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“..The question will be if Labour and the Greens are ready to butt heads together on the campaign trail. Their inclusion in the race will infuriate Labour – as it will erode Labour vote more than anyone else – - … Continue reading
(ed:..experts opine..) “..Oliver James – 60 – is a psychologist and author of ‘Affluenza’ Diane Abbott is talking rubbish. We cyclically hear about this supposed crisis of masculinity – but there is nothing proving that beyond her own conjecture. If … Continue reading
“..Owen Jones: The moral case on tax avoidance is overwhelming – and we all know Google wants to do the right thing..”
“..There is nothing law-breaking about tax avoidance – and this is of course the point. The law is rigged in favour of the wealthy – - and the state is at the service of the rich..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> … Continue reading
“..According to the latest survey results – 56 per cent think benefits are too high – and stop people looking for work. At the height of Thatcherism – the figure was 35 per cent..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Austerity has … Continue reading
“..Joe Sacco and I spent two years reporting from the poorest pockets of the United States for our book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.” We went into our nation’s impoverished “sacrifice zones” — – the first areas forced to … Continue reading
“..For those who believe that a robust public-affairs journalism is essential for a society striving to be democratic – - the 21st century has been characterized by bad news that keeps getting worse..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The Collapse of … Continue reading
“..Co-signed by the following members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy: George P. Shultz – former Secretary of State – United States – honorary chair. Paul Volcker – former Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve – and of … Continue reading
“..As global capital becomes ever more powerful – giant corporations are holding governments and citizens up for ransom – - eliciting subsidies and tax breaks from countries concerned about their nation’s “competitiveness” -” (ed:..yoo-hoo..!..new zealand..!..john key..!..) “..- while sheltering their … Continue reading
“..Humor may not always translate well – but Jon Stewart is picking up millions of fans in China – - where his gloves-off political satire is refreshing for many in a country where such criticism is a rarity – – … Continue reading
..he tells the audience that photos sent on snapchat disappear after 10 secs.. ..fact-check..!..a couple of days ago i linked to a story contradicting this claim.. ..as in..once it is there…it will be able to be retrieved.. ..snap-chat is not … Continue reading
the rightwing person who is the economics reporter for tvone..has made another of her casual/skin-crawling/odious observations.. ..this time giving her stamp of approval to an email/viewers’-comment..that as a concerned taxpayer/parent..they do not want to feed children in schools..because..(and here is … Continue reading
“..When will things change?..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Nobody seems able to stop the rich doing as they please | Michele Hanson | Life and style | The Guardian.
“..Greens plan own hearings on animal testing for drugs..” (ed:..and irony-o.d.-alert!..the chief vivisection-enabler..bob kerridge..pretends to care..and the will they?/won’t they? question is asked again of chris fowlie..and nandor tanczos..)
“..Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said the hearings were a “stunt” – and the committee was right not to hear submissions which focused on animal testing. He has ruled out using the most harmful animal tests – known as LD50 … Continue reading
“..Owners of apartments in Auckland’s five-star Metropolis tower are pitted against one another in battles which have ranged from cat-keeping to who sits on the body corporate. Residents in the 412-unit – 40-level high-rise say a power struggle has erupted … Continue reading
“..Owners of the 97-unit twin towers must pay up to $75,000 each after Mainzeal collapse. Each owner of leak-struck twin tower high-rise Hobson Gardens faces paying $50,000 to $75,000 to get their unit fixed – after the collapse of Mainzeal … Continue reading
“..Parliament might have been in urgency over the weekend, but there was nothing quick about Chris Finlayson’s response to jibes he had fallen asleep. The attorney-general appeared to be slumping and snoozing as MPs argued about an increase in petrol … Continue reading
“..I was always too self-centered and irresponsible to have kids. I know that never stopped many others – - but I am a narcissist with a conscience..” (ed:..heh..!..) go to source/story>>> No Kidding: Women Writers and Comedians on the Choice … Continue reading
“..It’s bad enough being sat inside a stuffy – often crowded – opaque-windowed tube – when you know the way home as it were blind-folded. But imagine the angst and confusion there will be when we’re all aboard our rerouted … Continue reading
“..A leading conservative argues that immigration reform and a boost in wages need to go hand in hand..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The conservative case for raising the minimum wage – Salon.com.
“..The publisher of “Left Business Observer” talks print media – left regroupment – and electoral politics..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Doug Henwood: Capitalism thrives on class exploitation – Salon.com.
