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Landlord lobby group hopes National Government will ditch warm flat requirement

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Date published: 8:49 am, September 7th, 2020 - 56 comments

The NZ Property Investors Federation has proposed to its members they should hold off on making flats warmer and drier just in case there is a change of government.

Open mike 07/09/2020

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 7th, 2020 - 123 comments

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Assange’s torture and the death of journalism

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Date published: 9:28 pm, September 6th, 2020 - 60 comments

On the eve of Assange’s extradition hearing in London, award-winning freelancer Jonathan Cook has written a scathing indictment of corporate journalism’s collusion in ignoring his official torture. I posted an example of that here last year, where Richard Harman denied Assange was a journalist at a panel convened at Parliament by the British High Commissioner.

Covid – New Zealand has similar levels of freedom to Sweden

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Date published: 1:41 pm, September 6th, 2020 - 83 comments

Simon Thornley is claiming that New Zealand’s covid response is a failure and we should be more like Sweden. But it appears that in more recent times Sweden has toughened its stringency tests so that they are similar to New Zealand’s.

Open mike 06/09/2020

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 6th, 2020 - 85 comments

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Labour’s two tier welfare plans

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Date published: 11:17 am, September 5th, 2020 - 74 comments

As the covid crisis deepens Labour appear to be committed to entrenching the underclass and giving a helping hand to the middle class.

Will our cities revive?

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Date published: 7:00 am, September 5th, 2020 - 43 comments

Our cities are the nation’s lungs; they recycle and accelerate external goods and transform them internally into faster circulation. Auckland and Christchurch have had tens of billions invested in them over successive local and central governments, but has this improved our strength or wealth as a country at all?

Open mike 05/09/2020

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 5th, 2020 - 63 comments

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Daily review 04/09/2020

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 4th, 2020 - 21 comments

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“Reds under the Bed”.

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Date published: 8:40 am, September 4th, 2020 - 78 comments

Everyone has recently had an education on  “Socialism” working in practice.

And a graphic illustration of the shortcomings, of under regulated “Free market” Capitalism, Globalism, tax cuts for the rich, and the mania for monetising everything in sight, and “running it like a business”.

Will Jacinda Ardern meet her promise to transform?

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Date published: 6:53 am, September 4th, 2020 - 62 comments

Neoliberalism has run its course and displayed its profound inability to address inequality issues. It makes the poor get ever poorer while the affluent top 10% ticks of society get bloated and increasingly insufferable on untaxed capital gains. In 2017 Jacinda Ardern set a goal of bringing all children out of poverty within six years. So how is that going? And what are the next steps?

What progressive housing policy for renters looks like

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Date published: 6:05 am, September 4th, 2020 - 17 comments

Currently your politicians do NOT represent people who rent. But you all have a choice to vote for solutions that do!

Open mike 04/09/2020

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 4th, 2020 - 60 comments

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Daily review 03/09/2020

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 3rd, 2020 - 101 comments

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Hitting the political spot

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Date published: 9:20 am, September 3rd, 2020 - 20 comments

Markey accomplished what no Democrat or Republican had ever done: He defeated a Kennedy in Massachusetts.

What are the lessons here for lefties in New Zealand?

Open mike 03/09/2020

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 3rd, 2020 - 239 comments

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Daily review 02/09/2020

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 2nd, 2020 - 56 comments

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Pollwatch: August Roy Morgan poll, reported 1st September 2020

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Date published: 4:30 pm, September 2nd, 2020 - 30 comments

A trend of 2020 polling results

Pollwatch returns, with a Labour majority government no longer a complete certainty, and with another poor result for National.

The background traffic is loud.

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Date published: 8:41 am, September 2nd, 2020 - 16 comments

Along with the grey weather, the weather around our local net is downright annoying at present. There are a massive increase in attempts to break into this site via backend systems and brute force front-end logins, a surge in scans from the search engine spider bots, and a lot of requests for putting up paid content. All of which have been ignored or dealt with. Good thing that we aren’t a target like the NZX, banks, mainstream media and the MetService are. 

How Trump Has Changed New Zealand’s future

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Date published: 7:00 am, September 2nd, 2020 - 28 comments

Post Trump how is the world order looking?

The Herald’s idea of balance

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Date published: 6:30 am, September 2nd, 2020 - 43 comments

The Herald yesterday posted a story suggesting that Aucklanders were split over the second lockdown when the actual reality was the vast majority were supportive.  And a subsequent article pointing out how positive the result was does not clear the perception of negative bias.

Open mike 02/09/2020

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 2nd, 2020 - 242 comments

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Daily review 01/09/2020

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Date published: 5:30 pm, September 1st, 2020 - 31 comments

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Left wing twitter is the worst *

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Date published: 7:42 am, September 1st, 2020 - 69 comments

* but you should see what Judith Collins’ husband has been posting.

No Right Turn: If police think this is lawful and ethical, why did they try to hide it?

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Date published: 6:05 am, September 1st, 2020 - 42 comments

“The Privacy Commisisoner has said explicitly that any use of facial recognition needs a high level of scrutiny, which for a government agency, effectively means their approval. Police deliberately avoided doing that.”

Open mike 01/09/2020

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Date published: 6:00 am, September 1st, 2020 - 114 comments

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Daily review 31/08/2020

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Date published: 5:30 pm, August 31st, 2020 - 77 comments

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Labour’s Hefty Carrot-And-Stick For Water

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Date published: 8:37 am, August 31st, 2020 - 16 comments

New Zealand’s local and regional councils have been given until August 31 2020 to sign up to a ginormous fund that would help them improve their water, wastewater, and stormwater systems.  The implications for them doing this are significant and could see the end of Council control of the supply of water.

 

Open mike 31/08/2020

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Date published: 6:00 am, August 31st, 2020 - 176 comments

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Open mike 30/08/2020

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Date published: 6:00 am, August 30th, 2020 - 204 comments

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Kia kaha Greens

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Date published: 9:06 am, August 29th, 2020 - 304 comments

The Green Party is facing major push back from members relating to a decision to give shovel ready funding to a private school involved in education about the environment.

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