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Green Hypocrisy on Coat-tailing and strategic voting

The Green taliban are at their sanctimonious best with their hyperbole over strategic voting and coat-tailing.

The only way they are going to get into power is because of coat-tailing and strategic voting.

But while they hyperventilate over it we should perhaps remind ourselves of their hypocrisy.

First up is Denise Roche and her outright lies despite being caught on camera, where she secretly endorsed Jacinda Ardern Рwhile Labour railed against the cup of tea?

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Great news: Green Party agrees plastics are the way to the future

Gareth Hughes announced yesterday that 3D printing/manufacturing was going to be something the Green Party can get behind. ¬†So much in fact, they made it part for the “blueprint” for the future.

So I though it would be a good opportunity to have a look and see why the Green Party has thrown away decades of opposition to oil exploration, oil extraction, oil refining, and of course the result of all this, plastics.

But not all plastics are created equal. ¬†Plastics are bad. ¬†As is oil. ¬†But somehone, “3D” plastics are not.

(Perhaps we need to invent 3D oil?)

Now, truth be known, not all plastics are created equal, and we have been educated to hate plastic bags, and those things that used to hold 6 cans together, because somewhere in the world a tortoise gets stuck in them. ¬†And who can argue with that. ¬†Tortoises don’t come in six packs.

For 3D printing, you need a plastic called “Thermoplastic”.

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene¬†(ABS) (chemical formula¬†(C8H8)x¬∑ (C4H6)y¬∑(C3H3N)z) is a common¬†thermoplastic. Its¬†glass transition¬†temperature is approximately 105 ¬įC (221 ¬įF).¬†ABS is¬†amorphous¬†and therefore has no true melting point.

ABS is a¬†terpolymer¬†made by polymerizing¬†styrene¬†and¬†acrylonitrile¬†in the presence of¬†polybutadiene. The proportions can vary from 15 to 35% acrylonitrile, 5 to 30%¬†butadiene¬†and 40 to 60% styrene. The result is a long chain of polybutadiene criss-crossed with shorter chains of poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile). The¬†nitrilegroups from neighboring chains, being polar, attract each other and bind the chains together, making ABS stronger than pure¬†polystyrene. The styrene gives the plastic a shiny, impervious surface. The polybutadiene, a¬†rubbery¬†substance, provides resilience even at low¬†temperatures. For the majority of applications, ABS can be used between ‚ąí20 and 80¬†¬įC (‚ąí4 and 176¬†¬įF) as its mechanical properties vary with temperature.¬†The properties are created by¬†rubber toughening, where fine particles of elastomer are distributed throughout the rigid matrix. — Wikipedia

You can see what set Gareth’s motor spinning. ¬†This isn’t “just plastic”, this is “amorphous” and who can resist¬†styrene-co-acrylonitrile? ¬†The Green Party certainly can’t. ¬† Read more »

Green Taliban’s “3D blueprint” for the future nothing but hype

New Zealand Green Party printing plastic logos

New Zealand Green Party printing plastic logos

Now, go get some Paracetemol, because what I’m about to tell you will ¬†make your head hurt

Green Party information and technology spokesperson Gareth Hughes launched a component of the Green Party’s Smart Green Innovation package today.

The Blueprint For The Future, a digital manufacturing strategy for New Zealand, will:

‚ÄĘ develop a digital manufacturing strategy;

‚ÄĘ support and develop 3D printing;

‚ÄĘ educate and empower students in the use of digital manufacturing.

“This component, like the Green Party’s proposed structural timber award, is a blueprint for the future,” said Mr Hughes. ¬†[ opportunity gone begging: ¬†The Greenprint For the Futuretm ¬†]

“The world is changing, we need to change with it and invest more in smart green innovation like digital manufacturing.

