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What happens if housing prices really go down?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 17th, 2018 - 117 comments

So what if Labour decides to go ahead with its capital gains tax?  What happens to the equity of the remaining middle class?  What happens to the equity of those who were brought in under KiwiBuild?

Has Julian Assange been charged?

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 pm, November 16th, 2018 - 58 comments

In breaking news it appears that the reason for Donald Trump’s grumpiness may have been the impending release of news that Julian Assange has had charges laid against him.

Climate Action Heating Up.

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, November 16th, 2018 - 14 comments

Yet another front opening up in the demand for action on global warming…

14 Million Yemenis and a Diplomatic Nightmare

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, November 16th, 2018 - 19 comments

In Yemen right now, children are living in the worst humanitarian crisis we have seen in the last 100 years.

May’s Brexit

Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, November 15th, 2018 - 90 comments

The unsolvable problem that is Brexit is reaching it’s denouement with Theresa May’s leadership on the line, talk of a no confidence motion, a very leaky cabinet, and no possible achievable resolution in sight.

Israeli Cabinet Resignation.

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, November 15th, 2018 - 13 comments

Avigdor Lieberman has resigned his position as Israeli Defense Minister because he can’t endorse the government’s “surrender to terrorism”.

The dirty politics of beating up on Karel Sroubek

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, November 14th, 2018 - 271 comments

You will be shocked to learn that the National Party has been less than honest about where it is getting its information regarding Karel Sroubek.

Tweet of the year

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, November 13th, 2018 - 15 comments

There is still seven weeks of this year left but it appears likely that the tweet of the year has been tweeted.

American midterms – revenge of young people and the decline of the NRA

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 12th, 2018 - 51 comments

In the midterm US elections a number of candidates supported by the NRA have lost out to opponents with strong anti gun views.  And the youth vote surged.  Were these events related?

All that is wrong with America’s democracy

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, November 10th, 2018 - 40 comments

In Georgia, despite the Repbublican candidate who oversaw the election process engaging in the mass disenfranchisement of Democrat voters, the removal of voting machines to make voting in Democrat areas more difficult and baseless smearing of the Democrat candidate, the result is on a knife edge and a second vote is a possibility.

Disestablish the establishment.

Written By: - Date published: 6:04 pm, November 9th, 2018 - 29 comments

Politics can be soap, or politics can be real. This post comments on some of the soap and offers an example of  something that’s real

Rude ‘n Terrible?

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 pm, November 8th, 2018 - 38 comments

Trump’s…I don’t actually have words for this little escapade.

ILG, a Rock, and a Hard Place

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 pm, November 8th, 2018 - 91 comments

The Sroubek beat up is still with us. Why won’t National tell us what they knew and what they agreed to?

Jeff Sessions resigns as Attorney General

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, November 8th, 2018 - 27 comments

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at the President’s request and has been replaced by someone who thought that Mueller’s investigation into POTUS went too far.

ScoMo’s flying bus tour

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, November 8th, 2018 - 20 comments

In an effort to revive sagging support levels Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is on a bus tour of Australia involving him flying and being picked up by the bus, drinking lots of beer, wearing different hats and saying fair dinkum a lot.

Why this mid term result?

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, November 7th, 2018 - 39 comments

What can we take from the US mid term election results?

Triumph the insult dog meets Beto and Cruz

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, November 7th, 2018 - 6 comments

If you have 10 minutes to waste and enjoy laughing uproariously I can recommend this video. Warning should not be watched while you are drinking coffee and the contents may be sprayed on your screen …

The United States mid term elections

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, November 7th, 2018 - 101 comments

The US mid term election results are due out today and should start to appear after 12 pm NZT.

Easy Climate Action

Written By: - Date published: 12:35 pm, November 6th, 2018 - 55 comments

Another promising front is opening that might help encourage people to sit up, take notice, and act.

A Democratic Cakewalk.

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, November 5th, 2018 - 48 comments

Cenk Uygur might be said to have “skin in the game” when it comes to the US Mid-terms, and given that much of this post revolves around, or bounces from  his commentary and analysis – which may not be quite as objective as he thinks –  that should be borne in mind when reading this post.

Morongate

Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, November 4th, 2018 - 13 comments

In America a young 20 year old Trump supporter has been branded with the hashtag morongate for the most inept dark op smear you could ever imagine happening.

Brazil, Brexit, Trump…with more to come.

Written By: - Date published: 5:17 pm, October 30th, 2018 - 97 comments

When orders collapse, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We’re making it a bad thing.

Brazil turns right

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, October 29th, 2018 - 90 comments

Brazil has elected as its next President a 63-year-old former paratrooper who built his campaign around pledges to crush corruption, crime and a supposed communist threat.

Media Thriving on its Own Shit.

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, October 29th, 2018 - 24 comments

When purveyors of propaganda come to believe their own spin and start entertaining really quite idiotic conspiracy theories and abandoning any pretense of being in possession of rational thought, then we’ve got a problem.

Democracy and peace in the USA

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, October 28th, 2018 - 115 comments

In the land of the free and the brave there is news of voting machines changing votes from Democrat to Republican candidates, mass stripping of voting rights and closing of voting booths in Democrat areas, and right wing extreme violence caused by escalating rhetoric from the POTUS.

Green Growth

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, October 26th, 2018 - 86 comments

Shade it any colour you like…

Power and Knowledge.

Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, October 25th, 2018 - 54 comments

We say that knowledge is power…

Australia’s refugee problem

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, October 24th, 2018 - 89 comments

The Liberal Party has potentially lost one of its safest seats to an independent who campaigned on doing something about climate change and the Nauru refugees.

Oil and morality

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, October 23rd, 2018 - 44 comments

The death of Jamal Khashoggi raises the important question can we still question the morality of Saudi Arabia?

The Mariana Trench Fix.

Written By: - Date published: 1:53 pm, October 21st, 2018 - 59 comments

The Mariana Trench is pretty huge. And deep. And if the idea is to fill a hole in the ground with ‘stuff’, then it’s a fair sized hole to be filling, right?

Saudi Arabia Admits Killing Khashoggi

Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, October 20th, 2018 - 66 comments

Saudi Arabia sensationally fesses up to killing missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But it was all his own fault, apparently.

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