Open mike 27/02/2015

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  1. amirite 1

    Did you receive a pay rise? Has your benefit gone up? No? Mike Sabin’s salary has! And the future welfare bill has been cut by $7,5 B.
    Government of the rich, for the rich and to hell with everyone else.

    • don’t forget the back-payments..to last july…

      ..a nice little chq coming sabins’ way…

    • Skinny 1.2

      Yes that is the argument not whether MP’s deserve a pay rise. Everyone should get a pay rise that keeps ahead of the costs of living.

      John Key’s stupid posturing is a detraction from the point that everyone should receive a pay increase. The opposition were a bit slow off the mark to have a crack at CEO’s like bankers ridiculously high pay increases.

    • Murray Rawshark 1.3

      Sabin needs the money for a lawyer to help him with his family matters.

    • You guys do understand MPs don’t control their pay right? They have no say in pay increases.

      That said perhaps Key needs to look at changing the rules around MPs pay as he threatens to do every time there is a pay rise.

  2. john key is the $100 million man..

    ..$70 million for a fucken war…

    ..and $30 million for a stupid fucken flag..

    ..imagine the good we could do here in new zealand with that money..?

    ..imagine how many homeless we could house..?

    ..as just one better use of this money..

  3. RTM 3

    One hundred and thirty years ago, at the beginning of 1885, New Zealanders debated whether or not to join a war against an Islamic army that had conquered a tract of desert and committed atrocities against its prisoners. In 1885, though, New Zealand Premier John Ballance decided not to join the British Empire in its war against jihadis. In fact, Ballance stated that he empathised with the Muslim forces fighting Britain. What lessons can we learn from history? http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2015/02/new-zealand-and-war-against-isis-lesson.html

    • Murray Rawshark 3.1

      Very interesting post, including the idea that refrigeration killed our developing independent spirit. We badly need to get it back.

      • gsays 3.1.1

        hey murray, i reckon we are probably two generations at best, from going without refrigeration again.

        thats why i am working towards that sort of future.
        communal gardening, sharing any surplus, learning ‘old school’ skills, investing in our community.

    • McFlock 3.3

      Interesting parallels.

      Although I’d suggest that refrigeration turned at least a partial cultural dependence into economic dependence, not the other way around. No reason refrigerated ships had to go to England rather than Germany, Russia, Japan, or America.

  4. Philip Ferguson 4

    Fifteen years into the 21st century the best NZ capitalism can offer many workers is a minimum wage of $14.75. At the same time, legally-guaranteed tea breaks have been lost and many conditions have been whittled away.

    In many countries, workers fight.

    But here, they by-and-large passively submit.

    Here’s a take on how and why, using analysis by 1960s new left hero Herbert Marcuse:
    Herbert Marcuse and the passivity of the NZ working class:
    https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/herbert-marcuse-and-the-passive-state-of-the-new-zealand-working-class/

    Phil

  5. Northsider 5

    More Jamie-Lee Ross on TV3 please.

    He must lose the Nats 1,000s of votes every time he appears. He reminds me of Nick Smith: he is so slimey that your confidence in humanity is slightly deminished after listening to him speak.

  6. More on the methane

    Now, however, researchers fear there are more craters than anyone knew — and the repercussions could be huge. Russian scientists have now spotted a total of seven craters, five of which are in the Yamal Peninsula. Two of those holes have since turned into lakes. And one giant crater is rimmed by a ring of at least 20 mini-craters, the Siberian Times reported. Dozens more Siberian craters are likely still out there, said Moscow scientist Vasily Bogoyavlensky of the Oil and Gas Research Institute, calling for an “urgent” investigation.

    He fears that if temperatures continue to rise — and they were five degrees higher than average in 2012 and 2013 — more craters will emerge in an area awash in gas fields vital to the national economy.

    “It is important not to scare people, but to understand that it is a very serious problem and we must research this,” he told the Siberian Times. “We must research this phenomenon urgently, to prevent possible disasters.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/66728187/nervous-scientists-wary-of-giant-craters-in-siberia

    the taste in your mouth is the shit hitting the fan…

  7. Nigel Haworth has been elected President on the NZLP. Trained as an economist and now a professor specialising in HR, he’s been influential on the policy council for the last few years.

    Edit: And elected to the policy council are Michael Wood, Liz Craig, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Virginia Andersen and Kieran McAnulty.

    • miravox 7.1

      Good to see Virginia Anderson there…

    • Anne 7.2

      I would like to say that I hope Nigel Haworth and co. will create a special role for the losing presidential candidate, Robert Gallagher. He has huge organisational experience… something which has been in short supply in recent years.

    • adam 7.3

      So the question becomes – how much lower can labour go. A lecturer in H.R.

      MMMM I wonder all those people I help – whose the one actually doing the dicking them over in the work place.

      9 time out of 10 – The H.R. department.

      Labour – proving to working people they are the enemy – one elected official at a time…

      • gsays 7.3.1

        well said adam, i have said it before and i will say it again, labour was the party for the working person, what are they now?

  8. (how about opening one here..?..)

    “..Avatar Director James Cameron Opening Up America’s First Vegan School..

    ..In addition to blockbusters – the director says he’s focusing on getting kids to eat ‘the right thing’ –

    – to aid the planet..”

    (cont..)

    http://www.alternet.org/media/avatar-director-james-cameron-opening-americas-first-vegan-school

    • les 8.1

      Vegans drink Coke and eat potato chips and plenty of other rubbish.

      • Chooky 8.1.1

        yes my son, after being lean and fit, got quite fat after becoming a Vegan…thank goodness he is no longer one…but the weight gain and bad eating habits are hard to get rid of

        • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1.1.1

          Isn’t anecdata wonderful?

          It’s time for your reality check.

          • Chooky 8.1.1.1.1

            I take it that you are a skinny vegan?…i am an empiricist ( admittedly on a sample of one teenage boy )….and propaganda is a “wonderful” thing…so easy to select the sample of fanatics and skew it away from any counter evidence

            • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1.1.1.1.1

              🙄

              Science is propaganda. You sound like Rupert Murdoch.

              • TheContrarian

                According to CV it is because science is losing in the face of homeopathy

                • The Murphey

                  Everyone is losing because ‘science’ is a corporately controlled industry

                  • Chooky

                    +100 The Murphey

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Science is a method, not an industry, or Ribena wouldn’t have had to change their labelling.

                    Science is a very useful method, which is why entire industries spring up around its findings.

                    It is also a method used by humans, with human failings. All you’re doing is pointing at them as though you think you’re the first person to notice.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      Christianity (and other religions) are also used by humans, ones with “human failings.” Why should science get the extra pass for “just being human” when you refuse to give them out for other human endeavours?

