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Open mike 17/10/2012

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  1. captain hook 1

    Is Binky a dead cat?
    Is Kweewee still “loving it”?
    looks like the nact coalition is on the run.
    they have adopted the position that theY are not responsible to anyone but themselves and now the chickens are coming home to roost.
    They think government is like working in an ad agency but if they knew their history then they should know that the BIG LIE will ALWAYS OUT.

  2. karol 2

    I’m not a business person, and don’t know how much NZ’s tax system allows for this sort of thing, but  I’d be interested to know.
     
    The Independent has an article about Starbucks paying little/no tax to the UL for it’s UK-based businesses:
     

    Starbucks has exploited accounting tricks to pay almost no UK tax on the millions of coffees, sandwiches and cakes bought by the British public over the past decade, it was
    revealed yesterday.

    An investigation showed that the coffee company has paid only £8m in corporation tax to HMRC in the 14 years since it arrived on British high streets, despite generating sales of £3 billion.

     
    In common with other large companies, Starbucks appears to be exploiting differing tax regimes around the world. The coffee company’s UK unit, for instance, is required to pay a royalty rate of 6 per cent of sales to Starbucks for using its intellectual property. It is not clear where this money goes.
     
    However, there is concern in the US that some American firms are using tax havens such as Switzerland – where tax on royalties can be 2 per cent – to collect charges for intellectual property.
     
    Starbucks UK also repays loans to Starbucks at an interest rate set at Libor (London InterBank Offered Rate) plus 4 percentage points, more expensive than similar arrangements at KFC, where the rate is Libor plus 2 percentage points, and McDonald’s, where the rate is at or below Libor.

     
    So how do multi and transnational companies benefit from doing business in NZ, and how much money is being siphoned out of the country as a result?
     

    • marsman 2.1

      Karol. I am sure that overseas companies operating in NZ would do much the same as Starbucks in the UK. In fact I reckon there would be a number of NZ companies and NZ individuals doing the same.

      • Lanthanide 2.1.1

        The multinational companies that indulge in this sort of thing tend not to have NZ offices at all, or don’t do any sales from the NZ offices.

        • insider 2.1.1.1

          Google in NZ has been fingered for similar deals where they use licences rather than sales and pay those fees back to another country (probably Singapore).

          IRD is well aware of this and issues like manipulating transfer pricing to increase costs in one country so reducing taxable profits. It’s hard to do in commodities where there are well established benchmarks that pricing can be measured against, but in services it’s probably a bit harder – what is the market value of a google licence? I believe IRD have pretty strong powers to make declarations on the value of such things so could stamp on it if they thought a rort was happening.

    • Bill 2.2

      On ‘the guardian’ website there’s a graphic showing turnover, pre-tax profits and tax paid as a %age of turnover. I’m guessing the %age would be much the same in NZ as in the UK.

      facebook 18.1%
      google 0.9%
      apple 7.2%
      starbucks 0%
      McD. 3.4%

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/oct/16/tax-biggest-us-companies-uk#zoomed-picture

      Meanwhile, the lowest paid worker in NZ, if they have a debt from education and are in kiwi saver pay what? Around 30%?

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    Ways to avoid extradition to the States, part 94:
     

    Hide in an embassy
    Lie to your friends and cost them thousands
    Er,
    That’s it

     
    No, wait … you could always put your case and win your freedom.

    • karol 4.1

       
      Yes, but with a slight sting in the tail at the end:
       

      Many other professions offered public funding for new proposals would jump at the chance.
       
      But if teachers do not take it, others will. It will be up to the minister to ensure the legislation is a charter for ventures that are educationally respectable and worth a try.

       
      So it’s all up to Parata?
       
      And would other professions… doctors, for instance, jump at a chance to set up dodgy practices, with many of the staff unqualified, and no need to comply with professional standards required elsewhere?

      • framu 4.1.1

        which is a totally dishonest way for the herald to put it.

