Open mike 31/10/2015

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  1. Morrissey 1

    Jeremy Corbyn has been keeping unsavoury company, I’m sorry to say.

    In this incriminating photograph, there’s a bloody-minded ISIS supporter sitting on his immediate left, and another one straight behind him….

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CRxRQb2WEAAGFa-.png:large

    • Wainwright 1.1

      Ha ha, good stuff.

    • Murray Simmonds 1.2

      Nice one Morrissey.

      Corbyn looks uncomfortable enough with the company he finds himself in, but Cameron looks like he can’t hold in that fart for much longer.

  2. Chooky 2

    Lost generation in Britain…Is NZ following under Jonkey Nact?

    ‘Young Britons face worst economic prospects in generations, human rights study finds’

    https://www.rt.com/uk/320148-youth-lost-generation-inequality/

    …”In a statement, Trade Union Congress (TUC) General Secretary Frances O’Grady said the government needs to tackle low-pay, housing costs and youth employment.

    “This report should be wake-up call to ministers. Hiking up university and college fees and excluding young people from the new higher minimum wage rate is not the way to build a fair and prosperous Britain. It is the blueprint for a lost generation,” she said.

    “Without better employment and training opportunities many young people will continue to be shut out of the recovery.”

    Questions:

    * What are the NZ Left’s policies for youth?

    * When are NZ youth going to start voting in block?

    * Question of the effectiveness of political and civics education taught to first and second and third year high school students, especially those most disadvantaged in NZ society…Maori and Pacifica youth

    ( http://thewireless.co.nz/themes/knowledge/the-state-of-civics-education

    …”we need to work to engage those who are disengaged, rather than waiting for them to engage in the existing model…civic disadvantage mirrors, in many ways, wider advantage and disadvantage – a disparity in experience that we’re not seeing a political will to address in a meaningful way. Until that wider disadvantage is addressed, we can expect our democracy to continue in its steady decay”…)

    *…Why arent NZ students ENROLLED to vote at high school?

    ( we are very keen to immunise them for everything at the behest of Big Pharma corporates. This jonkey nact government is also keen to send them off to war in the Middle East at the behest of the USA)

    *..When are NZ youth going to realise that their future is in their own hands ….and they themselves must organise and fight for free tertiary education, quality free state education, available and affordable housing for NZers, apprenticeships , internships, liveable wages… stop moaning about the baby boomers and get educated about neoliberalism …get ACTIVE , take to the streets in protest

    ( like the French students did in 1968…”Forty years after May-June, socialist commentator and 1968 participant Tariq Ali pointed out that the government which came after De Gaulle and Pompidou actually made a lot of concessions in terms of wages, working conditions and the conditions inside universities. So, in order to prevent revolution, it acceded to a number of the workers’ and students’ demands. He pointed out that the 1968 movement won the French working class a relatively high standard of living, and a number of the large movements have developed in response to attacks on those rights. http://links.org.au/node/491)

    * where is the NZ Labour Party on policies for youth ?…and other parties on the Left? It should be a priority . This is NZ’s future and our children’s future

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      eGovernment’s role in engaging Youth with Local Government

      The strength of a democracy rests in an actively engaged electorate but in New Zealand, young people’s engagement with local government especially, is on the decline. However, there is evidence of both a demand from youth for eGovernment use by local government and a corresponding willingness to engage with them if this desire is satiated. This report is crucial in examining the reasons for this disengagement, how e-government can be successfully used to remedy this phenomenon, and the benefits that this engagement will have. Many cities around the world are facing these same issues and have developed comprehensive approaches to using e-government to remedy youth disengagement.

      I haven’t read the report yet as I’ve been busy doing my own assignments but it shows promise from what I have read.

  3. Sabine 3

    file this under “Not News” and ‘Who gives a shit, it ain’t happening here”

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/30/indonesia-fires-disaster-21st-century-world-media?CMP=share_btn_fb

    “Nor do the greenhouse gas emissions capture the impact on the people of these lands. After the last great conflagration, in 1997, there was a missing cohort in Indonesia of 15,000 children under the age of three, attributed to air pollution. This, it seems, is worse. The surgical masks being distributed across the nation will do almost nothing to protect those living in a sunless smog. Members of parliament in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) have had to wear face masks during debates. The chamber is so foggy that they must have difficulty recognising one another.

    It’s not just the trees that are burning. It is the land itself. Much of the forest sits on great domes of peat. When the fires penetrate the earth, they smoulder for weeks, sometimes months, releasing clouds of methane, carbon monoxide, ozone and exotic gases such as ammonium cyanide. The plumes extend for hundreds of miles, causing diplomatic conflicts with neighbouring countries.”

  4. millsy 4

    If anyone is sitting on their phones or PC’s waiting for the AECT election results to appear today, you are shit out of luck. We get nothing until the 4th.

  5. Gary Mersham 5

    Australia’s government proposes moving citizens’ personal information into the cloud, with a pilot program to test travel between Australia and New Zealand with cloud-based passports.

    It remains to be seen how it would even work once you arrive. Cloud-based passports will be loaded with all sorts of biometric data, facial recognition, etc.

    More than likely this data would be placed online in government databases.

    In the black market, that kind of data is worth billions. And governments don’t exactly have a sterling track record of tip-top network security.

    Several NZ government agencies have been hacked and the release of confidential data is a regular occurence. The Australian Government’s Cyber Security Centre released a report stating that government networks are attacked every day, and that cyber security incidents are up over 300% from 2011 to 2014. The US government embarrassingly admitted to a data breach that exposed over 20 million Americans, up from an initial estimate of 4 million.

    The idea of all of that data online being ‘safeguarded’ by government bureaucrats is of huge concern. After being criticised for being IT illiterate on both sides of the Tasman, politicians are desperate to look smart so there is a huge possibility some poorly thought-out idea might be even more poorly executed.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      The idea of all of that data online being ‘safeguarded’ by government bureaucrats is of huge concern.

      Almost all of that data is already online and protected by cheap-ass corporate bureaucrats and private systems.

      After being criticised for being IT illiterate on both sides of the Tasman, politicians are desperate to look smart so there is a huge possibility some poorly thought-out idea might be even more poorly executed.

      It comes down the advice that they get and the chances are that they’re getting that advice from firms that are a) selling BS b) seek to get the government contract by being cheaper than everywhere else and c) cronyism.

      If we want our government servers and information to be secure we actually need a government IT department that does all the software for the government. Then we may actually feel secure in our information being online.

      Oh, and that cloud needs to be a government cloud and not a privately owned and operated one as the US take down of Mega proved.

      • millsy 5.1.1

        A sort of IT Ministry of Works — sounds pretty good to me. Seeing as it was governments who backed the development of these sorts of technologies in the first place — the first electronic computers (before the ’40’s a ‘computer’ was someone who sat at a desk and manually did mathematical calculations) were used by governments to crack enemy codes and calculate ballistics tables.

    • Ron 5.2

      Surely the only information they need is who you voted for?

  6. Chooky 7

    Epidemic of Crime: White Collar Bankster Financial Fraud!…How to prosecute a “protected species” (…and is this why investigative journalists have such trouble?)

    and

    Overseas ownership of housing used to launder crime money…this is happening in London, but it could be happening to a place near you!

    https://www.rt.com/shows/keiser-report/320022-episode-max-keiser-829/

    “Every week Max Keiser looks at all the scandals behind the financial news headlines.

    In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the financial sector ‘black material’, where all light is absorbed so that all manner of fraud escapes basic understanding. In the second half, Max interviews former fraud squad detective, Rowan Bosworth-Davies, about the money laundering business in London.”

  7. ianmac 8

    The Internet Party exists still. They are having Internet Party Executive Committee elections and Annual General Meeting. They have 5 Nominations. Wish them well and they may yet have a good influence on democracy.

    • millsy 8.1

      Yes. They wont be choosing another leader until next year though.

      Interesting to note at the AGM is actually online.

  8. millsy 9

    Bad news guys

    The right has kept hold of all their seats on the AECT.

    They are pretty much rusted on now.

    I am picking a privatisation of Vector very shortly.

  9. sabine 10

    world war 3 anyone?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/russian-plane-carrying-224-people-crashes-in-egypt_5634ab34e4b00aa54a4e657b

    “Islamic State, in a statement on Twitter, said it had brought down the aircraft. “You who kill will be killed.”

    Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, launched air raids against opposition groups in Syria including Islamic State on Sept. 30.

    Security sources said they had no indication the Airbus had been shot down or blown up. But in an illustration of sensitivity of the crash, Egypt invited Russian authorities to take part in the investigation.

    Sinai is the scene of an insurgency by militants close to Islamic State, who have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police and have also attacked Western targets in recent months. Much of the Sinai is a restricted military zone.

    Islamist fighters in Sinai are not believed to have missiles capable of hitting a plane at 30,000 feet. Islamic State websites have in the past claimed responsibility for actions that have not been conclusively attributed to them. “

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  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago

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