World peace may be needed to deal with climate change

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There is this interesting article written by Stacy Bannerman in the Common Dreams website.

The writer points out the huge amount of green house gas emissions are caused by military activity, and in particular American military activity.

And the major beneficial effect that could happen if only Military resources were used instead for producing clean energy.

From the article:

The cost of America’s post-9/11 wars is approaching $6 trillion and the price tag will continue to climb right along with sea levels, temperatures, atmospheric CO2, and methane, a particularly potent greenhouse gas. We can look forward to an escalation in global food insecurity, climate refugees, and the release of long-dormant, potentially highly lethal bacteria and viruses. Research published in the journal Pediatrics in May, 2018, revealed that “children are estimated to bear 88 [percent] of the burden of disease related to climate change.” Nevertheless, public health agencies don’t discuss what war costs our climate when they discuss what climate change will cost our children.

The Pentagon uses more petroleum per day than the aggregate consumption of 175 countries (out of 210 in the world), and generates more than 70 percent of this nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions, based on rankings in the CIA World Factbook. “The U.S. Air Force burns through 2.4 billion gallons of jet fuel a year, all of it derived from oil,” reported an article in the Scientific American. Since the start of the post-9/11 wars, U.S. military fuel consumption has averaged about 144 million barrels annually. That figure doesn’t include fuel used by coalition forces, military contractors, or the massive amount of fossil fuels burned in weapons manufacturing.

While we continue to have such an active military we will not be able to deal with climate change.

We’ve got wind farms to build and pipelines to stop. We’ve got solar panels to install and water to protect. We need torchbearers from every tribe and nation to walk the green path and light the Eighth Fire. But to do so while continuing to feed the fossil-fueled military beast chewing up nearly 60 percent of the national budget is energy inefficient and environmentally self-defeating. We cannot cure this man-made cancer on the climate without addressing underlying causes. In order to achieve the massive systemic and cultural transformations required for mitigating climate change and advancing climate justice, we’re going to have to deal with the socially sanctioned, institutionalized violence perpetrated by U.S. foreign policy that is pouring fuel on the fire of global warming.

What are the chances of the current American Administration following this advice?  Very remote.  As pointed out by Marty Mars in open mike this morning the current President is willing to wage war on bees.

Our world is in for a rough time.

55 comments on “World peace may be needed to deal with climate change”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    As pointed out by Marty Mars in open mike this morning the current President is willing to wage war on bees.

    Can we all juts stop trading with the US now? Continuing to do so is obviously bad for us.

  2. Incognito 2

    This Post (and the cartoon) made me think of the famous Congressional Testimony, April 1969, by Robert R. Wilson, who also worked on the Manhattan Project, when he had to justify millions of dollars on a large particle accelerator:

    It only has to do with the respect with which we regard one another, the dignity of men, our love of culture… it has to do with: Are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets? I mean all the things that we really venerate and honor in our country and are patriotic about. In that sense, this new knowledge has all to do with honor and country but it has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to help make it worth defending.

    http://history.fnal.gov/testimony.html

    It looks like the global military-industrial complex is well and truly on the way to total destruction and annihilation of all (!) mankind, one way or another. They would deny it and argue the opposite, of course, which is their raison d’être after all, but they would be wrong nonetheless.

  3. Pat 3

    None of the military emissions will be reduced….they are wanted to secure, protect and control of the resource reduced, disputed and dystopian (near) future

  4. greywarshark 4

    I haven’t seen all of this yet but I think it makes some good points and leaves something to hope and work for – anyway I hope it does.

    One recurring thought – what if Russia decided to rise by starting a Green War, and build a new United Nations of cohort nations which were bound together and share science on the ways of reducing and ameliorating climate change@! They take the initiative and rise in world opinion and the USA would have to scramble to clean up iwhat would, in contrast, be seen as a very shoddy shadow.

    The mantra would make it as organic as possible, work out ways to introduce it as quickly as needed with as little shock and dislocation of people and cultures as possible. Working to measurable targets year by year and revalued every 3 years. They could build a big complex/es for the home and vissiting scientists from around the world. It would be a powerhouse of brain activity. The emphasis would be on human brains using complex machines as adjuncts, not the other way round.

    They will site the scientific housing where they are safe from sea rise, and on transport routes that aren’t dependent on air travel, so ports and land and rail routes. It would be called something like United Nations of Co-operative World Service Public Good Environmental Science and there would be no capture by private interest. Any production would be on contract. Fees would be low but would go back to the main biody.

    • Sabine 4.1

      and pigs will learn to fly.

      What we are going to end up with, imho is a world dominance by the nuclear powers and that would include North Korea and Iran if they can get it done fast enough, and the rest of the world will learn to either obey or die – What we are seeing now with 45 is the start of the hostage taking politics of the future, fences and all.

      We are 8 billion + on this planet and that makes about 4 billion humans too many if we would like to go back to sustainable.
      Who are going to be the 4 billion that are expendable? that is the only question.

      • greywarshark 4.1.1

        Sabine
        Looking at the sun is dangerous. Looking at the way things will be – same. In our short lives we had better keep an eye out for events but more in the way of watching an eclipse, carefully with our own health in mind.

        I have just been writing a comment that listed things that we have done in NZ to make it harder to cope with expected future extremes. And lost it apparently. C’est la vie. Who is concerned anyway, about people, only about their favourite preoccupation.

        When you see how the National Party supporters, which are about half the voting public, stick to their favourite service deliverer, because that is how they think of government, than it shows that we are ahem not improving our awareness.

        Ayway here is the latest scintific idea for solving our problems. We can always think of bigger and better ones when the more effective are right here on earth and getting together on how to manage it for the best outcomes from the worst possibilities.
        http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160425-how-a-giant-space-umbrella-could-stop-global-warming

        Incidentally a boojk I read which illustrates how when people stick together they can utilise their strong culture of togetherness and understanding to outlive cruelty and disaster and have further time as ordinary loving people until the next disaster. This book is partly about Crete and their WW2 Resistance fighters., plus other stories and I don’t know which is most interesting. The story can be considered to be about how we can develop ourselves to be stronger mentally and physically.
        Natural Born Heroes Christopher McDougall.
        He tells great stories as in this link.

        (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgCNQ5yWc2M

    • the other pat 4.2

      eek….the UNCWSPGES………Well you have good thoughts but the american elites will never let it happen….they will take out the rest of us with a MAD moment.

  5. Dennis Frank 5

    Too late to deal with climate change. All good whatever moves get made toward that, but amounts to little more than rearranging the deck-chairs. We’re all just riding it out, as the storm builds. Those of us in affluent countries on the top deck have a good view from our deck-chairs, but those in California are getting burnt by the heat now. Those in Finland are enjoying the trend into a sub-tropical lifestyle.

    Funding of the arms industries is integral to capitalism, which is why governments of the left have not eliminated it. As long as politicians feel that they cannot prevail against the establishment, the establishment will persist, and they will continue to join it (`if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’).

    There’s potential for multiculturalism to globalise and produce world peace as a consequence. It would have to incorporate a common-interest conceptual framework that serves as a theory of economics. Socialism followed communism down that road but both belief systems failed historically due to inherent system-design flaws. A third such initiative is required – cleverer, more sophisticated. And multiculturalism will fail if it tolerates ethnic religions that are dedicated to violence. Tolerance of violence can never produce world peace.

    • Incognito 5.1

      Good comment.

      And multiculturalism will fail if it tolerates ethnic religions that are dedicated to violence. Tolerance of violence can never produce world peace.

      What does “world peace” actually mean? What does it look like?

      Violence is not unique to multi-culturalism, of course, but it seems to used often as an argument against it. IMO, it is a red herring.

      • Dennis Frank 5.1.1

        “What does “world peace” actually mean? What does it look like?” Like the EU, globalised.

