The Big One’s Coming In.

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, February 4th, 2020 - 70 comments
Categories: Bernie Sanders, elections, social democracy - Tags: , ,

Remember how as a kid you’d build sand castles below the high water mark and then spend your time trying to shore it up against the incoming tide? Remember running at the back of a receding wave to throw hopeless handfuls or bucketfuls of sand on top of your newly worn and rounded creation? Remember gouging out a ditch on the seaward side of your sand castle knowing it wasn’t going to work, but doing it anyway? And remember how sometimes you gained a brief respite as that last wave didn’t wash up the beach with quite as far as you’d expected…meaning you got to bolster your heap with two buckets of sand and even a stone or three before the next surge.

Today, the kids, the defenders of things built on sand are liberals.

Now sure, like as when I was a kid, I’ve misjudged which wave would be the one to inflict irreparable damage on hopeless structures. So following the SNP’s decimation of Scottish Labour in 2011 and the Independence Referendum in 2014, I thought the tide was coming right up that beach when Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of UK Labour in 2015.

I had also hoped David Cunliffe would mark the beginning of the end for liberalism in NZ. The same hope was vested in Jean Luc Melenchon and his La France Insoumise in the French Presidential elections of 2017.

Each and every time, while a social democratic alternative to liberalism has gained ground, it has failed to repeat what the SNP achieved in 2011 by running on erstwhile and wholesale abandoned Labour values of old. And the reasons for that aren’t very hard to fathom. In all cases bar Scotland, entrenched political establishments saw it coming, and so ran down the beach to, as it were, scrape out ditches and stack rocks against the incoming wave.

Specifically, concerted media black-outs and smears have assailed social democratic politicians, and in the case of NZ Labour and UK Labour, half of the parliamentary party fought against the party and its social democratic leader during election campaigns. In New Zealand, the Andrew Little’s and Grant Robertsons’ went one better and ousted David Cunliffe following NZ Labour’s electoral defeat. In the UK, and only thanks to the greater degree of democracy put in place by Miliband, the liberals within UK Labour, not for want of trying, couldn’t jettison Corbyn.

Last time around in the USA, the establishment fell before a charlatan and game show host who simply made all the right anti-establishment noises. This time around there’s Bernie Sanders. As at the time of writing, I don’t yet know the caucus results from Iowa. I won’t be surprised if Bernie Sanders wins it and the Iowa Caucus later comes to be seen as the event that marked the beginning of the end for liberalism in the US. And that’s a wave that washes around the world.

Here’s the other side of the coin.

If Sanders doesn’t win the Democratic Party nomination, then Trump will likely win a second Presidency and the US establishment will plunge itself into fascism. And understand. That won’t be Trump’s doing. Trump will merely be the impotent figurehead of a liberal establishment coming to its natural fascist destination.

I don’t want to end this post on a dark note. So grab your tissues…

They have tried a media black out on Bernie’s campaign. It hasn’t worked. They have tried smearing Bernie as sexist. It hasn’t worked. They have tried smearing his campaign as anti-semitic. It hasn’t worked. They have tried and failed to promote any number of alternatives to Sanders. No-one’s listening. 

And now (or so it seems) they are positioning a billionaire to take the reigns from Joe Bye and Done on Super Tuesday. Because, y’know, US democracy is still the best democracy money can buy. They haven’t been listening

update –  Lots of shananigans in Iowa and results not being released until tomorrow. Pete Buttigieg gave a hammy “victory” speech before a front row of carefully positioned African Americans while Joe Biden’s lawyers pinged a “stiff” letter off to the Iowa Democratic Party demanding “answers” and…Bernie Sanders’ campaign released their internal polling taken from 40% of representative Precincts that showed a second vote tally of –
Sanders – 29% Buttegeig –  24% Warren – 21% and Biden 12%

 

70 comments on “The Big One’s Coming In. ”

  1. RedLogix 1

    I firmly backed the Bern in 2016 and it's wonderful to see him breakthrough. Although this election I've found both Gabbard and Yang are the ones with interesting new things to say that seem highly relevant to the near future.

    Someone speculated that Bernie could select Gabbard as his running mate; that would tick all my boxes nicely. Together they would simply show up the Trump for the low-rent gambler he is.

