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Open mike 29/11/2010

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  1. Logie97 1

    Just watched a programme on Heartland TV made in the 70’s about how technologies will change our lifestyles and how we need to plan for greater leisure time.
    Back in the day when the sunrise technologies were about to take off, in Europe, people like Thatcher were lauding innovators like Clive Sinclair for what they were going to do for the betterment of mankind.

    Of course what has happened in reality is that the captains of industry (manufacturers, banks, stevedores etc …) have implemented the technologies and sent the labour down the road. Those semi-skilled but now “worthless workers” have become the targets of the likes of Paula Rebstock, speaking for the captains, and are being told to get on their bikes. Forget about the leisure…

    • ZeeBop 1.1

      Ford’s new product wasn’t selling! So he starts paying his workers more so they can afford them!
      Soon everyone had to have one.

      The great depression left many millions idle. So they started the dole, gave people enough
      money so they could go to the leisure park and spend it.

      The US government, after trying every other way to get the economy moving, supporting
      banks, helping out big industry, finally had to go back to capitalism 101, that people make
      economies not finance.

      The way out of our present crisis, is to let capitalism back into the every day lives of
      the citizenry. Everyone should have a guarenteed minimum income, no strings
      that covers the basics, no poverty trap. There should be a capital gains tax and
      the rich should have to work far harder to get blindingly stupidly rich. Sure nicely
      rich is okay, but stupidly rich just harms the economy.

      End poverty – a human construct – and you’ll have active capitalists vying for
      an extra buck on every corner. Continue the national socialism of National
      and Labour, and just get more of the same class war.

    • ianmac 1.2

      Strangely, the average number of working hours has gone up, making NZ one of the highest working week. What went wrong and what will the future hold?

      • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1

        We instituted free-market policies under the 4th Labour/National governments which increased unemployment, forced down wages, destroyed our manufacturing base leaving only low paid service jobs and made the rich richer at everyone else’s expense making them having to work harder to stay afloat.

        With Peak Oil on the way we’re going to be finding that we will be rebuilding our manufacturing base, exports and imports will be declining and, if we rebalance the economy in favour of everyone rather than just the rich, we’ll actually get that leisure time and real democracy. Else we’ll drop into a plutocracy (Yeah, I know, we’re pretty much there already as the politicians only listen to the rich) and most people will be starving.

      • Bill 1.2.2

        Nothing went wrong.

        If industry could satisfy production needs in ‘half’ the time that it was taking, then we would have that much more spare time to ourselves, our families and communities. And then we might start entertaining ideas that didn’t require us enslaving ourselves to market production systems. Which would in turn present incumbent ruling echelons with a crisis of legitimacy. This was the situation faced by ruling elites in the 60’s. Production could and should have begun to unwind.

        But industry operating in a market scenario, for reasons of profit and competitive leverage, demands growth. So industry introduced inbuilt obsolescence, created consumer desire based on fashion and so on, so that it continue on a track of expansive growth that generate ever greater profits.

        A parallel development was industry beating down wages and conditions thereby increasing the %age of return that went to profit as opposed to wages. And that meant that products had to be made cheaper…shoddier…which fit in nicely with ideas of obsolescence and fashion and eventually led to production moving overseas to secure ever cheaper labour. With the acceptance or imposition of neo-liberal export orientated growth models (free trade), industry was able to normalise a situation whereby the poorer in any given country produced goods or services for the wealthier sectors of any other given foreign country.

        I first noticed this in relation to food production here in NZ (specifically apples) where the best produce was exported for consumption by wealthier sectors of the US population. Some of the exported varieties were not even for sale in NZ. More extreme examples of the poor catering for rich foreigners can be observed where populations starve because their domestic orientated agriculture market has been destroyed by cheap subsidised imports or food ‘aid’ and the resultant unworked agricultural land bought up by corporates who then plant ‘cash crops’ and export the whole damned lot.

        As an illustrative example of how industry would run if it abandoned some market principles. Remember crocs, those ugly but comfy plastic blobs of footwear? They kind of last ‘for ever’, right? Earlier in the year I recall reading a report in the Guardian that the production facility had shut down.

        And that’s as it should be in my mind.

        There are still Model T Fords on the road. In other words we have the ability to make cars that essentially last a hundred years. And there are still functioning and serviceable washing machines that date back 50 years….consumer guarantee on a new one, anyone? I could go on listing consumer product after consumer product. No point. We know that we sell ourselves short by engaging in the type of industrial production that we do.

        And we should all be able to figure out (it’s not difficult) that our industrial production behaves in a manner that is dictated by the market.

