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Daily Review 30/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:58 pm, April 30th, 2015 - 46 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

What do you reckon?

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, April 30th, 2015 - 33 comments

Video clip to make you all chuckle

Tauranga oil spill

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, April 30th, 2015 - 58 comments

If we can’t even do simple things like refuel safely there is no way that we can guarantee the safety of deep sea drilling off the coast of NZ.

The pope and climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, April 30th, 2015 - 32 comments

The Pope is calling for action on climate change. Naturally, he is being attacked for it.

Embarrassed for NZ

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 30th, 2015 - 87 comments

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Open mike 30/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 30th, 2015 - 99 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 …

Daily Review 29/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:29 pm, April 29th, 2015 - 30 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

The Daily Blog under attack

Written By: - Date published: 4:46 pm, April 29th, 2015 - 110 comments

Earlier today Martyn Bradbury reported that The Daily Blog was under attack.

Update: Its running again. Nope down again.

Numerical illiteracy at the Herald

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, April 29th, 2015 - 46 comments

Today, we see a Herald ‘editor’ demonstrating exactly how useless they are at interpreting polls. They are saying that a poll where almost all of the sample was taken before the Ponygate story broke, indicates that it doesn’t matter much. To rub home just how stupid and out of touch the Herald editors were last week, it then whines about nasty social media. What can one say of these cloistered monks of  ‘journalism’… Plenty.

Nasty little bloggitses

Written By: - Date published: 12:46 pm, April 29th, 2015 - 76 comments

The Herald today has editorialised suggesting that on the basis of part of a poll Ponygate has had no effect.  It also claims that fair minded people are defending Key.

Spot the difference: Nats on capital punishment

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 29th, 2015 - 7 comments

One of these principled statements is not like the other.

Tariffs aHead Of Torture – that’s how to end Torture

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, April 29th, 2015 - 5 comments

Overnight our premier states person, the Prime Minister, announced to International media something he denied to his own citizens due to National Security concerns. Information about the troops being sent into danger in Iraq. He also confirmed that despite saying he would raise human rights and womens’ rights issues with the Saudis, by “he” he […]

Gilmore Sutton Key

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, April 29th, 2015 - 8 comments

Don’t be mean to John!

Open mike 29/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 29th, 2015 - 234 comments

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I Fought the Law

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 pm, April 28th, 2015 - 148 comments

A quick look at the legalities of Ponytailgate as it affects the worker, the cafe, the NZ Herald and the PM. There could be court, tribunal and commission hearings that drag on for months, with potential big financial and political implications for the players.

Daily review 28/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 28th, 2015 - 83 comments

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

NRT: Climate change: Good news on agriculture

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, April 28th, 2015 - 18 comments

New Zealand’s policy on climate change has been one of inaction. A key plank in this is our emissions profile. Roughly 50% of our greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. We couldn’t do anything about them. Instead farmers increase emissions and turn our lakes and streams into toxic sewers. But AgResearch scientists now have a solution for the emissions.

Casual harassment

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, April 28th, 2015 - 89 comments

It was all a bit of fun. Have we become so casual about harassment?

A double standard for Saudi Arabia

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, April 28th, 2015 - 119 comments

If Saudi Arabia’s justice system and human rights record is as bad as Amnesty says it is, then this is not a country that we should be seeking closer economic ties with. Why the double standard?

Open mike 28/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 28th, 2015 - 183 comments

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Miliband ko’s Johnson

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 pm, April 27th, 2015 - 18 comments

Miliband ko’s Boris on Andrew Marr show. Marr opined this might be a foretaste of things to come when Ed is PM and Boris has knifed David Cameron, which Rupert Murdoch thinks likely.  Johnson flails and Miliband counter-punches – “don’t get rattled, Boris;” same primary school “but not same secondary school;” on back-stabbing accusations “you can do better than Lynton Crosby.”

Last Week Tonight on Key

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 pm, April 27th, 2015 - 70 comments

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The waitress the bloggers and the main stream media

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, April 27th, 2015 - 150 comments

The Ponygate story provides a fascinating example of the use of social media to break a story.  The simple lesson is to tell a story without a political agenda.  And the response from the right shows a level of disarray progressives can take heart from.

#casualjohn

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, April 27th, 2015 - 32 comments

Since when was harassing a waitress “casual”? John Key’s “excuse” blew up all over Twitter last night…

Thanks David!

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, April 27th, 2015 - 32 comments

I’m planning to enjoy a day off today – the first “mondayised” public holiday – thanks to the work of David Clark, Grant Robertston, and others in Labour and the parties that supported the Bill. National and ACT voted against this holiday.

Open mike 27/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 27th, 2015 - 109 comments

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A Friend first, and a Boss second, probably an Entertainer third.

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, April 26th, 2015 - 44 comments

“I’m a friendly guy that likes to interact with the public. I do like to have a bit of a laugh and I’m probably the most casual Prime Minister New Zealand has had.”

John Key’s week has turned from drama to farce. David Brent looks good next to this clown.

Our “casual” PM

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, April 26th, 2015 - 145 comments

creepy-key

Nepal quake

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, April 26th, 2015 - 17 comments

As is all over the news this morning, Nepal and surrounding areas have been hit by a severe quake.

Open mike 26/04/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 26th, 2015 - 117 comments

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Pull the other one… ponytails, minimisation and male privilege

Written By: - Date published: 5:48 pm, April 25th, 2015 - 407 comments

From pulling ponytails to police minimisation, there is a deep problem in our country with attitudes towards women and to sexual violence.

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