Open mike 17/09/2010

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  1. Bored 1

    How about the Standard running a poll on Goffs leadership? I for one vote for him to resign.

    • rosy 1.1

      I already felt unrepresented by Labour. And now the Greens! There are no parties left on the left worth giving a thought about.

  2. Carol 2

    On the 90 Day trial period for employment, Julie McGregor said that women are at greater risk than men. She describes it in ways that suggest to me, it is the people with least power (male and female) who are most at risk with this law and its proposed extension.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/4137379/Women-at-greater-risk-from-job-trials-MPs-told

    Women are more at risk from 90-day trial periods because they are weaker negotiators than men, Parliament has been told.

    Judy McGregor, the Equal Employment Opportunities commissioner for the Human Rights Commission, spoke to the industrial relations select committee yesterday on changes to employment law, including the extension of the 90-day trial period to all workplaces.

    She said those in “precarious work” were often women working in domestic work, care work, retail or service positions.

    “We have a suspicion … they may be more vulnerable just simply because of women’s natural reluctance to negotiate properly at the start of employment periods.”

    I don’t think it’s so much a “natural” reluctance for women to speak out. She indicates the large numbers of women in relatively powerless jobs, who are most at risk. So women are more at risk, because there are more at risk women in relatively low status jobs.

    • prism 2.1

      It has been my experience Carol to observe that women are reluctant to be assertive about asking for rights for themselves, in matters such as pay, or other work entitlements. In fact training in thinking, decision making, how to act assertively and the difference between that and aggression and ways to speak and think clearly and stay on track of whatever the issue is would be invaluable for all women, but particularly for those with least advantages.

      Judy McGregor has wide experience and would have observed and seen research to back up her statements.

      • prosaic 2.1.1

        Prism–your comment is an ignorant generalisation which makes you come off as not only sexist but sadly deprived of the acquaintance of assertive women skilled in clear thinking and in communication. Next time you are tempted to make such a comment, please have the sense to place “some” before the group you are identifying and remove “all”.

      • prism 2.1.2

        I stand corrected –
        It has been my experience to observe that many women are reluctant to be assertive about asking for rights for themselves though there are a significant number who have broken through this barrier and do assert themselves some to the point of aggression.

        anti-spam – arms

        • Vicky32 2.1.2.1

          Prism, in my experience as a non-assertive woman, you are perfectly right! Some women will have the confidence to stand up for themselves, and won’t be listened to. The prettier, younger woman who stands up for herself, will be listened to. It’s not right, but it is the way of things…
          Deb

  3. Lanthanide 3

    A note in the most recent listener is worth repeating, I think.

    It pointed out that National radio’s response to the 4:35am earthquake wouldn’t really have been the same had National’s plans to “save money” by turning off National radio between the hours of 12am and 6am gone through already.

    Also, this idea will barely save any money at all, because the transmitters have to keep transmitting at full power (you can’t turn them off) anyway, and that is where the real cost is. You’ll basically be saving the wages of 2 or 3 people (presenter + 1-2 producers) who don’t need to stay up to run the show, but that’s about it.

    • Bored 3.1

      How stupid is this?????? If we think our parliamentary representatives are disingenuous dullards try this from the local body types. It refers to Wellington City Council voting for Sunday parking enforcement…

      When challenged by Cnr Ritchie that Sunday parking enforcement was a money making concern Committee chairman Andy Foster said he found Ms Ritchie’s comments “offensive and completely inaccurate”. “We’re not going to be making money, it may even cost us, because we’ll have to have staff going around policing this.”

      Either Foster is a liar, or he is a complete idiot that wants to spend money enforcing something that will be highly unpopular. I for one dont want him adding it to my rates bill. What a wally.

      • prism 3.1.1

        Wellingtoni Councillor Andy Foster to be deemed another Gauleiter? Or perhaps Bumbailiff would be more descriptive. (Dictionary says: Brit derog. – an officer employed to collect debts and arrest debtors). The enthusiasm to scalp vehicle owners by officious officials in councils apparently shows up in Wellington excessively.

        • Bored 3.1.1.1

          Yeah, the buggers got me severely recently. It works though as I dont take the car to the city if I possibly can. What is of concern though is this councils propensity to raise revenue to offset rates by way of fines, and at the same time share it with a private contractor.

        • Bored 3.1.1.2

          Bumbailiff, thats really good. My vocabulary expands, thanks.

  4. prism 4

    Prof Richardson Nobel Laureate Scientist talking on NinetoNoon this a.m. about the over use of helium to an extent that the USA is likely to run out of viable supplies about 2035 or so. Caller email to program talked knowledgably about natural gas capture companies venting helium and it being expensive in energy to stop this, and he has been working on solution but can’t get interest to further this from any source, government or other. (It is used in MRI – magnetic resonance imaging spell? – in all large hospitals and probably other.)

    Other info is that the privatisation push in USA last century resulted in an order that the Texas reserve of helium be sold off by 2015. So instead of conserving this scarce resource it is being hocked off probably far below its real value. Of course that would be nearly priceless in reality.

    NASA uses a quarter of what is available (annually or known reserves?) for its rockets and does not conserve the helium it does use as it should. My dirge is that space travel is an unnecessary luxury catering to scientific curiosity and political strutting and is earth-destructive and deflects investment from people to machines and results mostly in abstract and abstruse endeavours. My concern is now strengthened.

    • Bored 4.1

      Unfortunately in the future we may not have the use of todays technology precisely because we have used the resources up without thought. That however does not mean that we wont have alternatives, my take is that we will just have to rethink some of the technology, and that might take a considerable time.

    • Rhinocrates 4.2

      “unnecessary luxury catering to scientific curiosity”

      Oh yes, of course we don’t need any of that, do we? How do you think that we found out about the dangers of global warming, how do you think that we maintain weather monitoring? How do you think that we learned about atmospheric dynamics overall?

      Do you know why the dinosaurs are extinct? They didn’t have a space programme. Look up “Chixulub” if you don’t know what I mean.

      And “scientific curiosity”? We certainly don’t need that trivial luxury, eh!

      “abstract and abstruse endeavours”

      Translation: “I don’t understand it and I’m too lazy to find out about it and so therefore it is worthless.”

      NASA is, in proportion to a national budget, the best-funded space agency in the world and still only gets about 0.6% of the US Federal budget. It’s pretty damn good value, actually. The Department of Defense is at around 20% or more. If you want to hand wring about wasteful spending being diverted from “abstract and abtruse endeavours” (sic) or “earth-destructive” activities (whatever the hell you mean by that), a bare minimum of regard for facts and sense might help your argument just a little bit.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1

        Do you know why the dinosaurs are extinct? They didn’t have a space programme.

        Chicxulub (Unfortunately the sound is really bad)

      • prism 4.2.2

        Rhinocrates – Son of Socrates?
        Good old NASA – so efficient. I have the payoff in a casserole that can go from freezer to hot oven, covered with some shiny white ceramic? material developed for the space program. All that expense for my $100 casserole! So kind of them! (I bought it 50% off on special. It works well. Hasn’t crashed yet.)

        You might like to stop being superior for enough time to think about the people in the news headlines all the time who are suffering on this our own planet rather than dismissing them to SEP while you focus on pure science. We aren’t served by having space nut-jobs using up vast sums of money that should go into developing technology to help our world, for instance to deal with unpredictable weather ‘events’. More all-purpose vehicles to provide easy access for starving people after disasters and earthquakes etc. Smart wind and sea-powered ships to transport ourselves and our goods so we can continue to trade and visit each other.

        Yes I am too lazy and uninterested to read all the stuff about space though I did look on the internet to check the bright star in the mid-western sky – really bright! Venus I think. But there are a lot of things to learn about and think about on this our very own planet and I am flat out doing that all the time. What about you bozo? And by the way I don’t think you should rely on the space program as the way to stop yourself becoming extinct.