        Which leads me to ask: You want to preserve the market in some form or other, why?

  2. ianmac 3

    What a great speaker Greymouth mayor Tony Kokshoorn is. His sincerity and directness makes the people like Parker look oily and insincere. Tony for PM!

  3. Alan 4

    ianmac,

    I don’t think that anyone on the Coast thinks that Tony is a great speaker, however he is sincere and direct and he is a mayor to be proud of.

    Tony for PM? God forbid – he’s too good for that lot.

    • ianmac 4.1

      Yes, it is his sincerity and directness rather than the slick PR deliveries that we are used to that impresses me. You can’t imagine Tony putting up with “tutoring” from a Parliamentary tutor.

    • prism 4.2

      Tony K has spoken well over the mine disaster. However his judgment seemed way out over the business with the Maori iwi supermarket investment. It was being blocked by quibbles from local historical society from re-installing a war memorial in a different location than its previous neglected position. The Council delayed until the iwi, to progress their investment project, were forced to remove and store the memorial. The Mayor got on his charger then, all energised, and ‘rescued’ them.
      He definitely hasn’t what it takes to handle increased contentious issues as PM.

  4. john 5

    American establishment economist Krugman writes the Irish should have let their irresponsible banks go bankrupt, but crazily have sold their own people into debt peonage,they’re now reoccupied by German,Brit and French banks who should be having a hair cut! refer link:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/26/opinion/26krugman.html

    Irish banks are an example of cowboy Capitalism at its best. Unfortunately so are the Bank of America, Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase and so many other American banks. This disaster won’t be over until we all grow up and regulate greed.
    They privatize their profits and socialize their losses. This type of political trade caused some French heads to be severed at one time. Eventually, stone soup will reach a boiling point me thinks.

    The Irish situation is a perfect example of neoliberal folly.

    Ireland did what neoliberals said they should do in order to prosper. They cut their corporate taxes to a mere 12.5% in order to “compete for foreign investment”. They let their banks run wild. The government kept a tight budget and cut its debt in half.

    Ireland became the poster child of neoliberal ideology.

    Then things went wrong. The real estate bubble burst, borrowers got into trouble, and then the collapse of Lehman brought the credit market to a halt. Foreign investors pulled their money out and workers were laid off. Irish banks took on water, and the government promised to keep them afloat.

    The Irish did exactly what the neoliberal ideology said they should do, and it went very, very wrong.

    Now those same neoliberals, like the German government, are demanding that Ireland do penance for its sins, and tighten its public belt. The Irish response is to cut social programs, raise consumption taxes, cut public employment and reduce the minimum wage (as if that would improve the government budget!), among other things.

    German newspapers, like Der Spiegel, write about how the problem is due to Irish government waste, in spite of the fact that the government held a tight budget and only got into trouble when it tried to rescue its banks.

    Ireland is a victim of a neoliberal ideology that worships low taxes for business and high incomes, weak regulation and total capital freedom. Now that this ideology has failed, those who prodded Ireland into going down this path are pretending that government waste was to blame.

    Ok, maybe they’re right about that. It really is pretty wasteful for the Irish government to spend its money to keep German banks from having to write off bad loans to Irish banks who financed a real estate bubble.

    Rather than submitting to German austerity demands, Ireland might very well want to consider letting its banks fail, and leaving it up to the German government to figure out how to deal with the resulting losses for German banks.

    But until then, we’ll hear how reducing the minimum wage will help the Irish government reduce its debt.

    Sigh.

    • ZeeBop 5.1

      Quite simply politicians and media who tell us that the free market can exist with less
      government are lying simpletons, free markets cannot come about without government
      regulation. One way to make profits corruptly is to not administer markets. Or anything,
      if you don’t audit, then your accountant finds it easier to commit fraud!

    • john 5.2

      What happens if Ireland tells the NeoLiberal Casino Gamblers to take a haircut?

      If Ireland tells the EU to go eff itself and defaults, what happens? Well, first, the elites and the bankers go batshit. Markets tumble everywhere, amid cries that Ireland will forever be outside the world economic community and the people will suffer terribly. There is a lot of sound and fury, but when the din dies down, what’s the real effect?
      There are two major losers. The banks and the pro-EU crowd, in particular, the EU bureaucrats who have invested their careers and reputations in the prominence of the EU.

      Ireland itself suffers seriously in the short-term, but probably not significantly worse than it will under an IMF-imposed austerity programme. In the long-term, though, all the hysterical fears are just that. Look at Russia. After it defaulted, there were screams that it would never be able to borrow again, but five years later Wall Street was falling all over itself to underwrite their bonds.