    • Bill 1.1

      The establishment smears of Gabbard have been downright disgusting and the media black out of her troublesome.

      CNN have disbarred her from their town hall with no reason given, but brought in some joker whose name I can't remember who polls at about 0%. They may have done the same to Yang – I can't remember.

      Anyway. Gabbard's foreign policy is streets ahead of most. So, would she be better as a VP (she'd certainly lock in a lot of former Trump voters in a Presidential Election Campaign)…or would she better served as Foreign Secretary (or whatever the position is called in the US)?

      I'm sticking to what I said a while back, that barring some absolute catastrophe, Sanders will be the next President of the USA and both Gabbard and Warren (in spite of her recent bullshit) will play major roles in a Sanders Administration.

      edit. I’m away to geek out on Iowa caucus results now 🙂

    • Andre 1.2

      The problem with Gabbard as veep nominee is that her popularity is waaaay underwater with Democrats and Dem-leaning independents. In that group, she's 40% unfavourable, 20% favourable, and 40% no opinion.

      https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-ups-and-downs-of-candidate-popularity-in-4-charts/

    • Phil 1.3

      Bernie could select Gabbard as his running mate; that would tick all my boxes nicely.

      No fucking way is Bernie going to nominate a closet-republican as veep.

      • RedLogix 1.3.1

        Sure, definitely not in the primaries. But in the election that matters it's the whole nation his ticket has to appeal to.

        • Phil 1.3.1.1

          You're completely deluded if you think the potential republican/independent gains made by having Gabbard on the ticket get anywhere near close to the losses you'd make on Democrat turnout in that scenario.

          • Bill 1.3.1.1.1

            You know how that's a kind of inverse echo of 2016 arguments from the centrists that goes, "if we tack to the centre, then for every potential Democratic voter we lose, we will pick up two soft Republicans in the suburbs…"

            As strategies go, that worked out really well, yes?

            • RedLogix 1.3.1.1.1.1

              Clinton was not so much centrist as just disliked.

              Besides how did tacking left work out for Corbyn? We can play this game all day 😄

              [Fixed typo in user handle]

              • Bill

                As mentioned in the post – social democrats get smeared across corporate media and even have to contend with bullshit coming from within their own party. (Cunliffe and Corbyn both being examples of that happening in spades).

                The main difference for Sanders is that he doesn't have to contend with arseholes in a parliamentary caucus in the way Cunliffe and Corbyn did.

                It's easy enough to argue that UK Labour's policy platform was fine.

                But when they exposed the Tories on the NHS, corporate media twisted it into a Russia thang. And besides there was Corbyn as a terrorist sympathiser. And as an ant-semite. And "not fit to be a leader" etc. – all coming from pop/corporate media day in and day out over years.

                And Brexit. I missed that one. But he should never have sought a consensus with the liberals within UK Labour (and should also have forged an alliance with the SNP the moment he became leader).

                But if you think being social democratic loses elections because social democratic policies don't draw support, then I can only assume you haven't been paying much attention Red.

              • Adrian Thornton

                "Clinton was not so much centrist as just disliked"…uumm no she was in large part disliked exactly because because she is a status quo centrist.

                • Dennis Frank

                  Don't let your partiality fog your vision. I hope Sanders wins, but I'm a centrist on the bipolar frame, so I ought to point out that your logic is flawed. Don't you know she was to the right of Nixon?? She was a Goldwater Girl.

                  No self-respecting centrist would support someone that flakey. Going for the Wall St crowd showed she was still a conservative. The fact that Democrats believed her crap just proved how thick they are.

      • Bill 1.3.2

        What?

        The woman who resigned her position as vice chair of the DNC to endorse Sanders in 2016 is a closet Republican? I thought she was a Putin plant (according to Hillary Clinton)…an Assad apologist…an Islamophobe…a cultist working for the guy whose name I can't remember…and allegedly much else besides, but…a closet Republican?

        So her support of medicare for all and free college and ending regime change wars to invest the saved expenditures in American society is indicative of her being a Republican?

        And her support of re-regulating Wall Street and he stance against private prison and in favour of legalising weed and ending the "war on drugs"…that's all dyed in the wool Republicanism?

