Daily review 23/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 23rd, 2015 - 118 comments
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Creepy John Key

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118 comments on “Daily review 23/04/2015”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Title is incorrect, should be Daily Review, not Open Mike.

  2. freedom 2

    just in case they forget to put the link up again 😉
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Video/3NewsLiveStream

  3. felix 3

    wot no daily review?

  4. Ha! We are experiencing technical difficulties. Normal service will be resumed shortly. In the meantime, there’s this:

    • weka 4.1

      Is the standard being infected by Green? 😛

      • Didn’t know where it came from, weka, just turned up on my fb feed. Good work, Greens!

        • weka 4.1.1.1

          I was referring to glitches and the colour of the NZonScreen feeds (although they might have been that colour for a while and I hadn’t noticed) 😉

    • freedom 4.2

      I might be overselling it but give the creator a tv show immediately 🙂
      Satire is all about subtlety and that has it in spades.

  5. Fuck I wish key was here in the country to front up to the cameras about this ponytailperveshit. I hope it retains its freshness until he’s home – I want to see the fake “I’m not bovered” look, the glint of panic in his eyes, the drip of sweat running into his eyes as he scratches his nose and coughs everytime he lies.

    • rawshark-yeshe 5.1

      did you see TV3News ? They had some footage from Bali last year .. creepiest yet. And they even report he is being called a fetishist and Winston expands. Not on line yet .. and actually, I’m quite happy Key is away and being held responsible on an international stage .. it leaves a vacuum where evidence is just flooding in. I think it’s working .. and he will be back soon enough. (And need to defend his visit to Saudi Arabia on top of everything else.)

      • marty mars 5.1.1

        good points – chuck the link up if possible, I don’t watch the news

        • rawshark-yeshe 5.1.1.1

          not here yet marty .. i just checked .. will do as soon as I can !

          and just imagine marty .. key could be coming home to three different complaints of sexual harassment ! It shouldn’t, but this really appeals to me !

        • felix 5.1.1.2

          Hair it is: http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/brand-key-tarnished-by-ponytail-gate-2015042318?ref=video

          God they just get weirder and creepier. There’s no doubt that stroking/touching/pulling/caressing hair is a demonstration of sexual attraction.

          And these are VERY young girls.

          • Kiwiri 5.1.1.2.1

            Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!

          • Potato 5.1.1.2.2

            The link above is going to a ‘page not found’. Taken down already ?

          • Murray Rawshark 5.1.1.2.3

            I got a 404 error on that one. Have they pulled it? I thought Julie Christie loved reality shows and they don’t come better than this.

          • rawshark-yeshe 5.1.1.2.4

            thx doing that Felix .. that’s a very serious item,isn’t it ?

            • emergency mike 5.1.1.2.4.1

              Wow, last I checked your count was at five. The 3 news video shows two new ones. The first one is a sustained pervy fondling, and the second is a quick opportunistic grab with weirdo perv face.

              The 3 news item made hair fetishism quite a feature I thought…

              I don’t think it should count since it’s not an uninvited pervy grab, (and the grabee is not an innocent young girl), but here’s John Key cutting off Roger Sutton’s (who got sacked for what was it again?) ponytail and shaving his head. “This is really quite fun.” http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9836454/Roger-Sutton-dubbed-the-Bald-Eagle

              • rawshark-yeshe

                OMFG !! Key is getting his jolly roger!

                And the awful weirdness of the Sutton hair curls rolling away in the wind will be Key’s political epitaph footage … truly Hair today, Gone tomorrow.

              • Murray Rawshark

                ” Key had nicknamed Sutton “Shrek” after the merino sheep for his luscious long locks”

                Not tantalising this time?

              • Hateatea

                And that is very creepy too. It really seems that he is a tricophiliac. Who would have thunk it, lol

          • weka 5.1.1.2.5

            wow, that’s really bad, and agreed it’s getting creepier.

            Irrespective of his motivations, as PM he should have a much better awareness of how inappropriate this is (and his minders should be telling him too).

