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Sunday, 18 September

10:00

Today’s Trivia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to Daily Trivia. A Dutch door is a door divided horizontally in such a fashion that the bottom half may remain shut while the top half opens. The initial purpose of this door was to keep animals out of farmhouses, or keep children inside, while allowing light and air to filter through the open […]

09:00

Dogs don’t know their own size "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I’ve observed this myself.  Size is less important than attitude.  (as you can observe when a small woman tears into a group of large men and they all back off)

08:30

08:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil Backchat is brought to you byuse coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids  Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You don’t 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. […]

07:45

Why won’t the Marlborough Express run stories against the Theatre? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The other day we busted John Leggett, the ratbag who says one thing in public about the theatre and quite another behind the scenes in closed-door council meetings. An extract from the transcript shows that Leggett said: And; Now this is where it gets interesting. The Marlborough Express editor has been sitting on this story […]

07:00

Can Trump win? Yes he can "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Donald Trump now has a path to victory. Politico explains: Just six weeks ago, Hillary Clinton’s advantage in the Electoral College looked insurmountable. Now, based on the latest round of public polls, it’s a different story. If the election were held today, Donald Trump would apparently win roughly as many electoral votes as Hillary Clinton […]

06:30

SJB’s and Star Trek "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here’s an interesting clip from Star Trek that would probably confuse the heck out of Social Justice Bullies! Offence can only be taken, not given. Too many people are bullied into apologising for what are just words. It appears there are no safe spaces in Star Trek. I still think the best video of being […]

06:00

Hide: Union “Clicktivism” fails to fire "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There was a time, not so long ago, when the unions could grind the country to a halt and drop a government to its knees. Not now. Their latest industrial action is to tweet a boycott of My Food Bag. That you didn’t know demonstrates their puniness. That you don’t care, their patheticness. And why […]

05:30

Fran O’ on Boat Niggers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The NZ Herald Business Editor took to Twitter earlier today: Erm.  Thanks Fran.

04:30

Bruce the Wandering Whale’s adventures in Prague: Part One "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As some of you may already know Bruce the Wandering Whale has been travelling for months around New Zealand and photos of his adventures have been posted to his facebook page. Recently he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse so he packed his suitcase once again and headed overseas to Prague for his big OE. […]

04:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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03:30

Scarlette licker revealed: the 70 year old bus driver "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A 70-year-old bus driver has confirmed he was the man who touched the entertainer “Scarlette” at the centre of the Chiefs’ Mad Monday scandal. But the man said he never wanted to upset her and is sorry it happened. He also said he would no longer drive for the Chiefs, or for any “stag”party events. […]

03:00

Are we done with Nick yet? Yeah, we are "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Matthew Hooton thinks it’s time for Nick Smith to go. The baffling value Mr Key has placed on the UN has now created a threat to the durability of the quarter-century old Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, the stability of the government and the National Party’s long-term project to prise the Maori vote from Labour. […]

02:59

SUE MARONEY AT IT AGAIN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sue Maroney is a drone MP.   Failed six times to win an electorate seat; found wanting as Chief Whip and dumped and well remembered for an unfortunate incident when, during the flag referendum debate, she opened up on the owner of a holiday home flying the Kyle Lockwood flag as a rich prick flaunting his/her wealth and prejudices and conveniently ignoring the fact that her holiday home was just down the road.    At least her erstwhile leader called her out on that.

And now per courtesy of TV1 News last night there she was out pimping for a refugee couple wanting to purchase their HCNZ home but finding the value of the property had increased to the point is was supposedly unaffordable for them.  

So Maroney, ever eager to get her face on TV, is prepared to parade her hypocrisy for all to see.   Point #1 Sue ... thought your once great Party was opposed to the sell-off of HCNZ stock per se so why are you going into bat for them and #2 given that I've listened to the angry one and his side-kick Twyford bang on about the government selling HCNZ properties at below the market valuation how can you possibly promote this as a shock, horror story?

Guess the side-bar to this is why TV1 News thought the story was worth giving oxygen to.    Here we have a family properly housed and paying a below market rental for that privilege ... a property I guess any number of people would give their back teeth for.   So they can't afford to buy it ... I can't afford to buy the property just down the road from me with elevated 270 degrees looking out over the BoI.

Sue Maroney hypocrite and TV1 an accessory to hypocrisy ... fits.


