The Killing Moon

Written By: - Date published: 4:11 pm, March 16th, 2015 - 75 comments
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Two incidences of bullying in the media have been the subject of discussion in the last few days. The first was the alleged assault and racist abuse of a TV producer on the BBC’s Top Gear program by presenter Jeremy Clarkson and the second was a bizarre verbal attack on a performer on music program the X Factor NZ by two of the judges.

What is to be learned from these events? Well, firstly, ratings count. The shows concerned are businesses and they derive a considerable portion of their income and profits from selling advertising slots. And nothing sells time on TV like controversy.

Secondly, social media can be a force for good or it can be used to try to bully decision makers into doing the wrong thing. Both incidents have seen online petitions spring up. In New Zealand there are petitions on Change.org and facebook calling for the removal of judge Natalia Kills. Ironically neither calls for the removal of the other judge, Willy Moon, whose own half-witted contribution was to accuse the contestant of being a closet serial killer. And, sadly, the comments on the facebook page include some misogynist bullying that is at least as bad as the things Kills said herself.

Happily, both Kills and Moon have now been sacked.

In Britain, a right wing blogger has launched a petition for Jeremy Clarkson to be un-suspended from his Top Gear job, despite the gravity of the alleged offence. Astonishingly, that’s now the fastest growing petition on Change.org. There’s a faint echo in that sad fact of the idea that Julian Assange should be forgiven his alleged crimes because he’s also rather popular in some quarters. Of course Julian is unlikely to take Jeremy’s job, should the latter be fired. It’s hard to do a motoring show entirely indoors.

The BBC has tolerated Clarkson’s dinosaur attitudes for far too long. By accepting his behaviour, which has included regular racist jokes, they have set a very low bar. They can’t really sack him because they have encouraged his buffoonery every profitable step of the way. And, here in Godzone, the producers of the X Factor NZ were probably hoping to survive the fallout – ‘we don’t endorse bullying!’ – and get even more viewers tonight with eyeballs glued to the box to see what outrage Kills and Moon will come up with to humiliate the wannabees. What used to be about talent is now about talons.

It’s all too predictable and all too depressing. I thought the interwebs were going to do away with broadcasting, but instead social media has become an accomplice in the bread and circuses that the MSM throws at us. I suppose I could stop watching both shows, but as I never started, that’d be futile. I guess I’ll just have to grimly hang on until free streaming kills the box’s business model.

Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long. I’m comforted by the fact that the best reality show currently on air in the UK is Gogglebox, which is based around the concept of viewers watching viewers watching TV. It’s strangely fascinating and hopefully a sign that TV is now disappearing up its own fundamental orifice.

75 comments on “The Killing Moon”

  1. In both cases it seems like the bullies have got sorted. Good, I despise bullies – maybe a cleanout is needed here too because the bullies are just ott and nasty, with no regard for others or even themselves. and who are bullies – you know, sort your personal shit out ffs.

    great post title btw

  2. vto 2

    Its nothing to do with your qualities as a person.
    Its nothing to do with whether or not you comply with the law.
    Its nothing to do with your honesty or otherwise.
    Its nothing to do with your bigoted behaviour.
    Its nothing to do with whether you cheat or lie.

    Its nothing to do with nothing of that

    It is all to do with your popularity – and I give you two prime examples in evidence.

    Vladimir Putin
    John Key

    After all, this is what National Party supporters said after the election – “ha ha” they said, “ha ha we proved dotcom was wrong, we proved snowden was wrong, we proved key is honest. Yes we did. We did it by voting for him”.

    Sad fact but so very very true – federated farmers even had an opinion piece saying exactly this. Fed Farmers is evidence of the sad failings of today’s society.

    Fools man, fools.

    • miravox 2.1

      It is all to do with your popularity – and I give you two prime examples in evidence.

      Vladimir Putin
      John Key

      And the popularity of these kind on dog whistlers has let the nasties of the leash.

      I think it’s worth taking note of how the public responds to these vile rants at ordinary people. The acceptability or not of how public figures treat people gets reflected in the real world to some degree – meaning groups of of people become less ‘worthy’ of consideration and respect. They become fair game for openly racist, bigoted etc comments and that includes the verbal ‘war on the poor’ we’re all so familiar with.

      Good to see the mills and boon (ta, oab) petition was to sack them, whereas the Clarkson petition was to re-instate someone who went on a half rant and threw a punch at someone who was passing on a message about his dinner. Classic example of personal responsibility for bad behaviour only being for some people.

      (Kudos to the woman in the bakery for calling Boon out on his tirade as well).

  3. Paul 3

    Distraction: Just another meaningless message to keep you from paying attention to all of the issues that really matter.

    • like what paul – 911, julian, vaccination, homeopathy, duvets vs blankets, the pronunciation of Himalayas… what are the issues that matter, what the hell are they???

      • Hateatea 3.1.1

        The superficiality of the reality television genre, the call to the lowest denominator, pablum for the masses instead of the reality of casualised labour, grinding poverty, the despair of the long term unemployed or underemployed, the cries for help from the unwell and less able in our society. That is what is being ignored while the media encourages us to wait breathlessly to find which talent will be taken forward to the future and which will be thrown to the wolves.

        In the meantime. the latest exploits of the Clarkson buffoon and Kimye fill the column inches where we should be being better informed about climate change and country on country spying or the real state of our economy and how many people are able to live on the income from one 40 hours per week job and how many others juggle two or three and still need WFF.

        We deserve better but we also need to vote with our television buttons and voice our feelings via other media than television because they don’t care unless it affects their bottom line

        • marty mars 3.1.1.1

          Yet at the personal level we saw a vulnerable person get bullied in a nasty, horrible way and the public responded by saying NO that is not on.

          “the reality of casualised labour, grinding poverty, the despair of the long term unemployed or underemployed, the cries for help from the unwell and less able in our society.” That sentiment of ‘NO that is not on’, can translate into all of the BIG issues we face.

          Clarkson – well racism and bully behaviour by those who think they are our betters should be opposed and fought against.

          “we should be being better informed about climate change and country on country spying or the real state of our economy and how many people are able to live on the income from one 40 hours per week job and how many others juggle two or three and still need WFF.”

          Yep I agree and all of those things are happening because those who think they are our betters do it, say it and believe it. Unless we stand up and say NO! That momentum has to start somewhere with some issue someplace…

          • Hateatea 3.1.1.1.1

            I agree that that is probably the one good thing out of that particular happening, except that, despite their protestations, TV3 will be searching for 2 more wanna be bullies to replace them and the sideshow will trundle along 🙁

      • Paul 3.1.2

        Well, not reality TV anyway.
        BTW, why the ad hominem?

        • marty mars 3.1.2.1

          “short for argumentum ad hominem, means responding to arguments by attacking a person’s character, rather than to the content of their arguments”

          I don’t think I did that. Sorry if I upset you.

          I’m just at tipping point around the “talk about the real issue” line – these are real issues to the people involved even if ‘we’ may think it vacuous, simple and unimportant – that’s what they think of ‘our’ real issues – they think they are a joke.

          How to actually engage people in the issues that ‘we’ think are important? Take those issues and expand, extrapolate and push/pull them into the consciousness not ridicule or sheeple them imo. It can be done because when it all gets down to it – everything is personal.

      • Adrian 3.1.3

        Prominent on the Herald website this morning: Benji Marshall’s comments on the X Factor stoush.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2

      I’m being quite ‘distracted’ by the fact that Kills and Moon rhymes with Mills and Boon 🙂

  4. Alfonso Peres 4

    Hats off for being able to move from the sacking of two nobodies from a popular talent show to the Federated Farmers in under five paragraphs.

    • vto 4.1

      Assuming you are responding to my point at 2 above, yes thanks for the positive feedback.

      It is surprising, but shouldn’t be, that people are the same no matter where. Here of course the silly ideas of the reality tv people correspond to the silly ideas of the federated farmers. And John Key antics correspond to Putin antics. It is all about popularity – Key said it. Television said it. Federated Farmers said it. Putin said it. Ffs, it is all the world is about today.

      Why is that surprising? It aint that hard to identify alfonso – you just need to open your eyes.

  5. weka 5

    I didn’t think the tirade from Kills and Moon was that bad compared to whatshisface on that US show a few years ago. But they obviously seriously misjudged NZ culture to think it was ok here.

    Besides, they should be fired just for thinking they are so cool and original (ah the hubris of the young who haven’t been around very long but think they have). Dress style as intellectual property? what a couple of numpties.

  6. xanthe 6

    Paul Henry

    • b waghorn 6.1

      Don’t remind me only weeks away from that dinosaur cackling at us from TV . Hopefully it won’t be to long before he makes a fool of him self and gets sacked again.

    • Paul 6.2

      What a horrible thought

    • Tracey 6.4

      Was thinking the same thing. he is also a bully and it appears to be one of the main attractions for TV3 to bring him back… he has bullied many people on air over the years and no petitions started (to my knowledge)? What was different is perhaps that the particular reality show has a younger demographic which has been taught about bullying and the consequences and paul henry’s audience is older and ignorant of such things?

      • Molly 6.4.1

        I do wonder if they “bully vicariously” through Paul Henry.

        A man their age saying all those things that you would never even dream of saying because … let’s face it… he sounds like a maladjusted fourteen year old.

  7. Ecosse_Maidy 7

    Reality, Game Show, Non Talent Show Debacle.

    We get the TV we deserve.

    401 channels and nothing on.

    Keys, Cameron, Abbot and right wing clique,
    rubbing their hands together as they say …don’t look here at cuts, lies, non responsible government in your name,

    Look Over there, at very cheap tackiness and start a petition.

    Bridges to be built to not built in Northland?

    Sending our troops without proper legal oversight in harms way?
    Spying On You All, Cook Island or Not?

    Oh Noooooo…..

    Don’t Look into any of that,,,Look at Reality Benefit Fraudsters,

    Watch judges demeaning contestants, See A TV Presenter commit ABH and start another aghast petition.

    TV The Methadone subsititute of The Masses and the friend of the ruling establishment…

    On The Other hand,,,,Please feel free to switch the fucker off!

    • Anno1701 7.1

      “Television, drug of the nation , breeding ignorance and feeding radiation”

      disposable heroes of hiphoprisy

    • Tracey 7.2

      At least it appears the audience of this show understands bullying when they see it and to stand up to it. It seems they could teach the older demographic alot.

  8. felix 8

    Hilarious. This whole fiasco was engineered to be a distraction from Willie Moon’s #digraceful misogynistic attack on a woman at a Kingsland bakery the other day.

    They thought they were smart enough to manipulate the media, but it turns out they’re too stupid to be on a reality tv show.

  9. idlegus 9

    Love Gogglebox! Best thing on telly (or youtube as the case is for me), the celebrity one is hilarious especially Kathy Burke. Narrated by Caroline Ahern of Royle Family fame to give you an E.G. of the humour.

  10. TheContrarian 10

    “he first was the alleged assault and racist abuse of a TV producer on the BBC’s Top Gear program by presenter Jeremy Clarkson”

    Which part of the article details the “racist abuse”? Are my eyes failing me?

  11. North 11

    Careful that this whole business of a ridiculously indeed sadly conceited young woman and her dickhead husband on a fucking rubbish reality show (designed more to put big bucks in the pockets of grey money people than anything else) – doesn’t generate amongst ‘us’ the heat that homeopathy does. All this ultimately rancourous soul searching about whether we care enough, widely enough, I dunno ?

    Already I sense mature commenters here sniping and slashing at one another. For me it’s enough to belly-laugh at OAB’s “Mills and Boon” and suspect that this ugly pair weren’t just “sacked”. They got mean lettters from Russell McVeagh or Simpson Grierson leaving them in no doubt that their behaviour is actionable under the “bringing into disrepute” clauses in their contracts which had them both in snivelling tears. And running to first/business class check-in. Where with impunity she can be a little madam and he a studied toff. At 14 years of age both of them FFS !

    Let’s not waste energy on these nasty wee nothings “Mills and Boon”……, please ! Surely there’s nothing wrong with saying “Good fucking job !” and leaving it at that.

    • Murray Rawshark 11.1

      How can they be married if they’re only 14? As far as I know, they don’t live at Coopers Beach.

  12. Murray Rawshark 12

    “There’s a faint echo in that sad fact of the idea that Julian Assange should be forgiven his alleged crimes because he’s also rather popular in some quarters.”

    I’ve never seen anyone promote that idea. I suppose we all see echoes where we want to see them.

    As for the tv show – Marty Mars makes a lot of sense when he suggests we start from what people do care about and widen it.

    • marty mars 12.1

      Thanks Murray but my thoughts have gone well over the heads of the righteous, humourless, ivory towered fundalefties here – fuck I despair for the left and this site sometimes – I need a break from this bullshit – I’m banning myself for a week 🙂

      • Murray Rawshark 12.1.1

        Sometimes I get down on my knees and give praise to my atheist gods (I decided to be a Hindu atheist because there are heaps more to not believe in) that I didn’t learn my leftiness at a university. I was a lefty who went to uni late in life to get an interesting job. I almost feel like joining you in that week.

  13. greywarshark 13

    What used to be about talent is now about talons.
    That’s a good line.

  14. tc 14

    Aside from the obvious play on the human condition these shows are very cheap to make up against drama, comedy etc.

    Few sets, locations, actors, scriptwriters with directors and producers stringing it all together and extracting performances.

    They set it up with the subjects, judges tick the emotional boxes in pre production then shoot the crap out of it and assemble it in the edit suites knowing they’ve got all the elements.

    Reality TV is cheap TV and with NZ on Air funding and a whopping ad revenue and spin off activities make it gold. Ben Eltons ‘chart throb’ satirises it well.

  15. Jay 15

    I’m finding X Factor very enjoyable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that a few of the artists are very talented, and it’s great to see them living their dreams.

    While it’s easy to sneer at people who enjoy them, it’s all a matter of taste when all is said and done isn’t it? The degree to which you enjoy reality TV is not, as far as I know, in inverse proportion to your IQ.

    While many here will welcome the deserved sacking of Natalia and Willy, you don’t have to look very hard on this blog to find plenty of accomplished bullies who make the Mr & Mrs Moon look benign.

  16. Tracey 16

    Is it possible that the younger demographic of this show has taught everyone something? That anti bullying programmes in our schools work and that educated in the harms of bullying and educated in how to spot it they won’t stand for it. And that younger demographic stood up and were counted? The older demographic watching the show probably went to bed and slept like babies after watching it. The younger mobilised.

    • miravox 16.1

      It would be interesting to know if some people in an older generation had a hand in setting the scene for that abuse – scripted ‘reality’? I guess the amount of money these two fools got paid would give an indication if the bullying was going completely off script or the head honchos simply misread their audience.

      • Puckish Rogue 16.1.1

        When I watched the clip what she said didn’t seem to flow, it seemed forced and at times like she was trying to remember what to say

        • felix 16.1.1.1

          Yeah it was a bit like reading your comments here.

          • Puckish Rogue 16.1.1.1.1

            Difference between her and myself is that I mean what I say on here, she was either prompted to say what she said or was trying to raise her own profile and probably didn’t believe (or care) what she was saying

  17. Jay 17

    I’m 42. Me and plenty of my friends “mobilised”. Has there ever been a time when bullying like this was acceptable? Certainly not when and where I grew up.

  18. millsy 18

    Contrast this with a real kiwi reality talent show, Homai te Pakipaki. It has been running on Maori TV since 2008, and ordinary people can just turn up to the studio (some times out of the bush in Ruatoria), do an audition, and sing on live TV, and everyone just has a good time. No nasty judges (it is a contest, but the viewers vote via text, and the hosts give nothing but encouragement), and people of all ages and background get up and have a go.

    A lot more real than some imported format that focuses on public humiliation.

    They could have at least found judges who have had music industry experience of note.

    • Rodel 18.1

      millsy- sounds good. Must have a look.
      I generally dislike shows where people are ‘judged’ by celebrities. The ‘I’m superior you’re subordinate’ attitude just doesn’t appeal to me.
      Auditions OK. There’s a professional and necessary reality about them .

      • freedom 18.1.1

        “Auditons OK. There’s a professional and necessary reality about them ”
        Except there isn’t any reality about them Rodel. The auditions are where the manipulation of the viewer begins.

        There are the public call outs, and the hopefuls appear, only to be seen by people who are not the TV judges. The hopefuls appearance before the TV judges comes later, for a select few, once the initial selection has been made. This initial selection includes a few ‘fails’ and ‘terribles’ whose efforts are later presented as junk food treats for the reality-tv audience to gorge on. This interim period is where the ‘back-story’ pieces are sourced and spliced into the long lines of hopefuls. So, come broadcast time, the viewer has already been manipulated.

        All in all the reality of these shows is akin to the health benefits of energy drinks.

        For me, Dave Grohl sums it up in this comment

        When I think about kids watching a TV show like American Idol or The Voice, then they think, ‘Oh, OK, that’s how you become a musician, you stand in line for eight f****** hours with 800 people at a convention center and then you sing your heart out for someone and then they tell you it’s not f****** good enough.’ Can you imagine?” he implores. “It’s destroying the next generation of musicians! Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old f****** drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll f******* start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some s***** old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy-a** s***, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don’t need a f****** computer or the Internet or The Voice or American Idol.”

        http://deltaskymag.delta.com/Sky-Extras/Favorites/Rock–n–Roll-Jedi.aspx

        • One Anonymous Bloke 18.1.1.1

          +100

        • millsy 18.1.1.2

          Well its a lot easier to obtain recording equipment than it was 15-20 years ago. Any PC can be turned into a recording studio with the right software, and amps/mixers and microphones can be obtained online.

    • rawshark-yeshe 19.1

      @tracey — wondering if Joe has a libel case against TV3 for broadcasting suggestion he was a murderer intending to kill the audience ( as per Willy Fading Moon) ? Was so far away from any judgment of his singing or performance, I would suggest it would be way outside of any releases he has signed? And live TV has at least a 15 sec delay and TV3 made the decision to broadcast and be damned ?

      • Tracey 19.1.1

        INteresting observation… I didn’t know the had a 15 second delay…

        • rawshark-yeshe 19.1.1.1

          I am pretty sure of it … will check … would he have a case you think ?

        • rawshark-yeshe 19.1.1.2

          @tracey … curiously, TV3 XFactor production has told me there was no delay on the broadcast on sunday night. (How perfectly and astonishingly careless of them.)

          In that event, I would think Joe, if he wanted to, could have a case against them for NOT having a delay and preventing the defamation of being a potential sadistic mass murderer. ( I think what Moon said is far worse than wife Kills.)

          TV3 is 100% liable as far as I’m concerned. Thoughts maybe ??

  19. Sable 20

    I haven’t watched it in five years if that tells you anything. Its either moronic games shows or the sleazy MSM journo’s on the so called news spreading the neo lib word….

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    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    5 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    7 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    7 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    1 week ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
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    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

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