Archive for November, 2007

Lowlight reel: Republican YouTube debate

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, November 30th, 2007 - 15 comments

Watch this clip from yesterday’s Republican YouTube debate and spare a thought for our progressive mates in the USA. I like the idea of users submitting their own questions but I’m troubled by the fact that CNN gets to choose the ones that air. The debate tended to be light on issues like healthcare, education […]

Fox Attacks: Iran

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 pm, November 29th, 2007 - 61 comments

This looks interesting. Fox Attacks: Iran is a new short film from Robert Greenwald, director of the excellent Outfoxed. The film focuses on the parallels between Fox’s drumbeat for war with Iraq and what’s being said now about Iran. It’s also a plea to other networks not to fall in behind Fox like they did […]

Clocking up the royalties

Written By: - Date published: 5:32 pm, November 29th, 2007 - 190 comments

John Key’s new DVD doesn’t tell us much about what National would do in Government, but as we’ve noted before, his choice of Coldplay’s “Clocks” as the theme tune is more revealing than he may have intended. Here are some of the lyrics: Lights go out and I can’t be saved Tides that I tried […]

YouTube Republican debate

Written By: - Date published: 6:26 am, November 29th, 2007 - 3 comments

Should be on around 2pm our time. Time has a good background piece. The YouTube debate site has currently received around 5000 user-submitted video questions for the Republican candidates. The “winning” questions will be chosen shortly. Here’s one of the latest to Rudy Giuliani:

Google invests in renewable energy research

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, November 29th, 2007 - 12 comments

From the NYT: Google, the Internet company with a seemingly limitless source of revenue, plans to get into the business of finding limitless sources of energy… Google said it would spend hundreds of millions of dollars, part of that to hire engineers and energy experts to investigate alternative energies like solar, geothermal and wind power. […]

Latest DigiPoll favours National, Clark

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 pm, November 28th, 2007 - 67 comments

The Herald reports that: National has hit its highest rating – 51.3 per cent – in a Herald-DigiPoll survey. Translated to votes, that would mean the party could govern alone. Labour has slipped to 13.2 points behind National, increasing last month’s 12.4-point gap… Helen Clark is still well ahead of Mr Key as preferred prime […]

Will the real John Key please stand up?

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 pm, November 28th, 2007 - 50 comments

Linda Clark: “This is a gimmick, that’s all it is. if people don’t know John Key, well he needs to come to Parliament more, he needs to be more upfront on some of the policies, he needs to take on Helen Clark a bit more, then we’ll all know the real John Key”.

National HQ deleting YouTube comments?

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, November 28th, 2007 - 42 comments

Just received this from a “concerned reader”: Just wanted to know whether or not you have also been blocked by NZNats? This morning they have deleted all comments with a hint of an opposing view, with the exception of the ‘TaneStandard’ comment. It offends me that the National Party would post a video which endeavours […]

Armstrong reviews Key’s DVD (2 out of 5)

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, November 28th, 2007 - 35 comments

Hold the popcorn. Citizen Kane this isn’t. It’s Citizen Key in a 13-minute epic saturated with more artificial sweetener than The Sound of Music and ET combined and which manages to make National’s leader look about as deep as one of The Stepford Wives. Read the full article.

Blogwhistle

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, November 28th, 2007 - 19 comments

Never one to let the facts get in the way of a little party propaganda Farrar really has become the partyline-parrot. It’s a shame he just couldn’t resist the opportunity to dogwhistle his party’s line on public servants with his meaningless and distortive post on relative growth between (in his words) “teachers and nurses” versus […]

John Key’s $50,000 anniversary present

Written By: - Date published: 4:33 pm, November 27th, 2007 - 132 comments

Just in case you don’t know, today is John Key’s first anniversary as National Party leader and his backers have given him the gift that keeps on giving & well over $50,000 worth of boring propaganda. Others including our good mates at blogblog have done the analysis of the spin behind this one so I […]

John Key and January 1

Written By: - Date published: 3:31 pm, November 27th, 2007 - 11 comments

John Key’s just admitted the election campaign has already begun, adding further weight to the argument that electoral law needs updating to reflect the increased length of modern campaigns. Here he is on Newstalk ZB today talking about his ‘heartland tour’ around New Zealand, where he’ll be dishing out thousands of flashy DVDs promoting himself […]

Ambition doesn’t cut it

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, November 27th, 2007 - 32 comments

Wow, so that’s John Key’s announcement: he’s ambitious. I know I said he’d be short on substance, but maybe that was giving him too much credit. I also couldn’t help noticing Key’s production crew used some footage from his ill-fated expedition to the Porirua Markets. For those who don’t think they can stomach the stage-managed […]

Key’s special announcement

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, November 27th, 2007 - 37 comments

John Key has now been leader of the National Party for a year. But while his salesman’s smile and general novelty factor have pulled him through to date, talk around the gallery is that he’s gone off the boil a bit lately. His profile has dropped, his sensible nice guy image has taken a hit […]

Counter-protester slaps down right-wing nutjobs

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, November 26th, 2007 - 92 comments

Just came across this video on YouTube from last week’s rally in Wellington against the Electoral Finance Bill. This clip has one of the counter-protesters giving an impressive off-the-cuff speech on why the Bill is needed. Given the anti-EFB crowd’s only line of attack was “you’re from Young Labour” and “reveal your identity” they were […]

Labor set to win in Australia

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 am, November 25th, 2007 - 37 comments

After 11 years of conservative rule, it looks like Kevin Rudd has led the Australian Labour Party to victory in Australia’s elections. All the networks have called it for Rudd and Labor. Howard has just conceded (watch the video). Howard may well lose his own seat of Bennelong – he’s trailing with over 75 per […]

