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The Daily Blog – A week of it

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Happy one-week anniversary to The Daily Blog. If you haven’t checked it out yet I highly recommend it.

I’ve been impressed with the launch and the first week. If Bradbury and crew can keep up the momentum over the long haul (and blogging is a long haul!) then The Daily Blog will be a force to reckon with.

I haven’t commented there yet (bit busy at the moment) – but how have folk found it? What do you make of the first week of TDB?

96 comments on “The Daily Blog – A week of it”

  1. TheContrarian 1

    Commenting and moderation sucks.

    • fenderviper 1.1

      Yeah Pete George is everywhere.

      • lprent 1.1.1

        I did rather direct him there. Now he has a left-wing site to write comments in, then I might view less whining about how he isn’t allowed to comment here (and boring the hell out of everyone with his displays of how not to take a position that he is willing to argue).

        I’m just glad I don’t have to waste time moderating all of the irritating discussions about the lack of his debating skills he seem to be all that he can engender. Bad enough seeing it on my occasional sweeps through the sewer

        😈

        • fenderviper 1.1.1.1

          Yes I’m forever grateful he got his lifetime ban from here, hopefully he can slip up at TDB and get the same treatment. Both him and his bouffant pimp are as irrelevant as J.Banks and need to quietly f*** off for good!

    • r0b 1.2

      Commenting and moderation sucks.

      Can you be more specific?

      • TheContrarian 1.2.1

        The moderation is too tight

        • Pascal's bookie 1.2.1.1

          For what?

        • Jackal 1.2.1.2

          Don’t tell us you like heavy moderation TheComedian… Your extensive complaints about it show otherwise.

          • TheContrarian 1.2.1.2.1

            Not sure how comments mentioning the moderation is too tight would lead you to believe I was a fan of heavy moderation

            • felixviper 1.2.1.2.1.1

              I think he thought you said light, like a lemming. Not toight, like a toiger.

              • TheContrarian

                Anyway – asking if The Daily Blog is comparing itself to the likes of Hunter Thompson (as the linked article suggests) doesn’t make it through Bombers strict moderation.

                I envision no disagreements allowed. Perhaps not but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Bomber doesn’t like it when people disagree with his positions.

                • Jackal

                  Ah right, tight not light like a lemming. I suspect you would criticize any moderation of your comments in a similar way… However there’s a big difference between disagreeing and simply being antagonistic! What category do you usually fit into TC?

                  • TheContrarian

                    A little column A, a little from column B.

                    But Bomber is pretty well known for not being able to brook any disagreement.

                    • Jackal

                      You’ve said the same thing about myself, and 1prent for that matter… So that’s three moderators who you disagree with. Do I sense a pattern of too much antagonism and not enough reasoned debate, and could that be why you get moderated TC?

                    • higherstandard

                      All three of you are well known control freaks and aeolists.

                      [lprent: Can’t say that I have ever claimed to have “inspiration or spiritual insight” except in some rather specialised coding areas (that I largely don’t mention here). Certainly I am a “control freak” here as it is my role to be so. You only have to go back to reading the moronic comment sequences back in late 2007 and early 2008 to find out why the other authors allowed me to start moderating.

                      I just don’t brook any dickheads trying to divert or to control the debate, abuse authors, or just acting like fools – all of which I *have* to read. People who don’t like it can always find or create a site that fits what they want better. ]

                    • TheContrarian

                      You’re a fine one to talk about reasoned debate. You couldn’t reason yourself out of a decision on whether to put pants or shoes on first.

                    • Jackal

                      I can assure you that your comment about moi higherstandard, couldn’t be further from the truth. But I guess you fit well into category A, in that you’re simply trying to antagonize with ad homonyms. No wonder you’re backing up TheConformist then.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  Anyway – asking if The Daily Blog is comparing itself to the likes of Hunter Thompson (as the linked article suggests) doesn’t make it through Bombers strict moderation.

                  I envision no disagreements allowed. Perhaps not but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Bomber doesn’t like it when people disagree with his positions.

                  Yeah, well, to be honest I don’t think the world is much poorer for not seeing that comment then eh?

                  You’ve got abee in your bonnet about Bomber (fair enough) but that doesn’t mean he owes you a platform to snark at him, especially on ablog with 30+authors. It’s not really ‘Bomber’s place’ in that sense, from the looks of it.

