Open mike 28/10/2015

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  1. amirite 1

    Dirty Politics players are retaliating – Nicky Hager may face criminal charges over accepting the hacked material.
    This is sure to have a chilling effect among journalists and it’s an symptomatic of how New Zealand treats its investigative journalists – as criminals.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11535914

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 1.1

      “INTERNATIONAL PRINCIPLES FOR WHISTLEBLOWER LEGISLATION”
      “The right of citizens to report wrongdoing is a natural extension of the
      right of freedom of expression, and is linked to the principles of
      transparency and integrity. All people have the inherent right to protect
      the well-being of other citizens and society at large, and in some cases
      they have the duty to report wrongdoing. The absence of effective
      protection can therefore pose a dilemma for whistleblowers: they are
      often expected to report corruption and other crimes, but doing so can
      expose them to retaliation.”
      file:///C:/Users/Di/Downloads/2013_WhistleblowerPrinciples_EN.pdf

      “A treason investigation into two journalists who reported that the German state planned to increase online surveillance has been suspended by the country’s prosecutor general following protests by leading voices across politics and media.”
      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/31/germany-halts-treason-inquiry-journalists-surveillance-protests

      It is time for us to let the powers-that-be know that we will stand beside our principled whistleblowers. Those who attack whistleblowers are hiding either illegal or at the least shoddy, despicable, unethical and underhand actions which are in the public interest as they can influence the public’s political voting decisions.

      Has Slater been threatened with arrest?

      • Manuka AOR 1.1.1

        “It is time for us to let the powers-that-be know that we will stand beside our principled whistleblowers.”
        100%.

        • Manuka AOR 1.1.1.1

          One person in my family banks with Westpac. I am asking him to close that account.

        • The Chairman 1.1.1.2

          • ianmac 1.1.1.2.1

            Whistleblowers become criminals in the eyes of Government.
            Key often says that his Government is the most open/transparent ever. Really?
            If the contents of Nicky’s book becomes stolen property then they will be able to call for prison.
            The intent from Government/Police is at least to make Nick’s life and that of other journalists, miserable/stressful.

          • weston 1.1.1.2.2

            unwatchable unless you an american patriot bullshit consumer

            • The Chairman 1.1.1.2.2.1

              It’s unfortunate you perceive it that way. Most others comprehend its global relevance and importance.

              • weston

                theres some relevance i guess but in the light of more up to date stuff on the same topic it just seems lame and the whistleblowers featured i think would make snowden or assange or manning etc cringe with embarresment for them plus the stirring music in the background gives me the shits also

      • Anne 1.1.2

        How do we let them know as individuals? Who do we write to? My beef is the inordinate amount of time and energy the police are putting into the case and yet they have taken no cognisance of the wrong doing of the people Hager was writing about.

        Has Slater been threatened with arrest?

        We know he hasn’t. We know the police are dragging their heels on the complaints laid against him. We know they will do everything in their power to NOT have to prosecute him except for some tiddly little transgression that carries a fine of about $1000. I also suspect they are acting on behalf of the “Prime Ministers Office”.

        • Manuka AOR 1.1.2.1

          “and yet they have taken no cognisance of the conduct (both illegal and amoral) of the people Hager was writing about. “

          Exactly. And corruption, like rust, never sleeps. It needs to be cleaned out now, while this is still possible.

    • weka 1.2

      Ropata put this up in Daily Review last night. It’s a press release from Hager’s lawyer about the Westpac issue. Important reading regarding the privacy issues, the police refusing to hand over information via Privacy Act and OIA requests etc, and where Hager is at with it all.

      https://t.co/ymrbXmPDaL

      pic.twitter.com/dHVCdqAMTu

      It’s a PDF so I can’t cut and past but perhaps one of the authors might like to put it up as a Notices and Features post?

      • veutoviper 1.2.2

        This is the best version – http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=83096

        Tracey and I posted various links/comments on this yesterday afternoon on the “Angry with Westpac” post – see 10 and thereabouts.

        This morning Tracey has also posted some good responses to various comments throughout the discussion under that post on the Privacy Act provisions you may wish to check out.

        If you are game to see what ‘the other side’ are saying, a certain Dunedin-based blog has several posts on this subject, and WO has now broken his silence with a couple of posts this morning – and Spanish Bride is apparently releasing a post at 1.30pm. Sorry, I will not provide links to those blogs, but I check them from time to time via Donotlink to see what is going on there.

        From Twitter this morning, TVNZ (Katie Bradford) are also doing further follow-up on the Westpac situation and there is high interest/concern by journalists on the implications for them of the bank’s action; and the Supreme Court decision last week on the status of computer records etc as property.

