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Corporate Saviours

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, February 12th, 2016 - 66 comments

world

oh, hallelujah…

Hard Numbers to Remember.

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 8th, 2015 - 32 comments

DreamOfClimateChange1

This post is essentially a distillation of two presentations given by Kevin Anderson at the Earth 101 gathering in Iceland earlier this year. You can view them here and here I highly recommend that you do as they are packed with high quality, no nonsense information. For those who don’t know, Kevin Anderson was the director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organization and is a professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester.

Human Rights, Psychos and Opposition

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, November 11th, 2015 - 92 comments

human rights

New Zealand’s bloody awful parliamentary debacle.

Finally Fighting for Democracy?

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, October 31st, 2015 - 31 comments

Rojava

Boots on ground.

Portugal

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, October 27th, 2015 - 38 comments

authoritarianism

This is going to end well…

Have a Drink Hoss!

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, October 21st, 2015 - 55 comments

desert-valley-oasis

So, by my understanding, in ‘three party’* Canada, the New Democratic Party sought the center and nosedived. Simultaneously, the Liberals moved left and soared. In ‘two party’ England and Wales, Labour sought the center and bumbled and scraped the ground looking for lift off. Meanwhile, in the very same election in ‘three party’ Scotland where […]

Climate and Trade

Written By: - Date published: 5:43 pm, October 10th, 2015 - 41 comments

TPPA

The proposed TPP is a protection racket – not a trade deal.

Bashar al-Assad and other Bastards.

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, October 3rd, 2015 - 130 comments

Patrick Cockburn

What proper journalistic coverage of Syria looks like.

An R-101 Post

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, October 2nd, 2015 - 89 comments

Helen Clark and John Key-1

Someone once made an art-work of a brick with some ‘guy ropes’ attached to represent the ill fated R-101 airship…

Diesel Bomb

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, October 1st, 2015 - 37 comments

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Last Friday I wrote a post on Volkwagen gaming NOx emissions. This is a follow up.

It Came From the North

Written By: - Date published: 4:41 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 54 comments

get corbyn

How Corbyn gets taken out.

NOx-ious shit all around.

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, September 25th, 2015 - 108 comments

car-brand-logos-picture

Been trying to get my head around the implications of Volkswagen’s rigged diesel performance tests. Predictably, and unlike most stories covering this, I couldn’t give a rat’s arse for the financial woes the company might be facing.

Making Like Private Frazer

Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, September 14th, 2015 - 20 comments

Frazer

Political awakenings.

In Our Back Yard – Manus Island and Nauru

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, September 9th, 2015 - 12 comments

refugees are human beings-1

As the photo claims, refugees are human beings. We can tell this from general expressions of resignation, desperation and misery.

But what about our own expressions of humanity?

Lost the Plot

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 pm, September 8th, 2015 - 91 comments

Peters

Winston’s solution to war and refugees.

Syria and Internationalism

Written By: - Date published: 4:02 pm, September 6th, 2015 - 90 comments

solidarity

I wonder if the current public outpouring of sympathy for Syrian refugees is nought but a ‘fashion’, or whether it’s the beginnings of a renaissance for internationalism.

Regional Realities.

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, August 31st, 2015 - 133 comments

balclutha

FYI. The most populous town in Clutha District is Balclutha, which lies 81km south of Dunedin by road. Balclutha’s population, by the 2006 census, was 4,062 (down from 4,137 in 1996). Other towns are Milton (pop. 1,887), Kaitangata (pop. 810), Tapanui (pop. 744), Lawrence (pop. 432), Owaka (pop. 327), Stirling (pop. 309), Clinton (pop. 291), Kaka Point (pop. 201), and Benhar (pop. 96). For a while in the 1980s Balclutha was New Zealand’s most wealthy town, per capita

Dead Hands

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, August 20th, 2015 - 11 comments

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Time worn patterns and predictable decisions.

Zero by 50

Written By: - Date published: 5:34 pm, August 9th, 2015 - 138 comments

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In Copenhagen, our government committed itself, and by extension, us “To hold the increase in global temperature below two degrees Celsius and to take actions to meet this objective, consistent with the science and on the basis of equity”

And yet…

Win or Lose: This is Labour

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, August 7th, 2015 - 199 comments

Corbyn

Some people have suggested that the more progressive parliamentary elements of the left are done and dusted. I’m not so sure…

Labouring it.

Written By: - Date published: 6:13 pm, July 19th, 2015 - 179 comments

Hornets-nest

With overall confidence dropping and Labour being all over the headlines for the past week, Labour’s support…

Toil and Trouble.

Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, July 5th, 2015 - 46 comments

bubble

In the hope of some informed comment…

Universal Basic Income Experiment

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, June 26th, 2015 - 97 comments

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Income in a world of climate change.

Pope Francis on Climate Change

Written By: - Date published: 1:07 pm, June 16th, 2015 - 66 comments

pope

No beating about the bush.

Labour. Horse. Water.

Written By: - Date published: 5:45 pm, June 11th, 2015 - 97 comments

clear enough

Sometimes…often…I just can’t get my head around people who make obvious and simple things kinda difficult and fraught.

In Praise of Key

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 331 comments

key victory

Hardly a comprehensive take, but in the interest of stating some obvious stuff…

Fixed Term Parliaments

Written By: - Date published: 4:50 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 25 comments

fixed term

An argument in favour of New Zealand adopting Fixed Term Parliaments Act legislation.

Dear NZ Labour. Listen up.

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, May 12th, 2015 - 48 comments

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For the sake of reference – Nye Bevan was a Labour mp and the architect of the British NHS. Michael Sheen’s  speech was a defense of that institution, but the underpinning message is, well…

Fear, Loathing and Denial.

Written By: - Date published: 2:20 pm, May 10th, 2015 - 49 comments

elephant-in-the-room-audialtempartem

There’s a major and rather obvious contributory factor to UK Labour’s failure in the UK general election that doesn’t seem to have drawn any comment. Until now…

The Whisky’s In.

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, May 7th, 2015 - 32 comments

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Before the turgid post-election hell that the British Establishment will undoubtably unleash…

Miliband:Dangerous Muppet?

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, May 3rd, 2015 - 40 comments

Miliband

Is Ed Miliband fighting democracy? Well…

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