President Pence

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 pm, May 21st, 2017 - 47 comments
Categories: us politics - Tags: , ,

Mensch and Taylor report that:

Judiciary Committee considering Articles of Impeachment

“Multiple sources close to the intelligence, justice and law enforcement communities say that the House Judiciary Committee is considering Articles of Impeachment against the President of the United States.”

Sources further say that the Supreme Court notified Mr. Trump that the formal process of a case of impeachment against him was begun, before he departed the country on Air Force One. The notification was given, as part of the formal process of the matter, in order that Mr. Trump knew he was not able to use his powers of pardon against other suspects in Trump-Russia cases. Sources have confirmed that the Marshal of the Supreme Court spoke to Mr. Trump. …

That would be consistent with:

Sources: White House lawyers research impeachment

White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials still believe is a distant possibility that President Donald Trump could have to fend off attempts to remove him from office, two people briefed on the discussions tell CNN. …

Brace yourselves for President Pence. He’ll be worse for America because he might actually get stuff done. If he restarts the TPP he’ll be worse for NZ.

47 comments on “President Pence”

  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    Bring on the 2018 midterms.

  2. Andre 2

    For those that missed it yesterday, a wee blurb about Mensch and Taylor.

    https://www.vox.com/world/2017/5/19/15561842/trump-russia-louise-mensch

    Basically they’re the lefty equivalents of Rush Limbaugh or Alex Jones or Glenn Beck…to be treated with extreme skepticism.

    • weka 2.1

      how do we know if vox or Zack Beauchamp are trustworthy?

      • Andre 2.1.1

        Trustworthy? Probably not. But their track record seems to be a lot better than Mensch and Taylor’s.

      • Andre 2.1.2

        Another worthwhile backgrounder about Mensch.

        “But readers are now being confronted with an even tougher challenge: decoding the work of writers whose track records of faulty reporting are occasionally interrupted by stories that are actually true.”

        https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/may/16/fake-news-sites-reports-facts-louise-mensch

        • Bill 2.1.2.1

          Pretty rich of The Guardian given its penchant for peddling bullshit these days, no?

          Haven’t you noticed that there will be a piece by the likes of The Washington Post that uses the same flimsy framework of “someone” said “blah” (no evidence) as Menche’s piece above? But that unlike the bloggers stories, it gathers a sense of solidity because when the likes of The Guardian report the exact same shit, they refer to the source as being The Washington Post … which, y’know, what could possibly be wrong with a story coming from The Washington Post?

          And so the fact the original story had no named or identifiable sources and no evidence gets ‘papered over’ and the story gains legs and then further ‘flesh’ as various liberal outlets play ‘pass the parcel’ and repeat the basic lines, using one another as ‘back-up’ – as sources of credibility.

          Critical reading. When did it die?

          • weka 2.1.2.1.1

            got an example or two? (or just next time you see one).

            • Bill 2.1.2.1.1.1

              Go to The Washington Post site or the Guardian site and pick just about any piece at random concerned with Russia/White House/ Trump/ ‘connections’ etc.

              If The Guardian is citing the Washington Post, go to their piece (it’ll usually be linked) and see what their sources are…and burrow on down to the very first instance of “whatever allegations” being reported.

              More often than not there is no more to any of it than what’s in that Mensch and Taylor piece. They’re a wee bit more sophisticated insofar as they’ll use each new “snippet” as a springboard to re-hash and re-inforce previous stuff mind.

              The “Trump gave away sensitive secrets to the Ruskies” is quite a good one. Recent too.

              • He did give away classified info he admitted it and said he was allowed to didn’t he no yes no?

                Do you think he didn’t do that?????

                • Bill

                  He gave info to Russians about bomb plots for airliners that were going to utilise laptops. That’s as best as I can remember – but would have to go back and read the original Washington Post piece.

                  Sharing info that potentially saved the lives of civilians – not a bad thing in and of itself, is it?

                  But what the Washington Post has suggested is that there was some kind of wholesale divulging of state secrets that were so secret that even unspecified allies had not been told – and so secret that only a select few people within the administration knew.

                  Now, the Washington Post was not at the meeting and didn’t use a single source from the meeting, and provided not a single piece of evidence to back their allegations. Interesting, given that the info was so top secret that ‘no-one’ knew what it was, that the Washington Post also claimed to have the info but was withholding it in the interests of ‘national security’ or some such.

                  How’s that work?

                  You might also recall they claimed that an unnamed country was pretty pissed about having been revealed to be the source of the supposed intel, but that they were not going to name the country because of security reasons.

                  A couple of days later and they’re reporting it was Israel.

                  How’s that work?

                  And so it goes on and on and on. And over what?

                  Oh that’s right – some info was relayed to Russia that may have saved civilian lives. Was a portion of that info secret? Maybe. What level of secrecy had been afforded that portion of info (if it existed)? No-one is in any position to say. is it possible that the Russians could have inferred some other stuff from what they were told? Possibly. But again – no-one is in any position to know because no-one bar the people in the room know what details or info was passed on.

                  And not a single report from The Washington Post or The Guardian et al is basing any allegation on detailed information or discussion known to have happened at that meeting…or even on detailed discussion that anyone at the meeting claims took place.

                  • He said he was allowed to say whatever he liked – he had discretion and responsibility. And he did say stuff considered sensitive. In a quickly evolving situation other participants make decisions and statements/non statements as they see fit. Ho hum.

                    It is arrogance to think that unless some subjective evidence that convinces you is produced then the whole thing is a lie and just made up fake news. You know better and so much more than everyone else especially those agents of the system and deep system at that lol. Yeah nah.

                    • Bill

                      You’re being a dick marty. If you have a news piece that’s based on anonymous sources and no evidence, you don’t have a news story.

                      If all you want to do is peddle propaganda though, those things don’t matter. But then what you need is penetration and repetition.

                      The Washington Post (in this case) provided the penetration and the Guardian and all the other outlets that front paged that story on day two pushed the penetration further and provided the element of repetition.

                      And as I’ve said elsewhere, their methodology also involves using the latest unsubstantiated report to replay similar stories and allegations from the past – ie, repetition.

                      It’s not arrogance to demand some level of proof; it’s complete fucking idiocy to not demand it.

                      You say – And he did say stuff considered sensitive. What exactly was that stuff? Because unless we know exactly what it was, we’re in no position to judge how sensitive it was/is.

                  • rhinocrates

                    Sharing info that potentially saved the lives of civilians – not a bad thing in and of itself, is it?

                    Sharing too much information to a second party that may share it with a third party allied to the second but hostile to the first that allows the sources and methods to be deduced can be reckless and counterproductive. If it enables a source to be identified and then killed, then a valuable source is most likely killed and the leak is plugged, meaning that the flow of information is stopped and no further information will follow that would prevent more deaths.

                    That doesn’t mean that information shouldn’t be shared, but it should be shared judiciously and Trump is anything but judicious. Sharing specific data with the Russians might be in their mutual interest, but the Russians sharing that and what they deduce from it with others to suit their own interests may not be in anyone else’s interests.

                    I don’t think that Putin’s ‘evil’ for the sake of being evil, simply that he is ruthless in his promotion of Russian interests and that these are not those of anyone else’s and it is naive to assume otherwise and therefore sensible to tell him as little as possible.

                    Indeed neither you nor I are in a position to assess what is or isn’t safe to pass on, but to by one’s own admission say that since it’s superficially a good thing, it must be made open?

                    Really?

                    Sure, you can stamp your foot and demand ‘proof’ of this or that and hope for the best, but in the real world that’s simply not available. Sources will not give themselves away and spooks and reporters will protect them (I notice that Nicky Hager hasn’t yet told us who ‘Rorschach’ is and never will, for obvious reasons). Thus caution is essential as a policy.

                    • Bill

                      I was with you for most of that comment rhinocrates.

                      But then you lost me where you contend that in the absence of a named or identifiable source, we should just believe what we’re being asked to believe.

