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Wednesday, 23 August

01:20

Voter Motivators 2017: Housing. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The House That Jack Built: A Labour Party campaign advertisement for the 1938 General Election contrasts the National Party's approach to housing the people before Labour came to power in 1935, with John A. (Jack) Lee's internationally acclaimed state housing programme.
 
THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT GREED BUILT. The house in question a tumbledown shack is the first in a series of five images. The others depict a working man down on his luck, a bloated capitalist, and the Tory Press (presented, delightfully, as a bellowing cow). The series ends with John A. (Jack) Lee.
 
Dressed as a carpenter, and positioned in front of one of his new State Houses, Lees caricature beams out of the pages of the 11 March 1937 edition of the Labour Party newspaper, The Standard. The caption beneath the caricature reads:
 
This is the man with the housing plan whos queered the pitch of the man who waxed rich by fleecing the man who lived in the shack now pulled down by Jack and replaced by the house that Jack built.
 
Left-wing nostalgia? Of course. But The Standard cartoon tells us a lot about the first great state-driven effort to accommodate ill-housed and homeless New Zealanders, and raises some very thorny questions about the reluctant half-measures of 2017.
 
As unquestionably the biggest voter motivator of this years general election, Housing should be driving National and Labour towards ever greater competitive efforts. Their respective plans for housing the homeless and helping young people into their first home should be as imaginative as they are comprehensive. After all, as The Standard cartoon attests, New Zealand has done it before. Whats stopping us doing it again?
 
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00:36

A Song For The Times. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

Leonard Cohen wrote it.
Buffy Sainte-Marie sings it.
 
God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot


Video courtesy of YouTube

 
This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road.

00:30

Resign Phil, you lied to ratepayers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

He promised 2.5% rates rises.  Maximum.  Now he says it wont happen.  2.5% will be the minimum. Goff prefers to hold rates rises to 2.5 per cent, but faces having no new revenue sources to meet a huge funding hole for transport projects. He says an agreement with the Government on funding transport requires him []

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00:00

Media should be upfront about their bias: No media outlet is truly impartial "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I promoted Gab.ai as a free speech alternative to twitter when it first came out. Both Cameron and I have an account there and I know that a number of our readers also joined up as part of a group that we called the #KiwiPosse. Recently a reporter from The Guardian newspaper approached Gab for []

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Tuesday, 22 August

23:30

Tax, Tax and More Tax: Taxinda keeps Capital Gains Tax option alive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Even though they lost an election trying to campaign on Capital Gains Tax, Labour are not ruling it out. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has confirmed a capital gains tax could be introduced if she leads the next Government. Ardern has revealed it was her own captains call to not rule out introducing a capital gains tax []

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23:00

Like many unions AUSA do not understand what free speech really is "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

My father worked at the Tasman Pulp and Paper Mill in Kawerau in the days of compulsory unionism. He considered his employer to be extremely fair and generous and his remuneration to be well above the national average. His working conditions were also excellent. As he was forced pay fees to the union he expected his []

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22:30

Idiot Local Board Member doesnt understand Council spending "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just reading that makes your BS detector go off, doesnt it? Phelan Pirrie was apparently an ACT man, but has basically become Phil Goffs mouthpiece on the Rodney Local Board. He thinks ratepayers should pay rates then pay a special targeted rate to cover core council responsibilities in their area including roads. Whats more he []

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22:00

How sweet it is to have the MSM picking up our stories again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After Dirty Politics, a memo must have been sent to the various media outlets because all of a sudden our stories were not being stolen by the MSM anymore. For years they had just helped themselves to them, usually without any attribution. Other stories we gave to them behind the scenes quite happily. Nicky Hager, []

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22:00

THOSE 'DOG' SHARES STRIKE AGAIN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mercury Energy has just announced a record profit for the year of $523m up 6% over last year.    This is the Company whose shares Labour argued were a "Dog".    This is the Company that saw Labour, NZ First and the Greens unite to drive down the price of the share float to the determent of the NZ taxpayer.   This is the Company that NZ First has pledged to compulsory reacquire the shares at the issue price ... to renationalise the Company by theft.