            • emergency mike 5.1.1.2.5.1

              That’s really the point isn’t it weka? He’s the PM, he’s not an idiot, he shouldn’t need it explained to him that touching a grown woman’s hair without permission is not an option under circumstances. Ever. Period. Yet here we are.

              I was struck by the number of “How is this guy a Prime Minister” comments under the Guardian article. The UK is a country going through scandalous revelations of pedophile MPs being hushed up at high levels. And their minds are being blown by this.

              • rawshark-yeshe

                I was struck by the same thin g Mike .. and just how comments there were in total. A lot even by UK standards.

                • weka

                  I think one of the things that is happening in NZ at the moment (maybe the last year?) is that more people are realising how accepting we’ve become of behaviours that should be unacceptable. Lots of things have become normalised and now more people are starting to say, nope, that’s actually not ok.

              • Hami Shearlie

                My American friends have sent me posts from papers over there – they are all agog – can’t believe it, all calling him a creep and the Canadian friends are saying – “well, at least our weirdo Mayor was only Mayor for Toronto, not a Prime Minister of a whole country!!”

          • Hateatea 5.1.1.2.6

            Very, very creepy

  6. Weepus beard 6

    How many pictures are now out with John Key touching people’s hair? It’s unbelievable!

    • freedom 7.1

      If you would rather not visit Redbaiter’s blog, here are the relevant bits

      “The Warkworth boat building company which is owned by Larry Ellison’s Americas Cup team Oracle Racing, is refusing to comment on claims that it could receive up to $17.25 million from the New Zealand Government’s Callaghan fund.”

      http://politik.co.nz/en/content/politics/220/GOVERNMENT-TO-GIVE-ORACLE%27S-BOAT-BUILDER-$17-MILLION.htm
      http://business.scoop.co.nz/2015/04/15/14-companies-to-grow-rd-with-growth-grant/
      http://www.msi.govt.nz/update-me/who-got-funded/show/647

      • dukeofurl 7.1.1

        Apparently its another NZ Herald- we -the-sure-arent-journalists, as almost none of its true.

        Remember the $100,000 labour donation that was a small amount to rowing club, and a cement company cruise on the Yangtze?

        THis seems to be the root of the changing faces in editors row, a new boss has said enough allready of the crap

        • freedom 7.1.1.1

          Serious question- are you responding to the correct post?

          I ask because it certainly looks like the MBIE page shows a 17.5 million dollar Grow Grant to Core builders Composites Ltd and the grant was actually announced last year http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-growth-grants-boost-rd-nz-0

          So what makes it not true?

          • Murray Rawshark 7.1.1.1.1

            There’s something a bit funny about the way they report the figures. The grants are for 3 years, with a cap of $5 million a year. The maximum is therefore $15 million, less than the $17.5 million reported. I suspect the government has given them 20% of $17.5 million, or $3.5 million over 3 years. They tend to inflate these things when they report them, so it looks as if funding is higher.

            I think research funding should go to the public sector, but I’d be sort of happy with this if there was some return to society. I’m not sure there will be here. It may be just another subsidy for the yacht race losers.

            • freedom 7.1.1.1.1.1

              We are meant to trust Government figures right?
              The Government figures clearly state a Grow Grant of 17.5m.

              If the page from the official MSI website which showed the grant awarded to CBC had not suddenly been made unavailable since last night you could check it for yourself.

              But it has been taken down so you can’t see it
              Oh that’s right, screenshot ! because these days, you need them.

              View post on imgur.com

            • freedom 7.1.1.1.1.2

              forgot to add, you need a better calculator 🙂

              2014
              2015
              2016
              2017

              that totals four years correct?

              17.5/4 = 4.375 m per year

              • Murray Rawshark

                My calculator is fine, thanks. Your total is actually 3.5 years, which probably includes six moths for either startup or reporting. The legislation setting up the grants says they are for 3 years, not my calculator. The government website states a total contract value of $17.5 million, not a total grant of $17.5 million. They are not always the same thing and are usually inflated because some idiot manager would rather put $17.5 million on his CV than $3.5 million.

