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Archive for September, 2015

Daily Review 30/09/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, September 30th, 2015 - 55 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 …

NRT: Muppets

Written By: - Date published: 4:50 pm, September 30th, 2015 - 33 comments

I/S at No Right Turn on the Crown’s apparent bungling of the Dotcom extradition case – and the potential cost to NZ.

Standard Changes

Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, September 30th, 2015 - 190 comments

Nothing to get all het up over…

Dunne: Our foreign policy lacks any commitment to human rights

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, September 30th, 2015 - 32 comments

Peter Dunne doesn’t hold back in his assessment of the craven foreign policy – that is the creation of his government.

English: it’s all the planners’ fault

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 30th, 2015 - 23 comments

A guest post from Ad analysing Bill English’s speech where he blames planners for Auckland’s housing woes.

Key pinches Labour’s Kermadec Sanctuary Policy

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, September 30th, 2015 - 88 comments

National’s announced intention to create a marine sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands looks remarkably like Labour’s policy from the last election. And why did John Key not tell his caucus beforehand?

Open mike 30/09/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 30th, 2015 - 70 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 29/09/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 19 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 …

It Came From the North

Written By: - Date published: 4:41 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 54 comments

How Corbyn gets taken out.

Jarrod Gilbert on National’s Lies

Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 26 comments

There’s a hard-hitting piece in the Herald today – from Jarrod Gilbert on how National has lied to the country’s face and got away with it. Tolley claimed before the election that 34% of drug offences and 25% of homicides were by a small group of gang members – and here was National’s policy response […]

Commentary on research cuts

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, September 29th, 2015 - 11 comments

It’s not just lefties such as yours truly who think it’s mad to cut agricultural (especially emissions) research.

What other countries are doing about climate change

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, September 29th, 2015 - 27 comments

There is hope that the cumulative effect of all the international pledges for the Paris climate change conference may buy the world some time to prevent runaway global warming.  Some countries are pledging to becoming carbon neutral.  New Zealand’s pledge is pathetically weak in comparison.

No particular reason

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, September 29th, 2015 - 28 comments

bowie life on mars

Future Jobs

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, September 29th, 2015 - 14 comments

I’m going to get to reviewing Labour’s next 3 Future of Work papers, honest.

But in the meantime, I have something to share from Andrew McAfee.

Just a great Ted Talk on YouTube.

Christianity doesn’t compromise with other religions

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, September 29th, 2015 - 115 comments

Christianity doesn’t compromise with other religions or has the World Finally Gone madder?

Open mike 29/09/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 29th, 2015 - 50 comments

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Daily Review 28/09/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, September 28th, 2015 - 7 comments

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Groser don’t go

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, September 28th, 2015 - 5 comments

Greenpeace, 350 Aotearoa and the Coal Action Network have jointly urged John Key not to send Tim Groser to Paris for the climate change talks because the Government’s policies and proposed response will embarrass New Zealand and damage its international reputation.

Campbell: The TPP dairy deal is done

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, September 28th, 2015 - 63 comments

Gordon Campbell (one of the last known practitioners of the dying art of journalism) claims that the TPP dairy deal is already done. He makes a convincing case.

The problem is child poverty not CYF

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, September 28th, 2015 - 34 comments

The Rebstock Panel inquiry could be read to confirm that Child Youth and Family is unable to perform its job properly because of it is not properly resourced to provide the job. But it is clear that National is loathe to provide it with any more resources. And the elephant in the room is that the Government fails to understand that escalating child poverty is the cause the crisis.

From out of the Shadows

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, September 28th, 2015 - 20 comments

Goff has attempted to throw a fire-cracker into the notion of the National Party leadership and caucus being one big happy family. Is this the Labour Party’s way of sowing seeds of discontent without tainting the image of their leader? It is NOT Dirty Politics by any normal understanding of that term as captured in the book of the same name. Is this Goff’s role now? To box from the shadows?

Goff: Collins planning her move

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, September 28th, 2015 - 75 comments

Goff: “Judith’s column this week is the opening shot in her campaign to succeed John Key as National’s leader.”

Nats and reproductive rights

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 am, September 28th, 2015 - 210 comments

The Nats are obsessed with the reproductive rights of those they deem “unfit”. Once again they are floating the idea of compulsory controls.

Open mike 28/09/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 28th, 2015 - 48 comments

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The decline of the Herald

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, September 27th, 2015 - 103 comments

Mass redundancies at the Herald have been described as a blood bath and are clearly having an effect on its quality.  Such is its quality there is a question whether the political column this morning was written by a part time travel writer or by Heather du Plessis-Allan.

Oil drilling in Maui’s Dolphin’s habitat

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 27th, 2015 - 66 comments

The Government this week proposed at considerable expense the purchase of a couple of panda. But at the same time the Government is again proposing to allow the drilling for oil in the habitat of Maui’s Dolphin which is facing extinction.

Open mike 27/09/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 27th, 2015 - 62 comments

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Bunnings strike

Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, September 26th, 2015 - 36 comments

Bunnings staff are striking today after rejecting unfair contracts.

NZ doing more harm than good on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, September 26th, 2015 - 47 comments

“Key told not to attend Paris and to pull NZ delegation”.

“It would be better for humanity if John Key were to stay home, and instruct Minister Groser and the delegation to do likewise.”

Pope Francis speaks

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, September 26th, 2015 - 98 comments

Pope Francis has given two important speeches recently.

Open mike 26/09/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 26th, 2015 - 88 comments

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