Trump physically slams WWE billionaire McMahon to the ground, mercilessly mutilates him

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It is inconceiveable that Americans would consider voting for a violent sociopath like Donald J Trump as President of the United States.

The sheer physical violence that Trump exhibits in this clip where he, totally unprovoked, attacks an unsuspecting and defenceless bystander, his willingness to show off in the light of the obvious suffering of others, and the sheer sadism of restraining, humiliating and mutilating a helpless man with chemical and physical torture instantly disqualifies him from the White House.

We cannot tolerate this kind of arrogant sociopathic populist machismo near the levers of power.

(Trigger warning: this youtube clip contains senseless simulated violence, as well as simulated senselessness)

PS at it’s peak Wrestlemania and other WWE events had a following of at least 10 million to 20 million Americans. At a guess, most of these fans were blue collar voters with a larger proportion of males to females. And who have less time and patience to answer phone pollsters than other people.

 

49 comments on “Trump physically slams WWE billionaire McMahon to the ground, mercilessly mutilates him”

  1. Siobhan 1

    “The sheer physical violence that Trump exhibits in this clip where he, totally unprovoked, attacks an unsuspecting and defenceless bystander”

    You do know that this was the show, surely?
    You acknowledge it as simulated violence yourself.
    WWE isn’t my sort of thing, but you know, it’s a ‘performance’ of a type. Portraying it as anything else would be like accusing Muhammad Ali for a “totally unprovoked, attacks an unsuspecting and defenceless bystanders” in the ring.

    Jesse Ventura did this sort of thing for years, but no one ever holds that against him in his political career.

    disclaimer…I am not in anyway claiming Trump is ‘OK’. But this is just a sideshow.

    Maybe we could talk about Hillary Clinton reaction to Gaddafi’s death…fully psycho reaction to a horrific death…not exactly Presidential. (Shout out to ‘Observer Tokoroa’ who I know is a big fan of my Hilary comments)

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/oct/20/muammar-gaddafi-killing-witnesses

    That’s the problem with this election…both candidates are borderline psychopaths.

    “A new study of psychopathic traits by Oxford University psychologist discovers that Donald Trump ranks above Adolf Hitler and only just below Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein and Henry VIII. Hillary Clinton ranks between Napoleon and Nero.”

    • Chooky 1.1

      i think CV is taking the piss…as was Trump ( i hope)

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Heh 😛

        Just thought I would show another side to Donald Trump. Less than 10 years ago.

        Today of course, some desperate lefties think of Trump as the New Nuclear Hitler but I think they might be over-egging it slightly.

        • Siobhan 1.1.1.1

          Oh God, your right…sorry. I was slightly confused.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1

            No probs it’s so hard to tell from a web page without seeing if someone is keeping a straight face…

  2. “It is inconceiveable that Americans would consider voting for a violent sociopath like Donald J Trump as President of the United States.”

    yep well said – although I’m more concerned about his tiny hands on the red button he longs to push and his vow to go after the families and children of his enemies. I’m not so worried about his obvious delight in being putins gummy bear and I’m mediumly concerned about trump and people of difference whether a different ethnicity, sex, gender, class, financial trickery, ability to lie and so on. Still I never really saw him as directly violent just a projector (like many of his supporters), a weak person unable to confront the obvious demons inside. Still only 5ppm eh.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    “And who have less time and patience to answer phone pollsters than other people.”

    So you’re unskewing the polls, then.

    🙄

    Also, WWF is redneck ballet.

