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Open mike 19/07/2022

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  1. Stephen D 1

    Lifted from The Spinoff’s Bulletin.

    Australian report finds profit, not wages, driving inflation

    [unlinked copy and paste deleted]

    So why not a windfall profits tax here? It’ll raise a little revenue, but more importantly send a message to big business to stop rorting the consumer. The optics that Labour look after the majority of the country, rather than the big end of town, wouldn’t be bad either.

    • Ad 1.1

      No one in the southern hemisphere has appetite for major tax increases. Not even the neo-socialists in South America.

      But even with the existing tax settings we have, it does not help that our government remains very, very weak at breaking oligopolies like we have in fishing, dairy production, supermarkets, fuel, red meat production, construction materials, insurance, sea ports, shipping, international airports, airlines, and so much more. We must surely have one of the most concentrated economies in the world.

      We do not appear to have in Cabinet anyone with the business sense to regulate prices hard., or even in the Commerce Commission. Oligopolists are driving inflation because nothing resists them passing increases on.

      The effective inflation fighter we have, our own Reserve Bank, has the dual mandate of low inflation and lowest possible unemployment, but according to them if we have maximum sustainable employment, we should not be having inflation at all:

      "When more people find jobs and fewer people are unemployed, employers tend to offer higher wages to fill their vacancies. If this happens nationwide, it generates wage inflation and eventually widespread inflation as businesses pass on the higher wage costs to the prices of goods and services.

      When employment is at its maximum sustainable level, there will be low and stable inflation. However, if employment is above the maximum sustainable level for too long, it will eventually cause prices to rise more and more quickly, requiring the MPC to raise interest rates to keep inflation under control."

      Inflation and maximum sustainable employment – Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua (rbnz.govt.nz)

      SO apparently low and stable inflation should occur anytime now.

      Does anyone in this joint know how to actually regulate?

      • Nic the NZer 1.1.1

        I don't consider the dual mandate an issue. Many central banks have a dual mandate and have for some time, then NZ was an exception with its single mandate.

        The actual issue is how the RBNZ approaches monetary policy which is not something which follows from any mandate. Previously the central bank policy was typically pre-emptive, steps would be taken to any increase in inflation, which would immediately aim to break a wage price spiral. Now, at least descriptively, there can be a wait and see to observe if the price increase would translate to a wage increase, and then seeing if there was a lead to more price increases, before policy shift. This is probably marginally more healthy a policy.

        The other issue the RBNZ has is the cash rate is quite blunt a tool to target inflation and has poor distributional outcomes.

        And its not going to resolve any of the supply side price increases (many coming from overseas) in anything like a fair way.

        • Ad 1.1.1.1

          My simple observation was not with the dual mandate itself but with their stated expectation that "When employment is at its maximum sustainable level, there will be low and stable inflation".

          This is clearly wrong. They need to re-consult their Moniac.

          I agree that stronger trends in wage and salary increases would be much preferable, especially after 20 years of waiting for them to arrive.

          • Nic the NZer 1.1.1.1.1

            I think your ultimately right that low and stable inflation has little to do with the employment level, but that the RBNZ would disagree their statement is wrong.

            Essentially they are saying that there is an employment level at which there is low and stable inflation. This is called the NAIRU level in technical terms. The NAIRU replaced the Phillips curve though its conceptually incoherent. The modern mathematical replacement for the Moniac will (if consulted) tell the RBNZ to increase unemployment because the inflation rate is too high. Probably better that they actually use their brains, rather than acting mechanically, to determine monetary policy.

            They would probably also disagree that the present NZ economic situation is a test of this given the amount of imported inflation and supply side issues involved. That's not a judgement which the Moniac is capable of.

            On the other hand the underlying Wicksellian theory that there exists one single interest rate which is most appropriate for the prevailing economic situation is clearly not applicable. The actual occurring economy is more broad and varied than the model economy which could support such a theory existing. So I consider the most suitable monetary policy will typically be to set the rate at zero and leave it there. Inflation issues should be resolved either via fiscal policy and within the contextual understanding that somebody will lose out cost wise when external prices change and this cost should be fairly distributed.

            Doing it via monetary policy gives the pretense that imported inflation doesn't have distributional impacts, but it doesn't make those impacts go away.

    • Nic the NZer 1.2

      Its a political question introducing such a tax, the revenue is irrelevant.

      The question is will the windfall tax discourage profit gouging, and at what cost in govt popularity. It might make sellers say why bother making extraordinary profits they just get taxed away, but it might also lead to price hikes just to make a point to the public about whos boss.

      • AB 1.2.1

        just to make a point to the public about whos boss

        And also make that same point to any government that tried to impose a windfall tax. I don't know of any examples of it happening elsewhere in the world, but it's a level of spitefulness that wouldn't surprise me in NZ.

