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We need to talk about the F word… closely followed by the V word.

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Date published: 1:43 pm, December 19th, 2014 - 24 comments
Categories: families, feminism, human rights, sexism, Social issues, uncategorized
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Feminism is a reaction. A position. A belief that women should, by right, be entitled to all the same ‘privileges’ as men: fair pay, high quality free education, control of their own money (and bodies), freedom to choose who to love and how to act. Freedom of movement, association, dress, beliefs. Respect as an equal. Opportunity. Equity in decision-making. A voice.

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Caption contest

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Date published: 3:08 pm, December 19th, 2014 - 33 comments

John Key not sorry for being a man

Keep it seemly …

Why wasn’t Brownlee sacked?

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Date published: 8:50 am, December 19th, 2014 - 33 comments

gerry brownlee as henry VIII

The Civil Aviation Authority report into Gerry Brownlee’s breach of security at Christchurch Airport has now been released albeit in a heavily redacted form. The report contradicts Brownlee’s claim that the door was opened for him by a Security Officer and that the officer consented to his use of the security area.  Why was the release of the report delayed?  And why wasn’t Brownlee sacked as a Minister?

Power poverty on the up

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Date published: 8:18 am, December 19th, 2014 - 51 comments

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The government has failed to tackle NZ’s on-going housing crisis. Fuel/energy poverty is increasing, with a higher proportion of households unable to afford any heating.  More Kiwis are renting than in the 2006 census, & more Aucklanders live in over-crowded households.

Open mike 19/12/2014

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Date published: 6:32 am, December 19th, 2014 - 82 comments

Terrorists

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USA pimpin for its mega corporates

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Date published: 5:04 pm, December 18th, 2014 - 17 comments

TISA1 beware

Another day, another crucial leak of information relating to a relentless drive by the USA  to have control of as much data as they can, in as many countries as possible.

So what is happening with the price of oil?

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Date published: 10:00 am, December 18th, 2014 - 136 comments

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The price of crude oil has nearly halved in the past six months and is causing massive repercussions throughout the world with both the Russian economy and the American Shale Oil industry under threat.  The geopolitical implications are complex.

On the economy and tax cut bribes

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Date published: 9:24 am, December 18th, 2014 - 9 comments

Bill English reviews the economy

National are not responsible for the eventual recovery, they are responsible for delaying it.

Finally, Cuba.

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Date published: 7:45 am, December 18th, 2014 - 143 comments

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I was born in June 1959. In October the following year, the United States put an embargo against Cuba, and it has remained in place ever since. Today it appears as if President Obama in the USA is intending to lift the substantive parts of the embargo. About time.

Open mike 18/12/2014

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Date published: 6:22 am, December 18th, 2014 - 247 comments

keep calm and Solidarity

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ImperatorFish: “I said surface, not surplus”

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Date published: 2:15 pm, December 17th, 2014 - 7 comments

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Scott examines Bill’s likely excuses for failing to deliver something National have promised since 2011

Jobs That Count

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Date published: 12:00 pm, December 17th, 2014 - 20 comments

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The Meatworkers Union today launch a campaign for Jobs That Count – to try to get better conditions for these marginalised workers who face it all – seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts and anti-union pressure.

Terrorist attack in Pakistan

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Date published: 9:18 am, December 17th, 2014 - 192 comments

condolences

Condolences feel pretty meaningless in cases like this, but they are all that one can offer.

Open mike 17/12/2014

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Date published: 6:24 am, December 17th, 2014 - 120 comments

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Vance on Key’s “crass opportunism”

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Date published: 4:01 pm, December 16th, 2014 - 74 comments

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Surplus sunk

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Date published: 2:18 pm, December 16th, 2014 - 73 comments

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The Nats are going to miss the only target they ever cared about hitting – the mythical surplus. Seven wasted years and counting…

Is Haron Monis a terrorist?

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Date published: 12:51 pm, December 16th, 2014 - 187 comments

terrorMeter

Would John Key be making reference to terror attacks if Haron Monis was not from the Middle East? Our PM has a track record of jumping the gun on sensitive international issues…

Over it.

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Date published: 10:54 am, December 16th, 2014 - 56 comments

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In a land far away from here and behind a curtain of iron, it was said that to understand anything, it was necessary to first of all discount the fictions that were being presented as truth.

inability to access food

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Date published: 9:00 am, December 16th, 2014 - 33 comments

Food bank

people are reporting that they have been unable to access emergency grants for food, simply because that are unable to reach WINZ staff to apply for one.

Lone nutters and suicide by cop

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Date published: 8:27 am, December 16th, 2014 - 89 comments

Mark Mitchell

As anticipated, the Sydney cafe siege was caused by a lone nutter with a dubious history. He committed suicide by cop apparently after killing a hostage. Meanwhile we have had opportunistic jerkoffs like National MP Mark Mitchell displaying their paranoid fantasies (probably as urine dribbles down their leg) to justify recent poorly written and rushed legislation.

The Sydney siege finishes

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Date published: 8:11 am, December 16th, 2014 - 84 comments

Siege police

The Sydney siege has now finished.  Three people including the gunman are dead.  And it is clear that the siege was caused by a lone person rather than a terrorist group.

Open mike 16/12/2014

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Date published: 6:45 am, December 16th, 2014 - 75 comments

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Siege in Sydney

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Date published: 1:39 pm, December 15th, 2014 - 246 comments

Siege police

Up to 20 civilian hostages are being held in a Sydney chocolate shop in a developing hostage situation.

Update: The siege is over, reports suggest two dead and three injured.

Body: John’s Christmas wishlist

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Date published: 12:51 pm, December 15th, 2014 - 6 comments

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Andrew Little’s adjournment speech

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Date published: 10:00 am, December 15th, 2014 - 6 comments

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Well worth a look.  A straight talker, with a sense of humour, freshness and vigour.

The line on Little…

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Date published: 8:49 am, December 15th, 2014 - 154 comments

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The Nats have finished focus-grouping their attack line on Andrew Little and are moving in to deployment. As narrated by Twitter this morning…

Whaleoil is the only person John Key apologised to this year

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Date published: 8:16 am, December 15th, 2014 - 11 comments

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John Key’s only formal apology this year was to serial privacy breacher Cameron Slater for breaching his privacy.  Not to any of the victims of dirty politics or to any of the victims of this Government’s policies.  Why is it that National is continuing to allow Slater to undermine the Prime Minister’s position so effectively?

Open mike 15/12/2014

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Date published: 6:08 am, December 15th, 2014 - 84 comments

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Inequality – two excellent pieces

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Date published: 8:55 am, December 14th, 2014 - 65 comments

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Inequality has been very much in the news recently. Friday saw the publication of two really excellent pieces that between them provide a comprehensive, if depressing overview.

Another failure at Lima

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Date published: 7:48 am, December 14th, 2014 - 70 comments

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While I have come to expect nothing from the annual climate change talks, this years’ failure is particularly galling because of the active role that NZ played in it.

Open mike 14/12/2014

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Date published: 7:00 am, December 14th, 2014 - 117 comments

openmike

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