Open Mike 24/01/2018

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  1. eco maori 1

    The sandfly were that pissed off yesterday they had there muppets making plays right in the cul de sac were I live . They regularly get some of my intimidated clients to join in on their plays some star in them.
    They have a vast network of contracted liars/informers/ NARKS that they use against us the people.

    And this is what is wrong with the justice systems PEOPLE who have morals and wont NARK they get locked up and the NARKS they get to carry on shitting on OUR society
    Lying stealing intimidation selling drugs all with the protection from the sandflies.
    All they have to do to get there get out of jail free card is NARK on anyone be it WHANO or neighbour .These NARKS are spreading there Ideals bad behaviour and Infecting our YOUTH with this immoral behaviour and this is the main reason crime has keeped rising .The sandflies are locking up the wrong PEOPLE and letting there NARKS spread Anarchy .This will piss them right off they can go and get stuffed There is more that I will reveal about OUR justice systems at least the sandflies are to busy chasing me around to stuff with our innocent youths lives PS crime is dropping now the people know the justice system is corrupt Ana to kai

  2. eco maori 2

    I can see you reading my post this is all true.
    Good on you Mike king you tell it like it is KA pai

    • cleangreen 2.1

      Yes Eco Maori,

      Mike is a king, – and should be in a left wing political party as he has mana and respect for his work over the years.

      Mike King is simply a wonderful person and should be honoured for this.

  3. eco maori 3

    I love the morning Rumble show from the Rock radio station Ka pai real kiwis people. It was your show that gave me the song UNFUCK THE WORLD. Ka kite ano

    • Stunned Mullet 3.1

      You should post some of your vids from your website on the standard Eco, I’m sure many people would be interested in the recipes and ideas and me old chum Robert is always interested in peoples gardens.

    • eco maori 3.2

      You may ask your self why would the police put so much effort into trapping ECO Maori he must be a bad Bastard. First this is a personal vandeta from a cop from Gisborne and that red head dick from Tokoroa. Now they won’t leave me and my lawn clients be is because I only have to get ONE client to give evedince for me against the police and walar the police get burned and I will get 2 million and this fact makes most people in the justice system lose sleep can not having a heaven Maori make money out of our mistakes. Ana to kai PS stunned mullet don’t waste my time Boy. Kia kaha

      • eco maori 3.2.1

        Nothing wrong with being a silver back it commands respect Ka pai guys Thane and Duncan from the Rock radio station
        Ka pai play a song I would like Ka kite ano

        • eco maori 3.2.1.1

          I went to pick up my son in law from the farm and pick up my granddaughter from another farm my daughter stuffed up the pick up places went to 4 different locations I was worried about my moko we found them in the end flat phone and bad reciption what a run around Ka kite ano

      • Stunned Mullet 3.2.2

        Not trying to waste your time Eco, just think some more positive posts covering your recipes and architectural musings would be welcomed here.

        https://www.ecomaori.com

      • eco maori 3.2.3

        These people I’m talking about are not all gangster most are common folk and the sandflys use there narks to set up bait our Maori youth they have been trying to set me up and bait me look at that program bait car they just catch desperate people WTF Ana to kai

      • eco maori 3.2.4

        And thanks to this website I can defend myself and my children and wife from the attacks the sandflys use against US they are scared and desperate muppets who will use anything they can dream up they must have thought they were close to breaking me when I mentioned Australia they poured on the pressure. But Know its like water off a ducks back I seen 10 marked cars in 5 hours Ana to kai

        • eco maori 3.2.4.1

          Do you think that I would do anything stupid IE a dum thing and put myself in check m8 KNOW so if they con someone to make a false statement well you will know the police have cheated on that move Ana to kai

  4. Ed 4

    The crash is coming.
    Yesterday I posted how senior IMF personnel thought this.
    Now another senior banker says so.
    Be prepared. This will be messy.

    Here is the story from Stuff.

    “’It is frankly scary’: World financial system as stretched as before 2008 crash

    The world financial system is as dangerously stretched today as it was at the peak of the last bubble but this time the authorities are caught in a “policy trap” with few defences left, a veteran central banker has warned.
    Nine years of emergency money has had a string of perverse effects and lured emerging markets into debt dependency, without addressing the structural causes of the global disorder.
    “All the market indicators right now look very similar to what we saw before the Lehman crisis, but the lesson has somehow been forgotten,” said Professor William White, the Swiss-based head of the OECD’s review board and ex-chief economist for the Bank for International Settlements.”

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/world/100831022/it-is-frankly-scary-world-financial-system-as-stretched-as-before-2008-crash

    • One Two 4.1

      ‘The next crash’ is always pending, Ed

      You didn’t call it, nor did anyone in the links you post…

      The IMF is a key component in creating the problems faced….paying heed to IMF is pointless….

      • David Mac 4.1.1

        Yep, the person that starts every day with ‘The crash is coming’ will one day be right. Their ‘Told you so’ moment.

        Are we better off to plant seeds in the hope that we’ll get one more season in before the crash or just leave the sacks of seed on the shelf because it’s just round the corner. I’m off sowing, later.

    • “All the market indicators right now look very similar to what we saw before the Lehman crisis, but the lesson has somehow been forgotten,”

      It wasn’t forgotten – it was ignored so as to keep the rich rich rather than letting them crash and burn as required.

  5. Morrissey 5

    Jesse Mulligan approvingly quoted one of Harvey
    Weinstein’s obnoxious woman-hating pals yesterday.

    RNZ National, Tuesday 23 Jan. 2018, 3:20 p.m.

    We’ve encountered Jesse Mulligan’s lack of smarts before….

    Open Mike 11/11/2016

    He has not gotten any better, unfortunately. While interviewing Luvvie Ajayi (blogger and “professional trouble maker”) yesterday he approvingly quoted this stupid and typically unfunny comment about rape uttered by “the American comedian Bill Mayer”….

    Bill Mayer? “American comedian Bill Mayer”? Of course, he was talking about the disgusting faux-liberal “comedian” Bill Maher. His guest pronounced the name properly as she subtly criticized Mulligan for quoting someone so lacking in credibility: “Bill Maher says a lot of problematic things…”

    Earlier in the afternoon, Mulligan informed his audience: “I don’t know anything about twentieth century British history” but in order to learn something about it, “I’ve watched all of season 2 of The Royals over the summer.”

    Here, by the way, is Bill Maher getting his ignorant and complacent assss handed to him on his own show…..

    • mikes 5.1

      You seem to have something against Mulligan, In your post that you linked to you put him down for not having heard of close to home… He was 5 years old when that show finished so probably never watched it and unless his parents were huge fans why on earth would he ever read or hear about it as he grew up? It was a crappy Kiwi soap opera for goodness sake. I’m 48 and can remember the name but hadn’t read or heard squat about it since, until reading your comment.

      Then you have a go at him about John Souza?? I’ve never heard of the guy either and neither has anyone I’ve asked this afternoon and why would I ? To compare him to Mozart or Beethoven who are hugely famous is laughable. Knowing about an American march composer from the 19th century doesn’t mean you are well read, it just means you have read a bit about the exciting world of 19th century marching music, which probably doesn’t interest most people. Same goes for Close to Home but in the world of soap operas. You should get off your high horse as your criteria for smarts might be different to most other peoples…

      Which stupid and unfunny comment of Mayer’s in the first clip did Mulligan quote? Because I can’t find any comments from Mayer in that clip where he is trying to be funny about rape??

      Then you seem to be having a go at Mulligan about a joke he made earlier in the afternoon. Maybe he knows a whole heap about 20th century British history, how would you know either way, it was a joke FFS!

      Have you ever stopped to think that maybe your views are the minority views?

