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Postcards from the Trumpocalypse

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, January 26th, 2017 - 66 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, activism, us politics - Tags: , ,

Who can even keep up with it all? This is what an unfettered right-wing government looks like:

Trump signs order to begin Mexico border wall in immigration crackdown

Trump to put limits on refugees, immigration

Trump’s impending executive order heralds ‘dangerous’ return to torture, official warns

Trump budget plan could add $6tn to public debt in a decade, analysts say

Trump Revives Keystone Pipeline Rejected by Obama

‘Global gag rule’ reinstated by Trump, curbing NGO abortion services abroad

Donald Trump still holds baseless belief that millions voted illegally

Trump Hotels to triple US properties in defiance of ‘no new deals’ pledge

A watchdog sues Donald Trump over foreign payments to his companies


https://twitter.com/Max_Fisher/status/824347987707121665


https://twitter.com/purcellpw/status/824084680634814464


https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/824329667717005312

66 comments on “Postcards from the Trumpocalypse ”

  1. weka 1

    Ace post r0b.

    And the National Park Service!!!

  2. Sabine 2

    the pesky Dutch are creating (hopefully) an international fund to counter the relgious fervor of the Tea Party and its presnit the orange turd.

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/01/25/netherlands-counters-trump-international-abortion-fund

    “Banning abortions does not result in fewer abortions,” Dutch Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen said in a statement.

    “It leads to more irresponsible practices in back rooms and more maternal deaths.”

    The World Health Organisation estimates that 22 million women experience unsafe abortions every year, the vast majority of whom are in developing countries. … Minister Ploumen said that the Trump administration’s decision risked undermining recent advances in women’s health.

    “We must not let this happen,” she said.

    “We need to compensate for this financial blow as much as possible, with a broad-based fund—which governments, businesses and civil society organisations can donate to—so that women can remain in control of their own bodies.”

  3. Skeptic 3

    It took Rome 500 years to be transformed from a republic to the worst empire the planet has ever seen (based solely on slavery) by an insecure egotistical megalomaniac named Octavius Caesar (he later renamed himself Augustus, had lies written by his sycophants and had himself deified). He was succeeded by Tiberius (sexual predator) Caligula (insane) Claudius (the only sane one of the family) and finally Nero (also insane). I see USA republic has lasted just 240 years as a republic. Now they’re stuck with King Donald, soon to be officially declared a God and compulsorily worship by everyone in the new “Make America Great Again” Empire. Failure to worship will result in your twitter acct being closed and you being stoned to death by Chump supporters whose combined IQ is pretty close to that of Dolly the cloned ewe.

    • DS 3.1

      Rather overlooks that the Roman Republic was screwed a long time before Octavian (or even Julius). And that the Republic practised slavery too.

  4. Glenn 4

    “Sadly, as the protest movement developed into a women’s march, people in New Zealand decided they would join in.

    This is sad is because the whole marching protest idea is premature and ill-advised. Nothing has happened yet and it still may not.

    It is not as if American females are victimised or downtrodden. If they have a problem with their president probably more of them should have voted in the election.

    If New Zealand women are so outraged about how men treat women then how about aiming your anger at those countries that don’t allow girls to be educated, who allow honour killings and who won’t allow women to drive. And don’t get me started on genital mutilation. And where were all you women when 200 school girls got kidnapped in Nigeria? The list goes on.

    Perhaps attacking a freely elected president is easier than actually trying to make a real difference”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/opinion/88726542/editorial-antidonald-trump-protesters-do-democracy-a-disservice

    About what I would expect from the Taranaki Daily News. A pathetic editorial.

    • weka 4.1

      “Nothing has happened yet and it still may not.”

      Hard to know if that’s gross ignorance, cognitive dissonance, or part of the propaganda.

    • Nick 4.2

      Wow Glenn……wake up

      • red-blooded 4.2.1

        To be fair to Glenn, he was quoting (and criticising) an editorial from his local paper. That (I assume) is what the ” ” quote marks were for…

        • Glenn 4.2.1.1

          Yes…that’s why I called it a pathetic editorial. And that’s why I placed the web page. Trump’s a fascist.

  5. Ovid 6

    In the meantime, 1984 has become a bestseller and there’s been strong growth in It Can’t Happen Here, The Winter of our Discontent, and The Origins of Totalitarianism.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/01/1984-george-orwell-alternative-facts-trump-kellyanne-conway/514259/?utm_source=feed

  6. Thanks Anthony – many more to add to that list too. We knew it was coming and we were correct. Sad, bad and mad daze ahead.

  7. weka 8

    Following reports that the Trump administration had ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to take down its website on climate change, the administration reversed its order and will let the site remain active for now, Inside EPA reported Wednesday.

    Reuters reported early Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s team directed the agency to remove its climate page website that includes research on climate change and data on carbon emissions, citing two unnamed EPA employees.

    Inside EPA reported later on Wednesday that the Trump team currently running the EPA has “agreed to stand down” on its order to remove the climate change site. The source had told Inside EPA Tuesday night that the Trump team had planned to remove the site as soon as Wednesday.

    Though the Trump administration has halted plans to remove the site for now, the Office of General Counsel has been ordered to review the potential impact of removing the website, Inside EPA reported.

    The website remains online, but the Trump team has already begun removing certain climate data from the EPA website, according to Inside EPA.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-epa-climate-change-website

  8. weka 9

    Eric Holthaus Verified account
    ‏@EricHolthaus

    There are now at least 14 “rogue” Twitter accounts from federal science agencies:
    https://twitter.com/StollmeyerEU/lists/twistance/members

    List here,

    https://twitter.com/StollmeyerEU/lists/twistance/members

    Forest Service
    FDA
    NASA
    HHS
    EPA
    USDA
    NIH
    CDC
    Park Service
    Science Service

  9. Brutus Iscariot 10

    It would be helpful to have a definition of “far right” – if this is indeed the yardstick, it kind of makes a mockery of all those on here who have labelled the Key government “Far Right” over the last 8 years.

    • McFlock 10.1

      Why?

      If you take the political spectrum over the last hundred years as being a normal distribution, if you want to accurately reflect the bulk of people’s opinions then 3 standard deviations to the right is graphically insistinguishable from 4 or 5 s.d.

      There’s not much difference between 99.7% and 99.9999%.

      • Brutus Iscariot 10.1.1

        Well, at least you’ve embraced the new post-truth era to implement your own version of gibberish…

        • McFlock 10.1.1.1

          OK, in smaller words, just for you: it’s not the distance between Key and Trump that puts the “far” in “far right”. It’s their distance from the middle.

          • Brutus Iscariot 10.1.1.1.1

            And conveniently, you get to define the middle.

            • McFlock 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Well, I just figured a rough proxy as being a guesstimate of the range of political opinions held over the last hundred years.

              You’re welcome to come up with your own benchmarks, rather than just proclaiming that the gap between “key” and trump” somehow constitutes a “mockery”.

            • Skeptic 10.1.1.1.1.2

              Brutus – it’s not rocket science – just a little research into a children’s encyclopedia – the terms left and right come from the first French National Assembly after their Revolution in 1789. The Monarchist/Conservative sat on the benches to the right of the speaker and the Liberals/Radical sat to the left. These terms survived pretty much throughout Western politics until the 1980s. Many left wing parties were infiltrated by neo-liberal and neo-conservative elements that followed the Chicago School of Economics resulting in Reaganomics, Thatcherism and Rogernomics/Ruthenasia here in NZ. Many so-called left-wing parties in western democracies now seek the center/swinging voter at the expense of their core ideals. What they forget is that Toryism/Conservatism (Republicans in the US) seeks to preserve the rights and privileges of aristocrats/autocrats/wealthy and uses deception to achieve that end, while democrats/Socialists/Greens hold to the ideals that all are created equal and deserve an equal chance at the resources of the planet – that government is charged with protecting all citizens equally, nit the privileged few. “Far Right” encompasses Nazis, Xenophobes, Fundamentalists, Laisse faire Capitalists, and others of extremist views, in the modern context.

    • Rae 10.2

      I suggest http://www.politicalcompass.org where you can understand that the political spectrum is not as simple as just left and right. Do the test, though.
      If you can get a handle on what it is driving at, you can begin to see how there can be so many political “boxes” you could find yourself in, and where they might sit on th graph.
      Someone referred to that Peter Thiel guy as a Libertarian Conservative, once you understand the concept of up and down as well as left and right, you will be able to see that there is no such thing.
      See if you can see where the person we think of as Jesus Christ might fit on that graph, then look where many of his worshipers come from. It is enlightening.

  10. Ad 11

    Therapeutic collection there Anthony.

    The German and Dutch elections will be the ones to watch as future signals.
    The big sign will be if Merkel’s grand coalition falls.

    If Trump and Brexit are a trend towards dissolving international politics and dismantling liberal norms and structures, the left will need to re-tool and adapt rather than keep losing and shrinking.

  11. joe90 12

    The ironing.

    “You’ve got to build roads to move the materials and machinery and get the workforce to the location as the wall is being built,” he said. “You would need a very big labour force to build it – some 40,000 people working over five years.”

    Steer said the workforce would probably be drawn mostly from the Mexican side of the border as semi-skilled construction wages are much lower and there are more Mexican settlements close to the border.

    “There would be a certain irony of getting Mexicans to build it,” Steer said. “It would likely be a mixed labour force, but Mexicans would be much less expensive.”

    The high cost of transporting the approximately 44m cubic yards of concrete and 9m tonnes of steel to the site is likely to lead builders to rely on mostly Mexican-owned cement and concrete plants.

