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Trump’s social media summit

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, July 13th, 2019 - 36 comments
Categories: Deep stuff, democracy under attack, Donald Trump, jacinda ardern, Media, uncategorized - Tags:

I must admit some trepidation in writing anti Trump posts.  I thought they would be universally acclaimed and accepted on this site.  But like Brexit there is a significant number of lefties who think differently to me.

And why do I attack Trump?  Well he is a climate change denier misogynist who does not pay his bills and cultivates relationships with white supremacists and attacks the press for holding him to account and has a terifying lack of grasp of the nuances of International relationships and he is a bully but apart from that I am sure he is a swell guy.  I would prefer that he was not nominally in charge of the world that I live in. And I don’t think Hillary would have been as bad.

But some lefties think that to attack Trumps to attack the far left.  I am still trying to work that out.

He has recently been holding a Social Media Summit.

Think Jacinda’s post Christchurch Massacre summit but with the completely opposite goal and full of crazy people.

Remember Ardern’s international gathering?  The Herald had this description:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has opened the Christchurch Call summit in Paris with an appeal to tech companies to review their business models that can pull users down dark rabbit holes to radicalisation.

And she is asking online platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter – considered to be so global in reach to not have to answer to anyone – to be more transparent by publishing progress reports regularly.

Ardern arrived at the Elysee Palace to a French guard of honour and a warm la bise greeting – a kiss on each cheek – from French President Emmanuel Macron, who hosted lunch.

Later representatives from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Wikimedia and Qwant as well as the leaders of seven countries and the European Union arrived for the summit.

The Christchurch Call to Action aims to take collective action to prevent a repeat of how the terror attack on March 15 was weaponised on social media.

“I stand before you with the 51 lives lost in New Zealand heavy on my mind,” Ardern said in her opening address to the summit.

“The hearts of Aotearoa still ache … Let us all here the call from Christchurch today.”

Ardern asked tech companies to enforce the standards they already have by preventing such content from being uploaded in the first place.

She also addressed the business models of social media companies that are designed to grab users’ attention in a way that can pull them into a single and increasingly radical narrative.

“We ask that you assess how your algorithms funnel people to extremist content and make transparent that work.

Pretty hard to disagree with.  Unless you think that racial hatred should be tolerated. Funnily enough Trump did not show up to that meeting of International leaders.

Instead he thought he should have a summit to celebrate the complete and unfettered freedom of freedom of expression. The sort that appears to have energised he who shall not be named

So what did the Trump gathering want to achieve?

So one gathering involved many leaders from throughout the world talking about how the worst excesses of social media could cause evil, and another gathering involved a bunch of trolls celebrating the evil that social media could create because at least its guy would have power.

One leader wanted to prevent further atrocities. The other leader wants to get re-elected no matter what.

Trump’s meeting attracted some heavy weight intellectual fire power.

And unlike Ardern’s meeting Trump did not want to have the heavyweight social media companies at his meeting. Vice had this description in anticipation of the big event:

Tomorrow, President Donald Trump is meeting with a series of right wing figures at the White House to discuss social media issues. But Facebook and Twitter won’t be there. In fact, the only social media network that has publicly said it’s attending is Minds—billed as the crypto “anti-Facebook” and once home to several neo-Nazi extremist groups.

Pulp, a public relations firm that counts Minds among its client list, sent Motherboard a photo of the invitation the fringe social media site received to the White House for the summit.

“Minds.com is the only social media network invited to the White House’s social media summit!” wrote the Pulp representative in an email to Motherboard. Facebook and Twitter, social media companies with an astronomically larger number of users than Minds, were excluded from the summit.

A previous Motherboard investigation found that miliant neo-Nazi groups connected to Atomwaffen Division—a violent American hate group connected to several murders—was using Minds as a platform for recruiting and spreading propaganda. Minds eventually banned the accounts when Motherboard showed them to the platform, but the company’s lax content moderation allowed them to proliferate unchecked for months.

The White House declined to comment on the guest list of the summit, but Trump has made the perceived “bias” against conservatives by social media companies one of his core talking points in recent months. Earlier this year, Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and reportedly discussed such pressing issues as why his follower count declined.

