Open mike 25/12/2014

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98 comments on “Open mike 25/12/2014”

  1. a (non-denominational) seasons-greetings to all..

    ..and a bah!..humbug..! agreement with those who lean that way..

  2. BLiP 2

    Merry Christmas *everyone*.

  3. i’ve thought of a new game/meme for xmas day..’s called – autobiographies i really don’t want to read..

    .i’ll kick it off..

    1)..’afternoon-delights’- the autobiography of len brown..

    (a saucy bedroom/bed/desk-hopping farce..leavened with local govt. intrigue/drama..)

    2)..’if i can’t be king – i’d rather be a tampon’ – the autobiography of prince charles..

    (the story of a life spent watching the comings and goings – from a waiting-room..)

    • 3)..’i don’t care what the pope says..!’..(the autobiography of austerity finance minister bill english..)

      (english tries to intellectualise his defiance of his popes’ orders to catholic politicians around the world…to care for the poor..)

      4)..’it seemed like a good idea at the time’..the autobigraphy of the internet.mana party..

      ..the important questions are answered..

      ..where did hone harawira disappear to..mid-campaign..?

      ..why the cat on the hover-board..?

      ..whoever thought pam corkery was a good idea..?

      ..what was actually wrong with that ending cannabis prohibition campaign..that was scrapped..?

      ..and what happened to all that money..?..those millions of dollars..

      ..was billboards seriously ‘it’..?

  4. karol 4

    Agree with most of this – but don’t agree with at least 3: Stuff – 5 people who made a difference and 7 who blew it.

    Those who made New Zealand a better place

    #1. Nicky Hager

    #2. Brendon McCullum

    #3. Lucy Knight

    #4. Jamie Pink and the Tribal Huks [Yah!]

    #5. Prince George [booo! – not on my radar]

    Those who had the chance to but didn’t

    # 1. Kim Dotcom

    #2. Jesse Ryder [cricket not on my radar]

    #3. Iain Rennie [Yep]

    #4. Corrections

    #5. Paul Henry and Mike Hosking [Could these guys ever have made a positive difference to NZ?]

    #6. Roger Sutton (see Iain Rennie entry)

    #7. Laila Harre (see Dotcom entry) [hmmm – Harre still can make a difference – others more worthy of this spot: eg Peter Dunne]

    • Colonial Rawshark 4.1

      Well, IMO the NZ Labour Party should be at #1, karol, not Dotcom who was one man with a vision of raising the issue of NZ’s role in an international surveillance and spying network targeted at ordinary businesses and citizens.

      Hager at no.1 for good, an excellent choice.

      Merry Christmas, Standardistas!

      • karol 4.1.1

        Excellent point, CR.

        • batweka

          The other thing that Harre and KDC did was mentor some amazing young and youngish people into the political scence. They probably did more in raising the intelligence and empathy of those up and coming than all the other parties combined.

          So many people still don’t get it’s not about the power it’s about change.

          • Colonial Rawshark

            So many people still don’t get it’s not about the power it’s about change.


            And the youth who became engaged in politics through Internet Mana…I think we will be seeing more from them in years to come 🙂

      • Chooky 4.1.2

        CR…+100…spot on!…and Merry Xmas to Dotcom too!,…and Laila and Hone…and Annette…also David Cunliffe who tried

        (imo # 1 should go to the msm…especially commercial which helped sink Labour’s chances by sinking Dotcom Internet and Mana )

        ….and Merry Xmas most of all ALL to the GREENS!

        • Chooky

          ..and Merry Xmas to John Minto …a very articulate and thoughtful advocate for those most oppressed ( I was really pissed off when The Press stopped his column!…but they would wouldn’t they)

          …also Merry Xmas to all those feisty feral commentators and their cats over on the Daily Blog…ha ha

          …and Kathryn Ryan ( Prime Minister forgot who she was…thought she was Linda Clark when he thanked her for her support..well enough said) and others like Wallace Chapman and Kim Hill on Radionz who really give great listening and education and entertainment…

          also I would add Merry Xmas to Winston Peters… for great Opposition oratory

      • Murray Rawshark 4.1.3

        Apart from the fact that the Labour Party isn’t a people, your choice has some merit.

    • Pete George 4.2

      It’s yet to be seen whether Hager’s book and the associated campaign makes New Zealand better place.

      This will partly be up to media and journalists, who have been willing enablers of dirty politics.

      Including Prince George is nonsensical and an insult to the many New Zealanders who actually contribute to making out country a better place.

      • marty mars 4.2.1

        Just the release of the book has shone a startling light on the practices and that has already made this country a better place. Any campaign to take out the ‘dirty’ has to be applauded imo. Yes there have been many enablers of ‘dirty politics’ – we have to ensure we don’t fall into that hole.

        • tracey

          Speaking truth to power always makes a difference for the better.

          As George Orwell put it

          “…In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. …”

      • “the associated campaign”

        For the crime of introducing inflammatory spin in order to paint yourself a victim, Pete, I sentence you to CHRISTMAS EMOTICON PARTY.

        Everyone join in instead of responding to Pete’s flamebait!

        😳 😳 😳 😳


        • batweka

          😈 ➡ ➡ ➡ ➡ ➡ ➡ ➡ ➡

        • joe90

          ( ━☞´◔‿ゝ◔`)━☞ ……(ভ_ ভ) ރ // ┊ \

        • Pete George

          No intention to paint myself anything nor intention to be inflammatory but whatever. I hope your Christmas was relaxing and mellowed you a bit Stephanie.

          • Stephanie Rodgers

            Ooooh, already getting passive-aggressive! You really don’t like it when your flamebait just gets EMOTICON PARTY

            😥 😥 😥 😥 😥

            • The Al1en

              Seriously? This is now the level we’re at? A bit childish, isn’t it?

              I think pg tips is an arse like most of the rest on here, yet there are ways and means of doing things that don’t drop the standard (no pun intended, but delightfully ironic), to not much more than a gang bang school yard bullying by the thicker children.

              Personally I think a swear and a 🙄 is usually sufficient, or perhaps ignoring him, or best of all debating the finer nuances of his position and points and making him look a chump as a consequence is the way to go.

              This icon bullshit is just bizarre.

              • What’s childish is Pete continually derailing conversations here with his trolling. Responding to him using only emoticons merely highlights how little he has to say.

                But thanks for giving him some support on the “people who disagree with me are bitchy” front, I’m sure he appreciates the encouragement. 🙄

                • The Al1en

                  “What’s childish is Pete continually derailing conversations here with his trolling. Responding to him using only emoticons merely highlights how little he has to say.”

                  Beg to differ. I think head cheer leading for smileys as a way of response to someone you don’t like or care for is far more an accurate indicator of childish. Of course you may feel different about it, but a pictorial version of sticking your fingers in your ear and going la la la isn’t really the epitome of adult now, is it?

                  “But thanks for giving him some support on the “people who disagree with me are bitchy” front, I’m sure he appreciates the encouragement. 🙄 ”

                  No, that’s not what I did at all. I offered up a few alternatives in how to combat pg without resorting to dumbing down this blog because you can’t exert the self control to let it go or best him in debate.

                  And I didn’t say bitchy, that could just be you projecting? I said “not much more than a gang bang school yard bullying by the thicker children.” Which is quite different.

              • karol

                I prefer emoticons to the sometime use of a misogynistic swear word – the c one.

                • The Al1en

                  We all have a wish list, but what would you prefer? Dick?

                  Though of course that opens up a whole new debate about why it’s not sexist if a woman uses dick as an insult on here but a bloke writing cunt, is.

                  Rest assured, from now on, to be sure, so there’s no misunderstanding or grounds for a witch (wizard) hunt, I’m using the second meaning from below.

                  nounvulgar slang
                  noun: cunt; plural noun: cunts
                  a woman’s genitals.
                  an unpleasant or stupid person.

                  • karol

                    I wince every time I read the c word, whatever the intent behind using it as a put down. It seems to me it is used as the ultimate put down, rather than the dick, which seems to have less venom when used.

                    • The Al1en

                      Okay, I don’t see it like that at all, certainly not misogynist and nowhere near the ultimate put down for me, so it must just be an individual perception thing.

                    • karol

                      I don’t think it’s an “individual” perception. I think a lot of women find it offensive, even though some women use it as a put down.

                    • The Al1en

                      Of course it’s individual perception. You object for the reason you stated, me I don’t, because I’m using the second example of the definition posted above.
                      I could also disagree with you about ‘dick’ as it’s a slang name for male genitals and used by some as an ultimate put down, as it’s a perception thing on which I agree we differ.

                      By the way, for the record, I have just searched The Al1en + cunt and there are 6 results. 2 were by other people, 2 were mine, 1 I was quoting and 1querying why no one had complained about finlayson being called the c word.

                      Just searching the word, I gave up looking on page 5.

            • Pete George

              I really don’t mind. It’s your choice how you want to reflect your emotional level.

              Cute try with passive-aggressive. You can convince yourself anyone or anything is aggressive with that one.

      • Murray Rawshark 4.2.3

        We’re already a better place because more of us know just how filthy Tories are. Ignorance is never a positive quality.

      • millsy 4.2.4

        George kept the women magazine business afloat so I guess that counts for something.

      • tricledrown 4.2.5

        Pathetic Goader.Incohrent Crap.

  5. What did “Prince” George do?

  6. Chooky 6

    This is a good read….’The Daily Blog 2014 Media Awards.’