    Analysts at Bernstein investment bank plotted the location of nearby plants and quarries and found that the Mexican building company Cemex was best-positioned to provide materials on both sides of the border.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/25/donald-trump-border-wall-mexican-construction-firms-workers-biggest-winners

    • joe90 12.1

      and more..

      President Trump called for an investigation into voter fraud, alleging that registration in two states could be an indication of fraudulent activity.

      […]

      Tiffany Trump is registered to vote in both Pennsylvania and New York. Steven Mnuchin is registered to vote in both New York and California. Steve Bannon is registered to vote in both New York and Florida.

      http://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-01-25/tiffany-trump-steve-bannon-steve-mnuchin-registered-to-vote-in-multiple-states

    • Sabine 12.2

      i raise you US Prison labour. It’s even cheaper then the Mexicans and you can house them in tents and mistreat them at your leisure.

      I am sure this fellow would love to suck on the US Government dick for a few years now that he is out of his gig as Sheriff.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Arpaio

      Joseph Michael “Joe” Arpaio[1] (/ɑːrˈpaɪ.oʊ/; born June 14, 1932) is a former American law enforcement officer and was the elected Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona for 24 years from January 1, 1993 to January 1, 2017, when he was succeeded by Paul Penzone.
      As of September 2015, cases involving Arpaio or his office had cost Maricopa County taxpayers $142 million in legal expenses, settlements, and court awards.[1] In October 2016, Federal prosecutors charged Arpaio with criminal contempt of court, saying he willfully defied a judge’s orders to stop targeting Latinos — including citizens and legal immigrants — in traffic stops and other law enforcement efforts, behavior the judge said showed a pattern of discriminatory policing.[2]
      Arpaio styled himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff.”[3][4][5] Starting in 2005, he took an outspoken stance against illegal immigration. In 2010, he became a flashpoint for opposition to Arizona’s SB1070 anti-illegal immigrant law, which was largely struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.[6][7][8][9][10] Arpaio is also known for his investigation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and his continuing claim that it is forged.[11][12][13][14][15]
      On November 8, 2016, Arpaio lost re-election to Democrat Paul Penzone, who succeeded him as sheriff on January 1, 2017.[16]

      or this guy

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_A._Clarke_Jr.

      David Alexander Clarke Jr. (born August 21, 1956) is the 64th Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. In 2002, Clarke was appointed to a vacancy by Governor Scott McCallum, and later elected that same year to his first four-year term. He was re-elected in November 2006, 2010, and 2014, and is currently serving his fourth full term. Although registered and elected as a Democrat in a heavily Democratic county, Clarke’s political views align with conservative Republicans.[1][2] Clarke frequently appears as a guest on Fox News and was a speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

      “The Milwaukee County Jail turned the water off to inmate Terrill Thomas’ cell, resulting in his death by profound dehydration on April 24, 2016. According to inmates, the water was turned off for six days and the staff refused to provide water to Thomas. On September 15, 2016, the Milwaukee medical examiner ruled Thomas’s death a homicide.[40] Later that day Clarke’s office sent out a press release which stated it would not be commenting on the matter until the investigation was complete.[4

      all good and fine upstanding godly men.

  12. Glenn 13

    John Oliver talks about the 25 billion dollar wall.

  13. joe90 14

    Priorities…..

    We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States

    ….meanwhile …..

    While all eyes were focused on failed House efforts to eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics — the only independent watchdog with jurisdiction over House members — Republican congressmen led by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) quietly succeeded on another dubious ethical front: They adopted a rule designating records created, generated or received by a member’s congressional office “exclusively the personal property” of that member and granting members “control over such records.”

    Making congressional records the personal property of members seems tailor-made for the next lawmaker who, like former congressman Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), hopes to evade criminal responsibility by barring access to material allegedly showing how he misspent public funds.

    […]

    Now, by making the records of congressional offices the personal property of members, the House has ensured that none of these records will be available for posterity. How ironic that Republican-controlled congressional committees have relied on statutes such as FOIA and the Federal Records Act to fault the practices of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, yet members have cloaked themselves in an impenetrable secrecy that allows them to escape public accountability.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-new-house-rule-is-a-gift-to-lawmakers-trying-to-hide-criminal-acts/2017/01/25/acbbcb1e-e27e-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html?utm_term=.43ea09fba293

  14. Tautoko Mangō Mata 15

    This article written by an ex-neoNazi and the effect of violent responses on outcomes.

    I see all sorts of well-meaning and otherwise intelligent and thoughtful people applauding neo-Nazi Richard Spencer being punched in the face. Here’s why this is not something to celebrate:
    Punching this fool validates all of his victimhood narrative. It helps him recruit, and it strengthens the resolve of existing members. It is a gift to them. The ideology of the “alt-right”, like all violent extremist ideologies, is rooted in delusions of grandeur and delusions of persecution. Said delusions cannot exist in a vacuum. They absolutely depend on outside events to seem valid for the person experiencing them.