      If I didn’t know any better I might guess that you were pretty keen on Mr Mulligan…

      • Morrissey 5.1.1

        You seem to have something against Mulligan,

        Yes, as I have delineated carefully in the past, Jesse Mulligan lacks the basic knowledge to be a credible interviewer. That’s because he does not read enough.

        In your post that you linked to you put him down for not having heard of close to home… He was 5 years old when that show finished so probably never watched it and unless his parents were huge fans why on earth would he ever read or hear about it as he grew up? It was a crappy Kiwi soap opera for goodness sake. I’m 48 and can remember the name but hadn’t read or heard squat about it since, until reading your comment.

        He hadn’t heard of it because he hasn’t done enough serious reading about New Zealand culture in the 1980s.

        Then you have a go at him about John Souza??

        No, I had a go at him because he had not heard of John Philip Sousa.

        I’ve never heard of the guy either and neither has anyone I’ve asked this afternoon and why would I ?

        That indicates that you, and the people you asked this afternoon, have not done a lot of reading about the United States. Sousa is perhaps the most famous composer ever produced there.

        To compare him to Mozart or Beethoven who are hugely famous is laughable.

        John Philip Sousa is hugely famous too. He is the most well known, and probably the most performed, American composer of all time.

        Knowing about an American march composer from the 19th century doesn’t mean you are well read, it just means you have read a bit about the exciting world of 19th century marching music, which probably doesn’t interest most people. Same goes for Close to Home but in the world of soap operas. You should get off your high horse as your criteria for smarts might be different to most other peoples…

        I don’t expect Mulligan or anyone else to have an expert knowledge of Sousa, or of crappy 1970s soap operas. But he had not even heard of him—“some guy called John Philip Sousa”—which shows an abysmal lack of basic knowledge.

        Which stupid and unfunny comment of Mayer’s [sic] in the first clip did Mulligan quote? Because I can’t find any comments from Mayer [sic] in that clip where he is trying to be funny about rape??

        You can’t? Maher, a friend of Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein, is pouring scorn on the Me Too movement, comparing it to McCarthyism. Mulligan foolishly quoted something from that rant, “given to me by my producer”, which horrified his guest Luvvie Ajayi, who pointed out how dodgy Maher is.

        Then you seem to be having a go at Mulligan about a joke he made earlier in the afternoon. Maybe he knows a whole heap about 20th century British history, how would you know either way, it was a joke FFS!

        I take him at his word: he knows nothing about British history either. And watching a costume drama is not going to make him any more knowledgeable, unfortunately.

        Have you ever stopped to think that maybe your views are the minority views?

        Listening to radio should make you smarter. Listening to Jesse Mulligan, who knows bugger all about anything, that’s not going to happen.

        If I didn’t know any better I might guess that you were pretty keen on Mr Mulligan…

        I’ve praised him before for his quick wit, and his facility for punning. But he’s just not erudite enough to do the job that he’s doing now.

        • Sumsuch 5.1.1.1

          Jesse Mulligan, I’m sorry to say , is the next generation, as RNZ decided. it’s vastly irritating for us who know the difference between our body-parts ,But no more than the portentous comments of the recent previous. Many a sigh.

          So very tiring for our (hard) educated crowd: we wish to discuss in our language.

          • Morrissey 5.1.1.1.1

            As bad as Mora was, Mulligan is worse. It’s inconceivable that Mora would be so ignorant as to utter something as ignorant as “some guy called John Philip Sousa.”

            Mora would, though, given his history of citing people like David Brooks and Thomas Friedman, have been stupid enough and callous enough to cite Bill Maher’s idiocy.

            What’s happened to intelligent, well read, well informed broadcasters? People like Sharon Crosby, Ian Fraser, and Chris Laidlaw?