        Whereas nowadays the focus is on what’s wrong with the EU, it’s also a good idea to acknowledge what’s right with it. Anyone with an overview of European history since the celtic era in the bronze age knows that tribal warfare was endemic, then nationalism was endemic, and both cultures used violence as the norm. Looks like the EU has eliminated violence via a new culture of mutualism & governance design. They got the latter component wrong, but the former seems to work.

        • Incognito 5.1.1.1

          I appreciate your answer and I also agree that the EU has achieved many positives. Indeed, a common cause that binds states/nations together, loosely, helps to mitigate against (endemic) violence. That said, I think it is way too early to tell whether the EU truly is an effective antidote against violence; I hope so …

          European history is littered with longstanding alliances and allegiances fragmenting and rearranging, usually involving a war of some kind …

        • corodale 5.1.1.2

          World peace will need safe-guards against the bureaucratic UN style you tend toward. Decentralised technologies like block-chain demonstrate practically that prosperity in possible in a digital and global world.

          Democratic Europe demonstrates the limits of human capital and information systems. Complexity management at global level must be more fluid, projected by the microcosms.

          • Dennis Frank 5.1.1.2.1

            Yes, I agree with that. You’ve misinterpreted my comment. I didn’t endorse or advocate EU-style bureaucracy. The UN has failed due to that.

      • Bill 5.1.2

        World peace would be the simple absence of people or institutions seeking to project power over others.

        • Incognito 5.1.2.1

          Thanks Bill. Does this extend to or imply people living harmoniously (?) together and inevitable disputes get resolved ‘peacefully’, i.e. without coercion and/or violence?

          I’d like to throw out another question to the TS community: is it humanly possible to not seek to project power over others (or: to seek to not project power?)? Personally, I think it might take some (…) evolution, literally, for this to become reality but others have thought it possible and even believed it is/was the purpose of Man (mankind) to attain/become such a state. I have deliberately left out any religious connotations/references knowing that this, at the same time, avoids/excludes an important contextual dimension. The contrast with your comment @ 6 couldn’t be starker 😉

          • Bill 5.1.2.1.1

            If authority can’t justify itself, then the authority (in whatever form it may be taking) is illegitimate and should be ignored, undermined or otherwise rendered powerless. There are situations I can think of where that denial of illegitimate authority would require violence.

            And yeah. Been feeling dark or resigned on the whole AGW stuff for a few weeks now. Can’t be fucking arsed with the hypocrisy, the lies or the false hope that flies around.

            Very good piece here by the way. Very much worth spending the time on (including the links), although there’s still nonsense about a green nirvana that’s somehow beckoning.

            Bottom line is that the curtains are on fire and we’re arguing over whose turn it is to do the dishes or who should be taking the dog for its walk.

            • Dennis Frank 5.1.2.1.1.1

              Naomi Klein: “The climate community in 1988, for instance, had no way of knowing that they were on the cusp of the convulsive neoliberal revolution that would remake every major economy on the planet.”

              Most of us had been watching neoliberalism unfold via the media for an entire decade by then. Think of the countless thousands of stories published during that period reporting on the progress of the neoliberal revolution – any single one being a tip-off to any climate scientist reading or watching.

              But she was probably getting her nappies changed. Can’t blame her for being ignorant.

              • Bill

                I think it’s fair enough that she marks the “convulsion” around ’88. Yes, like others here since ’84, I’d been getting “Thatchered” ‘over there’ since ’79.

                There was a build up – an unfolding as you term it. Then…(as Klein notes)

                In 1988, Canada and the U.S. signed their free trade agreement, a prototype for NAFTA and countless deals that would follow. The Berlin wall was about to fall, an event that would be successfully seized upon by right-wing ideologues in the U.S. as proof of “the end of history” and taken as license to export the Reagan-Thatcher recipe of privatization, deregulation, and austerity to every corner of the globe.

