Open mike 25/10/2010

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  1. I am going to try and make today a hobbit free day …

  2. Blue Boy 2

    Has ayone seen the ‘Gooffather”, he’s been AWOL since the Labour Party Conference?

    • lprent 2.1

      He isn’t as obsessed about being in the cameras lens as clueless is. After all Goff is a competent politician rather than a mere dabbler in the arcane art. Consequently he doesn’t require that huddle of staff that clueless uses to bolster his confidence, and who seem to spend their time getting photo ops for him rather than keeping an eye on his rogue ministers who keep screwing up. Mind you I suppose it is easier doing that than trying to restrain Brownlee or Tolley.

      Does that answer your question? In the same daft vein as yours which should delight you. Do you have any further idiot troll type questions?

      Talking about Brownlee, this SNAFU occoured on his watch as Minister of Economic Development. Even for someone as incompetent as he is, this is a rather big set of blunders because he wasn’t watching a major project. I’m continually surprised that John Key leaves him in that portfolio. But I guess he is still grateful from when John got put in as leader of National.

      • Blue Boy 2.1.1

        You haven’t answered my question, WTF is Mr Invisible. He is obviously getting Trev to handle the heat on the Hobbitt issue. He needs to stand up and defend Labours position with the inept CTU and why they are trying to fuck up NZ film industry.

        • Anthony C 2.1.1.1

          What heat? This mess has nothing to do with Labour and absolutely nothing to do with Goff as much as you want to link them to it.

          Anyway open mike, it’s been sad and unsurprising to hear Helen Kelly and Robyn Malcolm receiving the same kind of misogynistic attacks that Helen Clark was subjected to in her later years as PM – I suppose disenfranchised and downtrodden middle-class white guys still haven’t gotten over the erosion of their status in society.

          • Blue Boy 2.1.1.1.1

            Stop looking I found him. He had better watch his back, the vulcures are circling.
            http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/8188601/goff-to-meet-gillard/

            • lprent 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Just shows that you don’t read much. If it took you how long to find that? You really are a bit slow. Perhaps you should learn how to use google?

              • Colonial Viper

                National Party research unit is on leave for Labour Weekend so these guys are doing it all for themselves.

                • Fisiani

                  Halfway report card looking good for National. A very definite Achieved.
                  http://www.national.org.nz/web/Economic_Plan_1_Aug_2010.pdf

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Wages pushed down, tick.
                    Workforce mobility reduced, tick.
                    Tax cuts for the wealthy enacted, tick.
                    Union bashing commenced, tick.
                    Bail out of financial speculators completed, tick.
                    Adult education for those out of work cut back, tick.
                    Home help for the frail and the elderly slashed, tick.

                    Oh that’s definitely ‘achieved’ alright. Brings a tear to my eye.

                  • lprent

                    Umm, no mention of

                    1. unemployment rates especially amongst the young and maori
                    2. increased welfare dependency by people receiving benefits
                    3. that the deficit has increased markedly largely because of taxcuts reducing the ability of the government to pay welfare
                    4. that opportunities overall for adult education have reduced markedly (to the detriment of us all over the long term
                    5. that none of the infrastructure apart from that started by the previous government is confirmed yet (eg broadband) because the government appears to be incapable of getting other people to sign up with their programs
                    6. that the overall spending on research, development and science is down because they cut many of the existing programs
                    7. etc etc

                    This list was obviously put together by a PR idiot who hopes people have short memories

                    • KJT

                      The hemorrhage of NZ business and jobs offshore continued unabated despite dropping wages to developing country levels.

          • M 2.1.1.1.2

            ‘.. it’s been sad and unsurprising to hear Helen Kelly and Robyn Malcolm receiving the same kind of misogynistic attacks that Helen Clark was subjected to in her later years as PM – I suppose disenfranchised and downtrodden middle-class white guys still haven’t gotten over the erosion of their status in society.’

            Yeah, it’s the only way some guys are able to crack a fat

            .