“We need to be investing more into smart green manufacturing and digital manufacturing technologies like 3D printing, which offer new economic opportunities. Read more »

Gareth Hughes going to nerd conventions on your dime

Gareth Hughes states at The Daily Blog:

I spent Sunday campaigning in Hamilton and chatting to people about the issues facing them. It was pretty clear that more and more people are starting to realise that this Government doesn’t have the interests of everyday Kiwis at heart and are looking for alternatives.

But here is what he was actually doing…attending Armageddon in Hamilton.

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Hey Clint! Will you start bashing the Greens now you work for Cunners?

Clint Smith aka James Henderson aka Steve Pierson, a blogger at The Standard and former green staffer has cut and run, poached by David Cunliffe to work for Labour.

Labour has had its own ”Hey Clint!” moment.

Leader David Cunliffe’s chief of staff Matt McCarten has confirmed the party has recruited the Green Party’s political and media adviser, Clint Smith, to beef up selling its economic message.

Smith, who had earlier worked for Labour before going across to the Greens, shot to prominence when, during a television interview, MP Gareth Hughes turned to him with a ”Hey Clint!” to check if the party was happy its power policy had put a dent in the Mighty River Power sale.¬† Read more »

Green Taliban only likes science when they agree with it

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Felix Marwick at Newstalk ZB picks his jaw up from his desk long enough to report this bit of cognitive dissonance

The Green Party appears to be contradicting official advice when it comes to its opposition to seabed mining off the Taranaki coast.

MP Gareth Hughes has issued a statement saying the iron sand mining project could negatively impact the health of Blue Whales and other marine mammals. ¬† Read more »

Hide on Jones

Rodney Hide looks at Shane Jones and his showing up of leader David Cunliffe.

The news this week is that the Greens have an MP named Gareth Hughes. And that Labour’s Shane Jones has been calling him names. And that Hughes has complained.

Say what?

Calling each other names is what politicians do. Besides, Jones’ name-calling was rather good. I had to look it up. He called Hughes a “mollymawk”. He then swapped to “mollyhawk”. That’s better.

A mollymawk is a type of albatross. A mollyhawk a young black-backed gull. Perfect. In one obscure word Jones captured the image of juvenile squawking. He summed up the Greens rather well.

Hughes is more like a seagull than he realises…he swoops in squawking and flapping, craps everywhere then flys out again to go do it all again somewhere else.

The name-calling and complaint are excellent political theatre and the stuff of headlines. But behind the theatre, deeper political machinations are in play.

Jones came a distant third in Labour’s race to be leader but you would think he had won it with the headlines he has been generating. He launched into Countdown, then foreign students, and now the Greens. He’s been on the front foot, with his hapless leader David Cunliffe on the back.

The contrasting performance is stark and it’s clear that Jones is emboldened. He hasn’t given up his leadership ambitions. He is clearly positioning for leader should Labour fall short this election. ¬† Read more »

Jones flipping bird at Cunliffe, still kicking the Greens

Shane Jones has ignored the orders of his leader and continues to lambast the Green party, yesterday attacking Russel Norman:

Labour’s attempt to muzzle its outspoken MP, Shane Jones, has lasted less than a day.

Mr Jones was told off by his leader for comparing Green MP Gareth Hughes to a screeching bird.

Today he took a shot at Green co-leader Russel Norman, saying he will not be lectured on the environment by an Australian.

Seemingly to prove he cannot be silenced, he let rip at Dr Norman, extending the anti-Australian attack he has used against Countdown to the Australian-born MP.

“I’m not going to have an Australian running the New Zealand Green Party, lecturing me about environment and economics in the north,” says Mr Jones.

Perhaps that is why Russel is taking elocution lessons.

Dr Norman launched a counter-attack, accusing Mr Jones of copying Prime Minster John Key.

“The Prime Minister does it quite a lot; he’s also very critical of migrants,” says Dr Norman. “It turns out a part of the Labour Party doesn’t like migrants either. Every time Mr Jones opens his mouth the Green Party vote goes up, so I encourage Mr Jones to speak out.”

Mr Jones was told to keep his mouth shut by Labour’s new chief of staff, Matt McCarten.¬† Read more »