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Archive for December, 2012

Politics & Pleasure: TV 2012

Written By: - Date published: 5:00 pm, December 31st, 2012 - 32 comments

We tend to rework reality, included political knowledge and understanding, into a basic (fictionalised) story structure, with villains, heroes, and values absorbed from pleasurable forms of fiction, including TV.  This is a look at the political values embedded in some popular TV dramas.

The year in review

Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, December 31st, 2012 - 68 comments

Most of the years in review I’ve seen in the couple of weeks have concentrated on gossip and rating individual MPs. Most of what matters not a jot outside the beltway. What matters is how the parties are doing in terms of progressing or thwarting the government’s policy agenda – how’s the government doing at governing? – and how polling is shaping up for 2014.

New Year: Doing the honours

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, December 31st, 2012 - 72 comments

The New Year Honours have been announced.  Some did service to the 1%, others to the 99%.  People, unnamed and unnoticed in public who provided valuable services to their communities should also be honoured.  Happy New Year!

Open mike 31/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 31st, 2012 - 52 comments

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Open mike 30/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 30th, 2012 - 137 comments

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Selling NZ – in the news

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, December 29th, 2012 - 93 comments

There’s been a couple of stories in the news over the last 24 hours that could do with some scrutiny: Treasury warns of asset sales over-load; potential sale of Oceania Dairy to an overseas company to set up a milk factory in NZ.

Open mike 29/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 29th, 2012 - 45 comments

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Comments at the end of 2012

Written By: - Date published: 4:11 pm, December 28th, 2012 - 30 comments

The average daily comments by week for 2012 are pretty healthy. 2012 was a post election year. 2012 was consistently higher than the election year 2011.

I’m pretty pleased with the comment’s growth. It looks like the policy of offloading all of the idiots to the sewer works well for steadily increasing rational dialogue on this site.

Weekend social 28/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, December 28th, 2012 - 18 comments

Christmas truce 1914

Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Will the real David Shearer please stand up?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 28th, 2012 - 104 comments

Many want Shearer to break with neoliberalism, clearly state his politics and a new political direction.   He became leader with a compelling, but worryingly selective, back-story.  Party members want democratic participation. What of consensus-building, coercion, public services, social security, TPP, PPPs, state assets, sustainability?

Open mike 28/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 28th, 2012 - 52 comments

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Mud-slinging

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 pm, December 27th, 2012 - 232 comments

Khandallaviper asked today in Open Mike “What is characterising and feeding the ongoing divide?” when I said  our aim in setting up the Standard was not to “join Farrar in making the prospect of a Labour government the principal target for attack.” Links to Chris Trotter’s latest post on Bowalley Road, titled “Who is David Shearer?” provide a good example. Farrar slung the same mud three years ago.

From me culture to we culture

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, December 27th, 2012 - 49 comments

Today Al Jazeera News reported on the rise of collaborative consumption in Europe; from rent-a-present to car sharing.  Just an extension of Trade Me or something bigger?  How can sustainable practices of collaborative production, consumption and living be developed in NZ? [AJ Link added]

Fear factors

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 27th, 2012 - 74 comments

Another in an on going non-chronological series on options in the face of global warming.

Open mike 27/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 27th, 2012 - 79 comments

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Take the damn chocolates AWAY

Written By: - Date published: 2:54 pm, December 26th, 2012 - 24 comments

I’m about to start doing some substantial site changes. So don’t get worried if the site disappears for a few minutes at a time. Most of these changes are targeted at increasing the privacy of both the site and of the people who use it. It is a really good day to do it. Traffic […]

Best and worst of 2012

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, December 26th, 2012 - 93 comments

Well it’s the end of the year and everyone else is doing it so…

Here’s my political awards of 2012.

Open mike 26/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 26th, 2012 - 67 comments

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Open mike 25/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 25th, 2012 - 69 comments

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Merry Xmas!

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 am, December 25th, 2012 - 34 comments

Or should that be Marxmas?

It’s been a bloody good year here at the Standard and we’d like to thank our readers and commenters and wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas day.

Quote of the Year: “Planet Key”

Written By: - Date published: 4:18 pm, December 24th, 2012 - 17 comments

I don’t know what universe the panel is in, that judged the “zip it” one as quote of the year.  The political one that has been repeated most and spawned a load of images and comments, is surely “Planet Key”?

Open mike 24/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 24th, 2012 - 78 comments

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Amidst th’encircling gloom…

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 pm, December 23rd, 2012 - 227 comments

I was going to do a retrospective, but changed my mind – the message of Christmas is one of hope. Some indicators of better times in 2013: long-time leftie Matt McCarten makes Shearer his politician of the year, long-time righties Bob Jones and Rodney Hide go hard at Judith Collins for her unconscionable treatment of Justice Binnie, and in the middle Kerre Woodham winds up on Key’s failure to deliver. Time to balance things up a bit, I think..

Minister for Oversea Holidays

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, December 23rd, 2012 - 53 comments

Getting away this summer? Or having a ‘staycation’ and selling your leave to make ends meet? Are you “jealous” that Key’s off to Maui for 3 weeks, again? Or are you just a bit pissed off to learn that our Minister of Tourism has so far spent over 100 days overseas on holiday since becoming PM, while the average Kiwi’s had just 27 days abroad and tourism here is in crisis?

2012: “celebrity” PM – collective action

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 23rd, 2012 - 47 comments

Individualism & “celebrity” PM, John Key were still strong in 2012.  But, there was opposition from some (often local) groups working collaboratively:  Occupy, Glen Innes protesters, MUNZ, Asset Sales referendum, AAAP advocacy activism, manufacturing inquiry, NZLP democratisation, TS nest of vipers. And 2013?

Open mike 23/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 23rd, 2012 - 176 comments

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John Key’s Summer

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, December 22nd, 2012 - 131 comments

While John Key spends the summer in Hawaii, he will need to make some decisions about the future of his cabinet.  Parata’s future is poised in the balance, and he is looking to move Tim Groser on later next year.

Open mike 22/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 22nd, 2012 - 87 comments

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Weekend social 21/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, December 21st, 2012 - 47 comments

Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

I wish it could be Xmas every day…

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, December 21st, 2012 - 27 comments

… then maybe more attention would be given to increasing numbers of people struggling to get the necessities of life. Record queues outside Auckland’s City Mission. The Brighter Future never comes. Revisit The Spirit Level.

Apocalypse Now

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, December 21st, 2012 - 56 comments

Humans have a paranoid fascination with our own demise, as seen in doomsday movies.  They portray our fears, hopes, politics and delusions.  Children of Men: the demise of capitalism; Day after Tomorrow: climate collapse.  Is today a Mayan prediction of the end or a new beginning?

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