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The week that was

Written By: - Date published: 2:29 pm, April 18th, 2014 - 37 comments

John Key Prince Philip

The highs and lows and the good and bad of what was a fascinating week in Politics.

Collins under fire

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, April 16th, 2014 - 115 comments

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Judith Collins, once one of National’s most assured performers, is facing increasing pressure.  Her handling of the ACC privacy release form scandal is under scrutiny.  And the release of a letter from Oravida to the Government asking for help in handling reputational risk focusses even more attention on the “private dinner” and the identity of the mysterious Chinese Government Official.

Inequalities of the 10 percenters

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, April 12th, 2014 - 28 comments

stop robbing poor to feast rich

All inequality measures are not equal.  The GINI Coefficient is widely used but it doesn’t show the impact of vast increases in inequality between the richest and poorest Kiwis; it doesn’t show increasing experiences of hardship: it can mask vast inequalities in wealth & asset ownership.

Poverty denial – NZ Herald editorial

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, April 8th, 2014 - 202 comments

child poverty in godzone

Today’s NZ Herald editorial joins Paula Bennett’s beneficiary-bashing stunt, asking for flying privileges to be cut, & denying there is a lot of poverty in NZ- a view from the privileged part of NZ’s inequality gap.

Bugger the polls!

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, April 6th, 2014 - 83 comments

paula bennett inequality

Auckland Against Poverty protest the Young Nats Ball and Paula Bennett’s war on the poor.  Steven Joyce is cynical about the polls. A Stuff poll shows everything that is wrong with the media’s poll beat ups.

National preparing for November election?

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, April 4th, 2014 - 36 comments

national election day screenshot

A guest post concerning apparent confusion on the part of the National Party about when this year’s election is. Stand by for breathless denunciation of the party by Farrar, Slater and the Young Nats for its inability to organise a piss up in a brewery.

Outing Nats’ smear machine

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, March 29th, 2014 - 275 comments

newscorp harmful if swallowed

Standardista, andy (the other one) nails it: “Two days, two articles, two different media outlets admitting that they know National use Slater/Farrar to smear and dissemble.”  Trotter raises questions about sources.

Polity: National cuts charity funding because charity criticises National

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, March 21st, 2014 - 77 comments

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You’d have to ask if skycity asked the government to get rid of this turbulent critic? After all their brief is to reduce problem gambling.

Parata replaces Collins and Adams as National’s weakest link

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, March 20th, 2014 - 56 comments

hekia parata and john key

This week Hekia Parata has achieved what I thought was impossible. She has shown even worse judgment than Judith Collins and is threatening to replace Collins as National’s minister who is most in trouble. Hekia’s days as a Minister must be numbered …

Filibustering

Written By: - Date published: 2:51 pm, March 9th, 2014 - 13 comments

john key clown

On the odd occasion when the media has picked up on the magnitude of a big issue, eg GCSB, Key was under the spotlight and he was sweating…

Colin Craig wants help with his legal costs …

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, March 7th, 2014 - 112 comments

Conservative billboard contribution to legal costs

Not to be outdone by the Greens Colin Craig is now seeking donations to help him defend the allegation that he thinks a woman’s place is in the kitchen …

Tricky Patrick Gower in NZHouse of Cards

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, March 6th, 2014 - 132 comments

TV3 House of Cards promo

In need of public service media. TV3 News is a neoliberal propaganda vehicle.  I’ve stopped watching it.  However, today Martyn Bradbury posted a transcription of last night’s highly distorted report by Patrick Gower, with a critical analysis of just how much the report misrepresents.

Colin Craig does not want to disclose his view on gays

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, March 4th, 2014 - 70 comments

colin craig and john key

Colin Craig has announced that he is off to Court to sue someone called Russell Norman who I think is the same person as Greens leader Russel Norman. And he is going to leave documents relating to his views of gays in the closet by only suing Norman for his comments about women. One wonders what he has to hide?

NZ independence? back to the future

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, March 4th, 2014 - 150 comments

Obama key golf

NZ seems like a client state of both US imperialism, and the UK monarchy: a throwback to the first part of the 20th century. John Key was quick to support the US & EU lines on the Crimea; some low achieving, British royals are visiting NZ at taxpayers’ expense.

The surveillance state online

Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, February 25th, 2014 - 8 comments

ONLINE COVERT OPS

The leaks by Edward Snowden show many ways state surveillance agencies can workaround the legal requirements placed on them.  Selwyn Manning explained about the “Two Hop” surveillance of online targets.  On Intercept Glenn Greenwald explains the information about the use of “online covert operations”. [Update Andrea Vance on NZ spy tactics]

Rock star – “No depression”

Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, February 21st, 2014 - 104 comments

no depression swamp stomp gumboots1

Popular songs can capture the heartbeat of communities.  “Rock Star” economy”?  Or “No Depression in New Zealand”?  A song that links the NZ of Muldoon & John Key. “History Never Repeats”?  Who has pulled up the ladder & who wants to replace ladders with something more accessible to all?

