Archive for December, 2017

The Failed Estate: Us and Them

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, December 31st, 2017 - 20 comments

In Australia the Murdoch press has chosen the Christmas down period to try and whip up some anti beneficiary hysteria.  Jim Parker from the blog Failed Estate calmly dissects the figures and concludes there is no reason for concern.

The ten most popular Standard posts of 2017

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 31st, 2017 - 8 comments

The ten most read Standard posts of 2017.

Open Mike 31/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 31st, 2017 - 191 comments

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When the jet stream slows…

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, December 30th, 2017 - 39 comments

…let’s ridicule Donald Trump.

Man of the year and global leader of the year

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 30th, 2017 - 50 comments

Why Donald Trump should be considered to be man of the year and why the left should be thinking about why he is succeeding.

The Standard’s most commented on posts of 2017

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, December 30th, 2017 - 27 comments

The ten most commented on posts in the Standard for 2017.

Open Mike 30/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 30th, 2017 - 119 comments

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The Adventures of CosmoGuy: US Ambassador to New Zealand (and Samoa!)

Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, December 29th, 2017 - 3 comments

The alleged ‘thoughts’ of Scott Brown, the highly intelligent and very cool ambassador of the Partisan States of America to NooZiland. In an exposition of typical blinding intelligence, he tries to explain to his beloved Orange Lord what he is doing here (and in Samoa!).

Open Mike 29/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 29th, 2017 - 107 comments

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The joy of biking

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, December 28th, 2017 - 22 comments

As I prepare to fly out of NZ yet again for work, I’m contemplating how much my personal transport has changed over the years. These days I most ride a e-bike. Faster than a car for my commute because of the frigging Auckland traffic. Effective exercise without too much pain. And a lot of fun.

Who is the white dude of the year?

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, December 28th, 2017 - 265 comments

Ben Torkington has proposed on twitter that there should be a white dude of the year competition.  Who should be the inaugural winner of this esteemed competition and why?

2018 mental flossing: Power

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 28th, 2017 - 33 comments

Following the change in Government, the question is, who is in control on either side.

Open Mike 28/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 28th, 2017 - 15 comments

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RealMe and online government – good when it works

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, December 27th, 2017 - 24 comments

The only thing worse than standing in queues with lumps of paper is having a website system that isn’t functioning. It is a first world problem I know. But having the government’s systems not be down for maintenance during the holidays is a good idea. There are no queues to form at the passport office because they are on holiday.

Open Mike 27/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 27th, 2017 - 21 comments

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The right loses its shit after a public servant accidentally tweets from the wrong account

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, December 26th, 2017 - 111 comments

An accidental tweet from a Government account has led the right to claim the existence of all sorts of conspiracies.

Ain’t Gonna Play

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 26th, 2017 - 185 comments

New Zealand musician Lorde has announced that she will respect the boycott of Israel and not perform there.

Open Mike 26/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 26th, 2017 - 54 comments

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Holiday Reads (and watches)

Written By: - Date published: 6:11 am, December 25th, 2017 - 13 comments

All the best for the summer break.

Open Mike 25/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 25th, 2017 - 30 comments

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Why Christmas is good

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, December 24th, 2017 - 82 comments

Why the concept of christmas is a good thing.

Open Mike 24/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 24th, 2017 - 98 comments

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Doofus of the week – Christmas edition

Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, December 23rd, 2017 - 20 comments

Doofus of the week Christmas edition is awarded to Jordan Williams for criticising Jacinda Ardern for entering into the spirit of Christmas through #nzsecretsanta and for comparing socialism to Father Christmas.

This. Almost.

Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, December 23rd, 2017 - 26 comments

It’s not perfect. Maybe it’s a start.

A Christmas Rabbit-hole.

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, December 23rd, 2017 - 26 comments

Just some light-hearted musings.

Open Mike 23/12/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 23rd, 2017 - 98 comments

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Another fine example of Bill English’s aspiration for young Kiwis

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 78 comments

Apparently the government’s fees-free policy will “soak up staff out of McDonald’s”. Education instead of McJobs – Oh Noez!

Teggtalk: Trump-Like Climate Science Meddling by NZ Ministers

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 29 comments

Denis Tegg has been responsible for showing that the previous Government stonewalled and hid a report prepared by the Ministry for the Environment which warned local bodies of the threats posed by sea level rises caused by climate change.

Another middle finger?

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 3 comments

With just over half the votes counted, it looks like Catalonia has opted to ditch Spanish central rule.

The United Nations gives Trump the middle finger

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 250 comments

The United Nations has responded to Donald Trump’s threat to cut aid funding if it voted to condemn America’s decision to recognise Jerisalem as Israel’s capital by overwhelmingly support the decision.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 22nd, 2017 - 2 comments

Why the latest Star War movie may contain inspiration and meaning for left wing activists.

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