Ramshackle PR fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 pm, November 22nd, 2007 - 175 comments

It’s a bit late, but a reader who was at yesterday’s anti-EFB march has mailed us through some pics from the rally. As David Farrar has noted, the protest march was joined by a small group of activists in John Key and Mr Burns masks chanting things like “What is it that we support? John […]

Libs’ dirty tricks in Oz

Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, November 22nd, 2007 - 19 comments

The husband of retiring Liberal MP Jackie Kelly and a state Liberal official have been caught distributing fake pamphlets in Western Sydney. The bogus pamphlets purport to come from a militant Islamic group – praising the ALP’s supposed support for the Bali bombers. The pamphlets have been referred to the Australian Electoral Commission by the ALP. […]

Giving thanks for turducken

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, November 22nd, 2007 - 43 comments

We at The Standard would like to wish our US counterparts a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. Of course we’d hate to think that just because it’s not a traditional holiday here in NZ we should be in any way deterred from eating till we can’t move as is the tradition in the US – gluttony […]

Family fist

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, November 22nd, 2007 - 25 comments

The Dom reports that “A father who spanked his eight-year-old son… for misbehaving… is one of the first to be convicted of assault under the law against smacking”. As expected, all the usual suspects are up in arms, including Family First national director Bob McCroskrie, who thinks it’s ok to hit kids and doesn’t seem […]

Just in: photo from David Farrar’s march

Written By: - Date published: 3:04 pm, November 21st, 2007 - 61 comments

From Kiwiblog: Okay just got back from the march. Didn’t quite go as I envisioned. You see while I have promoted the march here, I’m not one of the organisers and my involvement was purely to stroll along at the back, and see how it goes. Not a large turnout (but around what I expected […]

Which was it David- anonymous donation or trust?

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, November 21st, 2007 - 35 comments

The Hysteria- with a capital H- over at Kiwiblog around the Electoral Finance Bill has been mystifying for many of us in blogland. Sure David Farrar is a key National Party figure, and is no doubt worried that the Bill will mean his party will no longer be able to buy elections, or more rightly […]

Roy Morgan poll

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, November 21st, 2007 - 22 comments

There’s a new new Roy Morgan poll out and it’s not good news for Labour. Gary Morgan says: “The recent plunge in support for the Labour Party follows the mishandling of the domestic terrorism case with the October 15 arrests of Maori activists in Ruatoki. “Solicitor-General David Collins’ ruling on November 8 that the Government’s […]

Fozzie Bear: John Key’s secret fursona

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 am, November 21st, 2007 - 13 comments

From Boing Boing: Furries get no respect. Usually, when you hear about people who dress up like life-sized stuffed animals, it’s in the context of an unfriendly internet joke, a sex gag on Entourage, or an insult that ends with “yiff in hell.” But Brooklyn-based filmmaker Marianne Shaneen has spent more than two years following […]

Miro: free, opensource video platform

Written By: - Date published: 5:45 am, November 21st, 2007 - 4 comments

Miro – a free, opensource video platform has recently been released. It’s a piece of software that allows you to download, manage, and watch video content and it runs on Microsoft Window, Mac OS X and Linux. Their pitch is “Miro: turn your computer into an internet TV… watch free internet video channels and play […]

Labour’s website: too smart for its own good?

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, November 20th, 2007 - 30 comments

Someone just sent me this blog readability test. It cl/aims to tell you what level of education is required to read your blog/website/myspace page. Here at The Standard we scored “College (undergrad)”, as did Kiwiblog. The real interest was the Party sites though. Depending on your point of view I suppose, Labour’s site fared pretty […]

Free Speech Coalition – defending their right to hide

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, November 20th, 2007 - 96 comments

The reason for National Party Kiwiblogger David Farrar’s obsession with megaphones is now clear. It’s about electioneering speech, and the logic goes like this. The Electoral Finance Bill prohibits election advertising “in any form of words” unless published with a name and address. So if you are on the other end of a megaphone, you […]

Pascal’s Wager on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, November 20th, 2007 - 1 comment

Fortunately we have a government that’s prepared to act on climate change rather than gamble with the future. Nevertheless here’s an interesting take on the importance of a meaningful response to climate change based on everybody’s favourite PHIL101 poser: Pascal’s Wager. He’s also done a follow-up to answer some of the questions and objections that […]

Electoral Finance Bill changes welcomed

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 am, November 20th, 2007 - 20 comments

Stuff reports that “Key non-political critics have welcomed changes to the Government’s electoral finance reforms.” Both the Human Rights Commission and Coalition for Open Government are pleased with the revisions to the Electoral Finance Bill. Coalition spokesman Steven Price said the changes were a great improvement especially measures to open up anonymous donations… “This bill […]

Electoral Finance – Apoplexy at Kiwiblog

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, November 19th, 2007 - 84 comments

Now we know why Kiwiblog wants the Electoral Finance Bill killed – it could cost Farrar money! Kiwiblog “has some significant advertising lined up” which may be “at serious risk”. Certainly, Kiwiblog is a dyed-in-blue-wool National Party supporter. Kiwiblog also goes on a rave about other straw men, such as placards in demos having to […]

Electoral Finance Bill back from committee

Written By: - Date published: 12:50 pm, November 19th, 2007 - 47 comments

The Electoral Finance Bill is back from Select Committee and can be downloaded here [PDF, 500k]. It’s huge and will take a bit of time to digest, but it doesn’t look like there are any major surprises. The overly broad definition of election advertising has been fixed and the amount of anonymous donations a party […]

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