The GCSB can’t count

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 21st, 2014 - 31 comments

GCSB Maxwell Smart

The GCSB has eroded public confidence in its performance by displaying a concerning inability to count beyond four …

Easy Vote or Voter Intimidation?

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 pm, February 17th, 2014 - 122 comments

voterintim

Good to see Labour has stood up against National’s “harder-to-vote” revisions to the Electoral Amendment Bill, especially making voters now have to state their name to get a voting paper. The reason for this is to allow scrutineers to more easily challenge a voter’s credentials, and is similar to voter intimidation practices in conservative States in the US. Expect  National Party scrutineers questioning more voter credentials in the 2014 election.

Dotcom snoopers: The “dirty, disgusting, despicable game”

Written By: - Date published: 4:19 pm, February 14th, 2014 - 71 comments

John Key using the GCSB bill square

So, the PM is hinting that his tips about Winston Peters visiting Kim Dotcom 3 times, came from Cameron Slater.  But then, who was Slater’s informant? Key admits to on-going contact with Slater. [Update: transcript of John Key stand up vid, Stuff - Update 2: transcript edited; 3 News]

NRT: Ticket clipping

Written By: - Date published: 4:53 pm, February 13th, 2014 - 29 comments

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National’s charter schools are predicated on the idea that the public education system is doing a bad job. They’re (over-)funded to do things differently. So its more than a little odd that He Puna Marama Trust’s charter school is simply getting local state schools to do all their teaching for them. They just clip the ticket converting taxpayers money to private profit. Ridiculous corrupt NAct policy.

Smirks & inversions

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, February 13th, 2014 - 41 comments

child poverty a national disgrace

The Salvation Army’s latest State of the Nation Report is damning on child poverty & unaffordable housing.  The government is misrepresenting the conclusions, reversing the main focus on failings, and focusing on the positives: the spin is repeated in an NZ Herald editorial.

Mindless questions

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, February 13th, 2014 - 303 comments

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The question I’d like the media to ask is “Where did John Key get his information that Winston visited DotCom three times?” Most likely source it seems to me is the GCSB. I think Winston  may have a point about his right to privacy.

NRT: National hates transparency

Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, February 12th, 2014 - 56 comments

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Yesterday Labour tried to put forward a Parliamentary motion calling on the government to release the draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before signing it, on the simple democratic grounds that the public deserved to know what agreements were being made in our name. National refused to. The upshot: National hates transparency. It also hates democracy.

5 Eyes’ cyberwarfare: Snowden

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 am, February 9th, 2014 - 59 comments

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Leaked by Edward Snowden, a GCHQ slideshow for a secret spy conference.  It outlines methods of cyber warfare and propaganda circulation.   Mainly aimed at non-5 Eyes’ countries, the methods include infiltrating blogs, DOS attacks, propaganda via social media & manipulating journalists.

NZ Herald watch – history repeats

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, February 7th, 2014 - 146 comments

media lies to you

The NZ Herald has a long history of opposing Maori resistance and supporting colonisation. It has always been right wing with a strong commercial focus & MO.  Yesterday it censored news of Waitangi Day protests.  Today an editorial spins in slippery style, for the Govt’s failing PowerCo sales.

Media bias

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, January 31st, 2014 - 167 comments

Growly Cunliffe

Media bias has been a topic of discussion this week and such simple things as the choice of photos can be evidence of this.  The Herald has been publishing very unflattering photos of David Cunliffe.  You would think that with all of their resources they would have slightly more natural photos than the ones they are running …

Workers Denied Access to Information

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, January 25th, 2014 - 29 comments

nz logger cover - square

The  NZ Logger magazine has published attack after attack on us since about August of last year.  You have to read them to believe them.  Industry players and Editorials suggesting we are the problem in forestry safety!  One even suggested UNIONS were exploiting workers in the industry through our safety campaign. I contacted the Editor to ask for a right of reply.  It was written with minor changes and expected to appear this month. Now they won’t run it…. Have a look at it yourself.

Polity: The truth about the gap between the rich and the rest

Written By: - Date published: 1:31 pm, January 24th, 2014 - 60 comments

flying-pig

John Key was careful in his speech. He and his government have helped themselves and their affluent mates while screwing everyone else. It is pretty clear who has been getting the benefits – since 2010 just the households with at least a hundred thousand dollars income. The bigger the household income, the more National helps. John Key – a liar with numbers.

A matter of “confidence”

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, January 21st, 2014 - 41 comments

Bill English reviews the economy

Some say the economy often responds positively to “confidence”, while lack of it can result in some financial nose dives.  But whose confidence is being highlighted in reports of NZ’ “rock star” economy?  Not that of workers, beneficiaries – the precariat, say Labour, Greens.

A big gay rainbow the true cause of the UK’s unusual weather

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, January 21st, 2014 - 19 comments

Gay Rain

It is quite an achievement for a sitting MP to be considered to be too nutty for the UKIP.  But David Silvester has achieved this dubious distinction by claiming that adverse weather events in the United Kingdom are the result of legalising same sex marriage …

Sick

Written By: - Date published: 11:41 pm, January 18th, 2014 - 48 comments

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