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Abrupt climate change: CO2 equivalent now at 485 ppm

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, August 26th, 2016 - 76 comments

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We are now at 485 ppm CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas concentrations, up from 250 ppm in the 1700s. And climbing fast.

Things other than States

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, August 25th, 2016 - 17 comments

Ngai Tahu marae

What are the New Zealand institutions other than the State who can achieve good for New Zealanders?

“Flushing flows”

Written By: - Date published: 4:46 pm, August 24th, 2016 - 14 comments

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A new phrase is about to enter NZ’s clean green image lexicon.

 

Watershit Down

Written By: - Date published: 7:37 pm, August 22nd, 2016 - 121 comments

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John Key has announced an inquiry into the Havelock North water crisis. But has it been set up to fail the residents of the Central Hawkes Bay?

Hickey on immigration and wages

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, August 22nd, 2016 - 79 comments

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Hickey: “The best way for an economy to grow is for the market to allow wages to grow. Allowing a flood of low-skilled migrants is frustrating that market mechanism with the short-term aim of keeping wages low for employers.”

Cluster f*&k on cluster bombs

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, August 19th, 2016 - 64 comments

Cluster bomb

The Government is refusing to accept there are legal issues with Kiwisaver providers investing in manufacturers of cluster bombs.  But it is also not ruling out there may be a problem.

Charles Hugh Smith – The Ultimate Long Game: Autarky and Resilience

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, August 18th, 2016 - 28 comments

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Today, electronic numbers in electronic bank accounts are the most important things to the people who lead NZ. That’s going to have to seriously change. The country’s capacity and resources in terms of food, energy, water and cultural/social resiliency is what actually counts.

July 2016 was the hottest single month recorded since 1880

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 pm, August 16th, 2016 - 104 comments

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July 2016 was the hottest month ever in recorded modernity.

New Zealand’s most shameful secret: ‘We have normalised child poverty’

Written By: - Date published: 4:01 pm, August 16th, 2016 - 175 comments

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Fuck the whole “Brighter Future” New Zealand.

This is the face of the failure of globalisation

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, August 14th, 2016 - 272 comments

Mohammad Jamal

My apologies to Mohammad Jamal, the man in the photo, for using his largely unknown story to make a point about free-trade and Western privilege.

Globalisation and global incomes (the “elephant graph”)

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 14th, 2016 - 55 comments

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An elegant graph explains why free trade is a good thing, but why it is causing a backlash in rich “Western” countries.

TPP – with a whimper

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 12th, 2016 - 166 comments

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Plenty of folk today pronouncing the death of the TPP. This is a victory for activism.

Clinton on “trickle down” economics

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, August 9th, 2016 - 37 comments

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Lefties have been saying it since forever, but it’s nice to have Hillary Clinton on record.

Why are wages flat?

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 9th, 2016 - 178 comments

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The Nats would have you believe that the economy is in good shape, in which case there is no excuse for the ongoing stagnation of wages. Of course it’s not as simple as that.

Financial capital is crazy OP. Time to strip it back to basics.

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, August 8th, 2016 - 72 comments

Foreclose on banks not people

Financial capital is way over powered in our current political economic system. Every aspect of our lives has been financialised and securitised, from our homes to our educations. From our drinking water to our power supply.

Stiglitz on the globalisation revolt

Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, August 8th, 2016 - 69 comments

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Globalisation is facing a popular revolt. Economist Joseph Stiglitz explains why.

Foreskin’s lament

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, August 7th, 2016 - 49 comments

Chiefs fans flags during the Super Rugby match, Chiefs v Hurricanes at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand on Friday 28 June 2013. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport.co.nz

The Waikato Chief’s mad Monday shows that Rugby’s attitude to women are still mired in the past and a threat to New Zealand’s interests, as well as an affront to all women.

Employers failing Kiwsaver obligations

Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, August 5th, 2016 - 35 comments

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In a sign of just how stressed our economy is: “Inland Revenue is chasing employers for unpaid KiwiSaver contributions worth tens of millions of dollars.”

The New Silk Road

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, August 4th, 2016 - 45 comments

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The New Silk Road is a massive economic transport system being built at rapid speed with Chinese money, Chinese politicking, Chinese engineering, and yes, Chinese steel.

Pack Mentality

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, August 4th, 2016 - 55 comments

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The Waikato Chiefs rugby franchise have admitted two incidents of abuse at a drunken post season celebration. Their response to claims of sexual abuse? Blame the victim.

EDIT: The CEO accepts he got it wrong and has made a modern ‘if offence was taken’ style apology on Radio Sport. No direct apology to the woman concerned, however.

We can’t say we weren’t warned

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, August 1st, 2016 - 189 comments

Housing Bubble Burst

When the Auckland housing bubble bursts a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money. They won’t be able to say they weren’t warned.

Climate change pedal to the metal

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, July 31st, 2016 - 116 comments

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Avoiding 2 deg C warming is a ship that’s sailed. Global warming is now happening at about 4.3x the previous long-run rate. And it might go up to 18x the previous rate over the next few years. That’s what the pundits call “abrupt climate change.”

Hollywood should try a different model

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, July 30th, 2016 - 17 comments

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Piracy is shifting from peer-to-peer to streaming. Big Entertainment isn’t shifting it’s attitudes at all – still stuck in the dark ages.

The Ray White – China deal

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, July 30th, 2016 - 87 comments

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Real Estate agent Ray White has formed a partnership with China’s Lianjia to market NZ houses to about 260 million Chinese buyers. They say it’s the government’s problem – and they’re right.

Talleys versus Free Speech

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, July 29th, 2016 - 33 comments

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The Talley group want the courts to order a union to stop telling the truth about how they bully, maim and kill their workers. Will the Standard be next in the firing line?

Stopping the sale of agricultural land and agri-business

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 29th, 2016 - 26 comments

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Australia’s national interest test applied to attempts by foreign interests to buy Australian agriland and agribusinesses is deliberately vague. New Zealand could take lessons.

DNC Day 3. Biden, Obama, and Trump Jumps the Shark

Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, July 28th, 2016 - 88 comments

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Day 3 of the DNC. Biden and Obama to speak later, Trump wishes he hadn’t spoken earlier. In what looks to be an embarrassing gaffe, the candidate of the 1%ers has requested help from Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. In a normal election, that would be political suicide. This year, who knows?

UPDATE: Barack Obama LIVE STREAMING NOW.

 

TPP teetering on the precipice

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, July 27th, 2016 - 51 comments

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A silver lining in the depressing chaos of the American presidential process.

DNC: Bernie Speaks

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, July 26th, 2016 - 184 comments

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The Democratic Party is holding their convention in Philadelphia. The day has started with an apology to Bernie Sanders and a poll boost for Donald Trump. Sanders speaks live at 2PM (approx).

UPDATE: Feel the BERN! Live NOW.

UPDATE: Video of Bernie Sanders’ speech now added.

We need to talk about Islam

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 23rd, 2016 - 365 comments

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A post in which Ad responds to TRP’s recent post suggesting that all religion should be banned by suggesting that religious tolerance is a necessary feature of a liberal democracy.

Drumpf LIVE!

Written By: - Date published: 2:44 pm, July 22nd, 2016 - 31 comments

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Establishment candidate and billionaire Donald J Trump is delivering his acceptance speech at the RNC. It’s chockfulla cliches, but hey …

YOOO ESSS AYYYY, YOOO ESSS AYYYY!

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