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Archive for April, 2016

Open mike 25/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 25th, 2016 - 108 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 …

Memo from Crosby Textor: Murray McCully and the Hagaman donation

Written By: - Date published: 2:01 pm, April 24th, 2016 - 35 comments

The Standard has obtained a copy of a Crosby Textor memo concerning risks posed by Murray McCully’s handling of issues surrounding the awarding of the contract for the Niue resort.

Rodney Hide – stupid, corrupt or both?

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, April 24th, 2016 - 60 comments

Hide’s Herald piece today is straight out of Dirty Politics Farrar’s playbook.

The failed estate: Tick Tick Tick

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 24th, 2016 - 22 comments

Jim Parker criticises the actions of a Channel Nine film crew whose involvement in an international attempted kidnapping of two children raises ethical and legal issues.

Open mike 24/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 24th, 2016 - 92 comments

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Thoughts about a poppy

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, April 23rd, 2016 - 61 comments

Back in my youth I decided that there were things that were worth fighting for when it became necessary. It is a viewpoint that I have never had to change, and it shows in what I do. If you want a society worth living in, then you need to make sure that it either stays that way, or moves towards it. Less memorials and more effort is a better way to remember our dead and maimed.

Robert Reich: The populist left and right are on the same side

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, April 23rd, 2016 - 43 comments

A recent post from Salon.  Robert Reich believes that the left and right have more in common than they think.

NZ – The underarm bowlers of climate change

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, April 23rd, 2016 - 18 comments

NZ under the Key government has hit new depths of ignominy as per capita the world’s biggest climate change cheat. And we plan to keep using the fraudulent “credits” we have purchased.

Open mike 23/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 23rd, 2016 - 24 comments

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Daily Review 22/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, April 22nd, 2016 - 9 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 …

Housing crisis solved!

Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, April 22nd, 2016 - 26 comments

I don’t like to boast, but I have solved the housing crisis.

Key launches war on P

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, April 22nd, 2016 - 89 comments

“My message to the gangs is clear. This Government is coming after your business and we will use every tool we have to destroy it. We will be ruthless in our pursuit of you and the evil drug you push.”

Who is behind the New Zealand Initiative?

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, April 22nd, 2016 - 201 comments

The New Zealand Initiative has produced a research paper attacking the proposal for a sugar tax.  But who is it and who is it speaking on behalf of?

NRT: Bill English wants to end your privacy

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, April 22nd, 2016 - 85 comments

I/S at No Right Turn the “data supermarket” and privacy concerns. “The government wants to be able to effectively spy on and database everyone, so they can save a few dollars here and there.”

Open mike 22/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 22nd, 2016 - 51 comments

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Daily Review 21/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, April 21st, 2016 - 40 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 …

Trying to spin the Hagaman donation

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, April 21st, 2016 - 122 comments

Little is doing his job. Dirty Politics Farrar is spinning like mad. The real questions are – who knew about the donations, when did they know, and were they involved in awarding the contract?

Oravida and the water that no one owns

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, April 21st, 2016 - 86 comments

Oravida is in the news again.  It is exporting hundreds of millions of dollars of fresh water and the cost to the authorities of $500 per year.

Leftie Kiwis

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, April 21st, 2016 - 66 comments

Received political wisdom is that NZ is a conservative country, tending to the right. Interesting then, to see this data on our voting preferences re American presidential candidates.

John’s Key’s “lawyer” is not a lawyer

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 21st, 2016 - 199 comments

John Key, explaining why he had an account with tax avoidance specialists Antipodes Trust Group, said he used the firm because his long-term friend, Ken Whitney, is a principal at the firm and has been his private lawyer for many years. The flaw in that theory is that Whitney is not currently a lawyer.

Open mike 21/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 21st, 2016 - 50 comments

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Daily Review 20/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, April 20th, 2016 - 54 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 …

Gould on Nats’ sleaze and corruption

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, April 20th, 2016 - 138 comments

Bryan Gould has some choice words on the latest Nat donations scandal.

Stalled global economy and helicopter money

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, April 20th, 2016 - 21 comments

The global economy has been stuck in an ongoing crisis since 2008. Printing more money won’t fix it, but it looks like we’re going to try it anyway.

National gets a smacking on the housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, April 20th, 2016 - 59 comments

Fair to say that Simon Bridges’ claim that there is no housing crisis has – not gone down well. National – you have a problem.

Open mike 20/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 20th, 2016 - 71 comments

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Coming Down To Beijing

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 pm, April 19th, 2016 - 85 comments

Our Glorious Leader John Key Il is considering a formal extradition treaty with China. No doubt some genuinely bad people will be sent back, but China’s definition of ‘criminal’ is very, very broad. Why are we sucking up to a country lacking both democracy and a legitimate judicial system? Could it be the money? Could it be the pandas?

We used to be better than this. And not so long ago. Where did we go wrong?

Daily Review 19/04/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, April 19th, 2016 - 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 …

Going electric

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, April 19th, 2016 - 70 comments

Old Zeeland showing New Zealand the way.

The whiff of corruption follows McCully around

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, April 19th, 2016 - 89 comments

There is a clear conflict of interest in the Niue resort case.

Saving the town

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 19th, 2016 - 78 comments

What do you do for a town when the company that provides all the jobs shuts down?

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