  6. Rosemary McDonald 6

    Puke- making moment of the morning was hearing loan shark Julie Trott trying to convince Natrad listeners that they were providing a ‘service’…rather than acting like scavengers tearing meat from the not yet dead…

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/348763/loan-sharks-target-back-to-school-families-it-s-appalling

    http://www.fasttrackfinance.co.nz/fees.html

    “Fees:
    If you can’t find the info you need, just call us on 0800 232 788.
    The friendly team at Fast Track are ready to help!

    Secured Loans
    Annual rate of interest 34.75%-39.75% p.a.
    Default interest rate 47.50% p.a.
    Establishment Fee $395.00 (New loan)
    Establishment Fee $300 (Existing loan)
    Default Fee of $5.00 per week for missed payments, charged weekly until arrears paid in full
    Default Reminder Letters $6.00 per letter
    Repossession Warning Notices $6.00,
    Dishonour Fee $10.00
    Phone call $6.00, Making a payment by cash $5.00 per payment, Arrangement to pay arrears $20.00,
    Repossession Notices $65.00, payable immediately with arrears,
    Actual Costs against Repossession, payable immediately with arrears
    Full prepayment (Settling the loan early) $75.00
    Unsecured Loans
    Annual rate of interest 34.75%-39.75%p.a.
    Default interest rate 47.50% p.a.
    Establishment Fee $275.00 (New loan)
    Establishment Fee $200 (Existing loan)
    Default Fee of $5.00 per week for missed payments, charged weekly until arrears paid in full
    Default Reminder Letters $6.00 per letter
    Dishonour Fee $10.00
    Phone call $6.00, Making a payment by cash $5.00 per payment, Arrangement to pay arrears $20.00,
    Repossession Notices $65.00, payable immediately with arrears,
    Actual Costs against Repossession, payable immediately with arrears
    Full prepayment (Settling the loan early) $75.00”

    • savenz 6.1

      @Rosemary – shocking! Should not be allowed to rip off, legally!

    • Ed 6.2

      Such organisations should be forced out of business

    • millsy 6.3

      Personally I blame the schools who are shoving more and more costs onto parents as each year goes by. Forcing parents to buy fancy laptops is an insiduous example.

      • Stunned Mullet 6.3.1

        I don’t blame the schools.

        I do think there is room for more education in schools regarding basic finance/accounting/managing money for students in their later years.

    • millsy 6.4

      The whole neoliberal system is based on the rapid expansion of credit.

    • David Mac 6.5

      They are providing a service. Wheel clampers and paua poachers do too.

      If I was their marketing manager I’d be trying to get little promo card holders mounted on pokie machines and brochures into the waiting areas of WINZ offices.

      Not a single politician, not one of the people that regulate our finance industry, none of those that get fat on these schemes, not a single one of them would take on one of these loans, they’d guffaw at the prospect. Every single one of them would advise against a friend or relative ever touching such a line of credit.

      Something is amiss when owners wouldn’t touch their product with a barge pole, it stinks like tobacco.

      We need to kick these legit Mafia operations to the curb.

    • Stunned Mullet 6.6

      I agree Rosemary, the rates and fees are appalling.

      Many of the rates from ‘reputable’ institutions are almost as bad.

      https://www.interest.co.nz/borrowing/credit-cards

    • Morrissey 6.7

      Are you really surprised that RNZ National gave her this free platform? After all, they still interview Garth McVicar and his gruesome offsiders, usually introducing them as a “victim’s advocate.”

  7. savenz 7

    Rachel Stewart: Snotty-nosed, pimply-faced little males racing at rocket speeds drive me mad

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11980133

    Police seem to ignore this issue, maybe because it’s easier to fine between 8 – 6 pm than bother to get the boy racers who operate in the weekends and during the night, in less sociable police hours.

    Double standards.

    • David Mac 7.1

      It’s been a thing forever. 100 years ago the papers led with ’12 intoxicated youths galloped through Timaru last night.’

