I call them the Media Party for a reason: Look at their reporting on “inequality” and “poverty”

Regular readers will know that I call the media, in general, the Media Party. I do that for a reason, because of their willingness to actually get involved in the political process rather than report on it. A closer look at the increase in reporting os “inequality” and “poverty” shows you just how involved the Media party is in the political process.

Neville Gibson at NBR explains this clearly using just one example of a Media party person and hack academic, Bryce Edwards.


While the left has plenty of internal divisions about its priorities and strategies, it thrives on persuading its sympathisers in the media that some issues can gain traction.

These are collectively known as identity issues and Dr Edwards has produced a fine set of graphs on his blog to make the point. He has tracked media coverage of certain “radical” terms over the terms of the six Labour and National governments since 2000.

These terms will be recognised by NBR readers, who may also wonder why they have become more familiar in recent years. They comprise inequality, poverty, gender, feminism, identity politics, capitalism, race/racism, political correctness, ethnicity and working class and Marxism.

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Funny they should mention Quad Bike deaths

A quad bike accident in Taupō on Saturday night left one person dead and another with moderate injuries, bringing the number of deaths from quad bikes this year to ten, a record for a single year.

The former director of Lincoln University’s Telford campus, Charley Lamb, said the deaths were occurring as a result of crush injuries, which research showed roll bars would prevent.

“Very few bikes have roll over protection, which of course they should do. Whether people want to debate that and argue that, they can. But they used to do the same about safety frames on tractors and they did the same about seatbelts in cars.”

“There’s no doubt that roll over protection on quads will stop crush injuries and stop deaths. It won’t stop injuries.”

He said the government’s refusal to require roll bars, coupled with a reduction in the agricultural training budget and a failure to classify agriculture as a high-risk industry, have created a “perfect storm”.

Three days ago we had a look at the insane situation where just one differential domestic pool drowning death a year has caused a huge amount of clipboard carrying dicks going around nit picking people over their pool fences.

Near the end of that article, as a throw-away line, I said Read more »

Mental Health Break

Tick, Tick, Tick, Germany’s countdown to civil war has started


When an elected  government recklessly endangers a country…

When the police force are no longer able to control the criminal elements…

When the general public no longer feel safe inside their own country….

People start to take the law into their own hands. Germany is at a tipping point. Police are unable to protect German women so German Biker Gangs have taken on the role of protectors. Without the rule of law they are not acting just to defend women from actual attacks but are targeting men based on their culture, race and migrant status. The innocent are being hurt along with the guilty. The rule of law is now under threat. How long before civil disobedience turns into civil war?

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Map of the Day


Funniest, Weirdest & Rudest Place Names of Tasmania

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Key, doing what he does best

Prime Minister John Key heads to India this week, trying to drum up business and with an eye on the future of the economic giant.

His visit is a flying one – essentially just two-and-a-half days of engagements, which includes meeting with counterpart Narendra Mode.

But he says it is aimed at growing existing ties and looking for more ways the countries can work together, despite a free-trade deal looking some way off.

Mr Key will be accompanied by about 34 industry reps from a range of sectors, including well outside our main commodity exports.

“I can confidently say there are increasing opportunities for New Zealand businesses … from education, manufacturing and food and beverage to IT and aviation,” Mr Key says.

Free-trade talks started in 2010 and there have been 10 rounds since, but officials say they aren’t even close to reaching a deal without the political will from India.

New Zealand doesn’t export a lot of dairy products to India – the country has a policy of being self-sufficient for milk production and protecting its smaller farmers, and it puts an average 33.5 per cent tariff on dairy products.

Tariffs on some agricultural products can be as high as 100 per cent, which makes it uneconomic for outsiders.

Officials say they don’t want to really compete with Indian growers, but with between 40 and 50 per cent of food there going to waste, they say there is a lot of unfulfilled demand and New Zealand storage and distribution systems could help.

But despite no FTA there has been a dramatic increase in the trade of services – in New Zealand’s favour – mainly driven by education.

Five years ago, Mr Key was in India and launched the NZ Inc India Strategy, which aimed to grow this country’s exports there to $2 billion by 2015, among other things.

