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Labour’s plan vs National’s plan

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Date published: 1:34 pm, January 28th, 2015 - 32 comments
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The choice is clear.

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Taxpayers Union Press Release on Eleanor Catton

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Date published: 4:48 pm, January 28th, 2015 - 128 comments

Eleanor-Catton

The Taxpayers Union has responded to Eleanor Catton’s comment that New Zealand is dominated by money hungry politicans who do not care about culture by demanding she pay back funding used on her six month residency.  Way to prove her point boys.

Imperator Fish: A clarification

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Date published: 3:50 pm, January 28th, 2015 - 16 comments

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Sexist right-wingers are lining up to abuse Eleanor Catton for speaking her mind. The odious Sean Plunket is the worst, calling Catton a “hua” (sounds like and sometimes defined as “whore”). Imperator Fish responds

Polity: Key deluded on housing progress

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Date published: 1:29 pm, January 28th, 2015 - 20 comments

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Rob Salmond at Polity on Key – “Is he deluded, or is he being deliberately misleading?”…

investing in social cohesion

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Date published: 10:15 am, January 28th, 2015 - 15 comments

social cohesion

experiences of solidarity and support can be found across the planet.  they aren’t particularly hard to find, these many instances of kindness and humanity.  so why does it feel like we live in a world that is incredibly hostile?

Andrew Little State of the Nation in 2015

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Date published: 8:00 am, January 28th, 2015 - 270 comments

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The speech notes from Andrew Little’s State of the Nation speech delivered this morning

Open mike 28/01/2015

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 28th, 2015 - 124 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Eleanor Catton on NZ

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Date published: 5:17 pm, January 27th, 2015 - 208 comments

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Award winning author Eleanor Catton has expressed her disappointment and anger with politics in general and the government in particular.

Polity: Crampton on online GST

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Date published: 2:49 pm, January 27th, 2015 - 24 comments

eric crampton

Rob Salmond has a bite at Eric Campton’s rather ideologically naive ideas about balancing up the GST playing ground between local and overseas retailers. Rather than not doing anything about it as Eric suggests and leaving local retailers flailing. Why not just make it simple as local collection of GST?

can we just ignore it?

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Date published: 1:11 pm, January 27th, 2015 - 11 comments

outrage

somebody says something stupid about muslims.  then it has to be picked up by every media organisation who rush around for comments.  of course they’ll find some muslims who will be angry and upset, given the serious stupidity of the comments.  then the media report how OUTRAGED those muslims are, as well as interviewing the original culprit to give more air to his views.

Greece to reclaim its future?

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Date published: 8:16 am, January 27th, 2015 - 248 comments

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Greece has voted to reclaim its future from the banks.

Open mike 27/01/2015

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Date published: 7:04 am, January 27th, 2015 - 216 comments

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Trump or Palin for the US Presidency?

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Date published: 6:10 pm, January 26th, 2015 - 37 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.

Solving the Housing Crisis – Facts or Ideology?

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Date published: 10:09 am, January 26th, 2015 - 63 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 […]

Monbiot on state media and the corporate elite

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Date published: 8:29 am, January 26th, 2015 - 43 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 - 319 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 - 98 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 - 74 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 - 88 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 - 39 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

anne tolley as emperor palpatine

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 - 213 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 - 29 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.

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