        Anyway.

        Joe Biden would choose a Republican as VP (He is on record as saying he would). Warren was a Republican until in her late 40s and is now (it seems) wholly owned by the Corporate Democrats. And then there's Pete "CIA" Buttigieg and a billionaire or two in the running….and the cry is NOT TULSI! ?

  2. mosa 2

    Bernie and his grassroots supporters aren't owned by anyone.

    Wow what a fantastic campaign message.

    I wish we could be inspired like that here.

    I would love to have a feeling of hope that we can change too.

    Now that the evil empire is stirring realising the threat could be real after ignoring it for four years they will be coming for him with all their firepower.

    Bernie and more and more Americans are ready for the fight.

    • RedLogix 2.1

      Hope is an act of defiance; it is always our best bet.

      • Ad 2.1.1

        Fear is lower in the amygdala than hope.

        So fear wins in the search engine algorithms.

        Repubs do fear far better than Dems and social dems do hope.

        Hope is just a pain in the ass.

      • gsays 2.1.2

        Hope is what you have when you have no agency, no influence, no power.

        Fuck hope.

  3. Ad 3

    He seems to have a better campaign ground game than last time.

    • mosa 3.1

      " He seems to have a better campaign ground game than last time"

      That is a considerable understatement.

  4. Kevin 4

    That second advert was probably the best I have seen. Anywhere.

    • Cinny 4.1

      Absolutely outstanding, unifying, emotive and a call to action, superb. Gave me goosebumps.

      Bernie is their only hope. May he take out the Iowa Caucus today.

  5. Macro 5

    Iowa Caucus Results 2020: Live

    Initial results are being reported for caucus alignment popular vote totals. 3m ago

    Candidate Final vote
    Pete Buttigieg 1,000
    Bernie Sanders 842
    Elizabeth Warren 605
    Joseph R. Biden Jr. 592
    Amy Klobuchar 579

    These are not the final votes as such (although it says so above) these are preliminary votes as they come in.

    see here:
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/02/03/us/elections/results-iowa-caucus-democrats.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

  6. Tiger Mountain 6

    Go Bernie! am a supporter since 2016.

    Bernie’s campaign is doing well using the “Bern” app https://theintercept.com/2019/04/29/bern-bernie-sanders-organizing-kickoff-bern-app/
    to assist door to door and friend to friend organising as long form articles like this one illustrate…https://theintercept.com/2020/01/26/bernie-sanders-iowa-super-tuesday/

    The thing is these, and articles from other sources, inevitably quietly point out that Trump uses similar methods, house to house in the bible belt etc. Bernie is on “last chance power drive” sacrificing his remaining years on this mission. He can only do it with a movement, which has steadily arisen in its modern form since the Dubya years, and Bernie is the only 2020 mainstream candidate such a united movement could support. If against hope he gets past the DNC and Trump and the Electoral College and voter suppression–whew!–and is President, he will need massive popular support to get anything at all on the agenda done.

    Dare to hope after so many electoral set backs lately? Well the Americans are going to end up with a totally stacked Supreme Court and Trump for life if they don’t get their arses in gear!

  7. Phil 7

    It's 4.20pm NZT and the first caucus results are dribbling in. At this stage, Mayor Pete is on for a very good night and may take win over Bernie. Joe Biden looking very vulnerable (please let this continue!) and in a fight with Klobuchar for 4th place (!!!) with Warren clear in 3rd.

  8. Dennis Frank 8

    ""We are on paper in many cases," not the app, as was planned, said one Iowa Democrat. "The whole system largely broke."" https://fivethirtyeight.com/live-blog/iowa-caucus-2020-election-live/

    “Des Moines County Chair Tom Courtney tells @ajjaffe that technology issues appear to be contributing to the delay. Courtney says in his county, an app created for reporting results was “a mess.””

    "Polk County precinct chairs are being advised to take pictures of the results and text them over to the Polk County executive director, who is driving them to the HQ, according to a Democratic operative familiar with the situation".