Well hand me a tinfoil hat and call me a George Soros disciple but I get the feeling that the Trump gathering may have been in response to the Ardern gathering.  CNN provides this background to who was invited:

The White House has not extended invitations to Facebook and Twitter to attend its social media summit on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said.

The people, who spoke to CNN Business on the condition of anonymity, suggested it was not surprising. They said they believe the summit would amount to a right-wing grievance session and was not aimed at seriously discussing some of the issues facing large technology companies.
A spokesperson for the White House declined to comment.

The White House announced the summit in June, describing it as an event to bring together “digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.”

So compare and contrast.  Am I being too conspiracist on it or was this a Trump attempt to undermine what Ardern wants to achieve?

36 comments on “Trump’s social media summit”

  1. "One leader wanted to prevent further atrocities. The other leader wants to get re-elected no matter what." Why shouldn't she seek re-election?

  2. More swollen than swell, methinks.

  3. marty mars 3

    anyone trumpish isn't left so just forget that mate – you know this as well as I do – they are sorta proud of it

    leave them to the middle, and their delusions

    t.rump is driven by base desires – wouldn't surprise me if he was trying to better our PM – he is so slow, so low, so so so, in all he does.

    • Dukeofurl 3.1

      I agree. The Trumpanzees that turn up here  would  be comical if not the underlying tones of white nationalists who love everything about him, in reality hes a disgrace

  4. Laugh of the day so far: "Trump’s meeting attracted some heavy weight intellectual fire power." followed by that pic of Joy Villa.

  5. One Two 5

    Must be good for a few clicks…eh MS.

    Censorship is rife in the digital shere and rapidly propagating …including via direct requests from within congress.

    You know that is going on, right?

    • Incognito 5.1

      Must be good for a few clicks…eh MS.

      Way to miss the point; did you read the Post?

      Only a few hundred clicks so far, none of which have any impact whatsoever as this site doesn’t place any ads and doesn’t have a revenue stream based on clicks or anything else for that matter.

  6. Anne 6

    Yes, Jacinda Ardern has surely made the illustrious list of 'Trump's enemies no 1′. How dare she organise a Social Media summit attended by world leaders and one which was greeted with such international acclaim. Of course he was going to have one of his own to counter the good work she and Macron achieved.

    It has been said that an invitation is waiting for our PM when she returns from her short holiday. NZ has been invited by the USA to join a "multinational military coalition force" led by the USA to safeguard the waters around Iran and Yeman.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12248984

    Now someone remind me, who has got a re-election campaign coming up and part of the strategy is to provoke a war with Iran? I remember, it's Donald Trump. So, who is sending unmanned drones into Iranian airspace thus provoking responses from Iran? That's right, Donald Trump. And who 'requested' the UK govt. seize an Iranian tanker in the Mediterranean thus provoking further hostile responses? It was US military command probably under orders from Donald Trump.

    And assuming our prime-minister will politely decline joining this military coalition we can expect the wrath of this

     climate change denying misogynist who does not pay his bills and cultivates relationships with white supremacists and attacks the press for holding him to account and has a terrifying lack of grasp of the nuances of International relationships and he is a bully 

    president in the form of an incoherent tongue lashing  twitter attack on NZ – at the very least.

  7. Observer Tokoroa 7

    The American Bully

    Hello there Micky Savage.  I shouldn't be too disturbed by that American Despot –  Donald “Hey Look at Me” Trump.

    He goes around telling himself how great he is.  Then immediately he passes the great word on to the ever gullible "Donald Duck" American Citizens.

    IQ is not noticeably high – in Donald Land.

    Trump hires pathetic, dangerous, fraudulent, abysmal Staff and aides. In other words, he hires people who are head to head copies of his wretched self. A few of them seem to have cases of serious Sex crimes pending.

    One thing we do know – is that Americans don't win wars. Not the North Korean fiasco. Not Vietnam. Not Afganistan.

    His little Chinese North Korean Guy is trampling all over our Donald Duck.