                  • TheContrarian

                    “You’ve got abee in your bonnet about Bomber”

                    Because he is a complete knob as well as a liar and git. He probably chews with his mouth open too.

                    • TC:

                      You’re a fine one to talk about reasoned debate. You couldn’t reason yourself out of a decision on whether to put pants or shoes on first.

                      TC:

                      Because he is a complete knob as well as a liar and git. He probably chews with his mouth open too.

                      You were saying about “reasoned debate”?

                  • TheContrarian

                    “but that doesn’t mean he owes you a platform to snark at him”

                    Quite right, I’m not owed anything by anyone. However if you are going to be ‘the most opinionated man in NZ’ (as has been said about Bomber) you should have the courage of your convictions to allow and refute disagreement.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      Why? Allowing and refuting disagreement takes time and energy, hardly the priority of someone who is the most opinionated man in NZ.

                      ‘my blog, my rules’

                    • TheContrarian

                      ‘My blog, my rules’

                      Couldn’t agree more. Nothing wrong with that either but if you are going to be strident in your opinions you should also have the intellectual courage to defend said opinions and allow for reasoned disagreement.

                      Bomber display no courage in his convictions.

                    • As Colonial Weka said, “my blog, my rules”.

                      Some years back I posted a comment on a rightwing, pro-republican messageboard about Iraq’s non-existant WMDs. Despite the website stridently advocating free speech, my post was removed (it was a fairly polite and non-aggresive comment).

                      Fair enough.

                      Their website, their rules.

                      I didn’t waste time whinging about it. No one owes you or me anything, TC.

                    • TheContrarian

                      No, no one owes us anything, I agree.

                      But no one should pretend Bomber cares about anything else outside his own opinions and will brook no debate on said opinions even if shown to be wrong.

        • the pigman 1.2.1.3

          Completely agree with TC. I read a comment I had made on the Ardern interview, and thought something was missing. Then I remembered the entire paragraph directed to Bomber about the need for an editor because of the 15 odd spelling mistakes that made JA sound foolish. As I recall, the entire paragraph was ingratiatingly polite but.. *snip*.

          • felixviper 1.2.1.3.1

            Publishing edited comments without clearly marking them up as such is in my humble opinion far worse than not publishing them at all.

            • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.3.1.1

              These damn autocratic lefties!

            • Colonial Weka 1.2.1.3.1.2

              I think the rule ‘my blog, my rules’ generally applies, but I agree with you on that one felix. It’s extremely rude, plus it will put people off from commenting.

              There is a suggestion box btw, for anyone that wants to make suggestions about changes. That indicates a degree of openness and willingness to make changes for the better.

  2. Jackal 2

    The Daily Blog has just posted its first week’s stats as well… I’m jealous!

    • alex 2.1

      If I may, how does that compare to the Standard? I’m guessing TS is a fair way ahead still?

      • Jackal 2.1.1

        The optimum bit there is “I’m jealous” alex… Meaning The Jackal blogsite, which had considerably less views in its first week. In fact The Daily Blog has surpassed The Jackal’s current views in its first week, which is an achievement worth celebrating.

        I have no idea how many views The Standard had in its first week, and you’re correct that The Daily Blog still has a a fair way to go… But it’s a hell of a good start I must say.

        • alex 2.1.1.1

          Yes, I know you blog too. Incidentally, The Daily Blog has outstripped my now defunct blog by a factor of about 55000 times the number of views a week. I more meant it as a general question to springboard off yours, if anyone knows, it would be interesting information.

      • r0b 2.1.2

        If I may, how does that compare to the Standard? I’m guessing TS is a fair way ahead still?

        I dunno if we’re using the same tools or date range, but Google analytics for 1 March – 7 March has The Standard at 26,993 visits and 89,914 pageviews.

        So I’d say it’s a stunningly good start for The Daily Blog – as you’d expect with that kind of lineup (and The Standard featuring them probably didn’t hurt).

  3. ropata 3

    The problem with moderation there (and at tumeke!) is that you never know if/when your comment will be published, so conversation doesn’t flow. It feels like you’re controlled by a totalitarian regime.

    The policy here (and at KB/WO) is better, if someone makes a mess just clean up later :)

    [Bunji: oh the irony that this comment should end up delayed in moderation…]

    • lprent 3.1

      :)

      Flow is exactly the reason I built the TS system as multi-layered like it is.

