Open mike 27/10/2015

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  1. Paul 1

    This article is worthy of a post In its own right.
    Rachel Stewart’s article needs to be widely read.

    ‘New Zealand has reached the pinnacle of world number one in domestic violence’

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/opinion/73339236/New-Zealand-has-reached-the-pinnacle-of-world-number-one-in-domestic-violence

  2. Morrissey 2

    Paul “Kill Them All” Henry counsels his slaves: “Trust Bill English.”
    This pathetic little exchange perfectly sums up the New Zealand media

    Paul Henry, TV3, Tuesday 27 October 2015, 7:06 a.m.

    People in Bill English’s department have been up to some kind of shenanigans involving inappropriate conduct with a sheep. Bill English denies it, and that’s good enough for New Zealand’s version of Sean Hannity (sans the sensitivity and compassion)….

    PAUL “KILL THEM ALL” HENRY: [carefully] I would venture to trust Bill English on this more than I would the media.

    HILLARY BARRY: [dubiously] Mmmmm.

    GEOFF McTAINSH: [unhappily] Mmmmm.

    PAUL HENRY: Ha! Because we ARE the media.

    HILLARY BARRY: Snort.

    ….ad nauseam…

    More sheep news….
    http://www.emirates247.com/news/region/sheep-kills-ageing-owner-in-saudi-2015-10-26-1.608139

    • Paul 2.1

      Reckon Hoskings is more like Hannity.
      The NZ media are repeaters not reporters.
      They repeat what they’ve been told to say by the finance and banking industry, as does our banker PM Key.

    • savenz 2.2

      @Morrissey – love it

  3. Manuka AOR 3

    On Thursday Auckland Council vote on oil exploration of Auckland’s west coast. Voting is divided, though Len is indicating he won’t be supporting it: “In particular, I’m concerned for the protection of the remaining Maui’s dolphin population, for Kaipara Harbour, which is nursery to an estimated 95 per cent of West Coast snapper stock, for the shellfish gathering, shorebird habitats and the recreational assets of our beaches.”

    Steve Abel from Greenpeace will be making a formal presentation, and says that more than 8,500 people have emailed in their opposition. http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11534676

    • savenz 3.1

      Yes interesting to see how they all vote on that one. Most of the council seem very keen to destroy our Natural heritage for the promise of magic beans and piles of cash (for others).

      Would be nice for Len and other councillors to stand up for the environment for once.

      • savenz 3.1.1

        And under the Natz bringing in TPP we will not be able to say NO to every foreign oil company anyway without being hit with massive financial risk to ‘compensate them’ for their right to expect profit from NZ oceans.

  4. savenz 4

    God I happened to come across a herald as I waited for a takeaway. Could not believe how shallow, thin and pathetic it was! On the last page it was going on about ”best political interview ever where JK reveals about weeing in the shower etc. Could not believe how biased it was! Really took my breath away – and really trying to make Little look bad too. At one point they compared how everyone said they stole something but Little said no ( in a way to imply you should steal something or maybe little is lying?) So subtle but I am starting to see why mainstream NZ are still voting the Nats. Every sentence was political pro JK and anti Labour. It even went as far as talking about the stats between Labour and Nats shaving ‘their downstairs’ in a way to make out the Nats were better. It was so repulsive.

    Even a weeing, stealing, PM is such a bonus for the country according to the Herald!

    The political interview of a century where 10 trivia questions totally unrelated to policy are discussed as AMAZING political interview! Really?

    We are in BIG trouble as a nation.

    • ianmac 4.1

      What would have happened had the first question to Key been, “Did you back the 81 Tour?” An honest answer forthcoming do you think?

      • savenz 4.1.1

        PM – Well at the end of the day I’m comfortable with not remembering…

        • Tracey 4.1.1.1

          With everything he has forgotten in his life, it’s interesting to note what he remembers… like the deleted texts between he and Ritchie McCaw

  5. Draco T Bastard 6

    What the Steve Jobs Movie Won’t Tell You About Apple’s Success

    It’s not about lack of opportunities. It’s because businesses are choosing to hoard profits or to use them to simply prop up stock options (and hence executive pay). That is bad for innovation and there is nothing inevitable about it. At the same time, governments are being asked to cut back with the austerity craze that continues to plague many nations. So we have a crisis of investment on both the private and public side.

    Innovation policy itself should be seen as part of the deal: the NIH could say: look, we will continue to spend on innovation, but only if you, Big Pharma, also increase your investments along the whole chain. Instead, Big Pharma gets its way and is able to do record-level share buybacks while lobbying for regressive tax policies, falling regulation, and a parasitic patent system which is blocking future innovation.

    It’s an interview with Mariana Mazzucato and goes over how the government is often the basis of any advancement in technology and products on the market contradicting the belief that it all comes from the private sector.

    It’s something that our politicians need to learn both from the standpoint of boosting R&D and then getting the businesses that use that R&D to pay for it in some way.

  6. Draco T Bastard 7

    Governments shouldn’t count on low oil prices: IEA

    If prices continued at current levels, oil investment was likely to decline again in 2016, mainly in high-cost regions, after sliding this year by more than a fifth, said Birol, who took over the top post at the Paris-based IEA in September.

    “If it comes true, this will be the first time in two decades we will see oil investments declining for two consecutive years,” he said. “One should think about medium and long term implications of this lack of investments.”

    U.S. production of light tight oil production had peaked and was expected to decline by 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2016, he added, tightening supplies further.

    So much for having centuries of cheap oil to fuel the economy.

  7. Saarbo 8

    Just listened to Deborah Russell on RNZ Nine to Noon….excellent improvement on Williams…I hope she becomes a regular commentator. Instead of agreeing with Hooten she successfully challenges him, he doesn’t sound happy.

    She would make an excellent Finance Minister one day.

    • tracey 8.1

      Oh, they had to have a different person to his replacement from last week? I presume he is at the rugby world cup?

  8. Draco T Bastard 9

    TPP, TISA and TTIP agreements are massive Corporate power grabs dressed up as trade deals

    Geraint Davies (UK MP) “The harsh reality is that this deal is being stitched up behind closed doors by negotiators, with the influence of big corporations and the dark arts of corporate lawyers. They are stitching up rules that would be outside contract law and common law, and outside the shining light of democracy, to give powers to multinationals to sue Governments over laws that were designed to protect their citizens.”

    Caroline Lucas (UK MP) pointed out in support of this that “the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, who are in trade agreements that include this kind of investor-state relationship, have been sued 127 times and have lost an amount of money that could have employed 300,000 nurses for a year“.

    We have to acknowledge the simple fact that the TPPA is nothing more than a corporate power grab that will be detrimental to NZ and then get the parliamentarians to withdraw from it.

    • tracey 9.1

      Draco, recently when Hooton was doing his rash of spin posts on TPP he implied that we are safe from being sued becase we are not a G8 economy (such as Canada). Essentially that we are too small for anyone to worry about…

      Gould on the TPP

      Now I don’t know how “big-fry” Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland are, but they are NOT G8 countries. We rank ahead of all three on a GDP per capitat basis… so maye we are more likely to be sued, than they are?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita

  9. tracey 10

    Interesting piece from Gordon Campbell today on the pay gap. Has rewritten a couple of famouse male quotes in a humourous ay to make his point

    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2015/10/27/gordon-campbell-on-the-gender-pay-gap/

  10. savenz 12

    The Natz wet dream for education in NZ (don’t worry will share with Maori party, plenty of free state education money to ‘vanish’ too)

    The Center for Media and Democracy has released a disturbing year-long report on the lack of accountability, transparency and oversight in the $3.7 billion given to charter schools instead of public schools since the 1990s.

    The report looked at over two decades of appropriations for 11 states and Washington, D.C. The way the process works is the annual budget allocates funds and states apply for the funds which are distributed to the schools. The schools in some states have the ability to apply directly to the Department of Education. What you see when you look specifically at Michigan, who received more than $3.5 million, is that 20 percent of the schools who applied for funding never actually opened. So where did the money go? Does the state or federal government get that money back? No. It just disappears with no accountability. When someone proves they can’t manage funding they get from the government, generally they lose that funding. At the very least there’s a hearing. In Michigan, you can just start another charter school.

    http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/miscellaneous/shocking-report-us-privatized-charter-school-program-riddled-with-fraud-abuse-and-waste/

  11. tracey 13

    Little payin ghis own expenses on trip to World Cup Rugby Final.

    English claims the government is economising by having meetings att eh same time. But Key has warned kiwis to brace ourselves for high bills due to much higher costs in London because of the World Cup.

    So, in some instances it’s costing us more to have them there at a peak time?

    The Government is mentioning that Chairing a right wing leaders meeting is part of this economising?

    Should “we” be paying for this, something which is much more “party” or ideologically focused than of wide benefit to NZ?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Democrat_Union

    The International Democrat Union (IDU) is a conservative international alliance of political parties. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway,[1] the IDU comprises 71 full and associate members from 63 different countries.[2] It is chaired by John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
    The IDU provides a forum in which political parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organisational interest. From this, they act cooperatively, establish contacts, and present a unified voice toward the promotion of centre-right policies around the globe.

    • savenz 13.1

      I think it is pretty clear that Key does not work in the interests of NZ at all, but in the interests of The International Democrat Union (IDU).

      The want the return of the empire a one world order controlled by a handful of extremely wealthy white men.

      • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1

        +1

      • Tracey 13.1.2

        Interestingly the media just reprinted it, without helping people understand that this is NOT a “NZ” gig but a right wingers unite to dominate the world thing…

        I wonder if the person copying and pasting English’s Press release even bothered to do a search?

  12. Draco T Bastard 14

    How is our economy really performing?

    Five headline indicators of national success

    In our new report released today, we set out five headline measures of national success for the UK. Our aim is to re-align government policies with what evidence has shown that we, the UK public, want our economy to deliver.

    Adopting these indicators – which capture performance on Good Jobs, Wellbeing, Environment, Fairness and Health – will provide a clear picture of the UK’s social and economic performance, and focus policy-makers attention on the things that genuinely matter to the UK public.

    Sounds like a good idea for NZ to implement. It would certainly be better than the rather limited GDP in combination with the ZOMG, we’ve got a surplus!!!! that both National and Labour think matters.

    The five are:

    1. Good Jobs – not just any job at any cost.
    2. Wellbeing – Improving people’s lives should be the ultimate aim of public policy.
    3. Environment – Our prosperity, and that of future generations, depends on a healthy environment.
    4. Fairness – High levels of inequality have been proven to have corrosive effects on both society and economy.
    5. Health – Good quality healthcare and public health provision is a pre-requisite for all other social and economic goals.

    The present government would, IMO, fail on all of them especially after their attacks on beneficiaries.

  13. Anne 15

    It looks like the latest revelations re -the police activity against Nicky Hager are now getting top billing in the MSM.

    … before seeking any legal order in the Hager inquiry, the police went to 16 banks, airlines and phone companies to seek personal information belonging to Hager. For example, detectives wanted Air NZ to reveal any flights he had taken – and who was sitting next to him.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11535858

    And the police claim Hager was only being treated as a witness and not a suspect criminal? Pull the other one!

    • McFlock 15.1

      lol
      talk about fishing: “hi, we need to talk about this illegal act or you need to pass me something, let’s book the only form of transport where your seats are allocated with proof of ID”.

      I hope they spent hours contact-tracing the person in the next seat before they found out it was a travelling sales rep.

    • Tracey 15.2

      In order for the bank to have so easily handed over the information AND meet their obligation for reason to believe a serious crime is being committed the police MUST have told them they believed HAGER was the criminal. The Bank, to defen itself MUST put forward the basis for its belief a “serious” crime had been committed or would be committed by Hager…

      • Draco T Bastard 15.2.1

        The only possible defence that the bank has (Should have) is if the police turned up with a warrant which would prove that due consideration has been given. Without a warrant the police shouldn’t have been asking and the bank shouldn’t have been handing information over.

        This obviously needs to be spelled out clearly in legislation so that the police and the banks understand it.

        • Tracey 15.2.1.1

          Draco “reason to believe” will also have had judicial consideration in our Courts.

    • RedbaronCV 15.3

      So if you happen to wind up quite by accident sitting next to Nicky on a plane the police want your name?? Why- in case you pinched his boiled lolly – that’s a pretty big breach of privacy with respect to unknown third parties?

  14. Morrissey 16

    “I interviewed Alistair Campbell a little earlier, and I didn’t bring that up with him, unfortunately…”
    Jesse Mulligan is already apologizing for his pisspoor interview of Blair’s most brutal henchman.

    Radio New Zealand National, Tuesday 27 October 2015, 3:10 p.m.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/201776237/feature-interview-alistair-campbell

    The long awaited “interview” with Alistair Campbell (obviously with conditions attached) was not, as it should have been, conducted from within the confines of one of Her Majesty’s prisons, or from one of the hellholes in Iraq or Afghanistan to which so many of his victims were condemned without trial. It is one of the many unconscionable facts of our time that this loathsome, self-pitying monster continues to roam free, appearing frequently and without impediment on the BBC and anyone else who will promise not to ask him any questions about the crimes he has committed. People like Jesse Mulligan for instance, who treated Campbell with the kind of reverence usually extended to someone like the Dalai Lama.

    I’m preparing a verbatim transcript of the whole wretched 25 minutes, but here’s a quick “highlight” reel of the Guru of Burnley’s timeless wisdom….

    1.) Clive Woodward says there are three kinds of people in a team—the warrior, the leader and the talent. “Some people are all three, of course. I like to think I was part warrior, part leader and I was a talent in the Blair government.”

    2.) The Alistair Campbell technique for stress release—rubbing the thumb and forefinger together. “It just calms me down, like when I’m at the Iraq inquiry, coming under aggressive questioning.”

    3.) He didn’t put Vladimir Putin on the cover of his book—because to do so would imply a positive view of Putin. Campbell admits that Putin has been a success—“if you believe that politics is exercising power.” He had an unpleasant experience with him in the build-up to the Iraq War, Campbell says. Putin just lost it, screaming at Tony Blair. “He was just vicious,” recalled Campbell, with a shudder.

    Tough-guy comedian demands yet more violence in Syria

    Twenty minutes later, in the pre-show segment for the light chat show The Panel, producer Zoe George brought up Tony Blair’s defiant reiteration that he had done the right thing in supporting the aggression against Iraq, because Saddam would have been worse than Assad, and history would show that Blair and George W. Bush are in fact heroes instead of the mass murderers they appear to be. Mulligan, who obviously feels some sense of embarrassment at failing to confront Campbell, said: “I interviewed Alistair Campbell a little earlier, and I didn’t bring that up with him, unfortunately…”

    Blair’s dodgy attempt at self-absolution goaded one of today’s Panelists, Jeremy Elwood, to show just what a deeply moral and thoughtful person he (Jeremy Elwood) is. “Why does it have to be an either-or thing? They got rid of Saddam, which is great, but when are they going to do something about Assad?”

    Not one of the other guests in the studio—not his fellow guest Gary Moore, not Zoe George, not host Jesse Mulligan—said a single thing to contest Elwood’s bloodthirsty support for Al Qaeda and the Al Nusra Front.

    Lovers of black comedy might enjoy Jeremy Elwood’s bewildered thoughts about Gaza….

    Open mike 17/07/2014

    And here’s Elwood being bullied by Nevil “Breivik” Gibson….

    Open mike 18/10/2013

    • Paul 16.1

      Why does Elwood get invited on the Panel?
      He lacks insight, originality, intellect, courage, wisdom, humour, …

  15. Morrissey 17

    You’ve just answered your own question, Paul.

  16. Morrissey 18

    Just how depraved is the American political scene?
    Just look at what this Democratic Party candidate says to impress voters.

    “My son Jim fought as an infantry Marine on the bloody streets of Ramadi.”

    —- Jim Webb, Democratic Party candidate.

    Did candidates for political office in West Germany in the 1950s boast of their sons having fought on the bloody streets of Warsaw, or the bloody streets of Stalingrad, or the bloody streets of Leningrad?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/us/politics/democratic-debate-transcript.html?_r=0

    First Democratic Presidential Debate 2016 by CNN 10-13-2015 – FULL

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    5 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    5 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    6 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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
    2 weeks ago

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