        Its not “public funding for new proposals” – its public funding to open the doors to crack pots, profit seekers and unqualified teachers

        • karol 4.1.1.1

          And in contrast, it’s worth looking at Green MP Catherine Delahunty’s list of dubious things included in the same Bill.  These are just some in her list:

          Protection for these ‘sponsors’ from public accountability as they will not be included in the Official Information Act or audited by the Ombudsman,

          Students being required to attend school at the hours set by the ‘sponsor’ which could include any day of the week,

          A requirement that school boards ensure every student attains the highest standard of educational achievement – which is code for making them meet National Standards or face closure,

          Additional powers around surrendering and retention of student’s property including electronic devices and the information on them,

          Third parties will be allowed to use Crown land to build ECE centres, presumably for profit.

           
           
           

    • marsman 4.2

      Education for profit. There is a wealthy American living in NZ who owns a string of Charter Schools in the USA what’s the bet he’ll be setting up the same business here as well. Disgusting!

  4. Ad 5

    I love the smell of growing black seeping emulsifying suppurating weeping un-lanced enfungurated black creeping skin-bubbling gangrenous deoxygenated fibrous spreading rot from a National government. Makes for a fine Labour weekend.

    Any word out there on the asset petition finalisation?

    • marsman 5.1

      Great string of adjectives Ad. Yes I was wondering about the referendum petition too. When I saw the rorting double dipping Bill English mouthing his ‘we’re pushing ahead with asset sales’ on the late news the other night the phrase ‘nasty little turd’ came into my tired head.

    • karol 5.2

      At the Job Crisis Summit last Friday, Russel Norman said … [goes to dig out my notes – yes, it’s as I remembered it]…. Russel said that the petition for a referendum on asset sales should be finished by the end of this month.

      • Ad 5.2.1

        Truly looking forward to that day. Will be a great rallying moment for everything progressive and pro-sovereignty.

  5. Pascal's bookie 6

    Any one else having a problem getting the linked NZH video to play from this post:

    One video exposes Key, GCSB’s & Banks’ Dotcom lies

    • karol 6.1

      Works for me.

    • freedom 6.2

      It plays ok. On a related note: a mate of my friend’s second cousin’s mechanic apprentice’s girlfriend’s hairdresser told me it appears the new player on the NZH site (and numerous others) means that vids are now immune to the video download helper that Mozilla uses, so for anyone trying to mantain a record of events, life just got that little bit harder.

      not that anyone would ever consider breaking copyright by downloading a video from the web 🙂

      • David H 6.2.1

        I use FlashGot 1.8 with FF 16, and I just umm tested it out, and it still works. Its deleted now. Honest.

        • freedom 6.2.1.1

          thanks, flashgot works sweet according to my friend’s second cousin’s mechanic apprentice’s girlfriend’s hairdresser

    • ianmac 6.3

      Its OK. Interesting in the light of circumstances now.

  6. ak 7

    So. Unprecedented government meltdown and the leaders of the NUFACT-Liar Coalition loudly and clearly called LIARS outside the house by senior MPs and myriad others, but on Garner-the-tories’-blessing it’s all about Shearer. Looking “rattled”, of course.

    Most sickeningly blatant right-wing propaganda since granny’s red front page.

    • freedom 7.1

      Tell you who is not rattled, and based on his quick visit to the morning report he has even more fuel for the fire. Looks like it’s gonna be a fun day in the House for Winnie. If the Speaker deigns to follow the rules that is.

    • Blue 7.2

      Shearer walked right into that one, and it’s no-one’s fault but his own. If a leftie politician gives the right-wing press an opportunity to attack them instead of one of their own, they will take it and roll in it like pigs in mud.

      All the right-wing journos were squealing with joy that they could use their column inches and speaking slots to attack Shearer rather than write/speak about Key’s stuff ups again.

      Just when the Dotcom scandal was really biting Key, now half the headlines are about Shearer’s screwup. Great work by the Labour strategy team, as always.

    • Ad 7.3

      Shearer made a fuckup, but the MSD digital debacle will cover that. Actually getting something wrong but winning the overall fight actually makes me like him more, oddly…

      Fran Mold was the problem. Sold out her lover, her lover’s mate, and undercut her boss, all for a story that backfired on her. No one wins over it except the political undertakers who installed her in the Leaders’ office in the first place.

      Don’t get rid of Shearer. He ain’t everything but he’s it. But Fran Mold should fall on her sword and quit. Today.

