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Protesters, Anarchists, Agitators and Lowlifes

Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, June 21st, 2020 - 96 comments
Categories: Donald Trump, racism, racism, twitter, uncategorized, us politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , ,

So POTUS thought he should hold a rally.

The organisation of the rally was not pristine because he, I am sure accidentally, created the impression he was trying to appear to be a racist Nazi.

He wanted to hold his rally on Juneteenth, the date set aside for the celebration of the end of slavery in the US.  It is a big day for black America and is also known as freedom day, black independence day and emancipation day. Not a good day to gather a bunch of good old boy rednecks together.

His chosen site for the rally was Tulsa, Oklahoma, site of one of America’s most notorious examples of white brutality on black people.  Wikipedia has this description:

The Tulsa race massacre (also called the Tulsa race riot, the Greenwood Massacre, or the Black Wall Street Massacre) took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of white residents attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It has been called “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.” The attack, carried out on the ground and from private aircraft, destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district—at that time the wealthiest black community in the United States, known as “Black Wall Street”.

Imagine celebrating the end of slavery by giving a speech at the place where one of the most notorious examples of white supremacy occurred.  Surely it was accidental?

And surely Trump’s choice of imagery for his facebook advertisement was also accidental.  I mean I am sure there is no way that he would deliberately choose to use the same symbol used by Nazi Germany to denote political activists bound for the gas chambers.

I mean it must have been accidental.

You could also question the decision to hold a public meeting where people will be crushed into a small area.  I understand that the United States is struggling with a pandemic.  Its top medical advisors seem to think that putting lots of people in a confined area together where they can cough on each other is not a good thing to do.  From NBC News:

Leading members of the coronavirus task force warned White House officials about the health risks of holding large-scale indoor campaign rallies and advised against such mass gatherings, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and task force response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx both vocalized concerns internally in the last week about the safety of holding a rally on Saturday with as many as 19,000 people in an enclosed arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

But President Donald Trump and his campaign advisers are proceeding with the event, which is expected to draw tens of thousands inside and outside the venue who will neither be socially distant nor required to wear face coverings. They claim attendees “assume a personal risk” and “that is part of life.”

Besides I don’t think the local authorities have Covid under control in Oklahoma State.

And it has been announced that six of the crew working on the event have been tested covid positive.

The crowd itself is resisting the use of masks for some strange reason.

And there is this incredible graph which suggests that in Democrat states the spread of Covid is being arrested but in Republican states it is surging.

And Trump has threatened violence on anyone choosing to exercise their constitutional right to protest.

This will not end well …

96 comments on “Protesters, Anarchists, Agitators and Lowlifes ”

  1. joe90 1

    Fuckers making damn sure he's not inside a packed arena.

    • Cinny 1.1

      They've now been asked to clear the carpark and he won't be speaking outside. Wonder if it's because there appears to be bugger all people there?

    • Andre 1.2

      The outside event is cancelled due to lack of turnout. Only the inside one is going ahead. Petri Dish City, here we come!

      https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/20/politics/tulsa-rally-trump/index.html

      • Macro 1.2.1

        And the number inside is pretty thin as well hehehe

        • Andre 1.2.1.1

          Low energy. SAD!

          • Macro 1.2.1.1.1

            image

            • Macro 1.2.1.1.1.1

              https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8443751/American-teens-sabotaged-Trumps-Tulsa-rally-reserving-tickets-hundreds.html

              Teens and K-pop fans sabotaged Trump's Tulsa rally by reserving tickets by the hundreds with no intention of attending, Twitter users claim

              • Social media users are claiming teens and K-pop fans reserved tickets to the rally with no intention of attending
              • Political strategist Steve Schmidt said his daughter and her friends reserved hundreds of tickets
              • Twitter users were quick to reply that their children also sabotaged the rally
              • US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: '… you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations'
              • There were thousands of empty seats at the 19,000 seat BOK Center
              • joe90

                heh

                @maryjolaupp

                Did you know you can make sure there are empty seats at Trump’s rally? BLM.

                ♬ original sound – maryjolaupp

                • Macro

                  heheh I just read that a 60 year old democrat also got hundreds of tickets too.