    My life changed because people demonstrated the courage and inner peace necessary to defy my hostility rather than reflect it. They were not subject to my actions, as the “anti-fascist” who hit Spencer was subject to his. People who I had claimed to hate — a Jewish boss, a Lesbian supervisor, black and Latino co-workers — refused to lower themselves to my level, instead choosing to model the way that we human beings should treat each other.

    https://medium.com/@arnomichaelisIV/why-punching-nazis-in-the-face-is-a-bad-idea-db6600b15826#.kjj6e1j61

    • Sabine 15.1

      ahhh, yeah, when they go low we go high.

      nah, sometimes all you do is punch a fucking neo nazis in the mug. full stop.

      why does the extreme right always demands to be ‘educated’ away from their believes? Why do they keep the rigth to be arseholes all their lifes and the ‘left’ or ‘assorted others’ have to be polite and show them the better way?

      Seriously? Cause he can’t think for himself? cause he needs education to see others as humans worthy of peace? cause he is a special ‘snowflake’ that is allowed to be rude, brutal and callous and the other should fight back by offering the other cheek cause Jesus?

      fucking no way.

      • Draco T Bastard 15.1.1

        +111

      • mac1 15.1.3

        Just possibly because the man changed his behaviour due to example given? It worked.

        Whereas a man offered physical violence to his verbal violence rarely changes, as his ‘way’ is confirmed. Only the ante raised.

        • Sabine 15.1.3.1

          the last time no one stood up to that kind of human scum – in my birth country – we – my ancestors/my fellow Germans/the collective of Germany (and i have no idea what both of my grandfathers did until they died somewhere in Russia) – killed
          – Quote ” By genocide, the murder of hostages, reprisal raids, forced labor, “euthanasia,” starvation, exposure, medical experiments, and terror bombing, and in the concentration and death camps, the Nazis murdered from 15,003,000 to 31,595,000 people, most likely 20,946,000 men, women, handicapped, aged, sick, prisoners of war, forced laborers, camp inmates, critics, homosexuals, Jews, Slavs, Serbs, Germans, Czechs, Italians, Poles, French, Ukrainians, and many others. Among them 1,000,000 were children under eighteen years of age.1 And none of these monstrous figures even include civilian and military combat or war-deaths.”.

          https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NAZIS.CHAP1.HTM

          so excuse me if i am not a pacifist. When they say the shit they do, when they advocate genocide, the removal of undesirables, undocumented, un americans etc. you do take them at their world.
          You do not hold hand, sing kumbaya, and hope that they change their ways. Chances are they don’t. chances are they look at you and see you as an Untermensch who needs to be abgeräumt.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_Nazi_Germany

          • mac1 15.1.3.1.1

            Sabine, I thought you may have been coming from the how do you stop the fascist armies point of view.

            The examples given in the piece above in 15 however was nowhere that magnitude. Warfare is not usually used to respond to verbal violence .

            Tautoko Manga Mata’s original is way far away. Sabine, from WW2. I do not know how I would responded then. It is a question, at 67 years of age, I am still challenged by.

            I share your distress.

            • Sabine 15.1.3.1.1.1

              this my friend is how it started in Germany.

              and no one fought back until it was to late.

              I don’t like violence at all, i do abhor it, but i am no pacifist. There comes a time when one has to fight.
              Should the guy not have smacked him in the face? Maybe. Can i understand that he did, to an extend yes.

              And to anyone who says that he does not want to be called a Nazi – because he is a different Nazi then the ones that ravaged and destroyed my birth country, killed millions on a whim without remorse, altered the face of the earth politically then no, that does not work.

              A nazi is a nazi is a nazi is a nazi. And he so very much wants to be one. Well times have changed since the late 20 / 30s in Germany, People know what happened and they know that it can happen again. So he should be made to feel no safer then the ones that he would like to get rid of.

              Watch this little video in this article and explain to me how you want to reason with this guy and how long you would last before you gave him a smack over the head.

              http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/hail-trump-salute-recalls-a-powerful-message-of-hate/

              • Skeptic

                You make several good points Sabine. After conducting many interviews with high ranking Nazis after WWII, an American psychologist re-iterated the often used quote “for evil to succeed all god people have to do is nothing.” That is exactly what the vast majority of Germans did after 1933 – nothing – when Hitler used is 33% of the Reichstag and a couple of manufactured incidents to impose a dictatorship. Later they blamed fear “of socialist/communists/ unemployment/Jews etc for failing to act. Not good enough in my opinion – that whole generation of Germans is culpable for the deaths incurred and they are rightly held so. The second good point you make is “A nazi is a nazi is a nazi is a nazi”. Too true, and not many people realize that racial Nazis are but one of a series. Religious Nazis like the fundamentalist Christians/Jews/Muslims who refuse to acknowledge the validity of other religions are another. Social Nazis like the bash-a-crim brigade (i.e Sensible Sentencing Trust) or the bash-a-beneficiary brigade are another form. Privileged Nazis – those who think that the “poor are responsible for their own poverty”are yet another type – are a particular variety usually practiced bu those born with a silver spoon in their mouths and haven’t done a days work in their lives. Should all these, and other varieties be resisted – hell yes – daily, hourly, every minute, least they gain power. Even then we must resist. My uncles got medals for shooting Nazis – Charles Upham got two VCs for it – do they still give them out for this action?