                      Science is a method, not an industry

                      Oh I agree.

                      But that’s not all that “science” is. Today science and technology is predominantly a tool of corporates, commercial interests and greed for power. Science which doesn’t serve those interests or their narratives is being systematically starved/sidelined.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Why does science have more credibility? Simple: falsifiable hypotheses, replicable results.

                      You’re pointing the bone in the wrong direction: where industrial concerns and other conflicts of interest are being allowed to distort scientific findings, the problem is politics.

                    • Macro

                      You’re pointing the bone in the wrong direction: where industrial concerns and other conflicts of interest are being allowed to distort scientific findings, the problem is politics.

                      No the problem is greed Greed of the corporates which use “science” to promote unsustainable and unreliable products.
                      There are many instances of unsafe medicines, and medical products being promoted by greedy pharmaceutical companies. And that is only one area. Monsanto et al in agriculture is another. http://modernfarmer.com/2014/03/monsantos-good-bad-pr-problem/
                      But its not just the fact that it has poor PR, Frankly it deserves it deserves its infamy. It’s whole corporate culture is based on greed.
                      eg

                      Earlier this week, farmers flew in to Washington from across the country to lobby Capitol Hill for GMO labeling legislation. Many growers have turned to more toxic herbicides for use on crops genetically engineered to withstand herbicides such as glyphosate. Overuse of glyphosate has led to the growth of “super weeds” that require farmers to use even more toxic herbicides that have been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease and reproductive problems.

                      http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/3751/chef-colicchio-activists-lawmakers-demand-action-on-gmo-labeling#
                      (glyphosate is banned in Canada and many other countries – but not in NZ).
                      Corporates which abuse research, bring the scientific method into disrepute. And the end result is a population distrustful of science and the Age of Stupid.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      “The problem is greed.”

                      I don’t think we’re eliminating greed any time soon. Political solutions are available, though.

                  • cyclonemike

                    Sometimes I despair. As if it’s not bad enough that the RWNJs hate science……..

        • phillip ure 8.1.1.2

          @ chooky..i dunno how that happened..

          ..he must have been on a vegan junk-food diet..

          ..and i just had a look for it..(and couldn’t find it..will try again later..)

          ..but one of the most powerful items i have seen on this was an experiment conducted in a baptist church in florida..

          ..most of the congregation was african-american/middle-aged/overweight/obese..

          ..they were asked if they wd try an experiment for 30 days..

          ..they were supported with cooking/recipie/dietary-advice…

          ..and their testimonies at the end of this experiment are some powerful medicine..

          ..person after person rose to talk about how they have not only shed weight..but most of the meds they were on..

          ..and were feeling great..

          ..there were tears of gratitude all round…

          (it would be a good/worthwhile exercise to do something similar here..)

          • Chooky 8.1.1.2.1

            “he must have been on a vegan junk-food diet”…well what else are teenage gamers into ?..

      • not the ones i know..les..

  9. ScottGN 9

    Is Tony Abbott going to regret coming to NZ today? Aussie media is reporting that Turnbull is again mustering the numbers and Julie Bishop just so happened to contradict pretty much everything Abbott has said in the Parliament regarding the Gillian Triggs affair.
    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/julie-bishop-admits-role-with-triggs-was-discussed-20150226-13q0nw.html

  10. Chooky 10

    Is Labour going to stand aside to let Winston through to have a decent go at winning Northland?…this is a test for the Labour Party ….does it have the vision and the co-operation required to be part of a Left coalition government … or does Labour regard it as a horse race where its duty is to beat the other Left contenders?

    ‘Will Labour stand aside in Northland to let NZ First beat National? –

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/02/26/will-labour-stand-aside-in-northland-to-let-nz-first-beat-national/

    • vto 10.1

      Absolutely not. That would be madness in the wider sense – imagine the message that the rest of NZ takes from that? Imagine the hay the Nats would make of it? Imagine having Winston Peters again in the hot seat? Imagine trusting the untrustworthy Peters?

      no no no

      it is only 2 1/2 years until labour takes office anyway. Just keep the peg on your nose for a while longer instead

      • phillip ure 10.1.1

        the message they wd take..is that these parties can clearly work together..

        ..what can the nats say against tactical-voting..(c.f..epsom/ohariu?.”..

        …and why the concern about what fucken national ‘would say’..?

        ..(and especially as a reason for labour not to do something..?..(can i suggest they ‘grow a pair’..?..)

        ..what ‘hot seat’..?

        ..what need to ‘trust’..?

        ..do you have any other reasons against..?

        ..labour won’t win in a two-horse race..

        ..this is an opportunity to take a tory safe-seat..

        ..and if you are worried about the message labour send –

        – by dismissing this idea..all they show is that they still have not got their heads around operating in an mmp environment..

        ..and will continue to try to kill their potential coalition-partners..

        ..how seriously fucked-up is that..?

        • les 10.1.1.1

          it appears to me Little is trying to position Labour as THE credible opposition in its own right,never mind the other left parties.Seems like a good strategy to me.

          • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.1.1

            No it’s not as it shows division in the Left parties. What Labour and the rest of the Left parties need to do is to show that each party is a tight nit group and that they can work together. What we’ve seen over the last few years is Labour falling apart at the seems and that they won’t work with any other party. They’re finally getting over the falling apart at the seems bit but they still refuse to work with any other party.

            • les 10.1.1.1.1.1

              so what .Never mind what divides them,when the time is right,is the time to work together.In the meantime Labour gets painted as supporting all sorts of policy middle NZ cannot wear.

            • lprent 10.1.1.1.1.2

              That depends what you mean by “work with”. They do that all of the time in parliament and there is a lot of local cooperation on the ground.

              However what I usually see when people are talking about “working with” is that the Labour party should work against their own interests and in the interests of another party. I don’t see that happening with any other major party in Parliament (the subservient ones do seem to do it a lot), why do you think that Labour should?

              But look at it from the viewpoint of the VOTERS. Te Tai Tokerau being a clear case in point.

              The idea that political parties should try to preempt voters by removing candidates is incredibly stupid. Voters will react against that. I know I would. Remove my choice and I will vote against the parties doing it, either by not voting or voting for the best candidate who wasn’t involved.

              In TTT, that Mana even suggested it was sufficient to cause a massive reaction against Mana by Labour maori activists and voters. It caused a massive increase in turnout and very little of that went to the Internet Mana candidate. That was in my view a direct reaction against such a politically corrupt suggestion.

              Political parties and candidates need to win votes from voters on the basis of their arguments, not by dirty backroom deals between machine politicians. You don’t win it by deliberately removing voters choice of candidates. That is the kind of crap stupidity beloved by political theorists, and despised by voters. All it does is reduce the numbers of people voting.

