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Archive for January, 2020

Trump impeachment trial – gold for comedians.

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, January 22nd, 2020 - 63 comments

The hypocrisy of the defenders of Trump defenders in the US Senate is providing grist for comedians and satirists. Here are a few examples looking at Trump supporters in the US Senate.

Open mike 22/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 22nd, 2020 - 35 comments

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Daily review 21/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 21st, 2020 - 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 …

Power, the Acceleration of Cultural Evolution, and Our Best Hope for Survival

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, January 21st, 2020 - 38 comments

Originally published by Post Carbon Institute, Richard Heinberg writes about humanity’s relationship with power and how this presents both great danger and great opportunity.

The great political heist that wasn’t

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, January 21st, 2020 - 40 comments

National has hinted darkly that the theft of laptops from its headquarters was possibly motivated by political considerations even though it had been told of a similar burglary of a neighbouring office had also occurred recently.

Open mike 21/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 21st, 2020 - 70 comments

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Daily review 20/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 20th, 2020 - 93 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 …

Bridges will talk tough to the Philippines but not China

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, January 20th, 2020 - 18 comments

Simon Bridges is visiting the Philippines.  And unlike his recent trip to China this time he has decided to talk tough to the local leaders about human rights.

Trump’s not so bad

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, January 20th, 2020 - 65 comments

an occasional series.

Open mike 20/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 20th, 2020 - 62 comments

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Federated Farmers launches petition against its business model

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, January 19th, 2020 - 157 comments

Federated Farmers has started a petition against an educational resource that teaches about climate change and activism because it does not present their industry in a sufficiently positive way.

Open mike 19/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 19th, 2020 - 52 comments

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How To Get There 19/01/20

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 19th, 2020 - 28 comments

Welcome to TS’s Sunday think piece. It’s a blank sheet, a tabula rasa, waiting for your thoughts on the future and How To Get There.  

National created more working groups than Labour

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 18th, 2020 - 31 comments

The Herald has reported that National in its first two years of Government created *more* working groups than Labour.

Open mike 18/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 18th, 2020 - 96 comments

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Why UK Labour lost? Part 9: What the party needs to do now.

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, January 17th, 2020 - 12 comments

Originally post on Nick Kelly’s blog

The broader context of this defeat is that over the last century, UK Labour has won 8 out of the last 28 general elections. Overall the Labour Party is not a successful electoral force in the UK. What makes the 2019 loss harder, is that the party lost sections of its historical base in the North of England and the Midlands.

McClay accused of supporting China’s mass detention of muslims

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, January 17th, 2020 - 51 comments

Freedom House has criticised National MP Todd McClay for reinforcing Chinese descriptions of the mass imprisonment of Muslim minorities as vocational training centres.

Open mike 17/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 17th, 2020 - 54 comments

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Daily review 16/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 16th, 2020 - 18 comments

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Why UK Labour lost?  Part 8: What it takes to win

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, January 16th, 2020 - 6 comments

Originally posted on Nick Kelly’s blog 

The UK Labour Party in the 2019 election assumed that like in 2017, the release of their policy manifesto would see their support increase significantly. Assuming that 2019 would be a re-run of 2017 was a foolish mistake.

Open mike 16/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 16th, 2020 - 64 comments

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Why UK Labour lost?  Part 7: Momentum and the Corbynistas

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 pm, January 15th, 2020 - 10 comments

Originally posted on Nick Kelly’s blog 

Momentum and its supporters need to find a way of selling genuine social democratic politics to a conservative English public.

Daily review 15/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 pm, January 15th, 2020 - 26 comments

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Why UK Labour lost? Part 6: New Labour & Blairism

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, January 15th, 2020 - 10 comments

Originally posted on Nick Kelly’s blog

Fact is that the world has moved on from the 1980s and 90s. Politics certainly has. The types of 3rd way or centre/centre right positions that Blair and Campbell think will win just won’t anymore.

News Corp climate change denial attacked by (checks notes) James Murdoch …

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, January 15th, 2020 - 116 comments

News Corp has had a bad week in the media with many questioning its continued climate change denial and its support for politicians refusing to accept the reality of climate change.  But the most surprising opposition has been expressed by Rupert Murdoch’s son and News Corp director James Murdoch.

Housing consents at highest level since 1974

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, January 15th, 2020 - 20 comments

Statistics New Zealand has confirmed that in the last year the number of new housing consents was the highest since 1974.

Open mike 15/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 15th, 2020 - 63 comments

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Daily review 14/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 14th, 2020 - 13 comments

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National politicises police by claiming Government is politicising police

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, January 14th, 2020 - 19 comments

Simon Bridges has alleged the police of being politicised after a person who holds rather right wing views and libertarian views on gun ownership had a search warrant for illegal firearms executed on his property.

Open mike 14/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 14th, 2020 - 68 comments

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Why UK Labour lost? Part 5: Antisemitism

Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, January 14th, 2020 - 13 comments

Originally posted onNick Kelly’s blog

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