      The short and sweet of it is that

      a) Irish politicians are mostly captured either by Euro-centric philosophy or bank interests, or should they truly be independent, are generally not smart or courageous enough to realize the banks/EU is bluffing hard with the fear game.

      b) The Irish peasants will bitch and moan but will prove to be as powerless and impotent as their American cousins.

      This is mass thievery from Ireland’s working class. Pure and simple.

      There should be riots and politicians hanging from lamp posts right now.

      There is nothing wrong with Ireland except for its banks. Ireland’s huge deficit is 100% the fault of bailing out the banks. F*ck the banks.

      This is completely and utterly DISGUSTING

      The poor and pensioners have been robbed of their shirts to bail out the banksters AGAIN

      • Bored 5.2.1

        “Workers of the world, you have nothing to lose but your chains”. (In this instance Marx is on the button).

      • Draco T Bastard 5.2.2

        As I keep saying – when you loan someone or some country money you’re taking the risk that you’re not going to get it back. Ireland defaulting is the natural result of the GFC, which was caused by the banks anyway, and the banks losing is the risk they took falling due. The banks gambled and lost – the Irish, or any country, should not have to prop up that loss.

    • Bored 6.1

      Just read intro, excellent document. It makes me ashamed to share this country with Rebstock and Bennett, they are below contempt.

  5. freedom 7

    Google, Wikileaks and the Department of Homeland Security

    Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

    To emphasize that the ramped up Airport Security measures are merely increments of harmony in an orchestrated exercise to implement a Police state, Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert recently appeared on Fox News’ Fox and Friends and told host Gretchen Carlson that Terrorists plan to use women’s tampons to sneak explosives onto airplanes. There are already growing reports of menstruating women having to undergo extensive ‘probing’ of their genitals when the Scanners discover foreign objects in their underwear and in their person. Understandably, many of these women are reporting distress and trauma in the aftermath of the searches.

    It is being openly reported that across the US on the eve of Thanksgiving the TSA roped off turned off and basically did not use many of its scanners to combat the widely promoted Opt Out protest. The use of the Enhanced Pat Down was also reduced. These actions go to support the accusation the TSA/DHS security protocols are little more than Police State conditioning instruments and have nothing to do with the detection of Terrorists. There are also reports from Airlines that passenger volume was as low as 75% of normal, whilst road traffic monitoring reports massive spikes in road user volume over the same period, including a thirty mile traffic jam on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

    To distract from the growing problems of and to support the DHS Director’s call for immediate roll out of mobile Scanner systems, we have the FBI announcing they are involved in another false Flag Operation. This time involving a 19 year old Somalian who reportedly attempted to blow up a Xmas Tree lighting ceremony with a car bomb. The FBI have admitted they ‘handled’ the teen and supplied the bomb. This is the exact same scenario as the failed Times Square bombing and the failed underwear Bomber. Why is it the only recent Terrorist actions that are justifications for conditions in which it is possible to intensify Police State behaviour are orchestrated by American agencies?

    Is it merely another coincidence that an alternative to the scanners and patdowns is being promoted? A Biometric ID card for citizens. Remember the 9/11 Commission Report? Following it, “The 9/11 Commission Report Implementation Act of 2004” was passed. One of the recommendations made by this bill called for the following:
    “Directs the Secretary to develop plans: (1) for a comprehensive integrated screening system; (2) to accelerate the full implementation of an automated biometric entry and exit data system for preventing the entry of terrorists; (3) to expedite the processing of registered travelers who enter and exit the United States through a single registered traveler program; and (4) to require biometric passports and other secure identification for all travel into the United States by U.S. citizens and individuals for whom immigration and nationality documentation requirements have previously been waived.”

    Well here it is

    I am sure it is only coincidence that Michael Chertoff is on the board of the card’s manufacturer. When you click on their website, and click on the “What is Clear?” link, and then click on the “Board of Directors” link, it should all become “very clear” to you. The 3rd name from the bottom, is none other than, the same Michael Chertoff who promoted the implementation of the invasive Rapiscan scanners.