    I especially liked the bit on Patrick Gower:

    “At his best, Gower is a barking dog chasing a car, at his worst he is a homicidal chipmunk armed with a semiautomatic machine gun on a meth bender. When he’s chewing up someone you don’t like, it’s hilariously entertaining, when he’s chewing on someone you like he is an abomination…..”

    Have to agree also that ‘True Detective’…is a fantastic tv series

  7. Draco T Bastard 7

    I do like this:

    The billboard reads: ‘Dear Simon Bridges, Clean energy creates 4 x more jobs than oil. Love from all the Kiwis for economic and environmental prosperity’.

    Pity about the article’s uncritical acceptance of what Bridges said though.

    • tracey 7.1

      It makes me shake my head…

      My brothers gave me two books… Both by ian wishart… Actually they gave them to everyone

      One about the lie of climate change and the other about surveillance… I dont know whether to laugh or cry…

      Not a copy of Dirty Politics in sight cos they said ” everyone does it, nothing new there”

      • batweka 7.1.1

        Bet you can find some good ideas online on upcycling books that you hate (and probably ironically). You could regift them to your family next year 😈

      • Murray Rawshark 7.1.2

        You have my sympathy. By the time I was half way through the Winebox one, I was convinced Wishart was a delusional nutter. Everything I’ve seen since has confirmed that opinion.

      • Rodel 7.1.3

        Tracey- my sympathy also. Your brothers have a strange sense of humour? or were they serious?

        Perhaps next Xmas you could give them one of the most hilarious things I never read – Ian Wishart’s rebuttal of Richard Dawkin’s ‘The God Delusion’…I think Wishart thought he was being serious.

        • Tamara

          Wishart has to write crap because real-life investigations are in the too hard basket. Sometimes it’s best to bury your head in the sand than face ‘reality’. He purposely goes against the grain in order to feel he is in control, or has some sense of power. He is also a misogynist because it gives him a feeling of being in-control; he is finally- ‘correct’ or ‘masculine’. Sad Really, someone so bright is so buckled by such a psychological disability.

          Being afraid is much easier than being fearless. You are hardly mysterious or fascinating, duping people to make ‘yourself’ feel in-control is not extraordinary, you are just like every other loser, what sets you apart (from others), given your status- nothing! You are a commoner.

    • BLiP 7.2

      EPIC Excellence. I wonder if there’s any demographics and digits on the type of audience this will attract. I’m betting thousands and thousands of people who might well be interested in that little fact as more and more of the country side and coastline is fracked.

      This will be fun . . .

      . . . ActionStation members also hope to deliver a giant novelty postcard with a similar message to Simon at Parliament in the New Year.

      $10 dollars says that either –

      1 – Bridges won’t be “available”

      – or –

      2 – Bridges show’s up and behaves like a total cockwomble.

      WIN/WIN – nice work – ActionStation – . Free caek for the rest of the holidays for youse.

    • Rosie 7.3

      Some one put a link up on Open Mike, to the Action Stations Simon Bridges billboard-in- Tauranga campaign a few weeks ago. You could choose from a number of different statements for the billboard (as mentioned in the article).

      This was by far the best statement for impact, I’m glad it won the vote. It would be good to keep the pressure up in his electorate – they are the wombles that voted him back in again and need to be reminded of their vote fail (as opposed to “cock wombles”, what a great term, we’ll reserve that special term of endearment for himself).

  8. freedom 8

    To authors, auteres and acolytes, and to the legion lurking
    To Lynn of course and all whose purse contributes to its working
    To Standardistas everywhere, a hearty goodwill cheer
    And if you’re heading somewhere, take it easy getting there

    Please share the love, the peaceful thoughts and make the yuletide merry
    But If your table’s light in bounty, take it easy on the sherry
    No matter what the day has planned; whanau, friends, or grinches
    To each and every one of you I wish a merry christmas

  9. Skinny 9

    Seasons greeting to you all, eat have a nap & eat some more and snooze and relax the day away. Travel safe in your journey there is no hurry enjoy your holiday time 🙂

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    Considering the overt commercialisation of Xmas and the fact that gifts no longer have any meaning I can’t really say that I’m surprised by this.

    Just moments after being unwrapped, unwanted Christmas gifts are being put up for sale online.

    • batweka 10.1

      Nice advertorial for Sellshed too 😉

    • Skinny 10.2

      My partner can’t wait to join the hundreds of thousands of brainwashed consumer drones heading off to the retailers Boxing Day sales. Of course she will come home with things we don’t really need. The sacrifice one makes ‘looks over brains’ makes me shudder.

      • tracey 10.2.1

        Could you clarify your last sentence?

