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A message for conservatives about climate change and nuclear power

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Date published: 3:21 pm, January 9th, 2020 - 142 comments

David Farrar has criticised young people not for their passion about addressing climate change, but for not supporting nuclear power as a potential solution.  Even though it is too risky, too expensive, and too late.

Open mike 09/01/2020

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 9th, 2020 - 58 comments

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Iran attacks US bases in Iraq

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Date published: 2:11 pm, January 8th, 2020 - 174 comments

There are reports of two US bases being hit by missiles launched from within Iran and it is being reported that Iran’s air force is in the air.

Simon Bridges went to China

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Date published: 11:21 am, January 8th, 2020 - 44 comments

It has been revealed that Simon Bridges’trip to China last year was organised by National MP and former teacher of English to Chinese spies Jian Yang and that an offer of assistance from MFAT was declined.

Open mike 08/01/2020

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 8th, 2020 - 140 comments

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Qasem Soleimani murdered by the United States.

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Date published: 2:04 am, January 8th, 2020 - 11 comments

Originally posted on Nick Kelly’s blog

Australian fires and the climate crisis everybody wanted to ignore

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Date published: 11:05 am, January 7th, 2020 - 51 comments

Originally posted on Nick Kelly’s Blog 

LBJ Redux

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Date published: 9:07 am, January 7th, 2020 - 36 comments

What if the American assassination of General Soleimani results in the complete withdrawal of US troops from the Middle East?

Open mike 07/01/2020

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 7th, 2020 - 42 comments

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Get out now

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Date published: 2:21 pm, January 6th, 2020 - 76 comments

General Soleimani was visiting Iraq at the request of the Iraqi Prime Minister to discuss mediation between the US and Iran. Following his assassination by the US the Iraqi Parliament has voted to ask all foreign troops to leave the country. New Zealand’s remaining troops should bring forward their scheduled departure and leave immediately.

 

Australia is no longer the lucky country

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Date published: 9:57 am, January 6th, 2020 - 112 comments

Australia is arguably no longer the lucky country.  And if it does not resolve its addiction to coal it may not have a future.

Open mike 06/01/2020

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 6th, 2020 - 49 comments

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 5th, 2020 - 114 comments

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How To Get There 05/01/20

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 5th, 2020 - 24 comments

Welcome to TS’s Sunday think piece. It’s a blank sheet, a tabula rasa, waiting for your thoughts on the future and How To Get There.  

He wasn’t here to help us, was he

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Date published: 7:10 am, January 4th, 2020 - 77 comments

The utter failure of the Australian Prime Minister to lead during the bushfire crisis reminds us that it’s care for our children and communities that drives climate action. When people mobilise politicians will follow.

Open mike 04/01/2020

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 4th, 2020 - 28 comments

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Known Knowns and All the Other Ones

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Date published: 12:49 am, January 4th, 2020 - 6 comments

We cannot know everything and our only option is to trust others who know stuff that we don’t.

That 1914 Feeling

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Date published: 10:28 pm, January 3rd, 2020 - 104 comments

President Trump personally ordered the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite military Quds force. He was killed by rockets fired from US drones over Baghdad Airport.  This is unlawful by any standards, as well as an act of war. Iran has promised retaliation.The doomsday clock just moved closer to midnight.

OPCW Scandal.

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Date published: 11:14 am, January 3rd, 2020 - 40 comments

There was no chemical attack in Douma.

New book reveals Le Carré’s bleak view of post-Brexit world 

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Date published: 9:39 am, January 3rd, 2020 - 5 comments

John le Carré’s 26th book, Agent Running in the Field, which, according to the publishers is his take on Brexit, and suggests a dystopian future for European liberal democracies in a post-Brexit world. It follows John le Carré’s overarching theme – with friends like these, who needs enemies?

Open mike 03/01/2020

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 3rd, 2020 - 115 comments

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 2nd, 2020 - 77 comments

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Goodbye 2019

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Date published: 3:04 pm, January 1st, 2020 - 8 comments

Throughout the world 2019 was the worst year for the left since 1979. What will 2020 bring?

How To Get There: New Years Day edition

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Date published: 10:17 am, January 1st, 2020 - 63 comments

It’s tempting to think of the 2020s as the do or die decade, but deep, abiding, life affirming change will come from framing that also makes people feel good.

Open mike 01/01/2020

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Date published: 7:00 am, January 1st, 2020 - 118 comments

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The power of positive campaigning

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Date published: 2:42 pm, December 31st, 2019 - 123 comments

With the 2020 election just round the corner and recent complaints about the left’s treatment of the #TurnArdern campaign it is a perfect time to think about the importance of language and positive uplifting campaign themes.

Open mike 31/12/2019

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Date published: 7:00 am, December 31st, 2019 - 90 comments

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Bridges and the Robertson trial

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Date published: 8:53 am, December 30th, 2019 - 22 comments

National has released a video of Simon Bridges talking about the trial he conducted against Tony Robertson and suggesting he is in politics to change the law.  But the particular law he appears to be targeting was unchanged during the term of the last National Government.

Open mike 30/12/2019

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Date published: 7:00 am, December 30th, 2019 - 36 comments

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Why the Tories won the UK election?

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Date published: 2:29 am, December 30th, 2019 - 9 comments

Originally posted on Nick Kelly’s blog 

What if Trump wins again?

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Date published: 8:30 am, December 29th, 2019 - 124 comments

We may as well prepare ourselves for Trump overperforming his popularity again and winning. We’ve had to deal with left’s retreat in most of the world in 2019. So let’s prepare and plot some likely accelerated changes in Trump’s second term.

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