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Open mike 15/07/2013

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  1. Jenny 1

    Working title:

    Operation FOLLOW

    Flight Of Liberation, on Line, Over the World”

    The mission:
    To fly Edward Snowden from Moscow to Caracas without passing over any country that takes orders from Washington.

    The plan:
    Edward Snowden, carrying documents proving diplomatic immunity and letters of safe passage provided by the government of Venezuela. Will board a Gulfstream G550, the only long range private jet capable of making such an epic journey. Especially commissioned, the G550 will be rechristened the “Paul Revere”.
    Accompanying Snowden on this journey will be prominent journalists, celebrities, film makers and spokespersons for civil liberties groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
    The Paul Revere will be fully internet capable and the journey will be broadcast live for its entire duration. A number of internationally known film makers including Mike Moor and Oliver Stone have put their hand up to accompany Edward Snowden and document his journey and carry out in flight interviews of the passengers which will be webcast live.

    The flight of the Paul Revere:
    The flight plan filed by the Paul Revere with the Sheremetyevo airport authorities, will be to depart from the Moscow area heading due North, leaving Russian airspace over the Arctic Ocean.
    On reaching international airspace over the Arctic Ocean, the Paul Revere will then head, due West, towards the North Atlantic.
    On reaching the North Atlantic the Paul Revere will change direction again, heading due South, picking a zig zag flight path down the centre of the Atlantic Ocean.

    From Common Dreams

    Of course, there remains the theoretical possibility that the U.S. Air Force could try to force the plane down in international airspace.

    But we have two protections against this.

    One protection is that President Obama promised he was not going to be “scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”

    And the other protection is the political protection of the presence of prominent Americans on board the plane.

    Robert Naiman https://www.commondreams.org/robert-naiman

    If the US government does decide to break all international norms and engages in an extremely risky aerial maneuver using US fighters to try and force the Paul Revere down, which remember will be flying at the edge of its operational limits, above international waters far from land. Then this would mark the US out for the rest of history as a rogue state. The same way Israel was marked out as a rogue state by their attack on the Mavi Marmara in International Waters in May 2010.

    • CnrJoe 1.1

      they are a rogue empire methinks

    • chrissy 1.2

      Hope the plane is kept under lock and key until take off. And checked over properly.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      The US has been a rogue state for a long, long time. The problem is that people have refused to see this.

      • muzza 1.3.1

        People refuse to see it, because they fight to retain their ignorance!

        Which nationality/ideology/regime were the, intelligence services primarily formed from….

    • Jenny 1.4

      Fly bonny plane like a bird on the wing
      Over the Arctic sky

      If Edward Snowden’s supporters can pull this off. The networked global commons will become a new player in global politics. No longer will the world’s affairs be solely decided by the superpowers.

      • Jenny 1.4.1

        Working title:

        Operation FOLLOW

        Flight Of Liberty Live Online over the World


        The pool of aircraft available for lease, capable of flying Snowden to Venezuela has been increased greatly by a decision of the Irish Courts.

        In a move that pits the diplomatic weight of the new global commons against the diplomatic power of the US.

        The Irish state has rejected US demands to detain Snowden if the plane carrying him lands in Ireland on its way to Venezuela. This opens the way for the Paul Revere to land and refuel unmolested.


        The 30-year-old’s earlier decision to apply to 21 countries for political asylum prompted fears that he could pass through Ireland’s Shannon Airport en route to safe haven in South America.

        This led to the US applying for a provisional arrest warrant through its embassy in Dublin, according to Irish media reports.

        In a High Court ruling in Dublin last week, Judge Colm Mac Eochaidh refused the application because US authorities had failed to detail where the alleged offences of espionage had taken place.

        He also found that the US had not provided information on the theft charges, such as where the offence took place or exactly what government property Snowden had stolen.

        Though the rejection of the arrest warrant was on legal technicalities, this is a major blow to US efforts to apprehend Snowden. And leaves the US authorities with two uncomfortable options. The first, to engage in a high profile and very likely long drawn out legal appeal in the full glare of the world’s media spot light. Or engage in some behind the scenes naked arm twisting to try and get the Irish government to overrule the High Court. Neither uncomfortable option is likely to give the State Department much comfort, both options risking huge negative fallout. And even then, may not deliver the result they want.