    Dunno about driving the results in. To be genuinely retro, they ought to do it on horseback. 🙄

  9. Tiger Mountain 9

    Darn, just as Bernie had his nose in front in very early voting on NY Times coverage, the land of the free manages to mangle vote counting again…

  10. Macro 10
    • A refresher on how caucusing in Iowa works : Iowa Democrats gather at 1,678 precinct locations around the state (gyms, churches, homes, etc.), and sort themselves into groups based on which candidates they support. Officials at the caucus sites tally up the people in these initial formations, and groups that comprise at least 15 percent of all participants at those sites become “locked in” to support their candidates, who are then deemed “viable.”
    • If voters’ first-choice candidates aren’t viable, they can either choose new candidates to support, try to lure other voters from non-viable groups into their camps, or trudge home listening to sad Charlie Brown music. Officials then count everyone again, use the final vote total to assign each viable candidate a certain number of county delegates, and then plug those numbers into a mathematical formula to estimate their “state delegate equivalents”—how many delegates each candidate will get at the Iowa state convention. The simplest process imaginable.
    • This simplest-imaginable process is slightly different than it has been at previous caucuses . Iowans will only be counted in two “rounds” this year, and supporters of viable candidates can no longer change their minds, which should cut down on chaos during the process. Another major change is that instead of just announcing the final delegate results, the party will also be reporting the results of both alignment rounds. This should significantly increase chaos afterthe process, as campaigns scramble to spin whatever victories they can from three sets of results.
  11. Dennis Frank 11

    It's starting to look like the Iowa Dems are on a crash & burn mission: "Biden general counsel writes to Iowa Democratic Party about “considerable flaws” in caucus reporting system." https://fivethirtyeight.com/live-blog/iowa-caucus-2020-election-live/

    Not just the app crashing. "The party's back-up telephone reporting system likewise has failed." I copied that from a screen shot of the Biden gc letter. You can imagine voters stateside thinking "Jeez, if they can't even run their own caucuses properly, why would anyone trust them to run the country??" No wonder Biden is spooked. He must be hopping mad!!

  12. mike 12

    when burn looses everyone here will decide that the breakdown in counting was engineered to let the 'liberals' figure out a way of gerrymandering it.

    those freaked out on a belief that their own ideas are never to blame for their losses have populated the political landscape since time immemorial. they cling to their 'holier-than-thou’ blinkers tenaciously even when they lose lose lose. everyone’s to blame but them. Of course they can ride some violent wave that carries them in. in which case mothers and fathers need to coral their babies because horrifying dictatorship is sure to follow.

  13. Chris T 13

    I have serious doubts the US are going to vote a guy in who will be nearly 84 when his term finishes.

    None of my biz' though.

    Be pushing it to not need a walker, given the standing up the Prez needs to do.

    • McFlock 13.1

      Walkers? Done before.

      Between FDR's polio and whatever dolt45's malfunction is, I go with FDR.

      Yesterday, December 7th, a day we remember bigly, Emperor Hightoe, tremendous guy, very nice, made Trump Pearl Harbour the biggest in Hawaii by bombing the plane holders, ugly buildings, what sort of plane can't handle rain, very deadly things, the generals came to me and said, they said to me "this means war", so sad, they don't get it, I phoned Hightoe and said to him "you're a smart guy, I'm a smart guy, let's do a deal", so he's promised to investigate the wrongdoings of Hunter Biden over there, very bad things, I don't know what's going on but there must be something trmendous if they're looking into it, right, …

    • Muttonbird 13.2

      How horribly ageist of you. Do you think your dear old parents are good for nothing also?

    • Cinny 13.3

      If it were a problem, then why are the youth overwhelmingly supporting him?

  14. Sanctuary 14

    America, the world’s greatest democracy that cannot even organise a local election.

    • Andre 14.1

      That's at least partly because organising the elections is specifically devolved to the locals, rather than coordinated at a national level.

  15. adam 15

    I see the usual players from the liberal left are being the best arseholes they can be on this tread. Concern trolling and getting their blame on.

    Must be hard for the hard core supporters of liberalism to realise they are actually wrong, and their woke blame game shitfuckery and the russians stick is just not working. But at least you have the war criminal h.r.c – to worship.

    Just look at the exit polls Bill put up, I've seen a few more. All have Bernie winning and Buttegeig second. Any other result will be a lie.