        • Rhinocrates 4.2.2.1

          “Casserole”

          Childish petulant bullshit not worth a detailed response. In essence, you’re repeating the sentiment that is something doesn’t tangibly and directly benefit you, it’s an evil waste. Grow up.

          “enough time to think about the people in the news headlines all the time who are suffering on this our own planet rather than dismissing them to SEP while you focus on pure science”

          Thanks for the character attack. Why do you think that somehow those are mutually exclusive?

          “What about you bozo?”

          As above. Allow me to answer then…

          The earth is a world, and other planets are other worlds. We learn about the earth by learning about them. To repeat, we only found out about the dangers of global warming by observing what happened on Venus. We even learn a lot about storm systems looking at the atmospheres of Titan and the gas giant worlds. The essential strategy of science is experiment, but you see, for obvious reasons, planetology cannot be an experimental science, so we look at the variations in other worlds to learn about the mechanisms driving conditions on earth.

          “We aren’t served by having space nut-jobs using up vast sums of money that should go into developing technology to help our world, for instance to deal with unpredictable weather ‘events’.”

          (A) As I mentioned, that technology helps a damn lot in predicting those events, providing communication during recovery and (B), the portions spent on space are proportionally small (C) when cuts are made, in the real world, it doesn’t go to causes like that – generally it goes to bank bail-outs.

          “Nut-jobs”

          Again, the anti-intellectual bullshit. “I don’t understand them, therefore they’re crazy”

          Who’s putting on the superior act now?

          “I don’t think you should rely on the space program”

          What do you propose? Meditation? An umbrella? Digging deep holes, stocking up on lentils and humming? Some threats cannot be averted without serious investment.

          Just this year alone, amateur astronomers saw at least two major impacts on Jupiter – the fireballs were visible all the way across the inner solar system to guys with backyard telescopes. Imagine if they hit here. Heard of Shoemaker-Levy 9? Now, Jupiter, having a immensely powerful gravitational field, mops up a lot of those comets and asteroids, but there’s a class referred to as Near Earth Objects whose orbits cross our own. Will they hit? Yes, all of them. When? Don’t know. Millions of years from now, thousands, hundreds, tens…? We haven’t tracked them all. Even one the size of a garage can do major damage. Look up Tunguska, 1908… had that one arrived a few hours later, St Petersburg would have been obliterated. NEOs are now becoming a major area of interest amongst the world’s various space programmes.

          The earth is not separate from space, it’s IN space and subject to its phenomena… and vulnerable to them. You suggestion that an interest in space is somehow anti-earth is stupid and ignorant. I love the earth, I think it’s beautiful and fascinating, but I teach for a living, I love knowledge, admire curiosity and sweeping sanctimonious declarations made from a position of willful ignorance inspire nothing but contempt in me.

          “Yes I am too lazy and uninterested to read all the stuff ”

          …Yes, why do I bother? The dyslexic undergrads I deal with at least make an effort. A damn good effort. But you?

          • prism 4.2.2.1.1

            Rhinocrates
            I try to think for myself and don’t just accept the forceful dominant view that you wish to impose in your world view which places science above question from ‘lesser’ human beings.

            I try to keep in touch with the needs of being a human and the ethical climate we need to live in. My suggestion of over-spending on space science and not enough on people and planet earth started off your rant. I know we are affected by space events but we cannot turn our telescopes there and ignore the oil spill etc and its effects on earth. We will destroy ourselves definitely if we go on as now, but may be hit by some space hazard whatever we do.

            Your scientific objective mind is not showing.

            • Rhinocrates 4.2.2.1.1.1

              I don’t place science above question – that is a naive misrepresentation. Science is by its very practice about questioning that is consistent, incisive and it is about falsifiability, as described so well by Popper. Once again you are setting up a false dichotomy.

              You may be offended that experts are taken seriously by other experts but cranks and hippies are not. The reason is that the cranks and hippies have nothing on which to base their gut feelings, no means to demonstrate falsifiability. I could say that there are fairies at the boittom of my garden, but if I can’t show them or show how they could be proven to exist or eliminated as a possibility.