      We do seem to be increasing the danger component with our rites of passage for young men. I yahoo’d in a 37 horsepower car.

      • Stunned Mullet 7.1.1

        They should have crushed the horses ..that would’ve showed them !

      • savenz 7.1.2

        Well drunk driving was ‘a thing’ but has now been significantly reduced with fines and campaigns.

        I’d prefer a rite of passage that didn’t involve cars as a means of expression for youth, just like we now don’t welcome drunk drivers driving off from the pubs.

        Also some of these ‘youth’ are middle aged having mid life crisis and getting a road motorbike who apparently are a big group having accidents.

        Then there is the motocross/quad bikes plus sized folks, hooning on beaches with 90+ decibels for anyone else in the vicinity and no license plates or police in sight, often with a few plus sized burger grasping children without a license or any road sense in tow. Why walk along beaches if you can drive?

  8. james 8

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/01/forestry-minister-shane-jones-extremely-disappointed-by-proposed-job-losses.html

    I would have thought the governments “billion trees” would have solved this kind of problem.

    /sarc

    • repateet 8.1

      … but then some might suggest you’re the one who can’t see the wood for the trees …
      /sarc

    • Ad 8.2

      Looking more like NZF fails so badly to deliver that Labour runs out of 2020 support partners.

    • David Mac 8.3

      I was impressed by a speech that Jacinda gave at an East cape saw milling operation whilst on the campaign trail.

      She discussed the 100’s of jobs that had been lost in the industry in recent years. She put that down to knee-jerk reactions to prevailing market conditions and poor long-term planning. I’m inclined to agree with her.

  9. I support Pucky on this. Please let it go, Adam.

  10. weka 10

    Puckish Rogue, sorry, but I’ve put your comment into Moderation until I can look at it properly. I hear what you are saying about the current accusations about racism, and I will look at that as a moderator (I tend to agree you are being unfairly harassed).

    But your comment also challenges an old moderation by directly criticising a moderator and given what happened last week where many people basically attacked an author I am reluctant to let that stuff have another round.

    I’d prefer it if you just addressed the current issue as being a single commenter harassing you.

    • Puckish Rogue 10.1

      Hey thats cool, its just that Adam was using what Bill wrote as a reason to act like he is so I attempted to address the issue of what was written and not the person

      I do understand some issues can be contentious so from this point on I’ll just ignore anything Adam says and I’ll try to keep away from that specific issue in future which is probably for the best as anyway

      Cheers

      • weka 10.1.1

        Would you be ok if I put your first comment in Trash, and instead you point out the problem comments to me as they happen? When there is a clear pattern of behaviour it’s easier to moderate. That way we don’t have to revisit the old stuff and who was right/wrong etc.

        (I’m aware that I also moderated in that set of events, and I think it’s way too complicated to revisit, so referring to it will take more time and effort than is needed in this case)

        “I’ll try to keep away from that specific issue in future which is probably for the best as anyway”

        I think that’s a good idea. Moderators vary in their tolerance for derailment, so I think it’s certainly worth being more careful in how one comments especially where there is history of moderation (and you have a fair amount).

        • Puckish Rogue 10.1.1.1

          Not a problem, whatever you think is best. As I say i’ll just ignore it from here on in so you won’t hear anything from me over this in future

          Cheers

        • adam 10.1.1.2

          Hang on the moderation did ask him to explain, he did not at the time, now he trying to litigate it.

          Sorry but racists rarely change their spots.

          If puckish dishes it out, and he does regularly, then he needs to handle it back.

          Just another crying rwnj when they get called on their shitty behaviour.