        • veutoviper 1.2.2.1

          And for a little bit of humour (we all need a laugh) – Westpac’s new fleet of mobile offices

          https://twitter.com/SirWB/status/657700721584939009

        • Tracey 1.2.2.2

          taken them quite a few days to coordinate the “best” response. Perhaps Cameron is now engaged by Westpac, and once he starts his meme they will finally release something?

          • veutoviper 1.2.2.2.1

            I assume you mean WO re “‘taken them…”. I doubt that there is any connection between WO and Westpac.

            From my quick read, the posts did not mention Westpac per se. They relate to CS’ outrage at people being concerned at Hager’s privacy being breached when HE is the REAL victim of privacy breach by Rawshark, Hager, and all those journalists (a whole list of them named) and others who have written about the Rawshark releases, Dirty Politics book etc etc ., or rather had or have his property. [Obviously linking to the SC decision last week.]

            Oh the irony considering how many peoples’ privacy WO has breached over the years.

            Damn it – here is a quote from one of the posts

            Charge him, and every other person or group who had or still has my data.

            That means the NZ Herald, David Fisher, Matt Nippert, John Campbell, Mediaworks and Fairfax….there are a few others as well that I can think of who handled my property, including some bloggers and political party operatives who have admitted that they were involved in handling my property. The NZ Herald refused to give my data back, as did other media organisations. They might like to revisit that decision, and pretty quickly. One journalist in particular has been boasting all over town how he has enough of my property to write a story a week for years…he might want to consider returning my property. The journalists who ran Whaledump might like to think about that too.

            They are all at risk, and not just from criminal prosecution, but from civil action.

            The key here is those who worked with the hacker/s or closely with the team working with the hacker/s. They are now vulnerable.

            Journalists shouldn’t break the law to get a story. Perhaps they need a chilling and salient lesson in that regard.

            The early part of the post is a reprint of most of Fisher’s Herald post today – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11535914

            Him’ in the first sentence means Hager.

            Some interesting claims in the second para – eg “… some bloggers and political party operatives who have admitted …” and “The journalists who ran Whaledump …”.

            • Tracey 1.2.2.2.1.1

              I meant he will work for anyone 😉

              Poor poor Slater, always the victim. I guess that’s why he is the only person to get an apology from our PM?

              • Anne

                I’ve got news for W.O. If Hager is prosecuted for receiving stolen property then he can expect a police complaint to be laid against him for “receiving stolen property belonging to the Labour Party.” The fact that their computers turned out not to be as fully secure as they thought is neither here nor there.

                They still stole the property!

  2. Morrissey 2

    “Oh my God! Professor Christine Fair, what HAPPENED to you?”
    [angrily sobbing] “Those BASTARDS put me up against Glenn Greenwald.” (sniff).

    The greatest intellectual and moral mismatch since that stammering pseud Norman Mailer thought he’d take a shot at Gore Vidal….

    UpFront – Do drone strikes create more terrorists than they kill?

    • ianmac 2.1

      What a pity that they don’t have a microphone switch off like the Speaker has in Question Time.
      Trying to imagine how say Rangiora would react should an Australian drone be used to take out a militant but also take out 75 other men women and children? The survivors might just be a bit miffed.

    • Once was Tim 2.2

      I almost felt embarrassed for her when watching it. (Almost, then I kicked myself)

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      Because “NUANCE”

  3. ianmac 3

    A relative asked me yesterday why was I so against the Key Government but I couldn’t think of a succinct list of damage done by them.
    Anyone help make a list suitable to persuade someone who is puzzled about anti Key sentiment in her locality?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1

      Notional Standards.
      Charter Schools.
      Human rights.
      The rule of law.
      Child poverty.
      Infant morbidity.
      Inequality.
      Privatisation.
      Two tier healthcare.
      Lies about all of the above.
      Dirty Politics.

    • Red Blooded 3.2

      Billion dollar debt.
      Assets sold.

      • ianmac 3.2.1

        Thanks One and Red. I will adapt your ideas and have them ready at hand. I had suggested that this Government is creeping legislation a bit at a time so that we don’t notice the changes as much as we did with for example the Mother of All Budgets.
        Gentle Erosion is taking place rather than an avalanche.

        • tc 3.2.1.1

          Rejecting: healthy homes, feeding kids in schools, safer workplaces, engineering capability (Hillside closure), adequate health funding (25% under across the board now) etc

          Closing more Km’s of rail than occured under privatisation, Gisborne a good example of that ‘don’t give a F about rail’ atitude whilst RONS and holiday highways siphon money from elsewhere.

          Admitting they game the OIA etc etc

          • Gangnam Style 3.2.1.1.1

            See the guy who bought Hillside has to lay off workers because they have no work, & so it goes.

    • infused 3.3

      That just shows how much of a sheep you are.

