Open mike 29/07/2015

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  1. idbkiwi 1

    Couldn’t agree more, good on you Mr Little

    “Labour leader Andrew Little has described the national anthem as a “dirge”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11488272

    • vto 1.1

      I like Mr Little.

      He is not scared of calling things out.
      He shows strength.
      He is unafraid to stand up to things wrong.

      Keep going Mr Little – and let a bit of that humour that we all know you have in spades out for some sunlight

    • Puckish Rogue 1.2

      Hes not wrong about the anthem

    • Ad 1.3

      It’s a bizarre comment.

      Why complain about the national anthem when you don’t want to change the national flag?

      • vto 1.3.1

        That is more bizarre – to link the two separate things.

        Both should be ditched mostly anyway – people show more allegiance today to their ethnicity and other life aspects than to their nationality, which makes more sense. The nation state is both dissipating and being hovered up by global elites hell bent on the coming world order. We are in the midst of this change which future historians will note we lived through and were part of.

        • Ad 1.3.1.1

          They are the two primary representations of national identity, which at least Little should be able to figure.

          Fair that the nation-state isn’t as strong as a concept as it once was, but it’s done a couple of millennia already and there’s little replacement on the horizon.

          • thatguynz 1.3.1.1.1

            I’ll take the nation state over global governance and control any day of the week. In fact I’ll fight tooth and nail to defend it.

    • Morrissey 1.4

      What a pity he doesn’t speak out so forcefully about something that actually matters—like the persecution of journalists in this country.

    • James 1.5

      So how many on here prefer to sing along with the Australian anthem?

      Where the hell does Little get that idea? I dont know a single person who does (We always sing the anthem at games as a family) – and have never seen this.

      In fact as evidence that Little is talking shit – go to a AB game – Listen to the difference in the number of people singing to the NZ vs Aust anthem when we play Australia.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.5.1

        So how many on here prefer to sing along with the Australian anthem?

        What’s that got to do with it?

        Where the hell does Little get that idea? I dont know a single person who does (We always sing the anthem at games as a family) – and have never seen this.

        That’s nice but do you actually like it? Everyone I know absolutely hates the bloody thing.

        In fact as evidence that Little is talking shit – go to a AB game – Listen to the difference in the number of people singing to the NZ vs Aust anthem when we play Australia.

        1. The Australian National Anthem has nothing to do with NZ’s being shit except possibly that they were both written by Australians
        2. Just because people sing it doesn’t mean that they like it

        • James 1.5.1.1

          So how many on here prefer to sing along with the Australian anthem?

          What’s that got to do with it?

          Well – Little stated the “fact” that many NZ’s perferred to sing along to the Oz anthem – Quote from the link:

          “Labour leader Andrew Little has described the national anthem as a “dirge” and said many New Zealanders preferred to sing along to the Australian anthem than our own.”

          He also said “Most of them sing along to the Australian national anthem before they sing along to our own.””

          Im saying what he said was bullshit.

          And yes – I do like it.

          When I see someone saying something like “Everyone I know absolutely hates the bloody thing.” I think really ….. 100% everyone you know …… You need a wider circle of friends. Variety of views is good.

      • Lanthanide 1.5.2

        Ever since I can remember, my mum has said she always thought the NZ national anthem was crappy and Australia’s was much better.

  2. just saying 2

    Song for Karol wherever she is, and women of the left in general.
    Four non-blondes – What’s Going On?

  3. Hami Shearlie 3

    Why aren’t the revelations about our future medicine buying power under the TPPA the front page news in the Herald? Key says consumers won’t pay more, the Government will – but I wonder where people think the Government gets their revenue from – could it possibly be the taxpayers ?? Pharmac won’t be charging the consumer more for the medicines because Pharmac won’t be able to buy them at all in the future. The extension of patents on medicines will mean that generics will be so long in coming that the medicines will be superseded by others by the time we can buy the generic versions of them. Yet nothing in the country’s major newspaper – Has Key once again calmed the sheeple like the Pied Piper did the rats? Every person in the country except for the multi-millionaires should be very worried about themselves, their children, their parents. None of us know when we might get cancer or some other illness which requires expensive medicines – if we think they’re expensive now, just wait!!

    • jenny kirk 3.1

      Hami S – Strong words have come out from Labour and Andrew Little on TPPA re Pharmac ….. see below, and personally, I think NZers have started to wake up to the TPPA. It’ll be interesting to see what the next polling shows.

