Open mike 17/06/2010

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  1. Jenny 1

    Good bye to you Juan, good bye Rosalita.

    A disaster like no other.

    Thank God we live in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Nothing like this, should ever even be contemplated here.

    capcha – potential

    • Bored 1.1

      Jenny, the link 404ed me, does not work.

      Presume you are refering to the Gulf oil spill? Our idiot government has approved exploratory sites in water as deep but more oceanic in nature (i.e bigger seas, longer swell etc)….potential for disaster very real.

      • insider 1.1.1

        yep all that exploration has done nothing for Australia. I mean, what has oil ever given us?

      • Jenny 1.1.2

        Sorry about that Bored. Try this.

        You will be appalled I promise you.

        • Jenny 1.1.2.1

          Briefly:

          It seems there is evidence that the oil leak has breached in the bore tube itself, and the continual flow of escaping high pressure oil is eroding the seabed making the hole larger and larger.

          Basically nothing humans can do can plug this hole until the whole oilfield has emptied into the Gulf.

          • ianmac 1.1.2.1.1

            Thanks Jenny. And the fact that clean-up is ineffectual too. Catastrophic! I wonder if there is the same publicity for other oil pollution in African countries especially.

          • Lanthanide 1.1.2.1.2

            Unlikely. The are drilling 2 relief wells that aim to stem the flow of oil before it even gets near the surface. Of course these won’t be complete until August.

          • insider 1.1.2.1.3

            I read it yesterday and it is hard to get past the long rambling stream of consciousness and bad grammar. But that’s not quite what he is saying in my view.

            What he appeared to be saying is that the well currently has constraints which are limiting flow. These constraints will be eroded away and so the flow rate will increase and will be hard to stop. I doon’t see him saying the well will empty

            Whether the whole field depletes is conjecture. It’s almost sci fi. Oil is usually trapped in sand not in big puddles. So what’s the porosity of the sands? What pressures are there? What if the well is only connected to a small part of the reserve? It was an exploration well not a production one so placement could be quite different.

  2. Santi 2

    Jonathan Mar­shall has reveal­ed that Len Brown’s “fundraiser’ was in fact a nice night out for his birth­day. So, it turns out that the $810 charged to the mayor’s offcial credit card constituted another rort on Brown’s part.

    It should put an end to this greedy man’s political career and aspirations. He’s finished.

    • joe bloggs 2.1

      And Cam Slater’s analysis of Brown’s spending points to plenty more pork barrel politicking:

      1. a seven-fold jump in spending in the month before Brown declares as candidate for the mayoralty

      2. 42% of total expenditure is on food and drink

      3. 61% of spending is for reasons that have not been disclosed

      and as for the kanohi te kanohi and face-slapping routine – FFS, gimme a break. Brown is a skinny, middle aged white trougher, not a Maori, nor an Islander.

      Dead man walking…

      [lprent: I’m afraid you kind of shot down your own point when you wrote the words “Cam Slater’s analysis“.

      In my experience he can’t analyze. As I’ve commented before, his favorite analysis is the equivalent of 1 + 1 = 11. In other words he gets a few bits of ‘evidence’ (which is usually dodgy) and draws unwarranted conclusions. Analysis requires an ability to think logically, and that doesn’t appear to be something he is capable of. ]

      • pollywog 2.1.1

        dead man walking

        nah…you got it all twisted son.

        Browns got that same hokey, down home appeal that Key’s got which the punters seem to love while Banks has got that aloof, toffee nosed twat appeal that only the well to do get off on.

        I’m sure people would line up to buy Brown a coffee and shout him a feed cos he looks so skinny that he needn’t worry ’bout forking it out on the company card. Where as they probably wouldn’t waste urine pissing on Banks if he were on fire unless it were to jack him for his wallet and car keys.

        besides I thought whaleoil was having a mental breakdown so shouldn’t be trusted with anything he says ?

