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Daily Review 18/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:09 pm, December 18th, 2015 - 8 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 …

What was National’s role in the police raid on Nicky Hager?

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, December 18th, 2015 - 130 comments

Justice Clifford’s decision that the police raid of Nicky Hager’s home was illegal raises serious questions about what political pressure was applied on the police.

Child poverty has been monitored – now what?

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, December 18th, 2015 - 104 comments

A guest post from McFlock on what we might do about poverty when the talking’s done.

NZ and the emissions scams

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, December 18th, 2015 - 11 comments

I/S at No Right Turn did some excellent work yesterday on the scams that underly New Zealand’s claims to be meeting its emissions targets.

Open mike 18/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 18th, 2015 - 53 comments

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Daily Review 17/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, December 17th, 2015 - 20 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 …

Police raid on Hager ruled illegal

Written By: - Date published: 4:41 pm, December 17th, 2015 - 264 comments

“Wellington High Court judge Justice Clifford issued his judgement today on the legality of the police search of Nicky Hager’s home on 2 October 2014.

The judge found that the search was illegal.”…

The ink wasn’t dry on COP21 when…

Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, December 17th, 2015 - 11 comments

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Key – too far even for his fans

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, December 17th, 2015 - 154 comments

While there is a certain amusement value in having a performing monkey for a PM, his participation in the great rape jape yesterday was too far even for his fans.

Christmas and Freedom

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, December 17th, 2015 - 35 comments

Part two of Ad’s series where he asks if Christianity is actually a liberation theology and maybe Jesus was a leftie after all.

Open mike 17/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 17th, 2015 - 92 comments

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When Animals Attack!

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 pm, December 16th, 2015 - 32 comments

Crikey! My Little Ponytail meets the Parnell mind meld. Cancel Xmas, I’ve already got my pressie!

 

Daily Review 16/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, December 16th, 2015 - 22 comments

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Key is blaming child poverty on – wait for it – – drugs!

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, December 16th, 2015 - 206 comments

John Key has tried to deflect from his government’s appalling record on child poverty with some throw-away nonsense about drugs. There are just three teeny tiny problems with that line…

Obesity is a structural problem

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, December 16th, 2015 - 59 comments

Structural problems need structural solutions. Progress on this major public health issue has been set back by a decade because we elected a useless National government.

Supply side Jesus

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, December 16th, 2015 - 74 comments

Ad proposes the theory that Jesus was actually a right winger.

Apparently solar panels suck up all the sun’s energy and cause cancer

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, December 16th, 2015 - 59 comments

Elected representatives in Woodland North Carolina were persuaded by arguments that solar panels were sucking up all of the sun’s energy, were preventing plants from photosynthesising and were causing cancer to ban a proposed solar panel farm.

Open mike 16/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 16th, 2015 - 63 comments

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Daily Review 16/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, December 15th, 2015 - 12 comments

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Child poverty – it’s not choice

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, December 15th, 2015 - 172 comments

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Protection of National Security Information

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, December 15th, 2015 - 10 comments

At the heart of the project is the tension between national interests and individual rights. Questions about how to balance these interests are not new, but they have been brought into sharp focus by recent international events.

Rhetoric and reality: Nats on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, December 15th, 2015 - 55 comments

The Nats want to wallow in the feel-good rhetoric of COP21 action to address climate change. But it’s clear that they don’t intend to take the “ambitious action” they are heralding.

Open mike 15/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 15th, 2015 - 123 comments

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This Year

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 pm, December 14th, 2015 - 38 comments

2015’s just about up. Here’s my quick summary of the year here at the Standard. Thanks y’all!

Daily Review 14/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 pm, December 14th, 2015 - 23 comments

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John Key is relaxed about COP21

Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, December 14th, 2015 - 34 comments

The Government has responded to the COP21 convention agreement with the suggestion that little will need to change. And John Key has put the likely annual cost of fulfilling our pledge at less than a tenth of the figure that Tim Groser has used.

Truthiness

Written By: - Date published: 1:01 pm, December 14th, 2015 - 21 comments

They say that reality has a left-wing bias. Turns out that truth does too.

COP21 – More than we expected, less that we needed

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, December 14th, 2015 - 108 comments

The dust is settling on COP21. After some initial optimism based on early reports, it’s clear that we didn’t get what we needed from Paris.

On Shooting the Messenger

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, December 14th, 2015 - 214 comments

Over the past decade we have seen sophisticated attacks against academics and NGOs who challenge government or industry. These attacks often appear organic in nature, but many times are in fact concerted efforts by the powerful.

Open mike 14/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 14th, 2015 - 32 comments

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COP21 and the implications for New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, December 13th, 2015 - 56 comments

COP21 has set the benchmark, no greater than 1.5 degrees increase in global temperatures. But current national pledges suggest that the world is on track for at least 3 degrees.  And if New Zealand’s effort was replicated throughout the world the increase would be more like 4 degrees or more.  So what should New Zealand be doing?

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