All the shareholders (Crown 52.8%,  Private 47.2%) are to receive a fully imputed final dividend of .088c per share along with a second special fully imputed dividend of .05c per share on 29 September.

One thing for sure.   I suspect few few the estimated 113,000 private shareholders will be voting NZ First.   Peters probably is in sync with Labour in thinking they're are all 'rich pricks' anyway so they don't have rights.  This is Winston at his naked socialist best and NZ First at their naked socialist worst ... and it's not a pretty sight.

21:41

The failure that is MMP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

United Future is gone.  In the past we had parties like ROC and the Alliance.  Both now gone.

It is possible the Greens could go.  And the Maori Party might want to buy a Lotto ticket too.

Conceivably we could have only four parties in parliament after his election.  That's not what MMP envisaged when introduced.

It's failed for many reasons.  One major reason is the absolute duopoly the two large parties have on virtually everything.  It's one of the reasons why Winston uses the dog whistle so often.  The media is complicit in it: Everything is all about whether National or Labour will win the election, when the MSM should know by now neither will win, in that sense of the word.

And the two major parties will never give away their privileges, and so archaic rules as embedded in the Broadcasting Act won't change, meaning funding at election time is heavily biased towards National and Labour.

MMP has been an abject failure and it's time it went, or the threshold adjusted to, say, 2% or similar.  Having four parties in parliament is just FPP in drag.  We had four parties in parliament after the 1993 FPP election.

21:30

TUNZ releases nation-wide ratepayers report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ratepayers Report allows all New Zealanders to see how their local town hall stacks up against councils across the country. It covers average residential rates, debt, assets, ratepayer to staff ratios, staff remuneration, governance, and more. You can log in and access the Ratepayers Report right now at www.ratepayersreport.nz Key findings for Auckland The report exposes Auckland []

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21:00

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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20:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The aftershocks of the Metiria Experiment are still reverberating through the Green party.  With weeks left until the election, Chief of Staff Deborah Morris-Travers is no longer in that position.  Instead, shes doing something else for a bit so nobody can say she quit or got fired.   Communications guru Joss Debreceny has also bailed, leaving the []

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is epistemology (noun) The branch of philosophy that examines the nature of knowledge, its presuppositions and foundations, and its extent and validity. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Theory of knowledge, 1856, coined by Scottish philosopher James F. Ferrier (1808-1864) from Greek episteme knowledge, acquaintance with (something), skill, experience, []

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20:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 23 13 Dont fail to discipline your children. The rod of punishment wont kill them.

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08:00

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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07:00

Lets compare Labour, National and NZ Firsts policies on water "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Royalties for the Regions: New Zealand First want to charge foreign-owned companies a royalty for exporting bottled water from New Zealand. At least 25% of that royalty would go back to the region the water came from for infrastructure and regional economic development.(cost of royalty unknown) They would limit resource consents for commercial uses of water to sustainable uses. []

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06:30

Another political quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

My results:   Go on you know you want to.click here

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06:00

They want the UN to impose the Prime Directive? That horse has bolted some time ago "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a letter, 116 experts in artificial intelligence and technology leaders including the billionaire co-founder and chief executive of Tesla, Elon Musk and Mustafa Suleyman, Googles DeepMind co-founder warned of a third revolution in warfare. A killer robot is a fully autonomous weapon that can select and engage targets without human intervention. They []

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05:30

There could be some negative media coverage coming your way about this. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A Labour Party candidate threatened to bring negative media coverage to the business owners of a night market after he failed to get free space and access for leader Jacinda Ardern. Barry Kirker, Labours candidate for Pakuranga, had emailed the Auckland Night Market owners requesting a visit for Ardern to campaign at the Pakuranga night []

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05:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Derek DelGaudio Invisible Dialogues from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo.

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04:55

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


Deborah Morris-Travers has just announced her resignation as the Green Party Chief of Staff.   She goes along with Jose Debreceny, the Green Party Political Director.

The disintegration of the Greens continues.

Political junkies will remember Deborah Morris-Travers as Deborah Morris, NZ First MP 1996-1998.   She resigned from NZ First in 1988 to become an Independent citing that she could no longer accept the 'perpetual state of crisis' generated by Winston Peters.

Guess what goes around comes around. 

04:30

Kindergarten level politics: Name calling means you have already lost the argument "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Greens in Australia seem to be as dopey as the Greens in New Zealand. This example of the species thinks that calling Pauline Hanson a Goose while repeatedly talking over her is a reasonable political argument. In the video,  Hanson calmly provides evidence of the burka being a security risk. She lists all the []

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04:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Countries by height of tallest building Click here for larger view

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03:30

Labour and the MSM are busy selling a smiling face, bumper sticker policies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest post Hi Cam It is generally conceded that Labour have not released any Policy detail that a pundit could take hold of and thoroughly analyse likely impact on the individual or more importantly the NZ Inc. Labour and the MSM are busy selling a smiling face, bumper sticker policies and threats to anybody who []

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03:11

Jacciahs Lie for Today 22/08/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So today we see a new  lie and one worthy of posting:-

the effervescently charming Jacinda Ardern has channelled her own Im happy to be the MP for Tauranga rhetoric with her constant reminders of her rural upbringing in Morrinsville and how she hasnt given up on the farmer vote. If thats the case she has a strange way of showing her affection!

Sourced via Whaleoil


03:00

The inherent weakness of the not all argument "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Islamic Apologists favourite argument when people criticise the ideas of Islam or the actions of Islamic terrorists is to try to undermine their criticism by countering with the statement but not all Muslims believe that or but not all Muslims are terrorists. Lets just apply this apologist logic to some other scenarios so we []

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02:30

Irrigators, agitators, aquifers and irritators Labours water Tax is divisive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Look at those fools Jace, all we did was swap spots on the list and now theyll let us tax anyone for anything! Labours proposed water tax, and lets not water it down by calling it a royalty, has really antagonised farmers. And its probably fair to say quite a bit of fake news, to []

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02:26

Can Winston Ride Jacindas Wave To An Enduring Political Legacy? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Riding The Wave: A dark and glowering Winston Peters hurling rhetorical thunderbolts at all and sundry will find himself very poorly placed to participate positively in creative change. But, a wise and benevolent Winston Peters, determined to render every possible assistance to New Zealands youngest prime minister in more than a century, will leave behind a political legacy of no small significance.
 
IMAGINE HOW GALLING Jacinda Arderns Auckland Town Hall love-fest must have been for Winston Peters. Just one tumultuous month ago, that sort of spectacle had been his for the making. NZ First was on a roll: effortlessly rising on the swell of an electoral wave that had the pundits making serious predictions about Peters becoming New Zealands next prime minister. Not anymore.
 
It is only fair to note at this point that the NZ First surge was no figment of the pundits imagination. A month ago, Peters understanding of the political mood seemed altogether more profound than any of his rivals. His appeal to what he perceived to be a simmering anger, roiling just below the surface of New Zealand politics, was borne out by his partys steady rise in the polls.
 
Political historians looked at those numbers and, recalling Peters ability to nearly double his partys level of support over the course of the formal election campaign period, began speculating that the final NZ First vote might actually equal (or even outstrip!) that of the ailing, Andrew Little-led Labour Party. In those circumstances, the precariously placed, Party List-only candidate, Little, could, conceivably, have lost his seat in the House of Representatives, putting the post of prime minister well-and-truly in play.
 
The rise and rise of NZ First proved equally unsettling for the Greens. The...

02:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phoenix out of the Ashes The Cocoanut Grove fire A fire broke out in Bostons very popular Cocoanut Grove nightclub on November 28, 1942, killing, 498 as a result of the fire, and 116 were injured and sent to Boston-area hospitals and impacting countless others. This is the deadliest known nightclub fire in the world. On []

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01:30

Winston outlines Labour now have SIX positions on how to charge their Water Tax "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A reader sent this in.  Winstons having his usual bluster on The Muster.   But bluster on the muster aside, he repeats that Labour will decide how much to tax after the election. Rural New Zealand will be in crisis under Labour under the ETS being revived also. National wont help either as they are []

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01:28

Pure Magic! Jacinda Ardern Launches Labour's Election Campaign. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Magic-Woman: The mantle of success has already been draped over Jacindas shoulders. Victory advances towards her with arms outstretched. Her followers are convinced they know how this years election is going to end. She has filled them to the brim with hope. Thats the Magic thats the trick. Photo by JOHN MILLER
 
THAT JACINDA ARDERN has the Magic is not now in dispute. Labours campaign launch proved it many times over. Not only in terms of the 200m-long queue stretching back from the Auckland Town Hall doors. Not only because the whole event went off without a hitch. Not only because Jacindas speech was an absolute blinder. The Magic resides in the fact that everyone involved in the launch: the organisers, the media, the audience itself; had turned up anticipating a triumph.
 
The mantle of success has already been draped over Jacindas shoulders. Victory advances towards her with arms outstretched. Her followers are convinced they know how this years election is going to end. She has filled them to the brim with hope. Thats the Magic thats the trick.
 
The enormous significance of political magic is made clear principally by its absence. None of Jacindas four male predecessors had it. Contact lenses and a new haircut couldnt make it appear. Speechwriters working in shifts couldnt summon it. Focus groups couldnt even tell the party where to look for it. But no Labour member; no Labour voter; had the slightest difficulty understanding that the Magic was passing them by.
 
Because, without the Magic, the partys leaders were just so many talking heads; and its policies just so many (so many!) words on paper. They could be wheeled out in front of the public, but the public couldnt be persuaded to notice them. Promises to do good things could be announced, re-a...

01:03

IS AMERICA EXHIBITING A CERTAIN IMMATURITY? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There are certain things I admire about America and some things I don't.   The events of the last few days in Charlottesville VA and the aftermath which saw statues honoring Confederate politicians and soldiers torn down suggests to me that there are elements in the United States determined to airbrush their history from the history books.   

And that to my mind suggests that America still has a fair way to go in coming to terms with itself.   The Civil War is part of their history in the same way that the excesses of the Reconstruction are also.   The tearing down of statues ain't going to change that.   The real issue is the polarisation that exists between White and Black America stoked along by the fact that White America is overly represented in the Republican Party while Black America identifies itself with the Democrats.   In that context it is hardly helpful that just five days ago Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Black American Democrat Missouri State Senator expressed her wish for the assassination of President Trump.

So, where will this end.   Is Fort Rucker in Alabama (the home of US Army Aviation) and Fort Beauregard in Louisiana, both named after Confederate Generals, to be rechristened.   That would be akin to putting lipstick on a pig (apologies to St Jacinda).   The issues go far deeper than that and cosmetic changes won't solve the problem.  

00:30

Whaleoil Poll Result: 2017 National Party voting intention (August Poll 2) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Weve run seven previous polls, roughly one a month since February.   This was the result yesterday as were increasing the frequency leading up to the election Here is the progression of results   Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug A Aug B Other 5 5 4 5 5 4 3 3 WILL vote []

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00:05

The Evil Empire strikes back "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just when you thought it safe to go to the woodshed

 


00:00

Book Review Own Your Future chapter four: Education "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Points made about Education in the first chapter included: If a student stays in school till year 12 the taxpayer has invested $180,000 in their individual education 90,000 New Zealanders aged between 18-24 are not in employment, education or training Functional illiteracy in manual work like forestry and manufacturing is a problem for employers as []

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Monday, 21 August

23:31

Jacinda Mania vomit inducing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This morning Adam read a post on Jacinda mania at Your NZ. Truly much of the coverage across all media has been verging on the hysterical. Whaleoil was right to call it Jysteria.

Then Adam saw this tweet

The parting jab from Dunne was not bad, but the picture makes you want to spew.