        GOVT STEALTH WARNING : DO NOT FEED THE WHALE

        http://asianinvasion2006.blogspot.com/2010/05/save-whale.html

        • NickS 2.1.1.1

          Cthulhu damn it, why the fuck hasn’t his insurance company actually bothered to force him into counselling? Sure, it’s more expensive than screwing with Cameron’s brain chemistry by over medicating him, but from what I’ve learnt dealing with my own depression counselling plays a significant factor in managing, getting out and staying free of depression. Which means it will more effective in getting him back to semi-normal and thus possibly capable of working and so no longer will the insurance company be required to pay him.

          Not that this is any excuse for Cameron’s utter stupidity, but given his condition and his actions he probably doesn’t even realise that he can’t think straight at present 🙁

      • joe bloggs 2.1.2

        OK I’ll “kind of” stand corrected. There is no analysis – rather it’s the simple categorisation of thousands of dollars worth of expenditure

        The numbers themselves speak volumes for Brown’s troughing – irrespective of your desire for logical thinking on another blogger’s part.

        captcha: bottle – what Brown’s been hitting too much at the expense of the public it appears

    • fraser 2.2

      “Jonathan Mar­shall has reveal­ed”

      jonathan marshall? – your going to base your comment on his journalistic integrity?

      • Santi 2.2.1

        First it was council business.
        Then it was a fund raiser.
        Then it was a fund raiser for a local music talent.
        Now it turns out to be a table at private concert at a restaurant.
        Now it turns out his wife was in attendance.
        Now it turns out his birthday was three days off.
        Now it turns out the ‘musical talent’ was an aspiring Australian opera singer.
        Now it turns out he sang Happy Birthday for the Mayor.

        All paid for by the ratepayers of Manukau City, few of whom would earn even half his mayoral stipend, let alone the extra tens of thousands he has rorted tax free.

  3. Interesting interview this morning on Morning Report with Georgina Te Heuheu. The PETA issue gets smellier and smellier.

    She could not answer the simple question of why the fund could not be contested for by other organisations. It also seems that Blinglish met the Pereiras to discuss the proposal.

    Plunkett did make one howler, he alleged that it is “new” money whereas I understand that various cuts in different areas have been made that allows this “new” money to be made.

    Capcha cuts!

    • jcuknz 3.1

      Seemed to me that Sean didn’t really give her much chance with all his overtalk? It is a pity they don’t give these interviews more time and leave it up to the listener to discern the garbage in the answer.
      Not everything can be answered in a two second bite, or a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’.

      • pollywog 3.1.1

        Yeah, i got a company i could use to get some funds and can do the flowery pasifikan ideals talk as good as anyone.

        Does that mean its open door policy to fund private companies to deliver social services now ?

        sweet…where do i sign up and whose ear do i have to blow into ?

        • prism 3.1.1.1

          I wonder how all the present PI community development, and business training groups feel. Bet they will be starved of funds. They need a go-go entrepreneur to go to the pollies direct, get into the money pipeline, not teeter on applying for numerous grants to just survive.

          Go for it pollywog – you’ve got what it takes, now go sell it to the pollies.
          They need a keen entrepreneur who can talk the talk like yourself. And I imagine you can walk the walk, and could do so for less than $1 million a year. The rest of that money could go into a fund that made small low interest loans to people with a good business plan, because that seed money can be hard to get. Properly sorted, the recipients are mostly successful, with rare failures.

          • pollywog 3.1.1.1.1

            Yeah i would love to prism but the Pasifikan community here in Nelson is practically non existent and the wider community is to say the least, extremely conservative and fairly well catered for.

            Besides, I’m a full time house husband looking after littlies while my lady works fulltime. Maybe once the 2 youngest start school i can spare some time. Otherwise I’ve got a few Samoan cousins in Christchurch working in health, education, justice and social services who could do with funding but, well, you know the ol’ story about going into business with family.