  8. Peter 8

    Compare and contrast? That's a challenge – finding a reasonable analogy.

    How about saying Trump has about as much class as the toe nail clippings of someone like Jacinda Ardern?

  9. Ad 9

    also a great day to see hundreds of old white guys surrendering their military weapons to the state, through a lawArdern led through our parliament.

    • Chris T 9.1

      ??

      I know this may be hard for you to comprehend, but it isn't just old white blokes who are handing in guns

      Unless you have some weird racist tendency to think all the other gun owners aren't honest enough?

      Mmmm

      • Incognito 9.1.1

        Maybe it was a reference to white supremacists?

        • Chris T 9.1.1.1

          I would imagine what ever miniscule amount of white supremacists we have in NZ would be like gangs and wouldn't be handing them in.

          • Incognito 9.1.1.1.1

            I suggested it was a “reference” but only Ad can answer for himself.

          • Jess NZ 9.1.1.1.2

            I hear they are buying big plumbing pipes and wrapping the guns in them and burying them and laughing at how clever they are. To me, that's practically as good a result. They're not available to be stolen or used accidentally or badly, which cuts out most of the statistical harm.

            http://gunviolencearchive.org

  10. marty mars 10

    classic t.rump – even he can't believe it!

    “People come up to me: ‘Sir, we want to follow you; they don’t let us on,’” he said.

    “I have millions of people, so many people I wouldn’t believe it, but I know that we’ve been blocked.

    “When I put out something, a good one that people like, right? A good tweet. It goes up,” Trump said. “It used to go up, it would say: 7,000; 7,008; 7,017; 7,024; 7,032; 7,044. Right? Now it goes: 7,000; 7,008; 6,998. Then they go: 7,009; 6,074. I said, what’s going on? It never did that before. It goes up, and then they take it down. Then it goes up. I never had it. Does anyone know what I’m talking about with this?”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/12/trumps-far-right-twitter-summit-the-most-bizarre-highlights

  11. Adrian Thornton 11

    Mickey Savage..you say you don't understand why many Lefties don't agree with the incessant focus on Trump…fair enough, then let  me tell you why some feel this way.

    Firstly, the constant and almost maniacal focus on Trump, as if he is some kind of outlier in US politics and policy is a complete red herring, his methods might be different, however the overall results are very similar, he is business as usual for US corporations, wall st, foreign policy, the 1% etc, even his appalling stance on immigration in nothing new in US politics

    Secondly Tell me where and when did the Democrates own their loss in the most winnable election in post war US history?, when did the self examination happen, and then the proposed changes put forward for discussion and evaluation? It is said one of the signs of madness is to do thing same action over and over and expect a different result…if that is true then the Democratic establishment strategy for 2020 is fucking crazy.

    Thirdly, One of the few things that Trump is right about is that MSM is a disseminator of fake news, one of the worst culprits in spreading disinformation on the new progressive  movement today is not FOX or right wing media  it is liberal MSM The Guardian, Washington Post, NYTimes, Huffington Post, an example from FAIR today.

    For NYT, Inconvenient Facts Equal ‘Russian-Style Disinformation’                              https://fair.org/home/for-nyt-inconvenient-facts-equal-russian-style-disinformation/

    The good old Guardian tearing down Corbyn in a classic…

    Yes, Jeremy Corbyn has suffered a bad press, but where's the harm?                                 https://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2016/jul/19/yes-jeremy-corbyn-has-suffered-a-bad-press-but-wheres-the-harm

    Our report found that 75% of press coverage misrepresents Jeremy Corbyn – we can't ignore media bias anymore                                                                                                 https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jeremy-corbyn-media-bias-labour-mainstream-press-lse-study-misrepresentation-we-cant-ignore-bias-a7144381.html

    So where is the outrage at this?, nope Trump Trump Trump, the 'centre left' (for want of a better term, others come to mind) haven't seemed to realized that their project of a new wave of pretty young leaders as being the new face and saviours of Liberalism have been a unmitigated disaster..Obama…left Trump as his legacy, Trudeau polls in free fall, Macron facing almost revolution on his own doorstep, Ardern winning our own election by only a hairs breath after three terms of the austerity and ravages of National.

