xkcd: Global Warming

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  1. Nick 1

    Was in Melbourne a week ago for two days of 45C (113F). The heat radiated off every surface, unreal! The commentary there was that more of these days can be expected with global warming.

    Looking at GW from an Aussie perspective it is fairly scary, more water from cyclones in the north, and extreme dries with bush fires everywhere else. A couple of degrees and the place becomes pretty untenable for inland agriculture, and coastal cities will have water supply problems.

    Meanwhile Melbourne sprawls and everybody needs a car (you could not live without one and expect to get to work etc, its all predicated on automobiles, just like Auckland). The traffic is horrendous and the CO2 generated is huge. It is all a death spiral, they cant leave their cars even if they want to.

    • grumpy 1.1

      Melbourne also has giant mothballed desalination plants, built when “the science” predicted to rivers to run dry and the dams to empty. Never used and no forseeable need to – but almost bankrupted the state…..

    • expatriot 1.2

      I have lived in Melbourne for several years without a car, you sell Melbourne’s world-class (and fairly widely used) public transport system massively short with your post! The difference in public transport between Wellington (where I lived previously) and here is absolutely remarkable.

      • McFlock 1.2.1

        Visited there a few years back – awesome transport system, although I only stayed in “Zone One”. Traveled by train then tram for more than an hour, no real delays, still only in zone1. On the same ticket.

        In Dunedin, one bus takes half an hour to go through three “zones”, and if you have to change buses you need another ticket.

        • Nick 1.2.1.1

          Expatriot and McFlock, the public transport in Melbourne was superb as you both say. The issue I saw was that the sprawling size of the city outside a 10km radius of the centre made things very auto centric. From public transport hubs in the suburbs the transit to homes and facilities etc becomes far less easy. The inner city dwellers don’t have that problem but they pay through the nose for proximity to the city in housing costs.

  2. grumpy 2

    Here you go, peer reviewed too…..

    Not a lot to worry about, just remember, like when it’s cold – when it’s hot it’s not climate, only weather….

    http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/settled-science-new-paper-finds-effect.html

    • lprent 2.1

      Interesting that the morons who wrote that post clearly didn’t understand what it was saying and what the implications were.

      What they said was that the effect of climate change on the formation of cloud aerosols was highly uncertain. In other words they had not been able to establish a relationship between cause and effect. Notable skeptics like Singer had been arguing for years that climate change was self-limiting because as warming proceeded there would be more cloud cover from more aerosols.

      To date this has been the only theory they have produced that has *any* scientific validity. This paper just killed that hope.

      Perhaps you and the other “skeptic” morons should stop being so damn lazy and learn enough science to not waste everyones time correctly your sagging logic. You can’t even recognize it when a pet theory by the lunatic fringe of science goes *pfffttt*

  3. grumpy 3

    ….and again (peer reviewed). Seems a lot of the hot air going out of Climate Science…..
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/01/25/new-study-suggests-global-warming-decreases-storm-activity-and-extreme-weather/

    • lprent 3.1

      Seems a lot of the hot air going out of Climate Science…..

      Both you and Watts are idiots who can’t read. Actually in Watts case I suspect that he has no interest of getting off the gravy train. He is just venial rather than being willfully ignorant in the way that you are.

      Explanation: Extreme weather happens when the climate is changing. That is because the heat balances change and the weather winds up with higher heat differentials to balance. Consequently the weather is more violent until a new heat equilibria is reached. It happens when climates are cooling. It happens when climates are warming. The key feature is that it happens when climates are changing. In fact extreme weather is the visible defining characteristic of changes in climate heat storage.

      Changes in climatic heat equilibria take centuries to reach. The reason for that is obvious – most of the heat (probably >90%) is moved using water currents in the oceans. That literally takes centuries for the deep cold currents formed at the poles.

      The majority of the current climate change input has happened in the last 50 years. Most of that has happened since the mid-1970s, which is why it was hard to measure. So comparing a record with hundreds of years with a recent but extreme shift is dumb and would only be done by a fool. I don’t have access to the paper myself because of a paywall. But I really don’t need to because I know that they are looking over centuries long records and I’m aware of climatic change timescales. It is called understanding the science – something that you are clearly too lazy to do.

      Based on past experience with you, I’m expecting that this comment will go from your eyes and out of your ears without meeting any grey matter.

