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Economic Impacts Of Pandemics

Friday, 5 June 2020, 11:45 am | Keith Rankin

The conversation around the 2020 covid19 pandemic has been widely framed as 'health versus the economy'. It has been quite political, with people leaning to the left emphasising 'health', and people leaning to the right emphasising 'the economy'. ... More >>

The Problems With Testing And Case Statistics For Covid-19 By Nathan Hoturoa Gray

Friday, 5 June 2020, 10:44 am | Nathan Hoturoa Gray

To begin to understand disease transmission in a country requires adequate testing of your population with properly vetted, accurate tests. As the world struggles to find what 'adequate percentage' of the population is necessary, (estimates predict ... More >>

Time for decisive tourism action, not reimagination

Friday, 5 June 2020, 10:40 am | Aroha NZ Tours

Reimagining tourism is like calling in an architect instead of the fire service while your house is still burning down. That’s what a tourism representative told Parliament’s Epidemic Response Committee recently, and she has a point. More >>

The Establishment Only Dislikes Trump Because He Puts An Ugly Face On The Empire

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 5:34 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

Barack Obama has given his perfunctory speech about the Black Lives Matter protests taking place in America today, and it was every bit as full of pretty words and empty of actual substance as you'd expect from a president who spent eight years stagnating ... More >>

‘Wolf Warrior Diplomacy’: Israel’s China Strategy In Peril

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 4:10 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Israel’s balancing act that allowed it to reap America’s unconditional and, often, blind support, while slowly benefiting from China’s growing economic influence and political prestige, is already floundering. Thanks to the heated cold war between ... More >>

None Of Your Business: China, Hong Kong And A Question Of Sovereignty

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 3:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam seemed to relish it before the cameras this week. The United States was enduring extensive shudders of internal instability in the wake of the George Floyd protests . Dubious proposals to deploy the military ... More >>

U.S. Military Should Stick to Slaughtering Foreigners

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 3:47 pm | David Swanson

Here’s what should happen now, judging by what I see on social and other media. More >>

The coronavirus crisis shows why New Zealand urgently needs a commissioner for older people

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 3:41 pm | The Conversation

COVID-19 harms older people most. Now more than ever they need an advocate to protect their rights and their health. More >>

Crisis, disintegration and hope: only urgent intervention can save New Zealand's media

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 3:35 pm | The Conversation

COVID-19 has accelerated the disintegration of New Zealand's media. A state-led reconstruction strategy is the only answer. More >>

Phone sales tumble as pandemic bites

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 1:57 pm | Digitl

.Global sales of smartphones to end users declined 20.2 percent in the first quarter of 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. The global shelter-in-place combined with the economic uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic led to demand for smartphones ... More >>

UFB uptake closes on a million as 58 percent connect

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 1:50 pm | Digitl

Crown Infrastructure Partners reports a total of 966,773 homes and businesses were connected to the UFB fibre network at the end of March. More >>

Working from home: Networks for beginners

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 1:40 pm | Digitl

Working from home may mean you need a better domestic data networks. That way you can Zoom with colleague while others watch Netflix or give the Playstation a workout. Here’s what you need to know before you upgrade. Basics Before we get down to details, ... More >>

On The Politics Of Using The Word “Fascist”

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 11:57 am | Gordon Campbell

“Fascist” is one of those labels with the ability to capsize any debate. Call your opponents “fascists” – or “agitators” or “terrorists” or “scum” and you’ve taken the option of mutual respect and compromise off the table. Interesting ... More >>

Call for government to ban plastic drink bottles

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 11:38 am | RNZ

Greenpeace is calling on the government to make New Zealand the first country in the world to ban plastic drink bottles. More >>

Objections Mount To Chlorination Of Reefton Water

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 11:13 am | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Reefton people have come out strongly against proposals to chlorinate the town water supply. The Inangahua Community Board meeting last night heard that nearly a third of the submissions on the Buller District Council annual plan this year had come ... More >>

Woodlands Retirees: “We Will Be Forced From Our Homes”

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 11:07 am | Charlotte Jones - Local Democracy Reporter