            As for the other organizations cut out by PEDA’s proposal. I would say they’d be required to humble themselves and line up to service PEDA’s contract in exchange for getting their ticket clipped, thus making PEDA a psuedo gov’t funding agency operating under the auspices of a privately owned company.

            nice work if you can get it 🙂

            • prism 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Busy man, parenting keeps you on your toes.
              Guess tourism would be a solid business there, art and craft, music – would PI people be drawn to those areas if looking to get into family business?

              • pollywog

                Yeah, tourism would be cool. Maybe I could hook up with an iwi here build a double hulled traditional styled Pasifikan voyaging canoe with a few mod cons and run workshops for youth with tourist jaunts to Golden Bay for the fatcats to offset the costs.

                Know any fatcat venture capitalists with a social conscience 🙂

                • prism

                  Don’t think you should downgrade the potential for profit that could make this a solid earner. The Warehouse guy has a social conscience. There is a (small?) group of businessmen who are entrepreneurs and talk about thinking beyond just profit. Do they call it the triple bottom line?

                  Are there wakas there already though? Hec Busby up north knows a lot about this sort of thing. Was he the lead guy on the one that sailed to Rarotonga? Venice has its gondolas we could have our ethnic vessels. Handsome young men and women with tourists sitting between them joining in the paddling. Could be a goer – in summer. Winter??

                  • pollywog

                    Nah theres no big ol time sailing waka down here. I’m thinking more of the style and grace of a traditional Pasifikan double huller but made from hi tech materials with all the bells and whistles.

                    I suppose i could get in touch with Rawiri Taonui, head of Maori at Canbterbury Uni. He did his masters thesis in polynesian navigation and was a commited paddler in Auckland a few years ago.

                    And then theres the Tamaki brothers who i think are still doing their Maori village tourist thing in Christchurch ?

                    Also my oldest boy is at Nelson boys college so they could crew the thing plus there’s a few well to do ‘old boys’ who might be looking to put something back into the community, for a profit of course

                    yup…i reckon people would be lining up for an old school paddle and sail around Golden Bay.

  4. Lanthanide 4

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3820912/They-ve-destroyed-150-years-of-our-heritage

    This is disgusting, absolutely appalling. No where else in the country could such a tree carnage take place.

    What I want to know is why is the media raising the story now that it is too late to do anything about it. If this story had been on Close Up or Campbell Live a week ago, the tree would still be standing today.

  5. joe90 5

    Who’s in charge of BP’s oil rig safety? Not the USA.

    • prism 5.1

      Good link thanks.
      The USA government seems to wash its hands of responsibility for anything nasty. It stands on the edge of pollution ruining large areas of its country and rails at BP which is fortunately a foreign company, so the USA feels it doesn’t have to get stuck in and spend money itself.
      It sends prisoners on rendition to other countries who can be pressured into doing its nasty interrogations. It carries out nasty scientific experiments on little countries with no political standing. It hives off its regulatory problems to those dependent islands to what are happy-hour havens for USA business. The regulations that you appear to have, but in reality are no probs.

      The little Marshall Islands. Where and what are they? Think bikinis. The Bikini Atoll where USA carried out nasty experiments is in the Marshall Islands also badly affected were Rongelap and Rongerik.
      Between 1946 and 1958, twenty-three nuclear devices were detonated at Bikini Atoll, beginning with the Operation Crossroads series in the summer of 1946. The March 1st, 1954 detonation codenamed Castle Bravo, was the first test of a practical hydrogen bomb. The largest nuclear explosion ever set off by the United States, it was much more powerful than predicted, and created widespread radioactive contamination.[
      The Micronesian inhabitants, who numbered about 200 before the United States relocated them after World War II, ate fish, shellfish, bananas, and coconuts. A large majority of the Bikinians were moved to a single island named Kili … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikini_Atoll
      captcha – us WTF

      • joe90 5.1.1

        They’re shitting in their own back yard too Prism, well, Alaska.

        • ianmac 5.1.1.1

          It does seem that in USA it only matters if it is close to home. I wonder if the MSM bothers to tell the population of overseas disasters?

          • joe90 5.1.1.1.1

            The stupidity burns.

            The president just called for creating a fund that would be administered by outsiders, which would be more of a redistribution-of-wealth fund. And now it appears like we’ll be looking at one more gateway for more government control, more money to government. If there is a disaster, why is it that government is the one who always seems to benefit after a disaster, and that’s of course what cap-and-trade would be.

            • NickS 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Hah, she’s well known for being completely, utterly nonsensical and incredibly dumb, even by US standards.

              Heck, she can’t even grasp the fact the USA government is likely going to have to foot a part of the clean up bill, since BP will likely try and do it on the cheap, and then there’s the welfare for those left unemployed.

  6. Olwyn 6

    I would like someone from the right to tell me, what, if any, moral position does the modern right hold? The two things they bleat about are self-reliance and accountability, which offers them loose grounds for directing contempt and accusation at others, but there no longer seems to be any good that they are defending. They are more like a debating team that represents the rich because of their being rich, and not because any class of good is expected to come of it. They no longer offer arguments for their position, only arguments from within it, as if it was a foregone conclusion. At the same time, they seem to feel obliged to campaign relentlessly, despite the claimed believe in some quarters that their side has won the class war. Surely if you were that confident, you would stop campaigning, and assume that everyone accepted the good you had to offer. Except, there doesn’t seem to be such a good.

    • Mac1 6.1

      There is a brand of christianity, if I remember my European history based on beliefs of such theologians as Calvin, which says that God blesses the good and visits calamity on the wicked.

      Therefore, if you are rich, God has blessed you. Easy to make into a very comfortable, circular argument- and since I am rich I must be good. Since I am good, demonstrated by God’s favour, what I do must be good.

      The converse of this is the blaming of the poor who must be in some way morally degenerate and sinful.

      This belief is still about- how much amongst the Right I could only speculate, but it is there in the religious Right.

      Then other aspect that I which to comment on, as a very much lay person in these matters and as in the first comment on Calvinism above seeking further comment and enlightenment, is that there is a psychological driver to being financial successful as a businessman. My education tutor forty years ago now, explained that forms of sociopathy or psychopathy, based on the loss of mother figures in childhood, led to behaviour ranging from absolute psychopathy (very early loss of mother figure) to the ruthless businessman (suffering the same loss from about 6 years old from memory).

      So moral positioning in the right might be based in religious conviction or even amoral from being based in psychopathy.

      How much old age bunkum, how much truth in all this? Anyway, good question, Olwyn.

      • Bored 6.1.1

        Well said Mac, God as we know favours whoever is talking for him at the time. He is very useful in defending the indefensible on the basis of the divine word overiding the earthly. The only reason God (whose word is delivered by the wealthy) has not commanded the extermination of the poor is because Gods representatives want to collect the pennys of the poor in their collection plates.

    • Bob Stanforth 6.2

      Can I ask, you use the term ‘rich’ – how are you defining that? Does that label mean, as I take it from your statement, that everyone who votes ‘right’ is thereby deemed rich?

      • Mac1 6.2.1

        Bob S, there are some rich, according to the Calvinist notion, who regard themselves as God’s blessed and this brings with it a view of the world, as I outlined. I don’t think that I said that all rich people are right wingers nor did I say that all right wingers are rich.

        That would be a bit rich of me to say that.

        It would be safe to say that most rich people vote for the status quo and are therefore conservative.

        There are poor who vote conservative. There is a link with conservatism and rurality. Most of the farm workers I worked with were conservative- they identified with their employers’ politics and wanted to be farmers themselves. Those workers were not rich, in economic terms.

        I think the term rich here would be defined by the people themselves. “I am well off. God has blessed me. The poor man down the road is dirty, underfed and lazy. He is that way because he has transgressed and deserves to be poor.”

        It’s in a way the opposite of “rich pricks”!

