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Powerdown

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Date published: 12:31 pm, January 17th, 2017 - 65 comments
Categories: climate change, Environment, peak oil, sustainability
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Climate change, Peak Oil, resource depletion. Some of our options are better than others.

How do we increase voter participation?

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Date published: 7:02 am, January 17th, 2017 - 193 comments
Categories: Deep stuff, democratic participation
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Fewer people, particularly young people, are voting. How do we turn this around?

Labour Greens plan joint state of the nation

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Date published: 1:42 pm, January 17th, 2017 - 22 comments

Good to see the effects of the MOU in action!

Women to protest Trump’s inauguration

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Date published: 9:07 am, January 17th, 2017 - 37 comments

Various events are planned in protest around Trump’s inauguration. One of them is a series of marches organised by and for women. There are (at time of writing) 386 marches organised world wide, including in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Oxfam on world wealth inequality

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Date published: 8:38 am, January 17th, 2017 - 69 comments

Guardian: “The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.”

Open Mike 17/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 17th, 2017 - 112 comments

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Bradbury should be ashamed

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Date published: 2:59 pm, January 16th, 2017 - 134 comments

Martyn Bradbury has hit rock bottom and suggested that Pike River is somehow Andrew Little’s fault.

English’s three strikes

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Date published: 1:23 pm, January 16th, 2017 - 32 comments

The Herald’s John Roughan is not impressed with Bill English so far. And today English put his foot in it again.

More Multi-millionaires than ever!

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Date published: 11:59 am, January 16th, 2017 - 98 comments

In this glorious  ‘go ahead’, ‘get ahead’ land of opportunity…

Oxfam on wealth inequality in NZ

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Date published: 11:32 am, January 16th, 2017 - 35 comments

Oxfam’s report on wealth inequality in NZ has some staggering headline numbers.

Open Mike 16/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 16th, 2017 - 138 comments

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xkcd – Earth Temperature Timeline

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Date published: 9:39 am, January 15th, 2017 - 15 comments

When people say “the climate has changed before”, these are the kinds of changes they’re talking about. 

English in England

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Date published: 8:48 am, January 15th, 2017 - 46 comments

The usual media suspects are digging pretty deep to try and find anything supportive to say about English’s UK visit. English himself sounds like he has been put in his place.

Open Mike 15/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 15th, 2017 - 293 comments

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Spinning ‘social investment’

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Date published: 8:32 am, January 14th, 2017 - 53 comments

Bill English has co-opted the old term “social investment” to replace another old term “targeted welfare”. Simon Wilson (writing at The Spinoff) has bought into the spin and written a deeply confused piece about it.

The Lighthouse

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Date published: 8:00 am, January 14th, 2017 - 19 comments

The lighthouse is a piece of public art recently erected in downtown Auckland. It is to celebrate the institution of the State House and has been paid for by real estate barons.

Open Mike 14/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 14th, 2017 - 163 comments

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Caption contest

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Date published: 2:33 pm, January 13th, 2017 - 33 comments

Refreshing honesty from English

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Date published: 12:44 pm, January 13th, 2017 - 58 comments

English – “One of New Zealand’s benefits is because we’re a long way away and fairly small we don’t attract too much attention.” Nice contrast to the usual Nat hysterical style. I guess there’s no need for all that domestic spying apparatus then?

Julie Anne Genter to stand in Mt Albert by-election

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Date published: 10:46 am, January 13th, 2017 - 39 comments

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter will be standing in the Mount Albert by-election to be held on 25 February

Show me

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Date published: 9:39 am, January 13th, 2017 - 45 comments

It is time for Trump, English and Little to give us an idea on what their policies will do for employment and the rights of workers.

Ten steps towards victory for Labour

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Date published: 8:30 am, January 13th, 2017 - 239 comments

A guest post by Labour Activist Enzo Giordani on what Labour needs to do this year to win the election.

Open Mike 13/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 13th, 2017 - 154 comments

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The Trump Dossier

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Date published: 10:30 am, January 12th, 2017 - 175 comments

Buzzfeed’s release of the Dossier suggesting that Russia has considerable leverage over Donald Trump has caused ructions the effects of which will be felt for months.

Trump’s First Press Conference

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Date published: 9:38 am, January 12th, 2017 - 41 comments

You have to say he is not afraid to take on the heavy mob. A very direct attack on Big Pharma – a US version of Pharmac? A very direct attack on the armaments industry’s star program the F-35 fighter-bomber and its cost overruns. Then there is the intelligence community and the mainstream news media.  Read  the transcript for yourself.

Know Your Place (this is a White Man’s Island)

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Date published: 8:41 am, January 12th, 2017 - 72 comments

Just remember that

Open Mike 12/01/2017

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Obama’s last speech

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Date published: 7:19 pm, January 11th, 2017 - 93 comments

Tired of jokes about Trump and golden showers?  Want to read a real political speech?  Well here is the text to Barak Obama’s last political speech as POTUS.

The great Taxpayers Union fraud and corruption discovery

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Date published: 10:39 am, January 11th, 2017 - 113 comments

The Taxpayer’s Union has shown a concerning inability to comprehend in its criticism of MFAT for supporting an aid initiative to address malnutrition in Africa.

NRT: Denying the obvious

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Date published: 8:57 am, January 11th, 2017 - 44 comments

I/S at No Right turn writes on Revenue Minister Collins’ denial of obvious tax avoidance.

Open Mike 11/01/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, January 11th, 2017 - 289 comments

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