            • Incognito 5.1.2.1.1.2

              Thanks Bill. I don’t have much time left for a proper reply so I’ll leave you with a link to an interesting take on power & authority. The original source (Paul Verhaeghe) also has an interesting view on violence that’s related to the breakdown of authority and then substituted by power. Apologies for this.

              https://thedescribe.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/paul-verhaeghe-on-power-and-authority/

              I will read the piece in TI later too.

              • Bill

                Meant to respond sooner…

                I don’t agree with Verhaeghe that patriarchy has been dismantled. I’d go as far to say that’s an utterly absurd claim to make.

                But let’s say we inhabited a world free from patriarchy, then what’s his separation of authority and power about? Seems there’s a fair amount of (unnecessary) religious consideration feeding into the thought.

                If authority is simply taken as knowledge, then there is nothing at all wrong with it. But if that is then used to impose something on others, it becomes a wholly different story.

                When we all empowered, and have the power to do as we will restricted only by the limits we impose on ourselves through meaningful participation in our society, then I think we’ll have arrived at a pretty good place. 😉

          • Dennis Frank 5.1.2.1.2

            Will to power does not necessarily imply power over others. Essentially it just rationalises how our ego powers our autonomy & agency toward a fulfilling life. Getting sufficient freedom to do one’s thing requires us to develop personal power over whatever constraints are encountered in family, work & other contexts but we don’t need power over others to survive.

            But you’re right, some seek that, and evolution is required in their personal development before they learn co-evolution. Primates evolved on the basis of warfare and in science group selection has become part of Darwinism, so we must expect some males to be closer to their roots than others. Civilisation hasn’t yet gone global.

            • Incognito 5.1.2.1.2.1

              Our ego is very good at rationalising and takes on all the required properties to become a perfect self-referential system (Hofstadter).

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

              [I feel more affiliated with Jung]

              I don’t quite follow this:

              Primates evolved on the basis of warfare and in science group selection has become part of Darwinism …

              Have you read anything by Frans de Waal?

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

              • Dennis Frank

                I bought the Age of Empathy when it appeared & liked it. I also have Peacemaking among Primates from long ago but only skimmed it.

                I wasn’t meaning to discount that side of the story, just pointing to the other side. I’ve tried to keep up with evolutionary theory over past 30 years and suspect that group selection is the key for primates. Warfare isn’t the only strategy that applies (sex works better).

          • the other pat 5.1.2.1.3

            “is it humanly possible to not seek to project power over others (or: to seek to not project power?)?”…..yes it is… a philosophical view { not relegious } as said by the Buddha …..be without desire…..problem fixed.!

      • greywarshark 5.1.3

        Violence often goes with anger. If anger can be viewed as a sort of sunburst of energy, and something to contain and apply where energy is needed and useful, then violence is likely to go down.

        Another idea is to conceptualise our thinking as electrical impulses, which I understand they are, then to get rid of negative thoughts leading to violence we ‘earth’ them by writing them down, and reading them – with the effect of getting them out of our emotional zone, and down on paper, better than up on screen, and then they can be processed by our critical mind and assessed for worth.

        Trying to understand our own workings, hesitating and counting to 10 instead of rushing for the punch or punchline, would reduce violence also. The red rage that I feel everyone has felt some time would be lessened of its force for bad outcomes if there was more understanding of ourselves.

        Anyone know about Transaction Analysis from the 60s? And Eric Berne’s clever book The Games that People Play?

      • the other pat 5.1.4

        it means you dont get to kill/invade anywhere/anyone just so you can have their toys……we are all in the sandbox together.

    • Tricledrown 5.2

      Empires figured long ago that brainwashing people with religion was the easy way to subjugate the people!
      Zealots and Megalomaniac go one-step further to spread the regimes power and influence

      • Tricledrown 5.2.1

        One nasty superbug is all it will take to create peace.
        The concentration of humans and the amount of people travelling over the planet could put a very rapid end to human over population?
        Stressed over concentrated populations are the perfect environment for superbugs which are adapting faster to antibiotics, faster than we can keep up?

