Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Werewolf Edition #41 : The John Key "Nanny State" Issue

Werewolf Edition #41 : The John Key "Nanny State" Issue


From Werewolf Editor Gordon Campbell


http://werewolf.co.nz/

Enter the Wolf!

Hi and welcome to the 41st edition of Werewolf, in which we’re kicking back against the real Nanny State. Here at the ‘Wolf we’re dead against the kind of Big Government that passes laws that (a) condone mass surveillance (b) penalise legitimate protest and dissent (c) suppress Parliament’s checks and balances (d) install the GCSB as the security guardian of our telecommunications system (e) harass beneficiary families while doling out corporate welfare and (f) make it as difficult as possible for workers to organize collectively and defend their wages and conditions. That’s right. National’s version of the Nanny State is the subject of this month’s cover story.

Also in this issue, new contributor Damien Wilkins makes the case for why X Factor was not only worth watching – all of it, right from the start - and told us more about our bicultural, bifurcated selves than we realized at the time, given that it was also the trashy, exploitative, heart on sleeve, weirdly gripping reality TV roadkill that some people might consider to be …a rather bad thing. Damien says it was all that, and more besides. Just before we junk incandescent bulbs forever, Werewolf pays tribute in this issue to a faithful source of light that still beats its rival bulbs for beauty and upfront affordability – and we also try to explain why, despite their claims to thrifty longevity, some of the alternative bulbs blow out more regularly than they should. In other stories in this issue… why, Ruth Rosen asks, is are so many US states limiting the access to abortion at a time when public opinion is becoming more liberal on same-sex marriage, gun control and most other hot button issues. In this edition, we also pay tribute to the world’s greatest ever aeroplane, the SR-71 Blackbird.

In other stories…we ask why, in free trade negotiations such as the TPP, New Zealand is working in unison with other countries to oppose US efforts to criminalize copyright infringement, while working hand in glove with the US to criminalise copyright infringement in the context of the Kim Dotcom prosecution.

In our occasional series on classic children books, Grace C. Russell analyses the Ernest and Celestine books by Gabrielle Vincent, and compares them with the animated film version that screened at this year’s International Film Festival. In his film column this month, Philip Matthews takes on Pacific Rim, the latest work by honorary Kiwi (for gallantry under fire while dealing with Peter Jackson) Guillermo del Toro, and also sneaks in some capsule reviews of film festival fare. Lyndon Hood has been on holiday, and in this month’s satirical column he finds that tourism in an island Paradise gives you a real perspective on living here in NZ, under the heel of tyranny. In Werewolf’s music column The Complicatist, we pay tribute to the soulful Bobby Bland, and to Britain’s young genius, Laura Marling.

Thanks to Lyndon Hood and Alastair Thompson for helping me post this online this month. And to everyone who’s shown an interest in reading Werewolf and keeping it going…thanks a bunch. If you want to be involved and talk over some story ideas, contact me at gordon@scoop.co.nz

Cheers,
Gordon Campbell
Werewolf/Scoop
gordon@werewolf.co.nz

The contents of this edition are:

************
FEATURES:
***********

Nanny National
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/nanny-national/

In John Key, has Big Government and Corporate Power found their most devoted servant?
by Gordon Campbell

Dotcomming The TPP
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/dotcomming-the-tpp/

Does what the government is saying inside the TPP contradict its support for Dotcom’s prosecution?
by Gordon Campbell

Feeling The Love For X Factor
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/feeling-the-love-for-x-factor/"

Why you should have watched the most hated show on television
by Damien Wilkins

First, They Came For Your Lightbulbs
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/first-they-came-for-your-lightbulbs/\

Some misgivings, as the incandescent bulb heads for the industrial scrapheap
by Gordon Campbell

Abortion, Against the Tide
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/abortion-against-the-tide/

Why is access to abortion under such fierce attack in the United States?
by Ruth Rosen

Gods and Monsters
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/gods-and-monsters/

Maybe Pacific Rim is the best film that Guillermo Del Toro could have made right now
by Philip Matthews

Come Back, SR-71 Blackbird
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/come-back-sr-71-blackbird/

Belatedly, the US discovers it again needs (something like) the world’s greatest-ever aeroplane
by Gordon Campbell

************
COLUMNS:
***********

Classics : Ernest and Celestine
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/classics-ernest-and-celestine/

Life on the emotional edge, with the bear father and the mouse child
by Grace C. Russell

From The Hood : Ars Tonga, Vita Brevis
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/from-the-hood-ars-tonga-vita-brevis/

What I did on my holidays
by Lyndon Hood

The Complicatist : Bobby Bland R.I.P., Laura Marling
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/the-complicatist-bobby-bland-r-i-p-laura-marling/

Eagles may be high and free, but they’re also birds of prey
by Gordon Campbell


* * * * * WEREWOLF ISSUE 40, JUNE 2013 * * * * *
http://werewolf.co.nz/2013/08/werewolf-issue-40-june-2013-2/

The June 2013 Edition of Werewolf
by Werewolf

*********

THE IMPORTANT BIT - WHY WEREWOLF?
from Scoop General Manager Alastair Thompson

Werewolf is all about finding a new way to enable quality journalism to thrive in an online environment and a key part of that effort is soliciting support from our readers.

Our estimate is that for every 300 monthly subscribers we gain we will be able to afford to employ one professional journalist. We have a way to go - but it is not such a high mountain to climb.

Already several Scoop readers have decided to subscribe on a recurring monthly basis. We thank them greatly. But more are needed.

The links to use to make donations via credit card are.

$10 Per Month Sustaining Subscription
http://scoop.co.nz/go/subscribe10.html

$15 Per Month Sustaining Subscription
http://scoop.co.nz/go/subscribe15.html

$25 Per Month Sustaining Subscription
http://scoop.co.nz/go/subscribe25.html

Or if you prefer you can set up an automatic payment to our bank account"
Automatic payment to our bank account:
Westpac - Scoop Media Ltd. 03-0502-0254668-000
We would also encourage you to consider approaching your friends to also become Scoop Sustaining Subscribers.

Become a Scoop Sustaining Subscriber - join the alternative to the mainstream media mind-set!

In the meantime we would be very keen to hear any feedback you have on the publication or this subscription project - please reply to this email or email werewolf@scoop.co.nz with suggestions, bouquets or brickbats. This is very much a work in progress and we are very keen to understand the subscriber perspective on this.

Best Regards

Alastair Thompson
Scoop.co.nz General Manager

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Binoy Kampmark: Biden’s Victory: A Eunuch Presidency Beckons

Whatever was set to happen on November 3, President Donald J. Trump would not lose. Falling in that establishment firebreak against democracy known as the Electoral College would not erase, let alone repudiate him. His now victorious opponent, far ... More>>

Reese Ehrlich: Foreign Correspondent: The Challenge For Joe Biden

If he’s smart, the likely President-elect will stop the unpopular endless wars and use the money to help our domestic economy. By Reese Erlich I’m pissed. I’m pissed at Donald Trump for trying to shut down the vote count early and at Republicans More>>

Boris Johnson At Sea: Coronavirus Confusion In The UK

The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such errors of ... More>>

The Conversation: Biodiversity: Where The World Is Making Progress – And Where It’s Not

The future of biodiversity hangs in the balance. World leaders are gathering to review international targets and make new pledges for action to stem wildlife declines. Depending on whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty person, you’re likely ... More>>

The Conversation: The Numbers Suggest The Campaign For Cannabis Reform In NZ Will Outlive The Generations That Voted Against It

Like Brexit in the UK, cannabis reform in New Zealand fell into an age gap — given time, a second referendum would probably succeed. More>>

Gordon Campbell: 22 Short Takes On The US Election

Finally, the long night of Donald Trump’s presidency is over. To date, the courts have been given no cause to conclude that the exhaustively lengthy counts of those mountains of mail ballots was anything other than legal. Stacking the US Supreme ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On How The US Supreme Court Is Undermining American Democracy

If Joe Biden is elected President next week, here comes the bad news. If Biden tries to defend Obamacare, combat climate change (via say, a variant of the Green New Deal) or tries to improve the access of US women to abortion services , he will run afoul ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog