OURS IS NOT JUST A RAPE CULTURE: it’s a Kill Culture, a Rip-off Culture and a Lie Culture as well. But, rather than attempting to reconcile ourselves to living in a multiplicity of malign cultures, it is probably more helpful to think of ourselves as inhabiting a single Exploitative Culture. One in which human-beings are consistently treated as means to another’s end – not as ends in themselves.Read More →
Location confusion must not detract from civilian casualties, a dead girl and serious breaches of defence force rulesRead More →
Let me get this straight – the NZDF knew the only thing wrong with accusations of war crimes was that they were mistaken villages?
It is now up to the media to rip the NZDF to pieces. They’ve lied to you as much as they have lied to the people of NZ, surely you can’t let them lie directly to your faces and you’ll just accept it?Read More →
The Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating presented the NZDF response to the book Hit and Run at a press conference on Monday 27 March 2017. For 45 minutes he and his colleagues suggested that everything in the book was incorrect.
The Hit and Run authors have now had time to study the defence chief’s statements. Our conclusion is that the NZDF criticisms are wrong – with one exception – and that they have failed to address almost everything of substance in the book. This is what a cover up looks like.Read More →
Winston is blowing so many dog whistles at once of late that it may as well be a dog bagpipe.
He’s going to starve his brain of any oxygen if he keeps going.Read More →
I think pitiful is the best single word to sum up this deal.Read More →
The breakfast launch of the joint Labour/Greens fiscal rules policy last week was pleasantly surprising. They actually haven’t boxed themselves into a rigid set of rules. At the outset they downplayed the use of mechanical orthodox indicators like surpluses and net debt to judge success:Read More →
The “anti-smacking” bill was never about taking away your right to discipline your children. It was about taking away legal sanctuary for those who abuse children.Read More →
The AM Show have made the claims of war crimes into a joke and they went up against a person who takes it incredibly seriously.Read More →
Yay, more Chinese tourists to pour into NZ when our infrastructure can’t cope with the huge numbers of tourists we now have.Read More →
…the book already crosses the evidential threshold for a criminal investigation and NZ is signed up to international laws that impact our domestic laws.Read More →
…OBVIOUSLY we should be transitioning our farmers away from environmentally destructive Dairy intensification towards cannabis production. We could grow some of the best cannabis in the world and Treasury predict a properly regulated and taxed cannabis market would generate half a billion dollars each year in taxes and prohibition cost savings.Read More →
As far as Labour are concerned, a vote for the Maori Party is a vote for National, and that’s why Labour are hell bent on limiting their influence at the election.Read More →
LATEST POLL: Maori Party steal NZ First’s Kingmaker Crown while Winston dog whistles legal right to bash children
Some interesting results here, but the sudden jump in Maori Party support and collapse of NZ First looks more like a rogue poll than a genuine shift in political allegiances.Read More →
There’s a pattern. The government lets companies regulate themselves until they get exposed for causing damage to the public interest. Deny, fudge, delay, until there is enough of an outcry that it starts to be politically damaging. At that stage, the government does just enough to make the public think that the problem is sorted. But not enough to stop the companies from making big profits.Read More →
The construction of this book was a painstaking and dangerous enterprise. John Stephenson risked life and limb by returning to the villages and interviewing survivors, and assembling the family trees of the dead and wounded. Empty shell casings from Apache helicopter cannon rounds were collected and photographed. A series of locally sourced stories from the Pajhwok News Agency, pointing to civilian deaths and casualties were filed. And, as mentioned earlier, a locally documented list of the dead and wounded was obtained and photocopied. By triangulating this material with the admissions of anonymous sources throughout the SAS and NZDF, Hager and Stephenson have built a powerful case.Read More →