        The decision, based on technical aspects, mirrors similar action taken by the Hong Kong government when it allowed Snowden to leave Hong Kong on June 23 because the US had failed to provide Snowden’s full name and passport number.

        Snowden told the South China Morning Post in an interview on June 12 that he decided to come to Hong Kong to make his initial revelations because he trusted the city’s rule of law.

        A stopover at Shannon Airport is also likely to be a media bonus for the journalists on board the Paul Revere commenting through their live web feed.

        Providing a further humbling lesson for the impotent US superpower as to the limits of their diminishing global power.

  2. North 2

    FRANCE 14 July 2013 – 226th anniversary of the STORMING OF THE BASTILLE. Celebration !

    NEW ZEALAND 15 July 2013 – King ShonKey Louis Python XVI and gluttonous wife Paula Bennettoinette ramp up the WAR ON THE POOR. Already deployed measures of cynical societal division, demonisation of the poor, and systematic disentitlement of the poor have proved ineffective to create 170,000 new jobs.

    “Mon Friggin’ Dieu !!!”

    “Paula………the peasants have shafted our Brighter Future”.

    “I see that Lou’……….shall I make them REALLY pay for their ugliness ?”

    BASTILLE DAY + 1………”Work and Income chief Debbie Power said 85,000 people – mainly the sick, long-term unemployed, and sole parents and widows with no children under 14 – would move today into intensive “work-focused case management” with 760 personal case managers to help them find jobs and overcome barriers such as transport and childcare costs, addictions, debts and workplace attitudes to mental illness and other conditions. A further 1000 sole parents and 1000 people with mental health problems will be handed over to contractors who will be paid from $2250 to $16,500 for each person they place in employment for at least a year.”


    BASTILLE DAY + 1. Celebration !

    Mon Friggin’ Dieu !!! The lessons of history………?

    • yeshe 2.1

      do we know any further details about these ‘contractors’ who will receive such Bennettoinette bounty ?

      loved yr post 🙂

  3. big bruv 3


    Did you know that today is also the anniversary of the ending of the 1951 waterfront strike?

    Of course it was a total and utter defeat for the union movement.

    It is a day that should be celebrated by all free thinking kiwis, a great day in the nations history.

    • richard 3.1


    • Morrissey 3.2

      Of course it was a total and utter defeat for the union movement.

      Well, no it was not. The Waterside Workers’ Union was defeated, but the union movement in this country, as in Australia, Britain, the United States, Japan and all of Western Europe except for the dictatorships in Portugal and Spain, went from strength to strength, and the standard of living in all those places—except Portugal and Spain—increased for all citizens.

      You either know that, of course, and are simply trying to stir up trouble, or you are unfeasibly ignorant.

      • felix 3.2.1

        “You either know that, of course, and are simply trying to stir up trouble, or you are unfeasibly ignorant.”

        … or both.

    • North 3.3

      To the aptly named Big Bruv –

      Mon Friggin’ Dieu !!! I did not know that !

      Celebrate away Big Bruv but as you intoxicate do remember that history did not end on that day.

      Cheers Morrissey – I suspected but did not know that.

    • millsy 3.4

      The real agenda of the right is to ban unions and lock up union members. This is where the freedom and liberty stops for ACT supporters like BB. Freedom to join anything as long as it isn’t a union.

      • big bruv 3.4.1


        Not at all. Anybody should be free to choose to join a union if they are stupid enough. The difference between us is that you want to make it compulsory to belong to a union.

        What the government should do is stop the deduction of union dues from workers wages, only then when the morons who do belong to a union see just how little they get for their money will they wake up to the fact that they are being ripped off by what is undoubtedly a corrupt union.

        • Draco T Bastard

          5% increases in wages against 0% for non-union workers for a couple of hundred dollars per year. Yeah, just so friggen little.

        • felix

          Wtf are you on about? There is no compulsory union membership you nonce.

          You’re saying the govt should have the power to interfere in a contract that two parties have freely entered into.

          Some libertarian you turned out to be.

          • framu

            did BB ever pay that bet?

            so hes still a bludger, right?

            • felix

              Nah, course he didn’t pay.

              I don’t begrudge him though, it’s not easy living on a benefit.

          • big bruv

            You’re really a bit stupid Felix.

            • felix


            • framu

              speaking of stupid – care to explain how fees incurred from a voluntary contract are forcibly extracted, and how when youve forcibly stopped payment from a voluntary contract that two separate parties have entered into, one of those parties will see the “error of their ways”?

              go on – knock yourself out

              also – that thing about that debt.

