Open mike 23/04/2015

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  1. stever 1

    “He became prime minster simply because he could appear like one. He had the front. He was born to it.”

    No, not ours–theirs…but this article really could in many respects be about ours.

    • Morrissey 1.1

      Did Cameron assault any women in public?

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      Or this bit:

      The temper tantrums are beginning. No one, Labour or Tory, seems to be able to accept that people in Scotland will vote for the party they want to represent them, and they continue to portray democracy in action as an actual threat to democracy.

      Because we’ve had that in NZ as well.

  2. Morrissey 2

    The Entire Western Media is a Troll Army

    The frantic spell of Western media behaviour could be a case-study in how it is centrally manipulated with a political agenda and thought-control. Editors at major Western media corporations are evidently following a political line cast by Washington and its European allies.

    April 20, 2015

    The multi-billion-dollar Western news media networks are replete with an unquestioning, unwavering anti-Russian agenda. This agenda is recklessly inflaming international tensions to the point of inciting further conflict and even an all-out global war.

    The roll of dishonour includes “stellar” corporate names, from CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, Financial Times, Guardian, France 24, Deutsche Welle, and many more. It is a veritable troll army marching in lockstep with their governments’ agenda of disinformation.

    In unison, they are functioning as a global ministry of propaganda.

    Reputable Russian news media have not indulged in the unquestioning Western narrative asserting that Russian aggression is the cause of the entire Ukrainian conflict. In other words, the Russian news industry is providing proper journalistic services.

    Russian media do not talk blindly about Russia’s “annexation of Crimea”. Russian media have refused to toe the Western media line that, against voluminous evidence, denies the Neo-Nazi character of the Western-backed Kiev regime. Therefore, the Western reasoning goes, the Russian media are a Kremlin propaganda tool and Moscow has despatched a “Troll Army” to disseminate disinformation. How richly ironic is that?

    Typically, Western claims of “Kremlin propaganda” are just more assertion layered upon assertion, unsupported by any evidence. The “evidence” is simply that the Russian media do not peddle the mainstream Western viewpoint. So with totalitarian-like mentality, the Western conclusion is that Russian media “must be” propagandist. A US Congressional hearing last week tendentiously described how Russia is “weaponising information” and declared that Russia is “winning the information war”. No evidence is presented, just more provocative assertions piled up on more provocative assertions.

    Paradoxically, the charge of propaganda and media trolls is actually substantiated if applied to the gamut of Western corporate news media.

    We are not talking about clandestine media impostors, bloggers and cyber-trolls on the payroll of the CIA or MI6 who infest the media. We are referring to the entire professional media industry — a multi-billion-dollar global industry.

    Examples abound. Look how the Western media — lock, stock and barrel — went into a collective hysteria over the public absence of Russian President Vladimir Putin last month. It’s astoundingly weird when you look back at that frenzied episode.

    Putin returned to normal work after not being seen in public for over a week, and he has since continued presidential duties, brushing off the brouhaha. Likewise, the Western media seem to have forgotten their fit of madness, even though at the time American and European outlets had gone into a paroxysm over Putin. The madness has subsided, but only a few weeks ago, the Western news media were uniformly transfixed with feverish rumours and speculation on Putin’s absence. Was it a “palace coup?” or “was he dead?” Was he receiving “plastic surgery?” or had his partner “given birth to a baby in Switzerland?”

    This frantic spell of Western media behaviour, based on that incident alone, could be a case-study in how it is centrally manipulated with a political agenda and thought-control. Editors at major Western media corporations are evidently following a political line cast by Washington and…

    Read more….

    • DH 2.1

      I think anyone who denies the Russian trolls has their head in the sand… or is one of them. They’re a right pain in the arse, they’ve nearly ruined Liveleak.

    • Paul 2.2

      ‘Appalled doesn’t cover it. Disgusted won’t do either. Angry doesn’t come close. Maybe I have yet to learn of a word that would express my feelings on the following topic. There’s a disease, an epidemic, that spreads through out the western world. We are all turning into accomplices to murder. And I still believe we are better than that. Just perhaps not all of us.

      The US, and the rest of the west, have made plenty enemies already without needing to create their own out of thin air – as if there were ever a need to create enemies. But that’s still what we’ve been doing in many places in the world, including Ukraine. And there’s an entire multi-billion machine working just to make us think what someone else wants us to think about these ‘enemies’.

      These days, when you call someone ‘pro-Russian’, that’s about on on the same level as ‘murderer’, rapist, things like that. And that must be why the western press once again resorts to ‘pro-Russian’ as a swear word, or even curse, in reporting on the murders of at least 10 people in Ukraine over the past 3 months. As far as we can see, all were considered ‘allies’ of former President Yanukovych (whatever ‘allies’ may mean in this context) and 2 were journalists (of whom at least 1 was also a historian).’

      Read more….

  3. millsy 3

    You know if I went to a cafe/eatery and I started chasing one of the waitresses around, and pulling her ponytail, I would probably be trespassed from that establishment.

    If I did the same in my office, I would probably be sacked.

  4. logie97 4

    So the Cafes’s proprietors and the Herald have started.
    With the establishment in full swing now to protect their man, is anyone taking odds that this waitress will be accused of “honey trap”.

    • Murray Rawshark 4.1

      I think it has already started, and the (Tory) owners of the cafe seem to be going along with it. She never mentioned it to us, they say. She has strong political views, they say. She made herself look younger and used a ponytail as entrapment of FJK, they don’t say yet.

  5. vaughan little 5

    i sent a message to @RachelGlucinaNZ on twitter stating my disapproval of her pretty horrific journalistic behaviour. i recommend others do the same. please keep it abuse-free, since this whole scandal was about abuse to start with.

  6. Hateatea 6

    I see that there are lots of Key supporters waitress bashing on Stuff as well

    • Murray Rawshark 6.1

      I can’t see the comments on Stuff. I don’t mind that at all, but are they only available to Kiwi ip addresses?

      • Hateatea 6.1.1

        I am not sure about that, Murray, but the linked story is the only one that seemed to have provision for comments when I was looking this morning.

  7. Philip Ferguson 7

    16,697 New Zealanders were killed and 41,317 were wounded during World War I. Around another thousand men died within five years of the war’s end, as a result of injuries sustained. The lives of countless other men and women were blighted by the conflict.

    The little Wellington street that I live in once housed numerous shell-shocked returned servicemen; poverty, unemployment, and alcoholism was all the reward of their sacrifice.

    One hundred years on, New Zealand’s rulers glorify war. . .

    full at:

  8. Agora 8

    Hey Morrissey, It is much more efficient to include a relevant quote followed by a link to the source. Something like this ..


    In a move described by Vox Media as one that “Elizabeth Warren Democrats should cheer,” Hillary Clinton hired former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Gary Gensler to be her chief financial officer. Ostensibly, Gensler is a reformed Wall Street tycoon turned liberal progressive. He spent 18 years as co-head of finance at Goldman Sachs before moving to the Clinton White house in the late nineties and is now touted as the most ardent supporter of Wall Street regulations of derivatives. In his debut government position, Gensler worked side by side with fellow Goldman Sachs “Old Boy,” Robert Rubin, in the cabal within the Clinton White House that de-regulated derivatives in the 1990s.

  9. Michael 9

    Bernie Sanders has forced delay of consideration of the TPP fast track by the US Senate, in an attempt to block the bill.

  10. jenny kirk 10

    A call to action from law professor, TPPA expert and ActionStation supporter Jane Kelsey:
    “Foreign corporations already have too much power over our lives! Imagine if they were given special rights to sue our government for hundreds of millions in private offshore courts for acting in the public interest? That’s what is happening now through secretly negotiated international treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the TPPA and the Korea NZ free trade deal.
    You have until Friday to tell the government ‘no’ to foreign investors rights to sue in the Korea treaty, and never again.”

    Friday 5pm is the deadline to get a simple written submission into Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committee.

    The select committee is possibly the last place at which people can take a stand against the Korea-NZ free trade deal. Please get onto it today.

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    Morning funnies: Famous Man Owns the Gadget

  12. Morrissey 12

    How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?
    by JOHN MINTO, The Daily Blog, 27 August 2014

    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. …!prettyPhoto

  13. ianmac 13

    Oops! Sharp strong jolt earthquake at Blenheim 10:42 just now. Hope it is not worse elsewhere?

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    And this is the reason all GMOs need to be banned ASAP:

    Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed that it was used exclusively to write information about proteins. UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages. One describes how proteins are made, and the other instructs the cell on how genes are controlled. One language is written on top of the other, which is why the second language remained hidden for so long.

    We really just don’t know what we’re doing when changing DNA sequences.

  15. esoteric pineapples 15

    Don’t know if this has been noted on The Standard before but the case about the “prominent New Zealander” has now moved to the High Court –

    • veutoviper 15.1

      Thanks for this. I obviously missed your comment while I was writing up my comment at 17 below. The link I gave to the BOP Times is not working now – so really appreciate you finding the newstalkzb article confirming the transfer of the case to the High Court.

    • Murray Rawshark 15.2

      That would have been something like a callover. I originally thought he/she/it would be in the High Court, but there was nothing published on Sunday’s list.

    • Tracey 15.3

      usually the High Court transfer means the consequences of whatever the charge/s are is worse?

  16. esoteric pineapples 16

    This looks like how National will use the law to shut down the only media it doesn’t have control of at the moment – The Internet

    • Murray Rawshark 16.1

      “A person commits an offence if—

      (a) the person posts a digital communication with the intention that it cause harm to a victim; and
      (b) posting the communication would cause harm to an ordinary reasonable person in the position of the victim; and
      (c) posting the communication causes harm to the victim.”

      All three qualifications have to be satisfied for an offence to occur. An ordinary reasonable person would not be in the position FJK is in with his creepy bullying. Although filthy politicians would try using this law against us, I can’t see it being very effective as written. They’ll probably change it.

  17. veutoviper 17

    On Monday in open Mike, some of us discussed whether there would be a hearing that day in a District Court (location suppreseed) about a certain highly suppressed court case. Nothing was reported in any of the main media sites that had reported briefly on the case in the past.

    Yesterday, a comment on another blogsite that I will not name (not WO) claimed that there had been a short article in the BOP Times (hard copy only) to the effect that there had been a hearing on Monday, and the case had been transferred from the District Court to the High Court (location again suppressed).

    Lo and behold – this seems to be situation from the lead-in in the link below. Unfortunately the full article is no longer available in the back issues of the BOP Times.

    javascript: showSelectedArticle( ‘60412015042100000000001001’, 17, ‘923236345’, 2 );

    However, this transfer may allow further hearings to be identified through the HC daily lists published online; whereas DC hearings are not published in this way.

  18. fisiani 18

    So still no traction on Ponytailgate. You guys must be wondering what if anything can dent the astonishing popularity of Honest John. When even the Council of Women write “We appreciate your apology to her and we understand that your actions were well-intentioned and not meant to offend or do the worker any harm” then no matter what else is said it’s just a bit of froth that will blow away and the image of bloke next door popular larrikin will persist. I can understand the pathetic attempts to make this linger but stop the pretend outrage. It demeans you. There are really important issues in the real world. This is not one of them.

  19. rawshark-yeshe 20

    Breaking news … sexual harassment charges against Key

    I love Graham McCready.

    • Colonial Rawshark 20.1

      I think Winston is going to have a field day speaking to his new legislation.

      • rawshark-yeshe 20.1.1

        now you have made me spill my coffee up the back of my nose !! lol

        Winston will surf these waves as the master we know he can be !

        Will there be calls for Key to stand down ? Let’s see what fools his coalition partners are prepared to make of themselves if they try to support him.

    • Chooky 20.2

      +100.. “I love Graham McCready”…I think he belongs to Penny

  20. vto 21


    There is no way John Key can survive

  21. wyndham 22

    Another surprise (not ). Jenny Shipley appointed to chair of Oravida.

    No link yet – – – reported on RNZ.

  22. labour down to 27.5% in latest roy morgan..(a drop of 3.5% since last poll.)

    ..that’s probably down to littles’ coherent/solution-themed responses to the auckland housing he just stood there – and waved his arms about..and moved his jaw up and down..

    ..and little else..

    • Northland effect, Phil. NZF gain at Labour’s expense. The next poll will be really interesting!

      • phillip ure 23.1.1

        peters and greens have both gained – national has dropped to 45%..

        ..good news is lat lab/nzf/grns form a majority for the first time since sept ’14..

        ..i still contend little has done little to impress ..for far too long now..

        ..and his response to the housing crisis was laughably abject..

        ..and clearly subservient to the interests of land/house-banking elites..(like mp’s..)

        • Murray Rawshark

          The list of Labour MPs who own several properties is not a short one.

        • Tracey

          Interesting drop by Nats… quite large by recent polling standards…

        • phillip ure

          also kinda farcical how little tries to blame labour having a capital gains tax policy-

          – for their two recent election defeats..

          ..were that it were that

    • Chooky 23.2


  23. Chooky 24

    Do you think John Key will be mooting a “my little pony tail” for his proposed new New Zealand flag?…instead of the Union Jack ? ..or the Southern Cross?

    ….in which case I hope Penny’s McCready gets him first

  24. Tracey 25

    Anyone else put in mind of Boris Yeltsin’s buffoonery when thinking of our PM?

  25. emergency mike 27

    John Key cutting off Roger Sutton’s ponytail. “This is really quite fun.”

  26. Potato 28

    FFS no wonder we ‘need’ to sell off state housing (and everything else). We, the NZ taxpayer are funding R +D for rich multinationals. Oracle, Bayer and heaven only knows who else?

  27. McFlock 29

    Interesting – don’t know if anyone else has spotted it, but stuff is trying to talk down ponytailgate as just another of Key’s “awkward moments”.

    Minimise. Victim-blame. Token reparation to pretend it’s all sorted. Make it a joke or “banter”. They’ve pulled out all the stops on this one – but I’m sure that’s just because the PM harrassing women is a non-story, of interest to nobody, right fizzyanus and SSlylands?

    • emergency mike 29.1

      To me it started immediately. The first TV1 and TV3 6pm news items yesterday both included women on the street saying they’d be stoked if John Key pulled their hair.

  28. gsays 30

    where is the moral backbone of the national party?

    where is the person/people willing to say enough, this must stop.

    the constant obfuscation, mis-leading answers, lapses of memory and out right lying would not be accepted by a child.

    this is a plea to the decency of some of those in the hierarchy (attorney general?, minister of justice?, minister of police?, social welfare minister?) to think beyond themselves, act appropriately and front the prime minister.

    here we are on the eve of one of the most sacred days on the new zealand calender.
    a day where we can reflect on the character of those who have gone before…

    and the domestic and foreign media all printing stories about the premier who cant keep his hands to himself.

    shame on you, sir.

    • McFlock 30.1

      Well, much as I won’t vote for him, I suspect that Winston was the last remaining moral backbone of the national party when he ditched it in the early 1990s.

      • gsays 30.1.1

        hi mcflock, maybe so…
        although i am no fan of the nats and what they stand for..i am sure that there are a few decent people amongst the tories.

        i just urge some of them to not be afraid and do what they know is right.

  29. rawshark-yeshe 31

    Even Monty Python could not have written this .. Oracle gets NZ govt grant of $17.5 million dollars.Please can we be rid of the despicable Steven Joyce et al ? Feed the children? You must be joking. Let’s feed a greedy USA billionaire.

  30. Reddelusion 33

    Jk at his dopey best is still streets ahead of Gormless little or God help us I’m sorry to be man cunliff, most people see this for what is, stupid yes but a beat up and more so how pathetic the left are with there mock outrage. It’s international news because it’s quirky news story, nothing more, I for one am not embarrassed, what would be embarrassing is having a left wing nut job government

    • Paul 33.1

      What would Key have to do for you to stop defending him?
      I dread to think….

      • te reo putake 33.1.1

        Red’s living up to the delusion part of his name. Still, it’s good someone is defending Key. None of his mates are going out of their way to help. The silence is deafening.

        • swordfish

          Oh for the days when Red was (rather unsuccessfully) playing the role of
          Completely Independent and Neutral Observer.


          “Don’t get worked up over pseudonym, could easily be blue delusion”

          • te reo putake

            If only there was a blog for conservatives who don’t want to be called conservative and where they can claim they’re fair and balanced, while still being able to propagate vicious right wing tosh. Sure, it’s only a dream now, but one day …

  31. Reddelusion 34

    I was balanced when I first came here but the crazys I have been exposed to have turned me , thus just trying to balance up opinion on this site, I see this as my morale duty (smile)

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    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 ...
    4 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...
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    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
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    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
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    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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