And then just when you think it will not get any worse, well it did on TVNZs Breakfast was the Breakfast Club where amongst other things they discussed the election will try and find a video clip, but there were some asinine comments from the guest  female commentator, apparently the election is cool because Jacinda might be PM, get enaged, get married and have a baby. Apparently that makes Ardern and Labour cool and a reason to vote for them. God help New Zealand.


23:30

Labours dodgy Art deals and the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This bill will amend the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 so that the core obligations will also apply to real estate agents, lawyers, accountants, conveyancers, the New Zealand Racing Board, and some high-value dealers, and also establishes the Department of Internal Affairs as the relevant anti-money laundering and countering financing of []

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23:28

Quotation for Today 22/08/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Despite what many claim to think about Cameron Slater and his Whaleoil blog, he is quite clear about his views and puts them forth robustly. On occasion he is possessed of a great turn of phrase such as this one:-

Were running out of ways to bastardise her name, but Im starting to think Jysteria. It seems that if a younger attractive person smiles and says the very same things that an older gruff guy said less than a month ago, suddenly its GREAT!

In this one paragraph he encapsulates the ridiculous position now obtaining in NZ politics.


23:09

Ardern refuses to rule out CGT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Since the coming of the Jacciah (aka The Jassiah) we have had fuel tax, water tax, now a CGT, and probably higher income taxes. The CGT is a near certainty as the study group will recommend what they are expected to.

Here is the video from Morning Report and an extract from the accompanying sidebar..

Ms Ardern told Morning Report she would get an advisory group to look at the possibility of a widespread capital gains tax to help steady the countrys housing market, but she definitively ruled out taxing the family home.

She said New Zealand ranked poorly internationally on the issue and it was important to assess whether or not a five-year capital gains tax would be appropriate or if something even wider would be needed.

Yet again, despite the number of years Labour have been talking about this tax, they still have not firmed up, supposedly, what they intend. They are asking the electorate to hand them a blank cheque. Note as well the sting in the final sentence or if something even wider would be needed Just what does that presage.

Far too much of Labours policy, especially re taxes is about we will do this ie tax you more, essentially by attacking business and punishing investment. Most of their announcements are warmed over versions of the past and still after years of thinking about them, absolutely no detail.

This is not acceptable.

Yet the Fourth Estate is too wrapped up in the aura of the Jacciah to ask any questions.

Get real people. Labour will tax, tax and tax again.


23:00

Caption Contest: Helen Clark and Jacinda Adern "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The comment that went with the Facebook photo was, This says it all What do you think this photo says? What do you think Helen said to Jacinda or was thinking? You know what to do oilers Meme generator 

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22:55

ONLY MORONS REMAIN AT THE HERALD. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



The iPad I inherited from Swmbo when we  upgraded her's a year ago has headlines from stuff and the horrid still revealed on startup.
All some what in vain really as they rarely get the click they are designed to garner.

This morning they included a doozie that reflects how deeply the horrid has sunk into the swamp

The heads up was for an upcoming panel discussion as to the abilities for Simon 'Bill' English to "be" prime minister.

Did I miss something as I have a recollection that that man has been Prime Minister for eight months following eight years as deputy, occasionally stepping in to the top job when the real one was away and all the while successfully delivering as minister of finance.
The still, inexplicably, number one dead tree print journal needs to discuss his abilities?

Simpson on a unicycle, why not an in depth reveal on the massive and total dearth of proven abilities to Run anything beyond a toilet block, so far publically out there for the poster child they have been indulging in an orgy of mindless drivel on, since it seems for ever.

M's Taxcinda Ardern never held  a job in the world of commerce,
Attendee in a young communist talkfest where the comrade from NZ was elected chairman, then spent time in the Middle East and China
Fill in shift worker at a fish and chip outlet never revealed for time served,
A groupie in the Tony Blair coterie,
A similar position of learning opportunity with H1 and Phil  Goof,
Graduated as Batchelor of communications from Waikato,
Now promoted to the latest contestant in "Survivor Labour", actually contestant number six.

Now there is an investigation for a panel to assess suitability for PM in real time.

22:30

Bill Englishs Todd Barclay Problem "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bill English shafted Todd Barclay, selling him down the river. The problem for Bill is he is now in the midst of a very tough election campaign, where the opportunity for recovery from disaster is almost non existent. Being disaster prone Bill must be worried. As we saw in the last election cycle where Colin []

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22:00

Do you want to donate thousands of dollars to Whaleoil discreetly? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is hard being super-rich I know and it can be tedious sometimes walking around with stacks of cash burning a hole in your pocket. You love Whaleoil to bits and want to donate a massive sum in order to lighten your wallet a little this month but what will your politically correct mates at []

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21:30

He might be an arsehole, but he shouldnt be prosecuted "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Following on from the Google thought experiment into determining whether something is toxic or not, is the news that the offensive pastor who talked about shooting gays, wont be prosecuted. Police have decided not to take any action against a West Auckland pastor who said gay people should be shot through their head the moment []

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21:00

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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20:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Auf Wiedersehen political pet. You have been labelled a political prostitute, and deservedly so.  But over the last six years your client has been paying and youve been keeping your legs together. That has consequences.   You released the evil poison called Synthetic Marijuana while at the same time being reticent to approve non-psychoactive Medical []

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is ethics (noun) 1. (a) A set of principles of right conduct. (b) A theory or a system of moral values. 2. [ethics] (used with a sing. verb) The study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person; moral philosophy. []

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20:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 22 13 The lazy person claims, Theres a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!

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10:43

Crawford Falconer on Brexit Britain, trade, peace and prosperity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Writing in the Daily Telegraph Mr Falconer looks at how post Brexit, Britain as the worlds 5th largest economy and influence peace and prosperity across the world through free trade. He notes:-

But it is not just about the economic value that will come from constructing such trade arrangements. There is a powerful political and security element to getting this right. History is littered with instances of the destructive political consequences of closed markets. This was a lesson well understood at the end of last centurys global conflicts. It was at the core of the post-war global order of which the UK was one of the chief architects.

Right now, that order is under unprecedented pressure. World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations have stalled. So-called mega-regional trade deals such as the trans-Pacific trade deal and the EU-US negotiations have been put on ice. China set itself bold new liberalisation goals a few years ago, but has been unable to deliver. Meanwhile, in the last five years G20 countries have introduced nearly 400 measures that restrict trade.

Mr Falconer is an experienced trade negotiator who also served as New Zealand Ambassador to the World Trade Organization. It is a massive tribute to NZs prowess and skills in this area that he has been appointed Chief Trade Negotuator for the UK.


10:30

What Leftists and ISIS have in common "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

embed] Leftists vs. ISIS Protestors storm Confederate statue outside Durham County Courthouse where it stood since 1924.

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10:27

Bannon plots his revenge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ousted Steve Bannon is well advanced in his next campaign according to this article in Vanity Fair

On the morning he was being ousted as Donald Trumps chief strategist last Friday, Steve Bannon had already turned the page. Why do you sound unfazed? a friend asked Bannon as news of his demise ricocheted across the web. Because, Bannon replied, were going to war.

and

Bannons main targets are the West Wings coterie of New York Democrat globalistsIvanka Trump, Jared Kushner and former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohnas well as the hawks, comprised of National Security Adviser H.R McMaster and his deputy, Dina Powell. He wants to beat their ideas into submission, Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow told me.

The Vanity Fair piece suggests that Rupert Murdoch may have lobbied Trump to fire Bannon. The article concludes with:-

Breitbarts defense of Trump has so far helped keep the Russia scandal from gaining traction on the right. But that could swiftly change if Trump, under the influence of Kushner and Cohn, deviates too far from the positions he ran on. If that happens, said one high-level Breitbart staffer, Were prepared to help Paul Ryan rally votes for impeachment.

Will Bannon turn on Trump?


08:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:32

Labour Solves Another Crisis........ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

......... by declaring a crisis when there wasn't one.

This time it's Auckland house prices which Labour have been banging on about for the last couple of years.  Remember Twyford and all his mythical Chingaling speculators?

Now, just in time for National to take all the credit in the key Auckland metro area, comes this news.

"Monthly figures for Barfoot & Thompson, the real estate firm handling nearly a third of Auckland sales, show prices have dropped 3.1 per cent in three months."

I reckon nearly one quarter of all the party votes in NZ will come from that region.

Thank you Labour.  Well done.

07:30

Have voters LOST THEIR MINDS? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Theologians wanting to see if the Rapture was real should have made a study of Labours campaign launch on Sunday. The Auckland Town Hall was the scene and the cause was the Jassiah as Jacinda Ardern has been dubbed courtesy of her reincarnation effect on the Labour Party. The supporters had flocked in, filling []

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07:00

If NZs Political leaders were Game of Thrones characters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  If NZs Political leaders were Game of Thrones characters Green Party leader James Shaw would be Tommen Baratheon. Tommen was a sweet boy with no backbone who was controlled first by his mother and then later by his much older wife after he became King. He fails to protect both his mother and his wife []

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06:54

Dunne bows out "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So Turei gone, Little gone and now Dunne  gone.

Adam could not resist this tribute to them:-


06:30

Paypal cuts off Jihad Watch after hit piece by ProPublica "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Too many payment platforms these days are ideologically motivated and conservative businesses who use their services are at serious risk. Paypal has permanently suspended Jihad Watch because of a hit piece that was written about them. ProPublica defamed Jihad Watch by describing them and other sites as extremist sites that monetise hate. Paypal reacted to the []

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06:10

Quotation for Today 21/08/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Surprised at Donald Trumps behaviour, well Barack Obama is not here is a quote from just before the November 2016 election:-

Weve seen this coming, he said. Donald Trump is not an outlier; he is a culmination, a logical conclusion of the rhetoric and tactics of the Republican Party for the past ten, fifteen, twenty years. What surprised me was the degree to which those tactics and rhetoric completely jumped the rails.


06:00

Why isnt this man Aucklands mayor? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rural ratepayers are being robbed blind by the Auckland super city, claims Rodney councillor Greg Sayers. He says a whopping 72% of Aucklands geographical area is rural. Rural wards, including Franklin and Rodney, are crucial to the survival of Auckland by providing its dairy and other food supplies. Yet sadly, the rural community is the []

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05:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Vox Eclipse Chasers from Hannah Jacobs on Vimeo.

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04:30

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Countries that grant citizenship to anyone born within their borders Click here for larger view

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04:00

Game of Thrones: NZ 2017 Election. 3 Leaders down. Will there be another? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peter Dunne has figured out that his time is up.  Hes getting rolled in Ohariu and hes getting rolled so hard he cant even be bothered to hang in the race.   Hes stopped campaigning. On TV he was very emotional.   Hes happy sad and confused all at once. National have been backing Dunne []

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03:31

Whaleoils BACK baby! (Did you miss us?) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

TL;DR:  We had a computer problem.  Its been fixed. We have ghosted the RAID images to non-failing drives.  With our luck, both drives were having problems.  The delay was the time it took to copy and to repair any problems that were caused by the drives not playing nice. So nothing shady. No uncooked sea []

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03:30

TOP might as well be called Gareths World for all the sense it makes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

TOP has decided there will be only one bottom line policy.  One thing they cant possibly negotiate away if they are to become part of a coalition government.  Apart from the wishful thinking, and before you read what it is, Id like you to think about it. What could be so important to TOP that []

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03:29

Pale, stale, male in need of some lippy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I'm watching Gareth Morgan make some great points in his press conference.  He's trying very hard to wrestle the media towards old-fashioned policy analysis, rather than new-fangled celebrity personality worship, which he's concerned is diminishing our political decision-making.

He's right, of course, that we need to understand what people we might vote for will do if they have political power.  He's right too, that "JacindaMania" is a little terrifying, when it's hard to see, yet, if Ms Ardern's policy leadership will look significantly different for the Labour Party.

What's curious in this for me though is the equally old-fashioned way Mr Morgan got to make this press conference.  Sexism.  "Putting lipstick on a pig" is sexist no matter who it's aimed at - it suggests femininity is an artifice, a tool to fool, artificial in and of itself, hiding something no one really wants.  It's even more sexist because it's aimed at a young woman of course - Mr Morgan says he could have said this about John Key, taking over from Don Brash.  But he didn't, and as far as I can remember, neither did anyone else.  The reality is, when women take up political power, they are free targets in ways men are not.


Having the armoury of misogyny at your beck and call when you want to undermine women's leadership is powerful, because the cultural meanings - femininity weaker, masculinity stronger and better - do not need to be spelt out every time.  Your audience already knows.  Just as your audience already understands the dog-whistling racism that defines the ways Mori leadership will be reported - and as for being wahine Mori, well, let's just ask Metiria Turei, shall we?

Our political world has been pale, male and stale since f...

03:14

Quick! Call The Editor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I rarely look at the ABC because of it's sanctimonious leftist agenda.  However today I did and I was rewarded with this from today's ABC website - a story on livestock rustling.

Stock thefts put South Australian livestock producers on high alert


....and now the sub-heading:-

Calls to beef up legislation

03:00

Campaigning for National using Auckland ratepayers money is not cool "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Auckland Ratepayers Alliance is calling Auckland Councilor, and National Party election candidate, Denise Lee, to do the honourable thing and take a leave of absence for the remainder of the election campaign. Right now, despite spending her time campaigning, Cr Lee continues to receive more than two thousand dollars a week from Auckland ratepayers. []

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02:30

Caucus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Radio NZ of whom Adam has been critical in the past does have a number of excellent podcasts. Indeed they are to be congratulated on the way they make their content available. They are an object lesson to TVNZ, also state owned and funded, and to TV3 which receives state funding for a number of its current affairs productions. TVNZ and TV3 are a disgrace in this regard. However, Adam strays off the point.

In recent weeks RNZ have been broadcasting Caucus a series consisting of Guyon Espiner, Lisa Owen and Tim Watkin looking at current political issues in the lead-up to this years election.

This latest edition is well worth a listen

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/caucus-20170817-1210-aus_wars_the_empire_taxes_back_and_the_return_of_the_parker-192.mp3

The trio cover a number of current issues such as the Hipkins Bishop saga, the re-emergence of David Parker etc. One disappointment is that they seem too ready to accept Arderns word, when some might suggest she is dissembling at best and more probably lying.


02:30

National muscles up on roads, beats a stupid North Island railway thats for sure "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

National has muscled up on infrastructure proposing billions on new roads, and in areas that desperately need them. Motorists would get four-lane highways from Auckland to Whangarei under a $10 billion National Party policy announced today. National returned to a familiar theme for its latest election policy, promising to build 10 major highways around the []

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02:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

HYPOCRISY Floyd Mayweather has a disturbing history of domestic violence You cant criticize Donald Trump in one breath and cajole a serial domestic abuser in the next. Last Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel dedicated his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to President Donald Trump, calling out the commander-in-chief for his appalling defence of the Charlottesville neo-Nazis and pleading []

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01:00

Labour talking of extending Capital gains Tax to family businesses and farms "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How do you know that Labour is thinking they are about to win the election? They are talking openly about soaking you for more taxes. The Labour Party says it wont rule out extending a new capital gains tax to the sale of a family business or farm.   Its finance spokesperson, Grant Robertson, said []

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00:30

While townies celebrate more taxes, country faces a dark future "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David Clark, not the Labour MP, sadly, writes It really saddens me to hear and read to the hatred and vitriol that been brought into this election campaign and I am very concerned at the rift between urban and rural and the disconnection between food production and our population. We live in a nation of []

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00:00

UPDATE: Working from home is never dull: Rescue from Whale HQ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

UPDATE: Our story has been picked up by Stuff ** A big thank you to Alistair from Alistair Bain photography for giving us permission to use two of his photos. Check out his page for some more stunning photos of the dolphins. Here at Whale HQ life is rarely dull. Yesterday evening we all went outside []

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