    • To add to the above, my personal pet hates:

      1. Key’s government is increasing state control over universities and polytechs (by scrapping staff/student/community representatives and replacing them with government appointees).

      2. It’s butchering public-sector scientific research (via funding cuts, political appointees and restructuring).

      3. It’s undermining wage/salary-earners’ ability to maintain or improve their pay and conditions (via zero-hours contracts, trial periods and putting collective contracts at the whim of the employer).

  4. Chooky 4

    ‘We are deeply disturbed’: 343 British academics vow to boycott Israeli universities’

    https://www.rt.com/uk/319837-British-boycott-Israel-universities/

    “Over 300 scholars from UK institutions have signed a letter vowing to boycott Israeli universities, citing Tel Aviv’s “illegal occupation” of Palestinian land and “human rights violations.” The move has drawn criticism from Jewish organizations and diplomats.
    The letter, signed by 343 academics, appeared as a full-page ad in Tuesday’s Guardian newspaper.

    “As scholars associated with British universities, we are deeply disturbed by Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, the intolerable human rights violations that it inflicts on all sections of the Palestinian people, and its apparent determination to resist any feasible settlement,” it reads…

  5. Chooky 5

    ‘EU Parliament rejects amendments protecting net neutrality’

    https://www.rt.com/news/319847-eu-parliament-net-neutrality/

    “European Parliament has voted for a package of EU internet traffic regulations, rejecting all amendments on net neutrality. The move was slammed by activists and companies alike, who say it will allow some to have faster internet access than others.

    Opponents also say the move will stifle growth, as not all network traffic will be treated equally. They believe the rules will create “fast lanes” for so-called “specialized services with quality requirements.” This would subsequently mean network owners would be able to offer zero rated services and offer net neutrality exceptions…

    …The founder of the worldwide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee was against the move. Speaking before the vote took place, he said: “If adopted as currently written, these rules will threaten innovation, free speech and privacy, and compromise Europe’s ability to lead in the digital economy.”

    A number of tech companies signed a letter against the proposals, including Kickstater, Vimeo, BirTorrent and Netflix.

    “These problems jeopardize the future of the startup innovation and economic growth in the EU. They also create barriers for US startups and businesses seeking to enter the EU market,” the letter read. “We believe that the future of the open Internet in Europe is at stake and urgent action is warranted.”

    • Kiwiri 5.1

      ‘Tis becoming increasingly obvious now, all over the world, that the so-called elected representatives no longer govern and legislate for the people, but against the people.

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Dita DeBoni: Privacy right is not a right when not ‘right’

    Again, you may think Nicky Hager deserved the treatment he’s had. You may not agree with him in general.

    But remember that whatever treatment’s been handed out to him can be handed out to anyone with the ‘wrong’ connections, the ‘wrong’ information, and the ‘wrong’ intentions.

    Privacy increasingly seems to be only your right if you are on the ‘right’ side.

    What we’re seeing in the Hager case is what we’d expect to see in a police state when the government acts to hide its actions.

    • ianmac 6.1

      In that video posted by The Chairman above, they point out that if “information” is leaked by politicians, and it is, then they regard that as OK.
      If the same sort of “information” is leaked by a whistleblower, then it is all bad and the full weight of the Government will set out to destroy you and your credibility. For example in NZ, Jon Stephenson and Nicky Hager.

      • alwyn 6.1.1

        It is hardly a new thing, is it, that politicians regard themselves as exempt from the rules that apply to mere mortals.
        After all, it was spelt out most succinctly by a former New Zealand Prime Minister who smeared a Police Commissioner.
        “By definition I cannot leak” she averred.
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/blogs/on-the-house/3470774/The-Governments-own-leaky-home-saga
        Every Government follows the same set of rules. To try and pretend that our current Government is somehow uniquely at fault is to fool yourself. Repeat 100 times. “They all do it, and it is never right just because you approve of the particular lot concerned”

  7. Tracey 7

    “Fifteen of the biggest players in the $14 trillion market for credit insurance are also the referees.

    Firms such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs wrote the rules, are the dominant buyers and sellers and, ultimately, help decide winners and losers.

    Has a country such as Argentina paid what it owes? Has a company like Caesars Entertainment Corp. kept up with its bills? When the question comes up, the 15 firms meet on a conference call to decide whether a default has triggered a payout of the bond insurance, called a credit-default swap. Investors use CDS to protect themselves from missed debt payments or profit from them.

    Once the 15 firms decide that a default has taken place, they effectively determine how much money will change hands.

    And now, seven years after the financial crisis first brought CDS to widespread attention, pressure is growing inside and outside what’s called the determinations committee to tackle conflicts of interest, according to interviews with three dozen people with direct knowledge of the panel’s functioning who asked that their names not be used.

