The ground zero mosque

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, August 29th, 2010 - 27 comments
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American politics terrifies me. The more observant Americans have been, for some time now, seriously asking whether the country is sliding into fascism. The seriously dangerous Tea Party movement (and its insane anti-Obama lies) is gaining momentum. Demagogues have way too much power.

Now we have “the ground zero mosque” as the latest focus of and flash-point for deranged American right wing anger. The Guardian’s Charlie Brooker explains:

‘Ground Zero mosque’? The reality is less provocative

Millions of Americans are furious about the ‘Ground Zero mosque’. But it doesn’t exist

Things seem awfully heated in America right now; so heated you could probably toast a marshmallow by jabbing it on a stick and holding it toward the Atlantic. Millions are hopping mad over the news that a bunch of triumphalist Muslim extremists are about to build a “victory mosque” slap bang in the middle of Ground Zero.

The planned “ultra-mosque” will be a staggering 5,600ft tall – more than five times higher than the tallest building on Earth – and will be capped with an immense dome of highly-polished solid gold, carefully positioned to bounce sunlight directly toward the pavement, where it will blind pedestrians and fry small dogs. The main structure will be delimited by 600 minarets, each shaped like an upraised middle finger, and housing a powerful amplifier: when synchronised, their combined sonic might will be capable of relaying the muezzin’s call to prayer at such deafening volume, it will be clearly audible in the Afghan mountains, where thousands of terrorists are poised to celebrate by running around with scarves over their faces, firing AK-47s into the sky and yelling whatever the foreign word for “victory” is.

I’m exaggerating. But I’m only exaggerating a tad more than some of the professional exaggerators who initially raised objections to the “Ground Zero mosque”. They keep calling it the “Ground Zero mosque”, incidentally, because it’s a catchy title that paints a powerful image – specifically, the image of a mosque at Ground Zero.

When I heard about it – in passing, in a soundbite – I figured it was a US example of the sort of inanely confrontational fantasy scheme Anjem Choudary might issue a press release about if he fancied winding up the tabloids for the 900th time this year. I was wrong. The “Ground Zero mosque” is a genuine proposal, but it’s slightly less provocative than its critics’ nickname makes it sound. For one thing, it’s not at Ground Zero. Also, it isn’t a mosque.

Wait, it gets duller. It’s not being built by extremists either. Cordoba House, as it’s known, is a proposed Islamic cultural centre, which, in addition to a prayer room, will include a basketball court, restaurant, and swimming pool. Its aim is to improve inter-faith relations. It’ll probably also have comfy chairs and people who smile at you when you walk in, the monsters.

To get to the Cordoba Centre from Ground Zero, you’d have to walk in the opposite direction for two blocks, before turning a corner and walking a bit more. The journey should take roughly two minutes, or possibly slightly longer if you’re heading an angry mob who can’t hear your directions over the sound of their own enraged bellowing.

… 70% of Americans are opposed to the “Ground Zero mosque”, doubtless in many cases because they’ve been led to believe it literally is a mosque at Ground Zero. And if not . . . well, it must be something significant. Otherwise why would all these pundits be so angry about it? And why would anyone in the media listen to them with a straight face?

According to a recent poll, one in five Americans believes Barack Obama is a Muslim, even though he isn’t. A quarter of those who believe he’s a Muslim also claimed he talks about his faith too much. Americans aren’t dumb. Clearly these particular Americans have either gone insane or been seriously misled. …

Misled by who I wonder? The usual suspects. Other groups that should know better. All wrapped up in amazing hypocrisy. Yeah – American politics terrifies me.

27 comments on “The ground zero mosque”

  1. Kerry 1

    One doesn’t have to go far to find examples of ill-informed commentary about this whole affair, Trevor Loudon’s latest blog post on the so-called “Matyrs Mosque” for example. Although this is a guy who live in cloud cuckoo land where Glenn Beck is a respected journalist, fascism is a left wing ideology and there is a vast communist plot from Obama down to overthrow America

  2. Cool Hand Luke 2

    Unfortunately America is in the wraps of all types of hysteria at the moment, I have an uncle who lives there and since 2001 hysteria has been the go around Muslims, gun control, healthcare and don’t forget the appointment of Sotomayer early in the Obama term. I think especially on the issue of Islam and Islamic fundamentalism you can draw parallels to the Red Scare in the 50’s and 60’s

  3. Obama’s Weimar America looks increasingly imperilled. His only hope is that voters remember that Republicans and Republican policies are responsible for the position that the country and economy is in.