      • greywarshark 5.2.2

        Some musings –
        Psychopathic tendencies apparently help to drive business people up to the top jobs. So that tendency which seems to be a winner becomes a cultural norm to aim for in those who are mainly materialistic.

        Capitalism is about belief and concepts, where some item is either scarce and treasured, or kept carefully controlled as diamonds are so its value is maintained, and the value of the object is the symbol of worship. The belief is that money is the main power of life and people devote their lives to obtaining it. Capitalism is a religion and co-opts others, certainly Christianity,though not wholely. But zealots and megalomaniacs find it useful to tap into religion to gain control of people’s money and energies.

    • Ed 5.3

      Too late. Had to be dealt with in the 80s as this article explains.

      “This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by George Steinmetz. With support from the Pulitzer Center, this two-part article is based on 18 months of reporting and well over a hundred interviews. It tracks the efforts of a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians to raise the alarm and stave off catastrophe. It will come as a revelation to many readers — an agonizing revelation — to understand how thoroughly they grasped the problem and how close they came to solving it. “

      https://t.co/kTBk2VxEOm?amp=1

      • corodale 5.3.1

        …then why do you keep posting your agenda 21 propaganda?

        It’s just obvious, and some links here go into detail… global military budgets focused on environmentalism could change the world in an amazing fashion.

        Make peace with yourself, and you will see there are plenty of positive actions to take.

        Even if you can just repeat to yourself each morning “Shalom shalom shalom”, you will have made a start.

  6. Bill 6

    “World Peace” wouldn’t deal with climate change. Yes, militaries use huge amounts of fuel. But so do shipping companies and aviation companies and….well, rich pricks who, at 10% of the world’s population, burn out about half of all emissions.

    And we’re at the point where gazzillions of dollars could be thrown at “green”. But in the same way we can’t boil an egg in the space of 3 seconds, so we can’t do “green” in the few years we have in relation to 2 degrees.

    And global warming and the climate change it brings it’s brought can’t get patched up as may be the case in the aftermath of a bull in a china shop.

    We’re fucked Micky. Capitalism fucked us. The 10% fucked us. And people in your demographic clinging on to their lifestyle and habits have fucked us (the 40% who are behind about 40% of emissions).

    We’ll have peace. It’ll be the peace of the graveyard, except, unlike a typical graveyard, there’s unlikely to be any ambient buzz of insects or chirp of birdsong.

    • corodale 6.1

      Well Bill. Christianity isn’t something I would recommend in general. But for you it might be a starting point. There are plenty of progressive little churches out there, groups of people with soul, making positive communications and doing neighbourly stuff.

      • Bill 6.1.1

        That’s an odd comment corodale.

        I rejected religion in any form that I could recognise as being religious ….oh, 30 years since. I’ve no need nor intention to walk back in through the out door. This direction of travel’s fine 😉

        • Poission 6.1.1.1

          One of the foremost gathering of scientists from geoscience, mathematics, climate dynamics to science policy was held at the vatican in 1999 the science for survival and sustainable development conference.never seen a gathering since.

          http://www.casinapioiv.va/content/accademia/en/events/1999/sustainable.html

          the proceedings are found on the study week icon.

          • corodale 6.1.1.1.1

            “…For this reason, however limited the action of man within the cosmos may actually be, he is nonetheless a real participant in the power of God and must be able to build his own world, or rather an environment suited to his person integrated into his own space and his own special time.” (Borok, Sorondo)

            Sounds like we need to change it, by participating in the powers of God.

            • Sabine 6.1.1.1.1.1

              the current crisis is brought on by many people claiming to believe the powers of God.

              very little good it did to anyone not considered worthy and pure enough for the blessings of said god.

              Also, in the name of the father the son and holy ghosts only means that mothers and daughters needn ‘t apply.

            • the other pat 6.1.1.1.1.2

              fuck traditional religion….it just gives people excuses to fuck the paradise which is our earth for a “heaven/paradise” when you die.

