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Archive for April, 2021

Open mike 20/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 20th, 2021 - 60 comments

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Daily review 19/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 19th, 2021 - 2 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 …

The Problem with Personification in Politics

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 19th, 2021 - 12 comments

It is a grave mistake to treat Ministries as if they are real persons.

Climate Commission Hope Versus NLTP Reality

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 19th, 2021 - 19 comments

The very hardest climate challenge New Zealand has is in transport, but the latest National Land Transport Plan is pretty much like the wind being resisted by the Climate Commission air conditioning unit. Time to face our reality not our words.

Open mike 19/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 19th, 2021 - 77 comments

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Einstein versus Trump*

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 18th, 2021 - 10 comments

Einstein tried to explain complex things and understand reality; Trump tried to explain it away and distort reality.

Open mike 18/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 18th, 2021 - 38 comments

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Oh Canada! – let us not follow you.

Written By: - Date published: 3:19 pm, April 17th, 2021 - 23 comments

Looking at the vaccination program in NZ, I feel that many people are focusing on the wrong things. The most dangerous period in pandemic life cycle – gaining a sufficient population immunity fast enough to stop the inevitable complacency that allows another wave of infections. Ontario appears to have managed to get a new wave of infection rising as they are trying to run their vaccination program. That is the last thing we need.

Open mike 17/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 17th, 2021 - 40 comments

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Daily review 16/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 16th, 2021 - 24 comments

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The daily critics whinge

Written By: - Date published: 4:09 pm, April 16th, 2021 - 22 comments

I was just reading a post by Bryan Gould on his current perspective on news media in “The Government v. the people”. It resonated because some news and opinion media are getting tedious. It made me reflect on my current habits because much of what he is discussing is that I remember as something in my rear view mirror. Not what I do today.

National’s housing policy

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, April 16th, 2021 - 30 comments

National has released its housing policy and the proposals are predictable.  Free up more land, loosen up the RMA, and require Councils in high growth areas to urgently review their district plans.

Open mike 16/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 16th, 2021 - 77 comments

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Daily review 15/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 15th, 2021 - 2 comments

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Open mike 15/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 15th, 2021 - 46 comments

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Daily review 14/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 14th, 2021 - 43 comments

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Bridges supports Judith at this time

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, April 14th, 2021 - 10 comments

Simon Bridges had added to rumours of a leadership challenge by pledging support for Judith Collins as leader “at this time”.

Government Control at Air New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, April 14th, 2021 - 67 comments

The New Zealand government has just increased its loan to Air New Zealand to a $1.5 billion total, and there’s a catch.

Open mike 14/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 14th, 2021 - 68 comments

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Daily review 13/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 13th, 2021 - 13 comments

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Donations trouble for Māori Party and National

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, April 13th, 2021 - 14 comments

The Electoral laws about donations are pretty clear.  Receive a donation over $30,000 and you should tell the Electoral Commission about the report within the next ten working days.  But the Maori Party and the National Party have both managed to recently breach this simple requirement.

Open mike 13/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 13th, 2021 - 120 comments

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Daily review 12/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 12th, 2021 - 23 comments

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A new lever on the standard model?

Written By: - Date published: 8:51 am, April 12th, 2021 - 10 comments

For me the most notable thing about the last week hasn’t been the repetitive and ill-informed braying from the opposition about covid-19. It has been about the announcement that Fermilab in the US has partially confirmed that there may be a wobble in the behaviour of muons. Definitely showing promise of a lever into the 1970s standard model of physics. Explaining this is likely to open new technologies and more subtle ways of working with our universe.

The politics of the Covid vaccination roll out

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, April 12th, 2021 - 91 comments

Poor National.  Faced with a Government response to Covid that has been superb it is reduced to criticising the Government for not rolling out the Covid vaccine quickly enough.

Open mike 12/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 12th, 2021 - 35 comments

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Sustainability and learning from forest gardening

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, April 11th, 2021 - 30 comments

The Guytons’ 25 year old food forest in Riverton is a showcase of sustainability practice and knowledge.

Open mike 11/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 11th, 2021 - 114 comments

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Well done John Edgar

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, April 10th, 2021 - 11 comments

I’d thought I’d take a moment to celebrate the life of John Edgar, who passed away a few days ago.

Open mike 10/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 10th, 2021 - 144 comments

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Daily review 09/04/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 9th, 2021 - 84 comments

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