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Archive for August, 2020

Daily review 31/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 31st, 2020 - 77 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 …

Labour’s Hefty Carrot-And-Stick For Water

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, August 31st, 2020 - 16 comments

New Zealand’s local and regional councils have been given until August 31 2020 to sign up to a ginormous fund that would help them improve their water, wastewater, and stormwater systems.  The implications for them doing this are significant and could see the end of Council control of the supply of water.

 

Open mike 31/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 31st, 2020 - 176 comments

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Open mike 30/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 30th, 2020 - 204 comments

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Kia kaha Greens

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, August 29th, 2020 - 304 comments

The Green Party is facing major push back from members relating to a decision to give shovel ready funding to a private school involved in education about the environment.

Open mike 29/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 29th, 2020 - 195 comments

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Daily review 28/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 28th, 2020 - 44 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 …

Greenland ice sheet is disintegrating

Written By: - Date published: 4:48 pm, August 28th, 2020 - 34 comments

For the last 30 years, earth scientists have been warning that Greenland was nearing a tipping point into complete disintegration. Now authors of a new study published in Nature has claimed that, even if the climate now reverted to the levels where it was stable a few decades ago, that would still happen. It is now clear that the IPCC worst case for Greenland is what is now being observed.

Open mike 28/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 28th, 2020 - 283 comments

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Daily review 27/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 27th, 2020 - 101 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 …

Everybody got together on that day as one brother

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, August 27th, 2020 - 32 comments

The sentencing of the Christchurch Mosque mass murderer was shaping up to be a circus and allow the person in the dock to spread his message of hate.  But so far it has been a cathartic event and has given the victims a chance to vent their feelings.  And it has provided a chance for us to reinforce our solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters.

If National wins the hope for clean water and swimmable rivers will be gone by lunchtime

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, August 27th, 2020 - 40 comments

National has promised that if it gains power rules designed to improve water quality in our streams and rivers will be “gone by lunchtime.

Open mike 27/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 27th, 2020 - 195 comments

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Daily review 26/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 26th, 2020 - 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 …

National’s latest deception

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, August 26th, 2020 - 98 comments

National’s social media team has published an edited version of a response to a written question by Chris Hipkins to suggest that returning kiwis in quarantine were not subject to compulsory testing, when the reality is anyone refusing a test can be held for up to 26 days following the fortnight stay.  

Open mike 26/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 26th, 2020 - 172 comments

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Daily review 25/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 25th, 2020 - 10 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 …

US v China: new Cold War or new Opium War?

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, August 25th, 2020 - 23 comments

The Trump administration has declared war on China, and there is much speculation in the punditry as to whether or not this is a new Cold War similar to that waged post World War 2 against Russia. In my opinion, the 19th century Opium Wars may offer a more appropriate analogy, albeit with a likely different outcome.

Should 16 year olds have the vote?

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, August 25th, 2020 - 54 comments

A current case before the High Court is asking the question should 16 year olds be permitted to vote.

The election campaign and the sponsored Herald article

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, August 25th, 2020 - 58 comments

Radius Chair and NBR rich lister Brien Cree has a sponsored article in the Herald this morning that is critical of the Government’s Covid response.

Open mike 25/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 25th, 2020 - 124 comments

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Daily review 24/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 24th, 2020 - 23 comments

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Covid 19 catastrophisation

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, August 24th, 2020 - 43 comments

Recent catastrophisation of the Government’s response to Covid by National is overplayed and overhyped, although some of the investigation by the media has been helpful in highlighting weaknesses in the response where improvement is important.

Open mike 24/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 24th, 2020 - 43 comments

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Open mike 23/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 23rd, 2020 - 110 comments

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PPE from a Universe Far, Far Away

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, August 22nd, 2020 - 11 comments

An antidote against the pounding waves of BS coming from inside and outside Aotearoa.

Is New Zealand or the United States the Covid cot case?

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, August 22nd, 2020 - 28 comments

This week Donald Trump has defended the US’s abysmal handling of Covid 19 by claiming that the disease is out of control in New Zealand.  And National’s rhetoric continues to match what he is saying.

Open mike 22/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 22nd, 2020 - 135 comments

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Daily review 21/08/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 21st, 2020 - 51 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 …

Here comes the vaccine

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 21st, 2020 - 46 comments

Australian Prime Minister Scott Malcom has indicated he’s getting close to the deal of a lifetime for Australians with a letter of intent from Astra Zenica, who are in third stage clinical trials.  Will New Zealand benefit?

What if we had a Policy Costings Unit for all political parties?

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, August 21st, 2020 - 22 comments

Surely political parties would welcome support to have their election year promises independently costed?

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