    You may choose to acknowledge that this event happened at the same time Wikileaks gave the world proof of Saudi requests to invade Iran, Hillary Clinton wanting top UN officials spied on, and numerous other Diplomatic cables and memos which show the backstabbing complicity of the USA and the Corporate Elite against legitimate Governments of the world, including their own Allies. Damn right the US fought to stop the release fearing problematic relations and risks to International allegiances. I doubt anyone wants it discovered that someone you said you trusted was actually on your watchlist. As i said, you may choose to acknowledge the coincidence, you may choose to let the Governments continue their ramraid of Liberty. It is after all entirely your
    choice as to how much suffering the World has to endure

    Apart from the Senate passing billS510 and promptly making the growing of food illegal for most private citizens, and directly affecting global trade agreements, we have the DHS under the Copyright Infringement bullshit shutting down numerous websites. One site that was shut down was Torrent-Finder.com. It neither hosted copyrighted material nor directly linked to places where it could be found. Instead, the site opened new windows to sites that did link to file-sharing materials. There is another site that does this very task. It is called Google.

      • freedom 7.1.1

        yes there are undoubtedly some people who are taking advantage of the actions against the TSA and the Opt Out campaign is obviously designed to promote agendas other than simply opposing the DHS. Regardless of where the funding came from for a couple of activists, it is not ok for a Government to submit its citizens to DNA destroying radiation and Clayton’s stripsearches in the name of airtravel security when most of the cargo on the very same planes is not even screened. It is not okay for a Government to implement those same procedures on mass transit systems and public highways. Any technology that can scan a vehicle, can scan a home.

        In your own home this xmas season, many of you will be buying the new X-box Kinect, a funtastic piece of tech and from what i have seen of the range of Sporting and Exercise games available, Mr Orwell would be impressed that the daily fitness regime will be so well presented. But please don’t forget it has a very sensitve built in multi-directional microphone that is under the jurisdiction of international security agreements that allow illegal surveillance. Just sayin’

  6. Bored 8

    At the moment that governments worldwide have admitted oil has peaked, we in NZ are facing the dummy up approach of myopic “business as usual”. There are plans afoot for motorways, bigger trucks etc etc. Sitting behind the oil issue will be a demand for more electricity. The rationale will be “we aint got petrol, but we can get more electricity”.

    Therein lies the danger, we will wreck our environment in pursuit of electricity. This year the Mokihinui dam was approved, and recently the Stockton proposal. The former proposes to wreck a pristine environment, for the addition of 1% of the national demand. The Stockton proposal achieves the same result with some environmental benefits.

    My fear is that our rapacious power companies will want both. When you consideer that Meridian also has managed to get approval to extract a mere 60% of the Wairau in Marlborough despite huge environmental impact it becomes obvious that they know no restraint.

  7. ianmac 9

    I have a dim recollection that when the UN was being set up, there was advantage in knowing what each different county’s position was, especially in relation to the Security Council. It later transpired that the Diplomatic lines were being tapped by the Americans so that they always stayed one step ahead. It maybe why USA still has a very strong influence on UN operations.

  8. Lanthanide 10

    Ran across this wiftful picture of Key: http://www.madbutcher.co.nz/Image/john_key_xmas_dinner.pdf

  9. Lanthanide 11

    Ran across this wistful picture of Key: http://www.madbutcher.co.nz/Image/john_key_xmas_dinner.pdf

  10. jcuknz 12

    I hope people will keep their eye on the American scene where Congress tomorrow has to decide to continue paying the dole to the unemployed or just let them starve.

  11. Draco T Bastard 13

    Climate change scientists warn of 4C global temperature rise
    The beginning of the article starts with this bit:

    “There is now little to no chance of maintaining the rise in global surface temperature at below 2C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary,” said Kevin Anderson, at the University of Manchester, who with colleague Alice Bows contributed research to a special collection of Royal Society journal papers published tomorrowtoday. “Moreover, the impacts associated with 2C have been revised upwards so that 2C now represents the threshold [of] extremely dangerous climate change.”

    2 degrees is where the scientists think that the tipping point to runaway climate change is.

    A rise of 4C could be seen as soon as 2060 in a worst case scenario, according to research in the same journal, led by the Met Office’s Richard Betts and first revealed in the Guardian last year. Betts accepts the scenario is extreme but argues it is also plausible given the rapidly rising trend in emissions.

    Warren added: “This world would also rapidly be losing its ecosystem services, owing to large losses in biodiversity, forests, coastal wetlands, mangroves and saltmarshes [and] an acidified and potentially dysfunctional marine ecosystem. In such a 4C world, the limits for human adaptation are likely to be exceeded in many parts of the world.”

    4 degrees by the middle of the century – that’ll make the end of the century hell on Earth.

    A lot of us reading this blog today will see the beginning of the collapse of the eco-system. Our children and grand-children are going to have to find ways to survive in a world of chaos and death.