  7. muzza 8

    Inland Revenue IT outsourcing questioned

    Oh look – More corporate welfare, and more people joining the dole queue.

    Amazing how this story comes the day after the efforts to make the MSD IT Department look like a bunch of incompetants.

    Its as if this stuff is scripted eh!

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      “Free markets usually operate for a reason, they operate that way because it’s the best answer for shareholders,” he told Computer World magazine this month.

      It just fails to be the best option for the society that the shareholders live in and hiring an offshore firm for government work isn’t the best option for NZ.

      However, Norman said MSD could have used a New Zealand company rather than cut costs by developing software internally.

      It wasn’t software that was developed in NZ – it was standard Windows settings that they fucked up.

      • muzza 8.1.1

        “Free markets usually operate for a reason, they operate that way because it’s the best answer for shareholders,” he told Computer World magazine this month.

        It just fails to be the best option for the society that the shareholders live in and hiring an offshore firm for government work isn’t the best option for NZ.

        I saw that and WTF is he doing talking about shareholders and free markets anyway…Who are NZ’s shareholders, might be the question to ask

        However, Norman said MSD could have used a New Zealand company rather than cut costs by developing software internally.

        It wasn’t software that was developed in NZ – it was standard Windows settings that they fucked up

        I think RN was referring to IRD not the MSD SNAFU – IRD will be developing and testing software/releases etc, just now much of it will happen offshore, which is lost jobs without a doubt.

        BAD for NZ inc, but very good for the people who own the companies, which own the companies, this outsourced work will be provided by !

  8. Rogue Trooper 9

    To McFlock
    No offense intended (my assumption; high probability screening not for saving lives)
    🙂

  9. ianmac 10

    The fracas at the beginning of Question Time yesterday was because Peters was trying to bring a complaint about Key’s deceit before the Privileges Committee. (Sweet irony there if that happened!)
    They had to get a point of order in first. Key neglected to call for a point of order first before his Correction. Therefore all the others were trying to call Points of order to be first as P of O have precedence. Lockwood refused to accept their P of O hence the fuss. Peters on Morning Report said that the matter is not closed and there is more to come. Watch this space today at Question Time.
    [audio src="http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20121017-0821-winston_peters_reacts_to_being_kicked_of_session-048.mp3" /]

    • karol 10.1

      Indeed, ianmac.  Will be watching.

    • insider 10.2

      The speaker can recognise whoever he wants. First in not necessarily first served. He covered himself by saying he deemed it a PoO, which are heard in silence (although often not). Peters got turfed for challenging the chair. Again. Nothing will come of this, despite Peter’s threats. Again

  10. vto 11

    Sheesh, I dunno. Everyday I wake up there is more stuff to complain about. Where is it all going to end?

    • Ad 11.1

      +100. So droll!

    • marty mars 11.2

      On one level, the day you don’t wake up is the day it ends. But I think it pays to put some perspective in – my neice diagnosed with a golfball sized brain tumor had most of it successfully removed last week, now onto chemo but for a while there that 6 year old was riding the line. My mother had her 4th stroke last week and she was looking like she could not look after herself – but very determined is she and the assessment yesterday showed that through that determination she had healed enough to still be able to look after herself – for a while there it was looking really dicey indeed. Those examples are wakeup calls for us all. Love. Embrace your loved ones. Hug them with everything you have because too soon they, and we, give up this mortal coil.

      • Ad 11.2.1

        Only took my Dad hospitalised with an angina attack yesterday to remind me politics is just feathers in the wind.

        • ianmac 11.2.1.1

          So true @ marty and @ Ad, but the price of democracy is eternal vigilance- and all that. Your relatives need your help on their behalf.

      • vto 11.2.2

        some fine perspective there mr marty.

  11. Leading up to the election we are going to have the rightwing and even Labour try to put the Greens in their place. They will say that they should stick to their knitting and only speak out about the environment, but this is only revealing their ignorance about how dependent the economy and our general wellbeing is on the environment.
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/the-greens-and-knitting.html

  12. ianmac 13

    Question 2 today: Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Specifically, have there been staff issues associated with the Government Communications Security Bureau and Dotcom affair brought to his attention by the Government Communications Security Bureau or members of the New Zealand Police, in which such staff members no longer work in their previous capacity for the Government Communications Security Bureau or any government agency; if so, what were the circumstances?