      Cloudflare looks at you to decide if it thinks you might be a problem. If your location or IP are potentially suspicious then it will get you to prove that you’re human through a captcha before it will let you read the site. It will then remember that ‘location’ for weeks.

      Akismet scans each comment’s content, email, url and IP to see if it thinks you’re a possible problem. If it thinks you might be then it asks for a conditional captcha and files whatever you pass through that into auto-moderation for human attention.

      Finally the local wordpress compares you against signatures for auto-moderation or blacklist (ie bans) and files you in moderation or spam.

      If none have issues then you comment goes straight through like over 99% of the human comments – which is what we’re after

      We see a relatively small number of moderation and a larger number of spam for human attention. Still have to scan all of the comments for behaviour, but we’d be lucky to see a few unwanted comments that sneak through in any day. And we have *time* to deal with the exceptions in the manner to which they should become accustomed to.

      It winds up as being a whole lot less work than moderating each comment. That mixture of scanning and database technology with operant conditioning is going to get a lot more common.

      • TheContrarian 3.1.1

        Yeah moderation and conversation flows here pretty well. Though moderation can be, at times, extremely inconsistent, it is never used to stifle dissent.

        At Tumeke I found posts that disagreed with Bomber’s personal narrative were often not approved.

      • Lprent – ditto.

  4. Jane 4

    I have been over to TDB a couple of times, I read the interview with Jacinda Arden, the impression I was left with was that it did seem to be mostly about Bombers view, i.e. stating his view then asking her to agree/disagree, I’d rather hear the interviewes view rather than have them comment on Bombers view. Maybe it’s just his style.

    • TheContrarian 4.1

      Yeah, he tried to lead Jacinda Ardern into slagging off Bennett three times but she wouldn’t take the bait.
      Very professional of Ardern I thought

    • Murray Olsen 4.2

      Whenever Bomber interviews someone about anything, he also hands them the answer he wants. He does not try to elicit information, but seeks reinforcement of his world view. I think he’s a shockingly bad interviewer and his writing has too much of “look at how clever I am” in it as well. But then, I am a baby boomer and we’re apparently responsible for all the ills of the world.

      • TheContrarian 4.2.1

        Agree Murray, 100%.

        (and I had a chortle at your baby boomer comment)

      • TheContrarian 4.2.2

        And I must say him using a Hunter Thompson quote as if somehow he and Bomber/TheDailyBlog were equivalent nearly made me cry.

        Hunter Thompson was a brilliant writer with a searing intellect who garnered respect from all sides of the political divide. From Sean Penn on the left to P.J. O’Rourke on the right….Bombert – not so much.

      • Really, Murray?

        And yet, Bomber is quite candid – for example – at the beginning of each episode of “Citizen A”; “we’re as fair and balanced as Fox News”.

        If any of his interviewees disagree with Bomber’s questions, I’m sure they have the brains to say so. Give them some measure of credit, eh?

      • Reading through Bomber’s interview with Jacinda Ardern, it occurs to me that he is not positing “seek[ing] reinforcement of his world view” at all.

        He is voicing a scenario and asking the person (Jacinda) to comment. And because of questions pose a scenario, any answers have to address said scenario, instead of just of simplistic answers based on rhetoric or generalisations.

        In turn, the interviewee can agree; amend; or refute his scenario as theydeems fit.

        MSM interviewiers use similar techniques.

        • just saying 4.2.4.1

          I wonder if the interviewees approve the questions in advance?

          Bomber seldom (if ever) challenges his interviewees in their responses to his questions, such as when the question has been waffled around but not answered. Although I find this frustrating, I think it is a valid interviewing technique, especially in the context of being the marginalised media. It’s very difficult to get politicians to answer to the left, and you can be sure that they won’t come again if they get pinned-down where they don’t want to. What they do come up with in response to questions from the left can be interesting in itself, and one day, if it happens often enough, they and the public might see left-wing framing to be as natural and ordinary as right-wing framing. And then MPs will be answerable to us.

  5. Pascal's bookie 5

    On delayed commenting, it has it’s advantages. All depends on what you’re aiming for from comments.

    If you want lots of comments, and a free wheeling brawl, you want velocity. But if that’s not what you are after from your comment section, delayed comments stops flamewars dead. There’s no real point in starting a fight if you have to check back in 1/2 an hour to see what’s up..