  4. chris73 5

    For those who think wrestling isnt legit:

    By Max (son of John) Landis

  5. I don’t understand this post at all.

    As for the “lol rednecks hurr hurr” comments, people may be interested to know that while WWE’s viewership does slant towards less academic and less financially well-off, it’s also nearly 40% women (hi there), and over-represented in terms of younger, black, and Latino viewers – so in fact probably not Trump voters, as a rule.
    http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2013/04/22/In-Depth/Fight-fan-avidity.aspx

    • chris73 6.1

      People would rather fallback on cliches but the WWE does a lot of good:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make-A-Wish_Foundation#In_popular_culture

      “Professional wrestler John Cena holds the title for the most wishes granted by a single individual, with over 500 wishes. Singer Justin Bieber has volunteered in over 250 wishes”

      Which is not bad considering how often he wrestles:

      http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=691&page=22

    • “Mr. McMahon” is a trained wrestler. Not a particularly good one but he knows how to take a hit properly. He’s no innocent bystander. He wrestled his own daughter on pay per view lol

      That unprovoked attack, or “bump”, would have been planned and practiced, mainly so DT didn’t injure himself and cost them millions.

      What many people don’t know is that there is a bit of trick to taking hits and moves, Its so that you can all get up again in the morning and go to work. In other words: don’t actually hurt your opponent. Its the worst thing you could do. He/she has a life to get on with once the performance is over. Its nothing more than a muscled soap-opera and they are all well aware of that.

      Yes another female fan here. The Battle of the Billionaires segment wasn’t my cup of tea but its always fun seeing Mr. McMahon get his comeuppance. Too bad it was at the hands of DT. Ugh.

      • I know he’s a trained wrestler and he’s definitely no stranger to taking bumps.

        I still don’t understand this post. It reads like it’s trying to be “ironic” about Trump, but how can you be ironic about something so obviously staged? What is the point? What am I meant to take away from it? Who is being satirised? It’s a mystery.

        • Andre 6.2.1.1

          My take is it’s a diversion from the news about Trump’s 2005 hot mic vileness.

            • Colonial Viper 6.2.1.1.1.1

              Actually it’s a comment on the ridiculous parodies of Trump that some people are currently pushing – Trump as a woman hating, racist, literally new Hitler, but a new Hitler who has a nuclear button that he simply cannot wait to push because “temperament.”

              • Lanthanide

                Purely based on statements Trump has made, you know the actual words, there’s nothing ridiculous about it.

              • I’m all ears to know what’s not “woman-hating” about a man who has routinely attacked women, degraded women, and been shown up as *at best* a total misogynist creep and *at worst* a rapist.
                http://www.vox.com/identities/2016/10/7/13206174/trump-leaked-lewd-pussy-comments-women-rape-sexual-assault

                It’s also hilarious to see this as a “different side” of Trump. He’s an arrogant billionaire who loves being the centre of attention, which is why he gets on fabulously with Vince McMahon, a guy who when directly controlling the WWE creative team pulled stunts like having Lita “striptease” for someone she was in a feud with and making Trish Stratus (a) kiss him on camera and (b) crawl around in the middle of the ring barking like a dog.

                I like professional wrestling, but I’m not blind to its horrific past treatment of women – which Vince and his best buddy Donald “I don’t hate women, I just think men should assault them sexually” Trump delighted in.

        • Lanthanide 6.2.1.2

          I think CV is satirising himself, but doesn’t realise it yet.

      • Replied in the wrong place oops

  6. Chooky 7

    what a BAD BAD bastard Trump is

    ‘ ‘Grab them by the p***y’: Leaked audio of Trump causes GOP backlash’

    https://www.rt.com/usa/362006-grab-them-trump-comments/

    …”2005 was a big year for the Donald, it seems. Not only did he marry Melania, but he also appeared on both the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives as well as entertainment news show Access Hollywood. But Trump may be regretting the latter, as he was caught talking on a hot mic with host Billy Bush.

    “I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump is heard saying on a recording obtained by the Washington Post and released Friday. While he had recently married Melania at the time of the recording, it is never specified when the events he described took place or the identity of the woman he is referring to.

    (I’m sure John f Kennedy never talked about a woman that way)

    “I did try and f*** her. She was married,” he continues. “And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’”…

  7. Aw go on with ya ! L0L !

    Staged . Completely , and no different then Bill English taking to the ring , – except in English’s case it was real blows being exchanged.

