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Archive for March, 2016

Daily Review 31/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, March 31st, 2016 - 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 …

Double the quota

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, March 31st, 2016 - 27 comments

Labour joins the campaign to double our refugee quota.

Time for progress on drug law

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, March 31st, 2016 - 82 comments

Welcome signs of new realism on drugs. Sadly, it’s the sort of progress only a right-wing government can propose.

Flogging off Kiwibank

Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, March 31st, 2016 - 67 comments

Flogging off Kiwibank is not an option.

The sock puppets, the media and the UBI

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 31st, 2016 - 117 comments

Labour’s discussion of a possible UBI is still generating debate.

Open mike 31/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 31st, 2016 - 68 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 …

Daily Review 30/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:01 pm, March 30th, 2016 - 84 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 …

Pure spin vs. pure water

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, March 30th, 2016 - 27 comments

Yesterday a “host” of students marched to the Beehive with a petition of calling for all freshwater in New Zealand to be swimmable.

Postcard from the “brighter” future

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, March 30th, 2016 - 31 comments

Evidence of growing poverty hitting “mid-decile” schools.

Angry politics

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 30th, 2016 - 181 comments

Is our political culture getting more angry and aggressive? If so, why?

Up the republic!

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 30th, 2016 - 162 comments

The tory clobbering machine is out to attack Little’s comments on NZ becoming a republic.

Open mike 30/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 30th, 2016 - 47 comments

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Job cuts and the future of work

Written By: - Date published: 3:54 pm, March 29th, 2016 - 73 comments

Two headline job losses today underline the importance of Labour’s Future of Work.

Guy Standing: Rentier Capitalism and the Precariat – Christchurch 30 March

Written By: - Date published: 3:43 pm, March 29th, 2016 - 8 comments

Guy Standing will speak on this subject in Christchurch on Wednesday evening at 6pm at the Fern Room, the Atrium, 455 Hagley Avenue. More detail here from his presentation in Denmark. Please register here if you would like to attend.

Global elite plan their escape from “pleb masses”

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, March 29th, 2016 - 35 comments

So, Key has now come out and revealed to us how afraid the global oligarch class (and their well paid professional enablers) are. They appear to have no plans to reverse their activites to make things better for us.

Will the Republicans have the courage of their gun convictions?

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, March 29th, 2016 - 20 comments

Will the Republicans have the courage of their convictions and allow open carry at their approaching Convention?

A quick question (again)

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, March 29th, 2016 - 231 comments

“More than 2400 benefits suspended since 2013”. I have a quick question…

Key wants to turn New Zealand into a haven for the 1%

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, March 29th, 2016 - 95 comments

Fran O’Sullivan has spilt the beans.  John Key thinks that overseas terrorism and by implication climate change are good for the New Zealand economy and that the country should not do anything about overseas corporates paying low tax rates because investment will occur.  And he wants New Zealand to become a haven for people overseas fleeing from terrorism and climate change.  But only if they are wealthy.

Open mike 29/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 29th, 2016 - 125 comments

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Lahore bombing

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, March 28th, 2016 - 62 comments

Condolences to all those affected by the horrific bombing in Lahore.

Audrey Young trashed in her own comments section

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, March 28th, 2016 - 64 comments

Young’s spin on the flag fiasco was – not well received.

Easter Monday Round Up

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, March 28th, 2016 - 101 comments

Three news items stand out from the long weekend. Actor Robert De Niro being inoculated against anti-vaxxers, ISIS being driven out of Palmyra and the free part of Ireland celebrating the centenary of the Easter Rising. All are milestones of sorts, markers of positive change.

Tough couple of weeks for Key

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, March 28th, 2016 - 81 comments

Almost enough to make me feel sorry for the man.

Open mike 28/03/2016

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

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Big wins for Bernie

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, March 27th, 2016 - 76 comments

To the eternal annoyance of the establishment Democrats, Bernie Sanders is still winning primaries.

Bunnings has no heart

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, March 27th, 2016 - 47 comments

Bunnings management has insisted that a defibrillator bought by the workers at its Dunedin Store be given away to charity.

Easter Sunday

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, March 27th, 2016 - 56 comments

easter-sunday

Hickey on the UBI

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, March 27th, 2016 - 200 comments

Bernard Hickey makes some excellent points on the Unconditional Basic Income / Guaranteed Minimum Income.

Open mike 27/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 27th, 2016 - 34 comments

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Aussies may be bastards, but they believe in themselves.

Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, March 26th, 2016 - 31 comments

Here in Ballarat, Victoria we are having a mini-boom in manufacturing. Yes you read that right. We’re having trouble retaining good people because of the demand. Yes you read that right. This is because Ballarat has actively invested in providing core capacities like: We were lucky to get an early NBN rollout in FTTP. Some […]

Garner on Key vs Clark

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, March 26th, 2016 - 124 comments

Attracting a fair bit of comment this morning – Duncan Garner on Key, Clark, and the nature of their legacies.

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