      We said Pharmac and its purchasing model had to be protected’ – Little

      The Labour Party says the undermining of Pharmac in the Trans Pacific Partnership breaches one of its bottom lines on the trade deal.

      Leader Andrew Little said Government had misled the public by not being upfront about the potential impact on the Government agency, which uses bulk-buying power to reduce the costs of medicine for New Zealanders.

      He would not rule out removing New Zealand from the controversial TPP if Labour entered Government.

      Prime Minister John Key conceded for the first time today that medicine costs could rise if New Zealand signed up to the TPP, which is expected to be finalised this week. ………………………

      …..Asked whether that meant Labour could not support the deal, he said: “If that bottom line isn’t met, then we don’t support the TPP.”

      The TPP does not need Labour’s support to be ratified, but Government may seek cross-party support on the legislation which would confirm the deal.

      Mr Little said he could not comment on whether a future Labour government would pull out of the TPP because the contents of the deal were not yet known.

      He said Labour had a number of options if it entered Government, which included “fixing” the agreement or leaving it altogether.

      Labour’s trade spokesman David Parker said he was confident that Labour could renegotiate the deal if it did not serve New Zealanders’ interests.

      Trade deals usually required a country to give six months’ notice before pulling out. …………………………………..

      Further details in this link – NZ Herald
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11488237

      • Hami Shearlie 3.1.1

        I sure hope the population starts thinking long and hard about this – they haven’t done much of that for the last few years!

      • Karen 3.1.2

        Little is doing well on the TPP considering the caucus still has Goff in it but on what planet is David Parker living?
        Confident we could renegotiate? Yeah sure , Japan and USA would be happy to help out.

        • Olwyn 3.1.2.1

          Little is doing well on the TPP considering the caucus still has Goff in it…

          I thought the same thing. I haven’t caught up with David Parker’s stance so I can’t comment on that.

        • The Chairman 3.1.2.2

          David Parker brought his credibility (and that of the Labour Party) into question when he said he was confident that Labour could renegotiate the deal.

          • Jenny Kirk 3.1.2.2.1

            Nonsense, TC. Parker is a lawyer, and he’s a very bright guy. He doesn’t say anything he doesn’t mean.

            • Colonial Rawshark 3.1.2.2.1.1

              Jenny, how on earth can you have so much faith in any lawyer??? What has Parker achieved in the field of international FTAs which gives you so much faith in him?

              How do you expect NZ to be able to force the US Congress to meet and agree to the US renegotiating the TPPA after we have signed?

              Why should we place so much trust in the judgement of the Labour caucus?

              • gsays

                hi cr, speaking of labour and lawyers, makes me think of langes quip about never trust a lawyer, half of them are always wrong.

            • The Chairman 3.1.2.2.1.2

              Jenny, it was a silly comment for a supposedly “bright guy”.

              His confidence may be genuine but the reality of Labour renegotiating the deal is slim to none.

              • Colonial Rawshark

                I suppose it is no secret, but my sense is that Parker is not personally opposed to the TPPA.

    • northshoredoc 3.2

      I can’t really see anything changing, what is off patent now and/or contracted by PHARMAC will remain off patent and/or contracted by PHARMAC.

      Suggesting that PHARMAC is somehow going to disappear and that suddenly medicines are going to be more expensive in NZ is bizarre and yet another example of Key speaking without thinking, Helen clark would never have made such a silly comment.

      Even though there is some small variance in patents between the US and NZ in relation to medicines it is often the case that the relevant patent expires in the US before it expires in NZ. In relation to your comment about medicines for cancer the prices for those that are currently funded by the DHBs/PHARMAC will not change under a TPP except during a tender round wherein the price usually (but not always) declines quite significantly.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1

        I can’t really see anything changing, what is off patent now and/or contracted by PHARMAC will remain off patent and/or contracted by PHARMAC.

        As you well know it will be the new medicines that are going to cost more and they’ll do so for longer. We don’t keep using the same medicines forever.

        • northshoredoc 3.2.1.1

          How will the new medicines cost more ?

          At present PHARMAC drip feeds new medicines into the market anyway. Quite often we’ve had to wait for a products patent to expire before pHARMAC funded a product…

          If people really think the PHARMAC issue is the biggest hook in the TPPA they rally aren’t looking in the right place.

          • Lanthanide 3.2.1.1.1

            “Quite often we’ve had to wait for a products patent to expire before pHARMAC funded a product…”

            So now we’ll have to wait even longer for the patent to expire. How many people are going to die in the meantime?

            There was a story on stuff the other day about a drug that will cure hepatitis C. It costs something like $174,000 per patient in New Zealand, precisely because it is patented and the company can therefore charge monopoly rates.

            It is a literal life-saving drug. Pharmac cannot justify the current price. If prices like that (or slightly cheaper) stay around for more years, it means more people will go without the treatment than otherwise might have it, had we not agreed to longer patents.

            This is all so terribly basic, I don’t know why it needs to be spelt out to someone called “northshoredoc”.

            Someone from the Doctors for Public Health against Trade Agreements association (obviously biased) this on an interview on National Radio this morning that adding 1 year to patent lengths will cost Pharmac an extra $25-50 million per year. Frankly I trust their numbers more than your “nothing to see here” charade.

            There are also stories about new cancer drugs that are available in Australia, but not in NZ. Is increasing patent lengths on drugs generally going to lead to more drugs being available in NZ, or fewer? The answer is obviously fewer.

            • northshoredoc 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Lanthanide I have no idea who these “Doctors for Public Health against Trade Agreements association ” are, perhaps you could enlighten me.

              In relation to the new medications for Hep C, PHARMAC has recently funded new products for Hep C as below.

              http://www.pharmac.health.nz/assets/notification-2013-08-09-boceprevir-and-pegylated-interferon.pdf

              This is a step forward from what we had available previously. The new medications from abbott and gilead are certainly a further improvement with reported ‘cure’ rates in the high 90% range. They are extremely expensive and many western 1st world jurisdictions around the world have struggled to fund them as the manufacturer’s pricing is exorbitant to reflect this price per cure (and saving on a liver transplant).

              With or without a TPPA these medications will struggle to be funded in NZ, of note the patent on these particular products expires earlier in the USA than in NZ. This is the same case for the new cancer medications I believe you may be alluding to .. biologics for malignant melanoma perhaps ?

              While you may consider this a ‘simple’ or ‘basic’ area I can assure you it is not and the simplistic comments on this website and by morons like key does little to inform anyone.

              • Lanthanide

                “With or without a TPPA these medications will struggle to be funded in NZ”

                At best, the TPPA changes nothing.

                At worst, it means these drugs will stay expensive for longer, hence less access.

                It really is very simple.

          • Colonial Rawshark 3.2.1.1.2

            northshoredoc

            How will the new medicines cost more ?

            I refer you to the NZMJ, 14th February 2014, Volume 127 Number 1389

            Through the TPPA, the United States (US) is seeking to eliminate therapeutic reference pricing, introduce appeals processes for pharmaceutical companies to challenge formulary listing and pricing decisions, and introduce onerous disclosure and “transparency” provisions that facilitate industry involvement in decision-making around coverage and pricing of medicines (and medical devices).

            This editorial examines trends in pharmaceutical industry conduct and strategy over the past 15–20 years and argues that if the TPPA (based on the US proposals) is successfully prosecuted, it will contribute to adverse health outcomes by increasing costs and reducing access to affordable medicines for New Zealanders. This in turn can be expected to disproportionally affect disadvantaged population groups, including Māori and Pacific peoples.

            • northshoredoc 3.2.1.1.2.1

              CV, Yes if any of those things are in the TPPA, most especially the inability to reference price it would make things more difficult for PHARMAC… do you have any information to suggest that they are ?

              Interestingly PHARMAC don’t tend to apply reference pricing to generics as the prices are so low there’s no real need and it would just lead to certain medicines no longer being available.

              As I have stated a number of times I think the PHARMAC issue is a red herring and we should be far more concerned regarding other issues of the TPPA most importantly… what’s actually in it for us in terms of better access to overseas markets, really we are all in the dark until there is an agreement in front of us to peruse.

              • Colonial Viper

                Agree with your contention that there may be bigger fish to fry in the TPPA in terms of things that we need to look out for.

    • ianmac 3.3

      You’re right Hami. Perhaps Auckland is in a Housing Bubble and in “TPP Free”
      Bubble.
      A great talk on Morning Report after 8 this morning.