(ed:..i have linked you to the first comment on ‘open-mike’ at the standard.. ..where you will find a detailed list of the environmental-evils/crimes done by key..(put together by commenter ‘BLiP..) ..and be warned..the list is both gobsmackingly long.. ..and ultimately … Continue reading
“..Coming soon: 3D film reaches new heights as latest technology brings Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay’s historic 1953 Everest ascent to life..”
“..New footage will be merged with film and photographs of the 1953 expedition – taken by George Lowe..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Coming soon: 3D film reaches new heights as latest technology brings Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay’s historic 1953 … Continue reading
“..The myth of the modern dad exposed: New book claims men still won’t sacrifice their careers for fatherhood..”
“..New book claims men still won’t sacrifice their careers for fatherhood..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The myth of the modern dad exposed: New book claims men still won’t sacrifice their careers for fatherhood – Health News – Health & Families … Continue reading
“..They say hindsight is 20/20 – but according to Paul Krugman it may actually be much worse than that when it comes to economic policy-making. The Nobel-Prize winning economist and New York Times columnist wrote in a blog post Sunday … Continue reading
“..But forecast global temperature rise of 4C heralds disaster for large swaths of planet – - with oceans absorbing most global warming..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Climate change meltdown unlikely but human disaster looms, claims new research | Environment | … Continue reading
“..We take thousands of pictures nowadays – but do we still cherish them?..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The power of photography: time, mortality and memory | Art and design | The Guardian.
“..It is up to consumers and voters to change the lousy behaviour of big banks – energy giants – and internet multinationals. They will not change by themselves..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Tax avoidance: how to change corporate behaviour | … Continue reading
“..Websites have cropped up around the world for people to rate restaurants – university courses – teachers – and even lovers. Now another has been set up by Wellington information technology manager Nigel Pinkerton – that encourages staff to rate … Continue reading
“..Tens of millions of dollars is at stake as mystery grows over why tonnes of New Zealand meat is being blocked at China’s borders. And the bill could skyrocket if the matter is not resolved very soon. The Government insisted … Continue reading
“..David Cameron risked a major blow to his authority after he defended one of his closest friends – over claims that he had described Tory activists as “mad, swivel-eyed loons”. The Conservative co-chairman Lord Feldman – a tennis partner of … Continue reading
“..Green Party plans The Kiwi Bid in oil drilling fight..(90 per cent of profits from deep-sea oil drilling would end up off shore.)..”
“..The Green Party today announced its plan to take on deep-sea oil drilling companies in New Zealand waters. On Friday, the Government begins the non-financial tender process with oil companies for new permits to conduct deep-sea drilling off the west … Continue reading
“..Over the past 20 years – corporate profits have quadrupled – - while the corporate tax rate has dropped by half..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> We’re living in an Ayn Rand economy – Salon.com.
“..Loaded terminology like “entitlements” and “welfare” skews the debate and alters America. Here’s how it works..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> How right-wingers use semantic tricks to kill government – Salon.com.
“..Cognitive scientist and philosopher Daniel Dennett is one of America’s foremost thinkers. In this extract from his new book – - he reveals some of the lessons life has taught him..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Daniel Dennett’s seven tools for … Continue reading
“..Anger over the financial affairs of multinationals such as Google – Amazon – and Starbucks – is gathering momentum in Westminster. Now the UK is poised to lead the debate about international tax reform at next month’s G8 summit..” (cont..) … Continue reading
corin dann claims nobody really cares about the skycity deal..(ed:..really..?..) ..dann interviews english:.. ..and english really has no answers to danns’ questions about how will english stop the house-bubble from expanding even further..and is promising higher interest rates… ..dann notes … Continue reading
english is interviewed..and he kicks off with reaching for a big-lie/whopper… ..claiming that we are ok in part because the international financial meltdown..’has settled down’..(ed:..really..!..) ..he then goes on to preach his austerity-mantra..with the interviewer obviously not up to speed … Continue reading
“..European governments and the Obama administration are this weekend studying a “gamechanging” report on global drugs policy – – that is being seen in some quarters as the beginning of the end for blanket prohibition. Publication of the Organisation of … Continue reading
“..Holy Trinity Cathedral needs $12 million for “essential upgrades”. Things must be bad. Surely the congregation is sitting through evensong with a leaking roof – tiptoeing over rotting floorboards on their way to communion – - and clinging to the … Continue reading
“..The Auckland Housing Accord at the centre of this week’s Budget is what the Americans would call a “Hail Mary pass”..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Bernard Hickey: Housing promise without a plan – Opinion – NZ Herald News.