The Standard Summer

Written By: - Date published: 6:12 am, January 5th, 2017 - 31 comments
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We’re taking some time out for the holidays. Hope you are able to do the same – enjoy!

Open Mike will continue, but other posting will be low volume if at all.

Things will pick up again some time in January. Election year. Change the government!

31 comments on “The Standard Summer”

  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    Thanks again to one and all for all your hard work. Have a great summer!

    • Anne 1.1

      My thanks too. The Standard teaches me more about life and politics than all the rest of the media put together.

      • Jilly Bee 1.1.1

        Couldn’t agree more Anne. I am struggling to get my head around the various takes on the Syria situation – I simply grieve for the children and innocent civilians who have been slaughtered or are endeavouring to get to safety, wherever that may be.

        • Anne 1.1.1.1

          That’s my take too Jilly Bee. I find the complexities of the case baffling. It’s almost impossible to know what is going on. But the destruction of masses of innocent people’s lives – especially the children – is devastating. And it seems we are helpless to be able to do anything about it.

        • Philj 1.1.1.2

          Hi there, you can check out The Jimmy Dore Show on YouTube for a different view of what is happening in the US and Syria etc. He is a stand up comedian who offers an alternative analysis of the present domestic and foreign policy of the US. He also calls out the abject failure of the Democratic Party in the US.

  2. Muttonbird 2

    Any news damaging to the government will be dumped by them this week (probably on Friday at 6:00pm) so don’t go on holiday just yet.

  3. John 3

    Can’t beleive that the Govt is going to spend 220million rebuilding the Christchurch catherdal when 220million would be better spent on housing the homeless in Christchurch. What would God say about this?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1

      “That is a false dichotomy, my child – they could do both”.

    • Muttonbird 3.2

      While complaining about $1m spent upholding democracy in Mt Albert.

      • To be fair, that’s Labour too. The official line is that the nats are silly and gutless for not showing up, but at least some members are like… “why are we even having a by-election now that National won’t show up?”

        The answer is that you actually have to be running unopposed to win by default. Besides, it’s a good opportunity for Labour to have a victory lap- spend next to nothing on the by-election, just send Jacinda out and have her talk to people. Encourage the Greens and NZ First to run too and do the same. Basically free campaigning opportunity in Auckland ahead of the GE.

    • Red Hand 3.3

      Romans 11:33: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (KJV)

    • millsy 3.4

      The Church of England are flush with cash, Perhaps they could pay for it.

  4. gsays 4

    Lots of love to fellow standardistas and others.
    Thanks to the crew who do the mahi essential to this community.

    Be kind to each other.

  5. Bill Drees 5

    You expect us to leave our PC’s in our smelly dark back rooms where we interview our keyboards and invent horrible things about David Shearer and go out of doors and breath strong oxygen and get damaged by sun rays!!!
    Nah! You are dreamin’ bro.

  6. tc 6

    Many thanks to Lprent and all the contributors who continue to make TS a mandatory site for those seeking an open and honest alternative to what passes for media in NZ today.

    Have a great break and rest up, 2017 will be huge.

    • + 1 Yep a big thank you from me too. Big year with some big names walking off in huffs from here – yet here we all are, still chugging along. Especially big thanks to those (like weka) who have stepped up into the moderator roles and (I feel) have improved the debates a heck of a lot.

      I hope we can start the new year with some peace, love, unity and compassion – kia kaha to all.

  7. Olwyn 7

    It seems like the time to thank lprent and co for keeping The Standard going for another year, as well as the writers of posts and the thought-provoking commentators. Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and New Year, including you CV if you are happening to drop by.

  8. Cinny 8

    A massive THANK YOU to those whom run The Standard and to all whom contribute.

    I really value the knowledge one is able to gain here and the intelligent conversation as well as the ideas and brainstorming to make NZ a better place and keep the public aware of what is really going on.

    Seasons Greetings, much love, laughter and happiness to all.

  9. ropata 9

    Arohanui to all, and peace on the holiday season. Even those I disagree with – – you are still wrong – – but may you have a very merry Christmas anyway 😇

  10. Paul 10

    Thanks to the Standard for providing a forum for debate and discussion.
    Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  11. b waghorn 11

    Merry xmas you lot, if i fade away from the standard next year , cheers for your patience when i asked the obvious questions ,and to the pedants who helped me sharpen up my spelling and such.
    keys gone so only two real crooks left in the nats , that doesn’t mean i’ll be voting national any time soon due to the likes of bennett being on their side.

    Little is the right man for next pm , he hasn’t set my finely tuned bullshit radar off yet, which is unheard of in a polly.

    Be kind and remember farmers aren’t out to ruin the planet , and no one ever changed their way thinking because someone insulted them .

  12. millsy 12

    In the words of the Red Baron…”Merry Christmas, mein friends”.

  13. miravox 13

    A big thank you to all who keep the standard running and the commenters for commenting (mostly).

    Wishing you all plenty of kindness and happiness in the year ahead.

    • greywarshark 14.1

      Thanks Wild Katipo
      The oldies did have to take their summer pleasures with decorum.
      But there was one shot that must have been rather wild at that time.
      Mixed, men and women together, in bathing suits. Ooh err.

  14. greywarshark 15

    The ninth day around Christmas – with friendship quotes – the others were in Open Mike before 22/12.

    Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being.
    Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.
    Albert Schweitzer

    Thanks to all those who come to The Standard with the intention of keeping our pilot lights glowing, and no thanks to those who would blow them out.

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