    • Bill 15.1

      I watched a fair bit of Status Coup reporting live from the Sanders' campaign hall.

      He interviewed a wide range of Sanders people "passing by" and it's pretty clear from his straw polling that Sanders did really well. There was some really odd shit reportedly going on with assigning delegates though – like, people didn't know the "rules" (or were "at it"?)

      • adam 15.1.1

        I flicked over to him too.

        Was good to see the range of people he was interviewing. Was hooked on Laura Flanders -the link to her has gone down but it was a really good watch.

        Again diverse with some cool stuff – she covered the first sign language caucus. Loads of disabled participating, oh and a caucus in a mosque – another first.

        The other good thing is the Bernie camp was happy to talk to her.

        In a couple of instance is was interesting to see the Bernie camp and the Biden camp working together to make sure votes were being counted correctly. Some Biden supporters were suggesting the counts were off in relation to exit polls and pre caucus polling.

  16. Bill 16

    Jesus wept.

    In addition to the update I added to the post…

    So people had been asking who developed the app used in Iowa and the Democratic Party wouldn't say, citing "security" as a reason for secrecy.

    Well, Lee Fang who's a reporter for the Intercept is reporting that three different sources are saying the app that was used was developed by a company called Shadow who have obvious ties to the DNC and that part of their funding for the app came from Pete Buttigieg's campaign.

    https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1224572119549267968

    • Bill 16.1

      I hate trying to embed twitter feeds, so I'll cut and paste and link below.

      Three different sources say a firm called "Shadow" developed the Iowa Dem caucus app. They haven't responded to comment, neither has Iowa Dem Party. The firm was paid by both Nevada & Iowa Democratic Party, disclosures show. Also by Mayor Pete's campaign

      &

      Replying to

      @lhfang

      So, Pete was in the #StopSanders mtg with DNC heads, Pete's complaint stopped the Des Moines Register poll from coming out the day before the caucus and Pete funded the app that prevented the caucus results from being reported? #MayorPete looking pretty shady.

      https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1224561674679488513

      Sooo. Bernie Sanders peeps denied victory celebrations and msm get to discount the Iowa result as dodgy and so not really a boost for Sanders. Of course, on the other side of the coin is the very healthy social media in the USA that enjoys a lot of penetration. 😉

  17. Dennis Frank 17

    "David Yepsen, the host of “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television, offered a short obituary to the the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses after tonight’s results debacle." https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/feb/03/iowa-caucuses-latest-live-news-democrats-bernie-sanders-joe-biden-elizabeth-warren-buttigieg-updates?page=with:block-5e38feca8f086a28115a5197#block-5e38feca8f086a28115a5197

    The guy must be pretty sharp: he predicted the shambles last year! "Sorry I was right. RIP caucuses." Tweeter Dave Wasserman testifies: "My hat’s off to the dean of IA political journalists, @DavidYepsen, who presciently predicted when we were teaching at @UChiPolitics last spring that Dems’ new bells and whistles would create a results reporting mess."

  18. Ad 18

    Maybe the next one.

    (Actual quote from every hard left US activist since … FDR)

    • adam 18.1

      So you're no longer a social democrate Ad?

      Now you going to admit you are a left liberal, devoted to liberalism over social democracy?

      Because that is all I can take from your snide comment.

      Oh and Bernie has won – so what is the issue with you then?

  19. Cinny 19

    Have I got this correct please?

    It's a new system as all candidates results were to be released instead of just the front runners, which hasn't happened before.

    As well the counts are determined by paper, app and photos. Currently those three set's of data aren't matching up, so they are double checking.

    • McFlock 19.1

      Sort of, from what I gather.

      Basically, the counts are fine at each caucus meeting (e.g. the local school hall).

      There was an app to collate all the results centrally. That shat itself.

      There was a backup telephone reporting system. That got overloaded.

      Some caucus chairs resorted to hand-delivering the results, with at least one deliverer beginning the drive before the results were in and receiving a pxt of the result form en route.

      So now they have three different modes of result delivery, and they have to collate the results so there are no double counts and all results are verified.