  15. joe90 16

    Coming soon – Two Minute Hate.

    Trump administration will publish a weekly list of crimes purportedly committed by undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities. pic.twitter.com/GzTOo2Iub4— Will Sommer (@willsommer) January 25, 2017

    https://twitter.com/willsommer/status/824348441505648648/photo/1

    • joe90 16.1

      The kommissars return.

      BREAKING: Trump administration mandating EPA scientific studies, data undergo review by political staff before public release.— The Associated Press (@AP) January 25, 2017

  16. Infused 17

    Sucks having a president come into power saying he will do exactly what he promised eh.

    • McFlock 17.1

      but we were assured that his nuttier promises were just platitudes to his “red meat” supporters /sarc

    • Andre 17.2

      Especially for those of his supporters that knew to take him “seriously, but not literally”.

      • Sabine 17.2.1

        especially for those that wanted him to repeal Obama Care but not the Affordable Care Act.

        cause, reasons.

    • emergency mike 17.3

      Yes it sucks having a dumb president doing the dumb things he said he was going to do. Point?

      Or do you mean it sucks for those smug Trump supporters who said he were taking his dumb pledges too literally? I guess they voted for some other policies that Trump didn’t offer and that existed only in their minds.

    • dv 17.4

      Actually all he has done so far is talk and sign papers.

      Lets see what has happened on the ground a year down the track

      I read an interesting article which argued that thee emphasis on US factories etc, will cause an increase in the importing of Chinese robots.!!!!!

      And this am a piece in the herald talking about the sever shortage of labour down by Mexico, and currently about half of the labour are undocumented.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 17.5

      @Infused

      I think you are wrong to assume this makes it a good thing. It depends entirely on what was promised.

  17. Sabine 18

    oh yeah, he is looking after his country

    disaster doctrine

    http://www.salon.com/2017/01/25/im-begging-fema-for-boots-on-the-ground-donald-trump-leaves-gop-leaders-begging-for-aid-after-deadly-storms-in-the-south/

    Quote: As four severe storms moved south from Georgia and Mississippi into the Florida Panhandle, 50 unconfirmed tornadoes have been reported from Thursday to Sunday, according to the Weather Channel. Experts believe weeks of cleanup will be required, but so far, the Trump administration has all but ignored the crisis.

    NBC News reported that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant sent a letter to Trump pleading for help after four people were killed in his state and more than 1,000 homes were damaged in one county alone. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal expanded a state of emergency in his state — where 15 people have been confirmed dead — from seven counties to 16 on Monday afternoon and extended the order through Jan. 30.

    Chris Cohilas, Georgia’s Dougherty County commission chairman, said he was “begging FEMA for boots on the ground” and “asking President Trump to cut through the red tape and get people on the damned ground here.”

    snip

    Quote;”“The tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong, and they suffered greatly,” Trump said Sunday, according to The Hill. “So we’ll be helping out.” Quote End.

    Yeah, right Tui. Poor fuckers, all believed that they would get a guy into office who was gonna make ‘america’ great again, but all they got was a grifter.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/25/mar-a-lago-membership-fee-doubles-to-200000.html
    Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort owned by the Trump Organization, doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 following the election of Donald Trump as president.

    ahh, it must be so nice to be able to say “l’etat c’est moi”

  18. joe90 19

    Barking.

    That location was given to me. Mike Pence went up before me, paid great homage to the wall. I then went up, paid great homage to the wall. I then spoke to the crowd. I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl and they said it was equal. I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time. What you do is take — take out your tape — you probably ran it live. I know when I do good speeches. I know when I do bad speeches. That speech was a total home run. They loved it. I could’ve …

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/transcript-abc-news-anchor-david-muir-interviews-president/story?id=45047602

    (autoplay)

    • joe90 19.1

      The Stalin Trump Clapping Test

      In the passage below, Solzhenitsyn captures the frenzied but eerie atmosphere at one political rally. Being the first one to stop clapping had dramatic consequences. (And, as will become clear, you did not want to be the first one to stop!)

      At the conclusion of the conference, a tribute to Comrade Stalin was called for. Of course, everyone stood up (just as everyone had leaped to his feet during the conference at every mention of his name). … For three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, the stormy applause, rising to an ovation, continued. But palms were getting sore and raised arms were already aching. And the older people were panting from exhaustion. It was becoming insufferably silly even to those who really adored Stalin.

