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Mosul and Aleppo. They’re spelled differently.

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Date published: 2:05 pm, March 26th, 2017 - 12 comments
Categories: International, iraq, journalism, making shit up, newspapers, spin, Syria, war
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Not so much a tale of two cities as the tales we were spun in relation to one.

Global oil and global decline

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Date published: 9:45 am, March 26th, 2017 - 14 comments

Peak oil is being talked again with suggestions that it may be only 5 years away.  And Saudi Arabia’s Aramco is thinking of starting to divest itself of its petroleum assets.

When right-wing hacks confess the damage that they do

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Date published: 9:11 am, March 26th, 2017 - 15 comments

Some right-wing hacks (like Glenn Beck) are recanting their rants and apologising for the damage that they’ve done. I reckon a few more should follow their brave lead.

Open Mike 26/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 26th, 2017 - 77 comments

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For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

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Jam tomorrow

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Date published: 2:20 pm, March 25th, 2017 - 83 comments

It’s too hard! We’ll do it later! Auckland airport rail is just the latest example.

Trumpcare down in flames

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Date published: 8:52 am, March 25th, 2017 - 36 comments

Good news (for those following the tragedy that is American politics).

More thoughts on the Labour-Greens Budget Responsibility Rules

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Date published: 8:39 am, March 25th, 2017 - 99 comments

The Labour-Green Budget Responsibility Rules announcement this week ought to dispel the notion that Labour and the Greens cannot work together.

Open Mike 25/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 25th, 2017 - 98 comments

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Daily Review 24/03/2017

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Date published: 7:41 pm, March 24th, 2017 - 5 comments

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Impossible to refuse an inquiry

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Date published: 12:55 pm, March 24th, 2017 - 67 comments

Bill English should stop being evasive and just get on with an inquiry into the fiasco outlined in Hit and Run. The latest developments make any other outcome ridiculous. The longer English delays the worse he looks.

What is the story?

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Date published: 9:20 am, March 24th, 2017 - 46 comments

I’m finding that the way that stories are reported rather interesting and full of hidden bias. Looking at the London attack and the “Hit and Run” stories, you have to ask about what editors and some journalists choose to focus on in stories. They often seem to miss the point about why things happen and what the consequences are.

Labour Green fiscal framework

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Date published: 9:16 am, March 24th, 2017 - 91 comments

As widely reported this morning, Labour and the Greens have set out an agreed fiscal framework. Smart politics.

This Government’s citizenship priorities

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Date published: 9:06 am, March 24th, 2017 - 51 comments

Environmental activist Michael Tavares request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship has been refused by this Government whereas right wing libertarian Peter Thiel’s request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship was granted. Why the difference?

A taxing question or two

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Date published: 8:35 am, March 24th, 2017 - 46 comments

Apple aren’t paying tax – are we doing all we can so multi-national’s do pay their share? And would the public actually prefer a tax rise (and decent housing/ health / education) rather than a tax cut?

Open Mike 24/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 24th, 2017 - 107 comments

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Daily Review 23/03/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, March 23rd, 2017 - 24 comments

Photo (c) Glenn Jeffrey  Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

NZ is number one – for domestic violence

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Date published: 9:47 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 91 comments

It’s great that the government is planning some action on this shameful situation. It’s a pity that they are treating the consequences, not the underlying social problems that contribute so much to the causes, and it’s a pity that it’s taken so long.

London attack

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Date published: 8:17 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 92 comments

A person has carried out an attack on Parliament in London. Guardian: “Four people have died, including a police officer and one man believed to be the attacker, police said.”

A tale of two valedictory speeches

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Date published: 7:28 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 31 comments

Compare and contrast Helen Clark’s and John Key’s valedictory speeches.

Open Mike 23/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 23rd, 2017 - 52 comments

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Wayne Mapp does not deny civilian deaths in botched raid

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Date published: 5:33 pm, March 22nd, 2017 - 84 comments

Good on you Wayne. Hit just got real.

Daily review 22/03/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, March 22nd, 2017 - 11 comments

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Oil prospecting on the shores of Lake Te Anau?

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Date published: 3:10 pm, March 22nd, 2017 - 22 comments

The Nats are buying another fight with NZ’s nature lovers. Last time they tried something like this 50,000 marched in Auckland and they were forced to back down.

Hit and Run – time for an inquiry

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Date published: 10:37 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 21 comments

Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book Hit and Run makes a compelling case for the Government to conduct a full inquiry to see if New Zealand forces were complicit in the killing of innocent men and women and if there was a cover up.

Reid poll

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Date published: 10:26 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 67 comments

The latest Newshub / Reid poll shows nothing dramatic on the party preference, but has talking points for both left and right on the (largely nonsense) preferred PM question.

Greenpeace protesting oil conference in New Plymouth

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Date published: 9:55 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 3 comments

Greenpeace protestors are blockading an oil conference in New Plymouth. “If we’re to have a future, oil can have no future.”

John Key’s legacy of lies

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Date published: 8:46 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 25 comments

Even then, local “journalists” were just parroting overseas reports despite having a major vanguard for the post-truth epoch playing out right before their very eyes

Hit and Run

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Date published: 7:00 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 56 comments

The book’s synopsis, background, and Q and A from Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson.

Open Mike 22/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 22 comments

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Daily Review 21/03/2017

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Date published: 6:00 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 33 comments

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Nicky Hager’s book launch

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Date published: 4:26 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 137 comments

A post to allow discussion on Nicky Hager’s book launch scheduled for 5 pm today.

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