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Bill Gates – lets prevent the next inevitable epidemic!

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 pm, April 5th, 2020 - 37 comments

Bill and Melinda Gates have been plowing wealth into mitigating and preventing epidemics over the last decade. Like the World Health Organisation and just about anyone with any sense of medical history, he predicted very accurately the type of epidemic we are now facing – a worldwide respiratory pandemic. He talks about the current pandemic, and how to prevent the next one.

The future of blogging in Aotearoa New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, August 19th, 2018 - 54 comments

Morgan Godfery of the excellent Maui Street blog has relaunched his blogsite and made it subscriber based. Is this the future of blogging in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Auntie Beeb gets a well deserved skelping.

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, August 3rd, 2018 - 11 comments

Censorship kicked into touch.

Burning it Down.

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, August 2nd, 2018 - 8 comments

The BBC goes a bit ‘book burny’ on it.

Blade Runner

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 5th, 2017 - 17 comments

A film review on the latest Blade Runner movie.

Review: Loading Docs

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, August 29th, 2017 - 5 comments

These three-minute documentaries focus on ‘diversity’, which is probably not a bad thing to ponder in the run up to an election.

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Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, August 12th, 2017 - 4 comments

Great (Aussie) video on the gender pay gap… [twitter_video id=”895540259642986497″]  

Jonathan Pie on the UK Election

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, June 10th, 2017 - 13 comments

Jonathan Pie celebrates the UK election result.

What’s going on at the BBC?

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, March 18th, 2017 - 7 comments

And now for something completely different.

New Zealand Second?

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, February 11th, 2017 - 13 comments

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.

Has Hillary Clinton hired Bernie Sanders’ social media team?

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, July 21st, 2016 - 18 comments

Overnight Hillary Clinton’s campaign team has released a video that not only elegantly mimics and repeats the 1964 classic campaign ad “Confessions of a Republican” but involves the same actor who for exactly the same reasons has decided he cannot support the Republican candidate for the presidency.

Vaccines DO Cause Autism Shock!

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 pm, June 2nd, 2016 - 266 comments

A young Mexican scientist has compiled compelling evidence about the link between vaccines and autism. Not only does 12 year old Marco Arturo provide a comprehensive overview of the dangers, he also brilliantly channels Barack Obama. The best two minutes on the net today.

Andrew Little on the Panama Papers: NZ is a soft touch

Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, April 5th, 2016 - 27 comments

Video of Andrew Little discussing the Panama Papers and John Key’s response.

Sanders v Clinton Campaign ads

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, February 14th, 2016 - 32 comments

Recent campaign videos from Bernie Saunders and from Hillary Clinton provide interesting contrasts on who the candidates are targeting. Which approach is best?

WMBAD: Defamation and infotainment

Written By: - Date published: 2:01 pm, August 17th, 2015 - 5 comments

From last week, the White Man Behind a Desk on Colin Craig’s various legal adventures – and more!

WMBAD: The Auckland Housing Bubble

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, July 24th, 2015 - 14 comments

The White Man Behind A Desk is back, with equal opportunity satire and a special message to rich people.

Songs for the New Year – summertime!

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, January 1st, 2015 - 35 comments

Happy New Year! Some songs for the times.

The blowoff stream

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 pm, September 15th, 2014 - 348 comments

The queue is enormous. But here is the feed. Thanks Selwyn for the link….. 19:05: Liala Harre has been improving her speaking since I last heard her. Introduced the speaker guests. Looking at the progressive achievements of the NZ past. 19:07: Glenn Greenwald is first up. 19:10: Greenwald calls John Key an adolescent 🙂 John […]

Mary Poppins on a minimum wage!

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, July 27th, 2014 - 9 comments

Mary Poppins quitting because she isn’t being paid enough to survive on in the magical nanny trade. I guess the peasants just aren’t prepared to starve as blindly as they did in the service of their ‘betters’ as they did in Edwardian era.

It is also quite funny…

 

President Abbott goes viral

Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, June 6th, 2014 - 7 comments

Meet Australia’s President of the United States, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the instigator of a wink-related scandal. He sometimes puts his foot in his mouth and other times chooses to say nothing at all. 665,777 page views.

So smart. Green senator Ludlam ‘welcomes’ Abbott to WA

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 pm, March 6th, 2014 - 30 comments

One of the most effective political videos that I have seen from a country that is coming to specialise in them. I’m unsurprised that it went completely viral. It was a great description of all of the ways that Tony Abbott is beholden to the interests of those made insane by idiotic greed – and welcoming him to Western Australia. All expressed in a polite quiet voice enumerating exactly how much of a arsehole Abbott is. He even makes John Key look sort of rational – in a traditional junior partner kind of way

Songs from the inside out

Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, February 24th, 2014 - 13 comments

I looked at some local newspapers to get away from the endless support for neoliberal values that dominates out MSM.  I found people living with unaffordable housing – & how the power of song can unite people in their struggles at the sharp end of the big inequality gap. Maori TV, “Songs from the Inside”.

This is how it’s done

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, October 15th, 2013 - 37 comments

This morning Cunliffe shows how to front the media on current issues, and respond to journalists questions clearly and decisively while being informed on the issues.  Questions about Kōhanga Reo National Trust, US government debt crisis, affordable housing, need better skills training, Euthanasia Bill.

Rant: Why reconnect to broadcast?

Written By: - Date published: 3:40 pm, October 21st, 2012 - 59 comments

We moved out of the rental back into my old apartment in a flurry of concrete dust from polishing concrete and cursing from fitting storage two months ago. But I still haven’t bothered with connecting up broadcast TV. Why would I want to bother? Broadcast TV is largely mindless and endlessly frustrating. These days there are better alternatives than video stores.

Let’s sing it! Songs for ‘ordinary’ people

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, October 19th, 2012 - 109 comments

Revolutions, political movements and protests are fueled by songs.  They bring people together in common cause, draw attention to devastating conditions, reassure the oppressed that they are not alone, and inspire people to take political action. What songs have engaged, inspired, or motivated your political conscience and compassion? Update: : The winner is

Assets going cheap

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, August 29th, 2011 - 16 comments

With the world’s markets in turmoil (again) how are the Nats going to hock off those assets? Fire-sale time!

For the Minister of Silly Ideas

Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, August 26th, 2011 - 7 comments

As we all know, John Key is the most effective Minister of Silly Ideas that the country has had since Robert Muldoon. Of course no-one can follow that closely in the great chuckler’s footsteps – John Key hasn’t even got close to bankrupting the country yet. He has been trying though. But here is another silly idea for him to look at. It is a developing industry that should be as effective as the cycleway or youth benefit cards!

Benefit card lolz

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, August 25th, 2011 - 23 comments

Godwin the EQC

Written By: - Date published: 4:43 pm, June 24th, 2011 - 12 comments

Sometimes you have to simply start from 1.0 for Godwin’s Law. This pretty much applies to anything re-subtitled from the movie “Der Untergang”. The latest one that I have seen is this side splitting rendition of exactly what has been going on inside the EQC operation in Christchurch.

Plain news from Canterbury TV

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 pm, June 17th, 2011 - 7 comments

From Canterbury TV (good to see they are still serving Canterbury) the first news report is better than most of the other stuff I see in the TV news about Christchurch. This is what people are telling us (one sent this clip through) in e-mails and comments. Now you can see them. It is a […]

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