Woodlands residents fear proposed council rate rises of between 8 to 13 percent may force them from their homes. Elderly people in the area say money is already tight on the pension and a rate rise would see them reach breaking point. “Surely ... More >>

Covid-19 rules and restrictions on businesses to be lifted under alert level 1

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 9:58 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says there will still be strict controls on the border, but all current rules and restrictions on businesses and services will be "essentially lifted" under alert level 1. More >>

Mindframes And Doughnuts

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 2:33 pm | Keith Rankin

When things go wrong with economic life, it's easy to blame economics; that is, the academic discipline called 'economics'. We all live economic lives, and use metaphors to give meaning to that amorphous thing we call 'the economy' and to our individual ... More >>

Protests Across New Zealand Over US Police Murder Of George Floyd

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 1:52 pm | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters Tens of thousands of people joined protests and vigils in New Zealand on Monday in solidarity with the mass movement that has erupted in the United States following the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Media ... More >>

Avoiding The Obvious: Skim Reading, Exams And The Internet

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 1:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is the anxiety-inducing nightmare for the studious: A dream where you find yourself in an exam hall, which might, on ordinary days, be a gym or some other facility. It is repurposed for that most cruel of blood sports: sorting out the learned from ... More >>

Can You Socially Distance At A Black Lives Matter Rally? How To Protest In A Coronavirus Pandemic

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 10:19 am | The Conversation

The death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police has sparked protests across the United States and inspired many people to reflect on our own history of police violence against Indigenous people in Australia and New Zealand ... More >>

Covid19 Cries Out For Basic Incomes

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 9:49 am | Perce Harpham

    This article is a self-contained beginning to a forthcoming small book by Perce Harpham. It is entitled "Why are the Poor poor?" and is expected to be available in ebook and book form from Amazon as well as in ebook ... More >>

Government reveals free trades training for next 2.5 years

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 4:50 pm | RNZ

Courses and training in construction, agriculture and community work will be free for the next two-and-a-half years, Jacinda Ardern and Chris Hipkins have announced. More >>

Global Protests Erupt In Solidarity With Racial Justice Defenders In US

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 4:24 pm | Common Dreams - Julia Conley

"Police brutality has created a flashpoint for unrest that was already simmering," read an editorial published Monday in The Times of London. by Julia Conley, staff writer People hold placards as they join a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march at ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The George Floyd Protests

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 2:51 pm | Gordon Campbell

Poverty, discrimination and repeated acts of police brutality all help to explain the rage being expressed on the streets of American cities right now after the death of George Floyd but there is a more immediate cause as well : Decades of research ... More >>

Winston Peters Calling For Move To Alert Level 1 After Protests

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 10:58 am | RNZ

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in MP3 format . Thousands turned out in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch yesterday to protest against the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But the large gatherings have angered ... More >>

How Much Violence And Destruction Is Enough For Depraved American Leaders And Their Subjects?

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 9:52 am | John Stanton

“ Without trampling through all the historical details, we can designate the entire history of [Americans]—the glorious past so eulogized by our fathers—as the history of shame, for in that history there is more betrayal, apostasy, perfidious intrigue, ... More >>

Let’s Burn The Whole Thing Down: Death, Protest And George Floyd

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 9:25 am | Binoy Kampmark

Mobs are unruly, headless things. The message is the action. The platform is often violence. But what is happening across the United States cannot simply be labelled as a looting-leads-to-shooting episode. It ranks as another chapter of enraged despair ... More >>

Many US Journalists Arrested After New York Times Falsely Claims That Doesn’t Happen In America

Monday, 1 June 2020, 4:12 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

In a shockingly brazen display of authoritarianism, police arrested a CNN reporter named Omar Jimenez the other day while he was live on air covering the protest of George Floyd's murder by police in Minneapolis. The arrest was preceded by hours ... More >>

Twitter Censorship, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Sunday, 31 May 2020, 5:11 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

If people truly understood the extent to which mental narrative dominates their experience of life, propaganda, advertising and all other forms of psychological manipulation would be regarded by our society similarly to physical assault or property ... More >>

