Open mike 30/03/2012

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  1. Bored 1

    Had to laugh at the headlines with regard to Duoug Grahams conviction, calls for him to hand in his knighthood.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/6663532/Lombard-fallout-Graham-urged-to-give-up-Sir

    Quite frankly it just shows what a crock of proverbial the honours system is.

    PS For all the RWNJs Jeffries did 3 terms in the right wing Douglas Labour government of the 80s, dont call him a leftie.

    • Pascal's bookie 1.1

      The Remuera 4.

    • tracey 1.2

      Convenient article about him claiming to “be better off dead” the day before the sentencing. No attempt to influence a Judge there, nosiree. I’ not sure how many people get access to the media the day before their sentencing.

      • TT 1.2.1

        Well he was right on that count. A complete waste of space on this earth. I can’t see the Tory old-boys club taking his knighthood though. It was the same old-boys club that has kept him out of prison.

        • tracey 1.2.1.1

          John Key has to go before National lose the government benches because if he waits, the current opposition, when government, will change the knighthood system again….

  2. rosy 2

    Last December a study from the The New Economics Foundation called ‘A Bit Rich’ came out that priced in the social, environmental and economic impacts of six professions by looking at how each produces value for society, or destroys value. For each activity, the analysis measured the conventional economic returns, including job creation, but adds in, for example, attributable environmental degradation, and changes in well-being (positive or negative) to individuals and communities.

    The study reveals that for every £ earned:
    – EliteCity bankers (earning £1 million-plus bonuses) destroy £7
    – Hospital cleaners create over £10
    – Advertising executives destroy £11
    – Child care workers generate between £7 and £9.50.
    – Tax accountants destroy £47.
    – Waste recycling workers generate £12

    They suggest jobs should be rewarded based on the social value they create and prices include a measurable social and environmental values and maximum pay differentials among a series of measures to create more equitable pay.

    • LynW 2.1

      +100 If only!

    • tracey 2.2

      yup, which is why they never will be when you consider which careers rise tot he top of power and influence.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      Yep, we’ve been getting our values seriously around the wrong way for a long time but I suspect that’s because the people in power have been the ones doing the valuing.

    • aerobubble 2.4

      The present system ignores the anarchist notion that all property is theft. Locke is supposed to have said that property rights come from ‘work’. That a property right appears when effort is expended. Well if animals have rights, businesses are independent persons for legal purposes, then Gaia must have property rights too. And therein lies the mismatch between what many indigenous first peoples believe and what western fiscal cannibals hold true. Our elites all believe in a falsehood, that only they have property rights, and the planet has none. The SCOTUS decision to give businesses individual rights means the planet has rights. Welcome to the new world paradigm. Green Anarchism has come of age.

    • Vicky32 2.5

      The study reveals that for every £ earned:
      – EliteCity bankers (earning £1 million-plus bonuses) destroy £7
      – Hospital cleaners create over £10
      – Advertising executives destroy £11
      – Child care workers generate between £7 and £9.50.
      – Tax accountants destroy £47.
      – Waste recycling workers generate £12

      Fascinating! Thanks, Rosy for the information…

  3. Hilary 3

    Yesterday I heard a senior figure in a government agency say that NZ’s public debt had gone up from $8billion in 2008 to $80 billion now. I think those were the figures, and if they are right that is really scary. That is why there is so much cost cutting throughout the public service, and why the assets are being sold.

    If that is true where has all that money gone (can’t all be in tax cuts to the already well-off) and what value has NZ got from that borrowing? Can someone explain it to me?

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Don’t give the NATs so many excuses Hilary. NZ is currently in a recession, the depth and length of which National has been worsening. In any recession, both company and personal income tax receipts to the Govt fall, while more people need assistance, hence the deficit increases.

      This always happens in a recession, however the Govt has been worsening matters by increasing unemployment and channeling capital to the already very rich (via tax cuts) instead of back into general communities.

