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Archive for January, 2008

EMA resorts to making stuff up

Written By: - Date published: 5:13 pm, January 17th, 2008 - 7 comments

The Employers and Manufacturers Association has a new employment survey out today that aims to portray personal grievances as “way out of hand” and add momentum to their ongoing campaign with the National Party to remove the right of workers to appeal against unfair dismissal during their first 90 days in a new job. But […]

An expert opinion

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, January 17th, 2008 - 41 comments

A reader just sent in this scan from the letters section of Today’s Herald.

Hone Tuwhare

Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, January 17th, 2008 - 19 comments

No Ordinary Sun Tree let your arms fall: raise them not sharply in supplication to the bright enhaloed cloud. Let your arms lack toughness and resilience for this is no mere axe to blunt nor fire to smother. Your sap shall not rise again to the moon’s pull. No more incline a deferential head to […]

Nandor’s not standing

Written By: - Date published: 2:35 pm, January 17th, 2008 - 14 comments

Green MP Nandor Tanczos announced today that he will not be putting his name forward as a candidate for this year’s election. Here’s the press release.

Too far.

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 pm, January 16th, 2008 - 213 comments

People often ask us at The Standard why we don’t post under our real names. Tonight Whaleoil has provided a damn good answer to that question. He’s got a new creep who goes under the moniker “Steady Eddy” and he’s decided to show his chops by stalking John Minto. And when I say stalking I’m […]

Damned if you do…

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, January 16th, 2008 - 213 comments

The Herald has an interesting article about shift work posted today pointing out the impact shift work has on workers’ families. The article focuses on bus drivers – who have faced some of the biggest attacks on their conditions over the last 17 years. Auckland Bus driver Jim Kelly puts it thus: I see young […]

Key and crabs

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, January 16th, 2008 - 52 comments

Now I know many of us are still in holiday mode for awhile longer but did it strike anyone else as a little odd to see Mr Key speak out against someone earning their living (presumably) – wanting crab pots banned at his exclusive beach resort? “Mr Key said residents approached him late last month […]

Interesting times…

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 pm, January 15th, 2008 - 22 comments

It seems the cats at newzblog have decided to bring our old mate Robinsod on board as a blogger and his first shot is at Farrar and Whale. I’ve spent more than a few nights on the booze with ‘Sod and the guy’s pretty smart and has definitely been around the traps but I’ve gotta […]

With all the charm of Slough

Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, January 15th, 2008 - 62 comments

Paul from The Fundy Post has done a rather humorous review of John Key’s holiday home in Success Court, Omaha Beach, as featured in the Herald on Sunday. Suffice to say he’s not impressed: It is difficult to know where to begin. Here is a house (described somewhat disingenuously by the Herald as a “bach”) […]

New left-wing blog

Written By: - Date published: 4:36 pm, January 14th, 2008 - 22 comments

While I’ve been away some regular left-leaning commenters here at The Standard and elsewhere have banded together to start NewZblog, a new Kiwi blog that describes itself as “a fine blend of politics with a left twist”. So a big welcome aboard to Red Bus, Illuminatedtiger, Policy Parrot and James Sleep – you guys are […]

Follow the money

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, January 14th, 2008 - 78 comments

I see Shadbolt is back on the blackmail bandwagon again with today’s Herald claiming he’s aiming to break the Electoral Finance Act (though I’m still not entirely sure why as the last time I checked the EFA and the EFTS system shared nothing other than their first two letters). The thing is neither the Herald, […]

What’s National cooking up for 2008?

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, January 13th, 2008 - 195 comments

Well, I saw my first Farrar billboard in the real two days ago and I gotta tell you I laughed. I was with a companion who is politically aware and has a pretty good idea about the EFB and when I pointed it out to her she was baffled. When I told her the story […]

Bye bye Ed, you beauty

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 pm, January 11th, 2008 - 2 comments

I won’t try and add anything much to the many, many words of tribute on this, the sad death of Sir Ed Hillary except to quote what Jack Nicholson says to Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets: “You make me want to be a better man.” Thanks mate, you made the world a […]

What you can do with this gadget is up to you

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 pm, January 10th, 2008 - 3 comments

Spotted in the NY Times (6 Jan 2008) this new gadget looks like it takes the concept of open source one step further (article has some photos too). “HACKERS, welcome! Here are detailed circuit diagrams of our products — modify them as you wish.” That’s not an announcement you’ll find on the Web sites of […]

The Politics of New Hampshire

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 pm, January 10th, 2008 - 9 comments

For those of you following the presidential primaries this opinion piece by Dan Balz in the Washington Post (9 Jan) provides some interesting observations on the Clinton/Obama result which flew in the face of polls and political pundits: “Hillary Clinton’s stunning victory here on Tuesday night was another powerful reminder of something that is taught […]

ODT ad from today

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 pm, January 9th, 2008 - 70 comments

Granny Herald (finally) outs Julian Robertson as National donor

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 pm, January 1st, 2008 - 78 comments

In a front-page article about New Year’s honours focussing on expatriate Kiwi Owen Glenn’s contribution to the Labour Party, Auckland University, and numerous other New Zealand charities, the Herald stated that wealthy American billionaire Julian Robertson, “who contributed to National last election”, is now banned from giving money to political parties here. Until this admission, […]

Shadbolt jailed for bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, January 1st, 2008 - 31 comments

Some years ago Mayor Shadbolt spent a week in Mt Crawford prison for refusing to pay a fine for saying “bullshit” in public. Now our intrepid hero says he wants to break the Electoral Finance Act, but can’t because he says it would be the Invercargill City’s chief executive who might have to go to […]

Happy New Year

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, January 1st, 2008 - 15 comments

Cyber-Santa came a little late to The Standard this year but we’re certainly not complaining – evidently we’ve got a New Year’s present instead. He and the techno-elves have moved us to a brand spanking new server cluster that should give us plenty of breathing room and make those pesky traffic congestion problems we were […]

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