      […]

      The squirrel had been smart enough to jump off his revolving wheel. That, however, was how they discovered who the independent people were. And that was how they went about eliminating them. That same night the factory director was arrested. They easily pasted ten years on him on the pretext of something quite different. But after he had signed Form 206, the final document of the interrogation, his interrogator reminded him:

      “Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding.”

      https://mannerofspeaking.org/2010/05/12/some-chilling-public-speaking-history/

  19. North 20

    Anyone seen NZ’s Trump-sucking, self-proclaimed supreme leftie, CV ?

    • Andre 20.1

      He’s got three and a bit weeks to go on his latest ban. Yes, he only got in a few hours of commenting when he got off his last ban before he earned another one.

    • mauī 20.2

      I don’t know but I guess it provides the opportunity to have a mindless hate-in and jump up and down on Trump and Putin.

  20. North 21

    Projecting with the “mindless” there Maui…….

    Good riddance to Archie (CV) Bunker in my book. He thought he was fuck’n’ royalty on this site. Said months ago he was destroying it. To think it all came out of a tatty internecine scrap in Dunedin ??? Talk about The Hubris-Fucked Vain Child Trump !

  21. mpledger 22

    Trump wants 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for wall

    “White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the comprehensive tax reform package Trump and Republicans are looking to put together will include taxing imports from *** other countries ***, like Mexico.”

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/26/politics/donald-trump-mexico-import-tax-border-wall/index.html
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It’s really time for other countries to put together a mutually beneficial treaty excluding the USA and all their rules about IP and trade dispute panels.

    Like the TPPA, before it was hijacked by the American corporates.

  22. joe90 23

    But..but…Trump is going to be great for gay rights

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly and indefinitely postponed planning for an LGBT youth health summit after Donald Trump’s election to the White House, a source at the agency told TPM.

    “This was supposed to be a big deal,” said the source, who requested anonymity given the politically sensitive nature of the cancellation. “They had a whole communications team on it, it was going to be on Facebook live. The intention was to plan a 5-year agenda.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/cdc-postponed-lgbt-youth-health-summit-after-election

