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Summer break

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 19th, 2015 - 46 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, class war, climate change, economy, journalism, poverty, summer re-run - Tags: ,

Standardista authors are on summer break! There will be an Open Mike each day, but little or no other posting (unless an author feels particularly inspired). We’ll pick up again gradually in January some time. But just in case you haven’t had enough of politics for the year, here’s some summer reading suggestions…

Something to ponder from UK politics – any of it sound familiar?
The great Tory power grab: how they plan to rule for ever

And a wee overview of NZ:
How bizarre: Is New Zealand becoming the Absurdistan of the South Pacific?

Bryce Edwards finished the year on strong form. Check out the many many links in these two pieces:
Political roundup: The struggle for integrity
Political Roundup: Dirty Politics won’t die
Also well worth following up:
Political roundup: The political problems of wealth and inequality

Stuff ran an important special investigation this year, and we should not let ourselves forget it:
Special investigation: New Zealand’™s shameful record of child abuse

For something a little lighter try:
John Key’s most cringeworthy moments

Another big theme this year was revelations relating to spying, see David Fisher’s:
Just how bad were our spies?

This was also the year that the quality of news, particularly television news, took a real dive. See for example:
Lawyers Called in as the 3D Investigative Team Resists Shutdown Plan
A TV Current Affairs Warhorse Describes The State Of It All
and a couple of retrospectives by David Fisher:
My history with Cameron Slater
The OIA arms race
The state of the media is an international problem:
The Telegraph scandal

For the truly addicted, over at The Paepae, Peter Aranyi got an OIA dump on documents relating to the Chisholm enquiry:
The Judith Collins Chisholm inquiry: Who was actually on trial?
What the Chisholm inquiry revealed about managing the media narrative
[Source documents] Judith Collins Lester Chisholm Inquiry evidence
‘Taking one for the team’ (The tl;dr version of Slater Jnr at the Chisholm inquiry)

There is so much great reading at:
Gordon Campbell’s Werewolf
Evening Report
The Spinoff
Pundit
Kiwipolitico
Hot Topic

And speaking of hot topics, see New Scientist’s:
The climate fact no one will admit: 2 °C warming is inevitable
with categories of posts on climate change and the Paris COP21 summit.

By all means add your own suggestions in comments!

Have a great break everyone. We’ll see you renewed and refreshed in the new year…

46 comments on “Summer break ”

  1. Halfcrown 1

    Have a pleasant break.

    Most interesting the one on the “Tory power grab” I can see all the right fuckwits howling COMMUNISM if the Labour or any socialist government attempted something like that. I would not be surprised our so called democracy has taken a giant leap backwards since Thatcher and Regan decided to change the world.

    I can list some good reading if you have an e reader

    “Debunking Economics” by Steve Keen A bit heavy going but worth sticking with. I will have to read again to absorb all the details.

    “It’ s Not Rocket Science” by Ben Miller. The comedian who has a PhD. Writes about Black holes to cooking.

    “Shadows Of The Workhouse” by Jennifer Worth. A book I feel should be compulsory reading for all the arrogant righwing dickheads when they come here to preach about child poverty and abuse.

    “Farewell the East End” by Jennifer Worth.

    Lastly “The Lights On at Signpost” by George Mc Donald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels
    An old book but a good read on his life as a script writer.

  2. ianmac 2

    Enjoy the holiday Rob and other writers. Your work is important to we who are away from the centre of stuff. So many thanks.

  3. Stephen 3

    I just want to thank all the authors and posters here. You all help keep me sane in this troubled nation of ours.

  4. Bill 4

    I won’t be taking any kind of break per se. Then again, seeing as how I’m not one of the more prolific posters – who really do deserve a break (and a medal) – don’t go holding your breath for a pile of daily posts coming from me.

    Crosses my mind that it might be a good time of year for longer more involved posts (slow reading/thinking) and for any people who have played with the idea of submitting guest posts to ‘cut their teeth’.

    I haven’t checked with Lynn, but on the assumption he too may be taking a well deserved break of sorts, any prospective guest post can be sent to me at dunedinjamsquirrel (at) gmail.com. I’ll check the account on a more or less daily basis.

