The thoughts of Matt King on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, August 26th, 2019 - 85 comments
Categories: act, climate change, Environment, global warming, national, same old national, science, us politics - Tags: , , ,

Remember Muriel Newman, the former ACT MP who had decidedly strange views on race and science?  Since the electors showed her the door she has been involved in the New Zealand Centre for Political Research,  a right wing astroturf organisation that is that awful the Tax Payer’s Union appears to be slick and well organised in comparison.

But it seems they have one fan in Parliament, National backbench MP Matt King who has been recycling their plaigarised climate change nonsense on the basis that their scientifically inept analysis poses legitimate questions.

From Lana Andelane in Newshub:

National MP Matt King has shared the belief that climate change “is natural” after posting a rant, taken from a US far-right source, to his Facebook page on Saturday.

The National MP for Northland attributed his rant to “some words taken from NZCPR website”. The article ‘Setting New Zealand Up to Fail’ was uploaded to the New Zealand Centre for Political Research website last Sunday. It includes an adapted script taken from a 2012 video by Free Market America – but swaps out ‘America’ for New Zealand. 

“If I wanted New Zealand to fail… I’d use our schools to teach one generation of children that our factories and cars and cows are causing runaway global warming, and I’d muster a straight face so I could teach the next generation that their parents are to blame for killing the planet,” says a section from the adapted script, posted by King and NZCPR.

“And when it’s cold outside, I’d call it climate change instead.

“I would ridicule as ‘deniers’ those who question the climate scaremongering of politicians, and when they remind people about the laws of nature – that climate change is natural and mankind’s impact is minimal – I’d enlist a sympathetic media to drown them out.”

It appears that King edited the original post as the social media bush fire set off.

As the Amazon and Indonesia burn and the North Pole melts it is incredible that we still have a Member of Parliament wanting to question the science.  The last thing that New Zealand politics needs is a right wing politician willing to engage in some good old climate change denialism for political brownie points.

85 comments on “The thoughts of Matt King on climate change”

  1. cleangreen 1

    “As the Amazon and Indonesia burn and the North Pole melts it is incredible that we still have a Member of Parliament wanting to question the science.”

    How much I wonder does the oil industry intend to go by ruining our infrustructure and homes, before they must own up to the actual cost they are excacting on our ‘public purse’ repairs for their “natural events?

    It’s a similar story now to when the “big tobacco” CEO’s were all lined up in front of the Congressional inquiry into smoking causing cancer, – and they said “there is no proof that smoking causes cancer” Lest we forget.

    • fustercluck 1.1

      So it turns out that NASA reports:

      "As of August 16, 2019, an analysis of NASA satellite data indicated that total fire activity across the Amazon basin this year has been close to the average in comparison to the past 15 years."

      https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145464/fires-in-brazil

      So much for the hysteria.

      • Formerly Ross 1.1.1

        Yes, climate change appears to be the latest moral panic. 

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_panic

        • Robert Guyton 1.1.1.1

          The intentional burning of the jungles of the Amazon basin is an issue of morality.

          Drawing attention to the fact that it is still happening, at a time when efforts are being made globally to protect existing forests and rapidly plant new forests as a foil to increasing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere,  is an action I fully support.

        • left_forward 1.1.1.2

          What basis do you have for defining climate change, a moral issue?

           

      • Sacha 1.1.2

        total fire activity across the Amazon basin this year

        When did the policy change come in?

      • mickysavage 1.1.3

        But wait there is more …

        "With the fire season in the Amazon approaching its midpoint, scientists using NASA satellites to track fire activity have confirmed an increase in the number and intensity of fires in the Brazilian Amazon in 2019, making it the most active fire year in that region since 2010.

        Fire activity in the Amazon varies considerably from year-to-year and month-to-month, driven by changes in economic conditions and climate. August 2019 stands out because it has brought a noticeable increase in large, intense, and persistent fires burning along major roads in the central Brazilian Amazon, explained Douglas Morton, chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. While drought has played a large role in exacerbating fires in the past, the timing and location of fire detections early in the 2019 dry season are more consistent with land clearing than with regional drought."

        https://www.earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145498/uptick-in-amazon-fire-activity-in-2019

        While you are at it can you also explain why we have nothing to worry about Greenland melting?

        And how about forest fires in Spain, Siberia, Alaska and *Greenland*?

        • Poission 1.1.3.1

          The anthropocentric issue is the land use change,ie slash and burn and burning (weed control) of already cleared agriculture land.

