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Questions on Key’s housing sell-off

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, January 30th, 2015 - 59 comments

money-house

Key’s state house asset sale policy doesn’t make sense at any level, and the questions are piling up…

Forgetting what the game is for

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, January 29th, 2015 - 17 comments

spin

The Herald’s coverage of yesterday’s speeches gives us the opposite extremes of journalism. But the headline slot goes to the superficialities of the game, and spinning for their man Key at all costs.

Greece to reclaim its future?

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

euro

Greece has voted to reclaim its future from the banks.

The image of farming

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, January 25th, 2015 - 98 comments

cows

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

The last gasp of oil

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

smoke stacks

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?

The mathematics of surveillance

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, January 22nd, 2015 - 29 comments

bait-and-switch

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

Beneficiaries falling

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

homeless-thumb

Falling numbers yes, but falling through the cracks.

The price of the club

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

gentlemans-club

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

An interesting milestone

Written By: - Date published: 4:22 pm, January 19th, 2015 - 37 comments

rich-man-poor-man-thumb

An interesting milestone in inequality is about to be passed.

War Begets War

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, January 19th, 2015 - 75 comments

crossed-guns

We’re not good at learning from history.

2014 hottest year – a good thing!

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, January 18th, 2015 - 161 comments

NYT-2014-warming2

As widely reported, 2014 was the hottest year on record. And that’s a good thing!

A discussion on the media

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, January 18th, 2015 - 24 comments

journalist.jpg

The team at Scoop are running a series called “The State of the NZ News Media – A Public Conversation”.

Free Raif Badawi

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, January 17th, 2015 - 7 comments

Raif Badawi

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 1000 lashes. The international outrage is growing.

No quick fix for diseases of poverty

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, January 16th, 2015 - 136 comments

Poverty-in-NZ-300x224

The continued rise of rheumatic fever is an indictment of our society.

New figures show that there is no quick fix for diseases of poverty.

Your move, National.

Exploiting the Charlie Hebdo attack

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, January 15th, 2015 - 52 comments

nsa_surveillance

How many governments are using the Paris / Charlie Hebdo attack as an excuse to increase surveillance or otherwise remove civil protections? The UK and Australia for starters…

The Key dynasty

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, January 14th, 2015 - 63 comments

paparazzi

What is with the paparazzi-like obsession with Max Key?

Dame Anne Salmond: Erosion of democratic rights

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, January 14th, 2015 - 25 comments

democracy under attack thumb

An excellent piece by Dame Anne Salmond in the Dominion Post yesterday. Salmond reviews the government’s attacks on journalists, institutions and privacy.

Advertisements pretending to be news

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, January 13th, 2015 - 25 comments

sinking-herald-square

No surprises to find that The Herald is sliding in to the muddy waters of “advertorials”.

SkyCity a nightmare for the Nats

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, January 12th, 2015 - 76 comments

Sky city

Far from fading away into the Christmas haze, SkyCity looks likely to be one of the defining political issues for 2015.

Summer rerun: Deserted cities

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, January 11th, 2015 - 50 comments

Fatehpur-Sikri

I think it is a pity that the currently dominant country / culture in the world, America, has had such a short history.

Simple message

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, January 9th, 2015 - 14 comments

future-generations-apathy

Free speech and surveillance online

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, January 7th, 2015 - 46 comments

The Big Brother Police State Control Grid

A long, fascinating piece by Glenn Greenwald on The Intercept this morning.

A little place by the beach

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, January 6th, 2015 - 120 comments

beach-chairs

2014 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record. If you own a little place by the beach you might want to ponder the implications…

Steady on

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, January 5th, 2015 - 27 comments

winston_churchill_british_bulldog_portrait

Starring John Key as Winston Churchill.

On the economy and tax cut bribes

Written By: - 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.

Terrorist attack in Pakistan

Written By: - 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.

Surplus sunk

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

wave goodbye billboard surplus

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

Another failure at Lima

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

burning-earth-small

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.

Christmas at the extremes

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, December 13th, 2014 - 65 comments

trickle-down-small

Two New Zealands will shortly celebrate Christmas, the poor and the rich. Here’s a crazy thought…

Rushing in to Freed?

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, December 13th, 2014 - 28 comments

journalist stock image

Herald journo John Drinnan seems all excited about Freed. That’s the dirty politics model that you’re celebrating John. You really want journalists to become pawns to paid attack politics? WTF?

None so blind

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, December 12th, 2014 - 181 comments

inequality-nz

Message to today’s anonymous Herald editorialist – competition doesn’t close the inequality gap, it widens it. In other news, black is black not white, and water is wet. How can you write such drivel?

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