    • vto 3.4

      John Key simply bullshitted New Zealand yesterday when he said that Pharmac costs will not affect New Zealanders…

      liar
      liar
      liar

      deceiver extraordinaire

      deceitful

      snake-oil salesman

      can’t stand liars and deceit

  4. Sanctuary 4

    Constitutional question:

    National unilaterally signs up to the TPP. Cabinet and Select committee use government majority to rubber stamp deal.

    National fails to pass enabling Pharmac legislation, being defeated by Labour/Green/NZ First/Maori Party votes.

    Constitutional crisis? Early election?

    • northshoredoc 4.1

      Sigh….what pHARMAC enabling legislation ?

      There won’t be any..

    • Jenny Kirk 4.2

      Not sure, Sanctuary. NZers don’t like early elections – they punished the Nats last time they tried it.
      Also – haven’t you seen the Maori Party (minus Sharples and Turiana) rolling over like good dogs for the Nats – they won’t vote against them.

  5. ianmac 5

    My guess is that Countries with high tariffs and subsidised farming will only free trade after about 25 year lead in. Just wait.

    • northshoredoc 5.1

      I think you’re absolutely right xianmac I doubt we’ll get anything meaningful for our agricultural/horticultural industries in the next 20 years which begs the question why do it ?

      • Colonial Rawshark 5.1.1

        Suggests that this commercial agreement is primarily directed by power politics, not by good economics.

        • Sanctuary 5.1.1.1

          Yup. We simply need to behave like a good little colony of the economic imperium of the United States, a supine position our Hawaii based, and paid up member of the globalised elite, prime minister is more than happy to adopt.

          • les 5.1.1.1.1

            quote John Kerry…’when it comes to NZ ..we dont even have …to ask!’

        • northshoredoc 5.1.1.2

          @CV, Yes I think it’s more about wanting to be part of the club and free trade ideology than anything else. I’m also of the opinion that Labour and National will OK the deal regardless.

          • BM 5.1.1.2.1

            Always better to be inside the tent than out.

          • Jenny Kirk 5.1.1.2.2

            NSdoc – Nonsense – Labour won’t okay the deal if their bottom lines are knocked out. Please get a bit real about this.

            • northshoredoc 5.1.1.2.2.1

              Jenny Kirk – of course they will – their bottom lines as they are, will be found not to be in conflict with supporting signing the TPPA if it comes down to it.

      • Stephen 5.1.2

        Dim Post makes the same point via dear ole Fran.
        https://dimpost.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/nuanced/

  6. Morrissey 6

    Kathryn Ryan claims big pharmaceutical companies are “not the bad guy”;
    Does she actually do any preparation for her interviews?

    Nine to Noon, Radio NZ National, Wednesday 29 July 2015

    We have expressed our concern on many occasions at the shallowness and the lack of knowledge exhibited by Kathryn Ryan.

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    This morning she perhaps scraped the very bottom of the barrel during an interview with a medical oncologist about the government’s reckless endangerment of our public health system by exposing us to the predations of the pharmaceutical conglomerates….

    KATHRYN RYAN: Let’s be clear here; Pharma, or the big pharmaceutical companies, is not the bad guy here.

    DR. BERNIE FITZHARRIS: No, and that’s fair enough. They want to maximise the return to their shareholders.

    Anyone who wishes to go a step further than Kathryn Ryan and actually do some reading about this should click on the following link….
    http://www.citizen.org/publications/publicationredirect.cfm?ID=7065

    • Marvellous Bearded Git 6.1

      @Morrissey
      Agreed. Ryan let her right wing leanings show this morning. I’m always amazed how few people on TS realise she favours the right.

      • Save NZ 6.1.1

        She’s hopeless and clueless.

      • Morrissey 6.1.2

        I was also disappointed by the muddle-headed response by Dr Fitzharris.

      • Jenny Kirk 6.1.3

        Agree also. Does Kathryn Ryan not know WHY Pharmac was formed? The big pharmaceuticals WERE playing bad guys in the 19802 and forcing the cost of medicines up high – too high for NZers.

    • DH 6.2

      There’s a good article here on how big Pharmas are ripping nations off….

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/70539656/cost-keeps-cure-out-of-reach-for-those-with-hepatitis-c

      They don’t even try to justify the price of the drug…..

