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The Worm turns: serves the media not democracy

Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, July 14th, 2014 - 35 comments

I am really sorry to see the return of the Worm this election.   It’s bad enough we have way more polling than we need, interfering with democratic process.  Now we have even more of the same, with the way the Worm is to be implemented. [Updated]

Union communicators and RSS – please join the 21st century

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, March 11th, 2014 - 27 comments

Just at present I’m particularly interested in adding union sites with RSS feeds to our feeds. But it is somewhat irritating. Many of the sites don’t have a RSS feed. They should have one. Unions are an inherent part of the labour movement that we like to think that we’re helping and a part of.  It’d be nice if they did their bit to help us help them.

 

How to replace Tony Abbott with cats

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, February 7th, 2014 - 21 comments

Tired of seeing Tony Abbott’s mug in web pages on Australian politics?  Well help may be just around the corner …

Please! Kill bing

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, December 28th, 2013 - 34 comments

Matthew Yglesias at Slate is speculating that Microsoft may kill the bing search engine. His logic is compelling. As the person responsible for running the operations of this site, all I can say is to kill it. It isn’t like anyone uses bing anyway – in fact they appear to actively shut it down even on Internet Explorer. Most importantly for a system operator, you can only describe bing’s search spiders as net vermin (that appear to be modelled on spambots).

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, November 17th, 2013 - 55 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: science vs the internet, the UK public is wrong about everything, Russell Brand, feminism and austerity from a golden throne.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 pm, October 13th, 2013 - 2 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: al-Qaeda, drugs, women, the US shutdown and how Fox News ruins science.  Followed by a lot of swearing.

Streamed AR5 science workshop

Written By: - Date published: 4:28 pm, October 10th, 2013 - 4 comments

Thomas Stocker of the IPCC’s science group is in New Zealand for a few days. Local science groups have taken the opportunity to put together a stakeholder workshop to allow Stocker and NZ lead authors to present the key findings of the recently published AR5 WG1 report. The public workshop is being held tomorrow, Friday 11th, from 9am to 1pm in Wellington and will be web-cast live.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, September 29th, 2013 - 2 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: google vs death, poverty vs policy, freewill, temptation & prejudice, and humans vs climate change.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, September 22nd, 2013 - 9 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the last fortnight. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: happiness, income, Germany (election today!), and the US security services.  Not to mention why time-travellers can’t kill Hitler. (Bonus extra-large edition with more videos and pictures!)

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, September 8th, 2013 - 5 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: 7 links.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, September 1st, 2013 - 5 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: a right pot-pourri.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, August 18th, 2013 - 4 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: capitalism, fraud, Guantanamo, the internet, Geek Week and a naked-rights hiker.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, August 4th, 2013 - 10 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: Climate change, the TTP, inequality, the NSA, unions and feminism.

New Zealand is…

Written By: - Date published: 11:16 am, July 21st, 2013 - 14 comments

new-zealand-is

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, July 14th, 2013 - Comments Off on Sunday Reading

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: the problem with Gen Y, Big Data and surveillance, part-time work, happiness and pessimism and Australia’s political culture.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 30th, 2013 - 3 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: Prism, sick leave, female voters, and weeing during a filibuster.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 23rd, 2013 - 5 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: mastery of the internet means mastery of us by the NSA, feminist statistics, some interesting people and popularity lists.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, May 12th, 2013 - 13 comments

My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: Dhaka t-shirts, twitter exclusives, the politics of principle and missing white woman syndrome.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, April 21st, 2013 - 9 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: Vienna 1913, politics in our genes, burying Thatcher and failed economic theories.

Look over there!

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, April 4th, 2013 - 13 comments

John Key needs some cover for his being caught out lying / incompetent / omitting stuff (/ insert your interpretation), so today the government is making sure it is Doing Something. More importantly Doing Something about Bad People.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 31st, 2013 - 6 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: the moral dilemmas of work vs children, the youth of today, buses as prozac and an easter chocolate quiz.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 17th, 2013 - 25 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: the squeezed middle, tax avoidance, Sheryl Sandberg’s feminist non-manifesto and Pentagon technology.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 10th, 2013 - 6 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: International Women’s Day, climate change and Israel.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 3rd, 2013 - 12 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: Killer robots, Al Qaeda on marriage equality and private prisons sponsoring sports teams.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 24th, 2013 - 5 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: Feminism, tax and juries.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 17th, 2013 - 3 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: Billionaire interest groups, sex tapes and romantic love?

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, February 3rd, 2013 - 5 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere.  This week: Economics, inequality, privacy-destroying drones and citizen responsibilities.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, December 16th, 2012 - Comments Off on Sunday Reading

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. But this week it’s mainly your chance for you to share what you found this week, as I’m off overseas for a month by the time you read this.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, December 9th, 2012 - 3 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: Tax-shaming and the real shirkers, climate change, disability month and happiness.

The political media and the blogs

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 pm, November 29th, 2012 - 110 comments

Chris Trotter, like myself, was at the Labour party conference a week and a half ago. Like myself and damn near every left wing blogger who was there, he saw a massive discordance between what was being reported and what was actually happening in the conference. The hysteria at having a carefully constructed fiction of media and the beltway PR being torn to pieces by ordinary citizens writing has been extraordinary. The implications for the poorly constructed Law Commission report on cyber-bullying is sobering.

Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, November 25th, 2012 - 14 comments

My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere. This week: politicians, economies, elections, feminism and climate change.

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