Written By: - Date published: 9:20 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 22 comments
Also in the email from a few days ago. As people will have observed I have been more notable by my absence than my presence in the last few days. But I finally found some time to read back in my email today. Weka particularly asked for this to be put up, and I see […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 63 comments
For many decades Galbraiths has been a local watering hole for some of the unionists, academics, and commentariat on Friday night. I have been known to go along to
stir participate in the bemoaning lofty debate and to spend a few coppers. David Parker is going to be there on Friday evening. I suspect I may have to go along to observe.
Written By: - Date published: 12:54 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 14 comments
One of the features of recent weeks has been the remarkable success of the online fund raising to allow Nicky Hager required to challenge the police raid. My partner Lyn has similarly had success in raising money for her to transfer skills to charity workers in India. I am now resigned to living on my own for a time while she does good works elsewhere.
Written By: - Date published: 7:34 pm, October 21st, 2014 - 231 comments
My Labour leadership voting form turned up in email today. The problem is that unusually I have absolutely no idea who I want to vote for. Nor who I want to vote against. Perhaps a blender might help? Any advice? But please read to the end of my post. It is safer.
Written By: - Date published: 12:06 am, October 19th, 2014 - 35 comments
Back when I was a teenager, a mate of mine decided that he was going to give up on school and would get in some combat. So he worked his way into the Rhodesian Light Infantry. A few years later I heard that he’d been killed in action. Other young men going overseas with similar excitement issues have came back a lot less interested in excitement. Sounds safer to me than letting them have a car.
Written By: - Date published: 9:45 pm, October 14th, 2014 - 55 comments
Unusually the IPCA chair Judge Sir David Carruthers has written a letter to Matthew Blomfield clarifying that “perjury” is a illusion of the rogue “journalist” and fantasy blogger Cameron Slater. Plus news on the theft of Blomfield’s hard disk. Another judge destroys Slater’s carefully inflated memes with facts.
Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, October 14th, 2014 - 105 comments
It has been disappointing in the last few days to see the lack of respect that some of the Labour politicians on the right of the caucus have for the policy of restraint requested by the party. It appears they see themselves to be above such restraints.
Written By: - Date published: 8:38 pm, October 10th, 2014 - 39 comments
At 3pm on Sunday, Andrew Little will be on The Standard for discussion with questions from our audience of ardent left-wingers, greens, those who are just interested, and the odd troll with a fenestration obsession.
Written By: - Date published: 4:20 pm, October 9th, 2014 - 89 comments
It looks like even the police can sense the rank smell coming off their theft of Nicky Hager’s systems and documents. They ignored a complaint about Cameron Slater two years ago. But the police are still on a holiday. This looks like a limp PR exercise by the police to prove that they aren’t John Key’s poodles. Updated.
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, October 8th, 2014 - 192 comments
The search of Nicky Hager in response to a complaint by Cameron Slater contrasts strongly with the lackadaisical investigation of a similar complaint by Matthew Blomfield against Cameron Slater. I guess the police take things seriously if you are a friend of John Key, just as they did in 2011 with the teapot tape saga. How far has John Key corrupted the police?
Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 6th, 2014 - 22 comments
Well the power just went out at work at 1315. Looks like the Auckland is getting the rolling outages as they repair the Penrose systems. The main TS server in Grey Lynn appears to be unaffected at present, as does the subsidiary one that doesn’t have a UPS. I may (like many others) will be […]
Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, October 4th, 2014 - 10 comments
I ran across this youtube video “Thirteen misconceptions about global warming” handling the basic myths used by our climate change dummies. Perhaps they should watch it before I and others have to waste too much of our time rubbishing their inane ideas.
Written By: - Date published: 8:46 pm, October 1st, 2014 - 19 comments
I’ve just been digging through the statistics for the last couple of months here at The Standard on Google analytics looking back over the last 7 years. We did pretty well for a crew who are all volunteers doing this in our spare time, a server budget now less than $300 per month and where all of us have a pile of other work to do.
Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, September 26th, 2014 - 104 comments
Perhaps it is time for activists to have two parties. The one that specialises in electorates and the one that focuses on party vote. Because it is becoming evident that Labour is unlikely to ever manage to make the transition to being a MMP party. Their MPs clearly don’t care for the party or the brand.
Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, September 25th, 2014 - 136 comments
A facebook group called “John Key has let down New Zealand” has just been closed for violations of the user agreement. This group had 16.000 members and was one of the most active political facebook pages in NZ.
Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, September 23rd, 2014 - 281 comments
I’m pretty sure that David Cunliffe would win a members and affiliates vote. So suck it up MPs, stop playing your silly caucus games and do some frigging work this term rather than the self-indulgent posturing you wasted time with last term. We have to start building campaigning machinery as soon as possible. You are getting in the way.
Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, September 21st, 2014 - 126 comments
My first notes on the election results. Labour has to maintain stability internally and start campaigning now. Obviously the dirty politics is the current leverage but the tanking economy is an issue as well. Some of National puppet parties are really looking like gutted husks..
Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, September 20th, 2014 - 3 comments
I’m getting scattered reports and images of political advertising popping up on various websites. They seem to look like accidents more than a deliberate strategy.
Updated: In other news blogger does a good selfie…
Updated 1300: NZ Herald mobile site still has political ads popping up periodically.
Updated 1550: Quinovic Mt Eden have clearly violated electoral law with a mailout.
Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, September 20th, 2014 - Comments Off
Stephen Price wrote on an interesting Appeal court decision that relates to blogging and defamation. The decision seems to leave a considerable amount of room for lawyers to continue to explore. But it effectively lays out some guidelines about site responsibilities.
Written By: - Date published: 8:05 pm, September 19th, 2014 - 16 comments
At 12pm tonight, the comments section on this site will (largely) stop accepting comments. I will (probably) be putting up a post tomorrow morning to accept, store and act on private electoral complaints from anywhere around the country. Take a snap of violations and log it. Lets keep the buggers honest. Updated.
Written By: - Date published: 1:13 pm, September 19th, 2014 - 9 comments
You can’t enrol to vote tomorrow. If you haven’t early voted, don’t have a vote pack, and if you don’t show up on the electronic roll and you are in anyway unsure, then your best bet is to head to your local post shop, and fill in and give them an enrolment form – BEFORE the post shop closes.
Written By: - Date published: 6:50 pm, September 18th, 2014 - 61 comments
A special call to work from David Cunliffe. If you don’t already have an date with a political party of the left on Saturday, then the best thing you can do is to Firstly vote left (and maybe Labour). Find a party that can employ you constructively on Saturday on turning out the vote. Labour […]
Written By: - Date published: 6:02 pm, September 15th, 2014 - 348 comments
The queue is enormous. But here is the feed. Thanks Selwyn for the link….. 19:05: Liala Harre has been improving her speaking since I last heard her. Introduced the speaker guests. Looking at the progressive achievements of the NZ past. 19:07: Glenn Greenwald is first up. 19:10: Greenwald calls John Key an adolescent John Key […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:36 pm, September 12th, 2014 - 33 comments
A nice decision by Justice Asher. We are now sort of journalists. But it left Cameron Slater naked in front of the clipping shears of Matthew Blomfield’s defamation case.
Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, September 8th, 2014 - 137 comments
Cameron Slater, National’s attack blogger has written a sleaze post on Martyn Bradbury. This shows far too much intelligence for the ever lazy Cameron to have researched it. Has National’s research unit (into dirt) resumed using that sock puppet again? We should be able to look and find out which blackmailed journalists they touch up as this story progresses. Time to follow the dots.
Written By: - Date published: 4:39 pm, September 7th, 2014 - 29 comments
Some of you will be wondering what the announcement at the top of the screen about an outage tonight is about. I have to power down the system to put in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to handle possible power outages. After 5 years on server farms, The Standard has moved home
Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, September 6th, 2014 - 114 comments
There is how John Key and a few of his acolytes like to think of his government. Then there is how everyone else now does. The many ministers who have been abusing their position, were caught and ‘resigned’. Now we can see the true nature than lurks beneath. A vote for National is a vote for Cameron Slater.
Written By: - Date published: 8:18 pm, September 4th, 2014 - 218 comments
Cameron Slater looks like he is the front person for National’s attempt to muzzle the press over their dirty politics for the next few weeks. How else can someone who has been pleading poverty in court seeks a High Court injunction against reporters writing about whaledumps of his emails? Updated with a offer to keep feeding and publicising the whaledumps.
Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, September 3rd, 2014 - 41 comments
No. Not Pete George. Instead Andrew Geddis appears to be up to his neck in the mire of organising “Debating ‘Dirty Politics': Media, Politics and Law”, at a ‘scholarly’ debate on Friday from 1pm-4pm. It is a long-winded scholarly debate inside work hours. But it will be streamed on youtube and hopefully not only live.