  4. joe90 4

    Once again Jon Stewart nails the cynicism behind Fox News’s continuing demonization of the evil Saudi they accuse of funding the Cordoba House project and is … a partner of Rupert Murdoch.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      I wonder if that’ll make any difference? I mean it should do. It’s fairly conclusive evidence that Faux News isn’t basing their news on anything like fact. But, considering the following that Faux News has and the fact that it’s so obviously wrong anyway I’d be highly surprised.

  5. joe90 5

    Scenes from Becks hatefest.

  6. Love the photos. Pictures that paint a thousand words, even if a couple of them are misspelt …

  7. the practical effects of the teabagger hysteria are this:

    – a mock pig inscribed with “No Mosque in NYC” was left at a California Islamic center
    – the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., was set on fire overnight. It appeared that gasoline had been poured on several pieces of equipment at the site and that the arsonist was frightened off before more damage could be done
    – a man entered the Iman Mosque in Queens, N.Y., during a prayer service last night and shouted anti-Muslim slurs as he urinated on prayer rugs. The man, who was charged with criminal trespass, allegedly called the worshippers “terrorists.”
    – a mosque in California was vandalized recently with a brick and hate signs referring to the controversy over a planned Islamic community center in New York City. [V]andals targeting a Madera, Calif., Islamic center left signs stating “No Temple for the God of terrorism at Ground Zero”, “Wake up America, the Enemy is here. ANB” and “American Nationalist Brotherhood.”
    – a 21-year-old man hailed a cab in Manhattan on Monday night. He reportedly asked the driver “Are you Muslim?” and when the driver said yes, the man slashed him with a knife on the throat, arm and face

    this is all in the last week. sorry, i don’t have time to put in the links.

  8. nzfp 9

    Islamophobia is the “New Anti-Semitism”. Former Toronto Star reporter “Eric Margolis” describes the “New Anti-Semitism” in his book “American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World”.

    During an
    antiWar.com release where “Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis”, Margolis states (17:50):

    Scott, I couldn’t agree more, I’ve been saying this for years, it’s in my new book “The American Raj”.
    I say that this is, the hatred of Muslims which has become a mantra, tenent of all right wing parties in the US, and in Europe, Canada as well, is the “New Anti-Semitism”.
    It’s just very similar to the 1930’s hatred of Jews in Europe.
    Just take the word out Muslim and replace it with Jew and you’ve got the same caricature, ugly cartoons, the terrorists, the dirty etc… etc… etc… that you have.
    I remember 60 years ago my mother said to me, she said Eric “One day, all the Jews and all the Muslims in America there’s going to be Pogroms against them”.
    We’re getting close to halfway there now, and you’re right, the right-wing “Neo-Cons” are pouring gas on the fire of racial and religous hatred

    • Daveosaurus 9.1

      This is absolutely true. I’ve mentioned it before, but the best description I’ve seen of what’s going on in America at the moment is “metastasised anti-Semitism”. It’s the same disease, it’s just attacking a different part of society.

  9. Amazing how the MSM are able to manipulate even reasonably smart people such as r0b.

    A few terms such as teaparty, mosque, racism, bigotry and a Fox news pundit speaking at a rally organised and financed by neocon right wing extremists and bingo everybody critical of the current US administration can be ignored and labelled as a right wing “moran” as the photo so aptly pointed out (A photo by the way made at an entirely different rally.).

    Go back to sleep people nothing to see here and the precious left/right paradigm restored.

    So at the risk of being labelled a right wing tea party moron I thought I’d point out a couple of things not highlighted by the MSM here.

    First of all the official CT is that the Muslim world in its entirety is set on destroying Western liberties and that in order to not have to fight them over here we have to fight them over there. To date the Western armies have killed over a million of Iraqis and untold multitudes of Afghanistanis and we have reduced their ancient cultures to rubble.

    According to our leaders we are fully justified to do so because we have God on our side and they attacked us on 9/11. So why everybody is surprised that millions of Americans drinking the government coolaid are incensed about the thought of having a Muslim group doing their Muslim thing even remotely near the very spot were not even 9 years ago their brethren “destroyed” one of the most important Western icons (Trade centres) needs to have their head examined.

    Second for those of you with their heads stuck in the sand of ignorance the US elite under the influence of AIPAC has been gagging for a nuclear attack on Iran and as such they can’t be more happy with the Christian and Nationalistic fervour whipped up by the likes of Beck (who hates the 9/11 victims by the way for wanting a new investigation into the events that day) and Palin. The more Mosques burn in the US the better it is for them. More then 70% of American hate Muslims and the NY mosque and more then 51% (According to the latest polls) want the US to Attack Iran.

    For the ruling elite this is just pure heaven. More destruction, more rampage, more profit and more general mayhem to keep the US public from actually thinking about the collapse of their economy.

    Divide et impera, baby. And if you can get them to watch TV series about Gladiators while drinking a beer when they return home after a rally such as the on e in Washington glorifying one of the most brutal eras in human history so much the better. Beer and games don’t you know?

    So here is what is really living amongst a huge swat of Americans. Both who previously identified as right and left are actually trying to overcome this divide of the political spectrum and point out the realities visited on the poor slobs who dragged their sorry asses over to the elite organised hatefest in Washington.

    Obama was voted in on a promise of change. Transparency (Hum, rings a bell doesn’t it) the end of the wars, social change and health care and a halt to the ever increasing power of the banking elite. To name a few.

    To date this is what really happened. Obama, who was financed to the hilt by BP and Goldman Sachs and crowned by the Bilderberg group and AIPAC to be the heir apparent after Bush, increased the wars with surges and just plain brutal force, extended secrecy to the point of being one of the most opaque presidents ever (and yes that includes the fact that nobody has been allowed to see his birth certificate, a reasonable request considering the fact that legally only an American born person may stand for the highest office of the land), extended police powers (Oh dear another recognisable little issue here) given more power to the financial elite and made a joke of the healthcare bill (Now everybody is forced to spend around $ 15.000 a year on an insurance with private insurers without insuring previous conditions driving more and more people into poverty) and the MSM is al geared up to direct that righteous anger into another misbegotten illegal war with as the inevitable result the total collapse of the oil economy AND WWIII.

    Americans on either side of the political divide are angry and their leaders are terrified and that is why they love misguided and manipulated media events such as the demo in Washington.

    If their careful artificial construct of the left and right paradigm where to be broken and people would actually look at what’s really going on that would be the end of a four hundred year reign of the banking elite and an end of the financial system as we know it.

    It would be the next big revolution and everybody knows what happens when the “people take it no mo”. Heads roll. Usually the heads of those making the people take it. Ugly, very ugly.

    Captcha: PRINCIPLES. Some of those would be nice, eh?

    • Daveosaurus 10.1

      that includes the fact that nobody has been allowed to see his birth certificate

      Oh. You’re one of those. That explains a lot.

      • travellerev 10.1.1

        One of whose?

        • Daveosaurus 10.1.1.1

          You’re typing birther rhetoric as well as truther rhetoric. Just more evidence that those at the extreme ends of the spectrum have more in common with each other than they do with those in the centre.

          • travellerev 10.1.1.1.1

            Rhetoric? As in the art of speaking publicly? Extreme? You have no idea where I stand, buster.

            I will tell you this though; if you need proof that every president since Kennedy was merely a sock puppet just look at the politics of Bush and Obama. Nothing changed. In fact it just got worse.

            I personally don’t give a flying fuck where he was born (but I respect those who do care), he is just more of the same.

            Added to that. 2975 people amongst which more than 70 Muslims (so as far as I am concerned they have as much right to pray on or near the trade centre building pit as anybody else, in fact I think we owe them a bloody great big Mosque on ground zero seeing as they are the major victims of what happened on that day.) died on 9/11 as well as more than half a million people are ill or will be in the future as a result of the toxic waste flying around that day so I would think a good and independent investigation of what happened on that day and at least a few people fired for incompetence would be the least we could do for them.

            Added to that more than a million Iragis and who knows how many Afghanis died and will be in the future due to the DU and other heavy metal pollution of their countries and I think we owe them an explanation as to why they had to die because three towers fell into their own footprint in a matter of seconds in free fall speed because two of them where hit by a plane.

            I’ll tell you what is extreme. Even if you believe all that crap the US government is trying to sell you about 9/11 then what happened after was what was really extreme.
            Extreme is that TWO countries (and a third one coming soon) had to be attacked and destroyed because ALLEGEDLY twelve young man from Saudi descent (a country the US sold a huge cash of weapons too just recently) lead by another rich Saudi old geezer
            told them so.

            Your turn.

  10. nzfp 11

    LEBANON IS MORE TOLERANT OF JEWS THAN NEW YORK IS OF MUSLIMS: The Ground Zero Synagogue – Lebanon Becoming More American than America.

    According to former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich:

    There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.

    Yet in the aftermath of Islrael’s 2006 war on Lebanon named “Operation Summer Rains” where Israel followed through on its:

    … promise to “bomb Lebanon back into the Stone Age,” and in so doing displaced 1,000,000 Lebanese civilians (nearly a quarter of the country’s population), completely destroyed the country’s infrastructure (again), its only airport, at least 64 bridges, leveled entire buildings and neighborhoods to rubble (again), including the country’s largest milk factory, a food factory, two pharmaceutical plants, water treatment centers, power plants, grain silos, a Greek Orthodox Church, several mosques, and a handful of hospitals (in a country which only had a handful of hospitals to begin with).

    Over 1,200 hundred Lebanese civilians were killed and over 5,000 wounded.

    We find that:

    In the process of re-building Beirut yet again, in 2008, renovations began and have now been completed on the Maghen Abraham Synagogue located in the middle of newly renovated downtown Beirut in an area known as the “Solidere” which has become the focal point and showcase of Lebanon’s rebirth.

    This isn’t some hole in the wall, nondescript, “excuse me” synagogue hidden out of view so as to not “offend” Lebanese non-Jews-this is an elaborate, ornate, beautifully designed, cathedral-style house of worship built for a Lebanese Jewish population that totals less than 500 in a country of more than 4,000,000 (in stark contrast to the eight million American Muslims living in the United States).

    And wait until you hear Hezbollah’s response to the building of this Ground Zero Synagogue.

    (To those expecting a Newt Gingrich equivalent response, prepare to be woefully disappointed).

    Courtesy of Hassan Nasrallah himself: “We respect Judaism, just as we respect Christianity. Our only problem is with Israel.”

    More here

  11. Gosman 12

    [lprent: You’re currently on my banned list until 2010/09/13… ]

  12. Scott 13

    I agree with the comparison with the Red Scare of the ’50s. I tried to make some parallels between the doctrine of the McCarthyites and the doctrine of the Islamophobes in this post:
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com/2010/07/from-redbaiting-to-islamophobia.html

    A troubling fact, though, is that anti-communist fanatics never demonised the peoples of Russia and China en masse – rather, they saw these peoples as prisoners of an evil ideology which was insinuating itself in America. Today’s fanatics demonise not just the leadership of certain Muslim states but Muslims in general. It wasn’t always this way. Bush pushed the idea that the Arab peoples’ desire to live like Americans was being stifled by a few evil leaders, like Saddam. Military action would bring democracy, American-style, and free market capitalism, and thereby free the Arabs. Now that events in Iraq and Afghanistan have contradicted Bush’s vision, the American right is giving up on Arabs as a whole, and indeed Muslims as a whole, and demonising them en masse. There is a tendency to give up on ideas of ‘nation-building’ and turn instead towards notions of short disciplinary wars. Sarah Palin, for instance, talks about making a massive, indiscriminate, punitive strike on Pakistan if America is subject to another major terrorist attack. All Muslims, after all, are potential jihadis, and Pakistan is a key Muslim nation with a sizeable minority of active jihadis. There is a genodical logic at work in this kind of thinking.

    • Pascal's bookie 13.1

      I reckon it’s more to do with all politics being domestic, particularly in an empire. It’s no coincidence that 20 something percent, and rising, claim to think Obama is a Muslim johnny foreigner. Same folks were no doubt very upset about his former preacher, and are now starting to talk about the horrors of liberation theology. It doesn’t matter than none of makes sense. It’s not about what’s it’s about.

      Islam is the new (word for) black.

      If the GOP take a house in Nov there will be subpoenas a flying before you can say, ‘hey remember the separation of powers, god how I’ve missed them for lo these many years since Clinton’. Impeachment will be on the table, no matter how ridiculous. Something to do with the black panthers, acorn and bither-ry islamified goodness.

  13. joe90 14

    From the winter 1954-55 issue of The Scholar, The pseudo-conservative.

  14. nzfp 15

    What’s the difference between President Ahmadinejad and Rabbi Yosef?

    Short answer. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad did NOT call for Israeli Jews to be annihilated. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Israel’s Shas party, HAS called, more than once, for the Palestinians (and, in fact, all Arabs) to be exterminated.

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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    5 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago

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