        Capcha “views’!

        • Bob Stanforth 6.2.1.1

          Thanks Mac1, and an apology, my question was to Olwyn. I hear a lot of this ‘rich prick’ comment from the left leaning, but no one ever seems to either be able to quantify, or even discuss. And as such for me, its an emotive throw away piece of crapulence from people too lazy to formulate a decent argument. Thats not directed at you BTW. 🙂

          For example, take me. Mortgage of around 30% of my house value. Company director, two car family, 3 children under 10, income probably around the $90K mark, depending on business growth, customers, competition etc. There have been years where Ive earnt less than $50K, and I have always chosen to live within my means than take money from the state. Again, the rider, Im not denigrating those that do with that statement of fact, merely outlining my own personal choice – thats the way I was raised, its my value set, and it works and sits well for me.

          So, does that make me a rich person?

          • felix 6.2.1.1.1

            “I hear a lot of this ‘rich prick’ comment from the left leaning, but no one ever seems to either be able to quantify, or even discuss.”

            Weird. Around here it’s used almost exclusively by righties, usually misquoting Michael Cullen’s reference to John Key being a “rich prick”.

            Where have you been hearing the term?

    • seth 6.3

      Let me turn that around on the left:

      Its hardly moral taking as much money off the most productive part of society and distributing it without accountability. Don’t you see that all that leads to is society itself collapsing on itself? How is that moral? Its short term greed for long term disastrous consequences.

      Name an economy where rampant socialism and making as many people dependent on the government as possible (> 50% of families reliant on WFF benefits/rebates/whatever) has acutally had long term success?

      Tell me how the government spending as much of my money as they can because they know better than me is moral in any way?

      Explain to me how the left’s high taxes and huge safety nets will ever grow an economy? When your so called “hard-working”, salt of the earth, working class Kiwi’s, who the left claim to represent have no incentive to work or to improve their lot because their benefits and income redistribution payments will be cut, how the hell is that going to grow the economy? Where is the incentive for people to actually better themselves without being penalised?

      • felix 6.3.1

        “Its hardly moral taking as much money off the most productive part of society and distributing it without accountability.”

        I agree 100%.

        Unfortunately you’ve completely mis-identified the “most productive part of society”, rendering the rest of your comment complete tosh.

    • jcuknz 6.4

      Without claiming to be of the right I would ask “why does the left protest so mcuh?” They protest just as much as the right and when it comes down to the nity-grity just as strongly as those of the right and with the same amount of rightious indignation. The good position is somewhere along the middle and that is where most people are, and most don’t bother writing to political blogs. The reason Labour has moved to the right and the National have moved to the left is to fight over the centre. But of course there are extremists on both sides, visible these days with the Greens and ACT. Even ACT when it was formed seemed to me to be in the centre between Labour and National, though as one person described it to me … a triangle with ACT out somewhere from the other two.

  7. just saying 7

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

    There seems to be a strong element of ‘belief in a just world’.
    Unfortunately it is a fallacy that undermines the confidence of the unfortunate as well.

    And of course ‘prosperity theology’ – a disturbing religious form of the above in which the unfortunate just aren’t godly enough and/or aren’t saying the right prayers to the right god.

    • Olwyn 7.1

      I am not sure if Rex (below) is responding to my post, neither am I sure if the man he is referring to is a typical anything – more sui generis with a few identifiable right-wing characteristics. However, as to the Christian or Calvinist background of the right wing, I think that both left and right have a strong religious element among their roots. Michael Joseph Savage, for example, described socialism as something like practical Christianity (I might have the wrong adjective here, but it is at least a similar one). The left, however, seem to have retained notions like social justice, etc, even if they do not always agree on its relevant features. The right, when they were actually Calvinists, no doubt did take comfort from the circular argument you suggest Mac1, but Calvinism, being a Christian movement, made other demands as well: stay off the booze, don’t cheat on your wife, go to church, etc. What I am asking is, stripped of its Christian history and its conservatism, is there anything more to the right now than a simple will to power? If there is, will someone tell me what?

