Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, October 23rd, 2017 - 67 comments
Time for me to step down as a writer here. A closing ramble, proceed at your own risk…
Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, June 6th, 2015 - 87 comments
Welcome to any new readers checking out this blog today as a result of the “dirty politics” segment on The Nation. Here’s a bit about us…
Update: For those that didn’t see The Nation, there is a summary in The Herald.
Written By: - Date published: 7:47 pm, February 10th, 2015 - 31 comments
Well ok, after the election I figured that I could shift the site to some slower storage with a whole lot of redundancy in a RAID6 array of slower drives. We’d have a lot fewer readers than our peak for 6 months after post election, right? Nope – wrong. You are making me work…
Written By: - Date published: 4:39 pm, September 7th, 2014 - 29 comments
Some of you will be wondering what the announcement at the top of the screen about an outage tonight is about. I have to power down the system to put in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to handle possible power outages. After 5 years on server farms, The Standard has moved home
Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, June 25th, 2014 - 47 comments
I’ll be in Wellington from the 4th to the 7th for the Labour party congress on the 5-6th. I’ll be on a media pass again which will relieve me of the duties that I have usually had to undergo as a delegate, like having to think too much. This will be the first congress I have attended as media. I’m expecting to have a lazy time watching others work. If you’re around Wellington, come and see David Cunliffe’s speech on Sunday. He is promising a big speech about what he and Labour will be taking to the voters this year.
Written By: - Date published: 5:13 pm, February 25th, 2014 - 12 comments
I did a email interview with Damien Venuto of StopPress (an online advertising industry mag) a few weeks back. It has now been put up online if anyone outside of that industry is interested. I’m in my usual pleasant, widely expansive and egotistical best with my beautific face beaming out at you
Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, November 2nd, 2013 - 13 comments
Over the last year or two, our prescient oracle Irishbill has been writing posts on need for the Labour party to make themselves relevant. As the number of regular lurkers on this site are somewhat larger than the number of members of the NZLP, I suspect that he has done more than his share in assisting the doubling of the size of the party.
Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, October 1st, 2013 - 14 comments
I’ve managed to miss a milestone on this site (again). As you can see, we’ve passed 13,000 published posts over the weekend. That really isn’t bad for a voluntary coop over a 6 year period with no particular publishing schedule beyond “put something up if and when you feel like it”. Looking back, I see […]
Written By: - Date published: 1:04 pm, September 13th, 2013 - 22 comments
Here’s a gem from his latest NZ Politics Daily.
Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 24th, 2013 - 37 comments
Standard author and all around good leftie Jenny Michie will be appearing on the Nation this morning to discuss the Labour leadership.
Update: the interview’s not on the web until tomorrow but there are a couple of grabs from it in this story
Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, April 22nd, 2013 - 4 comments
I just noticed that we passed 12,000 posts a few days ago. Appropriately, it was our stalwart, Anthony, who hit the mark with a post on Mini ‘W’. As always, it’s about the community. 12,000 posts from us would be just pissing in the wind without your 551,000 comments.
Written By: - Date published: 2:25 pm, February 28th, 2013 - 36 comments
Project code is complete and getting stamped on the hardware.
I have some time for maintenance and writing at last…. So put in your wish lists.
Oh and this is a warning to trolls. I have time to measure you and comment on your obvious lacks and deficiencies again 😈
Written By: - Date published: 1:13 pm, December 19th, 2012 - 41 comments
We’re on track to reach half a million comments before the week is out. Who will be number 500,000? As always, its nice to mark these milestones because it’s a reminder of what a big and vibrant community this is. Those half a million comments have sure made writing here a lot more fun than it would have been if no-one wrote back. Cheers.
Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, November 13th, 2012 - 53 comments
I don’t read the Listener or Kiwiblog, so it was 3 months until Anthony drew this article to my attention. The bit that caught my attention was oil and gas shill John Pagani saying The Standard‘s “idea of political is embittered and angry”. Allow me to respond.
Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, May 22nd, 2012 - 38 comments
1,376 days ago a handful of us, lead by Lynn, got together to set up The Standard. The was idea for a strong left-blog to counter the dominance of the Right in the blogosphere. I reckon we’ve succeeded. We’ve had 413,000 comments and over 13 million pageviews. We’ve had 40 authors over the 3.5 years – 3 of us are left from the start – and 528 guest posts. The community, and the readership, keeps on growing massively.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 pm, November 25th, 2011 - 237 comments
Over at norightturn idiot savant has declared his voting intentions. And let’s face it, in a representative democracy how you vote is where the rubber hits the road.
With that in mind Standard authors who feel comfortable with the concept are declaring the who and why of their democratic activities this Saturday. Commenters are free to join in.
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 pm, April 21st, 2011 - 54 comments
I’ve long held to the principle of owning your mistakes and as such I’ve gotta say I was wrong about one aspect of the “stop asset sales” campaign – the signs are authorised.
Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, April 16th, 2011 - 68 comments
Every country that has ever sleepwalked from democracy to dictatorship has done it in the belief that it was taking extraordinary, temporary measures in response to an emergency. Seeing Labour denounce every aspect of CERA and then vote for it has shaken me to the core.
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, March 1st, 2011 - 49 comments
As of Tuesday morning, we have had about 249,250 comments since The Standard launched three and a half years ago. We’re averaging a 317 comments a day since New Year’s. Although politics has rightly cooled in the past week due to the quake, the quarter of a million mark should still be reached on Thursday. Who will be the lucky commenter?
Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, February 28th, 2011 - 54 comments
There’s been lots of good stuff written on the quake, I’m not going to try to add to it in any systematic way. These are just a few random personal reflections from inside the disaster zone, big picture and small, all that I can put my head around writing tonight.
Written By: - Date published: 12:13 am, December 23rd, 2010 - 25 comments
Yesterday, we hit 3 million pageviews for 2010. Today, we’ll have our millionth visit. 45% growth on 2009 even with the few days we were offline and a couple when stats data wasn’t captured. It’s not just a small cadre of hardcore fans (although, do we love you guys and girls) – over 212,000 unique visitors have visited The Standard this year.
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, December 3rd, 2010 - 18 comments
It was pretty cool that the next Finance Minister wrote a post about my post yesterday. Even if was to say I was dickishly misinterpreting him 😀 I’ve got a couple of points in reply but the biggest is why is Labour talking about (restrictive) privatisation and PPPs policies when there are much more important economic issues at hand?
Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, September 26th, 2010 - 10 comments
We like to make a big deal over the comments because it is you coming on here, contributing your thoughts and ideas, that make The Standard what it is. Without all of you, it would just be a dozen or so people arguing with themselves/ If we wanted that we could just hang out with the Libertarianz. So, who was comment 200,000? Well…
Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, March 31st, 2010 - 15 comments
Managed 11/10 in this week’s stuff politics quiz.
Just under 0 seconds.
Try your luck, if you think you can do better!
Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, September 4th, 2009 - 23 comments
So, against my better judgement I’m now a card carrying Standardista. Finally managed to get through the initiation ceremony without fainting. I’ve been issued with a pass card and retina scanned for the Secret Standard Bunker buried deep beneath Parliament. I have access to the restricted mainframe codes and my own Swiss bank account. Q […]
Written By: - Date published: 5:20 pm, July 2nd, 2009 - 31 comments
Our first comment was on our second day, August 17th 2007 “Where will it lead? ” by trythisone on our third post… who never showed up again. Number 100 was on September 15th, 31 days in, John laughing at Jacqui Dean for wanting to ban dihydrogen monoxide – also known as water. Our thousandth came […]