02:30

Heather dPA misses the point "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Right up top, we’ll acknowledge that Scarlette could’ve done things a lot better. She shouldn’t have danced for the Chiefs without security. She shouldn’t have allegedly brokered extra payment for extra jobs. She shouldn’t have taken a single step closer to them when she realised these boys were as drunk as she claims they were. […]

02:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Gentle Art of Political Taxidermy Charles Waterton “Squire” Charles Waterton, 27th Lord of Walton Hall (Yorkshire, England), hated being called an eccentric, but an eccentric he was. He liked to get under the dinner table and bite the legs of his guests like a dog; he walked barefoot in the tropical forests of British […]

01:30

Fat Tony is on fire "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike ‘Fat Tony’ Williams is on fire. His latest column in the HB Today is about holding the ratbags in the Hawkes Bay to account these elections. It looks like the Hawke’s Bay water contamination scandal and the proposed Ruataniwha dam scheme have morphed into one issue in many people’s minds and will influence the […]

00:30

Our Police are awesome. Not that the Labour party want you to think that "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Allegations of misconduct against 135 police officers have been upheld this year – and although 20 have left the force, none have been sacked. Sigh Official figures released earlier this month show almost 1700 complaints were made against officers and police employees, relating to 1312 incidents, from January through until June. Violence, sexual misconduct and […]

00:00

Nick Smith could undermine this Government with his refusal to consult with stakeholders "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chief executive Dion Tuuta says Dr Smith has handled the whole process poorly with a lack of consultation. On a matter of principle the Kermadec proposal was worse than the foreshore and seabed scrap of the early 2000s, which was about right to go to court to test ownership rights, he told TV3’s The Nation […]

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Saturday, 17 September

23:30

Dodgy teacher didn’t quite get fully registered. This could be a good sign "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Steven David Elms started teaching at Te Kuiti Primary School in 2014 but by the end of the first term it was perceived he was overfamiliar with the children, the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal says in a recent decision. Elms was accused of tickling, hugging and playing bullrush with the students. He was also […]

23:00

Who am I? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guess who the mystery person using the 3 clues. Include in your comments how the clues relate to the mystery person

22:30

Why does Phil Goff hang around with dodgy, corrupt, convicted ratbags? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Corrupt former Labour party candidate was in the news again last week for more ratbag behaviour. He is a darling of the Labour party however and in the past both Goff and his putative replacement in MT Roskill Michael Wood have enjoyed being seen with him. But what we can reveal today after information via […]

22:00

Trotter on bogus polls "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The other day we gave Chris Trotter sledge of the day. He was linking to his own post on the bogus polls: ANDREW LITTLE has described the latest One News-Colmar Brunton poll as “bogus”. He insists that “other polls” show the Labour Party doing much better than Colmar Brunton’s figure of 26 percent. It’s a […]

21:30

Labour Party server hacked, for real this time "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I won’t be so mean as to mock the Labour Party, but they should probably go to the World’s Greatest Sysop at The Standard and get some advice on how to clean their compromised server up, and then shut the door. It truly is one of those “there for the grace of God go I” […]

21:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is… arrogate (verb) – 1. To take or claim for oneself without right; appropriate. 2. To ascribe on behalf of another in an unwarranted manner: Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1530s, from Latin arrogatus, past participle of arrogare “to claim for oneself”.

20:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 17 4Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.

10:00

Today’s Trivia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to Daily Trivia. A swarm of 20,000 bees once followed a car for two days because their queen was trapped inside the car. (Source)   Ancient Persians decided something while drunk, they had a rule to reconsider it when sober and if they made a decision sober, they would reconsider it while drunk. (Source)   […]

09:30

Chilly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Caution:  Language

08:30

08:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil Backchat is brought to you byuse coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids  Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You don’t 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. […]

07:45

All Blacks vs Springboks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hi fellow multi-screening tragics.  This is our post for the night.  Just respect the people in Backchat – no rugby talk, no scores, no final result.  Not even when the game is over, just in case someone’s watching later. Bragging rights are back up for grabs:  get your scores in before the game starts.

07:30

University of Auckland and Ministry of Youth Development want to ignore personal responsibility "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Your taxes paid for this mumbo-jumbo: Apparently, obesity in Maori is because of colonisations, racism and many other factors, none of which are the fat bastard’s own personal responsibility. How much were the troughers paid to make this video that exploits children to absolve adults of personal responsibility? It’s like the Waikato professor who blamed […]

07:00

Is “independent” Phil Goff really just a Labour plant in a bigger plan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rob Hosking sees a nefarious rationale behind Phil Goff’s candidacy in Auckland: Mr Goff’s weak points are twofold. One, is he is more tribally Labour, at a national level, than incumbent Len Brown. Labour is targeting the council of the country’s main city, along with Wellington, (it already has Christchurch in the bag). Denuded of […]

06:30

Quelle surprise, ratbag councillor says one thing in public does quite another privately "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hawkes Bay Regional Councillor Cynthia Bowers is a piece of work. She has featured on WOBH before as nominee for Dodgiest Local Body Politician. She is also a supporter of the Dodgy Socialist Dam. So it is no surprise to find out her socialism extends to voting in secret to support a water bottling company […]

06:00

Red Claire speaks the truth about Labour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Red Claire is having kittens and resigning herself to 3 more years of a National government. The Kermadecs stoush overshadowed what was otherwise a very good week for National. It was having a reprieve from the relentless headlines about housing, it unveiled big moves in core bread and butter areas this week: family violence, Auckland […]

05:30

Nanny Phil now wants to tax your supermarket bags "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of the most pressing issues of this campaign appears to be the use of plastic shopping bags in supermarkets. It must be very serious because Phil Goff, the front-runner, now wants to tax or ban plastic shopping bags. Auckland should follow the United Kingdom and charge about 10 cents for plastic supermarket bags, says […]

05:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

—disorderly conduct— from Gabriel Reuben on Vimeo.

04:30

Read this comic to learn more about the ” Islamic State” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I used to use Shakespeare comics to help students grasp the key points of Shakespeare.They helped make a complex play easier to understand. It was the same reasoning behind the brilliant series Horrible Histories that both our children loved. They learned more history reading those books and comics than they ever did at school. A […]

04:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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03:30

Losing Maori support too high a price for Key, but he remains staunch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A year ago the Prime Minister used a trip to New York to announce that 620,000sq km of sea around the islands would be closed forever to fishing and ocean-floor mining. The United Nations General Assembly learned about the sanctuary plan before New Zealand was told, and even before John Key informed his own caucus. […]

03:00

Caption Contest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You know what to do, nice, not nasty.  Give the moderators a day off.  Use the link provided or use photoshop and then share the results below.

02:30

Len 2.0 just showing up for the money "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

John Roughan writes The council gets to discuss big amorphous principles such as environmental sustainability, community engagement and land-use planning objectives but once they have decided these are a good thing, they have to let the officers decide how, where, when and under what conditions they might be put into operation. Anyone who doubts this […]

02:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tosher’s, and Cesspool-Sewermen If you wake up on a Monday morning cursing your job and moaning about your boss, spare a thought for the East Enders of Victorian times – and thank your lucky stars you don’t have to scrape a living as a tosher, a mudlark, a scavenger or a riverman. There is no […]

01:54

Dopey Media Gazzumped by Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In most election campaigns there is at least one moment of supreme humour.

Such was the case yesterday as Donald Trump showed why he is a billionaire and the 'media hacks' are mediocre morons.

From Powerline (You won't see this story in the NYT or WAPO or on cable news)

Last night Trump's campaign issued a statement to the effect that he now believes Obama was born in the USA.

This morning,Trump tweeted "I am now going to the brand new Trump International, Hotel D.C. for a major statement."

The TV networks cleared their regular programmes and went live to the hotel to broadcast Trump's humiliation.   Instead they broadcast live, to millions of viewers, one after another senior military officers, praising the soon to be President Trump.

Millions of dollars worth of TV time and Trump didn't have to pay a penny.  Just called in the gullible suckers who were hoist on their own partisan zeal..

01:52

UNDERSTANDING NORTH KOREA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This article from the New York Times five days ago.  Interesting analysis. Long but well worth reading.  


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Is North Korea irrational? Or does it just pretend to be?

North Korea has given the world ample reason to ask: threats of war, occasional attacks against South Korea, eccentric leaders and wild-eyed propaganda. As its nuclear and missile programs have grown, this past week with a fifth nuclear test, that concern has grown more urgent.

But political scientists have repeatedly investigated this question and, time and again, emerged with the same answer: North Korea’s behavior, far from crazy, is all too rational.

Its belligerence, they conclude, appears calculated to maintain a weak, isolated government that would otherwise succumb to the forces of history. Its provocations introduce tremendous danger, but stave off what Pyongyang sees as the even greater threats of invasion or collapse.

Denny Roy, a political scientist, wrote in a still-cited 1994 journal article that the country’s reputation as a crazy state and for reckless violence had worked to North Korea’s advantage, keeping more powerful enemies at bay. But this image, he concluded, was largely a product of misunderstanding and propaganda.

In some ways, this is more dangerous than irrationality. While the country does not want war, its calculus leads it to cultivate a permanent risk of one — and prepare to stave off defeat, should war happen, potentially with nuclear weapons. That is a subtler danger, but a grave one.

When political scientists call a state rational, they are not saying its leaders always make the best or most moral choices, or that those leaders are paragons of mental fitness. Rather, they are saying the state behaves according to its perceived self-interests, first of which is self-preservation.
When a state is rational, it will not always succeed in acting in its best interests, or in balancing short-term against long-term gains, but it will try. This lets the world shape a state’s incentives, steering it in the desired direction.

States are irrational when they do not follow self-interest. In the “strong” form of irrationality, leaders are so deranged that they are incapable of judging their own interests. In the “soft” version, domestic factors — like ideological zeal or internal power struggles — distort incentives, making states behave in ways that are counterproductive but at least predictable.

North Korea’s actions abroad and at home, while abhorrent, appear well within its rational self-interest, according to a 2003 study by David C. Kang, a political scientist now at the University of Southern California. At home and abroad, he found, North Korean leaders shrewdly determined their interests and acted on them. (In an email, he said his conclusions still applied.)

“All the evidence points to their ability to make sophisticated decisions and to manage palace, domestic and international politics with extreme prec...

01:30

“These people talk shit, so they get shit” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Won’t someone please put this ratbag in jail. A serial dung-slinger who chucked manure at a sitting judge told police he did it because “these people talk s***, so they get s***”. There’s also a lot to be bought in Mangere, where you can get a whole bag for $2, he said. Sam Bracanov, 80, […]

00:30

Have the Social Justice Bullies found a new way to get rid of Hosking? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here at WOBH we refuse to call these clowns Social Justice Warriors. If there was some real fighting to be had they’d be quivering in fear under a feather duvet. Instead we call them Social Justice Bullies…because that’s exactly what they are. Currently, the target du jour is Mike Hosking. One TVNZ employee is banking more […]

00:00

Kim Dotcom uses the Sharia Law defence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kim Dotcom has never been a critic of Islam or Islamic nations but this tweet is designed to elicit sympathy and emotion for his situation so he unashamedly makes the comparison. The first point I will make to challenge his clever comparison is to ask where did the ” affair ” occur? If it occurred […]

Friday, 16 September

23:30

A shortage of sperm donors, how can that be? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Not to be indelicate, but 99.99999% of human sperm is wasted.  How hard is it to get some? Fertility experts say women are waiting for months if not years for donor sperm as a shortage intensifies. And they say if the government does not make a decision soon on foreign imports of donor sperm, they […]

23:00

Who am I? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guess who the mystery person using the 3 clues. Include in your comments how the clues relate to the mystery person

22:30

Are you Homophobic? Take the test UPDATED "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Cam hates the word homophobia because no one is actually scared of a gay person because they are gay. They may not agree with their lifestyle or understand why they are attracted to the same sex but they are certainly not afraid of them which is what a phobia is. Of course when Cam expresses […]

22:00

Is one white crow enough? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

…that young person – the son of a rich-lister, Nikolas Delegat – attacks a female police officer and punches her unconscious and is sentenced to 500-odd hours of community work and a paltry $5000 in reparations. She was off work for two months. Try doing that to a police officer in the United States, Canada, […]

21:30

The Left: a self-actualisation movement for people with emotional issues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It wasn’t just the well-heeled donors at the Cipriani Club who laughed and applauded when Hillary called half of Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables” — “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic.” Her campaign advisers also thought it was a killer line. This wasn’t an off-the-cuff remark captured on a bartender’s cellphone. We know that because: […]

21:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil General Debate is brought to you by use coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there […]

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is… paean (noun) – 1. A song of joyful praise or exultation. 2. A fervent expression of joy or praise. 3. An ancient Greek hymn of thanksgiving or invocation, especially to Apollo. Pronunciation – Silent first “a”. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1590s, from Latin paean “hymn of deliverance,” […]

20:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 16 4The LORD has made everything for His own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.

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