      • Rex Widerstrom 7.1.1

        No Olwyn, the person to whom I am referring is – thankfully – unique. If any of his like exist elsewhere, I presume it is somewhere where their condition is adequately medicated 😉

  8. Rex Widerstrom 8

    A hypothetical.

    You’re a twisted piece of work, seething with a host of barely repressed prejudices and hatreds. Mostly it’s against groups who are “different” but often your hatred of humanity – rooted in a deep-seated insecurity – comes bubbling forth against even those who are not dissimilar to yourself.

    An unusually high level of narcissism coupled with a lack of physical robustness reuslts in your being obsessed with your own appearance; constantly exercising (and being sure to let others know you do). However this same lack of physicality means you’re unable to morph into a typical bully.

    Instead, you constantly verbally lash out at anyone and everyone whose paths you cross, insulting everyone from schoolchildren to the grieving parents of a dead child.

    Your behaviour makes you reviled by most people, but there’s a group of those very similar to yourself who admire what they see as your “bravery” because they not only harbour the same irrational prejudices but secretly wish they were like you.

    However your latest outburts, insulting the parents of a dead 11 year old, have got you into trouble. Because you made these comments while perfoming your work duties – let’s say, pumping gas – the service station owner has had to pay the couple $35,000.

    Wouldn’t the owner expect it to come out of your wages? Would you keep your job? Is there any job you should keep, given the fact you’re not really suited to anything involving interaction with the rest of humanity?

    • Bored 8.1

      Hi Rex,

      Are you hypothetically having a dig at L(h)aws? If so qui bono?

      • Rex Widerstrom 8.1.1

        Everyone needs a hobby, Bored 😀

        I just found this latest effort – attacking the parents of an 11 year old tragically killed in a farm accident – particularly reprehensible, given that Lhaws has come very close to being a grieving parent himself and so surely must truly realise what the boy’s parents were feeling.

        And the excuse: “I’d have shut my gob if I’d realised it was a two wheel motorbike… it’s all the media and the police’s fault for saying it had four wheels” as particularly pathetic, even by his usual standards of post-insult backpedalling.

        If I were a shareholder in CanWest (or whoever owns Radio Dead-from-the-neck-up these days) I’d be asking management why we were incurring $35k additional expenses off the bottom line.

        • Bored 8.1.1.1

          He has always struck me as a person whose mouth engages before his brain. And the brain appears to be missing some vital components like the introspection bits. Yeah, give it a go.

  9. NickS 9

    And I’ll just repost this here (with minor edits), since I only came across it late last night, and ask for references and ye shall receive, at least when I remember which folder and search terms I need + have the motivation to do so;
    _____________________________
    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/maori-mp-draft-bill-banning-1080-3591117
    /facepalm

    Well, looks like my idea of getting a post published here on anti-1080 stupidity keeps becoming even more topical 🙁

    Oh, and why is MP Rahui Katene sounding like a moron to me? It’s down to economics, mainly as it is far cheaper and much more easier to cover large areas via helicopter 1080 drops than it is with paying people to lay and maintain trapping lines, especially in the more remote areas, and even in the closer to home, rugged as hell terrain that our geological history has given us.

    On top of this is the ye olde “it builds up in teh soil!’ canard (that’s DDT with it’s poly aromatic rings you nitwits, 1080 isn’t exactly chemically stable given the acetate it’s built from + the reactivity of fluorine/it makes a good leaving group *) and a failure to understand that by timing pest control to mainly coincide with breeding season, any bird kill is typically mitigated by very statistically significant increases in chick hatching and survival for threaten species**.

    And then there’s the massive damage possums cause to the canopy, which I saw quite starkly last year east of Hokitika, in which the DoC admined reserve had few skeletons in the canopy, compared to the other ones we saw with abundant dead trees. Plus deer and pigs significantly alter the under-story structure, removing habitat for natives and altering future forest structure by eating seedlings. And it doesn’t take a massive population density to do this either.