        • corodale 6.1.1.2

          Wasn’t suggesting you become religious. Dogmatism in politics doesn’t help. Churches know that politics and management of spiritual development don’t mix well (though sometime a least bad option, for developing countries like Germany 😉 Jesus was very clear about money changing in the temple and so on – Gospel of St John perspectives.

        • greywarshark 6.1.1.3

          But you don’t like the direction of travel Bill, you feel that there is a moving belt and it is not taking you anywhere good. So look for good in what people are doing.

          Defenceless under the night
          Our world in stupor lies;
          Yet, dotted everywhere,
          Ironic points of light
          Flash out wherever the Just
          Exchange their messages:
          May I, composed like them
          Of Eros and of dust,
          Beleaguered by the same
          Negation and despair,
          Show an affirming flame.
          WH Auden 1 September 1939
          https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/september-1-1939

    • Sabine 6.2

      Oh lord,
      won’t you buy my a Mercedes Benz
      my friends all drive porsche
      and i must make ammends……………………………………..

    • the other pat 6.3

      ahhh but there will be the background buzz of Geiger counters……….

  7. Timeforacupoftea 7

    Global World Peace will never happen, either will Global World Climate Change be changed by us.

    A few more volcanoes exploding and rebuilding from major earthquakes and coastal erosion will screw us all first.

  8. Dennis Frank 8

    Another interesting dimension to the viability of world peace is the extent to which wars are still being produced by imperialism. Much less than a century ago.

    Pro-China folk would argue that China isn’t attempting to supplant US imperialism with it’s own, and that since conquering Tibet, the communist regime has refrained from overt imperialism. “A group of alumni from Tsinghua published an open letter on Wednesday calling for the sacking of a professor over his claims China had emerged as the world’s top superpower.” [from the Guardian] Lull the US into a false sense of supremacy until the right time to act: punish any leading intellectual who blows that cover. Still only one aircraft carrier.

  9. SaveNZ 9

    Great post. As well as all the emissions from war, imagine what would happen to poverty and migration if all areas of the world were safe to live in so millions of people were not constantly having to move away from conflict areas or genocide and their governments spent money on food and programs to help them, not weapons. In addition if western governments did not sell them these weapons.

    Imagine if there were world agreements to preserve wildlife areas like Amazon rain forest, forests in Indonesia as well as to preserve the oceans and air quality and they could be taken to international environment court if they did not aka ISDS style instead of preserving greedy commerce and a dinosaur approach to resources.

    Instead of refusing to have words like ‘climate change’ in TPPA, and even in our own RMA ‘climate change’ it is not allowed to be considered on resource consenting.

    NZ is a leader is climate change denial from our government and councils and they need to change.

    • Dennis Frank 10.1

      “we’re still here” – famous last words?

      I’ve got some excellent books by scientists & field researchers investigating the evidence of previous bombings from outer space. Some such impacts in prior geological eras seem to have dislocated Earth’s spin axis: pole shifts. The favoured theory for the origin of the Deccan Plateau in India, which apparently is the world’s largest continuous volcanic rock formation is one such impact.

      Then there’s the old theory that Luna was spun off Earth by a planetary collision (such as the one that eliminated the planet that had orbited between Mars & Jupiter). But most of the investigation nowadays has been on geologically-synchronous multiple impact craters that have been identified. These usually produce climate change due to the `nuclear winter’ effect. If you’re a reader, check out “When the Earth nearly died”: an excellent compilation of evidence. Plus “The Cosmic Serpent” by Clube & Napier, a real humdinger! Two scientists who correlate myths & legends to tell the full story. Oral history of ancient impacts is extensive, global.

      So the answer to your question is that it depends on the size of the incoming space-rock. One large enough to split this world into pieces would have to be much bigger than a dead comet (the usual). Extremely rare, almost never encountered.

  10. corodale 11

    Yes, peace to end imperialism, allowing fair finance, and green-growth-business could fix the world via natural market mechanisms.

    The best real estate in a global empire is where Jesus was born. Peace in the Middle East will signify a new reality, of peace within the heart of humanity.

    What can we offer Israel, that their Zionists might support humanity to tame the industrial military complex?

    • Dennis Frank 11.1

      Permaculture. It can turn their desert green. Restore their agricultural capacity via the design & creation of microclimates. Nature may help: as Bill pointed out on the other thread, the zones of air flow are shifting. The aridity effect that dried out the Sahara & middle east due to natural climate change around 3000 BC may get driven north-ward by global warming.

      • corodale 11.1.1

        Israeli agriculture is often progressive. Folk here using Israeli drip irrigation methods, economic on high value organic potatoes. I’ve seen first class Israeli permiculture in NZ too. Plenty of foundations for peace.

        • Sabine 11.1.1.1

          and i have the waters of the Palestinians and their groves, and their ancient villages too.

          so very very progressive, unless you are a Palestinian, then you are shit outta luck, right?

  11. Jenny 12

    “We owe it to our future generations to try”, Jenny

    Well maybe not.

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  12. R.P Mcmurphy 13

    the planet is sick.
    everywhere you look there is environmental degradation and resource depletion and it is no longer a matter of the dictatorship of the proletariat or liberal laissez faire or any other worn out justification but every single person making demands for their own personal satisfaction that is adding up to something very nasty just over the horizon.

  13. Jenny 14

    As Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “Peace is not the absence of war. But the presence of justice.”

    Peace is the absence of the causes of war.

    Climate change is expected to increase the conditions that lead to war, economic collapse, competition for (diminishing) resources, habitat destruction, biosphere collapse, famine, mass migration. and not least global inequality.

    As long as there is injustice and inequality, those who suffer from injustice and inequality, will rebel against it, using whatever means they see fit.

    As long as there is injustice and inequality those who benefit from injustice and inequality will struggle to continue it, with every means at their disposal. Syria is a case in point.

    Peace will not drop out of the sky because we will it, or even if we think it is necessary.

    This kind of wishful thinking completely ignores human agency, the mechanics of how human beings actually change things.

    • Exkiwiforces 14.1

      Unfortunately Jenny it’s goign to get worse before it’s better with CC, i find it kind of funny when everyone craps on about oil, gas etc when the real elephant in the room is going arable land and water. Water sustain life along with arable land which we humans and everything else relies on weather you are veg’o or a meat eater etc and we are currently screwing the environment because without water or arable land we are stuff.

      3 odd yrs ago I was on a cse with some of my peers and the question was asked the DS Staff “What would the next major war would be fought over barring religion?” Most said resources, followed trade/ Sea Lanes Of Communications and one of the DS notice I hadn’t put my hand up and he said “Kiwi you are bit quite? I said you all you millennial muppets have it all wrong about your bloody oil to feed you V8’s or our resources to power your stupid IPHONE, but its CC which is going to lead us to war as we humans are stuffing the plant IRT Water and Land and without clean water or arable land we are ****ed.” Then I pull my file out and rattle off like a SFMG section to state my case for the next 20mins. From China to Syria, the Murray Darling basin, NZ’s dairy boom, Nth West Passage and Greenland, rising sea levels, Cape Town for it became trendy to MSM and everything in between including Staff papers from NZ , Aus, UK Canada and the US.

      So why is NZ quite popular atm IRT to Land and Water WRT the lack over sight or the lack of enforcement by LC, RC and at NZG.

      We are sleep walking to the next major conflict weather we like or not unless Bibi, Iran and Trump etc get their first. BTW I stop giving out odds now because everyone throwing tariffs like hand grenades on the Grenade Assualt Range which is all fine atm until someone throws a WP grenade instead of a HE one.

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  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    13 hours ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    19 hours ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    21 hours ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    22 hours ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    22 hours ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    23 hours ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 day ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    2 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    2 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    3 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    3 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    6 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    6 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    7 days ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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

  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours 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
    1 day 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
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  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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