              If I’m sick, I don’t tell my GP what’s wrong to me, I tell them what I experience, let them examine me and trust their expertise, gained from many years of training and hard work and assume that by probability, they are far more likely to be right that me. I don’t wail and moan that just because they have an MD, they have no right to diagnose me.

              So yes, it is above question from the unqualified and the inarticulate, but science is not a religion – it is perhaps a game, because that describes its essentially dynamic nature. It demands rigour. If it does not, it is not science at all.

              “I try to keep in touch with the needs of being a human and the ethical climate we need to live in.”

              And I do not? The people you dismiss as “nutjobs” and “bozos” do not? You have a monopoly on ethics? Really… You imply that a respect for scientific methodology negates empathy, compassion and ethics. It does not, and to insinuate – yet again – that scientists are therefore inhuman is untrue and odious.

              “over-spending on space science and not enough on people”

              My point is that spending on space science benefits people on earth. It is not an either-or situation.

              Do not tell me that you have never – nor ever wish to – benefit from, just for one example, a weather report.

              “You appear arrogant with an inflated conceit about your intelligence”

              Mea culpa. I wear ugly shirts too. Do you have anything of substance to say that is not yet another ad hominem? I do not require you to like me.

              I would say that your pretence to the moral high ground and you repeated insinuated denigrations of those who do not share your prejudices belies arrogance too.

              “lack of personal humility and of the objective scientific mind”

              My colleagues are scientists (my degrees are in industrial design, architecture and humanities, not the hard sciences) and it is quite clear that you have no idea how science works. Indeed, they’re not very humble towards each other – science is virtually a rough contact sport – but they are very very humble towards nature and know that wishful thinking is no substitute for expertise, discipline and rigorous inquiry.

              It is religious zeal that disregards facts, praises revelation and gut feeling over the courage to test one’s hypotheses against the facts systematically.

              Essentially, you call me arrogant because I will not accept your prejudices, which spring from a lack of knowledge and incapacity for logical thought.

              Enough of the tendentious sentimental posturing. Substance, facts and logic please.

              • prism

                You appear more interested in argument and demolishing your opponent Rhinoc than problem solving which is my interest. Your computer has captured apparently, my original comment which I altered to cut out much of the critical comments I had made. So you have answered some things I have deleted. A waste of your time and mine.

                It seems to me that you are very happy with yourself and your scientific pursuits and are impervious to other viewpoints.

            • Rhinocrates 4.2.2.1.1.2

              Furthermore

              “but we cannot turn our telescopes there and ignore the oil spill etc and its effects on earth.”

              I was not aware that we have. Astronomers cannot help with oil spills much, but a dentist won’t help much with your accounting either. Planetology has – do I have to say this again? (yes, I do….) – taught us a lot about the effects of pollution on our own world and how we can ameliorate or prevent its effects. That’s hardly “ïgnoring” the problem. You point? It’s a false dichotomy.

              “We will destroy ourselves definitely if we go on as now,”

              I don’t dispute that.

              “but may be hit by some space hazard whatever we do”

              Actually no, the means to deal with that – tracking objects and developing space enginnering techniques – is exactly what can prevent that. Why is it morally superior that we be stopped from doing so? You’re talking nonsense. I think that if one has the means to save millions of lives through, say weather forecasting, asteroid deflection or whatever, and willfully refuse to develop the means to do so, then it is a grossly unethical omission of action.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.2.2

          We aren’t served by having space nut-jobs using up vast sums of money that should go into developing technology to help our world, for instance to deal with unpredictable weather ‘events’.

          You didn’t watch the video I posted did you?

  5. Lanthanide 5

    I got a reply from Steven Joyce. Back in May when they announced the $50/annual student loan fee, I wrote to him suggesting they increase the fee to $100 but waive it if someone makes a voluntary contribution of $500, so as to encourage people to pay their loans back faster as they get both the 10% bonus and the $100 fee written off, where right now the 10% bonus actually isn’t as competitive as simply keeping the money in the bank earning interest.