  4. North 4

    The murder of Trayvon Martin goes unpunished and the twisted wannabee policeman, the racist Zimmerman walks free, completely free.

    Why ? That “greatest nation in the world” the US of A…… Florida…….Florida’s “stand your ground” lethal force statute…….”Hoodied black kids gotta be dealt to……”…….a racist rogue jury…….unartful prosecution……..brilliant defence lawyers ? Who can really know ?

    New Zealand position – s.48 Crimes Act 1961 – self defence, even to a lethal conclusion, carries no criminal liability if there is belief (subjective) that one is under attack or is about to be …….AND the response to the belief is reasonable in the circumstances (objective). Sledgehammer cannot meet ant in other words.

    Many remain troubled that the knifing which ended the life of young Pihema in Manurewa did not result in criminal liability greater than that actually suffered by the perpetrator.

    That said I suspect that if a New Zealand court were to hear the Florida case, the circumstances of which included Zimmerman being warned by the police not to continue tracking the non-offending, walking home with some lollies, Trayvon Martin, then Zimmerman would be awaiting sentence for murder.

    Karma may yet do the job the legal system in Florida failed to do. Wouldn’t be comfortable to live the rest of one’s life looking over one’s shoulder for a second hollow-nosed bullet, would it ?

    Maybe that’s Zimmerman’s (inadequate?) karma……..a second bullet engraved with his name……never fired or felt.

    RIP the young Trayvon Martin, walking home, lollied-up and innocently hoodied, nervously telling girlfriend on the phone that he was being stalked (poor guy got it wrong……he was being hunted by a man “standing his ground”).

    RIP Trayvon. And arohanui to those who loved you, rather than anonymously hated you, during your short life.

    • Winston Smith 4.1

      Theres more to the case then whats being fed by the media, don’t jump to conclusions. Hard for this guy to get a fair trial:


      • richard 4.1.1

        Without having read the article, I am very suspiscious of anything from breitbart.

        As the following search on AlterNet shows, breitbart is an ultra-consertive site and is far from unbiased and even-handed in it’s aproach:

        • Winston Smith

          That maybe however he/she/they provide links for what they’re saying and there were serious issues with the information the media was presenting

          Not that the media would make things up though…

          • North

            Not that Winston Smith @ might be mischievously selective at all – apologists for racial profiling and the lethalism it encourages…….well they do that.

            A Google search – “What injuries did Zimmerman and Martin get ?” – brings up not less than 10 pages of links ranging from “Zimmerman injuries insignificant….” to “Prosecution cannot succeed…..”. The whole range of partisan expression.

            This link however is germane:


            Zimmerman’s best friend, a Mr Osterman, was with Zimmerman within hours of the killing, uplifted him from police headquarters the night of the killing, and thereafter hid him away for weeks. Osterman wrote and published a 175 page “book” recording Zimmerman’s account as related to him by Zimmerman.

            Lo, Zimmerman’s account in the book differs quantumly from that given by way of defence in the trial ??? Read it.

      • North 4.1.2

        Wow ! Winston Smith. True to form. Reflexive “Don’t wanna believe…….won’t believe !”

        Breitfart trumps even Fux News for heresy to the truth.

        Wasn’t there footage from immediately after the assassination which showed Zimmerman arriving at police headquarters in police custody………exhibiting no injury whatsoever ?

        Oh well, never mind…….sympathy to the family.

        Magnificent American Obscenity !

        • Winston Smith

          Read the links its interesting especially the editing that went on of the recordings and images

      • joe90 4.1.3

        Breitbart – Stormfront… same thing.

      • millsy 4.1.4

        I just love how you think it is OK for a white man to gun down a black man and get away with it.

        In my opinion Zimmerman is no better than the lynch mobs that infested the US south until the 1950’s.

        Do you support lynching Smith?

    • joe90 4.2

      Sanford, Florida, has always been a dangerous place – if you’re black.


