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How do we increase voter participation?

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 17th, 2017 - 218 comments

Fewer people, particularly young people, are voting. How do we turn this around?

The CIA Director confirmation hearings

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, January 10th, 2017 - 17 comments

Mike Pompey is Donald Trump’s chosen head for the CIA.  He is someone who believes in the mass collection of all metadata and combining it with all publicly available information.  Are we going to see the unprecedented destruction of rights of privacy?

Refining that dog whistle

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 10th, 2017 - 71 comments

Bill English has used a proposal for timing of his Waitangi speech to wrongly claim that he is being silenced.  And most of the media bought it.

I have an idea

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 25th, 2016 - 12 comments

Advantage muses on the meaning of Christmas and how our response to it says a lot about who we are.

America’s broken democratic system

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, November 27th, 2016 - 91 comments

Through partisan control of the electoral system and continuing attempts to suppress votes America’s electoral system is in clear need of an overhaul.

Kindness

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, November 17th, 2016 - 13 comments

It has been a terrible year.  People should think about being kind to each other and looking after each other.

Democracy can be refined

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 15th, 2016 - 125 comments

Democracy is difficult. Government is far too complex and ordinary people have neither the time nor the inclination to spend time to understand it properly. So what are the alternatives?

Post-Election Recovery Salon

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 11th, 2016 - 60 comments

Need a haven from the post-election fall out?

Nothing’s Going to Happen.

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 11th, 2016 - 104 comments

A wee reflection on our psychological fuck-edness.

Our most effective Prime Minister

Written By: - Date published: 8:14 am, October 1st, 2016 - 234 comments

Ad ranks post second world war according to criteria which produces some interesting result.

Ombudsman to investigate John Key’s dirty politics communications

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, September 27th, 2016 - 91 comments

The Ombudsman is to investigate John Key’s failure to disclose communications with David Farrar and Cameron Slater

Post truth politics – White man behind a desk

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, September 23rd, 2016 - 12 comments

Robbie from WBMAD analyses the current trend to make politics a truth free phenomenon, offers funny yet incisive comments on the effect of social media on politics and finishes with videos of cats.

The manipulation of burglary statics

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, September 11th, 2016 - 36 comments

Reporter Eugene Bingham who broke the story on how Papakura police were doctoring crime statistics by recoding burglaries as other offences two years ago has written about how his attempts to get to the truth of the matter has effectively been thwarted by the police.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, September 3rd, 2016 - 8 comments

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) brings leading thinkers and culture creators from around the world to the Sydney Opera House stages and online to discuss and debate the important ideas of our time.

Things other than States

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, August 25th, 2016 - 17 comments

What are the New Zealand institutions other than the State who can achieve good for New Zealanders?

Refining an existing capacity to make the rubble bounce and bounce

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, July 20th, 2016 - 80 comments

UK Labour continues to embarrass progressives throughout the world after a majority of MPs voted to support renewal of the Trident program.

How to collapse liberal society

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 19th, 2016 - 130 comments

Liberal society is in reverse in many parts of the world. What do we do to arrest this?

God Botherer

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, July 17th, 2016 - 461 comments

God’s been a bit of a let down recently. Is it time for Him to retire?

GPS

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 23rd, 2016 - 219 comments

GPS may offer the perfect way to enforce a fuel tax but how do we feel about the Government knowing where we are and where we are heading every minute of the day?

Guest Post: Dancing to the Neo-Liberal Songbook

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, May 23rd, 2016 - 25 comments

In a guest post, regular commenter Tony Veitch takes some learnings from Noam Chomsky’s latest documentary Requiem for the American Dream. The neo-liberal plan has been in place for over thirty years. How come we’re only just starting to understand it?

Climate Change Change Pt 1: What are we waiting for?

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, May 3rd, 2016 - 48 comments

Before government spending cuts there was The Riot for Austerity, a grass roots Climate Change movement that showed how it was possible for ordinary people to change and significantly reduce their carbon emissions without someone forcing them to.

Can We Trust Winston Peters?

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, March 20th, 2016 - 139 comments

Recent polling makes it clear that neither National or Labour can win power without the support of NZ First. So should the left be worried that Winston Peters will take his party back over to the blue team?

The Gun Club

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, March 11th, 2016 - 172 comments

In the wake of the shooting of four police officers in Kawerau, it’s time NZ had a cold, hard look at our gun culture. We need an inquiry that addresses both legal and illegal gun ownership. But there’s a related matter that also needs looking at …

Homosexual law reform happened 30 years ago

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, February 21st, 2016 - 94 comments

Some thoughts on yesterday’s gay pride parade and why National has in the space of 30 years changed from being deeply anti gay rights to being superficially in support.

Minister sacked over Chinese business trip

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, February 13th, 2016 - 21 comments

In Australia Stuart Robert has been dumped from Cabinet for mixing Ministry and personal business on a trip to China.  Imagine what would happen if a Minister did that over here?

What was National’s role in the police raid on Nicky Hager?

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, December 18th, 2015 - 128 comments

Justice Clifford’s decision that the police raid of Nicky Hager’s home was illegal raises serious questions about what political pressure was applied on the police.

When Animals Attack!

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 pm, December 16th, 2015 - 32 comments

Crikey! My Little Ponytail meets the Parnell mind meld. Cancel Xmas, I’ve already got my pressie!

 

Protection of National Security Information

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, December 15th, 2015 - 10 comments

At the heart of the project is the tension between national interests and individual rights. Questions about how to balance these interests are not new, but they have been brought into sharp focus by recent international events.

CERT: the partial privatisation of the GCSB

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 13th, 2015 - 24 comments

A public private organisation with the acronym CERT was announced this week along with the new cyber security strategy. CERT’s role is to provide information to government so it can protect against cyber threats.  Which is one of the roles of the GCSB.

Imperator Fish: the Terrorist Test

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, November 19th, 2015 - 22 comments

Following from a tweet from Josie Pagani Imperator Fish has designed this handy quiz so that protesters can work out if they prefer ISIS to the TPP.

A Government of spin redux

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, November 16th, 2015 - 26 comments

The Herald has withdrawn a story that reported on Government pressure on the ERO to rewrite a report after what appears to be pressure from the Government to do so.

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