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Archive for January, 2014

“How are you all doing?”

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 pm, January 31st, 2014 - 46 comments

One handwritten poster by a student in South Korea, asking “How are you all doing?” has started a poster movement where people doing it tough talk truth to power. Campbell Live featured a woman writing to John Key about her struggles on low pay.

No details, please, we’re gallery hacks

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, January 31st, 2014 - 175 comments

Blue has a look at the the gallery hacks and what they’re looking for from a politician. The answer is – not much. Political journalists do not require any special qualifications. They go to journalism school to learn how to structure an article and avoid being sued. There is no test you must pass to become a Gallery hack proving that you understand policy, economics or statistics. Their job is write ‘colour’ pieces about the ‘cut and thrust’ of politics….

Key signals coalition with Labour

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 am, January 31st, 2014 - 9 comments

John Key revealed that he was not ruling out going into coalition with Labour after the next election. He is rather bored and this party may make life a bit less boring. Besides this way he can take credit for having made the Best Start.

Media bias

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, January 31st, 2014 - 168 comments

Media bias has been a topic of discussion this week and such simple things as the choice of photos can be evidence of this.  The Herald has been publishing very unflattering photos of David Cunliffe.  You would think that with all of their resources they would have slightly more natural photos than the ones they are running …

Open mike 31/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, January 31st, 2014 - 196 comments

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What do you value?

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 pm, January 30th, 2014 - 54 comments

Tim Watkins has written a piece on Labour’s Best Start policy.

Down in the comments were the most incredible remarks I have read in support of the policies.

The flag diversion

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, January 30th, 2014 - 119 comments

It appears that John Key is trying to divert attention away from this Government’s appalling record regarding child poverty and Labour’s Best Start and Paid Parental Leave by starting a discussion on what the Country’s flag should look like.

Nicky Hager on Surveillance and Privacy in the Snowden Era

Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, January 30th, 2014 - 30 comments

If you are (a-hem) free today, then you might want to head down to Otago University campus for a presentation by Nicky Hager.

update – attendance  is free

Media Watch: infotainment & “balance” – inequality

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, January 30th, 2014 - 56 comments

The ratings/sales driven ethos of the corporate MSM skews the coverage of the election campaigns of parties of the “left” and the “right”. Focus on individuals, implying they represent large sections of the population. The left are leading the agenda on inequality.

Poto Williams’ maiden speech

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, January 30th, 2014 - 3 comments

Video of Poto Williams’ maiden speech given yesterday in Parliament.  Congratulations Poto.

Open mike 30/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, January 30th, 2014 - 304 comments

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Is it always better late than never?

Written By: - Date published: 6:26 pm, January 29th, 2014 - 18 comments

Minister of Labour Simon Bridges today said he welcomed the Review of Forestry Safety and that he has asked Worksafe NZ to review the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) into the forestry sector to “clarify them”. Chris Finlayson was the Minister when the current regulations (ACOP) were signed off new in December 2012.  He said […]

State of Nations

Written By: - Date published: 6:11 pm, January 29th, 2014 - 25 comments

This post isn’t a ‘contrast and compare’ piece on the policy announcements of National, the Greens and Labour. Enough to say that National are pursuing privatisation while both Labour and Green are at least trying to do good things.

Shame about the reality of the bigger picture then.

Note to Media – check your facts.

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, January 29th, 2014 - 202 comments

Sometimes I despair for our media. I mean, the latest parroting of Key’s line on Best Start is the stuff of black comedy. Apparently Key’s claiming David Cunliffe misled people about eligibility because they don’t get the payment while they also get paid parental leave. And the media are trumpeting it all over the place. […]

Cameron just say sorry

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, January 29th, 2014 - 236 comments

Cameron Slater in his pursuit of pushing the boundaries has well and truly overstepped the mark by calling a young man who died in tragic circumstances “feral”.  Slater is now trying to play the martyr.  The only thing that he should do is apologise for his post.

Seeger “brought politics to music”

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, January 29th, 2014 - 23 comments

1919-2014: Gone but never forgotten. Songs for and of the people.

Gower plays a shocker

Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, January 29th, 2014 - 96 comments

Paddy Gower yesterday accused David Cunliffe of walking out of a press conference and refusing to answer questions on Best Start.  The reality seems to be somewhat different …

Open mike 29/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, January 29th, 2014 - 72 comments

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Imperator Fish – The State of the Nation: an interview with David Cunliffe

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 pm, January 28th, 2014 - 8 comments

Scott gets an exclusive interview with David Cunliffe… and then goes Paddy Gower on his a#$e. Always good to be fair and balanced on the 2 sides of the House.

On Best Start

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 pm, January 28th, 2014 - 95 comments

So Labour has launched the Best start policy and the criticism from National and its followers has been swift and well coordinated. And, like the bulk of National’s attacks on it opponents, it also has no basis in reality.

Opposing the PM’s statement

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 pm, January 28th, 2014 - 18 comments

The PMs’ statement todaywas a bit of a fizzer: lacking ideas, a lot of waffle.  Some opposition speeches were more inspiring, & laid out some real alternatives: like the speeches from Cunliffe (on fire), Norman (inspiring), Ardern (animated) & Harawira (real people; real struggles).

xkcd: Global Warming

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, January 28th, 2014 - 55 comments

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Useless and venal

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, January 28th, 2014 - 197 comments

Following David Cunliffe’s announcement of Best Start New Zealand’s right wing took it upon themselves to show how useless and venal they are. It started with Jordon “the new Cameron Slater” Williams and the National front group Taxpayers’ Union’s eviscerating attack on “Middleclass Welfare” (honestly guys that line’s so 2007) only to blame it on” “Labour […]

Open mike 28/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:56 am, January 28th, 2014 - 217 comments

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“A Nation of Opportunity” – Cunliffe’s speech

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, January 27th, 2014 - 527 comments

The text of David Cunliffe’s state of the nation speech from today’s meeting in Kelston.

Update: youtube of speech added

‘Reclaiming Our Children’s Birthright’- Metiria’s speech

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, January 27th, 2014 - 53 comments

Metiria Turei delivered a very strong, inspiring, and well-targeted speech yesterday. She reclaimed fractured values of inclusive, collaborative communities. She framed inequality as the issue for the coming election; the Greens’ education hub policy central.  Labour, NZEI responded favourably.

Cunliffe state of the nation speech

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, January 27th, 2014 - 193 comments

David Cunliffe’s state of the nation speech is being delivered today in Kelston.

Open mike 27/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, January 27th, 2014 - 85 comments

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National’s “harder-to-vote” Electoral Bill

Written By: - Date published: 5:27 pm, January 26th, 2014 - 77 comments

There’s another sign National is getting a bit desperate at the beginning of election year 2014, as they reach in to the Tory trick-bag of voter suppression in the revised Electoral Amendment Bill reported back to the House on 18 December 2013.

Trickleup

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, January 26th, 2014 - 207 comments

There has been an abundance of research showing that communities and societies function better when their resources are shared around.  But the need to persuade ordinary people that this is so is the most important thing to achieve.  Because without popular support attempts to change the current system are bound to fail.

Open mike 26/01/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:53 am, January 26th, 2014 - 123 comments

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