    Trudeau now has a lower approval rating than Trump, with Tories way ahead: Ipsos poll                                                                                                                                       https://globalnews.ca/news/5103763/trudeau-approval-rating-snc-lavalin-budget/

    Until Liberalism is pronounced dead by the Left and we renounce the project as a failure, make amends with the massive base of fellow citizens so hurt and crushed by it's devilish ideology, then and only then can the Left offer a very real opposition to the rising right…by banging on and on about Trump or Russian or Assange or fake news, is handing the rising Right a very real path to further their gains, and entrench themselves…that is just some our problem with your focus on Trump.

    Turn Labour Left!                             

    • Andre 11.1

      That would all be very nice, if it wasn't coming from a second-option bias fantasist that reads a line like "…corporate media are eager to enter their junior year of the Russiagate conspiracy, despite its utter obliteration by Robert Mueller in April." and apparently thinks yeah, right on.

      • Adrian Thornton 11.1.1

        I agree the wording isn't ideal, however the fact remains that Russiagate was nothing more than a fantasy, one that you it seems you are still indulging yourself in…it's a bit sad to watch, bit I guess that's your business.

        Now if you have some problems with some of the actual facts in that article, then please point them out to us.

        Put up or shut up.

        • Andre 11.1.1.1

          Meanwhile, let's remind ourselves of the values of liberalism that you're so contemptuous of:

          Liberalism is a political and moral philosophy based on liberty, consent of the governed, and equality before the law. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but they generally support limited government, individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), capitalism (free markets), democracy, secularism, gender equality, racial equality, internationalism, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion.

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

          I'd put a few caveats and regulations around the free markets bit to try to limit abuses by the powerful. But the rest of it is stuff I value. Perhaps you'd like to explain which of those values of liberalism you find offensive and want to do away with?

          You also appear totally out of touch about your place in the political continuum relative to the American voting public. There's a very good argument that one of the contributors to Clinton's loss was that she in fact did take a sharp turn to the left. So much so that someone looking for a centrist candidate that was willing to excuse the Fraud from Fifth Avenue's personal detestable characteristics, and project their hopes and dreams onto his nonsensical contradictory pronouncements that scattered across wide range ideologies, well, he was in fact the more centrist candidate.

          https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/voters-think-trump-has-moved-to-the-right/

          • Adrian Thornton 11.1.1.1.1

            Please stop obfuscating, as I said previously, please point out the factual mistakes of the article you ridiculed, then maybe lets move on to a wider discussion.

            • Andre 11.1.1.1.1.1

              I've pointed out below how the FAIR article starts with a big steaming pile right at the start.

              Now, how about you explain a bit more about what values of liberalism you're so contemptuous of and want to get rid of.

        • Andre 11.1.1.2

          The starting paragraph of your FAIR piece is an misleading distortion – what Mueller's report said was the investigation "did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.". That is, they didn't think they had enough evidence to prove something in court. Compare that to how the FAIR piece described it: “corporate media are eager to enter their junior year of the Russiagate conspiracy, despite its utter obliteration by Robert Mueller “.

          The rest of the piece goes on and on with the same kinds of misleading distortions and emotive language, all well-calculated to reinforce second-option bias fantasists' mistrust of the media.

          That kind of bullshit is harmful. It is clearly designed to get the reader to reflexively reject what is in the mainstream media. That is a very different proposition to assessing an article critically to form an opinion on how much weight to give it or how much to hold off forming an opinion until further corroborating information comes out (or not).

  12. Adrian Thornton 12

    So you don't like the tone, so what, that is exactly the sort of tone employed relentlessly by most liberal MSM to imply colustion, apparently that's how it is now, so as I have said twice already, what factual information is incorrect, please specify?

    • Sam 12.1

      Y'know I find people who pride themselves on facts and figures and writes very accurate Facebook posts and so on to be ultra ironic. Only for no one to click like on it. The more desperate for likes the greater the use of click bait titles and edgy descriptions. So go back to the beginning, accurate about what? Being accurate about being liked or correct is a failed business model. But what should we do? Should we correct them? Should we write equally accurate posts about there failed business models, why? No, I think eventually failed business models just run out of puff anyway if we like them or not.

