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This is climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, December 10th, 2009 - 81 comments
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cannibal polar bear

Climate change has melted the sea ice where polar bears catch seals. Starving, they are turning to cannibalism. Here a male bear takes the remains of a cub, which it had taken from its mother.

This is climate change. This is just the beginning.

I have a terrible feeling that this picture is an omen of things to come.

81 comments on “This is climate change”

  1. Leopold 1

    While I agree that climate change concerns are valid, one of the many effects could be the extinction of polar bears, is not this possibly more a case of a male killing the cubs of rival to bring the mother into fertility again? Male lions apparently do it all the time

    • Marty G 1.1

      The article says that this male did not do it for that purpose, and it doesn’t seem to be a reason that male polar bears kill cubs. And male lions don’t eat the cubs they kill.

      “retired Environment Canada biologist Ian Stirling says evidence suggests cubs are being killed for food, not just so the male can mate with the mother.

      He told CBC news that the nearby Hudson Bay sea ice, which the bears use to get at the seals they need to fatten up for winter, is not appearing until weeks later than it used to”

      It’s not unheard of for males to kill cubs when food is low. This is part of a spate of incidents in an area where food is running low for polar bears because the sea is is gone.

    • snoozer 1.2

      a very powerful picture, Marty.

      The image of a polar bear with another polar bear’s head in its mouth may symbolise what will happen to human societies and economies as climate change makes survivial tougher and tougher.

    • Bright Red 1.3

      a heartbreaking image

  2. tsmithfield 2

    Hi Marty,

    I am not disputing the possibility that climate change could cause bears to eat their young. However, I think this article is a prime example of climate alarmism.

    Cannibalism is a reasonably common occurrence amongst bears as part of this article points out:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1234066/Is-global-warming-causing-hungry-polar-bears-resort-cannibalism.html

    Also, many other species engage in cannibalism for various reasons. So, it is not that uncommon.

    So, I think it as premature and alarmist to draw these sorts of conclusions on the basis of a very small sample. Also, do you not think it is just as likely that the bears could be getting hungry due to over-fishing. It is not disputed that fish stocks world-wide are collapsing which will certainly have a major effect on the food chain, including the bears.

  3. gitmo 3

    Did you read the article that the picture was linked to or did you just decide the picture was to much of an Al Gore opportunity ?

  4. lukas 4

    What alarmist crap!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_bear

    “Adult male bears males occasionally kill and eat polar bear cubs, for reasons that are unclear”

    http://pubs.aina.ucalgary.ca/arctic/Arctic52-3-307.pdf

  5. richgraham 5

    Marty, in NZ there are men who kill their children – yes ?
    What conclusions do you draw from that ?
    Cannibalism in the wild is very common – ask any fisherman.
    You are harming the cause Marty, issuing nonsense like this.

  6. Marty G 6

    of course, the point of the picture is the symbolism as much as debating why one particular polar bear killed and ate a cub. But if you read the article they say it is uncommon and it is increasing, and the reason is a shortage of food.

    richgraham. are those men cannibals? And aren’t they the product of dysfunctional conditions?

  7. outofbed 7

    Too much polar bear focus me thinks

    • outofbed 7.1

      Too much polar bear focus me thinks
      However

      The first case study I’ve posted reveals how a coalition of US coal companies sought to persuade people that the science is uncertain. It listed the two social groups it was trying to reach “Target 1: Older, less educated males”; “Target 2: Younger, lower income women” and the methods by which it would reach them. One of its findings was that “members of the public feel more confident expressing opinions on others’ motivations and tactics than they do expressing opinions on scientific issues”.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2009/dec/07/climate-change-denial-industry

  8. tsmithfield 8

    Marty,

    You didn’t bother to answer my point about the possibility of overfishing having something to do with the problem if there is an increasing trend.

    There is more than one reason why the bears could be hungry.

    • Bright Red 8.1

      polar bears don’t eat fish. and seal populations, which polarl bears do eat and which themsevles eat fish aren’t in trouble.

      It’s the melting sea ice that is the problem because polar bears hunt by waiting beside holes in the sea ice for seals to come up to breathe.

  9. gingercrush 9

    [Don’t be a dick.]

  10. TightyRighty 10

    i was going to call on sycophantic BS, but everyone else has done. I read the article in the paper this morning, and it said whoever deals with this usually get a report about once a year of male bears eating cubs. could it be that their natural hunting grounds are getting larger, in direct opposition to global warming, and the reason this gets observed more is that the bears are now living further south, i.e. closer to denser populations.

    • snoozer 10.1

      their hunting grounds are sea ice, tighty. Do you think the amount of sea ice is increasing? because it’s clearly not.

      http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

      • TightyRighty 10.1.1

        “Arctic sea ice extent averaged over November 2009 was 10.26 million square kilometers (3.96 million square miles). This was 1.05 million square kilometers (405,000 square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average for November, but 420,000 square kilometers (160,000 square miles) above the record low for the month, which occurred in November 2006. In general, the ice edge is now at or slightly beyond its average location, with two notable exceptions: Hudson Bay and the Barents Sea.”

        also interesting to note that the rate of growth is higher than the 1979-2006 average. but none of that is very relevant to the photograph is it snoozer? how often do you see shrubs on sea ice? or do polar bears only go to land to eat their young? awfully considerate cannibals. i stand by my original hypotheses. or maybe just tweak it, maybe polar bears have evolved to learn that food can be gathered from any arctic landform, so long as it sustains what they prefer to eat. seals, fish (not possible on land), the offspring of fallen foes so that the woman can be ravished. reads like a conan novel.

        • snoozer 10.1.1.1

          Tighty. In case you can’t read the amount of sea ice is 1 million square kilometres less than the 1979 to 2006 average (and that average is over a period of decreasing sea ice, not the old normal). So this year isn’t a record low, so what? a vital part of their habitat is disappearing.

          and tighty. polar bears live on land but hunt on the sea ice (which is why their latin name means ‘maritime bear) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_bear because the sea ice is gone, they are turning to other food sources in desperation.

          “maybe polar bears have evolved to learn that food can be gathered from any arctic landform, so long as it sustains what they prefer to eat. seals, fish (not possible on land), the offspring of fallen foes so that the woman can be ravished”

          you don’t seriously believe that animal behaviours evolve over this kind of timeframe do you? Polar bears don’t eat fish you fool, they eat seals nearly exclusively, unless they can’t get to the seals, then they will eat what they can and eventually they will starve because they are evolved for catching and eating seals. And the cub was stolen from a living mother not a “fallen foe”.

          are you actually this dumb or are you playing at it?

          • TightyRighty 10.1.1.1.1

            i love it, im a fool for suggesting evolution. go kick back under whatever rock you crawled out from. i believe that animals, giving their inherent survival instinct will drastically change behaviour if neccesary. and lets face it, the article you pointed me too in your first post said “the sea ice is at or further than the 1979-2009 average, with two notable exceptions” so a localised problem maybe? because two locations do not make a globe nubnub. in two locations there might be a problem with the local population.

            now, this particular bear might be starving, or as a local says, who probably knows better than you and wikipedia combined

            ” this theory is disputed by Inuit leaders in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, who claim it is wrong to connect the bears’ behaviour with starvation.

            Kivalliqu Inuit Association president Jose Kusugak said: ‘It makes the south southern people look so ignorant.

            ‘A male polar bear eating a cub becomes a big story and they try to marry it with climate change and so on, it becomes absurd when it’s a normal, normal occurrence.’ ”
            – thanks gitmo

            • snoozer 10.1.1.1.1.1

              it’s not an isolated incident. It’s a spate of hungry bears eating cubs in this area where the sea ice is gone.

              Yeah, animals will be forced into other emergency survival strategies (not evolution, btw) when their food is inaccessible – like cannibalism.

              Get it yet?

              • gitmo

                Perhaps you could fly up there and run cover for the polar bear cubs ?

              • TightyRighty

                If polar bears only eat seals, and seals swim in the seas or can kick it on land (were polar bears live) or ice (where polar bears hunt) then there is a certain confluence there that may help those poor bears with less hunting grounds in hudson bay (one of two locales with less ice). with more sea ice elsewhere, other bears are fine. once again a localised problem, ice poverty. maybe you can come with a WFPB’s type ice-equality distribution model to help alleviate the problem of adapting to changing hunting grounds, then those in medium-ice-decile areas can all have ice-pods.

                sorry for being pithy, but according to a local indian chief (who probably knows more about this than you and wikipedia put together) it happens all the time. so it’s not an isolated (nobody, especially me, said it was) incident, it’s a natural occurrence. get it yet nubnub?