    Oh, and I’ll have a nice crop of references for the full post, also, as it’s 10:26pm, and I still haven’t used Mendeley to organise my pdf library, so complaining about “lack of references’ for the above will get you snarked to death.

    Also, if anyone has a copy of “Poisoning Paradise’ they can loan me (I can pick it up if you’re in Christchurch) I’d like to know, as I’m slowly gearing up to get into this properly, and by properly I mean 3 windows of firefox + multiple tabs + pdfs + word docs and Whittaker’s dark chocolate as I go into OCD research mode.

    *I did organic chem for two years /shudder

    **And yes, I know about the issues with Kea, but that is why science is so “fun’ at times, due to things coming up and biting you on the arse and making you realise your bait design needs some further work

  10. Odysseus 10

    I wonder if anyone can tell me whether there has been any serious consideration for the implementation of a wealth tax in NZ? This is a common method of taxation in a number of European countries; I doubt if it is a coincidence that it tends to be in those countries that we would consider to have lower levels of inequality eg Norway, Netherlands, Luxembourg etc. The basic pros and cons can be wikied, but on the basis of reducing inequalities alone, it looks well worth consideration. After all, it is a little absurd that though we have a progressive taxation system so that those who can afford it the most, theoretically pay the most, but accumulated wealth is excluded.
    Any comments ? Are our friends in the LP looking at it?

  11. Nick 11

    “And the excuse: “I’d have shut my gob if I’d realised it was a two wheel motorbike it’s all the media and the police’s fault for saying it had four wheels’ as particularly pathetic, even by his usual standards of post-insult backpedalling.”

    I have to agree with you 100% there Rex, I am coming around to the view that Laws is a preening hollow narcissist. No different to the average thug one encountered on a school playground shaking down people for their lunch money.

  12. freedom 12

    As the mainstream media has joined the hunt for Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks
    i thought i would post this little ‘govt. how-to’ for those that missed it back in March.

    http://file.wikileaks.org/file/us-intel-wikileaks.pdf

  13. Pascal's bookie 13

    There’s been a bit of talk lately about the media, and it’s various problems.

    Those interested might find NYU Professor of Journalism Jay Rosen’s blog useful. He’s highly critical of modern political journalism in a way that goes beyond some of the more simplistic and easily dismissed criticisms that get thrown around.

    Here’s a snippet from his latest post, (as always, read the rest), but there’s plenty more there in the sidebars on both what’s wrong with what we’ve got, and what would be better.

    Rosen on press bias

    The conceit of Milbank’s column is that he had never read the comments before, but on the advice of an editor he finally went sewer diving. “As a sociological experiment, it was fascinating.’ He discovered that everyone’s a bitter ideologue— except him, the columnist who by duty observes the foibles and excesses and pure BS of the hotheaded believers on both sides. What I mean by an “extreme’ ideologue, then, is that Milbank is extremely likely to see the world is this hyper-symmetrical and self-congratulatory way.

    In political journalism there are almost always two sides, not two-and-a-half, three or four. Inhabitants of the “it’s complicated’ camp place a good deal of importance on this maniacal two-ness. The two party system and the journalist’s method of pushing off from both sides to generate authority fit perfectly together. That’s ideological.

  14. The Voice of Reason 14

    John Key isn’t the only one to find cannibalism humorous. The difference between Key and this former footballer is that the Aussie knows what that makes him:

    http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/no-malice-in-cannibal-remarks-says-brown-20100617-yhge.html?autostart=1

  15. Yeah, it’s good, very useful, thanks 🙂

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  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    13 hours ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    14 hours ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    14 hours ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    17 hours ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    20 hours ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    23 hours ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    3 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    3 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    4 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    4 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    4 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    5 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    6 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    6 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    7 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    7 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    7 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    7 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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