    That looks interesting. Trying to guess where that is heading.

    • karol 13.1

      Yes, it’ll be interesting.
       
      Also, question 5 from Parker relates to simple and elaborate manufactured exports.  At the EPMU job crisis summit on Friday, it was claimed that it is these sectors that will result in a better economy for NZ, not growth in post-primary production.

    • insider 13.2

      Answer: As the minister I do not get involved in staffing issues at Minstries/ will not discuss the operations of GCSB for reasons of security (Clark’s usual line)

      it;s the supplementaries that wil be interesting when names start being bandied aroudn

  13. Tim 14

    Can I just draw your collective attentions to this:

    http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/not-just-any-illiterate-moron.html

    I’m surprised that IS should express such surprise!.

    After all, we’ve had semi-competant imbeciles on high salaries ‘overseeing’ gubbamint departments and minstries since corporatisation of the public service came into fashion a quarter century ago or more!
    Most departments and Minstries work IN SPITE of their senior ‘management’ rather than BECAUSE of them. The GCSB example here is just another one as a case in point.
    Now we hear there’s an ACC CEO on a salary bordering on a million. We’ve had a decade of a TPK incompetent – who (at least when he started) couldn’t speak Te Reo, apponted in an era of political correctness; who hardly ever knew who half his staff were; had a complete ignorance of who amongst his TPK whanau were bullshitting him and who were genuine; who took credit for any successes,but who blamed every-one else for failures………
    STANDARD FARE really!
    Should I go through other departments? (TPK has always been an easy target) but … Health? Education? MED? Immigration? …. name me a gubbamint entity in the ‘corporatised’ public service that HASN’T been a complete fuckup and where Joe Average Public Servant doesn;t try t do his/her best in an environment where they work IN SPITE of their CEO and Snr Mgmnt, rather than because, or thru’ them.

    Those of you who are old enough will remember all the catch phrases that abounded about how our new PS would be DE-POLITICISED, MORE ACCOUNTABLE, MORE FISHINT and FEKTIV.

    How has all that worked out then?

  14. freedom 15

    WTF !!!
    i have no idea about Denmark but something sure as hell stinks over here
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7827706/Huge-ACC-salaries-revealed

    • Draco T Bastard 15.1

      An annual report from the embattled state insurer shows big wage increases in the last year

      Um, no, ACC in not an insurer no matter how much you want it to be.

  15. Rogue Trooper 16

    Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer
    -Sun Tzu

    AA.hhhhh Thanatos
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanatos

    We had a saying; It is a weak engineer who blames his tools (just give me a Rock)
    🙂

    “What is true” asked Pilate (Banks would sell out The Lord for a campaign donation and a cup of tea)

  16. just saying 17

    I see Danyl at the Dimpost is predicting that Shearer’s leadership will last just weeks.

    If that is the case, sadly, I believe Robertson will be wheeled out as the third interchangeable puppet of the right of the party , within which I include the various advisory and strategising staff members.

    However my fear, and being a pessimist when it comes to politics, my prediction, is that Shearer will still be limping along in the front when Key calls a snap election, the campaign is even more embarrassing than the Goff led one, a left coalition will scrape in for one miserable term in which nothing but window-dressing is changed, and the elite collectively sigh with relief over their cocktails.

  17. captain hook 18

    fran mold always thought she was better than she was.
    David Shearer must be ruthless.
    I dont know where he got his team from but he needs to review them and fire the dross.
    just because they did this or that has nothing to do with it.
    if he is inpolitics then he must be able to sum them up immediately and give the wannabees the boot on the spot.
    thats what it means to be the boss.

  18. captain hook 19

    If that is the case then he should tell her to pick up her time.

  19. Wahoo, President Obama is kicking Romney’s butt!!!

  20. captain hook 21

    and…
    Time New Zealand gave Winnie a vote of thanks for his comments this morning on RNZ that New Zealand is one of the oldest parliamentary democracy’s in existence and not some shonky bank doing business with buy and sell orders and yellow stickers.
    Our democracy is being eroded by the tory gang and it is being aided and abetted by stupid nitwits with tight underpants and socks pulled up so high that the blood supply is being cut off from their heads.
    too much soap and not enough sweat.
    Mold and the rest of the PRECIOUS gang who have been hanging out at parliament for so long they think they are the the people must go.
    They have outlived their usefullness.

