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Archive for February, 2016

Bridges to Nowhere

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 pm, February 29th, 2016 - 37 comments

Lying, incompetent or duped. One of these descriptions applies to Transport Minister Simon Bridges. He’s been sprung allowing Kiwirail to mothball a rail line he has repeatedly said was not under threat. What did he know and when? If he didn’t know, why the hell didn’t he know?

Daily Review 29/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, February 29th, 2016 - 28 comments

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RIP Dr Ranginui Walker

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, February 29th, 2016 - 11 comments

Dr Ranginui Walker, leader, academic and writer on Māori issues, has died aged 83.

Charter schools paid ideology bonuses

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

Charter schools showered with even more money for missing their targets. Something to do with forests, apparently.

Open Mike 29/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 29th, 2016 - 210 comments

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The Butcher’s Apron or the Tea Towel

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, February 28th, 2016 - 159 comments

Next week the voting on part two of the Key Legacy Project © begins. We’re being given a choice between the outdated and the bland. The Butcher’s Apron or the Tea Towel. Do you care?

The left should take lessons from Donald Trump

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, February 28th, 2016 - 107 comments

Ad on why the left should look at Trump’s populism and adopt some of the better parts.

Open Mike 28/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 28th, 2016 - 200 comments

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JMG: The Decline and Fall of Hillary Clinton

Written By: - Date published: 2:35 pm, February 27th, 2016 - 74 comments

As with Corbyn, and as with Syriza, the US oligarchy is now finding out that ordinary people are refusing to buy into the status quo regardless of how much big money spin is being spun.

Fuster and Cluck ride again?

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, February 27th, 2016 - 13 comments

John Palino has all but announced that he will also stand for the super city Mayoralty and there is a rumour that Simon Lusk will be his campaign manager.

David Seymour thinks ACT is the environmental party

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 27th, 2016 - 72 comments

David Seymour will at ACT’s conference today outline why ACT and not the Greens is the real environmental party.

Open Mike 27/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 27th, 2016 - 127 comments

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Daily Review 26/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, February 26th, 2016 - 21 comments

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Humans of Remuera revolt against the Unitary Plan

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, February 26th, 2016 - 123 comments

The humans of Remuera succeeded this week in getting Auckland Council to withdraw evidence from the Unitary Plan hearing supporting increased intensification in the leafy suburbs.

Open Mike 26/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 26th, 2016 - 225 comments

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Old rich white man complains about another group receiving privilege

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, February 25th, 2016 - 84 comments

In an apparent irony free statement Don Brash is complaining that young Maori woman Josie Butler may be the recipient of some privilege.

the Global Death Economy

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, February 25th, 2016 - 141 comments

A new edition of “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” has been released. It makes it clear that we are in the grip of a global “Death Economy” and a collective embrace of ‘Thanatos’, the death instinct.

Open Mike 25/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 25th, 2016 - 111 comments

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Daily Review 24/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, February 24th, 2016 - 21 comments

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Christchurch, keyisms and this state we’re in.

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, February 24th, 2016 - 86 comments

There was a gathering in Cathedral Square in Christchurch on Sunday the 21st of February.

A one and a half hour recording of the event was put on youtube. Speaking begins at around 13min.

Guantanamo Bay to close?

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, February 24th, 2016 - 21 comments

Barak Obama has moved to fulfill a very old election pledge and is attempting to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre.

Open Mike 24/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 24th, 2016 - 263 comments

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Daily Review 23/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, February 23rd, 2016 - 23 comments

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The flag change campaign’s last throw of the dice

Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, February 23rd, 2016 - 133 comments

The pro change Flag Campaign has been launched on Social Media using themes that will appeal to progressives about the need for change. The problem is what they want it to be changed to.

Turkey is in trouble and the US is part of it

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, February 23rd, 2016 - 33 comments

The Middle East temperature is heating up and Turkey is finding itself in trouble on many fronts.

What poverty?: Emirates declares 1st Class a success

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, February 23rd, 2016 - 55 comments

Looks like the top 1% and the cashed up asset rich are doing just fine. The rest of you, work harder.

Going too far

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, February 23rd, 2016 - 254 comments

Physical attacks on politicians is going too far. So too is faking a hate-speech outbreak.

Open Mike 23/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 23rd, 2016 - 119 comments

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Daily Review 22/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, February 22nd, 2016 - 42 comments

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Business as Usual

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, February 22nd, 2016 - 65 comments

Danyl McLauchlan at the Dim-Post remarks that the Opposition continues to be unable to get voters to question the Key Government or to even consider the alternative that they are presenting.

Latest Colmar Brunton poll result

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, February 22nd, 2016 - 202 comments

The latest Colmar Brunton poll result suggests that it is not all doom and gloom for the left.

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