Archive for January, 2016

Rightwing populism is the new normal – Gary Younge

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, January 20th, 2016 - 10 comments

Gary Younge is a feature columnist with the Guardian.  In this film he explains why the Trump phenomenon is a symptom of current societal change.

Johno Smith explains why he tried to save the Titirangi Kauri

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, January 20th, 2016 - 44 comments

Johno Smith has appeared in the Waitakere District Court and has pleaded guilty to trespass. He has set out his reasons for trespassing in an effort to save an ancient Kauri.

Herald Bingo

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 20th, 2016 - 39 comments

Can be used either as a bingo card or as a drinking game.

Open mike 20/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 20th, 2016 - 187 comments

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Building a mass movement

Written By: - Date published: 3:13 pm, January 19th, 2016 - 58 comments

Republished by request, and permission from Stephanie Rodgers at Boots Theory

[Content note: mentions of transphobia, sexual violence and violence against people of colour]

Kingi Taurua says Government not welcome to Waitangi if TPPA signed

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, January 19th, 2016 - 342 comments

Ngāpuhi kaumātua and spokesperson for Te Tii Marae Kingi Tairua has announced that because of the lack of consultation if the TPPA is signed the Government will not be welcome at Waitangi.

62 vs 3.6 Billion

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 19th, 2016 - 155 comments

Ever widening inequality generates ever more astonishing statistics – suck up economics in action. The super-rich are laughing all the way to the bank.

Open mike 19/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 19th, 2016 - 79 comments

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Skill shortages and reaping what you sow

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, January 18th, 2016 - 113 comments

Data released to the Sunday Star-Times shows a huge decline in numbers of tertiary students, including declines in many key skills and fields. Various explanations are offered, only one of them makes sense…

John Campbell returns

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 18th, 2016 - 60 comments

John Campbell’s return to broadcast media is imminent.

Robertson / Labour on the future of work

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 18th, 2016 - 60 comments

It’s a good thing that one of the major parties is thinking seriously about the future…

Open mike 18/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 18th, 2016 - 101 comments

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Not all research is created equal

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, January 17th, 2016 - 191 comments

A recent “research” report on alcohol, funded by brewing company Lion, has been in the news lately. Sadly, not everything that purports to be research is honest research.

Robin Grieve does not understand the IPCC report

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, January 17th, 2016 - 82 comments

The Herald has printed an opinion piece by ex ACT candidate Robin Grieve Robin Grieve which claims that the IPCC has said we have nothing to worry about climate change when a cursory reading of the report suggests otherwise.  What is it with the quality of Herald opinion pieces presented by former ACT candidates?

Open mike 17/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 17th, 2016 - 54 comments

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What to do about poverty (and a suggestion to the media)

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, January 16th, 2016 - 40 comments

An excellent piece on poverty by Lizzie Marvelly in The Herald this morning poses a question to which we already know the answer. (Plus some bonus rambling on the media.)

The unexpected oil crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, January 16th, 2016 - 186 comments

The world is currently facing a problem that even a few years ago was unthinkable.  Oil is cheap and demand has dropped out of the market.  What are the geopolitical implications of this?

Open mike 16/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 16th, 2016 - 75 comments

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NZ first in the world!

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, January 15th, 2016 - 46 comments

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Gender Pay Gap: Average Wage Graph telling

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, January 15th, 2016 - 76 comments

Now maybe it’s because I’m a bloke, but looking at this graph I couldn’t help but think: wouldn’t it be better to close the pay gap for women by increasing their wages rather than decreasing men’s?

How to improve pay gender equality

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, January 15th, 2016 - 17 comments

It’s been a hardy annual finding of late – the pay gap between males and females is getting steadily worse. History suggests that Labour governments have some answers…

Really David Farrar?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, January 15th, 2016 - 29 comments

David Farrar has criticised AUSA for refusing to publicly endorse a Pro Life Auckland offer of assistance to solo mother students and thereby stopping assistance occurring.  There is one problem though, AUSA did nothing of the sort.

Open mike 15/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 15th, 2016 - 74 comments

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Go Bernie!

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, January 14th, 2016 - 90 comments

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New Zealand’s alternative 1984

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 14th, 2016 - 76 comments

What would have happened if in 1984 David Lange had exerted control and appointed a centrist rather than right wing Labour cabinet?

TPP circus rolls on

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, January 14th, 2016 - 203 comments

The new year begins much as the old one ended, with secrets, evasions and dissent over the TPP and what it means for NZ.

Open mike 14/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 14th, 2016 - 303 comments

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Boots Theory: Move left to win? Move left to win!

Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, January 13th, 2016 - 77 comments

Boots Theory on the American Working Families Charter, how they are trying to move the Democratic Party to the left, and possible lessons for New Zealand.

Royal Bank of Scotland to investors: “Sell everything”

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, January 13th, 2016 - 154 comments

The Bank of Scotland has advised advised its clients to brace for a “cataclysmic year” and a global deflationary crisis.

Open mike 13/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 13th, 2016 - 202 comments

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Written By: - Date published: 5:56 pm, January 12th, 2016 - 15 comments

Te Reo Putake spins the black circle and has a listen to Bowie’s final album, Blackstar.

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