The difference between decent folk and complete idiots

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, February 19th, 2016 - 34 comments
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For a change I’m not going to have a rip at our local idiotic politicians. The most extreme case recently being the now infamous Dildo Baggins as discussed by John Oliver.

Instead lets have a look at Obama commenting on his (from here) rather naive faith in the American people. It is a curiously moving portrait of what good and effective politicians are trying to do… Be intelligent. Be aware of factors inside and outside their own country. Be cognisant of the responsibility that they hold. Don’t restrict themselves with voting demographics. Basically someone who is decent and suited to the role that he has been in. I suspect that Americans are blithely unaware on just how well they voted in the last two presidential elections.

Sure I hope that he is right about who the public won’t vote for. But after many decades observing them steadily falling deeper into the morass of their elected monarchy and a balance of powers that encourages deadlock,  I really don’t think that the great American public could be viewed as anything except being exceptionally stupid as a group.

Looking at the way that George W Bush lied his way into a completely irresponsible and catastrophic conflict in Iraq. He had that same American public believing that Iraq had something to do with 9/11 despite all of the evidence before and after that ill-fated war and insurgency. That destroyed any faith I had in the idiot bawling herd known as the great American public. It was a rather blatant example of PR causing a case of collective dick stroking leading to a ongoing disaster.

That mob appears to be the same mindless morons supporting the current collection of idiot pretenders from the Republicans.

Letting a maniac like Trump or Cruz or most of the others in the reptilian Republican contenders becoming Wanker in Chief of either US nukes or US soldiers is just an insane idea and an imminent threat to the rest of the world. I can quite see why Obama had to face up to the international community to apologise for these ignorant and malignant fools.

I’m sure that in The US there will be a pile of fools licking up a certain toupee topped dick doing a typical insane response to Obama’s video above. There really isn’t any real comparison between Obama’s reasonably starry eyed but coherent speech and a ignorant bigot being completely shallow and mouthing of disconnected lines. Just count the number of cliché Republican talking points this dickhead manages in a few minutes. If he sounds like a particularly stupid parrot playing back a recorded message, then don’t be hopeful – he probably is.

But in a lighter mood, lets look at a different type of idiot politician in aussie trying to improve the breed. He failed..

Clearly he isn’t aware of why you don’t play with weaponry even if you think it is ‘safe’. A smoke grenade gets just as hot as a flash-bang (and you’ll see below why that would be a bad idea). Just because someone ‘says’ that it is a training dummy, it doesn’t mean that you should be bouncing it around. FFS I don’t even think that one of our dumber politicians would have been quite so stupid. As Malcolm Turnbull said – leave handling of all weaponry to people who are trained to treat it with the respect it deserves.

But the idiot is a Queensland MP. While he isn’t a state MP, he clearly is a generic stupid Queensland politician. In that state, a group of them have clearly over-armed their untrained civilians in uniform well beyond their training. Just look at what the fearless Queensland police did with a flash grenade a couple of days ago.

Click the image for the news story

Djamirze was in bed with her boyfriend, alleged Rebel Motorcycle Club associate Dean Grant O’Donnell, when the device that marred her face and left her with a “partially melted hand” went off. Djamirze’s attorney, Chris Ford, told NewsCorp that officers failed to offer proper medical attention in the 40 minutes she waited for an ambulance. He called police behavior “both excessive and negligent.”

Apparently reading around various reports of the incident, the idiots in blue there proceeded to spend the next couple of days excusing their actions by saying that her bikie boyfriend was kind of bad, and her above was caught on film consuming and talking about using drugs.

That excuses a public servant burning ANYONE like this? If you read the aussie media in Queensland, apparently this is ok. Quite a few of the cowards of the aussie media, especially in Queensland, appear to have sucked that police arse covering crap up like it was face candy.

The officers involved need to be charged with aggravated assault rather than being sent through a police conduct whitewash.

Anyway, lets hope that our police force continues to restrict any excessive use of weapons and do not hand them out to any untrained civilians in uniform that they happen to have employed. They currently aren’t as naive and stupid as some overseas. Lets keep it that way.

When you are looking at that level of nativity and outright stupidity offshore – well it makes you feel better about NZ.  Even our silliest camera hungry politician – John Key isn’t that bad. His mate, our worst ‘journalist’ Cameron Slater is probably that bad if he was left unconstrained. But the number of legal actions against him and the fact that he is a pathetic fool in dealing with the courts means that he is constrained these days.

 

It doesn’t quite make up for John Key wasting at least $10 of my taxes to pay for his damn personal vanity flag project. But in a couple of weeks I can help vote his sports underwear flag into the history trashbin, and we can get on to some real politics.

 

34 comments on “The difference between decent folk and complete idiots”

  1. greywarshark 1

    “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…” (famous line from Casablanca, paraphrase that and the NZ public might say about their Parliament and politicians:
    ‘Of all the well-paid sinecures, in all our towns, in all of our country, the pollies have to walk into our Parliament and our government.’

    Surely we can find a way to get a better bunch of pollies who don’t want to take us back to the 19th century acting like USA carpetbaggers and Mississippi gamblers, (cheats who manipulated cards [NZ government and economy] to achieve their desired result)

    In the early 19th Century, the Mississippi river provided an efficient method for transporting goods from state to state and so became a major center for trade.
    Since trade centers attract people with money, the Mississippi also attracted
    professional gamblers. At the time, a professional gambler was very often a
    card sharp, a cheat who manipulated cards to achieve their desired result.

    https://ladyamcal.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/19th-century-riverboats-gambling-mississippi/

    • alwyn 1.1

      “USA carpetbaggers”.
      What has Julie Anne Genter done to upset you?
      As far as I know she is the only one who fits your description.
      Don’t guarantee the uniqueness though.

      • Galeandra 1.1.1

        “acting like USA carpetbaggers” evokes your flip slur that “the only one who fits your description” an intelligent, well-informed, very hardworking MP who just happens to be an American immigrant and is clearly not in politics for the gravy-train. What a reflexively rancid fellow you are.

      • Sans Cle 1.1.2

        That is an appalling comment, regarding Julie Anne Genter. Totally off topic, and just sheer nasty.

  2. cogito 2

    “Even our silliest camera hungry politician – John Key isn’t that bad.”

    I wouldn’t put anything past that creep.

    • aerobubble 2.1

      Take qt wed. Key declared that free education was cross subsidized by the poorest tax payers. In what world does he live in, clueless or evil world. Professionals got tax cuts, having recieved free education, and to balance the removal of the cost of paying for free education. So Key, and most MPs all got free education and the tax drop, whereas poorest tax payers who recieve back credits etc and efective are not paying tax are none the worse off.

      Now as loan debt sky rockets, it aint going to be lower taxpayers who pay unless Key cuts services like heating standards new builds, or mine inspectors, or some cut that cause billions of leaky homes or death of miners. Who actual pays wil be middle nz, as Key passed on the tax swap raised gst and lowered the top tax rates for him and MPs so shifting the burden onto middle classes.

      So when Joyce says the graduates will make enough to pay, he means it, they will pay for themselves and then for the real income earners who got tax cuts out of the system by being ten years older and having free education.

      Key should withdraw the lie aboy cross subsidize, it aint true unless you stack the tax system with a flat tax.

    • Andre 2.2

      Y’know, I can’t quite picture Cruz, Rubio, Bush the leastest, Kasich, Carson, Clinton or Sanders publicly discussing peeing in the shower, “feeding the chickens”, climbing into a cage to “pick up the soap”…

      On the other hand, Trump would apparently happily go there…

      http://www.salon.com/2016/02/17/watch_trump_discuss_anal_sex_his_wifes_lack_of_bowel_movements_and_how_sleeping_around_is_as_dangerous_as_vietnam/

  3. pat 4

    hard to believe we managed to invent the wheel…….perhaps Darwin got it wrong.its not the survival of the fittest..its survival of the thickest.

    • weka 4.1

      Darwin wasn’t talking about the fittest as such, he was talking about those individual who are the best fit for their situation (in terms of surviving and reproducing). Which is a problem now. Who are the people most fit in a neoliberal world? Are we there yet, in a neoliberal world, or are we still somehow a social democracy? This is why large scale manipulations of culture are so dangerous, because they eventually become self-reinforcing. On the other hand, they also go to extremes and then the collapse and/o rebound happens.

      /sidebar.

  4. Andre 5

    Not sure that we should feel superior about our voting behaviour compared to Americans;

    Gore beat Shrub by about half a million popular votes, and only lost because of the weirdness in how they elect the president and members of various judiciaries abandoning their objectivity obligations and acting in a partisan way.

    National + ACT + Maori Party + United Future + Conservatives = 53.24% in the 2014 election

    • pat 5.1

      it was often noted that NZ was 20 years behind the rest of the world…..are we only one generation away from electing a Trump?….the trend locally would indicate it’s a very real possibility

  5. roy cartland 6

    Watching Obama speak: when did he turn into George W?

    Slouching at his lectern; throwing in “kinda y’know wanna gonna” – where is that fabled well-articulated oratory that got him elected?

    Obviously he’s less appalling than the stunningly vacuous Trump, but it’s a sad day when this slovenly, stumbling blather is the better example of rhetoric.

    • mac1 6.1

      I actually liked what I heard from Obama. I don’t know what the context of that clip was, and that might give a clue to the down beat delivery. What I did notice was the lack of tie which would denote informality, and the topic was obviously one for which he had not prepared a speech. Therefore, I’d expect conversational pauses, linguistic holding devices etc. What you saw as slouching, I saw as informality, a style of chatting, off the cuff, and therefore real in terms of what he meant.

      He can still do the rhetoric, as he proved at the awards for the righteous among nations.

      https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/27/remarks-president-righteous-among-nations-award-ceremony.

      • AB 6.1.1

        Yes – that’s how I took it too. Rhetorically, I thought the use of pauses (as if for thought ), and the vernacular ‘wanna’, gonna’, were excellent. The best part though was the slightly fatigued air – a very classy way of dissing the Republicans as a childish nuisance.
        There were no fumbles, non-sequiturs, and mispronunciations a la George W and FJK.
        He still has the linguistic skill – it’s innate/intuitive for him. Just a pity about the policies though – as CV notes.

        • mac1 6.1.1.1

          ‘Just a pity about the policies though – as CV notes.’

          Politics is the art of the possible. And for those of us on the left of the policy articulation and actuality shown by Obama, his Senate and Congress and his Judiciary, there will always be stuff to say that he/they could have done better.

          History will judge. As will people here on The Standard. 😉

          • AB 6.1.1.1.1

            “his Senate and Congress and his Judiciary”
            Point well-made. He has not had a free hand by any means.

            • hoom 6.1.1.1.1.1

              His speaking has always been great.
              But his selection of officials shows how much bullshit comes out of his mouth.

              If he was just hamstrung by Senate/Congress he still could have selected people other than basically Bushes cronies which is what he did.

              And the result is that not only did he fail to stop the fucking up of the various countries Bush fucked up, not only are they worse now than under Bush, he has fucked up several others even more comprehensively than Bush managed, he has restarted the Cold War & the Doomsday Clock is back up to the 3mins it was at in the darkest days of the Cold War.

              That record is stark contrast to the Nobel Peace Prize his words won.

  6. Colonial Viper 7

    The one thing I will give Obama credit for is that he has held at bay the worst of the neo-con “bomb’m all to the stone age” influences around his White House and the Pentagon.

    Apart from that, it’s all been window dressing liberalism.

    Pro-TPPA even though it will fuck American workers more, but his corporate sponsors want it so he’ll sign it off no probs.

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7.1

      It says all one needs to know that you consider liberalism a bad thing.

  7. John Shears 8

    Iprent.
    Thanks for the final photo in your post of OUR flag.

    What stands out for me is the blue tone, a really dark blue,

    I seem to remember it being called ‘Ensign Blue’ in a print colour sample book.

    The proposed alternative has to use a much lighter blue so that there is some contrast with the black above it and although they have changed it on the Harbour Bridge version at least once it is still very insipid . and for me , why would you use black on a flag for a country in the midst of the Pacific Ocean. Forget the rugby team’s name, black flags are used by the Jehadist criminals ISIS.

    • Lanthanide 8.1

      Yeah, I was on the fence with the blue/black Lockwood, mainly because the blue is much lighter colour. I also miss the oblique reference to the Union Jack with the red/white/blue of the red/blue Lockwood.

      Now I’m voting to keep the current flag, because of the above, and John Key wearing the blue/black pin of the Lockwood as if it is already our flag, and as if he were some sort of American politician.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2

      Um, black flags were for anarchists and pirates long before daesh appropriated them.

  8. Steve Withers 9

    I’m grateful we have MMP. National’s majority is wafer thin. If we had First Past the Post thru would have a big majority with 47% of the vote and would be able to govern alone….. And we would all be taking about electoral reform.

    But…. they 47%. When you talk to them you soon learn they know almost nothing accurate about any policy from pretty much any party. Definitely not Labor or the Greens who they rule out if the game without actually knowing much about either one.

    • Lanthanide 9.1

      The bulk of the public are governed by fear and greed.

      Greed for themselves, and fear of change / the unknown.

  9. Nelson Muntz 10

    To be fair kiwis aren’t that much brighter as a group since we keep voting for Key and his cronies. Democracy is for the stupid.

    • happynz 10.1

      To be fair kiwis aren’t that much brighter as a group since we keep voting for Key and his cronies.

      Ouch. As a dually Kiwi/Yank I gots a double dose of the stupid. 🙂 I don’t vote National or Republican though. In the States I’ll support Bernie and here in New Zealand Ill tick the box for anyone other than the current crop of grifters sitting on the government benches.

  10. Steve Withers 11

    Once I had owned horses for a while, I understood people much better. I’m not a fearful person….and had for a long time failed to understand that large numbers of people are ruled by their fears….usually of the unknown….and they are often unknowns because the people concerned are lazy and / or incurious or they simply lack the intellectual firepower to understand what’s going on around them. It’s a sobering moment……

  11. greywarshark 12

    Democracy as we know it encourages us to be stupid, and think about dildos, whether our PM should be talking about peeing in the shower while our precious and valued country and services are quietly siphoned away behind a masking screen of pink shirts and all blacks.

    To help our democracy function better what about a scratch test to make it clearer that knowledge and thought have been present in the potential voter?
    The names of the two biggest NZ political parties?
    Attempt to name the next four in size (two out of four will do)?
    What are the two main islands in NZ?
    The biggest city?
    The city where Parliament is held?
    Three cities or towns in the South Island?

    People who couldn’t get those right would get a voucher for an ice cream or free admission to a talk on NZ, it’s history and where it’s going in the 21st century.

    Probably if all of us went to a talk like that we would know the other 80% to add to our present knowledge. Then we would have equality of information, and perhaps more intelligent voting than for decades.

  12. b waghorn 13

    While Obama is better than the Republican shit bags , he lost all credibility when he sat and watched his soldiers shoot bin laden in cold blood instead of have them uplift him for trial in a court of law.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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