                  Teresa Moore replied: 'It wasn't just teenagers. I'm 60 and I've got 300 tickets. And I'm an Oklahoma Democrat.'

                  excellent Troll.

                  • Andre

                    Well, yeah, it made fake-Bronzo von Flaghumper think he was going to be greeted by hundreds of thousands of adoring MADAmorons. With the subsequent ego-shattering moment when that didn't happen. (Parscale is probably getting reamed for that right now)

                    But since they prob'ly gave tickets to literally everyone that signed up for one, the echoing emptiness inside the stadium is probably an accurate reflection of the numbers actually stupid enough to turn up.

            • Cinny 1.2.1.1.1.2

              HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

              Bloody brilliant, well done to the tiktocker's and k-pop fans.

  2. Andre 2

    The Covfefuhrer himself was likely clueless about the significance of the date, place, symbolism etc. But at least one of his staffers wouldn't have been. Stephen Miller would have to be included in the roundup of the usual suspects.

    • Cinny 3.1

      Another outstanding piece of artwork! Loving the conehead pic Micky posted too, awesome!

  3. Andre 4

    Quick reader opinion survey:

    About the inevitable disease and maybe even death among those that freely choose to attend an activity like this that is well-known to be risky, and furthermore refuse to take even the most rudimentary precautions while there.

    Is it:

    A) an unmitigated tragedy we should all feel sorrow for regardless of the politics involved

    B) A few useful doses of darwinian chlorine in the voter pool

    (To be clear, the inevitable extra spread of disease the culpable attendees will inflict onto innocent non-attendees is an unmitigated tragedy we should all feel sorrow about, and anger towards the wilful perpetrators)

    • Anne 4.1

      I have not a whit of sympathy for a bunch of low life white neanderthals who attend this rally. Are they so thick they can't see the huge hypocrisy of a president who speaks to them from an outside stage built at a safe distance from them and who will no doubt have no physical contact with any of them?

      My sympathy lies solely with the innocent non attending folk who are going to be affected by their mind numbing stupidity, and they deserve everything that is coming to them.

      • Anne 4.1.1

        oops: may I rephrase:

        My sympathy lies solely with the innocent non attending folk who are going to be affected. The mind numbingly stupid attendees on the other hand will deserve everything that is coming to them.

      • peter sim 4.1.2

        Hey! Just leave us neanderthals out of this. We have bigger brains than you lot.

    • The Al1en 4.2

      If you want to make a case for welcoming the death of your political opponents, I'm sure the standard isn't the correct vehicle to drive that message home in.

      Where do you draw the line?

      • Andre 4.2.1

        I'm suggesting the entirely predictable outcome of self-selecting stupidity isn't something to get distressed about when it falls upon those indulging in the stupidity. Particularly when it occurs amongst a group that appears to get off on policies and action that do cause actual harm to others.

        Until the harmful outcomes of their idiocy spill over onto innocents that had no part in their stupid choices. Then it becomes a legitimate reason for sorrow and anger.

        • The Al1en 4.2.1.1

          The way to judge a civilisation is by the way it treats it's less fortunate. It's like you're arguing it's okay to forget our humanity because those people who die are stupid. That's not the way I see things. In this instance, all lives matter, even the dopey ones.

          From your position, it's just a quick jump to not caring about black, white, yellow, conservatives, nats, lefties, righties, and all are equally fair game depending on the observers viewpoint.

          While I hated the last three governments, and felt contempt for the voters who put them there, being okay with them dying, even if from their own lack of foresight, is something I never sought nor could condone.

          • Andre 4.2.1.1.1

            In this case, those suffering harm are those that made the decisions that led directly to the harm. In spite of tons of expert advice to do things differently getting right in their face.

            They will be personally directly responsible for what ails them, nobody else. That's what makes them different to the other groups you've listed.

            • RedLogix 4.2.1.1.1.1

              And the substantive difference between this and the BLM protests is?

              • Andre

                As far as dealing with the consequences of personally getting infected, no difference. Although I would note the protesters were somewhat more likely to be wearing masks, maintaining distance, and outdoors, all of which appear to reduce transmission than the MADAmorons packing themselves close together on the stadium floor with zero PPE.

