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Monday, 23 October

00:30

Green Party out of the loop and impotent inside new government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When NZ First came up with policies that Labour and the Greens liked they simply stole them and made them their own. This was obvious during the election when I wrote articles comparing their policies. The National Party when led by John Key had a stunning policy that was great for the environment but our []

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Sunday, 22 October

23:30

Our glorious leader is talking about a new way to measure child poverty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It must be hard to measure child poverty in New Zealand. In the Socialist paradise of Venezuela, it is easy as you can measure it by asking if the family has been forced to give their children away in order to ensure that they are fed. Due to the success of capitalism, New Zealand has []

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23:30

Voters here and there "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  1. Does this mean people living here and experiencing what was happening had a greater appreciation that National had the country going in the right direction than those living overseas who had to rely on the media?
  2. Will at least some of these people who voted Green in a much greater proportion than people living here did, come home and face the consequences now their party has some influence in government?

 

Votes within NZ: Labour 36.86%; Green 6.06%; NZ First 7.3% and National 44.61%.

Overseas votes: Labour 38.2%; Green 15.23%; NZ First 2.88% and National 37.35%

 


Filed under: politics Tagged: Green Party, Labour Party, Nathan Williams, NZ First, NZ National Party ...

23:15

Christmas is coming: Order some Whaleoil Swag today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This GROUND CREW Unisex 3/4 sleeve Raglan shirt inclusive of GST will cost you $44.84 NZD and if you buy it on its own the shipping to New Zealand from America will cost you only  $6.77 NZD if you live in Auckland. This Whaleoil Biker PATCH Unisex Zip Hooded Sweatshirt inclusive of GST will cost you $83.94 []

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23:10

The Three Headed Monster "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Not even screwing in and it's screwing the country blind.

Airhead

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23:08

The Roundup with PW including How Australia will battle Amazon "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


How Australia Will Battle Amazon: In Australia, where chains such as Borders and Starbucks have failed, readers are prepared to reject their first Amazon fulfillment center.

Amazons HQ2 Has More Than 100 Bids: Over 100 cities have submitted bids to host Amazons second headquarters ahead of the deadline on Thursday.

Writing is Activism: George Saunders: The author of Lincoln the Bardo and winner of the Man Booker prize discusses his relationship with writing.

23:00

Health bosses reject the caring face of capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In his very first speech to the Nation Winston Peters told us that: Far too many New Zealanders have come to view todays capitalism, not as their friend, but as their foe. And they are not all wrong. That is why we believe that capitalism must regain its responsible its human face. That perception has []

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22:30

Comrades lets sing our interns revolutionary song for our new Glorious leader "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When Jacindas inspiration through the workers blood shall run, There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun; Yet Greens force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one, But Jacinda makes us strong. Chorus: Positivity forever, Positivity forever, Positivity  forever, For Jacinda makes us strong. Is there aught we hold in []

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22:27

The Government waiting game is poor "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Traveller commented: Jacinda and Winnies anti-capitalism, anti-migration, anti foreign investment frankly scares me. Parties needed to be given time to wait for results, and to negotiate governing arrangements, but continued delays can give a feeling of being strung along. It is especially important that we have confidence in the incoming government to be responsible and []

22:15

Buy a ticket and grab some pop corn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is time to buy a ticket to the best show in town. You have seen the movie Legally Blonde and now here on Whaleoil over the next three years we will bring to you the new Kiwi Reality politics show. A thrilling series that will consist of countless posts all about the positively []

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22:00

Lets not get ADS "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Whatever you think of her politics, Prime Minister designate Jacinda Ardern is an intelligent and articulate woman who appears to genuinely want to make New Zealand a better place.

You might disagree with at least some of what she wants to do and how she wants to do it and I do but that is no excuse for abusing her personally and buying into ADS Ardern Derangement Syndrome.

The left was badly afflicted by Key Derangement Syndrome. This was because they couldnt understand John Keys popularity and wouldnt let the facts on what he and his government achieved get in the way of their antipathy.

Its too late for the anonymous scribe who asked did Jacinda Ardern curse the All Blacks?

But anyone else tempted towards ADS, needs to take a deep breath, swallow their bile and engage their brains.

Personal abuse of politicians is the lazy refuge of those who have neither the wit nor words for substantive debate on actions and policies.

There is already so much scope for criticism of plans and policies, there is absolutely no need for critics to lower themselves by getting personal.


Filed under: politics Tagged: All Blacks, Ardern Derangement Syndrome (ADS), Jacinda Ardern, John Key, Key Derangement Syndrome (KDS) ...

22:00

By Jacindas fruit we shall know her "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Because listening to her, shes going to do the impossible and make everyone happy.  Talk, talk and more talk. Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern told TVNZ 1s Q+A programme that her Government will be more proactive in intervening where the market is failing New Zealanders. My view is that there is no point to gloating about []

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21:30

Politics, politicians and online political platforms "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am fortunate as a writer to have access to a powerful political platform. Whaleoil has been around for twelve years now and it is indisputably the largest and most popular blog in New Zealand. Guest posters are given access to a huge audience. Whaleoil has a politically diverse conservative and libertarian audience that includes readers who voted []

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21:00

What is Jacinda Arderns position on slut shaming? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What is Jacinda Arderns position on slut shaming? You might wonder why I ask?   Well, because her partner Clarke Gayford thinks it is funny, launching his career with a TV show about slut shaming. He states that the rule of thumb is that if [they] laugh at it, then everyone else will find it funny. []

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20:44

On immigration Labours policy remains absolutely unchanged "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One notable point of difference between Labour and and NZ First was on immigration, especially how much to reduce immigrant numbers by. Incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has indicated very clearly in an interview on The Nation that Labours policy remains absolutely unchanged. Lisa Owen: So part of that is also immigration numbers, the number []

20:30

Disconcerting? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I publish this video without comment. Here is the gif of it: Discuss

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20:15

Ardern on the TPP "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One of the first big tests for the incoming Jacinda Ardern led government will be the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which is in the final stages of renegotiation after Donald Trump withdrew the United States, and will need to be addressed at the APEC conference next month. Ardern has indicated Labour may accept the 11 country []

20:04

Unfounded statements - hallmark of PM Ardern "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

If you think I have a grudge against Ardern, you are partly right. She  publicly ridiculed my research. But my problem with Ardern is mainly impersonal. It's just another battle in the war against dishonesty.

From NewstalkZB:

She's told TVNZ's Q&A programme that leaving everything to the market simply hasn't worked for workers.
"Everything" is not left to the market though.

Working For Families subsidises employers. It allows them to pay their workers less (and the childless suffer as a consequence).

Ganesh Nana, left-leaning BERL economist, was lamenting this subsidisation last week. But he never drew the correct conclusion. Abolish the state subsidies. Certainly Jacinda isn't going to.

A state-mandated minimum wage  is hardly descriptive of "leaving everything to the market". And she plans to raise it.

Huge regulation/ compliance costs are hardly "leaving everything to the market". Those costs are reflected in wage constraints. They are passed down to employees and clients.

Company tax, GST, rates, etc. all dictate costs to the labour market.

"Leaving everything to the market" is the most absurd statement.

Oh, correction. There will be a more absurd statement shortly. Money on it.




20:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, Id see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.  Robert Bridges who was born on this day in 1844


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Robert Bridges

20:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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19:52

Labour Day 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today is New Zealands Labour Day. It was a major event when it was first commemorated the eight-hour working day in the 1890s, but now to most people it is just a long weekend, for those who dont have to work. Perhaps ironically the MPs of the Labour Party are probably working overtime preparing for []

19:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rotorua fashion designer Kharl Wirepa has spoken out for the first time about his welfare fraud conviction, telling Threes The Hui about lying to Work and Income so he could succeed in his studies. I know what I did wasnt the right thing. Ive used that education to really reshape not just my community but []

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19:24

Dark Transactions: Winston Peters' Decision To Go Left Has Already Set His Enemies In Motion. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Navigator Of The Dark Side: Winston Peters, the man who broke the Winebox Scandal; wheeled and dealed with the big fishing companies; wined and dined the princes of New Zealands bloodstock industry; and took private calls on secluded New Zealand beaches from the US Secretary of State; knows better than just about any other New Zealander how the business of this world gets done.

IN ALL ECONOMIES, and in every political system, there are roped-off areas of shadow and hidden places swathed in deliberate darkness. In these light-starved locations all kinds of disreputable economic and political transactions take place.

If theres one politician in New Zealand who is familiar, to the point of intimacy, with this unmapped and unacknowledged territory, its Winston Peters. The man who broke the Winebox Scandal; wheeled and dealed with the big fishing companies; wined and dined the princes of New Zealands bloodstock industry; and took private calls on secluded New Zealand beaches from the US Secretary of State; knows better than just about any other New Zealander how the business of this world gets done.

That Peters, with bitter personal experience of just how dark our politics can get, nevertheless persuaded NZ First to throw in its lot with Labour and the Greens, is astonishing. He must have known that the formation of a government unwilling to settle for a modified status quo but determined to usher in real change, would instantly mobilise all the initiators and beneficiaries of New Zealands neoliberal revolution against him.

Like Franklin Roosevelt before him, however, Peters appeared not to fear the enmity of the nations wealthiest and most powerful individuals and institutions, but to welcome it. Without the slightest hesitation, he lifted up the banner of resistance to the red-in-tooth-and-claw Capitalism that, since 1984, New Zealanders have grown to fear and detest:

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is sensorium (noun) 1. The part of the brain that receives and coordinates all the stimuli conveyed to various sensory centres. 2. The entire sensory system of the body. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Seat of the soul in the brain, 1640s, from Late Latin sensorium, from sens-, []

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19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 23 15 My child,[d] if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice!

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18:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

18:15

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

23 October 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

18:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

23 October 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

16:02

Is Capitalism Dead or Merely Dying? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Alfred Wertheimer Elvis 1956   New Zealands new prime minister Jacinda Ardern calls capitalism a blatant failure. Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis says capitalism is merely coming to an end because it is making itself obsolete. Mathematics professor Bruce Boghosian claims that without redistribution of wealth, our market economy would not be stable, because

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13:05

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sunday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

13:01

October 23 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

42 BC  Roman Republican civil wars: Second Battle of Philippi  Mark Antony and Octavian decisively defeated Brutuss army. Brutus committed suicide.

425 Valentinian III became Roman Emperor, at the age of 6.

502 The Synodus Palmaris, called by Gothic king Theodoric the Great, discharged Pope Symmachus of all charges, ending the schism ofAntipope Laurentius.

1086 At the Battle of az-Zallaqah, the army of Yusuf ibn Tashfin defeated the forces of Castilian King Alfonso VI.

1157 The Battle of Grathe Heath ended the civil war in Denmark. King Sweyn III was killed and Valdemar I restored the country.

1295 The first treaty forming the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France against England was signed in Paris.

1503  Isabella of Portugal, queen of Spain and empress of Germany was born (d. 1539)

1641 Outbreak of the Irish Rebellion of 1641.

1642  Battle of Edgehill: First major battle of the First English Civil War.

1694  British/American colonial forces, led by Sir William Phipps, fail to seize Quebec from the French.

1707 The first Parliament of Great Britain met.

1739 War of Jenkins Ear started: British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, reluctantly declared war on Spain.