      That's the problem as I understand it: the collection of votes at a local level is fine and robust, it was the centralised collation that spat the dummy. So it's a case of letting the dust settle and then sorting it all out properly.

  20. Sanctuary 20

    Worth remembering the United States supported a coup on Bolivia because of "irregularities" in the election there.

  21. Sanctuary 21

    What an utter disaster for the Democrats, and in particular the DNC – who, like the anti-Corbyn UK PLP, make their main claim to centrist legitimacy on the basis of administrative competence and "electability."

    Well, they've utterly flubbed the first and most simple of tests of their competence with a piece of scandalous incompetence that undermines the authority of DNC.

    Apparently the software designed for uploading results – a phone app – was developed in haste, in secret, not tested properly, and by a company that was founded by ex-Clinton aides who are actively hostile to the likes of Bernie Sanders and known supportes of Pete Buttigieg. I have seen rumours that in at least one case a caucus chair refused to use the app after the app flicked 200 votes to Pete Buttigieg when the chair knew no one had voted for him. Just a rumour, but a flavour of what sort of atmosphere of distrust this disaster is feeding.

    https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/04/a-voting-app-by-shadow-inc-takes-center-stage-at-chaotic-iowa-caucuses/

    What a fucking shit show of bumbling incompetence, a needless "solution" looking for a problem and jaw dropping stupidity.

    Worse, the same app is apparently going to be used in Nevada (update – Nevada has ditched it) – and in California, the entire voting process is being done via an app – an app that has candidates on multiple pages where it is not clear how to navigate to those pages. And you guessed it, "B" for Buttigieg is on page one, "S" for Sanders is on page three.

    I cannot for the life of me understand why the US as a whole insists on relying of software for voting when their election officials have a track record of utter incompetence in the area.

  22. Andre 22

    Some commenters here appear to be blaming the DNC for the Iowa debacle. This is inappropriate. Everything to do with the Iowa caucuses is handled at the state level, not the national level.

    It's a good illustration of a downside of devolving responsibility down to a local level. Multiple local systems each coming up with their own different systems increases the likelihood of one or more of the multiple different systems screwing up badly.

    • Sanctuary 22.1

      However, the app was created by a company engaged by the DNC specifically due to rule changes made by the DNC.

      The company is literally called Shadow. I mean, WTF were they thinking?

      The CEO and other founders of Shadow are ex-Clinton aides with an extensive online record of heavily attacking Sanders.

      The husband of the CEO is a senior member of Pete Buttigieg's team

      Buttigieg's campaign has paid money to Shadow.

      None of these things have anything to do with the devolution of responsibility.

      • Anne 22.1.1

        Gotta side with Sanctuary here. Utter effing incompetency with a dash of covert prejudice thrown in. That's the way it looks to me.

        God Almighty what can you say about America these days? An incompetent president, incompetent administration, incompetent officials at the highest and lowest levels, incompetent software merchants, incompetence everywhere.

        Set aside the trade talks with the Yanks until the country has learnt how to be big boys and girls again.

      • Tiger Mountain 22.1.2

        There may be no DNC fix whatsoever, maybe as anne says “covert prejudice” on behalf of Mr Buttgieg and supporters, but make no mistake, the DNC wants to sink the Sanders campaign. Mayor Pete maybe put money into the software because he is wealthy and wanted to do the local Democrats a favour.

        It looked off though that the scheduled weekend Des Moines Register poll was pulled from publication due to Buttgieg one way or another. And his early declaration of victory in Iowa when the tabulation had basically been placed in crisis check mode. The early screenshots I took from NY Times showed Sanders clearly in front and Buttgieg in third.

        But whatever, chill time perhaps “instant news gratification” and 24hr max attention spans are the plague of our time.

        • Sanctuary 22.1.2.1

          I agree, I mean at some point incompetence and corruption can become indistinguishable.

  23. Macro 23

    The Borowitz Report is in:

    Florida Offers to Help Iowa Count Votes

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida (The Borowitz Report)—Calling the delay in the release of the Iowa caucus results “a threat to democracy,” the state of Florida has offered to help Iowa with the vote-counting process.