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    Bryan Bruce, https://www.facebook.com/www.redsky.tv, 19 September 2020 National’s economic policy of temporary tax cuts yesterday proved, if proof be needed, that they are unapologetic neoliberals. While their claim that with more money in their pockets people will spend more might sound attractive, the reality is that tax cuts always benefit the ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 hours ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2020
    Highlighted article: Carbon pricing and planetary boundaries  Engström et al take what might be called a systems approach to evaluating carbon pricing, taking into a account various economic sectors affected by and affecting paying for emissions. The conclusions are overall a rare pleasant surprise— a feature predicated on cooperation.  Abstract: ...
    10 hours ago
  • Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
    Nathan Mietkiewicz, National Ecological Observatory Network and Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder CC BY-ND Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and exposed tens of millions to harmful ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    13 hours ago
  • Climate Change: China steps up
    China has increased its climate change ambition, and set a target to be carbon-neutral by 2060: China will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN general assembly. “China will scale up its intended nationally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    14 hours ago
  • Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much climate variability have humans dealt with since we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    15 hours ago
  • Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data
    By Genomics Aotearoa researcher Maui Hudson, University of Waikato It is vital that genomics research respects genomic data and genetic heritage from indigenous communities. Genomics research is a rapidly growing field of study, and there is a strong push to make the huge amount of data being produced open ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    17 hours ago
  • Terrible luck: lockdowns on learning and youth job prospects
    What is bad luck? Bad luck is spilling spaghetti sauce down your shirt right before an important meeting. When the person in front of you gets the last seat on the bus, that’s bad luck. Bad luck is when it’s sunny outside, so you leave the house without a coat, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    18 hours ago
  • Ian Powell: Does private healthcare threaten public healthcare in New Zealand?
    Is the private health system impacting negatively on the public health system? Health commentator Ian Powell evaluates a recent NZ Herald article by Natalie Akoorie (“Public v private healthcare: Moonlighting, skimming, duplication – should NZ do better”), and looks at how the dual system works, and concludes that the answer ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    21 hours ago
  • A rabbit-hole election debate: So do you want more avocado orchards?
    We live in strange and unusual times. It’s been a century since we’ve endured a global pandemic like this, more than half a century since we’ve had economic woes like this. So maybe we got an opening election debate for the times - because that was a strange and unusual ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 day ago
  • LIVE: Jacinda Ardern vs. Judith Collins, First Debate
    Tonight, The Civilian will be live-blogging the first of too many debates between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins, and also the last fifteen minutes of the news. Be sure to tune in from 6:45pm for regular updates, which can be accessed by refreshing this page ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 day ago
  • Hundreds of Aucklanders arrested after illegal mass gathering on Harbour Bridge
    An enormous drive-in party, shown here, was held this morning on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, where police were forced to intervene. Hundreds of Aucklanders were arrested this morning on public health grounds, after an apparent illegal mass gathering on the city’s Harbour Bridge. Police say hundreds of Aucklanders gathered in their ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 day ago
  • The Looming Fight.
    Social Distancing Be Damned - It's Jacinda! Shortly after ascending to Labour’s leadership, Jacinda described herself as a “pragmatic idealist”. It was an inspired oxymoron – packing into just two words the essence of the social-democrat’s dilemma. It was good to know that she knew what lay ahead of her. ...
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
    Back in 2017, the UK announced that it would ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. Its a basic climate change measure, aimed at reducing emissions by shifting the vehicle fleet to cleaner technologies. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, they're planning to bring it forward ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
    For the past decade, Australia has had a racist, anti-refugee policy. Those claiming refugee status are imprisoned without trial and left to rot in the hope they would "voluntarily" return to be tortured and murdered. When the courts have granted them visas, the government has immediately revoked them on racial ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Friction and the Anti-lock Braking System
    Yesterday afternoon I had to call on my car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS). For reasons best known to its driver, a car pulled out of a side road right in front of me while I was driving home after work, and I needed to stop in a hurry. I rather ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
    There are a fair few misconceptions about conditions within New Zealand’s Quarantine Hotels. Madeline Grant’s misplaced accusations being one prominent example, though she is not alone. Today, I thought I’d share the inside word, so to speak. A friend of mine has recently returned to New Zealand from overseas, and ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
    Last week, major newspapers carried a full-page ad as part of the campaign for a "No" vote to the referendum question about supporting the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The ad was authorised by the SAM NZ Coalition, which takes its name from a controversial American anti-cannabis group and includes ...
    2 days ago
  • This is not kind
    New Zealand has a serious homelessness problem, due to skyrocketing rents and a lack of state houses. One of the ways we stick a band-aid on it is to put people up in motels. Previously, they were charged full commercial rates, saddled with odious debt due to the government's failure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
    by Ani O’Brien In the absence of a better word with which to refer to the rabid activists who claim progressivism while demanding adherence to an increasingly prescriptive set of political beliefs, I call them “woke”. With its roots in Black American slang, the term originally denoted a person or ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
    Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported a case of Covid-19 in Auckland that is not related to the current Auckland cluster. Before we start to panic, here’s how I think the case happened and how we can strengthen our current border controls. The new Covid-19 case is someone ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 days ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
    Becky Casale Elon Musk reckons his Neuralink brain implant is much more than a medical device–that one day it will drive a symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence. “Good morning! I’m Dr Benedict Egg and I’ll be supervising your Neuralink insertion today. Do you have any questions?” “Yes, Doc. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
    Many New Zealanders take a strong interest in US politics, with the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg being the latest example. Liam Hehir wonders if it very wise for New Zealanders to get so worked about it.   Many politically engaged New Zealanders are now furiously ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
    After stamping the Coronavirus out via strict lockdown between March and May, New Zealand went through a good three months without any community cases. Then a local outbreak in Auckland rather buggered things up last month. Auckland’s been in level 3 and level 2.5 for the past six weeks. ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
    Who's causing our skyrocketing emissions? As with most of our other problems, It's the rich: The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    3 days ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    3 days ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    5 days ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    6 days ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
    1 week ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