      “The price of Sovaldi and Harvoni is determined on a country-by-country basis taking into account the burden of disease in the country, its economic means and the value of the medicine in terms of its impact on improving overall health outcomes.”

      In other words they’re saying they charge as much as they can possibly get away with. They’re little more than hostage takers demanding ransom.

      I wonder if our consumer laws might be used to some advantage here. They should at least be required to refund if the cure doesn’t cure……

      • RedBaronCV 6.2.1

        And if you could work out which countries it is cheap in a little internet buying or even a trip overseas ( and arrangements with customs to bring it back in) would see a solid price drop

  7. northshoredoc 7

    🙄

  8. Morrissey 8

    Finally, some good news from the United Kingdom

    The Labour (or Labor) Parties in Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia are currently afflicted with mealy-mouthed, inept and pretty much useless leaders.

    But in Britain, at least, there is a real sense of hope emerging….

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-takes-22point-lead-in-labour-leadership-race-10422523.html

    • Colonial Rawshark 8.1

      dont worry, his Blairite caucus will sort him out

      • Sanctuary 8.1.1

        “The crisis (in the British Labour party) consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born”

        Corbyn is merely reflecting what is happening across the wider European left – an acceptance on the ground that the left is no longer defenders of social democratic welfare states but is again weak enough institutionally to be in a position to champion revolutionary action.

        The comfortably institutionalised elite leadership cadres centre-left parties are either going to be shaken out their torpor and into this new revolutionary paradigm (and be part of the new that is being born) or be the old, and die/merge with the right wing establishment so many of them are in reality part of.

        In the short to medium turn, that’ll probably involve a split in British Labour, with a bunch of Blairites moving to occupy the ground left by the recently massacred Liberal Democrats.

  9. Save NZ 9

    Why Labour is considered National Lite and losing voters. From the herald on TPPA

    Already the Labour Party has given conditional support only to the deal. It not only wants to see the fine-print but has signaled five no go areas.

    How can Labour give conditional support to a deal they have not even seen?

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    The global addiction to energy subsidies

    ENERGY prices have been falling for a year. Over the last month that trend has accelerated. On July 24th, the price of a barrel of oil in America reached a low of $48. In spite of this, governments are still splurging on subsidies to prop up production. Fossil fuels are reaping support of $550 billion annually, according the International Energy Agency (IEA), an organisation that represents oil- and gas-consuming countries, more than four times those given for renewable energy. The International Monetary Fund’s estimates are substantially higher. It said in May that countries will spend $5.3 trillion subsiding oil, gas and coal in 2015, versus $2 trillion in 2011. That is equivalent to 6.5% of global GDP, and is more than what governments across the world spend on healthcare. At a time of low energy prices, high government debt and rising concern over emissions there is scant justification for such spending. So why is the world addicted to energy subsidies?

    Apparently to help the rich

    This is a problem because it wastes fiscal resources and hardly benefits the poor, as the wealthy drive more and guzzle more power. The IEA believes that only 8% of subsidies accrue to the poorest fifth of the population.

    Just think, if we took those $5.3 trillion of subsidies and put them fully onto renewables we’d easily be able to achieve 0 emissions by 2050 across the world.

  11. Morrissey 11

    “Ummmm, ahhhh, you know”: The Eloquence of Fran O’Sullivan

    The NZ Herald‘s Fran O’Sullivan is a regular commentator on business and politics. While she is capable of speaking clearly and effectively, as she does when she is on television, or when addressing a gathering of business people, it’s quite clear that she doesn’t put a lot of effort in when she talks to someone for whom she doesn’t respect….

    1.) Monday 16 February 2009, 6:14 to 6:21 p.m.
    Fran O’Sullivan on Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB…
    “Um”………. 51 times
    “Ahh”……….15 times
    “y’ know”…….9 times
    “um, er”………4 times

    2.) Monday 23 February 2009, 6:12 to 6:19 p.m.
    Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB…
    “Umm, aah, errrr”…….. 39 times
    “y’ know”…….7 times
    “Sort of”……..2 times
    “I mean”……..1 time
    “At the end of the day”….2 times

    3.) Thursday 26 February 2009, 6:10 to 6:20 p.m.
    Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB,
    In a rambling ten-minute chat with Williams, O’Sullivan said “um” or “aaah” 76 times. That’s SEVENTY-SIX times. She said “You know” 20 (TWENTY) times.