          [and I’ve watched you calling him a racist in conversations that have nothing to do with racism, and not backing it up with anything. If a RWer was doing that there would be outcries of ‘troll!’. The moderation will kick in when the behaviour becomes a problem and often has nothing to do with the right/wrong of the comments. I think we’ve reached the point of it being a problem. By all means address racism if you see it in PR’s comments, but I’m asking you to stop with having a go across discussions that are completely unrelated to that. – weka]

  11. The demoralized mind

    As it is absorbed, consumer culture imposes numerous influences that weaken personality structures, undermine coping and lay the groundwork for eventual demoralization. Its driving features—individualism, materialism, hyper-competition, greed, over-complication, overwork, hurriedness and debt—all correlate negatively with psychological health and/or social wellbeing. The level of intimacy, trust and true friendship in people’s lives has plummeted. Sources of wisdom, social and community support, spiritual comfort, intellectual growth and life education have dried up. Passivity and choice have displaced creativity and mastery. Resilience traits such as patience, restraint and fortitude have given way to short attention spans, over-indulgence and a masturbatory approach to life.

    Capitalism: Destroying life, culture and people.

    • ropata 11.1

      Exactly.

      I like when people say "communism doesn't work because people are selfish".So the solution is apparently to use a system that gives almost unlimited power to the most selfish people alive??— Existential Comics (@existentialcoms) January 24, 2018

      Capitalism rewards sociopathic behaviour and punishes useful work. Law of the jungle, Rex Lex. Humans only evolved successfully by working in community. Selfishness is a childish attribute— kapai te rewai (Rob) (@ropata) January 24, 2018

    • ropata 11.2

      Furthermore:

      Slavery management practices were the precursors of modern business techniquesFrom human beings to human resources pic.twitter.com/PYWsDagnvS— Colin McKay (@DerorCurrency) May 2, 2016

      @DerorCurrency @davidgraeber So nothing has changed; supply of the shackles merely being outsourced to the banks.— Jonathan Rabbitt (@JonathanRabbitt) May 3, 2016

  12. Ad 12

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Denise Yates.

    She was a serving Waitakere Local Board member, previous Waitakere City Councillor, staunch Labour activist for decades, and had many hard-won fights behind her.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11980946

  13. Peroxide Blonde 14

    Dodgy Academics:
    Immigration NZ should be warned to restrict entry to bigots like historians and commentators Gordon Craig, Fritz Stern, Norman Stone, Hugh Trevor-Roper, Timothy Garton-Ash and George Urban.

    Here are some of their views on the Germans as fed to Margaret Thatcher prior to German Re-unification.

    “Germans were said to be insensitive to the feelings of others, “most noticeable in their behaviour over the Polish border”, self-obsessed and “inclined to self-pity and a longing to be liked”.

    The extraordinary accumulation of negative stereotypes continued: “Some even less flattering attributes were also mentioned as an abiding part of the German character: in alphabetical order, angst, aggressiveness, assertiveness, bullying, egotism, inferiority complex, sentimentality.” A capacity to “overdo things” and “over-estimate their own strengths and capabilities” was also added to the list.

    Modern Germans “were very different from their predecessors”, it was acknowledged, but the fact that a “cultured and cultivated nation” had previously been “brainwashed into barbarism” meant it could happen again.”

    Their students are the ones advising the current London government on Brexit!

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/dec/30/helmut-kohl-margaret-thatcher-reunification-plans-national-archives-files

  14. I hope this is the correct place, to place this.

    Just another American cock up .

    And an Enviromental disaster in the making for the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Islands.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-27/the-dome-runit-island-nuclear-test-leaking-due-to-climate-change/9161442

    • alwyn 15.1

      IT isn’t really going to have any effect on anywhere except perhaps within a few hundred meters of the site. It is certainly not going to have any effect on the Pacific Ocean as a whole.
      You do realise that there are about 4.5 billion tons of Uranium present in seawater.
      That is there naturally.

      • Certainly a lot more to it than Uranium.

        According to you, I guess plutonium is ok as well plus the 85.000 cubic metres of radio active waste.
        Which, as the article says, has a half life of over 24.000 years..

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  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    4 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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
    5 days ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
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    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
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    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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
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    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

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