                When it comes to the substantive content of what the gathering was about, most of the BLM protesters are about raising awareness of the discriminatory bullshit they deal with every. single. fucking. day. of their lives, ranging from matters as petty as getting asked for extra ID and slower service, to matters as major as police harassment,receiving a lower standard of medical care and so on.

                That seems a somewhat more worthy reason to accept risk than simply participating in a mass onanism session led by a feral shouting tufted meatball.

                • RedLogix

                  In other words because you support one of the political events you are willing to give them a free pass, but not the other.

                  We are of course fortunate that the BLM protests in NZ have not resulted in a cluster … but in the light of what happened last week with the two visitors who did break quarantine, and the resulting anger, I think it was a terrible decision to participate in them.

                  If they had resulted in just one avoidable death I think NZ would be disgusted. As it is most people held their noses and tolerated these protests in silence, we respected your right to protest even when we thought it was a stupid thing to be doing.

                  Attending a Trump rally at the moment is equally stupid, but it looks like the left cannot find the tolerance to allow them to express their political will in silence.

                  Oh and I might add that just in the past hour I have learned of the passing of an acquaintance of mine from COVID 19. I worked with him for some years; I can’t say we were close, but it’s hammered home the reality of it.

                  • Andre

                    Arguing by twisting other people's words really does you no credit.

                  • RedLogix

                    Well I'll just quote your own words untwisted:

                    That seems a somewhat more worthy reason to accept risk than simply participating in a mass onanism session led by a feral shouting tufted meatball.

                    I think that means you think the BLM political protests justified the risk because the cause was more 'worthy'. While the political event being held by Trump was not because you really don't like him.

                    Does that capture it to your satisfaction?

                    And just to be clear I think both events are wrong because at a time when everyone else was making real sacrifices to keep this disease under control, others fools felt their own pet causes to be more important.

                    And in the USA the BLM protests and the Trump rally between them will likely result in 1,000's of avoidable deaths.

          • RedLogix 4.2.1.1.2

            +1

            It's normal and necessary to disagree with people, wishing ill of them is not.

            • Andre 4.2.1.1.2.1

              Failing to show sympathy for harm resulting from really stupid decisions people are explicitly advised against is not the same thing as wishing someone ill.

        • Bazza64 4.2.1.2

          Andre would you apply that rule to the NZ protesters who broke the distancing rule while we were still in level 2 ? I guess if some of them contacted Covid via the protest that this was an entirely predictable outcome of self selecting stupidity ?

          • Andre 4.2.1.2.1

            Yup.

            Although personally I value the message the BLM protests sent somewhat more highly than the message sent by participating in the mass self-pleasuring session for the edification of CovidCamacho.

      • Anne 4.2.2

        You read more into what I said than was intended. Let me re-phrase:

        If a large group of people congregate in an arena without taking any precautions then they are likely to exponentially increase the number of Covid 19 cases in their part of the country. They are not deserving of sympathy and must live with the consequences of their actions.

        Having said that, it transpires that commonsense has prevailed and the arena is half empty. That means the likely increase of cases will be reduced. Good result.

        • The Al1en 4.2.2.1

          I didn't read anything in to what you wrote – I was replying to Andre cheeky

          • Anne 4.2.2.1.1

            Yep. My mistake. It originally followed my comment and I jumped to conclusions. blush

            • The Al1en 4.2.2.1.1.1

              I've done it many times before, so not something I'd hold over you.

              I do share your view that those who are going to put themselves in harms way, despite all the scientific and medical advice, are indeed not worthy of sympathy and will suffer for their 'faith'. However, it doesn't sit right with me to hope they get sick and die (not saying you've said that).

              • Anne

                True. But you can understand the depth of feeling some have especially when they have close relatives who are front line staff or fall ill with Covid 19.

    • Gabby 4.3

      Well as the Trumpkination is prone to say, dizzwuddizz.

  4. Paaparakauta 5

    Saying goodbye to the American century.

    https://www.juancole.com/2020/06/world-trumps-america.html

    It gives me no pleasure to post this, but, taken at face value, what are the strategic implications for us ?

  5. Ad 6

    He came from nowhere last time, and could still win.

    He's also an outstanding orator, and Biden would do well to avoid debates.