      • Adrian Thornton 12.1.1

        I wouldn't know, I am not on face book.

        • Sam 12.1.1.1

          I was just trying to be unironic so I could leave the door open to the fact that we are not stupid every secound of the day. Perhaps we are at our most intelligent directly before the 6 o'clock new comes on and then we watch Fox News then oops we are stupid again. Perhaps. 

          Social media on the other hand I find most annoying when morbidly obese people or even just people who are a little overweight say look at me because I'm body neutral. It's sickening watching people eat themselves to death and have them try and skull fuck people into giving them likes, clout and monetization.     

          Y’know people who do the least amount of work I think are good examples of people who shouldn’t be on social media. Inevitably they run out of puff anyway.

  13. Poission 13

    firstly the US senate (republican initiative) is examining the use of algorithm its uses,transperancy and what policy may be enacted through its sub committee process.

    https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=E4F108BD-47FA-4857-B8F4-4AE745C7A119

    There is a remarkable excellent response and analysis from Stephen Wolfram with a scaffold (framework) for policy outcomes,as opposed to eating Brioche at the Elysee palace.

    https://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2019/06/testifying-at-the-senate-about-a-i-selected-content-on-the-internet/

    With regard to who Trump invited to the social media event at the WH ,I suspect it would be good politics to unfriend them (in social media speak) due to the forthcoming (this month)Netflix documentary which will be bigger then Ben Hur (the original).

  14. Anne 14

    Talking of Donald Trump, I've just seen the fellow's latest performance on Newshub. He's changed his tune about the now former British Ambassador to the US (Darrock). He now "wishes him well” because:

    "he's learn't that what he said wasn't about him, it was about other people." 😯

  15. joe90 15

    tRump word salad.

     
    On What’s Happening

    But I’ll tell you, a lot of bad things are happening. I have people come up to me: “Sir, we want to follow you. They don’t let us on.”

    And it was so different than it was even six, seven months ago. I was picking up unbelievable amounts of people. And I’m hotter now than I was then, OK? Because you know, you also cool off, right? You do. But I’m much hotter. Especially with a nice, new stock market like it is. Right?

    But no. I’m hotter now, and I go to Dan, I say, “Hey, what’s going on here?” It used to take me a short number of days to pick up 100,000 people. I’m not complaining; we’re like at 60-some-odd million. But then we have five different sites. We have another site with 25 million. We have another site with 10 or 12. Then we have Facebook. Then we have Instagram. We have a lot!

    We got a lot of people. Way, way over 100 million, but I used to pick them up… And when I say “used to,” I’m talking about a few months ago. I was picking them up, a hundred thousand people every, very short period of time. Now, it’s, I would say, ten times as long. And I notice things happening when I put out something—a good one, that people like, right? Good tweet. It goes up. It used to go up, it would say 7,000, 7,008, 7,000, 7,017, 7,024, 7,032, 7,044. Right?

    Now it goes, 7,000, 7,008, 6,998. Then they go, 7,009, 6,074. [Audience boos] I said, “What’s going on?” Now, it never did that before. It goes up, and then they take it down. Then it goes up. I’d never had that. Does anyone know what I’m talking about with this? [Audience screams “yes”] I never had that before. I used to watch it. It’d be like a rocket ship when I put out a beauty. Like when I said, remember I said somebody was spying on me? That thing was like a rocket. I get a call two minutes later: “Did you say that?”

    I said, “Yeah, I said that.”

    “Well, it’s exploding. It’s exploding.”

    I turned out to be right. I turned out to be right. We turned out to be right about a lot of things. But I never had it.

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/trump-social-media-summit.html

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    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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 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. ...
    4 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    4 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 ...
    4 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
    5 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 ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 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 ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    6 days 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
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days 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
    7 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    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?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    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 ...
    4 hours 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 ...
    1 day 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago

  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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    36 mins ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
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