Archive for August, 2015

Daily Review 31/08/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, August 31st, 2015 - 27 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas 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.

Regional Realities.

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, August 31st, 2015 - 133 comments

FYI. The most populous town in Clutha District is Balclutha, which lies 81km south of Dunedin by road. Balclutha’s population, by the 2006 census, was 4,062 (down from 4,137 in 1996). Other towns are Milton (pop. 1,887), Kaitangata (pop. 810), Tapanui (pop. 744), Lawrence (pop. 432), Owaka (pop. 327), Stirling (pop. 309), Clinton (pop. 291), Kaka Point (pop. 201), and Benhar (pop. 96). For a while in the 1980s Balclutha was New Zealand’s most wealthy town, per capita

The politicisation of the All Blacks

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, August 31st, 2015 - 223 comments

All Black fan boy John Key opened up Parliament to allow the New Zealand Rugby Union announce this year’s world cup All Black squad on the weekend.

Black Monday wasn’t so bad, John Key is worse

Written By: - Date published: 8:51 am, August 31st, 2015 - 37 comments

Black Monday on the casino Chinese stock markets wasn’t a particular problem for NZ. John Key’s short-term thinking government will be. Both us and our next biggest trading partner Australia are now heavily exposed to falling Chinese imports and falling commodity prices. That is going to hurt over the coming years.

Open mike 31/08/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 31st, 2015 - 79 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 …

Serco – the company that fails at providing public services

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, August 30th, 2015 - 34 comments

They were, until a few months ago, the biggest company you’d never heard of.  They failed in the UK, they failed in Australia and they’ve failed here in our prisons. But they are still making good profits here. They’re a company dedicated, it seems, to making a profit while failing to deliver lots of different public services. We don’t need or want them here.

Imagine if National had not sold the shares in our companies 2015 version

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, August 30th, 2015 - 54 comments

The latest financial reports for the privatised companies suggests that the New Zealand Government has lost in the past twelve months $470 million in dividends it would have received had it held onto the shares.

Open mike 30/08/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 30th, 2015 - 188 comments

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Mike Hosking – The case of the vanishing journalist

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, August 29th, 2015 - 83 comments

To try and excuse his obvious bias Mike Hosking is now claiming not to be a journalist (unfortunate that his bio material says he is). That Hosking would try and disown journalism speaks volumes to his character.

Border Force fiasco – how would NZ respond?

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, August 29th, 2015 - 128 comments

Yesterday Melbourne stood up for human rights. Would we in NZ have done the same?

Open mike 29/08/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 29th, 2015 - 76 comments

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70 refugees dead in small truck on Austrian roadside

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 pm, August 28th, 2015 - 107 comments

When European and NATO countries participate in destabilising and destroying nearby countries, the human tragedy doesn’t stay neatly confined to the other side of the border.

Daily Review 28/08/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, August 28th, 2015 - 28 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas 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.

WMBAD: Trade

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, August 28th, 2015 - 1 comment

The White Man Behind a Desk on trade. Reckon we should ask them to do the TPP?

Weekend social 28/08/2015

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, August 28th, 2015 - 1 comment

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?

Tom Scott on housing

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, August 28th, 2015 - 20 comments

Scott-on-housing

Another farm death

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, August 28th, 2015 - 23 comments

Last night the Nats passed their widely ridiculed health and safety legislation. This morning a Waikato farm worker died in a workplace accident. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

No, National shouldn’t have balanced the books.

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, August 28th, 2015 - 34 comments

Simon Louisson recently made a post about National’s profligacy, and all of the debt they have racked up. Guest poster Michael disagrees with Simon and says that “Yes, National was profligate.” and “No, National should not have balanced the books.”

Finlayson criticises Law Society but gets it wrong

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, August 28th, 2015 - 38 comments

Chris Finlayson has criticised the New Zealand Law Society for not being aware that a change to the Health and Safety Reform Bill affecting human rights introduced after submissions had been heard was itself being changed.  But all this does is reinforce the Law Society’s criticisms that such provisions should have been part of the original bill.

Open mike 28/08/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 28th, 2015 - 35 comments

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Daily Review 27/08/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, August 27th, 2015 - 27 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas 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.

Dita De Boni’s last column for the Herald?

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, August 27th, 2015 - 42 comments

Dita De Boni’s possibly last column for the Herald is a must read.

Scientists remind dickheads of their inadequecies

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, August 27th, 2015 - 12 comments

Ever imagine what a bull elephant’s penis looks like? Well wonder no more. Biologists kicked off a #junkoff today with this challenge. I have to say that the local trolls waving their dicks about on this site look poorly endowed and rather unimaginative.

Watkins on health and safety mess

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, August 27th, 2015 - 17 comments

“John Key’s increasingly lacklustre defence of the shambles consists of answers that sound more like satire by the day.”

Guest post: How the left should respond to financial crises

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 27th, 2015 - 136 comments

In a guest post Ad suggests that in this time of crisis the left should set out a plan for handling the crisis, rather than hoping that a new order will emerge.

Nats losing it on the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 27th, 2015 - 73 comments

National are trying to evade even the simplest questions on the TPP – because the truth is profoundly undemocratic. As usual Groser and Key turn to insults instead of engaging with people’s legitimate concerns.

Open mike 27/08/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 27th, 2015 - 151 comments

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Daily Review 26/08/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, August 26th, 2015 - 26 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas 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.

Dinosaurs roam the earth

Written By: - Date published: 3:32 pm, August 26th, 2015 - 45 comments

Sexist dinosaurs still roam the earth. (Image stolen from Scoop)

NRT: We can no longer trust Bill English’s OIA responses

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, August 26th, 2015 - 8 comments

I/S at No Right Turn writes on the latest abuse of the OIA process.

Herald poll

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, August 26th, 2015 - 89 comments

Another data point from the poll mill.

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