  21. Draco T Bastard 22

    A good post at Auckland Transport about stalled rail patronage. It seems that when more rail services are put on more people use them and that, if services are increased as planned, then capacity will be reached sometime around 2020 if the CRL (and I really do wish that that had never been called a loop as it isn’t) isn’t built.

    And a good post up on Positive Money explaining in simple terms Hyman Minsky’s Financial Instability Hypothesis and it’s effects. The effects that we’re seeing with the collapse of the global financial system.

  22. Rogue Trooper 23

    NAct approach to rail- “Train in Vain”

  23. Dv 24

    From Scoop

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1210/S00101/cheapest-is-not-necessarily-best.htm

    Last month the minister of tertiary education Steven Joyce announced that only six polytechnics out of eighteen and only one wananga would receive funding to tender funding to teach level 1-2 course next year, but 17 for profit private providers would get funding that had previously gone to publicly owned polytechnics.

    Today, when the commission released more information about the successful tenders, it is clear that one of the deciding factors was the ability of an institution to teach its course more cheaply than its competitors.

    My bold

  24. Rogue Trooper 25

    When you take into account this polytechnic tendering
    -the rationalization of arts courses at uni
    -the ever increasing dumbing down of state broadcasting
    -the trend to less informative Sky
    -the sensationalist, trite, national rags
    -the promoting of television celebrities to current affairs and political commentators
    -the proliferation of women’s magazines
    -in fact, there is a magazine for just about every niche
    -speaking of niche’s, have you seen what people do, and allow others to do to them in internet porn content? (curiouser and curiouser)
    -the permissibility of narrow range Charter school curriculums
    -the abundance of consumption cooking and home renovation shows
    -the Ridges, a cliff too far
    -AIG to sponsor the All Blacks (to continue to grow the game Tew argues)
    -the absolute rubbish that most of the “religious” television programming is
    -the absolute infotainment that passes for national televised news
    -young people walking the world with their eyes and ears glued to mobile social networking devices
    -the marketing and promotion of sugar-dense foods and beverages
    -and a lifestyle product for just about every conceivable distraction
    you have to wonder….

    • Ad 25.1

      I mean the world today, it’s just gone to pack.

      No arche, no telos, no eschatological drive, Nichomachean Ethics on the morning and Judo lessons before supper, I mean back in the day it was scriptural hermeneutics for Africa, Listen With Mother, Scrabble in the evenings, scones with butter … None of this fiddle-faddle…

      … ahhhh those were the days.

    • Escapism promoted as “Lifestyle”

  25. Logie97 26

    Who do we believe?

    Apparently Shearer is besmirching the security guy, or is Key just conveniently hiding behind them.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10841014

    Fortunately for Shearer, given his short political life, he does not yet have a history of being economical with the truth, whereas Key (with an only slightly longer political life) has developed a tidy profile of publicly shady interviews.

    For example, watch him struggle here…

    and here…

    and here…
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Secret-GCSB-recording-catches-Key-out—Labour/tabid/370/articleID/272405/Default.aspx

    Seems Key is uncomfortable about his replies until he can get a watertight rehearsed
    speech prepared for him.

    Could be said that Key has done more to damage the services through his failing memory and unassured responses and vagueness about events than any voices at large.

  26. Rogue Trooper 27

    while I’m here;
    Talk about Radical; Outlaws joining the po po (Mob and Mangu Kaha have had access for decades;it is a whanau thing; spend some time in the cells and you get the drift)
    teleologically speaking; guys that were discriminated against by our school pedants are now Prez locally)
    (interestingly, I suggested months ago that the outlaws will outpace the mainstream)

    Amnesty http://www.amnesty.org.nz/ they’ve got a template that can assess what on your face book would get you “sanctioned” overseas.