        • Skinny

          I think it’s pretty obvious what I’m saying, anyway just for you I’ll clarify. Just a gripe at my off sider for being a bit of an airhead.

          My last partner was not as pretty as my current partner, she was however academically very smart and would not buy into rampant consumerism.

          Merry Xmas Tracey 🙂

          • tracey

            I wanted to be sure before commenting Skinny.

            Meery christmas

          • Colonial Rawshark

            I’m looking at doing the Boxing Day sales tomorrow. *Sigh*. Thankfully I am also very unlikely to by anything much at all *gleeful at robbing the capitalist machine of transactions*

            Merry Christmas me hearties!!!

      • Rosie 10.2.2

        Hope she spares a thought for the workers who have to curtail their festive activities to get up at the crack of dawn to get their shop ready for the sales.

        A bro in law of mine who works for a big box retailer has to be in store at 7am tomorrow, to get the store set up for their biggest trading day of the year. He will knock off at 5.30am. It’s not much of a Christmas for him, and his wife and kids, or the thousands that have to work to fulfil our greedy consumerist desires.

        I loved the old days when public holidays were public holidays

        • Skinny

          Yes Rosie it is a sticking point in our household. The 24/7 world we live in is not what makes for a decent work life balance. I love the way a country like Norway hold to true to maintaining a penal rate structure for work outside of normal hours Monday to Friday. Yes I miss the days when retail stores were closed in the weekends and holiday stat days were exactly that ‘closed.’ hope your enjoying a great day with family & friends 🙂

          • Rosie

            Hey there Skinny.

            Thanks, we did have a lovely day avoiding yet another year with my RWNJ family. My friends have normal families to visit, so we didn’t see them either. Great day though. Cruisey and relaxed. Hope yours was good too 🙂

            As one who slips between a shop girl persona and activism, I am sensing a slight change in the wind, in the many conversations I have with fellow workers across service industries. Other Gen Xer’s feel like they can’t be the shoulders for the elite Key is representing any more, and the young un’s have nothing to look forward to. Their expectations are zero, where as once Gen X had expectation in it’s shiniest and most hopeful form.

            I think folks are feeling a tad fucked off. I feel a shifting from complacency into unease. I hope this manifests as worker dissent. I hope this manifests as a take back. We need to wake up and be inspired by the courage of the young Hong Kong students occupation and the all ages Blacks Lives Matter movements.

            Finally. does your g/f realise that you see her as a bit of airhead? Rosie’s Christmas wisdom: If you love some one, you need to respect them first, other wise, what’s the point?

  11. tracey 11

    To those able to rest and spend time with friends, family or alone may the coming year bring you happiness.

  12. ankerawshark 12

    Merry Christmas Standardista’s and wishing your a very safe and restful holiday, if you are able to get one.

    My thanks goes out to Lynn and the other posters on the Standard. Without you there would not be this fantastic website, which enlightens, informs and at times is entertaining.

    And thoughts to all those struggling at this time of year, who are on a benefit or the minimum wages in compromised circumstances. We won’t forget you.

  13. Ad 13

    Does handing out Christmas presents count as Socialism?

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    A good example of a single buyer of power generation working as expected by the Left and showing that the RWNJs were wrong – again.

  15. Murray Rawshark 15

    Have a great day everyone. Eat and drink as much as you like of whatever rocks your boat.

    • Ad 15.1

      Cheers. I am shitfaced, reading FDR’s greatest hits, with Leunig, meringues, and bubbly and time for a liedown.

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    Supertrawlers to be banned permanently from Australian waters

    Supertrawlers will be permanently banned from Australian waters, the federal government announced on Wednesday.

    The move follows the temporary bans on supertrawlers imposed by the Labor government two years ago and re-endorsed by Tony Abbott in March. The first ban expired in November and the second was up for review in April.

    I wonder if any of our political parties would be brave enough to do the same.

  17. Barfly 17

    Merry Christmas all

  18. millsy 18

    Ahhh Christmas…when Waitakere Men fire up the barbie and slag off the poor….

    Though, they forget that it’s Otara Woman that is paying 70% of her income towards their retirement.

    Merry Christmas all… hope you had a good one.

    Even you, PG.

    • Molly 18.1

      Merry Christmas all.

      For various reasons, haven’t been posting much lately, but still grateful for the Standard and the Standardistas.

      Hoping the new year brings positive changes for everyone.

    • fender 18.2

      Yes, Merry Christmas everyone

      Even you, Prat Gorge

  19. tinfoilhat 19

    Here’s hoping that the Xmas break makes the mood around here less depressing and down beat.

  20. miravox 20

    Christmas day has dawned bright and clear in our part of Europe. Best wishes to Standardistas where ever you are. I hope you’ve all managed to get some time to do something you love with people you care about.

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    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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    6 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    7 days ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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