Archive for January, 2016

War Veteran’s superannuation cancelled because of Government policy

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, January 26th, 2016 - 163 comments

National is the master of micro changes to policies which give it the appearance that it is being hard on beneficiaries.  But in extreme cases the policies produce ridiculous results.  Such as the 89 year old war veteran who lost his superannuation and was forced to beg after had an arrest warrant issued for trespass.

Barry Brickell: Earth to Earth

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, January 26th, 2016 - 23 comments

Ad reflects on the death of Potter Barry Brickell and his tremendous contributions to art and environmental protection and poses the question are we doing as much as Barry to make the world a better place.

Open mike 26/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 26th, 2016 - 225 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 …

Happy Genocide Day Cobbers!

Written By: - Date published: 5:18 am, January 26th, 2016 - 20 comments

Today is Australia Day, the federal celebration of the invasion of the big island to the west of us. Journalist Stan Grant lays bare the Australian Dream in a stunning contribution to the recent IQ2Oz debate. Clearly, as the video shows, saying sorry isn’t enough.

Daily Review 25/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, January 25th, 2016 - 80 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 …

Trump and post reality-based politics

Written By: - Date published: 2:03 pm, January 25th, 2016 - 20 comments

Trump has stated that he could shoot someone in public and still not lose any voters. He might not even be be wrong. We seem to be moving beyond an old fashioned “reality-based” politics of consequences and accountability.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 am, January 25th, 2016 - 135 comments

Regular commenter Paul rounds up the links you need to read to prepare yourself for the coming second GFC. National won’t be able to pass this one on to future generations by loading NZ up with crippling debt. We’ll be paying for GFC2 economically, socially and personally, right here, right now.

Jane Kelsey on TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, January 25th, 2016 - 43 comments

Jane Kelsey on why the TPPA is a bad deal and why we should keep fighting it. Movies courtesy of Bryan Bruce. And don’t forget the public meetings scheduled this week where Jane Kelsey and Lori Wallach will speak.

Key deserved boos for his TPP lies at Ratana

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 25th, 2016 - 113 comments

Key’s “strident” defence of the TPP was booed at Ratana yesterday. With good reason, because his glib assurance that “Not a single part of TPP cuts across the Treaty of Waitangi” is yet another Key lie.

Open mike 25/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 25th, 2016 - 86 comments

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Ratana – LIVE

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, January 24th, 2016 - 46 comments

Te Reo Putake is live blogging the visits of politicians to Rātana pā during the weekend celebration of the life of church founder Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana. The shadow of the TPPA hangs over the weekend; how will our political leaders address this latest attack on Te Tiriti o Waitangi?

Guest Post … Build Mass Movements continued.

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, January 24th, 2016 - 62 comments

This is a repost of a comment from Incognito on the Building Mass Movements post, with some editing. It’s also linked to one of my points on the Fisiani Gets it Right post yesterday; how does the left with it’s vital and diverse components achieve a unity of purpose, while sustaining the integrity of it’s […]

Musings on Dead Cats and Sick Parrots

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, January 24th, 2016 - 99 comments

A self explanatory post by McFlock.

Cheekygames: Privatisation comes to a blue suburb

Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, January 24th, 2016 - 18 comments

Julia Schiller posts on the threatened closing of the St Heliers Post Shop and how it is another example of the Government’s privatisation agenda.

Open mike 24/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 24th, 2016 - 78 comments

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Bob Carter Dies

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 pm, January 23rd, 2016 - 13 comments

Veteran Climate Science Denialist Bob Carter Dies of Heart Attack

Bob Carter has died. To most members of the general public, the name of that Australian geologist and paleontologist will barely register a flicker of neurons in the temporal lobe. But to the global community of professional and amateur climate science denialists, misinformers and opponents of climate policy, Carter was an influential giant. He died, aged… (more…)

Fisiani Gets it Right

Written By: - Date published: 6:41 pm, January 23rd, 2016 - 210 comments

Let’s get this straight. Fisiani’s on-going sycophantic love-in with John Key may be nauseatingly embarrassing to read, but this does not make him necessarily wrong. Unforeseeable circumstances aside, John Key will see out five or six terms in office. He will then likely hand over to his carefully anointed National party successor. National will govern […]

Fourth term Key?

Written By: - Date published: 1:47 pm, January 23rd, 2016 - 122 comments

Key confirms that he will be standing at the next election – he wants that fourth term. Not sure why.

NZ participating in climate fraud

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, January 23rd, 2016 - 52 comments

An article that appeared on December 26th in the Dom Post is much too important to be left languishing in the Christmas news vacuum. “We [NZ] have been the biggest abuser of fraudulent carbon credits. Someone should be answerable as an accessory to the fraud.”

Open mike 23/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 23rd, 2016 - 91 comments

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Talk like Sarah Palin

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, January 22nd, 2016 - 11 comments

A new leader in the GOP establishment to make America great again. God bless the work ethic that you’re putting relationships on the status quo has spent his life looking up main thing, the main thing, and he doesn’t get to keep us safe economically and militarily.

Another housing policy screwup?

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, January 22nd, 2016 - 38 comments

Bennet’s proposal to incentivise / coerce state housing applicants to leave Auckland for housing elsewhere seems to have hit a snag…

Tertiary fee drop – excellent proposal from Labour

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, January 22nd, 2016 - 138 comments

Education is a public good, but tertiary education in NZ has been undermined by high student fees and debt. So it’s very encouraging to see a proposal from Labour for reducing fees (and not ruling out free education!).

Sustainability Council: TPPA lets investors sue over climate change policies

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, January 22nd, 2016 - 97 comments

The Sustainability Council has reported that passing the TPPA may result in corporate claims for compensation against sovereign states that adopt policies to address climate change.  And details how references to climate change were washed out of the text of the TPPA during the negotiation process.

Open mike 22/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 22nd, 2016 - 62 comments

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TPPA don’t sign speaker tour details

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 pm, January 21st, 2016 - 92 comments

Professor Jane Kelsey and Lori Wallach are speaking in the main cities next week about the repercussions of New Zealand entering into the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.

Stay Classy: TV3’s Newshrub.

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, January 21st, 2016 - 32 comments

TV3 have announced they are getting out of the news business and getting into cross platform media hotdesking across the continuum of diminishing eyeballs. Welcome to TV3 Newshrub, the place where no news is good news!

2015 hottest year. By. Far.

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, January 21st, 2016 - 231 comments

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Another attempt to minimise the significance of poverty

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, January 21st, 2016 - 164 comments

A piece yesterday foreshadows a report on poverty from right-wing lobby group “The New Zealand Initiative”. It’s (surprise!) another attempt to minimise the significance of poverty in NZ – and it’s another big distraction…

Open mike 21/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 21st, 2016 - 51 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 …

Sanders vs Trump

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, January 20th, 2016 - 132 comments

Sanders is increasing his lead over Clinton in early states. Trump has just been endorsed by Palin. A Sanders vs Trump face off doesn’t seem as unlikely as it used to.

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