    If doing a post appeals, all I ask is that you provide a title; a link to any preferred image; a poster name and urls for any hyper linked text. Oh yeah. And don’t send it to me as a word doc or any such. The format screws up when it gets transferred. Just send as an email.

    I can work (with links) https://www.google.co.nz/webhp?hl=en that are something like this in your text. That tells me the link to be inserted and the words you want to act as the hyperlink.

    So, over to you if you’re around and keen…

    • ropata 4.1

      Thanks Bill. May the Force be with you. Might do that.

      Thanks to all the wonderful authors and commenters at TS this year.
      It’s a lively and unruly forum and fun to be part of.

      I’m heading up north to the Bay of Islands to hang with the whanau, eat hangi, go fishing and cray diving, and shoot possums 😎. Will be good to forget work and solving the world’s problems for a while.

      Christmas blessings be with you all.

      Rangimarie,
      Ropata
      🇳🇿☮🎄

    • Thanks to everyone at TS and another additional thanks to you Bill – I may take up your kind offer too.

      A safe and connecting festive season to all.

      I’ll be working on the day and will have a nice dinner with my loved ones that night. I work in mental health – be kind out there – to others and to yourself, please be kind.

    • weka 4.3

      Nice one Bill. Is that google link meant to go somewhere or was that just an example?

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    Has been another good year on TS; great work you authors and mods 🙂

  6. millsy 6

    Have a great summer guys — its been a hell of a year for the left, so hopefully 2016 will be a better one election wise.

    Summer has finally come to Taranaki after months of winter-like weather.

  7. Keith 7

    Audrey Young is on fire in the Herald today – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11563323

    It is like she decided, fuck it, no more charades, I want John Keys children, with a no holes barred love letter. I will also accept that it was written by David Farrar for her as well however.

    There is no mention of all the mounting issues National are papering over such as a worsening economy, housing problems, OIA abuse, crony politics, massive debt, poverty or corruption, rather a gushing article on how great thou art John Key, oh and his wonderful flag.

    If the Herald want to survive as a paper then this kind of propoganda shite needs to be purged forever!

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Not sure why you would want to continue appeals to the NZ Herald’s ‘better instincts.’

      Seriously, give it up and transition to the real world revealed by Nicky Hager.

      • Keith 7.1.1

        The Herald doesn’t appeal to me but that and the likes of Newstalk ZB is how National get their warped messages across. I don’t buy the Herald but people who vote these creeps in do and it’s crap like the blantant propoganda – leave your brain at home shit that Young produced yesterday that is worthy of criticism.

        If you missed it for the past week there is a concerted campaign to change the flag from all and sundry in the Herald and for the great masses who think as deep as pool of spit what comes out in the Herald matters! WIth more of this bias Key will get his corporate logo/ tea towel.

  8. Colonial Viper 8

    The climate fact no one will admit: 2 °C warming is inevitable

    This is the least of it. I am picking 4 deg C plus by 2100. Those “leaders” at the Paris Climate Summit talking 1.5 deg C are pulling a game of Pretend and Extend in front of our collective eyes.

    • millsy 8.1

      I think you will find that the plan is for the top 10% to live a decadent, utopian style existence in walled/domed cities while the rest of us work to support their existance and fight over what’s left.

      Think ‘Downton Abbey” meets “Running Man” meets “RoboCop” with a touch of “Solyent Green”.

      • Stuart Munro 8.1.1

        I guess they still haven’t figured out why late monarchies pretended to divine right and moral codes like chivalry. They think they can nakedly ***k over the 99% and laugh in our faces – good luck with that.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.2

        If you replace 10% with 0.1% living a “decadent, utopian style existence in walled/domed cities” (including possibly space stations or cruise ships) I’d agree with you.

        The top 10% i.e. the professional enablers and personal helpers of the 0.1% will still have a better life than most but it won’t be flash, it won’t be utopian and they will feel the squeeze more and more over the next few years..

    • Reddelusion 8.2

      May be, may be not many To much time and to many variables to make that call. One thing Paris has done is put transparency into play, ie embarrass countries into action, ie a bit of competitive tension will do more than hard and fast legal treaties which big countries would ignore anyway, suggest science will also play a big part here re adaption of green technologies

  9. Tracey 9

    Policy Paradox: the art of political decision making

    Is a very good insight into how politicians manipulate us to think they are solving a problem… when in fact they frame something they want to do, as a problem, and hey presto, magically have a solution

  10. Tracey 10

    I only have stats this year but they fall kindly.