1812  Claude Franois de Malet...

12:00

Sunday Jazz Coltrane A Love Supreme "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Not to everyones taste, but a maestro  of his art


11:14

Debt Rattle October 22 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Edmund Melzl The Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan 1958   Political Economics (Snider) Smart Money And Dumb Money Are Moving In Opposite Directions (MW) Beijing Is The Covert Buyer Of A Quarter Of All Chinese Real Estate (ZH) The Mathematics of Inequality (TuftsNow) New Zealands New Prime Minister Brands Capitalism

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10:43

More incredible wind speed events across our planet "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Almost unheard of second hurricane about to hit the UK in a week. Forecasts are for 100 mph winds with storm Brian. Last weeks Ophelia dragged dust storms from the Sahara with it, darkening the skies over the isles. Storm Brian is dragging massive hail storms with it blanketing Spain inches deep. This is an indication of the intensification of the grand solar minimum as our jet stream begin to step further out of place. Incredible winds in Canada blowing trains off the tracks and earlier in the month 120 KPH winds blasted New Zealand. Next year will be a 4x amplification in extreme weather over the last six months of 2017. Are you ready?

09:42

GOOD NEWS, SAD NEWS, BAD NEWS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

First the Good News ... it appears Winston First has agreed that we are going to get a referendum after all.

Next the Sad News ... naaaah, nothing to do with that promise about having a say on the retention of the Maori seats.

Now the Bad News ... Winston First has caved into Labour and Greens.   The referendum is to be about the decriminalisation of dope for personal (non medical) repeat personal use.


Hat Tip to our good friends at Whale Oil.


09:30

Sunday Opera Damnation of Faust Rattle LSO "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Technically an Oratorio, a recent performance at the Barbican.

The theme seemed highly relevant given the hellish coalition we now have.

 


09:03

BREAKING! Bill Clinton Caught! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

GLOBAL News Published on Oct 20, 2017 Bill Clinton caught. Bill Clinton sought States permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision. He was prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010.

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08:49

ON THE BRINK RADIO #220 IN 3 HRS: E.T. AS A COMPUTER: PLANETARY ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY AS A SOLID STATE ENTITY "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In mid-twentieth century Man discovered that the solid state can be formed into machines, into computers which can be used for computation and control.  He began the creation of a new form of intelligence, the solid-state intelligence with prototypic beginnings in the computers.  All his means of communication around the planet his telephone systems, []

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08:16

Free to air sports another policy no-go "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A New Zealand First policy and claimed bottom line of showing major sports events including All Black test free to air looks to be a non starter with the incoming government. NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell in January:  Billion Dollar Sport Spend Deserves Payback To Kiwis Kiwis are forking out nearly a billion dollars annually []

07:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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06:09

Has the new NZ government been installed by an undemocratic coup? A Twitter reply "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There has been a great deal of disgruntlement about the new Labour-led government being a coalition of losers. Some feel that because it is a government that doesnt include the largest party (National, which won 44% of the vote) that it is in some way illegitimate. Richard Prebble even wrote a column calling the new government an undemocratic coup. A very insightful response to this has been delivered on Twitter by Michael Appleton (@michelappleton). Below are his tweets, republished in the order they were tweeted. ------- I see Richard Prebble has called @jacindaardern's coming ascension to the Prime Ministership a...

06:00

Labour, welcome to the housing crisis you promised to fix "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Liam Dann thinks housing will be this governments biggest challenge. So welcome, Labour, welcome to the housing crisis you promised to fix. I hope youre up for a challenge because right now the whole market is so complex and unpredictable youd be doing well just to understand it. There are two big problems for the []

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05:30

Guest cartoon: Turny "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Cartoonist: Wormwood is a renowned yet mysterious artist. After serving his time-fighting in the Middle East, hes committed to making comics, comics so dark they have a 36% chance of getting aborted. Perhaps youve met him once on a dimly lit train to Budapest, or in a musty opium den in Shanghai. Theyre out []

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05:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hansper  pain  or stiffness in the limbs after a long walk; muscular pain caused by over-exertion.


Filed under: language Tagged: hansper

05:00

Listen you evidence-based policy Green ministers: ROADS WORK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

New figures have revealed Aucklands Waterview Tunnel has helped shave nearly 20 minutes off some commuters journeys. The $1.4 billion tunnel, which is New Zealands most expensive road, opened in July. Transport Agency figures show more than 6.5 million vehicles have travelled through the tunnels since then, with more than 400,000 trips each week. Waterview []

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04:30

Another silly old media fool drinking Koolaid "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Winston Peters did not disappoint. [The] announcement of New Zealand Firsts choice of coalition partner more especially the hours of chaos leading up to it was exactly the kind of schemozzle to be expected of him on such occasions. That dignity and decorum were in short supply was no surprise. His partys decision []

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04:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

DENALI 4K from Taylor Gray on Vimeo.

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03:30

Jacinda Ardern says Capitalism has failed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It was a bold and wildly inaccurate statement to make but she made it nevertheless. Incoming prime minister Jacinda Ardern says capitalism has been a blatant failure in New Zealand when measured by child poverty. When asked if capitalism had failed low-income New Zealanders, the Labour leader said: If you have hundreds of thousands of []

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03:15

This is an excellent idea "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For once Adam agrees with The Greens. Eric Crampton looks at the idea of a Policy Costing Unit. Totally agree, but it needs to be fully resourced and genuinely independent and not bound to just using the politicians assumptions.