      • Poission 3.1.1

        The weather related changes in north america were a phase inversion of the arctic oscillation.(from positive to negative) due to increases in stratospheric T.

        http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/daily_ao_index/ao.sprd2.gif

        https://www2.ucar.edu/sites/default/files/news/2011/arctic_oscillation.jpg

        • lprent 3.1.1.1

          Yep. I’d expect these to keep shifting for quite some time.

          There is still a lot of discussion about exactly how fast the gulfstream pushes heat northward (and cold southward). It is a fast current with a seasonally max rate of 2.5 metres/sec at the surface and less further down the water columns out of the prevailing winds. It moves most of the the heat from the Caribbean to near the pole in about 40 years (from memory).

          I think what we are seeing now expressed in the Arctic sea ice and jetstream is probably heat transported from the Caribbean prior to the 80s. The rate of change in the Arctic should start increasing over the coming decades.

          • Poission 3.1.1.1.1

            Jets act as transport barriers as well.an enhanced polar vortex would limit poleward transport of energy. when they are migrating north we can see the effects as the jets act as transport blocks here decreasing flows from australia,and allowing advection (southerly flows) onto nz.

            http://squall.sfsu.edu/gif/jetstream_sohem_00.gif

            http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/2008JAS2579.1

            • lprent 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Definitely still the case around Antarctica that blocking effects are still functioning. That won’t change much until some real heat starts penetrating into the inland ice sheets. A lot harder to do that in the Antarctica continent than it is in the Arctic ocean with a whacking great warm current pushing heat into it..

              There has been some pretty obvious leakage at the edges of the WAIS with the increasing speed of the breakups of the sea ice. And the EAIS has seen previously unseen measurable influxes of water vapour which has to be transporting heat inland.

              But fortunately unlike the Arctic the big heat transport south of the ocean currents gets caught in the barrier of the circum Antarctic currents. So it is getting the much smaller heat transports from the atmosphere.

              For the moment this seems to be keeping the fridge cold. Damn good thing. It’d make Invercargill a really cold place if it kept getting Auckland Island weather.

  4. WIll@Welly 4

    Climate change – just have a look in our own back yard. The glaciers have retreated big time, and the snow caps are decreasing on the Southern Alps. Of course while Captain Happy is steering the ship, no one will pay any attention to the hazards approaching from all quarters. The thing is, he has his own “get out of jail card” – money, to last a life time, has everyone else? Probably not. That’s why he doesn’t care.

  5. tricledrown 5

    Grumpy you hungry again at this moment south and south eastern ates of Australia SouthAustralia and Victoria have had record high tempetatures
    This could very quickly turn into drought.
    This desalination plant is a very good piece of longterm planning that has been used as a political football by the right wing in A melbourne.

  6. tricledrown 6

    What’s up grumpy is a Koch bro Exxon mobile funded bogus propaganda site.

  7. Tracey 7

    Climate and weather are not the same.

    Grumpy, do you believe that humans since industrialisation and higher birth rates have impacted negatively on earths ecosystem?

  8. tricledrown 8

    Hockeyshit more exxon mobile propaganda.
    While publicly agreeing that global warming is a direct result of burning fossil fuels and also saying they are funding research to do everything they can to mitigate global warming the big oil companies are also funding the climate denial bogus science websites and dark money propaganda but with the intetnet they cannot hide their dirty secrets .
    Happy Now
    Grumpy.
    Hockeyschtick is the laughing stock of news reporting and you are the biggest bigotted mug around.
    Fox News has been credited with the surge in support of the left wing.
    You doing a great job of motivating the left gumpy keep it up.

    • Richard McGrath 8.1

      Exxon mobile? Is that Exxon on the move, or an oil theme display dangling over a child’s cot?

  9. Colonial Viper 9

    Looks like every child currently in either primary school or high school will get to inherit an irretrievably fucked world and have to deal with the worst effects of global warming with next to no resources, all within their lifetime, largely thanks to the power elite born pre 1970.

    • Sybok 9.1

      Of course, now that Labour’s going to subsidise the birth of every child, there’ll be more kids around to suck up resources, pollute and, ultimately starve. Right?

      Every prediction of the end of humanity has been wrong. Every generation feels the need to pinpoint themselves as the critical moment, ignoring the human capacity for innovation and getting shit sorted. Things are getting better Viper. Sorry if that bums you out, but your generation, and mine, are just another in a long line of, well generations. There’s nothing special about us. No one will really remember the peeps of 2014. They’ll just go on living, enjoying better, more productive, mor enjoyable, longer and healthier lives.

