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Solving the Housing Crisis – Facts or Ideology?

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Date published: 10:09 am, January 26th, 2015 - 46 comments
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The scale of the housing affordability crisis, particularly in Auckland, is now unmistakable. Not only do individual families suffer as home ownership increasingly moves beyond their reach, but the impact on social cohesion and on the fair distribution of resources is becoming more and more damaging. The rising cost of buying a house is without […]

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Trump or Palin for the US Presidency?

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Date published: 6:10 pm, January 26th, 2015 - 22 comments

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Donald Trump and Sarah Palin are reported to be considering runs for the Republican nomination for the United States Presidency.

Monbiot on state media and the corporate elite

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Date published: 8:29 am, January 26th, 2015 - 38 comments

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George Monbiot wrote recently on how Canadian and United Kingdom public media reporting on corporate news are hopelessly pro business and lacking in any sort of balance. And how the volume of articles concerning environmental issues is declining. Is it the same in New Zealand?

Happy birthday Auckland

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Date published: 7:02 am, January 26th, 2015 - 11 comments

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Happy Birthday Auckland. Body in The Herald comments on “A splendid anniversary”

Open mike 26/01/2015

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Date published: 7:01 am, January 26th, 2015 - 308 comments

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Only in Queensland

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Date published: 7:22 pm, January 25th, 2015 - 13 comments

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Queensland Liberal Country Party Premier Campbell Newman has claimed that the Queensland Labor Party is funded by gangs because some people have told him so.  Yet he refuses to acknowledge the urgency of climate change even though pretty well every climate change scientist in the world is telling him it is real and we need to act now.  Can you detect the scent of hypocrisy?

The image of farming

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Date published: 10:10 am, January 25th, 2015 - 95 comments

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Farmers are copping stick for doing what the rest of us are doing. We all need to change, not just them.

Open mike 25/01/2015

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Date published: 7:15 am, January 25th, 2015 - 170 comments

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The state of the union

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Date published: 10:20 am, January 24th, 2015 - 63 comments

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American commentator William Rivers Pitt on Obama’s state of the union.

Armstrong and Small on Nick Smith’s RMA reforms

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Date published: 9:05 am, January 24th, 2015 - 26 comments

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Senior political reporters Vern Small and John Armstrong have both chosen to pan Nick Smith’s proposed RMA changes using remarkably similar logic.  Update: and Fran O’Sullivan has a go too.

Metiria Turei’s speech prepared for Ratana

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Date published: 8:00 am, January 24th, 2015 - 87 comments

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Metiria Turei’s speech prepared for delivery at Ratana has attracted some attention for her strong criticism of John Key’s revisionism of Aotearoa’s history in suggesting that Aotearoa was settled peaceably.

Open mike 24/01/2015

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Date published: 7:08 am, January 24th, 2015 - 199 comments

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Weekend social 23/01/2015

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Date published: 1:01 pm, January 23rd, 2015 - 38 comments

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Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Number of Reported Child Abuse cases have dropped

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Date published: 12:27 pm, January 23rd, 2015 - 27 comments

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For the first time in ten years, reported cases of child abuse have declined. Minister Tolley and I are in agreement, that the number is still appallingly high. I sincerely hope that the reduction over the last year is due to government policies because then we can expect the downward trend to continue over the […]

The last gasp of oil

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Date published: 8:23 am, January 23rd, 2015 - 109 comments

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Fracking has created a short term oil glut. That’s bad news for climate change. Could we at least find a silver lining in this carbon cloud, or will it be business as usual?

Open mike 23/01/2015

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Date published: 6:30 am, January 23rd, 2015 - 212 comments

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Odgers in s**t

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Date published: 3:45 pm, January 22nd, 2015 - 30 comments

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That’s as in spat. Characteristic. Richard Smith of Naked Capitalism questioned her Samoan fiduciary company fronting for a company delisted from GXG Markets, a small European exchange. It’s an interesting story, and Smith promises more to come from GXG about New Zealand if not Odgers.

The mathematics of surveillance

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Date published: 10:30 am, January 22nd, 2015 - 28 comments

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Mass surveillance cannot accomplish its stated goals, and it’s likely that many within the security / government system understand this full well.

Nick Smith’s RMA reforms – low cost housing in Epsom?

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Date published: 8:32 am, January 22nd, 2015 - 83 comments

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Nick Smith has given his housing speech and blamed Auckland’s housing crisis on the RMA. A Treasury commissioned report, based on discussions with developers, has put dollar figures on what the RMA is allegedly costing. The logic of the analysis is that by reducing urban design standards we will make housing more affordable.  Updated with link to Rob Salmond Polity post.

Open mike 22/01/2015

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Date published: 6:56 am, January 22nd, 2015 - 266 comments

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Guantanamo Diary

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Date published: 11:10 pm, January 21st, 2015 - 4 comments

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The Guardian has some amazing extracts from a diary that Guantánamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi kept and gave to his lawyers. It’s the first book by a serving Guantanamo inmate.

The prince and the pea

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Date published: 8:45 pm, January 21st, 2015 - 76 comments

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I have pointed out before that Bomber Bradbury is wee bit unsuited to the two way dialogue of the blogs. A fragile prima donna who doesn’t like to be contradicted by the people he gallantly slags off in his routine piques of bitchy ranting. Updated with Bomber proving the point as his manufactured myths fall apart.

But which club?

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Date published: 3:41 pm, January 21st, 2015 - 7 comments

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I think when justifying sending troops to Iraq the club John Key is really talking about is the group of right-wing political parties known as the International Democratic Union. Today Key chairs its Executive in Sarajevo, his first meeting as President. This move by Key to the IDU is calculated; he sees himself as leader of the world right-wing club and this is the first step to his international political career post New Zealand politics.

Beneficiaries falling

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Date published: 1:59 pm, January 21st, 2015 - 12 comments

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Falling numbers yes, but falling through the cracks.

The price of the club

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Date published: 8:17 am, January 21st, 2015 - 179 comments

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Yesterday Key justified our likely military intervention in Iraq as “the price” of being in “the club” with other Five Eyes countries.

Where is Cameron Slater?

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Date published: 7:55 am, January 21st, 2015 - 142 comments

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Yesterday I got contacted about Cameron Slater’s current address. Apparently the arsehole of the kiwi blogosphere hasn’t been paying his court ordered judgements against him that have been incurred in recent years. The person who contacted me wanted to serve a notice to bankrupt him.

Open mike 21/01/2015

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Date published: 6:50 am, January 21st, 2015 - 268 comments

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Who was the better economic manager – Helen Clark or John Key?

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Date published: 6:59 pm, January 20th, 2015 - 149 comments

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Sometimes a simple graph is much more eloquent and powerful than a whole lot of words …

NRT: GCHQ spies on journalists

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Date published: 4:30 pm, January 20th, 2015 - 7 comments

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I/S – “GCHQ considers investigative journalists a “security threat” alongside hackers and terrorists”…

NRT: Our financial laws mean nothing

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Date published: 4:25 pm, January 20th, 2015 - 20 comments

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I/S – “the Financial Markets Authority knew about almost 4,000 crimes and never bothered to prosecute any of them”…

Espiner profile on Andrew Little

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Date published: 12:30 pm, January 20th, 2015 - 17 comments

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Guyon Espiner has a paywalled profile of Andrew Little up at The Listener.

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