03:10

The Apocalyse Ardern and Peters foresee "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

However the fix might be worse than the symptoms


03:09

THE PEOPLES PRINCESS OFF AND RUNNING, "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



With a pack of poodles in pursuit

Sadly for those who  wanted her as PM and sadder for those who didn't think a government chosen by the leader of a party of seven percent support, not forgetting how many of that just above a margin of error figure didn't want another bunch of seven percenters anywhere near the treasury,  would threaten this wonderfully successful nation  being propelled along a path that has remarkable similarities to a long list of abject failures where governments ignored lessons of history  and embraced socialism.

To claim it has only failed so far due to a lack of degree of application flies in the face of history.

Among a plethora of buzz words and slogans there are warnings aplenty in the absence of any actual policy to be scrutinised and studied.
"Let's do this,
"We will form a working group"
"We must have a conversation on that"
"We will reduce suicide rates to 0%"
"We will build thousands more houses'
"We will drastically reduce child poverty"
"Those who can afford to must pay more tax"
and her latest, what can really only be described as a 'Brain Fart' with no methane emission, "Capitalism is a Blatant failure".

The twentieth  century saw a parade of nations where socialism was based on previous capitalist success only to crash onto rocks of failure when the fundamental truth overcame the now un-protected  but available wealth.
"Socialism will only last so long as other peoples money is available to fund it."

It is a fact that pure capitalism has a potential to create victims if there is no effort to include compassion and fairness in its application but there will be many more "victims" when the basic drivers of capitalism are taken out by state ownership and control.
The Russian revolution was an early lesson when collectivization replaced individualism in food production. Millions starved to death and others were executed for failing to submit to the "state directives"
Even a peasant tilling leased land quickly understands how his success and failure begin with his efforts.
The parable of the Ant and The Grasshopper should sum it all up for even the thickest and indoctrinated who ignore another great principle socialism subverts, the creative spirit inherent in all of us at birth that will ensure success until the state promotes an alternative mirage.

Anyone who spends even minimal time studying history will quickly realise there are massively fewer people in this world suffering the abject poverty that was rampant across the globe only a few decades ago.
Almost all remaining "poverty" across the globe is perpetrated and left untreated by rulers who ignore the reality of the market, rulers who coincidentally, need a cadre of the poor...

03:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rivers and urban settlements of South Asia Click here for larger view

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02:30

It will work if they trust each other, without fail, for three years. Maybe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Duncan Garner wades in, as he does Nationals 44 per cent is big but it falls short of power and 56 seats is not 61. English got more votes this election than Ardern did and more than Helen Clark got at any time when she was PM. Both won elections Clark won 3. English []

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02:00

There is a plus side for legalising cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I see there is a great deal of angst about the push to legalise cannabis. There is a plus side, and not just from the recreational side: Earlier this year, the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture officially classified the growing of medical cannabis as a farming sector, paving the way for marijuana growers to receive government aid, grants, training []

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01:30

The four Green politicians with government roles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Green Party has announced which four of their politicians will get roles in the new government. As I read the news article a few images jumped into my mind. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here is the information in pictorial form. The Green Party has announced the four people []

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01:25

Quote of the Day: 'Why It's Okay To Like Ornament' "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"





"Sullivans ornament never feels as though it is imposed from without. It does not feel applied.
Instead, his ornament really does manifest what 'organic' is actually supposed to feel like, 'as though the outworking of some beneficent agency had come forth from the very substance of the material and was there by the same right that a flower appears amid the leaves of 
its parent plant.'
~ Barbara Lamprecht, from Part IV her book/article 'Why It's Okay To Like Ornament,' quoting Michael Lewis





"This greatest feature of his work was esoteric. Is it any the less precious for that?
    "Do you realise that here, in his own way, is no body of culture evolving through centuries of time but a scheme and 'style' of plastic expression which an individual working away in this poetry-crushing environment ... had made out of himself? Here was a sentient individual who evoked the goddess whole civilisations strove in vain for centuries to win, and wooed her with this charming interior smile -- all on his own, in one lifetime too brief.
... Although seeming at time a nature-ism......

01:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A Horrible Lynching On Sept. 28, 1919, Omahas courthouse was burned, three men were killed, and Omahas mayor was lynched, nearly to death. Thousands of Omahans stormed the Douglas County Courthouse, calling for the death of prisoner William (Will) Brown, a black man accused of raping a white woman Agnes Loebeck, (also spelled Lobeck) in []

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01:00

Work Ethic "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When we visited my grandma in the summer, wed sit on the porch & watch the moon every night to be sure it made it safely home. My grandma said we should say prayers that it find fulfilling work during the day. Its not like theres a lot of jobs out there for a moon, she said. She had been through the Depression & thought about a lot of things like that. Work Ethic 2013 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.

 


Filed under: whimsy

00:30

Legalisation of cannabis will be bad for New Zealands young and impressionable "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: I can only say that this state of affairs makes me incredibly sad. We are going through a monstrous situation with a teenage granddaughter who got introduced to weed at 13 yrs old by a social miscreant. Despite showing texts from her phone to the Police proving that the 45 yr was supplying []

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00:25

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Great one from Morten Morland


00:01

Lisa Owen Jacinda Ardern The Nation 21/10/2107 video and transcript "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here is link to video

Some thoughts to follow later

From Scoop

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Jacinda Ardern
Headlines:

Labour leader and Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern says her government will have a range of targets similar to Better Public Service targets that will be reported on annually these could include things like environmental measures, homelessness and child poverty.

Ardern says Labours immigration policy remains unchanged in its coalition agreement, and the net number of immigrants will be unchanged.

Ardern says shell review the system of block offers for oil drilling, saying fossil fuels are not our future, but regions have to be transitioned away from them, rather than anything jarring. She says the upcoming round of block offers could be the last.

Lisa Owen: Less than three months ago, Jacinda Ardern became leader of the Labour Party. Next week, shell be sworn in as prime minister. Winston Peters may have made his decision, but theres a lot more detail to come out about how the coalition deal will work. I asked Jacinda Ardern how she would describe the government shes just formed.
Jacinda Ardern: I would call it an active government. One of our key focuses will be making sure that we dont leave anything to chance. One of the concerns that weve had for a long time is that we have an economy at the moment that is not serving all New Zealanders. People are not feeling the benefits of any form of prosperity; wages arent keeping up with inflation; the cost of housing is outstripping most peoples reach. And what is the point, for instance, of economic growth when we have some of the worst homelessness in the developed world? Our plan is to be an active government, one thats focused on ensuring people have decent jobs, decent housing, and hope for the future.

I want to talk a bit about that in a minute. But first off, lets just deal with some of the practicalities. Youre now in an arrangement with two different parties, and they have two different deals, as such, so how will you deal with them? Will they be dealt with differently, New Zealand First and the Greens?
Well, we do have different agreements with both. Of course, one is in a full coalition arrangement with a different set of policy objectives that we have agreed to pur...

Saturday, 21 October

23:54

Foreign Direct Investment some much needed reality "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We hear a lot of rubbish spouted by politicians and some journalists in respect of Foreign Direct Investment. NZ First appear to want much tougher controls and Labour has made some similar noises.

Eric Crampton looks at the reality.

the latest OECD figures. They tally the restrictiveness of rules around foreign direct investment. New Zealand is the most restrictive country in the entire OECD. It is the seventh most restrictive country of the 62 countries they surveyed.

Heres what you get if you plot countries from most restrictive on the left to least restrictive on the right.

Restrictiveness 2017

The Philippines is the worlds most restrictive country, closely followed by Saudi Arabia and Myanmar. Then come China and Indonesia. Jordan is a bit more restrictive than New Zealand, but only barely. Then come India, Malaysia, Tunisia and Mexico, followed by Laos.
If New Zealand is laissez faire on FDI, I guess Japans a bunch of anarcho-capitalists and Luxembourg we dont hav...

23:30

To be honest, the whole thing is falling apart before it even starts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Audrey Young writes When John Key said winning ugly is better than losing tidy, he could just have easily been anticipating the 2017 New Zealand election, rather than the Australian election last year. It was July when he said it, two months before he had privately made his decision to resign as Prime Minister in []

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23:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Irrigation a positive in arid region Sally Rae:

When Emma Crutchley first expressed an interest in farming as a career, her father told her she could probably make more money doing something else.

But there was no changing her mind, even though farming in the Maniototo was not something for the fainthearted.

She grew up on the family sheep and beef farm, with her parents Geoff and Noela, and brother Bruce, and always loved the rural lifestyle. . 

Another feather in cap for shearing champs Nicole Sharp:

Twelve thousand people, three days of competition and shearers and woolhandlers from 32 different countries transformed the ILT Stadium Southland in February during the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.

Eight months on and the event has been recognised as the best international event in New Zealand.

Months after the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships were held in Invercargill, the event is still causing a stir.

Not only was it a success for the town, and Kiwis Johnny Kirkpatrick and Joel Henare, but the event has also been recognised as the Best International Event in New Zealand at the New Zealand Event Awards (NZEA) last week. . .

Feds ready to engage new coalition government:

Federated Farmers says it is ready to engage and work with the new coalition government.

New Zealand First has chosen to go into partnership with Labour and the Greens for the next three years and the Federation believes there is room of opportunism for its members, wider primary sector, and all New Zealanders.

We congratulate new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the coalition partners on finding a consensus to lead the country, says Katie Milne, Federated Farmers National President.

Federated Farmers is looking forward to getting around the table and talking about the issues which affect our members and farmers. The primary sector is the backbone of the New Zealand economy so we anticipate the new government will b...

23:00

From the only in NZ File: Mongrel Mob Money Laundering Success "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It should have been an open and shut case but the senior member of the Mongrel Mob had an extraordinary claim in his defence. More than a million dollar in assets, including a 123ha forestry block, has been seized from a senior member of the Maketu Mongrel Mob. In a statement, police said theyd secured []

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22:53

And so the Prime Minister's prevarications begin "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Well continue actually, but begin as Prime Minister

Let's start with this one:

"When you have a market economy, it all comes down to whether or not you acknowledge where the market has failed and where intervention is required. Has it failed our people in recent times? Yes. How can you claim you've been successful when you have growth roughly 3 per cent, but you've got the worst homelessness in the developed world?"
This was refuted earlier this year by NZ Herald reporter Isaac Davison who found:

New Zealand was ranked as having the highest homeless rate per capita in a piece of analysis published by Yale University last month.
The analysis was based on an OECD paper which said 0.94 per cent of NZ's population was homeless. The lowest homeless rate in the OECD was Japan, at 0.03 per cent.
The OECD paper said that NZ's high incidence of rough sleepers could partly be explained by its broad definition of homelessness.
As Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says, if NZ measured homelessness the same way Japan did, it would be ranked among the top of developed countries.
Japan only measures rough sleepers. According to the Otago study, New Zealand has around 1400 rough sleepers, or 0.03 per cent of the population - equivalent to Japan.
Conclusion: Mostly fiction. The study does not compare apples with apples, so it is unfair to say NZ has performed worse than every other country on the list.

Then the PM claimed that  most people's incomes are "not keeping up with inflation...."

Another lie. The official source for data on household incomes says:

  From HES 2015 to HES 2016 median household income (BHC) rose 3% in real terms (3% above the CPI inflation rate)

And over a longer period?


It's going to be a long three years listening to fabrications, distortions and exaggerations ad nauseam. 

22:15

You are not going to want to miss any of this "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is time to buy a ticket to the best show in town. You have seen the movie Legally Blonde and now here on Whaleoil over the next three years we will bring to you the new Kiwi Reality politics show. A thrilling series that will consist of countless posts all about the positively []

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22:00

Ardern: Capitalism has been a blatant failure in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Strap in for a Labour government that is going much further left than Helen Clark did. Incoming prime minister Jacinda Ardern says capitalism has been a blatant failure in New Zealand when measured by child poverty. When asked if capitalism had failed low-income New Zealanders, the Labour leader said: If you have hundreds of thousands []

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21:34

Kermadec sanctuary deal smack in Green face "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It is being reported that the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, long championed by the Green Party and progressed by the National Government last term, has been put on the back burner in a deal between NZ First and Labour. James Shaw will probably put on a brave face but this is a smack in Green faces. []

21:21

Speaking rights in Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Interesting tweets from Graeme Edgeler @GraemeEdgeler: Under standing orders, party leaders of parties with six or more members are entitled to speak on Ministerial Statements. In the last Parliament, this meant that (as of right) the government got one speech (plus a reply), and the opposition three speeches. In the new parliament, with its smaller opposition, []

21:07

'THRILLING BLEDISLOE CUP TEST' ... NOT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

TV1 News must have been watching a different game to the one I saw to come up with that headline.

It was a limp performance by the ABs.   Too many penalties given away; too many basic errors; too much kicking.  

Many of the senior players were MIA.

One is tempted to blame it all on the change of government but that would be to overlook the simple fact that on the night the AB s were bested by a far better team.

21:00

Shame Shaw is clear that he isnt part of this government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lisa Owen: After 27 years in the wilderness, the Green Party have government ministers for the first time. So theyve gained, but what have they given up? The Green Party leader, James Shaw, is with me in the studio now. What do you think of the deal you got? James Shaw: Im delighted with it. []

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20:45

Members Bills could be dominated by National "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Once they get their act together with their large size in Opposition National could dominate Members Bills. Labour, NZ First and Greens will be aiming for much bigger things in Government. David Seymour is the only other MP who will be in Opposition. Members Bills are mostly submitted by Opposition parties and drawn from the []

20:30

Wincinda will all but elmiminate child poverty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lisa Owen tried to get blood out of a stone interviewing Jacinda Ardern Lisa Owen:  So, you talked about child poverty there. National had said it would commit to raising 100,000 children out of poverty. Now that youre going to be in charge, are you going to be more ambitious than that 100,000 target? Jacinda []

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20:20

Did the losers win the election? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There have been claims that the losers won the election and we now have a Government of losers. This is all nonsense of course, usually bleated by poor losers. No won won the election. No party has won an overall majority in an election ever under MMP (in New Zealand at least and I suspect []

20:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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Whenever you get too worked up about people, politics, money, work, or life, just remember . . .  you are here.


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20:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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19:37

All Blacks lose to the Wallabies "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The All Blacks have lost their second test of the season 23-18 (the also lost one to the British and Irish Lions), in the third of the year against the Wallabies, in Brisbane. The ABs had won easily in the first test in Sydney but only just came out in front in Dunedin a week []

19:30

Rat Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Minister James Shaw. This man was dying in a ditch for his fraudulent party co-leader just a little while ago.   This is a man that thinks crime is justified as long as it meets his conditions, not those of the law.   Soon he will be in charge of taxpayer money! There will be a range []

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is my all time fingernails on the blackboard word when its mispronounced. schedule (noun) 1. A list of times of departures and arrivals. 2. A plan for performing work or achieving an objective, specifying the order and allotted time for each part. 3. A printed or written list of items []

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19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 22 15 A youngsters heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.

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18:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

18:15

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

22 October 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

18:10

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

22 October 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

13:05

World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Saturday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

13:01

October 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

362  A mysterious fire destroyed the temple of Apollo at Daphne outside Antioch.

1383  The 1383-1385 Crisis in Portugal: King Fernando diedwithout a male heir to the Portuguese throne, sparking a period of civil war and disorder.

1633 Battle of southern Fujian sea: The Ming dynasty defeated the Dutch East India Company.

1707  Scilly naval disaster: four British Royal Navy ships ran aground near the Isles of Scilly because of faulty navigation. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and thousands of sailors drowned.

1730 Construction of the Ladoga Canal  completed.

1734  Daniel Boone, American pioneer and hunter, was born (d. 1820).

1746 The College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) received its charter.

1784  Russia founded a colony on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

1790  Warriors of the Miami tribe under Chief Little Turtle defeated United States troops under General Josiah Harmar in the Northwest Indian War.

1797 Andr-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump 1,000 metres (3,200 feet) above Paris,.

1811 Franz Liszt, Hungarian pianist and composer, was born (d. 1886).

1836  Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas.

1844  The Great Anticipation: Millerites, followers of William Miller, anticipate the end of the world in conjunction with the Second Advent of Christ.

1875  First telegraphic connection in Argentina.

1877  The Blantyre mining disaster in Scotland killed 207 miners.

...

10:36

officially testing driverless cars on public streets "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Canada is officially testing driverless cars on public streets In Brief The first test of a self-driving car has taken place in Canada last week. This is a historic step-forward for driverless cars in the country and it signals progress for autonomous car progress around the world. Oh Canada Canada is celebrating a technological milestone []

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10:06

Archaeology fossil teeth discovery in Germany could re-write human history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A 9.7-million-year-old discovery has left a team of German scientists scratching their heads. The teeth seem to belong to a species only known to have appeared in Africa several million years later. A team of German archaeologists discovered a puzzling set of teeth in the former riverbed of the Rhine, the Museum of Natural History []

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09:37

The mind game designed to produce losers, by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The mind game designed to produce losers Separating logic from propaganda. Separating illusion from reality. An individual has the capacity to think independently. A group does not have that capacity. Vegas Massacre just one of a million examples by Jon Rappoport October 18, 2017 My friends, here is the game. On the table before you, []

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08:15

The Trans-Tasman Spat Show: New Zealand-Australian Tensions "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It was an awkward moment for Australias foreign minister, Julie Bishop. News had arrived that a New Zealand government had been formed after a lengthy period of deliberation.  (The election took place on September 23.)

Veteran maverick and occasional political suicide Winston Peters of the New Zealand First party had played the familiar role of kingmaker, picking the New Zealand Labour party to form government.  The 37 year old leader, Jacinda Ardern, was evidently too good to fob off.

This placed the Australian government in a prize pickle.  Australian ministers had more or less designated the NZ Labour party persona non grata after questions were asked, in the NZ parliament, about matters of that countrys citizenship.

These queries all seemed provincial and inconsequential, but had potential consequences for Australias own deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce.  Joyce, it seemed, had been a New Zealand citizen when elected to the Australian parliament, thereby rendering him ineligible to sit.  (The High Court will, in time, rule on that point.)

Ardern had her own description of the events.  Yes, someone from the ALP put some legal question to [NZ Labour frontbencher Chris Hipkins] around citizenship.  No mention was made of anyones name, no rationale for any particular case being pursued was ever raised.

Bishop proceeded to have a distinctly anti-diplomatic meltdown.  Culprits were needed, scalps sought.  New Zealand is facing an election.  Should there be a change of government, I would find it very difficult to build trust with those involved in allegations designed to undermine the government of Australia.  This was particularly so given that members of a political party [] had been used by the Australian Labor Party to seek to undermine the Australian government.

Ardern was left puzzled, offering to placate the indignant, glacial Bishop. I will not let false claims stand in the way of that relationship.  She would have called the irate Australian foreign minister to chat about matters, but did not have her personal number.

Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, offered an analysis that was not much better. The issue was less with Ardern than the conduct of the Australian Labor Party, filled with its fifth columnist apparatchiks.  Its leader, Bill Shorten, had been willing to interfere in the political system of a foreign country.  Shorten was no less than a conspiratorial thief hoping to, in Turnbulls words, steal government in collusion with a foreign power.  Foreign, conspiracy, stealing all words fashioned from the modern news desk of insurgent politics and....

08:09

The " high quality of palliative care" argument not so strong "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

If the accuracy of this RNZ report can be relied on, those who argue against voluntary euthanasia using the high quality of palliative as support, are misinformed:

"[Hospice] Patients don't have access to stronger pain-killing drugs because they aren't fully-funded, top New Zealand hospice and palliative care doctors say."

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07:19

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nipperkin  a unit of measurement of volume, equal to one-half of a quarter-gill, one-eighth of a gill, or one thirty-second of an English pint; a small quantity of beer , wine, or spirits; a liquor container or vessel with a capacity of a half pint or less; a quantity of liquor contained in or able to be contained in a nipperkin


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07:16

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Doup-scud   a heavy fall on the buttocks.


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07:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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06:45

Australia v New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

With the Bledisloe safely in the cupboard, this one is for pride.   Of course, the Aussies havent held the thing since 2003, so there isnt a hell of a lot of pride to fight over. Game starts at 10:05 pm.  Get your picks in before the game starts. And please, no rugby chat in Backchat []

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06:25

The Kiwi Labour, Green, and New Zealand First coalition "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Eric Crampton makes many good points, here is one of them:

But that gets us to one of the risks: the intersection of Labour, Green and New Zealand Firsts core beliefs is distrustful of markets and of foreigners. I cant see how we get anywhere close to the proposed 100,000 houses built in any reasonable time without allowing foreign workers, materials, capital and expertise to help.

New Zealands Overseas Investment Regime already makes us the most restrictive in the OECD. Any land adjacent to a reserve must go through the screening regime, and it will be tough to ease that back under the current coalition. Heck, even New Zealands Fletcher Construction has to jump through Overseas Investment Act hurdles because it has foreign shareholders. New Zealand First has proposed cutting immigration numbers substantially, and Labour and the Greens have been very sympathetic to that view. The incoming government has also signaled an intention to re-negotiate trade agreements to allow banning non-residents from buying houses. If supply issues are appropriately addressed, the ban does no good and could backfire if it prevents foreign investors from building houses here to rent out.

Vernon Small offers a more pessimistic take.

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06:00

Spitting venom and bile covered tacks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Poor Karl.  First he was railing against MMP, and now. I love the way political commentators are delicately skirting around the inconvenient fact that our new government is one whose formation was driven by a party with only 7 percent popular support. This willingness to ignore the obvious is hardly surprising, The commentariat generally leans []

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05:30

A Progressive explains why political Islam is not progressive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Islamic Sharia law is not left-wing and it is not liberal and it is not progressive in any way shape or form yet the below progressive writer has had an uphill battle on her hands to convince her fellow progressives. Her first battle was to get the left-wing Huffington Post to even publish her controversial []

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05:00

No tax cuts for you "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its official by the way, the tax cuts are cancelled. Jacinda Ardern has confirmed the Government she leads will dump the tax cuts planned by National. Ardern has also suggested a planned referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use could be binding. The Labour leader addressed media at Parliament today after a caucus meeting that []

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04:35

Jacinda Barinda Ole! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Why we support Labours plan for our future By Alan Tristram Weve supported the revitalised Labour Party because, frankly, they stand for decency in the face of  financial obscenity. While National represents, encourages and supports a class whose key interests are money, property and accumulation, Labour represents a fairer and better society. While NZ Inc. []

04:30

Media speculation has started: Who will replace Bill English? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When John Key resigned he handed the leadership to his deputy. It would make plenty of sense for English to do the same. Bennett would be the first Maori National Party leader and their first woman in a while. Her huge personality has immense cut through with the public, who can basically all do a []

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04:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Desire Peru from Video Bros. on Vimeo.