    If you know the difference between combatives, Krav Maga , Greco Roman , Jujitsu ,… and this joke they call ‘wrestling’ ,… you will understand. This is staged entertainment and nothing more. Having done 6 martial arts, and mainly Japanese Jujitsu , …I cant even sit and watch that stuff. Its a joke, and tedious,… like big kids playing at wrestling.

    • The point of professional wrestling is that it’s entertaining. People who sneer at professional wrestlers for not being “real” athletes just look insecure and uninformed.

      • WILD KATIPO 8.1.1

        The facts still remain, it is entertainment, nothing more. No doubt many in their past did do wrestling in a proper sense, but the entertainment aspect would be far more lucrative. It is pure showmanship and designed as such.

        It has no bearing whatsoever on military combative’s or the actual reality of deadly force harnessed as a sport to minimize severe injury such as mixed martial arts.

        That’s just the facts. Entertainment purposes only. You do not get serious fighters carrying on with this sort of bravado and over acted displays of braggadocio such as the above.

        • Brock Lesnar.

          Alberto del Rio.

          To quote myself, People who sneer at professional wrestlers for not being “real” athletes just look insecure and uninformed.

          • WILD KATIPO 8.1.1.1.1

            Yeah mate,… I guess the Israelis teach WWW wrestling techniques to their military instead of Krav Maga.

            Look, if you want to argue a ridiculous point all day long I don’t. And if you want to imply things by getting personal ie: ” People who sneer at professional wrestlers for not being “real” athletes just look insecure and uninformed ” … go over to Israel and tell em their military’s doing it all wrong. Better yet , have a wee talk to our SAS , I’m sure they’d be most impressed with your recommendations.

            No ones insecure here, just trying to point out the fact that that particular style of wrestling is designed for pure entertainment. Underline the PURE bit. Not serious combative’s or even realistic combative’s remodeled for sporting purposes, sure they may be athelete’s , and sure they may have been wrestlers prior to that , but it is designed for pure entertainment. . And Trump and the other billionaire guy was clearly part of the script. The whole thing is not to be taken seriously.

            But if your content with being all snaky about it, all power to you. As for me, last comment, its a boring circular thread anyway.

            • McFlock 8.1.1.1.1.1

              I think you might be missing the point that although it is primarily entertainment, broadly scripted and cooperatively improvised on the night, WWE wrestilng is still highly athletic and does involve real injuries – often worse than anything blinglish risked. But after taking the hits the wrestler still logs a performance, unless completely unconscious.

      • McFlock 8.1.2

        It’s not usually my cup of tea, but when it’s done well it’s outstanding theatre. ISTR the real heyday with the best characters was in the 1990s.

        It’s also a weird combination of real violence and injuries taken for entertainment, but my biggest reservation is over the steroids. Wresters seem die younger than a lot of rock stars. Very much “twice as brightly, half as long” territory.

        But when they get going with the developed characters and archetypal plots, it’s like watching a great orator who’s seven feet tall and hits people with chairs. All you can do to make it more outrageously awesome is to make it “Nazis vs Cowboys” or something 🙂

        • The 90s was much more over the top. Things got a little boring in recent years (fewer flashy gimmicks, “ordinary” pseudonyms) but now they’re ramping it up again and women’s wrestling in particular is in the best place it’s possibly ever been.

          They crack down much harder on steroid use these days post-Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit’s deaths. Also don’t allow chair shots to the head.

    • Colonial Viper 8.2

      Japanese jujitsu eh, nice.

      The wrestling stuff certainly has more in common with the various demonstration/sports/dance “martial” arts which are around, but its physicality and athleticism should not be underestimated.

  8. chris73 9

    For those who sneer at pro wrestling as not being “real” watch this:

    and then note how many continued the match

  9. Observer Tokoroa 10

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    . The Bad and the Good
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    Look, I am pleased to get a thought or two from Siobhan. As you know she writes really well. Currently of course she is taking a load off CV by painting a halo around the strange head of Donald Trump. CV has sycophantic writers cramp at the moment. Nasty

    The virtuous, flawless, self sacrificing and humble man Trump is a shining light compared to that dark, dishonest, corrupt witch Hillary Clinton.

    it is so so wrong that Saint Trump should be forced to be up against Eve Clinton.