That hasn’t happened. However, once you thrown in services exports the two-way trade between the two is worth $2.4b. Read more »

Greens want to cancel Dirty, DIRTY gas power plant

Time is running out for the Government to decide whether people will get a say on Nova Energy’s proposal to build a large gas-fired power plant in south Waikato with significant impacts on the environment and climate change, the Green Party said today.

“The Government should ‘call in’ Nova’s application to build a new gas-fired power plant as a matter of national significance so everyone gets to have a say, because it will affect New Zealand’s commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement,” said Green Party energy and resources spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“New Zealand has committed to reducing our climate pollution under the Paris Climate Agreement, so it would be ridiculous to allow big new sources of climate pollution to be built.

“It would be a massive failure of policy and leadership to allow a new power plant that could emit an estimated 425,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution a year and dismiss its impacts on the climate.

“Almost 3000 people have signed a petition asking Nick Smith to show leadership about this power station.

“The Resource Management Act says that whether a project is relevant to New Zealand’s international obligations to the global environment – like the Paris Climate Agreement – is a factor in deciding if it’s a matter of national significance that can be ‘called in’.

This dirty power plant could need another 17,000 trees planted to suck up all the CO2 pollution it could spew out.

17,000 trees.   To combat the DIRTY power plant. Read more »

Retirement age, National and using ACT as a Trojan Horse

ACT Leader David Seymour is commending Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell for starting the conversation New Zealanders need to have about Super and retirement, and challenging other leaders to put their cards on the table for younger voters to see before next years’ election.

“ACT is the only party in parliament willing to have this debate, with every other leader running a mile from a sensible discussion,” says Seymour, “the figures Maxwell provides speak for themselves, with the number of over 65s doubling, the cost of super tripling, and the number of workers supporting each retiree falling from 4.4 to just 2.4 over the coming 20 years.”

Last year ACT proposed having a referendum on Super instead of the flag, but could not gain cross party support for taking on the issue.

“Ultimately this is about what sort of character we want in our governments. Do we want a Government that looks into the future and confronts difficult challenges, as the Retirement Commissioner is doing, or one that tells younger New Zealanders we’re not even allowed to discuss the future.

While there are a number of possible changes, ACT supports a gradual increase in the age of eligibility from 65 to 67, at a pace of two months per year every year beginning as soon as possible. Read more »


Photo of the Day

Digitally manipulated photo.

Digitally manipulated photo.

Project A119

U.S. Had Secret Plan to Nuke Moon During Cold War

The U.S. considered detonating an atomic bomb on the moon in an effort to intimidate the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War

During 1958 and 1959 the US Air Force studied project A119 which called for the explosion of a nuclear weapon on the surface of the Moon. This project remained secret until 2000, when Leonard Reiffel, a former scientist of the Illinois Institute of Technology revealed its existence.

It may sound like a plot straight out of a science fiction novel, but a U.S. mission to blow up the moon with a nuke was very real in the 1950s. At the height of the space race, the U.S. considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon as a display of America’s Cold War muscle. The secret project, innocuously titled ‘A Study of Lunar Research Flights’ and nicknamed ‘Project A119,’ was never carried out.

In 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into low earth orbit. It was the planet’s first artificial satellite—and much to the apprehension of the Pentagon and U.S. policymakers, it belonged to the Russians . The Space Race had begun and America was losing.

The decades that followed were a parade of Cold War paranoia, technological innovation and bizarre military strategies. Both the East and West wanted to make sure the world knew who was the top superpower. But how?

Being the first to the moon was the top prize. In the early days of the Space Race, both countries thought the best way to prove they’d been to the moon was to nuke it.

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It happens rarely, but Labour and I agree on something


via Stuff


The government shouldn’t help Joseph Parker’s bid for the world boxing title in Auckland in December, Labour says.

Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan has asked the government to help pay the bill for hosting the event.

Lonergan is reported as saying the bout may need seven-figure contributions from sponsors and the government if the fight for the WBO world heavyweight title was to go ahead.

The government said the application was being assessed and it didn’t yet have a view on it. Read more »