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Shaking the Tree

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, December 11th, 2017 - 69 comments

When an apple tree is shaken, pips can fall to the ground and germinate. And then things grow back more or less as before.

Brain Curdle.

Written By: - Date published: 4:37 pm, December 9th, 2017 - 75 comments

If ever anyone needed a reason to insist on secularism…

4 just became the new 2.

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, December 7th, 2017 - 14 comments

Someone just did something sensible, and it’s frightening.

Tenancy Stuff.

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, December 2nd, 2017 - 45 comments

How’s about private tenants in New Zealand were warm, dry and secure? Too big an ask?

Up the spout, round the bend and down the tubes.

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, November 28th, 2017 - 34 comments

It’s no longer really working out (kicking the AGW can down the road), but we seem to be hooked into a peculiar form of madness even as everything appears to be coming apart at the seams. It’s beyond me…

Friggit!

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 pm, November 23rd, 2017 - 155 comments

Frigate. Send one. Now.

Zimbabwe

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, November 20th, 2017 - 24 comments

I suspect I’m in the same boat as most when I say my knowledge of Zimbabwe is neither broad nor particularly deep. But anyway. Here’s some initial thoughts on current developments.

Labour’s home.

Written By: - Date published: 5:06 pm, November 19th, 2017 - 13 comments

Scottish Labour leadership election concludes. And kangaroos.

Thank You Canada!

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, November 11th, 2017 - 123 comments

Is this the sound a trade deal makes when someone pulls the flush?

This TPP…

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, November 8th, 2017 - 68 comments

Some aspects of the TPP no-one’s mentioning.

The Missing Noun.

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, November 8th, 2017 - 88 comments

When they said they wanted to eradicate poverty, I didn’t suspect they simply meant to expunge the word.

Remember, remember!

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 pm, November 1st, 2017 - 8 comments

Sunday the 5th of November from 12 O’Clock onwards, by the bandstand in Dunedin’s Botanic Gardens.

Deary me.

Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, October 30th, 2017 - 87 comments

It would seem Labour’s got nuffin when it comes to the TPP.

Catalonia

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, October 28th, 2017 - 62 comments

The predictable reactions of regional and world leaders.

oh fuck

Written By: - Date published: 1:53 pm, October 27th, 2017 - 98 comments

Sorry about the title. But seriously, what other reaction is there?

A Sugar Coated World

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 24th, 2017 - 42 comments

Yum! That would make for generations of ecstatic kids, no?

Professor Mark Blyth on…

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, October 18th, 2017 - 22 comments

…the past 70 years of economic theory and practice. (h/t Adam)

Happy Oompa Loompas?

Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, October 14th, 2017 - 9 comments

Dunedin hosts a celebratory graduation ceremony for discarded labour.

Donkey Dick Duncan

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, October 9th, 2017 - 318 comments

Gross political incompetence, not immigration, is what lies behind and beneath New Zealand’s infra-structure problems. Only a excited donkey’s dick waving in a stiff breeze might point accusingly towards immigrants and immigration as the problem.

Climate Scientists Open Up

Written By: - Date published: 2:24 pm, October 1st, 2017 - 17 comments

Four climate scientists offer a little bit of their personal stories, and their plans in relation to global warming.

When the Bubble Pops.

Written By: - Date published: 1:57 pm, September 22nd, 2017 - 95 comments

Let’s talk about NZ Labour – hopefully the party that heads up the next government of New Zealand.

I’d say it’s undeniable that there’s a general mood for change in NZ society and that NZ Labour have somewhat ridden on the back of that sentiment.

But does it end well?

Why I voted two ticks Green

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 am, September 20th, 2017 - 83 comments

Because we need to knock Liberalism on the head.

A Tale of Two Privileges.

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, September 16th, 2017 - 72 comments

Bad title. Whatever.

Yesterday there were two responses to Michelle’s guest post, that in conjunction deserve better exposure than “soon to be forgotten” comments buried in a post thread.

The Bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 pm, September 12th, 2017 - 83 comments

National up, NZ Labour down, Greens dead? Really!?

Scottish Labour. On the Cusp?

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 17 comments

Liberals depart and Liberals tank.

Vote for NZ Labour if…

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 53 comments

  1. You want a TPP Agreement.

Dear Winston.

Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, August 30th, 2017 - 135 comments

How many of these did you receive over your 7 years of over-payments?

WINZ and Super Scandals

Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, August 28th, 2017 - 138 comments

Here’s the scandal.

Do you?

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, August 11th, 2017 - 69 comments

In the interests of keeping it simple, an obvious fact or two and a basic proposition.

No Way Back.

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 pm, August 9th, 2017 - 79 comments

There comes a point…

Corbyn-esque NZ

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, August 9th, 2017 - 11 comments

This post was written and ready to go and then news of Metiria Turei stepping down hit. Some of it might read a little strangely because of that. I’ve changed some of the tenses used.

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