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Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, August 31st, 2021 - 37 comments

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Daily review 31/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 31st, 2021 - 3 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 Top 20 Biggest U.S. Military Interventions, Best to Worst

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, August 31st, 2021 - 76 comments

With the last flights coming out of Kabul, it’s time to review whether this US attitude to the world is a good idea.

MPs should not only follow the rules but follow them with stars

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, August 31st, 2021 - 68 comments

Judith Collins has insisted on travelling from Auckland to Wellington so she can stand and shout in an empty Parliament Chamber.

Open mike 31/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 31st, 2021 - 188 comments

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Daily review 30/08/2021

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

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Open mike 30/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 30th, 2021 - 150 comments

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Covid and the media

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, August 29th, 2021 - 54 comments

This week there has been some argy bargy between the Twitterati including the Waitakerati and the media on coverage of Covid in Aotearoa with elements of the media complaining that the criticisms are unjustified.  A brief review of some of the offerings this week would suggest otherwise.

How Far Ought The State Go In A Pandemic?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 29th, 2021 - 120 comments

Even in a time of crisis, people have human rights that must be upheld.

Open mike 29/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 29th, 2021 - 32 comments

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Gumming up the works

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, August 28th, 2021 - 53 comments

Last night it was revealed that National and Act had refused to agree to a proposed virtual Parliament sitting where questions could be asked, and instead wanted face to face meetings, even though this would mean a third of the country’s MPs travelling regularly to Wellington from a Covid delta hotspot.

Open mike 28/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 28th, 2021 - 80 comments

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Daily review 27/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 27th, 2021 - 24 comments

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Open mike 27/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, August 27th, 2021 - 127 comments

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Daily review 26/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 26th, 2021 - 25 comments

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Fuck-knuckles, cock and piss, balls does not breach BSA guidelines

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, August 26th, 2021 - 14 comments

The Broadcasting Standards Authority have ruled that the use of the words “Fuck-knuckles, cock and piss, balls” by student radio station 95bfm does not breach standards of good taste and decency.

Open mike 26/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 26th, 2021 - 214 comments

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Daily review 25/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 25th, 2021 - 16 comments

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The rise and rise of David Seymour’s ACT

Written By: - Date published: 2:28 pm, August 25th, 2021 - 35 comments

I thought David Seymour was the  most interesting speaker at the Victoria University post-election conference at Parliament last year. Two things stood out for me in  his presentation following ACT’s election gains. He opened by offering lengthy and effusive praise to his researcher, then clearly stated his objective to supplant National as the leading party on the right. He’s on track for that, as current media attention shows.

Ardern Needs to do More Than Manage Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, August 25th, 2021 - 24 comments

For a country that has sought to form advantage for itself with strong and hard COVID-19 lockdowns, we’re not gaining any more advantage than yet another binge-purge cycle of supply tension and shortages, rapid economic downturn softened by tens of billions of subsidy, followed by unsustainable booms, over and over again.

The mysterious socialist hermit kingdom

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, August 25th, 2021 - 111 comments

Various commentators including Nigel Farage have claimed that New Zealand’s Covid elimination strategy is a failure.  Our death rate and the possibility that we can again return to a normality that other nations can only aspire to suggests they are wrong.

Open mike 25/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 25th, 2021 - 88 comments

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Daily review 24/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 24th, 2021 - 27 comments

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China reports zero local symptomatic Covid-19 cases for first time in weeks

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, August 24th, 2021 - 55 comments

You probably won’t see this in our local media, as our pundits today debate whether it is time to ditch our elimination strategy and Australia gives up on it. China is also well ahead on ensuring its vast population is vaccinated as well.

Open mike 24/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 24th, 2021 - 123 comments

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Daily review 23/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 23rd, 2021 - 10 comments

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Matt King caught blowing anti vaccination dog whistle

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, August 23rd, 2021 - 22 comments

Former National MP Matt King has been publicly posting anti vaccination propaganda under the ruse of only wanting a conversation.

Open mike 23/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 23rd, 2021 - 81 comments

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Peak Globalisation

Written By: - Date published: 3:26 pm, August 22nd, 2021 - 72 comments

The first great era of globalisation from roughly 1840 through to 1914 took place inside a framework that we can now view as the last hurrah of empire. The logic of empire extends back to the invention of agriculture – a technology that fundamentally demands access to fertile land, rainfall and sunshine. This meant all […]

The importance of Jacinda’s 1 pm press conferences

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, August 22nd, 2021 - 130 comments

Jacinda Ardern has resumed the 1 pm briefings where she communicates effectively the country’s current situation and what the plan is.  But National and some elements of the media are complaining, presumably that she is doing too good a job.

Open mike 22/08/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 22nd, 2021 - 77 comments

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