  6. pollywog 6

    Won’t be going back as a comment in the “rape” section got denied, so why bother?

    • Colonial Weka 6.1

      I’m guessing from your other comments there getting little attention that you upped the ante and posted something even more supporting of rape culture than before?

    • QoT 6.2

      You asked for suggestions of what to do to fight rape culture, you ignored them and started musing about whether rapists were just “born that way”. Gosh, I can’t think why a moderator wouldn’t want more of that smeared all over their page.

      • pollywog 6.2.1

        Oh you know, a little thing like initiating frank discussion about causes, effects, solutions…Big picture stuff!

        And what I asked was what do you want me to do about it. Talk is cheap.

  7. pollywog 7

    Not at all. It was more on lack of identifying cause and just complaining about the effect without offering any solutions.

    And righteously calling someone a fucktard when they laugh it off, call bullshit and insult the commentator, namely me:)

    Don’t see the point in bitchmoaning about shit and not being specific about what they want individuals to do about it.

    All those grand notions of “we” the people and governments/corporates need to change wear a bit thin if all they want people to do is sit around and do nothing but read blogs.

    Speak truth to power, sure…but beware it can come off as glib lip service if that’s all you do.

    • pollywog 7.1

      ^^^Meant as reply to 6.1

    • Colonial Weka 7.2

      Ok, so you want someone to tell you what to do about rape culture, and when people don’t because they’re for the moment engaged in another aspect of the conversation (an important one IMO), you state that because no-one has told you what to do, you won’t be doing anything. My response to that was ‘fuck you’. It’s not my job to educate you, to your timeframe, on how you personally can respond to rape culture, especially if not getting you way means you are willing to allow rape culture to continue. There are shitloads of posts on the internet that answer your question, go look them up. Or ask again sometime when people aren’t so busy, just ask in a less snippy way.

      Then you post some shit about how rape is natural. You really want people to take you seriously?

      “Don’t see the point in bitchmoaning about shit and not being specific about what they want individuals to do about it.”

      Did you follow any of the links? Go have a read on QoT’s blog for some starting points. It’s not hard to find good commentary on why rape culture exists and what to do about it. btw, the point of QoT’s post wasn’t to lay it all out for you in the way you wanted.

  8. pollywog 8

    Meh…got better things to do.

    Thanks for your time but it comes across as you don’t know what to do about it either.

    And yeah maybe rape is natural. Look at animals in the natural world and maybe it’s unreasonable to expect we’re enlightened or evolved enough to move past it.

  9. Spanishbride 9

    Oh the Irony

    Martyn is now the Unions Bitch. Paid to Blog. Oh the humanity. His opinion is for sale.

  10. pollywog 10

    Yeah well, short of genetically engineering men to be less violent or sexually predative I don’t think there’s much can be done with education and lobbying.

    I think you’re fighting evolution and wishing enlightenment on others.

    Good luck with that. But I’ll do my bit to not trivialize the matter and show respect where it’s due.

    • pollywog 10.1

      ^^^meant as reply to 8.2 & 8. 2.1

    • Colonial Weka 10.2

      “Yeah well, short of genetically engineering men to be less violent or sexually predative I don’t think there’s much can be done with education and lobbying.

      I think you’re fighting evolution and wishing enlightenment on others.”

      Your >beliefs< support rape culture (and there is no evidence that rape is natural). Until you understand what rape culture is, and what can be done about it, you are in no position to present those beliefs as anything real.

      "But I’ll do my bit to not trivialize the matter and show respect where it’s due."

      I appreciate your attempt at kindness, but you are still nevertheless supporting rape culture. That's not respectful.

      • pollywog 10.2.1

        Wheres the evidence that it isn’t natural given its probably been going on since men/animals first learnt what a penis is actually for?

        And thanks for reinforcing the point that the safest thing to do is nothing but sit and nod quietly in agreement when the matter is raised by a woman or risk being an enabler of rape culture to perpetuate.

        As far as I’m concerned I’m not supporting anything apart from the status quo until someone proves what can be done to effect real change and asks me to do it.

        • pollywog 10.2.1.1

          Btw… this conversation highlights what’s wrong with the comments and moderation at the daily bog.

          And why I won’t be going back til it changes, or maybe until Efeso Collins proves Bombers claim to be an out spoken social commentator there.

          • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.1.1

            And thanks for reinforcing the point that the safest thing to do is nothing but sit and nod quietly in agreement when the matter is raised by a woman or risk being an enabler of rape culture to perpetuate.

            One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen at a political meeting is men being literally shouted down by women fully intent on being sole claimants to the moral highground. All your points are invalid and irrelevant in advance, in fact if you’re the guy in this scenario you’re pretty much fucked.

            Better off to bail on the discussion, grab your chainsaw and get a bit more firewood ready.

            • Colonial Weka 10.2.1.1.1.1

              “All your points are invalid and irrelevant in advance, in fact if you’re the guy in this scenario you’re pretty much fucked.”

              That is such bullshit. Go read the comments section on the blog in question and you will see men who get rape culture and are wiling to do something about it. I see men doing this on all sorts of issues that are important to women, and I can tell you that that is relatively new. I’m grateful for it myself – that there are men who get the issues and can front up in the important discussions.

              • Colonial Weka

                I’d also add that throughout this debate in the past few days pollywog has consistently presented themselves as hard done by, but has consistently refused to enter into the topic at hand in any meaningful way. Anyone who wants to turn up in a conversation about rape culture and have a little moan about themselves, and then post rape apologist shit like ‘rape is natural’ without being willing to examine their own beliefs deserves not to be taken seriously.

                Any time pollywog wants to engage seriously, I’ll start responding in an open and thoughtful manner.

                • just saying

                  I wouldn’t be bothered with this debate today. I think it’s kind of derisory to go to another website to bitch and continue a debate from another website, in which the commenter in question (Pollywog) is failing in his arguments against a number of active and informed commenters. Especially in an unrelated thread at that other website – this thread is not about rape culture.

                  And the solidarity from another “oppressed” husband just seems sad.

                  But I want to give a bit of cheer to Weka for continuing to calmly and rationally represent my feelings despite all provocation. The response to QoT’s post at TDB, compared to previous occasions when she has posted something similar, shows that chipping away at this over the long haul, really can make a difference. And that difference, gathering momentum over time, could make spaces safer, and reduce the suffering of big numbers of people.

                  Kia ora Weka.

                • pollywog

                  Oh fuck off.

                  You talk yourselves in circles arguing over statistics and that’s meaningful?

                  I ask if it’s possibly genetic or related to evolution and suddenly im an apologist, enabler and supporter of rapists.

                  Seriously…go fuck yourself!

              • Colonial Viper

                You mean I didn’t see men getting shouted down by women? Men being sidelined as entirely irrelevant for the entirety of a meeting because of a remark they had made earlier on which was interpreted as being patriarchal/out of date?

                • Colonial Weka

                  CV, you know very well that I am talking about the conversation on TDB and here in the past few days. Your anecdote was a comment on that discussion. I don’t think that pollywog has been shouted down here. And they’re not being sidelined as irrelevant because they’re male, but because they’re posting stupid shit in a stupid way.

                  I’m sure your anecdote has truth in it – not the whole truth, but enough for me to listen to your point.

                  There are reasons why men get shouted down by women in those kinds of situations, irrespective of whether that’s ok or not. To suggest that taking your toys and going home is the most/only appropriate response just makes things worse IMO. And it tries to frame men as victims, where they are not.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    I agree my point was not really relevant to the thread of TDB comments.

                    To suggest that taking your toys and going home is the most/only appropriate response just makes things worse IMO. And it tries to frame men as victims, where they are not.

                    When women are excluded (via whatever methods or pressures) from participating in a discussion that they are the subject of, are they victims? Surely similar applies to men.

                    • QoT

                      See, the problem is that you say “(via whatever methods or pressures)” like everything’s equal and context doesn’t matter. As though women’s voices have not historically been suppressed in ways far more damaging and systemic than merely being shouted at.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      So because of that past historical context, additional leeway needs to be given to one gender compared to another in how discussions and meetings (and blogs) are conducted today?

                    • cv do you think the same in regards to racism? – That because of past historical context, additional leeway should not be given in how discussions and meetings (and posts on blogs) are conducted today.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Good question. Right, so let’s use negotiations as a concrete example.

