May 2014

Saturday nightCap

Confronting neo-Nazis and KKK and asking simple question


Today’s Trivia




In 2008 Stephen Hawking cruised on a zero-g flight. (source)


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Unaired raw Green Party conference footage


He will destroy, anybody… (I think we’re safe)


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Saturday roundup


Irony?  The Internet Party makes a major announcement and needs the Main Stream Media to broadcast it for them, while the Green Party streams its keynote speaker and leaders’ announcements via the Internet.

That said… it was UNWATCHABLE… with constant buffering, even on a 100 Mbit fiber connection.  It was also unwatchable.

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John Drinnan should stop interviewing his keyboard

It is widely thought by many, including those he shares an office with, that John Drinnan interviews his keyboard.

An opinion column by media columnist John Drinnan earlier today indicated that jobs cuts were imminent at Radio New Zealand following a board meeting yesterday. The RNZ board has since confirmed this is not correct. The Herald regrets the error and any distress it may have caused RNZ staff.

The full statement follows:

Statement from the Chairman of the Radio New Zealand Board of Governors
The Radio New Zealand Board Chairman, Richard Griffin, and the Radio New Zealand Board of Governors totally reject the suggestion in an article by John Drinnan in the New Zealand Herald on Friday 30th May that between 12 and 15 Radio New Zealand News staff are to lose their jobs and that the job cuts were approved by the Radio New Zealand Board of Governors yesterday.

The Herald regrets the error but not John Drinnan…who thinks there is nothing to be sorry about.    Read more »

The Greens are going to need those printing presses soon

The Green party has announced more than $280 million of extra health spending so far this year…more than the surplus forecast by Bill English.  Read more »

The politics of race, envy and hate

Matthew Hooton calls out David Cunliffe for the politics of race, envy and hate.

It’s always nice to have your advice accepted.

On Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon on Monday, I recommended David Cunliffe tackle Labour’s disastrous post-budget polls by trying out the politics of race, envy and hate. After all, these have strong records of changing polls throughout the western world.

Mr Cunliffe didn’t let me down. That very evening, TV3 reported Mr Cunliffe channelling Winston Peters, blaming migrants for house-price inflation, hospital waiting lists and overcrowded schools. While there is some dispute about how his words were meant to be interpreted – an occupational hazard with dog-whistle politics – Mr Cunliffe has appeared to float a new target of as few as 5000 new arrivals a year, which would represent a 92%cut.

Labour’s Trevor Mallard later clarified that the party plans no changes to New Zealanders having a right to return home; to Australians, Cook Islanders, Niueans and Tokelauans having an absolute right of access to New Zealand; to quota arrangements with Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Kiribati; or to refugees arriving mainly from Myanmar, Colombia, Bhutan, Iraq and Sri Lanka. Instead, Labour would target work visas and family reunifications.

In practice, this means migration from the UK – still by far our biggest source of permanent and long-term arrivals other than from Australia – followed by China, India, the US Germany, the Philippines, France, Japan, Canada, South Korea and Ireland.

And let’s cut to the chase: not since the 1970s has anyone complained about whinging Poms. When Mr Peters, Mr Cunliffe and others talk about immigration, they intend their words to be understood as referring primarily to arrivals from China and India – and, in particular, the former.

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