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Karma Cameleon

Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, January 21st, 2019 - 120 comments

Cameron Slater is seriously ill. The Whale Oil blog will carry on without him, but in the meantime, Cam is asking for help.

Family First thinks there is a Cafe porn watching crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 19th, 2019 - 104 comments

Family First thinks that there is a crisis of porn watching at cafes. And has commissioned Curia to see if others think the same.

Well done Gillette

Written By: - Date published: 4:17 pm, January 16th, 2019 - 126 comments

Gillette has come out with this outstanding ad which for some strange reason has invoked a negative response from some.

National just wants to have some friends

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, January 6th, 2019 - 63 comments

National clearly needs new friends if it is to regain power. Could the nutty New Conservatives be a possibility?

Farrar criticises Genter for not solving National’s transport safety mess quickly enough

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, January 5th, 2019 - 119 comments

David Farrar has accused Julie Anne Genter of saying she can do nothing about the road safety when she said nothing of the sort.

The Standard’s ten most popular posts of 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, December 31st, 2018 - 14 comments

The Standard’s ten most read posts of 2018.

Matt King goes full nut job

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 29th, 2018 - 77 comments

National MP Matt King has claimed that Stuff has been censoring comments that are critical of the Government and that an article expressing concerns about the run down of health infrastructure, the increase in child poverty, the use of private contractors to spy on us and the inability of NZTA to properly regulate WOF inspections is “left wing claptrap”.

The Standard a decade on

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 28th, 2018 - 113 comments

LPrent and I had the chance recently to talk about the Standard and how it is going.

The Taxpayers’ Union* responds to the Clark and Thompson spying fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, December 24th, 2018 - 9 comments

* not a real union.

Jesse Mulligan deserves a medal

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, December 4th, 2018 - 24 comments

Maggie Barry is facing fresh allegations of staff bullying. And Jesse Mulligan has responded to her criticism of him by saying it shows he was doing his job properly.

New Privacy Law for 2019

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, December 1st, 2018 - 3 comments

A new Privacy law is in the process of being enacted. But in a world where privacy breaches are rampant and the consequences potentially devastating will it be enough?

The strange case of the missing text from Bridges’ speech

Written By: - Date published: 5:04 pm, November 27th, 2018 - 25 comments

National’s social media team have sent out a tweet with a quote from Simon Bridges that does not appear in the speech that he gave.

Auckland Council is investigating online voting

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, November 21st, 2018 - 63 comments

Auckland Council wishes to conduct a trial of online voting at next year’s local government elections. Is it time to try this out as a voting system?

The strange case of the astroturfed Energy Voices organisation

Written By: - Date published: 3:34 pm, November 13th, 2018 - 18 comments

It has been discovered that the person behind the Energy Voices website is a National Party operative and former staffer.

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.

Simon Bridges wants a new senior social media advisor

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 6th, 2018 - 36 comments

Simon Bridges has advertised for a Senior Social Media advisor.

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.

Getting rid of bitcoin could help save the planet

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, November 1st, 2018 - 39 comments

There is a rather simple way for the world to do something significant about climate change and global warming. All that we have to do is work out how to get rid of bitcoin.

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.

An Ineffectual Opposition Is Bad News

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 28th, 2018 - 42 comments

An ineffectual Opposition creates a vacuum that will be filled by the Mainstream and Social Media as they will assume the role of unelected and non-representative opposition in effectuo.

Eye of the storm

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, October 27th, 2018 - 106 comments

Simon Bridges thinks that he is past trouble caused by the Jami-Lee Ross incident.  But the way things are developing he may be in the middle of things.

The Jamilee tweets

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, October 18th, 2018 - 246 comments

Jami-Lee Ross has released the tape of his talking with Simon Bridges where the suggestion was made that two Chinese MPs would be more valuable than two Indian MPs. And Melanie Reid has published an article containing the allegations of four women against Ross of inappropriate behaviour.

Meanwhile in America …

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, October 6th, 2018 - 123 comments

America has had an interesting week with Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court all but confirmed, Donald Trump’s finances being the subject of an intensive review by the New York Times and Trump being filmed boarding Air Force One with a piece of toilet paper stuck to his shoe.

National is now barking at Tahrs

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, September 26th, 2018 - 157 comments

National has launched an online petition against the culling of Tahrs, an animal that has been culled for years pursuant to a plan that was finalised by National in 1993.

Meka had to go

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, September 21st, 2018 - 137 comments

Jacinda Ardern has made the right call by sacking Meka Whaitiri as a Minister.

How some men celebrated Suffrage Day

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, September 20th, 2018 - 37 comments

Two prominent men chose to celebrate Suffrage day yesterday, one by having himself photographed in front of female members of his caucus and the other by complaining that at different times different groups of men also did not have the vote.

Andrew Little’s hilarious Youth MP video

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, September 19th, 2018 - 14 comments

Andrew Little is seeking a Youth MP using an unusual technique.

Simon says the weirdest things – Ardern is apparently like Trump

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, September 17th, 2018 - 42 comments

Simon Bridges has caused jaws to drop everywhere by comparing Jacinda Ardern to Donald Trump.

Simon’s first six months

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, August 28th, 2018 - 106 comments

Simon Bridges has now been leader of the Opposition for six months.  What has he to show for his time? People are questioning his judgment over his fixation on who leaked his travel information early.

National plans to breach privacy rights of all of its MPs to find leaker

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, August 27th, 2018 - 187 comments

National intends to continue with its investigation into who the leaker of Simon Bridges’s travel expense information was

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