    Harland Dorrinson, a spokesman for Florida’s official electoral commission, said on Tuesday morning that “Florida stands ready and willing to restore credibility to Iowa’s vote-tabulation procedures.”

    Dorrinson added that Katherine Harris, Florida’s former secretary of state, was eager to “roll up her sleeves and clean up Iowa’s mess.”

    “Just say the word, Iowa, and Katherine Harris will be on the next plane out,” he said.

    For their part, Iowa Democratic Party officials said that they were already making great progress in counting the caucus results, and that early returns indicated that a white person had won.

  24. Billy 24

    love it. yes

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  • Casey Costello strikes again
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
    Open access notables Antarctic Bottom Water Warming, Freshening, and Contraction in the Eastern Bellingshausen Basin, Johnson et al., Geophysical Research Letters Cold winds blowing over polynyas (areas of ice-free water) on the Antarctic continental shelf create sea ice, forming very cold and somewhat salty, hence very dense, waters. These dense ...
    1 day ago
  • We're back! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • A criminal minister
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Thursday, July 11 are:Economy: Te Pūtea Matua The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced its Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance
    If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) which imposed tough new standards on waterways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Personal Reflections: 10th July
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Oh Vienna
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand forges deeper ties with NATO
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    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s carbon capture fantasy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
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    3 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • American Boy
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    3 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The President They Have Got.
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    3 days ago
  • Has Progressivism Peaked?
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    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Dawn Chorus for July 9
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Labour may be looking at signing up for an Irish style 33% inheritance tax instead of or as well as a capital gains tax;Sam Stubbs has proposed the Government sell ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Mr Luxon goes to Washington.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Kiwirail at Councils Transport & Infrastructure Committee
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 9
    Photo by City Church Christchurch on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 8:00 am are:Scoop: Waipareira Trust political donations probe referred to Charities Registration Board NZ Herald-$$$’s Matt NippertScoop: Migrant whistleblowers speak out after ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What’s next after Supreme Court curbs regulatory power: More focus on laws’ wording, less on the...
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    4 days ago
  • The folly of retreat in the face of defeat
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Parent Zone
    Hi,I am about to wing my way back to New Zealand for the Webworm popup this Saturday in Auckland — can’t wait to see some of you there! In the meantime, I highly recommend the latest pet thread over on the Webworm app. All I’ll say is that readers here ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Tuesday: The Kākā’s Journal of Record for July 9
    Photo by Alex Zaj on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, news conferences reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9 are:Politics: Full news conference: 'Please resign', Chloe Swarbrick tells Darleen Tana RNZ VideoPaper: Increasing speed ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
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    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
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    5 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
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    5 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Aotearoa Says – No Diggity.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Strangers and others
    For a moment yesterday I thought I might have been trailing my old friend Simon Wilson across the Danube, over cobbled stones, and into the old town square of Linz. Same comfortable riding style, same jacket, same full head of hair, but no, different friend of cycling.There is a kindred ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Killing the Golden Goose of New Zealand's economy
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Newshub Signs Off
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Pharmac Fiasco
    If you don’t understand how things work you make foolish mistakes. To explain how the government got into its cancer drugs muddle, we need to explain first how New Zealand’s pharmaceutical purchasing system works. There is a parallel between Pharmac and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The Government sets ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • An unexpected honour.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • An Ode to the British Tories
    The legend Jonathan Pie nails it in under 5 minutes. There is more, of course, but his summary is both fair and an outstanding take on the UK Conservative Party’s right wing legacy.Austerity, cuts to the public service, trickle down economics, corruption, policies favouring corporations and the wealthy, underinvesting in ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Knives out for Kāinga Ora
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Something's going to change
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    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 5-July-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • How the team of 5 million lost the game
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #27 2024
    Open access notables Climate-driven deoxygenation of northern lakes, Jansen et al., Nature Climate Change: Oxygen depletion constitutes a major threat to lake ecosystems and the services they provide. Most of the world’s lakes are located >45° N, where accelerated climate warming and elevated carbon loads might severely increase the risk of ...
    1 week ago

  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
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    14 hours ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
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    1 day ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
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    2 days ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
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    2 days ago
  • National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits
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    3 days ago
  • Granny flats popular with all ages
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $25 million boost for conservation
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