    4.) Monday 11 July 2011, 6:20 to 6:25 p.m.
    Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB….
    “Umm, ahhh”………. 47 times
    “y’ know”…….23 times

    5.) Monday 18 July 2011, 6:25 to 6:29 p.m.
    Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB…
    “Umm, ahhh”………. 45 times
    “y’ know”……………….14 times

    6.) Wednesday 21.3.2012, 6:38 to 6:41 p.m.
    Still dumbing it down for Larry Williams…
    “Umm, ahhh”………. 56 times
    “y’ know”……………….6 times

    7.) Wednesday 11 June 2013, 11:07 to 11:24 a.m.
    Fran O’Sullivan, interviewed by Kathryn Ryan, Radio NZ National…
    “um, ahh”…. 89 times
    “Well” …….….11 times

    Open mike 11/08/2011

  12. Morrissey 13

    An OPEN LETTER from some of the world’s leading citizens

    10236 Charing Cross Road,
    Los Angeles,
    California

    Wednesday, 29 July 2015

    Dear World,

    What exactly is it that Lord Sewel did that is wrong?

    Sincerely,

    H.R.H. Prince Harry
    Alan Dershowitz
    H.R.H. Prince Andrew
    Silvio Berlusconi
    Senator John Edwards
    Gary Condit
    Ed Schrock
    Congressman Mark Foley
    Newt Gingrich
    Donald “Buz” Lukens
    Senator Brock Adams
    Gary Hart
    William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton
    William Henry “Bill” Cosby Jr.
    Rolf Harris
    Rob Lowe
    Lord Lambton
    Lord Archer
    Eliot Spitzer
    Senator Robert “Bob” Packwood
    Max Mosley
    Richard Worth
    David Letterman
    Paul Gadd
    Max Clifford
    Sir Cyril Smith
    David Wu
    Vance McAllister
    Anthony Weiner

  13. Save NZ 14

    Auckland you need to put on the biggest turn out that Queen St has ever seen!

    Join
    TPPA – Walk Away! AUCKLAND
    Saturday, August 15 at 1:00pm
    Aotea Square in Auckland, New Zealand
    1,755 people are going

  14. Save NZ 15

    TPPA Nationwide Protests – Christchurch
    Saturday, August 15 at 12:30pm
    Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand
    840 people are going

  15. Draco T Bastard 16

    Professor Steve Keen on Greece, China and private debt

    In this interview in Australia, Professor Steve Keen of Kingston University predicts a full market crash in China and explains why the crushing of Greek democracy by the European Union may well open the doors to fascism in Greece.

    The discussion is noteworthy for the economist’s very pessimistic views on Greece, Europe and China that chime with comments made by fund manager and Planet Ponzi author Mitch Feierstein.

    In addition, there is some discussion of the Australian property market and, although the focus is on Australian housing, his comments on private debt also provide lessons for the UK market.

    Well worth watching/listening to.

  16. Michael 17

    http://www.vox.com/2015/7/28/9014491/bernie-sanders-vox-conversation

    A great interview with US Sen Bernie Sanders. I hope this man becomes President.

  17. James 18

    Im sure that a few on here will love this news: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11488774

    Colin Craig taking people to court, again.

    Looking for $650k from Cameron Slater.

    Of course this will be interesting if its defended – If Whale has material to back up his post.

    Colin Craig is a gift to the left.

  18. Northsider 19

    Even an arch-Tory sees problems with hot and dirty money being allowed into the housing market. Pity our arch-Tories are blind to it.

    “David Cameron will promise to act against corrupt foreigners who buy up luxury properties in the UK using secretive holding companies to hide their “dirty money”.

    The prime minister will use a visit to Singapore to make an anti-corruption speech on Tuesday in which he will express concern that some properties, mainly in London, “are being bought by people overseas through anonymous shell companies, some with plundered or laundered cash”.

    Drawing on proposals advanced by campaign group Transparency International, Cameron will set out his determination to ensure that “the UK must not become a safe haven for corrupt money from around the world”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/28/david-cameron-fight-dirty-money-uk-property-market-corruption

  19. Puckish Rogue 20

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/70653837/men-charged-with-500-sex-offences-against-girl-in-australia

    At some point i’d like to see a discussion started on the merits (or not) of the death penelty but i doubt it’ll ever happen

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    14 hours ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    19 hours ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    19 hours ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    1 day ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    4 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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