          This was clearly identified in the IPCC report of the problems arising from agriculture where deforestation, and not agriculture emissions was the problem.

          “Fires are not a natural phenomenon in these forests,” said Mark Cochrane, an expert on wildfire and ecology at the University of Maryland. “All of the fires in this region are caused by people.”

          Mr. Cochrane noted that while a large majority of the fires were on land that had already been cleared, many others were detected burning with particular intensity. He said these were likely deforestation fires, not just fires for clearing previously deforested land.

          “When you slash an area, pile it up, let it dry and then burn it, it burns very intensely, and that’s also what puts off a lot of that smoke,” said Mr. Cochrane.

          There has been a rise in deforestation in recent years, after a long period of decline.

          https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/24/world/americas/amazon-rain-forest-fire-maps.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

           

      • mpledger 1.1.4

        The thing with averages over a wide area is that it can hide whats going on in small areas. 

        Brazil's government weakened its environmental agency so people have been logging illegally and burning land for farming because they know they wont get caught.    When fires are natural then the area reverts back to forest but when it's man-made fires then the land stays in a less useful state for planetary health. 

         

      • cleangreen 1.1.5

        Lets get this straight,

        This creep Matt King says he is quote; "spokesperson for rural communities" like F–ing hell he is not; that’s a patent lie.

        Matt King does not represent the rural community at all.

        I have been a farmer in the Gisborne rural area running a small farm for 14 yrs and he has never been here saying he represents us, he would be run  out of town here if he tried.to claim that rubbish!!!!

  2. Formerly Ross 2

    There is extremism on both sides. Apparently climate change is genocide! No, it’s not and scare-mongering won’t work.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/115230184/climate-change-is-genocide

    What is interesting is that 150 years ago we had some truly awful weather. There weren’t many cars or Boeing 747s around then. Indeed the population was much smaller too.

    https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WI18680211.2.16

    https://teara.govt.nz/en/floods/page-2

    • Sacha 2.1

      What do you get out of climate change denialism?

      • Formerly Ross 2.1.1

        What do you get out of scaring the shit out of people?

        And why are you denying that we had truly awful weather before we had climate change? 

        • Kevin 2.1.1.1

          And there is the problem right there with deniers. The inability too differentiate between weather and climate.

          • marty mars 2.1.1.1.1

            yep they are not the sharpest tools in the toolbox but they are tools nevertheless

          • Formerly Ross 2.1.1.1.2

            Kevin

            It seems to me your comments should be directed at Mickey who is discussing fires, not climate. 🙂

        • Robert Guyton 2.1.1.2

          Are people having the sh*t scared out of them?

          When news that smoking tobacco and lung cancer were intimately linked, was that "scaring the sh*t out of people" and wasn't that exactly the responsible action to take; alerting smokers to the scientifically-verified  reality?

    • Robert Guyton 2.2

      "There is extremism on both sides. "

      Who'd have thought!

      "What is interesting is that 150 years ago we had some truly awful weather"

      Interesting, perhaps, but relevant?

      Not at all.

      • Sacha 2.2.1

        The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain, apparently.

      • Dukeofurl 2.2.2

        Climate is  the long term average of weather. Science says it has to be at least  15-20 + years as weather is variable. Long term data does show  climate is warming of course

        Last months weather isnt climate.

        Amazon Fires are another example This years burning is shocking  but the longer term data says its 'about average'

        "As of August 16, 2019, an analysis of NASA satellite data indicated that total fire activity across the Amazon basin this year has been close to the average in comparison to the past 15 years. "

        https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145464/fires-in-brazil

  3. solkta 3

    Matt King Coal was a merry old soul

    And a merry old soul was he

    • marty mars 4.1

      lol "I guess Justice is now a "climate change denier""

      yep that's the one brainbox – don't guess though – remember YOU know and everyone else is wrong.

  4. Interesting – that article doesn't seem to be on Stuff any more.  It was there when I read it earlier this morning, can't find it now.  I can understand King taking his post down, because he would have had the hard word that National's climate change denial is supposed to be clandestine, but why would Stuff help them out?

  5. Stuart Munro. 6

    There are some inconsistencies in our approach to local oil and coal, if we are prepared to import getting on for six hundred thousand tonnes of coal per annum, and one hundred and ten thousand barrels of oil per day, banning local production is less than entirely clever. It's as credible as using cheap carbon offsets instead of moving to more sustainable transport processes – offshoring our problems (and a great deal of our money). While governments rely on unhealthy industries like aerial tourism they are not developing viable alternatives. The market will not provide these alternatives, they are anathema to the short term, cost externalizing model.

  6. MickeyBoyle 7

    Criticism of Matt King is obviously warranted, but if you criticize his views for not listening to scientists, you have to hold the Greens to the same standard, in their ardent opposition to GM crops. 

  7. Robert Guyton 8

    Well, we here on TS don't have to "hold the Greens to the same standard". 

    We could, if we wanted to debate GM crops, ask if the Green's position is based on science. 

    • MickeyBoyle 8.1

      You're right you dont have to hold them to the same standard. But you also cannot deny the hypocrisy in your position. Arguing that an MP is not listening to the science cannot be partisan, we must hold all sides to account. This goes for poverty statistics and the like also. Just because team Red is in power, doesnt mean we should be any less vigorous in holding them to account. 

      • marty mars 8.1.1

        sure mb – your comments often seem full of vigour to me on  'holding them (the left) to account' – reminds me of the chairman tbh

        • MickeyBoyle 8.1.1.1

          Sorry I just refuse to be a sycophant, especially whilst team red in many instances are worse than team blue, read into that what you will. But whilst you bang on your fangirl drum set, our most vulnerable keep living in squalor, neoliberalism keeps marching on, inequality, real poverty, hardship grants, emergency accommodation and pollution continue to explode in prevalence. I prefer to hold anyone in a position of power to account, sadly I seem to be on my own a lot these days.

          • marty mars 8.1.1.1.1

            fair enough – we should hook you up with the chairman because like you he is a lone wolf fighting the dirty red team who, as you say need sorting because – "especially whilst team red in many instances are worse than team blue"

          • Incognito 8.1.1.1.2

            Sorry I just refuse to be a sycophant, especially whilst team red in many instances are worse than team blue, read into that what you will.

            Irony?

      • Robert Guyton 8.1.2

        For the moment, MickeyBoyle, the topic is climate change and Matt King. When the GM topic and The Greens position on it comes up, then sure, let's check their adhesion to the science. Discussing an MP, Matt King in this instance, and his claims can certainly be partisan; he's the topic and discussion of his dismissal of science need not involve any other politicians at all.

        • SHG 8.1.2.1

          The thing I find most infuriating is not that King is saying stupid shit; it's that it's not even his own stupid shit. He's just reposted some other idiot's stupid shit but has taken the time to change America to New Zealand in the text. That's a special sort of stupid.

  8. '..chirp..!…chirp..!..'

    (the above is a live/field-recording  – of the noises inside matt kings' brain…)

  9. Formerly Ross 10

    Fires in the Amazon, interesting perhaps but relevant?

  10. AB 11

    It looks like the right will try to scare its way back into power by saying that the left want to take away your cars/air travel/meat/milk/job and make you eat raw kale sitting under a single eco-friendly light-bulb. It worked for ScoMo it seems. Once in power, they will aim to keep BAU going as long as possible. When it's no longer possible, they will work to  prevent a just transition, i.e. those who already benefited most from BAU will be protected,  while the sacrifice will fall on everyone else.  

  11. cleangreen 12

    Climate deniers always refuse to recognise the inceasing intensity of cyclone activity and seem to grasp at straws saying cyclone activity has not increased.

    But that is misleading as it was IPCC https://www.ipcc.ch/ that said all the time it was ‘intensity of weather activity’ that will occur.

    Not the time of events.

    Anyone that had their roofs blown off can testify the real difference here,

    So do we have to wait until these climate deniers roofs are blown off in the middle of a dark nighht to realise that they were wrong?

    In 2017 NIWA predicted more intense cyclones; – and now this is coming true in 2019.

    https://www.niwa.co.nz/news/intensity-of-cyclones-predicted-to-increase

    ;Intensity of cyclones predicted to increase;

    5 October 2017 – Vagaries of variability

    • Formerly Ross 12.1

      Cyclones aren’t climate. But it is interesting we had truly awful weather events before we had climate change. What might have caused them?

      • Alice Tectonite 12.1.1

        Transport of surplus energy from the equatorial regions towards the poles on a spinning planet…

        Warming climate = more energy

        = "awful weather" more often

        • Formerly Ross 12.1.1.1

          So climate change isn’t responsible for all the adverse weather events as there were such events before climate change.

          • Alice Tectonite 12.1.1.1.1

            Warming climate means more energy in the atmosphere. That leads to increased frequency and/or severity of "adverse weather" events.

            Trying to pin all extreme weather events through out time on current climate change shows a spectacular lack of understanding.(Or alternatively, that you reside under a bridge in a fairy story…)

            • Formerly Ross 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Hmmm you may need to read my comment again if you think I’m pinning all extreme weather events in the past on current climate change. Nowhere did I say that. 

            • adam 12.1.1.1.1.2

              Alice Tectonite, you can't argue with feelings and emotions. Logic and the scientific method just don't work with these people. It's like trying to have a rational conversation with someone from ISIS – loony far right crazies have their own emotional logic.  

              • Formerly Ross

                Adam,

                I'll tell you what was crazy – Cyclone Tracy.

                The northern Australian city of Darwin was devastated early on Christmas morning 1974 when hit by the tropical weather depression that was given the name Cyclone Tracy. As the eye of the cyclone passed over the city between midnight and 7am on Christmas morning, torrential rain fell and the winds were officially recorded at 217 kilometres per hour prior to the Bureau of Meteorology anemometer being destroyed. Houses and other buildings disintegrated under the onslaught, accompanied by the sounds of flying debris and breaking glass. Records have identified 66 names of individuals who perished as a result of the cyclone (53 on land and 13 at sea), and many more were injured. Seventy per cent of Darwin’s homes were destroyed or suffered severe damage, and all public services – communications, power, water and sewerage – were severed. 

                http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs176.aspx

      • Psycho Milt 12.1.2

        But it is interesting we had truly awful weather events before we had climate change. What might have caused them?

        Are you embarrassingly ignorant, or just being disingenuous?

  12. cleangreen 13

    FR Read weather change to learn how climate change causes a rise in SST (sea surface temperature) which inceases cyclones intensity.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_cyclones_and_climate_change

    Again you are misrepresenting Climate Change again. You are a true climate change denier.

    • Formerly Ross 13.1

      Your lack of comprehension is truly something to behold. Several times I’ve referred to climate change in this thread. There I did it again!

    • New view 13.2

      CG. Your arguments were almost plausible until you insinuated that when climate deniers had their roofs blown off they would then understand climate change. (Comment 12)

  13. Ian 14

    Meanwhile as the climate change fanatics spread their poison the suicide rate soars.

    • adam 14.1

      Bugger off, suicide rates are related to many issues, with economics being the primary cause in the overwhelming majority of cases.  

      As for climate change fanatics, what does that even mean – people who read the science and agree with it. Or people like you who just have a feeling the scientists are wrong.

      Because at the moment, anyone who thinks we are not in some serious trouble in relation to the environment – is as loony as the other right wing fanatics ISIS. 

      • Ian 14.1.1

        Anyone who seriously beleives that killing half of our cattle  will result in anything other than economic ruin and social unrest is the equivalent of a religious  nut job.

        Any research out there on why more people are killing themselves under a labour Government ?

        • Robert Guyton 14.1.1.1

          No one in their right mind believes were going to kill half our cattle, Ian.

          'cept you, it seems.

        • Anne 14.1.1.2

          It's got nothing to do with Climate Change. It's to do with ignoramus' like you getting on to social media and spreading poison willy-nilly just for a laugh and not caring about the effects some of it can have on vulnerable young people in particular.

          But I doubt you have the cerebral wherewithal to figure that one out. 

          • Ian 14.1.1.2.1

            stop deflecting from the fact that  our suicide rate is increasing under a labour Government . Preaching alarmist doctrines of future famine ,death and destruction has got to have a negative effect  on the human mental condition ,particularly with our young people.

             

            • marty mars 14.1.1.2.1.1

              Piss off you feckless idiot – you know nothing and display that with pride. Typical rwnj – uses misery to score points – what a zero.

        • greywarshark 14.1.1.3

          Meanwhile the near-demented spread their malicious messages against the government, the only thinking they can manage.

    • In Vino 14.2

      Non sequitur, Ian.

       

      • Drowsy M. Kram 14.2.1

        CC is due to self-administered planetary poisons; there's no antidote in denial.

        "The suicide rates soars", by 2.55%. Meanwhile GDP 'super-soars' by 2.7% in the year to March 2019.

        Where is all this ‘sensational’ soaring taking us?  Best to come down from the ‘highs’.

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    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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