  6. dv 7

    I don't understand the % y axis, on the "It’s just a Blue State problem.” graph.

    • Macro 7.1

      The vertical axis is the mean daily percentage increase in new cases in states and counties, selected by presidential preference. States that predominantly voted democrat in 2016 were the ones that were initially most severely affected by the virus, being mainly coastal, and the main points of entry into the US. (Notably NY and California). NY got a massive influx of infection with the closing of the borders to Europe and 10's of thousands of Americans rushing home and cramming into highly congested airports for hours on end. A supreme super spreader event. Now those States realising the severity of the virus are slowly getting it under control and bringing the rate of infections down. The midwest and rust belt States, being less populated and more dispersed, thought that they were magically immune to this disease. They have taken few precautions, opened up far too soon, and are now paying the consequences

  7. Cinny 8

    Have been watching the live stream, pence is just finishing up, agent orange is on his way.. apparently. It's a sea of red hats and white faces.

    What a bunch of plonkers. If the dems want to have any chance at all they need the ultimate running mate for biden.

    The MAGA crowd love pence, they are so to easy please, praise the military and throw in some god blesses and they are good to go. The stupidity is mind boggling.

    USA is messed up, deepest condolences to them all.

    And…. not many if any are wearing masks. It’s total what-the-fuckery

    Actually…. tbh, there are bugger all people there.

    • millsy 8.1

      Ironically a lot of these MAGA types will themselves be rounded up for being "degenerates" when the ultra-puritan WASP theocracy that Trump wants is finally imposed. Those MAGA bimbos running round in their Daisy Duke shorts and US flag crop tops will find out the hard way what it means to be a woman in Trump's America, when the dress codes are brought in.

      The "Bikers for Trump" look like they enjoy a beer after they go for a ride. If they read some books one day, they will find out that it is those evangalical types that support Trump also led the charge for the enactment of Prohibition 100 years ago, and railed against 'degenerate biker gangs' back in the 50's and 60's.

      Interstingly enough, it was the biker gangs that were a big part of the counterculture and pushback against conformity back in the 1950's and 60's. Now they are wanting to to restablish the society that their fathers and grandfathers pushed back against all those years ago.

    • The Al1en 8.2

      they need the ultimate running mate for biden.

      I'm hearing Susan Rice ticks the boxes for democrat voters.

      • Cinny 8.2.1

        Cheers Allen, I will have to read up about Susan, I've heard her name before but that's about all I know about her.

  8. Ad 9

    Trump is about as "weak" as he was with Hilary Clinton. And she lost.

    Trump still has a really good chance of winning.

    He has total brand dominance across the media.

    Obama was not far off the Trump disapproval ratings at the same parallel time to Trump.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_trump_vs_president_obama_job_approval.html

    Getting the rallies going again makes Biden look totally weak as a cave dweller and an old afraid man.

    The most exciting thing Biden is doing for the last month is to tease out the VP who will prop him up and succeed him when he's done his first term. That's not a ringing endorsement.

    Biden seems to be surviving on RINO Republican super-pacs, and BLM protests.

    It's not enough.

    • Andre 9.1

      It's not enough.

      It shouldn't be enough. But if Bitecofer is anywhere near the mark, then it probably will be.

      https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/02/06/rachel-bitecofer-profile-election-forecasting-new-theory-108944

      tl:dr The idea is that true swing voters are actually quite rare, and that electoral swings are more about swings in who shows up to vote and who sits it out for any given election. Negative partisanship is the most motivating factor of all, people turn up to vote to throw the bums out. So the ratings to look at are disapproval ratings, much more than approval ratings. On disapproval ratings, Donnie Dingleberry resembles Carter, Ford, the Elder Bush much more than he resembles Clinton, Shrub or Obama.

      • joe90 9.1.1

        who shows up to vote and who sits it out for any given election

        Yup, and they're going to make damn sure only their constituency gets to vote.

      • Ad 9.1.2

        From that kind of theory, turnout is the critical factor.

        Trump holding rallies and getting his base excited to turn out, sounds like the perfect strategy then.

        This is a direct challenge to Biden's team to hold rallies as well.

        BLM has peaked. What is Biden going to do to get Dem supporters out there?

        • Macro 9.1.2.1

          Yeah he excited all of 6200! And how many of them will be dead by November?

          meanwhile:

          The Latest Swing State Polls Look Good For Biden

          And at this point, former Vice President Joe Biden has a clear lead over President Trump in the national polls. But recent state-level surveys also give Biden an edge over Trump in a number of key swing states. And of course, how Trump and Biden do at the state level matters the most, as that’s how the outcome in the Electoral College will be decided.

          ….

          To do this, we gathered all the state polls in FiveThirtyEight’s polling database conducted since May 1 and then averaged them. And right now, the state polls largely agree with what the national surveys show: Biden holds the lead. In fact, he has about a 2-to-8-point lead in some of the most important states in the Electoral College. There is onenotable caveat, though, which we’ll get to in a moment. (Additionally, what’s captured here might not reflect how things have changed after an unexpectedly positive job report, or how public opinion might have shifted in response to the national protests that followed George Floyd’s death.)

          But first, let’s start with what the polls say in battleground states where we have at least three polls in the past six weeks. Together, they mostly present good news for Biden, and perhaps the most notable takeaway here is Biden’s sizable lead in Michigan and Wisconsin.

        • Tricledrown 9.1.2.2

          How many turned up at Trump rally less than 10,000 when they were expecting 20 to40,000 .

          Trumps time is up by the time the election time comes around the death toll from corona virus will be over 200,000 .

    • mpledger 9.2

      I don't know – when you're 13 points ahead it's time to go quiet and let the other guy make all the mistakes.

      • Ad 9.2.1

        Yes that works for a while, but not even holding one main media conference in 3 months is not a way to get profile.

        It's a way to ensure low turnout. Turnout of your team is the only way to win this election. They need a reason to turn up.

  9. dv 11

    Trump has the solution to the covid virus

    No testing

    Thus no virus.

    • ianmac 11.1

      Yes a clip on TV1 tonight showed Trump say, "We have the biggest and best testing in the World and it shows higher numbers of positives."

      So Trump said to the team, "Slow down the testing so we will have fewer positives."

      (From memory so not exact.)

      • In Vino 11.1.1

        True – I heard that too. Wadda guy!

      • ianmac 11.1.2

        PS:

        President Donald Trump said on Saturday (US time) he's asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing turns up too many cases of COVID-19.

        Trump told supporters at his campaign rally that the US has tested 25 million people, far more than any other country.

        The "bad part," Trump said, is that widespread testing leads to logging more cases of the virus.

      • dv 11.1.3

        Trump is right about the total not of tests – about 28m, which is more than any other country.

        Next is russia on abt 16m

        BUT what he does appear to know is what the US population is.

        The test rate is 85k per m

        Below for eg Russia 116 pm, UK 116 pmand spain 110 pm

        Didn't include Monaco 400 tpm and the small countrys

        NZ has 68k test per m for cf

  10. greywarshark 12

    In my search for enlightenment this from an old book explaining anarchism. I don't know much about 'anarchism' so throw in this piece in case it is useful. I have a feeling that it is a word thrown around freely without a lot of attention to the actuality of it.

    …the fluid survival of the libertarian attitude itself is what is important. In fact, the basic ideas of anarchism, with their stress on freedom and spontaneity, preclude the possibility of rigid organisation, and particularly of anything in the nature of a party constructed for the purpose of seizing and holding power. 'All parties without exception, in so far as they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism,' said Proudhon… 'Anarchism by George Woodcock'

  11. Macro 13

    One sacrilege after another. The man has no taste and is completely tone deaf.

    SmartSelect_20200620-220016_Instagram

  12. joe90 14

    DeAnna is running against Nancy Pelosi.

    • Andre 14.1

      Was running against Pelosi.

      California runs a jungle primary, where the top two go on to fight it out in November. Those top two in CA 12th were Pelosi (74%) and Buttar (D, 13%). DeAnna came fifth with 1.8%, although she was the second Repug behind John Dennis (7.7%)

    • millsy 14.2

      "Degenerate Left"?

      Worth mentioning that the NSDAP and its supporters used the term "degenerate" to describe people that didnt agree with them,

  13. joe90 15

    Oh dear.

    • McFlock 15.1

      jeez, way to hit a narcissist where it hurts 🙂

    • Cinny 15.2

      Shame it wasn't 6,660. That would have stressed out trump and his ploy to attract voters by whipping out the god card.

  14. aj 16

    This is not off topic, it provides a little sanity. Did anyone see the Bernie Blackout documentary on VICE TV this weekend. 1hr 28 mins and very educational. Highly recommend

    "An investigative deep dive into the corporate news media’s coverage of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign that asks: who actually gets a say in American politics?"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2XrCdnSrC4

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  • 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
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days ago
  • Equality Network – September Newsletter
    Read the Equality Network newsletter here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Left’s Lost Allies.
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    5 days 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 ...
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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% ...
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  • 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    1 week ago
  • Participating in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training
    It finally happened: about 13 years after first watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT) in 2007 when it became available in Germany, I recently completed the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training! Participating in this particular training had been on my to-do list for quite some time but it ...
    1 week ago
  • Dysfunctional Design
    Windows 95 is famous for requiring the shutting down the system by clicking ‘start, like stopping your car by turning the ignition key on. Why are so many interfaces so user-unfriendly? The Covid app to register your entering premises can be so clumsy. Sometimes I have signed in, sat down ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Josh Van Veen: Can we trust the polls?
    Is the 2020 election result really the foregone conclusion that the polls and commentators are suggesting? Josh Van Veen suggests otherwise, pointing to some of the shortcomings of opinion polling, which could ready some politicians to say “bugger the pollsters” on election night.   In November 1993, opinion polls foretold ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • The UK wants climate action
    Back in 2019, six select committees of the UK Parliament established a Citizen's Assembly to investigate how to respond to climate change. The Assembly's deliberations were forced online by the pandemic, but it has finally reported back, and overwhelmingly supports strong action: Taxes that increase as people fly further ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • In the US, the End of Days.
    I am feeling a bit impish today and so for no particular reason I thought I would share this thought, which I first posted over on twitter: “Hurricanes, wildfires, floods, heatwaves, street protests, armed vigilante militias, a lethal pandemic and a corrupt authoritarian using the federal government for partisan and ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Government too slow in deploying military to assist with Covid-19 response, former defence minister ...
    Wayne Mapp (Photo: Tsmith.nz via Wikimedia) A former Minister of Defence says the government was too slow to involve the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in New Zealand’s response to Covid-19. But Wayne Mapp, a National MP from 1996-2011 who served as Minister of Defence for three ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • Underwhelming
    Transport is our second biggest polluter after agriculture, making up 17% of our national emissions. Cars and trucks emit 15 million tons of CO2 every year. So, if we're serious about tackling climate change, we need to eliminate this entirely. Public transport and better urban design will be a key ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Five things we know about COVID-19, and five we don’t
    Five things we’ve learnt 1. We know where the virus ultimately came from We know that the virus originally came from bats, and most probably a species of horseshoe bat in South East Asia. However, the spike protein in SARS-CoV-2, which allows the virus to attach to cells and infect ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Stewardship land is conservation land
    The Greens' greatest disappointment while in government this term has been the failure to implement a ban on mining on conservation land. Promised by Jacinda Ardern immediately after gaining power, it had long been assumed that the problem was NZ First (who have a long history of environmental vandalism). But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The price of Green co-operation just went up
    If they get into Parliament, everyone expects the Greens to form a coalition with Labour. But James Shaw has said that that might not be the case, and that they might instead choose to sit on the cross-benches: The Greens are prepared to forego a coalition or confidence and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Swimming with whales: you must know the risks and when it’s best to keep your distance
    Chantal Denise Pagel, Auckland University of Technology; Mark Orams, Auckland University of Technology, and Michael Lueck, Auckland University of Technology Three people were injured last month in separate humpback whale encounters off the Western Australia coast. The incidents happened during snorkelling tours on Ningaloo Reef when swimmers came too close ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Driving Out The Money-Changers Of Reactionary Christianity.
    Den Of Thieves: They describe themselves, and the money-making rackets they dignify with the name of church, “Christian”, but these ravening wolves are no such thing. The essence of the Christian faith is the giving of love – not the taking of money. It is about opening oneself to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Could academic streaming in New Zealand schools be on the way out? The evidence suggests it should b...