Nothing Is Certain But Death, Taxes, And Police Infiltration Of US Protests

Sunday, 31 May 2020, 5:06 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

A video has been circulating of a white man casually smashing the windows of a Minneapolis shop with a hammer during protests against the police murder of George Floyd. The man is clearly trying to hide his identity by wearing a gas mask, carrying a large ... More >>

InternetNZ’s digital inclusion plan

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 3:02 pm | Digitl

Twenty organisations have pulled in behind InternetNZ’s call on the government for greater digital inclusion . More >>

Turns out I’m almost certainly a bot

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 2:56 pm | Digitl

According to Botsight , I am “almost certainly a bot”. Or at least my Twitter account is. More >>

5G tower attacks: It's not protest, it's sabotage

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 2:47 pm | Digitl

Police are investigating after two fires in Ōtāhuhu and Favona in the early hours of this morning. More >>

Rural Connectivity Group adds 29 sites in lockdown

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 2:27 pm | Digitl

During the Covid–19 lockdown the Rural Connectivity Group switched on 29 new sites. The new sites connect about 2000 homes and businesses to fixed wireless broadband and increase the reach of the mobile networks. This includes mobile phone coverage ... More >>

Lockdown broadband performance: Fibre, copper delivered, fix

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 2:19 pm | Digitl

Demand was off the scale. Yet New Zealand's fibre and copper broadband networks almost never skipped a beat during the 20200 Covid-19 lockdown. More >>

Aussie scientists hit fibre speeds of 44.2 Tbps

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 2:15 pm | Digitl

Tech is perhaps five years away from actual deployment, we're told At the Register:  Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip. The news from Monash University shows there is still plenty ... More >>

Sky has a broadband mountain to climb

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 2:10 pm | Digitl

After months of speculation Sky says it will enter the broadband market next year . The move is one of the industry’s worst kept secrets. More >>

NZ device sales fall, would have collapsed but for Covid–19

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 2:08 pm | Digitl

Gartner’s latest New Zealand shipment forecasts makes for grim reading if you are in the device business. More >>

Government bill to tackle extreme, violent content

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 2:03 pm | Digitl

The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Urgent Interim Classification of Publications and Prevention of Online Harm) Amendment Bill introduces new criminal offences. It hands power to a chief censor who can make immediate decisions to block ... More >>

Warnings Of 'Catastrophic Consequences' As Locust Swarms Hit India & Pakistan Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Friday, 29 May 2020, 4:21 pm | Common Dreams - Andrea Germanos

For India, the invasion comes alongside "eviscerating heat." by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Swarms of locust attack in the residential areas of Jaipur, Rajasthan, Monday, May 25, 2020. More than half of Rajasthan's 33 districts are affected ... More >>

ACLU Sues Tech Firm To Halt 'Unlawful, Privacy-Destroying' Facial Recognition Activities

Friday, 29 May 2020, 4:16 pm | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

Clearview AI's behaviors, said one attorney, "represent one of the largest threats to personal privacy by a private company our country has faced." by Jessica Corbett, staff writer A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and ... More >>

Trump Executive Order Against Social Media Giants Denounced As Unlawful Ploy

Friday, 29 May 2020, 4:07 pm | Jake Johnson - Common Dreams

"Undoubtedly the first step down an increasingly dark path of Trump using the power of his office to intimidate media companies, journalists, activists, and anyone else who criticizes him into silence." by Jake Johnson, staff writer In this ... More >>

On The Twitter Wars, And The Muller Muddles

Friday, 29 May 2020, 12:27 pm | Gordon Campbell

Whatever the failings of our own politicians, spare a kind thought for the majority of Americans who did not vote for Donald Trump. Sure, it was depressing this week to watch Todd Muller clinging for dear life to his talking points on Q&A, ... More >>

Bibles At The Barricades: How The Right Seized Power In Bolivia

Friday, 29 May 2020, 11:14 am | Common Dreams

by Benjamin Dangl Returning to La Paz, Bolivia after last November’s coup was like returning to the scene of a crime. Since Bolivian President Evo Morales was removed from power, right-wing interim President Jeanine Áñez has led the country ... More >>

U.S. Empire: Biden And Kerry Gave Orders To Ukraine’s President

Friday, 29 May 2020, 11:13 am | Eric Zuesse

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Strategic Culture On May 19th, an implicit international political warning was issued, but it wasn’t issued between countries; it was issued between allied versus opposed factions within each of two countries: U.S. and Ukraine. ... More >>

Here Comes The Great Coronavirus Depression

Friday, 29 May 2020, 11:10 am | Common Dreams

by Nomi Prins Many economists believe that a recession is already underway. So do millions of Americans struggling with bills and job losses. While the ghosts of the 2008 financial crisis that sent inequality soaring to new heights in this country ... More >>

A Chronicle Of A Lost Decade Foretold

Friday, 29 May 2020, 11:07 am | Common Dreams

by Yanis Varoufakis To exorcise my worst fears about the coming decade, I chose to write a bleak chronicle of it. If, by December 2030, developments have invalidated it, I hope such dreary prognoses will have played a part by spurring us to appropriate ... More >>

A Four-day Working Week Could Be The Shot In The Arm Post-coronavirus Tourism Needs

Friday, 29 May 2020, 9:17 am | The Conversation

When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said recently , “I’ve heard lots of people suggesting we should have a four-day week”, she inevitably ignited debate. More >>

NZ Government Ignores Expert Advice In Its Plan To Improve Water Quality In Rivers And Lakes

Friday, 29 May 2020, 9:15 am | The Conversation

New Zealand’s government has been praised for listening to health experts in its pandemic response, but when it comes to dealing with pollution of the country’s waterways, scientific advice seems less important. More >>

Deeply Negative Interest Rates

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:44 pm | Keith Rankin

On Project Syndicate – and in other places in recent months – orthodox US economist Kenneth Rogoff has presented the case for deeply negative interest rates . Another financial sacred cow falls; yes, interest rates can be negative, even substantially ... More >>

Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

For anybody familiar with that gruesome manifestation of the modern work place, namely the open plan office, the advent of coronavirus might be something of a relief. The prospects for infection in such spaces is simply too great. You are at risk from ... More >>

What Is Driving NZ Currency And Equity Markets Amid US-China Trade Tension?

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 3:48 pm | Kalkine

New Zealand’s performance in containing the coronavirus pandemic has been monumental in building  optimism around equity and currency markets. Undeniably, investors seem to be driven by bullish market sentiments backed by an early economic reboot ... More >>

Meditations On Whiteness

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 2:37 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

  You've probably already seen the footage of a white police officer named Derek Chauvin cheerfully suffocating a black man named George Floyd to death with his knee while Floyd pleaded for his life. This went viral around the same time as ... More >>

New Zealand Sits On Top Of The Remains Of A Giant Ancient Volcanic Plume

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:07 am | The Conversation

Simon Lamb , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington and Timothy Stern , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington More >>

Don't Stand So Close To Me – Understanding Consent Can Help With Tricky Social Distancing Moments

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:05 am | The Conversation

You’re walking on a public footpath when a jogger overtakes you from behind, well inside the recommended two-metre physical distance. What to do? By the time you’ve reacted it’s too late. Just another random encounter in the strange new world of ... More >>

Political Ambiguity Or A Doomsday Weapon: Why Abbas Abandoned Oslo

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 9:41 am | Ramzy Baroud

This time, we are told, it is different and that President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is absolutely serious about his decision to absolve his leadership from all previous agreements signed with Israel and the United States. But this time ... More >>

Missing trampers Dion Reynolds and Jessica O'Connor found alive, police confirm

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 3:48 pm | RNZ

Missing trampers Dion Reynolds and Jessica O'Connor have been found alive with minor injuries after 18 days lost in the bush. More >>

Ego Trip: US Space Flags And Super-Duper Missiles

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 2:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

US President Donald Trump is much taken with the bombastic and the exaggerated. In an interview with the Associated Press in April 2017, he spoke of his infamous if somewhat less than successful wall project on the US-Mexican border. Ever happy ... More >>

Funding Cut For Kaikoura Council’s Survival Project

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 12:38 pm | Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

The government has turned off the funding tap for Kaikoura District Council's financial sustainability project. The council's bid for more than $7 million in the latest Budget round has been declined, it has confirmed. And it has been told there would ... More >>