    But the reality is that, Trump is not a saint. Just a self absorbed filthy scumbag. He majored in Connivance.

    I would have thought that a female President of USA is a good idea. Especially a woman who has worked within world politics at very high levels for a number of years. And survived.

    I am aware that women often do not like other women. Out of spite they will paint them in exaggerated dark colours floating in rivers of accusing blood.

    However, I would like women to put the stink pot down for a bit, and welcome a highly competent Woman into the Presidency of the United States.

    Hillary is not perfect. Stupidly, she was silly enough to go to a good school for Girls. Shame on her. But she is miles better than the women who spit on her. and who have never carried anything like her task load.

    Yeah. Kick her out Siobhan. Abuse her like Trump does. Scratch her out. She’s only a woman after all.
    .

  10. I still don’t understand this image-based attempt from some who are ostensibly on the left to paint Trump as not worse than Hillary for workers just because he talks about how hard white working people have it, when he wants to completely gut the taxes paid by the wealthy, thinks shifting tax onto the working class by avoiding income tax is “smart,” and he doesn’t have to be bought by Wall Street because he’d voluntarily give them what they want anyway.

    Hillary might not be great or even good overall, and she’s absolutely likely to be corrupt on issues such as regulating Wall Street, and will deliver Reform In Name Only. But Donald Trump is objectively worse, with demonstrable instances of fraud, current allegations of rape, is under audit by the IRS, and has constant leaks from people called in to advise him on policy because they are shocked that he doesn’t even pretend to listen to them!

    Even if his policies were theoretically better, (which they’re not) even if his personality was stable enough to implement them reliably, (which is in so much doubt that Wall Street and much of the Republican establishment is openly backing Hillary Clinton, or at least not supporting Trump) the fact that he seems incapable of listening to advice from experts should alone be enough to disqualify him from being a serious candidate, especially when taken together with the race-baiting and flirting with authoritarianism. (Loyalty pledges anyone? Threats to abuse his power against his enemies? The way he treats the press? Pre-emptively calling election fraud with no evidence? These are the things that authoritarians in tinpot nations do, not democratic leaders)

    • Phil 11.1

      I still don’t understand this image-based attempt from some who are ostensibly on the left to paint Trump as not worse than Hillary for workers just because he talks about how hard white working people have it,

      You’re forgetting two other factors that seem to make someone pro-Trump:

      1) He’s anti-TPP. Which sounds great on paper (“look, Donald’s just like Bernie!”) until you realize that every statement Trump’s made on the TPP is followed-up with rhetoric that the TPP is unfair to US corporations – he wants them to have more, not less, power than the TPPA offers.

      2) There’s a bizarre meme that Trump is the candidate of peace. I honestly have no idea where this comes from, but it seems almost entirely isolated to posts and comments on The Standard and Brietbart. I mean, Trump is a candidate whom has advocated outright war crimes (killing the families of terrorists), engaged in a metaphorical pissing contest with Cruz during the primaries over which candidate would make middle eastern sand glow more brightly, and appears to have zero understanding of why the US doesn’t use it’s nuclear arsenal in a first-strike capacity.

  11. dancerwaitakere 12

    Honestly, CV, your flirtation with Trump is sickening.

    An attempt to make light of how the election Donald Trump is a very real threat to the lives to millions of Americans serves the interests of no one who the left stands on the same side as.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Hillary Clinton and her cadres of neocon advisors are a threat to the whole world.

      Do you have any idea what Hillary’s policy of enforcing a no-fly zone in Syria that she announced at the second debate actually means?

      It means the US destroying Syrian and Russian air defence systems, aircraft and airstrips, killing Syrian and Russian soldiers in the process. This would be done in order to establish uncontested US air superiority over Syrian airspace.

