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Archive for March, 2015

Is GCSB using increased awareness of mass surveillance to justify mass surveillance?

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, March 31st, 2015 - 21 comments

Denis Tegg has persuaded the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to inquire whether the GCSB is conducting mass surveillance on the Kafkaesque grounds that the legislation allows this to happen if a party ought reasonably to expect that the communication may be intercepted.

NRT: This does not bode well

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, March 31st, 2015 - 22 comments

I/S at No Right Turn on the way that National is manipulating official environmental reporting to try and conceal the damage…

Drill baby drill will not work

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, March 31st, 2015 - 25 comments

Simon Bridges announced yesterday the release of the 2015 block offer. Potentially oil companies could be drilling in deep sea pristine environmental areas off the West Coast where the endangered Maui’s Dolphin lives. He calls for a “mixed balance” of energy generation. But all this means is that he wants the good mixed with the bad.

Leadership and loyalty

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, March 31st, 2015 - 55 comments

Key ran out on failed candidate Mike Osborne in Northland, just like he ran out on Melissa Lee in Mt Albert.

Open mike 31/03/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, March 31st, 2015 - 247 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Bait and switch

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 pm, March 30th, 2015 - 64 comments

Congratulations to Labour for a very clever strategy in the Northland by-election – lulling and gulling John Key into thinking they were going to run a conventional proxy-partyvote campaign, where National would have the upper hand.  Key, the rockstar politician, also thought Andrew Little would be on the training wheels.  He got that badly wrong; Little’s handling was superb.

Have your say on our electoral system

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, March 30th, 2015 - 25 comments

Make a submission about how our voting system should be improved.

RMA backdown?

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, March 30th, 2015 - 32 comments

If this is accurate it is good news for the RMA and good news for NZ…

Sledging sucks

Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, March 30th, 2015 - 33 comments

Hey, all you folk angry with Aussie cricket team sledging – how do you put up with John Key PM?

Twelve mistakes National made in Northland

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, March 30th, 2015 - 86 comments

There are many specific reasons why National lost Northland, but arrogance is the thread running through all of them.

Open mike 30/03/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, March 30th, 2015 - 335 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

CWC15 Final

Written By: - Date published: 3:34 pm, March 29th, 2015 - 65 comments

Big day for NZ cricket – all the best to the Black Caps!

LocalBodies: Northland speaks and National still isn’t listening

Written By: - Date published: 2:22 pm, March 29th, 2015 - 25 comments

Steven Joyce is adamant that Northland was unique and what it really needed was improved infrastructure such as roads and broadband. Joyce has a narrow, blinkered view of the world. Sadly the election defeat didn’t remove his blinkers or open his eyes to look at Northlands real needs.

Crowdfunding Scoop – last chance

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, March 29th, 2015 - Comments Off on Crowdfunding Scoop – last chance

If you value independent news and investigative journalism please go and give them a hand at Pledgeme

Some random thoughts on the Northland result

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, March 29th, 2015 - 62 comments

Winston Peters’ win in Northland yesterday was based on turnout that was significantly higher than turnout for any other recent by election.  And occurred in no small part because of some adept handling of messaging of support by Andrew Little.

Open mike 29/03/2015

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, March 29th, 2015 - 126 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

By-elections are FPP

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 25 comments

Paddy Gower and Duncan Garner don’t understand our electoral system: “that’s MMP”. By-elections are pure First Past the Post – and that’s why Andrew Little didn’t need to do a deal, and Northland doesn’t stink like Epsom.

Random observations

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 19 comments

A selection of the wit and wisdom of Twitter tonight. Compare and contrast the Labour and National leaders.

Winston takes Northland

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 310 comments

Is anyone else experiencing a bit of political shellshock?

The Northland Buy Election

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 pm, March 28th, 2015 - 201 comments

A post to allow for the discussion of the Northland Buy Election result.

International reaction to our spying

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, March 28th, 2015 - 77 comments

How are other nations going to react to our spying on them? Key’s response when the question arose in Korea was very typical of him – bullshit and bluster. So far Brazil, Fiji, and Latin American countries have all proved him wrong.

Open mike 28/03/2015

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 28th, 2015 - 186 comments

Today being buy election day in Northland means that everyone should refrain from making comments about the buy election until polling booths close at 7:00 pm. There will be a post up at 7:01 pm where you can comment to your heart’s content. Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step right up to the mike …

Weekend social 27/03/2015

Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, March 27th, 2015 - 70 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?

Trying to get the truth out of a Nat

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, March 27th, 2015 - 44 comments

Russel Norman tries to get the truth out of Simon Bridges. Bridges really really doesn’t want to admit that NZ’s emissions have increased by 20% from 2008 to 2012. 5 minutes and 10 seconds of painful nonsense to get an answer…

Tremain on Northland

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, March 27th, 2015 - 15 comments

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Dim-Post tracking poll

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, March 27th, 2015 - 58 comments

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The Key magic

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, March 27th, 2015 - 98 comments

“John Key heckled in Northland” – ouch.

Open mike 27/03/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, March 27th, 2015 - 184 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, March 26th, 2015 - 79 comments

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IGIS to investigate GCSB Pacific spying

Written By: - Date published: 3:38 pm, March 26th, 2015 - 6 comments

Press Release from the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security on Scoop.

Woodhouse: tough on bad employers?

Written By: - Date published: 3:30 pm, March 26th, 2015 - 22 comments

Michael Woodhouse is talking tough on bad employers … but what does it really mean, coming from this government?

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