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Facebook is in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, March 21st, 2018 - 60 comments

A whistleblower, Christopher Wyllie, has explained how Cambridge Analytica managed to secure the data of 50 million Americans and how it was used in the last US Presidential election.

Sanctions. Weapons of War.

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, March 18th, 2018 - 49 comments

When elite’s tussle, shouldn’t we look after us and ours?


Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 15th, 2018 - 13 comments

It’s been awesome to see feminist activists in New Zealand enable a new and fast liberation occur.  It’s worth reflecting on the success of #MeToo  and all its new forms.

Nicky Hager: Defence admits raid was located in same area as described in Hit and Run

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 am, March 14th, 2018 - 24 comments

“I believe that the impulse to hide the NZDF’s mistakes led the Chief of Defence Force knowingly to mislead the media and the public.”

Ardern bans government departments from using private investigator to surveil NZers

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, March 13th, 2018 - 31 comments

“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has banned all Government departments from using a firm of private investigators for spying.”

Reports from the TPPA protests this week (and please sign the petition)

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 6th, 2018 - 44 comments

The message coming out is hold the line, sign the petition, regroup, and protest on Thurs the 8th, the day Labour puts our name to the agreement.

Joyce stands down as National struggles to find new leader *

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, February 24th, 2018 - 13 comments

* in Australia.

Mueller v Russia

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, February 19th, 2018 - 324 comments

Robert Mueller has laid an indictment alleging that thirteen Russians and three Russian entities illegally interfered with the 2016 American Election campaign.

TPPA-11 update and actions

Written By: - Date published: 6:23 am, February 16th, 2018 - 70 comments

The TPPA-11 is set to be signed on March 8. There are still huge problems with the agreement for NZ. Jane Kelsey provides an update.

Middle east Teenagers

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, February 2nd, 2018 - 60 comments

In the middle east a Palestinian teenager is detained for a minor assault and for protesting the occupation of her country.  And three Israeli teenagers are apparently trying to sue two New Zealand residents for exercising their rights of free speech.

NRT: Spain refuses to respect Catalonia’s election.

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, January 16th, 2018 - 12 comments

Idiot/savant on Spain’s love of democracy.

Up in Smoke.

Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, January 5th, 2018 - 23 comments

US reverses Federal marijuana stance.

“We are never asking for it”

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 am, January 5th, 2018 - 75 comments

Solidarity with Madeline Anello Kitzmiller.

Israel fights back

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, January 2nd, 2018 - 168 comments

In what may be the first of a number of publicity stunts Rabbi Shmulay Boteach has placed a full page advertisement in the Washington Post condemning Lorde and New Zealand for showing solidarity with Palestine.

Moving on after FJK

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, December 12th, 2017 - 64 comments

One year after resigning as Prime Minister and nine months since leaving parliament, a look at FJK’s fine legacy.

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.

Voltairine de Cleyre

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, December 9th, 2017 - 15 comments

When history buries treasures, those treasures don’t have to remain buried.

Twyford reverses National’s flawed methamphetamine housing policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, December 9th, 2017 - 70 comments

Phil Twyford has shown this new Government has a brain as well as a heart by halting National’s ridiculous state house methamphetamine policy where the presence of minuscule traces would result in eviction even though there was no proof the tenant was responsible and he has apologised to Robert Erueti for the harm caused.

Trump trashes chance of Middle East peace for giggles and a diversion

Written By: - Date published: 6:54 am, December 7th, 2017 - 50 comments

Donald Trump is expected to controversially announce the movement of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Making official Information flow again

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, December 4th, 2017 - 31 comments

“Ministers realised they had a device through which they could reduce the surprises they suffered. And, as it went on, the surprises ministers no longer wanted to experience became greater in number and smaller in significance.Increasingly, it placed on the public service a political imperative which it had never had to shoulder. “

Flynn cuts a deal while Trump scrambles

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, December 4th, 2017 - 147 comments

Donald Trump’s response to news of the arrest of Michael Flynn suggests that charges closer to the office of the President may be close.

Deranged Golriz Syndrome

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, December 3rd, 2017 - 102 comments

David Farrar has continued his crusade against Golriz Ghahraman with a claim of 15 instances where she has by implication deceived us.

Key and Mass Surveillance: Was this the reason for the Golriz distraction?

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, November 29th, 2017 - 98 comments

David Fisher has written an in-depth article for the Herald that suggests that John Key’s promise, three years ago, that the Government had cancelled the Speargun project which would have allowed for the mass surveillance of New Zealanders was not actually correct.

Appalling men and great art

Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, November 27th, 2017 - 49 comments

There have been some great artists face some appalling allegations.  Would they have been as successful if their great crimes had been exposed?

National spams the Beehive

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, November 27th, 2017 - 90 comments

National has been clogging Parliament’s written question system by asking questions that even David Farrar thinks seem silly and are over the top.

Mugabe hangs on

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, November 20th, 2017 - 16 comments

Despite expectations to the contrary Robert Mugabe has refused to resign as leader of Zimbabwe.

TPP, Corporate Coup or “Free trade”?

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 pm, November 8th, 2017 - 99 comments

However. TPP ( The trans Pacific partnership) is NOT a “Free trade” agreement. It is an attempt to cement in corporate power, to override inconvenient  local Democracy, and collect rents from local communities in perpetuity.
Since when was giving large companies extra rights in law, and rights to extract even more economic rents, “Free trade”?

Justice for Teina Pora

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, November 8th, 2017 - 13 comments

Andrew Little has announced that the Government will increase the payout to Teina Pora by adjusting for inflation and by paying costs on Pora’s successful judicial review of the previous Government’s decision.

Suck it up political sleazers.

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, November 8th, 2017 - 113 comments

Winston Peters has launched a legal fishing expedition to identify who exactly breached privacy on his superannuation over payments. A problem that he shares with about 50 thousand other pensioners. Unlike them, his problem wasn’t trying to find money to repay it. It was that the breach was deliberately timed to be a classic dirty politics ploy, almost certainly by National, in the leadup to the  recent election. I wish him good fishing.


NRT: About time too

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 am, November 7th, 2017 - 3 comments

Idiot/savant writes about Labour’s legislation to extend paid parental leave.

National reverts to type

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, November 3rd, 2017 - 224 comments

Bill English has claimed that it is not the role of National to make Parliament run properly.

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