      The free market ideology the NATs hold mean that doing anything to “intervene” in the market place – even to help rebuild Christchurch faster – is considered off the table.

      As for the asset sales – selling your assets now and losing those income streams forever will only worsen NZ’s medium to long term position.

      As for your question – where has all that money gone? It is being hoarded in small selected parts of the NZ economy, including an ongoing property bubble in Auckland. Also a billion dollars or so gone to well off investors in SCF. And a few billion a year in tax cuts to the top 10%.

      But the majority of the deficit is being caused by poor economic conditions and the Government’s bad handling of that.

    • KJT 3.2

      Tax cuts. 2 to 5 billion a year depending on who is massaging the statistics.

      Recession stimulus?

      Reduced tax take from the National induced continuing recession. Reducing social insurance and low incomes does not help local business have taxable income.

      14 billion a year from the previous ACT(1984) Government and Nationals asset sales.

      Huge increase in the invisibles deficit due to farming out jobs and profits to offshore.
      EG. Giving the whole of our coastal shipping to MSC and Mearsk.
      Including profits from now privatised, formerly State, enterprises, like rest homes.

      Nationals borrowing for election bribes to farmers, speculators and financiers.

      Just for a start!

      • Ed 3.2.1

        The Treasury figures indicates that the effect of the so called ‘fiscally neutral’ tax changes are costing 2.5% of GDP each year – about $5 billion a year. See earlier article on the Standard.

        • aerobubble 3.2.1.1

          The tax cuts was interventionist, government intervened in the market to water down the economic stress to private borrowers in NZ who where heavily exposed in the global market collapse. Tax payers have bailed out the most indebted in NZ. a direct increase on those that saved, to benefit those that excelled at exposing NZ to debt implosion. Why did Winston get back in but for the retired realizing that a rise in GST was a tax on their savings from here on in.
          All to support the lack of a CGT that has produced such windfalls to the NZ economy as leaky homes, poor safety in mines, pollution of water ways, lapsed earthquake building regulations – all under the demand for capital gains produce by this hole in the NZ tax regime.

          Free markets to work need the government to stay out of the market and leave debtors to take their medicine. How can the market learn otherwise, all that is produced is more debt takers as they rush back in, knowing the government will again bail them out. And the reason they have not is because unlike government they know the growth paradigm based on growing cheaper energy has been swapped with a shrinking trending expensive energy economy.

  4. tracey 4

    All economists agree that tax cuts to the top rate don’t stimulate the economy but tax cuts tot he bottom do. The top either save, pay down debt or travel (removing money from the economy), the lower income use the money to pay all the bills on time, buy “extra” clothes for the kids, all of which stimulates the NZ economy. This Govt flew in the face of that AND borrowed to do it.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      All economists agree that tax cuts to the top rate don’t stimulate the economy but tax cuts tot he bottom do.

      All economists except the neoliberal ones employed by Treasury, all the big banks, most university faculty, the credit ratings agencies and the right wing think tanks.

      So agree with you, all except for those ones.

      • tracey 4.1.1

        CV

        You’ll find the economists in those organisations all agree, but the CEO and Chair of the boards do not.

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          You’ve just gotta be joking that all NZ Treasury economists think that way. Please name two.

          And you have an idea that all economists agree on your point about tax cuts for the rich vs tax cuts for the poor?

          Bottom line is that economics is a pseudoscience, and economists can hardly ever deliver on what they promise. They are faux experts in nice suits.

  5. So why did the Osborne/Cameron (don’t they look like they have the same dressmaker as John Key) government cause an unnecessary petrol panic?

    Here are some pointers. Granny tax, Pie tax, tax cut, 25 million pounds

    Not that governments conspire against their own populations of course.

  6. ianmac 6

    Since Auckland Wharfies get $90,000pa then a payout for a weeks work will be $1,730. Not bad. (They were getting $90,000 pa weren’t they?)

    • KJT 6.1

      I know a lot of the wharfies. Still looking for the one on 91k a year.

      Lumping in supervisors, planners and foremens pay as well does not give an accurate picture of wharfies pay.

  7. Jackal 7

    Maori vote excluded

    Passing the Search and Surveillance Bill is therefore in breach of parliamentary process because the vote was incorrectly counted…

    • Lanthanide 7.1

      Do you have any evidence there was a “miscount” as you claim? Seems to me you’re just asserting there was.

      I would have figured that if such a miscount existed, the MP, or any other opposition party, would already have gone to the media to talk about it. Yet we’ve heard nary a peep.

  8. Northshoreguynz 8

    Why won’t someone think of the children?
    Given that there are no jobs out there, or policies to create them, just how does the govt plan on reducing the long tail in our education system. Stats show that the tail comes from those schools in the low decile areas, where unemployment and poverty hit the hardest. Therefore the obvious (to me)
    solution would be to give schools the finance to maintain class sizes of 15 for Years 1-6, or employ Reading Recovery teachers.

    • logie97 8.1

      Bill English has thought about the kids – it’s the quality of the teaching – class sizes don’t make a difference. That view is held by many contributors to these pages. Truth is that they are probably not teachers or they are former practitioners who have tried to cater for every need and have burnt out. Don’t forget also that schools are funded on “smaller” class sizes but of course the 1:20 – 1:25 ratios are based on teaching staff and include the principal and can include “walking” APs and DPs.

  9. In breaking news Rob Campbell has resigned from the board of POAL. He was a CTU economist many years ago.  Perhaps he could no longer stomach the union bashing?

  10. You know you’re in trouble when: The bookies open a contract on you

    You know that bookies sense when there is blood in the water and they’ll create contracts.

    I don’t think there’s too much to worry about, but…
    https://www.ipredict.co.nz/app.php?do=contract_detail&contract=COLLINS.STANDARD

  11. Pascal's bookie 11

    John Hartevelt points out that this guy ( http://t.co/mim3kjzC ) is only 2 resigning National mps away from being in parliament.

  12. Te Reo Putake 12

    The first cracks appear in the POAL board. Ex-unionist Rob Campbell resigns.

    edit, I see I’ve been beaten to the punch by MS. My first thought was that he’s resigned not over the anti-union bias, but because they weren’t anti-union enough!

    • Te Reo Putake 12.1

      Whoops, MS has beaten me too it. Unlike Mickey, my feeling is that he’s probaly gone because the strategy wasn’t anti-union enough! Or, less sarcastically, because he knows that they are going to be done over in the court, and he doesn’t want to go down with the ship.

      • Tiger Mountain 12.1.1

        “down with the ship” haha, who wants to be on the losing team. Campbell turncoated on unions years back after he had a brush with cancer and just went apeshit aquiring directorships and business and shares.

  13. aerobubble 14

    Paywell. On TV7 there was a discussion of how writers should send copy to a paywell and get paid to give up their ability to persuade and have some fat white male sell their independence in how they choose what to publish and what not to publishing, to the highest bidder. The problem for paywells is the internet will always produce more content, more interesting content, more timely content, and more impartial. Paywells are all about being inside the belt way, the idea being that editors were gatekeepers of society nolonger holds. Information only has relevance if its distributed. Paywells are the last heave of the ultra neo-liberal thinking, when a conservatism agenda is see to die, it produces a even smaller clique of members who pay more and more to retain their established wisdom. It happens on the left too, all those communist pamplets. Neo-liberals is a cult, going that way.

  14. Kotahi Tane Huna 15

    Things not looking good at PoAL. Rob Campbell resigns.

    Edit: I’m way behind MS and TRP!

    Crafar Farms back in the news too.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 15.1.1

        That has every appearance of total defeat. Apart from heads on spikes that is…

      • mickysavage 15.1.2

        Good stuff,  Complete and utter backtrack by POAL.

        • Tiger Mountain 15.1.2.1

          must search out the Q&A vid of Pearson “it’s all over, we are at the implementation phase now…”

        • ianmac 15.1.2.2

          POAL was going to produce evidence of threats to Health and Safety to the Court today.
          Any sign of that?

          • Te Reo Putake 15.1.2.2.1

            I think you can take it from the lifting of the lockout that the ‘evidence’ was singularly lacking in legal weight, Ianmac. But if a report crosses my desk about what was raised, I’ll post it asap.

            Edit: I gather the hearing, or at least that part, did not go ahead. POAL dropped it on the courthouse steps.

    • Te Reo Putake 15.2

      Well, it’s all falling apart now, isn’t it? This is the kind of bluster followed by abject failure I usually associate with the Black Caps batting lineup. Reading their press release is terrific fun. It’s one of those ‘tanks, what tanks?’ efforts that might have sounded plausable before they hit ‘send’ but doesn’t look so flash out in the real world.
       
      Still, I’m sure all the righties will be on to this ASAP to sugarcoat it as a generous employer doing the right thing by it’s staff and customers. Any minute now … Hello? Anyone out there? Hmmmm, don’t like associating with losers, I guess.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 15.2.1

        Hey! That’s not fair! If they can’t associate with losers who’s left for them to support after this week?

    • millsy 15.3

      Early days yet, but if MUNZ pulls this off, neo-liberalism is dead in this country. Plain and simple.

      The PoA workers will go down in history as the men who finally stood up and said ‘no’ to privatisation, contracting out, and the erosion of wages and conditions.

      And inspired others to do the same.

  15. MadeInZ 16

    if it’s not OK for Pullar and Boag to try and blackmail ACC, then why is it OK for ACC, specifically the managers at meeting in question, to buy into and be party to Blackmail? According the the email from Boag to Collins, this is what occured. The POlice were only called in way after the fact, meanwhile ACC seems to ahve been willing party to blackmail using public monies. WTF?? am i missing something here??

  16. deuto 17

    I went to Steven Price’s blogsite to see whether he had commented on the Collins/ACC saga, particularly the defamation issues.

    He hasn’t, but his latest post entitled “Silliest statement by an Attorney-General ever?” may be of interest in terms of both the Collins/ACC saga and the apparent/perceived current modus operandi of trying to shut down discussion on contraversial issues.

    His post addresses the A-G’s “contempt of court” assertions in the House in relation to Annette King’s comments re the Urewera raids.

    Price’s view that the A-G’s final statement is tosh –

    “This is tosh. Of course we can talk about court cases. The only thing we can’t do is publish things that cause real risk of prejudice to the administration of justice. That’s a pretty narrow category of things.

    This is the sort of tosh usually dished up by those who simply don’t want to talk about the issues arising out of particular cases.”

    Full post here – http://www.medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=546

    Note to self – figure out how to change text to italics and indent quotes.

    • deuto 17.1

      Was unable to edit the above (told me I did not have permission).

      Lead in to the quoted paras should read “Price’s view ‘is’ that the A-G’s final statement is tosh”.

      One little word can make a big difference to meaning!

    • just saying 17.2

      To change text to italics; put immediately before the relevant text and immediately after. Don’t know how to indent I’m afraid.

      edit: that was an unexpected consequence.
      After ‘put’ above goes . After ‘text and..’ goes . May have to delete because I suspect…..

    • Draco T Bastard 17.3

      Note to self – figure out how to change text to italics and indent quotes.

      Just read the FAQ

    • Draco T Bastard 19.1

      Gee, why am I not surprised?

      • muzza 19.1.1

        At what stage will the cops just come out and admit they are only there as a tool of government!

        And to collect revenue!

        They must be feeling like a bunch of muppets by now!

    • tc 19.2

      Very predictable, the police appaer to have become an extension of the PM’s office serving their political will.

      Aren’t those opinions wonderful…..act breached, no worries matey opinion says. The long arm of the law gives the nats another cuddle, cuppa tea anyone ?

      • Descendant Of Smith 19.2.1

        What no police warning to not do it again – I thought they thought they were the judiciary.

  17. bad12 20

    Can a mouse roar???,

    John Banks has been reported as saying he will oppose legislation that will regulate the amount that dairy Giant Fonterra pays to its dairy farmer suppliers,

    Anyone having read that and having an immediate vision of cheaper milk and cheese prices should forget that wee notion now,

    We have as yet not ascertained the true intent of such an ”interesting” piece of legislation,on the one hand it could be being advanced on behalf of the actual dairy farmers in an effort to make damn sure that Fonterra and the speculative capitalists circling like hungry sharks cannot strangle the farmers cash-flow and force them to their knees,

    On the other hand of course it could be legislation specifically befor the House designed to do just that,force the actual dairy farmers to their knees by restricting their cash flows to such an extent that they will in the end be forced to agree that Fonterra shares become a publicly listed trade on the Stock Exchange board,

    There,s plenty more to come on this little gem of interference in the free market by the free marketeers and we wonder if Bank,s has jumped outta the blocks this quick in opposition as an attempt to distract people from the Tories other internal ructions or is He just feeling neglected these days…

    • Tc 20.1

      The price is rigged anyway so legislation would have little impact…..look what it’s done for power prices.

      • bad12 20.1.1

        Oh if what we ”believe” is happening here in that it is just another attempt to force the Fonterra shareholders,(Fonterra,s dairy farmer suppliers),to have Fonterra publicly listed on the Stock Exchange and the shares publicly traded, if successful would see the price of dairy products again jump by as much as 30%,

        Fonterra laid the ”plan” to list on the Stock Exchange befor its share-holding suppliers a few years back and got told quite impolitely to ”go take a ffffing walk”,

        This wee agenda tho is being run by Speculative Capitalists,you know the type,they dont actually own a business but have managed to collect unto themselves a pile of coin which simply allows them to be ”share-holders” as their business,they per se dont actually produce anything, just leach off of the production of others all the while demanding ”more” as a return for them having bought into an already productive business,

        These Speculative Capitalists are a patient lot tho and we see here in this attempt at regulating what Fonterra pays its dairy farming shareholders and suppliers at the farm gate what could be a some-what strengthened plan to again push for the listing of Fonterra on the Stock Exchange,

        Obviously if we are in fact right,and the next couple of months will tell us this,Speculative Capital is back with a brand new plan to have Fonterra listed upon the Exchange and this time round if this Legislation turns out to be what we think it is then this time round Speculative Capital will use a little more force upon the Dairy Farmers to get them to agree to having Speculative Capitals grubby little paws into the pie….

        • Carol 20.1.1.1

          bad, you post some interesting and thoughtful comments. Are there really 12 of you contributing to your comments?

  18. Hateatea 21

    John Key about to appear on Close Up re the Pullar affair. He must be getting worried to interrupt his golfing weekend 😉

    • logie97 21.1

      Always good value to watch this when Key is under pressure on a subject of “knowing” the truth.

      • logie97 21.1.1

        I have read and heard statements in the last two days from Boag and Key that he met Pullar once , their emphasis once. Tonight Key says a “few times”. Where are Duncan Garner and Fran Mould when they are needed …

  19. Te Reo Putake 22

    One are doing a patsy interview with Key about Pullar (on Closeup now). Accuses her of name dropping. Best line so far:
     
    ‘some people name drop when it benefits them’. No hint of irony.

    • Hateatea 22.1

      ‘some people name drop when it benefits them’. No hint of irony.’
      I liked that too. As usual, it was all about him. Teflon, anyone?
      BTW, he doesn’t have HER number but surely he must have Michelle Boag’s?

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    . . 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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?
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    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
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago

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