    Be kind to each other and consider to food banks when you next shop or raid your garden

    Kia kaha

    Tracey

  11. ianmac 11

    And of course thanks to Mr Prentice for providing this website. Without you we would not be so involved with NZ activities. Where would we be without you?

    • seeker 11.1

      Hear Hear ianmac! Without Mr. Prentice I would begin to feel really desperate, cut off and alone floating on islands in the pacific ocean run by heartless, fraudulent, incompetent, loonies with no one of like mind to read and share important thoughts with. Thank God for thestandard and I wish the true blessings of Christmas to one and all.

      PS Great idea for a post rOb and a great, great reading list …thankyou.

  12. mary_a 12

    Have a good break guys and girls. Looking forward to a blast of blogs and postings next year, after the grey matter has been recharged and ready to fire 🙂

    Take good care and keep safe.

    Compliments of the season to all contributors to TS, bloggers and posters alike.

  13. Anne 13

    A pleasing pastime over the holiday season could be some reflection on major events over the past 12 months and what, with the benefit of hindsight, might have really happened, or their portent for the future. Example… the suppression of the name and details of the court case involving a member of parliament and what were the real reasons for the procrastination and silly verbal nonsense on the part of the prime minister – and how long the judicial delays could last.

    It wouldn’t need a post, just start the ball rolling…

    Could get some interesting results without having to exercise our brains too much during the lazy, hazy days of the hols. I guess that is what Open Mike is for, but a specific authored headline on the ‘front page’ might carry more momentum.

    • Anne 13.1

      I add my thanks and gratitude to the authors and commenters who have made this site an important part of my daily life. So much to read and learn. A marvellous place.

  14. Muttonbird 14

    What am I going to do over the enforced break without the regular writings at The Standard?

    I want my Mum.

  15. feijoa 15

    Greetings and thanks to all posters and authors.
    Take a break and brace yourself for more assaults from the right next year

  16. logie97 16

    How about retrieving Blip’s list of our famous Jandal’s flip flops/lies etc and putting it up back at the top of the page – a golden opportunity for it not getting lost down the order after a day or two, so that any passers by of the Standard might see the list. We, in the meantime, could put all the new cases (and Key will surely provide us with them) in the comments section for Blip to update at his leisure.)

    Meantime regular posters, thanks for your attempts at keeping the bastards honest – enjoy your break.

  17. greywarshark 17

    That’s a very pretty, cool image rOb. I wonder how it is taken – it appears that the camera is looking at the sun. My efforts could never get a photo like that. I guess it may have been played around with.

    Thank you for your many posts rOb. All good stuff, riveting even. Hope your Christmas goes swimmingly. See you next year we expect.

  18. Sans Cle 18

    Spare Time? The top 100 documentaries we can use to change the world.
    http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/the-top-100-films-for-action/

  19. maui 19

    Thanks to all the authors, I have found the amount of output you have generated on this site quite amazing! I will not single out one author for exemplary work, but am most impressed with whoever chooses the images for Daily Review 🙂 Thanks also for doing the job the Government and the Media is often not doing pretty much every single day. Happy holidays! Ok.. that should be Merry Xmas.

  20. Tarquin 20

    Thanks guys, I may not always agree but always a good read. Have a great Christmas.

    • Reddelusion 20.1

      Christmas is a right wing, white man capitalist conspiracy, led by John key (of course ) to divert the attention of the masses away from the loss of democracy , corruption and the new religion of consumerism, you have all fallen into the trap, holiday, humbug, things can’t be that bad if we can stop the revolution to take a holiday?

      Merry Christmas anyway 😀

    • seeker 20.2

      @Tarquin@819am
      Neat comment Tarquin, thankyou . Merry Christmas.

  21. Drowsy M. Kram 21

    ‘The Standard’ was my introduction (earlier this year) to the Blogosphere. It’s professionally organised/maintained, interesting and an enjoyable read. Really don’t have enough superlatives – thank you all for the information and perspectives on issues that matter to me.

  22. left for deadshark 22

    Thanks everybody, enjoy the season, if working, thanks hope you have a break later.Take care everyone.

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