          • Vicky32 2.1.1.1.3

            Yes, I have noticed the misogyny, and the thick, manky smell of testosterone…
            Deb

        • lprent 2.1.1.2

          I don’t think that Labour have a position on it. What they are correctly doing is largely staying out of an industrial dispute as has been the convention for many years. I’d have to note with approval that the National party or the NACT government is also not saying anything much about it either at present. The initial comments that did come from that side were quite ill-advised and I’m quite glad they appear to have stopped. Changing conditions of labour law is a fraught situation when it is done on the basis of idiotic reflex.

          The only comment that i have seen by Trevor Mallard has been about the role of the Minister of Economic Development in getting a major investment into NZ

  3. come get some 3

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10682899

    Fucking bludgers, dont they know it’s easy to buy a house

    • Ed 3.1

      Despite some small reductions in house prices, reducing incomes (remember median age has reduced by $5 to $9 in the last year under National) probably mean that for many New Zealanders it has never been harder to buy a house. Banks are not as ready to lend 90% of purchase price, especially to people in teh income bands where unemployment continues to increase.

      Also noted from that article:
      “He is proposing that new tenants be told their tenancies will be reviewed every three, five or 10 years to make sure they are still the right people for that home.

      If not, the house could be transferred to the non-profit sector such as the Salvation Army, or the tenants could buy the house, move to a more suitable home, or be evicted.”

      It seems that National propose to hand over management of State houses to charities . . . – or will they try to sell them?

      • Zorr 3.1.1

        Also, the thing not stated in that article is that HNZ -are- constantly reviewing the status of their tenants and that if they no longer meet the hardship requirements they start charging market rent on the house. Not exactly the free ride that they are being painted as.

        • ZeeBop 3.1.1.1

          Yeah, I thought it was a bit lapse of Housing NZ not to offer smaller accomadation when the
          kids leave home. They might leave people in a larger home just to keep it occupied until
          they free up smaller homes and that’s the crisis because there aren’t enough smaller homes
          in the private big is better developer led market.

          • Vicky32 3.1.1.1.1

            I would happily move to a smaller home as my son has moved out – but not until I have a job! Until then, I am trying to lie low, and not be noticed by HCNZ, they mess up all the time.
            Deb

    • NickS 3.2

      What is it with National choosing Minister who don’t grok logic?

      Probably the standout bit is this:

      Heatley said long waiting lists show the current system is not working.

      Which is a clear supply/demand issue, caused by a combination of factors such as the housing market bubble, which caused rents to increase to levels the poorer segments of the NZ population couldn’t afford, pus the current recession. And underlying it all is National’s selling off of state houses in the 90’s without replacing those assets, further stuffed up by Labour not really building sufficient numbers of state houses.

      Only addressing the suitability of tenants, will likely merely be a cheap band-aide, the sort that falls off rapidly, and combine this with Heatley saying they’ll be fobbing houses off to “charities” and National’s craptastic reasoning when it comes to infrastructure investment, it’s delusional to be optimistic anything good will come of this. Basically, in terms of logic, Heatley’s missing evidence that contradicts his arguments, but as we’ve seen over the holiday highway, ACC, National Standards etc, that’s just business as usual…

      More worrisome for me, while the Salvation Army are fairly egalitarian and don’t really discriminate on basis of religion, race sexuality etc, and only really evangelise via “good works” rather than hard sell missionary stuff, other charities may not be so nice towards tenants…

      And given National’s habitats of fobbing stuff off to “mates”, colour me pessimistic that this any other than a bad idea.

  4. And here at Downtown Auckland there are maybe 25 protestors, a couple of kids dressed as hobbits and the odd sign. And no speakers or sound system. They should have got the unions to organise the ralley …

  5. Gina 5

    OK Guys.
    I saw Q&A online yesterday with Phil Goff. He has really lifteed his game and was very good.
    Paul Holmes looked like a frantic idiot and kept repeating the mantra ” Goff cannot win. If the election is free and fair I think he can but here’s where I start to worry.

    I’m having nightmares about the next election. I think the Nats are going to rig it via roll purges of the poor, poor single women and Maori voters as is similarly practiced in the USA by the republicans. Why do I have these suspicions. Well if you want ot know read on….

