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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.

Metiria for PM

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, August 8th, 2017 - 45 comments

Yes. Quite seriously.

So NZ Labour wanted the Headlines.

Written By: - Date published: 3:29 pm, August 1st, 2017 - 50 comments

Well, now they have them. But…

US Leaves Kansas.

Written By: - Date published: 4:28 pm, July 31st, 2017 - 18 comments

I guess it’s kind of hard to anchor something that’s all up in the air…

Lies. Damned Lies. And Diesel.

Written By: - Date published: 2:12 pm, July 26th, 2017 - 48 comments

Britain follows France in banning the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040. Good news?

Break Left!

Written By: - Date published: 1:01 pm, July 20th, 2017 - 109 comments

A simple and obvious message to the Green Party that others have ignored to their cost. Please don’t join that list.

#IamMetiria

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 20th, 2017 - 35 comments

If you know that feeling of dread when you get a WINZ letter, or if you’ve had roiling anxiety from being  ‘called in’ for a WINZ interview, or sighed with relief when the letter from WINZ turns out to be a replacement community services card, then follow #IamMetiria. And if you just don’t recognise those, then you might want to follow #IamMetiria to find out why others do…

This is not an image of a Low Flying Penguin.

Written By: - Date published: 1:40 pm, July 16th, 2017 - 62 comments

It’s also is not a picture of a person claiming entitlements who has not felt compelled to bend the truth when dealing with WINZ. Both images would be equally difficult to find.

Incrementalists ‘Brick It’

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 16th, 2017 - 10 comments

Meet Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and original negotiator behind the Paris Agreement. She’s co-signed an article, published in Nature and signed by over 60 scientists as well as business leaders and other ‘pillars of the global community’ that headlines – “Three years to safeguard our climate”

Non-news News and News Non-news

Written By: - Date published: 12:22 pm, July 13th, 2017 - 100 comments

A politician said their party would insist on being a part of government depending on the vote falls in September, while another gets called out for his habitual stirring at the pot of ethnic division. In a place like the South Africa of old, we all know which one would be the story. But this is New Zealand and this is now.

This Bloody Vote.

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, July 7th, 2017 - 212 comments

Disentangling the veritable plate of spaghetti that’s been set before us this election.

Same Old, Same Old.

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, July 2nd, 2017 - 148 comments

This time last year, there was a smattering of posts put up about average global ocean and land surface temperatures. They didn’t make for comfortable reading.

Oil and Water Mix.

Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, June 20th, 2017 - 23 comments

Our economic paradigm (market capitalism) and oil don’t mix. False hope (BECCS) and survival doesn’t mix. Current political settings (Paris pledges produce 3- 4 degrees C warming with the US on board) and intelligent action don’t mix. Incrementalism (time is not on our side) and AGW doesn’t mix. Whatever can’t be mixed into some AGW solution needs to be flushed.

Scary, huh? Well, yes and no…

Homeless Housing.

Written By: - Date published: 3:19 pm, June 16th, 2017 - 24 comments

Did Jeremy Corbyn just cut through a whole pile of smash?

Andrew Little – Last Labour PM of NZ?

Written By: - Date published: 4:48 pm, June 3rd, 2017 - 136 comments

A wee bit of speculation for a long week-end.

UK Defense Secretary on Corbyn

Written By: - Date published: 12:22 pm, May 28th, 2017 - 49 comments

A quite remarkable interview of Michael Fallon by Channel 4 News in the UK.

Corbyn on terrorism and UK settings.

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, May 27th, 2017 - 26 comments

Full speech given by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday.

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