TPPA protests Saturday

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, November 7th, 2014 - 49 comments
Categories: activism, International, trade - Tags: , ,

There are protests against the TPPA nation wide on Saturday.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION: KIWIS FIGHT BACK!

On 8 November 2014 Kiwis will kickstart the global day of action against the TPPA. TPPA poses an enormous threat to NZ’s ability to regulate for itself, and gives foreign investors and multinationals new rights to control our laws.

Click to join us in: AucklandHamiltonRaglanTaurangaRotoruaNew PlymouthNapierPalmerston NorthLevinWellingtonNelsonChristchurchTimaruDunedin, and Invercargill.

See Prof Kelsey’s piece on The Daily Blog for more.

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49 comments on “TPPA protests Saturday”

  1. minarch 1

    http://www.fishpond.co.nz/c/Toys/q/V+For+Vendetta+Mask


    [deleted]

    [lprent: One link was rather appropiate. The other violates policies on inciting violence – which could cause us legal issues. Both links have no explanation. ]

    • minarch 1.1

      people dont wear masks to help old ladies across the road,

      at least be consistent if you cant manage anything else !

      • BM 1.1.1

        So, you’re going to take up arms?

        Or are you a typical lefty intellectual pussy who’ll call for revolution and then step back and expect others to bleed for the cause?

        • joe90 1.1.1.1

          He’s Loukanikos.

        • Tracey 1.1.1.2

          or are you like the righties who bay for war against isil but wont volunteer to do the fighting.

        • Minarch 1.1.1.3

          or am i a keyboard warrior like you BM ?

          You should be careful making judgments about people you know nothing about, if knew my history you would realise how wrong your judgement is..

          Infact I can guarantee if you we were standing face to face you wouldnt have dared said that

          In fact you would be feeling nervous, a little bit insecure in your masculinity because your far more scared than you think you should be, like i think you probably are most of the time

          Theres only one weakling here BM and it certainly isnt me…

          • Daveinireland 1.1.1.3.1

            “You should be careful making judgments about people you know nothing about, if knew my history you would realise how wrong your judgement is..”

            Go on then, enlighten us.

            • minarch 1.1.1.3.1.1

              Do i look as dumb as you sound Dave ?

              fool…

              [lprent: How would he know? 😈 Visual telepathy through the internet? This site doesn’t take and distribute photos, and your brown splotch of a gravator makes you look like something a newborn would excrete.

              I have to say that your statement makes you look pretty dumb to me.

              Fool.

              BTW: read the policy on pointless abuse. ]

  2. The Tiny Dot or why you have to come out tomorrow and participate in our democracy while you still can!

  3. Tracey 3

    soveriegn state
    NOT
    corporate bait

    rain or shine people. feet to the pavements, no excuses. democracy starts on the streets

  4. Potato 4

    Can I suggest that people take photos and video of the events they attend and send to media outlets, social media etc. This doesn’t end after the speeches

  5. Lan 5

    Do wonder if latest US elections will make a difference to Obama effect and so.. follower NZ? Any opinions on that?

  6. Scottie 6

    @minarch
    What possible good could come out of you posting a link to where to buy a folding slingshot?

    [lprent: Thank you for pointing that out. Someone being a fool. ]

  7. Penny Bright 7

    Where do the Labour Party leadership contenders stand on this politically PIVOTAL issue?
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    FYI

    MEDIA ALERT: Penny Bright “Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – TPPA ?

    What sort of ‘partnership’ excludes the public?

    Whose country is this?

    What happened to ‘the will of the people’ being the basis of the authority of Government?

    ‘Nothing to hide – nothing to fear?’

    SHOW US THE TPPA TEXT!

    If transparency would kill the TPPA – then surely – it deserves to die?

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/…/calls-tpp-transparency-are-code-dest…

    The TPPA is a corporate investor’s treaty – to look after the interests of big business.

    Haven’t the public learned after 30 years of global neo-liberal ‘Rogernomic$’ – that what is good for big business, is not usually good for the majority of us?

    So – who’s looking after the public interest?

    We – the public!

    Looking forward to seeing THOUSANDS of New Zealanders on the streets tomorrow, as we kick off the international day of action against this secretive TPPA – for which there is NO citizens’ mandate.

    ‘Where the people lead – the politicians will follow!’

    NO PUBLIC SAY – NO TPPA!

    (I’ll be speaking at the Hamilton rally.)

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/…/thousands-of-kiwis-plan-national-d…

    Events are planned in

    AUCKLAND (1pm at Aotea Square),

    HAMILTON (1pm at Garden Place)

    TAURANGA (1pm at Red Square),

    RAGLAN (10am at Raglan Jetty on Bow St),

    ROTORUA (1pm at Kuirau Park Courts),

    GISBORNE (1pm at Derby Street),

    NAPIER (1pm at Napier Council Steps – 231 Hasting Street),

    WANGANUI (11:00am at Majestic Square),

    NEW PLYMOUTH (1pm at Puke Ariki),

    PALMERSTON NORTH (1pm at The Square),

    LEVIN (11am at Te Takere Library/Community Centre),

    WELLINGTON (1pm at The Bucket Fountain),

    NELSON (1pm at Millers Acre i-SITE),

    CHRISTCHURCH (12:30pm at Shand Cres Park),

    TIMARU (1pm at Bay Hill Piazza),

    DUNEDIN (1pm next to the Otago Uni Dental School) and

    INVERCARGILL (1pm at Wachner Place).
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’

    • Potato 7.1

      Penny, those links aren’t working

      • fisiani 7.1.1

        Amazing claims about the TPPA. Crying Wolf again. Which part of Tim Groser’s “We will not do a deal that is not in the best interest of New Zealand. ” is hard to understand? The TPPA , if it passes, will not reduce our sovereignty one bit. Crying Wolf too often gets ignored. The usual rabble will turn out at these meetings but the rest of NZ will throw another sausage on the barbie.

        • Tautoko Mangō Mata 7.1.1.1

          Investor-State Dispute Settlements, ISDS, are not imaginary pitfalls of these wrongly-named Free Trade Agreements. Just read this article, Fisi, about how Eli Lilly has been fighting the Canadian Government because of the ISDS clauses in the NAFTA agreement.

          http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/us-business/lilly-ramps-up-nafta-fight-over-loss-of-patents/article13223813/

          And if you think that this was a one off, then look at this list
          http://www.naftaclaims.com/disputes-with-canada.html
          http://www.naftaclaims.com/disputes-with-mexico.html

          The fact that the US is pushing for the ISDS in the US-European TTIP
          means that this will be the case for the TPPA also.
          “TTIP Under Threat: Senior US Trade Expert Warns Over Removal of ISDS from EU-US Trade Deal”
          http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ttip-senior-us-official-warns-over-removal-isds-eu-us-trade-deal-1473276
          Let’s show up, stand up and speak up tomorrow!

        • Macro 7.1.1.2

          “We will not do a deal that is not in the best interest of New Zealand. ”

          Groser can repeat that all he likes. We all understand the utterance – but if you believe it, you are a stupid fool! Groser may even believe it! In fact I think he does. But that only makes him an even bigger fool.

          These so called “Free trade” deals have been, and will ultimately be, the death of the neo-liberal capitalist economy. All countries involved – even the States, are dying a slow death caused by “Free Trade”. Having just visited the States and Canada it was eye opening to witness the truly serious levels of poverty existing in their major cities and in the country. My cousin works in an area educating children with special needs. She reports that in her city almost 95% of children live in low income households. There is severe unemployment and under-employment. Most employers now employ workers on a casual basis, part -time the preferred option with hours up to 29 hours a week on minimal wages of around $8 an hour. By not employing over 29 hours employers avoid having to contribute to superannuation. This is the fate of the large number of people in the States and to a lesser extent in Canada.
          For instance on the flight across Canada I sat next to the first woman Railroad engineer. She has 2 years to go before her retirement and can’t wait. It was interesting to listen to her story, as there has been a increase in fatalities and serious accidents on the rail net work in Canada in recent times. This is causing much concern. Rail road workers are now on call 24/7 and their numbers have been reduced by about half – the trains are increased in length to compensate and carry the freight but the result is exhausted workers operating highly dangerous machines with a consequential rise in accidents.

