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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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    15 hours ago
  • National must back our future doctors
    National must support our future doctors and agree to the calls from the Medical Students’ Association and the Young Nats to lift the arbitrary 7 year cap on student loans for medical and dental students, Labour’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson David… ...
    15 hours ago
  • Taxpayer the loser after Government folds
    Steven Joyce today admitted the main exhibition hall at the New Zealand International Convention Centre is 19 per cent smaller than what was described at the time other bidders were edged out of the process, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David… ...
    16 hours ago
  • Govt’s lack of ambition for women
    Yesterday, the Government put out a media release entitled “Number of women leaders continues to grow”. It was to inform us that the percentage of women on state-appointed boards has increased to 41.7%, up from 41.1% in 2013. Well, woo-hoo… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    18 hours ago
  • Auditor-General exposes Key’s scapegoating of Council
    The National Government's blaming of Auckland Council for the city’s housing crisis has been exposed as scapegoating in the Office of the Auditor-General’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Auditor-General says Auckland Council’s part in fixing the… ...
    20 hours ago
  • Reform – not money – needed for meat sector
    The National Government continues to throw good money after bad at the meat industry instead of addressing the fundamental problem of its dysfunctional structure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The latest Primary Growth Partnership grant to the venison… ...
    20 hours ago
  • Government cuts corners on school bus funding
    The safety of children – not cost cutting – should be the main objective behind the Government’s funding of school buses, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Buried in the detail of this year’s Budget are $19 million of funding… ...
    20 hours ago
  • Women the losers under National’s cuts
    National’s poor performance in appointing women to state sector boards is set to get worse with funding cuts to the nomination service provided by the Ministry for Women, Labour’s Woman’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “Minister for Women Louise Upston… ...
    20 hours ago
  • Help sought by agencies now asked to help
    The organisation Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has tasked with setting up an emergency hotline for stranded Relationships Aotearoa clients has just lost a bid for a government contract to launch a new national helpline, Labour’s Acting Social Development spokesperson… ...
    20 hours ago
  • Wellington got loud again on climate
    On Monday night, in Wellington, I attended the last of the Government’s climate target consultation meetings. It was quite well attended with maybe 150 people, not bad for a second meeting with very little notice and, as far as I… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    23 hours ago
  • Final nail in coffin for Solid Energy workers
    Today’s confirmation of job losses at Solid Energy’s Stockton and Spring Creek mines shows the urgent need for new economic opportunities on the West Coast, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our economy can no longer rely on… ...
    2 days ago
  • Ramadi proves Iraq deployment high risk, low benefit
    The fall of Ramadi and the collapse of the Iraqi Army proves Labour was right to be concerned about the deployment of our troops to Iraq, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says. “The fall of Ramadi brings IS fighters within… ...
    2 days ago
  • English admits new taxes on the cards
    Eight months after pledging “no new taxes” at the election Bill English today admitted he would bring in more sneaky taxes along the lines of the border tax, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Not only did National bring in… ...
    2 days ago
  • What the Dickens is going on at SDHB?
    Problems at the financially-strapped Southern District Health Board appear to stretch to its HR department with information obtained by Labour showing it still records staff leave entitlements using manual book-keeping methods. “The Board’s draft 10-year plan document forecasts a cumulative… ...
    2 days ago
  • Teachers turn backs on new professional body
      The fact that just 56 per cent of nominations for the Education Council came from registered teachers shows the profession has turned its back on Hekia Parata’s new professional body, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Answers to written… ...
    2 days ago
  • No spade work done on big building plan
      Only a quarter of the 500 hectares of Crown land the Government wants to use for new homes is understood to be suitable for building on, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “This was National’s bold new idea to… ...
    2 days ago
  • National: Seven KiwiSaver cuts in seven years
    National’s campaign of KiwiSaver cuts has reached seven in seven years as it dismantles KiwiSaver block by block, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “KiwiSaver is critical to establishing a savings culture in New Zealand but National has taken a jenga-style… ...
    2 days ago
  • Tolley’s actions contradict reassurances
    Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has serious questions to answer following the forced closure of Relationships Aotearoa just days after her reassurances she was looking at ways to keep the service operating, Labour’s Acting Social Development spokesperson Annette King says.… ...
    2 days ago
  • SkyCity downsize another broken promise
    The downsized SkyCity Convention Centre does not deliver on the promised iconic world-class centre and shows the true extent of Steven Joyce’s incompetence, Labour Leader Andrew Little said today. “New Zealanders were promised an iconic world-class convention centre that would… ...
    2 days ago
  • Te Arawa partnership model a step closer
    Councils around New Zealand have an opportunity to improve their consultation with Iwi Māori by following Rotorua District Council’s Te Arawa Partnership Model, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Rotorua District Council will today decide whether to adopt… ...
    2 days ago
  • Labour mourns Dame Dorothy Fraser
    Labour Leader Andrew Little said the party is today mourning the loss of the youngest person to join the Labour Party, Dame Dorothy Fraser, who went on to be a stalwart of the Dunedin community and tireless worker for others.… ...
    3 days ago
  • The ultimate scapegoat: PM blames fruit fly for new tax
    The Prime Minister has found the ultimate scapegoat for breaking his promise not to introduce a new tax – the Queensland fruit fly, Labour’s Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “John Key’s first policy upon taking office and assigning himself the… ...
    3 days ago
  • How many victims missing out on protection?
    Hundreds of domestic abuse victims could be missing out on getting protection orders because they are unable to get legal aid, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“In the last two years some 351 people who applied for legal aid for… ...
    5 days ago
  • Government kicks hardworking whanau
    A major incentive to help young Kiwis and people on low incomes to start saving has been kicked out from under them with the National-led Government ramming through short-sighted legislation under Urgency today, Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.… ...
    5 days ago
  • Speculator tax political stunt gone wrong
    Bill English’s admission he doesn’t know whether National’s new speculator tax will have any effect shows last weekend’s announcement by the Prime Minister was a desperate political stunt, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “This Government is so desperate to… ...
    5 days ago
  • The value of parenting
    This week, as part of the Budget, the government introduced a bill to address child poverty. This bill will require parents receiving income support to look for part-time work once their youngest child is three years of age rather than… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    6 days ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    6 days ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    6 days ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    6 days ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    6 days ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    6 days ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
    The Government’s Christchurch consultation meeting on New Zealand’s emission targets was inspiring – not for what was in the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE’s) defeatist video about the obstacles to changing to a low carbon future, but for what the… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    6 days ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    6 days ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    6 days ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    6 days ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    7 days ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    7 days ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    7 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    1 week ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    1 week ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    1 week ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    1 week ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    1 week ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago

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