Open mike 19/10/2010

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  1. RedLogix 1

    What we are facing.

    Still, as political pressure builds to reduce federal spending and budget deficits, other economists are now warning of “Japanification” — of falling into the same deflationary trap of collapsed demand that occurs when consumers refuse to consume, corporations hold back on investments and banks sit on cash. It becomes a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle: as prices fall further and jobs disappear, consumers tighten their purse strings even more and companies cut back on spending and delay expansion plans.

    “The U.S., the U.K., Spain, Ireland, they all are going through what Japan went through a decade or so ago,” said Richard Koo, chief economist at Nomura Securities who recently wrote a book about Japan’s lessons for the world. “Millions of individuals and companies see their balance sheets going underwater, so they are using their cash to pay down debt instead of borrowing and spending.”

    Just as inflation scarred a generation of Americans, deflation has left a deep imprint on the Japanese, breeding generational tensions and a culture of pessimism, fatalism and reduced expectations. While Japan remains in many ways a prosperous society, it faces an increasingly grim situation, particularly outside the relative economic vibrancy of Tokyo, and its situation provides a possible glimpse into the future for the United States and Europe, should the most dire forecasts come to pass.

    Deflation is not just economics, it’s changes everything and Labour need to understand this.

    • lprent 1.1

      I could see the same traits in my family in the generations who went through the depression in the 30s (and a few world wars) – my grandparents and great grandparents. They would hunker down and don’t spend when times get tougher.

      I grew up during the inflationary period, where the trait was more to spend before it devalued. I think that deflation looks a lot worse for societies.

      Bill English crowing about a recession nearly putting us into a deflationary spiral is a triumph of PR bullshit over commonsense. You don’t want to get into either extreme. You certainly don’t want to have a inflation that is low one quarter and really high the next, that is the worst of all worlds.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        The situation which is the killer is where a business is in a high level of debt at high interest rates. Then deflation hits, meaning that whatever industry they are in, they can only get less $ per unit of work done.

        So even as their interest bearing debt climbs and climbs numerically, they get less and less money in the door.

        End result: business goes under, the banks take everything (the banks never lose in this game that they set up) and a dozen people lose their livelihoods. Repeat a couple of thousand times and you have the Great Depression.

        • KJT 1.1.1.1

          One more reason why banking should be done by the community.
          Have a look at North Dakota and their State Bank. No coincidence they are coming out of the recession better off than other similar US states.

          When Goff is talking about monopolies he should look at the world wide criminal cartel that is private banks.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.1

            When Goff is talking about monopolies he should look at the world wide criminal cartel that is private banks.

            We wish. Although, with more and more information about how banks actually work and the fact that they’re a Ponzi Scheme becoming more widely known it shouldn’t be too long before our politicians can get rid of them. Of course, that doesn’t help us now.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      What caused the Japanese economy to stall?

      I think you’ll find that as other Asian nations did the same as Japan the need for the massive productivity of Japan was lost. There was only so much demand and it was already catered for. As competition increased to the point of over supply (Well, over supply for the rich nations) demand decreased pushing down prices and profits in Japan as the hunt for higher profits from around the world shifted massive amounts of technology into other, cheaper nations. We got “growth” that benefited the few but at the expense of entire countries.

      There’s a reason why I say that every country should be producing what it needs and no more. Modern production is so productive that one nation can supply far more than itself leaving others to fight to bring in technology and businesses by cutting taxes, cutting environmental protections and generally asking their general populace to pay for the rich to become richer. It’s a fight that always ends in defeat.

      As I’ve said before, higher productivity when all else remains the same must result in deflation. Deflation isn’t bad as, in real terms, what it would mean is that people have more time to be with their families, to learn, research, to develop and to be engaged with the rest of society. It’s only “bad” when the sole purpose of life is to make more profit because that reduces everyone’s living standard except that of the rich.

      • ZeeBop 1.2.1

        Worse. As companies needed to throw out good designs to produce cheap crap, replacement selling, and so stimulate consumerism justifying the credit card culture, the sense that financial changes were producing wealth when in fact the middle east oil gult kept forcing governments to loosen finance.

        Its the classic gold rush! Gold is found, everyone rushes to the gold field, they make lots of mess and leave some disused old town behind after the gold dries up. This is peak oil, a gold rush on a worldwide scale.

        Find a nice place to live and hunker down it ain’t going to get better until the last nuggets force every last gold miner to give up their shirts finding.

        The Great Depression was cause by a growing energy glut, between two great wars.
        This one is nothing like that one.
        We’re be shrinking not growing through this one.

  2. Pascal's bookie 2

    Ask a tea party candidate for the senate questions: Get handcuffed by his hired goons

    But these guys are not a bunch of third rate dropouts from the shallow end of Thuggis Neanderthalis’ gene pool, so stop saying that.