    The reply basically says that the fee is there for all borrowers to pay towards the scheme, and that 10% bonus is a separate incentive. If they were to combine the fee and the incentive, it would “be costly to taxpayers” and disadvantage those less able to make voluntary repayments.

    I think he’s somewhat sidestepping the point that combing the two together would result in more cashflow into the government’s coffers. I believe the real point of it is that a $50 fee can be added on to everyone’s loan balance (which counts as an asset in the finance world), whereas if people paid $500 to waive the fee, the government would actually be reducing the loan balance by $50 and therefore have a lower loan balance even if they did actually have higher cash flow. The government would rather have student loans balances on the books worth slightly more instead of cash in hand with slightly lower student loan balance on the books.

  6. Pascal's bookie 6

    Heh.

    “They are — they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they’re already into this experiment.”

    • prism 6.1

      What PB ?? Tell us more.

    • Bored 6.2

      Jeez PB, bloody mice will be too clever to fall off the trees into the river in a flag year and the trout wont get fat……bugger. And we will have to watch out for man traps set by mice who dont want us human vermin in their houses. Wonder what bait they will set for us?

    • Pascal's bookie 6.3

      (latest political celebrity thrown up by the totally not crazy you’re just an elitist for saying that so stop being an elitist you damn elitist tea party in the US. Also, and too, DPF has a thread that might be fun to watch, though he doesn’t mention that Brain quote.)

  7. Red Rosa 7

    Moving right along to less controversial topics

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4138359/Harawiras-foreshore-stand-Osama-has-more-rights

    If I was an opposition MP, I’d be thinking hard about supporting this legislation after the shambles left by the GB Dictator Bill. Uncomfortable questions are being asked from both sides of the political spectrum, and the answers are evasive at best. Now that the ordinary voter is starting to see a cynical jackup when he sees one…..

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/

    http://www.nzcpr.com/CoastalCoalition.htm

    • Herodotus 7.1

      And not a sound eminating from Red Alert. Has someone switched the lights off at the Labours HQ?
      Where is the experienced leadership ?
      Some need to start to ask some questions towards whatever the strategy is. Becasue we cannot see anything, or have we reverted to political strategy to winning an election – wait until you can win by default then there are no broken promises.
      antispam word: complaining
      There are some IT people here that have a sense ogf humour 😉

  8. Latest Roy Morgan poll:

    National down 1 to 48.5
    Labour up 1.5 to 34
    Greens 8
    Act 2 (not for long)
    NZ First 4.5 (WTF?)

  9. ak 9

    WTF exactamundo. On not a peep from the media. Simple answer: he’s learned the lesson that’s been staring us in the face since Mt Albert and Mining (and for some since 2004) and been ignoring the media and out pounding the beat. We’ve got two weeks to do the same in Auckland or forever hold our pieces.

  10. bobo 10

    “A woman has been jailed for pocketing more than $12,000 of ACC payments that were supposed to be used for installing a ramp and handrails in her home.

    Athleen June Barlow pleaded guilty to ACC charges when she appeared in Whanganui District Court this week.”

    vs

    Ex-MP Roger McClay sentenced to community service
    Disgraced former Government minister Roger McClay has yet to apologise to the two cash-strapped charities he rorted in a $25,000 fraud.

    Spot the difference…

  11. KJT 11

    Now is the time to get in there and make sure that our parties are really representative of our wishes.

    At first, being really angry about this I thought about another party etc, But I think we all need to pull together, support Labour and the Greens, use our membership and votes within the parties to make sure that Labour and the Greens are truly representative of ordinary people and get rid of NACT before the damage is irreparable.

  12. jaymam 12

    There’s a bunch of kids in a white 1991 Daihatsu Charade rego UG2074 going around cutting holes in City Vision billboards. Does anyone know who they are? They claim to be John Banks supporters. I have photos and video. I don\’t think the cops will be interested. They never do anything about billboard vandals.

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  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    5 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    7 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    7 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    1 week ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    1 week ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

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