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Thumbs down for Joyce’s ministerial domain

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Date published: 8:23 am, December 22nd, 2014 - 29 comments
Categories: accountability, business, democracy under attack, employment, housing, Public Private Partnerships, same old national, Steven Joyce, wages, workers' rights
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A new report shows that Steven Joyce’s MBIE fiefdom is failing miserably.  Meanwhile the MBIE is under fire for the major cost blow out of the Sky City Casino deal – another deal with Joyce’s imprints all over it.

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2014 man of the Year

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Date published: 12:53 pm, December 22nd, 2014 - 32 comments

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Two prominent New Zealand men voiced their opinion on a serious aspect of life in New Zealand this year, let’s rate them…

Mike Sabin is in trouble

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Date published: 7:52 am, December 22nd, 2014 - 191 comments

Mike Sabin

Northland MP Mike Sabin is facing a police enquiry and a by election is possible.

Open mike 22/12/2014

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Date published: 6:55 am, December 22nd, 2014 - 64 comments

john key merry christmas you're fired

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America today

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Date published: 1:01 pm, December 21st, 2014 - 109 comments

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Open mike 21/12/2014

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Date published: 7:44 am, December 21st, 2014 - 248 comments

Micky Savage christmas

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In Solidarity with Sony

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Date published: 4:37 pm, December 20th, 2014 - 98 comments

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Sony this week bowed to pressure to withdraw the movie The Interview because of a cyber attack on it from hackers associated with North Korea. This post is in support of freedom of speech and expression.

R0b’s christmas suggestions

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Date published: 8:44 am, December 20th, 2014 - 11 comments

Oxfam unwrapped

So suggestions on how to have an ethical christmas that is light on the planet and will improve the plight of humanity.

Open mike 20/12/2014

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Date published: 7:50 am, December 20th, 2014 - 98 comments

John key being a dickhead-1

The Authors of the Standard are now in holiday mode.  Posting will be less regular and dependant on individual author enthusiasm.  Open mike will continue every day and prepare yourself for some year in review posts and some recycling of old stuff.  And as R0b has said be nice to each other.  Open mike is your post.  The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Step up to the mike …

Caption contest

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Date published: 3:08 pm, December 19th, 2014 - 65 comments

John Key not sorry for being a man

Keep it seemly …

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 - 70 comments

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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.

Why wasn’t Brownlee sacked?

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Date published: 8:50 am, December 19th, 2014 - 49 comments

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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 - 55 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 - 112 comments

Terrorists

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USA pimpin for its mega corporates

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Date published: 5:04 pm, December 18th, 2014 - 19 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 - 137 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 - 144 comments

cuba

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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