      This would then allow the Americans to bomb Syrian Government forces into smithereens, removing Assad, and allowing ISIS and al-Nusra to take Damascus.

      For you to describe Trump as the threat in this instance suggests you need to re-think through what is important to the safety and population of NZ.

      At least Trump will de-escalate with Russia and China, and try and cut business like deals with them, instead of trying to surround each of those countries with extra aircraft carriers, military bases and missile systems.

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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    7 days ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Guardian: Poll shows DISASTER for Corbyn and the End of Times
    The Guardian - ever eager to forewarn of doom and disaster on the left - are leading with a new poll from Opinium, which puts the Conservatives 15% clear of Labour.Con 38% +2Lab 23% -1Lib Dem 15% -5Brexit 12% +1Green 4% +2This isn't good news, and it would be very ...
    1 week ago
  • How prostitution became the world’s most modern profession
    Being and Being Bought (Spinifex Press, 2013) by Kajsa Ekis Ekman  A synopsis and commentary of Chapters 1-2 by Daphna Whitmore Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book She opens the discussion with a definition of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Clever legal fellow on Scottish challenge to Brexit
    I make no claims to having much legal knowledge,  so I defer to those trained in this area.I am very much enjoying this twitter stream from m'learned friend in Edinburgh, deciphering the legal arguments around the Scottish court challenge to Boris Johnson, based on the charmingly obscure principle of Nobile ...
    2 weeks ago
  • An Open Letter From Closed Minds.
    Ivory Folly? The University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, upheld the right of the radical nationalist group, Action Zealandia to exercise their freedom of speech – not matter how distasteful that speech might be. A wiser community of students and scholars would have nodded their agreement and moved on. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Extinction Rebellion members want to “eat babies”
    If you are not convinced terrorist Organisation ‘Extinction Rebellion’ is very, very dangerous – watch this video at one of their recent meetings. Not only is this obviously mentally ill Woman begging the other terrorists to promote killing and “eating” babies and children, if you watch carefully other members nod ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 weeks ago
  • The government needs to tell people about the OIA
    The Ombudsman has been surveying people about their knowledge of the OIA and the right to information. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that widespread:The Chief Ombudsman says too many New Zealanders were in the dark over their right to access official information. Peter Boshier said an independent survey released yesterday on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Join the rebellion
    In the wake of last Friday's climate strike, Peter McKenzie had an article in The Spinoff about protest strategies. The school strike movement is "polite" and cooperates with those in power because that's its kaupapa - its led by schoolkids who understandably don't want to risk arrest. But there's more ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Jermey Corbyn, I don’t like GNU (sorry)
    So, the latest ruminations on the gnews from Westminster (Again, sorry; I'll stop making that pun right now).  This follows on from, and likely repeats bits of, my last post, on the suggestion that a Government of National Unity (GNU) should be set up and then oversee a referendum before ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • About time
    New Zealand likes to think of itself as not a racist country (despite being founded on the racist dispossession and subjugation of Maori). But for years, we've had a racist refugee policy, which basicly excludes refugees from Africa and the Middle East unless they already have relatives here. Now, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Legal Beagle: Vexation, or Something Too Long for Twitter
    Several people have asked me whether a particular repeat litigant could be declared a vexatious litigant, in light of their recent decision to appeal an adverse High Court ruling. My nascent tweet thread was getting ridiculously long, so it became this blog post instead.The short answer is: no. The particular ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Zealandia’s Lost Boys.
    Appealing To The Past: Action Zealandia, like so many of the organisations springing up on the far-Right, across what they call the “Anglosphere”, is born out of the profound confusion over what a man is supposed to be in the twenty-first century and, more importantly, what he is supposed to do.THE STATUE OF ...
    2 weeks ago
  • British trade union and political activists defend women’s right to speak, organise
      The attempts of anti-democratic transactivists to (often violently) disrupt women’s rights organising is largely ignored by those sections of the left most prone to misogyny and authoritarianism in New Zealand.  In Britain, however, scores of trade union and left activists added their names to a letter in July, defending ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Turning their back on justice
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill. The Bill would establish an independent, quasi-judicial body to investigate and review potential miscarriages of justice, and refer them back to the Court of appeal if required. It would be a vital backstop to our judiciary, help ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further details of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit to New Zealand
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed further details on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand next month. Their Royal Highnesses will visit New Zealand from 17-23 November – their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. They arrive in Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • O’Connor in Thailand to push for RCEP deal
    Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages. “The RCEP Agreement would anchor New Zealand in a regional agreement that covers 16 countries, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Young Pacific people can access earning and learning opportunities in Hawke’s Bay, Otago and South...
    Pacific young people living in the Hawke’s Bay, Southland and Otago regions will have access to support services that have proved successful in helping young people find new earning and learning opportunities. “Tupu Aotearoa is about changing Pacific young peoples’ lives. Our young people are talented, they are smart, they ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Protecting wellbeing – ACC HQSC Trauma Forum
    Introduction As the Minister for ACC I thank you all for the work that you do supporting New Zealanders in their literally most vulnerable moments. From those who hold people’s lives in their hands, to the people who research technique, technology and trends, your work is highly valued. A special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NZ economy in good shape – notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch
    Notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch – Wednesday 9 October 2019 Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work
    Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare say this year’s World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the Government’s work on mental health is so important. “This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Cultural Ministers Meeting
    Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni will represent the government at Australia’s Meeting of Cultural Ministers in Adelaide this week. “This year’s meeting is special because New Zealand is expected to become an International Member of the Meeting of Cultural Ministers at this Australian forum,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “The meeting is an opportunity to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 608 claims resolved by GCCRS in first year
    The Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service has resolved 608 insurance and EQC claims in its first year in operation, Minister Megan Woods has announced. The government service, which celebrates its first birthday today, provides a one stop shop to help Cantabrians still battling to get their homes repaired or rebuilt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy in good shape
    Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There has been an increasing amount of attention paid to the outlook ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZTA to refocus on safety following review
    The Government is acting swiftly to strengthen NZTA’s regulatory role following a review into the Transport Agency, and Ministry of Transport’s performance as its monitor, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. An independent review by Martin Jenkins has found NZTA failed to properly regulate the transport sector under the previous ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Joint Cooperation Statement on Climate Change between the Netherlands and New Zealand
    The Netherlands and New Zealand have a long-standing and close relationship based on many shared interests and values. We value the rule of law, our democracies, and multilateralism.  And we value our environment – at home and globally. Right now there are major global challenges in all of these areas – ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government putting right Holidays Act underpayment in Health
    The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark.  Initial sampling of District Health Boards payroll records has found that around $550-$650 million is owed to DHB staff to comply with the Holidays Act. It’s expected ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government accounts show strong economy
    A strong surplus and low debt show the economy is performing well, and means the Government is in a good position to meet the challenges of global economic uncertainty. “The surplus and low levels of debt show the economy is in good shape. This allows the Government to spend more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministers approve application to expand Waihi mine
    New applications from mining company OceanaGold to purchase land in Waihi for new tailings ponds associated with its gold mines have been approved. Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Associate Minister of Finance David Parker considered the applications under the Overseas Investment Act. Earlier this year, applications from OceanaGold to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla launches with tribute to tangata whenua
    New Zealanders in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay will witness Māori, Pākehā and Pacific voyaging traditions come together today as the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla assembles for the first time, Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis says. “Tuia 250 is a national commemoration and an opportunity for honest conversations ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Visit to advance trade agenda with Europe and the Commonwealth
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker leaves tomorrow for Dubai, London and Berlin for a series of meetings to advance New Zealand’s trade interests.  In Dubai he will visit New Zealand’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 where construction is underway.  There he will meet Minister of State for International Cooperation, Her ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago