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Open Mike 09/02/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 9th, 2017 - 48 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Peter Thiel’s Libertarian Dream – for New Zealand?

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, February 2nd, 2017 - 86 comments

From a Business Insider article in the OIA papers: Thiel is a long-term thinker, so what’s the big picture? What could the contrarian investor see in a country of 4 million people whose economy is based on agriculture and tourism? Maybe Peter Thiel wants to turn New Zealand into the next Silicon Valley. Or maybe even the libertarian utopia of his dreams.”

Good night, and good luck

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, February 1st, 2017 - 24 comments

Donald Trump’s attack on human rights is nothing new. American history has many examples of attacks on basic rights.

Americans Killed By Terrorists since 9/11.

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 pm, January 30th, 2017 - 27 comments

Killed in the USA?

75th Anniversary Battle of Endau

Written By: - Date published: 4:24 pm, January 26th, 2017 - 9 comments

Today marks 75 years to the day since the suicidal Battle of Endau, when obsolete aircraft were sent to prevent the Japanese landing. Of the 72 aircrew from Nos. 36 and 100 Squadrons who participated in the raids, 27 were killed, seven were wounded and two were captured. My uncle was killed but Ron Reid survived the raid and captivity. He is interviewed by Dave Homewood of WONZ in  memory of the day.

Privatised Education Strikes Again.

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, January 25th, 2017 - 20 comments

The problems we have identified many times, with privatisation of essential services, continue.

Love Trumps Hate Festival Wn Sat 21

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 pm, January 17th, 2017 - 1 comment

‘Love trumps Hate’ Festival in Wellington to celebrate democratic values and human rights will take place in Wellington to coincide with President-elect Trump’s inauguration on Saturday 21 January. Civic Square, noon- 2 pm, Saturday 21 January 2017. Details inside

Bradbury should be ashamed

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, January 16th, 2017 - 148 comments

Martyn Bradbury has hit rock bottom and suggested that Pike River is somehow Andrew Little’s fault.

Trump’s First Press Conference

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, January 12th, 2017 - 41 comments

You have to say he is not afraid to take on the heavy mob. A very direct attack on Big Pharma – a US version of Pharmac? A very direct attack on the armaments industry’s star program the F-35 fighter-bomber and its cost overruns. Then there is the intelligence community and the mainstream news media.  Read  the transcript for yourself.

Advertising Standards Authority rules in favour of Greenpeace ad on river quality

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 pm, January 8th, 2017 - 163 comments

The Advertising Standards Authority rejects all 12 complaints about the ad, including one from Dairy NZ. 

A word of thanks

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 6th, 2017 - 11 comments

Robert Guyton deserves many thanks for the series of posts he recently wrote for the Standard.

Of Leaks and Hacks

Written By: - Date published: 3:23 pm, December 20th, 2016 - 24 comments

Maybe the Russians weren’t coming. Or we must believe that “KGB chief Vladimir Putin put Inspector Clouseau in charge of Russian security and left him to get on with it.” George Washington discusses the evidence. Fodder for the net-savvy

Donate to Auckland City Mission

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, December 20th, 2016 - 6 comments

Auckland City Mission is calling for donations to meet Christmas demand. You can donate here.

Cabinet reshuffle – Haere ra McCully?

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 pm, December 10th, 2016 - 31 comments

Bill English gets to name his own cabinet on Monday. It will be interesting to see what happens to McCully. In February McCully announced his intention to stand down in East Coast Bays and that he would seek a list place, but only if he remained as Minister of Foreign Affairs after the next election. It’s an ultimatum he may have cause to regret.

The alt list of the most influential Aucklanders

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, December 4th, 2016 - 15 comments

And now for an alternative version of the Aucklanders most likely to make a difference to our city but who will not feature in the Herald’s spy column.

Around the House…

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 pm, December 1st, 2016 - 10 comments

Labour-insider Key talks to the Herald while expressing no confidence in his candidate (the one standing at his shoulder); Leggett legs it; and National shoot down kiwi businesses, kiwi workers and kiwi tenants.

Not a bad day’s work.

Dire warnings of the bleeding obvious

Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, December 1st, 2016 - 14 comments

Warnings from the government and the Reserve Bank that first home buyers are taking on too much debt. Prices are too high, wages are too low, interest rates are rising. These warnings are effectively telling the average first home buyer to give up.

Key interview – facts don’t matter

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, November 27th, 2016 - 24 comments

Lisa Owen interviewed Key on The Nation yesterday. As usual Key spent half his time denying facts and figures – in this case from Treasury and from his own government sources.

Daily Review 24/11/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:27 pm, November 24th, 2016 - 28 comments

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

An interesting time for the Republicans

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, November 13th, 2016 - 55 comments

Trump is going to be a figurehead, not a president, leaving governance to an unfettered Republican machine. That machine is no friend of the disenfranchised, never was, never will be. How will Trump’s base react to being betrayed?

Remedy for Global Instability – a Public Lecture by Dr Helen Caldicott

Written By: - Date published: 4:52 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 10 comments

“New Zealand now has a unique opportunity to revise its foreign policy and military spending,” says Dr Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Trump scooped up the white vote that Democrats abandoned

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, November 11th, 2016 - 83 comments

Trump laid siege to the Democrat’s “Blue Wall” and they didn’t respond to or recognise his strategem until far too late.

Hooray Henry!

Written By: - Date published: 6:04 pm, November 7th, 2016 - 55 comments

Paul Henry is to leave TV3. Did two pairs of tits lead to him getting the arse?

Rigged

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 29th, 2016 - 97 comments

Maybe Donald Trump’s claims that the election results are going to be rigged deserve more consideration.

ISIS Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 5:10 pm, October 27th, 2016 - 84 comments

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says our training mission to Iraq is undergoing a transformation. We were warned when the troops first went that the mission was always intended to be looser than Brownlee publicly claimed at the time. And so it has turned out to be.

Fabian Event – 5th Labour Government – 30 October Auckland 1pm

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, October 27th, 2016 - 4 comments

All are warmly invited to hear Sir Michael Cullen, Hon Margaret Wilson, Hon David Parker, Mike Williams, and Dot Kettle reflect on the experiences of Helen Clark-led three-term Labour government – its achievements and its legacy and discuss its lessons for the future. Sunday 30 October 1pm-5pm Owen Glenn Centre, Auckland University, Grafton Road. Please register here.

US Election Discussion Post 27/10/16

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, October 27th, 2016 - 53 comments

Today’s post for all random comments and links on the US election.

Blogs and Activism

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 26th, 2016 - 63 comments

What contribution can a blog make to activism?

Heck Yeah! Hekia Parata to Leave Parliament

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, October 19th, 2016 - 80 comments

Hekia Parata is to leave Parliament next year. The bad news is that she is probably going to stay on as education minister till then.

Fifth Labour Govt – Challenges and Lessons

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 pm, October 18th, 2016 - 7 comments

Michael Cullen and Margaret Wilson will speak at the Fabian Society Seminar “5th Labour Government – Lessons from a time of Challenges” at Owen Glenn Centre, Auckland University, Grafton Road on Sunday October 30 from 1-5pm. Mike Williams, Dot Kettle and David Parker will be on the panel. Everyone welcome to discuss and debate. Guaranteed to be interesting – details inside.

National’s HCNZ cash problem

Written By: - Date published: 12:03 pm, October 15th, 2016 - 13 comments

On Thursday National announced a really big budget cash surplus but it became apparent that Housing Corp has a really big cashflow problem.

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