              • snoozer

                for god’s sake, Tighty. The hunting behaviour of polar bears is not up for negiotation. They hunt by ambush at breathing holes on sea ice. No sea ice, no breathing holes, no seals. And they turn to food elsewhere. they’re not adapted for hunding land animals, they can’t run fast for long… so cannibalism.

                No-one ever said that polar bears have never cannibalised each other before but if you read the articles this is about a starving population that has lost its sea ice.

                Neither you, nor I, nor the inuit (god, did you really write indian?) chief, nor the biologists who say it is linked to climate change can be saw what is in that polar bear’s head. But it is the symbolism of the picture that really matters – the icon of climate change, eating its own kind

              • TightyRighty

                oh thats right the science is settled nubnub. they haven’t lost their sea ice. i’ll point this out one more time, the article you showed me, has decreasing sea ice, yes. but on;y in two specific areas. in all other areas there is more sea ice on average, and the rate of growth is above average. so they have’t lost their sea ice. it’s not hiding down the side of the couch. the symbolism is what you want it to be, and if the rest of the world doesn’t see it your way, they are not wrong, they are just smart enough to know that polar bears eat younger polar bears. and just because someone draws a link between the image and climate change doesn’t make it true, though with your clammy constantly wringing-over-some-small-thing hands, i’m not surprised you get worked up. even if you get slapped back down.

                Oh the symbolism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. ben 11

    Great post, Marty. Not only is it alarmist (by selecting global warming out of all the possible explanations as the culprit here for no obvious reason), you’ve got it exactly backwards. Polar bear numbers are increasing.

    So, yes, you’re more likely to see this sort of thing by virtue of there being so many more bears!

  12. Monty 12

    Marty – it was on the internet so it must be true eh? – Like others say – this is crap and probably has nothing at all to do with that global warming scam that is currently the great fashion (remember a couple of years back it was GE??)

    The religon on global warming has taken over governments – not keen to be acused of “not caring” – this is one of the greatest marketing campaigns ever – and now we get a picture of a cuddly polar bear eating a meal like it has done for thousands of years.

  13. todd 13

    Keep on coming up with bullshit like this it just makes joe average laugh.The stories about AGW just keep getting more OTT every day,its better than paying to go to see a disaster movie.

  14. Bored 14

    Well Marty, you got their attention with a bit of shock photogaphy, and for the right reasons which is more than shock jocks like Paul Henry can claim. The reactions above are pretty predictable though, it is representative of a vast expanse of of dense craniums. None so blind as dont want to see (or hear in this case). Its all rather depressing really, but dont give up.

    • ben 14.1

      For his next trick, Marty will demonstrate a link between global warming and child abuse in east Manukau by drawing two lines that slope up.

      Nasty CO2.

    • TightyRighty 14.2

      so because people are disagreeing with the link marty has drawn, they are stupid? and some people think paul henry is conceited

    • gitmo 14.3

      Dear boring

      From the article that the picture was linked to.

      … this theory is disputed by Inuit leaders in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, who claim it is wrong to connect the bears’ behaviour with starvation.

      Kivalliqu Inuit Association president Jose Kusugak said: ‘It makes the south southern people look so ignorant.

      ‘A male polar bear eating a cub becomes a big story and they try to marry it with climate change and so on, it becomes absurd when it’s a normal, normal occurrence.’

      But what would they know eh ?

  15. tsmithfield 15

    Don’t agree with you Bored. If AGW is the problem its cracked up to be, then this sort of nonsense from Marty is just damaging the cause.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/earth-environment/article6896152.ece

  16. Pat 16

    Snoozer said: “The image of a polar bear with another polar bear’s head in its mouth may symbolise what will happen to human societies and economies as climate change makes survivial tougher and tougher.”

    Really??? People are going to eat each other???

    • gitmo 16.1

      Well at least chianti sales will improve.

    • snoozer 16.2

      not literally, hopefully.

      But you do realise that if runaway climate change is allowed to occur (when 2 degrees of warming sparks postive feedback and rapidly becomes 6 degrees, 8 degrees) they’re talking about at an 80% decrease in human population by the end of the century. I hate to think how people will behave in collapsing societies.

  17. TightyRighty 17

    `someone has already made a game of it

    http://au.xbox360.ign.com/articles/105/1053564p1.html

  18. Bored 18

    QED, Git et al, on your responses, selective blindness to reality.

    • gitmo 18.1

      I think the Dingo that killed Azaria was also acting due to the obvious effects of AGW.

      • snoozer 18.1.1

        you’re sickening gitmo.

        • gitmo 18.1.1.1

          And you’re retarded.

          [lprent: Do we have a self-proclaimed ‘celebrity’ in our midst? What is it with the right fringe and that word? I almost feel like adding it to the banned word collection. ]

          • lukas 18.1.1.1.1

            careful gitmo, those who think TE is in National HQ will start thinking you are Paul Henry….

          • TightyRighty 18.1.1.1.2

            if you don’t like something ban it. shower heads, incandescent light bulbs, national standards. hip hip hurrah

            [lprent: tightyrighty…. no no I must restrain myself….

            Of course a simple banning is better than unfettered bully devices. You know – separating people into an in-crowd and the scapegoats.

            I had a look over one yesterday at kiwiblog (some kind of voting system). It felt like being in high-school as depicted on TV. Of course that does describe the attitudes and thought levels of most of the people who frequent the sewer. But where would conservatives be without having a scapegoat to blame. ]

            • TightyRighty 18.1.1.1.2.1

              oh come on lprent, you know i’m joking. i always maintain that while you are partisan, you are all reasonable. surely you can handle a little dig?

              ps the kiwiblog new system sucks. i can’t read anything sugar coated in yellow.

              [lprent: Sorry. I should have made that clearer. I was just joking… It was the list. I just thought of adding your name at the end to help prove your argument. But I restrained myself. ]

            • Draco T Bastard 18.1.1.1.2.2

              Exactly what NACT + MP have been doing – removing the standards that would allow us to live a freer life.

  19. Draco T Bastard 19

    I have a terrible feeling that this picture is an omen of things to come.

    The Arch Druid: Human Ecology of Collapse

    Nobody, but nobody, is willing to deal with the harsh reality of what a carbon-neutral society would have to be like. This is what makes the blame game so popular, and it also provides the impetus behind meaningless gestures of the sort that are on the table at Copenhagen. It’s a common piece of rhetoric these days to say that “failure is not an option,’ but this sort of feckless thoughtstopper misses the point as totally as any human utterance possibly could. Failure is always an option; when trying to prevent it will lead to highly unpleasant personal consequences, without actually having the least chance of preventing it, a strong case can be made that the most viable option for anyone in a leadership position is to enjoy the party while it lasts, and hope you can duck the blame when it all comes crashing down.

    Basically, we’re screwed. We’re not going to do what’s necessary because no one’s willing to make the needed sacrifice. I give it 10, maybe 20 years before we know that we’re in a runaway climate change scenario. By the end of this century I’d be surprised if there was 500m people alive in the world along with a massive reduction in biodiversity.

    The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Welcome to Hell.

    • Bored 19.1

      Thanks Draco, its what I was going on about with regard to thick craniums, denial of reality etc. A few of these bugges should also read the Archdruid for his explanations of economics, particularly liked his recent post on how guilds regualted market demand, price and quality….

    • ben 19.2

      Draco that quote is right on the money. Environmentalism is nothing if not a luxury good, something that enjoys popular support so long as it doesn’t hurt too much. A carbon neutral society will be a low energy society and probably an unpleasant one to live in. But the fact is that the sort of cuts required to achieve anything, and the level of taxation or outright controls required to do that, are enormous. The green movement survives by pretending the necessary cuts won’t hurt much, or by arguing that raising taxes on energy will help the economy. Um, no. There is a trade-off, deciding where the sweet spot is is a legitimate role for democracy, and pretending there isn’t a trade-off is disingenuous.

      • outofbed 19.2.1

        Great quote so true
        The elephant in the room though is overpopulation
        Discussion of overpopulation has become somewhat taboo in the environmental movement. emissions cause emissions
        Although I’m sure the earth will just shake most us all off eventually

      • lprent 19.2.2

        There is always a trade-off. It happens everywhere because that is the nature of not having unlimited resources and natural levels of conservatism. However the real question is how to provide a strong enough market signal to induce change without causing a panic (the 1973 and 1978 oil crises come to mind).

        I’m pretty sure that there are a lot of things that could be done at lower energy/resource levels. But to date there hasn’t been a market signal to say that research has to be done. So things are done the simplistic way – which is to use more resources.

        Every time that a strong market signal has been given, think of things like DDT, CFCs, the cost of keeping horses (pollution problems in big cities was getting pretty extreme at the end of the 19th and the taxes were rising), and as many more as you can be bothered thinking about, a solution was found over the next decades. In each case the procrastinations were doing the chicken little that the CCDs do today. In each case a steady market signal early enough made alternatives available.

    • Bill 19.3

      @ DTB

      Been thinking about this a wee bit and well….capitalism is a relationship predicated on abuse (exploitation)…but the abuse of the wage slave is so much better and more powerful than the abuse of the plantation slave ever was.

      A plantation slave can perhaps contemplate escape on the grounds that they have nothing to lose except maybe a lousy fucked up life. But a wage slave?

      Wage slaves are dependent upon the continuing survival of the system that abuses them….food, water… hell, all resources are controlled by the capitalist system and many of them are necessary for life.

      Others merely contribute to material wealth (a sense of comfort and ease?)….but that has been elevated to such a level of importance that wage slaves desperately seek to attain more and more in the belief that comfort/ease/fulfilment or whatever will be theirs as a secondary effect of material excess or success. So many of us seek to continue and even deepen our engagement in our own exploitation.

      And the older we are the more generally speaking, we have invested in the status quo. Depending on your perspective then, status, a sense of life, purpose, meaning and so on all flow from what is and what you have made of yourself either in spite of capitalism’s constraints or because of capitalism’s opportunities.

      In other words this is our nest and the older we are the more effort has gone into this here nest and the less able or willing we are to abandon it.

      This would all be bad enough given ageing demographics, but it’s not just that
      old codgers and old birds are sitting at Copenhagen. It’s privileged old codgers and privileged old birds with very lush layers of rather exclusive feathers in their nests who sit at Copenhagen.

      There is no way that they can move to the psychological space that is necessary for correct action. And even if they could, the majority of their domestic populaces can’t.

      But young people can. And ageing activists from civil and societal struggles of previous generations can. All we need to do is meet, talk and organise.

      • Armchair Critic 19.3.1

        “All we need to do is meet, talk and organise”
        Yes, and we need to then do things, too.

      • Draco T Bastard 19.3.2

        Wage slaves are dependent upon the continuing survival of the system that abuses them .food, water hell, all resources are controlled by the capitalist system and many of them are necessary for life.

        Exactly what I’ve been saying for quite awhile. When NACT say that they want everybody to be independent from government welfare what they’re really saying is that they want everyone to be dependent upon the capitalists because without that dependency there would be no capitalism. This also proves the fact that capitalist free-market is an oxymoron – capitalism cannot survive in a free-market where everybody is financially independent.

        This would all be bad enough given ageing demographics, but it’s not just that
        old codgers and old birds are sitting at Copenhagen. It’s privileged old codgers and privileged old birds with very lush layers of rather exclusive feathers in their nests who sit at Copenhagen.

        There is no way that they can move to the psychological space that is necessary for correct action.

        Exactly. As I’ve said before, John Key has been very well rewarded for doing SFA and there’s no way he’s going to do anything to jeopardise that and neither will anyone else in NACT, Labour or even the Greens. They hang on to capitalism as it’s all they know and they’re comfortable with it.

        • Bill 19.3.2.1

          Let’s just reasonably assume that we are in broad agreement here about ‘them’ and ‘their’ agenda and ineffectiveness

          The problem I’m concerned about is, I think, quite an old one.

          Along comes a generation of activists. They do things with varying degrees of success. They learn how to do shit better over time. But then, for a variety of reasons they become less active and eventually just not active at all.

          On the plus side this means there is a large pool of potential ‘just sitting there’. Okay. The reality might be family commitments and a plethora of other important factors that contribute to non-participation. But if they were ever more than trendy activists, the “Oh. I’m at Uni now and this is what we do when at Uni and now I’ve got a job and now I’m looking for that next fashion fix.”…we might say that they are likely to have accepted but not embraced the status quo.

          Even with a more passive involvement, they have a lot of valuable knowledge to pass on from their more active days that would save younger activists wasting time and energy reinventing wheels and falling into avoidable pit falls.

          Anyway. I’m interested in unlocking the latent potential of the left (and the latent left in most people) . TV, radio or journals won’t do it. Face book won’t do it. People meeting and talking and making their common ideas the foundation of common ground….

          ….then the ossified attendees at Copenhagen and the various school ma’rm political parties of parliament can do or not do whatever they wish because they will be an irrelevance in the face of broad social movements.

          Meanwhile, an idiocy of this here internet thing is that you could be my next door neighbour, the guy on the bus every morning… but beyond this anonymous and not exactly empowering medium there is no communication, no evolving discourse and therefore no possibility of that common ground being excavated and built upon.

  20. tsmithfield 20

    The reason that this article is so bad is because it draws the reactionary conclusion that AGW is to blame.

    What would have impressed me more is if Marty had thought about other possible explanations, done some research, and explained why other explanations were inadequate, and why the only explanation left is AGW.

    However, he has taken the alarmist approach of leaping in, and blaming AGW without any
    further thought.

  21. I have made this my screensaver image for the month.
    Not pretty and I can’t avoid this during this month of consumption without end.
    More tinsel and plastic toys anyone?
    captcha – significances

  22. BLiP 22

    And just a few short months ago John Key was telling environmentalists to “go hug a polar bear” – I wish he would take his own advice, even if it would only be a light meal.

  23. You know a warning would of been nice.

    • felix 23.1

      There was plenty of warning, Brett, you just didn’t want listen.

      And now it’s probably too late.

      • lukas 23.1.1

        we haven’t signed yet… there is some hope Felix… glad you’ve seen the light.

        Captcha- balance…. not in NZ…. climategate emails hidden to just before the sports on TV3

  24. outofbed 24

    Tiny Tuvalu beaten down in climate talks
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/3146288/Tiny-Tuvalu-beaten-down-in-climate-talks

    Tuvalu’s gambit, seconded by Grenada, the Solomons and other island states, but not supported by New Zealand,

    Don’t need the PI vote then ?

  25. SJ Hawkins 26

    I think the only way forward is going to be very strict population control. A limit of one child per parent is probably the best start. Then I guess we simply stop offering medical treatment to certain demographics.

    Sooner or later we’re going to have to face the facts, too many people is bad for the planet.
    Obviously fossil fuels aren’t sustainable so investment in alternative energy is vital (not nuclear obviously -someone actually told me Margaret Thatcher and the nuclear energy lobby thought up AGW in the early 1970’s – anyone else heard that, surely it must be a lie?)

    • Bill 26.1

      Too many rich pricks are bad for the planet. How many Ethiopians does it take to account for the impact of one US citizen? One rich US citizen?

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2009/sep/28/population-growth-super-rich

      “The WallyPower 118 (which gives total wallies a sensation of power) consumes 3,400 litres per hour when travelling at 60 knots. That’s nearly a litre per second. Another way of putting it is 31 litres per kilometre.(….)As the owner of one of these yachts I’ll do more damage to the biosphere in 10 minutes than most Africans inflict in a lifetime. Now we’re burning, baby”

  26. jaymam 27

    Wow, cannibal bears!
    Here’s a list of other things caused by global warming, all published in reputable media such as the BBC and the Guardian:
    http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm

  27. The picture presented is an amateur photoshop set up.
    Neither the victim polar bears head or the entrails were in the original picture.
    This ii obvious.

    Note the feathering and overlap between the victim head and the entrails.
    That is you can see head and entrails in the same area of the pictu\tre.

    Note how the entrails are not really in the bears mouth, they are attached by photoshop and extruded toward the mouth.
    Note the lack of blood or other body parts in the photo.

    This photo is pure green fake.

  28. Further to my report above, you can see evidence of photoshop green fake

    blurred edges and opacity between the entrails and the polar bear’s leg:

    the head of the victim polar bear has the face of an adult made smaller,
    whereas the head of a cub is wider:

    the entrails are meaningless and represent no anatomical part of a bear true, they are a badlyl defined photoshop amalgam between mesentry [ thats abdominal fat] and guts, but actually neither;

    Note how obvious it is that the original picture is just a bear standing there, with head toward viewer;

    Standard garbage.

  29. jaymam 30

    Actually that is not a male bear, it’s a female, and it did not kill the cub or eat it.
    That has all been stated by the photographer who took the picture.
    There’s no proof that climate change caused its death.
    Otherwise, a really good job of alarmist propaganda. Well done!

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    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    14 hours ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    16 hours ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    19 hours ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    6 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    7 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
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