      Cheer up. You make the Left seem so utterly miserable.

      • geoff 9.1.1

        And here folks we have a shiny new example from the ‘inverted reality’ range of products currently being shipped to your screens, and speakers, care of the National party and friends…

        We don’t have to deal with inequality because there is no inequality

        We don’t have to deal with climate change because there is no climate change

        Freedom is slavery

        Ignorance is strength

  10. Tracey 10

    CV agree

    GRUMPY

    Given your answers how can you object to steps by humans to reduce their negative impact.

  11. Tracey 11

    CV agree

    GRUMPY

    Given your answers how can you object to steps by humans to reduce their negative impact.

    • Grumpy 11.1

      First, prove there is a negative impact. Then, prove that any proposed action will mitigate it. Because, the majority have the distinct impression that it is just an excuse for Soviet style wealth redistribution on a vast scale.
      The fact that it is a core tenet of the more extreme left and that reality has not reflected the scare tactics of the lunatic fringe like Gore, mean that even in the unlikely event that AGW is real, very few believe you.

      • McFlock 11.1.1

        lol two demands for proof followed by an insane assertion in your first paragraph. The majority of people seriously think “Soviet style wealth redistribution on a vast scale”? Take a breath and wipe the flecks of spittle from your gob, then take your foot out of it.

      • Macro 11.1.2

        You really don’t like Al do you Grumpy…
        why is that? – Because he tells an inconvenient truth?

        • Grumpy 11.1.2.1

          No, because he has bullshitted his way to become a billionaire. I could be convinced by rational argument. Despite how it may appear, I do take lprent’s attempts to “educate” me seriously.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 11.1.2.1.1

            Bogeyman “Soviet style wealth distribution”, but surely there must be an alternative, “conservative” response.

            What is it?

            • Richard McGrath 11.1.2.1.1.1

              Redistribution by voluntary consent via mutual trade, and ending taxes on the poor to help make them financially independent of slimy politicians such as Cunliffe, Key, Peters and Dunne. Socialist guns aren’t needed.

          • Murray Olsen 11.1.2.1.2

            And you like Key because he’s only bullshitted his way to being a millionaire, Grumpy? Why do you worship mediocrity so much?

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.3

        Don’t worry about the next generation Grumpy, just enjoy your investable wealth right now.

  12. Macro 12

    Here I am sitting inside on a scorching hot 35+C degrees Perth mid day with not a cloud in the sky. It’s insane to go out in this weather..

    WA has a climate that has changed considerably over the past few decades.. and yes continual drought is very real here. I travelled on the bus the other day and the first topic of conversation with the passenger is “when is there going to be rain?” Why – because this is now a hugely dry country. The dams that were built several decades ago to provide water for the projected expanding population are dry – you drive past “lakes” upon which they now hold blowkart races. These were large expansive fresh water sites not so long ago.

    And you say there is no negative effect from global warming – its about time you looked beyond your own back yard Grumpy!

  13. JonL 13

    Hey Macro – we had 5mm out at Julimar the beginning of November – how much more do you want?
    I’ll ignore the fact that the average for this January is .4C up on last Jan, which was .5C up on the Jan before, which was .2C up on the Jan before that……This Jan our observed average is 35.7….the long term ave is 34.2C – it is just weather, of course, but the long term trends here are worrying…dryer, hotter, fire seasons lengthening from 5 mths to near 6.5 mths now……..but what do we know……!

    grumpy and co know better, don’t they…

    yeah, right!

      • RedLogix 13.1.1

        You’ve just made a total idiot of yourself again grumpy.

        Right now I am in Ballarat – 150 km north of Melbourne and at an altitude of 450m above sea level and because of this it’s usually 4-5 degC cooler than Melbourne.

        It’s 6:29 pm – the temperature on the shady side of the house is 39 degC.

        People I am working here with who have been here all their lives cannot remember a month with two of these heatwaves in a row. The last one 10-15 days ago killed about 179 people.

        Australia always has had hot weather – but the evidence from simple, reliable weather station data is that these heatwaves, while they don’t necessarily break peak temperature records, but they are happening more often and lasting longer.

        So when you try and tell me it’s all bullshit – try asking someone who is living there right now.

        • Grumpy 13.1.1.1

          Meanwhile, it’s record cold in Europe and North America………weather v climate eh? Who knows…….

          • miravox 13.1.1.1.1

            it’s record cold in Europe “

            Really?
            Record warm in Central Europe – practically no snow up until last Sunday and 6 degrees above the usual temps in Vienna during the last month.

            Summer produced record highs as well.

        • Sybok 13.1.1.2

          I’m living in Melbourne now. Generally I find people have very short memories when it comes to weather. We moan about wet summers but forget the stunner we had the year before. It’s why we all think there were golden days of summer in our childhoods. Actually I think that’s been documented by researchers.

          So if you’re going to criticise Grumpy for flimsy evidence, step back and take a look at your own paper thin “proof”.

    • Macro 13.2

      Hi Jon Yep I know that 5mm went a hell of a long way too! But there is a chance of a storm on thursday / friday! 🙂 Unfortunately Grumpy fails to realise that it’s just not increased temp that does the damage – nor just the increased periods of no rain. The higher temps mean the air can hold greater quantities of water vapour, and sucks even more moisture from the already parched ground, so any rain that does fall is very quickly absorbed. Grumpy might like to look at the rainfall histogram over the past few decades, for WA as well. There are step wise falls almost decade by decade. If he needed any evidence that Climate Change was upon us he only need to look at that.
      Increasing night time temps are of course the real kicker… and we have that in NZ as everywhere. And guess what Grumpy – that is the real evidence that it’s increasing CO2. Now go and do some real research on Global warming Grumpy and NOT at watts up who is nothing but a failed meteorologist

      “Anthony Watts studied Electrical Engineering and Meteorology at Purdue University, but has been unwilling to state whether he graduated

      , and is nothing but a useful idiot for Koch Bros et al.

      • Draco T Bastard 13.2.1

        Now go and do some real research on Global warming Grumpy

        He won’t do that. All he’ll do is look up the websites that conform to the beliefs he had right from the start.

  14. RedLogix 14

    These Australian heatwaves in the 40 degC plus range used to be a once in a generation thing. One of the worst was in 1908 that lasted over five days – but then the next bad one was in the 1950’s.

    Right now SA and VIC are having their second one this month.

    Right now Adelaide is over 45 degC and likely to hit 46-47 degC tomorrow.

    And it will get worse by the weekend.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/updates/summer-heatwave-2013.shtml

    • Sybok 14.1

      The definition of heatwave is three consecutive days above 35. Melbourne had two days just now, frankly not uncommon for this time of year. So, no, not a heatwave in Melbourne. As usual, a cool change has come through and temps will gradually rise again. Pretty standard, actually, if you actually lived here.

      Regardless, you’re falling into the weather-not-climate observational bias.

  15. Grumpy 16

    Ok, I’ve had a quick look at the evidence and it does appear that Australia is experiencing very high temperatures that may indicate a climate shift.
    Next, is this evidence of A change in climate?
    Is this change caused by man’s impact on earth or by other factors!
    Can any such trend be reversed by human action and is it economic to do so.

  16. tricledrown 17

    Grumpy my daughter lives in france record high winter temps my German friends say its been the warmest wettest winter ever .another friend has just come back from Cambodia and has said its the coldest anyone can remember.
    Heraldsun largest shareholder Gina Reinhart lange hancocks daughter.
    Mining magnate .
    Anti left Global warming Denier!
    Gumpy full of shit snicker snicker!

  17. joe90 18

    Alaska just isn’t what it used to be.

    The weather pattern favoring relentless cold in the Eastern states and prolonged warmth in the West will continue through the end of January.
    On multiple dates this month, temperatures have been warmer in Alaska than they have been in Texas, Louisiana and much of the Atlantic coast, including Florida.
    Nome, Alaska, which lies at 64.5 degrees north latitude has experienced at least seven days so far this month where temperatures have climbed above freezing. The normal high for Nome is 13 F.

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/topsyturvy-weather-pattern-to/22483425

  18. tricledrown 19

    Sybok I have lived in Melbourne and have visited Melbourne regularly over the years read the
    Age .
    The weather in Melbourne is changing Record unseasonal highs are becoming more common Bush fires more common .
    Re bush fires , Bush fire fighting technology has improved hugely if this had not happened Victoria would be charcoal Now.

  19. captain hook 20

    Just a sidebar here but USA today reported this week that 70% of alzheimers sufferers have large amounts of residual DDT in their systems.

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    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    6 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    7 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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