              The same thing applies to pre-election coalition talks. Sure, parties can indicate their preferences directly or indirectly. But what happens is entirely dependent on what the voters decide to support.

              I’m getting pretty sick and tired of people droning on about this. What I have yet to hear is a reason why voters would support such “working with” behavior.

              To me as a voter it simply looks like a way to elect more corrupt politicians who ignore voters. From the vast numbers of voters I have talked to over the years I’d expect the same reaction. And after all look at the way that the parties who have been elected using minor variants of this technique have survived. They wind up as useless stumps with one MP in an electorate who have more personal support than their party has party support across the whole rest of the country.

              Political parties should stop looking for shortcuts and start working to build parties with widespread support over decades.

              • “..over decades…”

                don’t think we have that luxury..

                ..fings r kinda urgent..eh..?

                ..and yr arguments are based/rely on a lot of false premises..

                ..and seem to blissfully ignore the special circumstances in this case..

              • Draco T Bastard

                The idea that political parties should try to preempt voters by removing candidates is incredibly stupid. Voters will react against that. I know I would. Remove my choice and I will vote against the parties doing it, either by not voting or voting for the best candidate who wasn’t involved.
                Considering that it’s a safe National seat what choice do Left leaning voters have in Northland? Labour, Greens, and Mana are never going to win Northland.

                What we need to do is to give the Right wing voters a choice that will help them have a say about National’s corruption while also having a lot in common with the Left so that Left wing voters can support them as well and that means Winston.

                I still think it would probably be a good idea to remove electorates so as to remove safe seats.

                The same thing applies to pre-election coalition talks. Sure, parties can indicate their preferences directly or indirectly. But what happens is entirely dependent on what the voters decide to support.

                Are you sure about that? From what I’ve seen it’s more about what the executives of the parties decide after the election rather than what the voters are supporting. It’s really very difficult to know what the voters are supporting when they’re not asked.

    • Skinny 10.2

      Peters is not standing my source says he is too tired age is getting to him. Fair enough too Labour won’t stand aside. Prime and her team are stoic if not slightly mad for going thru another election especially when you consider lefties within Labour don’t want her as a list MP, quite a revolt against her I’ve heard. She seems nice enough to me but there is a cloud hanging over her head. I would like to know what the skinny is with that?

      • Your source? Let me guess … it was your keyboard, wasn’t it? The same place you got the bullshit about Labour lefties not liking Willow-Jean Prime?

        Still, at least you’re not a week out of date (we already had this discussion on TS last Thursday) and reduced to making up a “private poll” as the Daily Blog have done in order to justify the post. Meh.

        • Rodel 10.2.1.1

          I have a grudging admiration for Winston- don’t vote for him but he is becoming a bit incoherent in his parliamentary speeches.
          He will be missed by many but its probably time to retire.
          I hope his party stays out of the by-election

        • Skinny 10.2.1.2

          Yes we all know your a Labour Party cheerleader TRP, nothing wrong with that, however and with respect I trust a candidate and other NZF insiders word ahead of yours.

          Look I’m not justifying what other unionists (a Generall Secretary & President of another union) have said to me. There is a question mark over idealodgy. There is nothing wrong with that being questioned, after all it is democratic.

          As I’ve said she seems nice enough and very likable and I think her heart is in the right place, I just don’t know her so its all superficial niceties.

          Unionists like to keep Labour left so naturally we want candidates as left as possible. You really need to keep your shrilly way of thinking to youself, it makes you look churlish coobah.

          • te reo putake 10.2.1.2.1

            Yeah, as I thought, making it up.

            • Skinny 10.2.1.2.1.1

              Well as if your opinion matters to me you just keep cheerleading for Labour and I’ll do fuck all for them till they get rid of Shearer, Goff and the other dead beats that put people off voting for them. My partner has quit the LP and is going to support the Greens. Having to suffer fools like you I won’t be far off.

              • Feel free to do one, then skinny. If you’re in the party and doing nothing as you say, then you’re the real deadbeat.

                • Skinny

                  Actually Labour got a fair amount of money thru me last election along with organising some professional forums to give them a solid platform. At this stage I’m in no hurry to do much till I see some changes. Plenty of options including room for a new party on the left vacated by Mana.

                  • Right … so you were happy under the Cunliffe leadership, but now that the LP is being run by a unionist you won’t do SFA. What a strange kind of comrade you are, skinny!

                    • Skinny

                      I supported a opposition coalition its not all about Labour. Getting rid of deadwood MP’s should have happened when Clark lost, Goff kept them on so did Shearer because their included, too many National lite policies, scrap them and be left.

                    • Jenny Kirk

                      + 100% Te Reo Putake. ” A strange kind of comrade” indeed, and strange in reality as well !

                    • gsays

                      hi trp and jenny, ive gotta say the use of the word comrade by labour party stalwarts, is damn near offensive.

                      with ya goffs, cosgroves, kings etc lingering there is bugger all comrade behaviour going on.

                    • Skinny is a proud unionist. The use of ‘comrade’ was in that context. However, comrade still has meaning in the NZLP and we still sing the Red Flag with pride.

              • Colonial Rawshark

                Labour had plenty of neoliberal candidates stand last election. By neoliberal, I mean candidates who believe that financials, financial markets and market mechanisms set, and should set, the direction of society albeit with some degree of regulation.

                • Skinny

                  Far too many for my likes CV. Candidate selection had poor vetting the rightwing of the party too much influence was the problem.

                • gsays

                  hi cr, i agree, and wish to use this reply to ask trp if it is hard to sing with your tongue in your cheek?

                  • It’s a song I’ve been singing for a long, long time. As some of my other posts show I know and respect the meaning of the words. I know what ‘their hearts’ blood dyed its ev’ry fold’ means in the real world. I know what sacrifices have been made in the shade of the scarlet standard. So, less cheek, gsays and take a moment to honour those that came before us. Don’t flinch, don’t sneer.

                    The people’s flag is deepest red,
                    It shrouded oft our martyr’d dead
                    And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,
                    Their hearts’ blood dyed its ev’ry fold.

                    Then raise the scarlet standard high,
                    Within its shade we’ll live and die,
                    Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
                    We’ll keep the red flag flying here.

                    • gsays

                      yes ok trp, i do not doubt your sincerity and the gravity that comes with that anthem.

                      probably where i am coming from is that perhaps the labour party is no longer the vehicle that will address what is raiseed in that waiata.

                      the reforms of the ’80s, those mps last year with their noses in sky citys trough, labours behaviour towards parties to their left (alliance, helen and the greens, mana).

                      i do not expect for a moment to change your position but i do doubt that the current labour party would be something that mr savage, holland, lee, or fraser would be proud of.

