Today’s Daily Blog Watch Round-Up of matters that have attracted the attention, assessments, and articulations of this country’s leading bloggers and on-line satirists…
NZ Left Blogosphere
Gareth on Hot Topic blogs on Canadian megafires send smoke round the globe. Some amazing high altitude images of smoke drifting across the planet…
Gordon Campbell on Werewolf published an Interview with Kim Dotcom, his lawyer Ira Rothken and Eric Goldman.
Gordon starts with this interesting observation,
Accidentally or otherwise, the laws on intellectual property allow corporations to do unto others what can’t be done to them. If for instance, you violate the rights of a record company or a movie studio by forwarding copyrighted material that they own, without payment, they can have you arrested, and you can end up with a criminal conviction on your CV. Yet if a corporation steals your patent? As they do. Under US law, the corporate can be fined and the CEO might get a lot of dirty looks, but business carries on regardless, and with no criminal blemish on the corporate image. Copyright infringement and patent infringement are treated differently by the courts – even though arguably, the “stealing” of intellectual property is involved in both cases.
Brian Edwards on Media makes a Confession of a sentimental socialist and unkind thoughts on Paula Bennett. Brian writes,
A moving force in these ‘reforms’ has been former social welfare beneficiary Paula Bennett who, as a solo mother and university student, received state assistance to look after her daughter and to pursue a tertiary education. She entered Parliament in 2005 as a National Party list MP and has had a highly successful political career. She is currently Minister for Social Development, Employment and Youth Affairs.
The juxtaposition of Paula Bennett’s past and present lifestyles has inevitably invited criticism. The former beneficiary of government support now earns a base salary of $260,000 a year plus a range of perks and allowances amounting to tens of thousands of dollars more. ‘Comfortable’ would be an understatement of her position. She now lives a life of considerable privilege.
LudditeJourno writes on The Hand Mirror, that Racism is a license to kill, and sadly makes the point,
If George Zimmerman and Bruce Emery were afraid, imagine how Trayvon Martin and Pihema Cameron felt, chased down and killed in cold blood. Imagine how it feels to know that other young men who look like you have been killed – just for walking and looking like you. Imagine how it feels to be told by the criminal justice system that those killings don’t count as real crimes, because you don’t count as a real victim.
That’s what we need to change. The dominance of white narratives, telling stories – both historical and current – from one perspective. The white imagination, and the excuses “othering” gives us, for all manner of racist inequalities. The reluctance of white people to call out racism when it’s there, because it might implicate too many of us.
If there’s one thing we’re learned since Zimmerman was found not guilty – it’s that justice does not always automatically win out in the real world.
One thing that we have been blessed with though; the family of Trayvon Martin have called for peace in Trayvon’s name. How easy would it be to scream to the Heavens, demanding bloody justice.
Instead, they ask for peace.
There is hope for the human race in such small acts of generosity and tolerance.
Danyl on The Dim Post blogs on Two things. No – wait! Four things [Updated]. What if…?
Labour and National have a tag team thing on the MASC, according to Morgan Godfery on Maui Street. This is a nasty, tawdry little plan to prevent a proposed inquiry into the 2007 Urewera raids.
This is shameful. For Labour to be complicit in this cover-up of one of the most violent events in recent history is repugnant.
For this alone, every Maori seat should be lost to the Mana Party. Labour does not deserve to win them.
Caleb Morgan sez Democracy is so 20th century on Cut Your Hair, and analyses the post-modern aspects of Key’s regime. Especially when,
Those pesky experts have been at it again this week… Current New Zealander of the Year Dame Anne Salmond joins the Law Society and the Human Rights Commission in raising alarm about the “assault upon the democratic rights of New Zealanders” that is the GCSB bill currently being rushed through Parliament.
Salmond says ”When a body as authoritative and dispassionate as the Law Society feels forced to report to the United Nations that the Government in New Zealand is acting in conflict with the rule of law, all New Zealanders should be very worried.”
On Bowalley Road, Chris Trotter points out that justice is a process Being Seen Being “Done”, and the manner in which the Labour caucus dumped the proposed amendment to the Party’s constitution to allow more female MPs to be selected was unconstitutional and contrary to the history of the Labour Party.
Chris is not pleased with Shearer’s retreat in the face of media, right wing bloggers, and National Party attacks and instead demanded that the Labour leader should have been more staunch in the face of such criticism.
If you haven’t already done so, check out The enlightened solution to street begging on Bat, Bean, Beam. Blogger Giovanni Tiso is not happy with what Wellington and Auckland city council’s are proposing – concluding that the “failures” of neo-liberalisms “reforms” should be there for all to see – not swept under the carpet.