          These situations are the direct result of “Free trade” agreements. Such agreements not only allow the importation of cheap goods, they also have the effect of depressing wages and working conditions to be in line with the producers of the cheap goods. Furthermore, they export jobs offshore. That puts pressure on the economy to support “workers” no longer in production. It becomes a downward spiral and NZ is still in it, and will not get out of the descent until either a government wakes up to the idiocy of “free trade”, or we end up with slave factories as in china india and indonesia. i.e. back to the employment conditions of the 19 Century.

          I had the opportunity to read an excellent book on the subject whilst on my visit to Canada “Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market as an Ethical System” By John McMurtry an introduction is here: https://www.morehouse.edu/facstaff/chewitt/Political%20Sociology%20Web%20Files/Unequal%20Freedoms%201-18.pdf
          Note – this was written in 1998 – Nothing has changed except inequality has increased as the “global” economy has expanded.

        • lprent 7.1.1.3

          Right now it is hard to see how any part of the deal will do anything for NZ both in the short and long term. It is quite apparent that adding japan has made the whole thing daft and unworkable.

          So why are we still proceeding. Tim Groser’s pride? John Key’s need to add to his picture album?

        • Tracey 7.1.1.4

          the bit about what groser defines as the best interests of nz.

          did you join up to fight ISIL, or are you, as BM, puts it a right wing cry pussy who demands deaths but someone else to do the fighting.

  8. Aerobubble 8

    International agency declares self-suffiency in energy asap.
    Some govts ratchet back incentives for renewables.
    Companies invested heavily in research see their profits slashed.
    Its not to hard to fathom. Big money phoned big govt in order to buy
    Into solar, force a few to the wall, pickup their IP, or force refinancing.
    See, that’s the thing with capitalism, small government parties are more corruptable.
    But worse in NZ, where we know a local supplier of electricity isn’t using the network, so the idea that power companiesshould pay the same rate as their thermal or hydro, as that capacity is at the othef end of the network is an abuse of economic power.
    When I am supplied by my next door neighbor the lines company is charging me still for the entire network, that subsidises the hydro transmission. Now TTP will give those electricity companies the power to sue government that remove their profitability, wtf.

  9. Potato 9

    An interesting comment regarding the costs of medicines if this thing goes ahead from a Malaysian newspaper…

    http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/new-tppa-leak-shows-medicines-could-become-unaffordable-say-dap-mp-ngo

    (post changed as I added the wrong link. Fridayitis ! )

  10. fisiani 10

    Wow – 1000 Leftists getting laughed at all over the country. Thousands of hours of activist time making them feel morally superior for a few hours but dismissed as the lunatic fringe and ignored by the media or worse reported with disdain.
    Meanwhile we closer and closer to Free Trade deals with Korea, Russia, India and Latin America and hopefully a fantastic TPPA.

    • b waghorn 10.1

      That’s the problem ‘hopefully’ guess we’ll find out were trader johns loyalty is if it go ‘s through cause he’s keeping kiwis in the dark

    • Tracey 10.2

      is that the russia that invaded a foreign state, arent you wanting us to declare war on them rather than trade with them.

      tpp is not a free trade agreement. a simple concept to grasp you would think.

      • Draco T Bastard 10.2.1

        tpp is not a free trade agreement.

        None of them are – they’re free-capitalist agreements. If it was only about trade then all that would need doing is the dropping of tariffs. Instead we get rules about banking, free money transfer between countries, rules on IP, rules on what businesses can or can’t be done by government, rules preventing government from doing anything for their people and rules allowing foreign ownership and more. The removal of tariffs is almost incidental.