    Scandals that exposed how bank traders rigged key interest rates and fixed currency values have given ammunition to those who say CDS may also be susceptible to collusion or, worse, outright manipulation.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11536192

  8. Tautoko Mangō Mata 8

    Joseph Stiglitz: “Under TPP, Polluters Could Sue U.S. for Setting Carbon Emissions Limits”
    “We know we’re going to need regulations to restrict the emissions of carbon,” Stiglitz said. “But under these provisions, corporations can sue the government, including the American government, by the way, so it’s all the governments in the TPP can be sued for the loss of profits as a result of the regulations that restrict their ability to emit carbon emissions that lead to global warming.”

    http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/27/joseph_stiglitz_under_tpp_polluters_could

    • Manuka AOR 8.1

      Transcript excerpt: “In other words, the view is, they have the right to kill people, and if you want to take away that right, you have to pay them not to kill.” Joseph Stiglitz – Nobel Prize-winning economist and Columbia University professor.

    • The Chairman 8.2

      I recommend watching the rest of the interview.

      Stiglitz talks about his new book: Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity.

      In doing so, he explains the neo-liberal change of the eighty’s, its flaws (hence the need to rewrite the rules) and how that flawed structure is being locked in by the TPP.

  9. Kiwiri 9

    Ex-PM Abbott, the suppository of knowledge, continues his anus horribilis by giving the second anal Margaret Thatcher Lecture:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/73441527/Tony-Abbott-urges-Europe-to-adopt-boat-turnbacks-in-response-to-refugee-crisis

    to edit typos.

  10. esoteric pineapples 10

    Good interview for anyone interested in what is happening in Guatemala – http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/27/with_military_backing_tv_comedian_wins

  11. Penny Bright 11

    FYI – I’ve been granted speaking rights at the Auckland Council Governing Body meeting to be held tomorrow, Thursday 29 October 2015, at the Auckland Town Hall, 9.30am.

    Seems that some members of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee, agree that it would be helpful to have a cost-benefit analysis of the Auckland ‘Supercity’ amalgamation?

    “Your request for public input at the 29 October 2015 Governing Body meeting has been approved.

    You have been allocated five minutes in the public input section of the meeting, commencing at 9.30am, in the Reception Lounge, Auckland Town Hall, to speak regarding the need for a ‘cost-benefit’ analysis of the Auckland Council amalgamation, and the Local Government and Environment Select Committee Report on Petition 2014/0009 of Penelope Mary Bright and 43 Others.
    …..”
    ____________________________________________________

    The above-mentioned Local Government and Environment Select Committee Report on Petition 2014/0009 of Penelope Mary Bright and 43 Others :

    http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/documents/reports/51DBSCH_SCR66460_1/petition-20140009-of-penelope-mary-bright-and-43-others

    “Recommendation

    The Local Government and Environment Committee has considered Petition 2014/9 of Penelope Mary Bright and 43 others and recommends that the House take note of its report.

    The petition requests

    That the House conduct an urgent inquiry into the alleged failure of the current Local Government Commissioners, to carry out the necessary ‘due diligence’ in order to comply with their statutory duties under the Local Government Act 2002, before formulating the ‘Draft Wellington Reorganisation Proposal’.

    …..

    Petitioner’s concerns

    In 2009 one regional and seven territorial authorities were amalgamated to create the Auckland “super city”.

    The petitioner told us she was opposed to the Auckland amalgamation from its inception, and questioned its reasoning.

    Because of her interest in local government reorganisation, the petitioner decided to become involved in the draft Wellington reorganisation proposal when it was released.

    The petitioner is critical that the commission released its draft Wellington proposal before it

     provided statistical data on Wellington’s nine local councils’ costs of services and regulatory functions, on which future costs could be measured

     acquired statistics illustrating the predicted efficiencies resulting from Auckland’s amalgamation.
    …….”

    Penny Bright

    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate

    • Chooky 11.1

      +100 Penny…Auckland amalgamation of councils is a mess and open to corruption…not a model to be emulated in Wellington or anywhere else imo

  12. Chooky 12

    Round table discussion/debate on Syrian situation today:

    ‘Syrian turning point?’

    https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/319922-syria-civil-war-regime/

    “How has Russia’s stepped-up role in Syria changed the politics of the country’s civil war and the regime? Washington acknowledges Russia’s bombing campaign at the request of Damascus, but still does not accept it. Is this because Washington does not practice diplomacy anymore?

    CrossTalking with James Jatras, Sukant Chandan, and Mary Dejevsky.”

  13. Logie97 13

    Just an observation from afar.
    Has anyone else noticed the casual photo-ops that the PM likes to have.

    An heir apparent.
    Morning commercial radio hosts.
    Rugby player dressing rooms.

    Can he or does he identify/socialise with people his own age?

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    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    5 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    5 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    7 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago

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