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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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  • Taihoa at Ihumatao says Labour
    Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has called on the Government to rethink its controversial Special Housing Area in Māngere. Auckland Council is today meeting to discuss the development which borders the Otuataua Stonefield Historic Reserve. This project is to get… ...
    4 days ago
  • Figures suggest National deliberately excluded farming
    Figures showing the dairy industry would be categorised as high risk if there were a further five severe injuries within a year, strongly suggests National designed its flawed system to deliberately exclude farming, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway… ...
    4 days ago
  • Bleak report on the state of our children
    A damning conclusion by the Children’s Commissioner today that ‘we don’t know if children are better off as a result of state intervention, but the indications are not good’ should make fixing CYFs a top priority for this Government, says… ...
    4 days ago
  • Dodgy data used to justify axing KiwiSaver kickstart
    National’s agenda to run down KiwiSaver has become even clearer from a scathing critique of the Government’s justification for axing the $1000 kickstart, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Since National came to power they have not only continually undermined… ...
    4 days ago
  • Unsecure website risks Ashley MoBIEson hack
    Experts have raised security concerns that vulnerabilities in MoBIE’s half million-dollar website could lead to a possible Ashley Maddison-style hack, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark. “The real issue here is not what data is immediately available, but what… ...
    5 days ago
  • Democracy still the loser in Canterbury
    The Government has demonstrated once again how arrogant and out of touch it is in denying Cantabrians the same democratic rights as the rest of the country, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The Environment Canterbury Bill which has been… ...
    5 days ago
  • Waiver cost still a mystery
    The Government still has no idea what it’s going to cost community and voluntary groups to get a waiver from the fees police will charge to carry out checks on their staff and volunteers, says Labour’s Community and Voluntary spokesperson… ...
    5 days ago
  • China exports fall 27 per cent in a year
    Exports to China have fallen by 27 per cent over the last 12 months - showing that the looming economic slowdown should have been expected by the Government, says Labour’s Economic Development Spokesperson David Clark. “The Chinese economic slowdown should… ...
    5 days ago
  • National should support all families for 26 weeks
    Families with multiple babies, and those born prematurely or with disabilities, are the winners from moves to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks but the Government must give all babies the same head start in life, Labour’s spokesperson for… ...
    5 days ago
  • National’s health and safety shambles puts school camps at risk
    Reports that schools are considering scrapping student camps and tearing out playgrounds highlights just how badly National has managed its health and safety reforms, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Schools have been left completely in the dark about the… ...
    5 days ago
  • National’s asset stripping agenda hits schools
    National’s fire-sale of school houses and land is short-sighted, mean-spirited, and will have huge unintended consequences that we will pay for in years to come, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Documents obtained by Labour show the Ministry of Education… ...
    5 days ago
  • Takahe massacre supposed to get all New Zealanders involved in conservation
    The Minister’s claim that a  botched cull of one of New Zealand’s rarest birds was a way of getting all New Zealanders involved in conservation is offensive and ludicrous, Labour’s conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.  “An email from Minister Maggie… ...
    6 days ago
  • Serco circus rolls on with revelations of fight club practice
    Further revelations that a Serco prison guard was coaching inmates on fight club techniques confirms a fully independent inquiry needs to take place, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The Minister’s statement today that a guard was coaching sparring techniques… ...
    6 days ago
  • Government targets put ahead of students’ education
    The Government must urgently reassess the way it sets NCEA targets after a new report found they are forcing schools to “credit farm” and are undermining the qualification, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “A PPTA report released today says… ...
    6 days ago
  • ER patients in corridors as health cuts bite
    Patients are being forced to wait for hours on beds in corridors as cash strapped hospitals struggle to keep up with budget cuts, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “People coming to the emergency room and being forced to wait… ...
    6 days ago
  • Not too late to fix Health and Safety for New Zealand’s workers
    The Government and its minor party supporters are showing an arrogant disregard for workers’ lives by not agreeing to a cross-party solution to the botched Health and Safety bill, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “Yesterday I wrote to the Prime… ...
    6 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Council of Infrastructure Development
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    7 days ago
  • Reserve Bank points finger at Govt inaction
    In scathing criticism of the Government’s inaction, the Reserve Bank says Auckland housing supply is growing nowhere near fast enough to make a dent the housing shortage, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Reserve Bank deputy governor Grant Spencer today… ...
    7 days ago
  • Chickens come home to roost on climate change
    The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. “The release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Facts and Figures Report for 2014 on the ETS… ...
    7 days ago
  • Website adds to long list of big spends at MBIE
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s $560,000 outlay on its new website is further evidence of excessive spending by Steven Joyce on his pet project super ministry, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.  “Hot on the heels of… ...
    7 days ago
  • Brownlee warned over EQC repairs but ignored them
    Gerry Brownlee was warned that EQC’s underfloor repairs weren’t being done properly by industry experts, the cross party working group and in public but he arrogantly ignored them all, says Labour’s Earthquake Commission spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.  “Today’s apology and commitment… ...
    7 days ago
  • Serco wants in on state house sell off
    The Government must keep scandal plagued outsourcing company Serco away from our state housing after their disastrous record running Mt Eden prison, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Today it has emerged that at the same time Serco was under… ...
    1 week ago
  • Come clean on Pasifika education centre
    Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iinga needs to come clean and tell the Pasifika communities if he’s working to save the Pasifika Education Centre or shut it down, Labour’s Pasifika spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.  “I’m gutted the Pasifika Education Centre funding… ...
    1 week ago
  • Time for NZTA to work on alternatives to flyover
    The High Court decision rejecting the New Zealand Transport Agency’s attempts to build the Basin Reserve flyover must now mean that NZTA finally works with the community on other options for transport solutions in Wellington, Grant Robertson and Annette King… ...
    1 week ago
  • Shiny new system leads to record truancy
    Record high truancy rates shows the Government’s much-vaunted new attendance system is an abysmal failure, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Data released today shows truancy rates have spiked more than 15 per cent in 2014 and are now at… ...
    1 week ago
  • Woodhouse wrong about quarries
      The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse was wrong yesterday when he said limestone quarries were covered by the farcical Health and Safety legislation, says Labour’s Associate Labour spokesperson Sue Moroney.  “He said he ‘understood’ limestone quarries… ...
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayers money spent on culling one of our rarest birds
    It beggars belief that four endangered takahe were killed by incompetent cullers contracted to the Department of Conservation and the Minister must explain this wanton destruction, says Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It must not be forgotten that there are only… ...
    1 week ago
  • Housing NZ must immediately move family
    Housing New Zealand must immediately move a Glen Innes family whose son contracted serious and potentially fatal health problems from the appalling condition of their state house, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Te Ao Marama Wensor and community workers… ...
    1 week ago
  • No understanding of the value of overseas investment
     The Government has now admitted it has absolutely no idea of the actual value of foreign investment in New Zealand, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “It is crucial that the Government starts to understand just what this overseas… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another bridges bribe from Simon Bridges
    Simon Bridges is embroiled in another bridges-for-votes controversy after admitting funding for a replacement bridge in Queenstown is “very much about… the 2017 election”, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Transport Minister is today reported as telling Queenstown locals… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Saudi tender process reeks of SkyCity approach
    The tender process for the $6m investment in a Saudi sheep farm reeks like the SkyCity convention centre deal and once again contravenes the government’s own procurement rules, says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker. “The $6m contract… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Maori Party should stand up for workers
    The Government’s proposed Health and Safety Reform Bill does not go far enough to protect those in specific industries with the highest rates of workplace deaths, says Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “We are told that Maori workers are more… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister must explain budget blowout
    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell must explain a budget blow out at Te Puni Kokiri, after the organisation spent more than 2.5 million dollars over their budget for contractors, says Labour’s Associate Māori Development spokesperson Peeni Henare.  “For the… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Successful effort to raise the issue of GE trees in proposed standard
    Many thousands of people submitted on the proposed National Environmental Standard –  Plantation Forestry (NES-PF).  A vast majority of the public submissions were particularly focussed on the NES having included GE trees in its mandate. People want these provisions removed,… ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Fair Share Friday – Thoughts and Reflections
    As part of our Fair Share  campaign, Green MPs have been doing a series of visits to community groups across the country to have conversations about inequality in New Zealand and what communities are experiencing on the ground. I visited… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Crucial Auditor General investigation welcomed
    The Auditor General’s decision to investigate the Saudi sheep scandal is important, necessary and welcome, Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Parker says. “The independent functions of the Auditor General are a cornerstone of the New Zealand system of… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • KiwiSaver sign-ups continue to fall
    New KiwiSaver sign-ups in July were 45 per cent below the monthly average, despite John Key saying axing the kickstart “will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver”, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Contact bows to pressure
    Contact Energy’s decision to cut its pre-pay rates to be in line with its customers who pay monthly is good news and the company deserves credit for responding so quickly, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer.  “Two months ago… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • I’m pushing for a ‘fair go’ for solar
    My Fair Go For Solar Bill was pulled from the Members’ Ballot last week and is set for a vote in Parliament. In this blog post I explain some of the background to the bill and how it aims to… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Key must explain why Health and Safety Bill pulled
    John Key must explain why his Government is delaying the Health and Safety Bill when Pike River families have travelled to Wellington specifically to register their opposition, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Yesterday afternoon John Key suggested the bill may… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Diving for sustainable scallops
    Last week, there were calls for scallop dredging to be banned in the Marlborough Sounds, following scientific report saying that 70% of the Sounds had been lost from dredging, trawling, and sedimentation from forestry. At the same time we see… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Backdown whiff in state house leasing option
    Bill English’s admission that the Government is looking at leasing large numbers of state houses to non-government providers has the whiff of a backdown, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “This is an acknowledgement by Bill English that he has… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing crisis downgrade threatening banking sector
    The out of control Auckland housing market is now threatening the banking sector, with Standard and Poor’s downgrading the credit rating of our banks out of fear of the bubble bursting, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Today we have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Good money after bad for failed experiment
    The National government are throwing good money after bad with their decision to pump even more funding into their failed charter school experiment, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “There are already major problems with several of the first charter… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National borrows Labour’s idea on urban development
    Labour's Associate Environment spokesperson Phil Twyford says he welcomes the Government's adoption of Labour's policy for a National Policy Statement on urban development, and has called on the Government to take up Labour's offer to work together on these issues.… ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Toothless OIO never refused a single farmland sale
    The Overseas Investment Office has approved more than 290 consents from foreign investors to buy sensitive land in New Zealand, but has not turned down a single application says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Stuart Nash  “The Minister of Land information,… ...
    3 weeks ago

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