                An OIA request would solve the problem, but I would put money on the grant staying inside the rules. I do have some experience with research grants. Which doesn’t mean a private company should have got the money anyway.

                • freedom

                  Thanks for the clarification Murray, and excuse my impugning your calculator. As a great fan of Marvin and the Syrius Cybernetics Corporation I have stoic respect for the feelings of silicon based identities 🙂

                  still, kind of interesting the page got removed overnight eh?

                  • Murray Rawshark

                    Yep. There’ll be a story there somewhere.

                    • freedom

                      interesting how the /647 page now has a completely different grant recipient listed.

                      not so interesting is that dukeofurl finally answered my simple question and has shown his true colours.

                      “I cant be bothered, but it was made clear in Heralds ‘later versions’ of the story.

                      Look it up yourself.”

                      A double standard for Saudi Arabia

  7. Paul 8

    Surprise. Surprise
    Hosking blames the waitress for being selfish.
    If anything shows he is a paid puppet of big corporate interests, this is it.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/mike-s-view-waitress-selfishness-in-outing-key-makes-cafe-owners-big-losers-video-6299059

    This is what Hosking is defending
    http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/brand-key-tarnished-by-ponytail-gate-2015042318?ref=video#axzz3Y7D9IJ4Y

    • NickS 8.1

      What more can you except from NZ’s version of Bill O’Reilly?

    • Maui 8.2

      That was freakn disgusting from Hosking. Scary that people will probably still swallow that whole. Saying the real victims are the owners lol – “these good, decent, hard-working people”. Um, were they harrassed at work? Were they also involved with hanging out the victim to dry? possibly.

      “She had a problem at work, the owners were the ones to consult” What would telling them do? The issue was a high profile NZer who was harrassing her, so telling the country about his indiscretions was an important thing to do.

      There are just so many things wrong with his tirade…

      • Hanswurst 8.2.1

        To add to that, I don’t see how the owners have had any substantially adverse publicity from it. Will it be bad for their business? I doubt it, in fact it’s more likely to be good for it. The only people harmed so far seem to be the waitress herself and John Key, and in the latter case, it’s hard to say exactly how much.

    • Incognito 8.3

      Mike should ask his wife Kate; she used to be a waitress when she was still studying at Auckland Uni.

  8. swordfish 9

    Faaarrk ! Well, they do say a week’s a long time in politics, don’t they ?

    Who among us here would’ve predicted a week ago that Brits, Germans, Aussies and Americans would all be watching that old CL clip of Key fondling the young girl’s ponytail and (most of them) concluding he’s (variously) – and I quote – a “perv”, a “creep” a “tosser”, an “utter tosser”, a “village idiot”, an “embarrassment”, a “dinosaur thug”, a “hood rat”, a “disgrace”, an “utter DORK”, a “weird, perma-tanned leery man”, “dodgy”, “deviant”, “very suspect”, “disgusting”, “smarmy”, “backward”, “psychopathic tendencies”, “weirdo”, “weird and creepy”, “the man’s a bloody weirdo”, “strange man”, “really disturbing”, “incredibly creepy”, “some kind of sex pervert”, “strange little man”, “creepy and fetishy”, “what a wanker”, “what an absolute ass !”, “sad little people like him”, “needs psychological counselling”……..not to mention “it’s nice to know America doesn’t have a monopoly on Right-Wing idiots” or “And I thought our beloved Rob Ford (former Toronto Mayor) was a whack job !!!” or “Bush is not as creepy as this dude” or “think David Cameron then subtract a few IQ points” or “he’s a prime Minister ? Sounds like a Congressman from Texas”, (along with a number of outright allusions to “Saville” and “paedophile alarm bells need to start ringing”).

    • Kiwiri 9.1

      That is quite a list!

      Overhead at lunch today when I was with my workmates:

      What does the ‘P’ in PM stands for?