                      Should the side which has been historically disadvantaged now consistently have more chairs around the negotiation table than the historically powerful side? Consistently more speaking time than the other side? Consistently more power on setting the agenda? Consistently more power in selecting the meeting venue and timing? Consistently more say over the minutes? A consistently larger budget to get people to and from the meeting?

                      My answer is: it completely depends on the quality and type of outcomes you want between the sides for the future.

                    • “My answer is: it completely depends on the quality and type of outcomes you want between the sides for the future.”

                      based on what suits/supports/strengthens the oppressor whilst giving lip service to the oppressed.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Nope. In truly difficult cases it will actually require negotiations to reach agreement about the format of negotiations.

                    • Nope, the oppressors will (nearly) always try to maintain their oppression by slanting whatever they are doing/saying for their advantage because without it they lose their privilege and that is a big no no. Sure they will couch it to seem like they are being fair or gracious but mostly they are bullshitting because the truth about themselves is so unpalatable that it must be hidden.

                      Actual good faith negotiations are based on humility from the oppressors and that requires a giving up of positions of privilege to allow the oppressed group the voice so long constrained.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      And so the oppressed should be given more speaking time? More influence over the writing of the meeting minutes and setting of agendas? More chairs around the table?

                      I don’t necessarily disagree with you but you also need to hold in mind the outcome, in terms of an ongoing relationship – if any, you want. As I said before.

                    • Short answer – yes, because the oppressed decide based on what they believe is the best way forward.

                      To actually have a relationship going forward requires a giving up of privilege from the oppressors including deciding how the negotiations are conducted and any so-called fairness of numbers, time and so on. I’d probably go further and say that a meaningful relationship cannot occur unless the structure relating to the oppressors is discarded.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      OK the old structure is discarded, but how is the replacement structure to be discussed and agreed upon?

                      By the way – discarding the power structures favouring one class (the oppressors) in favour of those favouring another class (the oppressed) has a very simple name: revolution.

                    • go back to here cv “One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen at a political meeting is men being literally shouted down by women fully intent on being sole claimants to the moral highground. All your points are invalid and irrelevant in advance, in fact if you’re the guy in this scenario you’re pretty much fucked.” and based on what I’ve just written where do you think that sits?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      In an echo chamber, talking to people who agree with you.

                    • It’s not an echo chamber just because the oppressors voice is discounted as it has to be to allow the oppressed voices to be heard.

                  • pollywog

                    Its cos im black innit :)

          • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.1.2

            And thanks for reinforcing the point that the safest thing to do is nothing but sit and nod quietly in agreement when the matter is raised by a woman

            Husbands all around the world have been practicing this for centuries mate, time you caught up 😈

        • Colonial Weka 10.2.1.2

          “Wheres the evidence that it isn’t natural given its probably been going on since men/animals first learnt what a penis is actually for?”

          You’re the one asserting that it’s natural. By all means put your evidence out there, and I’ll gladly demolish it.

          “And thanks for reinforcing the point that the safest thing to do is nothing but sit and nod quietly in agreement when the matter is raised by a woman or risk being an enabler of rape culture to perpetuate.”

          Why do you feel unsafe? Seriously, I’m interested.

          “As far as I’m concerned I’m not supporting anything apart from the status quo until someone proves what can be done to effect real change and asks me to do it.”

          I’ve offered you ways to find the proof. You’ve declined to take them. And yes, supporting the status quo is supporting rape culture. I would have thought that was self evident and precisely the point.

          • pollywog 10.2.1.2.1

            I’ve read your links and heard your rhetoric and you haven’t proven shit that any of it will, does or can effect real change.

            Sorry but I don’t have much faith in your ability to  demolish anything.

            Sometimes good men do do something and evil still persists.

            As for feeling unsafe? I rarely do and not in the least here and now.

  11. millsy 11

    To be honest, there are some really good articles on TDB.

    Shame the layout is crap.

    And it is a total nightmare trying to navigate on a smartphone, and this is the type of stuff that I can read during my smoko and lunch breaks.

    And perhaps you could find a way of emailing the posts out. Would reach a whole new audience (especially given that people (like me) pick their emails up on their smartphones). Surely it just takes a few lines of code…

  12. Tiger Mountain 12

    Good on Bomber for giving it a go.

    He may be a little lacking in emotional intelligence and the “lighter touch”, I have met Trotskyites with a gentler demeanor.