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    6 days ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    6 days ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    6 days ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    1 week ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    1 week ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    1 week ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
    Our Good Fortune: Precisely because she has never been an ideologue (she calls herself a “pragmatic idealist”) Jacinda Ardern has a political nimbleness and spontaneity which, when infused with her exceptional emotional intelligence, produces spectacular demonstrations of leadership. Jacinda's empathic political personality contrasts sharply with the less-than-sunny ways of her ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
    2 weeks ago
  • 68-51
    The Abortion Legislation Bill has just passed its third reading, 68-51. NZ First MPs bailed because their referendum amendment didn't pass, but there were plenty of MPs to provide a majority without them. The bill is a long way from perfect - most significantly, it subjects pregnant people who need ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The ‘herd immunity’ route to fighting coronavirus is unethical and potentially dangerous
    As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone – trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. Herd immunity means letting a large number of people catch a disease, and hence develop immunity to it, to stop the virus spreading. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • The Air New Zealand bailout
    Stuff reports that the government is going to have to throw $2 - 3 billion at Air new Zealand to get it through the pandemic. Good. While international routes are basicly closed, Air New Zealand is a strategic asset which is vital to our tourism industry, not to mentioning airfreight. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why NZ’s tough coronavirus travel rules are crucial to protecting lives at home and across the Pac...
    New Zealand’s border restrictions will come with significant job and business losses in the tourism sector, both at home and in the Pacific. But the new travel rules are absolutely necessary to protect the health of New Zealanders and people right across Pacific Islands, because New Zealand is a gateway ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The tiniest of teeth
    Back in early 2018, as a shoddy legal tactic to try and avoid the prisoner voting ban being formally declared inconsistent with the BORA by the Supreme Court, Justice Minister Andrew Little floated the idea of greater legal protection for human rights. When the Supreme Court case didn't go the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • One simple, common factor to success against COVID-19
    Professor Philip Hill and Associate Professor James Ussher Most infectious diseases have an Achilles heel, the secret is to find it. The question is if we don’t have a drug or a vaccine for COVID-19, is there something else we can do to beat it? Some people estimate that, without ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • National should isolate Simon Bridges
    The Coalition Governments $12.1 billion economic package to help combat the financial effects of COVID-19 was generally well received across the board, even amongst many business leaders who would normally be critical of a Labour led Government.However there was one glaringly obvious exception, Simon Bridges. The so-called leader of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How testing for Covid-19 works
    With confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand up to 12, many influential people are writing open letters and opinion pieces and doing press conferences asking why we aren’t pulling out all the stops and testing thousands of people a day like they are in South Korea. The thing is, ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 weeks ago
  • The COVID-19 package and the limits of capitalism
    by Daphna Whitmore The willingness to put human life before business shows that sometimes capitalism is capable of suspending its relentless drive for profit. For a short time it can behave differently. Flatten the curve is the public health message since COVID-19 suddenly overwhelmed the hospital system in northern Italy. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
    Kia ora koutou katoa I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders today to give you as much certainty and clarity as we can as we fight Covid-19. Over the past few weeks, the world has changed. And it has changed very quickly. In February it would have seemed unimaginable to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
    New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the commitment. “This is an important collective response, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
    JOINT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT BY SINGAPORE AND NEW ZEALAND AFFIRMING COMMITMENT TO ENSURING SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECTIVITY AMIDST THE COVID-19 SITUATION  The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis.  As part of our collective response to combat COVID-19, Singapore and New Zealand are committed to maintaining open and connected supply chains. We ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
    Travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travelers came into force from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).  All airlines were informed of these restrictions before they came into force. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says “The transit of passengers between Australia and New Zealand has been agreed upon and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $100 million to redeploy workers
    The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today. Phil Twyford ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More support for wood processing
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Following earlier announcements today of a regional support package for Tairāwhiti, Minister Jones has also announced a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt steps in to protect Air New Zealand
    The Coalition Government has stepped in to protect Air New Zealand with a significant financial deal that protects essential routes and allows the company to keep operating. The Government and Air New Zealand have agreed a debt funding agreement through commercial 24-month loan facilities of up to $900 million*. The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Stronger border measures to protect NZers from COVID-19
    The Government has taken further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively stopping all people from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm today, except for returning New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.  New Zealanders’ partners, legal guardians or any dependent children travelling with ...
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    1 week ago
  • Action on indoor gatherings and events to protect public health
    The Government has reinforced its commitment to protecting the health of New Zealanders from COVID-19 through the cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people.  “Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our number one priority, and that means we need to reduce the risks associated with large gatherings,” ...
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