    Spy vs Spy on “gardening leave” ; absolutely wonderful

    Key’s position on alcohol purchasing age must be the most Honest thing he has uttered for months.

    ol’ Tug Henare aye?

    and what is this with the MSM labelling the imprisoned “criminals”? ( a bit rich)

    Smith and Smith http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormonism

    Veto Bill-before due parliamentary process; Now that’s Democracy in The Brave New World, Sue.

    Are these increasingly strong equinoxial winds AGW?

    Marmageddon-these Reformed Dutch free-marketers are so hypocritical; bring on
    Mao-tse TungMite
    🙂

    (and sausage rolls too; the Africans are Loving the Gospel)

  27. Logie97 28

    Here is a question that should be put to Joky Hen, at least once a week till 2014.
    “If NZF hold the balance of power at the next election, will you consider inviting Winston Peters to form a coalition with you? Yes or No ?”

    Ask him each week so he can be assured that he can remember what his reply was…

    • prism 28.1

      Well on the other hand Winston does present differing opinions not the unchanging set text from RWNJs which can be refreshing from the usual stale diatribe. Winston keeps both the government and us on our toes. And I have to listen to him to find out the latest, I can’t take his views for granted.

    • Only Winston could ask that question M8! 🙂

  28. prism 29

    ACC top pay gone up from $680,000 p.a. to $750,000 p.a. Police have a wage rise of 2% over three years – as I remember it. And no more pocket money even to allow them to keep up with inflation. WTF.

    How come we are in this position of a group of big-noters getting into positions of power and decision for our government and gouging us all? I remember Bob Jones making snide remarks about civil servants being inefficient, slow and lacklustre in their home-made cardigans. Now we have sharp suits and an air of confidence and smooth PR and niche inflation in this particular area. Is this what he had in mind? And they may not even be NZs in the position, executive tourism going from one country to another seems the thing. Longstone (originally British), Rebstock (Canadian) and men as well.

    Did anyone notice the flip remark that Chris Finlayson made while being questioned on Radionz today? Asked if a 5% allocation of shares for all Maori choosing that settlement option he said well it’s better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick. Sounds very matey and relaxed. Do Maori negotiators feel like this?

  29. jaymam 30

    In Parliament a few minutes ago –
    John Banks: “The good people of Epsom didn’t vote for Labour
    The good people of Epsom didn’t vote for the Greens
    The good people of Epsom didn’t vote for New Zealand First”

    Why didn’t somebody stand up and say “The good people of Epsom didn’t vote for National”?
    (P.S. they voted for ACT, if you didn’t know)

    • …Yeah, or he could have mentioned that some good people who would have normally voted for Labour/left swallowed what must have been a very bitter pill and voted for the local… cough …National…splutter…candidate, to try and ensure that nasty piece of knitting, (commonly referred to as Mr Banks), didn’t get in.

  30. captain hook 31

    I bet they regret voting for that nasty little piece of work now.

    • muzza 31.1

      NO chance, they love it…look at the history of those the Epsom mob have elected over the years!

      • PlanetOrphan 31.1.1

        Now be carefull M8! , they should be considering their civilised options surely?

        All for one M8!, vote Labour!.

      • muzza 31.1.2

        I doubt it – they were sucked in by Rodney, and again by Banks – The people of the Epsom electorate relate to Banks/Hide et al, because they see themselves in the same light, and they belong to the same clubs, and go to the same functions

        They get sucked in, they repeat the cycle voting for the next waste of space…Regardless, its a blue seat, so National win by default next time around even if they have actually had enough of Banks

        Like the people of North Shore who will vote for anything wearing blue, Maggy Barry, the situation is a bloody joke, just like the sad political system we have had in NZ for decades!

        EDIT: Vote Labour , NOT a chance under current circumstances!

        • PlanetOrphan 31.1.2.1

          Still, they “voted” for Banksie, We don’t want to tell them who not to vote for now do we?
          Brazen I know but he y… “VOTE LABOUR M8!”
          (*need-spy-in-jacket-with-placard-emoticon*)

        • muzza 31.1.2.2

          People can vote for who they want – thats the illusion of democracy eh!

          And the country will go further down the toilet on the back of decisions made by selfish vain uninformed people, thats how democracy works!

          Choice

  31. Rogue Trooper 32

    “But food does not bring us closer to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do”
    -Cor.

    “I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. If your brother is distressed because of what you eat then you are no longer acting in Love”
    -To The Romans

    “What business is it of mine to judge those outside of the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” (expel the wicked man from among you)
    -back to the Corinthians

    -Lectio Divina (something helpful to come from Rome )

    (now, to that Porterhouse Steak and some Brocoli; forgive me Father, it has been a week since my last Pork strips)

    • Ad 32.1

      Nikos Kazantzakis’ proposed that real fasting in the desert generated trippy hallucinations for holy ones. The book is far better.

      Whereas those Pauline letters had authors with overactive hygiene/anal drives.

      The great political intersection for Jesus was being flown with the Devil to the top of the temple, and be offered the city, which is named by Jacques Ellul ‘The supreme work of man.’

      Guilt received in the mouth is the most savoured pleasure, for there one both abases and transforms the raw into the cooked, transsubstantial-like.

      Stop writing with your mouth full.

  32. Rogue Trooper 33

    oops,
    Beware the extended omentum; significant multi-layered health implications

    Beware the SSRI’s and atypical anti-psychotics (small sample, I know); A; withdrawels B; Anger.

    (St John’s Wort is helpful, sans, contra-indications)

    night John-Boy, Night Elizabeth

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  • How to complain about MDC’s unreasonable LGOIMA charging regime
    Back in February, the Marlborough District Council increased the mount it charges for LGOIMA requests. I used the LGOIMA to poke into this, and it seems the case for increased charges is unjustified: the supposed increase in request volumes it rests on is an artefact of the Council suddenly deciding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 12
    . . April 6: Day 12 of living in lock-down… Another day of a near-empty Park N Ride carpark; . . And another day of near-empty Wellington streets; . . . Light traffic on the motorway. No apparent increase in volume. Commercial vehicles sighted; a gravel-hauling truck; McAuley’s Transport; a ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    20 hours ago
  • A Lamentable Failure of Imagination.
    Imagination By-Pass: Had the Communications Minister, Kris Faafoi (above) taken a firm stand with Bauer, reminding them of their obligations to both their staff and the wider New Zealand public, then a much more favourable outcome may well have ensued. He should have made it clear to the Bauer board ...
    20 hours ago
  • Simon Bridges can’t connect
    We all know that Simon Bridges has, at the best of times, an intermittent relationship with the truth. However you would think that during a pandemic and economic crisis the current opposition leader would pull his head in and start to do the right thing.Obviously leading by example should be ...
    21 hours ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 3: Riddell et al (2019)
    Connett promotes Riddell et al (2019) as one of the only four studies one needs to read about fluoridation. But he misunderstands and misrepresents the findings of this study. Image credit: Fluoride Action ...
    23 hours ago
  • The biggest challenge for a generation ahead – covid-19. Defeat and Recovery
    Last month I wrote my blog on covid-19 pointing out the in our pre Alert Level 4 days that a subject no one had heard here months ago was now dominating the media. An amazing feature of this crisis is how quickly it has swept every other issue aside worldwide. ...
    PunditBy Wyatt Creech
    2 days ago
  • Testing for COVID-19 in NZ to Achieve the Elimination Goal
    Nick Wilson,1 Ayesha Verrall,1,2 Len Cook,3 Alistair Gray,3 Amanda Kvalsvig,1 Michael Baker,1 (1epidemiologists, 2infectious disease physician, 3statisticians) In this blog, we raise ideas for how New Zealand might optimise testing to both identify cases in the community as part of the COVID-19 elimination strategy, and to confirm when the virus ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Should we all be wearing face masks to prevent Covid-19 spread?
    Maybe you’ve seen the graph that says those countries where everyone wears a mask are the ones that have managed to keep Covid-19 under control? The first thing to say about that claim is that those countries also did lots of other things, too – they acted fast, with intense ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    2 days ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
    The Treaty on Open Skies is one of the most effective mechanisms for preventing war curently in force. By letting countries make surveillance flights over each others' territory, it eliminates fears that they are secretly preparing for war. So naturally, the US is planning to withdraw from it: The Trump ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    2 days ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    4 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    5 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    5 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    6 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    6 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    6 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    7 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    7 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    7 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    1 week ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    1 week ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago

  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
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    5 days ago
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