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Archive for November, 2015

Standing in the Shadow of the Red Flag

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, November 25th, 2015 - 47 comments

“Why would Goff stand for the Auckland mayoralty as an independent candidate considering his life-long commitment to the Labour Party?”

Why indeed?

Is it time for Labour to stand candidates in local elections under the party banner? And can the party lift its profile and its general election prospects by being bolder in the provinces?

Dope-growing, cross-dressing BDSM male prostitute police officer convicted of harassment

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, November 25th, 2015 - 91 comments

A recent surge in the level of systemic criminality, thuggery, and general incompetence which now defines the New Zealand Police Force.

Why the ETS Review needs to include agriculture

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, November 25th, 2015 - 26 comments

John Key has stated that within three to four years New Zealand’s scientists will have a solution for agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. If this is correct why has the Government just released a discussion paper on the ETS ruling out agricultural emissions because there are no practical technologies available to reduce them?

Turkey shoots down Russian jet

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 am, November 25th, 2015 - 151 comments

Late yesterday Turkey (a NATO member) shot down a Russian jet, either inside its airspace (Turkey claims) or over Syria (Russia claims).

Open mike 25/11/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 25th, 2015 - 118 comments

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Daily Review 24/11/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, November 24th, 2015 - 34 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 …

Greenpeace – Climb It Change – protest

Written By: - Date published: 3:39 pm, November 24th, 2015 - 33 comments

This morning Greenpeace activists occupied a NIWA oil and gas exploration vessel. #ClimbItChange

Housing NZ refers homeless to CAB for emergency housing

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, November 24th, 2015 - 28 comments

If this was not so tragic it would be absurd.  Radio New Zealand has reported this morning that CABs are receiving referrals from Housing New Zealand of people requiring emergency housing.

Boots Theory: Flag referendum 1

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, November 24th, 2015 - 35 comments

What to do with these ballot papers that just arrived in the mail?

Blueskin Bay

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, November 24th, 2015 - 28 comments

The Blueskin Bay settlement north of Dunedin provides an example of people working collectively at a local level to live sustainably.

Tacky

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, November 24th, 2015 - 38 comments

“Jonah Lomu tribute shows need for a new flag, PM says”.

Well that’s a new low.

Rashbrooke on inequality

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, November 24th, 2015 - 22 comments

Max Rashbrooke has another excellent piece in The Guardian, on inequality and on the ways he has been attacked for his writings on this issue.

Key doesn’t like being shown up by Little

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, November 24th, 2015 - 131 comments

Andrew Little is planning to speak up for the rights of Kiwi expats on his trip to Australia. Key clearly doesn’t like being shown up, so out come the desperate accusations.

Open mike 24/11/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 24th, 2015 - 122 comments

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Daily review 23/11/2015

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 pm, November 23rd, 2015 - 28 comments

It has been one of those days …

Graph of the day

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 13 comments

terrorism-deaths

Phil Goff for Super City Mayor

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 42 comments

Phil Goff has formally announced that he is seeking the Auckland Super City Mayoralty as an independent.

Key’s rapists attack a dead cat that keeps biting

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 28 comments

Was Key’s bizarre rant in Parliament – accusing Labour of supporting rapists and murderers – a deliberate “dead cat” strategy? If so then it has backfired badly. Still in the headlines 2 weeks later, and probably costing him in the polls.

Open mike 23/11/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 60 comments

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ABP Branch of Labour goes into recess; all Branch Officers to resign

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 pm, November 22nd, 2015 - 427 comments

Dunedin’s most active and most innovative Labour Party branch is going into recess.

RWC and rapists: 3 News poll confirms a pretty average week for Key.

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 pm, November 22nd, 2015 - 29 comments

The latest Reid Research/3News poll is out. Key gets nothing from the RWC, and the rapist remarks turn out not to have helped his popularity either. There was a time when talkback radio style outbursts used to make him look strong. Nowadays, not so much. Meanwhile, the opposition are just 1 seat behind …

Nice Mr Key (and useless Mr Carter)

Written By: - Date published: 11:33 am, November 22nd, 2015 - 21 comments

Quick notes on some pieces in The Herald this morning, featuring Audrey Young’s almost epiphany on Nice Mr Key.

The People’s climate march

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, November 22nd, 2015 - 41 comments

Nationwide protest marches are planned in New Zealand on November 28 in the run up to the Paris Climate Change talks to give the message to world leaders that real action to address climate change is required.

Open mike 22/11/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 22nd, 2015 - 182 comments

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Stuff report on child abuse

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, November 21st, 2015 - 123 comments

Not exactly light or cheerful Saturday morning reading – but we should all read it anyway. Stuff’s (Katie Kenny & Blair Ensor) excellent special investigation on child abuse in NZ.

International Labour Organisation on Austerity

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, November 21st, 2015 - 10 comments

An International Labour Organisation (ILO) report warns that austerity measured are an international threat to jobs and growth.

Flag distraction – first referendum

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, November 21st, 2015 - 135 comments

The delivery of the ballots in the first first flag referendum is getting a bit of attention from bored journalists. We the people don’t seem to care much though.

Open mike 21/11/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 21st, 2015 - 172 comments

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Daily Review 20/11/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, November 20th, 2015 - 18 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 …

The future is not going to be an Ecotopia

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, November 20th, 2015 - 71 comments

The way to keep people occupied during this period of “Pretend and Extend” is to keep a steady stream of establishment fairytales (and horror stories) flowing.

Please don’t go there America

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, November 20th, 2015 - 27 comments

Donald Trump won’t rule out “tracking Muslim Americans in a database or giving them “a special form of identification that noted their religion””. Brings to mind an F word.

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