    • swordfish 9.2

      ie a selection of the huge number of comments on international news websites (with an emphasis on those emanating from non-Kiwis).

    • Murray Rawshark 9.3

      I’ve been hearing those bells ringing since last year’s events. They’ve only gotten louder.

  9. rawshark-yeshe 10

    Swordfish .. yours is my gold star comment of a very long day! and Kiwiri .. now the anti jokes begin. Teflon is like that – one day shiny and non-stick, and suddenly in only one day the pan is useless !!!!

  10. weka 11

    McCready taking Key to court and filing with the HRC means this isn’t going to go away in a hurry. Time for more examples of the hair touching to come out too. MSM seem unlikely to cut Key slack on this one.

  11. I wonder how Peter Dunne is feeling now. Is he nervous about how Key looks at his luxuriant, “tantalising” hair?

  12. weka 13

    Transcript (unchecked) of Marilyn Waring on Morning Report this morning. As always, love her directness (she names the PM as a sexual harrasser), her sense of history, and today the dig about National underfunding the HRC.

    MW: I think it’s unlawful behaviour under Section 62 of the Human Rights Act. I’m getting tired of it being called anything but illegal. It’s illegal to subject any other person by physical behaviour that is unwelcome, offensive and repeated. This happened numerous times over many months. The behaviour is of such a significant nature that it has detrimental effects on a person in respect of their employment or in access to goods and services. The young woman says she felt powerless and tormented and she was reduced to tears.

    The Prime Minister is a sexual harasser, and he has engaged in illegal activity repeatedly over a period of time.

    KH: hang on, what makes it sexual?

    MW: well I don’t think, if he jokes around with let’s say the All Blacks, right, I don’t think even any of his sycophantic followers would think twice if he was touching [All Black’s name] hair all the time and telling him it was tantalising, which is the word he used to the young woman.

    KH: there are those, Marilyn Waring who say, good grief, lighten up, nobody died here.

    MW: it’s the law past first of all by the National government for the Human Rights Act, amended in 1993 by the Bolger government. Neither Muldoon nor Bolger have ever shown any evidence that they would behave in this manner. It’s like saying, oh it’s alright he only stole a couple of packets of cigarettes.

    KH: let me put it to you, that this is not necessarily new behaviour at all, it’s (a) people are more sensitive, and (b) people have more avenues to speak out about such things.

    MW: and the other thing that’s really changed since my time in parliament is that men are speaking out and finding this behaviour outrageous.

    KH: does it depend on it their political affiliation do you think?

    MW: well the law doesn’t depend on anybody’s political affiliation. Illegal activity is illegal activity.

    KH: [talks to other guest about politics and how women voters have been turning away from Key for some time. Also about how the waitress chose a left wing blog which makes it a political act rather than an employment issue]

    KH: could you deny that Marilyn Waring, that this was a political act?

    MW: no, frankly, this morning I agree with Winston Peters, it doesn’t matter if she’s a communist. Illegal activity, unwarranted harrassment, the sense of unquestionable entitlement that some men have, this abuse of power, it does not matter what the political beliefs are of the person that this is being done to.

    KH: if you’re right, what’s the next step under the Human Rights Act?

    MW: well I’ve got an investigation going right now. I believe the Act is framed, because of intimidation and because of bullying, that other people can make the complaint. And then he would obviously have to stand down. I would think this is the way that we go in our NZ cabinet, impending investigation, and he’d probably have to stand down for quite a long time because the agency’s been so under resourced under his leadership, that might take a while.

    KH: you sound like you’re enjoying this a little too much.

    MW: no, I’m enjoying it, I’m very angry. The last time that we were paraded on the world stage like this was when Muldoon abused Abraham Ordia, and Sonny Ramphal. It was excruciating, it was embarrassing, but it wasn’t illegal. This is illegal.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201751578/political-scientist-and-former-mp-comment-on-ponytailgate

    • Murray Rawshark 13.1

      Marilyn Waring is the only Tory I have any respect for. Maybe she’s not really a Tory any more.

      • weka 13.1.1

        Not entirely sure what Tory means in this instance (it seems a British political word to me that doesn’t translate easily here). From what I can tell, Waring chose National over Labour when entering politics because Labour’s policy on homosexuality was appalling at the time (1970s) and National’s wasn’t. She doesn’t strike me as being politically right in general even early on, but left/right has changed hugely from that time.

        • Sans Cle 13.1.1.1

          Great Marilyn Waring interview from March, where she explains her journey into politics. It’s worth a listen.
          She, in my opinion, is one of NZ’s greats.
          She has changed how the world views women, their contribution to society, and their economic contribution in the household – which has burgeoning economic activity that was largely ignored until she pointed it out.

          http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/20169982/marilyn-waring-40-years-of-feminism

          Possibly ‘The’, if not, ‘one of The’ most well known contemporary NZ contributors to economic theory internationally…..in fact can’t think of others…..(but excuse my ignorance).

        • Ergo Robertina 13.1.1.2

          It was also that National MPs had the right to vote against the party, and Labour MPs did not (she said this in the recent Saturday morning interview with Kim).
          EDIT: The link to which has been posted by Sans Cle.

    • veutoviper 13.2

      Thanks, weka. For clarification the other person was Clare Robinson, media something at Massey University – a Nats can do no wrong advocate. Thankfully, she got very few words in – totally outshone by Marilyn Waring.

      • Paul 13.2.1

        Used to be on a Sunday TV panel spouting Tory propaganda.

      • rhinocrates 13.2.2

        Had the misfortune to work at Massey some time back and knew Robinson. An underwhelming intellect, very self-centred and no social intelligence at all. Just the type for the Nats.

        Plus, that charade’s a ticked box on the PBRF review for her – that’s “Performance Based Research Funding” Being interviewed on RNZ gets entered as a “research output” and goes into the calculations for department funding and your academic status.

        • Murray Rawshark 13.2.2.1

          I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone like Paul Henry get an honorary doctorate from Massey.

      • weka 13.2.3

        KH introduced her as a ‘political marketing specialist’ from Massey. Which is certainly what she came across as in the interview 😉

  13. weka 14

    Green Party male co-leader candidate speeches from the Auckland hui are up on youtube

    https://www.youtube.com/user/nzgreenparty/videos

    • Sans Cle 15.1

      Unfortunate. In fact disastrous. Thought that was going to be the death knell of the TPPA.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.2

      Of course they did. That was inevitable as the US corporations, who own the US Administration outright, wanted it.

      Democracy and listening to the people doesn’t happen.

    • Kiwiri 15.3

      HA! Mega corporate money can be so persuasive.

  14. Weepus beard 16

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see other women (with ponytails) come forward.

    Shocked, but not surprised.

  15. swordfish 17

    The Member for Ohariu makes a crucial contribution to the debate surrounding this scandal: “Someone grabbed my hair last year because they thought it was a wig, I think that showed them up as a yobbish sort of person.”

    MSN…http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/what-theyre-saying-about-john-key/ar-AAbwiTf?ocid=HPCDHP

    Fucking Unbelievable !

  16. Incognito 18

    Hugh Grant played the British PM in Love Actually:

    [at a Cabinet meeting]

    Prime Minister: Who do you have to screw around here to get a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit?

    [Natalie walks in with a tea trolley and smiles demurely at the Prime Minister]

    Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0314331/quotes

    Yep, reality is stranger than fiction.

  17. Hateatea 19

    At the end of the second turbulent day of Ponytail gate, I still don’t know whether:

    a) Amanda Baldwin has legal help
    b) Somewhere safe to be
    c) Any sort of crowd funding for the inevitable legal costs

    Anyone more knowledgeable about all or any of this?

    What I do know:
    John Key is looking ever more sleazy. Can’t he please just start his gardening leave in Hawai’i immediately after the ANZAC events?

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

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