        • arkie 1.2.1.1

          It should then be easier for an effective political leader to use the spiteful behaviour of the commercial bosses as an example of why we need to restrain their antisocial excesses.

          We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace–business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

          They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

          Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me–and I welcome their hatred.

          I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master.

          Franklin Roosevelt's Address Announcing the Second New Deal
          October 31, 1936 http://docs.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/od2ndst.html

    • Incognito 1.3

      [link required]

    • Cricklewood 1.4

      There has certainly been some piss taking with fuel, There has been a 30-40 cent per litre difference in diesel pricing between Auckland and not to far out of Auckland.

      That's far more than can be explained by regional fuel tax etc. Could well call it price gouging.

    • weka 1.5

      I've deleted your copypasta. If you can copy and paste you can copy a link as well. It is a requirement here that all quoting comes with a link.

      If you provide a link I will replace your text. And hope that you take this on board for next time.

    • Stephen D 1.6

      Petrol prices drop across NZ as Government questions fuel companies

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/129313050/petrol-prices-drop-across-nz-as-government-questions-fuel-companies

      "Fuel prices are dropping across the country after the Government questioned fuel companies’ profit margins.

      In Auckland, the price of 91 octane petrol was between $2.88 and $3.05 a litre across stations on Tuesday morning, while diesel was between $2.79 and $2.97, according to PriceWatch.

      Prices had dropped below $3 in Wellington and Christchurch.

      AA principal policy adviser Terry Collins said the decline was down to two things: the drop in price of crude oil and refinery, but also the questioning of why fuel companies had high profit margins by the Government." (my bold)

      So even the threat of the Government doing something causes the big boys to moderate their profits.

  2. Pataua4life 2

    Could someone please pass this onto Poto Williams.

    Fark she must have been so full of herself to spout the shit she did while everyone in Auckland and NZ knew what the truth was.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/auckland-gang-warfare-city-sees-109-reported-gun-crimes-in-a-single-month/VERZANIUDJTL5VPP33O3KRHCFE/

    • Incognito 2.1

      If you had read your article instead of spray & walk away you’d known how stupid you sound.

      News of the truce and the ensuing reduction in public gun violence came too late for embattled former police minister Poto Williams.

      She was replaced by Chris Hipkins on June 13 as part of a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who said she had lost focus in the portfolio.

      If you keep up your dump & jump trolling here you’ll be treated that way.

    • KJT 2.2

      Note: Poto Williams, and the police, efforts were starting to have an effect.

      Of course stupid right wingers like you, expect instant solutions to the disasters that your policies have caused over decades.

    • Jester 2.3

      Everyone knew Poto was well out of her depth. Hopefully Hipkins will manage to achieve something as he is their best minister.

      • KJT 2.3.1

        How would you have dealt with a "perfect storm" caused by a combination of 501's, and a large number of disaffected youth caused by the loss of social cohension due to decades of Neo-Liberal "there is no such thing as society" cruelty?

        As well as constant White anting by ignorant fools such as David Seymour, at your workplace.

        You wouldn't have a fucking clue, and be "well out of your depth".

        Now, because of the idiot chorus from the RW, actually getting to the causes and really cutting crime has been set back another decade.

        How Finland reduced its prison population by two thirds – How to Cut New Zealand's Prison Population (cuttheprisonpop.nz)

        This included agreement among Finnish politicians not to use ‘fear of crime’ as a populist theme.

      • Populuxe1 2.3.2

        Everyone knew Poto was well out of her depth

        Really? Aside from there being no actual evidence that she was out of her depth and the fact she was beginning to make headway before Nat white anting made her position untenable, are you plugged into some collective Borg-like consciousness that lets you know what "Everyone" knows?

        • Anne 2.3.2.1

          Her problem was: she didn't have very good communication skills. Especially when dealing with the media who aided and abetted the white-anters by shoving their mikes into her face whenever she dared venture out of her office… asking pointed questions designed to throw her off balance.

        • Jester 2.3.2.2

          A blind man on a fast horse could see she was promoted beyond her means. Even Jacinda realised it finally and moved her.

    • Jimmy 2.4

      Unfortunately the criminals are getting bolder as the soft on crime approach has not worked. This guy shows how much respect or fear of the police (none) he has and absolutely nails the poor police woman. But then, I expect he is really a nice person just got mixed up with the wrong crowd and had a tough upbringing and was in the process of turning his life around. Hopefully the other officers gave out a bit of rough justice shortly afterwards.

      Female police officer knocked unconscious by offender, vicious Manurewa assault caught on camera – NZ Herald

      • joe90 2.4.1

        Hopefully the other officers gave out a bit of rough justice shortly afterwards.