                      In the absence of sources (and yes, there are definitely times when it’s crucial that source remains unknown), then evidence is supplied.

                      And if it’s not direct evidence, it’s at least other verifiable secondary evidence that points very strongly to the unreleased evidence being actual and true.

                      But we have none of the above for any of this ‘Trump told the Russians our top secret shit’ clatter that’s been falling around the western msm front pages of late…just anonymous sources shooting their mouths off and generating banner headlines off the back of their pains.

                      If I was a bookie I’d be giving ‘odds-on’ for it coming from people very close to the Clinton/McCain tag team.

                    • rhinocrates

                      I think we can agree to respectfully disagree, Bill.

                      Clinton et al don’t have access to the inner circle while it’s been obvious for a while that Trump’s court is showing the factionalism and backstabbing that’s standard for any authoritarian regime surrounding a charismatic idiot. Each faction tries to push the leader in one direction or another and leaks or sabotages to express their profound disenchantment or rivalry with another faction. The clearest ideological split is between the White Nationalism of Bannon and the globalism of Kushner while junior staffers have been leaking anonymously for some time out of sheer frustration.

                      But then you lost me where you contend that in the absence of a named or identifiable source, we should just believe what we’re being asked to believe.

                      Thanks for reminding me of that (no irony intended).

                      I was told by someone I know (nudge nudge wink wink) that intelligence agencies trying to exploit assets in an enemy regime look at the most fanatical believers because they are most likely to react most extremely when disappointed and when vetting applicants for jobs in their own offices, they reject any fanatic patriots because they’re likely to sell out to the enemy out of sheer spite when their leaders fail to meet their idealistic standards.

                      My imaginary bet (a chocolate fish, since I have no cash to spare) is on a Republican or Orange Supremacist insider.

                    • Bill

                      Clinton et al don’t have access to the inner circle…

                      Correct. but they do have extensive networks built up and probably nurtured tover many years. Clinton et al want the Washington Post to run a headline? Done.

                      Whatever schisms and divides that exist within the admin, they may be different fault-lines to those that existed within other admins, but schisms and factions are ‘par for the course’.

                      How does this work? while junior staffers have been leaking anonymously for some time out of sheer frustration

                      First up, junior staffers anywhere in the world are ‘loose lips’. Second up, they tend to not have access to any really important stuff. Juicy stuff, yes. Important stuff, no.

                      But, if as you say, they’ve been leaking anonymously, then how is it known that it’s junior staffers that have been leaking?

                      If you can be arsed, I’d be interested to follow up on any links you can give to news stories claiming something of import came from a junior staffer.

                      You know that odds-on means that if you’re right to bet it’s a Republican, that you’ll only get your chocolate fish back plus maybe a fish head, yes? 😉

                    • rhinocrates

                      Well the best known are

                      Rogue POTUS Staff

                      and

                      Trump Leaks

                      There are others.

                      Plus, a run down of historical leakers in the various presidential administrations here:

                      https://theconversation.com/why-trumps-white-house-leaks-77651

                      I include this because it is from Fox news, traditionally on Trump’s side:

                      http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/05/19/krauthammer-trump-white-house-leaks-are-loyalty-problem-president-admin

                      ‘Par for the course’ I’m afraid undersells the effects of leakers. Junior staff see and hear everything and ignored equals invisible, ignored equals overlooked, which equals ambitious, which equals resentful, which equals vengeful.

                      Leakers as we know, and as Nixon knew can be devastating, hence Nixon’s ‘Plumbers’:

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

                      Moreover, a lot of intelligence work is secondary, such as ‘the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.’ A classic example, perhaps apocryphal, is that of a top secret plane the Americans had developed that they carefully hid in a hangar while Russian spy satellites were passing overhead… however, while the plane was parked on the runway, it shaded the concrete, leaving it cooler. The Russian spysats using infrared were able to discern a silhouette of the plane from the ‘heat shadow’ it left, and the shape and size of its wing tells a tremendous amount about its capabilities.

                      There’s an image that people have of evil empires being all shiny floors and efficiency like the Empire in Star Wars. Yet in reality all government is shambolic and leaky, the Emperor doesn’t know everything that’s going on and graft is rife.

                      No, nothing is going to be empirically verifiable yet. At the moment it’s just persistent patterns that we’ll see. There may be no one Deep Throat this time, there may be many little ones. We’ll see what emerges and what corroboration comes along, but I doubt very much that Trump’s White House is going to be disciplined.

                      You know that odds-on means that if you’re right to bet it’s a Republican, that you’ll only get your chocolate fish back plus maybe a fish head, yes?

                      My doctor cautions me against too much sugar, so that’s reasonable.

                    • rhinocrates

                      PS, a perennial nerd debate is whether the Enterprise could defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer. Clearly the Enterprise would win – they simply have to beam over a load of ball bearings. Smooth floors and a lack of guard rails…

                    • Bill

                      At the moment it’s just persistent patterns that we’ll see.

                      Maybe where we’re diverging is that I’m picking ‘the pattern’ is largely being drawn up and coloured in by the same “affiliated” groups of people (ie – those with a common cause, like the McCain and Clinton camps and networks), rather than being revealed by the somewhat incidental actions or revelations of disparate and unconnected sources.

                      In that respect, I see it as being akin to the Corbyn stuff.

  3. Ad 3

    Trump needs to hang in there for a full term.

    The great Washington Refresh can’t happen without him.

    Democrat renewal can’t happen without him.

    In the absence of a Gandalf, we need Lord Sauron.

    • adam 3.1

      Ad, trump is at best a Saruman, for Lord Sauron have a wee look at pence, and be prepared to be very afraid.

      trump is an idiot, whilst pence really is a christian-fascist – those two words just look wrong together. There is this radical hate-fulled sect within Christendom, which pence is the paramount political figure of.

      • Ad 3.1.1

        Remember the last time Trump was underestimated?
        It was about three moths ago.

        • adam 3.1.1.1

          I don’t underestimate trump, I think he is an idiot in that he is a lay person in a job outside his skill set – way, way outside his skill set.

          That said, I think the alternative is worse. I’ve been asking about, and looking into pence more and more, and he really worries me.

          • Bill 3.1.1.1.1

            I think people need to get their focus off of Trump and start bloody well organising. “The left” should be getting ready instead of jumping on any old rickety bandwagon that happens to be passing.

            At this rate, the McCains and Clintons are going to be waltzing back into power.

            Now, I know there are plenty of liberals would be happy enough with that. And that’s fine. But for the rest of us, if we want some meaningful measure of change…

            • Incognito 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Crikey Bill, if you’re saying what I think you’re saying then we, the TS community, should pay heed IMO.

              The Trump circus is an enormous distraction, a red flag to a bull, a Pavlovian signal for all or most of us to drop everything (incl. our critical faculties) and fight the windmills.

              Closer to home we have our own smaller circuses to which we react and respond in inevitably predictable ways.

              As you correctly point out, none of this leads to meaningful solutions or change! In fact, it wastes our precious time and energy.

              We take our eyes off the ball and play the man or the messenger (or t-r-o-l-l); it’s becoming tedious.

              • Chris

                That was always Pence’s plan since when he saw that nobody wanted to be Trump’s running mate. Pence saw this as his way to the presidency. Quite clever, really, because he’s betting on Trump’s incompetence and the chances of a broken term, whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. Whatever it is it’ll come down to Trump not knowing how to be the president. And if it’s impeachment it’ll be sooner than usual because both sides want him gone. Clever, clever Pence.

                But Pence is more dangerous than Trump in so many ways. That’s because he’s part of the respected right. Trump isn’t. His own fucking party is a hindrance to him. The likes of Pence, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, they’re all nasty fuckers but because they’re part of the respected right can do nasty stuff. Trump might be capable of starting a nuclear war with North Korea, but the establishment will oust him before he can. Then it’s back to core business for the republicans, which is fucking citizens over, let alone non-citizens. Heaven help America.