    BUT he has things than cannot be “bought” sincerity, distaste for the self employed “Chev” contractors self importance, a solid left wing class analysis (go find a few more of those at Starbucks if you can), no love for the state forces and is a hard worker.

    It is also about the collective that builds around TDB where we teach and learn together.

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    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
    22 hours ago
  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    22 hours ago
  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    22 hours ago
  • Prisoner voting disqualification and the Bill of Rights Act
    In 2010, National rammed the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill through Parliament. Paul Quinn’s Member’s Bill existed because Paul Quinn thought anyone who’d been imprisoned was a serious offender, and serious offenders had ‘forfeited’ their right to vote.… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    1 day ago
  • Mainfreight ‘appalled’ by Government’s rail madness
    The Government has been given a serve by New Zealand-based international trucking and logistics firm Mainfreight which says it lacks a national transport strategy, and has treated rail badly, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. The company has told shareholders it… ...
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  • National’s Health and Safety Reform Bill: less safety and fewer rights at...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is embarking on a campaign to fight the changes that weaken the Health and Safety Reform bill. As part of the campaign the CTU has organised vigils with the display of 291 crosses… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 days ago
  • All options need to be put on meat sector table
    Farmers must be given every assurance that all potential risks have been considered before Silver Fern Farms opens its door to foreign equity, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The ongoing saga involving the meat sector and amalgamation has… ...
    2 days ago
  • Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote
    Labour has moved to have the second flag referendum canned if the first attracts fewer than half the eligible number of voters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “John Key has already wasted more than $8 million on his vanity project… ...
    2 days ago
  • 90,000 cars reclassified in botched ACC ratings
    New figures obtained by Labour show the ACC Minister’s botched motor vehicle levy system has resulted in 90,000 vehicles having to be reclassified so far – at a cost of $6 million, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “Nikki Kaye’s… ...
    2 days ago
  • Brutal health cuts confirmed, crucial services suffer
    Chronic under-funding by National has seen the health budget slashed by $1.7 billion in just five years, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A report by Infometrics, commissioned by Labour, shows health funding has been cut in four of the… ...
    3 days ago
  • Meth ring under Serco’s nose
    The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “National has stood by Serco despite… ...
    3 days ago
  • Ministers failing women and their own targets
    New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender… ...
    3 days ago
  • Charges up for some as funding up for grabs
    A proposal being considered by the Government would see some people having to pay more for health care and district health boards forced to fight amongst themselves to fund regional health services, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Information leaked… ...
    3 days ago
  • Stop experimenting on kids
    The trouble with the Charter school model is that it is a publicly funded experiment on children. The National Government has consistently put its desire to open charter schools ahead of the safety of the children in them, ignoring repeated… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    4 days ago
  • Bank puts the squeeze on mid Canterbury farmers
    News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton has put a receiver on notice over financially vulnerable farmers will send a chill through rural New Zealand, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government needs to work with  New Zealand’s banks… ...
    4 days ago
  • Key is trading away New Zealand land and homes
    John Key yesterday admitted what National dishonestly refused to confirm in Parliament last week – he is trading away New Zealand’s right to control who buys our homes and land, says Opposition leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister must now… ...
    4 days ago
  • Razor gang takes scalpel to health
    Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Leaked documents reveals a radical… ...
    4 days ago
  • Spin lines show a department in chaos
    Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “As more and more serious allegations… ...
    6 days ago
  • Court ruling shows law should never have been passed
    A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has… ...
    7 days ago
  • Judicial Review Gamble Pays Off for Problem Gambling Foundation
    Congratulations are due to the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGFNZ) who have won their legal case around how the Ministry of Health decided to award their contracts for problem gambling services to another service provider. Congratulations are due not just for&hellip; ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    7 days ago
  • Environmental Protection Agency appoints GE advocate as new CEO
    This week, the Environmental Protection Authority Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. The Bill puts protection of the environment into the core purpose of the Environmental Protection Authority. This month, Dr Allan Freeth, the former Chief Executive of… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    7 days ago
  • Charanpreet Dhaliwal death demands genuine health and safety reform
    The killing of a security guard on his first night on the job is exactly the kind of incident that National’s watered-down health and safety bill won’t prevent, says Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford. The coronial inquest into 22-year-old Charanpreet… ...
    7 days ago
  • Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest
    Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions,… ...
    7 days ago
  • Hekia just won’t face the facts
    Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, says Labour’s Education… ...
    7 days ago
  • No more silent witnesses
    Yesterday I attended the launch of a new initiative developed by and for Asian, Middle eastern and African youth to support young people to name and get support if there is domestic violence at home. The impact on children of… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Minister must take responsibility for problem gambling debacle
    The Government’s handling of the Problem Gambling Foundation’s axing in a cost-cutting exercise has been ham-fisted and harmful to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Associate Health Labour spokesperson David Clark says.“Today’s court ruling overturning the axing of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty
    The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. ...
    1 week ago
  • Coleman can’t ignore latest warnings
    Resident doctors have advised that a severe staffing shortage at North Shore Hospital is putting patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “They say a mismatch between staffing levels and patient workloads at North Shore has… ...
    1 week ago
  • ACC must remove barriers to appeals
    The Government must prioritise removing barriers to justice for ACC claimants following a damning report by Acclaim Otago, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “ACC Minister Nikki Kaye must urgently scrap her flawed plan to remove claimant’s right to redress… ...
    1 week ago
  • Six months’ paid parental leave back on the agenda
    Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says. “My Bill… ...
    1 week ago
  • Sole parents at risk of having no income
    New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Increasing numbers… ...
    1 week ago
  • Juking the Welfare Stats Again
    Last week the government’s major initiative to combat child poverty (a paltry $25 increase) was exposed for what it is, a lie. The Government, through the Budget this year, claims to be engaging in the child poverty debate, but instead,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • OCR rate cut a result of flagging economy
    The Reserve Bank's decision to cut the Official Cash Rate to 3 per cent shows there is no encore for the so-called 'rock star' economy, says Labour's Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.   "Today's interest rate cut comes off the back… ...
    1 week ago
  • Reboot to an innovation economy, an Internet economy and a clean economy
    In my short 33 years on this planet we’ve seen phenomenal technological, economic and social change, and it’s realistic to expect the next 33 will see even more, even faster change. You can see it in the non-descript warehouse near… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    1 week ago
  • Bill that puts the environment into the EPA passes first hurdle
    A Bill that puts the environment squarely into legislation governing the Environmental Protection Authority passed its first reading today, says Meka Whaitiri.  “I introduced this member’s bill as the current law doesn’t actually make protecting the environment a goal of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s KiwiSaver deception exposed
    KiwiSaver statistics released today expose John Key's claim that the cutting of the kickstart payment "will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver” to be duplicitous, says Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “Official… ...
    1 week ago
  • Minimum Wage Amendment Bill to protect contractors
    All New Zealanders should be treated fairly at work. Currently, the law allows non-employment relationships to be used to get around the minimum wage. This is unfair, says Labour MP David Parker. “The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland
    The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Phil Goff says. “In the last term of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Costly flag referendum should be dumped
    John Key must ditch the flag referendum before any more taxpayer money is wasted, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Millions of dollars could be saved if the Prime Minister called a halt to this hugely expensive, and highly unpopular, vanity… ...
    1 week ago
  • Nats letting Serco off scot free
    Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “At today’s Law and Order… ...
    1 week ago
  • Charter school experiment turns into shambles
    The National Government’s charter school experiment has descended into chaos and it’s time for Hekia Parata to stop trying to cover up the full extent of the problems, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Education Minister must release all… ...
    1 week ago
  • Disconnect between rates and income must be fixed
    Local Government New Zealand’s 10 Point Plan is a chance to stop the widening chasm between the rates some households are charged and their ability to pay, Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. “There is a huge disconnect… ...
    1 week ago
  • Parole and ‘surviving the first year’
    “Intensive psychological treatment and early release to parole is far more effective at reducing reoffending among high risk prisoners than serving out the full prison sentence.” That’s reportedly the finding of Surviving the First Year, a recently-released study into Corrections’… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    1 week ago
  • Parole and ‘surviving the first year’
    “Intensive psychological treatment and early release to parole is far more effective at reducing reoffending among high risk prisoners than serving out the full prison sentence.” That’s reportedly the finding of Surviving the First Year, a recently-released study into Corrections’… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    1 week ago
  • If it’s good enough for Lake Taupō…
    Nick Smith supports helping farmers transition away from dairying and agrees we must set nitrogen caps that limit the number of animals on farms. He says this strategy is “world leading”. However we need action and pressure from him, on to… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago

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