Anzac Day

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Date published: 6:01 am, April 25th, 2017 - 27 comments
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There is a list of Anzac Day services here, and a list of peace vigils here.

An appropriate day to contemplate “the meaning of honour”.

Thank you Charlie.

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Date published: 10:56 pm, April 24th, 2017 - 47 comments
Categories: class war, climate change, energy, Environment, global warming, science, vision
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I took myself along to Dunedin’s March for Science last Saturday. There was a high point.

Utopian Musings: Companionship, Community, Compassion, Passion

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Date published: 11:57 am, April 25th, 2017 - 30 comments

Incognito muses on the state of society, and that despite many of us feel relatively happy & content there seems to be an increasing feeling of ‘unease’, that something is not quite right in/with our society and where things might be heading. Rather than the ideologies and buzzwords, Incognito focuses on the factors that make humans happy in community.

Open Mike 25/04/2017

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Daily Review 24/04/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, April 24th, 2017 - 5 comments

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Parata fleeing education mess

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Date published: 12:30 pm, April 24th, 2017 - 35 comments

Parata can believe whatever brings her comfort of course, but the fact is that this National government has made, as usual, a mess of education.

A tin shed and a cup of cold Milo

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Date published: 11:10 am, April 24th, 2017 - 14 comments

Funny how the Nats can always find millions for vanity projects – and sweet FA for the homeless.

The first 100 Global Trump days

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Date published: 8:45 am, April 24th, 2017 - 18 comments

Donald Trump’s had his first 100 days ruling his big chunk of the world.  Things have changed dramatically from Barack Obama’s time.

Reshuffle

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Date published: 8:08 am, April 24th, 2017 - 52 comments

Bill English is to announce a cabinet reshuffle today.  What should he do?

Open Mike 24/04/2017

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Left Rising.

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Date published: 2:49 pm, April 23rd, 2017 - 49 comments

In something over 24 hours time from now, the results from the first round of the French Presidential elections will be in.

Dog’s Breakfast.

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Date published: 12:40 pm, April 23rd, 2017 - 17 comments

If politicians are meant to represent people, then shouldn’t they explore ways to ensure that the people they represent get represented in government?

David Cunliffe’s final speech

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Date published: 9:53 am, April 23rd, 2017 - 26 comments

The text of David Cunliffe’s final speech delivered to the New Lynn Labour Party earlier this week where he decries neoliberalism and worries about the world’s environmental future.

The NZDF’s transparent fig leaf

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Date published: 7:23 am, April 23rd, 2017 - 18 comments

According to David Fisher (Herald) the NZDF never investigated allegations of civilian deaths at the time of Operation Burnham. They received only a summary of the whitewash ISAF report. They refuse to look further. This is the behaviour of an organisation with plenty to hide. Hager and Stephenson have facts, the NZDF are hiding behind a transparent fig leaf of deliberate ignorance.

Open Mike 23/04/2017

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Housing affordability data suppressed?

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Date published: 7:02 am, April 22nd, 2017 - 82 comments

Bill English would have you believe that there is no housing crisis. He desperately needs you to believe it until after the next election. Is Nick Smith deliberately suppressing housing data?

Open Mike 22/04/2017

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Restaurant Brand Workers strike

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Date published: 5:54 pm, April 21st, 2017 - 34 comments

Restaurant Brands, the company that made $26 million last year and paid its chief executive a bonus of $1 million but cannot afford to pay its workers any more than the minimum wage, is facing industrial action tomorrow.

Daily Review 21/04/2017

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RNZ: The 9th floor – Bolger

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Date published: 11:47 am, April 21st, 2017 - 12 comments

“He says neo-liberalism has failed and suggests unions should have a stronger voice. He says Treaty of Waitangi settlements may not be full and final and that Māori language tuition should be compulsory in primary schools.”

The watershed moment

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Date published: 10:51 am, April 21st, 2017 - 12 comments

The sun is shining again, how about we talk about the weather?

National’s short lived status as a supporter of pay equity

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Date published: 9:06 am, April 21st, 2017 - 25 comments

The day after Kristine Bartlett’s and the SFWU’s well deserved pay equity victory the Government has released for consultation draft legislation the effect of which would be to stop similar victories occurring in the future.

New ambassador will represent Trump well.

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Date published: 8:55 am, April 21st, 2017 - 58 comments

Trump has nominated a failed senator Scott Brown to be the ambassador to New Zealand. As a Fox presenter of alt-facts and a supporter of waterboarding to produce them, he sounds like a ignorant dickhead. A worthy representative of the Donald.

Open Mike 21/04/2017

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March for Science

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Date published: 12:12 am, April 21st, 2017 - 100 comments

“We, the people, march for science and knowledge to be reaffirmed as fundamental to the democratic decision making that supports society in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We add our voices to the chorus supporting US and international scientists who oppose recent political events that damage and undermine science and its use in the public interest.”

Daily Review 20/04/2017

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Green power

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Date published: 12:34 pm, April 20th, 2017 - 78 comments

Lots to like in The Greens’ new power policy.

Missing voices

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Date published: 11:24 am, April 20th, 2017 - 39 comments

Former Trump supporter speaks Her Truth

 

Mental health needs vs. cuts

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Date published: 7:01 am, April 20th, 2017 - 25 comments

The People’s Mental Health Review report puts the deterioration of our mental health system firmly in the spotlight. Despite a 60 per cent increase in demand since 2007/08 National has been slashing funding. Lives are at risk.

Open Mike 20/04/2017

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