    David Pomeroy, University of Canterbury; Kay-Lee Jones, University of Canterbury; Mahdis Azarmandi, University of Canterbury, and Sara Tolbert, University of Canterbury Academic streaming in New Zealand schools is still common, but according to recent reports it is also discriminatory and racist. Also known as tracking, setting and ability grouping, streaming ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A Time To Begin Again.
    A New Holy-Day: Perhaps, by accepting this gift of Matariki from the first arrivals in Aotearoa, we late arrivals, shorn of our ancestors’ outlandish fleeces, can draw strength from the accumulated human wisdom of our adopted home. Perhaps, by celebrating Matariki, we can learn to take ownership of our colonial ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s tax trauma victims and how they might help the Greens
    If there was any doubt left, we can surely call it now. Time and date. End of. Finito. Perhaps you thought you saw a flickering eyelid or a finger move? You were wrong. Labour has given up on tax reform for the foreseeable future. One of the key remaining left/right ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – Labour gives up on tax transformation
    Will the rich get richer under Labour’s latest tax policy? Based on the analysis in reaction to yesterday’s announcement, the answer would seem to be yes. The consensus from commentators is that inequality and severe economic problems will remain unchanged or even be made worse by Labour’s new policy. Although ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Labour on energy: Business as usual
    Labour has released its energy policy, and its basicly business as usual: bring forward the 100% renewable target to 2030, build pumped storage if the business case stacks up, restore the thermal ban and clean car standard (but not the feebate scheme), and spread a bit of money around to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Overshoot
    California is burning down again. In Oregon, the city of Medford - a town the size of Palmerston North - has had to be evacuated due to the fires. In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Rene has become the earliest "R"-storm to form since records began, beating the previous record by ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Says it all
    What's wrong with Labour? The end of yesterday's RNZ health debate says it all: Do you have private health insurance? Reti: "I do." Hipkins: "Yes, I do." Hipkins is Minister of Health. But it turns out that he won't be waiting in the queue with the rest ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Secret Lives of Lakes
    McKayla Holloway The helicopter carries a team of four Lakes380 scientists and me; we hug the Gneiss rock walls that tower over Lake Manapouri. It’s arguably one of New Zealand’s most well-known lakes – made famous by the ‘Save Manapouri’ campaign of the 1970s. My chest is drawn back into ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Winning Joke: Why The Traditional Left Will Just Have To Live With Rainy-Day Robertson’s Disappoin...
    Rainy-Day Man: Is Labour’s tax policy a disappointment? Of course it is! But it’s the best the Traditional Left is going to get. Why? because Labour’s pollsters are telling them that upwards of 200,000 women over the age of 45 years have shifted their allegiance from National to Labour. (Where else, ...
    1 week ago
  • The Adventures of Annalax: Volume VIII
    When we last left our intrepid Drow Rogue, he was sitting in a tavern with his companions, only for a crazy Paladin to burst in, and start screaming about the Naga. It soon turned out that ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #36, 2020
    Slight tweak to New Research Articles in NR are categorized by domain, roughly. This introduces the problem of items that don't neatly fit in one slot, or that have significance in more than one discipline (happily becoming more frequent as the powerful multiplier of interdisciplinary cooperation is tapped more frequently). ...
    1 week ago
  • Pressing the pause button after an adverse event happens to a vaccine trial participant
    Today AstraZeneca pushed the pause button on its late-stage trials of a COVID-19 vaccine. A clinical trial participant has experienced a serious health event and an investigation is underway to determine the cause. What does it mean? A cautious approach – trials can halt to assess safety data With over ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • ‘Compassionate conservation’: just because we love invasive animals, doesn’t mean we should pr...
    Kaya Klop-Toker, University of Newcastle; Alex Callen, University of Newcastle; Andrea Griffin, University of Newcastle; Matt Hayward, University of Newcastle, and Robert Scanlon, University of Newcastle On an island off the Queensland coast, a battle is brewing over the fate of a small population of goats. The battle positions the ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Is Euthanasia a health priority for New Zealand at present?
    Dr Ben Gray* This blog discusses what will be needed to operationalise the End of Life Choice Act in the event that it is approved at referendum. It argues that this will take significant resources. Judging by the experience in Oregon it is likely that this may only benefit ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tuhia ki te rangi: a new space for student science communication
    Nau mai, haere mai – welcome to our newest addition to Sciblogs: Tuhia ki te rangi. Over the eleven years Sciblogs has been operating, the face of science communication has changed dramatically. Where a decade ago there was a burgeoning number of scientists and other experts looking to stretch their ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    1 week ago
  • If not now, when?
    I'm grappling with my sheer fucking anger over Labour's pathetic tax policy. Yes, it utterly contradicts their pretence of being a "centre-left" party and shows that they have no interest whatsoever in fixing any of the problems facing New Zealand. Yes, its self-inflicted helplessness, which will allow them to cry ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • TikTok suicide video: it’s time platforms collaborated to limit disturbing content
    Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, Queensland University of Technology and D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye, Queensland University of Technology A disturbing video purporting to show a suicide is reportedly doing the rounds on the popular short video app TikTok, reigniting debate about what social media platforms are doing to limit circulation of troubling material. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Is that it?
    Labour announced its tax policy today: a new top tax rate of 39% on income over $180,000. And that's it. No intermediate rate between the current top rate of 33% at $70,000 and the new one. No land tax. No wealth tax. Nothing (in fact worse than nothing, because they ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Methane is short-lived in the atmosphere but leaves long-term damage
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    2 weeks ago
  • Community Values
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks 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
    15 hours 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
    1 day 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
    2 days ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
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    2 days ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
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    3 days ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Record transport investment to help economic recovery and save lives
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford released today the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 which outlines the planned $48 billion investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade. “The final GPS supports our Government’s five-point plan for economic recovery by confirming our record investments in transport infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Advancing clean energy technology
    Three ambitious and cutting-edge research programmes that will lift New Zealand’s advanced energy technology research capability over seven years, have been supported by Government today, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The projects will each receive a share of $40.7 million investment from the Strategic Science Investment Fund. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Major milestone reached in Pike River Re-entry
    The critical area for forensic examination known as Pit Bottom in Stone has been reached in what is a major milestone for the Pike River re-entry project, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced. “The infrastructure located in Pit Bottom in Stone is of very significant interest in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Economic recovery guides Govt response to retirement income policy review
    The Government is working on how New Zealand’s retirement income policies and settings can best support Kiwis in light of the COVID-19 economic recovery, with the help of the Retirement Commissioner’s latest review, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Retirement Commissioner’s three-yearly review into New Zealand’s retirement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Iwi community hub opens in Murupara
    A new digital hub and development centre in Murupara will be instrumental in growing the region’s productivity, said Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau at the official opening of two community initiatives today. “I’m pleased to be here celebrating a significant milestone for two projects set to make a ...
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    3 days ago
  • PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast
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    3 days ago
  • Spruce-up for Ōtaki community facilities
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    3 days ago
  • PGF funding for Jobs for Nature programme
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    4 days ago
  • Procurement to promote jobs, Māori and Pasifika businesses and sustainability
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Timaru’s Theatre Royal to be upgraded and new heritage facility built
    The Government is supporting a major upgrade of Timaru’s iconic Theatre Royal and the construction of a new connected Heritage Facility museum and exhibition space with $11.6 million from the Government’s Infrastructure Fund, Jacinda Ardern announced today. “We heard the call from the community and the council. The Theatre Royal ...
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    4 days ago
  • District Court judge appointed
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    4 days ago
  • Approval given to Commercial Film and Video Production Proposal
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    4 days ago
  • Supporting a thriving wānanga sector to benefit Māori learners
    As part of the Government’s focus on building closer partnerships with Māori and enhancing the quality of, and access to, Māori medium education, a payment of $8 million will be made to Te Wānanga o Raukawa in partial recognition of its Waitangi Tribunal claim (WAI 2698), Associate Education Minister Kelvin ...
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    5 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature boosts efforts to restore Kaimai-Mamaku
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has announced a $19 million investment over four years in an important forest restoration project involving a partnership between the Department of Conservation, iwi/hapū, the Bay of Plenty and Waikato Regional Councils, community conservation groups and organisations such as Forest and Bird across the ...
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