    • Bored 2.1

      PB, read Kunstler this morning, it features his usual hilarious prose, have a laugh at this line…I can easily see functional limitations on something like the old dictatorship of the proletariat – especially when said proletariat has been reduced in this country to some kind of a lumpen slobeteriat of methadrine-addled, tattooed psychopaths with axes to grind.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      Oh dear, politicians avoiding the media and aggressively avoiding being asked any questions. Yep, another nail in the coffin for democracy in the US (which also says something about the PM avoiding the media and questions here).

      • ianmac 2.2.1

        Pretty scary stuff joe. It still puzzles me that our PM avoids serious questioning. On one hand he says it is important for him to be with and amongst all people, (like a pop star/celebrity.) We might say he needs to respond at a much more serious level, or would the bubble burst if he did front up.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1.1

          If he actually fronted up and answered serious questions the lies that NACT have been using for the last decade (Nanny State, democracy under attack, tax cuts cause growth, etc) would be revealed.

  3. National MP Tau Henare is all class.

    He bullies 18 year old union activist James Sleep.

    And I thought things were going to be different under Key?
    .

    • Scott 3.1

      They are different. Worse is different.

    • Crashcart 3.2

      Probably thought that he had found someone who wouldn’t just punch him if he went on the attack. Must rankle being famous for getting a bash from old Ducky.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.3

      More denial of reality from a NACT MP. What a surprise.

    • Lanthanide 3.4

      Reading the story, it seems that Tau was following a copy of what the guy was reading out, and says that what he was reading was different to what was written.

      To jump up and calling someone “a liar” over something like that is really the wrong way to go around it. More appropriate would be to interrupt and ask why what was read doesn’t match what was written in his copy – who knows, maybe he accidentally got a draft copy that didn’t match the final.

    • millsy 3.5

      Absolutely digusting.

      Little wonder Trevor Mallard decked him that time.

  4. Fisiani 4

    If you want a reality check on the latest populist burp re land sales read the following
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10681447

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      So, according to Gareth Morgan nobody actually wants the products we produce, they only want our land. Ok, we sell them anything then. It really won’t hurt us.

      Ban foreigners from buying our assets, though, and there certainly will be a sharp shock to the system.

      If foreigners can’t use New Zealand dollars to buy New Zealand assets why would they be willing to hold New Zealand dollars?

      He even answers his own question and doesn’t see it. Yes, the NZ$ will decline in value. Which would, if present economic theory has any basis in fact, decrease our imports and decrease our exports. But, of course, present economic theory is complete bollocks because the NZ$ is presently held high, not due to our productivity, but due to the delusionally high interest rates.

      Basically, what he’s saying is that Labour’s policy to strengthen policies for land sales to foreign owners will do more to rebalance the economy than any of NACTs tax cuts.

      If your creditors run out of patience with your indebtedness or doubt your ability to keep servicing it, they will insist on you selling some assets – they just won’t hold your IOUs ad infinitum with no prospect of them being convertible to real assets.

      They can insist all they like – we still don’t have to sell.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1

        , decrease our imports and decrease our exports.

        Which is, of course, supposed to read
        , decrease our imports and increase our exports.

    • freedom 4.2

      so basically they are advocating selling the horse to pay the Farrier

    • KJT 4.3

      Self interested bollocks more like.

      The NZ dollar going down to reflect our real balance of trade is probably the best thing that could happen.

      Our industry is dying because of the double whammy of artificially high interest rates and an artificially high dollar because of speculation encouraged by the reserve bank act.

  5. j 5

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/

    Anyone like me who is still trying to digest what they’ve heard about the Labour party conference, and the apparent left-hand turn the party has taken, might find Chris Trotter’s take on it interesting.

    Like me, the words: “A place at the table for every New Zealander” moved him. You guys can laugh but it actually brought a tear to my eye because, if that has finally become what Labour’s about again, there’s reason for a lot more hope for our future together.

    I’m further left and more libertarian than the Labour Party is, but if Labour is back with us on the left, it feels like there is a lot more space for positive possibilities.

    • just saying 5.1

      Not trying to disown the above with a different handle, that just happens sometimes because I let my compupter fill in the rest of the wording beyond the first letters.

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Did you know we’re in a recession?

    This stuff isn’t National’s fault. There was a global recession. People lose their jobs, income takes a hit, consumption slows down. It’s what happens. But all this stuff about how we’ve suddenly become better off because it’s a National government is just a lie. Nothing magically happened when John Key took office.

    Keith Ng pointing out Blinglish’s latest lies.

  7. Lanthanide 7

    Geonet reports this 11:32am quake as 5.0, but it definitely felt a lot stronger than that. I dropped to the floor under my desk at work (hitting my head in the process), and the monitor fell off it’s stand and broke my keyboard.

    • Lanthanide 7.1

      Also another site that takes feeds from Geonet shows it as being 5.02, and 10th largest tied equally with one last Wednesday at 4:42pm. That one didn’t shake anywhere near as much as this one did. Possibly a different type of movement to blame (upthrust?). Also some of the shaking sensors on the main page of geonet show it as being 7, which I haven’t seen since the first quake (they routinely show up 4-5M quakes as being 6).

