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Talleys versus Free Speech

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, July 29th, 2016 - 17 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 - 18 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

TPPA protest angry made a sign square

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 - 181 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!

How to collapse liberal society

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 19th, 2016 - 129 comments

liberty-weeping

Liberal society is in reverse in many parts of the world. What do we do to arrest this?

China trade realpolitik

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, July 18th, 2016 - 137 comments

steel beams

We can’t afford to be using sub-standard steel. We shouldn’t have to buckle to pressure to do so, but we have no leverage at all.

Salmond on the ravages of neoliberalism

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, July 16th, 2016 - 44 comments

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2013 New Zealander of the year Dame Anne Salmond: “In the name of progress, we sacrifice the future of our own children and the planet.”

Maori health and children not a priority

Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, July 11th, 2016 - 77 comments

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Essential reading, two pieces highlighting institutional racism today. Someone needs to ask the Maori Party how proud they are to be propping up this government.

Social bonds negotiations collapse

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, July 6th, 2016 - 65 comments

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The Governments attempt to incentivise the provision of social services by greed has failed with the first proposed social bond failing.

The Chrematistic Camel

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 pm, July 4th, 2016 - 110 comments

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So this post is about a suite of frameworks not to adopt if the goal is to avoid 2 degrees of global warming.

“Died at some point in the recycling process”

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 pm, July 4th, 2016 - 39 comments

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Imagine taking shelter on a cold night and ending up crushed or asphyxiated to death in a compressed cardboard recycling bale.

1/3 of Nobel Laureates say Greenpeace is “anti-science”, must now embrace GMOs

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 pm, June 30th, 2016 - 181 comments

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Unless you are scaremongering and “anti-science” you should embrace GMO foods. Say 107 Nobel Laureates.

Suck-up economics proceeding as planned – rich getting richer

Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, June 29th, 2016 - 56 comments

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Inequality in NZ is the worst it’s been in a decade. Key’s response is pathetic. We need to vote to end suck-up economics. We need to be a better country than this.

It’s a Side-show, “Bob”.

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, June 28th, 2016 - 279 comments

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From the circus that never leaves town.

The good ones get it

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 28th, 2016 - 126 comments

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A recent interview with Barack Obama displayed an understanding of the problems offered by globalisation but also understands the complex relationship between trade, elites, workers, and redistribution.

Lessons from Brexit

Written By: - Date published: 3:08 pm, June 27th, 2016 - 40 comments

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 24, 2015 shows The European union and Union flag flying outside the national assembly building in Cardiff on September 24, 2015. 
The bosses of more than a third of Britain's top companies on Tuesday urged voters to keep the country in the European Union, warning that an exit from the bloc would threaten jobs. / AFP / DAMIEN MEYER

Reposted from Boots Theory with some updates requested by the author

Snakes and ladders

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, June 25th, 2016 - 155 comments

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Yesterday was a big day for both UK and US politics. Brexit revealed the political consequences of social inequality. Meanwhile in America the Trump Train is derailing.

Our zombie economy

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, June 22nd, 2016 - 149 comments

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It’s basically flat-lining – only partially animated by immigration and a housing bubble.

The politics of dumb anger

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, June 20th, 2016 - 112 comments

jackboots

There are some pretty depressing political trends going on.

Fire at will (90 days) law a great success!

Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, June 17th, 2016 - 104 comments

workers rights

Or not. More National ideology burned to the ground by facts.

Orlando; Owen Jones On Homophobia.

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, June 14th, 2016 - 70 comments

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Guardian journalist Owen Jones nails the failure of many to call the Orlando killings what they are; homophobic  terrorism. It’s not an excuse for anti-muslim hysteria, as Trump, Seymour and Peters would have it, it’s the worst single attack on LGBT people since the holocaust.

Why American Foreign Policy still matters

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 14th, 2016 - 17 comments

Third world america

So what should the next President of the United States focus on?  Military power or economic domination or international institutions?

Official climate change fraud

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, June 14th, 2016 - 136 comments

Prof Kevin Anderson

Scientists and experts have been knowingly understating the unfolding climate change catastrophe to governments and decision makers. Why? For the sake of what is “politically palatable”.

The ghost house epidemic and the invisible hand

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 13th, 2016 - 54 comments

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Last year there were officially 22,000 unoccupied properties in Auckland. This year 33,000 are officially classified as empty. “Auckland’s 6.6 per cent vacancy rate is higher than either Sydney (5.2 per cent) or Melbourne (4.8 per cent), where there has been an uproar over “ghost houses” deliberately left empty by speculators trading on a soaring market”. This is madness.

Essential reading – Hickey on immigration

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, June 12th, 2016 - 133 comments

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Hickey: “Helping employers to bring in low-skilled migrants instead of investing in new technology and becoming more productive so they can pay local workers more is essentially stunting our productivity and real GDP per capita.”

The Sky City ghost jobs

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, June 8th, 2016 - 63 comments

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Radio New Zealand has reported that the promised jobs relating to the construction of the Convention Centre are appearing. But in Thailand, not New Zealand.  Updated with comment on the terms of the supplemental agreement.

Taihoa on Immigration?

Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, June 7th, 2016 - 213 comments

Mexican Migrant worker on their way out to pick gewérztraminer grapes at the Hidden Terrace vineyard in Okanagan falls October 3, 2011. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Winston Peters has called for a slashing of migrant worker numbers and for screening of would be workers based on things like their attitude to women. Is it time for a taihoa on immigration or is Winston just doing a Trump?

Switzerland votes against UBI

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, June 7th, 2016 - 35 comments

UBI

Seems the path towards acceptance of the UBI is not going to be smooth.

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