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Open Mike 24/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 24th, 2016 - 318 comments

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Stand Up for Housing: Protest today in Aotea Square

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 pm, September 23rd, 2016 - 45 comments

Young people, union members, and other Aucklanders will meet in Aotea Square today to make some noise about the devastating Auckland housing crisis.  Stand Up Youth Union Movement and Unions Auckland are hosting the Monopoly-themed event, which will highlight the damaging effects of the crisis and call on local and central government to do a lot more to fix the housing market.

Daily Review 23/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 23rd, 2016 - 21 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 …

Post truth politics – White man behind a desk

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, September 23rd, 2016 - 12 comments

Robbie from WBMAD analyses the current trend to make politics a truth free phenomenon, offers funny yet incisive comments on the effect of social media on politics and finishes with videos of cats.

“We’re no longer citizens, we’re customers”

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, September 23rd, 2016 - 32 comments

Ann Pettifor, in New Zealand for lectures on the state of the financial world, talks to Nine-to-Noon about the most pressing problems.  Worth a listen.

Open Mike 23/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 23rd, 2016 - 227 comments

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Before you vote

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 pm, September 22nd, 2016 - 2 comments

Before you vote make sure you check out the Jobs that Count endorsement list. These are candidates who have signed the pledge to bring democracy back to their communities.

If that’s not worth voting for, we don’t know what is.

Brendon Bonner supports Living Wage

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 pm, September 22nd, 2016 - 17 comments

Red/Green/Independent Brendon Bonner is a candidate for the Southern Ward in the Wellington City elections. PSA staffer and declared socialist, he would like Wellingtonians to know that he too supports the Living Wage. His campaign video is here and a list of the policies he supports is here. More information on Facebook.

Daily Review 22/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 22nd, 2016 - 59 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 …

Warren strips cross-selling bank CEO

Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, September 22nd, 2016 - 25 comments

Watch Elizabeth Warren strip Wells Fargo  CEO John Stumpf alive at a Senate hearing on ‘cross-selling’ of bank products customers didn’t need. Wells Fargo, one of the US’ biggest banks,  was fined $185million, and 5300 employees at branch and teller level were sacked. The senior executive in charge was allowed to retire with nearly $100million in stock benefits. Warren thinks the top management should be held accountable. See what you think.

Is Vic Crone racist?

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, September 22nd, 2016 - 198 comments

Vic Crone is trying to make a story out of the fact that Phil Goff is against foreign ownership of our housing stock, but accepted $250,000 from the NZ Chinese community at a fundraiser. Does she not see a difference between NZ Chinese and foreigners?

Open Mike 22/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 22nd, 2016 - 57 comments

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Daily Review 21/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 21st, 2016 - 13 comments

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New lineup for Labour Leader’s office

Written By: - Date published: 5:15 pm, September 21st, 2016 - 49 comments

Andrew Little has appointed a new Chief of Staff and Chief Press Secretary.

National 0, Christchurch 1

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, September 21st, 2016 - 97 comments

Did Lianne Dalziel just prove how economically challenged the National Party are? It appears Christchurch will be able to pay its quake bill without flogging off the family silver. Why are the right so wedded to asset sales when they make no financial sense?

Marama Fox to Richard Prosser: how much more do we have to be dicked around?

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, September 21st, 2016 - 201 comments

The New Zealand First MP had no answers for the Māori Party co-leader after NZF pulled their support for five major Treaty settlements at the eleventh hour.

A MPI boondoggle subsidy for Wairarapa land speculators?

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, September 21st, 2016 - 23 comments

You have to wonder about the quality of some of the economic process control that goes on for National’s politically important subsidies to the farming industry. A economic review of a Wairarapa Water application for second stage feasibility funding from the Irrigation Acceleration Fund for the “Black Creek” and “Tividale” irrigation schemes makes it look like government funded boondoggle.

Kevin Hague bids farewell to Parliament.

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 21st, 2016 - 24 comments

The Green MP delivered his valedictory yesterday, calling on MPs to “be brave – stand for something.”

TPP – Let it go John

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, September 21st, 2016 - 132 comments

So Key has been trying to explain the TPP to America. Apart from looking ridiculous, what did he think he was going to accomplish?

Open Mike 21/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 21st, 2016 - 63 comments

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Who should you vote for?

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 39 comments

All the local body election endorsements you could possibly want.

Daily Review 20/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 17 comments

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When the levee breaks…

Written By: - Date published: 1:07 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 99 comments

Bar the ear-worm, nothing to do with Led Zeppelin.

Economics is still lost

Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 54 comments

Paul Romer is an economist highly respected by his peers, and about to become the Chief Economist at the World Bank. He’s also just published a paper rubbishing the last 3 decades of macroeconomics.

Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times is challenging fractional reserve banking. It’s certainly time for some new ideas.

Trump resiles from birther theory but says it is all Hillary’s fault

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, September 20th, 2016 - 88 comments

Donald Trump has now finally accepted publicly that Barak Obama was born in America. But claims that Hillary was the cause of the birther theory.

Open Mike 20/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 20th, 2016 - 287 comments

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Daily Review 19/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, September 19th, 2016 - 68 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 …

Paula Bennett improves supply of housing, or does she?

Written By: - Date published: 4:02 pm, September 19th, 2016 - 74 comments

National’s latest plan to do something about the housing crisis is to buy a Motel and kick families who stay there out on the street.

Maui embarrassment

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, September 19th, 2016 - 15 comments

The government didn’t make much of a show of Conservation Week – which was probably for the best the Conservation stories coming out weren’t exactly positive for it.  US wanting us to do more on dolphins, the Kermadec sanctuary, fish dumping…

Open Mike 19/09/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 19th, 2016 - 172 comments

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The Kermadecs and racist environmentalism

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 pm, September 18th, 2016 - 154 comments

This week has been a revelation in how willing Pākehā are to throw Māori under the bus for the sake of environmentalism.

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