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False Equivalence

Written By: - Date published: 4:47 pm, October 2nd, 2016 - 21 comments

John Oliver

John Oliver excellent as always – this time on the difference in scandal quality between Clinton & Trump.

Post truth politics – White man behind a desk

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

white man behind a desk

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.

Boris Johnson’s HQ as the EU referendum results came in …

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, July 1st, 2016 - 3 comments

Boris Johnson David Cameron

Rumoured to be satire …

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.

John Oliver: Scientific studies (or why media are so useless at it)

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 pm, May 20th, 2016 - 6 comments

John Oliver - scientific studies

John Oliver takes a good solid swing at the media who suck up shit press releases designed by institutions to get funding and interest groups doing marketing for their products, and the idiotic consumers of schlock ‘facts’. Or John Key who apparently thinks that money magically changes physics.

Jonathan Pie has election anger

Written By: - Date published: 4:50 pm, May 20th, 2016 - 8 comments

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie rails against media attempts to attack Jeremy Corbyn and Labour over the recent local body election results.

There are people living in cars

Written By: - Date published: 3:33 pm, February 17th, 2016 - 37 comments

Grant Robertson

Grant Robertson gave an impassioned speech yesterday in Parliament on how poverty in New Zealand is a disgrace.

Sanders v Clinton Campaign ads

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

Saunders Clinton

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

What have the Unions ever done for us?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 11th, 2016 - 48 comments


A video from the TUC in the UK explaining how important Unions are which is just as relevant for Aotearoa as it is for the UK.

Merry f&*king christmas from Jonathan Pie

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 29th, 2015 - 3 comments

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie in his own way celebrates the event that is Christmas

Jonathan Pie wants the world economy explained

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, November 2nd, 2015 - 3 comments

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie discusses the meaning of the World’s economy in 3 minutes and 11 seconds.

WMBAD: Prison

Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, October 16th, 2015 - 2 comments

white man behind a desk

Team White Man Behind A Desk are back with their final episode for 2015.

WMBAD: Global goals

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, October 2nd, 2015 - 3 comments

white man behind a desk

The White Man Behind A Desk is back, looking at the big picture, why we hate politicians, and why you need to tweet John Key.

No particular reason

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, September 29th, 2015 - 28 comments

bowie life on mars


Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, September 18th, 2015 - 3 comments

white man behind a desk

The White Man Behind a Desk takes on the TPP.

WMBAD: Trade

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, August 28th, 2015 - 1 comment

white man behind a desk

The White Man Behind a Desk on trade. Reckon we should ask them to do the TPP?

White Man Behind a Desk

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, May 31st, 2015 - 13 comments

white man behind a desk

Quiet Sunday morning? Check out White Man Behind a Desk.

What do you reckon?

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, April 30th, 2015 - 33 comments


Video clip to make you all chuckle

The UK Greens election video

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, April 18th, 2015 - 28 comments


Well worth a watch even if some do not necessarily agree with it. Hat tip Adam.

Massive illicit bust of Edward Snowden erected in Brooklyn

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, April 7th, 2015 - 13 comments

Edward Snowden bust

A group of unidentified artists have erected a bronze patina bust of Eric Snowden on a stone column in Brooklyn.  The authorities are investigating.

Clarke and Dawe: G20 Growth

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, November 21st, 2014 - 4 comments

john clarke

The excellent Clarke and Dawe on the G20 and growth.

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 […]

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 - 29 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

How the Sex Pistols saved Christmas …

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, December 25th, 2013 - 13 comments

Sex pistols huddersfield

In 1977 at the height of their notoriety the Sex Pistols put on a Christmas party for the families of striking Huttersfield fire fighters.  Even now that act of kindness by one of the most reviled groups in the history of UK music is remembered fondly.

Chilled out entertainer

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, November 7th, 2012 - 21 comments


John Key and David Brent. Both chilled out entertainers. The resemblance is uncanny.

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.

I want one

Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, October 12th, 2012 - 21 comments


I think you will want one too…

Tony Abbot: misogynist and hypocrite

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, October 10th, 2012 - 159 comments


It really was a pleasure last night watching the most obnoxious weasel in aussie politics, Tony Abbott, getting done over by a fired up Julia Gillard. She was pointing out that his sudden calls against sexism and misogyny could be better applied to himself. Then she spent glorious minutes detailing exactly why Tony Abbott was the last politician in Austrailia who could throw dirt using these charges.

Lying over Key handshake fail clip?

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, October 27th, 2011 - 22 comments


John Key’s try-hard failed handshake at the RWC has gone viral. What looked like a minor footnote to the affair came out last night, when it was reported that YouTube had taken down the clip at the request of the IRB.  But today the IRB denied it.