        An illegal, violent reaction to the casual, un-provoked violence of a law breaker?

        One can only imagine the state of your strides.

        • Jimmy 2.4.1.1

          "An illegal, violent reaction to the casual, un-provoked violence of a law breaker?"

          That's what he did to the policewoman in the first few seconds of the video.

          I can just imagine you sitting down with him over a cup of tea and explaining to him "What you did to that Policewoman wasn't really appropriate behavior, and you need to reflect on what you just did…..another cuppa?"

      • Incognito 2.4.2

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  3. tc 3

    Had a tradie rant about our high cost of timber being due to our FTA with china.

    Im aware we don't own all our forests, so those we don't that timber goes where it's owners want.

    So how plausible is it that it's all the FTA with china ?

    • dv 4.1

      Got to pay to read it.

    • Red Blooded One 4.2

      Surprise surprise, what misinformation and disinformation are the Nat & Act Supporters spewing now? Pullya's article is paywalled.

    • tc 4.3

      It's nationals herald. It provides soapboxes and facilitates Dirty politics which is like rust….it never sleeps.

    • Stephen D 4.4

      If you have an Auckland Library card, you can read all the Heralds free of charge via Pressreader. Great to bypass the paywall.

      This article, while being typically self serving, actually made a reasonable point about the online abuse that the PM has been receiving.

    • Rosemary McDonald 4.5

      Arch ladder kicker waxes kind…

      I don't think I have ever seen the gossip, rumours and conspiracy theories to be as bad as they are now.

      In my time in politics I heard them all – and many about myself. If I had a dollar for every time I heard about the untrue demise of Winston Peters and rumours of poor health then I would be a wealthy woman. I don't think a Green MP washes her hair in her own urine but this was told to me numerous times and as if it is fact.

      I am sure that like a lot of workplaces the odd bit of after-hours shagging goes on but nowhere near as much as is rumoured and speculated on.

      I had plenty of rubbish said about me and some of it still does the rounds on social media occasionally, all blatantly not true and actually insulting.

      I once had to take out an injunction and get legal advice at my own expense to stop a so-called reputable radio station from repeating what someone who has obvious mental health issues had said about me on social media.

      I understand at some level him projecting on to me just because he can – I couldn't reconcile tens of thousands of people believing and sharing it and mainstream media picking it up.

      There aren't easy answers when you are under a full-on prolonged attack. By defending yourself you give them oxygen and although thousands might have seen it – I have to presume millions haven't – bringing it into the open just adds fuel and embarrassment. So they keep you quiet and reluctant to speak out.

      Which brings me to the constant gossip about the Prime Minister and her partner.

      I have been asked more times than I can remember if x is true about one or both of them. I am not in their lives and do not have intimate knowledge about them and I believe their private lives are exactly that – but I always answer no it's not true.

      Purely because anyone with half a brain would not believe that in a country this size with two degrees of separation that the blatant extreme nonsense that people say would be ignored by our media if there was evidence to back it up.

      My politics and ideology differ a lot from Jacinda Ardern's but as a woman, mum, partner and politician I would stand at her side and suggest everyone just leave her private life alone.

      I have heard intelligent, respectable people repeating gossip about her. They all know someone who knows someone and as such they know it is true. Just because something is repeated a lot does not make it true.

      Yes, by being in the public eye we open ourselves up to criticism, but let's leave that to being about performance and leave the personal stuff alone.

      We need our best and our brightest putting their hands up for public office in the future and if it was your son or daughter would you want lies repeated about their private lives?

      We are all guilty of enjoying a spot of gossip but when it comes to our leaders enough is enough.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/paula-bennett-jacinda-ardern-and-the-insidious-rumour-mill/6K7GD3SYGFVAGYZDQ37ILWZJ7Y/?dicbo=v2-fd1b224c1396237124f1bc3496e26fbb&&ref=topbox

      • Chris 4.5.1

        I'm not so sure that's her motive. I think it's more about keeping the discussion about "rumours and gossip about the PM and her partner" alive, and that she's tried to do this in a way that disguises that motive.

        • Rosemary McDonald 4.5.1.1

          I was being just a little sarky. When I happened upon this effort earlier my first impression was that there was pot-stirring going on. A Westie don't change it's spots…

    • Belladonna 4.6

      Sorry – what's unbelievable about it.

      The key point:

      My politics and ideology differ a lot from Jacinda Ardern's but as a woman, mum, partner and politician I would stand at her side and suggest everyone just leave her private life alone.

      Basically Bennett is saying – STFU with the gossip – let people's private lives be just that.

      • Anne 4.6.1

        Basically Bennett is saying – STFU with the gossip – let people's private lives be just that.

        Agree. Some of the stuff I have seen or heard about Clarke Gayford in particular is mind boggling crap. It has also beggared my belief that normally intelligent and respectable people have actually believed it. In one instance the person claimed a certain rumour had to be correct because someone she knew had been there when it happened. The 'someone she knew' was an arch enemy of Labour and was lying.

        Respect for Paula Bennett for coming out and saying what she did.

      • Chris 4.6.2

        Sorry, here's my response here:

        Open mike 19/07/2022

        • Belladonna 4.6.2.1

          You might think that's Bennett's motive – but it would only apply if there was little gossip going on. I'm sorry to say, that's not the case – the trash being talked about Ardern and Gayford is increasing in volume – and spreading.

          You may not like Bennett – but she's right on the money here.

          Quite frankly, I find it disgusting. And choose not to participate (or link) to the rubbish which is being spread around.

          • Chris 4.6.2.1.1

            Sure, I understand what you're saying – of course the sentiment may appear sincere. But I do not believe Bennett is capable of doing anything that does not have a self-serving aspect to it.

            • Belladonna 4.6.2.1.1.1

              However, it's probably not you who is either the culprit, or the target audience for this piece.

              Right-wing supporters are more likely to listen and/or believe a right-wing opinion writer. If/when a left-wing one contributes the same content, it's more likely to be dismissed by a right-wing audience (using exactly the same 'self-serving' justification).

              • Chris

                I don't disagree that what you say happens, but I do not think the present situation is an example of that. There are, of course, right-wing politicians – even if fewer these days – who are or have been quite capable of holding opinions on particular matters that dedicated left-leaning people would agree with. I just cannot accept that Bennett could be one of them.

      • Rosemary McDonald 4.6.3

        I had no idea there was gossip. Clearly I'm moving in the wrong circles. I did make a mental note to self to plumb the deeper depths of the darkweb and try and find out what Bennett is on about.

        I'd call that a result.

  4. Pataua4life 5

    Seems like the Covid number was getting to large for the Govt.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid19-omicron-outbreak-ashley-bloomfield-to-give-daily-update-changes-to-reporting-of-deaths/IBEIDDBTMU5RIK2JD4K4IT5CYY/

    Any thoughts from other commentators on this?
    Whist I think the current method is a crock of shit, it is the method used by all the other countries so why the change in NZ.

    • Cricklewood 5.1

      Changing the metric does seem an odd thing to do given we'll be an outlier in the way we report our data to the WHO makes comparing things all that much harder.

    • Nordy 5.2

      If you listened to/watched the press conference you would know your assertions are more BS. The change was prompted by the WHO and will be consistent with other countries we compare to. In addition, the current measure/statistic will continue to be reported.

      • Cricklewood 5.2.1

        To be fair the article linked to doesnt explain that. All you get is

        " Until now, all deaths where someone had died within 28 days of a positive Covid 19 result have been reported, as had been done by other countries"

        Not everyone is able or indeed willing to sit through the press conference.

        • Nordy 5.2.1.1

          I was being fair. It is fair to expect people to bring some logical consideration to things they may read, including actually being bothered to check they actually understand the the issues and facts, including their context. Just simple things we learn at school when we are taught how to think.

        • Sacha 5.2.1.2

          So where did you get "we'll be an outlier in the way we report our data to the WHO" from?

    • Jimmy 5.3

      That is strange as we only just changed recently to this reporting method which is in line with overseas. Back in March per this article.

      Why the hell are we changing again other than someone doesn't like the numbers?

      https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/463975/measuring-and-reporting-covid-19-deaths-what-you-need-to-know

  5. PsyclingLeft.Always 6

    Daniel Anderson had a 17-year-old worker who was chiselling when a piece of metal flew into his right eye in March 2020. Despite multiple surgeries, the teenager lost sight in the eye.

    Anderson did not notify WorkSafe of the injury, as required, but several months later the victim's mother did, triggering an investigation.

    WorkSafe national manager of investigations Hayden Mander said when an inspector asked Anderson whether he told workers to use protective gear, his response was: "I'm not their mother and going to dress them every morning."

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/471205/contractor-complains-of-ppe-cost-after-employee-loses-sight-in-one-eye

    Fark…..what a P.O.S. . I have struck scum bags like this through my life. This is a 17 year old lad. He should have had a Boss worthy of that title. But I still recall when another young lad lost his leg….and the online vilification he was getting …from the same kind of scum. Just a sick mentality….

  6. weka 7

    The kids are not alright. Don’t care about the cat role playing (although this seems more like something primary school kids would be doing), but there are some boundary issues here.

    • weka 7.1

      Ah, tiktok.

      “TikTok unquestionably knew that the deadly Blackout Challenge was spreading through their app and that their algorithm was specifically feeding the Blackout Challenge to children, including those who have died,” the complaint reads.

      The lawsuit lists a number of complaints against TikTok, including that its algorithm promotes harmful content, allows underage users on the app, and it fails to warn users or their legal guardians of the app’s addictive nature.

      https://amp.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jul/05/tiktok-girls-dead-blackout-challenge

      • Puckish Rogue 7.1.1

        Hi Weka

        I've taken out a few links from my post (awaiting moderation) but I can't really take anymore out as I need them to illustrate my points

        Also my pronouns are nya/nyan/nyanself wink

        • weka 7.1.1.1

          Number of links is fine. Someone might have put you in temp premod. You been misbehaving?

          • Incognito 7.1.1.1.1

            Nah, not yet; once a comment ends up in Pre-Mod queue because it has too many links, for example, editing and removing links doesn’t automatically undo the move. IDK if deleting the comment and starting fresh is an option.

          • Puckish Rogue 7.1.1.1.2

            Hesca fascinating guy, YoungRippa

            He's basically taking care of everything himself, no middle man

            Did the comic himself, self published it himself, set up his own warehouse, all his part time workers are now full time, organising the distribution himself, so all the profits are his which he's reinvesting

            So of course he's getting attacked by the left

            Politics is downstream from culture and the culture is changing

    • joe90 7.2

      Ah, hate site.

      /

      https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2022/06/14/far-right-influencers-hyped-coeur-dalene-pride-patriot-front-showed

    • Molly 7.3

      The latest cover of Victoria University's student magazine: Salient.

      I went online to see the article, and website is articles predominantly promotion of gender ideology, and queer theory. Fair enough, I thought. Must be the rainbow community magazine for students, but no, it is the student magazine for all students.

      Housing issues, courses, course fees, impact of Covid, etc. not apparent at first glance.

      https://www.salient.org.nz/

      • Sacha 7.3.1

        "Annual" edition should be a clue when you stop clutching those pearls.

        • Molly 7.3.1.1

          Thanks for pointing out the obvious, completely missed that. Make sense now!

          (However, I still find it disturbing to see young women undergo cosmetic mastectomies, even though it is celebrated as autonomy. I know you feel differently.)

      • Populuxe1 7.3.2

        I mean, call me a bit thick, but if it's UniQ Victoria's official account and they literally say it's their "annual collaboration with Salient", doesn't that clearly indicate it's a once a year special issue for the rainbow student community at Vic? Because I'm pretty sure Salient regularly runs stories on "housing issues, courses, course fees, impact of Covid, etc" the rest of the year. So either there is something terribly wrong with my literacy skills or you're building a straw man that's just missing Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion for the full Wizard of Oz.

        • Molly 7.3.2.1

          Thanks for pointing that out. Sacha made the same point above.

          Something I had completely missed in my comment.

    • Jimmy 7.4

      OMG…do these people get to vote?

    • Populuxe1 7.5

      Maybe don't take every little bit of fringe eccentricity amplified by social media algorithms as being indicative of larger social trends? That's how you get Covid conspiracies.

      • joe90 7.5.1

        De furries! De furries!

      • Molly 7.5.2

        Luckily, we have more than social media to explain these identities.

        Dedicated websites and research programmes. As one such site, FurScience.com says:

        Furry Facts

        Got questions? We have answers!

      • weka 7.5.3

        Maybe don't take every little bit of fringe eccentricity amplified by social media algorithms as being indicative of larger social trends? That's how you get Covid conspiracies.

        What she is demonstrating is not rare, the thinking involved and the boundary issues is common enough for me to want to post it here on a political blog. Maybe don't knee jerk dismiss something that you are unaware of, that's how we dumb down politics.

        • Stuart Munro 7.5.3.1

          I'm not certain the furries are a unitary community – they have been a presence at scifi & fantasy events for decades, as cosplayers. These ones at least are typically fond of the movie Zootopia.

          • weka 7.5.3.1.1

            I wasn't thinking of furries as a community or sub culture so much as the boundary issues that are in many of the online subcultures now. Like I said, I'm not bothered by the cat role play. Having watched it again, it's just as likely to be a piss take.

        • Populuxe1 7.5.3.2

          I am aware of furries though. They're been around for decades and are about as concerning as, oh, I dunno, trekkies, larpers or any other kind of cosplayer. Why do you feel the need to gatekeep boundary issues anyway? How does it affect you at all?

  7. Puckish Rogue 8

    Certain things have been happening in the pop culture realm as of late thats leading me to believe the pendulum is starting to move back towards the centre

    The failure of movies like Thor (amongst others), the success of Top Gun: Maverick, the rise of TV series like Terminal List and Reacher shows that there is a disconnect between what the people want and what the media corporations are giving us

    I haven't spoken much about comics because (I'm guessing) most people here don't read them but as bad as I say movies and TV are comics are even worse

    Basically Manga is outselling American comics, in America.

    There are some theories why and one of them is that Manga is not beholden to "The Message" like American comics are, ie:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-pop-culture/12-superheroes-came-2021-rcna3599

    However this opens the doors for others. Here is a list of the biggest comic kickstarters from 2021:

    https://www.gamesradar.com/comics-kickstarter/

    The number one comic raised just under 1.5 million and stars and co-written by Keanu Reeves and in total the top ten raised 6.9 million

    Well theres a new player on the block, Eric July and he is singlehandedly changing the industry:

    https://rippaverse.com/product/isom-1-campaign/

    As of the time of writing hes got just under 2.6 million with 66 days to go.

    https://nypost.com/2022/07/15/anti-woke-comic-book-defies-cancel-culture-earns-1-7m-in-four-days/

    • Populuxe1 8.1

      You sound like one of those alt right hacks on YouTube who thinks they're owning the libs by complaining about Western pop culture being too woke while apparently ignoring that manga and anime is full of queer themes.

  8. Molly 9

    Despite all the work women have done to be heard on the harms of surgical mesh, implants are back on the rise in the UK.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-11025933/Are-Britains-sexist-surgeons.html

    Having a close friend who was severely injured by this here in NZ, some of the surgeons comments are familiar.

    Carole, then 60 and a recently retired personnel administrator, had returned to see the surgeon with her partner seven weeks after the surgery. She was in tears as she explained her debilitating pain.

    'I told the surgeon that I could feel the mesh cutting into me, which was agonising,' Carole told Good Health.

    'But he ignored this and said everything was OK. He told me: 'I just don't understand how you could be in pain. I will refer you to a psychiatrist.' Then he turned to Malcolm and said: 'I've made her nice and tight for you.' '

  9. Populuxe1 10

    You sound like one of those alt right hacks on YouTube who thinks they're owning the libs by complaining about Western pop culture being too woke while apparently ignoring that manga and anime is full of queer themes.

    • Puckish Rogue 10.1

      Gay doesn't mean woke but retconning previously strait characters for the sake of diversity is woke and, given the drop in sales, its not what the readership want

      Hence why Eric July is smashing it, I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up making more money than the last top ten made together

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    E mara a Riki, ko koe tērā i tu mai i mua ra, hei pou matakana mo mātou te hunga noho taone, arā ko Tamaki Makaurau. Nāu ano i mātua mai te haumarutanga o ta tātou whānau, hapori, hapū me ngā iwi, arā ko te mauria mai o ngā whare ...
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  • New investor migrant visa will bring growth opportunities to Kiwi companies
    A new Active Investor Plus visa category is created to attract high-value investors. The new visa will replace the existing Investor 1 and Investor 2 visa categories. Eligibility criteria includes a minimum $5 million investment and encourages greater economic benefit to New Zealand companies by capping passive investment in ...
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  • Government steps up protections against foot-and-mouth disease
    Measures to further protect New Zealand’s economy from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) continue as the Government focuses on strengthening biosecurity settings, Biosecurity and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said today.  “Biosecurity New Zealand will this week begin using foot mats with disinfecting chemicals for arrivals from Indonesia to step onto in a ...
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    8 hours ago
  • Niuean Premier visits New Zealand
    Niuean Premier Hon. Dalton Tagelagi will visit Aotearoa New Zealand this week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Premier Tagelagi will be officially welcomed to New Zealand on Thursday 21 July. During his visit to Wellington he will undertake a number of official engagements, including meetings with the Prime Minister, ...
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  • Speech to Electricity Networks Association
    Good morning. It’s great to be here again and speak with you. The past few months have been momentous for climate policy in New Zealand. As you know, the Government has now set New Zealand’s emissions budgets for the first three budget periods, and have released our ambitious package of ...
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    1 day ago
  • More measures to build more affordable homes
    First home buyers and renters are set to benefit from measures getting underway to support more new affordable homes for people and their whānau, says Housing Minister, Dr Megan Woods. “Since we came into Government, we have been hitting the housing crisis we inherited with initiatives to get new housing ...
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  • Government provides Three Waters support for councils
    Every Council in New Zealand will receive at least $350,000 of additional funding to ensure they have the resourcing necessary to implement the Three Waters reforms, Associate Minister of Local Government Kieran McAnulty announced today. The Government has set aside a $44 million fund to assist Councils with the costs ...
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  • New Porirua Mental Health and disability facility opened
    Health Minister Andrew Little has opened a new purpose-built mental health and intellectual disability facility in Porirua today, marking another milestone in the Government’s billion dollar investment in mental health services and facilities. Manawai, the National Individualised Service Unit (ISU), was built to support a small number of people with ...
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    2 days ago
  • Trucking toward lower emissions heavy transport
    The Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods is celebrating today’s launch of two firsts for energy decarbonisation in the transport sector in New Zealand; an electric milk tanker and a hydrogen truck, made possible with the help of Government funding. New Zealand’s (and possibly the world’s) first electric milk ...
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  • New Zealand’s 10th Youth Parliament event begins
    Young people from across Aotearoa New Zealand will take centre stage in the capital as Youth members of Parliament (MPs), Youth Press Gallery members, and the Youth Clerk at the two-day Youth Parliament event in Wellington. Youth Parliament is an opportunity for young people from across Aotearoa New Zealand to ...
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    2 days ago
  • CPI figures highlight challenges amid volatile global environment
    The latest inflation figures reflects the volatile and uncertain global environment though New Zealand is well positioned to respond and help households and businesses through this difficult time. The Consumer Price Index released by Stats NZ today showed a 1.7 percent increase in prices over the June quarter, taking the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Govt provides more cost of living support
                                    Petrol excise duty cut by 25 cents a litre for more than five months until 31 January 2023 Road User Charges reduced by the equivalent until 31 January 2023 Half price public transport fares ...
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    3 days ago
  • Local Government commissioners appointed
    Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of three commissioners to Mana Kāwanatanga ā Rohe | Local Government Commission. The appointed commissioners are: Brendan Duffy, Chair Bonita Bigham Sue Bidrose The Local Government Commission was initially established in 1947 to consider proposals for local government reorganisation. Over time, ...
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  • Five lay members of the High Court appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker announced today the appointment of five lay members of the High Court under the Commerce Act 1986.  Lay members assist the Court in cases involving appeals from decisions of the Commerce Commission and in other matters under the Commerce Act, and play a key role in ensuring ...
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  • Fish Passage remediation in Tasman District to boost fish numbers and employment
    A joint Government and Tasman District Council project is investing to bring more freshwater fish to the Tasman region, protect local waterways and employ local people. Environment Minister David Parker said the five-year $2 million Tasman Fish Passage project will see more than 4,000 in-stream structures assessed, with around 1,500 ...
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  • New measures to tackle COVID-19 and flu
    Expanded eligibility for antivirals Making COVID-19 medicines available in pharmacies to help ease pressure on GPs Significantly expanding access to free RATs and masks Schools provided with mask supplies and more support for ventilation and winter heating costs Second COVID-19 booster available to those over 50 Extra measures for ...
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    6 days ago
  • Empowering Pacific Aotearoa to achieve home ownership
    Pacific peoples in Aotearoa are now on the road to achieving their ultimate goal of home ownership, one year after the launch of the Pacific Financial Capability Development programme, said the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. “We successfully secured funding of up to $41.315 million over four years ...
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    6 days ago
  • More tools for Police to tackle gangs and intimidating behaviour
    New targeted warrant and additional search powers to find and seize weapons from gang members during a gang conflict Expanding the range of offences where police can seize and impound cars, motorbikes and other vehicles Up to five years prison for a new offence of discharging a gun with ...
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    1 week ago
  • Sustainable manufacturing businesses in Manawatū-Whanganui to receive Govt investment
    Two sustainable manufacturing businesses, Techlam in Levin and Plentyful in Rangitikeī, will receive investment from the Government’s Regional Strategic Partnership Fund (RSPF), Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Techlam, a company that manufactures sustainable timber, will receive up to $1.75 million to procure and install machinery for ...
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  • Drought assistance to Kiribati as drinking water supplies dry up
    Threats to the drinking water supplies of Kiribati from a prolonged drought are being targeted with a joint assistance package from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand and Australia are investing a further NZ$1.1 million between them in a new desalination ...
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  • Government support for equality and empowerment of Fijian women and girls
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced New Zealand will make a significant contribution to support the implementation of the Fiji Gender Action Programme to advance women’s empowerment and social protection. “Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a priority for Aotearoa New Zealand, and for ...
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  • Funds for Manuherekia project will help restore waterway’s health
    The Thompsons Creek projects, part of the wider Manuherekia catchment programme in Central Otago, have been granted Jobs for Nature funding to help improve water quality and restore freshwater habitats. It is expected to generate about eight full time equivalent roles across three years. “The Thompsons Creek projects are based ...
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    1 week ago
  • Final section of the Waikato Expressway now open
    The Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway opens today, marking the final chapter of a 30 year roading project that will improve safety, reduce travel times, and boost economic growth, Transport Minister Michael Wood says. “It’s terrific to see the last 22-kilometre piece of the Expressway falling into place. “This ...
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    1 week ago
  • Final section of the Waikato Expressway complete
    The Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway will open this week, marking the final chapter of a 30 year roading project that will improve safety, reduce travel times, and boost economic growth, Transport Minister Michael Wood says. “It’s terrific to see the last 22-kilometre piece of the Expressway falling into ...
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    1 week ago
  • Mountain bike festival gears up with new Govt funding
    An international mountain bike festival will receive Government funding to secure events in Rotorua and across the South Island, offering significant economic, social and cultural benefits to New Zealand, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Crankworx will receive up to $8.1 million from the Government’s Major Events ...
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    1 week ago
  • Hundreds of Kiwis awarded scholarships to Asia and Latin America
    New Zealand’s connections with Asia and Latin America are set to grow with 30 groups, made up of 387 New Zealanders, awarded Prime Minister’s scholarships, Chris Hipkins said today. “New Zealand is reconnecting with the world, and for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealanders will embark on ...
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  • Pacific crop resilience supported though climate aid
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced the first investment from the recently boosted $1.3 billion climate aid fund, a contribution of $10 million to the conservation of Pacific crop seeds impacted by climate change. $10 million will be allocated to the Fiji based Centre ...
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  • Government announces refreshed Commemorations Programme 2023-2027
    The programme of historical anniversaries to be acknowledged by the New Zealand Government over the next five years includes some of our nation’s most important events, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni said. “We’re continuing to lay the foundations for a better future by ensuring all New Zealanders ...
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    1 week ago
  • First Peoples International Business Forum – “Looking back to move forward”
    Before I commence, as I did at the beginning of the day, I would once again like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet, and pay my respects to the original occupants of these ancestral lands, and to the Elders past, present, emerging and yet ...
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    1 week ago
  • Southland oat milk producer gets Govt boost
    Southland-based oat milk producer New Zealand Functional Foods is getting new Government backing, with a $6 million investment from the Regional Strategic Partnership Fund, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. “We set up the Regional Strategic Partnership Fund (RSPF) to help build more productive, resilient, and sustainable ...
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  • Past impacts the future of te taetae ni Kiribati
    Kiribati is now in the grip of a disastrous drought while it deals with the impact of Climate Change. This makes Kiribati Language Week 2022 a special time to think about the future ,said the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. The third of nine Pacific Language Weeks, Wikin ...
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  • Under-Secretary to attend the First Peoples International Business Forum in Melbourne
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary Rino Tirikatene will depart to Australia today to attend the First Peoples International Business Forum: Aotearoa New Zealand and Victoria, which runs from 11 to 12 July in Melbourne. The two-day event is being hosted by the Aboriginal Economic Development group (AED), Global Victoria, Dept Jobs, Precinct and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Hillside redevelopment takes major step forward
    A major redevelopment of Dunedin’s iconic Hillside Workshops is on track to have the facility up and running by early 2024, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Dr David Clark said. The Government is investing $105 million in KiwiRail’s Hillside Workshops – helping restore the site to its former glory by ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • PM statement on death of Shinzo Abe, former PM of Japan
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight sent New Zealand’s condolences following the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot at a rally today. “New Zealand sends our condolences to Japan at this time of profound grief and deep shock,” Jacinda Ardern said. “This act of violence against ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • PMs reaffirm renewed trans-Tasman relationship
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met in Sydney this morning for their first annual Australia New Zealand Leaders Meeting. “It was great to meet with Prime Minister Albanese again further cementing the close renewed relationship between Australia and New Zealand,” Jacinda Ardern said. “It is ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government appoints Remuneration Authority Chair
    The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood has today announced the appointment of Geoffrey Summers as the Chair of the Remuneration Authority (the Authority) for a three-year term. The Authority is responsible for setting the rates of pay and allowances for Members of Parliament, the Judiciary and Local ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Action Plan to ensure agencies work together for children’s wellbeing
    An Action Plan signed up to by all children’s agencies will require them to work with each other and the community to support those with the greatest need, Minister for Children Kelvin Davis has announced. The Oranga Tamariki Action Plan requires the Chief Executives of Oranga Tamariki, the Police, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Building resilience in sports affected by COVID
    National sport and recreation organisations are being supported to help recover and operate successfully after the impact of COVID-19. The $30 million funding announced today for the National Partner Strengthen and Adapt programme is part of the $264.6 million Sport Recovery Package from Budget 2020. “This investment enables national bodies ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government energy education programme helping Kiwis save money
    The Government is keeping up the momentum on supporting community energy education initiatives with the opening of the third funding round of its successful Support for Energy Education in Communities (SEEC) Programme, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says. Community groups, organisations, and businesses can now apply for a total ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • 2023 Toloa Scholarships open for Pasifika students
    The 2023 Toloa Fund will allow more young Pasifika to become  scientists, technologists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians said the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. For the past seven years, the Toloa programme has provided funding opportunities for young Pacific people to thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and ...
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