourself – and it is remarkable how little persuasion it seems to take – that once you can identify any group of people as less than human, you can exterminate them.

    https://towardfreedom.com/archives/europe/sleepwalking-toward-global-war-bernadette-devlin-mcaliskey-rise-fascism-today/

    • Incognito 9.1

      An excellent piece! She’s one wise woman!

      It is vital to focus on our commonalities and equality and not on our differences and ‘otherness’; the latter will drive us apart and separate us and eventually pitch us against each other and ourselves. Indeed, “it starts in the head of individuals, and it is promoted there” and it also ends there; “the first basic unit of democracy is the individual”.

  9. joe90 10

    America.

    This rally of white people with torches, led by Richard Spencer, was designed to intimidate the local Black community. America. 2017. https://t.co/LazD3jwhOT— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 14, 2017

    The alt-right shows up in Charlottesville, Va., chanting “Russia is our friend” near statue of Robert E. Lee. https://t.co/o00TYIvupj— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) May 14, 2017

    Protesters, including white nationalist Richard Spencer, were carrying torches. Mayor compares it to a KKK rally. https://t.co/o00TYIvupj pic.twitter.com/cVoGgvjDW0— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) May 14, 2017

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    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    7 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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