                    • Cheers, gsays. You may well be right about how Holland et al might see the modern LP, but the point is that it is on the way back to being a party they would be proud of. It’s a slow process, but the low point of the eighties is behind us in most ways. But the caucus will not change unless we win more seats. The sad fact of the last election result is that it further entrenched the ‘deadwood’ and we can only be thankful that Andrew Little just got over the line on the list.

                      We need more Willow-Jean Primes and Deborah Russells. But we won’t get them until we seriously improve our party vote.

                      Anyhoo, getting the look, so time to go! Onwards and upwards!

                    • gsays

                      nighty night. another day tomorrow, go the nz cricket team!

        • Skinny 10.2.1.3

          Seems my source was wrong just got a call from one of his MPs to help with Peters campaign, its confirmed he is standing in the By-Election.

          • rawshark-yeshe 10.2.1.3.1

            Well, I, for one, am very happy to hear that.

            Haven’t seen any comment on here during the week about his many and variously-angled attempts to get any answer on who knew what and when re the Sabin issues before the election. Carter prevented any intelligence arising, including his own, but Winston had a go every day the House was in session. Of course, ministers including Key and someone else yesterday claimed it was outside their ministerial responsibilities.

            Yesterday in fact, Carter so threatened Winston with expulsion from the house just prior to the last question, I wondered at Winston’s uncommon acquiescence and why he just sat there. It became crystal clear when the next question allowed to ask yet again about the issues up north and when they knew.

            I trust Winston 100% on this one. He will not allow it to pass by unnoticed in the election .. and all power to him, as far as I’m concerned. He knows where the boundaries are and for sure, he remains agile enough to leap over them all.

            (btw, have voted Green, Mana, Labour and NZ First as my conscience goes with the issues of the day requiring most attention, imho, so no name-calling please !)

            • Pasupial 10.2.1.3.1.1

              New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has confirmed he will compete in the Northland by-election… The electorate had been neglected by Government, he said, and it should be “the Florida of New Zealand”.

              http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11409054

              I wish him all the best in the by-election, he’ll certainly be better than whatever National crony gets the nod. But I’m not sure that comparing the electorate to; the public masturbation capital of the USA, is entirely the way to go about it.

            • phillip ure 10.2.1.3.1.2

              @ rawshark..

              “..Haven’t seen any comment on here during the week about his many and variously-angled attempts to get any answer on who knew what and when re the Sabin issues before the election…”

              http://whoar.co.nz/2015/new-zealand-parliament-list-of-questions-for-oral-answer-thursday-26-february-2015/

            • Clemgeopin 10.2.1.3.1.3

              “(btw, have voted Green, Mana, Labour and NZ First as my conscience goes with the issues of the day requiring most attention, imho, so no name-calling please !)”

              What! That is SHOCKING! How could you!

              lol. Nah just kidding! All good!

              I have mostly voted Labour and Alliance.

              HOWEVER……

              I voted for National twice : Once for Bolger (1990?) and once for the rubbish Key (2008), for mistaken sucked in wrong reasons. My biggest political error ever has been voting for this sweet talking crooked National and the untrustworthy Key. I voted for Mana (party vote) at the recent election as a matter of principal for the ganging-up-shafting Hone and Harre were getting from some parties, bloggers and MSM.

            • Chooky 10.2.1.3.1.4

              +100 rawshark-yeshe

    • Karen 10.3

      Bomber gets it wrong again. According to him NZ First were going to be wiped out last election and Internet Mana would do really well. Oh, and he thinks Stuart Nash is great, even though he is a right winger with links to WO and Lusk.

      Winston Peters standing may take a few soft votes from the Nats and from the right wing of Labour, but he certainly wouldn’t win. Labour is very unlikely to win either unless all the Labour and Green supporters get out to vote and a large number of Nats are disillusioned/disgusted enough to stay at home. Depends how many know why Sabin stood down I guess.

      To suggest Labour should stand aside for Peters is nuts – unless you have a right wing agenda that is.

      • Skinny 10.3.1

        Bomber is a bit if a fuck wit really. I read that horse shit of a post and it sucks. The man is sour over the epic fail of the Inernet/Mana connection.

      • phillip ure 10.3.2

        @ karen..

        as one who cd not really be classified as a ‘rightwinger’..

        ..i support labour learning how to play under mmp…

        ..and as a mana voter i shd really have the shits @ peters for his ganging-up on harawira..

        ..but that tribal-shit that seems to infect most of labour..

        ..doesn’t wash with me..

        ..i see a real chance to deal a body-blow to the tories…

        ..that’s what i see..

        ..not that historical f.p.p. tribal-bullshit..

        .that seems to blind labour/labour-supporters..

        ..and in the process guarantee vote-splitting/defeat…

        • Karen 10.3.2.1

          I agree with you about lots of things PU but not in this case. Peters is just an old fashioned Nat, which is a bit better than the new breed of Nats, but a right-winger nevertheless.

          He’d make life a little bit harder for the government if he won, but I don’t believe he has any chance of winning Northland, and Labour not standing a candidate in this seat would be used as fuel by the Nats for the next 2.5 years to suggest they are a spent force. Labour is more right wing that I would like already – collaborating with NZF just reinforces that tendency.

          • phillip ure 10.3.2.1.1

            it amazes me how terrified labour people seem to be about what the tories ‘might say’…

            ..to the extent it freezes them into inactivity..

            ..and yr argument that peters will make labour ‘more rightwing’ is kinda laughable..

            ..do you not see nz first as part of a new coalition running the country..?

            ..and if not with them..who/how..?

            ..so..?

            ..and a factcheck for you..

            ..have you forgotten how little promised to get rid of ‘radical-policies’..

            ..and to shed their ‘too-left’ policies from ’14..

            ..(keeping in mind that labour ’14 offered nothing to/for the poorest..promised drilling/mining etc..)

            ..peters didn’t make them/little do that..did he..?

            • Karen 10.3.2.1.1.1

              Personally I was hoping for a Labour/Green/Mana coalition, and a year out it looked possible. If it had to be Labour, NZFirst and the Greens then that would be better than what we have now, but there was no guarantee Peters would have agreed to this.
              Little is not nearly as conservative as Peters on economic or social policy, so NZF would inevitably drag Labour rightwards. And I agree with you, Labour policies on helping the poorest and supporting mining/drilling were not good. That is why they need the Greens in coalition. Having NZF in coalition as well as the Greens would just make it harder to get better environmental and poverty policies enacted.

              • “..Personally I was hoping for a Labour/Green/Mana coalition,..”

                ..ditto..