            • Molly 3.1.1.1.1.2

              Sorry, moved myself to Open Mike.

  4. Bill 4

    I’m actually with Andre and/or Vox on this, but if I may…

    Multiple sources close to the intelligence, justice and law enforcement communities say…
    Sources further say that…
    It was reported this week that…

    Those are the only premises provided for every single piece of info in that wee article. Now, reported by who ffs! And all these sources, not a one of them named and not a single shred of evidence provided – just a whole pile of “someone said” leading into various arm wavy OMGosh and what not.

    This bit’s probably true.

    Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein met with the House Judiciary Committee this week in closed session.

    So one piece of innocuous info in a splatter of bullshit.

    Now here’s the scary bit.

    The same simple exercise can be done on articles from the Guardian, The Washington Post, the NYT on a pile of US related stuff at the moment…and the same result of ‘nothing there’ pops up….just unsubstantiated rumours being spread by unnamed people.

    This is where I part company with Andre though. Because the very same bullshit he rightly lambasts Mench and Taylor for, somehow doesn’t matter when the outlets are the likes of The Guardian, NYT, Washington Post etc.

    • weka 4.1

      If you have a look under Mensch’s tweet of the article, there’s a whole bunch of people saying she doesn’t understand how impeachment and pardons work, but then they all argue with each other over how it works. #clusterfuck.

      “Multiple sources close to the intelligence, justice and law enforcement communities say that the House Judiciary Committee is considering Articles of Impeachment against the President of the United States.”

      There’s this dude,

      “I am on the House Judiciary Committee. This is what I am going to read this evening.”

      That’s an impeachment legal document. I have no idea if they are playing silly buggers. Or why he doesn’t just say what is going on. Is it meant to be a secret?

      I take your point about Mensch’s post, all the points she makes are innuendo. I’m less concerned about anonymous sources than the fact that she made zero attempt to back any of it up.

      • Andre 4.1.1

        Ted Lieu is a Democrat that’s been about the loudest about trying to remove Trump asap. If anyone bothered to look, he was probably talking about how to remove Trump even before the election. It’s partisan posturing, like Trey Gowdy and Benghazi or Jason Chaffetz and Hillary’s e-mails, except Lieu doesn’t have the clout of being a member of the majority party.

      • Bill 4.1.2

        It’s the new news Weka. It’s great! /sarc

        As I try to lay out above, it’s not just bloggers who’re scraping this low. Interestingly (well, I think it is) the Guardian link Andre gives seems to be suggesting that it’s terrible that all this ‘gunk’ is forcing readers to discern truth for themselves.

        I must have been brought up on a planet near here – y’know the one? Where critically evaluating reading material was just an integral part of normal reading. I guess Jon Swaine – the guy who wrote the Guardian piece – wasn’t.

        • Ad 4.1.2.1

          We are no longer in a political economy of singular truth.
          That planet is cold.

  5. Andre 6

    While it’s likely a more sober critique of the patribotics piece will come along shortly, the Twitter reaction is a reasonable pass-time.

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/twitter-loses-it-when-louise-mensch-says-marshal-of-the-supreme-court-told-trump-about-impeachment/

    But just to remind everyone, impeachment will have one or more “Articles of Impeachment” which get voted on by the House. Any of the Articles that get passed by a simple majority in the House then go to the Senate for trial, where a 2/3 majority vote is needed for conviction. If the president is convicted on any one or more of the Articles, he is removed.

    In practical terms, that means at least 24 (I think) Republican Representatives and at least 17 Republican Senators have to vote for impeachment on the same Article of Impeachment (assuming all Democrats and independents vote for impeachment). And wear the eternal wrath of the Trumpkins for doing so. They show no signs of being anywhere close to that yet.

    • Andre 6.1

      Sorry, that’s 19 Republican senators that would have to vote for conviction.

      • Ad 6.1.1

        It’s a second term issue.
        This term has plenty to play out before 19 will turn.
        We’re in a mythic saga not a short story.

        • Andre 6.1.1.1

          Yeah. I just don’t see any Republican senators wishing to get re-elected turning on Trump until after he’s lost the Trumpkins.

          On the other hand, I think the odds have increased of Trump deciding he’s not having fun and he’s fleeced the rubes for all he can, figuring out some way to say he’s “won”, quitting and walking away from the wreckage. He’s got form for that.

  6. Brendan 7

    Ol’ Bradbury has lost his way over the last couple of years, but I think he’s spot on with this analysis.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/05/20/the-dangerous-fantasy-of-removing-trump/

    As incompetent and dangerous as Trump is he needs to be curtailed then removed democratically by the will of the American people for there to be any sense of legitimacy. That is, mid-term elections in 2018 to seriously hamper his legislative agenda, then finally removing him in 2020. It seems like a long wait, but Pence would do far less damage to the GOP. On the other hand, how much damage can Trump do in the meantime?

    • Ad 7.1

      His first paragraph was fine, but Bradbury needs to show patience.
      The arc of this narrative is pretty clear – just let it play out.

  7. Tricledrown 8

    Pence is deeply involved with the Russians as well that’s why Trump chose him.

  8. rhinocrates 9

    Gerald Ford wasn’t Nixon’s first VP, he was just the last man left standing. We’ll see how this plays out.

    • rhinocrates 9.1

      That said, Pence is the one that the Republicans would most want to succeed Trump and was chosen for that reason as a deal he made with them.

      Also, Trump was pressured into signing a pledge that if he was not selected as the Republican candidate, he would not campaign as an independent and effectively split the vote – now I don’t think that he would have honoured that agreement for a second, but nonetheless it reveals the calculations at work in the party.

  9. rhinocrates 10

    Noted:

    http://proudemocrats.com/2017/05/21/watch-as-these-notre-dame-students-get-up-and-walk-out-during-mike-pences-commencement-speech/

    A coalition of student activist groups at Notre Dame called We StaND For planned a walkout to protest policies Pence pursued as governor that they say targeted the most vulnerable. Pence was planning to seek reelection as governor when Trump selected him to be his vice presidential running mate in the summer of 2016, but Pence was unpopular at the time in his own state and many thought he would lose his reelection bid.

    School officials knew of the student walkout plans and did not try to stop them. The students — more than 100 — walked quietly out, and there were some cheers and boos sounded, though only briefly. Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said Notre Dame has been the site of protests of presidents and vice presidents in the past, and as long as the students did not disrupt the ceremony, it would be allowed to take place.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • The persecution of feminist folk singer and activist Thistle Petterson
    Some of us at Redline are part of a Marxist and anarchist gender-critical e-group that consists of activists in several countries – trade unionists, women’s liberation activists, gay and straight, male and female.  Through this we became aware of the case outlined below.  Thanks to Thistle for writing this for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    42 mins ago
  • Close Tiwai Point
    Tiwai Point's electricity contract is up for renewal. And as usual, they're sticking their hand out, demanding a government subsidy, and threatening to close if they don't get one:The owners of the aluminium smelter said on Wednesday that there were seeking talks with the Government amid a strategic review which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    13 hours ago
  • How volcanoes influence climate and how their emissions compare to what we produce
    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 Everyone is going on about reducing our carbon footprint, zero ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    15 hours ago
  • ACT: Backed by Nazis
    So, it turns out that the ACT Party - which previously called itself "the liberal party" - is financed by Nazis:ACT Party leader David Seymour says his party will not return a donation from Mike Allen, a Christchurch businessman who sells mock "Make America Great Again" hats to fund advertising ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • Counting Barretts
    Just in case you don’t have a seven-year-old boy in your house (in which case this will be obvious) a well-known brand of breakfast cereal here in NZ is currently coming with All-Blacks stats cards. Perfect for finding out your favourite rugby player’s height, number of caps, and how much ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    16 hours ago
  • Bullying their critics
    Over the past month we've heard some horrific stories about bullying in the police. The police's response? Try to bully people into silence:The police have told a whistleblower to retract his statements to RNZ about being bullied or face legal action. The demand came just hours after Police Commissioner Mike ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 5
    Today is a Member's Day, which should see the final part of the committee stage of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. The big question today is the referendum clause: will it be necessary, or can the bill pass without it? While the majorities for his amendments during the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • There is no ‘gendered brain’
    One of the key arguments used by trans ideologists is that some male-bodied people (ie men) are women because they ‘feel’ they are women.  To make this hocus-pocus sound a bit more credible, some will argue that such men have a ‘female brain’.  But this is thoroughly anti-scientific too. . ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    20 hours ago
  • Canada’s electoral system is broken
    Canadians went to the polls today in parliamentary elections, and appear to have re-elected blackface wearer Justin Trudeau. Unfortunately, they use first-past-the-post, and they've provided a perfect demonstration of how unfair this system is:PartySeats% Seats% VoteLiberal15746.4%33.1%Conservative12135.8%34.4%Bloc Québécois329.5%7.7%New Democratic Party247.1%15.9%Green Party30.9%6.5%Other10.3%2.4% [Results from Elections Canada] Yes, the Liberals got fewer votes ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Measles: the quackery that is homeopathic “vaccination”
    A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to a health-related FB page that had published a post from a homeopathist, offering homeopathic “vaccination”¹ against measles (using something called a “Morbillinum nosode” at a “potency” of 200C, which I’ll explain shortly). I followed the link, left a comment ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Colombia: 20th anniversary of La Gabarra massacre
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh This year marks the 20th anniversary of the La Gabarra massacre. The community organised an event to remember the most well-known of the horrendous heart-breaking events that befell the communities of this area of the municipality of Tibú: the massacre carried out on August 21st 1999. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • A prediction
    There was another police chase in Christchurch this morning, resulting in a crash which killed one person and injured five more. Because someone died, the chase is being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority. And based on previous reports by the IPCA, we know how it will go: the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: The Zero Carbon Bill
    Just a month ago we saw the biggest protest in a generation as people marched to demand stronger action on climate change. A core demand of the protesters was to strengthen the Zero Carbon Bill's target to net-zero by 2040. So what is the government's response? Judging by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Zombie ants, updated
    Back in 2010, I wrote about the strange tale of the zombie ants, which do the bidding of their fungal overlords. (They’re not an isolated example; a range of parasites change their hosts’ behaviour. See here and here for example – though as you’ll find, the toxoplasmosis story may be ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Paying For Our Pakeha “Guilt” And “Privilege”.
    Shouldn't That Be: "Wrong White Crowd"? Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and ...
    2 days ago
  • A Bodyguard of Truths.
    One, Two, Many Truths: With the collapse of “actually existing socialism” in 1991, the universities of the West found themselves saddled with a new mission. With their ideological competitors now soundly defeated they were no longer required to demonstrate the superiority of capitalist values. Their job now was to cement ...
    2 days ago
  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    3 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    3 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
    In 1994, I was the editor for an issue of Planet magazine focused on cannabis, its culture and the prospects for the end of its prohibition. Part of that issue was an interview with 'Ringo', an experienced cannabis dealer.I recently posted my essay from that issue, and I figured it ...
    5 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    6 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    6 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    6 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    7 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    7 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    1 week ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • More homes where they are needed
    More houses for homeless New Zealanders are being opened today in Tauranga by Associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi. Six 2-bedroom quality units are being opened at 878 Cameron Road by Minister Faafoi and Accessible Properties, a local Community Housing Provider (CHP). Accessible Properties now provides more than 1,700 community housing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson departs tomorrow for events and meetings in Japan and Vietnam.  While in Japan, he will discuss economic and fiscal issues including meeting with the Minister of Finance, Taro Aso, and Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Yasutoshi Nishimura. He will meet with the Minister of Education, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
    The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum.  “After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
    Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire. The Government is closely monitoring the situation with the fire at the NZ International Convention Centre and is thankful that everyone is now safe. Firefighters are doing an incredible job managing the fire and bringing it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago