Open mike 30/11/2010

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  1. Bored 1

    From the government that gave you Paula Bennett and Rebstock….Here we go again…steal from the poor give to the rich..

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10690977

    • vto 1.1

      And I considered this outfit to be one of the better performing. They seemed to have good conservative parameters to their business, made few foolish lending decisions (or rather probably, fewer), and etc.

      But Bored you are quite right. The owners of this business could afford to sort the lot out without recourse to the government guarantee.

      But what do you expect? This is human nature you are talking about. Why would they write a cheque for $178million when they can get me and you and all NZ\’s other taxpayers to do it? The problem is the structure that was set up under the guarantee – human nature just fits around the rules. Always has, always will. The problem is in fact the government\’s failure, less so the Spencers.

      It amazes me that more people are not up in arms about all this. Sure at the time of the GFC the banking system required assistance because it would most definitely have collapsed. However, why on earth outfits like this were included I do not know.

      It sucks. I think I will now opt out of the taxpayer and western-style government system. Can I do that? Or am I forced against my will under threat of physical sanction to be a part of a system that is failing me and my family?

      • Bored 1.1.1

        You will be forced by the same said State (on behalf of the Spensers and their morally bankrupt ilk) to pay up, be indebted with somebody elses debt, and to become a serf to them until debt redeemed. This is the current state of the Irish. Rebellion not tolerated…revolution fommented.

        • vto 1.1.1.1

          Astounding really. The Spencers set up their own private business and operate it for long time. When it goes bust they don’t pay the debt, I do.

          That is just incredibly grossly unfair. Leads very directly to frustration, thence to anger, before finally becoming hatred. Which is the end of the road. The end of the road is in sight.

          Here is another big item which will happen in NZ at some point, like it is already happening in other western countries…. your kiwisaver accounts will be taken by the state. It is exactly the same thing, 100%.

          Anyone want to place a bet on this occurrence?????

          captcha: wasting

          • Logie97 1.1.1.1.1

            Keep hearing the commentators with their meme that New Zealand’s problems are the levels or private debt / overseas borrowings. It seems that the majority of that borrowed debt lies with these finance companies.

            And who do we know that made a bucket load by moving that money around when times were good…?

            “Just smile and wave boys. I’m not affected by this. Mine is in foreign bank accounts”.

            • ZeeBop 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Don’t give up, get even. Remember money is relatuve value not gold standard value. If the reserve currency of the world is printing money it means inflation is on the way big time. That means all this extra money the Spensers and others get is paper money, its worth a lot less, unless its locked in. i.e. owns a real asset like a home, a degree, a career, a skill, etc. Their contempt of the system in bailing out the few who so right royally screwed the system in debt crazed addiction, is undermining the very results of all that hard corruption! Money is relative and the US is printing it. Welcome to the crash, anytime about… …now.

          • pollywog 1.1.1.1.2

            That is just incredibly grossly unfair. Leads very directly to frustration, thence to anger, before finally becoming hatred.

            so how does one channel this frustration and anger productively ?…cos i don’t want to be blinded by hate.

            captcha : prevent

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.2.1

              This is the billion dollar question. I’m very interested in potential answers as well.

              PS VTO = Yoda?

            • Bored 1.1.1.1.2.2

              I have got over the hate bit…..once the pampered rich are reduced to the average level by circumstance or force we can safely expect that they will be the ones hating us (for generously allowing them to experience our normal circumstances).

          • Bored 1.1.1.1.3

            VTO, it might interest you to know that the Spencers along with a heap of other recognisable family names such as the Todds were the beneficiaries of import controls and licensing. They got rich on “import monopolies” for want of a better description. Made rich by the state at our expense and kept rich at our expense yet again.

      • freedom 1.1.2

        if they made their fortunes in toilet paper why are we the ones cleaning up the shit?

      • KJT 1.1.3

        Probably time to revisit limited liability companies. Limited liability was originally meant to encourage start up businesses. However now it mostly works for large speculative businesses which fail due to dodgy behavior. We all carry the risk for these people without much public benefit.
        It will not effect non-speculative small and medium start ups. They have to give personal guarantees to lenders, suppliers and often customers anyway.

        • grumpy 1.1.3.1

          I don’t think you understand this KJT. When a limited liability company goes broke, it’s the creditors who miss out. In this case the kindly Government has a Deposit Guarantee Scheme whereby the taxpayers cover the creditor’s losses so it’s the taxpayer that misses out.
          Nothing to do with a limited liability, just a dodgy arse covering bailout scheme.

          • KJT 1.1.3.1.1

            Without limited liability Spencer, Hotchins et al would have had to cover the losses of their own companies. Either directly or the Government could recover as much as possible from their assets.

    • Lazy Susan 1.2

      My understanding is that this “extended guarantee scheme” was only rolled over in October 2010 see here. Most of the major banks are no longer in the DGS and there are only a handful of finance companies that have been accepted. This begs the question why Equitable Mortgages was accepted into the extended scheme in the first place – what evidence did they present two months ago that suggested they were in good financial shape?

    • jcuknz 1.3

      Dare I suggest that they have handled our ++++ for years, isn’t it fair we handle theirs now they are in need? 🙂

  2. Bored 2

    And whilst on the subject of bankrutcies heres David Henderson on his misfortunes “”Unfortunately, almost all my creditors are themselves in receivership or some form of administration now…’

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/4403655/Henderson-sinks-under-debt

    But maybe there is some justice, well just maybe watch this space…

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/4403629/Hanover-staff-to-front

    • grumpy 2.1

      The only justice for some of these bastards comes in the form of a small solid object on the end of a brass tube – that is what they would get in China – and their family a bill for the bullet!

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        that is what they would get in China – and their family a bill for the bullet!

        For gawds sakes grumpy, China has moved on from those times.

        Nowadays, the kidney and liver donation is more than enough to cover the cost.

        • grumpy 2.1.1.1

          I stand corrected CV, but I would still send them a bill for the bullet!

          The liver and kidneys are a great step forward but it would take a long time before you could find a heart in one of those Finance company bastards ……

  3. Aargh.

    On Morning Report News John Key just said “kick the tyres” again. Can’t we get a better Prime Minister from somewhere, someone who doesn’t talk or think in slogans?

    • Bored 3.1

      Mickey, could you perhaps persuade that mealy mouthed middle of the road shade of grey that is Mr Goff to use these words, they have westy street appeal, sort of in line with what is supposed to be the core Labour electorate.

    • Janice 3.2

      He also referred the Pike River Mine events as a “moveable feast”. Who is this person? Why do we put up with him? Why don’t we “kick his tyres” there is a lot of hot air in there for sure and not much else.

      • Colonial Viper 3.2.1

        Moveable feast? Like meals on wheels for miners?

      • Vicky32 3.2.2

        What did he think he meant by that? ??????
        Deb

        • Anne 3.2.2.1

          He didn’t mean anything by it. It’s one of those catchy phrases that Crosby/Textor taught him to use as a plausible sounding fill-in when he’s not sure what he’s talking about.

    • prism 3.3

      I seem to remember that Billly T James had a good kick the tyres routine at a car sales yard. Perhaps Key is trying to be a loved man-of-the-people just an ordinary guy from a state house.

      captcha cars – is this the ghost in the machine at work?

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    Daily Mash, of course, has the best analysis of the wikileaks story

    The slaughter came just hours after the website, popular with paedophiles and smokers, published 250,000 secret documents that revealed, for only the 78 millionth time in human history, that governments are run by the sort of utter tosspots you wouldn’t have in your house.

    • freedom 4.1

      i prefer the tail of the piece

      “Nevertheless, the point about Wikileaks undermining the safety of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan would have some validity, if only it wasn’t such a humongous vat of liquidised monkey-shit from start to finish.

      Because – and you might want to write this down and keep it somewhere safe – the key thing that has undermined the safety of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is them firing their big fucking guns at Iraqis and Afghans.”

      • Tigger 4.1.1

        There’s bound to be local gold in the leaks to come. My favourite quote is from this article:
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4403682/Leaked-Cables-show-orders-to-spy-on-Clark

        “They were also told to collect similar information about other countries’ representatives to the UN, including their credit card details, frequent flier account numbers and work schedules.

        Prime Minister John Key … would not comment on whether it was appropriate for the US to be spying on UN officials.”

        I’ll make it easy for you John. It’s not appropriate.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          I’ve noticed that Jonkey is only unsure about stuff that the National Party wants to do but thinks that public wouldn’t approve.

  5. Jim Nald 5

    Newsflash:
    ACT authoritarians toss off Tashkoff
    Hide’s cronies back the brute’s disrepute

  6. vto 6

    My dulled brain flickered a little during mid-traffic yuckiness this afternoon when listening to radio commentators repeat the well-worn point that the big banks were too big to fail and needed to be assisted by the state (taxpayers) in the middle of the GFC in 2008.

    This was an unfortunate reality. But if the thought process continues from this point it is highly apparent that the big banks still require the taxpayers to stand behind them today. And also obviously will require the taxpayers to stand behind them well into the foreseeable future. Whether there is a govt guarantee in place at any particular time or not.

    Such is their role in our economy and society.

    So, they required taxpayer backing in the past (before it become obvious), got taxpayer backing yesterday (2008) and need it in the future.

    Because the bankers cannot operate without the taxpayer then surely the taxpayer must get something in return. Yet the bankers pay their way in the same way as any old ordinary cornershop business. How does that equate? It doesn’t. Cornershop businesses don’t need the taxpayer to back them up and don’t get it (oh, except farmers when the 100yr storm/drought arrives every decade).

    It is inequitable for bankers to pay their way to the same extent as ordinary business because they are clearly not ordinary business. They need the state and they need taxpayers. Otherwise their business model falls apart.

    One way to remedy this inequity is for them to pay more tax and so reduce the burden their business imposes on other taxpayers. There are surely other ways too. (on top of all this Westpac’s CEO’s obscene salary appears even more rude too of course).

    I’m pretty sure I aint missing anything here… There is a big yawning gap in the current banking / taxpaying / state structure in NZ…

    • Pascal's bookie 6.1

      Yeah man. Top of my head stuff, some of contradictory, (‘either/or’ not ‘and’)…

      Too big to fail = too big to exist. Proactive approach on the part of regulators monitoring the strategic import of a company and where necessary stepping in and breaking the company up.

      Ownership to be based on a partnership model rather than a shareholder/board of directors one. Owners are personally responsible for the financial positions of the bank, if it needs to be bailed out, the partners get wiped out personally as first order of business and ownership reverts to the crown.

      Shares in a bank that are acquired via a remuneration package are automatically forfeited to the crown in the event of a bailout.

      The CEO and CFO of any bank that is bailed out have to spend 1 day/million dollars of bailout working the ‘complaints’ phone at inland revenue, as a sign of respect and goodwill.

      • vto 6.1.1

        Well yes along those lines. Not sure what I was saying was explained in the best possible manner.

        Trying again… banks are not a normal business. They are completely enmeshed in the political system, as has been recently illustrated. They require state support. For confidence purposes as much as anything else. An unspoken type of support – which can perhaps best be seen if the situation was reversed i.e. the government of the day comes out and says “banks will not be given state support in the event a similar set of circumstances as the GFC arises in the future. Banks, you are on your own.” Imagine Clark saying that (forget Key for this exercise). What would people do do you think? Start hauling their funds out? I would guess so. (Kiwibank would become very plump.)

        As such Banks are quasi-state organisations. But that is not yet reflected in their current structuring, which today is one of private ownership and solely commercial transaction.

        This is the gap. This should be where change will come.

        • Pascal's bookie 6.1.1.1

          What would people do do you think? Start hauling their funds out? I would guess so. (Kiwibank would become very plump.)

          Yep. I guess the tricky thing is that the ‘too big to fail’ deal is descriptive. It’s not the way the model is supposed to work, it’s just a description of an entity once it occupies a certain point in the infrastructure. So the threat to let them fail is hollow.

          So the way I look at it we can either prevent them from occupying a too big to fail space, or incentivise the hell out of the decision makers to not risk needing a bailout.

          I agree that it should be explicit and out there rather than just this unspoken bullshit.

          The suck thing is the unspoken thing will continue. All these people running around saying ‘we should have let them fail, that’s what we’ll do next time’ guarantee that no one will acknowledge that a company is too big to fail until it’s too late, and the cost of bailing it out will be lower than the cost of letting it fail.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.2

          If they require state support then they should be owned by the state. I don’t think this is truly optimal.

          Basic banking functions such as eft-pos and zero return/zero fee money “storage” that is guaranteed by the government should be a government owned bank. Also the printing of money needs to be removed from private banks and shifted back into government control and at 0%.

          This would leave the banks as finance companies where they can only lend out the money that has been loaned to them by their customers. This money will never be government guaranteed, cannot be withdrawn while presently loaned out and, if the finance company loses money then it’s most likely that the depositors lose money as well. One of the big problems with the current system is that people have forgotten that there is risk associated with loaning money out.

          This would make it so that the economy wouldn’t come crashing down every time a finance company lost money.

          • vto 6.1.1.2.1

            Yes, both good points p’s b and draco. Was wondering similar re separating the basic ‘money storage and creation’ being a state role and the lending bit for the private sector. So a kind of readjustment of the current roles.

            Remember the state had to intervene in a massve way following the great depression, which worked for a long time, until I think it was Reagan started to allow the roles that banks could play to be broadened. This started the rot as humans in the banking system played their human role and took advantage of the widened roles.

            In addition it would end up being a bit of a worse disaster no doubt if the risk around lending was not able to be sheeted home to those doing the lending. Certainly a private role and not one for the state.

            The banks and money printers are however incredibly powerful. It would be a big enough ask for any PM to lead such a charge against their current business. They would need a near revolution to get such a mandate, though that seems to be what is happening in other parts of the world…………….. Can you ever imagine Key doing it? Would expose him for what he truly is would it not?

  7. millsy 7

    On a good note, next general election in one year, or less – last weekend, was the last Saturday in November, according to our unwritten consititution, the latest an election can be held next year.

    Labour and the left has one year to pull its finger out and put together a genuine alternative program to Roger and Ruth’s spiritual heirs.

    It could start with what should be a bread and butter issue for the progressive left – public ownership of the beaches with free and unfettered access for all New Zealander, rich, poor, brown and white, as well as a pledge not to include any DOC land (inculding the Urewera national park), in the treaty settlement process – preserving our natural treausures for ALL new zealanders.

    Take those two steps, and youll have every New Zealander in the country singing the Internationale.

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    Interesting post at ob-wings:

    http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2010/11/capital.html#more

    with some great anecdata in comments. (if you are gong to comment there, read the rules, it’s a family friendly, no punching the patrons kind of bar)

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    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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