                ..this is second-best..

                ..but better than just giving up and handing the seat to the tories..

                ..surely..?

                ..and while i agree with yr peters more etc than lab/grns..

                ..i dunno if those concerns apply here..

                ..we are talking a bye-election..not post-election negotiations..

                ..with very special circumstances in play..

                ..and of course northland is such a neglected region..(by both the tories and labour..)

                ..that if peters got thru..and achieved some wins for the region..(which he would..)

                ..i cd see this breaking the certainties of being a safe tory seat..

                ..which wd also be a good thing..to try/have a go at..

                ..you’d think/surely..?

                • Karen

                  If I thought Winston Peters could win I’d agree, but I just can’t see it. Whangarei maybe, but not Northland.

                  IMO the 2014 NZF party votes were votes for Winston Peters. He’ll get a bigger proportion in the by-election, but not enough to beat the Nats – too big a gap to cover.

                  I think Peters will mostly get his extra votes from the Nats (he was once the National Party MP for Whangarei) and the reduction in National votes will give Prime an outside chance if she can get the vote out. Still a longshot, but worth pursuing..

                  Peters will make the by-election more interesting though, and I think he’ll find ways to let voters know the real story about Sabin.

                  • ideally i wd like prime not to stand..to have a clear run..

                    ..but even if she does..

                    ..the alternate scenario is that peters splits the tory vote enough to let prime thru the miiddle.

                    ..i actually think it is impossible to call the result..

                    ..there are too many imponderables/sabin-scenarios to yet be played out…

                    • gsays

                      hi phil and karen, cool discussion, found my self nodding internally to what has been discussed.

                      to out myself, i too have voted labour then green then mana/hone.

                      for me i would like to see the nats lose northland, by whatever means necesary(?).

                      i also have some empathy for what lprent said earlier in this post.

                      i am not a winnie fan (winston first), but i reckon the voting public in northland (from my view in the manawatu),is one revelation (sabin) from going ballistic.

      • Skinny 10.3.3

        The farming community that already know the reason of Sabin’s demise are showing their redneck blood by labeling him as the former ‘Maori’ MP. Nice easy way to explain things away. I nearly smacked the farmer that said this to me, instead I said oh right it’s a Maori thing is it, the farmer said don’t you read the paper there isn’t a day goes by that its not in the news. So there ya go easily explained away. Go figure huh.

        • rawshark-yeshe 10.3.3.1

          oh skinny, that’s so horrible to read.

        • Colonial Rawshark 10.3.3.2

          You gotta love the prejudice and the efficient rationalising away of their previous support of the prick

          • Pasupial 10.3.3.2.1

            CR

            Not to mention being a convenient smear of Peters campaign. In a; don’t vote for a M-aori candidate else they’ll surely end up engaging in the same vileness as Sabin, kind of way.

    • Murray Rawshark 10.4

      I don’t think Labour will stand aside. I do think they should. Winston is the only candidate I can see that would possibly take Northland off the Tories. He would also make sure the facts about Sabin became more widely known. One story going aroung Te Tai Tokerau is that Sabin and some mates smacked over some drug dealers. I wonder which Tory started that one?

    • vto 11.1

      Very good.

      The Israeli jews have imprisoned an entire race. Who would have thought.

      Bastards.

      • Colonial Rawshark 11.1.1

        Well, I would say that the Israeli *Government* has ghettoised an entire race.

        The irony is that the Palestinian people are ethnically Semites. Many Jews in Israel nowadays eg. from Europe, Russia, Africa, etc. are not. It is in fact the country of Israel which is acting in an anti-Semitic way.

      • Michael 11.1.2

        Comments like this are why some people conflate criticism of the Israeli government with anti-semitism. By all means criticise the *Israeli government*, but do not characterise or single out or blame *Jews*.

        • vto 11.1.2.1

          Sure, appreciate the sentiment also expressed above by CR but it aint that simple. What you are suggesting is de-personalising the situation but that is not always completely correct.

          Israel is a jewish nation. It holds elections where the jewish population elects the government. The government then embarks on atrocities. Further elections are held where jewish people vote again. Further actions are undertaken.

          I do, generally, blame Israeli jews. They personally choose the government which imprisons an entire nation of people. They need to take responsibility. Like men supposedly being more responsible for male rapists.

          You need to explain how this is wrong Michael.

          • freedom 11.1.2.1.1

            vto, excuse my butting in on your question to Michael re ‘why is it wrong?’

            It is wrong simply because people of many views and beliefs, other than Jews, also live work breed serve fight vote and die in Israel.

            We ourselves have “the one true God” spoken of in our Parliament every session (and I for one would prefer we didn’t) but no-one would say ‘the New Zealand Christians decided to go to war In Iraq.’

            Despite the inextricably insidious nature of religion and politics they are, and should always be referred to as, separate idioms of identity.

            • Michael 11.1.2.1.1.1

              Basically this. Israel is a pluralistic society, and citizens (incl. Arab citizens — presently 10% of the Israeli parliament are Arabs) have equal political rights regardless of ethnicity or religion. This also assumes that every Israeli Jew supports Netanyahu’s policies. That is false – look at the Israeli Labo(u)r Party’s policies, or Meretz’ policies. Very progressive parties and strongly support peace and a 2 state solution. The blame should lay with Israelis who support Netanyahu’s policies, and are not helping the peace process. Tarring all Israeli jews with the idea that they are imprisoning entire race is problematic. I assume that is an allusion to Nazi Germany.

              There are ways to criticise Israel, without bordering on anti-semitism.

              Just a few things to read-

              Israeli Labor Party platform: http://www.labor.org.il/%D7%91%D7%9E%D7%A4%D7%9C%D7%92%D7%AA-%D7%94%D7%A2%D7%91%D7%95%D7%93%D7%94/60-%D7%9E%D7%A0%D7%94%D7%9C%D7%94/17641-israeli-labor-party-platfrom-2013.html

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meretz

              Hopefully Netanyahu will be gone in the upcoming Israeli election and a progressive, pro-peace left leaning government will be in place. The issue is much more complex than “Israeli Jews are imprisoning an entire race.” which is simply wrong and has anti semitic overtones.

              Trust me, I don’t support Netanyahu’s policy at all. But I know that there is a constructive way to criticise Israel that is not bordering on anti semitic.

          • greywarshark 11.1.2.1.2

            vto
            The use of the word Jews is so emotionally laden that after it, the rest of any reasoned discussion can be lost to the highly sensitive who usually call themselves Zionists. Better just strip off the emotionally fraught stuff and stick to the basic facts which are alarming and provoking enough on their own.

          • Colonial Rawshark 11.1.2.1.3

            Israel is a jewish nation. It holds elections where the jewish population elects the government.

            Calling Israel a Jewish nation is like calling the US Government a Christian government. When in fact almost everything Congress and the White House prioritises to spend more money on is the exact inverse of the teachings of Jesus Christ. More money for weapons and war. More money for billionaires, bankers and money lenders. Less money for the poor and the needy. Less money for the welfare of the homeless, the struggling and the least of these.

            And it doesn’t take a biblical scholar to figure out what inverting the teachings of Jesus Christ while at the same time using the symbology of Christianity is actually called.

    • ianmac 11.2

      Chilling in Gaza.

  11. Tautoko Mangō Mata 12

    Knowledge about the potential perils of TPPA is starting to seep through.

    “Wellington City Council has voted to join nine other councils around the country in urging the Government to ensure the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Agreement (TPPA) protects New Zealand’s interests and does not jeopardise the country’s sovereign rights.”
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1502/S00678/wellington-city-council-joins-calls-for-tppa-benefits.htm

    Meanwhile in USA

    “This week 40 groups—many of them focusing on rural and community-based responses to climate change—wrote Congress calling for the rejection of Fast Track trade authority, which would speed through two mega trade deals without fully assessing their impacts on the climate.”
    President Obama wants Fast Track to pass two massive trade deals—the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) with a dozen Pacific Rim countries, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with Europe. Both TPP and TTIP have been negotiated in secret, with only restricted access to the text for Members of Congress (but much greater access for corporate trade advisors).”
    ““There is little question that the economic globalization largely driven by trade deals over the last several decades has contributed to the expansion of fossil fuel and other dirty energy production that cause climate change, expanded deforestation and other methods of natural resource extraction, while undermining local and community-level responses to climate change,” the groups wrote. “We are concerned that Fast Track authority would expedite the quick passage of trade agreements without a full debate or assessment of climate and other potential negative impacts, and threatens to undermine efforts to address climate change at the local and community level.”
    “There is little question that the economic globalization largely driven by trade deals over the last several decades has contributed to the expansion of fossil fuel and other dirty energy production that cause climate change, expanded deforestation and other methods of natural resource extraction, while undermining local and community-level responses to climate change,” the groups wrote. “We are concerned that Fast Track authority would expedite the quick passage of trade agreements without a full debate or assessment of climate and other potential negative impacts, and threatens to undermine efforts to address climate change at the local and community level.”

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/26/obamas-trade-agenda-smacks-down-climate

    Also in the USA,

    Protestors are occupying Sen. Ron Wyden’s office in Washington, DC “to remind him that the people want him to oppose Fast Track and the TPP.”

    “Senator Wyden is the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee which is where fast track legislation would be introduced. The chair, Sen. Orrin Hatch, is pushing Wyden to join him in introducing a fast track bill.

    The pressure is working! Last week, people all across OR told Sen. Wyden through rallies, teach-ins and a bus tour that they oppose fast track and the TPP. A new poll found that 62% of OR voters are opposed to the TPP and 73% oppose fast track. We’ve been in Wyden’s office for three days (since he returned to Washington).

    Today, there was supposed to be a hearing on trade in the Senate Finance Committee but it was cancelled because Wyden is signalling that he is not ready to support fast track. This is great news!

    Now is the time to thank Wyden and tell him that he needs to publicly oppose fast track. If he does that, the people will have his back.”
    This week, we are occupying Sen. Ron Wyden’s office in Washington, DC to remind him that the people want him to oppose Fast Track and the TPP.

    https://www.popularresistance.org/urgent-action-tell-sen-wyden-to-oppose-fast-track/

    We need to stand up, speak up and show up!
    TPPA Protest 7 March…

    • greywarshark 12.1

      “Wellington City Council has voted to join nine other councils around the country in urging the Government to ensure the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Agreement (TPPA) protects New Zealand’s interests and does not jeopardise the country’s sovereign rights.”

      The Councils can shout that into a tin can. The government doesn’t give a stuff for our sovereign rights or, if they don’t give a stuff either for democracy, the country’s sovereign rights. They took them off Christchurch Environment when it was expedient for their mates in South Canterbury, they will sell bits off to foreigners when it seems advantageous to them. The test of TPPA’s worth is what is in it for them in money direct, or through gaining influence, or selling something for more than poor old NZ could afford to pay for it. Grannies had better watch out if they have gold fillings in their teeth.

  12. djp 13

    The RSS feed needs to be fixed. It really sux and will be deterring readers

  13. bright spot on Ceres

    Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) from Ceres, reveal that a bright spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area.

    http://www.astronomy.com/news/2015/02/bright-spot-on-ceres-has-dimmer-companion

    Check out the spot/s, the image is very intriguing.

    Maybe the alien world savers are getting ready to do their stuff here to help sort the mess us standupapes have caused. 🙂

    • freedom 14.1

      special scanning of Ceres reveals an even more amazing discovery 🙂 http://i.imgur.com/SkCoqzf.png

      • Clemgeopin 14.1.1

        Amazing stuff!
        Who is KILROY?

        • freedom 14.1.1.1

          There are many disputed tales of where it all began, but like all good common man legends few clear facts exist to cement the origin. I lean to the World War one links (and slightly earlier stories) where the name itself was appearing first before an image was later added to a pre-existing graffiti. Kilroy is an aggregation of identities, defining none but encompassing many. Which is possibly why it has always appealed to me as a piece of visual humour. One I have reproduced in various forms in many many varied places.

          It is the viewer’s identity as much as Kilroy’s that is represented. The idea of ‘we have already been here’.

          http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kilroy-was-here-180861140/?no-ist
          http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/kilroy-was-here.html
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_was_here

          • freedom 14.1.1.1.1

            And if you have never read them, I definitely recommend the War (& Peace) Memoirs of Spike Milligan, ( who makes a few references to Kilroy) but mainly because they are some of the most absurdly human accounts of the horrors and heydays of battlefields.
            1 Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1971)
            2 “Rommel?” “Gunner Who?” (1974)
            3 Monty: His Part in My Victory (1976) This and the previous two books were released and publicised as the first, second and third part respectively of a trilogy.
            4 Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall (1978) (This was announced as the fourth part of his “increasingly misnamed” trilogy.)
            5 Where Have All the Bullets Gone? (1985)
            6 Goodbye Soldier (1986)
            7 Peace Work (1992)

            also a few on audio book here http://audiobookbay.to/audio-books/spike-milligan-collection-spike-milligan/

          • Clemgeopin 14.1.1.1.2

            My query was a rhetorical one. Lol. Thanks.

            From your third link,

            Other names for the character include Mr Chad, Foo, Smoe, Clem, Flywheel, Private Snoops, Overby, The Jeep and Sapo.

    • Bright spot has dimmer companion! For a moment I thought it was a commentary on the beige one’s regular appearances here at the Standard, but no …

      Just an uneducated guess, but I’m going to go for volcanic eruptions melting sand into glass, which is reflecting light back at an unusual angle. Or our new insect overlords. Hard to tell from this distance!

    • Colonial Rawshark 14.3

      Dunno, contact with an advanced alien civilisation is likely to be catastrophic…

      That bright spot is much brighter even than the surface directly facing the sun…I can’t see even lava being that brilliant.

    • rawshark-yeshe 14.4

      omg marty, I hope it’s not Planet Key after all ! 😀

  14. The Chairman 15

    Should New Zealand also be looking to formalize the none-of-the-above option?

    The UK campaign to include ‘none-of-the-above’ on the ballot paper

    http://notauk.org/

    • vto 15.1

      Or the vto party – vote them out, whereby those elected do not participate and effectively cancel the seat / list of theirs from existence.

      But yep, none-of-the-above is also one way of exercising a democratic right.

      • DoublePlusGood 15.1.1

        I’d be more than happy to take a $150k salary and vote against everything in parliament, filibuster like Winston on speed, and be entirely unconstructive in select committees. In case you’re looking for potential anti-candidates…

        • vto 15.1.1.1

          No probs, will keep you in mind… though salary goes to good cause of course

          • DoublePlusGood 15.1.1.1.1

            I’m not so wealthy as John Key, so could only follow his example and just pretend to donate all of my salary to charity.

          • Colonial Rawshark 15.1.1.1.2

            I suggest your MPs are allowed to keep the equivalent of the “average wage” circa $50K pa while donating the rest to recognisable charities.

            • gsays 15.1.1.1.2.1

              geez cr, for a grand a week i’ll do it.
              a grand a week!

              man, i could buy that triumph tiger 1050 i was caught drooling over in the cafe car park this evening.

      • The Chairman 15.1.2

        Yes, it’s a way to strengthen our democracy, thus has merit.

        If formalized, thus officially counted as a vote of no confidence in all of the above, it will effectively (if it attains the numbers) force a re-election, thus, requiring parties to re-look at and change their policies to regain voter confidence.

        It will help encourage the large number of non-voters to partake and would also result in better party policy being formed.

  15. Michael 16

    Elizabeth Warren being amazing. Talking about the TPPA and Wall Street.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/2/26/8114291/elizabeth-warren-tpp

  16. Tautoko Mangō Mata 17

    This is the crux of Elizabeth Warren’s opposition to the TPPA in her own opinion piece in the Washington Post dated 25 Feb 2015.

    “One strong hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft. The provision, an increasingly common feature of trade agreements, is called “Investor-State Dispute Settlement,” or ISDS. The name may sound mild, but don’t be fooled. Agreeing to ISDS in this enormous new treaty would tilt the playing field in the United States further in favor of big multinational corporations. Worse, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty.

    ISDS would allow foreign companies to challenge U.S. laws — and potentially to pick up huge payouts from taxpayers — without ever stepping foot in a U.S. court. Here’s how it would work. Imagine that the United States bans a toxic chemical that is often added to gasoline because of its health and environmental consequences. If a foreign company that makes the toxic chemical opposes the law, it would normally have to challenge it in a U.S. court. But with ISDS, the company could skip the U.S. courts and go before an international panel of arbitrators. If the company won, the ruling couldn’t be challenged in U.S. courts, and the arbitration panel could require American taxpayers to cough up millions — and even billions — of dollars in damages.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kill-the-dispute-settlement-language-in-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/02/25/ec7705a2-bd1e-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html

  17. esoteric pineapples 18

    This from Checkpoint on National Radio last night

    A former US marine who worked at Iraq’s Taji Base near Bagdad says he doubts local soldiers can ever form an effective united army against Islamic State – http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20168680

    • freedom 19.1

      “Apart from Little and Labour acting after the event rather than proactively. I’d have thought the timing was good for Little and Labour.”

      Again he uses the same line that he failed to explain yesterday. Suggesting Labour should have acted more assertively in some fashion. How Labour are meant to do that before having knowledge of the events in question is an interesting notion.

      • tc 19.1.1

        Ah the unique beige brand of DP that’s is Peteys stock in trade.

        He really should read hagers book, he might learn a new trick or 2 as he’s been well outed with his current ones.

    • framu 19.2

      jesus hes a disgusting dishonest little stalker

    • yr donotlink link is not working..

      .and you are driving traffic to the beige-one..

  18. adam 20

    THERE WAS NO TERRORIST ATTACK AT WESTGATE HENDERSON!

    Just before jumping to the wrong conclusion. It was not a terrorist attack. Truth be told – it was a van/car/truck fire in the car-park at the mall. Which in itself is bad, yes I’ll admit it bad and the smoke coming from it was toxic. But, and here is the but – out fire and police departments dealt with the situation really well. Indeed the fire department was awesome – they just had to deal with westy drivers – who lets face it are not the best. So no need to freak out!

    Does beg the question – if this is a labelled a terrorist attack by the media – does that mean all us westies are now terrorist? There have been car/van/truck fires out here for years. Also for the naughty person who had the fire – I’m sure they feel bad enough. Will they get the Tory Terror law trip as well? Life happens – things go wrong – why the hell have we created a situation where by everything that goes wrong – is the terrorist fault?

  19. Puckish Rogue 21

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2015/02/winston-peters-to-stand-for-northland/

    I’d say hes tilting for a deal with National at the next election but really I don’t think anyone can predict accurately what Winston will do

    • framu 21.1

      ” but really I don’t think anyone can predict accurately what Winston will do”

      one of those truisms like death and taxes – 🙂

  20. Puckish Rogue 22

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/66686021/kim-dotcom-tells-court-he-is-broke-destitute-and-penniless

    The High Court in Auckland has also heard that Mona Dotcom was initially hesitant to donate money to the Internet Mana political party, at her husband’s suggestion, but eventually agreed the family trust would give $400,000

    She believed Dotcom’s claims that his involvement with the Internet Mana party would eventually relieve the family of his threat of extradition, she said.

    “At the end I was fine with it because Kim explained to me how this Internet Party would benefit us and the kids because it would help him with his political issues,” she said.

    So who was it saying the Internet party had nothing to do with Dot Cons extradition?

  21. Chooky 24

    A huge victory for Internet Neutrality and Freedom!…not all news coming out of the USA under Obama is bad!