  11. millsy 11

    Fisi – do you support corporations being able to sue governments for legislating in the interests of their own poeple.

    And have you stopped your workers from having lunch yet?

  12. millsy 12

    Fisi – do you support corporations being able to sue governments for legislating in the interests of their own poeple.

    And have you stopped your workers from having lunch yet?

  13. fisiani 13

    Was that it?? A few hundred rent a mob scruffs with a few misleading banners. That will really change hearts and minds NOT. National is focusing on the issues that really matter. Twyford trying and failing to bash the government over the ratio of exports and protesters opposing a massive potential growth in exports for New Zealand. New Zealand lives by exports. Free trade deals help our exports. Access to bigger markets is the key to future and even greater prosperity. How dare NZ be prosperous. Prosperity renders the Left even more impotent and irrelevant. We are on the cusp of the golden economic weather. Grant Robertson has warmed the Opposition benches for 6 years. He will still warm them till he retires or is deselected.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11355472

    • Tracey 13.1

      you finally overdosed on right wing slogans…

    • karol 13.2

      Turnout in Auckland was pretty big.

      RNZ tweet with photo:

      The rally before the demo in Aotea Square Auckland.

      • fisiani 13.2.1

        Nowhere near as big a crowd as for the most important thing -the fireworks.

      • Tracey 13.2.2

        i thought there were more than at the last one. and i say again hoorah for the passion and simply articulated arguments of dayle takitimu.

        women were strong leaders in the anti nuclear movement, and they are prominent again in auckland on the tpp.

        note. i am not intending to denigrate male contributions to this cause.

    • Draco T Bastard 13.3

      And Fisi wanders in with his lies and misdirections.

    • Potato 13.4

      Poor Fisi, did no-one show for your BBQ ?
      Yes, some in NZ are doing very well but that small group are living like greedy parasites sucking the lifeblood out of this country. I just wonder why you post ? Is it because you hate people who care about everyone or fear that we might be right.

      • fisiani 13.4.1

        I was on the Left as a teenager. I grew up. Labour preaches that it cares for the poor but it only cares for their votes. National is actually caring for the poor. Unemployment is just 5.4% and falling. Thousands that used to be on a benefit are finding work. Kiwis are flocking home. Look at the way National standards are loved by parents. Talk to the people who gained a job due to the 90 day right to prove yourself law. Pensions and benefits rise every year. The state housing stock has been insulated. Children will not have to pay to see a doctor. Oil exploration could bring thousands of jobs and today has brought great news.
        The Left protest at every reform, every step of progress and every improvement. That tells me that they do not care for the poor. They need the poor as voting fodder. I hate no one in New Zealand. I know that the Left are wrong. Leftism is a 20th century dinosaur that does not realise yet that it is extinct. National have far more Maori MP’s than any other party. National is the party of the people. It is a broad church. I cannot understand why some teenagers seem to get stuck in adolescent political opinions. It is curable. You’ll probably find out one day.

        • Murray Rawshark 13.4.1.1

          All the state houses are insulated:
          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10716330/The-slums-of-Jebson-Pl

          Shame you didn’t grow out of telling lies.

        • Potato 13.4.1.2

          Wow, where do I start !! Oil exploration that could cost us thousands if they damage our environment, the parents and teachers who don’t like national standards. insulated state houses (should improve their market value when sold) and those selfish parents who’ve been making their kids pay for doctors visits. 90 day trials means the same person could come off the benefit at least 3 times a year and those benefit rises aren’t covering the additional costs that are going to pay CEO bonuses etc. Sorry, you don’t convince me.
          And FYI, I’d rather be a fire engine than an ambulance when I grow up ;P

  14. weka 14

    Giovanni Tiso ‏@gtiso 9 mins9 minutes ago
    Seems a good day to repost the positions of the aspiring Labour leaders on the TPP. Still missing: @DavidParkerMP

    https://twitter.com/gtiso/status/530927203635040256

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    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
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    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

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