      • gingercrush 7.1.1

        That one was scary. Its because the quake was just 10km from Christchurch and at a depth of 9 km that makes the quake seem more severe. Add to that the length of the shake and OMG just scary. I love how they say the jolts are slowly disappear which is probably true but when we do get them they seem to be overly big jolts.

        • Lanthanide 7.1.1.1

          The quake last Wednesday was about the same distance, although in a different direction, and just slightly deeper (13km vs 9km). So distance and depth does not account for 100% of the very obvious difference in shaking.

          Also, I actually found the length of the shaking to be shorter than some of the others we have had. Then again I was hiding under my desk, which I haven’t done for any others.

    • Vicky32 7.2

      Oh, I am so nervous for you guys! (Selfishly glad not to be in Christchurch…) You must be well sick of it by now!
      Deb

  8. Colonial Viper 8

    Have just had the most depressing conversation with a final year commerce (honours) student. She is a NZ’er and leaving NZ to work in China at the end of the year. Out of the 8-10 students in her class whom she is closest to, she says that the majority will be leaving NZ at the end of this year to go work overseas.

    Reason: no opportunities in NZ, successive Governments uninterested in addressing the issues needed to keep young talent onshore, a declining low wage uninteresting economy, and Asia clearly the world economic hub of the 21st century.

    Qualified, educated young New Zealanders are talking themselves and their own peer group into leaving NZ, and doing so very effectively. Not for 6 month OE’s, but long term, for careers.

    This is what Bernard Hickey referred to at Labour Conference when he said that NZ has got to pull itself out of its dive, and has to do it with what is already a hollowed out workforce.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      That doesn’t surprise me. The neo-liberal paradigm that we’ve been following for the last three decades has hollowed out the economy removing large amounts of interesting work. Industry has gone offshore to be replaced by farming (which requires less and less people) and most people don’t want to be farmers. NACT are making it worse with their cut and spend policies – why the hell would young people stay here when they know damn well that NACT are putting the entire bill on them?

      I’ve also decided that if NACT are voted back in next year I’m outa here as well. No point hanging round to get shafted even more.

  9. Carol 9

    Whoa! The Speaker is cross, and just said he hasn’t been at all happy with Question Time today. He said it had been a shambles and had been unproductive. He had threatened to throw Goff out of the chamber earlier. Just now he was threatening to throw ministers out, for not stopping talking when the speaker stood, and for using “patsy” questions to attack the opposition.

    So are Nat Ministers getting rattled by Labour’s strong change of direction at the weekend?

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Yeah I just heard the mp3 report off the parliamentary website, Dr Smith was highly unimpressed.

  10. BLiP 10

    As Anne Tolley goes about her job as sales executive and fund raiser for New Zealand private schools comes this news:

    Conservative estimates were that New Zealand stood to get over 300 students a year in fully-funded scholarships worth up to $30m, she said.

    Is this yet another example of the mathematics skills of our Minister of Education, or do some private schools actually charge up to $100,000 per student per year? I know Kings College charges less than half of that for a boarder.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      She could be talking about total income , i.e. school fees + accom + other expenses. Still seems a little high but then people who send their kids away to another country for an education probably pay a premium to do so.

    • comedy 10.2

      secondary and tertiary………… fully loaded tertiary costs plus accomodation etc would get upwards of 100k per annum pretty fast.

      As as for the bomb making course well the sky’s the limit.

  11. ak 11

    Granny now (sorry too rushed to do linky thingy): “Labour said access had to be free and iwi should not be singled out.”

    Say what – did I miss something? Free access to all takutai moana from Labour? (as first proposed right here, ladies and gentlemen, on your very own Standard)

    I sincerely hope so. Absolute game-breaker.

  12. freedom 12

    a small item that some may not have seen today regarding the new Prison Uniforms
    “They are blue – to match other uniforms in the justice sector such as police.”

    in case everyone has forgotten, the uniforms were olive to make the clear distinction of Prison Officers from Police,

    this distinction is particularly important in court

  13. NickS 13

    Link Dump Time!

    Could Busting Unions Fix America’s Schools?
    – I do heart it when smart people say really dumb, evidence free things. Especially when it comes to education in the guise of “helping students”.

    What I Think About Atlas Shrugged
    – Epic trolling of Rand-bots is Epic. Or for teh lazy, Objectivism = Nerd Revenge Porn. Sociopathic Nerd Revenge Porn. And Rand was a hack writer.

    Sheepskin
    A post from one Charles Stross on the History of Education in the UK and it’s commercialisation and change it a “must have” instead of something you did to gain a useful specialisation or get into research. The historiography isn’t quite on the mark (Medieval Uni’s did teach more than Divinity…), but it is rather thought provoking.

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    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    6 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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