    Barbados is planning to remove the queen as head of state and become a republic in time for the 55th anniversary of its independence in 2021: Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. [...] Reading ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is...
    Nigel French, Massey University Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of COVID-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand. One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
    On “In Defense of Looting” Matt Taibibi takes an entertaining look at this generation of woke activists and how they compare with Abbie Hoffman the iconic anti-Vietnam war counter-culture figure of the 1960s On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Carbon prices must rise
    When Parliament introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme, it was worried that carbon prices might get too high. So it introduced a "fixed price option", allowing polluters to pay the government $25 in the place of surrendering credits. The result was predictable: after we were thrown out of international carbon markets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosure
    The government will finally be requiring large New Zealand companies to disclose their climate change risks: New Zealand finance companies will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. The policy will force around 200 large financial organisations in New Zealand to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Tackling the hard issues – trust and relationships
    By Claire Grant, Genomics Aotearoa Communications Manager Community consultation is becoming an increasingly important aspect of research programmes in New Zealand, and with that comes the art of relationship building. Engagement between scientists and user-groups is certainly nothing new. But as stakeholder involvement becomes more of a requirement for science, ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Equality Network – September Newsletter
    Read the Equality Network newsletter here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The Left’s Lost Allies.
    Rebels In A Wrong Cause: The truly frightening thing about Jami-Lee Ross’s and Billy Te Kahika’s success in persuading thousands of New Zealanders that Covid-19 is just another trick, just another way of stealing away their power, is realising just how many of them once marched at the Left’s side. ...
    1 week ago
  • Legal Beagle: Low-Hanging Fruit
    In a couple of months, the 53rd Parliament will meet in Wellington, and approximately 120 MPs will be sworn in, many of them for the first time.They will all have political goals, some aligning with their party platforms, some not, some complex, and some simple, but they will gain one ...
    1 week ago
  • Closing the Gap thinks that Labour’s proposal to raise the top tax rate is great but………
    Media Statement For Immediate Release 10th September 2020 The income and wealth inequality lobby group, “Closing the Gap” thinks the Labour proposal a great start says Peter Malcolm, a spokesperson for the group. But they need to be aware of what many of the rich do and of what do ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: No nonsense
    ACT is pushing a "no-nonsense climate change plan". What does it involve? Repealing the Zero Carbon Act and Emissions Trading Scheme, reversing the fossil-fuel exploration ban, and allowing mining on conservation land. In other words, repealing any policy which might actually reduce emissions. Which is the very definition of nonsensical. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • My Climate Story: Coming full Circle
    This blog post is a follow up to my recap of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training I recently participated in. One of the exercises we were asked to complete was to write about our respective "Climate Story". This is a slightly updated version to the one I had submitted during ...
    1 week ago
  • A bill to criminalise wage theft
    Wage theft is a problem in New Zealand, with a widespread practice of forcing employees to work without pay, and regular cases of underpayment and exploitation. One reason why its such a widespread problem is impunity: rather than a crime, wage theft is merely a tort, dealt with by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Liam Hehir: What the voting age debate tells us about our disconnected political media
    New Zealand’s media and online politics often reflect the values of liberal and progressive agendas. According to Liam Hehir, the current proposals to lower the voting age to 16 years – which the media overwhelming supports – is indicative of a wider mismatch with society, which is not good for ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Why Pay Taxes?
    My wife and I, through a combination of good luck and good management, have managed to retire in comfortable circumstances. We celebrate our good fortune by making relatively small but regular donations to a range of good causes – to rescue services like the rescue helicopters, St John’s Ambulance and ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Now everyone’s a statistician. Here’s what armchair COVID experts are getting wrong
    Jacques Raubenheimer, University of Sydney If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on social media, especially if we don’t have the right context. For instance, we may cherry pick statistics supporting our viewpoint and ignore statistics showing we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More timid bullshit from Labour
    Over the weekend, Labour released its welfare policy: an increase in benefit abatement thresholds. And that's it. Faced with clear evidence of ongoing hardship among beneficiaries and a call from its on Welfare Expert Advisory Group to raise core benefits by between 12 percent and 47 percent, Labour's response is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Police Kill as Part of their Social Function
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (Bogota; 09/11/2020) The murder of Javier Ordoñez in the neighbourhood of Villa Luz in Bogotá, Colombia at the hands of two policemen brings to the fore the issue of police violence and its function in society. First of all we should be clear that we are ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #37
    Story of the Week... La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS...  Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... Humans exploiting and destroying nature on unprecedented scale – report Animal populations have plunged an average of 68% ...
    1 week ago
  • The 2019 measles epidemic in Samoa
    Gabrielle Po-Ching In November 1918, the cargo and passenger ship Talune travelled to Apia, Samoa from Auckland, carrying a number of passengers who had pneumonic influenza. From these passengers stemmed the biggest pandemic Samoa had ever seen. With around 8,500 deaths, over 20% of the country’s population at the ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Shifting all Isolation/Quarantine Facilities to a Single Air Force Base: The Need for a Critical Ana...
    Prof Nick Wilson*, Prof Michael Baker In this blog the arguments for and against shifting all COVID-19 related isolation/quarantine facilities to a single air force base at Ōhakea are considered. The main advantage would be a reduction in the risk of border control failures, which can potentially involve outbreaks ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • The difference between Green and Labour: a tale of two Finance Ministers
    So the Greens co-leader James Shaw recently made a mistake. In his role as Associate Finance Minister approving funding for “shovel-ready” projects, he fought hard for a private “Green school” to get funding to expand their buildings and, therefore, their student capacity. There are many problems with what he did: ...
    Cut your hairBy calebmorgan
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – The missing election policy on free dental visits
    Over the last three years there have been growing calls for the government to provide dental services under the health system – universal free dental care. This is because at the moment there’s an anomaly in which teeth are regarded as different from the rest of the body which means ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 weeks ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #37
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 6, 2020 through Sat, Sep 12, 2020 Editor's Choice With California ablaze, Newsom blasts Trump administration for failing to fight climate change Trinity River Conservation Camp crew members drown ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Letter to the Editor
    Dear Sir, As we head into the run up to the upcoming election I feel it is my duty to draw your attention to the lack of fun we are currently forced to ensure by the Adern regime. In their efforts to keep the nation’s essential workers, health compromised people, ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    2 weeks ago

  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
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