    ‘FCC adopts net neutrality rules endorsed by open internet advocates’

    “The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve new rules endorsed by advocates of net neutrality and President Barack Obama that will prohibit internet service providers from discriminating against content producers”…

    http://rt.com/usa/235823-fcc-votes-net-neutrality/

  22. Chooky 25

    Israel continues to try and DOMINATE USA foreign policy …but now there is at last some resistance to the tail wagging the dog

    ‘Israeli PM’s unscheduled Congress speech causes diplomatic uproar in Washington’

    “A rift is emerging between the US and Israel, after Barack Obama’s administration hit out at Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu for speaking to Congress without consent.

    The Democrats say they are in the dark about Prime Minister Netanyahu being allowed to speak to Congress about Iran. The party says the Israeli delegation did not consult them and they therefore broke protocol. The Democrats were also fuming with the Republics after the Grand Old Party’s Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, gave the Israeli PM the go-ahead”…..

    http://rt.com/news/225539-netanyahu-congress-usa-rift/

    http://rt.com/news/200427-netanyahu-chickenshit-us-interview/

    ‘Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’ & ‘coward’: US officials go tough on Israeli PM’

    “US-Israeli relations have sunk to new lows after Obama administration officials were cited calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit” and “coward” engaging in political posturing, instead of efforts at Middle-Eastern de-escalation”…

    • Colonial Rawshark 25.1

      The US is a loyal ally of Israel…but ironically it doesn’t appear to go the other way!

      • Chooky 25.1.1

        …and Israel and Saudi Arabia are friends

        ‘Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use of its airspace to strike Iran – report’

        http://rt.com/news/235923-saudis-airspace-israel-iran/

        http://rt.com/usa/233603-us-israel-nuclear-leaks/

        • Colonial Rawshark 25.1.1.1

          The two countries have some congruent regional priorities – primarily the constraining of Persian/Shia power in the area (Iraq/Iran) as well as getting their preferred energy pipelines put in place across the region.

          • Chooky 25.1.1.1.1

            yes very well put….and where does ISIS fit into that mix?…ie “the constraining of Persian/Shia power in the area (Iraq/Iran)”….and Syria?

            • Colonial Rawshark 25.1.1.1.1.1

              ISIS activity drains and distracts the Shia based Iraqi government and also its backers in Tehran from developing cohesive regional geopolitical strategies which might challenge Saudi Arabia or Israel. Basically, a large portion of the Iraqi and Iranian attention and resources is caught up fire fighting ISIS.

              The last thing either Israel or Saudi Arabia want is some kind of oil rich Shia oriented Iran-Iraq superstate developing and affecting their own status in the middle east.

              • Chooky

                …so really ISIS is in their long term strategic interests?

                …if so….irony much!

                ….I would like to see much more on this issue

                • Colonial Rawshark

                  Of course, these little project pets have a habit of causing eventual blow back for their masters (witness Israel’s support of Hamas in the 1980s, or the CIA’s support of the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan).

  23. fisiani 26

    A few days ago there was a blip in the MRP share price amid some rejoicing by posters here.
    https://nzx.com/markets/NZSX/securities/MRP

    Investing in MRP was well worth it for me and for NZ.

    • McFlock 26.1

      Well, that’s a stupid line. If investing in MRP was a good idea, it can’t have been good for NZ to divest istelf of half its shares.

      I mean, we all know you’re a parasitic moral vacuum who confuses your own self interest with a public good (in those few occasions when you give any regard to anyone else), but to come out and claim such was a bit foolish of you.

    • Puckish Rogue 26.2

      Its a great feeling to invest in your country and get a good, safe rate of return as well

    • gsays 26.3

      hi fisiani, i know it is none of my business,however i will ask any way, do you have a property portfolio?

  24. One Anonymous Bloke 27

    I’m not saying Christchurch City Council is doing the right or wrong thing; I’m just saying the planet where Gerry Brownlee has a fucking clue, doesn’t exist.

    Remember when Christchurch defied the right wing scum and kept its assets? Now is the time to defy the right wing scum all over again.

  25. campbell live poll – 10,000 votes..

    ..want flag-change – 16%..

    ..opposed – 84%..

    • Clemgeopin 28.1

      This Key legacy motivated flag referendum is a HUGE waste of money.

      He should have FIRST find out if there WAS a desire for change. He didn’t do that.

      Went rough shod and framed his own questions, for not one, but two referendums, instead!

      Dumb!

      Can the referendums and Keep the present flag.

      Think of changing it ONLY when and if we decide to become a Republic.

      At least, in the proposed first referendum, have an option for people to indicate they do or do not wish to change the present flag at the present time. If the majority state that, then can the second referendum.

      Looks like some complete sycophantic fool has advised this government.

  26. smokes kreen 29

    Great poll on Campbell Live TV3 tonight regarding changing the New Zealand Flag. There were 10,000 participants – 16% = yes 84% = no. A decisive result if ever I saw one!

    If John Key and co value democracy (this week’s episode on troops to Iraq leaves that very much in doubt), then the flag should remain as it is. The reported $27 million price tag required to change the flag could be spent in so many other productive ways such as feeding our children who are in poverty.

    If democracy has any chance of surviving in this country, we must not allow the Government to bulldoze this through.

    • ianmac 29.1

      I texted NO. However further down the tract post-Key it would be OK to consider a change in a less expensive more democratic way. Remember Key railing against referenda in the last few years?

  27. Red delusion 30

    Who let OAB out of his padded cell ?

  28. Draco T Bastard 31

    What happens when you encrypt data end to end?

    After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega’s encryption is being cited as a key problem.

    You get shut down by Visa and Mastercard despite meeting all legal requirements.

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    Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles banned under stronger gun laws Immediate action to prevent stock-piling Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. ...
    1 day ago
  • Membership: Australia and New Zealand Electronic Invoicing Board
    The Governments of Australia and New Zealand have announced the membership of the Australia and New Zealand Electronic Invoicing Board (ANZEIB) today. This is an important step towards implementing e-Invoicing across both countries to help businesses save time and money ...
    2 weeks ago
  • An end to unnecessary secondary tax
    Workers who are paying too much tax because of incorrect secondary tax codes are in line for relief with the passage of legislation through Parliament late last night. The Taxation (Annual Rates for 2018-19, Modernising Tax Administration, and Remedial Matters) ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chatham Islands pāua plan approved
    Efforts to reverse the decline in the Chatham Islands pāua fishery are the focus of a new plan jointly agreed between government, the local community and industry. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the plan was developed by the PauaMAC4 Industry ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Bill introduced for synthetics crackdown
    The Police will get stronger powers of search and seizure to crackdown on synthetic drugs under new legislation, which makes the two main synthetics (5F-ADB and AMB-FUBINACA) Class A drugs. The Government has today introduced the Misuse of Drugs Amendment ...
    3 weeks ago