On Frogblog, Gareth Hughes suggests we Adopt an MP,
When tackling ways to fix this, the idea was raised: why not get geeks to adopt an MP and provide them with advice or simply be a friendly non-judging place to ask questions?
Also, Kevin Hague discusses the mixed bag that is the Psychoactive Substances Bill and which could have been great. Kevin writes that,
Mojo moved an amendment to instead still require applicants to prove their product was low risk, but without using data from animal testing, essentially setting a higher barrier. Unfortunately this was rejected by National, Peter Dunne and Brendan Horan (and NZ First abstained).
Which shows the level of concern that Dunne, Horan, and the NZ First caucus have toward the harm caused to animals, used to test these “fun” drugs,
Frankly Speaking also condemns the passing of the Bill with a very short, simple, and absolutely shaming blogpost; The consequences of the Psychoactive Substances Bill – our shame. Shameful and disgusting indeed.
Also read up on which National MP admitted collusion with bosses to set up strike-breaking law!! Frank rips Jami-Lee Ross a new one…
QoT on Ideologically Impure takes a well-deserved swipe at the religious fanatic-cum-doctor, in Blenheim, who refused to prescribe contraception to his patient because of his Old Testament religious views. Evidently worship of his god involves unwanted pregnancies for teenagers.
Evidently, this young woman had not yet completed “her job”, Breeding for Jesus.
We seem to have our own fucking moralistic Christian Taliban in this country.
Anyway, read QoT’s piece on Conscience exceptions are for people with a conscience.
On a less serious note, Andrew Geddis on The Pundit sez he just might die with a smile on my face after all. Satire seems to be a growing thing throughout the blogosphere at the moment…
Which leads us on to The Civilian. This one may upset a few folk – and bring a smile to others,
In what witnesses are describing as a horrific scene, former All Black Joe Karam has been found dead along with a number of other prominent Bain supporters, including lawyer Michael Reed and retired Canadian judge Ian Binnie, in the Christchurch home of David Bain.
Police say there were five victims in total, but have yet to name the remaining two.
From the Daily Blog
NZ Taiwan FTA – Prof Jane Kelsey writes,
There are more important, indeed fundamental, constitutional issues that arise when the government outsources the negotiation of any international treaty. Those concerns intensify when that agreement carries significant liabilities and constraints on the autonomy of future elected governments.
The political issue of the 2014 election – Martyn Bradbury writes,
The inequality that National has exacerbated has created two NZs. Those who have benefitted from the $400m per year tax cuts and those who have not. National are championing policy for the wealthy at the direct cost of the poor and if that injustice isn’t enough to motivate engagement, then nothing will.
Those bloody teachers… – Dianne Khan writes,
“Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice? Bloody teachers. Typical that they don’t want testing – trying to hide that they’re all useless. What about our poor kids? Gnash gnash.”
The Maori Party, the I’m-Not-Racist-Pakeha Party, the Gambling-My-Money-Away Party, and John Key’s Party – Frank Macskasy looks at
* Racists in the Pakeha Party * Highly excitable Journos * The National/Skycity deal * and John Key as Minister of Tourism
Time to hit the streets again? – John Minto writes,
I think it’s time to hit the streets again in defence of democracy and push back hard against the Key government’s corporate agenda for New Zealand.
Blogpost of the Day #1
This brilliant piece by Rex Ahdar on The Pundit compares Stuart Broad and the Decline of the West in a way that is hard to ignore,
Is failing to “walk” in cricket symptomatic of a wider malaise?
Read and ask yourself; which side would you be on?
Blogpost of the Day #2
From The Jackal, this is what David Ruck – founder of the racist “Pakeha Party” FB page, has to say about striking workers… David Ruck exposed
This ignorant little prick casually tells workers at McDonald’s to get a better-paying job elsewhere because they “so easy” to come by.
Right wing scum.
Action of the Week
The Speaker has agreed that the SkyCity pokies deal will be a conscience vote in Parliament. This came about after Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei wrote to the Speaker pointing out that in the past legislation dealing with gambling issues had been dealt with as a conscience issue. That means Government MPs can vote against this dirty deal that will lead to more problem gambling and more harm to thousands of families.
This is also an opportunity for Aucklanders and anyone who cares about the damage inflicted on children and families from problem gambling, to contact their MPs and make their feelings known.
If you wish to contact any of these MPs click on this link:
If you care – do it.
Thought for the Day
~ Joe Blogger,
“The Daily Blog Watch” Editor, Imbiber of Fine Sugary Drinks, & moa tail-docker