    First read the quote I’ve pasted in from the electoral commission website.
    http://www.elections.org.nz/study/news/law-change-planned-allowing-online-re-enrolment-and-update-of-details.html

    “A law change is planned that will allow people to re-enrol or update their enrolment details online, without the need for a signed enrolment form.

    When people enrol or update their details now they can fill in the information online but they must complete the process by signing the completed form.

    The proposed law change in the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Bill No.2 will let people re-enrol and make changes to their details online using the ‘igovt’ government logon service which will require a password to protect security.

    The new online enrolment update facility is expected to be available for the next General Election, once the new bill has been passed.”

    Next read this article

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8109
    D.C. Internet Vote Scheme Hacker: ‘Within 36 Hours University of Michigan Had Total Control of Server, Ability to Change Votes, Reveal Secret Ballots’

    No signature required to update registration details. The mind bogles about the security of this system. This needs to outed for what it is. It must be stopped.

    And why not read this artickle also to see just how dumb it would be to have a very easily altered database for voter registrations.

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8118
    Iranian, Chinese Computers Also Discovered to Have Been Hacking D.C. Internet Voting System

    This sytem would be great for convienince if it were safe but no internet voting or registration scheme can be.These people at the University of Michigan along with many other Top computer scientists know that there are new threats every day and there is no way to guarantee security of the registration process on the Internet. This is why you update update your antivirus software every day. Because the interent is not secure even with passwords and encypton.

    I called your party office the other day and explained my concern to a woman who I cannot name, asking her who I should talk to in parliament about this.
    When I was explaining that this could totally jepordise our democracy and how lucky we were to have democracy I asked her was she concerned about the possibility of New Zealand becoming a dictatorship. She was adamant that “things were going that way” and she didn’t give a brass razoo. I kept on talking a bit but noticed she had gone quiet and thought she must have hung up on me like she had previously. At that point I thought she was off the phone and said something to the effect that she was mental. Unfortunately she was still on the phone and kindly returned the complement.
    I really have had enough after watching the whats been happening in the US and seeing it being repeated here. You see I value deomocracy and I’m sure most of you feel the same, but as National party member Don Mackinnon said a couple of years ago. There are only 13 true democracies in the world. Don also questioned whether democracy was the best system to keep food in the table. Why did he say these things? Helen Clarke assured us all that Don meant nothing by it but I’ve never felt comfortable with hearing that. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like and maybe a nice guy like Don is beyond reproach? Who knows!!

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      We have to keep a very sharp eye on proceedings over the next 6 months, of that there is no doubt.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      This sytem would be great for convienince if it were safe but no internet voting or registration scheme can be.

      Yes they can. All it requires is a security token or something like Kiwibanks’ Keepsafe. It’s almost impossible to break through either of those systems. It would still need to be watched for attacks, they certainly aren’t going away, but that’s no different from now as electoral fraud happens as the recent events in South Auckland proved.

      • Gina 5.2.1

        I have been assured that the government is not involved in elections and that the electoral commision administers them independantly. However they will be using “‘igovt’ government logon service which will require a password to protect security.”

        That sounds like we are going to use an existing government system for our registration process. Not independant at all.

        Who runs and programs this system. Im sorry but any system is vulnerable to government computer insiders who write the software. No system is secure from the programers employed or plants paid to corrupt elections for the highest bidder or perhaps a cause like the pro-life movement.If a government wants to fix it, its much easier to change mass registrations via computer especially with no signature required.

        Its much harder to change 100000 signed registration forms than for an insider who has inserted code into the software that enables that person to overide security systems.

        It may be a failsafe system if you can guarentee no corrput programing. And Draco T, if you looked at the code would you be able to tell if anything was a miss? Dont think so unless you are a programer. Forged signatures and documents however are much harder to achieve on a large scale and and much easier to detect.

        This is not safe and it looks like the only way to get this sorted will be to bring in computer experts here or from overseas with experience in this area. You cannot guarentee the programers integrity. So what looks like a well protected system may be corrupt from the beginning.

        Heres some info about Mike McConnel, an anti choice and Republican internet strategist.

        http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/22/republican_it_specialist_dies_in_plane

        “top Republican internet strategist who was set to testify in a case alleging election tampering in 2004 in Ohio has died in a plane crash. Michael Connell was the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove and created websites for the Bush and McCain electoral campaigns. Michael Connell was deposed one day before the election this year by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count in Ohio and his access to Karl Rove’s email files and how they went missing. ”

        Mike McConnell reportedly told Stephen Spoonamore (banking IT expert ) that the primary reason he helped Bush steal the elections was to save the babies. He was a staunch oponent of abortion. It was also reported that Mike regretted what he had done in his part in rigging the election was talking to anti internet voting activists and was going to public but was killed just before that would have happened.

        Watch Amy Goodman talking to Mark Crispen Miller about Connells election activities and Tragic Death on Democracy Now.

        http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/22/republican_it_specialist_dies_in_plane

        You cannot guarantee the integrity of the programers period.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.1

          All those can be done through the paper system as well and there are ways and means of ensuring the coding is legit and not corrupted. The best way I’ve seen is Open Source and a Checksum.

          Can’t guarantee the integrity of paper counters either.

          • Gina 5.2.1.1.1

            Draco
            “Can’t guarantee the integrity of paper counters either.”
            No you can’t however counters have scrutineers from all parties watching them counting votes. With corrupt code a whole election can be changed by one or two people in minutes. Scrutineers cannot see inside the machines counting votes or registering voters and all sorts of firmware can infect parts of the computer system not even connected with the main system. The CD drive in you computer has its own firmware built into it along with many other parts of the computer.

            Thats the difference. And one or two counters might count 10000 votes between them if they can get past the scrutineers. I person putting corrupt code into a computer can corrupt an entire election or electoral role easily if the system is administered by that code.

            One or two people miscounting votes will likely be picked up by the scrutineers but who can pick up computer fraud over an entire election. Who can watch every software and firmware part of every computer in the election. Not possible sorry.

            Its much easier to hack elections via computers and that is why they were introduced in the US. The costs of their systems are extortionate and most election officials have little to no training in how to use them and ensure a safe election. But don’t listen to me I advise you to talk to Banking IT CEO Stephen Spoonamore who has been involoved in banking security for 30 years and he will tell you that the internet cannot be secured for elections.

  6. Mickeysavage:

    Uhm are you getting the lastest updates from the marches???

    You said 25 protestors and acouple of kids dressed as hobbits?

    Do you work for faux news or something? You should because your good at lying.

  7. Draco T Bastard 7

    I’ve been thinking of the tax rort that international corporations partake in and how it can be eliminated.

    If I’m reading it correctly the corporation sets up a business in a country that has an income but it then offsets that income through billing expenses in another country effectively bypassing tax because the amount that is taxed is calculated as income – expenses. The foreign expenses are, of course, over-charged so as to minimise any taxes.

    Such shifting of expenses can be eliminated by ruling that overseas expenses are not tax deductible. This would ensure that taxes are paid as well as pushing for the local business to be an actual business that benefits the local economy rather than being a shell company with the sole purpose of funnelling money overseas without paying tax.

    • Jagilby 7.1

      “The foreign expenses are, of course, over-charged so as to minimise any taxes”

      As usual you’re wrong, don’t have a clue what you’re on about and just talking through a hole in your head..

      I’ll give you a headstart on the issue though – Look up the term “transfer pricing”. There’s a multitude of rules and regulations on it – indeed there’s a whole industry advising on it.

      Speaking of advice, before you start “thinking” again, you’d be well advised to read up on it before going on another mindless rant on the subject.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1

        And lots of companies still paying no taxes where they should be. This would indicate that the rules that you’re saying are there aren’t working.

        • Jagilby 7.1.1.1

          This is just comical now.

          Com’on let’s be honest here… You don’t have a shred of evidence to support that statement.

          A second ago you hadn’t even heard of transfer pricing (rules that have been in place and modified for 70-80 years) and now you, in your infinite wisdom aftering having a little “think”, are saying that the rules don’t work.

          Show me exactly what you’re basing that on – where transfer pricing regulations are failing and the quantum of tax revenue loss.

            • Jagilby 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Yeah, and your point?

              The IRD is onto it. Established rules and regulations are there to combat the issue.

              That’s exactly the point I was making.

              From the article:
              Overall, there was a high level of compliance with transfer pricing rules. “It is an area that you can never say is under control, but certainly it is one where we believe there has been high levels of compliance and good co-operation.”

              • Draco T Bastard

                http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/4268985/IRD-hints-at-probe-into-Googles-sandwich

                The Dominion Post revealed in June that Google New Zealand expected to pay just $7726 tax in respect of its last financial year, less than the average teacher or building worker.

                Google does not break out its revenues outside the US and Britain, but it is understood it sold about $150 million worth of advertising to New Zealand customers.

                I’m sure that Google are obeying the laws but $8k on tax from $150m in revenue would indicate that the laws aren’t working. The rules are there but you can probably drive a truck through the loopholes.

                • jagilby

                  You, just as much as me, have no idea of what contributes to that tax result and I don’t have the patience or inclination to go through the notes in their annual report to find out.

                  What’s the big fucken deal, where are you getting $150m from??? That’s a blatant lie – Go check the annual statements on the companies office. Google had revenues of $3.4m in the last 2 years – $3.4m! Not to mention that they have terrible margins here.

                  You take a household name and make these grandstanding statements about them but neglect to mention what we’re talking about – $3.4m in revenue is absolute peanuts for Google. I’d suggest it’d even be below the level of materiality for their auditors.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.2

        Jagilby just relax and impart your knowledge without imparting your ego, OK?

        Anyhows, Google uses a lot more than “transfer pricing” to gain an effective 2.4% non US tax rate. It uses “inter-company licensing fees and contracts for services” as well as known tax shelters like Bermuda.

        DTB – another way of stopping this kind of rorting by foreign multinationals is to have more local companies supplying your home markets. And a rock solid and well funded IRD/serious fraud office not afraid to hunt the big boys.

        • Jagilby 7.1.2.1

          I’ll impart my knowledge sans ego when people here stop making completely unsubstantiated, ill-informed statements against the “evil corporations”.

          It might very well be the case that Google uses a lot more than transfer pricing to achieve that effective tax rate – so what? If jurisdictions (democratic jurisdictions in the case of Burmuda, Cayman, Switzerland etc) want to turn itself into a tax haven then who are we to tell them they can’t?

          DTB was making the insinuation that transfer pricing was a major loophole that tax authorities just let slide for multinational corporations. I take offence to the fact that people can make such claims here and everyone jumps on the bandwagon without a skerrick of evidence or knowledge on the issue.

          Believe me the IRD is already well aware of transfer pricing issues and have a well funded team solely dedicated to ensuring that related party transactions take place at arm’s length prices. And yes, that applies to the “Big Boys” just as much as anyone else.

          • Draco T Bastard 7.1.2.1.1

            …want to turn itself into a tax haven then who are we to tell them they can’t?

            As I’ve told you before, such practices result in an imbalance to free-trade. They can do it, but we need to respond by making it expensive for them to do so.

  8. Tigger 8

    Jackson – “As an industry we are perfectly well-equipped through our various guilds to provide excellent terms and conditions for our film workers. If there are problems, it is up to us to use our guilds to resolve them.”

    This is a damn untruth and he knows it. For years the unions in the industry tried to negotiate minimum agreements with the producer’s organisation but due to the powerless position they were in they couldn’t achieve any real or lasting benefits. It was effectively put up with what we’re prepared to give you.

  9. Pascal's bookie 9

    What I learned today (wikileaks edition):

    In June 2004 an order was given such that war crimes reported to the coalition in Iraq would not be investigated where it was Iraqi on Iraqi. “”only an initial report will be made … No further investigation will be required unless directed by HQ”.”

    Also in June 2004 John Negroponte was appointed US ambassador to Iraq. He is obviously one unlucky fellow, having also been US ambassador to Honduras in the eighties where he was found to have turned a blind eye to violations of human rights committed by the US backed government of that nation.

    A coincidence I’m sure.

    • Vicky32 9.1

      Oh yes, I am sure it must be a coincidence, because he’s such a well-meaning fellow! 😀
      Deb

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    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
    4 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 ...
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    7 days 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
    7 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    7 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    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
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    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
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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