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Over it.

Written By: - 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.

A Breakdown.

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, November 26th, 2014 - 25 comments

distractions

There’s a lot of smash flying around concerning the SIS, the PM’s office, OIA requests, Judith Collin’s and what not. So here’s a simple, stripped back, breakdown

All Things Being Equal…

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 27th, 2014 - 171 comments

nanaia-mp-profile-2010

Assuming that all four contenders for leadership of Labour are equally worthy, there is a defining factor that ought to be considered…vulnerability to attack.

On Navel Gazing and Looking Out.

Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, October 6th, 2014 - 63 comments

navel gazing

As the NZ Labour Party stands on the cusp of some soul searching, it might want to note that there are alternatives to pointless navel gazing.

The Monkeywrench

Written By: - Date published: 2:01 pm, September 29th, 2014 - 75 comments

Courtiers

Some thoughts from a different angle on ‘what went wrong’, or maybe just saying stuff along the lines of what plenty of other people are thinking

Idiots, Cowards and Bastards.

Written By: - Date published: 4:18 pm, September 22nd, 2014 - 46 comments

frogs

When they write about it at all, the media tends to produce a lot of smash on the issue of global warming, and I’ve had enough of the crap. I apologise for both the length of this post and the number of data chewing links (pdfs and video). I’m hoping to write a number of posts looking at global warming from a variety of perspectives, and hopefully, it’ll be possible to keep others somewhat briefer than this one.

Right Back At You John.

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 16th, 2014 - 130 comments

john-key finger new

I need to say this – for those academics who will slice and dice a subject to slithers so small that all that is left is invisible and meaningless; and to all those who think or believe that fascism is marked by brown shorts and Nuremberg rallies – No. Fascism comes with a smile and […]

Bombs Away?

Written By: - Date published: 5:00 pm, September 12th, 2014 - 72 comments

pp-bombsaway

So much for any abatement of dirty politics…

Dirty Filthy Red Herring

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, September 1st, 2014 - 104 comments

key collins

Big fish and little fish.

Questions

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, August 24th, 2014 - 38 comments

questions

A few simple questions on democracy.

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

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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?

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