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03:30

The Dead Rat diaries "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is going to be in equal parts fascinating and horrifying to discover as time goes on what dead rats Jacinda Ardern and James Shaw have had to swallow in order to do a deal with Winston Peters to form the government. Rat number one for James Shaw is that due to Winstons hatred of []

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03:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

States of USA, Europe and China with economy larger than Australia($1.2 trillion, PPP) Click here for larger view

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02:55

ON THE CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT - AN AUSTRALIAN VIEW "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper, wrote the poet TS Elliot.

So it must have seemed for the centre-right in New Zealand late on Thursday afternoon when the capricious Winston Peters snuffed out Bill Englishs chance of staying in office and ended three terms of reforming government.

English will be celebrated as much for his eight years as finance minister under John Key as his 10 months as prime minister. Key and English were described more than once as the quiet achievers. The governments they led as the bore-cons introduced reforms in tax and welfare while balancing the budget without fanfare or fuss.

Seldom has the demise of a New Zealand government caused such political shockwaves on this side of the Tasman. In a period of near-universal political volatility, it raises the dispiriting possibility that simply governing well may no longer be enough.

The Key and English legacy compares starkly with Australias record over the same period. In 2008, when the National Party came to power, New Zealand was 24th on the World Economic Forums Global Competitiveness Index, six places behind Australia. Since then the positions have been reversed. Today New Zealand is in 13th place on the index, eight positions ahead of Australia.
Its economy has grown by an average of 3.2 per cent since 2013 measured by GDP, partly driven by population growth and rebuilding after the Christchurch earthquake. Australia has ambled along at an average of 2.3 per cent.

New Zealanders are still poorer than Australians on average but they are catching up fast. Nine years ago GDP per capita in New Zealand was 30 per cent lower than in Australia, now the gap has narrowed to 19 per cent.

The relative change in economic fortunes has changed...

02:39

Saturday Blues Ma Rainey "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Opinions are divided as to whether Ma Rainey was the queen or Bessie Smith the empress. No question, both were superb. Juts listen to this video of Rainey, sublime.

 


02:34

Robert Johnson a documentary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An Australian doco, worth watching but some dubious commentaries


02:30

Comrade Cindy has put together a handy guide for the next three years "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Facebook page Comrade Cindy Jacinda is back entertaining the proletariat on social media. Her latest post contains an instructive guide that explains the meanings of the colours of the different political party logos.

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02:00

Labours #chickban in full force "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Remember Labours Manban?    The commitment to have a 50/50 gender split.  Its not really working for them. Ardern has released a list of 16 Cabinet ministers and five ministers outside Cabinet, including all 12 MPs on its current front bench. Just seven of the 21 are women, six of whom are in Cabinet. That []

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01:30

We didnt do this "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There has been a lot of blame being passed around and wailing and gnashing of teeth regarding the election result but consider for a moment that we didnt do this. Here is my analogy. The two largest parties are two gunslingers facing off in the main street. In the old days under FPP they would []

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01:25

Frank Lloyd Wright, and the importance of the built environment "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"






Listening in this weekend to the Wright Society Virtual Summit (you all could be too, you know), I'm really enjoying hearing Frank Lloyd Wright's clients talking about their homes, and their lives in and around them.

Roland Reisley was just 26 years old when he joined a housing cooperative in Pleasantville, New York, able to commission Wright to design the community and several of the houses, including their own. "We didn't dream of approaching Frank Lloyd Wright, ordinary people don't do that," smiles Reisley today, 67 years later. But when the community founder showed Wright the site thus began "a wonderful, long, productive and happy relationship with him."

Asked what he has learned after a lifetime of living in and enjoying his Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home enjoying every day the nature of the design, seeing the seasons change, how the light passes through the home, Reisley sums up with a very important observation about what essentially makes good architecture:
I came to realise after many years a pinch-me realisation, that after many years there had not been a single day of my life, even the bad days that happen in every life, where I was not aware of seeing something beautiful. I always, every day of my life, [am saying] isnt that lovely whether its in the morning I look up and see the way the wood is mitred in certain places, and how it contrasts with the light through the window which is either nice and green fro the trees or white with snow; and I could go on with similar awareness.     We sit outside (in summer-time) and look around and say isnt it beautiful!, isnt it wonderful! every day, every time
    Neuroscientists have observed that living with a sense of awareness of beauty brings a sense of comfort, a reduction of stress, and these other kinds of things, that may contribute to physical and emotional health, possibly even longevity. Im 93 years old! Im in very...

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Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A farmer was interviewing a young man for a job on her farm.

`Youll need to be fit, said the farmer. `Have you ever had any
illnesses? Any accidents?

No, Mam, replied the young man proudly.

But youre on crutches. You must have had an accident! said the farmer.

`Oh, the  crutches! said the young man. `A bull tossed me last week.
But that wasnt an accident! He did it on purpose!


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Disallowed special votes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A quick view of why 26,588 special votes were disallowed. #Decision17 #NZpol pic.twitter.com/dZ4VfSnjNf Nathan Williams (@NJWilliams_) October 20, 2017 Relatively very small numbers apart from not enrolled anywhere.

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The transgender dating pool is really shallow "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is a joke about bisexuals having twice the chances of a date on Friday night but transgenders have limited their dating pool considerably when you think about it. Gay men are unlikely to want to have sex with a woman who transitioned to a male body. Lesbian women are unlikely to want to have []

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