      • weka 4.3.1

        Marissa Alexander case

        In May 2012, Corey prosecuted 31-year-old Marissa Alexander and obtained a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. Alexander had a restraining order issued against her ex husband at the time and, during the day of the incident, had returned to their old home to collect clothes and some possessions thinking he was not there. Her ex husband was there, with their children, and they began to argue. After the argument became heated, Marissa Alexander returned to her car, picked up her firearm, and returned inside the house where she threatened him with the handgun before firing a warning shot into the wall. She was charged with reckless endangerment of children and threatening with a deadly weapon. Despite being offered a 3 year sentence and later a probational sentence with time served, Alexander chose to attempt a SYG defence at trial[30]. She was found guilty and according to Floridas gun laws (where 10 years can be added for committing a crime while carrying a firearm, with an added 10 years for discharging a firearm during a crime) was sentenced to 20 years


        I agree Draco that the US is massively racist. It irks to see cases misrepresented though.

  5. North 5

    Warning to all subscribers to a television service which includes Fux News:

    Clip after clip of coiffed silver hair atop botoxed white Republican congressmen, celebrating Zimmerman’s acquittal as a vindication of the magnificence of the US justice system – the most despicable being one such racist gargoyle from Iowa, intoning majestically that there were no grounds to prosecute the hunter killer of the black kid in the first place !

    I paraphrase the thinking – “Dead black kid ?………well……..yeah……..and your point is…….?

    Hope my screen doesn’t get hacked with that aging pornstar look-alike Fux News’ Geraldo Rivera. He who within hours of the boy’s assassination peppered his deepest sympathies to Trayvon’s family with recommendation to black kids that they not get about with hoodies tent-like.

    I paraphrase in advance – “Well folks……..hate to say ‘I told ya so’………”

    Jesus Christ……..the hacking’s started already.
    Rupert Murdoch’s Fux News disporting Karl Rove !

    Aging pornstar Geraldo to Rupert – “Damn ! Boss……you knew all along that black boy was carryin’ a cellphone. Boss……ya coulda told me !” Boss !

  6. chrissy 6

    According to some little git actor ,from hobbits I think, on tv last night peter Jackson is the “King of New Zealand” I wonder if our little despot knows that.

    • Rosetinted 6.1

      chrissy Hey I protest on behalf of all hobbits and little git actors. Watch your language you bigot.

      • chrissy 6.1.1


        Oooerrr!! Ever so sorry, but anyone who say’s peter Jackson is King of NZ is IMO a little git, actor or not. And he was in the hobbit movies. Makes him a double git. Just my opinion.

        • Rosetinted

          People seem to have some strong opinions about Sir Peter Jackson – either love or hate him.
          I love someone who makes business in New Zealand. Then I hate the way that the government has opened up the entry quota, or wiped it, for bringing in technicians etc.. instead of ensuring that NZs got trained first.

          If NZs get the chance to get big films here, it may be best that they don’t go all bolshie and march up the road threatening to withdraw their labour while trying to boost their payments. When they should be jawing up better conditions in meetings nose to nose. I think people got hoist with their own petard (not Peter).

          • framu

            ” it may be best that they don’t go all bolshie and march up the road”

            that could be levelled at both sides – no?

    • Bearded Git 6.2

      It was Nick Frost who said that-Simon Pegg’s offsider in the cornetto trilogy (Sean of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s end)

    • millsy 6.3

      Speaking of hobbits, I saw that movie on Sky’s pay-per-view service over the weekend.

      Nothing to write home about really. The digital matte paintings and the background shots are the only decent thing about it (could have made a travelogue in IMAX format for a fraction of the price).

      Perhaps I am just used to the more rigorious storylines of Game of Thrones?

  7. The Chairman 7

    It’s simply not correct to say that New Zealand has a rapidly opening gap between the rich and the poor – Bill English

    New Zealand’s income gap has grown faster than any other developed country over the past 20 years – OECD

    Who’s right?

    • Macro 7.1

      Certainly NOT Blinglish…

      • The Chairman 7.1.1

        London School of Economics Professor Robert Wade said Mr English made a stabbing motion with his finger towards his chest and berated him in between their separate appearances on TVNZ’s Q + A programme at the weekend. There was no physical contact.

        Mr English disagreed with his remarks on inequality and capital gains tax and warned him “Don’t you say that again”, Prof Wade said



        • Pascal's bookie

          Heh. I’d say English was pissed off that he has been constrained by the reality’s of MMP in what he has been able to do for the 1%. MOMs instead of full asset sales, not mining our National parks, it’s bloody outrageous what.

        • rosy

          Hehe a perfect example of something I tell my kids – don’t point, it shows you’ve lost control of thoughts and lost the argument.

        • muzza

          <blockquoteHe was interviewed on the current affairs show ahead of Mr English, and asserted that "over the past two decades or so, economic policy in the US, the UK and New Zealand has increasingly been set by the top 1 per cent or so for the top 1 per cent".

          t was this comment to which Mr English took exception – and Prof Wade says he was later told the Clutha-Southland MP "just sort of exploded like a volcano out in the anteroom".

          As if there was any further requirement to illustrate, who the NZ government actually represents!

        • muzza

          He was interviewed on the current affairs show ahead of Mr English, and asserted that “over the past two decades or so, economic policy in the US, the UK and New Zealand has increasingly been set by the top 1 per cent or so for the top 1 per cent”.

          t was this comment to which Mr English took exception – and Prof Wade says he was later told the Clutha-Southland MP “just sort of exploded like a volcano out in the anteroom”.

          As if there was any further requirement to illustrate, who the NZ government actually represents!

          Mods – Please feel free to delete the comment, its a double

  8. Rosetinted 8

    Interesting news mix this morning.
    In Ireland there was a riot over the march of the Orangemen who wanted to stride past the Catholics in the usual provocative and traditional way.

    In Spain there was the running of the bulls in Pamplona with the odd goring one of which, who is an Australian woman, has serious injuries.

    There was an affronted and angry response from Germany to the news that the USA has been bugging them – supposedly their allies and both being countries adopting high standards of respect for each other and their peoples.

    💡 What about making a tradition of having an entertaining ‘Running of the Politicians’ through Wellington! That would bring in the crowds and give our representatives a chance to show they’re the Right Stuff in front of thousands. One could make jokes about them being bull-headed, bovine etc. It would be such fun and a therapeutic release for so many of us. And we could be especially scathing of some of the fatter ones, some of whom deserve our scorn for other reasons, and some who would benefit from physical training and better diet enabling them to be even better.

    And another thought – what if we somehow could change our method of government and bring in a provision that each new government had to carry on with a previous government’s policy unless given clear direction about change from the electorate. That would be their mandate, (not a manban though) and change would come about from bills decided after select committees thorough discussion, which would be overseen by a carefully picked observer group with each member having a different status.

    The new laws and regulations would be monitored for deletorious effects and useful effectiveness to the public and be reviewed after the first, and third years to see if satisfactory or requiring change. No measures could be agreed by the government without consulting the people widely, and no secret agreements made of a binding nature.

    No emergency parliamentary sessions could be held without agreement from a widely diverse watchdog citizen group. Such people would be on an on-call basis and be devoted to the country’s wider interests so would attend with the alacrity of firemen when called on. There would be problems but we cannot have important parts of our country’s system of government overthrown ‘by mandate’ every time there is a change in government. I’m more afraid of having nothing left of our political culture under our present ‘system’ than the problems that might arise from my suggestions.

  9. Colonial Viper 9

    Smalley interviews Colin James about the Labour Leadership

    Excellent piece form TV3. Summary:

    Shearer has gone to ground, refusing interviews and stopped releasing copies of his public schedule to the media.

    There is disgruntlement with Shearer and Shearer’s political management, but he could still cling on if he lifts his game, particularly as there does not appear to be any organised effort to move him on. However many are wanting a new Leader in place by Conference.

    A Robertson/Cunliffe ticket is the obvious option but can they work out an agreement. Cunliffe remains a divisive figure to some and Robertson would probably say he is not yet ready to be Leader. Little also seen as divisive and Ardern talented but still 5 years out from being ready.

    Key had the same lack of understanding of NZ and NZ politics that Shearer demonstrates, but proved to be a smooth talker and fast learner.


    • Bill 9.1

      Strange or laughable that the segment pins all the disquiet on Shearer’s visit to the corporate box?

      Was a good interview, but I’m thinking James is a wee bit off the mark in his analysis of possible future configurations. Fact is (I think), that Cunliffe has the membership vote. So any one who can get the numbers in caucus probably needs his endorsement – or he theirs. And I’m reckoning (with relief) that that wipes out ‘log jam’ Robertson.

  10. David H 10

    As I said yesterday
    How Convenient is this shit? No problems since the year dot, and now we have ‘white powder’ popping up all over the place, over the weekend. What the fuck? does Shonkey and co think we are all that dumb as to believe this stunt?

    Emergency services prepared decontamination equipment after a white powder scare at the Treasury building in central Wellington just after midday.

    Police and fire crews cordoned off parts of the building after the envelope containing the white powder was received.

    and it disappeared off the front page pretty quickly too

    • Bill 10.1

      Completely missed that wee scare story. Can’t quite figure the article though as it states the powder as being both ‘innocuous’ and…’unidentified’. Oh well….

      • felix 10.1.1

        Guess that means even the journos don’t buy it, not even for a moment.

      • David H 10.1.2

        But the uniformed gas masked people just tell their own story really and that’s the problem some people only look at the pics.

        • McFlock

          Trouble is, as soon as someone makes the call, they have to take it seriously. There’s been more than one responder infected or killed by a suspicious package they treated less than cautiously. Low likelihood, but serious consequence in the event.

          Besides, it’s good training for when the hazard is real.

          • Pete

            And don’t forget, the release of calicivirus 20 years ago demonstrates there have been illicit biological agents smuggled into the country, beyond our bio security measures. Do people really think we’d be able to detect anthrax, or foot-and-mouth?

          • Bill

            Explosive devices aside, how many packages of ‘suspicious powder’ – white or otherwise – treated ‘less than cautiously’, has resulted in how many deaths globally in the past 10 – 15 years? I mean, any ball park figure will do. I’m guessing single digits. There or thereabouts. And how many in NZ over the same period? Like you say, good training for imaginery threats and hazards – or a complete bloody waste of time and only ever good for ratcheting up levels of groundless fear in gullible portions of the populace.

            • McFlock

              But those skillsets are largely the same regardless if it’s asbestos from a burning warehouse, a legitimate biohazard or just someone with baking soda.

              Public fear-wise, this isn’t exactly our 9/11.

              • Bill

                Heh – and those skillsets around asbestos when NZ’s second city collapsed? They were where?

                But yeah. No likely repeat of 12/9 here or elsewhere…not even though we got an Octagon to tempt any would be radical algebrian nutters.

                • McFlock

                  Wasn’t there a kid who wanted to shoot the Queen when she made a visit to Dunedin years back? Ended up getting confused and setting a rifle up on the wrong street or something. Probably needed Google Earth 🙂

                  • lprent

                    Wouldn’t have helped in Samoa. Google maps was way way way out of date. Many of the unpaved roads were in fact paved. Many of the streets didn’t exist on their maps. Never looked at the sat images though.

                    I was just surprised after how accurate it has been in NZ. But it does make me aware of the limits to how far you can trust net info

                    • David H

                      They spent a couple of years running round in cars taking photos and generally getting into shit for grabbing wifi data illegally or something was about privacy. Was all done by about 5 years ago

                  • felix

                    That kid would be Christopher Lewis, one of NZ’s most fascinating criminals of all time.

                    If I recall correctly he wasn’t actually that far off shooting the queen either. Fired one at the footpath I think.

                    He was only 16 or 17 at the time and had already held up the post office at gunpoint for $10k cash. With bicycles for getaway vehicles it was all done during his school lunch break and he was back in class for the afternoon.

  11. stever 12

    More on one of John Key’s mates and helpers…and how he is a big problem when it comes to improving the health of a nation.

    So, has he lobbied for tobacco companies in NZ?


    • Bill 12.1

      You missed the appointment of a former tobacco industry bigwig to head the ‘Smokefree 2025’ thing?

      • North 12.1.1

        Bill @ 12.1.

        Yay, another Fletcher, another Devoy, another Hot Chick C-Rankin on the Families Commission. I’m so looking forward to mine Potty,Gower being appointed to the BSA, David Garret boss of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Morrissey honoured with ambassador to Tel Aviv.

        A fabulously incendiary Brighter Future lies ahead !

  12. Tim 13

    KRudd (on Skoi News) has just announced that he’s interested in a policy whereby citizens of PNG could subscribe to the same border control mechanism that exists between OZ and NZill.
    Now watch the Natzis come out with all their Yea…. but Nah …. but Yea …. but Maybe crap.
    (after all, they are fuzzy wuzzies aye – next thing you know, there’ll be P.I’s asking for the same thing – you know – those ‘in-betweens’ Just as soon as we can ensure they’re ‘Noble Savages’ rather than the ignoble. “We’ll get back to you”)

    KEY’s (KEYS) (or Stoivie Jooooooice’s) attitude on US citizens:
    Walk right in ….. sit right down, baby let your mind roll on.

    P.I. neighbours and any with a shared culture; those without money money moneeeeey – ooooh let’s take a while shall we?.

    • Tim 13.1

      Oh….. hey!!!! Dunk: reliable sauces in the Beehive tell me it’s ALL ON. If John Key doesn’t ditch the discriminatory pollsee against PoiEyes when the Okkers go for this open border thing with PNG, then the Nats will be toast. KRudd’s proposal is circulating around kebnit. Check with Paddy (and while you’re at it – give him some guidance on the hand and arm movements for tonight).
      MORE on Nightline tonight!!!!

      • Tim 13.1.1

        and NO – sauces is not misspelt.
        Pik ya flavour – just as long as you can produce enough for Progressive Enterprises or it’s “competitor” to dictate how much you have to produce before they’ll stock it.

  13. karol 14

    Excellent effort by Andrea Vance, as reported by NRT:

    Normally when a select committee hears submissions on a bill, they post them online on the Parliamentary website to inform the public. Except, apparently, for the Intelligence and Security Committee – they’ve refused to post submissions on John Key’s spy bill. Meaning that the public can’t see just how few people supported it.

    Fortunately, Stuff’s Andrea Vance has got hold of them, and posted them here [PDF]. I wonder if they’ll try and prosecute her for it?

    • North 14.1

      That’s some nice balance and contrast to the pap pieces on the excellence of the mood and the fare at ShonKey Python’s BBQs.

      Note how the Fart Estate goes just a little bit feral when it’s them who’re the victims………?

    • weka 14.2

      Thanks Karol, some interesting reading.

  14. Candace 15

    This was from sat and probably already been linked to but too bad:


  15. North 16

    As the day draws on – questionable sugar levels have this old fulla increasingly cynical about it all…….


    Roped in early, feted, glorified, little talkie from ShonKey Python. Cargo cult by Power Point ?

    Troughing scab pupae ?

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    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    40 mins ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    2 hours ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    18 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    18 hours ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    22 hours ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    24 hours ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 day ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 day ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    3 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    3 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    4 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    4 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    5 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the 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. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    1 week ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
    Criminal Enterprises: Gangs are not welfare institutions. Nor are they a substitute for the family their members never had. They are ruthless, violent, criminal money-making machines. That is all.OKAY, first-things-first. Gangs exist for one purpose – and only one. They are a sure-fired, time-tested institution for making crime pay – ...
    2 weeks ago
  • “Action for Healthy Waterways”: Some big ticket actions that the Government has neglected
    Prof Nick Wilson, A/Prof George Thomson, A/Prof Simon Hales, Prof Michael Baker The NZ Ministry for the Environment has produced a valuable discussion document with many good ideas for improving the health of waterways in New Zealand. But there are important gaps. In this blog we consider three big-ticket items ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • ADHD and fluoride – wishful thinking supported by statistical manipulation?
    Finding reality needs more than wishful thinking. The problem is that statistical arguments often provide a jargon to confirm biases. Image credit: Accurate Thinking Versus Wishful Thinking in Gambling I worry at the way some ...
    2 weeks ago
  • “Line the wasters up!”: Yes, NZ, it’s “bash the poor!” time again with ya mate Simon…
    This really shouldn’t need to be said, but hell… looks like we need to do it all over again: Simon Bridges, and the National Party shock politics doctrine, seems to demand every time that its Leader, its Party and anyone seemingly involved with it, cannot get real traction on real ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • A partial release
    The Ombudsman has ruled on the issue of Julie-Anne Genter's letter to Phil Twyford on the "Let's Get Wellington Moving" policy, and forced the release of some information. The Ombudsman's statement is here. The key point: the letter was written in part in a Ministerial capacity, and was official information ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: California burning
    Its fire season in California, and the state is on fire again, with tens of thousands evacuated and millions without power as forests and homes burn. And its so bad now that some are asking whether parts of the state are now too dangerous to inhabit:Three years in a row ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • To Save Democracy, We Must Make The Media Our Own.
    New Zealanders' Television: Obliterated almost completely from New Zealanders’ collective memory is the amazing collection of creative talent which was all-too-briefly assembled in the purpose-built Avalon television studios (above) situated ten miles north of the capital. If this period is recalled at all it is only for the purposes of ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    5 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
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  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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