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Arses and Elbows

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, June 19th, 2014 - 123 comments

management101_sm_th_

So, the Deputy Prime Minister insists that no-one from the ruling National Party knew of an eleven year old letter from Labour’s David Cunliffe asking Immigration about time frames for decision making. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister states he knew of the letter for some weeks. Scandalously, some ministers from the ruling National Party have sought […]

Late Mother’s Day Reflection

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, May 12th, 2014 - 26 comments

JuliaWardHowe

Behind the passive receiving of cards, chocolates and flowers.

Thanks for the Piss, Collins.

Written By: - Date published: 11:41 am, April 26th, 2014 - 108 comments

Judith-Collins-AAP-1200

Karol has already mentioned this in her post from this morning. But in the interests of splitting milk from alcohol…

September 18th

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 pm, April 8th, 2014 - 46 comments

Britain's fut

The 18th of September 2014 is a big day.

On that day, people living in Scotland will decide if they want to become citizens in a nation that will have reclaimed its sovereignty.

Taiwan

Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, March 19th, 2014 - 9 comments

taiwan

Taiwanese legislature occupied. Could be news…

a wee note to the msm

Written By: - Date published: 11:23 am, March 11th, 2014 - 49 comments

Our new union jack … at least according to you.

Spot the difference?

Update: The referendum on the flag will be after the election.

Ukraine

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, March 10th, 2014 - 50 comments

who_killed_bambi

That thing about truth and war…

Well Done Paddy

Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, March 6th, 2014 - 55 comments

patrick gower square

For anyone who’s had enough of the media being footloose and fancy free with their reporting.

Shooting Messengers with Wonky Long Bows.

Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, March 3rd, 2014 - 5 comments

mark ames

Looks like Mark Ames really has lost the plot viz a viz Glen Greenwald and ‘The Intercept’

Voices and Power

Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, February 28th, 2014 - 13 comments

censorship-723302

When did the left leave the left? Or, perhaps more accurately, why do we continue to regard liberals as being of the left?

Positive Things

Written By: - Date published: 2:27 pm, February 16th, 2014 - 21 comments

change1

Change becomes embedded when it emanates from and across many quarters and traditions.

Role of Government

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, February 11th, 2014 - 45 comments

thordon_bubble

Governments are holding on to their traditional roles and functions, but the world has changed. We need something else.

just a voice

Written By: - Date published: 4:01 pm, February 7th, 2014 - 6 comments

democracy-150x150

Brief occasional updates were requested on the public meetings being held in Dunedin. I’ll be straight up about this. I’m not altogether comfortable about submitting these posts because some readers might see the meetings as being synonymous with me. They’re not. But since I’m the only person with posting rights and because it wouldn’t be be appropriate to post an opinion under ‘notices and features’…

State of Nations

Written By: - Date published: 6:11 pm, January 29th, 2014 - 24 comments

Earth_squeeze-300x199

This post isn’t a ‘contrast and compare’ piece on the policy announcements of National, the Greens and Labour. Enough to say that National are pursuing privatisation while both Labour and Green are at least trying to do good things.

Shame about the reality of the bigger picture then.

A little exploration?

Written By: - Date published: 12:22 pm, January 23rd, 2014 - 23 comments

No deep sea oil drilling

On the pipers, the dancers and the great unwashed.

Off the Pages (impressions)

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, January 19th, 2014 - 11 comments

democracy-150x150

A very brief and broad brushstroke account of yesterday’s meeting at Dunedin Botanic Gardens.

Off The Pages – reminder

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, January 16th, 2014 - 9 comments

Botanic Gardens

Saturday afternoon. 1 O’Clock. Bandstand in Dunedin Botanic Gardens.

Where is this Democracy they Speak of?

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, December 30th, 2013 - 165 comments

debating-chamber

There’s a rumour going around that we live in a democracy.

Muppets.

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, December 16th, 2013 - 99 comments

stop don;t go there

It never fails to amaze me that supposedly experienced and professional (ie, paid) political figures routinely reaffirm a fairly deep sense of stupidity.

Off The Pages…

Written By: - Date published: 5:43 pm, December 15th, 2013 - 17 comments

democracy-150x150

…and into the world.

The Carbon or the Swag?

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, December 12th, 2013 - 42 comments

itsinthebag

So many choices! What’s a body to do?

Get me inta here!

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, November 30th, 2013 - 18 comments

wheelchair

Some things don’t require much in the way of brains. Shame then that we tend to let no brain people determine shit so often.

Shhh! It’s the ‘P’ word.

Written By: - Date published: 5:01 pm, November 18th, 2013 - 339 comments

Ashley-Judd-on-Patriarchy-quote

You don’t have to be white and male and financially wealthy to assume a prominent position within systems of patriarchy, but it helps. And you don’t have to be financially strapped and black and female to feel the full weight of patriarchy always pressing down on you, but it helps.

Don’t Wring Your Hands.

Written By: - Date published: 4:17 pm, November 5th, 2013 - 282 comments

Unknown

The attitudes put on display by the young men calling themselves the ‘Roast Busters’ aren’t a glitch or the product of some unsavoury sub-culture. Those young men and the attitudes they hold are the product of  very long and complex processes whereby some very fucked up shit has become normalised.

While Labour Burns Bright…

Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, November 3rd, 2013 - 47 comments

ccabb_tokyo-electric-power-tepco-logo-bg

While some hold that the Labour Party conference being held this weekend could mark a watershed in NZ politics, something else that might constitute a somewhat more marked watershed is happening across the Pacific.

Your Brighter Future: Burn.

Written By: - Date published: 1:13 pm, October 2nd, 2013 - 15 comments

Bonfire_Flames

“I just utter one fear…”

Remember that?

Warfare of welfare

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, September 30th, 2013 - 136 comments

paula bennett photo op

3 billion reasons to be…cheerful?

Intervention. Now!

Written By: - Date published: 3:13 pm, September 3rd, 2013 - 24 comments

index

Widespread and ongoing poisoning of civilians demands decisive and immediate international action, so…

Sarin

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, September 2nd, 2013 - 127 comments

syria

On the one hand, there is the building propaganda blitz to justify military action in Syria, and on the other…

Obama and the UK

Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, September 1st, 2013 - 26 comments

syria

So Barack Obama is going to adhere to the US constitution this time around ( unlike as was the case with Libya) and await the potential green light of Congress before commencing with any military action in Syria.

Syria et al.

Written By: - Date published: 5:09 pm, August 29th, 2013 - 311 comments

syria

Sometimes the most complicated and complex situation becomes clear when viewed from a simple and obvious perspective.

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